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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 532 3.47
2 Thrash Metal 338 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 199 3.73
4 Technical Death Metal 116 3.71
5 Traditional heavy metal 105 3.48
6 Black Metal 102 3.37
7 Hard Rock 86 3.52
8 Doom Metal 82 3.68
9 Grindcore 59 3.13
10 Melodic Death Metal 56 3.76
11 Brutal Death Metal 45 3.56
12 Sludge Metal 41 3.55
13 Alternative Metal 38 3.41
14 Groove Metal 34 3.54
15 Death-Doom Metal 33 3.42
16 Power Metal 33 3.70
17 Avant-garde Metal 32 3.63
18 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 30 3.70
19 Stoner Metal 30 3.43
20 Atmospheric Black Metal 28 3.36
21 Non-Metal 28 3.64
22 Crossover Thrash 26 3.44
23 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
24 US Power Metal 24 3.71
25 Metal Related 22 3.64
26 Metalcore 22 3.41
27 Gothic Metal 21 3.45
28 Hardcore and crust 19 3.50
29 Death 'n' Roll 18 3.31
30 Symphonic Black Metal 17 3.29
31 Proto-Metal 17 3.74
32 Melodic Black Metal 12 3.33
33 Speed Metal 8 3.44
34 Glam Metal 7 3.21
35 Deathcore 7 3.50
36 Depressive Black Metal 6 3.50
37 Mathcore 4 3.25
38 NWoBHM 4 3.63
39 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
40 Folk Metal 3 3.33
41 Symphonic Metal 3 3.17
42 Funeral Doom Metal 2 3.50
43 Drone Metal 2 3.50
44 Nu Metal 2 3.00
45 Funk Metal 1 3.50

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DROTTNAR Welterwerk

Album · 2006 · Black Metal
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"Welterwerk" is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian extreme metal act Drottnar. The album was released through Endtime Productions in April 2006. "Welterwerk" is lyric wise upon initial listen a World War 2 concept album, but there is a bit more to it than that. There seems to be a political and social agenda to the concept as well. The World War 2 atmosphere is further enhanced by the band posing in vintage soldier uniforms in the booklet and of course as a consequence of song titles like "Victor Comrade" and "Niemand Geht Vorbei".

The music on the album is technical black metal (or maybe technical blackened death metal is more correct) and in my experience that´s not a music style many artists practice. Imagine a combination of the twisted, gloomy and industrial tinged progressive black metal of "Supervillain Outcast (2007)" by Dødheimsgard and the technical extreme metal of "Unquestionable Presence (1991)" by Atheist and you´re half way there. The playing is on a high level by all involved. Technical precision drumming, sharp and twisted riffing (lots of dissonance) and an aggressive and raspy sounding vocalist in front. The tracks are generally complex and not necessarily memorable upon initial listen. The power of the music and the technical skills of the players are features that you instantly notice though and the tracks do start becoming more recognisable the more you listen to them, so it´s not necessarily a major weakness, but maybe a question of patience and repeated listens. Sometimes the fact that music is not instantly catchy and memorable only adds to it´s longivity, and that´s certainly the case here, as "Welterwerk" is the kind of album that you can put on and find new details on every time you give it a spin.

Most tracks on the album are in the furiously fast played and aggressive technical black/death metal style that is the band´s predominant style, but the track "Victor Comrade" is quite a bit different from the rest and works both as an album divider and as a "breather" among the busy technical riffing and chaotic atmosphere of the rest of the tracks. There is a kind of World War 2 movie soundtrack atmosphere to it with samples of people talking, a trumpet playing the lead melody, sirenes sounding, and bombs falling.

The 9 track, 52:04 minutes long album is a very well produced affair. The sound is detailed, powerful, and perfectly designed for the band´s chaotic, technical, and aggressive music. So upon conclusion "Welterwerk" is a very strong debut album by Drottnar. An incredibly aggressive and technically well played release, that they can rightfully be proud of. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

CLUTCH Clutch

Album · 1995 · Hard Rock
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"Clutch" is the self-titled 2nd full-length studio album by US hard/stoner rock act Clutch. The album was released through Eastwest Records in May 1995. Clutch started out as a hardcore band, and their debut album "Transnational Speedway League: Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths (1993)" still featured quite a few hardcore traits although it´s mostly a hard rock/stoner rock album.

The hardcore elements are now completely gone from the band´s sound, and "Clutch" is a hard rock/stoner rock album through and through. There are still some badass attitude moments on the album, that might have been born in their hardcore youth, but we´re predominantly treated to southern influenced bluesy hard rock with a psychadelic stoner rock edge. It´s quite heavy at times, but the album is overall quite dynamic with both vers/chorus structured hard rockers, and more experimental/psychadelic tinged tracks.

The material on the 13 track, 55:05 minutes long album (the Japanese version of the album feautures the bonus track "Apache") are generally of a good compositional quality, and several tracks are really strong. It´s not all tracks that are equally remarkable, and if you ask me, I think the album overstays it´s welcome by a couple of tracks, but then again if you take each track and listen to them one by one, they are all quite entertaining, so maybe it´s the overall flow of the album that doesn´t always work that well.

The musicianship are as always one of the great assets when listening to a Clutch album. Neil Fallon is an incredibly skilled vocalist with a strong voice and a passionate delivery, and his performance on this album is even a bit more varied than on later releases, because he still occasionally sings more raw vocal styles here. The rest of the band are also very well playing. A tight yet organic sounding unit. The instrumentation is guitars, bass, drums and vocals, but there are a few tracks featuring organ, courtesy of session player Richard Morel.

The album is packed in a well sounding, powerful, and organic sound production, which suits the music perfectly. So overall this sophomore album is another high quality release by Clutch and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

EXELOUME Fairytale of Perversion

Album · 2011 · Thrash Metal
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"Fairytale of Perversion" is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian thrash metal act Exeloume. The album was released through ViciSolum Records in May 2011. Exeloume was formed in Trondheim in 2007 and released a couple of demos before being signed. Probably courtesy of their common past in Godsend, guitarist Tom "Welhaven" Wahl has brought in prolific Swedish musician/producer Dan Swanö to mix/master the album. Swanö also delivers guest vocals. The album features a guest guitar solo by Andy LaRoque (King Diamond) too, so Exeloume have made full use of their good connections.

Despite the Ed Repka cover artwork, which more or less screams old school thrash metal, the music on "Fairytale of Perversion" actually sounds a bit more up to date. Especially due to the professional, clear, and powerful sound production, but also because of the more technical approach to riffing and drumming, and because of the aggressive thrashy vocals. The latter mentioned features both a screaming "core" edge and an occasional semi-growling element.

The music on the 12 track, 43:56 minutes long album doesn´t exactly sound like the music of any other particular act, but it´s not terribly original or unique sounding either, it´s just a well performed, well produced, and relatively well written (the material could for the most part, have been a bit more catchy and memorable) take on contemporary thrash metal and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

POWER TRIP Nightmare Logic

Album · 2017 · Crossover Thrash
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"Nightmare Logic" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, Texas based thrash metal act Power Trip. The album was released through Southern Lord Recordings in February 2017. Power Trip was formed in 2008 and released a demo and two EPs before releasing their debut full-length studio album "Manifest Decimation" in 2013. "Nightmare Logic" features the same lineup who recorded the predecessor. Chris Whetzel (bass), Riley Gale (vocals), Nick Stewart (rhythm guitar), Blake Ibanez (lead guitar), and Chris Ulsh (drums).

Stylistically "Nightmare Logic" is the natural successor to "Manifest Decimation (2013)" as it features a similar raw and powerful thrash metal sound, but adds a bit more quality to the songwriting and also features a sound production which is of a higher quality than the production on the predecessor. The basis of the music is still hard edged thrashy riffing, screaming chromatic solos, hard pounding powerful drumming, riot gang choir vocals, and Riley Gale´s raw shouting vocals in front.

The material is obviously written to make the listener bang his/her head and to mosh in the pit, and the tracks are generally both powerful and quite catchy. It´s almost impossible to not scream along to tracks like "Executioner's Tax (Swing of the Axe)" and "Firing Squad", but the album is overall very consistent in quality and all tracks on the album are worth listening to.

Power Trip aren´t exactly the most original sounding band and artists like Exodus, Slayer, and late 80s/early 90s Sepultura are valid references. It´s not a major issue, but it´s in that department Power Trip could move up a level, and with the qualities they have, it could be possible at some point. For now "Nightmare Logic" is a high quality thrash metal release and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

KOSMOS Kosmos

Album · 2007 · Non-Metal
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"Kosmos" is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by Canadian, Montreal based rock act Kosmos. The album was released through The End Records in September 2007. Kosmos was formed around 2005/2006 and features among others Voivod drummer Michel Langevin.

The music on the album is psychadelic/space rock with the occasional nod towards krautrock. Repetitive organic beats, swirling psychadelic tinged synths/keyboards, and bass, organ and guitars that rock along. The music is mostly instrumental but there are sporadic vocals on the album courtesy of some guest singers.

While the album opens with the jam packed, cool and groove laden psychadelic track "Psycho", it already changes sound on the second track "Dream" which is pure krautrock with electronic tinged nods towards Kraftwerk. The 12 track, 43:58 minutes long album goes through a couple of those surprising changes ("Much Too Old" even features a disco beat), but as there are many similarities between the genres that the band embrace, and nothing sticks out on the album because it doesn´t fit, the album features a good flow. The whole thing is very retro 70s sounding, and the album also features a suiting organic sound production.

The band are well playing and while the quality of the material drops a slight bit a couple of times during the playing time, "Kosmos" is overall a quality release, that celebrates the classic virtues of psychadelic/space rock (and occasionally krautrock). It´s not necessarily the most original or unique sounding release, but that´s of less importance, when the music is delivered with conviction and passion as it is here. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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martindavey87 wrote:
1 year ago
Hey Jonas! How are ya man? Every where I post reviews, either here, Progarchives or RYM, whenever I go to post one I see you've posted one on that album too. It's cool comparing them! Was actually gonna message ya on here just to ask what your name is lol. Hope you're well and rock on! \m/ \m/
more than 2 years ago
Thanks! I will be slowly importing reviews that I have done for my website over here, but that will take awhile. For now, I will just be posting new reviews that I am publishing on my website. Cheers! \m/
mjayeh wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Thanx again for the shout out !!!! \m/

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