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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 775 3.45
2 Thrash Metal 473 3.54
3 Progressive Metal 290 3.70
4 Technical Death Metal 181 3.69
5 Heavy Metal 153 3.55
6 Black Metal 130 3.38
7 Melodic Death Metal 98 3.76
8 Hard Rock 90 3.47
9 Technical Thrash Metal 76 3.74
10 Brutal Death Metal 69 3.61
11 Stoner Metal 58 3.62
12 Sludge Metal 58 3.59
13 Non-Metal 58 3.46
14 Grindcore 55 3.26
15 Doom Metal 53 3.63
16 Crossover Thrash 50 3.39
17 Death-Doom Metal 49 3.50
18 Alternative Metal 48 3.44
19 US Power Metal 48 3.68
20 Metal Related 45 3.67
21 Power Metal 43 3.65
22 Groove Metal 42 3.61
23 Gothic Metal 39 3.51
24 Industrial Metal 30 3.67
25 Atmospheric Black Metal 30 3.38
26 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 30 3.77
27 Avant-garde Metal 30 3.62
28 Death 'n' Roll 28 3.25
29 Metalcore 27 3.57
30 Hardcore Punk 24 3.69
31 Melodic Black Metal 20 3.48
32 Symphonic Black Metal 19 3.37
33 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
34 Speed Metal 15 3.27
35 Deathgrind 14 3.54
36 Goregrind 12 2.79
37 Proto-Metal 12 3.75
38 Stoner Rock 10 3.90
39 Crust Punk 9 3.44
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

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DETHKLOK Dethalbum III

Album · 2012 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Dethalbum III" is as the title suggests the 3rd full-length studio album by US metal act Dethklok. The album was released through Williams Street Records in October 2012. It´s the successor to "Dethalbum II" from 2009 and continues the virtual band concept of the first two albums (Dethklok is a band in the animated tv-series "Metalocalypse"). The lineup still consists of Brendon Small who performs all vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, voice-overs, and handles production and prolific drummer Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory...etc.). Charting at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, "Dethalbum III" was a very successful release for Dethklok.

Stylistically the material on "Dethalbum III" continues the melodic death metal style of the predecessor, although Dethklok do try out new musical elements. A track like "Starved" for example features sharp angular riffs and rhythms, and a jazz/fusion style guitar solo, not completely unlike a less complex version of Meshuggah. Dethklok weren´t the most original act to begin with (the cartoon image yes...the music, not so much), so they should be evaluated more for the quality of their output than the uniqueness of said output. And there´s nothing wrong with the quality of the material on "Dethalbum III", which are both well performed, catchy, and powerful. Everything on the album reeks class, including the professional and detailed sound production.

If you enjoyed the first two releases by Dethklok, this is another similar sounding release of an equal quality to add to your collection. This is as good a place as any to be introduced to Dethklok too, and fans of melodic death metal are definitely recommended to take a listen. The album is loaded with melodic harmony guitar parts, powerful drumming, and hard edged riffing, and add to that some well performed effect laden growling vocals, and there´s just so much quality here. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

TIAMAT Skeleton Skeletron

Album · 1999 · Gothic Metal
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"Skeleton Skeletron" is the 6th full-length studio album by Swedish band Tiamat. The album was released through Century Media Records in August 1999. It´s the successor to "A Deeper Kind of Slumber" from 1997 and features one lineup change as guitarist Thomas Petersson has jumped ship, leaving Tiamat a trio for the recording of "Skeleton Skeletron". The album features quite a few guests/session musicians though.

Tiamat had been an almost ever changing act on their preceding releases, starting out playing old school Swedish death metal on their debut album, quickly moving into death/doom metal territory on the next couple of releases, and on "Wildhoney (1994)" and especially "A Deeper Kind of Slumber (1997)", they played an atmospheric Pink Floyd influenced psychadelic tinged heavy rock/metal style, and actually completely abandoning the distorted guitars from their sound on the latter. To those who feel Tiamat strayed a bit too far from the metal path on "A Deeper Kind of Slumber (1997)", they will be glad to hear that "Skeleton Skeletron" is a heavier and more metal oriented release than its direct predecessor. The psychadelic Pink Floyd influence is also more or less gone from the soundscape and instead Tiamat play a dark gothic rock/metal influenced style and it´s now artists like The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission, and Fields of the Nephilim, which are valid references. Contemporary releases by artists like Paradise Lost and Kreator (their 1999 "Endorama" album) are also references which can be used to describe the sound on "Skeleton Skeletron".

The 10 track, 45:34 minutes long album features both heavy and atmospheric tracks and more energetic and slightly faster-paced tracks. An example of the latter is the The Sisters of Mercy influenced "Brighter Than the Sun", which is a full fledged gothic rock song, featuring deep male vocals and female vocals on the chorus. "Skeleton Skeletron" also features a heavy cover of "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones, which works well with the rest of the material.

"Skeleton Skeletron" is a well produced album, featuring a clear, detailed, and powerful sounding production, which suits the material well. Upon conclusion "Skeleton Skeletron" is a good quality release by Tiamat. The fact that the band seem to have suffered from an identity crisis almost since their inception isn´t that important when they churn out quality music like this. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

SPAWN OF POSSESSION Cabinet

Album · 2003 · Technical Death Metal
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"Cabinet" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Spawn of Possession. The album was released through Unique Leader Records in January 2003. Spawn of Possession formed in 1997 and released "The Forbidden" demo in 2000 and the "Church of Deviance" demo in 2001. "Dirty Priest" from "The Forbidden (2000)" demo and all three tracks from the "Church of Deviance (2001)" demo are featured in re-recorded versions on "Cabinet".

Stylistically the music on "Cabinet" is ultra technical brutal death metal. Constantly shifting tempos, breaks, and unconventional time signatures are some of the main ingredients of the music. The riffs are strong, twisted, and very creative for the genre, the drumming is technical and sharp, and lead vocalist/drummer Dennis Röndum delivers a decent growling performance. The vocals are probably the least interesting feature on the album though, as they are fairly standard for the genre, but they get the job done fine and listening to some of the vocal rhythm patterns it shouldn´t be lost on the listener that Röndum is a drummer.

While "Cabinet" is certainly a very brutal death metal release, the album actually features a sound production which isn´t as bottom heavy and raw as many other contemporary releases in the genre. Initially I felt the album lacked a little power as a result of the production choices, but having given the album more spins I´ve arrived at the conclusion that the fact that the sound production is less massive and meaty than what is typical for the genre, makes the album stand out more, and it also has the advantage that all instruments and vocals are clearly defined in the mix. In other words "Cabinet" features a very well sounding production.

The material on "Cabinet" are well written and in some cases pretty catchy (well...relatively). This is not easy listening material by any means though, and the constantly changing tempos and breaks are bound to keep the listener on his/her toes throughout the playing time. There are some jaw-dropping technical moments on the album, but Spawn of Possession thankfully possess restraint too, which means they almost always incorporate a hook, a guitar solo, a melodic intro, or something else to prevent the listener from being overwhelmed and tired of listening to an album long tech fest. So upon conclusion "Cabinet" is one of those rare brutal technical death metal albums which stand out. There´s an original approach to the songwriting, the musicianship is through the roof, and the album also features an interesting production job. It´s a high quality release through and through and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SINISTER The Post-Apocalyptic Servant

Album · 2014 · Death Metal
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"The Post-Apocalyptic Servant" is the 11th full-length studio album by Dutch death metal act Sinister. The album was released through Massacre Records in May 2014. It´s the successor to "The Carnage Ending" from 2012, and given the many lineup changes the band have gone through in the past, it´s almost surprising to see that "The Post-Apocalyptic Servant" features the same five-piece lineup who also recorded "The Carnage Ending (2012)".

Sinister has been the child of lead vocalist (formerly drummer) Aad Kloosterwaard for many years now though, and almost ever changing lineups haven´t changed that, or changed the sound and style of the band. There have been slight changes in style between every album (as there should be), but it´s details which separate most releases. Sinister have kept the old school death metal flag high throughout their career and on their by now many releases.

In that respect "The Post-Apocalyptic Servant" is no different from the last many albums by Sinister. The listener is treated to technically well played, brutal, and catchy old school death metal with both fast-paced and mid-paced heavy sections. It´s relentlessly brutal and energetic, but varied enough to not become a one-dimensional listen. Sinister are seasoned musicians and composers, who understand how to write and deliver an effectful and intense death metal tune.

"The Post-Apocalyptic Servant" features a powerful, brutal, and raw sounding production, which suits the material well. The bass drums are maybe slightly too "clicky" sounding, but it´s no major issue. Upon conclusion Sinister have managed to produce another high quality death metal release and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

DECEASED Supernatural Addiction

Album · 2000 · Thrash Metal
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"Supernatural Addiction" is the 4th full-length studio album by US metal act Deceased. The album was released through Relapse Records in February 2000. It´s the successor to the zombie themed concept album "Fearless Undead Machines" from 1997 and features the exact same four-piece lineup who recorded the predecessor.

Stylistically the material on "Supernatural Addiction" pretty much continue the raw heavy metal style of "Fearless Undead Machines (1997)". Deceased started out as an old school death/thrash metal act, but already on "Fearless Undead Machines (1997)" the most extreme elements of their sound had been shed (except the horror/gore based lyrics), and instead they played a raw type of heavy metal with thrash and speed metal influences. "Supernatural Addiction" is a natural successor to "Fearless Undead Machines (1997)" and further explores the raw heavy metal style of the predecessor. Drummer/lead vocalist King Fowley has a raw voice and a shouting delivery. He is not the most diverse vocalist, but his almost story-telling vocal style suits the music perfectly. It´s like listening to an old and wrinkled (and a little bit scary too) story telling grandpa by the fireplace late at night, telling an Edgar Allan Poe tale.

...and that´s how the songs work too. The instrumental work is organic and there are many strong riffs, great melodic solos, and driving powerful drumming, but it´s the horror/gore themed lyrics and the story telling vocal style which are the focus of the album. The material are generally very well written and structurally fairly intriguing too, as the band make sure to break out of the the vers/chorus formula and add other sections to keep the tracks interesting throughout.

Deceased have managed to release another high quality heavy metal release with "Supernatural Addiction", and while they are often associated with the early US extreme metal scene, this album has more in common with the output of artists like Mercyful Fate/King Diamond and (early) Iron Maiden, than it has with old school US death/thrash metal artists like Autopsy and Death. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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    I´ve been listening to this one a lot this year, pretty bad ass death/thrash:http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/oxygen-destroyer/sinister-monstrosities-spawned-by-the-unfathomable-ignorance-of-humankind
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    I heard the new Obituary single, and it sounded pretty great to my ears.
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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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