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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Hard Rock 318 3.57
2 Death Metal 277 3.78
3 Heavy Metal 161 3.65
4 Progressive Metal 152 3.82
5 Thrash Metal 130 3.70
6 Technical Death Metal 86 3.90
7 Non-Metal 80 3.35
8 Melodic Death Metal 78 3.69
9 Black Metal 63 3.78
10 Glam Metal 59 3.31
11 Proto-Metal 52 3.71
12 Doom Metal 50 3.76
13 Brutal Death Metal 39 3.73
14 Metal Related 28 3.75
15 Traditional Doom Metal 28 3.86
16 US Power Metal 27 3.70
17 Stoner Metal 27 3.83
18 Power Metal 26 3.81
19 NWoBHM 23 3.85
20 Alternative Metal 23 3.37
21 Technical Thrash Metal 21 3.93
22 Heavy Alternative Rock 20 3.35
23 Groove Metal 19 3.66
24 Melodic Black Metal 18 3.92
25 Heavy Psych 15 4.00
26 Atmospheric Black Metal 14 3.54
27 Gothic Metal 11 3.55
28 Death-Doom Metal 10 3.70
29 Neoclassical metal 10 3.60
30 Speed Metal 10 3.55
31 Symphonic Black Metal 9 3.72
32 Funeral Doom Metal 9 3.78
33 Funk Metal 9 3.28
34 Avant-garde Metal 7 3.29
35 Sludge Metal 6 4.17
36 Stoner Rock 5 4.00
37 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 5 3.80
38 Death 'n' Roll 5 3.40
39 Nu Metal 5 2.90
40 Metalcore 4 3.75
41 Melodic Metalcore 4 3.75
42 Symphonic Metal 4 3.25
43 Industrial Metal 3 3.67
44 Mathcore 3 4.00
45 Folk Metal 3 3.83
46 Grindcore 3 2.83
47 Crust Punk 3 3.17
48 Deathgrind 2 3.75
49 Crossover Thrash 1 3.00
50 Drone Metal 1 4.00
51 Hardcore Punk 1 3.50
52 Viking Metal 1 3.00
53 Pagan Black Metal 1 4.00

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BONDED Rest In Violence

Album · 2020 · Thrash Metal
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After spending years in Sodom guitarist Bernemann and drummer Markus Freiwald found their services were no longer required by mainman Tom Angelripper. So what are you going to do? Form a band to kick Sodom’s ass of course. Bonded certainly give it a good go and with Rest In Violence they have released an album that to my ears betters recent Sodom releases and even reaches the heights of their best stuff at times.

To say they have bettered recent Sodom releases is high praise indeed as Sodom continues to release excellent thrash metal to this day. Bernemann, Friewald and their new mates, vocalist Ingo Bajonczak, bassist Marc Hauschild and second guitarist Chris Tsitsis have stuck with playing thrash but while there’s plenty of material here that’s belts along at breakneck pace there also slower more groove orientated stuff. The album is stuffed with great songs with strong hooks and an impressive collection of memorable riffs and perfectly demonstrated on the first 3 songs – all killer, the title track featuring none other than Overkill vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth who puts in an expected fine performance. Though having a much lower register Bajonczak is no slouch himself with his powerful and gritty delivery. Je Suis Charlie slows things down somewhat but with its infectious riffing and melody is another winner. In fact these guys barely put a foot wrong. The plodding No Cure For Life doesn’t match the heights of previous tracks but its slow groove still hits the mark down to its strong riff. It’s the more up tempo stuff though where this band really slays and thankfully it’s not in short supply. These guys play well, great guitar work including the solos and a kick ass rhythm section and the sound is tight aided by a crystal clear but powerful production which nails you to the wall.

I’m loving this album, the first 2020 release I’ve bought. There’s a great future for Bonded if they can keep the quality quotient up as shown on Rest In Violence. They have set the benchmark for thrash metal bands this year to beat.

INSOMNIUM Heart Like A Grave

Album · 2019 · Melodic Death Metal
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How do you follow an album like Winter’s Gate? Insomnium’s masterpiece in my opinion – one continuous forty minute long piece of music, unless you bought the vinyl version then of course it was split in two. Unless you’re a prog band, not with an album of the same format.

Heart Like A Grave see’s the band returning to the shorter song structure of previous albums though some of them are quite long, Pale Morning Star almost hitting nine minutes for example. The sound is unmistakably Insomnium though they’ve gone and done an Iron Maiden and brought in a third guitarist, Jani Liimatainen. He hasn’t made any noticeable difference to their studio sound but I can imagine how live he could be a benefit for the layered guitar sounds, something he has already been doing for some time I believe. Heart Like A Grave delivers exactly what you’d expect from Insomnium. First rate melodic death metal with powerful melodic riffs overlaid by lead runs and interspersed with acoustic lulls and atmospheric sections. The vocals are largely growled of course courtesy of bassist Niilo Sevänen as usual but clean vocals are occasionally brought in which work well and should be used more often. Insomnium have always released strong albums so while Heart Like a Grave is up against some pretty stiff competition they’ve done well to equal and sometimes better their past work here. The band is obviously very comfortable in their style and sound and it shows through a strong sympathetic production. Best of all they maintain the quality level for the whole album.

Once again Insomnium have produced a winner. This is not going to turn heads the way Winter’s Gate did but musically it’s just as good and any fan of the band will not be disappointed. In fact those who felt the single piece of music format of the last album didn’t work will probably prefer the return to individual songs.

BLOOD INCANTATION Hidden History of the Human Race

Album · 2019 · Death Metal
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Back in 2016 I was mightily impressed with the debut album from a little known death metal band from the USA called Blood Incantation. On starting this review I decided to start by referring back to my review of said album, Starspawn. While I could have sworn I’d done a review, apparently not, I’d only rated it – 4 stars by the way. Anyway here we are three years down the road and Blood Incantation are back with another dose of cosmic death metal and they’ve just got even better.

Hidden History Of The Human Race is only four tracks long clocking in at a meagre 36 minutes but thankfully every track earns it’s place here. Slave Species Of The Gods opens up and it sounds immense. With its crushing dissonant riffs and organic production fans of Immolation and Morbid Angel should love it. Likewise The Giza Power Plant which follows though adding some light and shade and getting a bit more trippy over its seven minutes. Compared to their debut the sound here is tighter and not quite as dense – less chaotic. That’s not to say I prefer it that way but HHOTHR shows considerable growth with a more progressive approach. Inner Paths (To Outer Space) was the first track I heard from the album and initially I was a bit concerned. It has a slow build starting with a clean sounding cosmic trippy section and took it’s time before anything resembling death metal kicked in. Hearing it in the context of the album though it works and I like it.

Not surprisingly the highlight of the album is the eighteen minute Awakening From The Dream Of Existence To The Multidimensional Nature Of Our Reality (Mirror Of The Soul) which takes up side 2 of my vinyl copy. It’s a mind blowing death metal trip with some of their heaviest riffs but even including a Pink Floyd-ish lull before kicking back in with full force again. The rhythms twist and turn, constantly shifting mirroring the riffs, never staying in the same place too long and it feels like only half its length. It’s a stunning piece of work and perhaps the finest piece of death metal I’ve heard all year.

Just when I was more or less sorted in my mind on my favourite albums of the year along comes another contender. HHOTHR is a staggering achievement and I can’t wait to see where this band goes next. The future of death metal is in safe hands.

ENTOMBED A.D. Bowels Of Earth

Album · 2019 · Death 'n' Roll
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It can’t be easy being Entombed A.D. Seemingly destined to always be in the shadow of the band that spawned them, Entombed of course, who were responsible for ground-breaking death metal albums like Left Hand Path and Clandestine. A band who along with others like Dismember established the Stockholm sound and influenced god knows how many imitators with that buzzsaw guitar sound. Entombed A.D. nevertheless have much to offer themselves.

Bowels Of Earth is the bands third release and I’d say it’s the best of the three. You’re not going to find any great leaps in terms of style here but if you have a penchant for straight forward no nonsense death ‘n’ roll then this could be for you. Buzzsaw guitar sound intact the band romps through ten tracks with little variation but plenty of strong riffs and hooks. The album starts off strong with first three tracks – Torment remains, Elimination and Hell Is My Home hitting all the right spots with the later perhaps the pick of the bunch. The rest though is not lacking in quality songs with the band playing with plenty of enthusiasm with only the occasional slight dip in quality but it’s barely noticeable when they do with most of the songs only being around the three minute mark. An unexpected cover of the Hank Williams song I’ll Never Get out Of This World Alive works surprisingly well with Entombed A.D. making it their own. Whilst most of the material runs along at a fair pace they throw in a few slower tempos for parts of some of the songs for variation, though final song To Eternal Night really slows things down and at 5:43 is the longest track here. It’s also a bit of a weak ending to an otherwise great album, dragging somewhat and outstaying it’s welcome.

While I’ve heard a lot of better death metal this year Bowels Of Earth is still a welcome addition and one I’ll be playing pretty regularly over the coming months. Well worth checking out if you’ve ever liked this band and its parent outfit.

COME BACK FROM THE DEAD The Rise Of The Blind Ones

Album · 2019 · Death Metal
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Despite kicking around for a decade Come Back From The Dead, a death metal band from Spain were unheard of to me, until I recently added them to our database here on MMA that is. Always eager to hear some new death metal that will pummel me half to death I gave this, The Rise Of The Blind Ones, their second album a listen.

Did it do the trick? Well, to be honest not really, but that’s not to say Come Back From The Dead don’t have any merit. They clearly sit in the old school camp and play with no shortage of enthusiasm. Their songs are on the raw side, fairly simply structured but played well enough nevertheless. Vocalist Paul attacks the songs with unrestrained vigour and is the bands greatest asset. These songs whilst not going to set the world on fire occasionally makes me sit up and listen more intently but for the large part its death metal by numbers. They also inject a bit of doom and some punk touches too which is a welcome addition. Death metal should bludgeon the listener into submission but a weak and thin sounding production robs the band of having much hope of doing this. The drums in particular sound very distant at times though drummer Marcos is clearly giving it his all. Something that dawned on me later, that’s unusual in death metal, unless I missed them – no double kick drums. They’re barely missed however with Marcos throwing in no shortage of fast rhythms and fills around the kit.

Come Back From The Dead should not be written off by any stretch and I warmed to this album more with repeated plays but with the glut of great death metal out there they’ll need to follow this up with something a bit more special if they are to make any serious dent in the current scene. I think they have it in them though and the next album with a better production could be a winner.

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    Another one gone too soon, R.I.P. Sean.https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-death-and-cynic-drummer-sean-reinert-dead-at-48/?fbclid=IwAR3w8aNLHumyIWiWv4do7Hfg83Z7-sLfmRI8oh8e4OR-auS9dSxh_7GUvAs
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    My most listened to stuff tends to be my newest purchases and that often sends me on a mission to revisit their back catalogue. So I guess my most listened to bands with one or 2 exceptions will have released a new album in 2019. The bands I've listened to most are...Opeth (always there)MayhemNileImmolationPossessedDeathVltimas
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    [QUOTE=adg211288]I'm very partial to a bit of folk so I'm actually quite hyped for it. Just about to listen to the single.But man people are still being toxic as fuck over her, finding any excuse to bring criticism. Just read a comment that basically implied the art style was ripped off from the artist Hans Dahl.When it literally is a Hans Dahl painting!According to a post today it's actually a painting she owns the original of, which has been in her family for generations, which may explain some confusion if its not one that's explicitly been seen before, but it's not as if Hans Dahl hasn't been the credited artist since it was revealed as the cover.  [/QUOTE] Some people need to get a life.

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