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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 667 3.47
2 Thrash Metal 423 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 264 3.71
4 Technical Death Metal 161 3.71
5 Heavy Metal 143 3.53
6 Black Metal 115 3.39
7 Hard Rock 87 3.47
8 Melodic Death Metal 83 3.77
9 Brutal Death Metal 65 3.60
10 Technical Thrash Metal 64 3.76
11 Non-Metal 57 3.46
12 Stoner Metal 54 3.59
13 Grindcore 53 3.30
14 Doom Metal 51 3.64
15 Sludge Metal 51 3.57
16 Death-Doom Metal 45 3.49
17 Crossover Thrash 43 3.43
18 Alternative Metal 42 3.38
19 US Power Metal 42 3.64
20 Metal Related 41 3.70
21 Power Metal 38 3.66
22 Groove Metal 37 3.59
23 Gothic Metal 32 3.55
24 Atmospheric Black Metal 30 3.38
25 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 28 3.75
26 Avant-garde Metal 27 3.61
27 Metalcore 25 3.56
28 Industrial Metal 25 3.62
29 Death 'n' Roll 24 3.29
30 Hardcore Punk 24 3.69
31 Symphonic Black Metal 19 3.37
32 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
33 Melodic Black Metal 16 3.47
34 Deathgrind 13 3.54
35 Goregrind 12 2.79
36 Speed Metal 12 3.25
37 Proto-Metal 12 3.75
38 Stoner Rock 9 3.94
39 Deathcore 8 3.50
40 Depressive Black Metal 7 3.43
41 Crust Punk 7 3.36
42 Glam Metal 7 3.21
43 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
44 Cybergrind 5 3.80
45 NWoBHM 5 3.60
46 Symphonic Metal 4 3.38
47 Drone Metal 4 3.50
48 Mathcore 4 3.25
49 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
50 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
51 Melodic Metalcore 3 2.67
52 Folk Metal 3 3.33
53 Rap Metal 3 3.50
54 Nu Metal 2 3.00
55 Funeral Doom Metal 2 3.50
56 Funk Metal 1 3.50

Latest Albums Reviews

ACID WITCH Witchtanic Hellucination

Album · 2008 · Death-Doom Metal
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"Witchtanic Hellucinations" is the debut full-length studio album by US, Michigan based doom/death metal act Acid Witch. The album was released through Razorback Recordings in October 2008. Acid Witch were formed in 2007 and released a demo that same year before being signed for the release of "Witchtanic Hellucinations".

So it´s not a particularly seasoned act (or at least they haven´t played together that long in this constellation) although all members have played with various other underground acts (Shitfucker, Reaper, Skindcrawler, and Harbinger, just to mention a few). Stylistically the music on the album is psychadelic tinged stoner doom/death metal with lyrics about drugs, witchcraft, and horror. Song titles like "Witches Tits", "Rabid Werewitch", and "Broomstick Bitch", tell that story too, and also the story that there is a humourous cartoonish/twisted fairytale touch to both the lyrics and the band image.

The instrumental part of the music consists of heavy stoner doomy riffs and leads right out of the 70s Black Sabbath playbook, heavy rhythms, psychadelic effects, and some dark burping growling vocals in front (which wouldn´t sound wrong on any Carcass influenced goregrind release). It´s actually only the latter element, which connects the material on "Witchtanic Hellucinations" to death metal, because the remaining part of the music is stoner doom through and through. The combination of the instrumental stoner doom elements and the mucilaginous growling vocals is what makes the material unique, but it´s also an odd combination, which takes some getting used to, and which also wears a bit thin after a while. It´s somewhat charming alright, but also a bit one-dimensional and tedious towards the end of the album.

"Witchtanic Hellucinations" is well performed and also features a suitingly dark and organic sound production, so upon conclusion it´s a quality release by Acid Witch and definitely an interesting debut album with a relatively unique sound. A couple of more hooks, and a little more variation between tracks could have elevated the album from good to great, but as it is, it´s still an entertaining release and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

SEPULTURA SepulQuarta

Live album · 2021 · Thrash Metal
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"Sepulquarta" is a live in the studio album release by Brazilian thrash/groove metal act Sepultura. The album was released through Nuclear Blast in August 2021. As the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Sepultura from touring extensively in support of the release of their 15th full-length studio album "Quadra" from February 2020, the band opted to work on another project while they were under lockdown along with the rest of the world.

The 15 tracks featured on "Sepulquarta" are songs from the band´s back catalogue (including the cover of "Orgasmatron" by Motörhead). All tracks were recorded during the months of April to December 2020. All parts were recorded at the musicans home studios, and in addition to Sepultura performing their parts, all tracks feature at least one guest musician. Some are prolific artists like Devin Townsend, Scott Ian, and Alex Skolnick, while others are less prolific or at least not as prolific as the mentioned artists. All parts are recorded live in the studio (I´m not 100% if all artists performed at the same time), and the sound quality is a bit raw and the volumes are not always perfectly matched (especially the vocals are at times a little low in the mix). You can clearly hear what is going on though, and which song is being played, so this is not a lo-fi sound production, it´s just not how you´d normally expect a studio recording to sound or a live album for that matter.

"Sepulquarta" features a good selection of tracks from Sepultura´s career and the tracklist is well balanced with both heavy groove oriented tracks, thrashy tracks, and some of their more exotic tribal influenced tracks like "Ratamahatta" and "Kaiowas". It all works really well, but I do wish the tracks would have featured stronger or at least more dominant guest performances. Neither David Ellefson, Phil Rind or Scott Ian for example make much of an impression on the songs they play on. In fact I didn´t notice their contributions at all. It´s of course a little different when the guest is a vocalist, but Derrick Green performs the majority of the vocals on the album, even on the songs which feature guest vocalists.

"Sepulquarta" is upon conclusion an interesting project, and it´s well worth a purchase just to hear the skillful performances of Sepultura (damn Eloy Casagrande is a great drummer). A few more contributions from the guests could have made the album even more interesting, but as it is, it´s a solid collection of Sepultura songs performed with a twist. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

PARADISE LOST Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos

Boxset / Compilation · 2009 · Death Metal
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"Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos" is a compilation album by UK doom/death metal act Paradise Lost. The compilation was released through Century Media Records in May 2009. Tracks 1-3 are taken from the 1988 "Paradise Lost" demo, tracks 4-6 originally appeared on the 1989 "Frozen Illusion" demo, and the remaining tracks are culled from a live bootleg demo from 1989 titled "Plains of Desolation". There exists en even earlier 1988 one-track demo titled "Morbid Existence", but it featured an early rehearsal version of the track, which was only distributed to friends and to some underground magazines. The "Morbid Existence" track also appeared on the "Paradise Lost (1988)" demo and therefore also on "Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos".

So the material on "Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos" are half studio demo tracks and half live bootleg tracks. It´s almost needless to say, but death metal demo tapes from 1988 and 1989 usually feature a pretty lo-fi sound quality, and the same can be said for the sound quality on "Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos". At least for the material from the 1988 "Paradise Lost" demo, which sound like it´s a 4-track recording done in the band´s rehearsal place. The material from the 1989 "Frozen Illusion" demo features a more clear sound, and the live tracks actually feature a pretty decent sound quality too. None are professional recordings though, so it´s with those expectations you need to meet this compilation.

Considering that these are recordings from the late 80s, it´s quite amazing how developed Paradise Lost sound was at this point. Nick Holmes has a commanding brutal growling delivery, the downtuned riffs are crushingly heavy, and the atmosphere is thick with morbid darkness. It´s not often you´ll find death metal recordings from those days, which feature almost no thrash metal elements and actually sounds 100% like death metal. Paradise Lost definitely were pioneers of the death metal genre in it´s purest form.

The premise of releasing a demo compilation is almost always that it´s a hardcore fan item. And "Drown in Darkness – The Early Demos" is of course not a release for the casual listener either (they should pick up the debut album instead). But that´s not to say it couldn´t be of interest to those who want to learn about the early beginnings of death metal, and especially the early beginnings of the doom/death direction of the genre. Upon conclusion there is both enough quality and history here to warrant a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating.

UNLEASHED Hell's Unleashed

Album · 2002 · Death Metal
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"Hell's Unleashed" is the 6th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Unleashed. The album was released through Century Media Records in April 2002. It´s the successor to "Warrior" from 1997. After touring in support of "Warrior (1997)", the band felt a need for a break and went on a hiatus which ended up lasting 5 years, where they concentrated on other projects. They made a comeback in 2002 with reissues of their early albums and with "Hell's Unleashed".

Stylistically the material on "Hell's Unleashed" is a bit of a melting pot of all the elements from their previous releases. There are both old school death metal elements and viking mythology here, but also more contemporary lyrical subjects and groove metal and death´n´roll elements. Not completely unlike the musical style on the last couple of albums by the band. Thankfully "Hell's Unleashed" features a stronger and more powerful sounding production job than the last couple of albums, and that helps the material shine a bit more.

The 14 tracks on the 43:45 minutes long album are predominantly simple vers/chorus structured songs which are between 2-4 minutes long, so compositionally there are very few surprises, although the band do try a few new compositional ideas. "Hell's Unleashed" is both well performed and as mentioned above well produced, so upon conclusion it´s a good quality release by Unleashed. It´s not their best, nor is it a perfect release (some of the lyrics are for example badly written and honestly a bit cringe worthy), but it´s a solid release and a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

TEMPLESTOWE Cimmerian

Album · 2009 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Cimmerian" is the debut full-length studio album by Australian death metal act Templestowe. The album was independently released in October 2009. Templestowe were formed in 2007 and disbanded again in 2010, so they were a relatively short lived act, and "Cimmerian" was their only album release.

Stylistically Templestowe play a very melodic type of death metal influenced by artists like In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquility, and when they are most fast-paced and energetic The Black Dahlia Murder. The latter influence is only heard very seldom though. So the material on the 10 track, 48:17 minutes long album may not be the most unique sounding on the scene (although the band occasionally venture into semi-progressive territories), but Templestowe fully make up for the lack of originality with a convincing and passionate performance. These guys are very well playing/singing and the listener is treated to one powerful riff after another, soaring lead melodies/harmonies, powerful rhythmic playing, and a commanding snarling/growling lead vocalist. Everything just works here and the tracks are also well written and memorable.

"Cimmerian" features a powerful and detailed sound production, so it´s also a high quality release in that department. Considering the high quality of all features on the album, it´s a real shame "Cimmerian" ended up being Templestowe´s sole studio album, because there are clear signs here that something great was in the making. A slightly more unique sound and "Cimmerian" would have reached a highher level of excellence, but as it is "Cimmerian" is still a really strong release and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is fully deserved (and maybe even a bit too low).

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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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