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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 658 3.46
2 Thrash Metal 415 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 263 3.71
4 Technical Death Metal 159 3.71
5 Heavy Metal 143 3.53
6 Black Metal 115 3.39
7 Hard Rock 87 3.47
8 Melodic Death Metal 79 3.76
9 Brutal Death Metal 65 3.60
10 Technical Thrash Metal 63 3.75
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 49 3.57
16 Death-Doom Metal 43 3.47
17 Crossover Thrash 43 3.43
18 Alternative Metal 41 3.37
19 Metal Related 41 3.70
20 US Power Metal 40 3.63
21 Power Metal 37 3.66
22 Groove Metal 37 3.59
23 Gothic Metal 30 3.55
24 Atmospheric Black Metal 30 3.38
25 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 28 3.75
26 Avant-garde Metal 27 3.61
27 Metalcore 25 3.56
28 Industrial Metal 25 3.62
29 Hardcore Punk 24 3.69
30 Death 'n' Roll 23 3.28
31 Symphonic Black Metal 19 3.37
32 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
33 Melodic Black Metal 16 3.47
34 Deathgrind 13 3.54
35 Goregrind 12 2.79
36 Proto-Metal 12 3.75
37 Speed Metal 11 3.27
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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WITCHERY In His Infernal Majesty's Service

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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"In His Infernal Majesty's Service" is the 6th full-length studio album by Swedish heavy metal act Witchery. The album was released through Century Media Records in November 2016. It´s the successor to "Witchkrieg" from 2010 and features two lineup changes since the predecessor as drummer Martin Axenrot has been replaced by Chris Barkensjö, and lead vocalist Erik "Legion" Hagstedt has been replaced by Angus Norder (Nekrokraft). It´s the third time in the band´s history that there´s been a change on the lead vocalist spot, as Hagstedt replaced Toxine (Tony Kampner) in 2010 and performed on "Witchkrieg (2010)" before being replaced by Emperor Magus Caligula (aka Masse Broberg) in 2011. The latter didn´t get to record with the band. Witchery was always a bit of a side-project for most of the members when they had some time off from their day jobs in acts like The Haunted and Arch Enemy, which explains the sometimes long wait between albums.

The quality of Witchery´s output has never suffered as a consequence of the project-like status of the band though, as they have been quite consistent in both style and quality throughout the years. That trend continues on "In His Infernal Majesty's Service", which is unmistakably the sound of Witchery. A hard edged and blackened take on traditional heavy metal with speed and thrash metal leanings. New vocalist Angus Norder has a blackened raspy voice and a commanding vocal delivery, which suits the instrumental part of the music perfectly. It´s not an album which will surprise fans of the band, as there´s very little new here but why change a formula that works?

The album features 11 tracks and a full playing time of 37:46 minutes. The limited edition features two bonus tracks, "Eye for an Eye" and "Cloak and Dagger", which are outtakes from the recording sessions for "Witchkrieg (2010)". All material are well written and effective blackened heavy metal, and Witchery are an incredibly well playing band, which means everything is performed to perfection but still with the right amount of grit and authenticity. "In His Infernal Majesty's Service" also features a sharp, powerful, and raw sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion it´s yet another strong album release by Witchery. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

DEMIGOD Slumber of Sullen Eyes

Album · 1992 · Death Metal
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"Slumber of Sullen Eyes" is the debut full-length studio album by Finnish death metal act Demigod. The album was released through Drowned Productions in December 1992. Demigod were formed in 1990 and released quite a bit of demo/promo material and a split with Necropsy before releasing "Slumber of Sullen Eyes". Demigod split-up in 1994. They´ve reformed and split-up again a couple of times since.

"Slumber of Sullen Eyes" is self-produced affair, and it features a raw sounding production which suits the old school death metal material perfectly. While the music is old school Scandinavian style death metal to the core, featuring downtuned brutal guitar riffs, heavy pounding drums, and guttural though relatively intelligible growling vocals, the album is not a one-dimensional affair. There are enough rhythm- and tempo changes, morbid guitar leads/harmonies and the occasional use of atmosphere enhancing keboards to keep things interesting throughout. "Slumber of Sullen Eyes" reeks of all the right authentic old school death metal elements. The grit, the darkness, the brutality, and the occultism.

The material is well written and effective death metal, although Demigod aren´t the most unique sounding act from those days. They do what they do with great conviction and passion though, and "Slumber of Sullen Eyes" is a good quality release and fans of old school Scandinavian death metal are recommended to seek it out. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

GRAVE Out of Respect for the Dead

Album · 2015 · Death Metal
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"Out of Respect for the Dead" is the 11th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Grave. The album was released through Century Media Records in October 2015. It´s the successor to "Endless Procession Of Souls" from 2012 and features the same four-piece lineup who recorded the predecessor as well as the "Morbid Ascent" EP from 2013, which bridges the gab between the two full-length releases.

Stylistically it´s hard not to say that it´s more of the same...because it is more of the same. Old school Swedish death metal with brutal buzzing riffs, a solid pounding rythmic foundation, and brutal yet intelligible growling vocals in front. Grave have always (with few exceptions) been rock solid in their conviction and performance of their brand of death metal, and it´s hard not to be impressed by their uncompromising nature. The material on the 9 track, 48:20 minutes long album are well written but lacking a bit in the variation department. It´s not always easy to tell when one track ends and another starts. For that there are not enough catchy hooks or recognisable elements featured on the tracks. That doesn´t mean the overall quality of "Out of Respect for the Dead" isn´t high, because it certainly is. It just means there is room for improvement in the songwriting department.

"Out of Respect for the Dead" features a raw, brutal, and powerful sound production, which suits the rawness of the material perfectly. The music is well performed too, and upon conclusion "Out of Respect for the Dead" is another solid death metal release by Grave. It dosn´t stand out in their discography but fans of the band will probably still enjoy this one greatly, as more of the same isn´t necessarily a negative in their book. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

NAILS You Will Never Be One of Us

Album · 2016 · Hardcore Punk
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"You Will Never Be One of Us" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US, California based hardcore/grindcore act Nails. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Entertainment in June 2016. It´s the successor to "Abandon All Life" from 2013.

Stylistically the material on the 10 track, 21:43 minutes long album continue the raw and uncompromising hardcore/grindcore style of the preceding releases by the band. The tracks are harsh, fast, noisy, and brutal, and most definitely not for the faint at heart. The listener is exposed to a caustic aggression and a convincing savage approach to delivering the music. While the pace is predominantly high throughout the album, there are sections featuring crushingly heavy breakdowns and the 8:14 minutes long closing track "They Come Crawling Back" is a slow and heavy track throughout. So there is a bit more variation on the album than what is initially revealed when you´re pummelled by the opening title track.

"You Will Never Be One of Us" features a raw and powerful sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion "You Will Never Be One of Us" is another high quality release by Nails. Some people may shy away from a full-length album which is only about 20 minutes long, but I asure you that it´s a perfect length format for Nails music. Music this extreme is seldom enjoyable for the duration of an hour long album release, and that has nothing to do with the quality of the music. This type of music is just better enjoyed in shorter intense doses. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

MORTIS DEI My Lovely Enemy

Album · 2006 · Death Metal
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"My Lovely Enemy" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Polish death metal act Mortis Dei. The album was independently released in February 2006. It´s the successor to "The Loveful Act of Creation"" from 2003. There have been a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor as guitarist Marcin "Valeo" Walenczykowski has jumped ship, leaving Piotr Niemczewski to handle all guitars on the album. Lead vocalist Łukasz Kobusiński has been replaced by Mirosław Harenda.

Stylistically the material on the 9 track, 30:28 minutes long album is fairly standard death metal. It´s not purely old school or more dominantly modern sounding, just a good combination of standard death metal elements. The tempo is mostly mid-paced with heavy brutal riffs and rhythms and the vocals are relatively intelligible growling. So while I may not blow the trumpets of divine joy while listening to "My Lovely Enemy", less will do, and it´s actually quite a decent death metal release all things considered.

The musicianship is on a high level, the sound production is well sounding and suits the material well, and the songwriting is solid and relatively memorable. What Mortis Dei lack is that last piece to make their music transcend the standard quality level, which is having a unique sound, or tracks which are more than just well written and enjoyable while they play. Still a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) 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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