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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Traditional heavy metal 131 3.63
2 Progressive Metal 116 3.33
3 Black Metal 114 3.90
4 Doom Metal 107 3.86
5 Hard Rock 96 3.13
6 Thrash Metal 83 3.88
7 Proto-Metal 75 3.59
8 Non-Metal 72 3.64
9 Power Metal 70 3.45
10 Death Metal 52 3.94
11 Gothic Metal 51 3.29
12 Atmospheric Black Metal 48 4.00
13 Metal Related 42 3.42
14 Industrial Metal 35 3.63
15 Avant-garde Metal 32 3.64
16 US Power Metal 31 3.58
17 Symphonic Black Metal 27 3.24
18 Technical Death Metal 25 3.84
19 Melodic Death Metal 24 3.96
20 Stoner Metal 19 3.45
21 Melodic Black Metal 18 4.00
22 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 18 4.03
23 Folk Metal 16 3.44
24 Death-Doom Metal 14 4.11
25 Symphonic Metal 13 2.96
26 NWoBHM 13 4.23
27 Sludge Metal 12 3.88
28 Speed Metal 10 3.75
29 Funeral Doom Metal 9 3.39
30 Drone Metal 8 3.81
31 Depressive Black Metal 8 4.31
32 Alternative Metal 8 3.31
33 Hardcore and crust 5 3.60
34 Death 'n' Roll 5 4.20
35 Groove Metal 5 3.50
36 Grindcore 4 4.13
37 Brutal Death Metal 3 3.83
38 Metalcore 3 3.00
39 Funk Metal 2 3.75
40 Glam Metal 2 2.00
41 Crossover Thrash 1 5.00
42 Nu Metal 1 5.00
43 Mathcore 1 3.00

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Album · 2015 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Ignore the purists throwing their toys out of the pram for the various sins against kvlt black metal orthodoxy Myrkur commits. (She's a woman! She used to be in an indie pop band! She brings ethereal folk influences into black metal! The album actually has decent production values!) The presence of Ulver mastermind Garm behind the production desk should be all the clue anyone needed that this wouldn't be your typical straight-ahead black metal release.

Nor is Garm's presence a mere act of tribute; the blending of folk elements and black metal that Myrkur indulges in is reminiscent of early Ulver in its choice of musical elements to intermingle, but unique to Myrkur in how this fusion is actually accomplished near-seamlessly. The upshot is that Myrkur is picking up the baton where Ulver left it when they shifted away from black metal, but running in a decidedly different direction with it - one which has a distinctive sound all of its own. Those out to drag down this album should think again: there will always be purist projects out there trying to recreate Transilvanian Hunger for the millionth time, but for any genre to not stagnate it needs new ideas and directions, and that Myrkur brings to the table in spades.

MY DYING BRIDE Feel the Misery

Album · 2015 · Doom Metal
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Something of a return to form compared to A Map of All Our Failures, Feel the Misery boasts a title which could act as a manifesto for My Dying Bride's entire back catalogue when you think about it. With a reconfigured lineup perhaps refreshing the sound a little and Calvin Robertshaw returning to the lead guitar post, the band produce an album which gives each member a moment in the sun. Check out the instrumental section on A Thorn of Misery, which starts with bassist Lena Abé backed on spectral organ by Shaun Macgowan and building up a mountain of tension before the rest of the band come in and bring us to the peak.

MY DYING BRIDE A Map of All our Failures

Album · 2012 · Doom Metal
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Bit of a ballsy move to invite critical low blows with such an album title, isn't it? This is especially the case when, for the first time, it feels like My Dying Bride haven't moved forward on a release. As much as I (and others) personally didn't care for 34.788%... Complete, and as mixed a reception as Evinta received, at least both those releases constitute My Dying Bride trying something different, and there's always been a sense on their releases that they've been updating their sound one way or another between them.

Here, though, they seem to have stalled in the style of one of the more generic doom metal moments on For Lies I Sire, and don't really seem to have much of a map out. Luckily, it's still pretty good doom metal and worth a spin if you're a fan, but we've come to expect better from them over the years.


Album · 2015 · Doom Metal
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On The Night Creeper, Uncle Acid and his fearless Deadbeats dial back the poppier influences that had emerged on Mind Control, but in doing so retain some of the lessons learned from that diversion and therefore keep their mingling of heavy psych and doom metal fresh. Band mastermind K.R. Starrs brings to the fore the best riffs we've heard on an Uncle Acid album since Blood Lust, as well as vocals tortured and processed until they sound like the gurglings of the damned. Once again, music, lyrics, artwork all work together to form a distinct aesthetic; you can almost close your eyes and imagine you're watching the Night Creeper movie, even though Hammer/Amicus never made such a film.

SECRET CHIEFS 3 Book Of Souls: Folio A

Album · 2013 · Metal Related
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Secret Chiefs 3's albums are generally rather consistent, Trey Spruance keeping things fresh by shifting quickly between styles (each of the component "satellite bands" representing a different genre). As such, Book of Souls is more or less more of the same, with some warped muzak for imaginary TV stations and corporations woven through the proceedings.

The big news here, mind, is that Mike Patton joins on vocals on one song, marking the first time Mike and Trey have reunited in the studio since the end of Mr Bungle. This is for La Chanson de Jacky, a piece originally by the great Jacques Brel and reinterpreted in an English-language version by Scott Walker. Both Walker and Brel's versions of the song are blended together here and fed through a Secret Chiefs 3 filter - specifically, through the style of the satellite band Traditionalists, who play Goblin-esque material suitable for Italian B-movie soundtracks.

Pairing Patton with the Traditionalists is an inspired move - not only does he have the vocal chops to do Brel and Walker justice, but also his own musical interests and that of the Traditionalists clearly converge, seeing how the Fantomas project has revealed Patton's own fondness for movie soundtracks. Will we see more Patton with the Secret Chiefs? Probably not much - were he to do a full album with Trey they might as well bite the bullet and make it a Mr Bungle reunion, after all - but hopefully we'll see more guest spots from him in the future, particularly where the Traditionalists are concerned.

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