This one actually just came to my mind. They released their new album not too long ago, so it might be a good point to mention D Creation.
I would have had to mention them anyway, though, as D Creation have shown a rather interesting development over the years. I talked about how closely this whole Newschool Melodic Death Metal thing headed by In Flames and Soilwork is related to Modern Metal. And I think it is rather obvious if you listen to album like “Route To Remain” or “Natural Born Chaos”. But it is still always nice to have a band that actively shows, in some way, how the two genres are connected stylisticaly.
D Creation do just that in the way of transition. They started out with a pretty straight Newschool Melodeath style of Metal on their first EP “Pace Helvetia”:
Complete with chunky but still earthy and lead oriented riffing, slightly orchestral electronica and songwriting focused on poppy choruses. You already hear a certain general groove orientation in their riffing and the electronica also play a larger part in the sound than you may be used from bands like, say, Soilwork
They expanded on those things on their first full length “Silent Echoes” in 2009, showing certain Meshuggah-influences in their riffing, even more bombastic electronic layers and an even more poignant celebration of their choruses (which are beautiful by the way) and an even more free distributions of varying vocal styles. Here’s an impression:
By the way: Listen to it. It’s a criminaly unknown album, if you ask me.
But they went further from that point on and put even more emphasis on Meshuggah-influenced more cold and precise riffing, cutting back a tiny bit on the omnipresence of the electronic layers; getting a slightly more Industrial sound in the process. Here’s what they sound like on their 2014 effort, “Moderate Album”:
You can pretty clearly see how they arrived at what we can without a problem call “Modern Metal” by adjusting just a few tendencies in their music from album to album.
By this relatively smooth transition their development clearly shows how stylisticaly close and probably mutually influential Newschool Melodeath and Modern Metal actually are. Plus, they’re a great band, of course.