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AMORPHIS - Tales From the Thousand Lakes Melodic Death Metal | review permalink
URIAH HEEP - Salisbury Hard Rock | review permalink
URIAH HEEP - Look At Yourself Hard Rock | review permalink
URIAH HEEP - Demons And Wizards Hard Rock | review permalink
URIAH HEEP - The Magician's Birthday Hard Rock | review permalink
HAKEN - Visions Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - 2 Hard Rock | review permalink
HAKEN - The Mountain Progressive Metal
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal | review permalink
AMORPHIS - Silent Waters Progressive Metal | review permalink
IOMMI - Fused Heavy Metal | review permalink
AMORPHIS - Skyforger Progressive Metal | review permalink
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal | review permalink
HAKEN - Aquarius Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - Black Country Hard Rock | review permalink
GLENN HUGHES - First Underground Nucler Kitchen Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Now What?! Hard Rock | review permalink
AMORPHIS - Elegy Progressive Metal | review permalink
URIAH HEEP - Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble Hard Rock | review permalink
AMORPHIS - Eclipse Progressive Metal | review permalink

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Hard Rock 13 4.23
2 Progressive Metal 13 3.65
3 Thrash Metal 6 3.25
4 Heavy Metal 5 2.40
5 Power Metal 3 3.00
6 Death Metal 1 3.00
7 Melodic Death Metal 1 5.00

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Album · 2013 · Hard Rock
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What a comeback after an extensive touring for about 8 years! Hard rock giants Deep Purple shattered all the critics with Now What?!. It's an unique album with many facets. It's typical Deep Purple album, but on the other hand it's something else, as well. It's hard rock, it's symphonic prog, it's funky, it's jazzy, it's Perfect Strangers, it's Purpendicular, it's Yes, ELP and Pink Floyd, but most importantly - it's one of best and most balanced Deep Purple albums. The arrangements of the songs are precise. The songwriting is highly compressed and full of ideas, developed in accurate, direct manner. That means to create progressive rock album with hard rock means of expression! The "conversations" between rhythm section (Paice and Glover), organ solos (Airey), guitar solos (Morse) and The Voice (Gillan) are highly addictive. Highly recommended album by one of greatest bands ever! Deserved 4,5 stars! Another gloden page in Deep Purple's extensive and brilliant career!

DREAM THEATER A Dramatic Turn of Events

Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal
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Dream Theater's "weakest" since 1997

Another speedy released album by pregressive metal's kings. It's called A Dramatic Turn of Events. And why not? When all these news around the band has flourished. The founder and leader of the band Mike Portnoy left in September 2010 and soon after Mike Mangini was bought in. There was a passionate reality in three part about the audition for new drummer. All these events was very exciting.

First of all I would notice Mike Mangini is wonderful talent, who replaces Mike Portnoy in such a great manner. But this album just doesn't come up to my expectations. This album is too long, without avoiding anoyance with requisite precise songwriting and structural essence. A definite step backward to band's previous works. The ambience is quite sterile and undeviating (in negative sense of the term), typical for band's early career. All the songs, except Outcry are too predictable and contain some jejune structural decisions.

The musicianship, as always, is of high quality and long song are the positive and distinctive Dream Theater. That's the salvation of this interesting, but quite disappointing release. 3+ stars by me.

AMORPHIS The Beginning of Times

Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal
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The golden era of Amorphis... is right now!

Amorphis has produced another inspiring album yet again. The beginning of times doesn't distinguish from previous three albums too much in terms of type/genre/sturcture etc. It's high quality progressive/melodic death metal album produced very well and full of beautiful ideas and polished sound. The folky ambience is all around the album and underlines the reserved style of the band.

It's very difficult this album to be judged in comparison of the pasts, because of their equality. So I would say I prefer slightly the past two (Silent Waters and Skyforger), but that one is strongly recommended. The best song is the homonymous Beginning of Time, in my opinion. There're no weak moments in the album and the consistence is remarkable yet again. As a conclusion I would praise the present era of the band (2006-present) as their golden era. The Beginning of Times receives well deserved 4,1+ stars.


Album · 2011 · Hard Rock
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An ultimate hard/blues rock classic

The second Black Country Communion album, called just 2 is precise hard/blues rock masterpiece with immediate effect among the listeners. All the things I've been talking about the debut album are valid here in 2 again, but there are another unique steps forward to this album's greatness.

The first aspect is the cohesion of the band members. All these great musicians are working in perfect harmony on 2 and it's obviously seen. 2 is magical album with lots of energy and intensity. The melancholy is main feeling in some ballads and plays an opposite role to solid hard rock performances.

The construction of 2, musicianship, songwriting, producton and routine are all of highest standard and revealed the exactitude of this cult album.


Album · 2010 · Hard Rock
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Staggering classic/hard/blues rock experience into the 10s.

When I heard about the creation of this band, I have been very enthusiastic about that. All these musicians (Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian) are established leading players in contemporary rock music and now we have the chance to hear what they to say as a supergroup.

...and the result is astonishing blues/hard rock album, constructed in all the rules of the 70s hard rock music without any noticeable defects and flaws recommended for all rock fans...

As usual, I won't review this debut album called Black Country song by song. It's a homogeneous piece of art and carries an united spirit of expressivness. The songwriting is a masterclass with genuine and unostentatious ideas, built in highly mature conception. The musicianship is just a perfect enjoyment. "The voice of rock" as we all know Glenn Hughes is again and again in his well-known faultless form of playing bass and singing. His genius and capability of remodeling his voice helps him to sing in 4-5 different manners of timbre. To Joe Bonamassa's account could be recorded his sateen voice (in four songs) and technical guitar solos , alternated with low-tunes keyboard solos of Derek Sherinian. Jason Bonham plays in highly intensive and dynamic way, which tempted lots.

Black Country is another evidence, that most of the magnificent musicians need to play with other magnificent musicians in a band in order to fulfill thier own potential. As we saw most of all solo albums with session musicians are just a padding in comparison with albums like Black Country.

The last thing I shall notice is the similarity of the band with other hard rock bands. It's like facilitation of the listeners. The most similar band to Black Country Communion indisputably for me is Led Zeppelin. Afterthat it comes Deep Purple. So attention for the fanbase of both fore-mentioned bands!

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    I appeal for addiotn of my favourite vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes to hard rock subgenre. Although his solo music contains funk soul elements, it's yet hard rock in general. http://www.glennhughes.com/
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