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DEATH - Symbolic Technical Death Metal
RUSSIAN CIRCLES - Station Metal Related
MASTODON - Leviathan Sludge Metal
MASTODON - Blood Mountain Sludge Metal
MEGADETH - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
DEATH - The Sound of Perseverance Technical Death Metal
KAYO DOT - Choirs Of The Eye Avant-garde Metal | review permalink
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM - In Glorious Times Avant-garde Metal
KAYO DOT - Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue Avant-garde Metal
DYSTOPIA - Human = Garbage Sludge Metal | review permalink
AGALLOCH - Marrow of the Spirit Atmospheric Black Metal | review permalink
ISIS - Oceanic Atmospheric Sludge Metal
ISIS - Panopticon Atmospheric Sludge Metal
BARONESS - First Sludge Metal | review permalink
NEUROSIS - Times Of Grace Atmospheric Sludge Metal
NEUROSIS - Souls at Zero Atmospheric Sludge Metal
NEUROSIS - Through Silver In Blood Atmospheric Sludge Metal
YOB - The Unreal Never Lived Doom Metal

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Hard Rock 35 3.89
2 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 32 4.31
3 Avant-garde Metal 31 4.18
4 Traditional heavy metal 31 3.34
5 Progressive Metal 30 3.35
6 Thrash Metal 29 3.83
7 Non-Metal 24 3.90
8 Sludge Metal 21 4.45
9 Metal Related 20 4.17
10 Atmospheric Black Metal 15 4.30
11 Drone Metal 15 4.43
12 Stoner Metal 14 4.18
13 Folk Metal 12 3.92
14 Funk Metal 12 3.75
15 Groove Metal 8 4.13
16 Alternative Metal 7 3.71
17 Doom Metal 7 4.57
18 Technical Death Metal 7 4.14
19 Proto-Metal 7 4.21
20 NWoBHM 6 4.08
21 US Power Metal 6 4.42
22 Death Metal 6 4.00
23 Metalcore 4 3.75
24 Black Metal 4 4.00
25 Melodic Death Metal 3 3.83
26 Power Metal 3 3.50
27 Speed Metal 1 4.00
28 Death-Doom Metal 1 4.00
29 Hardcore and crust 1 3.50
30 Mathcore 1 5.00

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SLEEP Dopesmoker

Album · 2003 · Stoner Metal
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Possibly the most essential stoner doom album ever released, Dopesmoker was, in a way, a big "fuck you" to London Records, who signed Sleep in the hopes of another Holy Mountain -esque album. Instead they got this crushingly heavy obelisk of an album. One slow, low, fuzzed out trip of a track spanning three LP sides, what's not to love? As they say, "sometimes a riff is just so fucking good that you want to hear it over and over again... sometimes for 52 minutes."

Dopesmoker is great music for many purposes. The obvious thing it's named after, for starters. Wearing in new stereo equipment. Drowning out your neighbours. Entering a catatonic state of pure aural bliss. Etc. Sometimes you just want to feel like you have been hit over the head with an bat (in a good way). Orange brand, of course.

ISIS Clearing the Eye

Movie · 2006 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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Probably only really for fans of ISIS (I mean, who else would buy a concert DVD than a fan of the band in question?), but an absolutely great experience. Witness an incredible band at their peak. The main feature here is the full 70 minute performance from Sydney Australia in 2005. Great cinematic camera work, a relaxing and overall fantastic performance of some of the best songs ISIS ever wrote. Top notch. No complaints here, though I'm a giant fanboy so take my opinion with a grain of salt or 10.

Most of the other live videos are curios, though they are quite good - not the same professional sound and video quality as the Australia concert.

I made my mom buy me this for Christmas a few years ago, ahaha

ISIS Celestial

Album · 2000 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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One of the understandably less popular ISIS albums, Celestial really predates their signature atmospheric post-metal sound. This is a much heavier album than one would expect. Drudging, long, hypnotic dirges not unlike the earlier years of Neurosis. The vocals are harsher, the guitars are lower and rougher and heavier, the bass rumbles along. ISIS has as much of a solid wall of sound as ever, just a different wall. Music that slowly squeezes down on your skull and crushes the flowers and kittens out of your system.

Far more on the sludge end of things than post-metal. Recommended listening if you can handle it. Lay back and embrace the weight. Bleak.

CONVERGE All We Love We Leave Behind

Album · 2012 · Metalcore
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Just like if metalcore was actually good.

Converge's All We Love We Leave Behind is utterly relentless. It simply never lets off for more than about 10 seconds at a time, which makes the relatively short 38 minute duration fly by. But more than that, the music is well composed and superbly executed. It also showcases quite high production value.

All We Love We Leave Behind is filled to the brim with catchy riffs, without eschewing any of Converge's well-known brutality. At times it reminds me of the band High on Fire, or maybe early Mastodon. The guitar work is searing, vocals are passionate and borderline actually understandable, and the bass cuts clearly through the mix - something we don't often get to hear in this style of music. The drums are frantic and never miss a beat, something which contributes to the overall driving feel this album has.

Though it lacks some of the clean, slower parts of Converge's (arguably) greatest masterpiece Jane Doe, and there are fewer moments of genuine weirdness, for many people these points will be pluses. All We Love We Leave Behind is certainly among Converge's finest releases, and comes highly recommended to anybody who can appreciate their particular brand of extreme metal.

SHINING Blackjazz

Album · 2010 · Avant-garde Metal
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Shining's BLACKJAZZ is an album that I found almost laughably bad on first listen, but I find now that it has really grown on me. I appreciate the aesthetic and the instrument tones, particularly. This "avant-garde black metal meets free jazz meets Zu" approach is a new sound for Norway's Shining (not to be mistaken for the Swedish black metal band), and I think it works quite well for them. BLACKJAZZ is a very high-energy, loud album that incorporates - along with the aforementioned genres - elements of electronic music, which end up quite interesting with distorted, growled vocals overtop.

The only track I found remotely weak was the cover of King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man; the rest of the album definitely fits with my current tastes. However, I could easily see this as a love/hate album for most people.

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