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649 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 Thrash Metal | 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 Thrash Metal | 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
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
NAPALM DEATH - Noise for Music's Sake Death Metal
LIFE OF AGONY - River Runs Red Hardcore and crust | review permalink
SLIPKNOT - Disasterpieces Alternative Metal
SLIPKNOT - Slipknot - Disasterpieces Alternative Metal
MACHINE HEAD - Bloodstone & Diamonds Thrash Metal | review permalink
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
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 | review permalink
MANOWAR - The Triumph of Steel Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - The DVD Death Metal
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - IX Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
SLIPKNOT - .5: The Gray Chapter Alternative Metal | review permalink
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 Thrash Metal | 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
RUSH - 2112 Hard Rock
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
RAMMSTEIN - Mutter Industrial Metal
W.A.S.P. - The Last Command Traditional heavy metal
RED FANG - Whales & Leeches Doom Metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - Rabbit Don't Come Easy Power Metal | review permalink
TWISTED SISTER - You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll Traditional heavy metal
TWISTED SISTER - Stay Hungry Traditional heavy metal
TWISTED SISTER - Come Out And Play Traditional heavy metal
PROTEST THE HERO - Fortress Metalcore | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - 13 Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - The Dark Ride Power Metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - Better Than Raw Power Metal | review permalink
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Something Wild Death Metal | review permalink
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Are You Dead Yet? Death Metal | review permalink
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Relentless Reckless Forever Death Metal | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Land of the Free II Power Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Something Wicked This Way Comes Power Metal | review permalink
OVERKILL - Taking Over Thrash Metal
SAVATAGE - Edge Of Thorns Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
PEARL JAM - Touring Band 2000 Hard Rock
IMMORTAL - At the Heart of Winter Black Metal
OPETH - Watershed Progressive Metal
OPETH - Deliverance Progressive Metal
OPETH - Damnation Metal Related
MANOWAR - Sign of the Hammer Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Leaders Not Followers Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Death by Manipulation Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Diatribes / Greed Killing / Bootlegged In Japan Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Inside the Torn Apart / Words from the Exit Wound / Breed to Breathe Death Metal
LIFE OF AGONY - Ugly Alternative Metal | review permalink
BRING ME THE HORIZON - Count Your Blessings Metalcore | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - Pass Out of Existence Thrash Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths Alternative Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Jam Room Alternative Metal | review permalink
THE DEFILED - Grave Times Metalcore | review permalink
FLAW - Home Grown Studio Sessions Alternative Metal | review permalink
POWERMAN 5000 - Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere Industrial Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - Wretch Doom Metal | review permalink
OZZY OSBOURNE - Bark At The Moon Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
OZZY OSBOURNE - The Ultimate Sin Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - Fallout From the War Metalcore | review permalink
SOULFLY - Primitive Alternative Metal | review permalink
TRIVIUM - Ember to Inferno Metalcore | review permalink
MUDVAYNE - Lost and Found Alternative Metal | review permalink
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
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - Live Over Europe Hard Rock | review permalink
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 Hard Rock | review permalink
FEAR FACTORY - Transgression Alternative Metal
SERJ TANKIAN - Harakiri Alternative Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Tribe Hard Rock | 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
RUSH - Moving Pictures Hard Rock
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
BIOHAZARD - State of the World Address Hardcore and crust
SICK OF IT ALL - Scratch the Surface Hardcore and crust
SICK OF IT ALL - Yours Truly Alternative Metal
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Mafia Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - Master of the Rings Power Metal | review permalink
STRATOVARIUS - Infinite Power Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory Progressive Metal
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
PEARL JAM - Lightning Bolt Hard Rock | review permalink
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Theatre Of Pain Glam Metal
PISSING RAZORS - Live In The Devil's Triangle Thrash Metal | review permalink
OPETH - Blackwater Park Progressive Metal
OPETH - Ghost Reveries Progressive Metal
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Shot to Hell Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
DOWN - Down IV Part II Doom Metal | review permalink
MANOWAR - Fighting the World Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
MANOWAR - Louder Than Hell Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
TRIVIUM - Vengeance Falls Metalcore | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Redeemer Of Souls Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Words From the Exit Wound Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Inside the Torn Apart Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Greed Killing Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Breed to Breathe Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Mentally Murdered Grindcore
NAPALM DEATH - Punishment in Capitals Death Metal
MUDVAYNE - The New Game Alternative Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Supercharger Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Endless Pain Thrash Metal | review permalink
NUCLEAR ASSAULT - Out of Order Thrash Metal | review permalink
THE UNION UNDERGROUND - ...An Education in Rebellion Industrial Metal
BLACKFOOT - No Reservations Hard Rock | review permalink
MARILYN MANSON - Eat Me, Drink Me Industrial Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Q2K Hard Rock | review permalink
FEAR FACTORY - The Industrialist Death Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Power Of The Night Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Memories In My Head Progressive Metal | review permalink
SLIPKNOT - All Hope Is Gone Alternative Metal
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 Metal Related
TWISTED SISTER - Love Is For Suckers Glam Metal
HELLOWEEN - Helloween - High Live Power Metal | review permalink
STRATOVARIUS - Elements Part 1 Power Metal | review permalink
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
NAPALM DEATH - Diatribes Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - The World Keeps Turning EP Death Metal
NAPALM DEATH - Mass Appeal Madness Death Metal
NUCLEAR ASSAULT - Louder Harder Faster Thrash Metal | review permalink
SOULFLY - Soulfly Alternative Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Point Of Entry NWoBHM | review permalink
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
NAPALM DEATH - Leaders Not Followers, Part 2 Death Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - From the Cradle to Enslave E.P. Gothic Metal
DEVIN TOWNSEND - Synchestra Progressive Metal
NAPALM DEATH - From Enslavement to Obliteration Grindcore
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
NAPALM DEATH - Scum Grindcore

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Thrash Metal 123 4.36
2 Alternative Metal 72 4.15
3 Traditional heavy metal 66 4.05
4 Death Metal 51 3.92
5 Hard Rock 51 3.99
6 Progressive Metal 43 4.30
7 Doom Metal 41 4.23
8 Metalcore 37 4.36
9 Sludge/Post-metal 30 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 15 3.80
15 Gothic Metal 11 2.95
16 Glam Metal 7 3.36
17 Black Metal 7 4.21
18 Metal Related 6 3.75
19 Grindcore 3 1.83

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MACHINE HEAD Bloodstone & Diamonds

Album · 2014 · Thrash Metal
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In 2014, Nuclear Blast records released the eight full-length studio album by the now-legendary Bay Area based Heavy Metal band Machine Head, entitled Bloodstone & Diamonds.

It was their first without longtime bassist Adam Duce (a huge part of the band’s sound) and the first with new bassist Jared MacEachern. This line-up shift leaves frontman Robb Flynn as the sole original member. Luckily long-time drummer Dave McClain is still on board as he has been for everything except the debut, and Phil Demmel is still there as he has been for the last three exceptionally good albums, leaving a feeling of consistency and cushioning the blow of such a big loss.

Produced by bandleader Robb Flynn & Juan Urteaga, mixed by Colin Richardson (with additional work from Andy Sneap and Steve Lagudi); sonically, this is an exemplary record. The instruments are crystal clear, the mix is crushing and well balanced, and this only serves to highlight the superb, passionate performances and some of the best vocals in the band’s history. Its a real treat for the ears, as violins swirl warmly around and the gorgeously-recorded drum kit hammers proudly across the spectrum.

When I first got into the band, public opinion had turned on them, every magazine and website claimed they were on the way out, people spoke of them either with contempt or with rose tinted nostalgia and an “only Burn My Eyes was any good” historic revisionism. It nice to see how much the band’s star is on the rise now. Every album keeps getting better. They keep getting the recognition they deserve from critics. Live shows are full of adoring fans. This even ended up being, to date, the band’s highest charting record ever.

It deserves it. This is one stone-cold gem of an album. Almost flawless. There’s no filler, no weak songs, nothing out-of-place. The choruses are memorable. The solos are scorching. The fills are impressive and satisfying. The album is chocked full of riffs that sound like all eras of the band’s history and still move things forward to the future. There’s a bouncy scrappy Hardcore-influenced sound to “Game Over,” a haunting epic feeling to “Sail Into The Black,” a melancholy melodic feel to “Damage Inside” a big dirty sludgy sound to “Beneath The Silt” and more rampant Blackening-esque Thrashy aggression to the likes of “Killers & Kings” and “Eyes Of The Dead.” The titanic 71-minute record is full to the brim with all different sorts of ideas and directions but still feels like one cohesive whole.

The quality of the songwriting tips everything over the edge. Its not just immaculately produced, furiously performed and stylistically satisfying… but its also just plain brilliant in and of itself. It stands up remarkably well to repeat listens. All the little clever structuring decisions, neat flourishes and all the orchestral extras reveal themselves more and more with repeat listens. There’s an immense depth to this one. I’ve seen over half of it live in concert and it absolutely crushed and felt “right” beside stuff from all positions in the band’s discography. It felt incredible even without the lush production and the extra orchestral instruments. These are just brilliant songs, plain and simple.

It must have been difficult to live up to the impossibly high standards the band have been setting themselves for the last twelve-or-so years, but somehow Machine Head managed it, once again. This is an incredible record that will stand up well against any Machine Head record you care to name. Get yourself a copy if you haven’t already!

SLIPKNOT .5: The Gray Chapter

Album · 2014 · Alternative Metal
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When I first heard and read about American Metal band Slipknot’s fifth major label full-length studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, I was very skeptical. When I was a teenager, Slipknot were just breaking here in the UK and I got incredibly captivated by them. Every generation has that one band that just seems extra important, be it Maiden or Metallica or Pantera. The band you pay extra attention to, buy extra merch for, read extra articles about, pick up books about even when it seems unnecessary. That one band you just care way more about than everyone else. For me that band was Slipknot.

With the line-up changes - the replacement of unique drummer Joey Jordinson and the death of founding member and key songwriter Paul Gray with faceless un-named fill-ins who the band wouldn’t “count as real members,” - I felt a bit put-off. Would the band sound the same? Would the emotions result in an overly quiet ballad-filled record? Then the very not-to-my-tastes album artwork was unveiled and I felt even more put-off. That's what you want your new album to look like? Really? I then read the reports that the album's lyrics were all going to be about Paul, well, these circumstances collectively made me feel that this wasn’t going to be a tasteful affair. Coupled with all my obsessive reading about the band early in their career where they said that none of them would ever do drugs (which killed Paul and allegedly lead to Joey's departure) and that they would only release four albums (this being their fifth) and that if one of them ever died they’d quit because it was all about “the nine” and nothing else, well… even though I’m older and smart enough to know its unfair and unreasonable to hold someone to something they said, probably only in passing, over a decade ago, somehow I almost felt that the band were doing the wrong thing by carrying on. The wrong thing, done without taste? - Didn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

Furthermore; upon actually getting the album, on my first few listens, I felt that this release was a bit of a cynical copy of the past two albums all over again - musically, and even structurally up to a certain point. You’ve got the intro (“Prelude 3.0”/“.execute.”/“XIX”), then that’s followed by the heavy opener (“The Blister Exists”/“Gematria The Killing Name”/“Sarcastrophe”), then the second heavy track with a clean chorus (“Three Nill”/“Sulpher”/“AOV”), then the first phase of the record is capped-off by the catchy radio single (“Duality”/“Psychosocial”/“The Devil In I”). All albums have an adventurous, slightly progressive weird track that appears clean but isn’t actually all that commercial (“Vermillion”/“Gehenna”/“Killpop”) and a heavy track late in the record to almost justify the lighter moments and defend against sellout accusations (“Welcome”/“All Hope Is Gone”/“The Negative One”).

The more I listen to it though, that sort of falls apart, and this album doesn’t feel like its trying to redo the previous two records. It feels more like its trying to balance them within the overall discography, and blend them with the first two records. “The Devil In I” may have the chorus and catchiness of a radio single, but the verses are slow dark and creepy, more akin to “Skin Ticket” or “Gently” than they are to “Duality.” The way some of the riffs work towards the end of “Skeptic” and “Lech” feel closer to the mechanics of the riffery to “New Abortion,” “Metabolic” and “My Plague” than anything more recent. "The Negative One" has that same blunt ugliness that made "The Heretic Anthem," "(Sic)" and "Everything Ends" so good. “Custer” in particular feels like its trying to recapture some of the madcap energy of their debut, with vocal performances, screeching samples and keg-strikes that feel violent and wild. Even the sombre album closer, “If Rain Is What You Want” doesn’t feel like another ballad ala “Circle” or “Snuff” but rather, it feels like a menacing, creepy, atmospheric closer. Sonically, its nothing like “Iowa” of course, but it is somewhere close in spirit. Its actually quite a neat idea the band have gone for here… rather than just redoing the winning formula that allowed them to headline arenas at last, they’re taking what worked about both the more aggressive roots and the commercial but still good “headliner era” and mixing the two together, making all of it fit together more cohesively. I really respect that. Ok; so the stylistic shift worries are no-longer a problem, and I realize that complaining about the album artwork is petty, and consequently have gotten over it. So that’s no-longer a problem either.

The new drummer also does a reasonably good job of copying Joey’s unique, flappy and skittery sounding drum style that previously seemed inimitable. Its not an exact match, but it sounds “like Slipknot.” That’s a major worry gone right there. Heck, they don’t even try and hide the bass. The bass is still prominent. People made sure it wasn't too different, but not an exact copy. It works.

Just as I had read, the lyrics do certainly concentrate a bit on Paul and his death. Its full of lines like: “This song is for the dead,” “No one is bullet proof,” “Some of us are destined to be outlived,” “The world will never know another man as amazing as you” and “Life keeps taking things away” among others. At first, the chorus of “Skeptic” in particular made my nose wrinkle a bit, with its sweary sing-along tribute to the late Paul that felt needlessly cheesy and therefore a rather poor treatment for a fallen band-mate. Not so fast, nose! It really isn’t though. I don’t think the lyrics are anywhere near as cheesy as I feared. Listening to the intro track “XIX” on repeat, I came to the conclusion that the lyrics to this album are actually really heartfelt and honest, and do feel appropriate given how (Corey and Shawn in particular) the band do speak in real life. This feels like a very true-to-life, non-linear document of the confusion and contradictory emotions that grief and bereavement evokes in us, in real life. Thinking about it in this new light, the album has a depth and weight to it that is surprisingly impressive.

So; artwork nolonger a problem, line-up changes nolonger a problem, style nolonger a problem but rather an asset, lyrics nolonger a problem but rather an asset. My skepticism has melted away and all the barriers have been removed. I can enjoy this record without pointless mental baggage. Now, what about the most important (and ultimately the only important) question? “Are these songs any good?”

“Yes, very good!”

This album is full of catchy choruses, fun riffs, great dynamics, solos that don’t intrude upon the songs, memorable percussion all around, enough of the noisy electronics and DJ-scratches that you want from this band and best of all… conviction. This album is driven. It has a point to prove and is all the better for it. Anything that seems dumbed-down and mass-friendly is revealed to be darker, uglier, heavier and more complex than it first appears. Everything that could feel phoned-in instead feels intense. The album is full of hidden depths, interesting extras, and superb balance between fast and slow and light and heavy. Its not just a good album under the circumstances, or a good Slipknot album, it’s a good album period. Infinitely better than I cynically expected and a genuine “can’t put it down” type of exciting, that will rack up an enormous play-count in a short space of time.

Its hard not to feel excitement and satisfaction as the songs defiantly reclaim my waning interest in a band that used to be so massively definitive to my early music-listening years, and who played such a large part in the formation and shaping of my music-fandom. “The Negative One,” “AOV,” “Custer,” “Sarcastrophe” and “Lech” are cemented firmly in any future Slipknot playlist I’ll ever make, and it’d take a heck of a lot to get them out. Overall; It feels good to be able to say the new Slipknot album is fantastic.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY IX

Album · 2014 · Sludge/Post-metal
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With long-time frontman Pepper Keenan busy in the supergroup Down for so much time, the older trio line-up of Corrosion Of Conformity decided to reunite rather than simply wait for Pepper to be free and available. This started off with a nostalgia tour, playing material from their early 80s albums and EPs like Animosity and Technocracy. In 2012, they released a self-titled brand new studio album.

To the surprise of many, the music on this album was not in the original Hardcore Punk/Crossover Thrash style, but rather something new. It was a mixture of the slow, Doomy, Sabbathy leanings of the band’s then most recent album (2005’s In The Arms Of God) with a raw, powerful edge of Hardcore spirit, and occasional bursts of speed. This style was continued on their brilliant 2012 EP Meglodon, which was given away for free online.

In 2014; a full 30 years after their debut record Eye For An Eye, it came time to release more material, and the band, still in modernized trio mode released IX, their ninth-full length studio album.

Stylistically, IX carries on very much in the same vein as Meglodon and the self-titled album. There is a rawer, messier, noiser sound, attitude and performance style than on any of the Pepper-era albums, but also a slower, doomier, more stoner-rock influenced sound than on any of the early albums. The band mix the two styles seamlessly here. Its not even on a song by song basis, but within the songs themselves. Like the last two albums, there’s also a more somber interlude piece, this time actually called “Interlude.”

Highlights include the speedy “Denmark Vesey” and “The Nectar” as well “The Hanged Man” and indeed the absolutely phenomenal and catchy “Tarquinius Superbus” (about the Emperor of the same name, and not some sort of excellent tour bus).

The riffs are big, bendy and exciting. The mix of tempos keeps things exciting. The raw dirty production is incredibly charming, and there’s some genuinely great songs on here that should stay in the live setlist even when Pepper returns. Can you imagine how fun that riff from “On Your Way” would be live in concert?

The album is brief, to the point and filler free. There isn’t too much experimentation. This constantly shape-shifting band found yet another perfect new identity on their self-titled album, and this album is an even more focused realization of everything good about it. Don’t overlook it because its not in the 80s style or because its not got Pepper on it, this is one bad-ass C.O.C album that is absolutely worth your time!

LIFE OF AGONY River Runs Red

Album · 1993 · Hardcore and crust
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River Runs Red is the cult-classic debut full-length studio album by the underrated, unique New York band Life Of Agony. It was produced by Josh Silver and released in 1993 through Roadrunner Records.

The album is a concept album which tells the story of a confused and disillusioned young man with low self-worth and a poor support network, who ultimately decides to commit suicide. Its pretty grim, dark, weighty stuff. The story really sucks you in, and you find yourself hoping its not going to end in tragedy.

Musically, this album is a pretty interesting hybrid. There’s touches of Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, NY Hardcore and a big Type-O Negative influence at the same time. At times its almost sort of like Sick Of It All doing a St Vitus cover song, with Pete Steele on vocals. Not really, but that’s a ballpark idea of what to expect.

The whole thing is chocked full of pummeling double-kicks and gang vocals, big fat dirty riffs, inventive drumming, really unique and interesting vocal performances and bucketloads of catchy hooks.

Album highlights include the speedy Title Track, the absolutely crushing opener “This Time” and the bitter introspective “Bad Seed.” If you wonder whether the album is for you or not, check out those three! That said, the whole album is rock solid, consistent from start to finish, and there’s no messing with tracks like “These Eyes” or “Method Of Groove” either. The only thing you’ll find yourself skipping are the three additional atmospheric tracks (each named after a day of the week) that provide the story but aren’t songs. Awesome for when you sit down and listen to it as a story, but missable if you just want to be bludgeoned by heavy music.

Overall; this album is an absolute monster. Relentlessly catchy, full of crushing riffs, a dynamic mix of speed and slow, powerful vocals and an interesting story. It’s a pretty unique record that no other band sounds like (and the band themselves would never repeat stylistically) and as long as you aren’t upset that it doesn’t fit neatly into one confined box, this album just gives and gives. It’s a grower, and the more spins you put in, the more magic you get back. In short – highly recommended.

LIFE OF AGONY Ugly

Album · 1995 · Alternative Metal
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1995’s Ugly is the second full-length studio album by the New York band Life Of Agony. It was produced by Steve Thompson and released through Roadrunner Records.

It must have been damn hard to follow up their amazing, one-of-a-kind, conceptual, brutal debut album River Runs Red, and there are a segment of fans who argue they never adequately did, but for me, this album is an absolutely stormer too.

Musically, this album is a pretty interesting hybrid. Its got a touch of Ross Robinson Nu Metal flavour in the way some of the riffs work, its still got a hangover of the band’s NYHC roots but dialed back a bit, there’s touches of Doom, Stoner and Grunge in there at times but not enough to take over the whole album. It’s a pretty unique beast, and there’s plenty of variety on there to further add to the melting pot.

The lyrics on this album are absolutely brilliant. Kind of intense and emotionally weighty. There are topics of disillusionment, alienation, isolation, identity crisis, quarter-life crisis, complex relationships with family members and other such introspection. I know some people hate anything personal and deem anything like this to be “too emo” but in context and in and of itself, the lyrical quality of this album is sky high. Considering the life course of Keith (now Mina) Caputo, the lyrics just have such power and import and really “speak to you.” Topped off with really powerful, evocative and harrowing vocal performances that really project the message of the lyrics, its pretty intense stuff.

Songs like “Lost At 22,” “Damned If I Do” and “How It Would Be” all fell pretty damn profound. It also helps that the musical quality of the album is equally high. “Fears” is absolutely crushing, “Drained” has serious hooks, and “I Regret” feels like a hit single.

The album ends surprisingly with a cover of Simple Minds “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” which you will likely recognize from the movie The Breakfast Club. It’s a pretty straight cover too, no drastic reworking. It feels a bit gimmicky to me, but not enough to spoil the record.

Overall; this is a superbly well-written, interesting and affecting album with some brilliant performances and a lot to offer. If you want it to sound more like Biohazard, Madball and Sick Of It All then the change in musical direction might be a bit off-putting and likewise if you’ve always hated anything “alternative” then perhaps steer clear, but if “a good song is a good song no matter what genre” to you, and you don’t mind the idea of emotionally draining lyrics, then I highly recommend you check out this record.

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    Maybe that could be a kickstarter reward, if they crowdfund the next album? :)
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    To be fair, they probably do bowl too. Ten pin bowling, they could have a pin each (with one pin left over for the tour manager).
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