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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Heavy Metal 136 3.64
2 Progressive Metal 127 3.38
3 Black Metal 122 3.95
4 Hard Rock 112 3.38
5 Non-Metal 108 3.78
6 Thrash Metal 81 3.79
7 Power Metal 79 3.46
8 Atmospheric Black Metal 64 4.02
9 Death Metal 57 3.94
10 Gothic Metal 54 3.43
11 Doom Metal 53 3.75
12 Metal Related 51 3.36
13 Proto-Metal 51 3.51
14 Traditional Doom Metal 45 3.89
15 US Power Metal 41 3.46
16 Stoner Metal 38 3.80
17 Avant-garde Metal 38 3.78
18 Industrial Metal 33 3.65
19 Symphonic Black Metal 30 3.27
20 Technical Death Metal 25 3.88
21 Melodic Death Metal 25 3.96
22 Melodic Black Metal 22 3.98
23 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 20 4.00
24 Death-Doom Metal 20 4.17
25 Hardcore Punk 19 4.21
26 Heavy Psych 16 4.09
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 12 3.63
32 Technical Thrash Metal 12 4.13
33 Sludge Metal 11 3.95
34 Speed Metal 11 3.73
35 Depressive Black Metal 10 4.25
36 Drone Metal 9 4.11
37 Funk Metal 9 3.78
38 Viking Metal 8 4.06
39 Groove Metal 7 3.64
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 Crossover Thrash 2 4.50
45 Glam Metal 2 2.50
46 Heavy Alternative Rock 2 3.00
47 Pagan Black Metal 2 3.50
48 Nu Metal 2 4.00
49 Metalcore 2 3.00
50 War Metal 2 4.00
51 Stoner Rock 2 3.50
52 Neoclassical metal 1 4.00
53 Mathcore 1 3.00

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GLORYHAMMER Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex

Album · 2019 · Power Metal
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GloryHammer's third album offers us Legends From Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex, but they certainly sound a lot like the stories from this side of the vortex we heard back on Space 1992. (They even repeat the trick of including a bonus disc of orchestral arrangements of the songs on some editions.)

This is ultimately not a bad thing: Space 1992 was enjoyably cheesy symphonic power metal which had a sense of humour about itself, another 50-odd minutes of much of the same is welcome. That said, the saga of Angus McFife is supposed to span 21 albums. If this isn't just another joke, the band had better start finding ways to progress and develop and experiment with their sound, because here they risk falling into a formulaic approach which, whilst it hasn't gotten old yet, would surely get old if we have a bunch more albums along basically identical lines.

Still, fast guitars and drumming, stirring choral backing vocals, yelled dialogue, orchestral stings, and keyboard flourishes are all present and correct: all the pieces of the GloryHammer puzzle are here and they're implemented perfectly well. Time will tell whether they push forwards into new territory or descend into a rut.

GLORYHAMMER Tales from the Kingdom of Fife

Album · 2013 · Power Metal
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Symphonic power metal heroes GloryHammer debuted with this album proving the value of learning to walk before you try to run. Whilst they cranked up the symphonic aspect of their sound, went for an even more bizarre and silly storyline, and generally turned everything up to 11 for their followup, Space 1992, on Tales From the Kingdom of Fife they prove themselves to be perfectly competent purveyors of comparatively straight-ahead symphonic-tinged power metal (if with somewhat tongue-in-cheek lyrics) in the vein of Rhapsody/Rhapsody of Fire, with perhaps a few pinches of influence from elsewhere. (Some of the spookier bits of narration put me in mind of Bal-Sagoth.)

It's all good fun - but it doesn't stand out from the power metal pack quite as much as their later albums do, so whilst it's worth getting if you're sold on GloryHammer and want to dig into the roots of their sound (and the Angus McFife mythology), I'd say Space 1992 is the better introduction to what they're all about these days.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT The Columbia Albums Collection

Boxset / Compilation · 2012 · Hard Rock
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This is basically your one-and-done Blue Oyster Cult collection, spanning their entire career with Columbia Records from their debut album to Imaginos. (Yes, in theory they have produced some material since then... but none of it is particularly significant compared to their 1970s and 1980s work.) You get the studio albums, you get the official live albums, you get a nice rarities collection, you get Radios Appear: the Best of the Broadcasts (a collection of 1980s live material which is a decent fourth live album - early editions of the set came with a code to download a now-pulled collection called Harvester of Lives of four live shows, but these are just the shows from which the songs on Radios Appear were selected and you don't really need more than that single disc in terms of that material).

As far as the first five studio albums plus Some Enchanted Evening go, the editions you get here are the standard remasters that have been around for some time, with the same bonus tracks. Other albums are present in new remasters, giving them a long-overdue tidy up, but don't have bonus tracks (one suspects that much of the material which would have served as such ended up on the Rarities and Radios Appear discs anyway). All of this is served up in a selection of cute little cardboard LP sleeve replicas - which breaks some of the gatefold artwork in some cases, but eh, when the value's this good that's no big deal.

Even superfans will want this collection for the rare cuts on there - and those who are less keen on BOC but still enjoy them enough to want a selection of their albums will find there to be plenty to explore here. If you are going to do a cheap and cheerful collection of a big fat chunk of a prolific band's discography, this is how you should be doing it.

MINISTRY Twitch

Album · 1986 · Non-Metal
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Twitch is the - in my opinion sorely underrated - bridge between early Ministry and their later industrial metal form that debuted on The Land of Rape and Honey. When I say "early Ministry" here I don't mean the gothy synthpop stylings of their debut album, With Sympathy - nothing else in their discography really sounds like that - but instead the Ministry of their early singles, stuff like Everyday Is Halloween or All Day (the latter of which has a remix represented here). The album is very much on the EBM side of electronic industrial, but it's also on the harder-edged side of that - it'd just take someone picking up a guitar and matching the synth riffs on it to tip this over the edge into industrial metal.

DEAD KENNEDYS Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death

Boxset / Compilation · 1987 · Hardcore Punk
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I've always felt that the Dead Kennedy's most creatively fruitful period ended around the time of Plastic Surgery Disasters, and I guess Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death is fairly convincing evidence of that. Of the seventeen tracks on this collection of non-album material, only *two* were recorded after 1982 - and one of them is a comedic re-do of Buzzbomb from Plastic Surgery Disasters. (The other one is an uninteresting cover of I Fought The Law). Not that I'm complaining at all - the other fifteen tracks are top-flight stuff, showing the full diversity of the band and featuring some neat spoken word bits from Jello. (Most impressive is Night of the Living Rednecks, an impromptu live performance necessitated by a guitar breaking mid-song.)

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