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DREAM THEATER - Images and Words Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Awake Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Train of Thought Progressive Metal | review permalink
THE BLACK MAGES - The Black Mages: Battle Music of Final Fantasy Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Progressive Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Declaration of a Headhunter Rap 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 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 Rap Metal | review permalink

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Progressive Metal 84 3.57
2 Heavy Metal 30 3.03
3 Thrash Metal 24 2.71
4 Power Metal 18 2.94
5 Rap Metal 12 3.67
6 Hard Rock 9 3.00
7 US Power Metal 8 2.88
8 Industrial Metal 6 3.67
9 Non-Metal 5 3.00
10 Nu Metal 5 2.80
11 NWoBHM 5 3.00
12 Gothic Metal 4 2.75
13 Groove Metal 4 2.75
14 Alternative Metal 3 3.67
15 Funk Metal 3 2.67
16 Metal Related 3 2.33
17 Speed Metal 3 2.00
18 Symphonic Metal 3 3.67
19 Proto-Metal 1 2.00
20 Glam Metal 1 4.00

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Album · 1989 · Glam Metal
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James LaBrie and 80's glam metal. Shudder as the image comes into your mind. And yes, that's a four-star rating! I'm as shocked as you are!

Prior to becoming the voice of legendary progressive metal outfit Dream Theater, vocalist James LaBrie was a member of Winter Rose, a short-lived glam band. All the clichés are here; wailing vocals, bluesy riffs, a song called 'Diana', hell, there's even a song called 'Thrill of the Night', which is about as cliché as you can get. Throw in some lyrics about love, women and "the boys" and this is a very 80's record. LaBrie even treats us to the odd "huh" here and there. Outstanding.

But despite all of that, there's quite a lot of catchy material here. The guitar work is pretty standard of this subgenre, but impressive nonetheless, and LaBrie's voice, unhampered by age and future vocal cord ruptures, is in peak condition. At times it's slightly annoying and his pronunciation has always faltered here and there, but ultimately the guy is an amazing singer, and it's easy to see why Dream Theater were dead set on him after hearing this.

'I'll Never Fall in Love Again', 'Asylum City', 'One Last Time', 'Saved By Love', 'Rough Boys' and 'Never Let Me Go' are all great songs that, if you can get past the cheesiness of it all, are worth checking out. And in fact, there isn't a single bad song on this album. Though, for what it's worth however, despite my praises, this isn't really anything groundbreaking or new, and is only really noteworthy for featuring LaBrie. In which regard, this is mainly one for the Dream Theater collectors.

BLACK SABBATH Master Of Reality

Album · 1971 · Heavy Metal
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Released in 1971, Black Sabbath's third album, 'Master of Reality', much like their previous efforts, is today regarded as a classic of the genre. Which means that for some inexplicable reason, I don't like it.

I kid. I kid.

Of course, I've given this album plenty of runs, but much like 'Black Sabbath' and 'Paranoid' (which I only gave a blasphemous one star), I just really struggle to get excited about any of this. Now, I respect the band and their contributions to the music world, but there's just countless other things I'd rather listen to.

Being optimistic though, 'Master of Reality' does sound more polished than its predecessors, despite the short time span between them (their third album in two years, a near-impossible feat these days). While I don't really care for Tony Iommi's "fuzzy" distortion, the songwriting is sounding a lot more confident than before, and at a stretch, I don't mind the songs 'Children of the Grave' and 'After Forever'. But for the most part the doom-laden riffs kind of plod along uninterestingly, and while I still find Ozzy's vocals mostly annoying, there are moments when he does actually shine. In particular, 'Solitude' shows a mellower, softer side to his voice, which I find actually works for him.

Regardless, Black Sabbath's third record is hailed as a classic, and while my review isn't out to deliberately tarnish that (rest assured that the albums status is under no threat), nor am I trying to deter anyone from listening to it (as if a simple review in this day and age would cause that), this is merely my review of an album I'm not all too keen on, from a band I'm struggling to get into.

MEGADETH Hidden Treasures

Boxset / Compilation · 1995 · Thrash Metal
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Released in 1995, the well-titled 'Hidden Treasures' is an eight-track compilation of songs that were recorded for movie soundtracks or tribute albums. Random bits and bobs, really. Featuring a mixture of covers and originals, some of these have gone on to become fan favourites.

Since most of these were recorded around the early 90's, Megadeth were still in full-on thrash metal mode. With fast, intense guitar riffs and rough, gritty production giving the songs a harsh sound. Fans of the bands earlier work will enjoy this.

Highlights include '99 Ways to Die', 'Angry Again', 'Diadems' and 'Go to Hell', all are original compositions used for various movie soundtracks, being left off of studio albums for one reason or another, but they easily match any of Megadeth's prior work in quality. The rest of the EP is fairly mediocre, however. Thrashed up covers of Alice Cooper's 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' and Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' do nothing for me, and the remaining originals are also fairly bland.

This short, 29-minute EP was originally the only place to get all of these songs without splashing out on eight separate soundtracks/albums. Now, of course, they're all likely to end up on any Megadeth compilation or boxset, but if you're looking to fill out your Megadeth collection with all their studio releases, then 'Hidden Treasures' is an essential addition.


Album · 2003 · Nu Metal
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Linkin Park's second studio album, released in 2003, comes at a time when nu metal, which the band helped popularize at the turn of the century, was in full decline. Fed up with the repetitive song structures, whiny lyrics and image-pandering "pop bands", fans were either drifting away from the fad, or moving on to pastures heavier. But 'Meteora' ensures that the genre would go out with a huge bang.

The band were all in their early twenties when their 2000 debut album, 'Hybrid Theory', made them one of the biggest acts on the planet. And three years later, you can see how they've matured as songwriters. While the music and lyrical themes are similar as before, there's just something in the songs that sound more polished and refined.

Taking the "less is more" mentality to the limit, the band have really hit their stride with their sound. Most of the songs barely hit the three minute mark, and the arrangements are almost identical in each track. But the Californian six-piece do it with such gusto that it's hard not to be impressed. In particular, vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda have formed a duo that has become instantly recognizable, with both men's respective styles complimenting each other perfectly.

Highlights include 'Somewhere I Belong', 'From the Inside', 'Faint', 'Breaking the Habit', 'Don't Stay' and 'Easier to Run'. And of course, there's the absolute monster hit 'Numb', that has remained one of the bands most popular tracks. Even the unusual hip hop-inspired 'Nobody's Listening' is catchy, and really highlights the chemistry between the two singers.

While 'Hybrid Theory' had some absolute bangers, it also had its fair share of fillers. Which is where 'Meteora' is an improvement, in that it's a lot more consistent with a lot of really strong tracks. In fact, my only real complaint is that some of the songs could have been a bit longer. Regardless, 'Meteora' is a fantastic album that gave nu metal one last shot at showing the world what it was capable of, and sales in excess of 25 million copies says that they did the genre proud.


EP · 2004 · Power Metal
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'The Mold' is taken from Chris Caffery's debut solo album, 'Faces', which is a monstrous release that sees the guitarist of the legendary metal band Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra truly cut loose and reveal a side of himself that we've never seen before. It's angry, heavy and loud, and riddled with political and misanthropic lyrics.

Released in 2004, 'The Mold' (the song itself) is great, with some jackhammer guitar riffs and incredibly powerful vocals, it sums up Caffery's sound perfectly. The true highlight of the EP, however, is 'God Damn War'. Taken from the two-disc edition of 'Faces', and later released on the 'W.A.R.P.E.D.' compilation, this is one of Caffery's strongest and most politically-charged songs, with some exceptional guitar playing and demonstrating a great knack for songwriting.

'Fade Into the X' and EP-exclusive track 'Fright Knights' are both reasonably good, but nothing massively memorable, and 'Forever We'll Be' is a pretty dull ballad, which tends to drag on a bit, but does a great job of showing Caffery's development as a singer.

Overall however, this is a pretty decent EP. There's enough solid material and strong enough performances to make it a worthwhile purchase if you're a fan, and there might be enough here to convert any new followers too.

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  • Posted 4 months ago in Powder (nu metal band) [Rejected]
    Underrated band, underrated subgenre. Let's be having them, shall we? (I'm happy to add them and fill in details, so long as it's alright to do so). martindavey872017-11-01 13:58:22
  • Posted 5 months 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 5 months ago in Do i have a problem?
    Bought seven CD's today. Fucks sake. 


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