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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 538 3.47
2 Thrash Metal 342 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 203 3.72
4 Technical Death Metal 118 3.70
5 Traditional heavy metal 112 3.51
6 Black Metal 102 3.37
7 Hard Rock 86 3.53
8 Doom Metal 81 3.68
9 Grindcore 59 3.13
10 Melodic Death Metal 57 3.76
11 Brutal Death Metal 46 3.57
12 Sludge Metal 41 3.55
13 Alternative Metal 39 3.40
14 Death-Doom Metal 34 3.41
15 Groove Metal 34 3.54
16 Power Metal 33 3.70
17 Avant-garde Metal 32 3.63
18 Stoner Metal 31 3.44
19 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 30 3.70
20 Non-Metal 30 3.62
21 Atmospheric Black Metal 28 3.36
22 Crossover Thrash 28 3.41
23 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
24 Metal Related 22 3.64
25 Metalcore 22 3.41
26 Gothic Metal 21 3.45
27 US Power Metal 21 3.62
28 Hardcore and crust 19 3.50
29 Death 'n' Roll 18 3.31
30 Symphonic Black Metal 17 3.29
31 Proto-Metal 16 3.75
32 Melodic Black Metal 13 3.38
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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MEGASCAVENGER Descent of Yuggoth

Album · 2012 · Death Metal
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"Descent of Yuggoth" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Megascavenger. The album was released through Selfmadegod Records in December 2012. Megascavenger is a Rogga Johansson project where he handles guitars, bass, and some vocals. The drums are handled by Brynjar Helgetun. "Descent of Yuggoth" features 9 tracks. 4 of the tracks feature guest vocal performances by prolific vocalists like Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath, Nightingale, Demiurg...among others) and Marc Grewe (Morgoth) and 3 tracks feature guest lead guitar performances by prolific names like Eric Daniels (Asphyx, Grand Supreme Blood Court) and Patrick Mameli (Pestilence).

The music on the album is pretty standard death metal rooted in the old school Swedish death metal tradition. It´s slightly more varied than your standard release in the genre, featuring some melodic leanings, but other than that you pretty much know what to expect. The musicianship is solid, the growling vocals brutal, and the material is relatively well written. The latter could have been a bit more interesting with more memorable riffs, but overall "Descent of Yuggoth" is a pretty great release while it plays. On the other hand it´s not exactly an album which stays in your mind for very long after it has stopped playing. For that there arent´s enough catchy riffs featured on the album and the vocal parts on the album don´t feature enough hooks. It´s simply solid but seldom excellent.

On the plus side "Descent of Yuggoth" features a professional and relatively well sounding production, which suits the music well, and overall the album is a decent first effort from Megascavenger. It just suffers from the same issues as a lot of other Rogga Johansson projects do. He pushes so many releases out every year under different monickers, but while the musicianship and the productions are usually on a relatively high level, very few of them rise above standard quality when it comes to the actual songwriting, and the same issue applies to "Descent of Yuggoth". Still a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved.

VALLENFYRE Fear Those Who Fear Him

Album · 2017 · Death Metal
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"Fear Those Who Fear Him" is the 3rd full-length studio album by UK death metal act Vallenfyre. The album was released through Century Media Records in June 2017. It´s the successor to "Splinters" from 2014 and features a couple of lineup changes as bassist Scoot has left Vallenfyre. He hasn´t been replaced which means that the bass parts were recorded by guitarist Hamish Hamilton Glencross. Drummer Adrian Erlandsson has been replaced by Waltteri Väyrynen (B>Paradise Lost, Hypothesis, Abhorrence). The last member of the three-piece lineup is vocalist/guitarist Gregor Mackintosh.

Vallenfyre was specifically formed as an outlet for the band members old school death metal ideas, which their day job bands couldn´t incorporate. And brutal and sinister old school death metal it is. Ranging from fast-paced, D-beat hardcore punked, mid-paced and heavy, to ultra brutal and doomy, "Fear Those Who Fear Him" has it all when it comes to old school death metal traits. Mackintosh has a brutal yet intelligible growling vocal style, which suits the darkness of the music well and paired with the rawness of the sound production (the guitars have what I´d characterize as an early 90s Swedish death metal tone), the album comes off as one of the more successful contemporary retro sounding death metal releases.

The change in pace and rhythm style are some of the great assets of the band´s music. Fast-paced tracks like "Messiah" and "Nihilist", are paired with the mid-paced brutal grooves of tracks like "Degeneration" and "Amongst the Filth", and the slow brutal death/doom of tracks like "An Apathetic Grave" and "Cursed from the Womb". And it all sounds pretty natural too. Nothing contrived about it. It just feels like the band have composed exactly what they wanted, when and how they wanted. When you play a music style like this these days, no one expects your music to be of a groundbreaking character, because the whole idea behind playing this type of music is to have a derivative approach to composing your material, but that doesn´t mean you can´t still try to forge a personal sound, to set yourself apart from the pack. Vallenfyre are relatively successful in doing that. At least to a certain extent.

The real asset on "Fear Those Who Fear Him" is how well performed the material is though. These are some really well playing guys, and there are tons of conviction and passion behind the delivery. There´s a great raw and organic touch to the way the music is played, which is greatly charming, and ultimately suiting the old school death metal material perfectly. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

MASTODON Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP

EP · 2010 · Progressive Metal
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"Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP" is an EP release by US metal act Mastodon and the official score for the Jimmy Hayward directed film "Jonah Hex (2010)". The EP was released digitally through Reprise Records in June 2010. The making of the EP turned out to be a bit more painful than planned, as the band´s first attempt to write music for the film was shelved, as original soundtrack composer/arranger John Powell had to leave the project, after being handed Mastodon´s material, and new composer/arranger Marco Beltrami wanted something less heavy and a bit more subtle. So Mastodon had to start from scratch, and paired with the fact that they were in the middle of a major world tour, the band felt a bit stressed out by the situation.

As always Mastodon delivers a professional product though. This time fully instrumental and generally more ambient and less heavy than what we´re used to from their side, but still quite intriguing and as the case is with the slow building opener "Death March", quite ominous sounding too. I´m sometimes reminded of a contemporary and slightly heavier version of the most dark material from the "More (1969)" soundtrack by Pink Floyd. The EP features four tracks, and two alternate versions of the two opening tracks "Death March" and "Clayton Boys" summing up to a total of six tracks and a full playing time of 32:46 minutes.

Although the music doesn´t feature vocals, and it´s a bit more slow building and ambient in style than usual for Mastodon, it´s still unmistakably the sound of the band. "Jonah Hex: Revenge Gets Ugly EP" is also as well produced and well performed as any other release by the band, and while the soundtrack nature of the material makes it a bit less interesting compared to their "regular" releases, the EP is still a quality product by Mastodon deserving a 3.5 star (70%) rating.

FORBIDDEN Forbidden Evil

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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"Forbidden Evil" is the debut full-length studio album by US, San Francisco, California based thrash metal act Forbidden. The album was released through Combat Records in September 1988. The band was formed under the Forbidden Evil monicker in 1985 as was an active part of the Bay Area thrash metal scene of the 80s (featuring in those days Rob Flynn from Machine Head on guitars), releasing several demos and playing quite a few live shows, before changing their name to Forbidden in 1987 shortly before recording "Forbidden Evil". While Forbidden is often mentioned as an influential and important part of the 80s Bay Area thrash metal scene, they were one of the acts from those days, along with contemporaries like Exodus and Heathen, which never broke through to a mainstream metal audience, and probably as a consequence folded in 1997.

The music on the album is technically well played US thrash metal. Forbidden sets themselves a bit apart from the majority of thrash metal acts from those days as lead vocalist Russ Anderson combines his raw staccato thrash metal vocals, with more melodic oriented clean vocal parts (sometimes high pitched). The whole thing is still pretty raw but the occasionally melodic vocals provide the music with valuable memorability. And the 8 tracks on the 40:58 minutes long album, are all high quality material, written and performed by a top tier band. Tracks like "Chalice of Blood" and "Through Eyes of Glass" are among the highlights, but this is an album with no filler material. Quite a few of the tracks appeared on the band´s demos, but here they are enhanced by a better production, and more detailed arrangements, to provide them with new life.

In addition to the very strong and convincing vocal performance by Russ Anderson, the rest of the band are also very well playing. Fast paced aggressive riffing, great guitar solos, a busy and audible bass, and precision drumming by Paul Bostaph (who later has played with both Exodus, Testament, and of course Slayer). A tight yet organic performance by all involved, which is further enhanced by the raw, powerful, and detailed sound production.

"Forbidden Evil" is upon conclusion a very strong debut release by Forbidden and even though the band didn´t get the big breakthrough with this release (or any of their subsequent releases), "Forbidden Evil" is widely considered a "classic" Bay Area thrash metal release from the 80s, and personally I think that reputation is fully deserved. The performances on the album are more than convincing, the sound production is well sounding for the time, and the material is relatively varied and memorable. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

INTRUDER A Higher Form of Killing

Album · 1989 · Thrash Metal
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"A Higher Form of Killing" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US thrash metal act Intruder. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in August 1989. Intruder was formed in 1984 (under the Transgresser monicker) and released a couple of demos before releasing their debut full-length studio album "Live to Die" in 1987. There´s been one lineup change since the debut album as the band have added a second guitarist to the lineup in Greg Messick.

Musically Intruder have developed their original raw thrash/speed metal sound towards a more straight US, Bay Area influenced thrash metal style. I´m often reminded of Forbidden, because of how Jimmy Hamilton delivers his vocals in both straccato raw thrash metal style but also with a more singing type delivery. Joey Belladonna from Anthrax is another vocal reference. Hamilton has a powerful voice, but his singing abilities are of varied quality, or maybe it´s the rather monotone song melodies, which doesn´t always work wonders. As a result I often find myself thinking that the vocals are a distraction from the otherwise very well played and powerful instrumental part of the music. These guys are a tight playing unit, and you´ll be treated to fast played- and more heavy thrashy riffing, very well played guitar solos, and a powerful rhythmic assault.

The material is generally well written for the style, but again the vocal melodies could have been developed upon, to make them more memorable, and the tracks could also have featured more instrumental hooks. Quite a few of the tracks just pass by and you don´t even notice when the next one starts, so there´s definitely an issue with the tracks sounding a bit too much the same. The cover of "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" by the Monkees is not surprisingly quite different sounding to the rest of the tracks though.

"A Higher Form of Killing" is well produced featuring a powerful and clear sound, which suits the music perfectly. So upon conclusion the album is a bit of a mixed bag, but quality wise I´d still say that a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong, despite a few issues with the vocals and the vocal melodies and the fact that some tracks aren´t that memorable.

Latest Forum Topic Posts

  • Posted 7 hours ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    [QUOTE=adg211288] http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/paradise-lost/shades-of-god[/QUOTE] You got the CD version with "As I Die" or the vinyl version, which doesn´t feature that track?
  • Posted 7 hours ago in Paradise Lost
    I´m really into Medusa too at the moment, and it is indeed a great album. I was a huge fan of Paradise Lost in the early days, and if I have to pick a favorite it would be between Gothic and Shades of God. I´m not 100% sure, but I´m actually leaning towards Shades of God. Both are pretty Unique sounding releases though.
  • Posted 7 days ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    [QUOTE=Psydye]Finished up a run of Coroner..it's weird but I could've sworn I enjoyed them a fair bit more in the past! Ah well! On to these guys:[/QUOTE] I´m actually no as fond of Coroner now as I used to be either, but No More Color is still a masterpiece in my book.

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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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