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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
FOZZY - Do You Wanna Start a War Heavy Metal | review permalink
PLATITUDE - Silence Speaks Power Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Pigwalk Rap Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - When Dream and Day Unite Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAINT ASONIA - Saint Asonia Alternative Metal | review permalink
CHRIS CAFFERY - Faces Power Metal | review permalink
RED CIRCUIT - Homeland Progressive Metal | review permalink
RED CIRCUIT - Trance State Progressive Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - Transcendence US Power Metal | review permalink
WINGDOM - Reality Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - A Change of Seasons Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Falling Into Infinity Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Octavarium Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Systematic Chaos Progressive Metal | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Sehnsucht Industrial Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Rising Rap Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Iced Earth US Power Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Night of the Stormrider US Power Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Tyranny Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - II = I Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - Chimera Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - A Twist in the Myth Power Metal | review permalink
DREAMSCAPE - Revoiced Progressive Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Southern Born Killers Rap Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Load Heavy Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Death Magnetic Thrash Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Here Come the Infidels Rap Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Happenstance Heavy Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - V: The New Mythology Suite Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - The Odyssey Progressive Metal | review permalink
EVERGREY - Recreation Day Progressive Metal | review permalink
EVERGREY - The Inner Circle Progressive Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Parallels Progressive Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Chasing the Grail Heavy Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Black Clouds & Silver Linings Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Paradise Lost Progressive Metal | review permalink
JOHN ARCH - A Twist of Fate Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - A Dramatic Turn of Events Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - S&M Symphonic Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - Astronomica Heavy Metal | review permalink
BEYOND TWILIGHT - The Devil's Hall of Fame Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - When Dream And Day Reunite Progressive Metal | review permalink
TRANSATLANTIC - SMPTe Non-Metal | review permalink
CHRIS CAFFERY - W.A.R.P.E.D. Power Metal | review permalink
DOMINICI - O3: A Trilogy, Part 2 Progressive Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Legacy Progressive Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Powerslave NWoBHM | review permalink
THOUGHT CHAMBER - Angular Perceptions Progressive Metal | review permalink
OSI - Office Of Strategic Influence Progressive Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Best Of The Beast Heavy Metal | review permalink
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT - Liquid Tension Experiment 2 Progressive Metal | review permalink
ETERNITY X - The Edge Progressive Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Inside Out Progressive Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Moving Pictures Hard Rock | review permalink
PRIMUS - Tales From the Punchbowl Funk Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Disconnected Progressive Metal | review permalink
ICYCORE - Wetwired Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Live Scenes From New York Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Prelude To The Millennium - Essentials Of Symphony - Progressive Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Room V Progressive Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Grace Under Pressure Non-Metal | review permalink
DREAMS OF SANITY - The Game Gothic Metal | review permalink
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA - The Lost Christmas Eve Symphonic Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - Manifest Tyranny Progressive Metal | review permalink
DOMINICI - O3: A Trilogy, Part 3 Progressive Metal | review permalink
SICK SPEED - The Way I Am Heavy Metal | review permalink
CLAWFINGER - Deaf Dumb Blind Rap Metal | review permalink
F5 - A Drug for All Seasons Alternative Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Sin and Bones Heavy Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal | review permalink
STATIC-X - Machine Industrial Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Cryptic Writings Heavy Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Judas Heavy Metal | review permalink
BEYOND TWILIGHT - Section X Progressive Metal | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Reise, Reise Industrial Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - HVY1 Rap Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Youthanasia Heavy Metal | review permalink
LINKIN PARK - Meteora Nu Metal | review permalink
WINTER ROSE - Winter Rose Glam Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Spreading The Disease Thrash Metal | review permalink
BODY COUNT - Body Count Crossover Thrash | review permalink
PAPA ROACH - Infest Nu Metal | review permalink
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Toxicity Alternative Metal | review permalink
AXEL RUDI PELL - Between the Walls Heavy Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Something Wicked This Way Comes US Power Metal | review permalink
DISTURBED - Ten Thousand Fists Alternative Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Gutter Ballet Heavy Metal | review permalink
PLATITUDE - Nine Power Metal | review permalink
DISTURBED - Indestructible Alternative Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Live at Budokan Progressive Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere In Time Heavy Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Garage Inc. Heavy Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Progressive Metal | review permalink
BODY COUNT - Violent Demise: The Last Days Rap Metal | review permalink
GUNS N' ROSES - Appetite For Destruction Hard Rock | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Iconoclast Progressive Metal | review permalink
KAMELOT - Karma Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - The System Has Failed Thrash Metal | review permalink
LINKIN PARK - Minutes to Midnight Non-Metal | review permalink
ADRENALINE MOB - Omertá Groove Metal | review permalink
CLAWFINGER - Clawfinger Rap Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - The Blessed and the Damned US Power Metal | review permalink
NICKELBACK - The Long Road Heavy Alternative Rock | review permalink
H-BLOCKX - Discover My Soul Non-Metal | review permalink
EXTREME - Extreme Glam Metal | review permalink
MULLMUZZLER - Keep It to Yourself Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Sirens US Power Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Snappin' Necks Rap Metal | review permalink
LINKIN PARK - Hybrid Theory Nu Metal | review permalink
PLATITUDE - Secrets of Life Power Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Kill 'em All Thrash Metal | review permalink
IRON SAVIOR - Iron Savior Power Metal | review permalink
JAMES LABRIE - Elements of Persuasion Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited Thrash Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - ReLoad Heavy Metal | review permalink
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - System of a Down Alternative Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Shadow Gallery Progressive Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Symphony X Progressive Metal | review permalink
SHADOW GALLERY - Carved In Stone Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Thrash Metal | review permalink
MAGNUM - Kingdom Of Madness Hard Rock | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Herzeleid Industrial Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Power Of The Night Heavy Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Handful Of Rain Heavy Metal | review permalink
DREAMSCAPE - Very Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - St. Anger Thrash Metal | review permalink
MACHINE HEAD - Burn My Eyes Groove Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell Groove Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Fozzy Heavy Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Iron Maiden NWoBHM | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - The Number Of The Beast NWoBHM | review permalink
ATMOSFEAR - Inside The Atmosfear Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Master Of Puppets Thrash Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - The Damnation Game Progressive Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - The Great Revival Rap Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - Strange And Beautiful Hard Rock | review permalink
JOHN PETRUCCI - Suspended Animation Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Hall Of The Mountain King Heavy Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - All That Remains Heavy Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Piece Of Mind NWoBHM | review permalink
RUSH - Rush Hard Rock | review permalink
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT - Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive Metal | review permalink
NEAL MORSE - God Won't Give Up Non-Metal | review permalink
MULLMUZZLER - MullMuzzler 2 Progressive Metal | review permalink
KAMELOT - Eternity Power Metal | review permalink
ENCHANT - A Blueprint Of The World Metal Related | review permalink
CONCEPTION - Parallel Minds Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Live at the Marquee Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANGUISH - Symmetry Progressive Metal | review permalink
DALI'S DILEMMA - Manifesto For Futurism Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAMS OF SANITY - Masquerade Gothic Metal | review permalink
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA - Christmas Eve and Other Stories Symphonic Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Once in a LIVEtime Progressive Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Edward The Great Heavy Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - The Immunity Zone Progressive Metal | review permalink
THE BLACK MAGES - The Black Mages II: The Skies Above Progressive Metal | review permalink
KAMELOT - Siége Perilous Power Metal | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Discipline Non-Metal | review permalink
7 MONTHS - 7 Months Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years Thrash Metal | review permalink
ADEMA - Adema Nu Metal | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Violate This Rap Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Return to Wacken Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Hardwired... to Self-Destruct Heavy Metal | review permalink
SONATA ARCTICA - Ecliptica - Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition Power Metal | review permalink
KAMELOT - The Fourth Legacy Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Countdown to Extinction Thrash Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Vulgar Display of Power Groove Metal | review permalink
BEYOND FEAR - Beyond Fear Heavy Metal | review permalink
CHRIS CAFFERY - The Mold Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Hidden Treasures Thrash Metal | review permalink
CHRIS CAFFERY - Music Man Power Metal | review permalink
SYMPHONY X - Live On The Edge Of Forever Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Sampler 01 Thrash Metal | review permalink
MIND KEY - Journey Of A Rough Diamond Progressive Metal | review permalink
DISTURBED - Believe Alternative Metal | review permalink
FOZZY - Remains Alive Heavy Metal | review permalink
AXEL RUDI PELL - Eternal Prisoner Heavy Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Days of Purgatory US Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - The World Needs a Hero Thrash Metal | review permalink
ADEMA - Unstable Nu Metal | review permalink
CLAWFINGER - Use Your Brain Rap Metal | review permalink
SEVENDUST - Home Nu Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Commissar Progressive Metal | review permalink
ANDROMEDA - Playing Off the Board Progressive Metal | review permalink
NICKELBACK - Silver Side Up Heavy Alternative Rock | review permalink
METALLICA - Nothing Else Matters (S&M version) Thrash Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) Progressive Metal | review permalink
BONZ - Broken Silence Rap Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Live After Death NWoBHM | review permalink
SHAMAN - Ritual Power Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - New York City 3/4/93 Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires Thrash Metal | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Rosenrot Industrial Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Battalions of Fear Speed Metal | review permalink
DRAGONFORCE - Valley of the Damned Power Metal | review permalink
DEEP PURPLE - Shades Of Deep Purple Proto-Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Awake Demos 1994 Progressive Metal | review permalink
STATIC-X - Wisconsin Death Trip Industrial Metal | review permalink
PAGAN'S MIND - Infinity Divine Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Follow the Blind Speed Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Train Of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003 Progressive Metal | review permalink
DISTURBED - The Sickness Nu Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Hollow Years Metal Related | review permalink
METALLICA - The Unnamed Feeling E.P. Thrash Metal | review permalink
STRATOVARIUS - Fright Night Power Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - Crimson Glory US Power Metal | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Black Sabbath Heavy Metal | review permalink
PRIMUS - Frizzle Fry Funk Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP Thrash Metal | review permalink
DEVIN TOWNSEND - Terria Progressive Metal | review permalink
OPETH - Blackwater Park Progressive Metal | review permalink
ADRENALINE MOB - Adrenaline Mob Groove Metal | review permalink
CONCEPTION - The Last Sunset Progressive Metal | review permalink
DEREK SHERINIAN - Black Utopia Progressive Metal | review permalink
ETERNITY X - Zodiac Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - The Dungeons Are Calling US Power Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Fight For The Rock Heavy Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Tales From the Twilight World Power Metal | review permalink
DREAMSCAPE - Trance-Like State Progressive Metal | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche Heavy Metal | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Killers NWoBHM | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Night On Bröcken Heavy Metal | review permalink
TO/DIE/FOR - All Eternity Gothic Metal | review permalink
DREAMS OF SANITY - Komödia Gothic Metal | review permalink
ATOMIC ROOSTER - Space Cowboy Hard Rock | review permalink
ETERNITY X - Mind Games Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986 Progressive Metal | review permalink
KAMELOT - Dominion Power Metal | review permalink
PRIMUS - Sailing the Seas of Cheese Funk Metal | review permalink
ELEGY - Lost Progressive Metal | review permalink
STRATOVARIUS - II Power Metal | review permalink
IVORY TOWER - Ivory Tower Power Metal | review permalink
ENCHANT - Wounded Metal Related | review permalink
MAGNUM - Magnum II Hard Rock | review permalink
MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Burnt Offerings US Power Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Beyond Magnetic Thrash Metal | review permalink
AXEL RUDI PELL - Wild Obsession Heavy Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - The Dark Saga US Power Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - Show No Mercy Thrash Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Fistful Of Metal Speed Metal | review permalink
KISS - Kiss Hard Rock | review permalink
STUCK MOJO - Violated Rap Metal | review permalink
ADEMA - Insomniac's Dream Nu Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Six Feet Down Under EP Thrash Metal | review permalink
ANTHRAX - Armed And Dangerous Thrash Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Six Feet Down Under Part II Thrash Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - Reign in Blood Thrash Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - The Number of the Beast Heavy Metal | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Master Of Reality Heavy Metal | review permalink
SEVENDUST - Sevendust Nu Metal | review permalink
AXEL RUDI PELL - Nasty Reputation Heavy Metal | review permalink
BLIND GUARDIAN - Another Stranger Me Power Metal | review permalink
CRIMSON GLORY - War Of The Worlds US Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Cryptic Sounds: No Voices in Your Head Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Live Trax Thrash Metal | review permalink
MANOWAR - Battle Hymns Heavy Metal | review permalink
NICKELBACK - Curb Heavy Alternative Rock | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Scenes From A World Tour (Christmas CD 2000) Progressive Metal | review permalink
ICED EARTH - The Melancholy E.P. US Power Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Crush 'Em Hard Rock | review permalink
YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN - Rising Force Neoclassical metal | review permalink
THE QUIET ROOM - Introspect Progressive Metal | review permalink
KISS - Hotter Than Hell Hard Rock | review permalink
MEGADETH - Still, Alive... and Well? Thrash Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - Far Beyond Driven Groove Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Fly by Night Hard Rock | review permalink
LINKIN PARK - Crawling Nu Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - The Silent Man Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Through Her Eyes Progressive Metal | review permalink
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - The Red Hot Chili Peppers Non-Metal | review permalink
BODY COUNT - Born Dead Rap Metal | review permalink
NICKELBACK - The State Heavy Alternative Rock | review permalink
S.O.D. - Speak English or Die Crossover Thrash | review permalink
ICED EARTH - Enter the Realm US Power Metal | review permalink
RAMMSTEIN - Live aus Berlin Industrial Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - South of Heaven Thrash Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - The Memory Remains Heavy Metal | review permalink
AGE OF SILENCE - Complications: Trilogy of Intricacy Progressive Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Rude Awakening Thrash Metal | review permalink
SAVATAGE - Japan Live '94 Heavy Metal | review permalink
KISS - Dressed To Kill Hard Rock | review permalink
ADRENALINE MOB - Covertà Heavy Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - One (Live) Heavy Metal | review permalink
PANTERA - The Great Southern Trendkill Groove Metal | review permalink
NIGHTWISH - Angels Fall First Symphonic Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! Thrash Metal | review permalink
MESHUGGAH - Catch Thirtythree Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid Heavy Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Until It Sleeps Heavy Metal | review permalink
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT - Spontaneous Combustion (as Liquid Trio Experiment) Non-Metal | review permalink
SLAYER - Hell Awaits Thrash Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Breadline EP Thrash Metal | review permalink
PARADISE LOST - Lost Paradise Death-Doom Metal | review permalink
ART IN EXILE - Art in Exile Gothic Metal | review permalink
DIE KRUPPS - A Tribute to Metallica Industrial Metal | review permalink

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Progressive Metal 99 3.44
2 Heavy Metal 42 2.98
3 Thrash Metal 36 2.67
4 Power Metal 23 3.00
5 Rap Metal 17 3.53
6 US Power Metal 14 2.86
7 Hard Rock 14 2.79
8 Nu Metal 10 2.80
9 Industrial Metal 9 3.11
10 Non-Metal 8 3.13
11 Groove Metal 7 2.71
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 Symphonic Metal 4 3.25
17 Speed Metal 3 2.00
18 Funk Metal 3 2.67
19 Metal Related 3 2.33
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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NIGHTWISH Angels Fall First

Album · 1997 · Symphonic Metal
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‘Angels Fall First’ is the 1997 debut album by Finnish symphonic metal group Nightwish, who would go on to become one of those most popular and prolific bands of the genre.

Compared to later releases, however, ‘Angels Fall First’ sounds very raw, and at times, slightly disjointed and directionless, lacking the epic bombast that the band would incorporate on future albums. However, there’s still a clear vision here of what the band want to accomplish, and there’s no doubting the writing talents of keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and the potential they display.

While ‘Angels Fall First’ is full of tasty guitar riffs and some fantastic interplay with keyboards, as well as a good balance of both male and female vocals, I find that most songs seem to deviate from the hook that first got my attention. Songs like ‘Elvenpath’, ‘Tutankhamen’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ have some incredibly strong and memorable melodies, but after a few minutes I find myself not really paying attention. It’s almost as if the ideas are there, just not quite the ability to flesh them out into full songs.

Still, this is a young band in their early days, playing a style of music which is equally in its early years, and so it’s forgivable that this album just isn’t overly memorable. No doubt Nightwish will improve vastly over time, but ‘Angels Fall First’ is best left for the die-hard fans of the band.

EXTREME Extreme

Album · 1989 · Glam Metal
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By 1989, the world was already getting a bit bored by what was commonly referred to as either glam metal or hair metal... or simply, 80’s metal. With its vast array of long-haired, grown men in spandex and makeup, there was a certain cheesiness and repetition to the subgenre that had run its course, and with the rising thrash metal scene and grunge on the horizon, people were looking for something a bit more serious and with more depth.

Which is why it’s such a shame that Boston four-piece Extreme seem to have become the poster child for everything that was wrong with 80’s metal.

Big hairdos, headbands (definitely an 80’s thing), bright clothing and cowboy boots... Yep, these guys checked off everything on the list of cheesy clichés that people were embarrassed by. But the reality is that Extreme consists of four incredibly talented and competent musicians, and this, their 1989 self-titled debut album, is chock-full of catchy, well-written and well-performed songs.

Courtesy of guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt, ‘Extreme’ features non-stop energetic displays of musical prowess. Accompanied by Gary Cherones powerful and infectious vocals, and a solid rhythm section by Pat Badger on bass and Paul Geary on drums, this is a band of highly competent musicians with incredible chemistry. There’s a strong, punchy production that brings the music to life, and a big emphasis on backing vocals and harmonies gives the songs some great dynamics.

Tracks like ‘Kid Ego’, ‘Little Girls’, ‘Wind Me Up’, ‘Teacher’s Pet’, ‘Mutha (Don’t Wanna Go to School Today)’, ‘Play With Me’ and ‘Flesh and Blood’ make this album such a joy to listen to. Fun, upbeat, energetic and full of excellent musicianship, Extreme had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and while they’re somewhat respected today, being around in 1989 instantly put them in the firing line for anyone who was fed up with the big-haired pompous rock stars of the 80’s. Still, if you can look past the criticisms of the day and the ridiculous fashion sense, ‘Extreme’ is a fantastic debut album, and definitely shows that there was some serious talent to be found in the hair metal scene of the 80’s.

DIE KRUPPS A Tribute to Metallica

EP · 1992 · Industrial Metal
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No. No. No. No. No.

This just doesn’t work, and it shouldn’t exist.

I’m all for bands trying things from different genres, mixing ideas up and experimenting, but industrial, electronic, synth-driven versions of Metallica songs just don’t work for me.

Boring, monotone, soulless... there’re just so many negative words I could use to describe this. The vocals sound passionless. The 1992 keyboards make most of the music sound like a 90’s video game soundtrack. Oh, and that dance version of ‘One’... No. Just no...

I dunno... Maybe I’m just taking this all too seriously. Obviously, I’m a huge Metallica fan, and while I’ve dabbled in some industrial and EBM music from time to time, this just doesn’t work. Fair play to Die Krupps for trying something different, but no... I’m not having it. This is embarrassing, and not anything I’d ever want to be caught listening to.

Which won’t be an issue, as I’ll never listen to this again anyway.

H-BLOCKX Discover My Soul

Album · 1996 · Non-Metal
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Ah, the early 90’s. Shell suits, techno pop and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A bright, vibrant time, it was colourful, innocent and fun. Until around the mid-90’s, things changed. “Attitude” became cool. Bands were rebelling. TV was becoming bleaker. Everything suddenly became “darker” and more serious. And much like H-Blockx’s second album, while the music is still similar to their 1994 debut, there’re much more serious undertones to the album than before.

1994’s ‘Time to Move’ was a fun, quirky and very energetic album, with its daft, not-a-care-in-the-world lyrics and brightly coloured artwork, music videos and imagery, it was a sure reflection of the times. However, by 1996, the youthful enthusiasm was gone, and in its place was a more polished and mature band.

H-Blockx, Germany’s answer to the rap-rock movement that was being spearheaded by bands such as Rage Against the Machine, Body Count and Stuck Mojo, managed to incorporate more serious aspects to their music and lyrics, while still delivering an album full of vigour and exuberance. With their punchy guitar riffs, tongue-in-cheek rapping and anthemic choruses, they managed to adapt to the shifting social climate while producing an album that stays true to their own sound.

Underrated and always overlooked, guitarist Tim Tanambergen has some incredible chops in him, with some impressive guitar riffs that can be interesting without having to resort to mindless shredding, and they’re complimented well by two vocalists, Henning Wehland and Dave Gappa, who’s combination of melodic singing and aggressive rapping gives the music a great dynamic, years before Linkin Park were doing the same.

While this album does seem a little more disjointed than ‘Time to Move’, it’s still a worthy follow up and shows a band with so much potential, who just never really were in the right place at the right time. Songs like ‘Try Me One More Time’, ‘Gimme More’, ‘Discover My Soul’, ‘I Can’t Rely on You’, ‘I Heard Him Cry’, ‘Duality of Mind’ and one of my personal favourite rap-rock songs, ‘This is Not America’, show a band with a vast pallet of influences and styles. Ranging from soft and melodic, to energetic pop and downright fist-pumping rock, ‘Discover My Soul’, like its predecessor, serves as a great example of why rock and hip-hop fits together perfectly, and shouldn’t be as nonchalantly discarded as it is.

NICKELBACK The Long Road

Album · 2003 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Nickelback’s fourth studio album, 2003’s ‘The Long Road’, sees the band finally do away with the post grunge sound of their earlier days and fully embrace the mainstream, radio-friendly hard rock vibe that gave them worldwide superstardom on 2001’s ‘Silver Side Up’ (which featured THAT song).

And to be honest, the band pulls it off perfectly. The songs are all well-written and catchy, yet rocking enough to get heads banging too. Unfortunately Nickelback would fall into that gray area where they’re not “metal enough” for metal fans, and too heavy for casual radio-listeners, however, the bands singles, which usually tend to be on the softer side, gives the band huge mainstream appeal, and it’s for this reason that fans of heavier music probably despise them.

However, with that said, when the band wants to rock, damn, they can rock hard! With pounding guitar riffs accompanied by a solid drum beat and bass line, the band can no doubt hold their own when it comes to heavier music, and their ballads... well, hell, I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for a catchy melody... and the Canadian four-piece are pretty nifty at that too. The production is also top-notch, giving the music a massive, driving sound, with every riff getting the punch it needs.

Frontman Chad Kroeger, one of the most hated rock stars on the planet, seems undaunted by his reputation, and delivers a fantastic performance, with a great range that emits power and emotion. Whether bellowing at the top of his voice or reflecting melancholically, the man has a great voice and is hugely underrated as a vocalist. (There, I said it).

Featuring guest appearances by Kid Rock and, surprisingly, Dimebag Darrell of Pantera fame (yep, you read that right), and with highlights including ‘Because of You’, ‘Flat on the Floor’, ‘Someday’, ‘Do This Anymore’, ‘Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good’, ‘Should’ve Listened’ and a bonus track cover of the Elton John classic ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’, ‘The Long Road’ is a fantastic album, which is neither too ambitious or complicated, but revels in its hard rocking simplicity, and is all the more better because of it.

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