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Jimmy Neeson
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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 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 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 Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - British Steel Traditional heavy metal | 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
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 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 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 Hard Rock
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
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 Alternative Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Somewhere Far Beyond Power 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 Traditional heavy metal | 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 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 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 Hard Rock
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 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
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
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
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IRON MAIDEN - Iron Maiden NWoBHM
QUEEN - Queen II Proto-Metal
CAPTAIN BEYOND - Captain Beyond Proto-Metal
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Dr. Feelgood Glam Metal
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OPETH - Orchid Death Metal
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1 Thrash Metal 124 4.36
2 Alternative Metal 80 4.19
3 Traditional heavy metal 71 4.05
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5 Death Metal 51 3.92
6 Doom Metal 41 4.23
7 Power Metal 40 4.26
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BLIND GUARDIAN Somewhere Far Beyond

Album · 1992 · Power Metal
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Somewhere Far Beyond is one of those masterpiece must-own albums. The 1992 effort was German Power Metal legends Blind Guardian’s fourth full-length studio album and saw the band really hit their stride. Everything about this album is perfectly developed, finely honed and impressively delivered.

Opening with the beyond-catchy “Time What Is Time” the album kicks out powerfully with a brand of Melodic European Power Metal that owes as much to Bay Area Thrash acts like Testament, Exodus and Forbidden as it does to the Neoclassical and NWOBHM legends who usually inspired Power Metal bands of the same generation. People who worry that Power Metal may be too wimpy for them need a stat dose of Blind Guardian. Stylistically this isn’t the band’s most progressive release, but sees the band well on their way to heading in that direction, with a lot of song writing depth and efforts made not to just be straightforward or simplistic. Overall; Its kind of something like listening to Keeper Of The Seven Keys being covered by Kreator.

The album unleashed some of the band’s classic material, such as “The Bard’s Song” “Journey Through The Dark” and the aforementioned “Time What Is Time” and impressively the rest of the album holds up to that high standard; there’s no weak tracks and nothing worth skipping, its just all pure high quality, interesting and well written music filled to the brim with chunky riffs, blistering double-kicks, interesting melodies and catchy choruses.

Highlights include “Theater Of Pain,” “Quest For Tanelorn,” (featuring guest guitar by the legendary Kai Hansen) and the seven-minute title track.

I could go on; but really you just need to hear it for yourself. If you have any interest in Power Metal you either own this already or are probably about to own it soon, all I can really add is another happy convert’s voice to the list of many praising reviews. Give this classic a chance, you won’t be disappointed.

BLIND GUARDIAN Nightfall in Middle-Earth

Album · 1998 · Power Metal
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Blind Guardian had a very difficult task on their hands when they found themselves having to follow up the successful Imaginations From The Other Side album, but in 1998 they released their seminal classic sixth full-length studio album Nightfall in Middle Earth – a monstrously good album full of charm, eccentricity and an absolute ton of brilliant music.

Nightfall’ is a concept album based on Tolkien’s book The Silmarillion (which is a logical move from the band who wrote ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’). The concept adds an extra layer of interest to things. It is filled with spoken dialogue and sound effects in between the true songs to get you in the mood – It could seem a bit gimmicky to some listeners but it fits very naturally with the band’s style. It also sees the band move even further in the Progressive direction, with very clear and obvious Gentle Giant influences not only in the vocal department but also in some of the arrangements.

That’s not to say that it abandons the band’s trademark Euro-Melodic-Power Metal meets Bay Area Thrash mix, it is still full of fun quick guitar leads, crushing Thrashy riffs and everything else that made the band work up until this point, just further mixing in the elements they’d been hinting at more and more with each passing album. The real thing that hits you about the album, regardless of what style it is in, or what speed the band are playing, is the sheer amount of catchy parts and memorable tunes. This is stuff that sticks in your head for a long time.

Highlights include “Time Stands Still (At the Iron Hill),” “Mirror Mirror” and “Nightfall.” This is some seriously memorable, catchy, enjoyable Metal. Check those songs out if you want to try something before you commit.

Overall; There’s a lot of song writing depth, there’s plenty of bite and edge to the music, there’s a near endless supply of catchy choruses. This is one of the subgenre’s finest records, one of the band’s finest records and one of the best Metal records of its entire decade. Its must-own stuff for sure, and I’d highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet.

FREEDOM CALL Eternity

Album · 2002 · Power Metal
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After two fantastic records, guitarist Sascha Gerstner left the German Melodic Power Metal band Freedom Call to join the subgenre’s legendary grandfathers Helloween. No one could blame him for such a good career move, but what would this mean for Freedom Call? Sometimes losing a guitar player can really damage a band, but Freedom Call didn’t fall into that trap here. Turns out, fans need not have worried. Mainman Chris Bay and Drummer Dan Zimmerman (of Gamma Ray fame) so embody the core Freedom Call sound that it didn’t shake things up too much.

Eternity, the band’s third full-length opus, still boasts the same standard of guitar work as its predecessor. It’s a real guitar hero record in fact. Elsewhere; It still has the same almost-too-sickly-sweet style, the same sense of cheesy fun and it really is the logical successor to the two records that preceded it. There’s a few surprises to be found, such as an almost Cradle Of Filth sounding moment at one point, but for the most part this is your typical Freedom Call music (and thankfully so). If you like the band’s previous work then make sure to pick up a copy of Eternity too.

The kind of Metal fan who scowls at Dragonforce isn’t going to find much to hang onto here, but if you love Melodic European Power Metal this is definitely a great album for your collection, and one you will continue listening to beyond just the initial purchase-high. Chocked full of melody, harmony, and very major key, this is happy sounding, clean, pleasant Metal for people in a good mood.

Interestingly, while most albums are usually quite top-heavy with all the best songs at the front end, Eternity keeps getting better as it unfolds, with most of the real gems towards the back of the record. Highlights include ‘Warriors’ ‘Eyes Of The World’ ‘Land Of Light’ and ‘Island Of Dreams.’ The combination of Chris’ songwriting, Dan’s playing talent and the slick production (also courtesy of Chris Bay) makes for some seriously palatable Power Metal.

If you like this sort of music, check this band out. If you like this band, definitely don’t skip Eternity, its absolutely worth your time and attention.

ICED EARTH The Crucible of Man: Something Wicked, Part 2

Album · 2008 · Power Metal
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Matt Barlow was the American Heavy Metal band Iced Earth’s singer for six years between 1995 and 2001, he wasn’t the band’s first ever singer but he was arguably their most popular. After he left the band to join the police force following 9/11 Iced Earth recruited Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens for the superb The Glorious Burden album as well as the concept album, Something Wicked Part 1: Framing Armageddon, which was one part of a two album set.

For the second part of this two album set however, rather than stick with Ripper, Iced Earth welcomed back former singer Matt Barlow which feels a little untidy to me, first of all because Ripper was a great vocalist and the albums he sang on weren’t even considered failures (like what had happened with Iron Maiden in a similar situation) and secondly, if you’re going to do a two part story it feels odd to switch singers. Even more untidily, this would then be Matt’s final album with the band as he would leave once again straight afterward. Its almost so untidy as to be off-putting, luckily however, Matt Barlow is a superb talent and a natural fit for the band and everything he touches is top quality.

Regardless; of who is singing, this is an interesting album for the band. It is quite a progressive album for the band, focusing less on classic Thrash Metal and Power Metal sounds like those which made the band famous, and concentrating more on rhythms and textures than ever before. There’s also quite a bit of background percussion every so often. Its also a slower and more mid-paced record than a lot of the band’s previous work. It shows the band exploring a different side of things and is definitely interesting for the long term fan. The 2008 record was produced by the legendary Jim Morris and sounds terrific.

The story about the ‘wicked child’ called Set and his messianic relationship to the Setian race (of Aliens) versus his destructive relationship with human kind makes for interesting listening. If you focus on this side of things you get a little bit extra and if you’re not interested you still have a great Heavy Metal album to listen to.

Highlights include the fun doomy ‘Crucify The King,’ as well as ‘Divide Devour’ which is the albums heaviest hardest track (yet features choral chanting and a catchy Sabaton-esque chorus) and the seven-minute ‘Come What May’ which has flutes, violins and extra percussion to spice things up.

Overall; this is an interesting transition between the Stu Block era of the band and the previous Tim Owens era. Musically it isn’t exactly the album you expect when you say Iced Earth but it is a very interesting addition to their discography and a strong album in its own right and so adds a little something extra to their sound. If you like the band, don’t miss out.

ANGRA Angels Cry

Album · 1993 · Power Metal
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What happens if you stick Keeper Of The Seven Keys and Operation Mindcrime in a blender? You waste two perfectly good cds of course! However, the metaphor was the first thing that came to my mind after listening to the first half on the Brazilian Power Metal/Progressive Metal band Angra’s classic 1992 debut album Angels Cry.

The album was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind and Sascha Paeth (what important Power Metal bands haven’t those legendary two worked with, between them?), and recorded in Kai Hansen of Gamma Ray’s studio in Germany. It also features guest musicianship from three Gamma Ray members across two tracks. That’s some serious Power Metal pedigree it has going for it. In addition to bouncy European-sounding Melodic Power Metal however, the band also write incredibly Progressive minded music with odd rhythms, complex transitions and a lot of thought about texture and atmosphere (there’s at least two or three songs on here that seriously feel like missing tacks off of Rage For Order at times, before the choruses kick in), and on top of all that, dip into Neo-Classical territories as well.

All that superb musicianship and songwriting skill is superbly topped off with some seriously phenomenal lead vocals from the beyond-talented Andre Matos. The range, power, melodic sensibilities and enthusiastic performances are something to behold.

The album feels really well balanced, it flows well, and despite having a Kate Bush cover and music by Vivaldi and Paganini, never feels cheesy or gimmicky. You could never tell it was recorded with line-up trouble before, during and after its creation either. Its just one of those extremely solid albums that just sounds and feels important.

Highlights include ‘Carry On’ which is a whole lot of fun, ‘Time’ which has a bit of a Queensryche feel and ‘Never Understand’ which has guest guitar from Kai Hansen, Dirk Schlächter and Sascha Paeth (and despite all that doesn’t feel patchwork). The word highlights is hard to apply though, as its all so good and there’s not a lot that’s worth skipping or ignoring by any means. This is solid from beginning to end.

It may not be as progressive as their later albums, and doesn't really highlight the Brazilian/World music angle as much as later albums, but it is still an absolute gem and I’d seriously advice people to get themselves a copy if they are into either Power Metal or Progressive Metal.

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  • Posted 6 months ago in .5 The Gray Chapter
    Maybe that could be a kickstarter reward, if they crowdfund the next album? :)
  • Posted 6 months ago in .5 The Gray Chapter
    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).
  • Posted 6 months ago in Heavy Metal Christmas Gifts
    So what Metal related gifts did you get for xmas?I got the new Machine Head, Slipknot, C.O.C and Mushroomhead albums, and Helstar's Nospheratu. You?

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