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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 Progressive Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Year of the Black Rainbow Progressive Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Neverender: Children of the Fence Edition Alternative Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - Welcome To Sky Valley Doom Metal | review permalink
MARILYN MANSON - The Last Tour on Earth Industrial Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Official Live: 101 Proof Thrash Metal | review permalink
KISS - Sonic Boom Hard Rock | review permalink
KISS - Rock The Nation Live! Hard Rock | review permalink
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - 2 Hard Rock | review permalink
PARKWAY DRIVE - Deep Blue Metalcore | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Harmony Corruption Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Fear, Emptiness, Despair Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Enemy of the Music Business Death Metal | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - Retribution Metalcore | review permalink
SOULFLY - Prophecy Alternative Metal | review permalink
TRIVIUM - Ascendancy Metalcore | review permalink
TRIVIUM - Shogun Thrash Metal | review permalink
TESTAMENT - Practice What You Preach Thrash Metal | review permalink
TESTAMENT - The Formation of Damnation Thrash Metal | review permalink
TESTAMENT - Live in London Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Endgame Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires Thrash Metal | review permalink
MUDVAYNE - L.D. 50 Alternative Metal | review permalink
MUDVAYNE - The End of All Things to Come Alternative Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Elegies Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - The Blackening Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Burn My Eyes Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Unto the Locust Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Killadelphia Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Walk With Me In Hell Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Wrath Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - Sacrament Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Hordes of Chaos Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Enemy of God Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Coma of Souls Thrash Metal | review permalink
KREATOR - Extreme Aggression Thrash Metal | review permalink
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Alive or Just Breathing Metalcore | review permalink
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - The End of Heartache Metalcore | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Unleashed In The East Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller Power Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Screaming For Vengeance 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 Progressive Metal | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Land of the Free Power Metal | review permalink
FAIR TO MIDLAND - Arrows & Anchors Progressive Metal | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Shrine of New Generation Slaves Metal Related | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Somewhere Out in Space Power Metal | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Rapid Eye Movement Progressive Metal | review permalink
RIVERSIDE - Second Life Syndrome Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANATHEMA - Weather Systems Metal Related | review permalink
MELECHESH - Sphynx Black Metal | review permalink
MELECHESH - The Epigenesis Black Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Vulgar Display of Power Thrash Metal
PROTEST THE HERO - Scurrilous Metalcore | review permalink
PROTEST THE HERO - Kezia Metalcore | review permalink
SLIPKNOT - Slipknot Alternative Metal
SLIPKNOT - Iowa Alternative Metal
TESSERACT - Altered State Progressive Metal
MONUMENTS - Gnosis Metalcore
KING CRIMSON - Red Proto-Metal
TOOL - Lateralus Progressive Metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2 Power Metal
ANNIHILATOR - Alice in Hell Thrash Metal
ANTHRAX - Among The Living Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal
PORCUPINE TREE - Fear Of A Blank Planet 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
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 Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Stronger Than Death Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Disarm the Descent Metalcore | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - No World Order Power Metal | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Heading for Tomorrow Power Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - 4-Way Diablo Doom Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Handful Of Rain Power Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Order of the Black Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Hate Crew Deathroll Death Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche Progressive Metal | review permalink
DEEP PURPLE - Now What?! Hard Rock | review permalink
PERIPHERY - Periphery Metalcore
ANNIHILATOR - Never, Neverland Thrash Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin IV Proto-Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Powerslave NWoBHM
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
SLAYER - South of Heaven Thrash Metal
TOOL - Ænima Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - The Perfect Element, Part 1 Progressive Metal
PORCUPINE TREE - Deadwing Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Deep Purple In Rock Proto-Metal
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Mezmerize Alternative Metal
BIOHAZARD - Urban Discipline Hardcore and crust
BIOHAZARD - Mata Leão Hardcore and crust
BIOHAZARD - Uncivilization Hardcore and crust
SAXON - Strong Arm of the Law NWoBHM
DIAMOND HEAD - Lightning to the Nations NWoBHM
MARILYN MANSON - Mechanical Animals Industrial Metal
TESTAMENT - Dark Roots of Thrash Thrash Metal | review permalink
PERIPHERY - Clear Progressive Metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - The Time of the Oath Power Metal | review permalink
TESSERACT - One Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - ...and Justice for All Thrash Metal
RUSH - A Farewell to Kings Hard Rock
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Follow the Reaper Death Metal | review permalink
CHILDREN OF BODOM - Hatebreeder Death Metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - 7 Sinners Power Metal | review permalink
HELLOWEEN - Straight Out of Hell Power Metal | review permalink
STRATOVARIUS - Visions Power Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - The Glorious Burden Power Metal | review permalink
W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol Traditional heavy metal
SAXON - Denim and Leather NWoBHM
PEARL JAM - Vs. Hard Rock
PEARL JAM - Lost Dogs Hard Rock
MANOWAR - Kings of Metal Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
MANOWAR - The Triumph of Steel Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - The DVD Death Metal
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - IX Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
SLIPKNOT - .5: The Gray Chapter Alternative Metal | review permalink
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
MASTODON - Remission Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
MASTODON - Call of the Mastodon Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
ARCHITECTS - Hollow Crown Metalcore | review permalink
BLACK TUSK - Taste the Sin Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
CHIMAIRA - The Age of Hell Thrash Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Slow Hole to China: Rare and Rereleased Alternative Metal | review permalink
CLUTCH - Live at the Googolplex Alternative Metal | review permalink
SACRED REICH - Still Ignorant: 1987-1997 Live Thrash Metal | review permalink
JAMEY JASTA - Jasta Hardcore and crust | review permalink
RISE TO REMAIN - Bridges Will Burn EP Metalcore | review permalink
RISE TO REMAIN - City of Vultures Metalcore | review permalink
SLEEP - Sleep's Holy Mountain Doom Metal | review permalink
SLEEP - Jerusalem Doom Metal | review permalink
SLEEP - Dopesmoker Doom Metal | review permalink
ZYKLON - Storm Detonation Live Death Metal | review permalink
KYUSS - Muchas Gracias: The Best Of Kyuss Doom Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Stomp 442 Alternative Metal | review permalink
KISS - Symphony: The DVD Hard Rock | review permalink
PARKWAY DRIVE - Don't Close Your Eyes Metalcore | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Order of the Leech Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Smear Campaign Death Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Time Waits for No Slave Death Metal | review permalink
OZZY OSBOURNE - Down To Earth Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
SHADOWS FALL - The War Within Metalcore | review permalink
SOULFLY - The Song Remains Insane Thrash Metal | review permalink
SOULFLY - 3 Alternative Metal | review permalink
TRIVIUM - The Crusade Thrash Metal | review permalink
TESTAMENT - Souls of Black Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - The World Needs a Hero Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - The System Has Failed Thrash Metal | review permalink
LAMB OF GOD - As the Palaces Burn Thrash Metal | review permalink
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - As Daylight Dies Metalcore | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Rising In The East Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Nostradamus Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Turbo Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Bonded by Blood Thrash Metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Pleasures of the Flesh Thrash Metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Impact Is Imminent Thrash Metal | review permalink
MARILYN MANSON - Guns, God And Government Live In L.A. Industrial Metal | review permalink
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE - The Feeding Alternative Metal | review permalink
NEUROSIS - Sovereign Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
OVERKILL - Fuck You and Then Some Thrash Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Live Volume: The Movie Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Stained Class Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
FORBIDDEN - Distortion Thrash Metal | review permalink
PRIMEVIL - Smokin' Bats at Campton's Proto-Metal | review permalink
DEATH ANGEL - Frolic Through the Park Thrash Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - America's Volume Dealer Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
RED FANG - Murder the Mountains Doom Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - The Electric Sleep Doom Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - Synchronized Doom Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - Republic? Doom Metal | review permalink
SIXTY WATT SHAMAN - Reason to Live Doom Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - In the Arms of God Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
FIVE HORSE JOHNSON - The Last Men On Earth Hard Rock | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Superjudge Doom Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - Dopes to Infinity Doom Metal | review permalink
MONSTER MAGNET - God Says No Doom Metal | review permalink
FIVE HORSE JOHNSON - The Mystery Spot Hard Rock | review permalink
RED STARS PARADE - Lutine Belle Doom Metal
FIVE HORSE JOHNSON - The No. 6 Dance Hard Rock | review permalink
THE GRAND ASTORIA - The Grand Astoria Doom Metal | review permalink
CRADLE OF FILTH - Dusk and Her Embrace Gothic Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - Damnation and a Day Gothic Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - V Empire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein Gothic Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - Bitter Suites to Succubi Gothic Metal
FU MANCHU - California Crossing Alternative Metal | review permalink
SHEAVY - The Machine That Won the War Doom Metal | review permalink
ROBOT LORDS OF TOKYO - Whiskey, Blood & Napalm Doom Metal | review permalink
VIO-LENCE - Oppressing the Masses Thrash Metal | review permalink
DOZER - In The Tail Of a Comet / Madre De Dios Doom Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Killing Machine Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Corrosion of Conformity Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
BIOHAZARD - Reborn In Defiance Hardcore and crust | review permalink
ARCHITECTS - Ruin Metalcore | review permalink
BLACKFOOT - Tomcattin' Hard Rock | review permalink
SIXTY WATT SHAMAN - Seed of Decades Doom Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Mindcrime At The Moore Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACKFOOT - Strikes Hard Rock | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Promised Land Progressive Metal | review permalink
MARILYN MANSON - Born Villain Industrial Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime II Progressive Metal | review permalink
FEAR FACTORY - Digimortal Alternative Metal
EARTHRIDE - Vampire Circus Doom Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Dehumanizer Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
THE GRAND ASTORIA - To Whom It May Concern Doom Metal | review permalink
DOWN - Down IV Part I - The Purple EP Sludge/Post-metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Streets: A Rock Opera Progressive Metal | review permalink
PARKWAY DRIVE - Atlas Metalcore | review permalink
KISS - Monster Hard Rock | review permalink
JUROJIN - The Living Measure Of Time Alternative Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Sonic Brew Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
HATEBREED - The Divinity of Purpose Hardcore and crust | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Insanity and Genius Power Metal | review permalink
GAMMA RAY - Sigh No More Power Metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - 1919 Eternal Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - The Blessed Hellride Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 Alternative Metal | review permalink
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - Core Hard Rock
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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.

MANOWAR Warriors of the World

Album · 2002 · Traditional heavy metal
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Warriors Of The World, the American Metal band Manowar’s ninth full-length studio album, is something of a strange record. Its fair to say that it isn’t exactly the fan’s favourite album, and in my own opinion, it is easy to see why.

This is a bit of a bizarre album; the structure feels unbalanced and unnatural. Its more or less half Heavy Hard Metal songs, and half ballads and slow tracks. That’s not so terrible in and of itself, some of the band’s most popular albums like Kings Of Metal are full of ballads and slow songs. However, on this record they’re all bunched up together near the start of the record. Not in a gradual rise from slowest to fastest and quietest to heaviest. It just feels like a very unnatural hodgepodge. Of those quiet songs, three are tributes to Wagner, Pavarotti and Elvis. The album feels sort of overlong, and three tracks aren’t even Manowar originals. It might have served the album better if they had been bonus tracks, regardless of how good they are, it is too long and having three slow non-originals is a bit of a momentum killer.

Of the Hard, Heavy Metal songs on the record, some are mid-paced and some are blisteringly fast. On an intellectual level it is kind of feels annoying that the songs are repetition of previous Manowar tracks, there’s a sense of Deja Vue for sure.

On top of that, the lyrics feel like a repetition of previous stuff, taken almost up to a parody level. In fairness though, that’s been going on for years now and it didn’t spoil previous albums. I don’t listen to Manowar for thought provoking, soul searching lyrics anyway, I listen to them because they make good music and sometimes it’s a lot of fun.

So there we go; cheesy lyrics, repeating old glories, too many tracks, too many quiet tracks, weird track ordering. Sounds like a bit of a stinker, right? Well see, here’s the thing… I really like it. I have to say, I’ve personalized the running order in iTunes so it feels more balanced, and it is overlong but then again that’s extra value, if they’d been called bonus tracks people would accept it more easily. The songs are similar to old songs but hey, I loved those old songs and I’m glad to hear more.

Is this the best Manowar album? No. Should a newcomer get it as a first album? No. Its very much something I would recommend to fanatics and collectors only. It’s the kind of thing you’ll probably only listen to when you’re in the mood or only listen to highlights from. Can I call it a bad album though? Well, I can’t really bring myself to. ‘House Of Death,’ ‘Hand Of Doom,’ ‘Warriors Of The World Unite’ and even the ballad ‘Swords Of The Wind’ are all just too good to allow me to say that.

STRATOVARIUS Elements Part 2

Album · 2003 · Power Metal
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2003’s Elements Pt. 2 record is the Finnish Melodic Power Metal band Stratovarius’ tenth full-length studio album. As the name suggests it is the second part of the Elements series and was preceded by Elements Pt.1 earlier the same year. Both the Elements records saw the band, who had taken a long break prior to their recording, rethinking the formula that they’d been mining for the last few records slightly, and head in an even more Progressive direction than before.

While Pt.1 balanced typical Stratovarius singles and instrumentals with lengthy, epic-in-scope material, Pt.2 balances the usual Stratovarius ballads with mostly slower mid-paced tracks. It feels something like the band’s equivalent to the Black Album in as much as the halving of speed and the focus on more groovy, restrained styles. Opener ‘Alpha & Omega’ says it all really, it’s a big, mean sounding groover.

Luckily while it is somewhat of a departure, it gives the band a chance to try things they haven’t done so much before… there’s a lot more toms than on other records, there’s more low-register vocals, they aren’t just repeating old glories. Also; While on the Destiny album you could pick up slight hints of Queensryche if you listened carefully, this one has a few Dream Theater whiffs that make you think you haven’t heard this stuff from Stratovarius before. Its up to you whether you enjoy the change in style of course, but for me it works well and sits happily beside other records in their discography in terms of quality. ‘Awaken The Giant’ is something I’m glad I have in my collection.

If you are skeptical of too much change however, there’s still a few big sing-along moments that would be a joy in any concert, such as the Alcoholics Anonymous themed ‘Know The Difference,’ the speedier ‘I’m Still Alive’ and the Electric-Eye-reminiscent hit single ‘I Walk To My Own Song.’ These should keep fans of the ‘90s material happy.

Of the two Elements albums, I feel this one is the stronger. There are less cheesy moments, for me it feels more like an album and flows better. There’s nothing I feel the overwhelming need to skip or fast-forward through. Overall; It isn’t typical Stratovarius fare, and I wouldn’t make it my first purchase as a newcomer, but I don’t think it should be ignored either – there’s plenty to enjoy and the slower moodier stuff is a welcome string to their bow.

FREEDOM CALL Crystal Empire

Album · 2001 · Power Metal
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The German Melodic Power Metal band Freedom Call’s second full-length studio album, 2001’s Crystal Empire, feels very much like a continuation of their seminal debut album Stairway To Fairyland. Its got the same thunderous double-kicks, the same joyous uplifting choruses and the same tasteful lead guitar lines. Once again it was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who has worked with almost every Power Metal great you’d care to name.

Mainman Chris Bay has a tremendous vocal skill with a huge range, a lot of power and a real ear for melody… and that’s on top of the already excellent musical skills. The effortless sounding guitar lines stick in your head, the occasional chunky riffs that break things up, these things really elevate the album from just another face in the crowd to something noteworthy.

If you are into bands like Stratovarius, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Hammerfall or especially Gamma Ray and Helloween (and this album does feature guitar from Helloween’s Sacha Gerstner and drums from Gamma Ray’s Dan Zimmermann) then Freedom Call are a band that are seriously worth checking out. They are talented, passionate and consistent. They deliver exactly what you want… happy sounding Power Metal full of melody, bombast and mythical lyrics. The band have been described before as the world’s happiest sounding Power Metal band so you can imagine a sort of ballpark sound from that description alone.

Compared to their debut, this is a pretty similar affair. Its slightly more polished, slightly less complex and more commercial, but more or less in the exact same style, which is good news as their debut was absolutely fantastic. Clear production, excellent musicianship, stellar vocals and a general consistency and lack of weak tracks make this an essential purchase for anyone interested in the band. Add to that some genuinely enjoyable songs and you’ve got a bit of a rager on your hands.

Overall; if you like the band, get this album. If you haven’t heard the band but might like to, try this album. Highlights include: The concert baiting ‘Farewell,’ as well as the hugely enjoyable trio of ‘Call Of Fame,’ ‘Ocean’ and ‘Palace Of Fantasy.’ Check these out if you want to hear what the album is like.

STRATOVARIUS Destiny

Album · 1998 · Power Metal
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The Finnish Power Metal legends Stratovarius released their seventh full-length album, Destiny, on Noise Records in 1998. It was produced by the band’s own mastermind guitarist Timo Tolkki. The album feels a little overlooked within the band’s discography, wedged as it is comfortably between the much more famous Visions and Infinite albums from ’97 and 2000.

This album, stylistically is more or less exactly what you’d expect for an album wedged between those albums. You have things on here that bring to mind your ‘Black Diamond’s and things that bring to mind your ‘Hunting High And Low’s. If you can imagine a halfway point between those two albums this one is a pretty close resemblance to that halfway point. There is also quite a notable Queensryche influence on this one (on a few tracks), which isn’t there so much on other Stratovarius records, making Destiny stand out a bit.

If I was to describe the album, the immediate words that come to mind are ‘Toe-Tapping’ which might not exactly sound like what you want from a Heavy Metal album but I mean it in the most complimentary way possible (maybe the toe tapping is just air-drumming the kick pedals?) as the songs are so pleasant, catchy and enjoyable. They are the definition of smooth, easily digestible Melodic European Power Metal, delightfully topped with Jens Johansson’s distinctive keyboard skills. There are some progressive moments and inventive structures on there sure, but a large majority of the record is just that simple, clean, melodic and driving style of the best Stratovarius singles. It’s a remarkably consistent and high quality affair where no song is too obnoxious, there are no moments that feel too cheesy and nothing that feels like a ‘skip-button-magnet.’ (On other Stratovarius records, some rare things give me very itchy fingers, like the intro to ‘Pappillion’ for example).

Highlights here include the ten-minute Title Track, the catchy single ‘S.O.S’ and the very catchy bonus track ‘Dream With Me’ if its on your edition. If you want to have an idea of the album’s overall sound try those on for size before buying. Another very noteworthy track is the more sombre ‘4,000 Rainy Nights’ in which Timo Kotipelto does his best Empire-era Geoff Tate impression.

Overall; Stratovarius have more famous albums, they have albums with bigger highlights and from which more of the concert setlists are generated, but Destiny is one of their most solid, consistent and tasteful albums. It’s a great example of the band’s style and its full to the brim with catchy choruses, entertaining and flashy musicianship. If you like the band, don’t miss out on this excellent record.

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