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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
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
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
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
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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Progressive Metal 86 3.56
2 Heavy Metal 33 2.97
3 Thrash Metal 29 2.66
4 Power Metal 20 2.90
5 Rap Metal 12 3.67
6 Hard Rock 9 3.00
7 US Power Metal 9 2.78
8 Nu Metal 7 2.86
9 Industrial Metal 6 3.67
10 Alternative Metal 5 3.60
11 NWoBHM 5 3.00
12 Non-Metal 5 3.00
13 Gothic Metal 4 2.75
14 Groove Metal 4 2.75
15 Metal Related 3 2.33
16 Funk Metal 3 2.67
17 Speed Metal 3 2.00
18 Symphonic Metal 3 3.67
19 Proto-Metal 1 2.00
20 Glam Metal 1 4.00
21 Crossover Thrash 1 4.00

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MANOWAR Battle Hymns

Album · 1982 · Heavy Metal
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Break out the loincloths and battle axes, it's time to delve into the sword and sorcery world of "real metal", as Manowar's debut album, 1982's 'Battle Hymns' shamelessly ups the ante on pure cheesiness and forces us to ask ourselves what it means to truly be a metal fan.

Kind of like America's answer to Judas Priest, Manowar's early albums seems more akin to hard rock than metal. It's got a bluesy, swinging feeling to it, that doesn't quite match up to the imagery of the band. But that's not going to stop them from preaching the gospel of the metal Gods.

But the thing is, while this might have been heavy and cutting edge in 1982... by today's standard, it's tame, light, and... well, it'll always be cheesy no matter when you hear it. Vocalist Eric Adams sings his heart out, and certainly possesses an impressive range. And guitarist Ross the Boss... yeah, that's his "name"... certainly has incredible guitar skills... just not very good songwriting ones.

Still, not all's lost, as there is some stuff here which is, well... alright, to put it bluntly. 'Death Tone', 'Metal Daze' and 'Manowar' (born to live forevermore, and don't you forget it), are all okay, nothing fancy, but certainly a precursor to the cheese that is to follow. Much like the Priest... their earlier material is pretty tame when compared to metal today, but Manowar's sound will adapt with the times and they will certainly improve on later albums, but otherwise, 'Battle Hymns' is a bit of a naff one, to me anyway.

FOZZY Remains Alive

Live album · 2011 · Heavy Metal
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'Remains Alive' by Fozzy was recorded live in Brisbane, Australia in 2005, shortly after the release of their third album, and their first as a "proper band". Having ditched the comedy covers gimmick, the group, fronted by wrestling superstar Chris Jericho, were touring to promote their 'All That Remains' album. Their first featuring only original compositions.

While the band are still relatively young here, it's apparent that they already have a penchant for live performances. Chris Jericho, thanks to years and years as a WWE performer, is a natural frontman. Confident on the mic and more than capable at engaging an audience, the few times he struggles vocally, he more than makes up for in charisma and stage presence.

Of course, being partnered up with members of rap metal pioneers Stuck Mojo means that this is definitely a band that was destined to excel when playing live. Guitarist Rich Ward and the rest of the guys are incredible performers, as well as incredible players. Ward has long been praised for his unmatched guitar tone, but at times things do sound a bit "sludgy" here.

Since this was recorded in the bands early days, the set does suffer a little. While all the songs here are bangers, Fozzy would go on to really adapt a feel in their music that was tailor-made for live settings. Having seen Fozzy a number of times, I can assure you their later material are live anthems, perfectly written to give audiences ample opportunities to get more involved with the music.

With that said, this isn't a bad album though, and like Stuck Mojo's 'HVY1' live release, the true joy of this recording is the energy and the banter between the songs. Jericho is a natural showman, and sometimes it's just fun to hear him talk and entertain. And all the bands early hits, including 'To Kill a Stranger', 'Crucify Yourself', 'Enemy', 'With the Fire' and 'Nameless Faceless' are played with pure enthusiasm and enjoyment. While this is certainly best saved for the absolute die-hard Fozzy fanatics, there's still some noteworthy things to listen to here, especially if you're a performing musician yourself.

Fozzy Fozzy Fozzy! Oi Oi! Oi!

DISTURBED Believe

Album · 2002 · Alternative Metal
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Disturbed's second album, released in 2002, continues where 'The Sickness' left off. With groove-laden detuned guitar riffs and David Draiman's signature vocal style, the band show a maturity that will enable them to survive the dying nu metal scene.

The most notable difference between 'Believe' and the bands 2000 debut is that there's more emphasis on hooks, with the songs being catchier and with more focus on strong, memorable choruses. Unfortunately, like before, there's still a good amount of filler material here too. The good songs are really good, but the rest are entirely forgettable.

Dan Donegan's guitar work is great, however. We know he can shred by his work on later albums, but here he's restraining himself immensely. Whether for the good of the song, or simply because the nu metal fad didn't allow for guitar solos, either way, his riffs are heavy, yet melodic, and each flows into the next effortlessly.

While 'Believe' is still an average album at best, there are some notable tracks. 'Prayer', 'Remember', 'Liberate', 'Bound' and 'Rise' are all fantastic songs that make this worth at least one or two listens, and while the band are still pretty much a nu metal act here, there's potential to outlive the subgenre while appealing to both metal fans and radio alike.

MIND KEY Journey Of A Rough Diamond

Album · 2004 · Progressive Metal
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'Journey of a Rough Diamond' is the debut album by Italian progressive metal band Mind Key. Released in 2004, it bears many similarities to a certain well-known band...

Now, I've always disliked the notion of so many progressive metal bands being labelled as "Dream Theater clones". Yes, Dream Theater are the pioneers of the subgenre, and have remained flag bearers to this day, having laid the foundations and defined the true aspects and qualities of the style. But God forbid, anyone being inspired by this and playing something similar! Why isn't every metal band in history simply regarded as a Black Sabbath clone? Or a Metallica clone? Or a...

Whatever... Back on track... Mind Key are one of "those bands".

Ticking off every cliché from the prog metal guidebook, the music here is highly ambitious, with long track durations, extended musical passages, unparalleled musicianship, and with a vocalist who mostly sings in a higher range. This is prog metal 101.

But is it any good? It's... alright.

I stumbled across Mind Key back in 2010 when I first heard and fell in love with the song 'Secret Dream'. I couldn't wait to hear the entire album, and when I finally managed to get hold of it, it didn't quite live up to expectations. It's good. But it's so incredibly average. I don't expect every band to reinvent the wheel, but for all the musical talent and production values this band has, there's just not a lot here that hasn't been done more memorably by other artists.

Still, there are some solid tracks here. Besides the aforementioned 'Secret Dream', (which is definitely the best the album has to offer), there's 'Love Remains the Same', 'Lord of the Flies', 'Without Ann' and 'Waiting for the Answer'. None of these songs are going to set the world on fire, but in fairness, while my review does seem a bit harsh, these are pretty decent compositions.

But Mind Key just fail to truly stand out amongst a sea of so many "Dream Theater clones". They're good though, and 'Journey of a Rough Diamond' is worth checking out if you're into your prog metal, but there's plenty of similar bands with more memorable and accessible albums.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN Toxicity

Album · 2001 · Alternative Metal
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After gaining a huge cult following with their self-titled 1998 debut, System of a Down exploded worldwide with their 2001 follow-up, 'Toxicity'. With nu metal at its peak, the band's sound was perfect to appeal to fans both old and new, and with one absolute colossal hit, they were ready for worldwide mega stardom.

Following on from where their previous album left off, 'Toxicity' is a fast, furious and frantic release that refuses to let up for a single moment. The chemistry between the band members is incredible, with special mention to unique and eccentric vocalist Serj Tankian and guitarist Daron Malakian's erratic and intense guitar work. Right from start to finish this is a relentless assault on the senses.

Of course, this album is best known for one song, and we all know what that is, don't we? 'Chop Suey'. With its unusual lyrics and unique vocal style, 'Chop Suey', besides being one of the most well-known, beloved and recognizable metal songs of all time, transcends the metal genre. Such is its reputation that non-metal fans love it too!

However, there's more to this release than just one song, and 'Toxicity' is absolutely overflowing with hits. 'Prison Song', 'Science', 'Deer Dance', 'Jet Pilot', 'Bounce', 'Psycho' and 'Shimmy' are all incredible songs that are definitely worth a listen, and then there's the title track and closing track 'Aerials', which were both released as singles and, while not as well known as 'Chop Suey', have still gone on to become metal classics in their own right.

With the release of 'Toxicity', System of a Down became one of those few bands that are truly in a league of their own, and who's future will forever be defined by this album. A monumental success and one of metals most revered albums, there's really no excuses for not hearing this by now!

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  • Posted 31 days ago in Top ten favorite prog metal albums
    Andromeda - Extension of the WishThe Black Mages - The Black MagesDream Theater - Images and WordsDream Theater - Scenes From a MemoryDream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceFates Warning - A Pleasant Shade of GreyPagan's Mind - God's EquationSavatage - Poets and MadmenShadow Gallery - Room VSymphony X - Twilight in OlympusOr something like that. 
  • Posted 5 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). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgVsk5BP26Ehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJkHXTHWyyk martindavey872017-11-01 13:58:22
  • Posted 6 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. 

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