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DREAM THEATER - Images and Words Progressive Metal | review permalink
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STUCK MOJO - Declaration of a Headhunter Alternative Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - Extension of the Wish Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Twilight In Olympus Progressive Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Progressive Metal | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Mutter Industrial Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - The Wake Of Magellan Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Poets And Madmen Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Risk Hard Rock | review permalink
METALLICA - Metallica Traditional heavy metal | review permalink
CONSORTIUM PROJECT - Consortium Project Progressive Metal | review permalink
SONATA ARCTICA - Ecliptica Power Metal | review permalink
KISS - Destroyer Hard Rock | review permalink
H-BLOCKX - Time to Move Alternative Metal | review permalink

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Progressive Metal 82 3.57
2 Traditional heavy metal 22 3.05
3 Power Metal 15 2.93
4 Thrash Metal 13 3.00
5 Alternative Metal 12 3.83
6 Hard Rock 8 3.13
7 US Power Metal 6 3.17
8 NWoBHM 5 3.00
9 Non-Metal 5 3.00
10 Industrial Metal 4 3.50
11 Gothic Metal 4 2.75
12 Groove Metal 3 2.67
13 Funk Metal 3 2.67
14 Metal Related 3 2.33
15 Symphonic Metal 3 3.67
16 Speed Metal 2 2.00
17 Nu Metal 2 2.50
18 Proto-Metal 1 2.00

Latest Albums Reviews

MEGADETH So Far, So Good... So What!

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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Young, brash, and pumped full of drugs, 1988's 'So Far, So Good... So What!' saw Megadeth continue along the path they'd started upon with 1986's 'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?". While it originally seemed like the band had cleaned up their act and become more driven and focused, the reality was that a bigger album budget just meant more money to spend on drugs and alcohol.

Unfortunately, 'So Far, So Good...' doesn't quite live up to the standards set by its predecessor. The production is arguably weaker and the writing has clearly taken a backseat to drug-taking, as, while there's a few hits here that belong on any Megadeth compilation release, the overall quality of the songs is definitely a step down than previously.

As before, the music is fast and intense, accompanying lyrics riddled with hatred and spite. Thrash metal was in full swing in 1988 and this album goes to show why Megadeth were one of the top bands of their time. Dave Mustaine's vocals are seething with bitterness and sincerity, though lack the polish that they had on 'Peace Sells'. But his signature "snarl" is in full effect, and gives the music the rawness it needs.

One notable significance of this release is that we see the first of many (and I mean many) major line-up changes. With guitarist Jeff Young and drummer Chuck Behler replacing Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson respectively. Both would be ejected from the band soon enough, with neither man having any particular impact.

While songs like 'In My Darkest Hour', 'Hook in Mouth', 'Set the World Afire' and a cover of the Sex Pistols classic 'Anarchy in the U.K.' prevent this album from being a complete loss, as a whole it just seems like a pretty passable release, especially when compared to the bulk of the bands later releases.

FOZZY Sin and Bones

Album · 2012 · Traditional heavy metal
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'Sin and Bones', released in 2012, was a huge breakthrough for American metal group Fozzy. While 2010's 'Chasing the Grail' came out to mostly rave reviews from critics, it flopped commercially, likely due to the fact that most people still couldn't take a band fronted by professional wrestler Chris Jericho seriously. However, relentless touring and an energetic live show helped the band endear to new fans, and so with 'Sin and Bones', an album brimming with anthems that were tailor-made for a live setting, did they really start to gain credibility as a legit band.

Either that, or they're like the annoying gnat of the rock world that just won't go away. But all that persistence was starting to pay off.

With a slick production and some of Rich Ward's most accessible guitar riffs (including one of the most killer tones in rock music today!), 'Sin and Bones' sees Fozzy ease up on the full-blown metal elements of their sound, and instead focus on the sleazy rock 'n' roll vibe. It sounds like it shouldn't work, but it totally suits them, especially when compared to the overall image and showmanship of the band.

Vocalist Chris Jericho (THE Chris Jericho... you stupid idiot!), shows that he is more than just a professional wrestler, but indeed a kickass front man! His vocals are incredible, and while he may struggle with them a bit when performing live, he more than makes up for it in energy, enthusiasm and showmanship.

'Spider in My Mouth', 'Blood Happens', 'Inside My Head', 'She's My Addiction' and the hit single 'Sandpaper' are all Fozzy classics that show a band who are constantly evolving and changing, yet never straying too far from the very essence that makes them who they are.

Indeed, Fozzy are huge rock stars!

F5 A Drug for All Seasons

Album · 2005 · Alternative Metal
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F5 were one of many bands that popped up around that transitional period after the nu metal fad had died and everyone was trying to ditch the label and fit in with the "old school" approach that was back in fashion. Or simply put... nu metal bands were now calling themselves "alternative metal".

Still, this is an all-round good effort. They have the contemporary sound nailed perfectly, with enough melody and groove to appeal to fans of modern metal, yet with the guitar chops to please fans of older, riff-based bands. The melodic vocals suit the music perfectly, making for some catchy, inoffensive and totally unashamed metal listening.

While my interest in the band was somewhat piqued by vocalist Dale Steele, whom I was familiar with after his work on Sick Speed's 'The Way I Am' (I won't hold it against you if you've never heard of them), it was mainly bassist David Ellefson, a founding member of Megadeth, who gave this band instant credibility. However, his later return to the band he helped form would pretty much ensure that F5 would forever be nothing more than "that band Ellefson was in while he wasn't a member of Megadeth".

Standout tracks include 'Faded', 'Dissidence', 'Hold Me Down', 'Bleeding', 'Fall to Me', the title track 'A Drug For All Seasons', and an interesting cover of Eddie Brickell & New Bohemians' 'What I Am'. The album itself is fairly short, consisting of twelve tracks with a total duration of 36 minutes, leaving barely any time for any lapses in quality. It rocks from start to finish. Short, simple and effective.

CLAWFINGER Deaf Dumb Blind

Album · 1993 · Alternative Metal
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The early 90's saw an influx of bands that were blending rock and metal with hardcore and hip-hop influences. Rage Against the Machine were probably the most commercially successful, but there were a number of bands around the world that were also making contributions, such as Stuck Mojo and Body Count from the United States, H-Blockx from Germany, and one of the lesser known pioneers of what would come to be known as "rap metal", Sweden's Clawfinger.

While Clawfinger's music is fairly straightforward, it's the uncompromising attitude of the band, and in particular, the unsparing lyrics of vocalist Zak Tell, that makes them so endearing. The songs are energetic, with some simple yet infectious guitar riffs that aren't overly flashy but are enough to get heads banging. And Tell may not be a legit "rapper" by any stretch, but his hardcore-inspired style gives the music the exact grittiness and rawness it needs.

The lyrics are fairly cheesy at times, spouting out the usual anti-governmental hip-hop clichés that lambast war, racism, corruption, and society in general, but they're also sincere and catchy, and at times show a group that aren't afraid to be a little tongue-in-cheek. And in all fairness, the rapid-fire rhymes are actually fairly impressive when you consider that English isn't the groups first language.

'Deaf Dumb Blind' is a solid debut by Clawfinger, and while this type of music may not appeal to everyone, standout songs such as 'The Truth', 'Don't Get Me Wrong', 'Warfair', 'Rosegrave', 'I Need You' and the awkwardly titled 'Nigger' are all perfect examples of why rap metal shouldn't be so casually ignored.

7 MONTHS 7 Months

Album · 2002 · Progressive Metal
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Fans of Enchant will be in for a treat here, as I find that 7 Months sound very similar to the progressive rock legends, so much so, that vocalist Joe Booe could probably pass as Ted Leonard. And that's certainly not a bad thing.

7 Months' self-titled debut album is a pretty decent effort by a band that hasn't been very active since forever. In fact, for a prog band that nobody has really heard of, this is a great little gem if you stumble across it! While there's nothing here that hasn't been done better by other bands, the songs are all very well written and easy to listen to. Joe Booe has an incredible voice (if you like Ted Leonard, that is), and the music perfectly compliments it.

The music at times sounds very AOR-ish and very melodic, making even the rocking moments sound blissful, and as a whole, while this album isn't anything incredible or amazing, I can't find any reason to knock it. If you needed a reason to check out this band, then the closing track 'Senorita Serenade' is definitely it. This song makes the entire record worthwhile, with melodic and epic elements, great guitar work and some fantastic keyboard melodies, this is a fantastic song that really brings it all together. And of course, the vocals on this track are some of the best I've ever heard.

A good album if you come across it. Especially for fans of Enchant.

Latest Forum Topic Posts

  • Posted 8 days ago in Do i have a problem?
    I rarely buy CD's brand new as it's too costly. I did pick up Fozzy's new album today though, which came out yesterday. I think it may be the only 2017 album I bought this year, and at £10, was the most expensive CD I bought. 
  • Posted 8 days ago in Do i have a problem?
    Bought seven CD's today. Fucks sake. 
  • Posted 9 days ago in Do i have a problem?
    I'm the same. Always buying CD's! Why CD's??? Goddamn OCD is why! All I ever do is listen to 'em once and then rip 'em to my harddrive, only to listen to them sparingly in the car, maybe. They take up so much space and sometimes is genuinely depresses me why I'm incapable of keeping with the times and going digital. Especially because not only would I make a fair bit of dollar dollar selling them all, but I'd save up so much space in my house. My collection has become a huge physical burden. But fuck it! I love music! I love my CD collection! It's too late to go back now! 

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