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Jimmy Neeson
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602 reviews/ratings
MASTODON - The Hunter Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Crack the Skye Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Blood Mountain Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Leviathan Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Live at the Aragon Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
AMON AMARTH - With Oden on Our Side Death Metal | review permalink
AMON AMARTH - Twilight of the Thunder God Death Metal | review permalink
AMON AMARTH - Wrath of the Norsemen Death Metal | review permalink
AMON AMARTH - Surtur Rising Death Metal | review permalink
ANNIHILATOR - Live at Masters of Rock Thrash Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Worship Music Thrash Metal | review permalink
ARCHITECTS - The Here and Now Metalcore | review permalink
BRING ME THE HORIZON - Suicide Season Metalcore | review permalink
CARPATHIAN FOREST - We're Going to Hollywood for This Black Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - Chimaira Thrash Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - The Infection Thrash Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - The Dehumanizing Process Thrash Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - Coming Alive Thrash Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Live in Flint, Michigan Alternative Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Blast Tyrant Alternative Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Robot Hive / Exodus Alternative Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Strange Cousins From the West Hard Rock | review permalink
CLUTCH - Clutch: Live at the 9:30 Alternative Metal | review permalink
DIO - Holy Diver Live Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
DIO - Holy Diver Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
DIO - The Last in Line Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - Pray for Villains Metalcore | review permalink
DOWN - NOLA Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
DOWN - Down III: Over the Under Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
DOZER - Through The Eyes Of Heathens Doom Metal | review permalink
FORBIDDEN - Forbidden Evil Thrash Metal | review permalink
SODOM - Agent Orange Thrash Metal | review permalink
ZYKLON - The Storm Manifesto Death Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness Alternative Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow Progressive Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Year of the Black Rainbow Progressive Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition Alternative Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - Welcome To Sky Valley Doom Metal | review permalink
MARILYN MANSON - The Last Tour on Earth Industrial Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Official Live: 101 Proof Thrash Metal | review permalink
KISS - Sonic Boom Hard Rock | review permalink
KISS - Rock The Nation Live! Hard Rock | review permalink
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - 2 Hard Rock | review permalink
PARKWAY DRIVE - Deep Blue Metalcore | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Harmony Corruption Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Fear, Emptiness, Despair Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Enemy of the Music Business Death Metal | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - Retribution Metalcore | review permalink
SOULFLY - Prophecy Alternative Metal | review permalink
TRIVIUM - Ascendancy Metalcore | review permalink
TRIVIUM - Shogun Metalcore | review permalink
TESTAMENT - Practice What You Preach Thrash Metal | review permalink
TESTAMENT - The Formation of Damnation Thrash Metal | review permalink
TESTAMENT - Live in London Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Endgame Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires Thrash Metal | review permalink
MUDVAYNE - L.D. 50 Alternative Metal | review permalink
MUDVAYNE - The End of All Things to Come Alternative Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Elegies Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - The Blackening Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Burn My Eyes Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Unto the Locust Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Killadelphia Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Walk With Me In Hell Metalcore | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Wrath Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Sacrament Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Hordes of Chaos Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Enemy of God Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Coma of Souls Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Extreme Aggression Thrash Metal | review permalink
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Alive or Just Breathing Metalcore | review permalink
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - The End of Heartache Metalcore | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Unleashed In The East Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller Power Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Screaming For Vengeance NWoBHM | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - British Steel NWoBHM | review permalink
HATEBREED - Hatebreed Hardcore and crust | review permalink
EXODUS - Fabulous Disaster Thrash Metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Shovel Headed Kill Machine Thrash Metal | review permalink
EXODUS - The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A Thrash Metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Exhibit B: The Human Condition Thrash Metal | review permalink
SLIPKNOT - (sic)nesses Alternative Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Hemispheres Hard Rock | review permalink
SHRINEBUILDER - Shrinebuilder Doom Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Reinventing the Steel Thrash Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Deliverance Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
THE GRAND ASTORIA - Omnipresence Doom Metal | review permalink
THE GRAND ASTORIA - Caesar Enters The Palace Of Doom Doom Metal | review permalink
BLACK TUSK - Set the Dial Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
QUEEN - Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid Hard Rock | review permalink
IMMORTAL - Sons of Northern Darkness Black Metal
PEARL JAM - Backspacer Hard Rock | review permalink
MUSHROOMHEAD - XIII Alternative Metal
LAMB OF GOD - Resolution Thrash Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Sin After Sin Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
LIMP BIZKIT - The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) Alternative Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime Progressive Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
ACCEPT - Stalingrad Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
DOZER - Call It Conspiracy Doom Metal | review permalink
FEAR FACTORY - Archetype Alternative Metal
CLUTCH - Pigtown Blues Alternative Metal | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Anno Domini High Definition Progressive Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Clockwork Angels Hard Rock | review permalink
ARCHITECTS - Daybreaker Metalcore | review permalink
DISTORTED HARMONY - Utopia Progressive Metal | review permalink
BARONESS - Yellow & Green Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MUSHROOMHEAD - Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children Alternative Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Mastermind Doom Metal | review permalink
BRING ME THE HORIZON - Sempiternal Metalcore | review permalink
CLUTCH - Earth Rocker Hard Rock | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - The Afterman: Descension Progressive Metal | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Land of the Free Power Metal | review permalink
FAIR TO MIDLAND - Arrows & Anchors Progressive Metal | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Shrine of New Generation Slaves Metal Related | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Somewhere Out in Space Power Metal | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Rapid Eye Movement Progressive Metal | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Second Life Syndrome Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANATHEMA - Weather Systems Metal Related | review permalink
MELECHESH - Sphynx Black Metal | review permalink
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis Black Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Vulgar Display of Power Thrash Metal
PROTEST THE HERO - Scurrilous Metalcore | review permalink
PROTEST THE HERO - Kezia Metalcore | review permalink
SLIPKNOT - Slipknot Alternative Metal
SLIPKNOT - Iowa Alternative Metal
TESSERACT - Altered State Progressive Metal
MONUMENTS - Gnosis Metalcore
KING CRIMSON - Red Proto-Metal
TOOL - Lateralus Progressive Metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 Power Metal
ANNIHILATOR - Alice in Hell Thrash Metal
ANTHRAX - Among The Living Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal
PORCUPINE TREE - Fear Of A Blank Planet Progressive Metal
TOOL - 10,000 Days Progressive Metal
GUNS N' ROSES - Appetite For Destruction Glam Metal
LIFE OF AGONY - River Runs Red Hardcore and crust
BIOHAZARD - Means to an End Hardcore and crust
BIOHAZARD - No Holds Barred: Live in Europe Hardcore and crust
MARILYN MANSON - Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) Industrial Metal
MARILYN MANSON - Antichrist Superstar Industrial Metal
PROTEST THE HERO - Volition Metalcore | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Live in Ancient Kourion Power Metal | review permalink
CANNIBAL CORPSE - The Wretched Spawn Death Metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1 Power Metal
MASTODON - The Workhorse Chronicles: The Early Years 2000-2005 Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE - The War Of Art Alternative Metal | review permalink
ANNIHILATOR - Annihilator Thrash Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Alive 2: The DVD Thrash Metal | review permalink
BARONESS - Blue Record Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
CARPATHIAN FOREST - Defending the Throne of Evil Black Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - The Impossibility of Reason Thrash Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - Resurrection Thrash Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Clutch Alternative Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - The Elephant Riders Alternative Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Pure Rock Fury Alternative Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - From Beale Street to Oblivion Hard Rock | review permalink
DIO - Sacred Heart Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
DIO - Dream Evil Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
DEATH ANGEL - Act III Thrash Metal | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - DevilDriver Metalcore | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - The Fury of Our Maker's Hand Metalcore | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - The Last Kind Words Metalcore | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - Beast Metalcore | review permalink
DOWN - Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow... Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
ENTOMBED - Inferno Death Metal | review permalink
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - The Way of the Fist Alternative Metal | review permalink
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - War Is the Answer Alternative Metal | review permalink
FLAW - Through the Eyes Alternative Metal | review permalink
SACRED REICH - The American Way Thrash Metal | review permalink
FORBIDDEN - Twisted Into Form Thrash Metal | review permalink
FORBIDDEN - Omega Wave Thrash Metal | review permalink
OVERKILL - Overkill: Wrecking Everything - Live Thrash Metal | review permalink
OVERKILL - Ironbound Thrash Metal | review permalink
SERJ TANKIAN - Elect the Dead Symphony Alternative Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - World Painted Blood Thrash Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - The Second Stage Turbine Blade Alternative Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 Alternative Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - Blues For The Red Sun Doom Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - ...And The Circus Leaves Town Doom Metal | review permalink
HEATHEN - Victims of Deception Thrash Metal
ENTOMBED - Morning Star Death Metal | review permalink
PARKWAY DRIVE - Horizons Metalcore | review permalink
NEUROSIS - A Sun That Never Sets Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Utopia Banished Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - The Code Is Red... Long Live the Code Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Punishment in Capitals Death Metal | review permalink
OZZY OSBOURNE - Blizzard Of Ozz Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
OZZY OSBOURNE - Diary Of A Madman Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
OZZY OSBOURNE - No Rest For The Wicked Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
OZZY OSBOURNE - No More Tears Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
OZZY OSBOURNE - Ozzmosis Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - The Art of Balance Metalcore | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - Threads of Life Metalcore | review permalink
SOULFLY - Dark Ages Thrash Metal | review permalink
SOULFLY - Conquer Thrash Metal | review permalink
TRIVIUM - In Waves Metalcore | review permalink
TESTAMENT - The Legacy Thrash Metal | review permalink
TESTAMENT - The New Order Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - United Abominations Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Rude Awakening Thrash Metal | review permalink
MUDVAYNE - Mudvayne Alternative Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Hellalive Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Through the Ashes of Empires Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - The More Things Change... Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Ashes of the Wake Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Violent Revolution Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - At the Pulse of Kapitulation: Live in East Berlin, 1990 (DVD/CD) Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Terrible Certainty Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Pleasure to Kill Thrash Metal | review permalink
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Killswitch Engage (2009) Metalcore | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Angel Of Retribution Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Ram It Down Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Defenders Of The Faith NWoBHM | review permalink
HATEBREED - Supremacy Hardcore and crust | review permalink
HATEBREED - The Rise of Brutality Hardcore and crust | review permalink
HATEBREED - Perseverance Hardcore and crust | review permalink
EXODUS - Tempo of the Damned Thrash Metal | review permalink
HIGH ON FIRE - Death Is This Communion Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
BARONESS - Red Album Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
GAMA BOMB - Tales From the Grave in Space Thrash Metal | review permalink
KOWLOON WALLED CITY - Turk Street Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
KOWLOON WALLED CITY - Gambling on the Richter Scale Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! Thrash Metal | review permalink
CUDA - Hellfire Doom Metal
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - American Capitalist Alternative Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Wiseblood Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - Celestial Hi-Fi Doom Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - TH1RT3EN Thrash Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Monolithic Baby! Doom Metal | review permalink
FU MANCHU - In Search Of... Alternative Metal | review permalink
VIO-LENCE - Eternal Nightmare Thrash Metal | review permalink
FU MANCHU - Go For It... Live! Alternative Metal | review permalink
ANVIL - Monument Of Metal Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
MUSHROOMHEAD - XX Alternative Metal
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - Black Country Hard Rock | review permalink
DOZER - Beyond Colossal Doom Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Spine of God Doom Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Utilitarian Death Metal | review permalink
SOULFLY - Enslaved Thrash Metal | review permalink
BLACKFOOT - Marauder Hard Rock | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - The Warning Progressive Metal | review permalink
NUCLEAR ASSAULT - Handle With Care Thrash Metal | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - Fire from the Sky Metalcore | review permalink
BLACK MOTH - The Killing Jar Doom Metal | review permalink
SAVAGE MESSIAH - Plague Of Conscience Thrash Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Empire Progressive Metal | review permalink
FEAR FACTORY - Demanufacture Death Metal
FEAR FACTORY - Obsolete Death Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
NUCLEAR ASSAULT - Survive Thrash Metal | review permalink
PERIPHERY - Periphery II : This Time It's Personal Progressive Metal | review permalink
TESTAMENT - Dark Roots Of Earth Thrash Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Hall Of The Mountain King Power Metal | review permalink
ACCEPT - Blood of the Nations Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Gutter Ballet Power Metal | review permalink
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - Afterglow Hard Rock | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - The Afterman: Ascension Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Stronger Than Death Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Disarm the Descent Metalcore | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - No World Order Power Metal | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Heading for Tomorrow Power Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - 4-Way Diablo Doom Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Handful Of Rain Power Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Order of the Black Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Hate Crew Deathroll Death Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche Progressive Metal | review permalink
DEEP PURPLE - Now What?! Hard Rock | review permalink
PERIPHERY - Periphery Metalcore
ANNIHILATOR - Never, Neverland Thrash Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin IV Proto-Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Powerslave NWoBHM
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
SLAYER - South of Heaven Thrash Metal
TOOL - Ænima Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - The Perfect Element, Part 1 Progressive Metal
PORCUPINE TREE - Deadwing Progressive Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Deep Purple In Rock Proto-Metal
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Mezmerize Alternative Metal
BIOHAZARD - Urban Discipline Hardcore and crust
BIOHAZARD - Mata Leão Hardcore and crust
BIOHAZARD - Uncivilization Hardcore and crust
SAXON - Strong Arm of the Law NWoBHM
DIAMOND HEAD - Lightning to the Nations NWoBHM
MARILYN MANSON - Mechanical Animals Industrial Metal
TESTAMENT - Dark Roots of Thrash Thrash Metal | review permalink
PERIPHERY - Clear Progressive Metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - The Time of the Oath Power Metal | review permalink
TESSERACT - One Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - ...and Justice for All Thrash Metal
RUSH - A Farewell to Kings Hard Rock
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Follow the Reaper Death Metal | review permalink
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Hatebreeder Death Metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - 7 Sinners Power Metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - Straight Out of Hell Power Metal | review permalink
STRATOVARIUS - Visions Power Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - The Glorious Burden Power Metal | review permalink
W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol Traditional heavy metal
SAXON - Denim and Leather NWoBHM
PEARL JAM - Vs. Hard Rock
PEARL JAM - Lost Dogs Hard Rock
MASTODON - Remission Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Call of the Mastodon Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
ARCHITECTS - Hollow Crown Metalcore | review permalink
BLACK TUSK - Taste the Sin Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - The Age of Hell Thrash Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Slow Hole to China: Rare and Rereleased Alternative Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Live at the Googolplex Alternative Metal | review permalink
SACRED REICH - Still Ignorant: 1987-1997 Live Thrash Metal | review permalink
JAMEY JASTA - Jasta Hardcore and crust | review permalink
RISE TO REMAIN - Bridges Will Burn EP Metalcore | review permalink
RISE TO REMAIN - City of Vultures Metalcore | review permalink
SLEEP - Sleep's Holy Mountain Doom Metal | review permalink
SLEEP - Jerusalem Doom Metal | review permalink
SLEEP - Dopesmoker Doom Metal | review permalink
ZYKLON - Storm Detonation Live Death Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - Muchas Gracias: The Best Of Kyuss Doom Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Stomp 442 Alternative Metal | review permalink
KISS - Symphony: The DVD Hard Rock | review permalink
PARKWAY DRIVE - Don't Close Your Eyes Metalcore | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Order of the Leech Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Smear Campaign Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Time Waits for No Slave Death Metal | review permalink
OZZY OSBOURNE - Down To Earth Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - The War Within Metalcore | review permalink
SOULFLY - The Song Remains Insane Thrash Metal | review permalink
SOULFLY - 3 Alternative Metal | review permalink
TRIVIUM - The Crusade Metalcore | review permalink
TESTAMENT - Souls of Black Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - The World Needs a Hero Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - The System Has Failed Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - As the Palaces Burn Thrash Metal | review permalink
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - As Daylight Dies Metalcore | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Rising In The East Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Nostradamus Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Turbo Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Bonded by Blood Thrash Metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Pleasures of the Flesh Thrash Metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Impact Is Imminent Thrash Metal | review permalink
MARILYN MANSON - Guns, God And Government Live In L.A. Industrial Metal | review permalink
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE - The Feeding Alternative Metal | review permalink
NEUROSIS - Sovereign Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
OVERKILL - Fuck You and Then Some Thrash Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Live Volume: The Movie Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Stained Class Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
FORBIDDEN - Distortion Thrash Metal | review permalink
PRIMEVIL - Smokin' Bats at Campton's Proto-Metal | review permalink
DEATH ANGEL - Frolic Through the Park Thrash Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - America's Volume Dealer Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
RED FANG - Murder the Mountains Doom Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - The Electric Sleep Doom Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - Synchronized Doom Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - Republic? Doom Metal | review permalink
SIXTY WATT SHAMAN - Reason to Live Doom Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - In the Arms of God Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
FIVE HORSE JOHNSON - The Last Men On Earth Hard Rock | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Superjudge Doom Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Dopes to Infinity Doom Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - God Says No Doom Metal | review permalink
FIVE HORSE JOHNSON - The Mystery Spot Hard Rock | review permalink
RED STARS PARADE - Lutine Belle Doom Metal
FIVE HORSE JOHNSON - The No. 6 Dance Hard Rock | review permalink
THE GRAND ASTORIA - The Grand Astoria Doom Metal | review permalink
CRADLE OF FILTH - Dusk and Her Embrace Gothic Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - Damnation and a Day Gothic Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - V Empire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein Gothic Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - Bitter Suites to Succubi Gothic Metal
FU MANCHU - California Crossing Alternative Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - The Machine That Won the War Doom Metal | review permalink
ROBOT LORDS OF TOKYO - Whiskey, Blood & Napalm Doom Metal | review permalink
VIO-LENCE - Oppressing the Masses Thrash Metal | review permalink
DOZER - In The Tail Of a Comet / Madre De Dios Doom Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Killing Machine Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Corrosion of Conformity Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
BIOHAZARD - Reborn In Defiance Hardcore and crust | review permalink
ARCHITECTS - Ruin Metalcore | review permalink
BLACKFOOT - Tomcattin' Hard Rock | review permalink
SIXTY WATT SHAMAN - Seed of Decades Doom Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Mindcrime At The Moore Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACKFOOT - Strikes Hard Rock | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Promised Land Progressive Metal | review permalink
MARILYN MANSON - Born Villain Industrial Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime II Progressive Metal | review permalink
FEAR FACTORY - Digimortal Alternative Metal
EARTHRIDE - Vampire Circus Doom Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Dehumanizer Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
THE GRAND ASTORIA - To Whom It May Concern Doom Metal | review permalink
DOWN - Down IV Part I - The Purple EP Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Streets: A Rock Opera Progressive Metal | review permalink
PARKWAY DRIVE - Atlas Metalcore | review permalink
KISS - Monster Hard Rock | review permalink
JUROJIN - The Living Measure Of Time Alternative Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Sonic Brew Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
HATEBREED - The Divinity of Purpose Hardcore and crust | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Insanity and Genius Power Metal | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Sigh No More Power Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 1919 Eternal Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - The Blessed Hellride Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 Alternative Metal | review permalink
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - Core Hard Rock
SLIPKNOT - Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) Alternative Metal
CIRCLES - The Compass Progressive Metal
KING CRIMSON - Larks' Tongues In Aspic Proto-Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Machine Head Proto-Metal
DEATH - Symbolic Death Metal
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal
PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell Thrash Metal
SLAYER - Seasons in the Abyss Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - Countdown to Extinction Thrash Metal
RAINBOW - Rising Traditional heavy metal
IRON MAIDEN - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son NWoBHM
BLACK SABBATH - Heaven And Hell Traditional heavy metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Ace of Spades NWoBHM
IRON MAIDEN - Piece Of Mind NWoBHM
IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere In Time NWoBHM
MOTÖRHEAD - Bomber NWoBHM
IRON MAIDEN - Killers NWoBHM
BLACK SABBATH - Mob Rules Traditional heavy metal
DREAM THEATER - Images and Words Progressive Metal
PORCUPINE TREE - In Absentia Progressive Metal
PORCUPINE TREE - The Incident Progressive Metal
AC/DC - Back In Black Hard Rock
VAN HALEN - Van Halen Hard Rock
RUSH - Permanent Waves Hard Rock
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King Proto-Metal
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DEEP PURPLE - Fireball Proto-Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Presence Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Burn Proto-Metal
ALICE IN CHAINS - Dirt Alternative Metal
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FAITH NO MORE - Angel Dust Alternative Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Badmotorfinger Alternative Metal
SKID ROW - Skid Row Glam Metal
SAXON - Wheels of Steel NWoBHM
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TWISTED SISTER - Stay Hungry Traditional heavy metal
TWISTED SISTER - Come Out And Play Traditional heavy metal
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MUDVAYNE - All Access to All Things Alternative Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - New American Gospel Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Live Kreation-Revisioned Glory Thrash Metal | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - Fear Will Drag You Down Metalcore | review permalink
TESTAMENT - The Ritual Thrash Metal | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009 Metalcore | review permalink
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CRADLE OF FILTH - Cruelty and the Beast Gothic Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - Midian Gothic Metal
FLAW - Endangered Species Alternative Metal | review permalink
MUSHROOMHEAD - Savior Sorrow Alternative Metal
SHEAVY - Blue Sky Mind Doom Metal | review permalink
DOZER - Madre de Dios Doom Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Rocka Rolla Proto-Metal | review permalink
BLACKFOOT - Flyin' High Hard Rock | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Rage For Order Progressive Metal | review permalink
ELF - Ronnie James Dio: The Elf Albums Hard Rock | review permalink
MARILYN MANSON - The High End of Low Industrial Metal | review permalink
POWERMAN 5000 - Destroy What You Enjoy Industrial Metal | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Technical Ecstasy Hard Rock | review permalink
SOULFLY - Omen Thrash Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Hear In The Now Frontier Alternative Metal | review permalink
FEAR FACTORY - Transgression Alternative Metal
SERJ TANKIAN - Harakiri Alternative Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Tribe Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - To the Metal! Power Metal | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Voices in My Head Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - The European Invasion: Doom Troopin' Live Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Hangover Music, Volume VI Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
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BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid Traditional heavy metal
SLAYER - Reign in Blood Thrash Metal
SEPULTURA - Chaos A.D. Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Kill 'em All Thrash Metal
IRON MAIDEN - The Number Of The Beast NWoBHM
BLACK SABBATH - Master Of Reality Traditional heavy metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Overkill NWoBHM
BLACK SABBATH - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Traditional heavy metal
IRON MAIDEN - Brave New World NWoBHM
RAINBOW - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Traditional heavy metal
PEARL JAM - Ten Hard Rock
SOUNDGARDEN - Superunknown Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin II Proto-Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Houses Of The Holy Proto-Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin III Proto-Metal
AC/DC - For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) Hard Rock
QUEEN - A Night At The Opera Proto-Metal
RUSH - Snakes & Arrows Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Physical Graffiti Proto-Metal
FAITH NO MORE - The Real Thing Alternative Metal
FAITH NO MORE - King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime Alternative Metal
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SICK OF IT ALL - Scratch the Surface Hardcore and crust
SICK OF IT ALL - Yours Truly Alternative Metal
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W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children Traditional heavy metal
ENTOMBED - Clandestine Death Metal
SKID ROW - Slave To The Grind Traditional heavy metal
PEARL JAM - Vitalogy Hard Rock
PEARL JAM - No Code Hard Rock
PEARL JAM - Yield Hard Rock
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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Shot to Hell Traditional heavy metal
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SEPULTURA - Arise Thrash Metal
SEPULTURA - Beneath the Remains Thrash Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Sabotage Traditional heavy metal
BLACK SABBATH - Vol 4 Traditional heavy metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin Proto-Metal
NIRVANA - Nevermind Metal Related
RAINBOW - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Proto-Metal
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - Rage Against the Machine Alternative Metal
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - The Battle of Los Angeles Alternative Metal
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - System of a Down Alternative Metal
FAITH NO MORE - Album of the Year Alternative Metal
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Shout At The Devil Glam Metal
BIOHAZARD - New World Disorder Hardcore and crust
BIOHAZARD - Kill or Be Killed Hardcore and crust
ANGEL WITCH - Angel Witch NWoBHM
RAMMSTEIN - Reise, Reise Industrial Metal
WHITE ZOMBIE - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Volume 1 Industrial Metal
RAMMSTEIN - Sehnsucht Industrial Metal
NINE INCH NAILS - Pretty Hate Machine Industrial Metal
TWISTED SISTER - Love Is For Suckers Glam Metal
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CARCASS - Heartwork Death Metal
NEUROSIS - Times of Grace Sludge/Post-metal
SODOM - Persecution Mania Thrash Metal
PEARL JAM - Live At The Garden Hard Rock
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Theatre Of Pain Glam Metal
NUCLEAR ASSAULT - Louder Harder Faster Thrash Metal | review permalink
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JUDAS PRIEST - Point Of Entry NWoBHM | review permalink
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CRADLE OF FILTH - Live Bait for the Dead Gothic Metal
FEAR FACTORY - Mechanize Death Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Black Sabbath Traditional heavy metal
IRON MAIDEN - Iron Maiden NWoBHM
QUEEN - Queen II Proto-Metal
CAPTAIN BEYOND - Captain Beyond Proto-Metal
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Dr. Feelgood Glam Metal
ANATHEMA - Falling Deeper Metal Related
PEARL JAM - Riot Act Hard Rock
PEARL JAM - Pearl Jam Hard Rock
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Too Fast For Love Glam Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - Thornography Gothic Metal
SLAYER - Hell Awaits Thrash Metal
MERCYFUL FATE - Don't Break the Oath Traditional heavy metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - From the Cradle to Enslave E.P. Gothic Metal
DEVIN TOWNSEND - Synchestra Progressive Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - The Principle of Evil Made Flesh Gothic Metal
MUSHROOMHEAD - Mushroomhead Volume 1 Alternative Metal
FEAR FACTORY - Soul of a New Machine Death Metal
DARKTHRONE - A Blaze in the Northern Sky Black Metal
SEPULTURA - Schizophrenia Thrash Metal

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Thrash Metal 113 4.35
2 Alternative Metal 70 4.09
3 Traditional heavy metal 59 4.02
4 Hard Rock 48 4.03
5 Metalcore 45 4.43
6 Doom Metal 40 4.25
7 Progressive Metal 36 4.36
8 Death Metal 33 4.23
9 Sludge/Post-metal 30 4.45
10 Power Metal 28 4.27
11 NWoBHM 20 3.95
12 Proto-Metal 19 3.68
13 Hardcore and crust 17 4.24
14 Industrial Metal 16 3.75
15 Gothic Metal 11 2.95
16 Glam Metal 7 3.29
17 Black Metal 6 4.25
18 Metal Related 4 3.88

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PEARL JAM Lightning Bolt

Album · 2013 · Hard Rock
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Pearl Jam’s 2013 album, Lightning Bolt, was their fourth consecutive album with Matt Cameron on drums and Boom Gaspar on guest keyboards. It was the sixth out of their ten studio efforts to be produced by famed producer Brendan O’Brian. It was released shortly after all the celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary.

I was incredibly pleased with the band’s previous effort, 2009’s superb Backspacer album, and was slightly concerned initially that the band would perhaps not be able to follow up such a strong effort this late in their career. I needn’t have worried because Lightning Blot continues the trend of really inspired material and bright performances. While not just as upbeat and summery as its predecessor, it is equally well-written and enjoyable.

The album follows a nice journey, that begins a bit jangly, takes off into a solid rock flavor and ends in balladry. There’s a bit of variety, and you can here touches of different Pearl Jam eras from No Code-esque stuff to Riot Act style material, but it all fits together well.

The songs are fairly concise, and not overlong, mirroring the record itself… there isn’t much extra filler or any weird experimental outros. Its just half a record of the band rocking out and having good fun, and half thoughtful songwriters crafting meaningful pieces, a rather nice balance of the band’s two main directions anyway. Speedy, aggressive moments like “My Father’s Son” balance out contemplative, haunting moments like “Pendulum.”

Highlights include the sad yet jaunty ballad “Sleeping By Myself,” the powerful garage rock number “Let The Records Play,” the catchy single “Mind Your Manners” and the excellent Title Track.

Overall; Lightning Bolt is a strong and entertaining album, and I wouldn’t find it too unreasonable to claim that it was rated firmly in the top-half of their discography.

SAVATAGE Edge Of Thorns

Album · 1993 · Traditional heavy metal
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1993’s Edge Of Thorns is the seventh full-length studio album by the American Progressive Metal band Savatage. The album, which followed up the Streets: A Rock Opera album, sees a sort of re-imagining of the band, with former front-man Jon Olivia taking a back seat as arranger/producer/keyboardist and the introduction of new singer Zak Stevens on lead vocals. It would also end up being the final album to feature original guitarist and co-founder Criss Oliva before his untimely passing.

The album serves as a sort of musical blue-print for all the Savatage albums which would follow and is quite different sounding to the earlier work from the band. Energetic ‘80s USPM sounds are almost all gone, in favour of 90s Groove Metal riffs (although not as much as Handful Of Rain), heavy handed piano and some occasional Queen-esque moments.

It isn’t a complete abandoning of everything Savatage had done before altogether, as there are lovely piano moments like “Exit Music” which feel a little bit like Streets and the brief “Labyrinths” which towards the end is slightly reminiscent of Gutter Ballet, but it certainly has its own identity and is clearly the beginning of a new era of Savatage. There are bright up-beat rockers that start off as power ballads like “Follow Me” and “Miles Away,” and there are groovy 90s-Metal tunes like “He Carves His Stone” and “Damien.” These two styles and the mixture therof really form the essence of Edge Of Thorns, and its all good stuff… If you are in the right mood for it, and not going in expecting it to sound like Power Of The Night, this is an absolutely superb album. My personal favourite song on here is the excellent Title Track, which is one of Savatage’s all time best songs, as well as the bouncy Load-esque “Lights Out” which is a little out-of-place on this album, but fun nonetheless.

Zak Steven’s vocal performances on this record are inspired, and you can’t help but smile at some of his deliveries in tracks like “Conversation Piece” and the fantastic album-closer “Sleep.” The guitar solos on Criss’ swansong album are melodic and enjoyable and the solid weighty drumming from Steve Wacholz and Jon Olivia (despite not being recorded on a real acoustic drumkit) perfectly suit the band’s new direction here. Overall; this is a superb record and fans of Savatage, or similar bands, should check it out. Its not their heaviest album, its not their most progressive album and its not their darkest album, but it is an absolutely rock-solid collection of well-written and fundamentally enjoyable music, and it grows on you really well with repeat listens.

ICED EARTH The Glorious Burden

Album · 2004 · Power Metal
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Burden Iced Earth’s seventh full-length studio album; 2004’s The Glorious Burden, saw the US Power Metal band trading in long-time vocalist Matt Barlow for former Judas Priest singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, when Barlow felt the call of duty to serve as a law enforcement officer.

Though my personal favourite singer Iced Earth has had is probably Matt Barlow because that’s who I heard first (usually how these things go), Tim Owens is a fine replacement with a wide range, a good attitude and some real power in those lungs. He’s clearly a very talented guy and fits the band well, matching the traditional high standard of Iced Earth singers.

The album was released via SPV records and was recorded in the famous Florida studio Morrisound, co-produced by Jim Morris and band–leader Tim Schaffer. Naturally, the album sounds fantastic. Crystal clear, grand, and yet still heavy.

The music itself on The Glorious Burden is fairly in line with what you would expect from Iced Earth, if perhaps focusing a little more on the mid-tempo aspects of their style. Mixing the sounds of Traditional Heavy Metal, early 80s US Prog Metal, USPM and a surprisingly high dose of Bay Area Thrash… Iced Earth have a definite identifiable, proudly Metallic sound and don’t deviate too far from it here. It you like melody, double kicks, guitar solos and a crunchy riffs its all here to be had.

The band do stretch their wings however on the fabulous, slightly progressive, three-part album closer “Gettysburg,” which is full of civil-war era music mixed with the band’s triumphant-sounding Metal music (even going so far as to make Metal versions of melodies from “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Dixie” and add them into the proceedings). This trilogy of songs is really worth checking out and practically worth the price of the album on their own.

In addition to that however, there are also an album’s worth of brief, well-written, masterfully executed Metal tracks on the disc too. Things like the memorable “Declaration Day,” “Valley Forge” and “Red Baron/Blue Max.” This is yet another consistent, filler-free effort from the band. If you are in the right mood, and give these songs the time to sink in, you can really grow to love this record.

Overall; The Glorious Burden is a strong and interesting album from the veteran band. Iced Earth fans should enjoy it. Tim Owens fans should enjoy it. Fans of a lot of Metal style should like it too (Heck; even if you have a prejudice about Power Metal due to the Keyboards, Goblins & Wizards stereotype, this should give you a new perspective on the possibilities). If you wonder whether this album is for you, take a listen to “Valley Forge” and judge for yourself.

ICED EARTH Live in Ancient Kourion

Movie · 2013 · Power Metal
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Live In Ancient Kourion is a live concert Blu-Ray from the American Power Metal band Iced Earth. It was filmed at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limasol, Cyprus (a site with a 6,000-year history according to the liner notes) in 2012, in support of the Dystopia album. The line up features Jon Schaffer, Brent Smedley, Troy Steele, Luke Appleton and then-new singer Stu Block.

The career-spanning set contains 27 songs from all eras of the band’s history, in a concert that lasts around 2 hours and 35 minutes. Its pretty great value for money in that regard.

The performance is very strong indeed, with all band members putting down solid performances with no weak links. Stu capably handles the material of previous singers Matt Barlow and Tim Ripper Owens in a suitable but distinctive way. He fits the band perfectly and is immensely talented. Elsewhere; the dual guitar lines and solos are sublime and the drumming is powerful and rock-solid. If you like Iced Earth then this is a really strong and representative example of what they are all about.

Highlights include strong performances of ‘Burning Times,’ ‘Wolf,’ ‘Declaration Day,’ ‘Days Of Rage’ and ‘Dantes Inferno.’ ‘Boiling Point’ and ‘Damien’ are also especially energetic and exciting here – if you were wondering if you’d enjoy this release, then I suggest trying those two tracks out.

The stage design and the simple, tasteful lightshow in conjunction with the well-integrated use of smoke and pyro perfectly complements the band’s meaty, honest approach to Metal music. The crowd get into it and both clap and sing along on many occasions. Sometimes not only singing the words but also the guitar melodies. The concert really shows a confident band delivering their best to an appreciative crowd.

The camerawork and editing are absolutely solid, the audio recording quality and live mix are spot-on and overall this is a very strong release on both the audio and visual fronts. Sometimes you’ll get a DVD with way too many flashy transitions and cheesy editing choices, or the bass guitar missing from the mix, but a lot of care has obviously gone into making this a tasteful and musician-friendly affair. Admittedly I have seen concert Blu-Rays with better picture quality (Sabaton, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius and Hammerfall spring to mind) and here it can be a tiny bit grainy, soft-focus or washed out at times depending on the lighting conditions in the venue at the time however just because better examples exist, it doesn’t mean the picture here is anything to complain about.

In terms of bonus features there are photo galleries (4 minutes of very high resolution photos of the band and the beautiful Cypriot landscape), a 9-minute world tour story (breaking down the logistics involved such as how many guitar picks and flights the band went through) which mixes photos and graphics with interview footage, as well as the 31-minute Documentary feature “The Making Of Live At Ancient Kourion.”

The version I got comes with a slipcase in a digibook-style box which contains booklet featuring photos, credits and liner notes from bandleader Jon Shaffer. It houses the Blu-Ray version, DVD version and CD version of the concert for maximum flexibility.

The Blu-Ray specs are as follows: Region 0, Format 16:9, Audio comes in a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or DTS HD Surround 5.1.

Overall; Live In Ancient Kourion, especially this edition, is a very worthwhile release and I whole-heartedly recommend it to fans of the band, or fans of Traditional Heavy Metal and Power Metal in general.

ICED EARTH Something Wicked This Way Comes

Album · 1998 · Power Metal
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Something Wicked This Way Comes is the fifth full-length studio album by the US Power Metal band Iced Earth. It was released in 1998 through Century Media records and was recorded at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with legendary producer Jim Morris.

This is a very tight, strong and consistent record which showcases the band at the top of their game, delivering some of the best examples of their craft to date. The first two tracks; the bouncy up-tempo “Burning Times,” and the grandiose mid-paced “Melancholy (Holy Martyr)” are two of my personal favourite Iced Earth songs.

Mixing elements of early Queensryche with Iron Maiden, then injecting a flavor of the Bay Area Thrash stylings of Testament and Forbidden into things here, Iced Earth release a crunchy, tasteful and thoughtful take on Power Metal that still delivers the triumphant atmosphere and enjoyable melody, but with some added ferocity.

There is a lot of emphasis placed on the dynamic and varied vocal stylings of the very talented Matt Barlow, as well as the solid riffing and enjoyable lead guitar work of band leader John Schaffer. If you generally like powerful Metal Front-men with wide ranges, or impressive guitar virtuosos, then there’s plenty to enjoy here.

Its not all about showing-off however. The band are quite skilled at mixing different moods and tempos into single tracks. Iced Earth can make liberal use of both acoustic guitars and full-speed-ahead double kick drums, and make both sound convincing. You may think one song is all about Thrash Speed and heaviness, but suddenly an atmospheric passage will take things in a whole other direction. You may think a song is going to be a ballad, but suddenly a grand Metallic guitar will ring out and signal the band to kick things up a gear. They do this without sacrificing succinct song structures, or compromising the logical flow of the material. It’s skilled, perfectly crafted songwriting in other words.

Highlights include the fierce, menacing “Stand Alone,” as well as the instrumental “1776” and the aforementioned opening duo. There’s also the “Something Wicked Trilogy” of the final three songs, which tell a story that would be continued on two full-blown concept albums later on in the band’s career.

Overall; Something Wicked’ is a very solid and well-written album from a very talented band. I think this is a fine album to start your Iced Earth collection with, and a must-have for any existing fans. I highly recommend it to fans of bands like Hammerfall, Sabbaton, Manowar, Nevermore, Queensryche, Savatage, Testament, Exodus, Forbidden, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon etc.

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