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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Traditional heavy metal 148 3.62
2 Progressive Metal 123 3.38
3 Black Metal 116 3.91
4 Hard Rock 113 3.21
5 Non-Metal 97 3.70
6 Doom Metal 93 3.81
7 Thrash Metal 89 3.83
8 Power Metal 77 3.47
9 Proto-Metal 60 3.59
10 Atmospheric Black Metal 58 4.03
11 Death Metal 56 3.92
12 Gothic Metal 54 3.45
13 Metal Related 43 3.50
14 Avant-garde Metal 42 3.71
15 Industrial Metal 37 3.62
16 Stoner Metal 34 3.76
17 Symphonic Black Metal 30 3.27
18 US Power Metal 29 3.60
19 Technical Death Metal 24 3.88
20 Melodic Death Metal 24 3.96
21 Melodic Black Metal 21 3.98
22 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 18 4.03
23 Folk Metal 18 3.56
24 Hardcore and crust 17 4.06
25 Death-Doom Metal 16 4.19
26 Funeral Doom Metal 14 3.68
27 Symphonic Metal 14 3.04
28 NWoBHM 13 4.23
29 Alternative Metal 11 3.50
30 Sludge Metal 11 3.95
31 Speed Metal 10 3.60
32 Depressive Black Metal 9 4.28
33 Drone Metal 8 3.81
34 Funk Metal 6 3.58
35 Groove Metal 6 3.42
36 Death 'n' Roll 5 4.20
37 Grindcore 5 4.10
38 Brutal Death Metal 5 3.70
39 Metalcore 3 3.00
40 Nu Metal 2 4.00
41 Glam Metal 2 2.50
42 Crossover Thrash 1 5.00
43 Neoclassical metal 1 4.00
44 Mathcore 1 3.00

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LOVEBITES Awakening from Abyss

Album · 2017 · Power Metal
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Don't be fooled for a second by the publicity photo showing the Lovebites members in little white dresses and high heels (so far as I can tell, that's a tie-in to the angelic figure on the album cover). Don't, in particular, be fool enough to assume that an all-woman band out of Japan is going to be some sort of pop-based spin on metal like Babymetal offer (though Babymetal's style is artistically exciting in its own right). Lovebites are, in fact, the most forceful and heavy group to hit the power metal scene for a good long time.

Lovebites consists of the rhythm section of the presently-dormant metal group Destrose (Miho on bass and Haruna on drums) with new musical partners; guitarists Midori and Mi-Ya seem to have prior metal chops, whilst lead singer Asami is so far as I can tell a new musical discovery who makes her recorded debut here. Perhaps the highest praise I can offer Asami is that she sounds absolutely confident with the group and delivers a forceful performance which is perfectly adapted to the music - epic power metal in which the dual guitar leads are constructed on a foundation of pounding, driving rhythmic force from Miho and Haruna.

Fantasy power metal is the sort of thing I tend to be a bit fussy about - I like some cheesy nonsense on occasion, but it has to be just right to really engage me. Lovebites hits the spot with astonishing ease, perhaps because they're not afraid to dip into the more rough-edged speed metal and heavy metal roots of the subgenre when they want to give things a bit more of an edge. (The intro to Scream For Me, for instance, wouldn't be entirely out of place on Judas Priest's Painkiller.) The end result is a sound that effortlessly breezes past any of my reservations about the subgenre and entrenches Lovebites at the top of the power metal mountain as far as I'm concerned.

Combining new material and updates of the songs from the original Lovebites EP, this debut album offers a striking statement of intent from a band who, if they play their cards right, could become the hottest new metal force on the planet. If that sounds like high praise, believe it or not I'm actually holding back - though this is a truly amazing album, the group is still new and the idea that they may actually get better as they hone their craft has me positively salivating for their next releases.

Sometimes you run into an album which just instantly snags you and makes you an immediate convert to a band's cause: for me, Awakening From Abyss is like that.

OVERKILL Under The Influence

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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Combining tight songwriting, straight-for-the-throat thrash aggression, and emotive lyrics taking a frank look at various issues, Overkill's Under the Influence stands out from the 80s thrash crowd less for its originality (there were a lot of bands throwing together similar elements at the time) and more for its execution.

Sure, it's hardly the only album taking this approach from this era, but Overkill seem to have an extra bit of grit that much of the competition don't have. By the standards of their later discography it also feels slightly more light-hearted than some of their later works - take Drunken Wisdom, for instance (which also seems to have a somewhat more grown-up and balanced take on alcohol consumption than was typical for thrashers of the era - everyone knows someone who's a total bore when they're drunk, and the song's a great takedown of such a person). An early highlight of their career.

VICIOUS RUMORS Vicious Rumors

Album · 1990 · Traditional heavy metal
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Vicious Rumors' self-titled album was their first major label release, and as such finds them polishing up their style and steering it at points in a more accessible direction than the preceding album. It's a solid Iron Maiden/Judas Priest-influenced effort, though some of the songs outlast their welcome a bit (World Church gets rather repetitive) and the second side unfortunately seems a bit thin. In fact, I have to wonder whether deadlines imposed by the label or some other disruption caused them to hurry this album, with the more polished and accomplished songs clustered together on side A and side B being thrown together quickly to make the product.

PANTERA The Great Southern Trendkill

Album · 1996 · Groove Metal
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Compared to the subgenre-defining Cowboys From Hell and the staggeringly aggressive Vulgar Display of Power, I just can't quite get behind The Great Southern Trendkill. Oh, sure, it's another aggressive beast of an album, but it tries too hard at it; whereas Vulgar Display of Power was a disturbingly believable offering, here Anselmo's layered vocals feel a bit too overplayed - it seems more like cartoonish posturing than a genuine threat.

The involvement of Seth Putnam of Anal Cunt fame on backing vocals kind of says it all really - I've never found his contributions to be especially musically interesting, and the decision to include him feels like a dose of bad judgement on the part of Pantera themselves - the same sort of slip in aesthetic vision which makes this less compelling than it could be. Perhaps you can put some of the blame on Anselmo's heroin addiction, and the way the tensions it created in the band seeped through into the recording process - once a band member's issues have gotten bad enough that they can't even work in the same studio as the rest of the band, you inevitably aren't going to have as tight and as effective a collaboration as you might otherwise.

MOONSORROW Kivenkantaja

Album · 2003 · Folk Metal
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I tend to find the whole "folk metal" thing highly hit and miss, particularly when bands don't integrate the two halves of that formula but simply play mediocre metal and mediocre folk music together and hope that the charms of both sides of the equation smooth over the holes. Moonsorrow's Kivenkantaja, on the other hand, absolutely does not do that, integrating the sounds and motifs of Scandinavian folk music into a majestic, sweeping, almost cinematic metal framework. The compositions tend towards longer tracks with epic, progressive rock-esque structures, and the overall effect wouldn't seem out of place as the soundtrack to an adaptation of some pagan saga of ancient days.

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    If a particular metal style is distinctive enough to be regarded as a subgenre, then more or less by definition it's hit the point where you can make a formulaic imitation of that style, promote it as the hottest new progcore/djentgrind/mathwave/whatever release, and get a bit of recognition from people who are really into that sound and uncritically want to gobble up more.That's just how it is - it's the same in books, movies, or any other creative field: as soon as you have a recognised genre, you have a bandwagon, and once you have a bandwagon you'll get shoddy product tossed out in the hopes of riding that bandwagon.That doesn't mean that the groundbreaking material that defined the genres in question in the first place are rubbish - or that people can't take the subgenre to new heights. It does mean you have to wade your way through the clutter. But then again with sites like this place and RYM and the like it's never been easier to do that.
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