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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 619 3.46
2 Thrash Metal 393 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 247 3.71
4 Technical Death Metal 154 3.73
5 Heavy Metal 141 3.52
6 Black Metal 114 3.38
7 Hard Rock 87 3.46
8 Melodic Death Metal 77 3.75
9 Brutal Death Metal 64 3.60
10 Technical Thrash Metal 57 3.75
11 Stoner Metal 51 3.59
12 Non-Metal 49 3.53
13 Grindcore 49 3.23
14 Doom Metal 47 3.66
15 Death-Doom Metal 41 3.41
16 Metal Related 41 3.70
17 Sludge Metal 41 3.60
18 Crossover Thrash 40 3.42
19 Alternative Metal 40 3.36
20 Groove Metal 36 3.60
21 Power Metal 36 3.68
22 US Power Metal 36 3.61
23 Atmospheric Black Metal 30 3.38
24 Gothic Metal 29 3.55
25 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 28 3.75
26 Avant-garde Metal 27 3.61
27 Metalcore 25 3.56
28 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
29 Hardcore Punk 23 3.67
30 Death 'n' Roll 22 3.30
31 Symphonic Black Metal 18 3.33
32 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
33 Melodic Black Metal 15 3.43
34 Deathgrind 13 3.54
35 Goregrind 11 2.73
36 Speed Metal 11 3.27
37 Proto-Metal 10 3.70
38 Stoner Rock 9 3.94
39 Glam Metal 7 3.21
40 Depressive Black Metal 7 3.43
41 Deathcore 7 3.50
42 Crust Punk 6 3.33
43 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
44 Cybergrind 5 3.80
45 NWoBHM 5 3.60
46 Drone Metal 4 3.50
47 Mathcore 4 3.25
48 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
49 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
50 Melodic Metalcore 3 2.67
51 Folk Metal 3 3.33
52 Rap Metal 3 3.50
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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THE ORGANIZATION Savor the Flavor

Album · 1995 · Heavy Metal
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"Savor the Flavor" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, California based heavy metal/rock act The Organization. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in May 1995. The Organization was formed in 1991 after Death Angel disbanded, and features four out of five members of Death Angel. The only member of Death Angel who didn´t continue in The Organization, was lead vocalist Mark Osegueda. Guitarist Rob Cavestany took over the lead vocal duties in addition to playing guitar and The Organization was therefore a four-piece consisting of Rob Cavestany (vocals, guitar), Gus Pepa (guitars), Dennis Pepa (bass), and Andy Galeon (drums, backing vocals). The Organization released a relatively well received self-titled debut album in 1993 and then "Savor the Flavor" before changing their name to Swarm. Death Angel reunited in 2001 (with Mark Osegueda in front).

The 1993 eponymously titled debut album featured a melodic heavy metal style with the rare nod towards the thrash metal past of Death Angel, so ultimately The Organization didn´t sound that much like a continuation of Death Angel. At least not if you expected a more pure thrash metal sound. "Savor the Flavor" features and even more melodic and softer heavy metal/rock sound than its predecessor, and at this point the thrash metal leanings are completely gone from the band´s sound. "Savor the Flavor" is often closer to sounding like early 90s alternative rock, than to anything resembling heavy/thrash metal. There´s a lot of funky rhythms in the music too and the music is generally energetic and easily accessible.

The musicianship is strong, which isn´t surprising if you´re familiar with the high level musicianship of all involved on the Death Angel releases of the past and on the debut album by The Organization. Rob Cavestany is technically a skilled enough singer, but he hasn´t got the most distinct sounding nor the most strong voice out there. As a consequence the vocal part of the album is a bit lacking in power and conviction, and since not all tracks are that memorable either, the listening experience is a bit up and down in quality. The album soon feels a bit long and my attention often wanders because the hooks aren´t strong enough to maintain my interest for the duration of the 12 track, 46:47 minutes long album.

So unfortunately "softening" their sound (among other things) has made "Savor the Flavor" a much less interesting release than the band´s debut album, which did feature some pretty decent material. "Savor the Flavor" is not as such a bad release but it is pretty unspectacular alternative rock/metal, which I´d say I´ve heard before and much better too. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

POWER TRIP Manifest Decimation

Album · 2013 · Crossover Thrash
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"Manifest Decimation" is the debut full-length studio album by US, Texas based thrash metal act Power Trip. The album was released through Southern Lord Recordings in June 2013. Power Trip was formed in 2008 and released a demo and two EPs before releasing "Manifest Decimation". The album features the following lineup: Chris Whetzel (bass), Riley Gale (vocals), Nick Stewart (rhythm guitar), Blake Ibanez (lead guitar), and Chris Ulsh (drums).

Power Trip play a powerful, aggressive, and occasionally rather brutal thrash metal style on "Manifest Decimation". The band are well playing and lead vocalist Riley Gale has a suiting raw and aggressive delivery. Unfortunately the band (or the producer) has chosen to put effects on the vocals, which make them sound like they were recorded in the room next door. They are slightly too low in the mix, distorted, and sound distant. The instrumental part of the music thankfully makes up for some of that by being sharp, aggressive, and hard edged. Power Trip are both able to deliver fast-paced riffs and rhythms and heavy mid-paced grooves with equal conviction.

Other than the odd vocal effect choice, the sound production is powerful and well sounding. It suits the rawness of the music perfectly. The material on the 8 track, 34:38 minutes long album is well written, catchy, and effective too, so upon conclusion "Manifest Decimation" is a promising debut album by Power Trip. They don´t have much in way of an original sound though and that is a minor issue, but if you enjoy all the classic virtues of the more aggressive and brutal end of the US thrash metal spectrum, "Manifest Decimation" is recommended. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

SEANCE Saltrubbed Eyes

Album · 1993 · Death Metal
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"Saltrubbed Eyes" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Seance. The album was released through Black Mark Production in 1993. It´s the successor to "Fornever Laid to Rest" from 1992 and features the exact same lineup as the debut album. Seance was formed in 1990 and disbanded again in 1998, after releasing two full-length studio albums. Primary songwriter/guitarist Patrik Jensen and bassist Bino relocated to Gothenburg from Linköping, and the band weren´t able to continue without them. The former went on to achieve great success with The Haunted and Witchery.

Stylistically the material on the 9 track, 36:14 minutes long album is old school Swedish death metal, but as the case was on "Fornever Laid to Rest (1992)" there are US death metal traits in the music too, and "Saltrubbed Eyes" are by no means a "standard" old school Swedish death metal release (although "Skinless" reminds me quite a bit of Dismember). For that it features too many outside influences. When that is said the music on the album isn´t particularly original sounding either and the quality of the songwriting is pretty standard for the genre. It´s the type of early 90s death metal release which is effective and enjoyable while it plays, but soon forgotten after it ends. It really sounds a bit more negative than intended, because "Saltrubbed Eyes" is a quality release on many parameters, despite a few issues with the longivity of the album.

One of the great assets of the album is the strong musicianship. The band are generally well playing and especially lead vocalist Johan deserves a mention for his brutal growling delivery. The rest of the band are well playing too and as "Saltrubbed Eyes" also features a raw, powerful, and well sounding production, it´s only in the songwriting department the minor issues lie. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating i warranted.

CULT OF LILITH Mara

Album · 2020 · Technical Death Metal
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"Mara" is the debut full-length studio album by Reykjavík based, Icelandic death metal act Cult of Lilith. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in September 2020. Cult of Lilith was formed in 2015 by guitarist Daniel Thor Hannesson and vocalist Jon Haukur Petursson. They independently released the "Arkanum" EP in 2016, which attracted the attention of Metal Blade Records, who signed Cult of Lilith for the release of "Mara". Since the release of the EP Petursson has jumped ship, and Hannesson has built a five-piece lineup for the recording of "Mara". Cult of Lilith now appear more like a band, than a project. The lineup predominantly consists of Icelandic musicians, but new lead vocalist Mario Infantes Ávalos is from Spain, and his heritage actually has some impact on the music (more on that later).

Stylistically the material on "Mara" is technical death metal with the occasional nod towards progressive death metal. The music is generally very melodic, but also fast-paced, brutal, and features heavy grooves when that is called for. I´m reminded of as different artists as Gojira, Strapping Young Lad, Necrophagist, and The Black Dahlia Murder at various points throughout the release. Ávalos is a very versatile singer, and he both screams, snarls, growls, and sings clean vocals with great skill and conviction. He even adds some Spanish language lyrics to some of the tracks. It´s not the only latin music influence on the album as the track "Profeta Paloma" features an acoustic flamenco styled section with some spoken word Spanish on top.

"Mara" not only features intriguing songwriting, and top notch musicianship, it´s also a very well produced release, featuring a powerful, clear, and detailed sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. Being familiar with "Arkanum (2016)" I´m not surprised by the high quality of "Mara" and Cult of Lilith are definitely one of the more exciting new tech/prog death artists to appear in recent years, and "Mara" is not only a highly impressive debut album, it also shows great promise for what we may have in store on future releases. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

HIRAX Raging Violence

Album · 1985 · Thrash Metal
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"Raging Violence" is the debut full-length studio album by US, California based thrash/speed metal act Hirax. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in November 1985. Hirax was founded under the L.A. Kaos monicker in 1981, but changed their name to K.G.B. in 1983. The Hirax monicker was adopted in 1984. The band released a 1984 demo and appeared on the "Anglicon Scrape Attic" split in 1985. So while Hirax folded in 1989 after only releasing two full-length studio albums, they were an important part of the early California thrash/speed metal scene. They were a bit unusual in regards to personale, as lead vocalist Katon W. de Pena was/is African-American, which was not exactly the order of the day on the metal scene in the 1980s.

Stylistically the material on the 14 track, 30:55 minutes long album is thrash/speed metal, not completely unlike the early recordings by artists like Slayer, Metallica, Exodus, and Anthrax. So it´s not full blown thrash metal but instead features quite a few nods toward speed/traditional heavy metal in both the riff department and in the vocal style. And the vocal style needs a special mention here as Katon W. de Pena has one of the most distinct sounding voices and vocal styles on the scene. I´ll admit that the first time I listened to "Raging Violence" I couldn´t keep from laughing because of the pretty unconventional and unusual sounding vocals, but I´ve slowly begun to appreciate his original take on thrash metal singing. It´s a bit hard to give a fitting description of how he sounds, but raw staccato thrash metal styled shouting combined with some pretty unique sounding high pitched wailing is the best I can do.

I think that part of the music is bound to be an aquired taste. The same way a vocalist like King Diamond will always divide the waters, and although Katon W. de Pena´s vocals are now acceptable to my ears, it doesn´t mean I don´t still have some issues with them. His phrasing and vocal melodies could for example have been a lot more varied and the music would have prospered greatly from it. Because as it is, many tracks on "Raging Violence" sound too much the same, and that has a lot to do with the vocal style and the vocal melodies.

The instrumental part of the music is relatively raw thrash/speed metal featuring a high energy level. The musicianship is strong and the organic and powerful sound production suits the rawness of the music perfectly. Upon conclusion "Raging Violence" is for fans of the early- to mid 80s thrash/speed metal scene and the time before thrash metal was more established as a genre. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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  • Posted 5 days ago in Memes about Jon Schaffer in Capitol...
    He is hiding with his hillbilly brothers at some private property built like a fortress and armed to the teeth. Those types go down fighting ....in fact their honor and hillbilly credibility depends on it... UMUR2021-01-12 11:55:56
  • Posted 5 days ago in Memes about Jon Schaffer in Capitol...
    Well he certainly had it comin`. Act like an idiot and people will make fun of you and you will lose their respect. This will take years to repair, and while I personally don´t listen to music because I favor an artist´s opinions or not (I both listen to Christian music and Burzum, and I don´t agree with any of those views and behaviour in the case of the latter), some people may not be that forgiving.

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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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