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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Thrash Metal 45 3.84
2 Heavy Metal 33 3.06
3 Avant-garde Metal 32 4.14
4 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 31 4.35
5 Progressive Metal 31 3.37
6 Hard Rock 30 3.62
7 Non-Metal 28 3.82
8 Sludge Metal 25 4.30
9 Stoner Metal 20 4.35
10 Metal Related 20 4.15
11 Atmospheric Black Metal 15 4.30
12 Drone Metal 15 4.43
13 Folk Metal 12 3.83
14 Funk Metal 12 3.75
15 Stoner Rock 11 4.00
16 Groove Metal 8 4.13
17 Death Metal 7 3.86
18 Technical Death Metal 7 4.07
19 Proto-Metal 7 4.21
20 US Power Metal 6 4.42
21 NWoBHM 6 4.08
22 Doom Metal 5 4.60
23 Alternative Metal 5 3.70
24 Black Metal 5 4.20
25 Death 'n' Roll 3 4.17
26 Power Metal 3 3.67
27 Melodic Death Metal 3 3.83
28 Rap Metal 3 3.83
29 Melodic Metalcore 2 3.25
30 Metalcore 2 4.25
31 Heavy Alternative Rock 2 4.00
32 Hardcore Punk 1 3.50
33 Speed Metal 1 4.00
34 Crust Punk 1 5.00
35 Funeral Doom Metal 1 4.00
36 Heavy Psych 1 5.00
37 Industrial Metal 1 5.00
38 Mathcore 1 5.00

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STONE Emotional Playground

Album · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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I'm torn; Emotional Playground probably has the best music, but the worst production of Stone's studios. The drums suffer most, sounding unfortunately a little too tinny to really beat the message across. Some of the guitar solos aren't loud enough, but they rip as hard as anything I've ever heard. Still a very enjoyable listen, and it's only because the other albums sounded so excellent that it is even noticeable.

They've dialed the prog rock back just a titch from Colours, and it works well here. It's a shame that they really came into their own sound so shortly before breaking up. I love the vocal harmonies on the opener, something that doesn't appear on any of their other albums. The vocals in general are much more diverse than the rest of the discography. Also a big fan of the "rattly" bass guitar tone they've found here. Compared to Colours, there is less dissonance, but more variety in tempo, time signature, and heaviness, which makes the whole thing flow quite well. I even heard some acoustic guitar in there. The crushingly awesome downtuned dirge "Years After" stands out as a big stylistic shift, almost an experiment.

Favourite tracks: Small Tales, Last Chance, Mad Hatter's Den, Dead End

STONE Colours

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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The most prog-thrash album of Stone's career. Still chock full of heavy chugging gallops and dual guitar harmonies, but this time they tend to be a little more polyrhythmic and dissonant. I'd say there is less head banging here, but less straightforward thrashers should be pleased. For me, it has lost a little; the tracks don't all hold my attention as strongly. Though none of the tracks are obscenely long, it drags a couple times near the middle. Production is excellent as it was on their previous. Vocals are what you expect if you're familiar with the band - a bit hard to understand, melodies can be a bit funny, but overall quite good with occasional gang vox background.

Favourite tracks: Stone Cold Soul, Meaning of Life


Album · 2012 · Sludge Metal
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Pervertor is an album that's sort of all over the place, in a good way. At its core we have a sort of avant-garde sludge, but with a healthy dose of death and black metal elements. Gritty downtuned guitars, albeit more articulate than standard fare for the genre, grinding out groovy midtempo riffs while the bass and drums pummel your skull through the floor and a man shrieks about things that are against my religion to repeat. This album truly sounds the way its album art looks: dark, creepy and probably evil. Not for the faint of heart.

Overall, very impression composition skills on display, as the tracks ebb and flow with smooth and dynamic shifts. Nothing sounds out of place, as if the whole thing could have easily been merged into one epic track. The production and tones are absolutely perfect. The Whip and the Body is an incredible finisher to a brilliant album, that manhandles and marches us out of here, with a hypnotic repetitiveness that is almost Krautrock-like - not that Krautrock ever sounded like this. The last two and a half minutes of Pervertor make me want to instantly start it again from the beginning.

STONE No Anaesthesia!

Album · 1989 · Thrash Metal
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A little bit clearer, a little bit slower, and a little bit more thunderous than their debut. Definitely thrashier. Certainly no sophomore slump. These Finnish boys have matured a bit beyond out of tune covers of The Final Countdown. The vocals are mixed in much better this time around; the melodies don't always make conventional sense, but it's hard to complain about something like that. The guitars cut like a knife; a very tight duo that makes Maiden and Priest harmonies sound like a high school talent show. Their solos absolutely rip, too, screaming harmonics intertwined with turbo boosted legato lines. You're going to want to be listening to this loud enough for the bass guitar to make pictures fall off your walls. Good stuff. Possibly Stone's best album, though their 4 studio albums are all so good that I could change my mind next week.

Favourites: Sweet Dreams, Empty Corner, Concrete Malformation, Meat Mincing Machine, everything really


Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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I have no idea what they are singing half the time, are they cutting back and forth between Finnish and English? My head doesn't care as it begins to bang. Stone is interesting as far as non-Bay Area thrash goes; it's harder to place their influences than most bands. Maybe the closest thing would be Slayer's first 2 studio albums. For 1988: Stone is a little bit faster, a little bit looser, a little bit catchier, gallops a-plenty. Less chunk and more scratch to their palm mutes. Seems more to me the natural progression from speed metal, rather than from Kill Em All. Whatever it is, it never lets up. Elegant compositions that flow well (for thrash metal lol), backing gang vocals (a secret weakness of mine), remarkably good production value for a 1988 debut, this self-titled piece of art certainly satisfies. Plus, how could you go wrong with a cover of one of the best/most underrated Sabbath bangers?

Favourite tracks: No Commands, Overtake

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