Unitron

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INCUBUS (CA) - Morning View Heavy Alternative Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Stained Class Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - British Steel Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller Power Metal
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Metallica Heavy Metal
ALICE IN CHAINS - Facelift Alternative Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - The Warning US Power Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Rage For Order Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Mob Rules Heavy Metal
ANTHRAX - Worship Music Thrash Metal
A PERFECT CIRCLE - Thirteenth Step Metal Related
LED ZEPPELIN - Physical Graffiti Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Presence Hard Rock
METAL CHURCH - Metal Church US Power Metal
PRIMUS - Tales From the Punchbowl Funk Metal
PRIMUS - The Brown Album Funk Metal
PRIMUS - Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People Funk Metal
THE CULT - Sonic Temple Hard Rock

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Hard Rock 505 3.90
2 Heavy Metal 458 4.08
3 Thrash Metal 399 4.09
4 Alternative Metal 275 3.93
5 Non-Metal 242 3.72
6 Nu Metal 208 4.14
7 Industrial Metal 158 3.96
8 Heavy Alternative Rock 122 3.62
9 Stoner Metal 118 4.13
10 Progressive Metal 105 2.95
11 Death Metal 100 3.88
12 Groove Metal 97 3.91
13 Funk Metal 95 4.13
14 Glam Metal 94 4.16
15 Proto-Metal 79 3.44
16 Metal Related 78 3.58
17 NWoBHM 65 4.25
18 Sludge Metal 64 4.18
19 Power Metal 62 3.69
20 US Power Metal 58 4.06
21 Stoner Rock 57 4.22
22 Hardcore Punk 49 3.63
23 Rap Metal 45 3.68
24 Metalcore 43 3.69
25 Crossover Thrash 43 4.10
26 Heavy Psych 38 4.01
27 Technical Thrash Metal 28 3.82
28 Speed Metal 27 3.57
29 Black Metal 26 3.46
30 Traditional Doom Metal 25 3.84
31 Technical Death Metal 25 3.46
32 Melodic Death Metal 24 3.08
33 Melodic Metalcore 23 3.80
34 Avant-garde Metal 21 3.40
35 Doom Metal 19 3.66
36 Folk Metal 19 3.87
37 Symphonic Metal 15 3.53
38 Neoclassical metal 14 3.82
39 Gothic Metal 12 3.54
40 Atmospheric Black Metal 12 2.54
41 Death 'n' Roll 11 4.00
42 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 10 3.30
43 Mathcore 9 3.50
44 Melodic Black Metal 9 4.17
45 Grindcore 7 3.29
46 Brutal Death Metal 6 3.42
47 Death-Doom Metal 6 3.00
48 Symphonic Black Metal 5 1.90
49 Trance Metal 3 2.17
50 Goregrind 3 3.33
51 Electronicore 2 3.00
52 Funeral Doom Metal 2 4.75
53 Cybergrind 2 4.00
54 Crust Punk 1 3.50
55 Deathcore 1 1.00
56 Drone Metal 1 3.50

Latest Albums Reviews

LIMP BIZKIT Three Dollar Bill, Yall$

Album · 1997 · Nu Metal
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At first listen, Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ is an awesome banger of a metal album with tons of great riffs and songs that get you pumped much like almost every Limp Bizkit album. More and more though, the band's unique influences and the album's songwriting style sinks into your ears.

Heavy massive metal grooves are blended with hip hop rhythms and turntables, noisy post-hardcore riffs, and atmospheric post-rock textures and melodies. Yeah, post rock influences in a metal album that wasn't Neurosis before everyone was trying to copy them. All these sounds brought together by fantastic songwriting and performances hasn't really been matched, not even by the band. Even the outros of each song have some cool little switch in sound that makes it a perfect album listening experience. (Though I'd be lying if Counterfeit isn't a particular favorite and lands on most metal playlists I make).

Fred Durst is at his most anxious and schizophrenic, rapping and screaming like a madman with a gritty rawness. Wes Borland is either delivering monolithic grooves, atmospheric melodies, or both in the case of a song like Sour. For once one of those really long songs on the end of a 90's album isn't just a bunch of silence and a hidden track, as Everything is a straight up wandering spacey post-rock epic and acts as a perfect chill down after the heaviness yet keeps the intensity. Sam Rivers and John Otto bring a fantastic rhythm section, with the former being a really underrated bassist. Bringing both funk and complimenting the quiet guitar sections, I especially love the short funky swing bassline during the bridge of Stuck.

Significant Other is the most definitive Bizkit album and more instant hit, but Three Dollar Bill is a fantastic album and keeps growing on me as my favorite with its pure rawness.

ISIS Celestial

Album · 2000 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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Before Isis really popularized Neurosis' blend of sludge metal and post-rock, with a bunch of mediocre copycats following in their wake and making classic sludge that much harder to find, Celestial showed how earth-shatteringly heavy they could be. Perfectly blending Neurosis' atmospheric take on sludge with the screeching aggression of Floor, this hits a perfect balance that their later albums lost. The title track's massive riff just stomps and stomps and remains one of the most thunderous songs in the entire metal genre.

To not sacrifice the heaviness of sludge or the subtleties of post-rock, they typically don't overlap the two sounds and use post-rock sections for contrast making them that much more atmospheric and the sludge that much sludgier. C.F.T. cools things down throughout a whole song though, and reminds me a lot of Golden Earring's song Silver Ships. It's a mellow ride until its galloping end, but the production and guitar/bass tones still make it a wall of sound.

This is hardcore sludge that can be played alongside both Neurosis and the likes of Crowbar and Floor.

ARMORED SAINT Symbol of Salvation

Album · 1991 · Heavy Metal
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While the early 90's is most notable to me for a slew of grunge, thrash, techno, and hip hop classics, it is also the time of one of my all time favorite classic metal albums, Symbol of Salvation which shows a band at their peak and making the best of the best.

The whole album just goes off, firing all barrels with riffs, and delivering some of the best songwriting and melodic passion. There's a perfect contrast between all out heaviness and beautiful melody, and I find myself humming and singing several of these songs without them being played in a while. Reign of Fire, Dropping Like Flies, Tribal Dance, The Truth Always Hurts, Warzone, Tainted Past, and Spineless are these particular songs (though every song is heavy metal at its peak). Sometimes they go into a melodic thrash edge, like with Spineless or the swaggering groove of Tribal Dance.

John Bush has long been one of my favorite vocalists, and Symbol of Salvation hold what is among his absolute best performances. He's perfect at combining beautiful melodies and forceful badassery, and it's hard not to sing a long to Reign of Fire or scream a long to Tribal Dance. Whether Armored Saint or Anthrax, he's always giving his all and screaming with passion.

In short, this is a fantastic heavy metal album that deserves the same classic status as the likes of Judas Priest and Accept.

NOMEANSNO Sex Mad

Album · 1986 · Hardcore Punk
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In a genre that can be so easy to do like punk, there's a few key things to really make a band stand out. Being really good songwriters is the first step, but combining a rebellious attitude with a unique personality and play-style is how you get a band like NoMeansNo where there's not really anyone else like them. Schizophrenic yet playful, this is absolutely fantastic bass-driven punk where the rhythm section is unmatched.

The title track is just an instant punk anthem dominated by insane bass and drums in full force that is basically NoMeansNo's signature sound, complimented by sex-crazed spitfire and occasional stabbing keyboards. Sometimes they'll go straight into early math rock like with instrumental Obsessed, or apocalyptic with Self Pity. Other than the title track, the moody and wandering Long Days, syncopated heaven of Metronome, and proto-grunge of Revenge are my personal favorites and really display the band's personality perfectly. Hunt the She Beast (Only on the original Canadian release and the later reissue with the You Kill Me EP), has some particularly great drums and dissonant guitar that wouldn't sound out of place on a Primus album.

While Wrong is probably the band at their height, Sex Mad is pretty closely tied with it as my favorite and both albums define the band and show them at their creative and songwriting peak.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Deliverance

Album · 1994 · Stoner Metal
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The first of several fantastic Corrosion of Conformity albums that are all time favorites, Deliverance is the first album of theirs with Pepper Keenan on lead vocals, and what a start for one of my favorite vocalists. A beautiful mixture of grunge, southern rock, heavy metal, and even a moody country song. I've always really liked COC, but it hasn't been until recently when they've become one of my favorite bands. Such a passionate performance, with soulful introspection and they emote so much.

From the lumbering Albatross, the wonderfully melodic Clean My Wounds, the swagger of Senor Limpio, the stomping title track, the country Shelter, the climatic finale Pearls Before Swine, I love it all.

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  • Posted 15 hours ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V3
    [QUOTE=Psydye]^I'm not sure I would call it trip hop...maybe an influence of it? In general I'd call it ambient electronic. Not sure what to call it lol. In any case I rather like it! [/QUOTE] Cool, might check it out. Never heard the band before, but I think it's cool when metal bands try electronic stuff.
  • Posted 21 hours ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V3
    [QUOTE=Psydye]Huh....well THAT'S an unexpected change in sound! How they went from the previous 3 albums to this is beyond me. That being said it isn't necessarily bad! I actually kind of like it...it's just, they had a good thing going w/ their first 3...oh well! [/QUOTE] Album cover looks kind of trip-hop, is that the direction they went in?
  • Posted 1 day ago in Literature.
    [QUOTE=Triceratopsoil]H.G. Wells.[/QUOTE] That reminds me, I love The Invisible Man, probably one of my favorite books I've read. I've been meaning to read War of the Worlds, haven't gotten around to it yet though. Unitron2021-01-21 23:04:12

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