Any examples of this? My main example comes from me listening to Battles earlier, thinking ‘this dude went from drumming with Helmet and Tomahawk to this’.
Talking career jumps, not things like whatshisbollocks talking on Parklife.
edit: remembered his name as soon as I typed it. Keeping it.
Big fan of his cymbal placement also
Guess Skrillex would be one - but can’t say i know either of his iterations that well
Dave Grohl moved from the drumming genre to the nicest man in rock.
Nobody will be happy with this answer, but I don’t think anyone in the 90s would have expected that Billy Corgan would go on to make an Americana album (and it’s great).
The one that shows the biggest departure:
Thinking about it, I suppose Beck did it a lot. And Bowie.
There’s probably a case for Trent Reznor at this point with all of his ambient work.
It might be a one-off (hopefully not), but metal band Loathe released a very good ambient album this year. Completely unrecognizable.
After eight albums of wall of noise, depressive black metal, one man multi instrumentalist Xasthur completely dropped the genre and turned to acoustic folk songs.
Alice in Chains going from a hair band to what they became. Still can’t wrap my head around that one.
the bass player from these noisy riffy lads
now makes electronic stuff like this
Jeremy Barnes went from drumming in Neutral Milk Hotel to making Eastern European folk music on accordion with A Hawk and a Hacksaw
Sort of, but I’d say that was more of a gradual shift.
Skrillex went from bad mid-00s emo to bad dubstep.
Kele Okereke. Silent Alarm to complete shite.
Couple of OG Black Metallers have either side-stepped or gone in completely tangental directions since their early albums - Opeth are now full-on Prog Rock and Ulver are… who the fuck knows what Ulver are these days. The last two albums I bought by them are Synthpop/Darkwave (The Assassination Of Julius Caesar) and monolithic live improv Drone (Drone Activity).
Ulver are incredible. Absolutely love their dedication to doing whatever the fuck they want after releasing a god tier level trilogy of black metal albums.
Enslaved also, whilst not as dramatic and still within the field of metal, have evolved in an interesting way.