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TOOL - 10,000 Days Progressive Metal
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1 Heavy Metal 451 4.03
2 Thrash Metal 420 4.15
3 Hard Rock 398 3.70
4 Alternative Metal 211 3.74
5 Non-Metal 180 3.19
6 Industrial Metal 175 3.78
7 Death Metal 154 3.88
8 Progressive Metal 123 3.03
9 Stoner Metal 114 4.01
10 Nu Metal 113 3.79
11 Power Metal 112 3.70
12 Heavy Alternative Rock 110 3.43
13 Groove Metal 95 3.69
14 Funk Metal 78 4.10
15 Proto-Metal 77 3.46
16 NWoBHM 60 4.28
17 Metal Related 58 3.43
18 Sludge Metal 56 4.33
19 Glam Metal 54 4.02
20 Black Metal 53 3.68
21 US Power Metal 51 3.91
22 Crossover Thrash 49 4.08
23 Stoner Rock 47 4.12
24 Melodic Death Metal 44 3.28
25 Hardcore Punk 40 3.15
26 Folk Metal 40 3.94
27 Speed Metal 39 3.90
28 Metalcore 38 3.64
29 Traditional Doom Metal 35 3.76
30 Technical Thrash Metal 34 3.94
31 Heavy Psych 32 4.00
32 Melodic Metalcore 30 3.47
33 Doom Metal 30 3.67
34 Technical Death Metal 29 3.41
35 Avant-garde Metal 25 3.60
36 Symphonic Metal 16 3.56
37 Neoclassical metal 16 3.78
38 Brutal Death Metal 15 3.70
39 Rap Metal 14 3.18
40 Atmospheric Black Metal 13 2.62
41 Melodic Black Metal 13 4.04
42 Grindcore 13 3.58
43 Death 'n' Roll 12 4.04
44 Gothic Metal 12 3.42
45 Mathcore 10 3.00
46 Symphonic Black Metal 10 3.20
47 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 9 3.33
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 3.75
53 Crust Punk 2 3.50
54 Drone Metal 2 1.75
55 Electronicore 2 2.75
56 Funeral Doom Metal 2 4.75
57 Deathgrind 1 4.00

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MESHUGGAH None

EP · 1994 · Progressive Metal
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Moving on from the ...and Justice for All-era Metallica worship that was Meshuggah's debut Contradictions Collapse (though they didn't worship the complete nuking of audible bass, thankfully), None shows the band beginning to construct their own signature sound. Even with displaying obvious influences from the likes of groovy contemporaries Pantera and Korn and still some Metallica, None shows the first examples of the fantastic groove/nu metal sound that the band would perfect on later albums like Chaosphere.

For the most part, the technical bravado of the debut is gone, and in its place hooks, grooves, and much improved songwriting. As soon as opener Humiliative begins, you get the Meshuggah blueprint. Screeching guitars, repetitive breakdowns, monster hooks, almost hypnotic grooves, angry screams, and most importantly, jumpdafuckup riffs. You don't get hooks like on Sickening and Gods of Rapture without knowing how to reel a listener in. The biggest difference between None and what would follow, are the occasional melodies. Meshuggah's usually the last band that you'd think would get melodic, but when they do they're great. Ritual, which sounds right out of Korn's debut with added Satriani-esque solos, is a heavy and beautiful combination of groove and melody.

The EP fittingly ends with the chaotic early Godflesh-esque Aztec Two-Step, which is just four minutes of constant riffing and screaming, before ending with stop-and-go hooks. The drum fills at the end of each section always get me, such perfect placement. (The rest of the song is just noise, bands in the 90's loved adding silence and noise at the end of the last track. What a waste of disc space.)

A classic EP that shows some of the best early groove/nu metal.

APARTMENT 26 Music for the Massive

Album · 2003 · Nu Metal
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It's a shame that Apartment 26 called it quits after this album, because there's some serious untapped potential displayed on Music for the Massive. The beginning of the new millennium was when electronic artists were rediscovering old school jazz and swing music, between the nu jazz scene and artists like Eat Static (and Merv Pepler's other projects at the time), DJ Food, and the Propellerheads among others making heavy use of horn samples and swing rhythms, it was old world meets new world in full swing (no pun intended).

So why is this relevant to a relatively obscure forgotten nu metal band? Apartment 26 was an electronic influenced metal band from the start, but Music for the Massive shows an influence from this new trend in the realm of electronica. The infectiously catchy opener Give Me More displays this with jazzy piano rolls and finger snapping beats (literally, at the start) combined with metal guitar crunch. 88 follows suit with an occasional horn sample. I can only assume that these guys were following what was going on in the electronic scene at the time.

Where it fails, is that the band doesn't consistently utilize this sound. Most of it is just semi-industrial pop metal, and they do a decent job at it, but it helps their sound so much whenever any jazzy beats and melodies come in. It doesn't help that they start the album with the two best songs, and you're just waiting for them to give you more of Give Me More. Book (Be My Friend), Axel Off, and the beginning of 5 Day Rental is the rest of the extent they go with the unique twist they start off with.

Who knows if Apartment 26 will ever come back, and who knows what they'd even sound like if they did, but it's a shame as I can't see this kind of musical combination coming back, anytime soon at least. It's not like 2003 today which was the prime time for it. Right time, right place, but not the best execution unfortunately. Still recommended though for mostly the first two songs and just to get an idea of how great this sound could be, but it could've been even better.

POWERMAN 5000 Mega!! Kung Fu Radio

Album · 1997 · Nu Metal
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"If they ask ya' what, tell'em file under action"

Before Powerman 5000 went in an industrial metal direction, they crafted a unique sound like no other and defined the variety of nu metal at its core. They blended hip hop, their own stoner-sounding rapping, knockout metal grooves, funky bass, 70's metal style soloing, varied percussion, and more in a seamless mix. Incredibly fun too, perfectly both creative and entertaining. It's like Clutch making a nu metal album.

Mega!! Kung Fu Radio is booming with personality, infectious hooks, heavy grooves, high energy, and Spider One's deadpan delivery of abstract lyricism. What separates Powerman from other rap metal bands is how perfectly they play in both genres. They aren't just rapping over metal riffing, they're blending chunky metal grooves with funky hip hop rhythms seamlessly like they were meant for each other. It's a perfect way to get a metal fan into hip hop, or vice-versa.

I love this whole album, so it's hard to really highlight any particular song, describing the sound as a whole is a lot easier. However, Organizized, 20 Miles to Texas 25 to Hell, Standing 8, and hidden track File Under Action are some particular favorites if I had to choose. File Under Action is the purest hip hop track on the album, with a perfect use of a droning atmosphere and effective placement of guitar riffing and feedback that's made ultra-heavy whenever it appears. Spider One carries great flow throughout the album, but this is among his best performances.

The 90's were an incredibly creative time for music, and Powerman 5000 shows some of the best part of that for both the world of metal and hip hop.

SNOT Get Some

Album · 1997 · Nu Metal
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Snot, aside from an unfortunate band name, also has the unfortunate fate of being a one-album band's whose career was cut short by the untimely death of their frontman Lynn Strait. That's what they tend to be remembered for the most, and I can't say I hear all that much about their music.

So what about the music? Pretty good stuff. It reminds me of a bit of Powerman 5000, though not quite the same extent of style hopping and blending. There's near thrashers like Deadfall, groovy hooks with I Jus' Lie and Tecato, rap metal tracks like Stoopid and Snooze Button that switch between mellow and intense, and even a great chillout jazzy instrumental with Get Some Keez.

Snot is one of those bands that I've always been under the impression that they carry a legacy more for circumstance rather than their music, like Nirvana. While that may be true historically speaking, Get Some is a pretty good album with nice variety and Snot could've probably made an even better follow up had they gotten the chance. Check out Powerman 5000 first, and then this if you want some more of a slightly similar sound.

MELVINS Ozma

Album · 1989 · Sludge Metal
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The second best grunge album of 1989.

Out of all of the classic 80's and 90's Melvins albums, Ozma seems to go past the radar, being stuck between the groundbreaking Gluey Porch Treatments and the classic Bullhead. However, I've always felt that Ozma shows the band at their grungiest and sludgiest best.

Most of the songs are short, with only two songs going over 3 minutes, but shattering. Dale Crover's drumming lumbers along and is straight to the point, but thunderously powerful. Don't know if it's the production, how much force he's using, or both, but I'd say this is one of the heaviest drum sounds I've heard on any album. Special mention to the cymbal tapping of Revulsion / We Reach, the relatively quiet tapping makes the pounding that much more effective.

Buzz's dooming power riffing and Lori Black's heavy bass also drawls along, and the former's always eccentric vocal styling creates the definitive Melvins experience. Just turn on opener Vile, and you'll know what you're in for. Other favorite tracks include Oven, Green Honey, instrumental Love Thing, and the fantastic grunge sludge cover of The Cars' Candy-O.

Short and sludgy at it's finest.

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  • Posted 18 hours ago in Crossover Vs. Crossover
    A dumb poll idea that I had while listening to Yoshinori Sunahara's Crossover album, and remembering the other album called Crossover I know. So, which one is better? [TUBE]wbjMHisK9cg[/TUBE][TUBE]ugdOcO75b4s[/TUBE]Both great albums, but I've gotta go with Yoshinori Sunahara. Excellent jazzy breakbeat, could see this becoming a favorite. Regarding D.R.I., Full Speed Ahead's the way to go.
  • Posted 1 day ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    [QUOTE=Psydye] [/QUOTE] Best Melvins album, opener Vile is always the first song I think of when I think Melvins.Now:Such a great spacey metal album. No wonder Clutch name drops them in their song Rising Son, can tell they were highly influenced by this album.
  • Posted 1 day ago in Now -- what are you listening to? V2
    [QUOTE=DippoMagoo]And here you go: Knight Jumps Queen 2020 Edition: [TUBE]HCdTDIbnOho[/TUBE](The second half is actually REALLY good, but damn those first 2 minutes might be the most blatant rehash of anything I've ever heard, LMAO)[/QUOTE]Yeah that's definitely yet another Knight Jumps Queen rehash lol.Pretty good album though. The first three songs are really good, but then it loses steam. Could've made a great EP with just those songs and maybe Out With the Garbage.

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