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INCUBUS (CA) - A Crow Left of the Murder... Heavy Alternative Rock
INCUBUS (CA) - Morning View Heavy Alternative Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Stained Class Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - British Steel Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller Power Metal
KORN - See You on the Other Side Nu Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Superunknown Heavy Alternative Rock
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Mezmerize Alternative Metal
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Metallica Heavy Metal
ALICE IN CHAINS - Dirt Alternative Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Rage For Order Heavy Metal
RAINBOW - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Heavy Metal
ANTHRAX - Worship Music Thrash Metal
A PERFECT CIRCLE - Thirteenth Step Metal Related
LED ZEPPELIN - Presence Hard Rock
METAL CHURCH - Metal Church US Power Metal
PRIMUS - Frizzle Fry Funk Metal
PRIMUS - The Brown Album Funk Metal

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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Hard Rock 567 3.94
2 Heavy Metal 494 4.09
3 Thrash Metal 404 4.05
4 Alternative Metal 308 3.99
5 Nu Metal 287 4.24
6 Non-Metal 268 3.78
7 Industrial Metal 164 3.95
8 Heavy Alternative Rock 139 3.72
9 Stoner Metal 121 4.15
10 Progressive Metal 112 3.01
11 Groove Metal 109 3.93
12 Funk Metal 106 4.15
13 Glam Metal 106 4.13
14 Death Metal 103 3.87
15 Metal Related 84 3.62
16 Sludge Metal 84 4.24
17 Proto-Metal 82 3.48
18 Power Metal 67 3.62
19 NWoBHM 65 4.22
20 Stoner Rock 63 4.21
21 Metalcore 63 3.87
22 US Power Metal 59 4.05
23 Hardcore Punk 58 3.78
24 Rap Metal 52 3.74
25 Crossover Thrash 44 4.06
26 Heavy Psych 42 4.01
27 Technical Thrash Metal 30 3.83
28 Speed Metal 27 3.57
29 Melodic Death Metal 27 3.46
30 Melodic Metalcore 25 3.92
31 Black Metal 25 3.30
32 Traditional Doom Metal 25 3.84
33 Technical Death Metal 24 3.58
34 Avant-garde Metal 23 3.65
35 Doom Metal 19 3.66
36 Folk Metal 19 3.87
37 Symphonic Metal 15 3.53
38 Neoclassical metal 14 3.61
39 Mathcore 12 3.88
40 Gothic Metal 12 3.50
41 Atmospheric Black Metal 12 2.25
42 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 12 3.46
43 Death 'n' Roll 11 4.00
44 Melodic Black Metal 9 4.11
45 Grindcore 7 3.93
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 Goregrind 3 3.33
52 Electronicore 3 3.33
53 Funeral Doom Metal 2 4.75
54 Cybergrind 2 4.00
55 Drone Metal 1 3.50

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LED ZEPPELIN Physical Graffiti

Album · 1975 · Hard Rock
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I'm of the opposite opinion of most people when it comes to Zeppelin. You could make one great solid single-disc best of compilation with all the songs I like from Zep's self-titled albums and Houses of the Holy. Though, the latter is when the band was just starting to get good. More variation in songwriting, more experimental, and even more memorable hooks. Physical Graffiti though, that's where they take what that started and just went all out.

One of the few albums that absolutely warrants being two discs, two discs of some of the best hard rock ever put to record. Riff after riff, hook after hook, melody after melody, it never lets up with a weak moment. In My Time of Dying is how you make an 11-minute rock song, it has the energy and intensity of an extended live cut. The heavy raw blues riffing is just relentless, with several great hooks. Trampled Under Foot though, if I had to pick, this might be my favorite Zeppelin song. There's something about funky songs from heavy bands in the 70's that I can't resist, but this was the first of its kind I heard. The ballsiest foot-stomper out there, it's just such an irresistible groove.

The iconic Kashmir just may have had an influence on Rainbow for songs like Stargazer and Gates of Babylon, with its plodding Phrygian climb. The Rover, In the Light, and Ten Years Gone prelude some of the sounds of the following Presence with the balance of hard rock grooves and melancholic melody. Down by the Seaside is basically a chill country song, but not without an intense bridge. The album's finale of Sick Again is another heavy stomper, but there's parts where it sounds like this hard riff and colossal drums are being layered over themselves several times. Have no idea how it was produced, but whatever it is it sounds fantastic.

Even the songs that might at first seem like filler are great, Houses of the Holy I used to think was a weak moment, but now I love it for just being a great hard rock song. While the following Presence is my favorite Zeppelin album, Physical Graffiti isn't far behind at all. The greatest double album in rock as far as I'm concerned.

PUYA Puya

Album · 1995 · Nu Metal
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One of the reasons why I love nu metal is because you never know what different musical elements to expect in any different artist. Puya takes the groovy nu metal base sound, and blends it seamlessly with funky latin jazz and various kinds of hispanic music. It's probably the only metal album in existence where a conga line could fit right alongside a moshpit.

Throughout the whole album the band is complimenting funky bass licks, thrashing and groovy riffs, fat horns, energetic vocals that switch between hardcore rapping, gang vocals, and some great melodies here and there. It's just so damn fun, and whenever I hear this I wish more metal bands would experiment with the funkier and smoother sides of jazz instead of dissonant improv stuff. Siguelo Pa Llá is by far the most infectious, sounding like a funk metal band collided with an old bossa nova band and came out all the better for it. Bembelé starts out sounding like something from the amazing soundtrack to Lupin the 3rd, and Chisme has such smooth swaggering horns right out of a 70's jazz funk classic.

Jazz funk and metal is a match made in heaven, just not enough have realized it.

IN FLAMES Reroute to Remain: Fourteen Songs of Conscious Insanity

Album · 2002 · Melodic Death Metal
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Why people think In Flames just abandoned death metal for money is beyond me, considering their style of melodic death metal has always been closer to heavy metal and alternative metal anyways. They just kept expanding and improving their sound, with Reroute to Remain being their peak. The two before this and several of the following albums are great too, but the songwriting on here is just through the roof. If it's not a amazing melody putting you into a state of bliss, it's a crushing hook of a riff getting you jumping. There's little electronic touches here and there, great acoustic moments, and right when you think you might get bored with a song they'll throw in some killer groove to wake you up.

If you're just looking for death metal, put on a Obituary or Atheist classic. However if you're looking for something that's both heavy as hell and beautifully melodic, In Flames has had that mastered since Colony and like no other band within the melodic death metal scene.

ALICE IN CHAINS Facelift

Album · 1990 · Alternative Metal
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"I know somethin'"

Best thing Alice in Chains ever did, partly because of the band transitioning from hair metal to grunge. I love the unique sound that some bands had during the time hair bands were leaving the metal mainstream and grunge was entering it, there's this balancing act between dark heavy shit and dumb party hooks that isn't heard anywhere else. I love AiC's following two albums too, but it's almost all doom and gloom. This is dark, Layne's drug addicted lyrics are all over this thing, but the music's got a party vibe backed by massive grooves and swaggering sleaze. A song like Put You Down sounds right at home with the likes of Dr. Feelgood and Welcome to the Jungle.

We Die Young is one of the best openers to any metal album, and just perfectly sets the stage for the perfect blend of depressive lyrics with pumped up heavy metal hooks. Put You Down and funky banger I Know Somethin' (Bout You) are probably my favorites, but Sunshine is the best showing of the contrast. It keeps switching between the brooding sludge of songs like It Ain't Like That with the hooks of Put You Down.

There's nothing like some good glam grunge.

LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water

Album · 2000 · Nu Metal
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"If I say fuck two more times, that's forty-six fucks in this fucked up rhyme"

That line is one of the greatest lyrics in all of metal, and if the album title of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water wasn't enough of a giveaway, this isn't a band or album that takes itself seriously outside of musically. It's only now that people are finally starting to realize Limp Bizkit is on a similar wavelength to Primus of making fun of themselves all the while creating fantastic unique music that really can't be copied.

Chocolate Starfish combines all that made Three Dollar Bill and Significant Other such amazing albums, and goes further. The post-metal is taken to a new height with a song like Boiler, with massive riffs creating an earth-shattering wall of sound. The softer side of the band that first showed up on Significant Other is significantly improved with songs like Hold On, It'll Be Ok, and The One. If only there was more electronic alt rock, as the post-rock and trip hop elements makes these that much better. The pure hip hop tracks are increased as well, with the bonus single It's Like That Y'all that comes with some versions of the album being among the band's best. Not only does it feature hip hop legends Run DMC, but it has what's maybe DJ Lethal's best production.

The album is most known of course for its jumpdafuckup bangers like Hot Dog, My Generation, Full Nelson, and of course ROLLIN' ROLLIN' ROLLIN', which is easily one of the most iconic songs of the 00's, and for good reason. These are just instant hooks. For an album that's so long, there's little filler, the variety and quality of said variation makes this an album that works as both an album listen and every song working perfectly in any fitting playlist.

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