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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Power Metal 110 4.43
2 Hard Rock 75 4.24
3 Thrash Metal 73 4.34
4 Heavy Metal 42 4.24
5 Non-Metal 40 3.94
6 Deathcore 34 3.15
7 Progressive Metal 29 4.48
8 Proto-Metal 26 4.63
9 Alternative Metal 24 4.33
10 US Power Metal 23 4.46
11 Black Metal 22 4.52
12 Heavy Alternative Rock 21 4.33
13 Melodic Death Metal 20 4.58
14 Brutal Death Metal 19 3.87
15 Death Metal 19 3.84
16 Metalcore 18 3.50
17 Glam Metal 16 4.31
18 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 15 4.60
19 Atmospheric Black Metal 12 4.29
20 Mathcore 12 4.71
21 Technical Thrash Metal 12 4.75
22 Symphonic Black Metal 12 4.71
23 Technical Death Metal 11 4.86
24 Speed Metal 10 4.35
25 Nu Metal 10 3.85
26 Symphonic Metal 9 4.06
27 Metal Related 8 4.75
28 Hardcore Punk 8 3.63
29 Groove Metal 7 3.71
30 Industrial Metal 6 4.75
31 Grindcore 6 4.58
32 Folk Metal 5 4.80
33 Melodic Metalcore 5 3.60
34 NWoBHM 5 4.80
35 Stoner Metal 5 4.50
36 Melodic Black Metal 4 4.38
37 Deathgrind 4 3.88
38 Crossover Thrash 4 4.00
39 Stoner Rock 3 4.50
40 Cybergrind 2 4.50
41 Avant-garde Metal 2 5.00
42 Drone Metal 1 5.00
43 Sludge Metal 1 5.00
44 Traditional Doom Metal 1 5.00
45 Viking Metal 1 5.00

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DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Blood Animal

Album · 2021 · Brutal Death Metal
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Disfiguring the Goddess is my favorite slam band. This one man act might be underground, but he's known for including weird and creepy electronic in most of his albums. After a six-year hiatus, however, he went for more straight-up, typical slam. And since slam death is such a repetitive and monotonous genre, one could say he sold himself out.

Blood Animal acts as a follow-up to the 2020 EP Sooth, which is a return to form featuring electronic elements with a stronger ambient touch. The album was engaging and short, and I expected something similar from Blood Animal. However, the ambient and electronic was a bit weakened, as if DTG was attempting to reach a middle point between his style and the more typical brand of slam death. As a result, the album carries only a little progression and isn't very engaging. Thanks to its small amount of variety, it's still a better album than the boring hiatus-breaker, Katapillar. But most of the songs have the same basic goal in mind and follow the same tempo, which can get monotonous quickly. Add the fact that this is the longest album in DTG's catalog, and one realizes that this could have been so much better and done so easily.

Has DTG really run out of ideas? Or is he just trying to increase his status as a "real" brutal death metal act by steering more into the typical side? Either way, this album, while fairly enjoyable for anyone who likes brutal death metal, is still weak in comparison to the weird outings of Disfiguring the Goddess, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for any reason.

DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Deprive

Album · 2013 · Brutal Death Metal
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Disfiguring the Goddess, the one man act of electronic producer Big Chocolate, made a point of being very different from typical brutal death metal on his debut, Circle of Nine, by including electronic and deathcore influences at different places. The next album, Sleeper, would continue this style by carefully placing a more atmospheric style of electronic noise in between (and simultaneously with) stronger slams and chugs than the debut. Deprive, however, perfected the style.

Deprive is so very different from a typical slam album that some even debate if it's a slam album at all. Blending slams with breakdowns at an oftentimes indeterminable balance, the album begins with raw heaviness so brutal that Cannibal Corpse would be impressed. And from then, we switch between raw filth and polished metal, all including the creepy electronic of Sleeper with with a stronger sci-fi atmosphere, bringing to mind images of Metroid and Cthulhu, which makes this album one of the scariest and heaviest albums I've ever heard.

I don't have any complaints about this album. I've heard so much slam death metal that sounds exactly the same that while the purist may be disappointed in how eccentric and unique this album is, the end result for me is a breathe of fresh air. If I had to recommend any one slam death metal album for beginners, it would easily be Deprive.

DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Circle of Nine

Album · 2011 · Brutal Death Metal
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I'm a guy who takes a binge on a specific genre seriously. The best way7 to educate yourself in any genre is to take advantage of being in the mood for it. But with most genres, I find a plethora of fantastic albums I'd easily recommend to anyone. When it comes to the slam death genre, a more specific version of brutal death, it's a bit of a challenge finding something that doesn't just chug or sound filthy and all the songs sound the same.

I need wild, and I need weird. I hate it when so many bands are just playing the same thing and ripping off other people. Such is not the case with the early discography of Disfiguring the Goddess, a (mostly) one man project by electronic producer Big Chocolate. And this album includes elements of electronica and deathcore, coming in at random points to give the album a unique personality that most brutal death bands fear to attempt. Big C. is clearly not afraid of metal purists, which is admirable considering that I'm against the purist attitude myself, specifically because DTG proves with his weird and wild style that he is willing to keep the darkness and chug factor up while being goofy. He never loses sight of raw heaviness.

The only problem is that this was the first time he attempted this style, so it wasn't perfected. A lot of the progressiveness in the electronic and deathcore influences is inconsistent because they pop up in such random places. This happens consistently throughout the album and can turn off people looking to explore DTG. Otherwise, this is an interesting debut, and it's worth looking into because the style gets better from here with other albums, but it all started out with this quirky and fearless debut.

CARCASS Torn Arteries

Album · 2021 · Melodic Death Metal
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I don't normally listen to violent albums, but Carcass's ypical lyrics are just barely under the maximum level of lyrical violence I accept when I listen to a new album. I'm familiar with Heartwork and Necroticism, both of which are almost phenomenal. But this album pretty much just feels like a rehash of all of those strengths. Torn Arteries is pretty much Carcass saying, "this is what we do and even though all our best ideas have been used up, we still have good ideas." To be fair, those strengths are still healthy and apparent, allowing for a great balance between technicality, melody and brutality that Carcass is known for, especially in the longer and more progressive songs like "Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment Limited," but every this this album did was already brutally outdone by Carcass's earlier aforementioned albums. Basically, it's a good album almost strictly for Carcass fans.

SONATA ARCTICA Silence

Album · 2001 · Power Metal
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Silence was my first Sonata Arctica album. I discovered it during an exploration into Finnish power metal, since I wanted to see what Finland had to offer other than Nightwish and Stratovarius. The big problem with a lot of power metal bands is that even their best albums will be monotonous. Sonata Arctica didn't have that problem, because Silence is always offering something new or throwing back to one of the many ideas the album features.

Ecliptica was a technical majesty that boasted classical guitar riffs and a keen sense of progression, but most of the songs were essentially doing the same thing. Such is not true with Silence, where the album mixes not only cheerful songs, sad songs, anthems and ballads, but also carefully places progressive metal and neoclassical metal in unexpected places. The band displays a keener sense of melody than even Blind Guardian is capable of! What's more, they bring so much lyrical crypticism, poetry and meaning to even the most obscure of topics to write about. Internet culture is a theme in the second track, "Weballergy."

Silence features heavy hitters, beautiful ballads, incredible melodies and a wide variety of different power metal tracks. This is my favorite Finnish power metal album, and I think it's a perfect album to introduce a newbie to power metal. Silence gives you all the sounds you want from power metal.

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  • Posted 3 months ago in Albums You Think Are Absolutely Perfect
    Currently, I've got 78 metal albums that I consider perfect.  I know that feels like a lot, but I have a firm rule about judging every genre: every genre is its own artform with its own set of rules, and these rules should be taken into account when judging.  Since I listen to every type of metal, I have quite a few examples of perfection, ranging from the melodic and extreme black metal of Thurisaz to the complex and maniacal punk-metal of Converge to even the lighter but still energetic bridge between heavy metal and hair metal of Motley Crue, who put the metal in hair metal in ways most hair bands can't do.NOTE: I do NOT consider Van Halen hair metal.Once I get through with Decade of Aggression, I'll check on some of the metal albums I fear I may be overrating, like Stormwarrior's At Foreign Shores and Ensiferum's self-titled.  But here's my top ten:1. Metallica - Ride the Lightning (thrash and heavy with touches of speed and prog)2. Black Sabbath - Paranoid (early heavy metal with a little doom and psych)3. Neurosis - Through Silver and Blood (somewhat progressive atmo-sludge)4. Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera (controversial pick, I know, but the least monotonous of the BG classics)5. My Dying Bride - The Dreadful Hours (death doom metal with a strong Gothic touch)6. Dream Theater - Metropolis, Pt. 2 (prog metal with touches of Queensryche and Pink Floyd)7. Helloween - Keeper, Pt. 2 (power metal's most anthemic and catchy album)8. Immortal - At the Heart of Winter (melodic black with some thrash and a hint of prog)9. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality (early heavy metal with strong doom undertones)10. Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime (a very diverse metal album, but not the prog album it's made out to be) LightningRider2022-01-30 11:39:10
  • Posted 3 months ago in FAVOURITE GRINDCORE ALBUMS
    1. Napalm Death - Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism2. Pig Destroyer - Prowler in the Yard3. Naked City - Torture Garden4. Pig Destroyer - Terrifyer 5. Wormrot - Voices6. Napalm Death - The Code Is Red... Long Live the Code7. Brutal Truth - Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses8. Genghis Tron - Board Up the House9. Full of Hell & Merzbow - Full of Hell & Merzbow10. Wormrot - Dirge
  • Posted 3 months ago in Killing Joke 2003 vs. Pandemonium?
    I've heard most of them.  I still have to check out the last few of their early catalogue and Democracy.Yesterday after comparing some of the albums, I've found my favorite Killing Joke album to be Extremities.  Reasoning is simple: it's the most Killing Joke album.  It's a raw mix of industrial rock, industrial metal and post-punk with a little room for the electronic of their late-80's career, is dominated by a careful mix of catchy industrial melodies, punk attitude and raw noisy atmosphere.  No one facet rules over the other, but it all represents Killing Joke's history both past and future.  I find the other albums to be at least a little monotone in construction, but still good.I'd say Killing Joke is my favorite industrial rock/metal band, but that seems a bit weird to say since I'm not into a lot of industrial rock.  I still have a lot of growth to do in industrial music (admits to never hearing a full Rammstein album), but with my appreciation growing and growing, I'm seeing the whole genre in a new light.  Finally getting around to The Fragile thanks to my dedication to explore the genre.  But for what industrial I'm familiar with and its strengths, traits and weaknesses, my favorite Killing Joke album is easily Extremities.

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