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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 547 3.46
2 Thrash Metal 324 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 203 3.71
4 Technical Death Metal 125 3.71
5 Heavy Metal 116 3.51
6 Black Metal 105 3.38
7 Hard Rock 78 3.47
8 Melodic Death Metal 63 3.74
9 Brutal Death Metal 48 3.58
10 Doom Metal 48 3.60
11 Grindcore 46 3.12
12 Stoner Metal 45 3.57
13 Technical Thrash Metal 41 3.77
14 Non-Metal 41 3.57
15 Sludge Metal 39 3.63
16 Death-Doom Metal 39 3.40
17 Alternative Metal 36 3.43
18 Groove Metal 36 3.58
19 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 33 3.67
20 Power Metal 33 3.70
21 Avant-garde Metal 31 3.61
22 Crossover Thrash 31 3.42
23 Atmospheric Black Metal 28 3.36
24 Metal Related 27 3.59
25 US Power Metal 24 3.63
26 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
27 Metalcore 23 3.59
28 Gothic Metal 21 3.45
29 Death 'n' Roll 17 3.29
30 Symphonic Black Metal 17 3.29
31 Melodic Black Metal 14 3.36
32 Traditional Doom Metal 13 3.88
33 Hardcore Punk 12 3.54
34 Goregrind 10 2.65
35 Proto-Metal 10 3.70
36 Speed Metal 9 3.44
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 Melodic Metalcore 4 2.63
45 Mathcore 4 3.25
46 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
47 Folk Metal 3 3.33
48 Cybergrind 3 4.00
49 Rap Metal 3 3.50
50 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
51 Symphonic Metal 3 3.17
52 Nu Metal 2 3.00
53 Drone Metal 2 3.50
54 Crust Punk 2 3.00
55 Funeral Doom Metal 2 3.50
56 Funk Metal 1 3.50

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BONE GNAWER Feast of Flesh

Album · 2009 · Death Metal
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"Feast of Flesh" is the debut full-length studio album by multi-national death metal act Bone Gnawer. The album was released through Pulverised Records in June 2009. Bone Gnawer were formed in 2008 by former Massacre frontman Kam Lee and prolific Swedish musician Rogga Johansson (The Grotesquery, Paganizer, Ribspreader, Demiurg...etc.), who handles the bass and performs backing vocals on this project (he ususally plays guitar and performs lead vocals). The two also work together in The Grotesquery. The lineup is completed by Morgan Lie on drums and Ronnie Björnström on guitars/backing vocals.

The music on the album is old school death metal combining the best from the Swedish and the American scenes. Unlike the horror concept story themed albums of The Grotesquery, which is a project that musically shares a lot of similarities with Bone Gnawer, the lyrical themes and imagery on "Feast of Flesh" are focused heavily on gore and on cannibalism in particular. Song titles like "Cannibal Cook-Out", "Sliced & Diced", "Feast of Flesh", and the reference to the 1980 Italian Joe D'Amato directed cannibal movie "Anthropophagus" ("The Grim Reaper" in USA) in "Anthropophagus Beast" also tell that story.

Musically you get everything you´d expect from an old school death metal release. Crushingly heavy doomy parts, mid-paced death metal grooves, and faster parts too (no blast beats). Kam Lee is one of the more distinct sounding death metal vocalists out there, and his intelligible deep growling and higher pitched screams suit the music well. The material are generally well written and for the most part infectiously catchy. Although it´s certainly both dark and brutal like you´d expect from a death metal release, there´s also an occasional humourous edge, that I think works in the the band´s favour. Particularly the way Kam Lee performs his vocal lines on "Cannibal Cook-Out" stands out as good B-Horror movie fun. Some might find it to be bad taste, but if you enjoy campy, then this certainly applies.

"Feast of Flesh" is well performed and well produced too, and upon conclusion it´s obvious that the combination of Kam Lee and Rogga Johansson is a winner (also if you take into consideration the high quality of their Grotesquery output). So if you enjoy old school death metal with intelligible growling vocals, and gore/cannibal themed vocals, delivered by skilled musicians, and written in a catchy memorable style, I can highly recommend "Feast of Flesh". A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

MORBUS CHRON Sleepers in the Rift

Album · 2011 · Death Metal
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"Sleepers in the Rift" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Morbus Chron. The album was released through Pulverised Records in August 2011. Morbus Chron hails from Stockholm and were formed in 2007. They released the "Splendour of Disease" demo in 2010 and the "Creepy Creeping Creeps" EP later that same year. "Sleepers in the Rift" was recorded and mixed in 5 days in November 2010 at Gutterview Recorders and produced by Morbus Chron and Nicke Andersson (Entombed, The Hellacopters).

The choice of one of the forefarthers of Swedish death metal as co-producer and the choice to record and mix "Sleepers in the Rift" in 5 days, have payed off big time for Morbus Chron, who has ended up with a pretty great product. The basis of the music is old school Swedish death metal with an authentic, raw, and organic sounding production, which brings exactly the right atmosphere to the music. While that all sounds tried and true, Morbus Chron still manages to put their own spin on the sound though, and "Sleepers in the Rift" is therefore slightly more interesting than your average old school Swedish death metal release. To some extent Morbus Chron have more in common with the darker and slightly more twisted Norwegian death metal style of the early 90s, and artists like early Cadaver and early Darkthrone, than they have with the contemporary Swedish scene. I hear a nod or two toward Autopsy too.

So they have that ekstra something, which is required to stand out on the scene, and the fact that the music is well performed (the growling vocals are performed in a shouting reverb laden style, which suits the music well), and as mentioned above, well produced too, aren´t exactly issues either. All things considered "Sleepers in the Rift" reeks class, and although there is still space for improvement in the songwriting department when it comes to catchiness and memorability, it´s still a very interesting album as it is. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

ILLDISPOSED Retro

Album · 2000 · Death Metal
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"Retro" is the 4th full-length studio album by Danish death metal act Illdisposed. The album was released through Diehard Music in 2000. The cover artwork was created by Joe Petagno (who is known for his work on several Motörhead album covers as well as a wide varity of creative work for other artists).

"Retro" is a covers album, mainly with Illdisposed´s versions of classic tracks by death- and thrash metal artists like Carcass, Venom, and Obituary, but the album also features a couple of more surprising covers in "Killed by Death" by Motörhead, and "Beating Around the Bush" by AC/DC. The quality of the performances, the sound production, and the arrangements of the tracks are generally on a decent level, and Illdisposed manages to put their own mark on the material, although they are not themselves the most original sounding act, so that of course also has some impact on how the covers sound.

As mentioned all tracks on the 11 track, 51:53 minutes long album are of a good quality, but I´d mention "Cromlech" by Darkthrone, "Reek of Putrefaction" by Carcass, and "Out of the Body" by Pestilence as some of the highlights. Overall "Retro" is pretty good covers album by Illdisposed and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

GOTSU TOTSU KOTSU 魍魎 (Mouryou)

Album · 2009 · Death Metal
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"魍魎 (Mouryou)" is the debut full-length studio album by Japanese death/thrash metal act Gotsu Totsu Kotsu (or 兀突骨 in Japanese). The album was released through Bang the Head Records in 2009. Gotsu Totsu Kotsu features among others (at the time) Defiled bassist (and on this project also vocalist) Haruhisa Takahata.

The music on the album is a raw and brutal form of thrash metal with growling vocals. It´s energetic, aggressive, and organic in execution. In many ways similar to other brutal thrash metal acts out there, but one thing sets Gotsu Totsu Kotsu apart from other artists playing the style, and that´s the bass playing of Haruhisa Takahata. He plays a brutal and busy slap bass (so no funky sounding slap bass here) throughout the album, which provide the music with some originality. If you´re familiar with his contributions to Defiled´s material the distinct sounding bass playing is no surprise though.

The material is slightly one-dimensional but solid and relatively catchy throughout, so overall "魍魎 (Mouryou)" might not be a revelation, but it´s still a very enjoyable thrash metal album in the more brutal end of the spectrum. a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

TERRODROWN Colonize and Regulate

Album · 2008 · Black Metal
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"Colonize and Regulate" is the debut full-length studio album by French black metal act Terrodrown. The album was released through Infernal Kommando Records in May 2008. Terrodrown was formed in 2005 in Nantes, and released the "Ruined Nation" demo in 2006.

The music on "Colonize and Regulate" is an atmospheric and industrial tinged type of black metal. In addition to drums (which are programmed), bass, and guitars, the music also features quite a lot of keyboards and sound effects, which provide the music with a gloomy sci-fi atmosphere. The vocals are raspy and almost completely unintelligible. They are also quite monotone and lifeless in execution.

The compositions are generally pretty long, and while repetition is a big part of the band´s music, the tracks are relatively varied within the genre, featuring a satisfying number of tempo changes and sections. So there are both blasting chaotic sections, and heavier mid-paced sections on the album. The real asset here is the keyboards and sound effects though, which save the sometimes generic sounding black metal attack, from becoming long drawn and tedious. The sound production unfortunately drags the whole thing down to earth again, as it´s a bit amaturish sounding, and hard on the ears. The programmed drums, which aren´t always that interesting or well programmed, is another minus in my book.

So upon conclusion "Colonize and Regulate" is a bit up and down in quality. The dark atmosphere and the sound effects which create said atmosphere are great, while the execution of the vocals, the sound production, and the programmed drums are some of the features which drag the quality of the album down. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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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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