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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Heavy Metal 148 3.62
2 Progressive Metal 126 3.38
3 Black Metal 125 3.96
4 Hard Rock 105 3.21
5 Non-Metal 100 3.70
6 Thrash Metal 81 3.79
7 Power Metal 76 3.45
8 Atmospheric Black Metal 62 4.01
9 Death Metal 56 3.93
10 Gothic Metal 54 3.44
11 Doom Metal 53 3.79
12 Proto-Metal 52 3.52
13 Metal Related 45 3.61
14 Avant-garde Metal 43 3.72
15 Traditional Doom Metal 43 3.87
16 Stoner Metal 38 3.80
17 Industrial Metal 38 3.58
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 22 3.98
23 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 20 4.00
24 Death-Doom Metal 19 4.16
25 Heavy Psych 16 4.09
26 Hardcore Punk 15 4.07
27 Funeral Doom Metal 15 3.70
28 Folk Metal 14 3.39
29 Symphonic Metal 14 3.04
30 NWoBHM 13 4.23
31 Alternative Metal 11 3.50
32 Sludge Metal 11 3.95
33 Speed Metal 11 3.73
34 Technical Thrash Metal 11 4.14
35 Depressive Black Metal 10 4.25
36 Drone Metal 10 3.90
37 Funk Metal 9 3.78
38 Groove Metal 7 3.64
39 Viking Metal 7 4.14
40 Grindcore 5 4.10
41 Brutal Death Metal 5 3.70
42 Death 'n' Roll 5 4.20
43 Crust Punk 3 4.00
44 Metalcore 3 3.00
45 Pagan Black Metal 2 3.50
46 Nu Metal 2 4.00
47 Heavy Alternative Rock 2 3.00
48 Crossover Thrash 2 4.50
49 Glam Metal 2 2.50
50 War Metal 2 4.00
51 Stoner Rock 2 3.50
52 Mathcore 1 3.00
53 Neoclassical metal 1 4.00

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Album · 2009 · Black Metal
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"Þ", or Thorn, is a letter mostly found in the alphabets of some archaic Germanic and Scandinavian languages that has largely fallen by the wayside as the languages in question developed into their modern forms - but it's been retained in Icelandic.

This makes it an apt letter for Arckanum's Shamaatae to fixate upon, delivering this set of songs all of which have titles beginning with Þ; after all, Arckanum's songs are all sung in Icelandic and hail back to the ancient eras of myths that provide a common cultural link between the various cultures who had Thorn in their tongues in ages past. Musically speaking, the album eschews the lo-fi approach of Arckanum's early albums for a more direct musical assault, making it in some ways a precursor to Darkthrone's recent blending of black metal aesthetics and traditional metal sounds.

ANAAL NATHRAKH In the Constellation of the Black Widow

Album · 2009 · Black Metal
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Is the Constellation of the Black Widow next door to the Court of the Crimson King? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't; nobody would accuse Anaal Nathrakh of being out-and-out prog, but there's certainly something more complex going on with their esoteric blend of black metal and grindcore than you might expect from the more simplistic expressions of those genres purveyed by other artists. Irrumator's musical assault creates a sort of sonic cage encasing V.I.T.R.I.O.L.'s vocals, such that he sounds like he's desperately trying to be heard over the roaring chaos around him, and I can't think of any acts in black metal which evoke such an air of desperate panic as Anaal Nathrakh do.

ANAAL NATHRAKH Hell Is Empty, and All the Devils Are Here

Album · 2007 · Black Metal
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The tortured shriek of VITRIOL - possibly one of the most terrifying vocalists in black metal - heralds another outing for Anaal Nathrakh. With Napalm Death's Shane Embury guesting on bass, there's a certain influence from the death metal end of grindcore creeping in here and there, which further cements Anaal Nathrakh's credentials as purveyors of some of the most extreme sounds in metal.

As usual, they show a great knack of incorporating these sounds into their music whilst still keeping the centre of gravity within their particular take on black metal, and they also keep proceedings short and sweet. Anaal Nathrakh are one of those bands who understand that an album that's not even 40 minutes long but is a gripping, intense ride all the way through is often better than an album that's an hour long at the cost of including some filler.


Album · 2001 · Black Metal
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To my ears the Codex Necro at first sounded like a fairly straight ahead black metal album, and for much of its running time that's exactly what it is, but it pays off attentive listening well. Anaal Nathrakh's core duo consist of talented multi-instrumentalist Irrumator and impassioned screaming frontman VITRIOL, and what's clear from a listen to this is that whilst this is a consciously black metal-oriented album, the pair were also paying close attention to what was going on in grindcore and the more industrial-influenced side of metal at the time.

With these influences creeping in around the edges like rust corroding the seal on a drum of toxic waste, Anaal Nathrakh are able to invest their black metal attack with a set of textures that previously hadn't been heard much in a black metal context, but in retrospect really helped establish the tone they were going for. The band show a particular knack for getting the most out of the studio without their work appearing overly sanitised as a result of that, and on the whole the debut sets a strong foundation for an auspicious career to come.

AMEBIX Monolith

Album · 1987 · Crust Punk
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Amebix continue their experiments in blending hardcore punk and the most chaotic side of then-current extreme metal on Monolith. The end result sounds sufficiently close to proto-black metal to such an extent that Darkthrone's later dabblings in crust punk make perfect sense in retrospect, with enough thrash elements that it also sails slightly in the direction of crossover thrash. Perhaps the thing which stops Monolith from going full crossover is a certain sense of the epic - plenty of crossover thrash bands sing about the same subject matter as Amebix, but few give it this sense of awful spectacle that Amebix manage to.

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agree, welcome to the site and please keep them coming friend
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You write some really good quality reviews. I hope to see more from you in the future.


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