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DEATH - Symbolic Technical Death Metal
RUSSIAN CIRCLES - Station Metal Related
MASTODON - Leviathan Sludge Metal
MASTODON - Blood Mountain Sludge Metal
MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
EXODUS - Shovel Headed Kill Machine Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal
DEATH - The Sound of Perseverance Technical Death Metal
KAYO DOT - Choirs Of The Eye Avant-garde Metal | review permalink
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM - In Glorious Times Avant-garde Metal
KAYO DOT - Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue Avant-garde Metal
DYSTOPIA - Human = Garbage Crust Punk | review permalink
AGALLOCH - Marrow of the Spirit Atmospheric Black Metal | review permalink
ISIS - Oceanic Atmospheric Sludge Metal
ISIS - Panopticon Atmospheric Sludge Metal
BARONESS - First Sludge Metal | review permalink
NEUROSIS - Times Of Grace Atmospheric Sludge Metal
NEUROSIS - Souls at Zero Atmospheric Sludge Metal
YOB - The Unreal Never Lived Doom Metal

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Thrash Metal 45 3.84
2 Heavy Metal 33 3.06
3 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 32 4.34
4 Avant-garde Metal 32 4.14
5 Progressive Metal 31 3.37
6 Hard Rock 30 3.62
7 Non-Metal 28 3.82
8 Sludge Metal 25 4.30
9 Stoner Metal 20 4.35
10 Metal Related 20 4.15
11 Atmospheric Black Metal 15 4.30
12 Drone Metal 15 4.43
13 Folk Metal 12 3.83
14 Funk Metal 12 3.75
15 Stoner Rock 12 4.04
16 Groove Metal 8 4.13
17 Death 'n' Roll 7 4.29
18 Death Metal 7 3.86
19 Technical Death Metal 7 4.07
20 Proto-Metal 7 4.21
21 US Power Metal 6 4.42
22 NWoBHM 6 4.08
23 Doom Metal 5 4.60
24 Alternative Metal 5 3.70
25 Black Metal 5 4.20
26 Power Metal 3 3.67
27 Melodic Death Metal 3 3.83
28 Rap Metal 3 3.83
29 Melodic Metalcore 2 3.25
30 Metalcore 2 4.25
31 Heavy Alternative Rock 2 4.00
32 Hardcore Punk 1 3.50
33 Speed Metal 1 4.00
34 Crust Punk 1 5.00
35 Funeral Doom Metal 1 4.00
36 Heavy Psych 1 5.00
37 Industrial Metal 1 5.00
38 Mathcore 1 5.00

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XYSMA Lotto

Album · 1996 · Stoner Rock
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Very strange album to be coming from a former death/grind band, though not totally unexpected given the trajectory Xysma's career had been taking up to this point. While the prior albums First and Magical and Deluxe being somewhat lighter & trippier variations on Entombed's "death-n-roll" theme, Lotto veers into stoner rock and even almost pop-punk. Think, a more garage version of Monster Magnet or Queens of the Stone Age. The production is intentionally a bit lo-fi, but it works.

The lyrics are goofy ("There's a feel I gotta be behind the wheel, I love my tram") and the vocals are split duty between croaky and (surprisingly good) clean. Overall, the thing that strikes me most about Xysma and especially Lotto, is how lighthearted and fun it all is. Hard not to have a good time listening to this album.

Favourite tracks: We Just Came Inside, New Gel In Town, The Tram

ENTOMBED Morning Star

Album · 2001 · Death 'n' Roll
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If "Uprising" is Entombed's tribute to Motorhead, "Morning Star" reminds me a lot of Slayer and Converge - just a nonstop, crushingly heavy, relentless, thrashy and sludgy death metal masterpiece that still manages to be head-banging groovy.

Lyrically it's sort of a concept album about Christianity and Satan, which isn't exactly breaking new ground. I don't tend to pay much attention to lyrics at any rate. The rhythms are tight and chugging, crisp snappy drumming, spirited raw vocals, ripping guitar solos - Morning Star has a lot to offer, and is possibly the best release from this consistently great band.

Favourite tracks: Chief Rebel Angel, I for and Eye, Year One Now, Fractures, City of Ghosts, About to Die

ENTOMBED Uprising

Album · 2000 · Death 'n' Roll
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Entombed does Motorhead-

Stockholm band Entombed is mostly famous for two things - popularizing the Boss HM-2 "chainsaw" guitar tone, and pathfinding the unfortunately nicknamed "death-n-roll" style of music. Uprising is an album that has both those trademarks. Where it differs from Entombed's other offerings is in catchiness. The grind is all there, but the riffs have a toe-tapping 70s hard rock characteristic to them. The vocals are harsh, but not death metal growls. It's an album that would be hard to place in time if you didn't know better... and yet in a sense it is far heavier than most anything from the 70s and 80s. Truly worth a listen for the open minded metalhead. Great gym music, by the way, with far better production value than their earlier studio albums.

Favourite tracks: Seeing Red, Won't Back Down, Something out of Nothing

STONE Emotional Playground

Album · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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I'm torn; Emotional Playground probably has the best music, but the worst production of Stone's studios. The drums suffer most, sounding unfortunately a little too tinny to really beat the message across. Some of the guitar solos aren't loud enough, but they rip as hard as anything I've ever heard. Still a very enjoyable listen, and it's only because the other albums sounded so excellent that it is even noticeable.

They've dialed the prog rock back just a titch from Colours, and it works well here. It's a shame that they really came into their own sound so shortly before breaking up. I love the vocal harmonies on the opener, something that doesn't appear on any of their other albums. The vocals in general are much more diverse than the rest of the discography. Also a big fan of the "rattly" bass guitar tone they've found here. Compared to Colours, there is less dissonance, but more variety in tempo, time signature, and heaviness, which makes the whole thing flow quite well. I even heard some acoustic guitar in there. The crushingly awesome downtuned dirge "Years After" stands out as a big stylistic shift, almost an experiment.

Favourite tracks: Small Tales, Last Chance, Mad Hatter's Den, Dead End

STONE Colours

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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The most prog-thrash album of Stone's career. Still chock full of heavy chugging gallops and dual guitar harmonies, but this time they tend to be a little more polyrhythmic and dissonant. I'd say there is less head banging here, but less straightforward thrashers should be pleased. For me, it has lost a little; the tracks don't all hold my attention as strongly. Though none of the tracks are obscenely long, it drags a couple times near the middle. Production is excellent as it was on their previous. Vocals are what you expect if you're familiar with the band - a bit hard to understand, melodies can be a bit funny, but overall quite good with occasional gang vox background.

Favourite tracks: Stone Cold Soul, Meaning of Life

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