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INCUBUS (CA) - Morning View Heavy Alternative Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Heavy Metal
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KORN - See You on the Other Side Nu Metal
TOOL - 10,000 Days Progressive Metal
TOOL - Ænima Alternative Metal
SLAYER - Seasons in the Abyss Thrash Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Badmotorfinger Alternative Metal
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
ALICE IN CHAINS - Facelift Alternative Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Rage For Order Heavy Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Mob Rules Heavy Metal
ANTHRAX - State Of Euphoria Thrash Metal
ANTHRAX - Persistence Of Time Thrash Metal
ANTHRAX - Worship Music Thrash Metal
A PERFECT CIRCLE - Thirteenth Step Heavy Alternative Rock

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Heavy Metal 468 4.07
2 Thrash Metal 458 4.28
3 Hard Rock 451 3.71
4 Alternative Metal 207 3.78
5 Non-Metal 189 3.22
6 Industrial Metal 183 3.85
7 Death Metal 152 3.91
8 Progressive Metal 130 3.07
9 Power Metal 124 3.66
10 Stoner Metal 114 4.12
11 Heavy Alternative Rock 114 3.59
12 Groove Metal 102 3.72
13 Nu Metal 99 3.75
14 Proto-Metal 80 3.63
15 Funk Metal 80 4.11
16 Glam Metal 60 3.92
17 NWoBHM 60 4.28
18 Metal Related 60 3.40
19 US Power Metal 59 3.87
20 Sludge Metal 54 4.38
21 Black Metal 54 3.69
22 Crossover Thrash 50 4.25
23 Melodic Death Metal 49 3.49
24 Stoner Rock 47 4.12
25 Folk Metal 42 4.00
26 Speed Metal 41 3.95
27 Metalcore 40 3.66
28 Hardcore Punk 40 3.20
29 Technical Thrash Metal 38 4.09
30 Traditional Doom Metal 35 3.79
31 Heavy Psych 33 4.06
32 Melodic Metalcore 31 3.47
33 Doom Metal 29 3.76
34 Technical Death Metal 29 3.40
35 Neoclassical metal 26 3.58
36 Avant-garde Metal 24 3.63
37 Symphonic Metal 20 3.40
38 Brutal Death Metal 19 3.55
39 Atmospheric Black Metal 16 2.78
40 Melodic Black Metal 13 4.04
41 Grindcore 13 3.58
42 Rap Metal 13 3.19
43 Death 'n' Roll 11 4.05
44 Gothic Metal 11 3.55
45 Mathcore 10 3.00
46 Symphonic Black Metal 10 3.20
47 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 9 3.39
48 Deathcore 9 3.17
49 Death-Doom Metal 8 3.31
50 Cybergrind 5 4.10
51 Trance Metal 5 2.50
52 Goregrind 4 3.88
53 Crust Punk 2 3.50
54 Drone Metal 2 1.75
55 Electronicore 2 2.50
56 Funeral Doom Metal 2 4.75
57 Viking Metal 2 3.50
58 Deathgrind 1 4.00

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CYPRESS HILL Cypress Hill

Album · 1991 · Non-Metal
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While Cypress Hill's debut lacks the ominous atmospheres that they would become known for, the band still already had a unique sound of their own. It's funky, not unlike a lot of hip hop at the time, but DJ Muggs is a master sampler which creates a really busy sound. B-Real and Sen Dog both have really unique voices, that I haven't quite heard elsewhere. B-Real's nasally and cocky delivery is filled to the brim with personality, and he can make gangsta lyricism fun as all hell. Sen Dog contrasts with an incredibly low and strained style, and the two play off of one another really well.

How I Could Just Kill a Man is a classic for a reason, but that's just the beginning of how many bops are on here. Light Another, The Phuncky Feel One, and The Funky Cypress Hill Shit are so damn funky that they immediately get your body movin'. Along with the aforementioned How I Could, Hand on the Pump and Hole in the Head are other songs that sound like a more upbeat version of followup Black Sunday.

While not quite the perfection of Black Sunday, Cypress Hill's s/t is a very close second and an essential hip hop classic.

KORN Life Is Peachy

Album · 1996 · Nu Metal
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With their debut, Korn had already created a signature sound for themselves and became one of the most unique bands in metal. Life is Peachy shows them expanding their sound and with it a noisy and frantic album. One of the only albums that could be called noise metal? Maybe.

It's fitting that the album's intro is called Twist. It and much of the album brings to mind images of Expressionist paintings of the turn of the century. Figures twist and contort, and colors are distorted (in this case probably bleak from a Munch painting). The music reflects said imagery, with jagged riffing and this might be the album where Davis does the most scatting.

Life is Peachy isn't as consistent as the debut, but the best songs on here are among the band's best. Aforementioned intro Twist, which has a fantastic contrast between scat and clean singing, Lost, Swallow, the weird bagpipe cover of Lowrider, and No Place to Hide are all excellent. The latter is probably my favorite and has a great hook.

While not the band's best, probably their most experimental.

OBITUARY World Demise

Album · 1994 · Death Metal
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"I REAAAALY DON'T CAAAREEE"

Pure unhinged brutality. No other band has captured the pummeling force, aggression, and punchy hooks of death metal like Obituary. It's all about the groove, and Obituary grooves every time. Opener Don't Care might be my all time favorite death metal song, it characterizes the sound so well. John Tardy's powerful guttural vocals sprawl along with the monstrous grooves. The title track, Redefine, Final Thoughts, and Kill for Me are a few more notable favorites. The latter includes some great tribal drumming towards the end, perhaps some influence from Sepultura. One of the best productions on a death metal album too, it encloses the listener into the music. Gives a new meaning to "surround sound".

Albums like Consuming Impulse and Piece of Time are close seconds, but World Demise has always been the definitive death metal album for my tastes. It's a hook-filled party of rage.

SCAT OPERA Four Gone Confusion

Album · 1992 · Funk Metal
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"Hi, what you doin'?"

Scat Opera lasted a bit longer than many obscure funk metal bands, with two albums instead of one. Their debut About Time is a great funk metal album with the classic title track, but Four Gone Confusion takes funk metal to new levels not seen before.

It's like the band were listening to Voivod, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Donald Byrd at the same time. Dissonant stabbing thrash riffs meets some of the most energetic funky vocals and bass out there and some straight up jazz-funk metal. (I Dig That) Oral Mastication even has a short section with death growls when the guitars slow down the pace a bit. The Points of Madness and Men and Their Tiny Minds are the tracks where the jazzy horns come in making for a great meld of jazz-funk and metal.

Every song on here is fantastic, as throughout the whole album that band keeps the fun and playful vibe needed in funk metal with that added Voivod-esque thrash. If I had to pick a couple favorite tracks though it'd probably be Reminisce in Bitterness and Men and Their Tiny Minds. Maybe the most criminally underrated funk metal album, and one of the most underrated albums in general. If only the band continued on so there could be more of this fantastic sound and maybe even more expansion of jazz-funk metal.

RAM JAM Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Ram

Album · 1978 · Hard Rock
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"Won't you be by my side, on the Hurricane Ride"

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram is not only an excellent album in of itself, but also impressive for just how much of an improvement it is over the mediocre boogie rock album that is Ram Jam's debut. Gone is the boogie and "oh black betty bambalam", and in its place classic heavy metal that kicks some serious ass.

They still have a bit of a southern rock influence, but it really just makes the album sound like a great blend of Molly Hatchet and Judas Priest. Pretty Poison, Wanna Find Love, Just Like Me, Hurricane Ride, and Runaway Runaway are all among the best metal songs of the 70's. Turnpike is as well, though provides a moody contrast to the high octane energy of the other aforementioned tracks.

There are a couple lame moments on the album unfortunately that keep it from reaching fantastic status, The Kid Next Door is just a completely forgettable hard rock song, and Saturday Night is an awful attempt at some melodic rock a la Boston.

It's a shame that they didn't release anything else after this (cashing in on Black Betty doesn't count), because with how great this is they could've been the USA's answer to Judas Priest come the 80's.

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  • Posted 1 day ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    [TUBE]R3ktuKitnFY[/TUBE]I like this song, but man what happened to Page's voice? He sounds borderline whiny compared to the gruff badass vocals of Meantime.
  • Posted 1 day ago in American Thrash Comebacks
    [QUOTE=LittleBig]Megadeth should not be in the list, they have never been a long hiatus. [/QUOTE] He also says "regarded as a return to form" which applies to System has Failed. Personally I really like Risk and World Needs a Hero, but a lot of people don't.
  • Posted 1 day ago in Your 2019, Wrapped (Spotify listening stats 2019)
    I just use the free version, though I've thought about getting premium. It'd be nice to have uninterrupted playlists that aren't limited to what's on my computer.Unitron2019-12-05 17:12:08

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