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GOJIRA - From Mars to Sirius Death Metal
GOJIRA - The Way of All Flesh Death Metal
GOJIRA - L'Enfant Sauvage Death Metal
MASTODON - Leviathan Sludge Metal
MASTODON - Crack The Skye Sludge Metal
CROWBAR - Broken Glass Sludge Metal
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Mezmerize Alternative Metal
MESHUGGAH - obZen Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - Nothing (2006) Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - The Violent Sleep of Reason Progressive Metal
GORGUTS - Obscura Technical Death Metal
MELVINS - Houdini Sludge Metal
MELVINS - Stoner Witch Stoner Metal
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS - Siamese Dream Heavy Alternative Rock
WISHBONE ASH - Argus Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - Red Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King Proto-Metal

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Sludge Metal 12 4.63
2 Proto-Metal 7 4.07
3 Progressive Metal 6 4.75
4 NWoBHM 5 4.20
5 Alternative Metal 4 4.38
6 Hard Rock 4 5.00
7 Industrial Metal 4 4.00
8 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 3 4.17
9 Death Metal 3 5.00
10 Non-Metal 3 4.33
11 Nu Metal 3 3.83
12 Stoner Rock 3 4.00
13 Stoner Metal 2 4.50
14 Groove Metal 2 4.25
15 Heavy Alternative Rock 2 4.75
16 Heavy Metal 1 5.00
17 Melodic Death Metal 1 4.50
18 Metalcore 1 3.50
19 Technical Death Metal 1 5.00

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THERAPY? Troublegum

Album · 1994 · Alternative Metal
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Widely considered to be their magnum opus, 1994s Troublegum is the second full length studio release by Northern Irish alternative metal outfit Therapy? The album marks a progression from the vaguely industrial/post-punk influenced music heard on predecessor “Nurse” to a more straightforward and accessible metal sound. It is altogether a more focused recording with far cleaner production, neater song structures with a much stronger and more defined vocal performance from front man Andy Cairns.

Arguably their most accessible release to date, Troublegum has detectable influences from genres such as pop punk which I imagine may put some people off giving it a bash but I would advise those who haven’t listened to still do so. The album does not hang about and from the first second is bursting at the seams with aggressive riffage, catchy hooks and copious amounts of noisy feedback. Lyrically, the album explores themes of anxiety, rejection and self-loathing amongst others and is delivered to the ear canals with a large dose of hatred and rage.

Despite the obvious negativity in the musical and lyrical output, it still manages to be a fun and motivating listen which I would recommend to any fan of metal or rock based alternative music. I would also recommend catching a live performance if you ever get the chance – many songs from Troublegum are set staples.

4/5

CANDIRIA 300 Percent Density

Album · 2001 · Metalcore
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Many thanks to Unitron for kindly recommending this album to me. A rather interesting listen with many musical styles being brought together in unexpected harmony.

The bulk of the album is composed of deep grooves, aggressive, sometimes dissonant riffs and angry screamed vocals but throughout the album, there are some portions which lean more to avant-garde metal and others with the addition of some entirely different genres altogether.

On a few tracks, the metal gets briefly abandoned for hip-hop beats/rapping. Being someone who is generally not the biggest fan of that genre, this was not something I was expecting to enjoy but for a reason I honestly cannot pinpoint, I have no issue with it being inclusive on this album.

Jazzy material also features occasionally. For example, the track "Constant Velocity is as Natural as Being at Rest" makes use of a trumpet in sections that sound not unlike the jazz inspired post-rock of Tortoise. There is also a nice vibraphone solo on "The Constant Destination." Although these sections work surprisingly well, they are appropriately short lived and the listener is soon catapulted back to abrasive metal.

Further surprises were discovered in the final track – “Opposing Meter”. It begins with eerie background noise and a rapid rotating synth part which sounds like Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” followed by a few minutes of silence. After this, we are treated roughly 15 minutes of very pleasant and soft psychedelic guitar work overlying slow rhythms on bongos/djembe. I did feel this could easily have been shortened significantly but it was enjoyable regardless.

Overall, I found this album to be a bit of roller-coaster encompassing a wide variety of influences and takes your mind in many directions. Perhaps not one I will listen to frequently, but I know I will gladly return to it when the mood strikes. 3.5/5 from me.

BitterJ

GODFLESH A World Lit Only by Fire

Album · 2014 · Industrial Metal
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Deep, dark and exceptionally moody, A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE was the first GODFLESH album released in nearly 13 years after 2001s HYMNS. I get the impression that they were trying to record something of refreshed version of their first studio album STREETCLEANER which I think they did successfully. Call it a STREETCLEANER 2.0 if you will. It has the same relentless rumbling aggression, very low tuning and Broadrick's signature bark but with a fresher feel from the modern production. If you listen with headphones up full blast and close you eyes, you can practically see the fire mentioned in the album title (or maybe it just makes me think of the album cover of STREETCLEANER??)

Having said that, I would still put STREETCLEANER in front of this down to its originality at the time of its release even though the music itself has a less professional feel which is generally the case for most first releases anyway and certainly not always a bad thing.

One thing that lets A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE down in my opinion is that it can feel that it drags on somewhat towards the end and on occasion, i do not make it quite to the end of the album. For this reason, I cannot give more than 3.5/5. Still a great album which I would recommend to anyone who likes their metal dark and bleak.

BitterJ

CROWBAR Odd Fellows Rest

Album · 1998 · Sludge Metal
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I hate to use the word "unprecedented" at a time when the word has lost all meaning due the frequency of its use in the 2020 media but there is no alternate word i can use to describe the heaviness of this album. I don't mean heavy as in the brutality of the music or heavy as in shockingly harsh vocals. I mean heavy as in the heavy emotion projected by Kirk and the boys which is dripping in so much sorrow and burning pain that it will weigh you down to the point where you are empathizing with their misery - in a very good way.

The album is very slow and at some points dirgey but my god, the delivery is brute force. The riffs are of gargantuan proportions and sort of sound like two giants battling on a mountain top. These are carried along by the ever pounding drums and together with the rasping vocals of Windstein, the whole thing washes over you in a big wave of sludgy goodness. If you have not had the pleasure of this album yet, please get yourself immersed.

Deep, passionate, sorrowful, amazing. Truly deserving of a 5/5.

PS: Good Iron Maiden cover to round things off at the end.

CONJURER Mire

Album · 2018 · Sludge Metal
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I discovered this most interesting band in the autumn of 2016 when a good friend offered me a spare ticket to see WEEDEATER play at Glasgow's famous/infamous Cathouse Rock Club. As much as I enjoyed the set from WEEDEATER, the then unknown to me CONJURER turned out to be the support band. They completely blew my tits (man tits) off.

At this point, the only music of theirs I could source was their debut EP "I" which i listened to several times that week and began to tell anyone I thought would listen all about my new discovery - CONJURER

Whilst that EP was and still continues to be very enjoyable, it was only setting the tone for what was to come next in the form of 2018s MIRE.

The album opener presenting a thick, doomy wall of sound giving the listener a strong ominous feeling and a major sense of foreboding and despair. The pace soon picks up with some nice intricate yet powerful riffing and thundering drums before dropping back into hard, almost groovy death/doom. The majority of the album switches between grinding doomy sludge with more ferocious parts full of blast beats and riffs more akin to thrash and also some lighter sections with strangled anguished screaming.

The musicianship is at a very high standard and the vocal performances from both vocalists are very strong - one with a very powerful death growl and the other slightly higher pitched but they work very well together.

One other thing that struck me about this album is the atmospheric quality and real genuine, heartbreaking despair this new band manage to showcase. The guys are playing/pouring their hearts out with undeniably monstrous results. It does not feel dated in any way shape or form, but very fresh

I would recommend to anyone who enjoys anything on the heavier side of music, particularly to fans of NEUROSIS. Watch this space as I believe we have much bigger and better things to come from CONJURER in the coming years.



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  • Posted 18 hours ago in Post an album only you have rated on MMA
    Gloomy, bleak and relentless.  A fairly recent release (2014) from one of the originators of industrial metalhttp://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/godflesh/a-world-lit-only-by-fire
  • Posted 21 hours ago in MMA Rating/Review Drive
    I convinced a good metalhead friend to sign up after I discovered the site - username Catamaran. I will nip his ear to get rating/reviewing.
  • Posted 1 day ago in Greetings
    I'm very glad you enjoyed it. The only other release of theirs I know well is Dopesick. Definitely worth a shot if you liked the above.

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