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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 553 3.46
2 Thrash Metal 340 3.55
3 Progressive Metal 207 3.70
4 Technical Death Metal 131 3.70
5 Heavy Metal 120 3.52
6 Black Metal 105 3.38
7 Hard Rock 80 3.46
8 Melodic Death Metal 65 3.74
9 Brutal Death Metal 51 3.57
10 Stoner Metal 50 3.59
11 Technical Thrash Metal 47 3.76
12 Doom Metal 46 3.61
13 Grindcore 46 3.12
14 Non-Metal 41 3.57
15 Sludge Metal 39 3.60
16 Death-Doom Metal 39 3.40
17 Alternative Metal 36 3.43
18 Groove Metal 35 3.60
19 Power Metal 34 3.69
20 Metal Related 32 3.58
21 Avant-garde Metal 32 3.61
22 Crossover Thrash 32 3.41
23 Atmospheric Black Metal 28 3.36
24 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 24 3.75
25 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
26 US Power Metal 24 3.63
27 Metalcore 23 3.59
28 Gothic Metal 21 3.43
29 Hardcore Punk 19 3.61
30 Death 'n' Roll 17 3.29
31 Symphonic Black Metal 17 3.29
32 Melodic Black Metal 14 3.36
33 Traditional Doom Metal 13 3.88
34 Speed Metal 10 3.40
35 Proto-Metal 10 3.70
36 Goregrind 10 2.65
37 Deathgrind 9 3.56
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 Drone Metal 4 3.50
45 Mathcore 4 3.25
46 Melodic Metalcore 4 2.63
47 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
48 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
49 Folk Metal 3 3.33
50 Crust Punk 3 3.17
51 Cybergrind 3 4.00
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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VISCERAL SUTURE Visceral Suture

EP · 2011 · Death Metal
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"Visceral Suture" is an eponymously titled EP by Chinese, Shenyang based death metal act Visceral Suture. The EP was released through BrutalSlamGuttural Productions in April 2011. Visceral Suture were formed in 2002 and released a demo in 2003.

It´s not exactly obvious though that the band have existed almost 10 years before recording the 3 tracks on the 10:25 minutes long EP. The musicianship is slightly untight, the sound production bordering unpleasant territory (lo-fi, unpolished, and very noisy), and the songwriting is pretty standard for the more brutal end of the death metal spectrum. There´s pretty good variation in the tempo department and the listener is exposed to both ultra fast grinding parts, mid-paced brutal grooves, and ultra brutal slam death parts. The vocals are deep unintelligible growling type vocals.

Other than the exotic fact that Visceral Suture come from China, I can´t say much positive about this release. It´s simply generic to the bone, and delivered and produced in such an amaturish manner, that I don´t see it appealing to many people. There are lots of other artists playing this style of music, who deliver it both better and more professional. Visceral Suture needs to practice, find a professional studio, and maybe be a bit more picky, when it comes to selecting material for their next release. A 2 - 2.5 star (45%) rating is warranted.

WEAPON Drakonian Paradigm

Album · 2009 · Death Metal
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"Drakonian Paradigm" is the debut full-length studio album by Canadian, Edmonton based death metal act Weapon. The album was released through The Ajna Offensive in June 2009. Weapon was founded in 2003 by guitarist/lead vocalist Vetis Monarch. On this release the other guys in the lineup are Vileblood Dahcnial (Guitars), Sabazios Diabolus (Bass), and The Disciple (Drums, Percussion).

Stylistically the music on "Drakonian Paradigm" is death metal with a slight blackened edge. The latter is mostly heard in the way the growling vocals sound, as they are more raspy than deep growling. The instrumental part of the music is predominantly in death metal territory. The material on the 7 track, 40:38 minutes long album features tempo changes, a fair amount of brutality, atmospheric parts, and a generally adventurous way of writing songs. When that is said, the music isn´t terribly original sounding, and not many tracks stick after the album ends. It´s solid but not outstanding in any way.

The sound production is slightly amaturish sounding. The guitar tone, the way the drums are produced, and especially the clean guitar parts don´t sound professional. There are also some moments where the musicianship sounds slightly untight, and it´s hard not to take into account when rating the album. It´s still a decent release though and a 3 star (60%) rating isn´t completely wrong.

SULPHUR AEON Deep Deep Down They Sleep

EP · 2012 · Death Metal
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"Deep Deep Down They Sleep" is an EP release by German death metal act Sulphur Aeon. The EP was released through Imperium Productions in May 2012. It´s the band´s first official label release. Sulphur Aeon were formed in 2010 and released the "Sulphur Phalms" demo the same year, before releasing this EP. None of the material from the demo is featured on "Deep Deep Down They Sleep".

"Deep Deep Down They Sleep" features 2 tracks, and a full playing time of 8:42 minutes. Both tracks are in a technically well played, brutal, and atmospheric death metal style. It can sound quite chaotic because lots of things happen all the time in the music, but Sulphur Aeon are both skilled musicians and composers, and the chaos is cleverly structured.

The sound production is professional, powerful, and pretty raw, which suits the music perfectly. So it´s obvious that Sulphur Aeon have a lot to offer the listener. The tracks could have been slightly more catchy, but that´s a slight issue, and considering it´s the band´s first official label release it´s actually quite impressive. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

TRIBULATION Down Below

Album · 2018 · Gothic Metal
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"Down Below" is the 4th full-length studio album by Swedish metal act Tribulation. The album was released through Century Media Records in January 2018. It´s the successor to "The Children of the Night" from 2015 and features one lineup change as drummer Jakob Ljungberg has been replaced by Oscar Leander. Since forming in 2001 (originally under the Hazard monicker), Tribulation have been through quite the stylistic development, playing aggressive death/thrash metal act on the "Putrid Rebirth (2006)" EP, changing their sound to a more old school death metal oriented one on their debut full-length studio album "The Horror (2009)", and then morphing into a rather adventurous progressive and psychadelic tinged death metal act on their sophomore studio album "The Formulas of Death (2013)". "The Children of the Night (2015)" saw the band once again change course to a slightly more simple and atmospheric (gothic tinged) heavy metal style with raw vocals...

...and maybe a bit surprisingly they´ve pretty much stuck to that style on "Down Below". On the other hand a band have to settle at some point, when they feel they´ve found a musical identity, and that´s probably what has happened with Tribulation on "Down Below".

It´s obvious too why they have opted to release a relatively similar sounding album to "The Children of the Night (2015)", because that release gave them something of an underground breakthrough and once you´ve tasted success, it´s not something you give up easily. Tribulation are also very good at writing music in this style and perform their music with great skill and conviction too, so those who enjoyed "The Children of the Night (2015)", will pretty surely find appeal in "Down Below" too.

"Down Below" features a dark and organic toned sound production which suits the material well. Regarding the 9 tracks on the 46:40 minutes long album most are pretty regular vers/chorus structured compositions, typically with a dark and heavy vers and a slighly more melodic/atmospheric and uplifting/epic chorus (not light though). It´s when the band break free of their formula and do something a bit different (like the closing minutes of "Here Be Dragons"), that they are most interesting though, and upon conclusion "Down Below" does have a tendency to sound a little too safe and predictable. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is still deserved though.

ALPHAKILL Degrees of Manipulation

Album · 2018 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Degrees of Manipulation" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Canadian thrash metal act Alphakill. The album was independently released in October 2018. It´s the successor to "Unmitigated Disaster" from 2012. Alphakill were formed in 2010 and originally were a four-piece consisting of Jesse Skoleski (Bass, Backing Vocals), Derrick Kroll (Drums, Vocals), Jon Warren (Guitars, Backing Vocals), and Justin Stear (Vocals, Guitars). Skoleski left Alphakill after recording "Unmitigated Disaster (2012)", and was replaced by Jon Anderson. Anderson never got the chance to record with the band though as he left again in 2014. The remaining members of Alphakill didn´t find a new bassist before recording "Degrees of Manipulation" and the album is therefore recorded as a three-piece with Warren and Stear handling the bass. After the recording sessions were finished a new bassist was added to the band in Jordan Gosselin.

6 years between your debut album and your sophomore album is a long time, even in this day and age, where artists don´t necessarily release albums each year anymore, but Alphakill have managed to continue and evolve the thrash metal style they initiated on "Unmitigated Disaster (2012)" rather seamlessly. It´s raw and powerful thrash metal, but it´s not devoid of melodic moments, and lead vocalist/guitarist Justin Stear is a skilled singer who can sing both raw and more melodic when that is called for (not completely unlike the singing style of Russ Anderson of Forbidden, but not quite as unique). The material on the 10 track, 52:54 minutes long album are generally vers/chorus structured, but Alphakill successfully incorporate bridges, loads of shredding guitar solos and harmonies, and other little details to keep the album entertaining and varied throughout (the use of riot gang backing vocals is for example a nice touch).

The quality of the songwriting is pretty consistent although some tracks are slightly more memorable than others. Nothing is sub par or anything like that, but there are some tracks I remember better than others after finishing the album. Highlights to my ears are tracks like the opening "The Straw Man" and "Bow to No Man", but some of the longer tracks like "Morality Blurred" and "Monumental Hypocrisy" feature some of the most technically interesting moments on the album. While I´d describe the core musical style of the album as classic US/Canadian styled thrash metal, there are actually some pretty technical playing on some tracks.

"Degrees of Manipulation" features a raw and powerful sounding production, which suits the material well. Taking into consideration that this is an independent release, I think Alphakill have managed to produce a very professional sounding affair. So is it a step up from the already high quality of the debut album? I´d say they are pretty equal in quality. In some areas Alphakill have evolved and developed their style (the vocals are a bit more diverse and the occasional technical edge is also more prominent here than on the debut), and in some areas I think there are signs of stagnation (or at least some tracks sound like the band are satisfied with continuing the style they initiated on the debut). Upon conclusion "Degrees of Manipulation" is a good quality sophomore album by Alphakill, and they can be proud of their work, which should appeal to fans of old school US/Canadian thrash metal with a melodic sensibility and the occasional technical edge. 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/
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Thanx again for the shout out !!!! \m/

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