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1 Progressive Metal 106 3.38
2 Heavy Metal 50 2.98
3 Thrash Metal 40 2.73
4 Power Metal 29 2.86
5 Rap Metal 19 3.53
6 US Power Metal 16 2.81
7 Hard Rock 15 2.73
8 Industrial Metal 13 3.38
9 Nu Metal 11 2.82
10 Groove Metal 10 2.70
11 Non-Metal 8 3.13
12 Heavy Alternative Rock 7 3.14
13 Alternative Metal 7 3.71
14 NWoBHM 6 3.00
15 Gothic Metal 5 2.40
16 Funk Metal 4 2.50
17 Metal Related 4 2.50
18 Symphonic Metal 4 3.25
19 Speed Metal 3 2.00
20 Crossover Thrash 3 2.67
21 Glam Metal 2 4.00
22 Proto-Metal 2 1.50
23 Technical Death Metal 1 1.00
24 Death-Doom Metal 1 1.00
25 Neoclassical metal 1 2.00

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METALLICA All Nightmare Long

Single · 2008 · Thrash Metal
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One of the best tracks from 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’, an album brimming with great songs, ‘All Nightmare Long’ rightfully received a single release and a promotional video, and as is always the case with Metallica, there’s multiple versions and discs.

This one, disc one of a three-disc set, features the titular track, as well as live versions of ‘Wherever I May Roam’ and ‘Master of Puppets’. Two exceptional tracks in themselves, overall, this single release doesn’t really offer anything new, however.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the two live tracks, just that we’ve heard countless different live versions of them by now, that as great as the compositions are, there’s nothing remotely notable about these two recordings in particular. Still, they’re great songs, so whatever. And the title track is amazing, full of twists and turns, with some breakneck speed guitar riffs and Hetfield’s voice sounding the best it has sounded in years. If nothing else, ‘All Nightmare Long’ is a great little nugget for fans and collectors.

NICKELBACK Here and Now

Album · 2011 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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2011’s ‘Here and Now’ is the seventh studio album by Canadian rockers Nickelback, and yep, you guessed it, it’s similar to their previous few releases. But is that such a bad thing? The band have sold millions of albums and toured the world over, so they must be doing something right. They have a winning formula and they’ve stuck with it. Radio-friendly enough for the casual listener yet rocking enough for metal fans. Those willing to give the band a chance, that is. As is usually the case by now, the band can be hard and heavy enough for rock fans, yet some softer ballads allow the band to garner radio airplay. The production is top-notch, giving the band a full sound which really makes the rockier songs heavy as hell and gives the soft pop songs a warm, vibrant feel.

The lyrics, as always, range from the usual rock debauchery to more introspective and reflective themes. Sex, women and parties are usually at the top of the bill, but there are themes of unity, suicide and dependence too. For the most part, they’re usually a fine old slab of cheese, but anyone willing to dig a little deeper can see that occasionally the band can have something meaningful or poignant to say.

While Nickelback will never be known specifically for virtuoso musicianship, there’s no denying their penchant for writing catchy and memorable songs, and with beastly guitar riffs and pounding drums aplenty, there’s an abundance of quality material here. The likes of ‘This Means War’, ‘Bottoms Up’, ‘Lullaby’, ‘Kiss It Goodbye’, ‘When We Stand Together’ and ‘Trying Not to Love You’ are all exceptional rock songs that are certainly worth a listen or two. And while ‘Here and Now’ may not be anything groundbreaking or innovative, the truth is, it doesn’t need to be. This is good, quality hard rock at its finest.

ADRENALINE MOB Men of Honor

Album · 2014 · Heavy Metal
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2014’s ‘Men of Honor’ is the second full-length album by American metal band Adrenaline Mob. It is the bands fifth overall release in just three years of existence, and follows on with the same sound and style the band have polished and refined over the years prior.

If the name of the band wasn’t a big enough clue, Adrenaline Mob’s formula is simple... heavy, melodic and grooving metal, with aggressive and powerful vocals. Lyrical themes include the usual, manly, testosterone-induced stupidity, such as “feeling the adrenaline”, fighting, loyalty (to “the family”, or course), various pseudo-gang references and the occasional soppy tune too. But you don’t go into an album by a band like this expecting deep, meaningful introspection. This is high-voltage, fist-pumping rock at its finest.

The production on ‘Men of Honor’ is fantastic. Heavy, beefy guitars are well accompanied by a thumping bass and a pounding drum to make this an incredibly “loud” album, and the performances by everyone are exceptional. Guitarist Mike Orlando is an absolute riff machine and his guitar solos wail away at dizzying speeds, and Russell Allen’s vocals, as always, are unmatched, whether loud and aggressive or quiet and beautiful, the guy is one of metal’s all time greats.

With highlights including ‘Dearly Departed’, ‘House of Lies’, ‘Mob is Back’, ‘Judgment Day’, ‘Let It Go’, the title track itself and the beautiful ‘Fallin’ to Pieces’, it’s clear that there’s an abundance of groove metal anthems here, that, as touched upon above, if you go in expecting nothing more than dumb, fists-in-the-air head-banging madness, you’re in for a huge treat.

LEASH LAW Dogface

Album · 2004 · Power Metal
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Okay, so seriously, the band is called “Leash Law” and the album is called “Dogface”. Doesn’t that pretty much sum this up?

No?

Sigh...

Formed in 2003, Leash Law are an American metal band which are probable most notable for featuring drummer Richard Christy of Iced Earth and Death fame, as well as vocalist Wade Black, who had sung on power metal band Crimson Glory’s 2000 album ‘Astronomica’. I actually really enjoyed that album, so had some interest in what this ridiculously-named band were like, but I should have guessed just by the title.

This is generic metal at its finest. The riffs are uninteresting, with each song sounding the same as the last, and none of them standing out either. The production sounds pretty weak, and everything just feels dated. But the true letdown is that Black’s vocals just kind of sit there, screeching away willy-nilly, out of tune and with no notable melodies, a poor man’s version of Tim “The Ripper” Owens.

I don’t want to dwell on this for too long as I’ve listened to ‘Dogface’ a number of times, and nothing sticks. In fact, there’s a similar word to “Dogface” they could have used to name this album which would have been much more appropriate, but hell, this is my fault for thinking a band named “Leash Law” could actually put out anything of substance in the first place. Okay, so seriously, the band is called “Leash Law” and the album is called “Dogface”. Doesn’t that pretty much sum this up?

No?

Sigh...

Formed in 2003, Leash Law are an American metal band which are probable most notable for featuring drummer Richard Christy of Iced Earth and Death fame, as well as vocalist Wade Black, who had sung on power metal band Crimson Glory’s 2000 album ‘Astronomica’. I actually really enjoyed that album, so had some interest in what this ridiculously-named band were like, but I should have guessed just by the title.

This is generic metal at its finest. The riffs are uninteresting, with each song sounding the same as the last, and none of them standing out either. The production sounds pretty weak, and everything just feels dated. But the true letdown is that Black’s vocals just kind of sit there, screeching away willy-nilly, out of tune and with no notable melodies, a poor man’s version of Tim “The Ripper” Owens.

I don’t want to dwell on this for too long as I’ve listened to ‘Dogface’ a number of times, and nothing sticks. In fact, there’s a similar word to “Dogface” they could have used to name this album which would have been much more appropriate, but hell, this is my fault for thinking a band named “Leash Law” could actually put out anything of substance in the first place.

ICED EARTH Horror Show

Album · 2001 · US Power Metal
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American power metal band Iced Earth had managed to carve a bit of a niche for themselves at this point in their career. Having established themselves as one of the more notable and prominent bands of the subgenre, it’s surprising that their discography has been drastically hit-or-miss. Unable to truly capture any momentum over a string of consecutive releases, one album could be amazing, while the next could be pretty average. There really was no predicting how each release could be received, and 2001’s ‘Horror Show’ follows on with that trend.

After a bit of a lull had been rectified with 1998’s critically acclaimed ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, the band followed this up with, uh, a pretty mundane themed release focusing on horror characters and stories. While one or two tracks could be acceptable, an entire album seems a bit uninspiring and not overwhelmingly promising.

And so here we have it, another pretty average release. Iced Earth’s sound by this point is what it is, and while they aren’t looking to branch out and explore new styles, the quality of songwriting could still benefit from a bit more focus and enthusiasm. This feels slightly by-the-numbers. An abundance of the usual speed metal trappings and powerful, operatic vocals, this is undeniably Iced Earth, but the songs just don’t have the same exuberance and determination that the band have shown with past releases.

Still, it’s not all terrible, as there are a couple of decent tracks on here. ‘Wolf’, ‘Damien’ and ‘Jack’ are alright, though mostly forgettable compared to the bands stronger material. Admittedly however, a cover of Iron Maiden’s ‘Transylvania’ is actually fantastic and the true highlight of this album. The band truly stamp their identity all over this instrumental track, and, most notably for me, it’s the song that served as my introduction to the band (how ironic that it was a cover, a fact I didn’t find out until years later).

Overall, ‘Horror Show’ isn’t by any stretch a terrible album, it’s just not overly memorable, and considering that Iced Earth have shown the ability to put out some incredibly strong releases, it just fails to truly stand out in any way other than being “that horror album”.

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