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1 Death Metal 589 3.45
2 Thrash Metal 377 3.54
3 Progressive Metal 240 3.70
4 Technical Death Metal 144 3.72
5 Heavy Metal 136 3.53
6 Black Metal 111 3.38
7 Hard Rock 85 3.45
8 Melodic Death Metal 70 3.73
9 Brutal Death Metal 61 3.58
10 Technical Thrash Metal 54 3.75
11 Stoner Metal 51 3.59
12 Non-Metal 48 3.56
13 Doom Metal 46 3.65
14 Grindcore 45 3.21
15 Death-Doom Metal 40 3.41
16 Sludge Metal 39 3.59
17 Alternative Metal 38 3.41
18 Metal Related 38 3.67
19 Groove Metal 35 3.60
20 Power Metal 34 3.69
21 Crossover Thrash 33 3.41
22 US Power Metal 31 3.60
23 Atmospheric Black Metal 29 3.38
24 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 28 3.75
25 Gothic Metal 26 3.48
26 Avant-garde Metal 25 3.58
27 Metalcore 24 3.60
28 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
29 Hardcore Punk 22 3.68
30 Death 'n' Roll 21 3.29
31 Symphonic Black Metal 18 3.33
32 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
33 Melodic Black Metal 14 3.36
34 Deathgrind 12 3.50
35 Goregrind 10 2.65
36 Speed Metal 10 3.40
37 Proto-Metal 10 3.70
38 Stoner Rock 9 3.94
39 Glam Metal 7 3.21
40 Deathcore 7 3.50
41 Depressive Black Metal 6 3.50
42 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
43 Crust Punk 5 3.30
44 Cybergrind 5 3.80
45 NWoBHM 5 3.60
46 Drone Metal 4 3.50
47 Mathcore 4 3.25
48 Melodic Metalcore 4 2.63
49 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
50 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
51 Folk Metal 3 3.33
52 Rap Metal 3 3.50
53 Symphonic Metal 3 3.17
54 Nu Metal 2 3.00
55 Funeral Doom Metal 2 3.50
56 Funk Metal 1 3.50

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MOTÖRHEAD March ör Die

Album · 1992 · Heavy Metal
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"March ör Die" is the 11th full-length studio album by UK heavy rock/metal act Motörhead. The album was released through WTG Records (a subsidiary to Sony BMG) in August 1992. It´s the successor to "1916" from 1991 and features one lineup change as drummer Phil Taylor was fired from Motörhead during the recording sessions for the album. He therefore only appears on "I Ain't No Nice Guy". The band asked Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Whitesnake, Yngwie Malmsteen, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent) to record the remaining drum tracks. Aldridge was not a permanent solution though and the band recruited former King Diamond/Dokken drummer Mikkey Dee as the permanent replacement for Taylor. Dee performs drums on "Hellraiser".

"1916" was a commercial turning point for Motörhead after a decade of decline in popularity and album sales, and various disputes with labels. In addition to the success of "1916", Lemmy also contributed to writing four tracks for "No More Tears (1991)" by Ozzy Osbourne, including the major hit "Mama, I'm Coming Home", so it was Motörhead´s/Lemmy´s most commercially successful period. While the late 70s/early 80s period was the time when the band had their big breakthrough, all the issues they had with labels meant they missed out on cashing in on their success. At least not to the maximum of what they could have.

Stylistically the material on "March ör Die" is unmistakably the sound of Motörhead. Hard rocking blues based guitar riffs, blistering solo work, hard rocking rhythm work, a rumbling distorted bass, and Lemmy´s raw rusty voice in front. Compared to the brilliance of "1916", the quality of the material takes a drop on "March ör Die" though. The overall quality of the material is as such on a decent level, but it´s one of those albums by the band, where there are few standout tracks, while the rest are more standard quality and less memorable. The standout tracks on "March ör Die" are to my ears the cover of "Cat Scratch Fever" by Ted Nugent, "I Ain't No Nice Guy" (which features Ozzy Osbourne and Slash), "Hellraiser" (with a choir laden anthemic chorus), and the dark ambient title track. The remaining material is well written and entertaining too, but just nothing out of the ordinary in the band´s discography.

"March ör Die" is well produced and features a slightly more raw sound than "1916", but it´s still a relatively polished sound. Upon conclusion it´s another quality release by Motörhead, but it´s not among the standout releases in their discography, and it´s definitely a step down from the high quality of "1916". It is still enjoyable and entertaining in it´s own right though and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

LÄÄZ ROCKIT Taste of Rebellion

Live album · 1992 · Thrash Metal
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"Taste of Rebellion" is a live album release by US, California based thrash metal act Lääz Rockit. The album was released through Pony Canyon Records in July 1992 and it was recorded on May 19th, 1992 at the Club Citta in Tokyo, Japan. Lääz Rockit would disband later in the same year and not reunite until 2005, so this was at the time the final statement of the band and the conclusion to their career. While they enjoyed relative success (they even got videos played on MTV´s Headbanger´s Ball), they never broke through on a commercial level which could sustain them into the thrash hostile 90s.

The show on this live release was recorded during their tour supporting "Nothing$ $acred (1991)", which was their latest album at the time, but they had four more studio albums under their belt in 1992 and therefore plenty of material to chose from. The setlist also reflects this, but it is mostly focused on material from the last two studio albums. There´s not a single track from "No Stranger to Danger (1985)" nor from "Know Your Enemy (1987)" featured on the album. "Prelude" and the title track from "City´s Gonna Burn (1984)" are the only "older" tracks which are included. The band have also opted to include the single only track "Leatherface". Personally I won´t complain as "Annihilation Principle (1989)" and "Nothing$ $acred (1991)" are to my ears the band´s strongest releases, but I can see fans of the early releases being a bit dissappointed about the setlist.

The performances are strong. Tight rhythmic playing, sharp riffing and blazing solos, and Michael Coons raw voice and strong delivery in front. The sound production is relatively well sounding too, and it sounds like we get an authentic picture of the performance and not one with little sound tweaks, overdubs, and edits. So "Taste of Rebellion" is overall a pretty strong live release by Lääz Rockit. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

LIFE OF AGONY Broken Valley

Album · 2005 · Alternative Metal
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"Broken Valley" is the 4th full-length studio album by US alternative rock/metal act Life of Agony. The album was released through Epic Records in May 2005. It´s the band´s first album release since "Soul Searching Sun (1997)". Life of Agony split-up in 1999 after both drummer Sal Abruscato and lead vocalist Keith Caputo had left the band in the previous years (Abruscato already left in 1996), but reunited in 2002 in their original lineup (Completed by guitarist Joey Z. and bassist Alan Roberts).

Compared to "Soul Searching Sun (1997)" which featured a predominantly more laidback and sedated rock style, "Broken Valley" is generally more upbeat and fresh sounding. The break seems to have rejuvenated the band, and their performances sound inspired, and the songwriting more catchy and hard rocking, then the case was on the generally uninspired sounding predecessor. A slightly more hard rocking Stone Temple Pilots isn´t the worst comparison in the world. There´s of course not a trace of the ultra depressive hardcore sound of "River Runs Red (1993)" left in the music, and the music on "Broken Valley" generally don´t sound much like "Ugly (1995)" either, it´s actually the fourth consecutive album release featuring a new musical direction, but which somehow still sounds unmistakably like Life of Agony.

The material on the 12 track, 43:39 minutes long album are generally well written and hook laden vers/chorus structured hard rock songs, featuring lyrics predominantly dealing with personal issues. The quality of the material is pretty high throughout, but there are of course some tracks which stand out a bit more than others. Some of the highlights include "Love to Let You Down", "Last Cigarette", and "Strung Out". The album features a warm and powerful sounding production, and as always the musicianship is strong and the playing organic. Keith Caputo isn´t as distinct sounding as he was on the first couple of releases by the band, but his performance here is still strong and he has a suiting semi-raw delivery.

"Broken Valley" is not a hard rock revelation or anything like that, but it´s a solid release by Life of Agony and definitely a step up from the rather tedious and unremarkable "Soul Searching Sun (1997)". It´s not always comeback albums end up being an artistic (or a commercial) success, but I´ll say "Broken Valley" pretty much fits that description and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved. It´s not necessarily an album which will blow you away upon initial listen, but it grows given more spins and some of the melody lines just won´t leave your head again...

MOTÖRHEAD 1916

Album · 1991 · Heavy Metal
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"1916" is the 10th full-length studio album by UK heavy rock/metal act Motörhead. The album was released through WTG Records (a subsidiary to Sony BMG) in February 1991. It had been four years since the release of "Rock 'n' Roll (1987)", which at the time was the longest time between the release of two Motörhead studio albums. The long waiting time was due to problems with the band´s former label and lead vocalist/bassist Lemmy Kilmister´s move in 1990 from the UK to the US (where he would settle in West Hollywood and live for the rest of his life at a close proximity to to his beloved Rainbow Bar and Grill). Motörhead initially started working with producer Ed Stasium (Living Colour), but they did not agree on how the album should sound and Stasium was fired (He is credited for producing 3 tracks on the album though) although he claims to have quit because he couldn´t tolerate Lemmy´s drug and alcohol abuse. The band hired producer Pete Solley to complete the album.

"1916" turned out to be a turning point in the band´s career. Since their glory days in the late 70s/early 80s (especially the release of "Ace of Spades (1980)" made them a household heavy rock/metal name), Motörhead experienced decline in record sales and problems with labels over the decade, but "1916" generally received favorable reviews and positive fan reactions, and the album even received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 1992 Grammys. They lost to Metallica's "Metallica (1991)" album (The Black Album).

Listening to "1916" it´s obvious why the album is widely regarded as one of the peaks of the band´s long and glorious career. They´ve simply taken everything up a notch here from the performances, to the sound production, to the quality of the songwriting. Most Motörhead albums feature a couple of standout tracks, quite a few good quality tracks, and a couple of fillers, but that´s not the case with "1916", which features a well constructed tracklist and a more varied songwriting approach than what we usually hear from them.

"Nightmare/The Dreamtime" is for example a dark an eerie sounding track, which doesn´t feature much of the hard rocking blues based heavy rock that is the usual style for the band, "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." (which is a tribute to the legendary New York punk rock act Ramones), is a full on punk rock song, "Love Me Forever" is something as rare as a Motörhead power ballad, and the title track is something even more rare in the Motörhead catalogue as it´s a ballad type track (and a quite brilliant one I might add). All four tracks are among the highlights of the album, but hard rockers like "The One to Sing the Blues", "I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)", and "Going to Brazil" are definitely worth a mention too, but there are no fillers on "1916", and the remaining tracks on the album are also high quality material. Powerful and memorable rockers.

While there is more variation on "1916" than what is usual for Motörhead, the basis of the band´s sound is still intact. Hard rocking drums and blazing guitar riffs and solos, a rumbling distorted bass, and in front the unmistakable rusty roar of Lemmy. The latter delivers one of his strongest and most varied vocal performances on "1916". His performance on the title track is so honest and emotive, that it´s hard not to feel the impact of his words about the horrors of war.

Despite the change of producer a while into recording the album, the sound production turned out great. It´s an organic, clear, and detailed sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion "1916" is a high quality release by Motörhead and to my ears one of the peaks of their recording career. It´s no coincidence that this is the album which effectively put Motörhead back on the map of the heavy rock/metal elite. It´s simply such a high quality release that it cannot be ignored. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is fully deserved.

NADER SADEK In the Flesh

Album · 2011 · Death Metal
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"In the Flesh" is the debut full-length studio album by US, New York death metal act Nader Sadek. The album was released through Season of Mist in May 2011. Nader Sadek is a project which is named after it´s founder Egyptian-American artist Nader Sadek. Nader Sadek is known as a stage director, visual arts artist, and producer for artists like Mayhem and Sunn O))).

"In the Flesh" is a concept release as it was created by Sadek to bring the hazards of petroleum usage to the public eye. Sadek is responsible for composing all material on the album, artwork design, and for producing the album. He has enlisted drummer Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy, Solium Fatalis), guitarist Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir, Mayhem, Twilight of the Gods), and lead vocalist/bassist (Morbid Angel, Warfather) to perform the music he has written.

...and with an all star cast like that it´s really no surprise that the music is exceptionally well played. It´s played with great conviction and high level technical skill. Stylistically the music on the album is technically well played death metal and it´s artists like Nile, Behemoth, and especially Morbid Angel, who come to mind. "In the Flesh" is well produced too, and upon conclusion it´s a quality debut release by Nader Sadek, which even features a pretty interesting and urgent concept. When that is said the material aren´t that original sounding, and it´s not the kind of album that instantly screams that you´re listening to Nader Sadek, so developing a more unique sound, which could set Nader Sadek apart on the scene is needed before the really high ratings are given out. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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martindavey87 wrote:
more than 2 years 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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