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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Heavy Metal 148 3.62
2 Progressive Metal 125 3.39
3 Black Metal 115 3.93
4 Hard Rock 103 3.17
5 Non-Metal 97 3.70
6 Thrash Metal 80 3.80
7 Power Metal 76 3.45
8 Atmospheric Black Metal 57 4.03
9 Death Metal 55 3.92
10 Doom Metal 52 3.75
11 Gothic Metal 52 3.41
12 Proto-Metal 51 3.50
13 Metal Related 45 3.54
14 Avant-garde Metal 42 3.71
15 Traditional Doom Metal 42 3.89
16 Industrial Metal 37 3.62
17 Stoner Metal 36 3.78
18 Symphonic Black Metal 31 3.29
19 US Power Metal 29 3.60
20 Melodic Death Metal 25 3.96
21 Technical Death Metal 24 3.88
22 Melodic Black Metal 21 3.98
23 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 18 4.03
24 Death-Doom Metal 16 4.19
25 Heavy Psych 15 4.03
26 Hardcore Punk 15 4.07
27 Folk Metal 14 3.39
28 Funeral Doom Metal 14 3.68
29 Symphonic Metal 14 3.04
30 NWoBHM 13 4.23
31 Alternative Metal 11 3.50
32 Technical Thrash Metal 11 4.14
33 Sludge Metal 11 3.95
34 Speed Metal 10 3.60
35 Depressive Black Metal 9 4.28
36 Drone Metal 9 3.83
37 Funk Metal 6 3.58
38 Groove Metal 6 3.42
39 Grindcore 5 4.10
40 Brutal Death Metal 5 3.70
41 Death 'n' Roll 5 4.20
42 Viking Metal 5 4.10
43 Metalcore 3 3.00
44 Pagan Black Metal 2 3.50
45 Nu Metal 2 4.00
46 Heavy Alternative Rock 2 3.00
47 Crust Punk 2 4.00
48 Glam Metal 2 2.50
49 Stoner Rock 2 3.50
50 War Metal 1 4.00
51 Crossover Thrash 1 5.00
52 Mathcore 1 3.00
53 Neoclassical metal 1 4.00

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SLEEP The Sciences

Album · 2018 · Stoner Metal
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After all this time, and particularly considering that its members had gone off to do other projects, did anybody expect Sleep to ever put out another album? No - but good things come to those who wait. A full decade after reforming for very occasional live gigs, Sleep woke up in a bleary haze on 4/20 and passed us some of the good stuff - namely, a set of six songs in the classic Sleep vein. Nothing here is quite as mind-crushingly heavy as Dopesmoker, but that's only to be expected - nothing is as heavy as Dopesmoker - but I'd say in general it's consistently heavier and slower than, say, Sleep's Holy Mountain. If you know your stoner doom, you already know what to expect from Sleep, and they deliver it here as though they'd never been away.

KING GOAT Debt of Aeons

Album · 2018 · Doom Metal
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You release a Sabbath-inspired doom metal album on 4/20, you're kind of sending a message. In the case of King Goat, the emergence of their second album, Debt of Aeons, may well have been slightly overshadowed by that of Sleep's long hoped-for new album - particularly given that both exist in the stoner doom realm - but it would be a shame if they were ignored entirely. With Trom's cuttingly sardonic, sarcastic vocals delivered over crushingly huge riffs woven through with intriguing progressive influences, Debt of Aeons reveals that King Goat aren't simply another band of Sabbath-imitators, but add a little quirk here and their performance which gives their work a personality all of its own.

XANTHOCHROID Of Erthe and Axen Act II

Album · 2017 · Progressive Metal
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This is the second half of Xanthochroid's two-part concept album, the two between them detailing the origin myth of their homebrewed Dungeons & Dragons world (I think). As previously, we're in a blackened progressive metal territory here, with folk touches and an overall concept which seems to combine the storyteller's theatricality of the Decemberists with the fantasy worldbuilding of Immortal. To my ears, it sounds like it has a bit more fire and fury than its predecessor, in keeping with being the exciting climax of the story. On the whole, the two-album set was an ambitious project to undertake, but it has at least paid off in terms of prompting a maturing and development in Xanthochroid's sound.

SIGH Scenes from Hell

Album · 2010 · Symphonic Black Metal
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The first Sigh album to include the scintillating contributions of Dr. Mikannibal on saxophone and vocals, Scenes From Hell continues the band's explorations of symphonic avant-black metal frenzy. David Tibet of Current 93 is an unexpected but welcome guest this time around, offering spoken word recitations on The Red Funeral and Musica In Tempora Belli (roughly translating to "Music In Times of War"). It's all gruesome, rough fun, though I do wonder whether a more lively production job wouldn't have teased out all the ingredients of Sigh's bizarre stew a bit more evenly. That said, the air of murkiness does harken back to Sigh's earliest releases, setting this in a continuity of musical development that began in the second wave of black metal and has fruited in this bizarre hybrid.

YOB Clearing the Path to Ascend

Album · 2014 · Doom Metal
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Offering a set of four sludgy doom metal epics (not one track less than 10 minutes), YOB's Clearing the Path to Ascend combines the gnostic spiritual themes of the likes of Om with a crushingly heavy set of riffs. This isn't a matter of brushing some leaves off the path - this is about getting a bulldozer in to clear a serious blockage.

At any particular point there's often some other influence creeping in next to the doom metal - religious music, black metal shrieks, folk-tinged post-rock, all fuse somehow with the monolithic riffs in order to provide a richer than expected experience.

Latest Forum Topic Posts

  • Posted 61 days ago in Glenn Tipton no longer touring with Priest.
    Can't keep Glenn away too long, it seems - some nice footage of him rejoining the band for an encore in New Jersey recently:http://www.metalsucks.net/2018/03/21/video-glenn-tipton-joins-judas-priest-on-stage-in-new-jersey/As the reporter notes, it's great to see him on stage, but he does carry himself a little gingerly, like it's a big effort for him just to be there. If it takes that much to do an encore I can see why he wouldn't feel able to do full concerts any more.
  • Posted 61 days ago in MMA Reviewer's Challenge April 2018
    I've just done some playing around with the top album list page (http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/topalbums.aspx?lstReleaseTypes=1&MinNRatings=30&MaxResults=25#list) to see if I can filter it to find promising candidates for this.If you set minimum number of ratings to 0, maximum number of to something like 5, leave minimum average rating value at 0 and set maximum results to 100 you'll get a big fat list of albums with only have at most 5 ratings. Since albums tend to have more ratings than reviews, most of the albums on the list will fit the "no more than 2 reviews" criteria for the challenge.If you want some real obscurities, if you set minimum number of ratings to 1, maximum number to 1 or 2, minimum average at 0 and maximum results to 100 you get a host of real obscurities, all of which should by definition count for the challenge.What I haven't worked out is whether there's a convenient way to list all the releases on the site which have 0 ratings.
  • Posted 61 days ago in MMA's Top Depressive Black Metal Albums Poll V2
    I'll go with Leviathan, though I've not explored this subgenre as much as I thought I had.

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