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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Traditional heavy metal 140 3.64
2 Progressive Metal 119 3.34
3 Black Metal 117 3.91
4 Doom Metal 107 3.86
5 Hard Rock 97 3.14
6 Thrash Metal 88 3.86
7 Non-Metal 79 3.66
8 Proto-Metal 75 3.59
9 Power Metal 74 3.45
10 Death Metal 55 3.94
11 Atmospheric Black Metal 54 4.05
12 Gothic Metal 51 3.29
13 Metal Related 41 3.46
14 Industrial Metal 35 3.63
15 Avant-garde Metal 33 3.62
16 US Power Metal 33 3.59
17 Symphonic Black Metal 29 3.24
18 Melodic Death Metal 24 3.96
19 Technical Death Metal 23 3.87
20 Stoner Metal 20 3.48
21 Melodic Black Metal 20 3.98
22 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 18 4.03
23 Folk Metal 17 3.53
24 Death-Doom Metal 15 4.10
25 Symphonic Metal 14 3.04
26 NWoBHM 13 4.23
27 Sludge Metal 12 3.88
28 Alternative Metal 11 3.27
29 Funeral Doom Metal 10 3.45
30 Speed Metal 10 3.75
31 Drone Metal 8 3.81
32 Depressive Black Metal 8 4.31
33 Brutal Death Metal 5 3.70
34 Grindcore 5 4.10
35 Groove Metal 5 3.50
36 Funk Metal 5 3.80
37 Death 'n' Roll 5 4.20
38 Hardcore and crust 5 3.60
39 Metalcore 3 3.00
40 Glam Metal 2 2.00
41 Crossover Thrash 1 5.00
42 Mathcore 1 3.00
43 Nu Metal 1 5.00

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MOTÖRHEAD Inferno

Album · 2004 · Traditional heavy metal
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Everyone remembers Whorehouse Blues from this one because it's Motorhead's left turn into rootsy blues. The studio version here is OK, though if you were lucky enough to catch them performing it live it doesn't measure up to that. (There's some production treatment on Lemmy's voice to make it sound a bit more like an old-timey recording which feels a bit heavy-handed.) Preceding this interesting experiment is a set of fairly standard Motorhead songs which largely hold up, though the very clean mid-2000s production values makes them feel a bit sanitised compared to their rough and ready early years. Still, if you want proof that Motorhead could simultaneously still surprise you and still deliver exactly what you want out of a Motorhead album this later in their career, Inferno offers it.

FATES WARNING Disconnected

Album · 2000 · Progressive Metal
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As with A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Disconnected had Fates Warning working as a core creative trio of Alder, Matheos and Zonder, with Joey Vera and Kevin Moore working on a guest musician basis. Whilst some prefer the preceding album, I admit that I quite like this release.

On the surface, it comes across as one of those millennial "Oooh, the Internet is scary, will it truly offer us a closer connection to each other or will it all leave us more disconnected and isolated?" concepts that proliferated back in that slice of time after the Internet had become ubiquitous but before Facebook and other social media platforms had definitively answered the question. ("Yes, the Internet will connect you to other people and their innermost thoughts and feelings. You will quickly get sick of them.")

The genius of the album is that rather than approaching the subject like they have an axe to grind, or limiting themselves to that narrow concept, Fates Warning instead take it as a jumping-off point to explore all sorts of different types of interpersonal connection and disconnection, being wise enough to realise that actually, interpersonal connection tends to pan out differently for different people. Some songs, such as One, outright celebrate the emotional bonds between people - others note how they can be mentally draining and sometimes you *need* your alone time to recharge your batteries, whilst others are sung from the point of views struggling to reach out.

It's kind of like its Rorscharch blot of a cover. Some might see it as capturing two people seeking intimacy but being blocked from it by the very devices they have chosen to apply to themselves (or have been forced to by circumstance); I see it as a happy scene of two gasmask fetishists finding each other in a world where it's never been easier to find someone who shares your kinks.

Musically, we're dealing with a nicely matured version of the 1990s Fates Warning sound, the band entering the new millennium with the confidence to simply sound like themselves and not worrying about then-current trends in metal. (Then again, given the rise of nu-metal between Pleasant Shade and this, deciding not to go down that route may have been a no-brainer - I've got nothing against nu-metal, but I can think of few styles less compatible with Fates Warning's approach). The combination of all these features makes Disconnected, for me, the best Fates Warning album since No Exit.

VATTNET Settler

Album · 2015 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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The artwork for Settler by Vattnet Viskar (who'd drop the "Viskar" after this release) seems unusually bright and sunny for a black metal album, which prompted raised eyebrows at its release, but don't be fooled - we're not quite out of the howling darkness yet. See, the cover art depicts Christa McAuliffe, one of the astronauts who died in the Challenger disaster, on a zero-G training flight, so if you want gory, firey death, there's an implication of it right there.

But as others have noted, the album isn't solely about that. Following the trend in American atmospheric black metal bands to broaden the emotional palette of black metal-inspired music, Vattnet Viskar use the disaster to contemplate themes of exploration, competition, and the sacrifices people make for both. As you might expect, some Deafheaven-esque blackgaze influences make it in here and there, and the spaceflight theme prompts the band to seek to not only inspire terror but also convey an awe of the cosmos.

It's all well and good, and not as far from black metal tradition as purists might make out - cosmic and space themes have crept into black metal frequently over the years, and Darkspace have made a career out of just that - but the fact that the album isn't the major sonic departure from precedent that purists were afraid it would be is, in and of itself, a bit of a disappointment. Yes, there's sludge and blackgaze influences creeping in here and there, but all too often it slips back to a more generic atmospheric black metal sound, which when you consider the more audacious space trips groups like Darkspace and Progenie Terrestre Pura have each offered in their own distinct way feels like a missed opportunity.

It's still a very solid four-star album, but I feel like Vattnet have yet to truly break free from the atmospheric black metal pack. You only need to listen to one album from those other bands I've mentioned to get a really firm idea of what their sound is; I'm still not sure I know what the Vattnet sound is.

SAILLE Gnosis

Album · 2017 · Melodic Black Metal
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Melodic black metal ruminating on the musicians' personal occult interests is hardly new - Dissection were all about that, after all - but on Saille's Gnosis they offer a solid and enjoyable example of the form. Guest performer Dries Gaerdelen's keyboards and other features add some tasteful symphonic touches, but these are neither bombastically prominent enough to drag the album into symphonic black metal territory or clumsily heavy-handed enough to overwhelm what the rest of the band is doing.

With the sort of tributes to Biblical fallen angels, Norse gods, H.P. Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley that have littered innumerable metal albums over the years, you'd think that this would have entered the realm of utter cliche, but whilst there's nothing lyrically new under the sun here, musically there's plenty for melodic black metal fans to sink their teeth into.

RUNNING WILD Death or Glory

Album · 1989 · Power Metal
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By this fifth studio album, Running Wild had left their rough around the edges early speed metal releases in their wake, and had successfully claimed the uncharted power metal realm of Pirate Metal Island for their very own. Having done two studio albums and one live album in this full-on pirate-happy style, it's safe to say that by this point they'd settled into this new direction for the band and committed to it wholeheartedly, and it shows here with the confident set of songs.

Running Wild's pirate schtick seems to strongly divide audiences - some people love it, some people find their take on the subject cheesy, and some landlubbers just don't like pirates; I'm in the second category, but even so I have to acknowledge that this is a rather fun early power metal album which offers an accessible point of entry into Running Wild's particular aesthetic universe.

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    Russell Allen's put out a statement on behalf of the band:[quote]Yesterday I was involved in an accident that took the life of my dear friend and band mate David Z Rock and left 3 of our crew in critical condition. I'm overwhelmed with sorrow. I am so grateful for the out pouring of love we have received from around the world. Please continue to pray for David's family during this difficult time. And those in critical condition.I want to personally thank Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Dumon for his bravery in assisting me pull our Driver Jason from the wreckage and for attending to his wounds. And for helping me to secure and attend to Jane once I was able to get her free from the fire. Without his selfless act of courage I would not have been able to get them clear of the RV before it was engulfed in flames. On behalf of my band and crew I thank you.[/quote]Yeesh, "engulfed in flames", what a nightmare. Rest in peace Dave and let's all spare a thought for everyone who's still fighting for life or staring down a long healing process here.
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