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MASTODON - The Hunter Progressive Metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Crack the Skye Sludge Metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Blood Mountain Sludge Metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Leviathan Sludge Metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Live at the Aragon Sludge Metal | review permalink
AMON AMARTH - With Oden on Our Side Melodic Death Metal | review permalink
AMON AMARTH - Twilight of the Thunder God Melodic Death Metal | review permalink
AMON AMARTH - Wrath of the Norsemen Melodic Death Metal | review permalink
AMON AMARTH - Surtur Rising Melodic 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 Groove Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - The Infection Groove Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - The Dehumanizing Process Groove Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - Coming Alive Groove Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Live in Flint, Michigan Stoner Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Blast Tyrant Stoner Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Robot Hive / Exodus Hard Rock | review permalink
CLUTCH - Strange Cousins From the West Hard Rock | review permalink
CLUTCH - Clutch: Live at the 9:30 Stoner 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 Groove Metal | review permalink
DOWN - NOLA Sludge Metal | review permalink
DOWN - Down III: Over the Under Sludge Metal | review permalink
DOZER - Through The Eyes Of Heathens Stoner 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 Alternative Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Year of the Black Rainbow Alternative Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition Alternative Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - Welcome To Sky Valley Stoner Metal | review permalink
MARILYN MANSON - The Last Tour on Earth Industrial Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Official Live: 101 Proof Groove 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 Groove 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 Groove Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - The Blackening Groove Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Burn My Eyes Groove Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Unto the Locust Groove Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Killadelphia Groove Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Walk With Me In Hell Groove Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Wrath Groove Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Sacrament Groove 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 Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - British Steel Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
HATEBREED - Hatebreed Metalcore | 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 Nu Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Hemispheres Hard Rock | review permalink
SHRINEBUILDER - Shrinebuilder Doom Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Reinventing the Steel Groove Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Deliverance Stoner 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 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 Groove Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Sin After Sin Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
LIMP BIZKIT - The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) Nu 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 Stoner Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Pigtown Blues Hard Rock | 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 Hard Rock | review permalink
MUSHROOMHEAD - Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children Alternative Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Mastermind Stoner Metal | review permalink
BRING ME THE HORIZON - Sempiternal Metalcore | review permalink
CLUTCH - Earth Rocker Hard Rock | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - The Afterman: Descension Alternative 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 Metal Related | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Second Life Syndrome Metal Related | review permalink
ANATHEMA - Weather Systems Non-Metal | review permalink
MELECHESH - Sphynx Melodic Black Metal | review permalink
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis Melodic Black Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Vulgar Display of Power Groove Metal
PROTEST THE HERO - Scurrilous Metalcore | review permalink
PROTEST THE HERO - Kezia Metalcore | review permalink
SLIPKNOT - Slipknot Nu Metal
SLIPKNOT - Iowa Nu 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 Metal Related
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 US 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 Nu Metal
SLIPKNOT - Slipknot - Disasterpieces Nu Metal
MACHINE HEAD - Bloodstone & Diamonds Groove Metal | review permalink
SABATON - Carolus Rex Power Metal | review permalink
RISHLOO - Living As Ghosts With Buildings As Teeth Progressive Metal | review permalink
RISHLOO - Feathergun Alternative Metal | review permalink
FEAR FACTORY - Archetype Industrial Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Somewhere Far Beyond Power Metal | review permalink
BRING ME THE HORIZON - That's the Spirit Metalcore | review permalink
CLUTCH - Psychic Warfare Hard Rock | review permalink
PRIMAL FEAR - Jaws of Death Power Metal | review permalink
MASTODON - The Workhorse Chronicles: The Early Years 2000-2005 Sludge 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 Metal | review permalink
CARPATHIAN FOREST - Defending the Throne of Evil Black Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - The Impossibility Of Reason Groove Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - Resurrection Groove Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Clutch Stoner Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - The Elephant Riders Stoner Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Pure Rock Fury Stoner 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 Groove Metal | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - The Fury of Our Maker's Hand Groove Metal | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - The Last Kind Words Groove Metal | review permalink
DEVILDRIVER - Beast Groove Metal | review permalink
DOWN - Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow... Sludge Metal | review permalink
ENTOMBED - Inferno Death 'n' Roll | review permalink
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - The Way of the Fist Groove Metal | review permalink
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - War Is the Answer Groove 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 Stoner Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - ...And The Circus Leaves Town Stoner Metal | review permalink
HEATHEN - Victims of Deception Thrash Metal
ENTOMBED - Morning Star Death 'n' Roll | review permalink
PARKWAY DRIVE - Horizons Metalcore | review permalink
NEUROSIS - A Sun That Never Sets Atmospheric Sludge 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 Groove Metal | review permalink
SOULFLY - Conquer Groove 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 Groove Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Through the Ashes of Empires Groove Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - The More Things Change... Groove Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Ashes of the Wake Groove 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 Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
HATEBREED - Supremacy Metalcore | review permalink
HATEBREED - The Rise of Brutality Metalcore | review permalink
HATEBREED - Perseverance Metalcore | review permalink
EXODUS - Tempo of the Damned Thrash Metal | review permalink
HIGH ON FIRE - Death Is This Communion Stoner Metal | review permalink
BARONESS - Red Album Sludge Metal | review permalink
GAMA BOMB - Tales From the Grave in Space Thrash Metal | review permalink
KOWLOON WALLED CITY - Turk Street Sludge Metal | review permalink
KOWLOON WALLED CITY - Gambling on the Richter Scale Sludge 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 Groove Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Wiseblood Stoner Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - Celestial Hi-Fi Stoner Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - TH1RT3EN Thrash Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Monolithic Baby! Stoner Metal | review permalink
FU MANCHU - In Search Of... Stoner Metal | review permalink
VIO-LENCE - Eternal Nightmare Thrash Metal | review permalink
FU MANCHU - Go For It... Live! Stoner 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 Stoner Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Spine of God Stoner Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Utilitarian Death Metal | review permalink
SOULFLY - Enslaved Groove Metal | review permalink
BLACKFOOT - Marauder Hard Rock | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - The Warning US Power 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 Industrial Metal
FEAR FACTORY - Obsolete Industrial Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche US Power 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 US Power Metal | review permalink
ACCEPT - Blood of the Nations Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Gutter Ballet US Power Metal | review permalink
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - Afterglow Hard Rock | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - The Afterman: Ascension Alternative 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 Stoner Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Handful Of Rain US Power Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Order of the Black Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Hate Crew Deathroll Melodic Death Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche Traditional heavy 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 Alternative Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - The Perfect Element, Part 1 Progressive Metal
PORCUPINE TREE - Deadwing Metal Related
DEEP PURPLE - Deep Purple In Rock Proto-Metal
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Mezmerize Alternative Metal
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Shout At The Devil Glam 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 Melodic Death Metal | review permalink
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Hatebreeder Melodic 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 US 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 US Power Metal | review permalink
MANOWAR - The Triumph of Steel US Power Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - The DVD Death Metal
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - IX Stoner Metal | review permalink
SLIPKNOT - .5: The Gray Chapter Nu Metal | review permalink
GRIM REAPER - Fear No Evil NWoBHM | review permalink
SABATON - Coat Of Arms Power Metal | review permalink
RISHLOO - Eidolon Alternative Metal | review permalink
FREEDOM CALL - Stairway to Fairyland Power Metal | review permalink
FREEDOM CALL - Crystal Empire Power Metal | review permalink
ANGRA - Angels Cry Power Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Nightfall in Middle-Earth Power Metal | review permalink
STRATOVARIUS - Under Flaming Winter Skies - Live in Tampere Power Metal | review permalink
ANGRA - Angels Cry: 20th Anniversary Tour Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Thrash Metal
PARKWAY DRIVE - Ire Metalcore | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Condition Hüman Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
FEAR FACTORY - Genexus Industrial Metal | review permalink
ARCHITECTS - Lost Forever // Lost Together Metalcore | review permalink
BARONESS - Purple Stoner Metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Remission Sludge Metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP Sludge Metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Call of the Mastodon Sludge Metal | review permalink
ARCHITECTS - Hollow Crown Metalcore | review permalink
BLACK TUSK - Taste the Sin Sludge Metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - The Age of Hell Groove Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Slow Hole to China: Rare and Rereleased Stoner Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Live at the Googolplex Stoner Metal | review permalink
SACRED REICH - Still Ignorant: 1987-1997 Live Thrash Metal | review permalink
JASTA - Jasta Metalcore | 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 Stoner Metal | review permalink
SLEEP - Jerusalem Stoner Metal | review permalink
SLEEP - Dopesmoker Stoner Metal | review permalink
ZYKLON - Storm Detonation Live Death Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - Muchas Gracias: The Best Of Kyuss Stoner Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Stomp 442 Groove 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 Groove Metal | review permalink
SOULFLY - 3 Nu 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 Groove 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 Atmospheric Sludge Metal | review permalink
OVERKILL - Fuck You and Then Some Thrash Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Live Volume: The Movie Stoner 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 Stoner Metal | review permalink
RED FANG - Murder the Mountains Doom Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - The Electric Sleep Stoner Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - Synchronized Stoner Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - Republic? Stoner Metal | review permalink
SIXTY WATT SHAMAN - Reason to Live Doom Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - In the Arms of God Stoner Metal | review permalink
FIVE HORSE JOHNSON - The Last Men On Earth Hard Rock | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Superjudge Stoner Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Dopes to Infinity Stoner Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - God Says No Stoner 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 Symphonic Black Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - Damnation and a Day Gothic Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - V Empire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein Symphonic Black Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - Bitter Suites to Succubi Gothic Metal
FU MANCHU - California Crossing Stoner Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - The Machine That Won the War Stoner 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 Stoner Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Killing Machine Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Corrosion of Conformity Stoner 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 Industrial 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 Metal | review permalink
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OPETH - Still Life Progressive Metal
SAXON - Power & the Glory NWoBHM
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MORBID ANGEL - Covenant Death Metal
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CRADLE OF FILTH - Live Bait for the Dead Gothic Metal
FEAR FACTORY - Mechanize Industrial 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 Non-Metal
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
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VOIVOD - Dimension Hatröss Thrash Metal
EDGUY - Tinnitus Sanctus Power Metal
VENOM - Welcome to Hell Speed Metal
VENOM - Black Metal Speed Metal
EMPEROR - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk Symphonic Black Metal
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
NEUROSIS - Through Silver In Blood Atmospheric Sludge Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - From the Cradle to Enslave E.P. Symphonic Black Metal
DEVIN TOWNSEND - Synchestra Progressive Metal
NAPALM DEATH - From Enslavement to Obliteration Grindcore
CRADLE OF FILTH - The Principle of Evil Made Flesh Melodic Black 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 86 4.25
2 Traditional heavy metal 85 3.96
3 Hard Rock 57 4.04
4 Stoner Metal 49 4.28
5 Groove Metal 48 4.49
6 Power Metal 48 4.16
7 Metalcore 46 4.39
8 Alternative Metal 46 4.05
9 Death Metal 34 3.74
10 Progressive Metal 28 4.27
11 Industrial Metal 22 3.89
12 Proto-Metal 19 3.68
13 Sludge Metal 18 4.56
14 Nu Metal 18 4.00
15 NWoBHM 15 3.87
16 Doom Metal 15 4.23
17 US Power Metal 14 4.18
18 Melodic Death Metal 11 4.41
19 Hardcore and crust 11 4.14
20 Metal Related 9 4.33
21 Glam Metal 8 3.56
22 Gothic Metal 7 3.14
23 Black Metal 5 3.90
24 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 4 3.38
25 Symphonic Black Metal 4 3.00
26 Non-Metal 4 3.63
27 Speed Metal 3 3.00
28 Grindcore 3 1.83
29 Melodic Black Metal 3 3.67
30 Death 'n' Roll 2 4.50
31 Deathcore 1 3.50
32 Technical Death Metal 1 4.00

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METALLICA Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Album · 2016 · Traditional heavy metal
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Metallica albums are so hard to judge. To me, Metallica are so absurdly superhumanly important. They are so larger than life. Each album release is not just an album, but an event. It is a climactic shift for my whole culture. I feel like Metallica releases are as significant to me as major life events like first kisses or first drinks or going to university for the first time. Metallica are as close to a religious leader as I’ll ever experience in my life time. As such, objectively judging them is somewhat impossible.

You are talking to an avid, ardent St. Anger defender here. You are talking to someone who could spend twenty-five minutes talking about ‘The Judas Kiss’ on a first date should you let him. You are talking to someone who feels like a chink in Metallica’s armour is a worry almost able to spoil a whole day over. When Metallica do Metallica well, its otherworldly levels of special and when they disappoint its a talking point for months. I don’t know how the hell I’m supposed to judge or review them, then, given that this band wrote Master Of Puppets, which I do honestly and with all the sincerity in my soul, think I might feel about the same way devout religious people probably feel about their holy books. I don’t mean that to sound disrespectful, but its important for the context behind the review to convey how truly disproportionately this group affects my sense-of-self, worldview and culture. Ever seen a grown man cry when his sports team loses a game? That same ludicrous thing is what Metallica taps into in me.And I don’t even consider myself that big a fan compared to a lot of people I’ve met. You’ll never see me scoffing at someone and saying I’m a bigger fan, or getting jealous and competitive about another fan. And yet…

When I hear tracks like the first three singles; ‘Hardwired’ ‘Moth Into Flame’ and ‘Atlas, Rise!’ then, considering everything I’ve just written about this band and its cultural and emotional significance to me, I am suddenly filled with a sense of hope, excitement and the feeling that everything is all right with the world. This is the feeling of being a teenager, I can still feel the green sofa on which I first really got into ….And Justice For All, can still see the swings in the park when I roared the chorus of ‘Blackened’ at the top of my lungs out in, to amuse my equally excitable teenage friends. I can remember being younger than that and feeling genuinely frightened by the darker moments on the Black album. Feeling like I might go to hell for listening to it. I can see the movie I was ignoring when choosing to inspect the Black Album closely for the first time on headphones instead of engaging with the family movie night. (What Dreams May Come). I can still feel the rattle of the cheap bus windows the first time I realized Kill ‘Em All wasn’t old fashioned, it was charming. I can smell, see and taste things when I listen to Metallica. I have super clear memories of almost any time someone insulted St Anger when I was in the room. These three singles bring all those memories back faster, harder and clearer than Lulu, Beyond Magnetic or ‘Lords Of Summer (First Pass Demo)’ were able to, or indeed any live broadcast since about 2004 could.

Metallica were undoubtedly in a bad place before they dropped ‘Hardwired.’ They had whittled away a boatload of goodwill with LuLu, with the failed 3D movie and with ‘Lords Of Summer (First Pass Demo).’ The Metallica who were unstoppable to me seemed to be gone. People were stopping to care. Metallica were becoming a joke. What fans from the ’80s felt around the time of the ’90s eyeliner or ’90s fans felt around the time they watched Lars slamming doors on the documentary, its was starting to feel like the only feeling that could be felt about Metallica. That feeling, or worse still, ambivalence. This is the most important band in the world for the love of all things sacred… being ambivalent towards them feels unnatural. It feels tantamount to defeat. To depression almost. It was with a great sigh of relief then, that ‘Hardwired’ was equal to, if not better than even, the weaker moments on St Anger or Death Magnetic. We can never expect them to follow up the first six albums, that way sheer unbridled madness lies, but if they can keep up with the best half of their latter day albums and not turn into ‘Lords Of Summer – The Band’ then all would be well. As long as they sound like they, y’know, give as s*** .

Then comes ‘Moth Into Flame.’ Pow. Same again. Its like Death Magnetic with better production, better vocals, and more concise songwriting. Oh, what’s that? ‘Atlas, Rise’ ? Just as good. Oh thank goodness. Its going to be good, I can feel it. I can feel it in my bones. Its going to be… uh, oh, ok, nevermind.

Yeah, its nice, its nice to try and capture the vibe of C.O.C’s ‘Heaven’s Not Overflowing.’ Its nice to capture the vibe of ‘Devil’s Dance’ again. Its nice to have two six track discs each ending with a lengthy closer. Another song about Cthulu is a good idea. You’ve had success with that before. Its nice to do a tribute to the fallen Lemmy condsidering the specific impact he had on Metallica and vice versa. I mean Lemmy outright praises, thanks and accredits Metallica more than once in his autobiography and covered ‘Whiplash’ …Metallica covered numerous Motorhead songs and shared the stage with Lemmy. Sure. Its not going to be just another hollow tribute by any other band, its going to be personal and meaningful, yeah?

Well; here’s the thing, that Heaven’s Not Overflowing on the silly-title-of-the-month award winner ‘ManUnKind’ moment is fun and awesome, but the song doesn’t fit the mood of the rest of the record at all, really sits out like a sore thumb and probably could’ve served better as a B-Side. Just because something is fun doesn’t mean it fits. The awkward, complex drum pattern just reminds me of that section in the Some Kind Of Monster documentary where Lar’s father recommends they ‘delete that’ …is it an attempt to redeem awkward beats or is it another moment someone should’ve saved them from themselves. ‘Murder One’ for all its potential is a forgettable, skippable, unnecessary addition to the album. Was the best way to pay tribute to the man really by writing the most boring song of the album, and just adding in some of Lemmy’s lyrics? Is that what Lemmy would want. Is that what Lemmy’s fans want? Is that what anybody wants? With the accompanying music video I get the Lemmy tribute aspect comes across more, but hey have you ever read Lemmy’s autobiography? I bet that a better tribute would’ve been just to cover a track off of one of those albums like Bastards or We Are Motorhead that he felt didn’t get the recognition they deserved.

When I’m on the subject of niggles… why have a song called ‘Am I Savage’ with no Diamond Head relation, but then have a direct Diamond Head reference in the intro on Confusion? Not just any Diamond Head reference but an ‘Am I Evil’ one specifically. Like. What are you trying to do. Surely, those two things are supposed to go together?! Where they initially together and got separated later in editing? Are they two separate similar shout outs to the same song? ‘Am I Savage?’ ‘Am I Evil?’ or Am I reading too much into this?

I like the two disc closing tracks ‘Spit Out The Bone’ and ‘Halo On Fire,’ …but they’re clearly on the wrong discs! Disc one is much more focused on Thrash. Disc two is much more focused on the Load style. Swap the two disc closers around and you’ve almost got themed discs. Might have flowed better. ‘Spit Out The Bone’ for me is arguably the best song on the album, maybe even of the last four albums. It could do with having a shorter build up time. It could do with sitting closer to ‘Hard Wired.’ It and ‘Hardwired’ are like the focused and expanded evil twins of eachother. They bookend the album. They’d bookmark a disc of the thrashier stuff even more strongly though. A disc each of each direction would be cool and you could pick which disc you were in the mood for.

I wonder what happened to the rest of Metallica’s catalogue though. Metallica were more than just Thrash and Load. I can hear lots of Kill ‘Em All. I can hear lots of Load. I can hear lots and lots of Death Magnetic. What about The Black Album or Ride The Lightening though? Or even poor misunderstood St Anger. Well, upon repeat listens actually I can hear some Black Album on ‘Here Comes Revenge’ and ‘Am I Savage’ actually. Initial gut reaction underplays that. You just feel like its Here comes Death Magnetic band trying to play more like Kill ‘Em All… you like that? Ok, well then here’s some Death Magnetic band trying to play Load a bit heavier. Uh…what?

I have to say. On first listen, tracks like ‘Am I Savage?’ and ‘Confusion’ really missed the mark for me. They bored me. Had me questioning the band’s choices. Was this really on the same album as ‘Moth Into Flame’ ? Repeat listens have revealed more depth. Have highlighted the swinging in-the-pocket grooves. Have allowed me to forget my expectations and just let the album be its own thing. So, maybe ‘Here Comes Revenge’ isn’t just a poor man’s ‘Broken Beaten Scared’ after all, and hey, that vocal during the guitar lead has an almost ‘Outlaw Torn’-esque emotive quality to it. A watered down, middle-aged version of it, but a version of it none the less. Repeat listens are this album’s friend. Its a grower. I bet much of its reputation is already formed, and all of our initial ‘Yay’ or ‘Yuck!’ gut reactions will stick around for decades, but to be honest I hated over half this stuff on first listen and now I like a good three quarters.

This album is a bit of a difficult one to get straight in my head. UK journalist Terry Beezer once said Millionaires can’t make Thrash Metal. When hearing ‘Spit Out The Bone’ I’m happy to report he’s got it wrong but then ‘Murder One’ and ‘Dream No More’ have me knowing in my gut he’s dead right. I mean, stacked up against the worst songs on Metallica’s worst albums, maybe they kind of pass, barely, but against the best moments of those albums, not even close to being close to close. And the mythical quality of the best Metallica albums? Not even visible on the horizon. I mean, would you honestly want to see half of this album live if you knew what else you’d be missing out on. Even if Metallica did a show with no hits and no fan favourites, I’d still want to hear the deep cuts off of everything else prioritized over the deep cuts on this. Or would I? Hmmm. Its like a war inside my head (and not the PTSD war in my head of the ‘Confusion’ video). First impressions say I’d skip this stuff when choosing a live setlist, but repeat listening to the vocals in ‘Now That We’re Dead’ …hmm, I’m not sure anymore. Hmmm.

Ok, Ok. Let me think… So yeah. I’ve had some criticisms of this album, especially on the very first listen. That all being said. This is no bad album. Not even close. The band just get judged so much more harshly due to their significance. The intro to ‘Now That We’re All Dead’ ? Amazing fun. Who could possibly not enjoy that? The best riffs in ‘Here Comes Revenge’ and ‘Confusion’? Yes of course they put a smile on my face, of course I’d want to learn them on guitar. This is Metallica we’re talking about here, James Hetfield knows a thing or two about writing memorable riffs! Increasingly though, they don’t seem to know how to edit themselves, how to cut out the flab, how to be concise. The best thing about this album is that, on those first three singles, it felt like the band had finally worked out how to be concise again, and that’s probably where a lot of disappointment on my part came from, the realization that it was not to be. Should’ve guessed… it was a double album after all. Its hardly a medium known for its focus and discipline.

Then again, the best song on the album is 7-minutes long, so being concise isn’t everything. Just ask …And Justice For All. One things for sure. Metallica dodged a bullet with this album. They were about to slide into the ‘I don’t want to hear anything new ever again’ folder along with the likes of The Rolling Stones, but with the best moments of the record, they’ve dug their nails into staying relelvent. Of course, this isn’t a perfect record. I strongly wish they’d record firier, angrier, more personally invested performances. I wish they’d sound more excited. I wish they’d be livlier and convey more energy. I mean, if Exodus and Testament can still do it, at the same age from the same background, then we know it is physically possible. Have you heard the title track to Blood In Blood Out? It can be done.

Anyway; Despite the one or two filler tracks. Despite the slighly flow-diminishing running order. Despite the surprisngly unfitting tribute to Lemmy. Despite the performance not rocking the hell out. Despite any niggles or nitpicking, this is an album I’ll be listening to in five years time. Its an album that gets less dissapointing with each listen. Its an album that whether its a sane or rational thing to happen or not will inform a disproportionate amount of who I am as a person. I’ll never be objective about this so I won’t even pretend to be.

If history is anything to go by, I’ll have a different oppinion on this in a month, quarter and year from now. I’ll probablly have a different opinion every time you ask me. This review is by no means the last you’ll hear from me on the matter. But overall; I’m glad Metallica made new music and I’m very glad to own an album with ‘Hardwired’ and ‘Spit Out The Bone’ on it.

...Thought that was the end? Think again. This is a Metallica album. Initial gut reactions are one thing, measured multi-listen reviews are another. Even later revalidations are also required. Having absolutely hammered listening to this now, I’ve more left to say. I’ve listened track by track as they were released, all together as a piece of work, in custom orders of my own choosing, accompanied by videos or all alone as audio only, focused or in the background, and all that has melted together in my mind into one whole where I now have a much better grasp on my feelings.

Overall; I think this is a strong album. In all honesty, perhaps a single disc of all the Thrash stuff and a disc of the Black/Reload stuff six months later would’ve worked better, but overall, there’s nothing poor here. Well, maybe ‘Murder One’ for my personal taste… but that’s about it (and I’m sure there’s people out there who are throwing cheetos at the screen screaming that its their favourite song, so live and let live). Tracks like ‘Confusion,’ ‘Am I Savage’ and especially ‘Halo On Fire’ all have really strong endings and work better on repeat listens and in album context. When you deconstruct them or try and guess what they’re going to do, instead of just letting them exist, sure they don’t live up to the standards of your own imagination, but they do work the way Metallica planned them and you just have to accept that your hypothetical perfect version does not exist. Like my Andy Sneap produced, non-brickwalled version of Death Magnetic, it doesn’t exist but that doesn’t stop ‘That Was Just Your Life,’ ‘Judas Kiss’ or ‘All Nightmare Long’ from being bad-ass.

What also becomes apparent after all the dust has settled is how right my gut was on the positive matters. ‘Hardwired,’ ‘Moth Into Flame,’ ‘Atlas, Rise,’ ‘Now That We’re Dead,’ ‘Here Comes Revenge’ and especially, especially ‘Spit Out The Bone’ are my favourite tracks. They are all exactly what I want from the band, and proof that they can still do amazing things even with all the fame and money and age and expectation and conflicting fanbase demographics. These songs, each and every one, I WOULD love to see live.

On repeat listens; I also really connect to parts of other songs, the end of ‘Halo On Fire’ once the guitar lead comes in is priceless, the harsh vocals later in ‘Here Comes Revenge’ are really exciting, the clever mid section of ‘Confusion’ is good. The guitar solo on ‘Dream No More’ is like the best stuff on Reload and I can see now how the ‘you turn to stone’ section is trying to channel The Black Album’s slower tracks. That main riff in the admittedly-still-out-of-place ‘ManUnKind’ is pretty infectious. I mean, they aren’t as great as the best moments on the best albums, (but then, what is?), however they do still warrant attention and respect. More than that even, genuine warmth.

On the matter of the special edition bonus tracks; firstly, the new version of ‘Lords Of Summer’ is a huge improvement. The production, the performance, the attitude, the arrangement, and especially the guitar solos. It all just works so much better. It feels more vital and less like medicority eating Metallica alive. Its celebratory lyrics even put me in a good mood.

The Maiden and Deep Purple covers we’ve heard before, sure but its nice to have them all the same, and the Ronnie medley in particular is pretty great. Their guitar tone on these songs works really well, almost like a history lesson or through-line. Then there’s a ten-song live set: A Diamond Head cover, songs exclusively from Ride The Lightning and Kill ‘Em All and then ending with a live version of ‘Hardwired’ from another concert, ten live tracks, three covers and an extra Metallica song… overall its a pretty substantial bonus. On the Rasputin Music show; the performances and banter all seem happy and grateful and fun, and it all has a great jovial atmosphere. Its a nice addition. I don’t think I’d buy it on its own or anything, there’s plenty of alternative Metallica live shows (especially on their extensive website) to choose from elsewhere, but it is by no means a let down and is actually really rather good indeed. If this was your first Metallica album and you got this on the end too, it would really rule.

Ok. A bit of a fractured review, but it matches my fractured reaction to the album and the fractured way in which I initially consumed it. To summarize: My initial reaction to it, especially disc 2, was disappointment but it really grows. It is not perfect and could easily loose two or three songs, or each song could easily loose thirty seconds to a minute each. The running order could be slightly different [and for my own future listening I am listening to it in the custom order in the appendix below the review]. ‘ManUnKind’ doesn’t fit no matter how good or bad it is or not. ‘Murder One’ is my least favourite track despite Lemmy being amazing and specifically important to this band, directly.

…All of those niggles aside, and they are just niggles, this is pretty damn good. The songs each have something good about them (Hello daaaaarkness, say good-bye), and the aforementioned half or so of the album that I really like, well, I really really like it now! Those songs each have something to love about them. They are very good indeed, and really keep Metallica alive and relevant and live up to all my expectations.

This band are too gigantic, larger than life, and both culturally and emotionally significant for me to have any sort of detached, logical, impartial idea about the objective quality of the record, but in my guts, when I hear ‘Spit Out The Bone’ I know that everything is right with the world; at least for today (despite what the dystopian lyrics would have you believe). Lords of Summer undenied indeed.

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Custom track order: 1. Hardwired. 2. Moth Into Flame. 3. Atlas, Rise. 4. Now That We’re Dead 5. Here Comes Revenge 6. Spit Out The Bone

1. Confusion. 2. Dream No More. 3. ManUnKind. 4. Murder One. 5. Am I Savage. 6. Halo On Fire.

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IRON SAVIOR Iron Savior

Album · 1997 · Power Metal
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Helloween’s family tree has given us a lot of great musical moments over the years. If you are interested in that band, you can follow the members in and out of that Teutonic institution and find quite a lot of great bands to get into. Not only can you follow a line of logic to Gamma Ray and Freedom Call, or backwards to Blind Guardian at a stretch. Almost anywhere you look there’s some cool band that probably suits your tastes.

One of the great bands you can find on this musical treasure hunt is Germany’s Iron Savior, formed by Kai Hansen, Piet Sielck and Thomen Stauch. They’re a melodic Power Metal band with Sci-Fi themed lyrics and a concept about a self-aware spaceship. Yeah… not exactly wizards and dragons anymore.

Opening with a military march style intro and dual guitar harmonies with an almost Queen flavour on opener ‘The Arrival’ the album lulls you in, before bursting out of the traps with the first proper song ‘Atlantis Falling;’ an up-tempo rocker with that heavier-than-NWOBHM, lighter-than-Thrash style of riffing, some bouncy drumming with lots of space and breaks to show off in, a slightly adventurous and atypical song structure without being outright proggy, and a rather unique vocal style within the subgenere. This is no Bruce Dickinson or Geoff Tate copycat, this is something different. Its also got an absolutely delicious guitar solo that displays everything great about Power Metal; the feel, melody and fun abound.

This song sets up the feel of the whole album, you’ve got driving,forward pressing drums creating a sense of urgency, you’ve got quick chuggy riffs and you’ve got barked low pitched vocals then it gets offset by (sometimes effects-laiden) catchy clean vocal sections with anthemic sing-along choruses and elevated to greatness in the mid-sections once the guitar solos come in and really take things from good to great. There’s one piano ballad in the middle, but otherwise its variations on fast and faster, simple and slightly adventurous, but all within a reasonably similar framework. Depending on what mood you’re in you may call that samey. I call it focused and consistent.

Highlights include the fun catchy title track which feels somewhere between Judas Priest’s Delivering The Goods and Motley Crue’s Live Wire during the verses before going off-track with its mid-paced robotic chorus, as well as the very Blind Guardian flavoured ‘Riding On Fire’ and the Hansi Kürsch guest spot ‘For The World.’ Although to be honest, its all pretty unskippable.

The band would later go on to new line-ups, move further out of the shadows of other bands and become more of a full on real band than a fun side-project supergroup of sorts, but this strong and fun debut is still essential listening for fans of the band and the genre at-large. Piet never needed the other guys to deliver his vision, but its damn nice that he chose to back then, and damn fun we can still listen to it now. Highly recommended.

PRIMAL FEAR Jaws of Death

Album · 1999 · Power Metal
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Do you like Judas Priest? What about Accept? Or the heavier Iron Maiden stuff? Ok good. Do you also like Helloween, or indeed Gamma Ray? Well then… I think I’ve got a recommendation for you.

Germany’s Primal Fear, featuring ex-Gamma Ray singer Ralf Scheepers play a very traditional and blistering take on Power Metal. Does all of Blind Guardian’s prog or Freedom Call’s happy vibes make you yearn for something a bit more simplistic and earthy? Do you wish Stratovarius didn’t have so much keyboard? Do you wish Hammerfall were a bit heavier? Then, as this album puts it, welcome to the church of blood…

The usual media line on this band is ‘Its as if Judas Priest’s Painkiller album was a whole band’ and although in the long run its slightly inaccurate, it does set you up for the right ballpark. Imagine a Thrash band covering ‘Bloodstone’ off of Screaming For Vengeance, or Gamma Ray covering a mid-tempo Accept track like ‘Dogs On Leads’ or even at a push imagine one of Kreator’s more melodic moments but with Rob Halford guest-singing.

Mix all that in a blender, add a chunky, crisp ’90s production job, a bird-mascott and a few surprises and you’ve got Jaws Of Death. Its an album of straight-forward Priest-worshipping Power Metal with incredible vocals and lead guitar, but distinctly German. Its Thrashier than the bands you’d jokingly call Flower Metal instead of Power Metal, and less folky or proggy than some Power Metal bands went in the mid-to-late ’90s, yet harder and heavier than the NWOBHM influenced and ballad filled likes of Hammerfall.

There’s a nice bit of diversity too, to break things up a bit. ‘Into The Future’ has that slightly disorientating, pulsing vibe you’d almost expect from Voivod. ‘Under Your Spell’ starts off with a synth line before evolving into a heavy yet slow track you’d expect in the middle of a Tornillo-era modern Accept album, ‘Play To Kill’ on the other hand sounds like it came straight off of Peace Sells But Who’s Buying for the first 40 seconds or so. After all that has you reeling there’s even a Rainbow cover song on there.

So yeah, its kind of hard to even talk about this album without making comparisons to other artist’s work, but you know what…so what? I love this album. I love this album because I like Hammerfall. I love this album because I like Accept. I love this album because I love the Painkiller album and wish there was more of it. I love this as a Gamma Ray fan. …But I also love it on its own merits! Jaws Of Death is a catchy, well written, entertaining heavy metal album that hits all the right sweet-spots, that has the heavy guitars I like, that has the anthemic choruses I want, that has double-kicks more often than not. That has a powerful and technical singer who has a broad range of squeals, shouts, shrieks, and clean singing styles, propped up by those Teutonic gang backing vocals every now and again ….and best of all the album is absolutely slathered in heroic guitar solos.

In terms of the band’s back catalougue; Jaws Of Death (their 1999 sophomore release) is certainly one of the best. Its a lot stronger and more defined than the debut, its more focused and pure than some of the newer stuff and just has that indefinable x-factor about it. If you like Power Metal, Thrash Metal or especially if you like Traditional Metal you’d probably love this band’s whole output, and if you’re going to try out the band for the first time I’d say there’s no better place than here.

Just listen to the vocals on ‘When The Night Comes,’ the chorus of ‘Final Embrace’ or the superb lead guitar on ‘Under Your Spell’ … this is the pure essence of Heavy Metal right here. This is what its all about. This is what Manowar spent their lives banging on about. This is something you should probably add to you collection if you haven’t already.

BLIND GUARDIAN Tales From the Twilight World

Album · 1990 · Power Metal
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If you enjoy Power Metal then this is an album that will either be already in your collection or pretty high up on your to-do list; since 1990’s Tales Of The Twilight World by the German band Blind Guardian is a pretty big deal, this album helped the band reach new heights, helped the band to separate their style from precursor Thrash and Speed stylings and into more purely Power territory, as well as introducing the world to their concert favourite ballad ‘Lord Of The Rings.’

‘Twilight World occupies a sweet spot in the band’s discography where it still has all the raw charm of the early material, but introduces a lot of the tropes from their better known material, such as Queen-inspired harmonies, choral involvement and progressive structuring and arrangements. Hansi ‘s vocals are really developing into the style fans know and love and Kalle Trapp’s production job sounds even better than on the previous two records.

Like several other Blind Guardian albums; the album boasts guest appearances from other musical greats including Iron Saviour’s Piet Sielck and frequent collaborator, Gamma Ray’s Kai Hansen. The lyrics reference a lot of popular fiction, like Dune, E.T. And The Tommyknockers, as well as all the Tolkien you can expect from the band who famously made a whole concept album about the Salmarillion.

If you are into the catchy choruses, there’s plenty to love here, and you’ll be humming melodies from this record all week long after hearing it. If you are into the guitar heroism, the leads and solos are delightful as always, and if you want riffs there’s plenty of Thrash in here to get you excited.

Highlights include the strong opener ‘Traveller In Time,’ as well as the excellent ‘Lost In The Twilight Hall’ and of course the aforementioned ‘Lord Of The Rings.’

If you are into the band, this album is a real no-brainer and if you are into the genre, its something you really ought to try out soon. There’s some seriously high quality memorable material on here, plenty of impressive solos and fills, and some fairly interesting lyrics. This really was the first of a streak of Blind Guardian gems from the 1990s, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this type of music.

BARONESS Purple

Album · 2015 · Stoner Metal
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After two great sludgy and slightly proggy bruisers in the form of Red Album and Blue Record, Baroness pulled a dramatic change of direction with their third full-length record, the double album Yellow & Green. That album was pretty much a masterpiece which really expanded the band’s possibilities, even if it was in a way more commercial and less heavy.

With their fourth album, Purple, the swampy southern band tries to bridge the two worlds, taking the more obvious singles from each of their eras, mixing them together, and using the mixture as the template for an album worth of banging, interesting, well-crafted rock music. It’s a bit less Radiohead than Green but its also a bit less Mastodon than Blue Record.

The direction is one thing; the quality is what’s important. There’s no questions on the quality front whatsoever. You might not like the lack of heaviness or the lack of prog, but you cannot disagree that this is one well-made collection of tunes. The musicianship is great, the production is great, the vocals are getting better, and the songs are memorable. Month’s after my first listen I still find myself humming the likes of ‘Kerosene’ and ‘The Iron Bell,’ I still find my thumbs rushing to chose ‘Shock Me’ when I’m deciding what to listen to for my walk to work.

There’s just a nice balance between variety and consistency, there are fast and slow moments, periods of quick fury and periods of slow somber reflection, but it all feels like one cohesive whole. An album where you could swap the track order around and still get the same journey.

This has far more musical DNA in common with Once More Round The Sun than for example, Through Silver In Blood, so the heavy heavy sludge crowd may still find it off putting, but for the rest of us who just like a good time, this is one very enjoyable selection of gnarly Rock singles that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Red Fang fans will find a lot to enjoy here.

Overall; great songs, get it if you aren’t a heaviness-snob.

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