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1 Heavy Metal 461 4.08
2 Thrash Metal 457 4.28
3 Hard Rock 447 3.72
4 Alternative Metal 202 3.79
5 Industrial Metal 182 3.86
6 Non-Metal 180 3.19
7 Death Metal 149 3.94
8 Power Metal 131 3.69
9 Progressive Metal 130 3.07
10 Heavy Alternative Rock 115 3.65
11 Stoner Metal 112 4.26
12 Groove Metal 104 3.75
13 Nu Metal 82 3.56
14 Proto-Metal 81 3.67
15 Funk Metal 78 4.12
16 NWoBHM 60 4.28
17 US Power Metal 60 3.98
18 Metal Related 59 3.53
19 Glam Metal 59 3.93
20 Black Metal 55 3.78
21 Sludge Metal 54 4.42
22 Crossover Thrash 50 4.26
23 Melodic Death Metal 49 3.50
24 Stoner Rock 46 4.18
25 Folk Metal 42 4.05
26 Speed Metal 41 3.95
27 Metalcore 39 3.64
28 Hardcore Punk 39 3.26
29 Technical Thrash Metal 38 4.09
30 Traditional Doom Metal 35 3.80
31 Melodic Metalcore 31 3.44
32 Doom Metal 30 3.80
33 Heavy Psych 29 4.05
34 Technical Death Metal 29 3.55
35 Neoclassical metal 26 3.58
36 Avant-garde Metal 21 3.55
37 Symphonic Metal 20 3.40
38 Brutal Death Metal 19 4.00
39 Atmospheric Black Metal 16 2.78
40 Melodic Black Metal 13 4.19
41 Grindcore 13 3.58
42 Symphonic Black Metal 12 3.38
43 Rap Metal 12 3.13
44 Death 'n' Roll 11 4.00
45 Gothic Metal 11 3.59
46 Mathcore 9 2.89
47 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 9 3.39
48 Deathcore 9 3.17
49 Death-Doom Metal 8 3.31
50 Cybergrind 5 4.10
51 Trance Metal 5 2.60
52 Goregrind 4 3.88
53 Crust Punk 2 3.50
54 Drone Metal 2 1.75
55 Electronicore 2 2.50
56 Funeral Doom Metal 2 4.75
57 Viking Metal 2 3.50
58 Deathgrind 1 4.00

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NOTHINGFACE Violence

Album · 2000 · Nu Metal
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"FUCK, SCRAPE OUT HIS EYES"

Violence, fitting for its album title, is one of the most genuinely aggressive albums out there. The pure unbridled rage that Nothingface exudes is both blood-pumping and cathartic, with some added melodies to create an effective contrast. The aggression and heaviness never take a back seat though, it all works perfectly together.

The massive grooves bring the hooks to reel you in, but the late vocalist Matt Holt is perhaps the biggest highlight of the album. He screams out some of the most seriously angry vocals I've heard, to the point that he can sound legitimately intimidating. Songs like Make Your Own Bones, Same Solution, Can't Wait for Violence, and especially Hidden Hands, show someone that you don't want to mess with. Lines like "YEAH, YOU'll DIE YOU FUCKING BITCH" from Same Solution and the aforementioned lyric from Hidden Hands that opens this review are some of the most intense moments in metal history.

Coupled with the minimalist yet threatening Roy Lichtenstein-esque album cover, this is as intensive as music gets.

RAZOR Custom Killing

Album · 1987 · Thrash Metal
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It's easy to think that this was Razor going prog going in blind just looking at those two 11-minute long songs, but there's none of that here. Survival of the Fittest and Last Rites are just hook after hook as with the rest of the album. This is actually Razor at their most aggressive, humorous, and attitude-filled. Everything that makes thrash great.

Funnily enough, despite being the frontman, guitarist Dave Carlo is the least important thing to what carries this album. He's a good guitarist and the riffs are great, but the vocals and rhythm section is what takes this to new levels. Sheepdog is either almost out-sneering Dave Mustaine or screeching like a madman. Mike Campagnolo's bass is either rumbling in the background or grooving up front and personal, while M-Bro drums with pure force. His cymbal work gives some real texture that isn't common, while the production brings so much more impact by accentuating certain drum parts. Just listen to Shootout for this and the epitome of thrash metal.

While often considered Razor's worst album for some bizarre reason, Custom Killing presents Razor at their best. Violent Restitution is close, but this album has the edge. The production is one of the best in thrash, especially with bringing the bass and drums to the forefront. If Dave Carlo can't stand this album, maybe Sheepdog should just get with Campagnolo and M-Bro then find another guitarist and get back to this pure attitude and aggression.

ACCEPT Russian Roulette

Album · 1986 · Heavy Metal
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Tied with Breaker as Accept's best album, though best for different reasons. Breaker is a fantastic album for the pure raw edge of a band fed up with record labels telling them what to do and breaking through into their own sound (Perhaps the reason for the title?). Russian Roulette, on the other hand, is a fantastic album for how it sounds like a band that's taken on the world and delivers metal anthems with an introspective wisdom.

It's an amazingly crafted album, as it instantly hooks you with the infectious catchiness alone and gargantuan drums, with the title track even maybe beating their classic Balls to the Wall in triumphant power. However, the lyrics and melodies show a band with a lot more emotion than many gave them credit for. The aforementioned title track is a more effective song against war than most, taking it on a more personal level of a soldier rather than just saying "people die". Also, Accept's probably the only band who could write a song called Man Enough to Cry that's great and not a sappy hair band ballad.

I love every song on here, though my favorites are definitely Monsterman, the title track, Heaven is Hell, Walking in the Shadow, and Man Enough to Cry (Which actually kind of reminds me of Dio-era Rainbow with the riffs). These have some especially amazing group vocal choruses. Such an incredibly underrated album, and not only tied with Breaker as Accept's best, but also one of the absolute best 80's heavy metal albums out there.

ELOY Performance

Album · 1983 · Non-Metal
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Among the many bands that made the transition from the 70's to the 80's, Eloy was one of the best at adapting to the new decade. They perfected their space rock/heavy metal hybrid in the 70's with the trilogy of Inside, Floating, and Power and the Passion, and with Performance they perfect a new sound appropriate for the decade.

Performance, as well as the equally excellent follow up Metromania, are a bit hard to pin down as far as genre goes, but they're so wonderfully 80's in the best ways. It's basically a combination of multiple 80's sounds, from new wave to the new wave of heavy metal, it's made to fit Eloy's own mold. Opener In Disguise is a fantastic piece of 80's new wave-tinged hard rock, and is what should've actually been Top Gun's theme song. Shadow and Light has some great metal riffing, Mirador is an instrumental dominated by bass and synth interplay, Heartbeat and Fools are more fantastic 80's new wave rock, and A Broken Frame closes out the album in a majestic fashion.

The best part about this album is just how electrified and energetic the band sounds. Even a song like Surrender which is just drenched in 80's cheese, turns into a total bop with how much these guys are having fun. It translates to the listener so well, it feels like I'm watching these guys on stage at a big arena.

Is it 70's heavy space rock? No, but it has no reason to be. If you want that, there's the fantastic albums they did in the 70's for that. It still sounds like Eloy, just with a new sound that fits the decade much better.

FU MANCHU Daredevil

Album · 1995 · Stoner Rock
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If there's any band where the term desert rock perfectly applies, it's Fu Manchu. Their sound is all about driving dune buggies and convertibles on southern dirt roads and beach corners, crankin' your tunes, and just enjoying the summertime ride. No summertime blues here, other than the Blue Cheer distortion.

If you're looking for something more anthemic, California Crossing is the better album, but Daredevil is equally fantastic. It's basically 60's/70's heavy metal, but with the doom replaced with driving around. There's also some subtle space rock influence, in songs like Travel Agent, Sleestak, and Space Farm, but they're used as just nice embellishments to create a fuller sound.

Scott Hill's deadpan vocal delivery is probably the most iconic thing about the band, and this may be their album with the most fuzzy distortion, so it's all at its complimentary best. Like desert atmospheres, fast cars, distortion, and heavy riffs? If so, you can't go wrong here.

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