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Distortion/overdrive, and separating individual voices

Septicemia

There is decent counterpoint on Arsis' first album [A Celebration of Guilt]. Although I say decent, it is really much better than any other metal band, but is moderate in comparison to say, Schumann.

This is a good recommendation. Although the overarching metalcore/emo-ish vibe will turn a lot of people off, the guy knew what he was doing on his instrument and had apparent experience writing music with intellect, pen and paper.

Counterpoint in metal between two guitars?  Demilich, At The Gates, Crimson Massacre all have examples of this in their music.

I never saw that as counterpoint in the sense of two rhythmically independent melodies, as much as one guitar supporting the other in the same melody. I suppose there's not much difference.