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1 Death Metal 584 3.45
2 Thrash Metal 366 3.55
3 Progressive Metal 235 3.70
4 Technical Death Metal 143 3.72
5 Heavy Metal 129 3.50
6 Black Metal 110 3.39
7 Hard Rock 85 3.45
8 Melodic Death Metal 70 3.72
9 Brutal Death Metal 56 3.55
10 Technical Thrash Metal 52 3.76
11 Stoner Metal 50 3.59
12 Non-Metal 46 3.57
13 Doom Metal 44 3.63
14 Grindcore 43 3.20
15 Death-Doom Metal 39 3.40
16 Sludge Metal 39 3.59
17 Metal Related 38 3.66
18 Alternative Metal 36 3.42
19 Groove Metal 35 3.60
20 Power Metal 34 3.69
21 Crossover Thrash 33 3.41
22 US Power Metal 31 3.60
23 Atmospheric Black Metal 29 3.38
24 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 28 3.75
25 Avant-garde Metal 25 3.58
26 Gothic Metal 24 3.48
27 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
28 Metalcore 24 3.60
29 Hardcore Punk 22 3.68
30 Death 'n' Roll 19 3.32
31 Symphonic Black Metal 18 3.33
32 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
33 Melodic Black Metal 14 3.36
34 Deathgrind 12 3.50
35 Goregrind 10 2.65
36 Speed Metal 10 3.40
37 Proto-Metal 10 3.70
38 Stoner Rock 9 3.94
39 Glam Metal 7 3.21
40 Deathcore 7 3.50
41 Depressive Black Metal 6 3.50
42 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
43 Cybergrind 5 3.80
44 NWoBHM 5 3.60
45 Drone Metal 4 3.50
46 Crust Punk 4 3.25
47 Melodic Metalcore 4 2.63
48 Mathcore 4 3.25
49 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
50 Folk Metal 3 3.33
51 Rap Metal 3 3.50
52 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
53 Symphonic Metal 3 3.17
54 Nu Metal 2 3.00
55 Funeral Doom Metal 2 3.50
56 Funk Metal 1 3.50

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EAGLES PREACH Rule Number One

Demo · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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"Rule Number One" is the first and only demo cassette tape by the relatively short lived Danish, Odense based thrash metal act Eagles Preach. The demo was self-released in 1990. Eagles Preach were formed in 1989, released this demo tape and then disbanded. While the rest of the members of the lineup would fade into obscurity, guitarist Perle Hansen would soon join the more prolific Invocator as their new lead guitarist, playing on both the "Weave the Apocalypse (1993)" and the "Dying to Live (1995)" albums by that band.

The 4 tracks on the demo are in a very standard US influenced thrash metal style. The instrumental part of the music is as such well performed and the sound quality is decent for a demo too, but lead vocalist Carsten is the type of thrash metal singer, who sounds like he´s not sure he wants to be there. His vocals lack power and conviction, and his screams sound pretty terrible. He has a kind of singing/talking way of delivering his vocals and a very limited mid-range voice, that does absolutely nothing for the music. It´s not the worst I´ve ever heard, but it´s definitely not great either.

The material are decent but pretty standard for the genre, and as this is a 1990 demo tape, it´s hard not to think the music style sounds a bit dated. It´s pretty obvious why this demo tape never amounted to a label deal. At that point, this type of music was simply on the way to be out of fashion, and when the quality isn´t higher than the case is here, and the material aren´t particularly original sounding either, the odds were simply against Eagles Preach succeeding. A 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.

WITCHERY Don't Fear the Reaper

Album · 2006 · Thrash Metal
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"Don't Fear the Reaper" is the 4th full-length studio album by Swedish heavy metal act Witchery. The album was released through Century Media Records in March 2006. It´s the successor to "Symphony for the Devil" from 2001. The lineup who recorded "Symphony for the Devil (2001)" is intact. Sharlee D'Angelo (bass), Patrik Jensen (rhythm guitars), Richard Corpse (lead guitars), Martin Axenrot (drums), and Toxine (vocals).

Stylistically the material on the album continue the band´s trademark blackened heavy metal/speed metal style and there are very few surprises in that department. If you´re familiar with the preceding releases and enjoy them, chances are good you´ll enjoy this one too. The music is a combination of traditional heavy metal, speed metal, thrash metal, black metal, and an occasional touch of death metal ("Crossfixation" is for example death metal oriented). The black metal element is mostly due to Toxine´s raw and raspy vocal style, because the instrumental part of the music is predominantly traditional heavy/speed metal. An act like Mercyful Fate often comes to mind. The dark and occult nature of the lyrics and the general imagery surrounding Witchery also point in that direction.

The material on the 13 track, 45:58 minutes long album are well written, powerful, and effective. The album features three instrumentals, where especially "The Wait of the Pyramids" is worth a mention, but tracks like "Stigmatized", "Crossfixation", "Cannon Fodder", and especially "Ashes" (because of the dominant use of keyboards) also stand out on an otherwise stylistically consistent release.

"Don't Fear the Reaper" is well produced too, featuring a powerful, raw, and detailed production, which brings out the best in the material. The high level musicianship is another asset, and paired with the high quality songwriting (which often has a great memorable anthemic quality to it), "Don't Fear the Reaper" is another great release by Witchery. There´s bite and conviction behind the delivery and just the right amount of aggression mixed with intriguing ideas. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

DEAD KENNEDYS Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Album · 1980 · Hardcore Punk
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"Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" is the debut full-length studio album by US punk rock act Dead Kennedys. The album was originally released through Cherry Red Records in the UK in September 1980, and only later saw a US release through lead vocalist Jello Biafra's own label Alternative Tentacles.

Stylistically the music on the album is a combination of punk (even a couple of harder edged hardcore moments), 50s rock´n´roll, and a touch of surf music. Jello Biafra has a very distinct sounding voice and a powerful and raw yet still melodic way of singing. The 33:06 minutes long album features 14 tracks (some versions include the bonus track "Too Drunk to Fuck"), which are all between 1 and 3 minutes long. Highlights include "Kill the Poor", "Drug Me", "Califonia Über Alles", "Holiday in Cambodia", and "Viva Las Vegas", but all material featured on the album is of a high quality.

While the tracks are predominantly pretty simple and vers/chorus structured, Dead Kennedys understand the importance of details and variation (well...at least varied for the style), and add to that great humour and biting sarcasm while still producing some thought provoking politically charged lyrics, and you have a punk album extraordinaire. The music is played with raw aggression and great intensity but it´s not primitive by any means. In fact these guys can play, and although it often sounds like the tracks are recorded in one take, or maybe in a few takes, the music sounds tight. The sound production is raw and has an authentic "recorded live in the studio" feel to it, which suits the equally raw music well.

It´s no wonder "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" is often mentioned among the most important American punk albums and Dead Kennedys are considered one of the most prolific acts on the scene, because this album reeks class, an anarchistic and adventurous spirit, and raw authentic intensity, which is hard not to be impressed by. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

VIO-LENCE Eternal Nightmare

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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"Eternal Nightmare" is the debut full-length studio album by US, San Francisco based thrash metal act Vio-Lence. The album was released through Mechanic Records in 1988. Vio-Lence were formed in 1985 under the Death Penalty monicker, but changed their name to Vio-Lence the same year. The first years saw some lineup changes, before the lineup finally settled when guitarist Robb Flynn (who came from Forbidden Evil, which he helped found) who replaced founding member Troy Fua. The remaining members of the lineup are Dean Dell (bass), Phil Demmel (guitars), Sean Killian (vocals), and Perry Strickland (drums).

Stylistically the music on "Eternal Nightmare" is a fast-paced and aggressive type of US thrash metal. Artists like Slayer and Dark Angel come to mind, but Vio-Lence are ultimately quite different because of the rather distinct sounding vocal style of Sean Killian. He is the definition of a "Love him or hate him" type vocalist. While he delivers the usual raw staccato type thrash metal vocals too, his dominant vocal style is a semi-clean singing with some odd drawn out and out of tune notes. It´s not melodic by any means and most of the time it sounds like he is stumbling over the words, because he has to sing a lot of lyric lines over a short time. So yeah I understand those who can´t stand his vocals (they are indeed pretty odd), but personally I find them both original and quite charming too. They are what make Vio-Lence something special on the 80s US thrash metal scene.

The instrumental part of the music is very well played too. The rhythm section perform their parts with conviction and great power, and the two guitarists deliver one aggressive thrashy riff after another and play some intense fast guitar solos too. A prime example of mid- to late 80s US thrash metal. The sound production is raw and unpolished, which suits the material perfectly. It could however have packed just a bit more punch, but overall it´s a great sound for the material.

The material on the 7 track, 35:19 minutes long album are well written and effective (the band recorded an 8th track titled "Torture Tactics" for the album, but the label refused to release the album if that track was included, because of it´s offensive lyrical content, so it is not included on the tracklist). The tracks are relatively complex without losing any power or being sophisticated beyond featuring more sections than your regular vers/chorus structured songs. A couple of tracks into the album the overall style becomes a bit one-dimensional, but that´s not uncommon for similar contemporary artists, so it´s not a huge issue, but a bit more variation between tracks could have elevated "Eternal Nightmare" to a higher level.

Upon conclusion "Eternal Nightmare" is a quality release and a promising debut album by Vio-Lence. The musicianship is strong, the sound production relatively well sounding, and the material is aggressive and effective. Because of Killian´s vocal style, the album even features a slightly original sound for the style and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

VICIOUS RUMORS Demo II

Demo · 1983 · Heavy Metal
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"Demo II" is as the title suggests the 2nd demo cassette tape by US, California based heavy/power metal act Vicious Rumors. The demo was self-released in May 1983. Since the release of the first demo there have been a couple of lineup changes as guitarist Jim Cassero has been replaced by Chuck Moomey, and drummer Jim Lang has been replaced by Don Selzer. Vicious Rumors were formed in 1979 and released their first demo cassette tape in 1982. The track "In Fire" was also featured on the first demo in a shorter and less developed version.

Stylistically the 3 tracks on the 13:37 minutes long demo continues the heavy/US power metal style of the first demo. "Steeler" is a relatively hard edged heavy/US power metal track (and probably the track which resembles the band´s later more defined US power metal style the most), while "In Fire" is a more melodic traditional heavy metal track greatly influenced by Iron Maiden. "I Can Live Forever" has a more hard rocking feeling to it´s tradtional heavy metal sound and it reminds me a bit of contemporary Judas Priest.

It´s obvious the band have developed their songwriting and playing skills since the first demo, and the sound quality is also slightly better on this demo than on the first. It´s still pretty lo-fi and unpolished though. The three tracks show that Vicious Rumors were still working on finding their own sound, but despite the stylistic inconsistency of the tracks, they are all quality material and a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted. Certainly a promising demo release.

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  • Posted 3 days ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    [QUOTE=LittleBig][/QUOTE] I had some correspondance with these guys some years back, and I seem to remember having reviewed this album which was sent to me as a CD promo.

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martindavey87 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Hey Jonas! How are ya man? Every where I post reviews, either here, Progarchives or RYM, whenever I go to post one I see you've posted one on that album too. It's cool comparing them! Was actually gonna message ya on here just to ask what your name is lol. Hope you're well and rock on! \m/ \m/
more than 2 years ago
Thanks! I will be slowly importing reviews that I have done for my website over here, but that will take awhile. For now, I will just be posting new reviews that I am publishing on my website. Cheers! \m/
mjayeh wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Thanx again for the shout out !!!! \m/

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