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1 Hard Rock 541 3.90
2 Thrash Metal 468 4.51
3 Traditional heavy metal 413 4.29
4 Alternative Metal 188 3.98
5 Industrial Metal 161 4.09
6 Non-Metal 157 3.29
7 Death Metal 134 4.35
8 Power Metal 127 4.25
9 Progressive Metal 115 3.42
10 Groove Metal 102 4.17
11 Proto-Metal 83 3.82
12 Stoner Metal 82 4.60
13 Nu Metal 75 3.53
14 Metalcore 71 3.94
15 Doom Metal 67 4.13
16 Funk Metal 55 4.34
17 Glam Metal 54 4.00
18 Black Metal 54 4.09
19 Metal Related 52 3.76
20 US Power Metal 52 4.41
21 NWoBHM 50 4.43
22 Melodic Death Metal 49 3.84
23 Sludge Metal 46 4.50
24 Crossover Thrash 43 4.36
25 Folk Metal 43 4.41
26 Hardcore and crust 41 3.84
27 Speed Metal 37 4.28
28 Technical Death Metal 27 4.19
29 Neoclassical metal 26 4.12
30 Grindcore 23 3.87
31 Symphonic Metal 20 4.08
32 Avant-garde Metal 19 3.89
33 Brutal Death Metal 18 4.28
34 Atmospheric Black Metal 15 3.03
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 4.23
39 Death-Doom Metal 9 4.11
40 Deathcore 9 3.28
41 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 9 3.33
42 Mathcore 6 2.75
43 Funeral Doom Metal 2 5.00
44 Drone Metal 2 1.50

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SACRILEGE Behind the Realms of Madness

Album · 1985 · Thrash Metal
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"Like the shadow from Mordor, creeping slowly forward."

Easily one of the most underrated bands of all time, the masters of both thrash and doom, Sacrilege unleashed their thrashing fury onto the scene with their debut album here in 1985. While the band went silent after breaking up in 1990, they returned in 2014 and remastered their classic debut and released their first new song since '89. Now let's stop talking history, and get into these overlooked classics of thrash.

You want hooks? This album's got 'em, and they won't release you from their grasp until the album's finished. This is thrash metal blended with classic punk and traditional metal. So expect some Sabbath-esque riffs and Samhain on steroids. Every riff pounds you to the ground, while the solos are about as classic as you can get. Check out "Shadow from Mordor", "At Death's Door", and "The Closing Irony" for some of the best riffs you'll ever hear. "Shadow of Mordor" has an addicting groove that swings the listener around in the mosh pit, and a tasty solo as a little treat in between being bruised. "At Death's Door" hammers itself into your skull, with a massive groove and an absolutely crushing drum performance courtesy of Cerebral Fix's Andy Baker. "The Closing Irony" enters in with the metal staple of ominous bells, and takes you through a romp of catchy and skull crushing riffs that sound straight from Slayer's Haunting the Chapel, 70's string bends, and beautiful soloing.

Lynda "Tam" Simpson screams and barks throughout the whole album, and her vocals scream pure raging fury. Whether it be a speeding bullet like "A Violation of Something Sacred" or a groovy stomp like "Shadow of Mordor", it always works. The production is raw and rough, and it has just the right amount of punch like Haunting the Chapel.

With Sacrilege, there is no bad album, and each album is unique. If you just want some raw early thrash to open up a pit, crank this classic up and crank it loud! Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

SNAPCASE Snapcase

Demo · 1991 · Crossover Thrash
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Typically, demos are rarely seen as including some of a band's best material. This isn't always because of the band finding their sound and just starting out though, many times it is the terrible production on many demos that keep them from being very enjoyable. Snapcase's self-titled demo from 1991 is an exception, as this houses some of the band's best stuff.

Before switching to their own unique take on hardcore in the late 90's and early 2000's, the band was a lot more thrash-based. Perhaps nothing displays that better than this demo, as this is an onslaught of punishing beat-you-to-the-floor crossover thrash. "Die Laughing" is the best song on here, with a machine gun barrage of double bass that drum into your skull. The guitar riffs shred and proceed to punch you in the gut, and Chris Galas's vocal spitfire has all the attitude and strained screams of classic hardcore/crossover fashion.

The bass work gets its glory in "Undertow", which is given a menacing tone with the production that blends perfectly with the rusty distortion of some of the riffs. The production is raw and crushing, but you can hear every instrument and vocal line incredibly well. It sounds like a well produced studio album, and that's impressive, especially for a first demo.

If you're looking for some crushing underground crossover thrash to get you through the daily grind, give a listen to this fantastic demo. A great start to one of the most underrated bands in hardcore. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

HELLOWEEN Walls of Jericho

Album · 1985 · Speed Metal
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"Give me wings to fly, ride the sky!"

When people think of classic power metal, Helloween is usually the first band to come to mind. After all, they did release the legendary Keeper of the Seven Keys Parts 1 and 2, which have since became known as two of the greatest metal albums of the 80's. However, before leading the way of the German power metal scene, Helloween released one of the most melodic yet at the same time heaviest thrash/speed metal albums at the time of 1985.

After a short orchestral intro title track, you're thrown right into a storm of riffs and cannonball drums that rain down upon the listener that is called "Ride the Sky". This might simply be the greatest and heaviest song Helloween ever wrote. It really sets a mood, conjuring up images of dogfights in the sky with bullets flying at top speed. It's followed up with "Reptile" which pounds itself into your head, with a real marching stomp of a main riff. That's what you'll get on this album, it will either shred at blinding speeds or pound a stomping groove through your skull. "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)" could not be titled better, as this is a speeding masterpiece that continuously throws catchy guitar and bass riffs and crazy solos. This is a song made for the stage.

While it's hard to beat "Ride the Sky", "Gorgar" may actually take it's place. Talk about a headbanging anthem! It instantly reels you in with a groovy hook, and it becomes impossible to not headbang and scream along. Add in the fantastic metal rendition of Edvard Grieg's classic Hall of the Mountain King as the bridge, and you've got a masterpiece.

This is the only Helloween album that features Kai Hansen on vocals, so this sounds more like what would end up being Gamma Ray then the Helloween most people know. He has a unique and distinct voice that really suits everything that the music does, whether it be thrash, power, or speed. Markus Grosskopf really gets plenty of time to shine on the bass end, you can almost always hear the rumbling, clicking, and shredding basslines. In particular, the closing epic "How Many Tears" highlights this best. "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)" gives some time for some showing off with bass riffs a plenty.

As much as I love the classic Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, Walls of Jericho has always been my favorite Helloween album. It's got the edge of thrash, with the melody of power metal. It's a match made in heaven, and never worked better. If you want to get the definitive version, be sure to get the one that includes their amazing self-titled EP and the blazing classic "Judas". Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

VISIGOTH The Revenant King

Album · 2015 · Traditional heavy metal
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As far as classic heavy metal goes, there aren't a whole lot of new bands of that pure old school 70's/80's sound, and even fewer that get much attention. The few that will, usually have bigger production values that ruin the impact of the music. Look a bit, and you'll find bands that both play and sound just like what could be a classic metal band of old. Visigoth is one of those bands.

Visigoth takes influence from bands like Cirith Ungol and Manilla Road, as seen in their cover of the latter's "Necropolis", but they don't come off as copycats. They sound like they would fit right into a hidden 80's metal gem list you might find, and deliver masterful traditional heavy metal in every way. The ultimate highlight of the album and one of the greatest metal songs of the 2010's is the single "Dungeon Master". The heat-seeking hook of the riff and attacking drums instantly just gets the listener hooked, couple that with beautifully melodic vocals, and you've got yourself a masterpiece. The bass gets some shine on the album too, with the crushingly heavy yet melodic "Iron Brotherhood", where you can feel the reverb.

Now sometimes with extreme high points such as that, the rest of an album can pale in comparison. Thankfully, The Revenant King does not. Most of it is consistently fantastic, "Creature of Desire" in particular comes very close to "Dungeon Master"'s greatness. It opens right up with a punchy riff and a scream that could have come right from a classic Helstar album. "Necropolis" is a faithful and excellent cover of the original Manilla Road tune, but the band gives it their own touch. The band couldn't have picked a better song to close out the album than "From the Arcane Mists of Prophesy", this is what I call an epic. Each riff and melody hooks the listener, especially sort of a mix of singing solos creating a rhythm in the middle. The epic perfectly ends with a melodic doom metal finale that would make 80's Candlemass proud.

What about the production? No polished bullshit is to be found here, this has a nice warm and organic sound that is what traditional heavy metal should sound like. It's not that raw like a thrash or death metal album needs to be, but you can hear and feel all of the heaviness on this record.

If you miss the traditional metal sound without any modern bullshit, Visigoth is an essential listen. Along with Crystal Viper, these guys renew my faith in bands carrying on the torch of classic metal. Turn it up, headbang, and sing to the epic melodies. It's old school all the way! Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

NIGHT SUN Mournin'

Album · 1972 · Hard Rock
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What happens when you combine Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin, and mix it together in a crazy early heavy metal album that was ahead of it's time and also fit nicely with other early 70's metal bands? You get the German Night Sun's sole studio album, Mournin'.

The German music scene during the early 70's was home to Krautrock, an experimental rock movement that birthed bands such as Can and Neu! as well as electronic pioneers Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. With Mournin' being produced by Konrad Plank, known for producing albums for many Krautrock staples, you would think it would fit into this scene. However, it's an amazing and blistering slice of early metal.

Night Sun immediately wants the listener to know that they aren't fucking around, as "Plastic Shotgun" is faster, heavier, and spits more than anything else from 1972. It sounds like what is probably the earliest example of thrash metal, having nearly the same force and aggression of an early thrash opening track like Metallica's "Hit the Lights". There's of course the Deep Purple-esque organ and Robert Plant meets Ian Gillian vocals that lets you know what year this is, but the main riff is jagged and crushing and would open a mosh pit right up had this been released more than a decade later.

That's the song that makes this album groundbreaking, but the majority of the rest of the album is up there with the best of early 70's heavy metal. "Got a Bone of My Own" begins with a three minute long dark and haunting ambient section that rivals the brooding atmosphere of Black Sabbath's self-titled song, before raining down gargantuan doom metal riffing that crushes the listener's skull. "Slush Pan Man" and "Come Down" follow similar suit, with the latter beginning more softly before bringing in the heavy artillery. "Blind" and "Nightmare" pick the speed back up, less proto-thrash but still blisteringly fast heavy metal/hard rock.

The last song, "Don't Start Flying", is a bit of an oddball. It still maintains the heavy riffing, but blends in a lot of horns that take a little while getting used to, but sometimes has the same swing of a song like Gentle Giant's "Peel the Paint".

If you're looking for some heavy, dark, and crushing heavy metal from the 70's, Night Sun's lone wonder of Mournin' is an essential listen. Will these guys ever reform? Who knows, and who knows if it will even be heavy metal if they do. As of now, they're a one album legend. And with an album as groundbreaking and amazing as this one, there is no problem with that. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

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