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METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
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1 Hard Rock 585 3.95
2 Heavy Metal 499 4.09
3 Thrash Metal 405 4.04
4 Alternative Metal 335 4.03
5 Nu Metal 302 4.24
6 Non-Metal 284 3.82
7 Industrial Metal 168 3.97
8 Heavy Alternative Rock 136 3.76
9 Stoner Metal 122 4.15
10 Progressive Metal 113 3.09
11 Groove Metal 110 3.93
12 Glam Metal 110 4.16
13 Funk Metal 106 4.16
14 Death Metal 105 3.89
15 Metal Related 96 3.65
16 Sludge Metal 89 4.26
17 Proto-Metal 85 3.48
18 Metalcore 70 3.91
19 Power Metal 67 3.62
20 NWoBHM 65 4.21
21 Stoner Rock 64 4.23
22 Hardcore Punk 64 3.78
23 US Power Metal 60 4.04
24 Rap Metal 53 3.75
25 Crossover Thrash 45 4.04
26 Heavy Psych 42 4.01
27 Technical Thrash Metal 30 3.80
28 Speed Metal 28 3.59
29 Melodic Death Metal 27 3.52
30 Melodic Metalcore 27 3.93
31 Black Metal 25 3.28
32 Traditional Doom Metal 25 3.80
33 Technical Death Metal 24 3.60
34 Avant-garde Metal 23 3.65
35 Doom Metal 19 3.68
36 Folk Metal 19 3.84
37 Symphonic Metal 15 3.50
38 Neoclassical metal 14 3.61
39 Atmospheric Black Metal 12 2.25
40 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 12 3.50
41 Mathcore 12 3.92
42 Gothic Metal 12 3.46
43 Death 'n' Roll 11 4.05
44 Melodic Black Metal 9 4.11
45 Grindcore 8 4.06
46 Brutal Death Metal 7 3.43
47 Death-Doom Metal 6 3.00
48 Deathcore 5 3.10
49 Symphonic Black Metal 5 1.80
50 Trance Metal 3 2.17
51 Electronicore 3 3.33
52 Goregrind 3 3.33
53 Funeral Doom Metal 2 4.75
54 Cybergrind 2 4.00
55 Drone Metal 1 3.50
56 Deathgrind 1 4.50

Latest Albums Reviews

EARTH Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons

Album · 1996 · Stoner Rock
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After taking doom to its droning breaking point, Earth joined in with the likes of Fu Manchu and Kyuss in perfecting the art of desert rock. The whole album just bathes in warm, raw, and gravely riffs, and it's no better on display than on the classic Tallahasse.

This album couldn't have had a more fitting cover. It sounds like a roaring motor, one that's old and worn, yet never gives up and with care lasts you through any blazing heat. All I see when I listen to this album is driving this sweet green ride across the desert, but it breaks down every so often. I have to keep getting out to get the engine purring again, but it's all worth it for the experience and the sound.

FAITH NO MORE Introduce Yourself

Album · 1987 · Funk Metal
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While Faith No More gets the respect they deserve for being one of the most groundbreaking bands in metal, unfortunately the albums before Mike Patton joined are often forgotten in that. Introduce Yourself does just what the title says, and Faith No More introduces themselves as a band like no other and one that couldn't care less about fictional genre boundaries and just wanted to combine everything they liked into an incredible unique sound.

This is basically nu metal for the 80's. Funky bass, synthscapes right out of Kraftwerk, thrash metal riffs, post-punk/new wave melodies, rapping, and whatever else they could throw in there. Original vocalist Chuck Mosley is both underrated and underestimated, unfairly compared to Mike Patton. Both are great vocalists but in very different ways, Mosley is like the sound of the album if it was a person. He's too much of a beatnik for the punks, he's too thrash for the beatniks, he's too new wave for the thrashers, he's just who he is. No song better exemplifies this than Death March, with his beatnik meets skater rambling. Also, anyone wanting proof that Faith No More would've continued experimenting and expanding their influences even if Patton never joined, just check out Mosley's post-FNM band Cement.

Everything on the album sounds so gigantic, and combined it's just ethereal. Jim Martin's meaty riffs hit so damn hard, every slap and pop of Billy Gould's bass is felt, Mike Bordin's drums are hammers on an anvil, and it's all wrapped up in Roddy Bottum's grandiose synths which might be the most underrated part of Faith No More's sound. It creates an atmosphere like no other metal album at the time.

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HELMET Meantime

Album · 1992 · Alternative Metal
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With how experimental the 90's were for music, to define the sound of a genre in the decade may seem hard. However, somehow one of the first albums I think of when I think of metal in the 90's is Helmet's classic Meantime. Blending post-hardcore, grunge, and groove metal, it acts as both a mix of some of the best stuff the early 90's had to offer and a fantastic prototype for future alt metal and nu metal to come later in the decade.

There's something about Page Hamilton's monotone version of melody mixed with punishing hardcore riffing that just works so well. Though when he's screaming, you basically have sludge without the doom in crushing songs like Ironhead and Turned Out.

The album is just 36 minutes of hard pounding metal for a workout or release of anger. There's no room for anything less, and each song is a guaranteed angry good time.

VOIVOD Negatron

Album · 1995 · Thrash Metal
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With The Outer Limits, Voivod made an amazing meeting of space rock and alt metal that everything starting with Nothingface was leading up to. With Snake temporarily away from the band, and new guy Eric Forrest, the band does a near 180 in sound. Negatron is a blistering industrial thrashing beast of an album, and takes no prisoners.

While the mechanical ant on the cover is somehow even cheesier than the ones in the classic Sci-Fi film Them!, this album rains down as much sludgy groove as it can. Eric Forrest's red-faced screaming is so caustic and unapologetic, Insect says it all. He can do melody too though, in songs like Nanoman where he takes a Snake-esque approach to it. Musically it's along the lines of industrial bands like Fear Factory, Red Harvest, and Treponem Pal but with Voivod's unique touch.

Negatron often gets a bad rep, maybe because of how much whiplash it is after the previous three albums or maybe it's the new vocalist. Whatever the reason, Negatron is a great rage-filled monster mosher.

LIVE Throwing Copper

Album · 1994 · Hard Rock
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'Gotta live, gotta live, gotta live, SHIT TOWNE'

Every time there's a popular music scene, other bands popular at the time end up getting lumped in even if they didn't quite fit. Live is one such band, who is often lumped in with grunge acts. While they can get pretty heavy, the closest they get to a real grungy riff is during the bridge of single All Over You.

I've always imagined and described Live as R.E.M. if they were a hard rock band. Is it a coincidence that R.E.M.'s Monster of the same year has a bit of a hard rock influence? Who knows, maybe they heard this album and were inspired.

Throwing Copper was Live's breakthrough album, and it's real easy to hear why. Rarely a weak moment, these guys are master songwriters, every song on here is memorable in at least some way. Ed Kowalczyk's powerful and unique voice is definitely a defining feature, and his lyrics are a nice blend of vague spiritual themes with stream-of-consciousness in the vein of bands like Underworld.

The singles (Selling the Drama, I Alone, Lightning Crashes, All Over You) are all fantastic and well-deserving of their popularity, but deeper cuts from the second half like Shit Towne, T.B.D., Stage, and White, Discussion are among my favorites as well. Shit Towne should be an alt-rock classic, with a great hook that'll stick with you for days. Patrick Dahlheimer plays some great bass in the mellow T.B.D. before it crescendos and the semi-funky White, Discussion. Stage is maybe the song that sticks out the most, fast and heavy, it kind of reminds me of an alt-rock version of W.A.S.P.

Throwing Copper is a classic album in every way. If Document is the peak of 80's alt rock, this is the peak of 90's alt rock.

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