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SLAYER - Show No Mercy Thrash Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - Hell Awaits Thrash Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - Reign in Blood Thrash Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - South of Heaven Thrash Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Perfect Symmetry Progressive Metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Bonded by Blood Thrash Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Rage For Order Heavy Metal
KREATOR - Terrible Certainty Thrash Metal
SLAYER - Haunting the Chapel Thrash Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime Progressive Metal | review permalink
CORONER - No More Color Technical Thrash Metal
SODOM - Agent Orange Thrash Metal
KREATOR - Extreme Aggression Thrash Metal
MORBID ANGEL - Altars of Madness Death Metal | review permalink
METAL CHURCH - Metal Church US Power Metal
POSSESSED - Seven Churches Death Metal | review permalink
WATCHTOWER - Energetic Disassembly Technical Thrash Metal | review permalink
TROUBLE - The Skull Traditional Doom Metal | review permalink
METAL CHURCH - The Dark US Power Metal
KREATOR - Pleasure to Kill Thrash Metal
ANGEL DUST - Into the Dark Past Speed Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere In Time Heavy Metal | review permalink
POSSESSED - Beyond the Gates Thrash Metal | review permalink
TROUBLE - Run to the Light Traditional Doom Metal
VOIVOD - Killing Technology Technical Thrash Metal
ARTILLERY - Terror Squad Thrash Metal
TESTAMENT - The Legacy Thrash Metal | review permalink
HELSTAR - A Distant Thunder US Power Metal
ANGEL DUST - To Dust You Will Decay Speed Metal
BATHORY - Blood Fire Death Black Metal | review permalink
DEATH - Leprosy Death Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Battalions of Fear Speed Metal
DEMOLITION HAMMER - Necrology Thrash Metal
ANTHEM - Hunting Time Heavy Metal
HELSTAR - Nosferatu US Power Metal
WATCHTOWER - Control And Resistance Technical Thrash Metal
PARADOX - Heresy Thrash Metal
METAL CHURCH - Blessing in Disguise US Power Metal
SEPULTURA - Beneath the Remains Thrash Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Sin After Sin Heavy Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - The Number Of The Beast NWoBHM
ALCATRAZZ - No Parole From Rock'n'Roll Heavy Metal
DIO - The Last in Line Heavy Metal
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Powerslave NWoBHM | review permalink
OVERKILL - Feel The Fire Thrash Metal
WHIPLASH - Power and Pain Thrash Metal
DESTRUCTION - Infernal Overkill Thrash Metal
ONSLAUGHT - The Force Thrash Metal
MANILLA ROAD - The Deluge Heavy Metal
VOIVOD - Rrröööaaarrr Thrash Metal
HEIR APPARENT - Graceful Inheritance US Power Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal | review permalink
WHIPLASH - Ticket to Mayhem Thrash Metal
SODOM - Persecution Mania Thrash Metal
OVERKILL - Taking Over Thrash Metal
CORONER - R.I.P. Technical Thrash Metal
PARADOX - Product of Imagination Thrash Metal
HEATHEN - Breaking the Silence Thrash Metal
SEPULTURA - Schizophrenia Thrash Metal
EXODUS - Pleasures of the Flesh Thrash Metal
DESTRUCTION - Release From Agony Thrash Metal
DEATH - Scream Bloody Gore Death Metal | review permalink
KING DIAMOND - Abigail Heavy Metal | review permalink
POSSESSED - The Eyes of Horror Thrash Metal
ANTHEM - Gypsy Ways Heavy Metal
IMPELLITTERI - Stand in Line Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Heavy Metal | review permalink
CORONER - Punishment for Decadence Technical Thrash Metal
X JAPAN - Vanishing Vision Speed Metal
ANACRUSIS - Suffering Hour Thrash Metal
X JAPAN - Blue Blood Power Metal
SAVATAGE - Gutter Ballet Heavy Metal
BOLT THROWER - Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness Death Metal
HEIR APPARENT - One Small Voice US Power Metal
BLIND GUARDIAN - Follow the Blind Speed Metal
KING DIAMOND - Conspiracy Heavy Metal | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King Proto-Metal
RUSH - 2112 Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Stained Class Heavy Metal
SCORPIONS - Lovedrive Heavy Metal
RUSH - Moving Pictures Hard Rock
OZZY OSBOURNE - Diary Of A Madman Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Mob Rules Heavy Metal
VENOM - Welcome to Hell Speed Metal
SCORPIONS - Blackout Heavy Metal
MERCYFUL FATE - Melissa Heavy Metal
DIO - Holy Diver Heavy Metal | review permalink
VENOM - Black Metal Speed Metal
BUDGIE - Deliver Us From Evil Hard Rock | review permalink
EXCITER - Heavy Metal Maniac Speed Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Bark At The Moon Heavy Metal
LOUDNESS - Disillusion (撃剣霊化) Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Defenders Of The Faith Heavy Metal
LOUDNESS - Disillusion (English Version) Heavy Metal
W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P. Heavy Metal
OMEN - Battle Cry US Power Metal
ANTHRAX - Fistful Of Metal Speed Metal
ONSLAUGHT - Power From Hell Thrash Metal
MANILLA ROAD - Open the Gates Heavy Metal
LOUDNESS - Thunder in the East Heavy Metal
ANTHRAX - Spreading The Disease Thrash Metal
ALCATRAZZ - Disturbing the Peace Hard Rock
OMEN - Warning of Danger US Power Metal
EXCITER - Long Live the Loud Speed Metal
CHASTAIN - Mystery of Illusion US Power Metal
MEGADETH - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! Thrash Metal
ARTILLERY - Fear of Tomorrow Thrash Metal
DIO - Sacred Heart Heavy Metal
KREATOR - Endless Pain Thrash Metal
FATES WARNING - The Spectre Within US Power Metal | review permalink
YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN - Marching Out Neoclassical metal | review permalink
ANTHEM - Tightrope Heavy Metal
TANKARD - Zombie Attack Thrash Metal
VULCANO - Bloody Vengeance Thrash Metal | review permalink
OMEN - The Curse US Power Metal
DESTRUCTION - Eternal Devastation Thrash Metal
LOUDNESS - Shadows of War / Lightning Strikes Heavy Metal
SODOM - Obsessed by Cruelty Thrash Metal
KING DIAMOND - Fatal Portrait Heavy Metal
SEPULTURA - Morbid Visions Death Metal
VINNIE MOORE - Mind's Eye Neoclassical metal | review permalink
CANDLEMASS - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus Traditional Doom Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Thrash Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Awaken The Guardian US Power Metal | review permalink
LIEGE LORD - Burn to My Touch US Power Metal
ANTHEM - Bound To Break Heavy Metal
LOUDNESS - Hurricane Eyes Heavy Metal
ANTHRAX - Among The Living Thrash Metal
MANILLA ROAD - Mystification Heavy Metal
SAVATAGE - Hall Of The Mountain King US Power Metal
CHASTAIN - The 7th of Never US Power Metal
DEATH ANGEL - The Ultra-Violence Thrash Metal
PENTAGRAM - Day Of Reckoning Doom Metal
TONY MACALPINE - Maximum Security Neoclassical metal | review permalink
AGENT STEEL - Unstoppable Force Speed Metal | review permalink
VENOM - Calm Before the Storm Heavy Metal | review permalink
BATHORY - Under the Sign of the Black Mark Black Metal
CANDLEMASS - Nightfall Traditional Doom Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited Thrash Metal
HELLOWEEN - Helloween Speed Metal
KREATOR - Flag of Hate Thrash Metal
MACABRE (IL) - Grim Reality Death Metal
SODOM - In the Sign of Evil Thrash Metal
SANCTUARY - Refuge Denied US Power Metal
SOLITUDE - And Justice for All... Doom Metal
INCUBUS (LA) - Serpent Temptation Death Metal
VINNIE MOORE - Time Odyssey Neoclassical metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II Power Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal | review permalink
VOIVOD - Dimension Hatröss Technical Thrash Metal
FATES WARNING - No Exit Progressive Metal
LIEGE LORD - Master Control US Power Metal
OVERKILL - Under The Influence Thrash Metal
CHASTAIN - The Voice of the Cult US Power Metal
MANILLA ROAD - Out of the Abyss Heavy Metal
SCANNER - Hypertrace Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal
SIEGES EVEN - Life Cycle Technical Thrash Metal
KING DIAMOND - "Them" Heavy Metal
BOLT THROWER - In Battle There Is No Law Death Metal
TESTAMENT - The New Order Thrash Metal
CANDLEMASS - Ancient Dreams Traditional Doom Metal | review permalink
TORMENTOR - Anno Domini Black Metal
SABBAT - The Devil's Sperm Is Cold Black Metal
CLOVEN HOOF - A Sultan's Ransom Power Metal
W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children Heavy Metal
SCANNER - Terminal Earth Power Metal
TESTAMENT - Practice What You Preach Thrash Metal
DREAM THEATER - When Dream and Day Unite Progressive Metal
CANDLEMASS - Tales of Creation Traditional Doom Metal | review permalink
VOIVOD - Nothingface Progressive Metal | review permalink
RUNNING WILD - Death or Glory Power Metal | review permalink
TERRORIZER - World Downfall Deathgrind | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid Heavy Metal
SCORPIONS - In Trance Hard Rock
BLACK SABBATH - Sabotage Heavy Metal | review permalink
RAINBOW - Rising Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Heavy Metal
SCORPIONS - Virgin Killer Hard Rock
SCORPIONS - Taken By Force Heavy Metal
RAINBOW - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Heaven And Hell Heavy Metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Ace of Spades Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Blizzard Of Ozz Heavy Metal
SCORPIONS - Animal Magnetism Heavy Metal
ACCEPT - Breaker Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Screaming For Vengeance Heavy Metal
SAXON - Power & the Glory NWoBHM
METALLICA - Kill 'em All Thrash Metal | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Technical Ecstasy Heavy Metal
RIOT - Rock City Heavy Metal
RAINBOW - Down to Earth Hard Rock
ACCEPT - Accept Heavy Metal
LOUDNESS - The Law of Devil's Land (魔界曲章) Heavy Metal
VIRGIN STEELE - Guardians Of The Flame Heavy Metal
SAVATAGE - Sirens US Power Metal
MERCYFUL FATE - Don't Break the Oath Heavy Metal
EXCITER - Violence & Force Speed Metal
VENOM - At War With Satan Speed Metal
SCORPIONS - Love At First Sting Heavy Metal
YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN - Rising Force Neoclassical metal | review permalink
BATHORY - Bathory Black Metal | review permalink
LIEGE LORD - Freedom's Rise US Power Metal
ANTHEM - Anthem Heavy Metal
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Animosity Crossover Thrash
CELTIC FROST - To Mega Therion Thrash Metal
W.A.S.P. - The Last Command Heavy Metal
AGENT STEEL - Skeptics Apocalypse Speed Metal
SAVATAGE - Power Of The Night Heavy Metal
HELLOWEEN - Walls of Jericho Speed Metal | review permalink
BATHORY - The Return...... Black Metal | review permalink
RACER X - Street Lethal Heavy Metal
DIGGER - Stronger Than Ever Heavy Metal
ALCATRAZZ - Dangerous Games Hard Rock
HELSTAR - Remnants of War US Power Metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Orgasmatron Heavy Metal
CHASTAIN - Ruler of the Wasteland US Power Metal
ACCEPT - Russian Roulette Heavy Metal
TONY MACALPINE - Edge Of Insanity Neoclassical metal
YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN - Trilogy Neoclassical metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - The Ultimate Sin Heavy Metal
CIRITH UNGOL - One Foot in Hell Heavy Metal
RAGE - Reign of Fear Speed Metal
EXCITER - Unveiling the Wicked Speed Metal
SAVATAGE - Fight For The Rock Heavy Metal
CACOPHONY - Speed Metal Symphony Neoclassical metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Rock 'n' Roll Heavy Metal
RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger Power Metal
DIO - Dream Evil Heavy Metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I Power Metal | review permalink
MERCYFUL FATE - Mercyful Fate Heavy Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche US Power Metal
SAVATAGE - The Dungeons Are Calling US Power Metal
PRONG - Primitive Origins Crossover Thrash
IMPELLITTERI - Impellitteri Heavy Metal
DEMOLITION HAMMER - Skull Fracturing Nightmare Thrash Metal
KING DIAMOND - The Dark Sides Heavy Metal
NOMEANSNO - Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed Hardcore Punk
RACER X - Second Heat Heavy Metal
RIOT - ThunderSteel US Power Metal
ANTHRAX - State Of Euphoria Thrash Metal
RUNNING WILD - Port Royal Power Metal
YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN - Odyssey Neoclassical metal
RAGE - Perfect Man Power Metal
VIRGIN STEELE - Age Of Consent Heavy Metal
DEATH ANGEL - Frolic Through the Park Thrash Metal
SAXON - Destiny Heavy Metal
CACOPHONY - Go Off! Neoclassical metal
LIVING COLOUR - Vivid Funk Metal | review permalink
SARCÓFAGO - Rotting Thrash Metal
PATRICK RONDAT - Just for Fun Neoclassical metal
SEMPITERNAL DEATHREIGN - The Spooky Gloom Death-Doom Metal
HERMÉTICA - Hermética Thrash Metal
HEAVENS GATE - In Control Power Metal
MACABRE (IL) - Gloom Death Metal
OVERKILL - The Years Of Decay Thrash Metal
LOUDNESS - Soldier of Fortune Heavy Metal
ONSLAUGHT - In Search of Sanity Thrash Metal
RAGE - Secrets in a Weird World Power Metal
VENOM - Prime Evil Thrash Metal
STRATOVARIUS - Fright Night Power Metal
FAITH NO MORE - The Real Thing Funk Metal | review permalink
EXODUS - Fabulous Disaster Thrash Metal
DOOM - Go Mad Yourself! Technical Thrash Metal
DOOM - Killing Field Technical Thrash Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Black Sabbath Heavy Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin IV Hard Rock
BLACK SABBATH - Master Of Reality Heavy Metal
THE WHO - Who's Next Proto-Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Vol 4 Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Heavy Metal
KING CRIMSON - Larks' Tongues In Aspic Proto-Metal
BUDGIE - Never Turn Your Back On A Friend Heavy Metal
KING CRIMSON - Red Proto-Metal
SCORPIONS - Fly To The Rainbow Hard Rock
RAINBOW - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Killing Machine Heavy Metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Bomber Heavy Metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Overkill Heavy Metal | review permalink
SAXON - Wheels of Steel NWoBHM
SAXON - Strong Arm of the Law NWoBHM
JUDAS PRIEST - British Steel Heavy Metal
RIOT - Fire Down Under Heavy Metal
SAXON - Denim and Leather NWoBHM
ACCEPT - Restless and Wild Heavy Metal
ACCEPT - Balls to the Wall Heavy Metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Another Perfect Day Heavy Metal
BANG - Bang Heavy Metal
MC5 - High Time Proto-Metal
BANG - Mother / Bow To The King Heavy Psych
FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND - Made In Japan Heavy Psych
SCORPIONS - Lonesome Crow Proto-Metal
BUDGIE - In For The Kill Heavy Metal
BUDGIE - If I Were Brittania I'd Waive The Rules Hard Rock
SORCERY (US) - Sinister Soldiers Heavy Metal | review permalink
RIOT - Narita Heavy Metal
ACCEPT - I'm a Rebel Heavy Metal
BUDGIE - Power Supply Heavy Metal
LOUDNESS - The Birthday Eve (誕生前夜) Heavy Metal
BUDGIE - Nightflight Hard Rock
RAINBOW - Difficult to Cure Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Point Of Entry Heavy Metal
VIRGIN STEELE - Virgin Steele Heavy Metal
MANILLA ROAD - Metal Heavy Metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Iron Fist Heavy Metal
RIOT - Restless Breed Heavy Metal
LOUDNESS - Devil Soldier (戦慄の奇蹟) Heavy Metal
RAINBOW - Straight Between the Eyes Hard Rock
BERSERKS - Berserks Speed Metal | review permalink
WITCHFINDER GENERAL - Death Penalty Traditional Doom Metal
WITCHFINDER GENERAL - Friends of Hell Traditional Doom Metal
RAINBOW - Bent Out of Shape Hard Rock
RIOT - Born in America Heavy Metal
BROCAS HELM - Into Battle US Power Metal
JAG PANZER - Ample Destruction US Power Metal
HELSTAR - Burning Star US Power Metal
SAINT VITUS - Saint Vitus Traditional Doom Metal
RUNNING WILD - Gates to Purgatory Speed Metal
TROUBLE - Psalm 9 Traditional Doom Metal
GRAVE DIGGER - Heavy Metal Breakdown Heavy Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - The Warning US Power Metal
VOIVOD - War And Pain Thrash Metal
FATES WARNING - Night On Bröcken Heavy Metal
ACCEPT - Metal Heart Heavy Metal
SAXON - Innocence Is No Excuse NWoBHM
SAINT VITUS - Hallow's Victim Traditional Doom Metal
RUNNING WILD - Branded and Exiled Speed Metal
GRAVE DIGGER - Witch Hunter Heavy Metal
SACRED BLADE - Of The Sun + Moon Progressive Metal
W.A.S.P. - Inside the Electric Circus Heavy Metal
VIRGIN STEELE - Noble Savage Heavy Metal
GRAVE DIGGER - War Games Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Turbo Heavy Metal
DOOM - No More Pain Technical Thrash Metal
TANKARD - Chemical Invasion Thrash Metal
RAGE - Execution Guaranteed Speed Metal
BLACK SABBATH - The Eternal Idol Heavy Metal
CELTIC FROST - Into the Pandemonium Avant-garde Metal | review permalink
CELTIC FROST - Emperor's Return Thrash Metal
SEPULTURA - Bestial Devastation Death Metal
PRONG - Force Fed Crossover Thrash
CLOVEN HOOF - Dominator Power Metal
OMEN - Escape to Nowhere US Power Metal
TANKARD - The Morning After Thrash Metal
EXCITER - Exciter Speed Metal
BROCAS HELM - Black Death US Power Metal
JASON BECKER - Perpetual Burn Neoclassical metal | review permalink
CELTIC FROST - Cold Lake Heavy Metal
SCORPIONS - Savage Amusement Hard Rock
CYNIC - Reflections of a Dying World Technical Thrash Metal
TANKARD - Alien Thrash Metal
NOMEANSNO - Wrong Hardcore Punk
DOOM - Incompetent... Technical Thrash Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Headless Cross Heavy Metal
CARCASS - Symphonies of Sickness Goregrind
ACCEPT - Eat the Heat Heavy Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin II Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin III Hard Rock
KING CRIMSON - Lizard Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - In The Wake Of Poseidon Proto-Metal
BUDGIE - Budgie Heavy Metal
KING CRIMSON - Starless And Bible Black Proto-Metal
MOTÖRHEAD - Motörhead Heavy Metal
MOTÖRHEAD - On Parole Heavy Metal
MANILLA ROAD - Crystal Logic Heavy Metal
THE WHO - My Generation Proto-Metal
THE STOOGES - The Stooges Proto-Metal
BLUES CREATION - Blues Creation Heavy Psych
THE STOOGES - Fun House Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - Islands Proto-Metal
BUDGIE - Squawk Heavy Metal
THE STOOGES - Raw Power Proto-Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Rocka Rolla Hard Rock
BUDGIE - Bandolier Hard Rock
BUDGIE - Impeckable Hard Rock
BLACK SABBATH - Never Say Die! Heavy Metal
MANILLA ROAD - Invasion Heavy Metal
BLACK FLAG - Damaged Hardcore Punk
CIRITH UNGOL - Frost and Fire Heavy Metal
BAD BRAINS - Bad Brains Hardcore Punk
BLACK SABBATH - Born Again Heavy Metal | review permalink
SORCERY (US) - Till Death Do We Part Heavy Metal
BLACK FLAG - Slip It In Hardcore Punk
CIRITH UNGOL - King of the Dead Heavy Metal
SAXON - Crusader NWoBHM
PANTERA - Projects in the Jungle Glam Metal
BLACK FLAG - In My Head Hardcore Punk
BLACK FLAG - Loose Nut Hardcore Punk
VENOM - Possessed Speed Metal
FAITH NO MORE - We Care A Lot Funk Metal
PENTAGRAM - Pentagram (Relentless) Traditional Doom Metal | review permalink
NOMEANSNO - Sex Mad Hardcore Punk
BAD BRAINS - I Against I Alternative Metal | review permalink
SAXON - Rock the Nations Heavy Metal
SAINT VITUS - Born Too Late Traditional Doom Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Seventh Star Heavy Metal
SARCÓFAGO - I.N.R.I. Black Metal
FAITH NO MORE - Introduce Yourself Funk Metal | review permalink
SABBAT - Sabbat Thrash Metal
HELLHAMMER - Apocalyptic Raids Black Metal
CELTIC FROST - Morbid Tales Thrash Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Screaming Life Alternative Metal
JAG PANZER - Tyrants US Power Metal
SABBAT - Born by Evil Blood Black Metal
SAINT VITUS - The Walking Dead Traditional Doom Metal
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ - Psychotic Waltz Progressive Metal
SLAB! - Sanity Allergy Industrial Metal
DOOM - Complicated Mind Technical Thrash Metal
FISHBONE - Truth And Soul Metal Related
DANZIG - Danzig Heavy Metal
KING'S X - Out Of The Silent Planet Hard Rock
OZZY OSBOURNE - No Rest For The Wicked Heavy Metal
SAINT VITUS - Mournful Cries Traditional Doom Metal
PANTERA - Power Metal Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Ram It Down Heavy Metal
DARKTHRONE - Thulcandra Death Metal
ANTHRAX - Penikufesin Thrash Metal
24-7 SPYZ - Harder Than You Funk Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Louder Than Love Alternative Metal
MINISTRY - The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste Industrial Metal
KING'S X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska Hard Rock
WHITE ZOMBIE - Make Them Die Slowly Groove Metal | review permalink
JIMI HENDRIX - Are You Experienced? Proto-Metal
JIMI HENDRIX - Electric Ladyland Proto-Metal
PANTERA - Metal Magic Glam Metal | review permalink
BLACK FLAG - My War Hardcore Punk
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Eye For An Eye Hardcore Punk
PANTERA - I Am the Night Heavy Metal
SLAB! - Descension Industrial Metal | review permalink
M.O.D. - U.S.A. for M.O.D. Crossover Thrash
MELVINS - Gluey Porch Treatments Sludge Metal | review permalink
NAPALM DEATH - Scum Grindcore | review permalink
ANTHRAX - I'm The Man Rap Metal
BLACK FLAG - TV Party Hardcore Punk
SOUNDGARDEN - Ultramega OK Alternative Metal
NAKED CITY - Torture Garden Grindcore
MELVINS - Ozma Sludge Metal
GODFLESH - Streetcleaner Industrial Metal | review permalink
ZENI GEVA - Vast Impotentz Metal Related
NAPALM DEATH - From Enslavement to Obliteration Grindcore
CARCASS - Reek of Putrefaction Goregrind
MINISTRY - The Land of Rape and Honey Industrial Metal | review permalink

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Heavy Metal 134 2.42
2 Thrash Metal 72 3.22
3 US Power Metal 33 2.85
4 Hard Rock 25 2.08
5 Speed Metal 24 2.77
6 Proto-Metal 16 1.69
7 Traditional Doom Metal 15 2.40
8 Technical Thrash Metal 14 3.00
9 Power Metal 14 2.71
10 NWoBHM 13 2.42
11 Neoclassical metal 12 2.63
12 Death Metal 12 3.13
13 Hardcore Punk 11 1.50
14 Black Metal 9 2.50
15 Progressive Metal 7 3.14
16 Funk Metal 5 1.90
17 Industrial Metal 5 1.10
18 Crossover Thrash 4 2.00
19 Alternative Metal 4 1.38
20 Heavy Psych 3 1.83
21 Grindcore 3 0.83
22 Metal Related 2 1.00
23 Glam Metal 2 1.25
24 Goregrind 2 1.25
25 Doom Metal 2 3.00
26 Sludge Metal 2 1.00
27 Rap Metal 1 1.00
28 Death-Doom Metal 1 2.50
29 Deathgrind 1 3.00
30 Avant-garde Metal 1 2.00
31 Groove Metal 1 1.50

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FATES WARNING Perfect Symmetry

Album · 1989 · Progressive Metal
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Most people consider “Awaken the Guardian” to be Fates Warning’s shining moment, but the album that outshone everything else by miles to me is “Perfect Symmetry.”

Perfect Symmetry is the band’s transition from a fantastical, proggy almost-Power Metal band into a full fledged modern Progressive Metal band, and one of the first albums ever to conceptualize this sound. Gone are the tales of high fantasy and abandoned are the speedy and uplifting metal epics that iconized their earlier sound. Here, they have traded their swords and steeds in acceptance of the reality that the world is a cold, unfriendly place that eats dreamers alive. They have become part of a machine of finely tuned skill and technicality – here the whole band play incredibly complex parts, alone but in unison, creating a cacophony of different melodies and rhythms that never play against each other.

One mistake you could make in reading that is to think they have become technical cogs incapable of producing melodies of beautiful passion. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Vocalist Ray Alder commands his voice like an instrument, but never shies away from simply crying out the sorrows of being smothered in the constraints of modern society. The lyrics across the board sound like those of a man who dreamed of grandeur as a child, but had those dreams quashed by reality. The only options are to hold out a last shred of hope that tomorrow holds something new, or allow oneself to die internally in order to carry on.

The music knows exactly when to dance the lines between progressive technical showcasing, soft passages of pure beauty, or simply catchy melodies. The band does include some strings on a few tracks that harken back to their fantasy sound (interestingly, it’s the least bleak songs with this touch). The titles might also fool you into thinking they’re still a fantasy band – tracks like “At Fate’s Hands” sound entirely medieval in nature. In reality, the song is about being helpless to make your own way in a world where people are smothered to fit roles and voices of the common are not heard. The burden of a modern society is disguised by poetic and timeless words that could apply just about anywhere if not for the context of the album.

It is a jarring shift from their old sound. It’s probably not what fans wanted. It’s also entirely pessimistic, introspective and subtly conscious. To me, it’s the perfect album from Fates Warning.

TERRORIZER World Downfall

Album · 1989 · Deathgrind
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World Downfall is by far my favorite Grindcore album of the 80’s. It’s become really clear to me why most Grindcore doesn’t do it for me while Terrorizer kicks ass.

1. I don’t like silly/humorous music, which a fair portion of Grindcore is. This means lyrically and sonically – Terrorizer is full of hardcore riffs and angry, pessimistic messages that mesh well with the chaotic, manic wall of aggression.

2. Unlike most Punk genres, if you want to play Grindcore, you have to know how to play your instruments… Doing everything as fast as physically possible without having some amazing technique and precision just sounds awful. Terrorizer is full of extreme talent and capability. They nail everything they aim for and always sound precise (save the vocalist… more on that later).

3. If you want to play Grindcore, you need decent production. If you’re just going hard on every instrument as aggressively as possible, and you don’t have some sort of production job that can individualize those instruments, it just sounds like noise. World Downfall has some very good production without compromising the grit or making it sound clean. There is no sheen to it; simply a very good job of making sure every awesome riff is still audible over those pounding drums, and the bass gets some great treatment too.

There is one huge weakness here, else it would be a near perfect grind record. The vocalist.

I know what people say, “you don’t listen to extreme music for the vocals! It’s for the riffs!” Never for a second have I felt that way, and never have I understood it. If vocals are present, they matter, and if lyrics are present, they matter. They are pieces of the art that forms the whole.

The vocalist here doesn’t have a bad sound, and the lyrics are fine. The written lyrics are fine. The words that come out of the vocalist’s mouth hit about 50% of what’s written, 40% of the time shout random words or syllables that are not understandable, and 10% of the time completely skips a verse or chorus and says absolutely nothing. There are no full sentences or lines, at best a few of the words are launched out, sometimes not even in order. It’s like the vocalist had never seen the lyrics before, they just gave him a paper while they jammed and he decided to wing it.

Imagine if any other band member did that with their instrument. The album would sound like absolute crap. Why do vocalists get a pass? Not from me. Really drags down an otherwise top-notch grind album.

GODFLESH Streetcleaner

Album · 1989 · Industrial Metal
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Sometimes when you listen to one of these acclaimed albums and don’t like them so much, you can still see what makes the album so great. You can recognize what other people see in it and write it off as just not being your thing. But sometimes, you might just be left mystified, wondering “What am I missing?”

Just before Streetcleaner, I had been listening to Peter Gabriel’s Passion, one of his most revered releases and a widely acclaimed New Age/World Music album. The album didn’t do anything for me, mostly because I’m not a fan of the style of music. However, I could still acknowledge the great compositions and brilliant atmospheres crafted in the soundscapes, and it was no mystery to me why it is so well liked.

Streetcleaner is a different case. I love metal. I love dark, misanthropic, heavy music. But listening to Streetcleaner, I struggle to find any appeal at all. The songs are all incredibly simple, and it sounds much less like a performance and much more like each member came up with one loop and just had it repeat for 5 minutes. There’s nothing innately wrong with this, but if you’re gonna repeat something for so long, at least make it good. The riffs are barely there; boring, slow, uninspired guitar that does little other than add a sludgy atmosphere, and ditto for the bass. The drum beats are equally boring and uninspired, and aside from some occasional addition of double bass, never do anything interesting. The vocals are sometimes there, and that’s all I can say about them.

The album is certainly dark, but the problem is that it is not active in achieving this. All the music is incredibly passive, and by that I mean there’s a lot of nothing going on aside from sounding heavy and dissonant, and it becomes the listener’s job to project any actual mood to it. The music doesn’t invoke anything on its own, but rather acts as a pool to collect such projected feelings. Unique at the time, and influential for everything that came after… but I’d say this is another case of influenced far surpassing the influencer.

RUNNING WILD Death or Glory

Album · 1989 · Power Metal
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Running Wild are one of the earliest Power Metal bands around, starting as Speed/Heavy Metal but moving closer to true Power Metal by the end of the 80’s. With each release, they sailed further from mediocracy to uniquely speedy melodic pirate metal with delicious riffs and gruff but talented vocals. Death or Glory is the peak of their 80’s material and often cited as their magnum opus.

The opening track “Riding the Storm” is indeed possibly the finest Power Metal song that had been laid to record by 1989. The guitar leads weave melodic, infectious riffs around a constantly pummeling rhythm section that keeps the song at full energy the whole ride through. The vocal performance is just awesome. Never a dull moment in the epic rocking of over 6 minutes. The title track “Death or Glory” captures this in a similar vein. Though much shorter, the atmosphere is just as epic and powerful, and that chorus stands against the best. Two prime examples of what a perfect Power Metal song should be.

Unfortunately, while the rest of album is great, there’s nothing else that can really hold its own against the aforementioned tracks. It mostly just blends together as strong but unmemorable material. It’s also a bit of a problem when the album starts on its highest note and ends on its lowest (the slower “March On” leaves a bit to be desired and sounds like an arena rocker). Truly, Running Wild wrote some of the best Power Metal songs of all time, but Death or Glory as an album doesn’t quite match such standards.

VOIVOD Nothingface

Album · 1989 · Progressive Metal
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As someone who much prefers Voivod’s true Thrash days, this is a hard album for me to rate. What Voivod were doing in their career with this and their previous album was pretty much unprecedented. No one had really combined Tech Thrash Prog Metal with weirdo avant-garde intricacies yet. Hell, there were barely any normal Prog Metal bands at the time. Voivod were already living in the 2000’s by the time they recorded Nothingface.

And yes, it is as interesting as it’s made out to be. Everything about it is odd in a very well done and endearing way. Never too odd to make it unapproachable (it was actually by far their catchiest album upon release) but always packing enough surprises to keep in interesting. The songs stand out with memorable riffs and some surprisingly catchy hooks, but they are all so odd that you never really get them memorized. There’s always something new to catch.

The weaknesses here are that there are a lot of start-stop tactics that just fracture the listening experience. They seem to change tempos and rhythms with the purpose of jolting you. Since they go for a much more melodic sound here, it’s really not enjoyable to be jolted and thrown when getting into some of the fantastic melodies and rhythms they lay down. Missing Sequences is a prime example of this; most of the song features speedy drumming and some of their best lead guitarwork to date, with some fantastic harmonized riffs. And then there are segments where everything just stops, ripping you from the trance they had crafted. Maybe to some this is an extra interest factor, but it takes away a lot for me.

Snake is also much better at doing harsh yells than singing. Another point their true Thrash days have over this.

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