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MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal
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OPETH - Still Life Progressive Metal
LACUNA COIL - Unleashed Memories Gothic Metal
DIO - Holy Diver Traditional heavy metal
INCUBUS (CA) - A Crow Left of the Murder... Hard Rock
INCUBUS (CA) - Morning View Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Traditional heavy metal
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JUDAS PRIEST - British Steel Traditional heavy metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Killing Machine Traditional heavy metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Screaming For Vengeance Traditional heavy metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller Power Metal
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KORN - See You on the Other Side Nu Metal
TOOL - Lateralus Progressive Metal
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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Hard Rock 561 3.93
2 Thrash Metal 481 4.51
3 Traditional heavy metal 442 4.31
4 Alternative Metal 191 3.97
5 Industrial Metal 183 4.12
6 Non-Metal 172 3.33
7 Death Metal 139 4.36
8 Power Metal 129 4.25
9 Progressive Metal 116 3.41
10 Stoner Metal 109 4.50
11 Groove Metal 101 4.15
12 Proto-Metal 88 3.82
13 Nu Metal 76 3.51
14 Funk Metal 74 4.24
15 Metalcore 71 3.94
16 Doom Metal 60 4.17
17 US Power Metal 59 4.45
18 Glam Metal 58 4.09
19 Metal Related 57 3.73
20 Black Metal 55 4.08
21 NWoBHM 54 4.44
22 Sludge Metal 53 4.48
23 Melodic Death Metal 49 3.85
24 Crossover Thrash 47 4.39
25 Folk Metal 43 4.43
26 Hardcore and crust 40 3.89
27 Speed Metal 38 4.25
28 Technical Death Metal 27 4.19
29 Neoclassical metal 26 4.12
30 Grindcore 23 3.89
31 Avant-garde Metal 20 3.77
32 Symphonic Metal 20 4.03
33 Brutal Death Metal 18 4.28
34 Atmospheric Black Metal 16 3.25
35 Death 'n' Roll 12 4.50
36 Gothic Metal 11 4.27
37 Melodic Black Metal 11 4.50
38 Symphonic Black Metal 11 4.18
39 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 10 3.55
40 Deathcore 9 3.33
41 Death-Doom Metal 8 4.00
42 Mathcore 6 2.75
43 Drone Metal 2 1.75
44 Funeral Doom Metal 2 5.00

Latest Albums Reviews

VARGA Mileage

Single · 2018 · Thrash Metal
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Varga made a small name for themselves back in the early 90's with their single "Greed" being featured on the popular MTV cartoon Beavis and Butthead. Said single came from the band's debut studio album, Prototype, which was an amazing industrial/groove/thrash metal album which had amazing riffs, hooks, and variety. It's really one of the best hidden gems of 90's metal. However, the band started out playing technical thrash metal with their debut demo. When the band returned from a long time away in 2011, they released two albums a few years later which saw a return to their original sound.

Now those two new studio albums were fantastic comeback albums, and it was great to see such an underrated band come back with flying colors. Now the band has returned yet again with a new single, that ranks with the band's absolute best songs. "Mileage" is a crushing thrash metal track that's full of bite and attitude. Joe Varga's vocals has his signature edgy thrash personality blended with some higher-range vocals that scream so much attitude with the chorus. His bass, Dan Fila on drums, and Sean Williamson's guitar work bring a fantastic and catchy groove to the whole song. Williamson plays a killer spinning chromatic guitar solo that is complimented perfectly with Varga's low tuned and driving bassline.

All in all, this is classic Varga. It's a perfect mix of the band's reformed tech thrash sound with the personality and groove of their classic Prototype. Speaking for myself as a huge Varga fan, this single has me hyped for more. Can't wait to hear what these guys have coming next! Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

STATIC-X Wisconsin Death Trip

Album · 1999 · Industrial Metal
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"Speed toward hell, shed no tears"

By the end of the 90's, there was not an explosion of new fantastic industrial metal bands and albums like there was at the beginning of the decade. Treponem Pal had released their masterpiece "Higher" in '97, which would be their last album for about a decade, and Fear Factory and Rammstein were going strong. That was about it. However, come the year of 1999, and the industrial metal band Static-X unleashed their debut studio album Wisconsin Death Trip to the world.

Static-X brought their own fresh sound to the industrial metal scene, using a blend of the atmospheric heaviness of Fear Factory, the groove and catchiness of a Godflesh beat, and the pulsing EBM/Electro-Industrial of Front Line Assembly. Bringing together all the elements of what makes industrial music so great, while not copying any of these bands is what makes this album have such a winning sound.

As soon as the grooving "Push It" blasts through your speakers, this album doesn't let up until the ambient "December" closes out the album. This is perfect cyberpunk video game music, the kind of stuff that goes perfectly with a game of Quake II or even Doom. That's not to say that it doesn't work on it's own, quite the contrary. Take the mechanical screeching in "Push It" that emulate power drills, or the underlying atmosphere throughout the album, this embraces everything industrial.

Going back to the mention of cyber, the menacing "The Trance is the Motion" showcases an early example of the cyber metal sound. It may take place as my favorite on the album. It is engulfed in a stark atmosphere, screeching and down-tuned riffs, chaotic screams, and has a pretty epic vibe for being only 5 minutes long. Honestly, I think this song should have closed out the album rather than the slightly boring "December". Apart from that last song though, the rest of the album is all fantastic. Especially the songs dominated by a massive groove while keeping the futuristic atmosphere. "Stem", "Bled for Days", and the title track are in particular highlights.

Despite the highlights, this is an album that is meant to be listened to all the way through. Each song bleeds into the next, and makes for a good CD to turn on for any occasion that requires a surge of industrial metal goodness. This is a classic album of the industrial genre, and one that the band wouldn't match until 2007's Cannibal. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

EARTH WITCH Out of the Shallow

Album · 2017 · Stoner Metal
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Now is a perfect time to be a stoner fan, as so many stoner rock and metal bands are popping up like crazy. Being a stoner fan, I'm very happy to see this, and many of them are retaining the old school 70's metal sound that started the whole genre. If you were to ask me who the best of these new stoner bands is though, I would probably have to say Earth Witch.

They set themselves apart with how much heart and soul they clearly have, and a real passion of classic 70's heavy metal. While many of the riffs would make Tony Iommi proud, the band has their own sound and plays some pretty beautiful leads. The band calls themselves "doom blues", which honestly couldn't be a more fitting title. The album is engulfed in a laid back blues metal vibe, but isn't afraid to crush some skulls with blistering doom riffs such as in the grand finale of "Earth Witch". Though the album is also bursting with driving riffs as heard right at the beginning with opener "Guts". The vocals will often be gravely sounding, but sometimes they're a bluesy croon in the vein of Danzig.

The best song on the album, and one of the greatest stoner songs ever written (Yes, it is that good) is easily "Butterfly". Not since Clutch's The Elephant Riders have I heard something so beautiful yet heavy from the stoner genre. The plodding murky yet melodious bassline blends perfectly with the crooning vocals, and adds that much more impact when the distortion gets cranked up to 11 and the guitar rips and the drums become colossal. The guitar leads and soloing are stunning, and let the heaviness and beauty blend right together.

Other main highlights include, the whole damn album! "Starfighter", "Lovecraft", "Riff Rider", "Green Torch", "Mermaid", "Pilgrim", it is all absolutely fantastic. Each song is among the best stoner you'll ever hear. Basically, if you want to hear beautiful melodies, singing guitar solos, punchy distorted riffs and hooks, warm and organic productions, or the aforementioned driving riffs and crushing dirges, this is essential listening.

I don't have much else to say, it is just an absolute masterpiece. If you're a stoner fan, do yourself a favor and listen to these amazing guys. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

RIOT Rock City

Album · 1977 · Traditional heavy metal
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"Shine, shine on, Warrior."

Exploding onto the quickly growing metal scene in 1977, Riot unleashed the first taste of their high octane traditional metal with their debut Rock City. By this time, heavy metal was evolving out of it's development stages, and into a second wave of bands that propelled the genre into the 80's and into a more focused sound. So along with Judas Priest, Scorpions, Motorhead, and Heavy Load, Riot brought heavy metal into a truly "traditional" sound.

Already Riot feels very comfortable in their own sound, as this debut is not far off from the band's legendary classics like Narita and Fire Down Under. Influences from Sweet's heavy metal moments can be heard, as well as some more hard rock leaning moments reminiscent of bands like Led Zeppelin and UFO. Overall though, it can easily be compared to what Judas Priest would be doing on Killing Machine just a year later.

The album opens right up with a one-two punch of "Desperation" and "Warrior", which have everything that's great about late 70's metal. The title track follows with a more hard rock sound, though the solo is pure metal all the way. "Angel" and "Heart of Fire" are a couple more high energy bursts of classic metal, especially the latter. It just explodes right out the door, and has an absolutely driving main riff that pulses with energy. While it's close with that song, the best on the album would probably have to go to "Overdrive", which has such a massive drum sound that makes it impossible to not stomp your foot.

Something that I absolutely love about the first three Riot albums, is how much personality there is. A lot of that personality comes from Guy Speranza's vocals. He has such a unique voice and has the perfect combination of metal attitude and beautiful melody. The closest comparison I can make is James Young of Styx, who sang on the band's heaviest tracks. "Overdrive" and "Heart of Fire" have that great heavy metal attitude blended with wonderful melodies, while "Gypsy Queen" has one of the most beautiful melodies in 70's metal.

Like with many debuts, Riot's is another one that has gone underrated. Ignore the atrocious cover art, and get ready for a ride of awesome classic metal that screams of personality. It's a great start to a fantastic career. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

SCREAM No More Censorship

Album · 1988 · Hard Rock
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Scream were one of the most notable bands of the D.C. Hardcore scene in the 80's. However, once 1988's No More Censorship came along, they had a big change in sound. Perhaps this was in part due to Dave Grohl joining the band as drummer, which makes it strange that these last two albums are so unknown. Before joining Nirvana and forming Foo Fighters afterwards, Dave Grohl brought a pedal to the metal in Scream.

While some punk elements are still here, No More Censorship is primarily an 80's hard rock record with some metal and aforementioned punk elements. It all comes together beautifully, and perhaps better than you would expect from a band taking such a different direction. Some of the songs meld everything together, and one of the best at doing that is "Fucked Without a Kiss", which opens up with a barrage of double kick drums and a speeding bassline that sound like a thrash attack is going to strike in no time; however, punk edged hard rock guitar riffs come in.

Some of the songs sound like they would not be out of place on a NWoBHM album, such as "No Escape". A great punky bassline opens it up before hard rock riffing blended with almost Diamond Head-esque vocal melodies take the stage. Though it all has this heavy metal energy, especially with the pounding drums at the end with one killer scream. The best song on the album is probably "Something My Head". How this isn't known as one of the greatest hard rock songs of the 80's, I have no clue. The vocal melodies are beautiful, the screaming metal guitar solo is fantastic, and the whole song has an explosive energy. The title track is just pure 80's hard rock at its best, with an almost AC/DC-sounding main riff. "Binge" is up there as well, which sounds straight out of an early Iron Maiden album for the first 30 seconds, then is followed up with more high-energy hard rock action.

After the album ends on an interesting note, with the short "In the Beginning...", which is basically a catchy drum solo with bass twangs, you're left with an extremely underrated heavy rock album of the 80's. If you're looking for some great catchy 80's hard rock that's a bit different, I highly recommend checking out this gem. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

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  • Posted 5 hours ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    [QUOTE=adg211288][QUOTE=Unitron]http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/kylesa/exhausting-fire[/QUOTE] I love their take on Paranoid on this one. Great album overall too.[/QUOTE] Yeah, I love the cover of Paranoid too. If it wasn't for the lyrics, there's absolutely no way to tell it's a cover. This is my favorite Kylesa album, it's just the one that has had the most emotional impact on me and the one that remains in my head the most after listening.
  • Posted 10 hours ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/kylesa/exhausting-fire
  • Posted 1 day ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    [QUOTE=ProgMetaller2112]The Doors - L.A. Woman [/QUOTE] My favorite Doors album, perhaps my favorite blues rock album too. 

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