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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Thrash Metal 167 4.00
2 Progressive Metal 159 3.97
3 Heavy Metal 141 3.88
4 Hard Rock 134 3.62
5 Death Metal 119 3.68
6 Power Metal 91 3.86
7 Black Metal 86 3.49
8 Doom Metal 43 3.97
9 Speed Metal 38 3.80
10 Melodic Death Metal 35 3.97
11 Groove Metal 34 3.72
12 Alternative Metal 26 3.62
13 NWoBHM 25 3.56
14 Technical Death Metal 23 4.46
15 Sludge Metal 22 3.55
16 Crossover Thrash 22 3.66
17 Metalcore 22 3.18
18 Traditional Doom Metal 21 4.24
19 US Power Metal 20 4.10
20 Hardcore Punk 19 3.71
21 Folk Metal 16 3.44
22 Death-Doom Metal 15 3.90
23 Atmospheric Black Metal 14 3.36
24 Gothic Metal 14 3.50
25 Stoner Metal 14 3.71
26 Technical Thrash Metal 12 4.25
27 Heavy Alternative Rock 11 4.09
28 Glam Metal 9 3.39
29 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 9 3.78
30 Crust Punk 9 3.72
31 Brutal Death Metal 9 3.78
32 Deathcore 8 3.38
33 Grindcore 8 3.00
34 Melodic Black Metal 8 3.75
35 Symphonic Black Metal 8 4.00
36 Metal Related 8 3.81
37 Industrial Metal 7 3.50
38 Melodic Metalcore 6 3.75
39 Avant-garde Metal 6 4.17
40 Funeral Doom Metal 5 4.10
41 Drone Metal 5 3.10
42 Non-Metal 5 3.40
43 War Metal 5 2.90
44 Stoner Rock 4 3.88
45 Death 'n' Roll 4 3.25
46 Mathcore 3 3.50
47 Symphonic Metal 3 2.33
48 Viking Metal 2 3.50
49 Proto-Metal 2 3.75
50 Rap Metal 2 3.50
51 Goregrind 2 2.25
52 Nu Metal 2 3.50
53 Neoclassical metal 2 3.25
54 Funk Metal 2 4.25
55 Deathgrind 2 4.50
56 Depressive Black Metal 2 3.75
57 Electronicore 1 3.50
58 Pagan Black Metal 1 3.00
59 Trance Metal 1 4.00

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EP · 2020 · Power Metal
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The future of metal?

Genre: modern metal / power metal / thrash metal

Japanese rock band Nemophila pretty much kicked Youtube's metal community's ass when they released a reheasal version of the track 'Oiran' whose heaviness and sheer brutality caused thousands of jaws to hit the floor all over the world. Eventually, the band released the three-track EP "Oiran" which, in addition to the title track, features 'Monsters' and 'Life'.

'Oiran' is a modern metal track that combines thrash metal with incluences from metalcore such as breakdowns and down-tuned guitars - and don't worry, we're not talking lame-ass trite breakdowns. Right from the get-go, we're treated to aggressive riffage, a superb rhythm section, excellent lead guitars, and absolutely magnificent vocals that combine aggressive screams with melodic rock belting. Seriously, this is probably one of the best - if not the best - metal track to emerge from the Jrock scene (a scene which seems to generally be thriving very well). The song is well-performed and well-produced. It's aggressive as hell and catchy as fuck.

'Monster's is more of a power metal track with modern synth elements. It's definitely a great track, while not as ass-kicking as the title track. It's well -composed and features some great guitar solos as well as what I interpret as direct influences from 80s Helloween.

'Life' is more of a ballad with considerable pop-leanings and a very epic feel. It's my least favorite track on the album, but I still enjoy it. There's just no denying that it's a well-crafted song, and, if pop leanings are to be inserted into metal, I think this is the way to do it.

Nemophila's great level of musicianshop shines through with Saki and Hazuki's rhythm and lead guitar work being very impressive, while Muratamu is one of the best drummers out there. Haraguchi-san's solid bass work binds everything together, and vocalist Mayu has an absolutely amazing voice: she can scream, belt and sing clean, and it all sounds great. Just check her out on 'Oiran'. The song owes 50% of its greatness to her voice. These ladies know their way around their instruments!

If you're up for a lesson in the versatility of metal, check out this release.

[review originally posted at ProgFreak]


Album · 2015 · Hard Rock
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Re-inventing boredom...

Okay, so I figured I'd give Tate's band Operation: Mindcrime a chance.

I shouldn't have done that.

This album is really boring, and, whenever things seem to actually get interesting, everything quickly collapses back into utter blandness. The problem is that the band's style comes across as a pale imitation of 90s alternative rock - injected with a dose of pretentiousness in a failed attempt at invoking a sense of sophistication. There seems to be a lot of looking back to Queensrÿche's subdued and dark classic "The Promised Land" without really managing to replicate the genius of that release.

Most tracks do absolutely nothing for me other than make me thankful for Tate's split with Queensrÿche and the way that it reinvigorated Queensrÿche.

"The Key" has some redeeming features though.

'Re-Inventing the Future' has its moments. I like the use of twin guitars as a vehicle of delivering the main theme, and there are glimpses of a more glorious past every now and then in Tate's singing. 'Ready to Fly' starts out promising with a catchy groovy riff, but quickly devolves into a sub-par attempt at emulating the atmosphere of "The Promised Land". I like the keyboard solo though. Another groovy track 'The Stranger' goes through a very similar journey: a strong groovy opening riff and then a descent into utter boredom. Here, however, rather than emulating a previous Queensrÿche album, it sounds like Tate & co try to sound a bit like a nu metal band. The highlights are 'Hearing Voices', 'An Ambush of Sadness', and 'The Fall' all of which are pretty decent songs. Oh yeah, and while a boring dark ballad, 'On Queue' at least has a nice saxophone solo in it.

There's nothing really interesting about the compositions on the album, although there are some decent moments as mentioned above. The musicianship is solid to be sure. Tate can still sing, but he's merely a shadow of his former self. It's hard to imaging that this is the same vocalist whose voice soared like an eagle on the first four Queensrÿche releases. It's really kinda sad to be honest.

Overall, this is an incredibly boring album. It sounds like run-of-the-mill alternative rock from the 90s and really just reminds me of "Hear in the Now Frontier" which I find to be an incredibly sad and boring album too - but at least that's a 90s album trying to sound like mainstream 90s music. If you like alternative rock, then maybe you'll enjoy this album. I certainly don't enjoy it. It bores me. It makes me sad.

SHAKRA Mad World

Album · 2020 · Hard Rock
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They still rock...

Shakra's latest album "Mad World" marks their 25th anniversary and, if anything, this album show that they still rock.

Roaming the transition region between hard rock and traditional heavy metal, Shakra offers up solid rockers, rich in melody, groove, power, and catchiness. It may be old-man rock, but it's tasty old-man rock with crispy guitar riffs, powerful drumming and rocking guitar solos that hit the spot. Overall, the music on the album is uplifting and full of energy and extremely enjoyable. Just check out the catchy title track 'Mad World', the high energy opener 'Fireline', or groovy 'When He Comes Around'.

The production is crisp, and neither the musicianship nor the production has any flaws. I can imagine that some people might find Mark Fox' slightly raspy vocals a bit annoying, but I really can't imagine any other singing style being a better fit for the music on this album (also, his voice reminds me of my dad's rock 'n' roll singing voice, because - yes - my old man is a rock singer, how cool is that?). Of course, that means that Mark Fox scores a couple of extra points from me.

To be honest, I was on the fence about giving this album 4 stars, but, heck, I enjoy listenening to it so much that I think that 3.5 is just too cheap! Listening to this album equals a mighty good time.

ANVIL Legal At Last

Album · 2020 · Heavy Metal
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Metal house...

Canadian metal legends Anvil have another album for you in the form of the weed-celebrating "Legal at Last".

Musically, we are dealing with old school heavy metal falling somewhere between Motörhead and Black Sabbath, with tracks like 'Legal at Last' and 'Chemtrails' being reminiscent of the former and 'Plastic in Paradise' and 'Said and Done' leaning towards the latter. Shying away from any type of sophistication, Anvil's main contribution on this album to the universe of rock lies in simple, but not simplistic (because there are a couple of tempo shifts and things like that), hard rocking metal songs revolving around solid and dynamic drumming coupled with balls-out rocking riffs. Oh, and there's a bass too.

This is not an album where Anvil reinvent themselves, and some might criticize their lyrics for being banal, but these old boys have something to say, and so - let them say it. Personally, I don't really care about weed and things like that, but if that's important to Anvil, let them write songs about it. In terms of the music on the release, the album is pretty good, I think: booming metal by boomers, I guess.

In sum, there's not much new under the sun on this album, but if you enjoy old school rock 'n' rolling heavy metak, you're bound to have a good time listening to Anvil's "Legal at Last".


Album · 2020 · Power Metal
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Power metal is coming home...

Serious Black strike back! This album is a lesson in tasty European power metal. It retains the few good things that contemporary European power metal has to offer and blends in all the good stuff from original power metal and traditional metal. I, for one, appreciate that.

Several of the tracks on this album feature some pretty aggressive guitar riffage and drumming, and the album definitely ventures into, if not quasi-thrash, then at least speed metal territory at times while retaining the melodic sensibility of quality power metal. That is not to say that there are no softies on the album - one such example is 'Fate of Humanity' which combines pop rock with metal (and I gotta say, I really like the chorus - in particular the instrumentation, but the vocal line is undeniably catchy). More of a hard-rocker 'Heaven Shall Burn' overlays weirdly cheesy synth parts on top of groovy guitar riffage. It sounds like a recipe for failure, but it works. At the other end of the scale, we find aggressive tracks like 'Let Me Go' and 'Solitude Étude'.

There is just the right amount of cheese on this album, which is otherwise dominated by guitar riffage and compelling guitar melodies along with face-melting guitar solos. The musicianship is top notch as is the songwriting. Some might protest that Urban Breed's vocals are a bit too thin for this type of music, but I think his singing works well.

"Suite 226" is a fine power metal album which seriously challenges my dislike towards European power metal. You know what, I'm happy to be proven wrong by these guys.

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