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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 640 3.46
2 Thrash Metal 401 3.56
3 Progressive Metal 255 3.70
4 Technical Death Metal 157 3.72
5 Heavy Metal 141 3.52
6 Black Metal 115 3.39
7 Hard Rock 87 3.46
8 Melodic Death Metal 79 3.76
9 Brutal Death Metal 64 3.60
10 Technical Thrash Metal 60 3.76
11 Stoner Metal 53 3.58
12 Grindcore 52 3.28
13 Non-Metal 51 3.50
14 Doom Metal 48 3.66
15 Sludge Metal 43 3.62
16 Crossover Thrash 42 3.42
17 Death-Doom Metal 41 3.41
18 Metal Related 41 3.70
19 Alternative Metal 40 3.36
20 US Power Metal 39 3.63
21 Power Metal 36 3.68
22 Groove Metal 36 3.60
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 Death 'n' Roll 23 3.28
30 Hardcore Punk 23 3.67
31 Symphonic Black Metal 18 3.33
32 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
33 Melodic Black Metal 16 3.47
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 Deathcore 8 3.50
40 Depressive Black Metal 7 3.43
41 Glam Metal 7 3.21
42 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
43 Crust Punk 6 3.33
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

Latest Albums Reviews

HELSTAR A Distant Thunder

Album · 1988 · US Power Metal
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"A Distant Thunder" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US power/heavy metal act Helstar. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in November 1988. Prior to the release of "Remnants of War (1986)" almost the entire lineup was changed, and again on "A Distant Thunder", there have been a couple of lineup changes as guitarist Rob Trevino has been replaced by André Corbin, and drummer Rene Luna has been replaced by Frank Ferreira.

Stylistically we´re more or less treated to a natural continuation of the US power/heavy metal style of "Remnants of War (1986)". James Rivera´s strong vocals and commanding delivery is the main focus of the music (he sings both raw and high pitched screaming vocals), but the instrumental part of the music is skillfully delivered too. A powerful pounding rhythm section, hard edged heavy metal riffing and melodic lead guitar work are some of the ingredients of the band´s sound.

While most tracks on the 9 track, 43:13 minutes long album are energetic and hard edged US power/heavy metal tracks, the album also features a couple of more mellow melodic parts, and a cover of "He's a Woman - She's a Man" by the Scorpions. The latter closes the album and fits well with the rest of the tracks. Some of the highlights include "The King is Dead", "Abandon Ship", and the epic "Winds of War", but all material on the album are of a high quality. "A Distant Thunder" is well produced too, featuring a powerful, raw, and detailed sound production, which brings out the best in the material. Upon conclusion it´s a high quality US power/heavy metal release and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

NUCLEAR DEATH ...For Our Dead...

EP · 1992 · Grindcore
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"...For Our Dead..." is an EP release by US grindcore act Nuclear Death. The EP was released through Wild Rag Records in 1992. It follows the release of the band´s third full-length studio album "All Creatures Great and Eaten" from earlier the same year. Re-issues of "All Creatures Great and Eaten (1992)" feature the four tracks from "...For Our Dead..." as bonus material, which is probably the easiest way of getting access to the tracks.

Stylistically the material on "...For Our Dead..." could also well have been recorded during the same sessions as the material on "All Creatures Great and Eaten (1992)" in terms of sound and style. It´s filthy, noisy, and raw grindcore with gore lyrics, delivered in an organic and authentic fashion. The sound production is suitably lo-fi and murky and this is a release which wins on savage gloomy atmoshere rather than on technical details and polished production values. It feels like been dragged screaming to the darkest depths of hell by an aggressive growling beast. That beast being lead vocalist/bassist Lori Bravo who has one of the most aggressive and intensely hateful vocal styles on the scene. The instrumental part of the music is also quite extreme and occasionally pretty interesting in the way the guitar riffs are constructed and in the way the drums are played. It´s definitely music with a few unconventional twists and turns.

"...For Our Dead..." is a short release featuring only 4 tracks and a full playing time of 9:04 minutes, but with music this extreme a shorter and more intense listening experience is sometimes preferable to what can often become a tedious monotonous experience when having to sit through 30 noisy and one-dimensional grindcore tracks. Nuclear Death always understood that quality is more important than quantity and "...For Our Dead..." is another example of that.

So upon conclusion the short EP is a high quality grindcore release. It´s meant for an audience who prefer their grindcore filthy, gory, noisy, murky, and savage to the bone, and if that´s your poison "...For Our Dead..." is a mandatory listen from one of the seminal artists in the genre. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SIX FEET UNDER Graveyard Classics

Album · 2000 · Death 'n' Roll
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"Graveyard Classics" is the 4th full-length studio album by US, Florida based death metal act Six Feet Under. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in October 2000. It´s the successor to "Maximum Violence" from 1999. "Graveyard Classics" is not a "regular" studio album with original material, but as the title may suggest it´s a cover album featuring Six Feet Under´s take on classic heavy metal and hard rock tracks by artists like AC/DC, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Dead Kennedys, and Venom.

While the instrumental parts of the tracks are kept fairly true to the originals (although the album of course features a heavy death metal production), the vocals are brutal growling courtesy of Chris Barnes. Not all tracks work equally well and not surprisingly it´s the tracks, which were the most hard edged in their original form, which transform best to Six Feet Under´s sound. Tracks like "Piranha" by Exodus and "In League with Satan" by Venom (the Savatage cover "Holocaust" also holds up surprisingly well). Tracks like "Smoke on the Water" and "Purple Haze" function less great.

"Graveyard Classics" is both well produced and well played, but upon conclusion it is one of those albums where the novelty wears off around the middle of the album. Playing death metal covers of tracks which normally feature vocal lines which are sung and generally highly memorable melodies, just becomes a bit monotonous, and while Chris Barnes vocal performance is actually pretty strong on this album it just isn´t enough to save the day. "Graveyard Classics" is still a relatively good quality release though and a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

CRYPTIC SHIFT Visitations from Enceladus

Album · 2020 · Technical Thrash Metal
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"Visitations From Enceladus" is the debut full-length studio album by UK, Leeds based progressive death/thrash metal act Cryptic Shift. The album was released through Blood Harvest Records in May 2020. Cryptic Shift formed in 2012 (originally as Crÿptic Shift) and have released a string of minor releases (demos, singles, and the 2016 "Beyond the Celestial Realms" EP) before recording and releasing "Visitations From Enceladus".

Stylistically the material on the 4 track, 46:35 minutes long album is sci-fi themed technical/progressive death/thrash metal. Cryptic Shift play a rather chaotic, structurally complex, and often dissonant extreme metal style with elements from both thrash metal, death metal, and progressive metal in the more extreme end of the spectrum. It´s highly progressive music and a bit inaccessible too. The listener is immediately pummeled by the 25:57 minutes long album opener "Moonbelt Immolator", which is an incredibly complex track featuring many different sections and atmospheres. The vocals are predominantly raw shouting thrash styled vocals or growling death metal vocals, but the album also features other types of vocals like spoken/talking sections and robotic effect vocal sections. Because of the use of dissonant chords Voivod are an obvious influence, but Cryptic Shift play a much more technical and challenging music style than the Canadians ever did.

"Visitations From Enceladus" features a raw, powerful, and well sounding production job, which suits the material perfectly. I especially enjoy the sharpness of the snare drum, but also how clear every guitar note is heard in the mix. I´m a bit more in doubt how much I enjoy the actual music though. To my ears the material are almost too inaccessible and the tracks lack catchy moments and memorable riffs. The vocals are also a bit too low in the mix and while they get the job done, they don´t really shine or make much of an impression.

The shorter tracks on the album are a bit easier to follow than "Moonbelt Immolator", and my initial impression of the album being a structurally chaotic mess is a bit lessened when listening to a track like "(Petrified In The) Hypogean Gaol". A little less focus on playing a million notes and incorporating hundreds of different riffs and rhythms on every track and a little more focus on memorability could have done the trick, but as a debut release there is still lots of promise here. When Cryptic Shift learn to trim the fat and produce more catchy moments there may be greatness ahead. Sometimes less is more. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

SWEVEN The Eternal Resonance

Album · 2020 · Progressive Metal
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"The Eternal Resonance" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish progressive death/black metal act Sweven. The album was released through Ván Records in March 2020. Sweven was formed in early 2020 by former Morbus Chron lead vocalist/guitarist Robert Andersson. Morbus Chron split-up in 2015 after releasing an EP and two full-length studio albums. The last studio album was titled "Sweven (2014)", which is obviously where Andersson picked the name for his new project. Before forming Sweven, Andersson and his former Morbus Chron bandmate Edvin Aftonfalk both performed live with Entombed, and Andersson even appears as a guest vocalist on the legendary Swedes "Clandestine" live album from 2017.

Playing with Entombed hasn´t rubbed much off on Andersson though and the music style on Sweven is more a continuation of the progressive death/black metal sound of the "Sweven (2014)" album by Morbus Chron. The death metal elements have been scaled back though and the progressive elements and atmosphere are more in focus but Andersson´s vocals are still snarling/growling, so because of the vocal style this is still death/black metal in some respect, but not much else on the album point in that direction. While the material on "The Eternal Resonance" are generally much more progressive and challenging, an act like fellow countrymen Tribulation have some similar features in their music.

"The Eternal Resonance" is an intriguing release and it´s an album deserving more than one spin, before forming an opinion about it. There is a lot to absorb but it´s not complex like some of the more inaccessible progressive releases can sometimes be. It´s a dark and atmospheric release, and it´s generally very dynamic with both mellow sections and more heavy and death/black metal influenced sections. The album is packed in a dark and organic sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. The hour long album is an adventurous journey through abstract landscapes and gloomy lights, and it´s actually a bit hard to describe exactly how it sounds. My best try would be a dynamic, dark, and atmospheric type of metal with snarling/shouting death/blackened vocals presented in progressive song structures. Labelling/describing the music aside, it´s a high quality release with a unique sound and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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  • Posted 8 hours ago in Greetings All
    Welcome to MMA. Nice to see you here . Even for music fans who are mainly interested in prog, there are still limits to what PA has to offer, and MMA (and the jazz related sister site JMA: http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/), have other things to offer.  I know most of the artists you list and a couple are among my favorites too (at least some of their releases), but like Patrick (Vim Fuego) I´m probably mostly interested in the harder edged genres of metal (thrash, grind, death, doom, and secondary black).Although I´m often in disagreement with how PA is run, and I seldom visit JMA, all three sites are pretty damn brilliant if you ask me. PA is without a doubt the greatest progressive rock database and review site on the web, and I haven´t seen anything like JMA either. MMA has lots of compitition though, but one of our greatest assets is our inclusiveness (and how friendly we are ). We don´t just include what we think is "real" metal, but try and listen to what the general opinion on an artist is before we add them (if they are a borderline case...everything that´s clearly metal is added no questions asked). I personally consider MMA a very liberal place. Leave the conservatism to Encyclopedia Metalium (which in other respects is a brilliant site too).One thing I never understood is that Max hasn´t exploited advertising all three sites on the frontpage of the other sites. Why not give people who are members of one site an easy opportunity to discover the other two sites? Lots of people who love metal also love both progressive rock and jazz, and the other way around too. He must be interested in spreading the word about MMA and JMA (PA is pretty well established and not in as great a need of attention as the two other sites). UMUR2021-04-13 09:22:07
  • Posted 1 day ago in Ted Nugent ranting again
    ^I´m sure the most far rightwing republicans still love him. The rest of the world has no problem detecting a paranoid crazy person when they see them. I´m biased...is what comes out of his mouth the most scary shit in the world, or the most hilarious silly batshit crazy entertaining words? I know I both shake my head in disbelief and cry with laugther every time he opens his mouth. What a nutjob... UMUR2021-04-12 13:19:09
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    http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/album/black-breath/sentenced-to-life

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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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