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METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Live Scenes From New York Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Once in a LIVEtime Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York Progressive Metal
METALLICA - Live Shit: Binge & Purge Thrash Metal
OPETH - Blackwater Park Progressive Metal
OPETH - Still Life Progressive Metal
IRON MAIDEN - The Number Of The Beast NWoBHM
LAMB OF GOD - Sacrament Groove Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Train of Thought Progressive Metal | review permalink
CLOUDKICKER - Beacons Progressive Metal
METALLICA - ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal | review permalink
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Year of the Black Rainbow Heavy Alternative Rock
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory Progressive Metal | review permalink
JORDAN RUDESS - Notes On A Dream Metal Related
DREAM THEATER - Images and Words Progressive Metal | review permalink
DREAM THEATER - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Systematic Chaos Progressive Metal

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Progressive Metal 31 4.32
2 Thrash Metal 13 4.15
3 Heavy Metal 11 3.59
4 Melodic Death Metal 7 3.71
5 Metalcore 7 4.14
6 Groove Metal 5 3.30
7 Metal Related 4 4.50
8 Death Metal 3 2.67
9 NWoBHM 2 4.50
10 Power Metal 2 4.25
11 Symphonic Metal 2 4.00
12 Alternative Metal 1 3.50
13 Hard Rock 1 4.00
14 Heavy Alternative Rock 1 5.00

Latest Albums Reviews

CHILDREN OF BODOM Relentless Reckless Forever

Album · 2011 · Melodic Death Metal
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Children Of Bodom's latest record RELENTLESS RECKLESS FOREVER is something I and many other people have been waiting for a long time. But will it live up to the expectations?

1. Not My Funeral: Good opening, kicks into the action at once, with a good opening riff. Really good headbaning riff around 1:00. Chorus is very melodic and catchy. The unisono solo is a bit weird/atonal, but it fits the song. Alexi's solo is just about what you would expect. 4*

2. Shovel Knockout: Starts of pretty bad, gets better around 0:35, although i think is scream is really misplaced. The riff and fast upbeat drumming lead usto into a melodic chorus in the style of "KISSING THE SHADOWS". Nothing really special here. 3*

3. Roundtrip To Hell And Back: Good slow melodic opening, which leads into pretty slow chordy piece, with lots of keys, which sound good. There are a few interesting riffs in here, solo is not really memorable. 3*

4. Pussyfoot Miss Suicide: Kicks in with a good riff, which leads us into a faster, more headbanging riff, in the style of "ARE YOU DEAD YET". The grand keyboard parts sound extremely well. Solo section is pretty nice. 3.5*

5. Relentless Reckless Forever: Solid track, not to fast, not to slow. Kicks in once again with a great riff. Nothing really stands out on this track, but there is nothing that really dissapoits either. 3.5*

6. Ugly: Kicks in hard and fast, but falls back after a while, which is a shame, but soon turns up again. The main riff is pretty good.I absolutely LOVE the solo. 3.5*

7. Cry of the Nihilist: My least favourite song at the moment. Really thrashy tune, with a cool unisono solo. 3*

8. Was It Worth It?: Without doubt the worst track on the album. It's really song oriented, and pretty catchy, but it doesn't fit on this album. The vocal Alexi uses is a big bummer. 2*

9. Northpole Throwdown: Best track on the whole album, in the style of "HATEBREEDER". Fast, thrashy, i f*ckin love it. For me this is how Children Of Bodom should sound like. Amazing. 4,5*

After 2008's dissapointment called BLOODDRUNK, this is a solid comeback, and just a really solid album in general. It's certainly worth the Children Of Bodom name, but it is far away from their classic albums like HATEBREEDER and FOLLOW THE REAPER

3.5 Stars.

DREAM THEATER Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory

Album · 1999 · Progressive Metal
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Well, whats there to say about this album? Way to much actually. It's a story, an experience, it's the music, and the words. It's a perfect combination of all of the things metioned. The album has without doubt the best production out of all the DT albums ever made.

The music itself on the album is like i said before amazing. It's a great combination of story, and incredible musical highlights, as can be heard with Regression and Overture 1928, which is a smooth transition between story and incredible musicianship. And so the story carries on, and after a few tracks we get to the "nightmare" MP once called it, called Dance Of Eternity, which is one of the best and most interesting pieces DT has ever written. After that we move into The Spirit Carries On, which proves DT can write and record awesome, simple ballads. The song is without the highlight on the album, after this we close the album, leaving a great feeling, and the feeling that you just need to listen to it again. 5 stars, without doubt.

ENSLAVED Axioma Ethica Odini

Album · 2010 · Progressive Metal
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This is my first encounter with Enslaved, and it's a pretty good one. I'm not really a black metal guy, but i just decided to try it. On one side i as pretty suprised that i liked it, and that it was quite diverse. On the other side, the vocals aren't really my thing. The beacon is without doubt my favourite track on the album. Sound quality is good, and it's just a solid record. Nothing more to say about it, except that everyone should give it a try, because i can like it, there is a big chance you can too!

METALLICA ...And Justice for All

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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This is epic. Thats what my mom tld my 4 years ago when she showed me this record. And, god, was she right. While it's hard to be better then Metallica's previous record, Master Of Puppets, it did a prety good job. While some people don't like this album's production, i really don't mind it, seeing as all off the songs are rock solid. Songs like The Frayed Ends Of Sanity, Dyers Eve and Harvester Of Sorrow are some of my favourite. And this is a pretty diverse record, with the fast Dyers Eve, the more well known One, and the touching To Live is to die. This record packs everything every metalhead needs.

METALLICA Kill 'em All

Album · 1983 · Thrash Metal
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Kill 'Em All is the legendary first album by thrash metal giant Metallica. Production of this record is not al that good, but the songwriting makes up for that. This album has a lot of the metallica classics on it, with the whole album only having a few weak moments, for example Jump In The Fire and Pulling Theeth, are some of the weaker songs. On the other side we have great song like Hit the Lights and Metal Militia which are true classics, with some speedy riffing, incredible solos, and some great lyrics.

1. Hit the Lights (5) 2. The Four Horsemen (4.5) 3. Motorbreath (4) 4. Jump in the Fire (3.5) 5. (Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth (3.5) 6. Whiplash (4.5) 7. Phantom Lord (4.5) 8. No Remorse (5) 9. Seek & Destroy (5) 10. Metal Militia (5)

4.5 Stars overall, a must have for every thrash fan.

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    According to a posting on OVERKILL's official web site, the long-running New Jersey thrashers will not take part in the previously announced North American tour featuring ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL. Plans for the six-week trek were originally revealed by TESTAMENT singerChuck Billy during an interview with "Metal Zone" host Nikki Blakk of the San Francisco, California radio station 107.7 The Bone at the second show of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on July 10 in Mountain View, California. In other news, OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni has been writing material for the band's next album. The group has six songs demoed so far and is planning to hit the studio in early October, with a new release slated for March/April 2012 followed by a U.S. tour. OVERKILL's latest album, "Ironbound", sold 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 192 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.OVERKILL's previous album, "Immortalis", opened with 2,800 units back in October 2007 .OVERKILL's top-selling album of the SoundScan era (1991-) is"Horrorscope", which has shifted more than 120,000 copies in the U.S. since its 1991 release (there is no SoundScan data available for LPs sold prior to 1991)."Ironbound" was released on February 9, 2010 via E1 Music (formerlyKOCH Records). The CD, which was issued in Europe on January 29, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records, was mixed by PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainmanPeter Tägtgren and is described in a press release as "a true thrasher-piece."OVERKILL filmed a video for the song "Bring Me The Night" on January 9, 2010 in Brooklyn, New York with director Kevin Custer (HATEBREED,TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION).Fan-filmed video footage of OVERKILL's July 15, 2011 performance at theBang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany can be seen below.[TUBE]AFyFTJFjZd8&feature=player_embedded[/TUBE]
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