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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 550 3.47
2 Thrash Metal 327 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 203 3.71
4 Technical Death Metal 126 3.71
5 Heavy Metal 116 3.51
6 Black Metal 105 3.38
7 Hard Rock 79 3.46
8 Melodic Death Metal 63 3.74
9 Brutal Death Metal 50 3.57
10 Stoner Metal 49 3.58
11 Doom Metal 47 3.62
12 Grindcore 46 3.12
13 Technical Thrash Metal 41 3.77
14 Non-Metal 41 3.57
15 Sludge Metal 40 3.61
16 Death-Doom Metal 39 3.40
17 Alternative Metal 36 3.43
18 Groove Metal 35 3.60
19 Power Metal 33 3.70
20 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 32 3.66
21 Crossover Thrash 32 3.41
22 Avant-garde Metal 31 3.61
23 Atmospheric Black Metal 28 3.36
24 Metal Related 27 3.59
25 US Power Metal 24 3.63
26 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
27 Metalcore 23 3.59
28 Gothic Metal 20 3.42
29 Death 'n' Roll 17 3.29
30 Symphonic Black Metal 17 3.29
31 Hardcore Punk 16 3.59
32 Melodic Black Metal 14 3.36
33 Traditional Doom Metal 13 3.88
34 Proto-Metal 10 3.70
35 Goregrind 10 2.65
36 Deathgrind 9 3.56
37 Speed Metal 9 3.44
38 Stoner Rock 8 4.00
39 Deathcore 7 3.50
40 Glam Metal 7 3.21
41 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
42 Depressive Black Metal 6 3.50
43 NWoBHM 5 3.60
44 Melodic Metalcore 4 2.63
45 Mathcore 4 3.25
46 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
47 Folk Metal 3 3.33
48 Cybergrind 3 4.00
49 Rap Metal 3 3.50
50 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
51 Symphonic Metal 3 3.17
52 Nu Metal 2 3.00
53 Drone Metal 2 3.50
54 Crust Punk 2 3.00
55 Funeral Doom Metal 2 3.50
56 Funk Metal 1 3.50

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M.O.D. Surfin' M.O.D.

EP · 1988 · Crossover Thrash
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"Surfin' M.O.D." is an EP release by US crossover act M.O.D.. The EP was released through Megaforce Records in 1988 and bridges the gap between the band´s debut full-length studio album "U.S.A. for M.O.D. (1987)" and their second full-length studio album "Gross Misconduct (1989)". Four of the tracks featured on the EP had already been featured on the "Surfin' U.S.A. (1988)" single, but here those four tracks are accompanied by three additional tracks, and a 23:33 minutes long track titled "The Movie", which is a spoken word piece which features the music tracks from the EP in between the spoken parts. So side 1 of the original vinyl version of the EP features "The Movie", and side 2 features the seven music tracks without the spoken word sections.

Although the tracks are generally slightly more goofy and rock´n´roll oriented than the material on the debut album (which at times were also pretty goofy), this pretty much sounds like a natural successor to "U.S.A. for M.O.D. (1987)". The spoken word part of the project provides it with a slightly experimental touch, but this is at it´s core still crossover thrash. The biggest attraction here is probably the cover of "Surfin' U.S.A." by the Beach Boys, but honestly even that track isn´t that great (although not completely without it´s charm). Billy Milano struggles to hit the right notes, which gives the cover a pretty raw and flippant sound, but pretty it ain´t. To my ears the highlight is "Surf´s Up", which is a nice little catchy crossover track.

The band are relatively well playing, and the sound production is also acceptable, so "Surfin' M.O.D." is overall a decent release by M.O.D.. There´s little here which really makes my blood boil, but a 3 star (60%) rating is still deserved.

CROWBAR Obedience Thru Suffering

Album · 1991 · Sludge Metal
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"Obedience Thru Suffering" is the debut full-length studio album by US, New Orleans based sludge metal act Crowbar. The album was released through Grind Core International in September 1991. It wasn´t an album that gained them international attention (that would come with the next couple of albums), but it did put them on the map. Crowbar was formed in 1989 under the Slugs monicker, but changed their name to the current one in 1990. They are often refered to as one of the seminal sludge metal acts.

Stylistically the music on "Obedience Thru Suffering" is a combination of crushingly heavy doomy riffs and rhythms, and the aggression of hardcore (especially the vocals point in the direction of the latter style). The material is very basic vers/chorus structured and solely feature basic instrumentation of bass, guitars, drums, and vocals. If the heavy music didn´t convey it, the depressive lyrics dealing with pain, loss, betrayel, and other dark human emotions and actions, make sure that the listening experience is bleak beyond bleak. When Kirk Windstein sings it´s like being dragged into a dark hole of depression and despair. He is a very expressive and passionate vocalist, who is able to convey both aggression and despair through his raw yet still melodic tinged vocals.

The material on the 10 track, 43:00 minutes long album are generally well written and quite consistent in style and quality, and there are few standout tracks but a couple of tracks into the album things start to flow together a bit too much. The tracks simply sound too much the same. It´s not a major issue as there are no bad quality tracks featured on the album, but "Obedience Thru Suffering" surely could have prospered from more variation between tracks.

"Obedience Thru Suffering" features a fairly well sounding and very heavy sound production, which is raw and powerful, and suits the music well. So "Obedience Thru Suffering" is in many ways a very promising and for the time rather original sounding debut release, and while the songwriting could have been more varied, and it´s a slight issue that it isn´t, I still think a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

SOILWORK A Predator's Portrait

Album · 2001 · Melodic Death Metal
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"A Predator´s Portrait" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Swedish melodic death metal act Soilwork. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February 2001. It´s the successor to "The Chainheart Machine" from 2000 and features the exact same lineup who recorded the predecessor.

The material on "A Predator´s Portrait" are melodic and pretty polished melodic death metal with thrashy riffing. The polished sound is very much due to the omnipresent keyboards, which add a lot of depth and atmosphere to the sound but also take away a little of the savage power of the first two albums. Every possible space in the music is filled with background keyboards and the music is often not given much time to breathe (which is up to the ears that hear if that is a good or a bad feature). So the listener is treated to a wall of sound type of soundscape. The guitars play some relatively fast melodic thrashy riffing and even enters neo-classical territory at times. There are some pretty impressive sections here and there if you take a close listen. Lead vocalist Björn Strid handles both aggressive high pitched snarling vocals and clean vocals too. Strid is a skilled singer and his clean vocal delivery adds lots of melodic memorability to the tracks. "A Predator´s Portrait" is the first Soilwork album where he combine his raw vocals with singing clean vocals (having exclusively performed raw vocals on the first two albums), and although he would develop his clean vocal style on subsequent releases, his performance here is of high quality too.

Highligts to my ears are "Like the Average Stalker", "Neurotica Rampage", "Grand Failure Anthem", and the title track (the rerecording of "Shadowchild" from the Japanese/reissue version of "The Chainheart Machine (2000)" is also worth a mention), but all tracks are almost on an equally high quality level. Some tracks are a bit too formulaic and predictable and a bit more rawness and less polish could also have elevated the album to a higher level, but all in all "A Preditor´s Portrait" is a quality product. The sound production is professional and the performances are high class all around, so upon conclusion "A Predator´s Portrait" is another high quality release by Soilwork and because of the inclusion of clean vocals an important step in the development of the band´s sound. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

FLESHWROUGHT Dementia/Dyslexia

Album · 2010 · Technical Death Metal
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"Dementia/Dyslexia" is the debut full-length studio album by US technical/progressive death metal act Fleshwrought. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in August 2010. Fleshwrought is a two man act featuring Jonny Davy on vocals and Navene Koperweis on all instruments.

Stylistically the music is a very brutal type of technical death metal with jazz leanings. A bit of an unusual coctail really, but it generally works really well. It´s not often I´ve heard that combination work but these guys control the elements and manage to deliver some really powerful, very well played, and quite well composed music. The vocals vary between deep semi-intelligible growling and higher pitched screaming vocals. When the latter appear I´m often reminded of The Black Dahlia Murder, just played with a higher intensity and on a technical level above what their more famous fellow countrymen usually produce. Which should give you a good indication of the technical level of playing on "Dementia/Dyslexia", because The Black Dahlia Murder are not exactly known to play sloppy or known not to know how to play their instruments. The fierceness of the playing, the intensity of the aggression, and the incredible musical performances should leave most listeners with their jaws on the floor.

Featuring 10 tracks and a full playing time of 32:57 minutes the album doesn´t overstay it´s welcome, because while this is undeniably a great listening experience, the music is also so busy and energetic, that it leaves no room for the listener to breathe (the only breathers here are a couple of noisy interludes), and even seasoned tech death metal listeners could experience an increased heart rate and stress symptoms as a result of listening to "Dementia/Dyslexia". So this is mercifully quality over quantity (and that´s meant in the most positive way possible).

As mentioned the band often make use of jazz elements to spice up their brutal technical death metal. It´s most often in the form of jazzy guitar solos in the vein of Allan Holdsworth. Really fast-played jazzy solos, but always made to suit the otherwise really brutal music. The guitar riffs are predominantly ultra fast start/stop type riffs although there are tremolo picking parts in the music too. I´m a bit unsure if the drums are programmed or not, but they do sound like it. It´s one of those rare cases where it doesn´t matter though, as they suit the music perfectly. Razor sharp precision drumming to go along with the riffs.

The album features a powerful, detailed, and clear sounding production, which helps bring out the best in the music. Upon conclusion it´s hard not to be impressed by what is happening on "Dementia/Dyslexia". Fleshwrought are obviously professionals, but they don´t neglect to perform their music with passion and conviction, which makes this particular album stand out in a genre where many other artists go for a cold, clinical, and quite often emotionless delivery. This is über technical, yet still relentlessly aggressive, and at times even somewhat catchy (well...it might take a few listens). A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

D.A.M. Human Wreckage

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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"Human Wreckage" is the debut full-length studio album by UK thrash metal act D.A.M.. The album was released through Noise Records in June 1990. D.A.M. were formed in 1986 and were initially active until 1992 when they disbanded. In addition to "Human Wreckage", they also released "Inside Out (1991)".

The music on the album is a fairly standard type thrash metal, mostly influenced by the Bay Area sound. Especially Exodus comes to mind. "Human Wreckage" sounds exactly how you´d expect a thrash metal release from 1989/90 would sound. It´s actually what I would call an archetypical thrash metal release from those years. It´s pretty well produced featuring a raw and powerful sound, and the musicianship is generally on a high level too. Lead vocalist Jason McLoughlin is not that interesting though. He has a rather flat voice, and an at times monotone delivery, which isn´t doing the music any favors. He is not completely terrible though, and at times the vocals are decent enough. The addition of "riot gang" chorus vocals is a great treat, which pulls in a positive direction.

Other than the vocals it´s in the songwriting department the band could have done better. Again the material is decent enough, and there are even a couple of tracks which are reasonably catchy ("Left to Rot" and "Total Destruction" are examples of that), but most of the tracks go by with few hooks to hold on to, and they are soon forgotten when the album is over. The whole thing just comes off as rather generic sounding and considering that at least the instrumental part of the music is very well performed (great guitar solos and generally tight playing by all involved), it´s a bit of a shame that D.A.M. neglected to write more memorable and unique sounding material. This is still a fairly decent thrash metal release to those who don´t crave something too original sounding, and who can live with the very standard quality thrash metal vocals, so a 3 star (60%) rating isn´t all wrong.

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martindavey87 wrote:
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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/
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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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