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JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller Power Metal
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
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ALICE IN CHAINS - Facelift Alternative Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Rage For Order Heavy Metal
ANTHRAX - Worship Music Thrash Metal
A PERFECT CIRCLE - Thirteenth Step Metal Related
LED ZEPPELIN - Physical Graffiti Hard Rock
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METAL CHURCH - Metal Church US Power Metal
PRIMUS - Tales From the Punchbowl Funk Metal
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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Hard Rock 517 3.91
2 Heavy Metal 471 4.07
3 Thrash Metal 403 4.09
4 Alternative Metal 285 3.95
5 Non-Metal 248 3.73
6 Nu Metal 227 4.17
7 Industrial Metal 161 3.96
8 Heavy Alternative Rock 128 3.64
9 Stoner Metal 118 4.13
10 Progressive Metal 106 2.93
11 Death Metal 101 3.90
12 Groove Metal 98 3.93
13 Funk Metal 94 4.13
14 Glam Metal 94 4.18
15 Metal Related 79 3.58
16 Proto-Metal 79 3.43
17 Sludge Metal 70 4.16
18 NWoBHM 65 4.25
19 Power Metal 62 3.55
20 US Power Metal 59 4.05
21 Stoner Rock 57 4.22
22 Metalcore 53 3.81
23 Hardcore Punk 50 3.65
24 Rap Metal 46 3.67
25 Crossover Thrash 43 4.10
26 Heavy Psych 38 4.04
27 Technical Thrash Metal 29 3.86
28 Speed Metal 27 3.57
29 Black Metal 26 3.44
30 Traditional Doom Metal 25 3.84
31 Technical Death Metal 24 3.58
32 Melodic Death Metal 24 3.06
33 Melodic Metalcore 23 3.80
34 Avant-garde Metal 23 3.57
35 Doom Metal 19 3.66
36 Folk Metal 19 3.87
37 Symphonic Metal 15 3.53
38 Neoclassical metal 14 3.79
39 Gothic Metal 12 3.54
40 Atmospheric Black Metal 12 2.54
41 Death 'n' Roll 11 4.00
42 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 10 3.35
43 Grindcore 9 3.67
44 Mathcore 9 3.50
45 Melodic Black Metal 9 4.17
46 Brutal Death Metal 7 3.43
47 Death-Doom Metal 6 3.00
48 Symphonic Black Metal 5 1.90
49 Trance Metal 3 2.17
50 Goregrind 3 3.33
51 Electronicore 2 3.00
52 Funeral Doom Metal 2 4.75
53 Cybergrind 2 4.00
54 Crust Punk 1 3.50
55 Deathcore 1 1.00
56 Drone Metal 1 3.50

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Mother's Milk

Album · 1989 · Metal Related
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You can't go wrong with any of the Chili Peppers' first five albums, but I've always been of the opinion that Mother's Milk is the best of them. It just sounds like a band at their peak, in several ways. It's relentlessly energetic, there's a consistent focus on funky jams, and it's the ultimate party metal album.

Everyone talks about the fantastic cover of Stevie Wonder's classic Higher Ground, but that causes it to overshadow the rest of the album. Opener Good Time Boys is probably my favorite, a funky hair metal classic. Subway to Venus takes the old school P-funk vibe of their Freaky Styley album and combines it with the big sound of this album. Nobody Weird Like Me and Punk Rock Classic straight up thrash, and the former perfectly contrasts the explosive and galloping riffs and drums with some touching vocal melodies. The swaggering Sexy Mexican Maid is a particular fantastic song as well.

Just like it opens with a bang, it closes with the massive funk stomp of Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky. After a bassline that sounds right out of Among the Living, it's all slapping hooks and catchy Funkadelic-esque chant choruses.

Mother's Milk is one of funk metal's finest, especially on the glam metal influenced side of it, nothing beats this, Extreme, and Mindfunk's debut for total funky party metal.

BEASTIE BOYS Licensed to Ill

Album · 1986 · Non-Metal
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ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES!

Along with Run DMC, the Beastie Boys helped pioneer the fusion of rock and hip hop that would influence many bands to come. Starting out as part of the growing New York Hardcore scene, the band pretty quickly made the transition into the even faster growing East Coast Hip Hop scene. After a self-released single and getting signed to the new Def Jam label, which would serve as a hub for several major hip hop and metal artists, Beastie Boys flew and crashed onto the album market with Licensed to Ill. It went on to become one of the best selling hip hop albums of the 80's.

As soon as the opening Rhymin' & Stealin' starts, it's no wonder. Sampling the iconic drums from Led Zeppelin's classic When the Levee Breaks as well as the equally iconic riff from Black Sabbath's Sweet Leaf, the way they're mixed together makes it a precursor to the now incredibly popular art of mashups. Add onto that the exuberant bravado of Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock, and you've got an incredibly fun album that's bursting with energy. Big loud drums dominate the album, as does excellent sampling and vocal flow. She's Crafty, Hold It Now Hit It, Brass Monkey, and the underrated deep cut Slow and Low are songs that'll remain in your head with great hooks of different varieties. My favorite though will always be the aforementioned Rhymin' & Stealin', it's really an explosion of sound that's impossible to not scream along to the chanting of ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES! with elements of two hard rock/metal classics backing it.

The group's goofy sense of humor is on full display, with a satirical edge. Hit singles Fight for Your Right and No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn are able to both nail the mood of 80's party rock while making fun of it at the same time as the videos show. They make fun of themselves too, as the lyrics of Rhymin' & Stealin' show, serious musicians who love to have fun.

Licensed to Ill is a classic hip hop album in every way with easy crossover appeal. Despite its massive success, Beastie Boys were not ones to let money take over creativity, and their next album would show them keep experimenting and create what is maybe one of the most layered hip hop albums of all time.

CLUTCH The Elephant Riders

Album · 1998 · Stoner Rock
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"Could'a been a ladybug on a windchime, but she was born a Dragonfly"

It has always been difficult for me to talk in writing about albums I love dearly, and communicating how much something connects with me on an emotional and personal level. Especially an album that isn't just a favorite album, but the all time favorite. For years my all time favorite album was Helstar's Burning Star, an album that I still love a whole lot and is still among my favorites, but not the top. I never thought it'd ever be topped, I was sure it would always remain. The passion and songwriting on that album is fantastic, but The Elephant Riders kept climbing and climbing as time went on and speaks to me in so many different ways.

I've always really liked The Elephant Riders since I first heard it, but I didn't know how much I would come to love it and how much it would inspire me directly as a songwriter and completely change my idea of what lyricism and songwriting mean.

The Elephant Riders has this very homey production, warm and inviting like a nice fireplace on a brisk day. It brings out Dan Maines's fittingly warm and fuzzy basslines to their fullest, and Tim Sult's guitar tones are simultaneously massive like the elephants they're riding and clean like freshly fallen leaves. Jean-Paul Gaster's drums ignite the total groove that all instruments thrive in. Clutch perfects a blend of southern blues and metal that was almost lost when the stupid idea that blues can't make metal came about. These riffs curbstomp that idea. I used to be more closed-minded and didn't like brass instruments, but the horns in Muchas Veces, hidden track 05, and especially instrumental Crackerjack completely changed that with the trombone adding a lot to these already fantastic songs and helped me start to appreciate these great instruments.

This whole album and band brings me nothing but pure joy, but vocalist Neil Fallon inspires me like no other musician has. He can sing beautifully melodic like the 70's blues and metal vocalists that probably influenced him, and also forceful and rough like his grungy and sludgy contemporaries. His lyrics and songwriting though, that's where he has no equal. Abstract, but not in the philosophical sense, this is passionate poetry. These are words and phrases that work and flow perfectly together, even if they don't make any sense. The vocals become another instrument, and as a songwriter myself, taking that approach to lyrics is incredibly fun and rewarding. The lyrics that open this review, from the closing The Dragonfly, are among my favorites on display, but the whole album is a treasure trove of fantastic rhymes and storytelling.

I've rambled enough, art doesn't get any better than this.

LIMP BIZKIT Three Dollar Bill, Yall$

Album · 1997 · Nu Metal
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At first listen, Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ is an awesome banger of a metal album with tons of great riffs and songs that get you pumped much like almost every Limp Bizkit album. More and more though, the band's unique influences and the album's songwriting style sinks into your ears.

Heavy massive metal grooves are blended with hip hop rhythms and turntables, noisy post-hardcore riffs, and atmospheric post-rock textures and melodies. Yeah, post rock influences in a metal album that wasn't Neurosis before everyone was trying to copy them. All these sounds brought together by fantastic songwriting and performances hasn't really been matched, not even by the band. Even the outros of each song have some cool little switch in sound that makes it a perfect album listening experience. (Though I'd be lying if Counterfeit isn't a particular favorite and lands on most metal playlists I make).

Fred Durst is at his most anxious and schizophrenic, rapping and screaming like a madman with a gritty rawness. Wes Borland is either delivering monolithic grooves, atmospheric melodies, or both in the case of a song like Sour. For once one of those really long songs on the end of a 90's album isn't just a bunch of silence and a hidden track, as Everything is a straight up wandering spacey post-rock epic and acts as a perfect chill down after the heaviness yet keeps the intensity. Sam Rivers and John Otto bring a fantastic rhythm section, with the former being a really underrated bassist. Bringing both funk and complimenting the quiet guitar sections, I especially love the short funky swing bassline during the bridge of Stuck.

Significant Other is the most definitive Bizkit album and more instant hit, but Three Dollar Bill is a fantastic album and keeps growing on me as my favorite with its pure rawness.

ISIS Celestial

Album · 2000 · Atmospheric Sludge Metal
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Before Isis really popularized Neurosis' blend of sludge metal and post-rock, with a bunch of mediocre copycats following in their wake and making classic sludge that much harder to find, Celestial showed how earth-shatteringly heavy they could be. Perfectly blending Neurosis' atmospheric take on sludge with the screeching aggression of Floor, this hits a perfect balance that their later albums lost. The title track's massive riff just stomps and stomps and remains one of the most thunderous songs in the entire metal genre.

To not sacrifice the heaviness of sludge or the subtleties of post-rock, they typically don't overlap the two sounds and use post-rock sections for contrast making them that much more atmospheric and the sludge that much sludgier. C.F.T. cools things down throughout a whole song though, and reminds me a lot of Golden Earring's song Silver Ships. It's a mellow ride until its galloping end, but the production and guitar/bass tones still make it a wall of sound.

This is hardcore sludge that can be played alongside both Neurosis and the likes of Crowbar and Floor.

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