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RAMMSTEIN - Mutter Industrial Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - The Wake Of Magellan Progressive Metal | review permalink
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MEGADETH - Risk Hard Rock | review permalink
METALLICA - Metallica Heavy Metal | review permalink
CONSORTIUM PROJECT - Consortium Project Progressive Metal | review permalink
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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Progressive Metal 101 3.43
2 Heavy Metal 44 2.98
3 Thrash Metal 39 2.72
4 Power Metal 25 2.96
5 Rap Metal 18 3.50
6 US Power Metal 15 2.87
7 Hard Rock 15 2.73
8 Industrial Metal 11 3.27
9 Nu Metal 10 2.80
10 Groove Metal 9 2.78
11 Non-Metal 8 3.13
12 Alternative Metal 7 3.71
13 NWoBHM 6 3.00
14 Gothic Metal 5 2.40
15 Heavy Alternative Rock 4 2.75
16 Metal Related 4 2.50
17 Symphonic Metal 4 3.25
18 Speed Metal 3 2.00
19 Funk Metal 3 2.67
20 Glam Metal 2 4.00
21 Crossover Thrash 2 3.00
22 Death-Doom Metal 1 1.00
23 Neoclassical metal 1 2.00
24 Proto-Metal 1 2.00

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MEGADETH United Abominations

Album · 2007 · Thrash Metal
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Following on from 2004’s triumphant return from hiatus (actually, retirement, to be precise), Megadeth’s 2007 album, ‘United Abominations’ sees the band continue along with a renewed vigour, as Dave Mustaine and a fresh line-up charges on with the thrash metal sound of old, proving that Megadeth can still maintain relevance in the new millennium.

Stylistically, this isn’t much different than its predecessor, ‘The System Has Failed’, however, while that album was mostly a Dave Mustaine solo effort with a bunch of guest musicians, ‘United Abominations’ comes from a band united (no pun intended). It’s clear that there’s a chemistry amongst everyone, and a high standard of musicianship. Brothers Glen and Shawn Drover (guitarist and drummer respectively) have already crafted a name for themselves with their band Eidolon, and bassist James LoMenzo has cut his teeth with an impressive résumé which includes the likes of Black Label Society, David Lee Roth and Tim “Ripper” Owens.

And the results are evident immediately, with some of the bands most furious guitar riffs, and an interplay not seen since the days of ‘Rust in Peace’ back in 1990. The music is incredibly tight, and Dave Mustaine’s vocals are as vicious and hate-filled as ever.

If there was any doubt that Megadeth’s comeback was a flash in the pan, then tracks like ‘Sleepwalker’, ‘Never Walk Alone... A Call to Arms’, ‘Washington is Next’, ‘Pray for Blood’, ‘Amerikhastan’ and a rather unnecessary but still pretty cool re-recording of their 1994 hit ‘A Tout le Monde’ are all proof that Megadeth are well and firmly back to their thrash metal roots, with ‘United Abominations’ being another high-quality album among an already impressive discography.

RAMMSTEIN Liebe ist für alle da

Album · 2009 · Industrial Metal
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2009’s ‘Liebe ist Fur Alle Da’ is the sixth studio album by German industrial rockers Rammstein. It comes four years after the fairly disappointing and disjointed ‘Rosenrot’, and not only does it completely make up for that last blunder, but it firmly establishes the band, not only as the absolute kings of industrial metal, but as one of the more prominent bands of the entire metal genre.

The most notable difference between ‘Liebe...’ and the previous two releases, ‘Rosenrot’ and 2004’s ‘Reise Reise’, is the production, in which here, Rammstein are a lot heavier, with a more clear and precise sound. The last two albums seemed a bit “muddy” in places, whereas in ‘Liebe...’ there is a better clarity and focus, taking the band right back to the sound of their 2001 masterpiece, ‘Mutter’.

As always, there’re some monstrously crushing guitar riffs which are interspersed brilliantly with keyboards, giving the music plenty of variety, at times either heavy or soft, with dance and electronic influences. Vocalist Till Lindemann pushes his voice harder than ever, from gentle singing to booming roars. But it all works to give the group their own distinctive sound.

With some of Rammstein’s heaviest, most intense or most interesting tracks, such as ‘Ich Tu Dir Weh’, ‘Rammlied’, ‘Pussy’, ‘Haifisch’, ‘Waidmann’s Heil’ and the title track, it’s clear that the German’s are still at the top of their game, and with the usual controversial lyrics, imagery, music videos and live theatrics, ‘Liebe ist Fur Alle Da’ is a sure stamp that Rammstein belong in the upper echelon of metal bands.

DOWNSIID The Evolution of Ghetto Rock

Album · 2007 · Rap Metal
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Fancy that, a rap-rock band in 2007. Career suicide right there. If 2004 saw the nu metal subgenre clinging on for dear life as new musical trends preceded it, then by 2007 it was well and truly dead and buried. And while many of the bands who’d had some level of success over the genres peak years had enough name value to at least stagger along comfortably, bands like Downsiid were screwed from the outset.

Which is a shame, actually, as 2007’s ‘The Evolution of Ghetto Rock’, the debut album by Texan five-piece rap rockers Downsiid, isn’t a bad album, and showed that even though nu metal was dead, there was still plenty of bands out there blending rock with hip hop and using simple song arrangements to produce some great music.

With a variety of hard-hitting raps, shouts and singing, along with heavily de-tuned guitars and plenty of groove, ‘...Ghetto Rock’ is a throwback to those nu metal bands that were always a step below the upper echelon of groups, but had a decent hit or two that gave them some level of success. In particular, Sevendust and Nonpoint come to mind. There’re plenty of electronic effects used to give the music some flavour, and a nice mixture of heavy, pumping songs with softer, acoustic ones.

Unfortunately however, with no notable hits or career milestones, you’re not likely to stumble across these guys unless it’s by accident (in my case, I saw this CD for £1 in a second-hand shop and took the gamble that it looked like something I’d enjoy), which is a shame, because songs like ‘No Rain’, ‘Texas Get Up’, ‘Grab the Cash’, ‘I’ and ‘Take Out the World’ are all pretty good, and show that the genre was still alive and well, even if it wasn’t the mainstream juggernaut it once was.

SAVATAGE Believe

Boxset / Compilation · 1998 · Heavy Metal
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‘Believe’ is a 1998 compilation album by American metal band Savatage. It was only released in Japan, and focuses primarily on the bands 90’s output, most notably with cuts from the studio albums ‘Handful of Rain’ and ‘Dead Winter Dead’, as well as the two live albums ‘Japan Live ‘94’ and ‘Ghost in the Ruins: A Tribute to Criss Oliva’. With that in mind, while it serves its purpose well as some kind of 90’s commemoration, it’s a bit of pointless and uninspired release.

And what’s up with that lame cover art?

Still, for what it’s worth, Savatage are one of my all time favourite bands, and the material on offer here is still bloody brilliant! From hard rockers like ‘Taunting Cobras’ and ‘Handful of Rain’ to symphonic epics such as ‘Chance’, ‘This is the Time’ and ‘Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)’, while there are other songs from the studio albums that are missing, these are still great tracks. Plus, you get the song ‘Believe’ from the ‘Streets’ album, which is always a fan favourite.

And as for the live tracks... well, I’ve always been a sucker for studio albums, but still, you’ve got the likes of ‘Edge of Thorns’, ‘Gutter Ballet’, ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ and ‘The Dungeons Are Calling’, so there’s some good stuff there too.

But as a whole, looking at this album in retrospect, it’s pointless. There are other Savatage compilations that do a fantastic job of covering the bands entire career. Whereas this one is best left for the absolute, most die-hard and committed collectors, like me, and even then, I’m never going to listen to it.

METALLICA Through the Never

Live album · 2013 · Thrash Metal
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Right, you know the deal. It’s Metallica, and it’s a live album, which means live versions of songs we’ve already heard countless live versions of. ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Master of Puppets’, ‘One’, ‘Fuel’, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, ‘Battery’, ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘Master of Puppets’, ‘Creeping Death’ etc, etc... Whether it’s on previous live releases, singles b-sides, live DVD’s, or the fact that Metallica record every show to download from their website anyway, we’ve already heard live takes of these tracks plenty of times.

And I mentioned ‘Master of Puppets’ twice just now. Were you paying attention?

Take heed though, for ‘Through the Never’ isn’t just another live album (well, it is, but let me explain). It’s also the soundtrack to their live “movie”, which is a bit of a weird concept, but fair play to them for trying something new. A live concert interlaced with movie footage that the band had had shot, featuring actors and telling a narrative based around a roadie for said concert, it wasn’t a massive success for the band, but this live album on its own merits is still very good.

Because yeah, essentially, movie aspects aside, this is just another live album.

Released in 2013, it shows that the band still sound great live, which is a venue in which Metallica has always flourished. With a well-rounded set that incorporates most of their major hits (sixteen tracks is pretty limited by Metallica standards, but they did the best with what they had), it’s got a good sound, and everyone’s on top form.

Overall, this isn’t an essential album to own, although it’s very good, and has a very well-rounded and easily digestible set for any newcomers, but ultimately, Metallica have released other live albums that are more in-depth than this, making this serve as nothing more than something for collectors and fans to own.

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