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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 670 3.47
2 Thrash Metal 424 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 264 3.71
4 Technical Death Metal 164 3.71
5 Heavy Metal 143 3.53
6 Black Metal 115 3.39
7 Hard Rock 87 3.47
8 Melodic Death Metal 84 3.77
9 Brutal Death Metal 65 3.60
10 Technical Thrash Metal 64 3.76
11 Non-Metal 57 3.46
12 Stoner Metal 54 3.59
13 Grindcore 53 3.30
14 Doom Metal 51 3.64
15 Sludge Metal 51 3.57
16 Death-Doom Metal 45 3.49
17 Crossover Thrash 43 3.43
18 US Power Metal 43 3.66
19 Alternative Metal 42 3.38
20 Metal Related 41 3.70
21 Power Metal 38 3.66
22 Groove Metal 37 3.59
23 Gothic Metal 33 3.56
24 Atmospheric Black Metal 30 3.38
25 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 29 3.76
26 Avant-garde Metal 27 3.61
27 Industrial Metal 26 3.62
28 Metalcore 25 3.56
29 Death 'n' Roll 24 3.29
30 Hardcore Punk 24 3.69
31 Symphonic Black Metal 19 3.37
32 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
33 Melodic Black Metal 16 3.47
34 Speed Metal 13 3.27
35 Deathgrind 13 3.54
36 Goregrind 12 2.79
37 Proto-Metal 12 3.75
38 Stoner Rock 9 3.94
39 Deathcore 8 3.50
40 Depressive Black Metal 7 3.43
41 Crust Punk 7 3.36
42 Glam Metal 7 3.21
43 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
44 Cybergrind 5 3.80
45 NWoBHM 5 3.60
46 Symphonic Metal 4 3.38
47 Drone Metal 4 3.50
48 Mathcore 4 3.25
49 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
50 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
51 Melodic Metalcore 3 2.67
52 Folk Metal 3 3.33
53 Rap Metal 3 3.50
54 Nu Metal 2 3.00
55 Funeral Doom Metal 2 3.50
56 Funk Metal 1 3.50

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Album · 1984 · US Power Metal
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"Metal Church" is the eponymously titled debut full-length studio album by US power metal act Metal Church. The album was released through Ground Zero Records in July 1984. Ground Zero Records was the band´s own label and "Metal Church" is the only album ever released on the label. "Metal Church" saw a more widespread release, when Elektra Records picked it up for a 1985 reissue. Metal Church was formed in 1980 under the Shrapnel monicker but changed their name to Metal Church in 1982. The band released no less than four demos (the first was released under the Shrapnel monicker) before releasing their debut album. The band was originally located in San Francisco, California and was therefore a seminal act on the burgeoning speed/thrash metal scene in that area, but guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof moved to Washington State in 1981 and found new members for the lineup.

Stylistically the music on the album is US power/heavy metal. Some tracks are traditional heavy metal tunes while others are slightly more hard edged US power metal tracks, featuring some occasionally thrashy riffing. The musicianship is brilliant and the listener is treated to an organic and hard pounding rhythm section, hard edged heavy metal riffs and blazing guitar solos, and a strong vocal performance by lead vocalist David Wayne. While the instrumental performances are high class on all posts, it´s Wayne who elevates the music to excellence. He has as strong voice and a powerful delivery. Able to sing both raw and more melodic when that is required.

The album opens with four high quality tracks in succession. "Beyond the Black" and "Metal Church" are both hard and heavy US power metal tracks, "Merciless Onslaught" is a short and fast-paced instrumental, and "Gods of Wrath" is a power ballad type track (which is strongly influenced by Led Zeppelin). At this point in the listening process everything just reeks high class and my jaw has hit the floor a couple of times during those opening tracks. The remaining part of the album (four originals and a cover of "Highway Star" by Deep Purple) are high quality tracks too, but to my ears they don´t quite reach the brillance of the first four, so the album is frontloaded with the best tracks.

"Metal Church" features an organic, raw, and powerful sounding production, and it is one of those rare albums where almost everything just feels right. Everything fits together seamlessly, and considering that this is a debut album the quality of the musicianship, the sound production, and the songwriting are of a much higher quality than you could possibly expect from an act releasing their first album. This is a case of the demo years spend in rehearsal rooms paying off big time. The only minor issue here is the slight inconsistency in the songwriting department, but that is a minor issue, and as all tracks on the album are high quality material it doesn´t matter that much. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.


Album · 1993 · Groove Metal
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"Grin" is the 5th full-length studio album by Swiss thrash metal act Coroner. The album was released through Noise Records in September 1993. It´s the successor to "Mental Vortex" from 1991. "Grin" is generally an album which divide the waters, because Coroner changed their musical direction quite a bit on this album. The signs were already there on "Mental Vortex (1991)" though, as that album introduced a more cold and clinical sound, as opposed to the more organic sounding first three albums.

"Grin" further explores the colder and more clinical sounding thrash metal style of the predecessor, but adds a repetitive industrial element and generally features less focus on technical thrash metal playing and a little more focus on groove (although Coroner are of course as well playing as ever, and there are still quite a few technical details to be found on the album). "Grin" features a bleak atmosphere, and the Tom Morris produced, Morrisound Studios recorded production, suits the material perfectly. The sound is a bit dry, but it´s both powerful and detailed.

The album opens with the short intro "Dream Path" and then "The Lethargic Age", which to my ears is a pretty bad choice for a first track. "The Lethargic Age" is one of the least powerful and least interesting songs on the album, but once "Internal Conflicts" kicks in, things begin to look a little brighter. The rest of the tracks on the album are a bit up and down in quality and catchiness, but "Grin" is generally a good quality release by Coroner. Other than "Internal Conflicts", I´d mention tracks like "Serpent Moves" and "Paralized, Mesmerized" as some of the standout tracks on the album. The tracks are generally pretty long, most of them ranging from 6 to 8 minutes of playing time, but the new repetitive element of the band´s sound makes this necessary.

As always the musicianship is on a high level. Marky Edelmann is a skilled drummer and he plays some pretty interesting rhythms on the album. Lead vocalist/bassist Ron Broder occasionally sounds a bit more restrained when singing on "Grin", than his more raw vocals on the preceding releases, but his vocals are more powerful on some tracks than on others. Guitarist Tommy Vetterli plays some creative thrash/heavy metal riffs and some absolutely brilliant guitar solos.

So upon conclusion "Grin" isn´t as different sounding from the preceding part of the band´s discography as many fans make it out to be. The overall atmosphere is a bit darker/bleaker and there is an emphasis on groove here not heard on previous releases, but at the end of the day this is still unmistakably the sound of Coroner. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.


Album · 2012 · Death Metal
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"Necrovation" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Necrovation. The album was released through Agonia Recrods in June 2012. There´s been one lineup change since the band´s debut full-length studio album "Breed Deadness Blood" from 2008, as Necrovation have added a second guitarist to the ranks in Fredrick Almström, effectively making them a four-piece on this eponymously titled sophomore album.

"Breed Deadness Blood (2008)" featured an old school, yet quite adventurous, Swedish death metal style, and the material on this 9 track, 47:00 minutes long album continues and further develops that style. It´s raw and filthy old school death metal, but there is a level of sophistication and creativity in the songwriting that isn´t standard for the genre. Thankfully not in an arty farty progressive kind of fashion, but more in a way to make the music an adventurous and dynamic listen. I´m reminded slightly of some of the releases by fellow countrymen and contemporary artists Tribulation (their first two albums) and Morbus Chron.

The material on the album are generally well written and as mentioned above quite intriguing and adventurous, but it doesn´t mean the music is perfect through and through. Personally I could have wished for a few more instantly catchy and memorable riffs or vocals phrases, but for all its old school death metal glory "Necrovation" isn´t the most accessible release, and that´s both a good and a bad thing, probably depending on the ears who listen to it.

"Necrovation" features a raw, brutal, and detailed sound production, which suits the material perfectly. The musicianship is on a high level on all posts too, and upon conclusion "Necrovation" is a worthy follow-up album to "Breed Deadness Blood (2008)". The pairing of old school death metal authenticity and above standard creative songwriting ideas, work pretty well and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

MORTIS DEI Last Failure

Album · 2009 · Death Metal
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"Last Failure" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Polish death metal act Mortis Dei. The album is a self-released effort released in March 2009. It´s the successor to "My Lovely Enemy" from 2006 and it features the exact same lineup who recorded the predecessor.

Stylistically Mortis Dei pretty much continue the predominantly mid-paced heavy and groove laden death metal style of "My Lovely Enemy (2006)", and "Last Failure" feels like a natural successor in terms of quality and style. The band incorporate melodic leads when that is needed and "Last Failure" is as a result fairly varied. Compared to the predecessor the vocal style has changed from relatively intelligible growling vocals to pretty much unintelligible growling vocals, which to my ears is a bit of a shame, as that type of growling vocals don´t really suit the music too well. It´s not a major distraction and the vocals are well performed, but I prefer the vocal style on "My Lovely Enemy (2006)".

"Last Failure" features a powerful, brutal, and clear sounding production, which suits the music well. It´s not a raw old school organic sounding production job, but the material aren´t old school death metal either, so that type of production probably wouldn´t have suited the material on the album. Upon conclusion "Last Failure" is another decent effort from Mortis Dei. There´s nothing groundbreaking or surprising here, but it´s a good solid quality release and a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved.

OBSCURA Diluvium

Album · 2018 · Technical Death Metal
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"Diluvium" is the 5th full-length studio album by German death metal act Obscura. The album was released through Relapse Records in July 2018. It´s the successor to "Akróasis" from 2016 and features the exact same quartet lineup who recorded the predecessor.

The material on "Diluvium" continue the technical/progressive death metal style of "Akróasis (2016)" and it´s the sound of Obscura as they´ve sounded on the last couple of releases. Busy and high energy technical death metal with progressive ideas and strong jazz/fusion leanings. High in the mix fretless bass playing, high speed precision drumming, and powerful sharp death/thrash riffs and blistering lead guitar work. "Diluvium" is a very melodic release, but on the other hand it´s also nicely aggressive and brutal when that is called for. The vocals are predominantly snarling and aggressive growling, but there are some robotic clean vocals featured throughout the album too.

While the musical foundation of the tracks are similar or in other words the tracks are coherent in style, there is still good variation between tracks and within tracks. Tempo changes/time signature changes, different riff styles, varied lead guitar work, and loads of different rhythm patterns. There is generally a very good balance between the elements which make up the tracks, and Obscura are also successful at striking a balance between challenging playing/adventurous song structures and catchy moments/accessibility. So while this is not easy music to listen to, it´s not technical for the sake of it. The technical playing is a means to an end, and the songwriting is in focus in terms of creating something that the listener can relate to and instantly enjoy.

"Diluvium" features a clear, detailed, and powerful sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. Every detail is audible in the mix, and that´s what busy layered music like this requires. So upon conclusion "Diluvium" is yet another high quality release from Obscura. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

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martindavey87 wrote:
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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/
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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/
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Thanx again for the shout out !!!! \m/


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