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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 562 3.46
2 Thrash Metal 350 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 211 3.70
4 Technical Death Metal 133 3.70
5 Heavy Metal 122 3.51
6 Black Metal 106 3.38
7 Hard Rock 81 3.46
8 Melodic Death Metal 67 3.74
9 Brutal Death Metal 54 3.55
10 Stoner Metal 50 3.59
11 Technical Thrash Metal 49 3.77
12 Doom Metal 45 3.61
13 Grindcore 44 3.13
14 Non-Metal 41 3.57
15 Death-Doom Metal 39 3.40
16 Sludge Metal 38 3.59
17 Alternative Metal 36 3.43
18 Groove Metal 35 3.60
19 Power Metal 34 3.69
20 Metal Related 33 3.59
21 Crossover Thrash 33 3.41
22 Avant-garde Metal 32 3.61
23 Atmospheric Black Metal 28 3.36
24 US Power Metal 27 3.65
25 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 25 3.76
26 Metalcore 24 3.60
27 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
28 Gothic Metal 22 3.43
29 Hardcore Punk 20 3.60
30 Death 'n' Roll 18 3.31
31 Symphonic Black Metal 17 3.29
32 Traditional Doom Metal 14 3.86
33 Melodic Black Metal 14 3.36
34 Deathgrind 12 3.50
35 Goregrind 10 2.65
36 Speed Metal 10 3.40
37 Proto-Metal 10 3.70
38 Stoner Rock 8 4.00
39 Glam Metal 7 3.21
40 Deathcore 7 3.50
41 Depressive Black Metal 6 3.50
42 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
43 NWoBHM 5 3.60
44 Mathcore 4 3.25
45 Melodic Metalcore 4 2.63
46 Drone Metal 4 3.50
47 Folk Metal 3 3.33
48 Crust Punk 3 3.17
49 Cybergrind 3 4.00
50 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
51 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
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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EDGE OF SANITY Euthanasia

Demo · 1989 · Death Metal
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"Euthanasia" is the first demo cassette tape released by Swedish death metal act Edge of Sanity. The demo was self-released in November 1989. The tape was released with three different artwork colour variations. One with a black/white cover, one with a red/black cover, and one with a blue/black cover.

"Euthanasia" features 5 tracks and a full playing time of 10:52 minutes. "Return of Consciousness" is a short intro, but the remaining four tracks are "regular" death metal tracks. This is of course early death metal and therefore there are strong thrash metal leanings in the music too. Many of the riffs and rhythms are more in the thrash metal camp than in the death metal ditto. Dan Swanö´s vocals are death metal growls though. The intro, "Pernicious Anguish" and "Disrupting the Inhabitants" are exclusive to this release, while "Human Aberration" would appear in a re-recorded version on the band´s debut full-length studio album "Nothing but Death Remains (1991)", and "Incipience to the Butchery" would be featured in a re-recorded version on the band´s second full-length "Unorthodox (1992)".

The musicianship is decent for a first demo, but not everything is played as tight as it could have been. Swanö had not yet developed his disctinct sounding intelligible growling vocal style either, so his vocals here are more standard unintelligible growling. The material is overall of a relatively good quality and especially the two tracks which made it unto studio albums display that even this early on Edge of Sanity had some pretty unconventional ideas, although in small doses on this release.

The sound production is raw and lo-fi, but the band have gotten the most out of the recording equipment they had at their disposal, and "Euthanasia" is generally listenable. Upon conclusion "Euthanasia" is certainly a promising first demo by Edge of Sanity and considering the time of release, the music is quite advanced for a death metal demo. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

SUFFOCATION Reincremated

Demo · 1990 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Reincremated" is a demo cassette tape release by US, New York based death metal act Suffocation. The demo was self-released in July 1990. Suffocation were formed in 1988 and "Reincremated" is their first release. It was also their only demo release, as they were soon discovered and signed to Relapse Records for the release of the "Human Waste (1991)" EP.

"Reincremated" features 3 tracks and a full playing time of 8:37 minutes. "Human Waste" was included on the "Human Waste (1991)" EP in the exact same version, and both "Involuntary Slaughter" and "Reincremation" were featured in re-recorded versions on Suffocation´s debut full-length studio album "Effigy of the Forgotten (1991)".

The recording quality is very raw and noisy, but it´s still audible what´s going on, and there is a unique brutal charm to it, that´s reserved for death metal demos from that time period. While the sound production is unpolished and raw to say the least, it´s still obvious how well playing Suffocation were even this early on in their career. The level of brutality is also really high considering when this was released. At the time Probably only rivaled by the likes of Cannibal Corpse and Immolation.

So while this certainly isn´t a professional recording and there are issues here and there as a consequence of that, it shows from the start that Suffocation knew exactly what they wanted and that they had the skills to do it. I´m not sure brutal technnical death metal was born with this release, but it´s arguably one of the earliest examples of the style. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved.

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Still Cyco Punk After All These Years

Album · 2018 · Hardcore Punk
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"Still Cyco Punk After All These Years" is the 11th full-length studio album by US, California based thrash/crossover/heavy metal act Suicidal Tendencies. The album was released through Suicidal Records in September 2018. It´s the successor to "World Gone Mad" from 2016, although the two full-length studio albums are bridged by the "Get Your Fight On!" EP from March 2018. Since the EP was recorded guitarist Jeff Pogan has left.

The title of the album is a pun on the band´s 1993 release "Still Cyco After All These Years" which in part is a re-recording of Suicidal Tendencies self-titled debut album from 1983. The reason for the pun is that "Still Cyco Punk After All These Years" is also a re-recording of a debut album. This time around it´s a re-recording of Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir´s solo debut full-length studio album "Lost My Brain! (Once Again)" from 1996. The tracklist is in a different order to the original and the band have opted to omit the two tracks "Cyco Miko Wants You" and "Ain't Mess'n Around", but have included "Sippin' from the Insanitea" instead, which wasn´t on the original release. To those who miss the brilliant "Ain't Mess'n Around", the re-recording of that song is available on the "Get Your Fight On! (2018)" EP.

Other than a different track order, a more contemporary sounding production job, and some minor rearrangements of the material, the tracks on "Still Cyco Punk After All These Years" are generally pretty true to the original material from 1996. These are good quality punk/hardcore songs, but it´s up for discussion how necessary it was to re-record them, when the originals were already well performed and well produced. Sure this is an almost completely different lineup recording the material to the lineup who recorded the material for "Lost My Brain! (Once Again) (1996)", but that´s really not enough to justify the recording and release of "Still Cyco Punk After All These Years". A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is still deserved though, as this is some good quality material, but personally I´d much rather listen to the originals.

SUFFOCATION Surgery of Impalement

Single · 2004 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Surgery of Impalement" is a sampler single by US, New York based death metal act Suffocation. The single was released through Relapse Records in April 2004. "Surgery of Impalement" features two tracks from the "Souls to Deny (2004)" album and one track from the "Despise the Sun (1998)" EP.

Sampler singles are usually used by labels as a promotional tool to promote a forthcoming full-length studio album (typically send to radio stations, webzines, and magazines for reviews). In this case "Souls to Deny (2004)", which was Suffocation´s first full-length studio album in 9 years. The last being "Pierced From Within" from 1995. The long time between albums and a band split-up between 1998 - 2002 were probably contributing factors to why the label felt a promo sampler was necessary.

As a promo "Surgery of Impalement" is slightly odd because of the inclusion of "Funeral Inception" from "Despise the Sun (1998)". There´s no logical reason for including a track from 1998 to promote a 2004 album release, other then the fact that it´s a brilliant death metal track done the brutal and technically well played Suffocation way. But that´s also true for the two tracks from "Souls to Deny (2004)". The different sound productions are slightly distracting, but it´s not a major issue as both the track from "Despise the Sun (1998)" and the tracks from "Souls to Deny (2004)" are very well produced.

So upon conclusion "Surgery of Impalement" is a nice little release by Suffocation, but as it doesn´t include anything that hasn´t been featured on other more readily available releases, the value is still a bit limited. The quality of the music, the high level performances, and powerful sound productions are still worth something though, and therefore a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

HELSTAR Remnants of War

Album · 1986 · US Power Metal
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"Remnants of War" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US heavy/power metal act Helstar. The album was released through Combat Records in August 1986. Although "Burning Star (1984)" received a lot of positive reactions, Helstar had a lot of issues with personal struggles within the band and with their management, and lead vocalist James Rivera and guitarist Larry Barragan decided that changes were needed and replaced the three other members of the lineup who recorded the debut album. Guitarist Tom Rogers was replaced by Robert Trevino, bassist Paul Medina was replaced by Jerry Abarca, and drummer Hector Pavon was replaced by Rene Luna.

Lineup changes or not, the traditional heavy metal sound of "Burning Star (1984)" is more or less continued on "Remnants of War". At least to a certain extent, because Helstar have developed their style a bit since the debut and they are slightly more hard edged on "Remnants of War", which features US power metal leanings. The musicianship is on a high level on all posts, but that was the case on the debut too, so the most significant upgrade is in the songwriting department. The material on "Remnants of War" simply reeks class. It´s raw, powerful, and memorable heavy/power metal and the skillful delivery of the music further enhances the feeling that you´re experiencing something pretty special. The riffs are powerful, the solos well played and melodic, the rhythm section rock solid and relatively adventurous for the style, and James Rivera delivers his distinct sounding vocals with both conviction and great passion. His piercing high pitched screams are great but he is able to sing in lower registers too.

Recorded at Mad Dog Studios, Venice, California, USA, with producer Randy Burns, "Remnants of War" features a powerful, detailed, and well sounding production, which suits the music perfectly. So upon conclusion "Remnants of War" is a quality sophomore studio album by Helstar and to my ears a clear step up from the otherwise great debut album. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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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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