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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 725 3.46
2 Thrash Metal 458 3.55
3 Progressive Metal 275 3.71
4 Technical Death Metal 178 3.69
5 Heavy Metal 149 3.55
6 Black Metal 123 3.39
7 Melodic Death Metal 91 3.77
8 Hard Rock 88 3.48
9 Brutal Death Metal 68 3.60
10 Technical Thrash Metal 65 3.76
11 Non-Metal 57 3.46
12 Sludge Metal 56 3.59
13 Stoner Metal 56 3.60
14 Grindcore 55 3.26
15 Doom Metal 52 3.63
16 US Power Metal 48 3.68
17 Death-Doom Metal 46 3.49
18 Crossover Thrash 45 3.43
19 Alternative Metal 45 3.42
20 Metal Related 44 3.68
21 Groove Metal 39 3.60
22 Power Metal 39 3.65
23 Gothic Metal 36 3.54
24 Atmospheric Black Metal 30 3.38
25 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 30 3.77
26 Avant-garde Metal 28 3.63
27 Death 'n' Roll 28 3.25
28 Metalcore 26 3.56
29 Industrial Metal 26 3.62
30 Hardcore Punk 24 3.69
31 Symphonic Black Metal 19 3.37
32 Melodic Black Metal 19 3.50
33 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
34 Deathgrind 14 3.54
35 Speed Metal 13 3.27
36 Proto-Metal 12 3.75
37 Goregrind 12 2.79
38 Crust Punk 9 3.44
39 Stoner Rock 9 3.94
40 Deathcore 8 3.50
41 Depressive Black Metal 7 3.43
42 Glam Metal 7 3.21
43 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
44 Mathcore 5 3.40
45 Cybergrind 5 3.80
46 Symphonic Metal 5 3.40
47 NWoBHM 5 3.60
48 Drone Metal 4 3.50
49 Folk Metal 3 3.33
50 Funeral Doom Metal 3 3.67
51 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
52 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
53 Melodic Metalcore 3 2.67
54 Rap Metal 3 3.50
55 Nu Metal 2 3.00
56 Funk Metal 1 3.50

Latest Albums Reviews

ACID DEATH Hall of Mirrors

Album · 2015 · Technical Death Metal
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"Hall of Mirrors" is the 4th full-length studio album by Greek technical/progressive death/thrash metal act Acid Death. The album was released through 7Hard Records in September 2015. It´s the successor to "Eidolon" from 2012 although the two full-length releases are bridged by the 2013 "MisleD 2013 Re-recorded" EP. There has been one lineup change since "Eidolon (2012)" as guitarist Kostas Karavelas has been replaced by John Anagnostou.

Stylistically the material on "Hall of Mirrors" continue in the same technical/progressive death metal direction as the material on "Eidolon (2012)". It´s music strongly influenced by the early 90s technical/progressive death metal scene (artists like Death and especially the Italian Sadist come to mind). It´s a bit more contemporary sounding though, which means it´s a little more heavy and groove oriented than the 90s influences. The title track is for example a full fledged groove metal track.

"Hall of Mirrors" features a well sounding production job, tight and skilled musicianship, and the material is well written and effective. The combination of 90s technical/progressive death metal elements and more contemporary heavy groove metal oriented elements won´t please all listeners, but there´s nothing wrong with the execution or the overall album package. This is a quality release and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

SEPULTURA Schizophrenia

Album · 1987 · Thrash Metal
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"Schizophrenia" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Brazilian death/thrash metal act Sepultura. The album was released through Cogumelo Records in October 1987. It was recorded on a 16 track recorder at J.G. Estudios in Belo Horizonte in August 1987. The original album contained 9 tracks and featured a playing time of 38:13 minutes. Later reissues include a re-recorded version of "Troop of Doom" from the band´s debut album "Morbid Visions" (1986). Some versions also include some demos and rough mixes of songs from the album.

The music on the album is aggressive death/thrash metal with an emphasis on the thrash metal part. There´s been great development in the band´s sound since the more primitive/simple debut album, which was released just a year before "Schizophrenia". The music on "Schizophrenia" is not only aggressive and powerful, it´s also occasionally rather sophisticated for the style. While the band had certainly listened to the brutal euro thrash metal of artists like Kreator, Sodom, and Celtic Frost, it´s obvious that the more sophisticated thrash metal of Metallica (and other US thrash metal artists) also had great impact on the sound on "Schizophrenia". There´s even a long instrumental track on the album in the 7:16 minutes long "Inquisition Symphony" (again probably influenced by Metallica longer 80s instrumentals). The short acoustic "The Abyss" is also a nice variation from the more regular death/thrash metal assault of tracks like "From the Past Comes the Storms", "R.I.P. (Rest in Pain)", "To the Wall", and "Escape to the Void". Guitarist Jairo Guedes has been replaced by Andreas Kisser who adds a new dimension to Sepultura´s sound. His playing is much more diverse and sophisticated than the style of his predecessor, who had a more raw, fast-paced, and screaming chromatic guitar solo style.

"Schizophrenia" was the album that caught the attention of Roadrunner Records who signed Sepultura on the merits of the album. Roadrunner Records re-released Sepultura´s first two albums in addition to releasing the band´s international breakthrough album "Beneath the Remains" (1989). The latter which started the band´s rise to the stars. This particular album may have put Sepultura on the map, but "Schizophrenia" is like listening to a demo version of what would become "Beneath the Remains" (1989). The album features loads of powerful and aggressive death/thrash riffing, intriguing solo work and generally interesting compositional ideas, but the execution lacks slightly in places. First of all the production isn´t that well sounding. It´s distorted and muddy and while that´s not a problem all the time, it disturbs my listening experience in places. Secondly the musicianship isn´t as tight as it would be just a few years down the line, although the band are already a fairly well playing unit. "Schizophrenia" is overall a decent quality album though and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved. Better sound production values and more memorable songwriting could have elevated the album to the excellent zone, but that would happen already on the next album.

SEPULTURA Morbid Visions

Album · 1986 · Death Metal
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"Morbid Visions" is the debut full-length studio album by Brazilian death/thrash metal act Sepultura. The album was released through Cogumelo Records in November 1986. It was recorded and mixed in only 7 days in August 1986 at Estudio Vice Versa, Belo Horizonte. It´s a 16 track recording. The original album consists of 8 tracks and a playing time of 34:40 minutes. Later reissues include the 5 Sepultura tracks from the December 1985 "Bestial Devastation / Século XX" split with Overdose as bonus material. The original vinyl pressing included the first movement of "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff as an intro to the album, but later reissues omit that piece.

The music on the album is death/thrash metal strongly influenced by artists like as Kreator, Sodom, Celtic Frost and Possessed (the earliest output of those acts). Opinions vary and some consider "Morbid Visions" one of the earliest death metal releases, but I´d say it´s more an example of an early death/thrash metal release, and I´d even say most of the album leans more towards teutonic thrash metal then death metal. In other words an early hybrid of death and thrash metal. All tracks on the album are raw, filthy, and mean sounding, hammering away with pounding drums, thin sounding thrashy guitars, and Max Cavalera´s raw semi-growling/throaty singing on top.

"Morbid Visions" is not an album packed with standout tracks, but I´d mention the opening title track as one and also "Troops of Doom". In the case of the later predominantly because of the catchy and powerful heavy opening riff. "Troops of Doom" has been re-recorded by the band (in the studio) and is also a song Sepultura usually play live (at least in the days when Cavalera was still fronting the band). The sound production is not particularly well sounding, and while some may find its rawness and hollow sound charming/authentic, the production values on the bonus tracks from "Bestial Devastation" (1985) are actually much better sounding and more impactful.

So this is an album for those who enjoy the early teutonic thrash metal releases and other contemporary South American thrash metal ditto. Raw, brutal, simple and spewing out aggression and primitive occult lyrics. Upon conclusion I can´t say "Morbid Visions" blows me away, but a 3 star (60%) rating is still warranted.

RUSH Permanent Waves

Album · 1980 · Hard Rock
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"Permanent Waves" is the 7th full-length studio album by Canadian progressive rock act Rush. The album was released through Mercury Records (US/Europe)/Anthem Records (Canada) in January 1980. It´s the successor to "Hemispheres" from 1978. After completing the 8 months long tour supporting "Hemispheres (1978)", the band felt worn and took a six weeks break, before uniting again to begin writing material for what would become "Permanent Waves". A short tour followed where Rush would introduce some of the new material, and in September 1979 they entered Le Studio in Quebec with producer Terry Brown, where the already written material were given a final brush and enough additional material were written for a full-length release.

"Permanent Waves" marks a bit of a stylistic chance for Rush. After the arguably most progressive period of their career (1976-1978), the band felt a need for change and most of the tracks on "Permanent Waves" are therefore shorter, more immediately catchy, and less complex in structure than the material on the preceding releases. This should not be understood as if this is not progressive or challenging music though, as there are plenty of adventurous songwriting and technincally skillful playing on the album. The progressive parts are just typically a little more subtle or hidden within the context of the songs, allowing more catchy and melodic moments to stand out.

The album opens with "The Spirit of Radio", which on the surface is an almost mainstream pop/rock oriented song, featuring an energetic and uplifting mood, but when you listen a bit more closely it´s quite the complex and intriguing progressive rock composition, featuring many different parts and time signature changes. "Freewill" follows and it´s another album highlight. It´s a catchy and memorable track, but like the preceding track it´s a more complex composition than it may initially appear. "Jacob's Ladder" is a slow building, atmospheric, and ultimately heavy track. It´s quite an epic track and features a total playing time of 7:31 minutes.

"Entre Nous" opens what was Side B of the original vinyl release, and it´s a melodic rock song. Not the most adventurous moment of the album, but still a decent quality composition. "Different Strings" is the mellow power ballad track of the album. Rush had included tracks like that on previous releases too, so the mainstram oriented nature of the song isn´t a surprise. It´s a decent track but not exactly a highlight of the album. The 9:16 minutes long "Natural Science" closes "Permanent Waves". It´s an epic progressive rock track subdivided into three parts titled "I: Tide Pools", "II: Hyperspace", "III: Permanent Waves". It´s by far the most complex and progressive composition on the album and arguably an album highlight.

Rush are as well playing/singing as ever (Geddy Lee´s high pitched voice and singing style are probably as always a deal breaker for some and a great joy for others) and "Permanent Waves" also features a well sounding production job (co-produced by Rush and Terry Brown), which suits the material perfectly. There´s power and bite here and it´s definitely a case of high quality production values. Upon conclusion "Permanent Waves" reeks high class in all departments, from the high level musical performances, to the above mentioned high quality production values, to the intriguing and varied songwriting. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

ACID DEATH MisleD 2013 Re-recorded

EP · 2013 · Technical Death Metal
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"MisleD 2013 Re-recorded" is an EP release by Greek technical/progressive death/thrash metal act Acid Death. The EP was independently released in March 2013. It bridges the gap between the band´s third and fourth full-length studio albums "Eidolon (2012)" and "Hall of Mirrors (2015)". As the title of the EP suggests this is a re-recording of most of Acid Death´s material from the 1994 "Misled/Deformed Beyond Belief" split release with Avulsed plus the title track from the 1992 ""Balance of Power"" EP.

The music style is technical death metal in the old school end of the scale. Think late 80s/early 90s Death and maybe the Italians in Sadist, and you´re halfway there. Acid Death are a well playing unit and the snarling growling vocals are delivered with the right amount of caustic aggression and conviction. If you´re familiar with the musical direction of the material on "Eidolon (2012)" it´s not surprising that Acid Death chose to re-record material from the early part of their career, as there are many similarities between the material on "Eidolon (2012)" and the material featured on "MisleD 2013 Re-recorded". Gone are the jazz/fusion influences and odd experimental ideas from the late 90s/early 00s albums.

"MisleD 2013 Re-recorded" features a powerful, raw, and well sounding production, which suits the material well. The material could have been a little more memorable but it´s a minor issue and overall the EP is a quality technical daeth metal release and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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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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