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JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Heavy Metal
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JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller Power Metal
KORN - See You on the Other Side Nu Metal
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
ALICE IN CHAINS - Facelift Alternative Metal
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BLACK SABBATH - Mob Rules Heavy Metal
ANTHRAX - Worship Music Thrash Metal
A PERFECT CIRCLE - Thirteenth Step Heavy Alternative 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 Thrash Metal 420 4.09
2 Hard Rock 405 3.68
3 Heavy Metal 403 4.01
4 Alternative Metal 216 3.72
5 Non-Metal 187 3.31
6 Industrial Metal 155 3.84
7 Nu Metal 140 3.89
8 Death Metal 129 3.85
9 Stoner Metal 110 4.00
10 Progressive Metal 109 2.98
11 Heavy Alternative Rock 108 3.46
12 Groove Metal 86 3.78
13 Power Metal 84 3.72
14 Funk Metal 79 4.06
15 Proto-Metal 77 3.36
16 NWoBHM 60 4.17
17 Metal Related 58 3.42
18 Glam Metal 57 3.99
19 Sludge Metal 55 4.22
20 US Power Metal 50 3.92
21 Crossover Thrash 50 3.93
22 Stoner Rock 49 4.12
23 Black Metal 47 3.55
24 Hardcore Punk 43 3.17
25 Metalcore 42 3.65
26 Speed Metal 37 3.80
27 Melodic Death Metal 36 3.21
28 Heavy Psych 34 4.00
29 Technical Thrash Metal 33 3.85
30 Folk Metal 31 3.98
31 Traditional Doom Metal 29 4.03
32 Melodic Metalcore 27 3.50
33 Doom Metal 26 3.71
34 Technical Death Metal 25 3.44
35 Rap Metal 25 3.48
36 Avant-garde Metal 24 3.44
37 Neoclassical metal 16 3.66
38 Symphonic Metal 16 3.56
39 Atmospheric Black Metal 12 2.79
40 Death 'n' Roll 12 3.96
41 Gothic Metal 12 3.33
42 Grindcore 12 3.50
43 Melodic Black Metal 11 4.05
44 Mathcore 10 3.15
45 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 10 3.35
46 Brutal Death Metal 10 3.65
47 Symphonic Black Metal 8 2.63
48 Death-Doom Metal 6 3.08
49 Deathcore 5 3.20
50 Trance Metal 5 2.50
51 Goregrind 4 3.63
52 Cybergrind 3 4.00
53 Crust Punk 2 3.00
54 Drone Metal 2 1.75
55 Electronicore 2 2.75
56 Funeral Doom Metal 2 4.75
57 Deathgrind 1 3.50

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BEASTIE BOYS Hello Nasty

Album · 1998 · Non-Metal
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"One two one two, this is just a test"

Hello Nasty is like no other hip hop album I've heard, it's like an exploration in various sounds and samples but always with the Beastie Boys' fun loving attitude. Its got such a busy sound with everything going on, but it's never overwhelming even with the 22 songs on the album.

The Move, Remote Control, Just a Test, Intergalactic, and Putting Shame in Your Game are probably my favorites, Just a Test especially being one of the B-boy's most underrated songs. They've got such great flow, and their rap bravado is contrasted by fantastic moody and ominous samples, and it gives it such a cool sound. The electro-rap of Intergalactic rightfully was the album's biggest hit, and it's impossible to not love the delivery of "let the beat...mmmDRRROP".

One of the strangest parts of the album are the neo-psychedelic songs that are completely devoid of hip hop, though there's a psychedelic element throughout the album. These songs include Song for the Man, Song for Junior, and I Don't Know, and they all fit in and sound great.

Hello Nasty is a bit of a grower, but once it hit, it hit. One of the best of both the B-boy's and hip hop as a whole.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Freaky Styley

Album · 1985 · Non-Metal
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Moving away from the post-punk styling of the debut with funk legend George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic fame at the producer's helm, Freaky Styley shows the Chili Peppers record the closest to a pure funk album they've ever done.

When I think of an ultimate party album, this is one of the first I think of. This funk goes hard, and with the album cover showing the band jumping and flipping around in front of Michelangelo's The Last Judgement, there's still some punk attitude too. Songs like Jungle Man, American Ghost Dance, the title track, Blackeyed Blonde, The Brothers Cup, punky Catholic School Girls Rule, and Yertle the Turtle are all particular favorites of mine. The Brothers Cup and the title track especially, the former with its swaggering bassline and swinging horns and the latter with a unique aggression for funk.

Freaky Styley isn't the party funk metal album that Mother's Milk is, but it is a party funk album. This is funky bass heaven.

KISS Creatures Of The Night

Album · 1982 · Heavy Metal
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Kiss have always been more known for their image and live shows than their actual music, and it's not too hard to see why. While they always make sure to put on a spectacular stage show, when it comes to albums, there's usually a few great songs among a bunch of filler. They're also followers of trends, as seen by their excursion into disco in the late 70's, their attempt at a concept album after the success of Pink Floyd's The Wall, and then Creatures of the Night is the band making a heavy metal album with the genre increasing in popularity.

Surprise surprise, they actually nail it! This has always been my favorite Kiss album, not because it's a metal album, but because it's their strongest collection of songs in a studio album format. Don't know how they did it, but each song on here is a booming arena metal behemoth with hooks and riffs that all stand up with their best songs in the 70's but in a whole album context.

It's hard for me to pick highlights, rare for a Kiss album, but it's book-ended by two classics The crashing opening title track contrasts with the massive swaggering groove of War Machine. Keep Me Comin', Rock and Roll Hell, and Danger are some other really great songs. Even the power ballad of I Still Love You is pretty good.

Kiss is a band that has several great songs, but I often find their albums too inconsistent. Creatures of the Night however, is a fantastic collection of classic heavy metal with the band's songwriting at its strongest.

SLAYER Seasons in the Abyss

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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The word atmosphere in relation to music is often connected to ambient and an implied quiet and/or lack of hooks. While ambient music is definitely atmospheric, I see all music as atmospheric in a way, as different albums and songs capture different moods and places. The Crystal Method's Vegas, Kool Keith's Black Elvis/Lost in Space, Godflesh's Songs of Love and Hate, Korn's Issues, Slayer's Seasons in the Abyss, this is just a handful of albums that are far from ambient or lacking in hooks yet are some of my favorite albums when it comes to atmosphere.

Seasons in the Abyss continues where South of Heaven left off, but with even more focus on the atmosphere the album sets up. It's bleak and apocalyptic, but far from a miserable dungeon synth album that's no fun to listen to. War Ensemble is one of metal's greatest openers, and fittingly evokes a war march in a stomping thrash format. The album's got such a great flow from track to track, making it one of those albums that's hard to listen to just one song. Blood Red, Spirit in Black, Born of Fire, Skeletons of Society, and the moody title track are all my favorites. Skeletons of Society especially, might be my favorite Slayer song, it's got such an instant headbanging hook. Dead Skin Mask and the title track are definitely the album's atmosphere at its most disturbing but also melodic. Tom Araya is often underrated as both a bassist and his unique way of delivering melody that fits perfectly in Slayer's dark and aggressive world.

I often have a hard time choosing between South of Heaven or Seasons in the Abyss as my favorite Slayer album, but I think Abyss wins just by a bit. It takes South of Heaven's already more atmospheric approach and expands upon it with just as strong songwriting.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Album · 1984 · Non-Metal
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For the longest time I wasn't even familiar with much of The Red Hot Chili Peppers' pre-alt rock stardom days apart from a few songs. The ballad of Under the Bridge from the band's classic Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik album catapulted the band into the mainstream and perhaps that drove them further and further away from their super funky origins with each passing album.

I love Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik, but lately I'd say I prefer most of the band's first four albums. In the 80's, it seems as if each of their albums were pretty different from each other, and their self-titled debut is the strangest of them all. I'd describe it as a funk rock/post-punk hybrid, with the occasional metal riff or unexpected atmospheric rock excursion. They probably were coming from a post-punk background, similar to Faith No More's beginnings. Many post-punk and new wave bands were no strangers to funk, these bands just took it to new levels.

The songwriting isn't quite at its peak like with the next four albums, but there's definitely some of the band's strongest songs within. True Men Don't Kill Coyotes, Buckle Down, Get Up and Jump, the heavy proto-funk metal Green Heaven, and the brisk punky Police Helicopter are my favorites. True Men Don't Kill Coyotes is the closest to post-punk/new wave and would not sound out of place on an early Talking Heads album. Grand Pappy Du Plenty is an atmospheric post-rock finale, and I think it surprisingly fits in as a closer to the raw yet surreal atmosphere that the album creates.

While the pure funk rock of Freaky Styley and glam funk metal Mother's Milk are my favorites from the Chili Peppers, the band's debut is an excellent and interesting start.

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  • Posted 9 hours ago in Rap/Hip Hop Discussion Thread!
    ^I haven't really gotten into MF Doom's stuff yet though I do remember listening to some of Operation Doomsday a while back. I do love the Gorillaz song November Has Come though with him featuring, so I should get around to more.Have you heard Del from Deltron's solo stuff? I've always really loved this funky classic, even before I was into much rap:[TUBE]9Bku7gXlkoo[/TUBE]
  • Posted 12 hours ago in Rap/Hip Hop Discussion Thread!
    [QUOTE=Unitron]I don't like much rap/hip-hop, but I do enjoy some classic rap like Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and Public Enemy when I'm in the mood.[/QUOTE] 4 years later and hip-hop is probably my third favorite genre of music after metal and electronic. Some of my favorites still include Beastie Boys and Run DMC, but also Blackalicious, A Tribe Called Quest, Cypress Hill, Eric B. & Rakim, Jungle Brothers, Kool Keith, Lyrics Born, The Pharcyde, and Slick Rick.Unfortunately I have found it hard to find really good modern hip hop that interests me, but there are a couple like Death Grips and A-F-R-O who are making some great stuff.Obviously with adding Beastie Boys, they're who I've been listening to most as far as hip hop goes, this song in particular:[TUBE]RLZOXw6RUqE[/TUBE]
  • Posted 1 day ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/purgatory/tied-to-the-traxWriting a bio for Mushroomhead (the old one was a copy-paste that was really out of date), and completely forgot about these guys! Jeffery Nothing is such a great vocalist.

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