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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Heavy Metal 148 3.62
2 Progressive Metal 125 3.38
3 Black Metal 117 3.94
4 Hard Rock 103 3.17
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 Industrial Metal 38 3.58
17 Stoner Metal 37 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 22 3.98
23 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 20 4.00
24 Death-Doom Metal 18 4.17
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 Technical Thrash Metal 11 4.14
33 Speed Metal 11 3.73
34 Sludge Metal 10 3.95
35 Depressive Black Metal 10 4.25
36 Drone Metal 9 3.83
37 Funk Metal 9 3.78
38 Groove Metal 7 3.64
39 Viking Metal 6 4.08
40 Grindcore 5 4.10
41 Death 'n' Roll 5 4.20
42 Brutal Death Metal 5 3.70
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 Crossover Thrash 2 4.50
48 Crust Punk 2 4.00
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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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Lights... Camera... Revolution!

Album · 1990 · Crossover Thrash
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You say the revolution will not be televised? Suicidal Tendencies beg to differ! This album finds the band having evolved far from the skate punk of their debut and so deep into crossover thrash territory that, depending on exactly where you draw the line, they risk busting out the other side into straight-up thrash territory, with Mike Muir's vocals retaining a bit more of a hardcore punk style to them as a reminder of the band's origins.

As far as what kind of thrash we're looking at... imagine if peak-era Anthrax (singalong moments and all) went substantially darker with their lyrics, and you'll be somewhere in the right region. On the whole, a hell of a fun album. I'd say any thrash metal fan will find plenty to enjoy here, but if you come at crossover thrash from the hardcore punk end of the spectrum, you may need to adjust your expectations accordingly.

QUEEN Live At The Rainbow '74

Live album · 2014 · Proto-Metal
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Everyone knows that Queen were a fine live act... but god daaaaamn, were they amazing in their early years! Live at the Rainbow '74 captures not one but two complete shows (some truncated editions exist - ignore them), the first from the Queen II tour and the second from the Sheer Heart Attack tour.

As a London-based group, the Rainbow was something of a home turf for Queen, and the rapturous response they receive from the crowd is rewarded with a fine performance each night. I would actually give the Queen II set the edge - not only does it showcase just how much excellent material there is on the first two Queen albums, but it also seems a bit tighter. By the Sheer Heart Attack set they are already adapting to a different musical direction, and the somewhat longer set begins to flag.

Evidently, they were struggling to find a balance between keeping the set at a reasonable length and including everything they wanted to throw in there, a problem which would only become more acute as their parade of hits grew longer. The Night At the Opera setlist, as captured on the A Night At the Odeon live album, would be trimmed back appropriately; if you picked up that live set too then between that and this you'd have more or less the perfect sampling of live Queen from their early almost-prog/not-quite-metal days.

THE OCEAN Precambrian

Album · 2007 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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Precambrian offers up two distinct musical trips, with an overarching theme concerning the earliest phases of Earth's formation. Hadean/Archaean offers about 20 minutes of direct aggression; Proterozoic offers an hour of more contemplative atmospheric sludge metal veering into progressive rock or New Age music at points. The full 80 minute package is, to be honest, a bit of a chore to listen to - but break it up into its two component parts and select the piece which suits your current mood better, and the overall package is substantially improved. Let's say it's a three star album packaged with a four star album - but which is which will hinge on the tastes of the individual listener.

KING CRIMSON Live In Mainz, Germany, 1974

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2001 · Non-Metal
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A decidedly welcome live release from the mid-1970s lineup of King Crimson; OK, sure, we have USA, we have The Great Deceiver, but even then there's still treats to be had here. Of course, the mid-1970s Crimsos had their famous penchant for improvisation, and you have several such pieces here, as well as an actual composed song that never made it onto a studio album in the form of the sleek and scandalous Dr Diamond. Combine this with excellent versions of old favourites, and the fact that the audio cuts off abruptly towards the end (this was sourced from a soundboard recording).

HAMFERÐ Tamsins Likam

Album · 2018 · Funeral Doom Metal
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Hailing from the Faroe Islands and delivering all their lyrics in the local Faroese dialect, Hamferð deliver up a mournful style which really puts the "funeral" in "funeral doom metal". One can imagine a sparse smattering of mourners making their way out in a rainstorm to bury their dead, lashed by the winds of the far north, the bitterness of the Arctic cold sweeping down from the north, in a hilly country where no matter where you go, you're never quite that far from the chill, uncaring sea. Gloom hangs over all, and if that sounds like a good time, you may as well check the album out.

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  • Posted 1 year 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 1 year 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.
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    I'll go with Leviathan, though I've not explored this subgenre as much as I thought I had.

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