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Jimmy Neeson
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622 reviews/ratings
MASTODON - The Hunter Progressive 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 Thrash Metal | 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
OPETH - In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall Progressive Metal
ACCEPT - Blind Rage Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
SAXON - The Eagle Has Landed NWoBHM
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 Thrash Metal | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - The Fury of Our Maker's Hand Thrash Metal | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - The Last Kind Words Thrash Metal | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - Beast Thrash Metal | 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 Traditional heavy 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
MANOWAR - Kings of Metal Traditional heavy metal
MANOWAR - The Triumph of Steel Traditional heavy metal
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
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VAN HALEN - Van Halen Hard Rock
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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
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Toxicity Alternative Metal
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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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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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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OPETH - Ghost Reveries Progressive 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
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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
OPETH - Still Life Progressive Metal
SAXON - Power & the Glory NWoBHM
NUCLEAR ASSAULT - Louder Harder Faster Thrash Metal | review permalink
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CRADLE OF FILTH - Nymphetamine Gothic Metal
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
OPETH - My Arms, Your Hearse Death Metal
SAXON - Crusader NWoBHM
CRADLE OF FILTH - Thornography Gothic Metal
SLAYER - Hell Awaits Thrash Metal
MERCYFUL FATE - Don't Break the Oath Traditional heavy metal
OPETH - Orchid Death Metal
OPETH - Morningrise Death 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 119 4.35
2 Alternative Metal 70 4.09
3 Traditional heavy metal 63 4.06
4 Hard Rock 49 4.02
5 Progressive Metal 43 4.30
6 Doom Metal 41 4.23
7 Metalcore 40 4.41
8 Death Metal 36 4.06
9 Sludge/Post-metal 29 4.43
10 Power Metal 27 4.26
11 NWoBHM 23 3.89
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 3.36
17 Black Metal 7 4.21
18 Metal Related 5 3.90

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DOWN Down IV Part II

EP · 2014 · Doom Metal
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Down IV Part 2 is the American Metal super-group Down’s 2014 release. As its title suggests, it is the second in a series of EPs released under the Down IV title, following up 2012’s “Down IV Part I – The Purple EP.” It was produced by Michael Thompson along with the band themselves and released independently.

This was the band’s first official release without longtime member Kirk Weinstein of Crowbar fame, who is replaced here by Bobby Landgraf. Ironically, this EP is probably closer in sound to Crowbar than to Pantera, Eyehategod or Corrosion Of Conformity (the other groups besides Crowbar that the band are usually associated with).

First up, for an EP, this is actually pretty substantial, a total running time of almost 37 minutes leaves it longer than many albums anyway.

The focus of songwriting this time around seems to focus on the heavier, mid-paced side of the band’s repertoire. I don’t think the distinction between EPs 1 & 2 is all that strict, as in, its not a clear cut case of one has all the fast songs, one has all the slow songs, or one has all the basic songs and the other has all the progressive songs. This EP is essentially more of the Down mid-ground. Its not the most “instant” release in their catalogue, and may take a few spins to really get to grips with, but if you give it the time it asks for, you’ll get the rewards it promises.

Highlights include the brief “Hogshead/Dogshead,” and “Sufferer’s Years,” which is particularly catchy with its “I hate this time of year” sing-along, and the fat ‘60s/’70s sounding riffs in the pre-chorus. It is a nice mixture of the band’s Doom, Sludge & Stoner sides, approaching vintage Hard Rock in 2014 from multiple angles. This is perhaps the most definitively “Down” track on the album, and hopefully it will become a concert staple.

The record ends with the almost nine-minute long “Bacchanalia,” one of the looser and more jam-feeling songs on the record. You imagine it got its title from the drunken party in which it probably spawned (as opposed to a secret love of Batman No Man’s Land). This track in turn ends with a softer acoustic moment, likely foreshadowing Down IV Part 3 as the promised all-acoustic EP originally mentioned when the band come up with splitting the album into different EPs.

Overall; this is not necessarily bold new ground for the band, and the focus on mostly similar direction material may leave some fans feeling an acute lack of variety or excitement, but for what it is, to me personally, Down IV Part II is an entertaining collection of Down songs and a worthy addition to the catalogue. If you’re burned out by the formula, or want something fresh and new from these guys, maybe give it a miss, but if you can’t get enough Down, then by all means jump on board.

ACCEPT Blind Rage

Album · 2014 · Traditional heavy metal
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Blind Rage is the 14th full-length studio album by the legendary German Heavy Metal band Accept, and the 3rd since their triumphant reformation with the new Mark Tornillio-fronted line up. It was released on Nuclear Blast Records in 2014 and was masterfully produced (as with their previous two records) by veteran British producer Andy Sneap.

Right off the bat, let me just say that I absolutely love this record and would highly recommend that any fan of the bands previous two records buy it without hesitation. Moreover any fan of the band or even just the genre should consider buying it. On my initial listen, it sent giddy shivers up my spine and had me thinking of phrases like “album of the year” and “career highlight” straight away, and even now when the early excitement has been tempered and attempts have been made to be rational and objective, this still feels like a very strong and important record on every single listen. It is at once both an immediate hit and a massive grower.

The style on the album is more-or-less the same style of modernized pure Heavy Metal from the last two albums; teetering smoothly on brink of early Power Metal and Hard Rock, topped off with the cherry of Mark Tornillo’s gravely Udo Dirkschneider-meets-Lemmy Kilmister (by way of Brian Johnson) vocal style. If you like pounding double-kick drums and guitar solos you want to sing along to, this is the sort of stuff for you. There are big riffs and chant-along backing vocals all over the place designed to make everything feel memorable and make you want to pump your fists in the air.

There are tracks here that could neatly slot into either of their previous two albums without looking out of place at all, and so in many ways, the album is partly a continuation of what the reunion line-up has been doing so far.

In other places however, the album has its own identity and overall it isn’t just a carbon copy of either Blood Of The Nations or the superb Stalingrad. Blind Rage diversifies into softer, more melodic and anthemic directions as well. Tracks like “Wanna Be Free” and “Dark Side Of My Heart” almost harken back to the Metal Heart spirit in a way. This makes sense as the band mentioned the classic Accept sound a lot in interviews at the time of this album’s promotion and the climax of the album-closer “Final Journey” sonically references the track “Metal Heart” itself.

Highlights include “Dying Breed” – a mid-paced number which lyrically pays tribute to other legendary bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon etc. – as well as the catchy single “Stampede” (a real grower indeed) and the speedier “Bloodbath Mastermind.” That being said this is an absolutely rock-solid album with no filler or weak moments at all.

Overall, Blind Rage is an absolutely stunning record. There are so many memorable moments and catchy riffs on here that it almost doesn’t hit you right away just how very well-written and impressive it is. The performances are great, the production is immaculate and I have nothing but praise for the songs themselves. I highly recommend picking yourself up a copy if you are in any way interested.

****

The edition I bought comes in a fat digipak contained within a slipcase. It is packaged with the Live In Chili 2013 concert on Blu Ray.

The tracklisting is as follows: Intro/Hung Drawn And Quartered/Hellfire/Restless And Wild/Losers And Winners/Stalingrad/Breaker/Bucket Full Of Hate/Monsterman/Shadow Soldiers/Amamos La Vida/Guitar Solo/Neon Nights/Bulletproof/Aiming High/Princess Of The Dawn/Up To The Limit/No Shelter/Pandemic/Fast As A Shark/Metal Heart/Teutonic Terror/Balls To The Wall

Here are the Blu Ray specs: Resolution 1080p, Sound PCM Stereo, Region All, Running Time 121mins.

This is excellent value for money as it isn’t the usual low–quality bonus disc; the performance is great, it sounds pretty decent, the editing is fairly tasteful and in all honesty it almost feels like a proper release that could stand up as its own product if it had more sound options and a few extras. Very occasionally it looks overdubbed or there’ll be a silly editing choice, but it is for the most part well-made. It is great to see the reunion line-up absolutely tearing it up live and the mix of newer material with the usual concert-favourites makes it feel vital and exciting.

If the price difference isn’t too much I’d definitely recommend getting this version.

****

**Oh, and if you found this review by search engine, when you discover it again on Amazon it is me posting it. It hasn’t been copied and pasted off here by a stranger, I post my reviews on Amazon as ‘Gentlegiantprog “Kingcrimsonprog.”’ So please don’t unhelpful-vote it because you thought it was stolen from me.**

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Shot to Hell

Album · 2006 · Traditional heavy metal
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Shot To Hell is the seventh full-length studio album by the American Heavy Metal band Black Label Society, the biker-themed band started by ex-Ozzy Osbourne virtuoso guitarist Zack Wylde.

It was their first release on Roadrunner Records, and it was released in 2006, one year after their successful Mafia record. The album was co-produced by band leader Zakk Wylde and Michael Beinhorn (of Korn, Marilyn Manson, Soundgarden and Ozzy Osbourne fame).

The band are purveyors of big meaty riffs, frequent guitar slide and squeals, and Zack’s blistering solos. The mostly guitar based songwriting is accompanied by Grunge-tinged singing, solid uncomplicated rhythms designed for head-banging and fist-pumping and a mixture of fast or mid-paced Metal songs with acoustic numbers (often with a slight Southern Rock hint or the inclusion of piano).

The vocals here have gone from a sort of blend between Neil Fallon and Layne Staley to having a larger Ozzy influence this time around. Other than that, this isn’t one of the band’s most talking-point albums. Not the rawest, the fastest, the doomiest, the most quiet, or anything else. This is just Black Label Society, doing their thing (meaty, simple, enjoyable Metal songs). It could be argued that this is a slightly more commercial effort due to the mostly shorter song durations and frequency of ballads, as well as the inclusion of the MTV friendly hit single “Concrete Jungle.” So; if you aren’t into the bands rawer, doomier side, skip their debut and start here, and vice-versa; if you want the band at their gnarliest start with the early stuff and work forwards.

No matter what direction you prefer from the band however, there are some really killer BLS songs on here; especially towards the end of the record. “Faith Is Blind,” as well as the acoustic-but-bouncy “Blood Is Thicker Than Water,” and especially the speedy “Devil’s Dime” are all particularly strong.

If you are a fan of Clutch, Alice In Chains, Pantera, ‘90s Corrosion Of Conformity, ‘90s Metallica, ‘90s Ozzy Osbourne, or even Soil then Black Label Society are well worth your time checking out. This album, while not boasting any easy descriptive label, is a good addition to the collection. I would also recommend Sonic Brew and Order Of The Black too if you haven’t heard them already.

PISSING RAZORS Live In The Devil's Triangle

Live album · 2002 · Thrash Metal
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You can tell from the very first seconds of Pissing Razors’ first and only official Live Album, Live In The Devil’s Triangle, that the band mean business. It kicks off instantly into a noisy powerful fury, and from that point onwards scarcely lets up in intensity at all for its sixteen-tack, hour-long duration.

With the enthusiastic crowd riled up, tracks like ‘Burning Bridges,’ ‘Dodging Bullets,’ ‘Mass Corruption’ and ‘Cursed’ are blasted through with a fiery and sincere performance that is at once razor sharp, but still utterly teeming with energy and passion.

Do you know those rare brilliant live albums where the songs are just even better than in the studio? Live albums that make you feel like you are at the actual gig and aren’t overproduced but still sound fantastic? Albums like Pantera’s 101 Proof? This is such a live album. If you were only to get one Pissing Razors album, you could happily chose this and get a stellar, no-filler collection of their brightest moments, all put together in a great performance.

The album features the then-new singer Andrew Acosta on vocals on his first recorded appearance with the band, as well as Cesar Sota on guitar filling out the line-up alongside long time member Rick Valles on bass and absolute virtuoso drummer Eddy Garcia. The 2002 record features a career spanning setlist that, more than any other release, really shows what this underrated Texan Groove Metal band were capable of. The band have a superb formula, and here that formula is made manifest, and elevated beyond its station to become greater than the sum of its parts for once, and it is really worth your time checking it out.

Do you like bands like Pantera, Machine Head, Fear Factory, Prong and Soulfly? You may love Pissing Razors too if you give this album a try.

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.

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