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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Non-Metal 175 3.75
2 Progressive Metal 157 3.68
3 Heavy Metal 149 3.65
4 Black Metal 124 3.80
5 Hard Rock 118 3.52
6 Metal Related 90 3.67
7 Thrash Metal 81 3.76
8 Power Metal 79 3.41
9 Proto-Metal 65 3.65
10 Atmospheric Black Metal 64 3.86
11 Gothic Metal 58 3.38
12 Doom Metal 57 3.78
13 Death Metal 55 3.92
14 Traditional Doom Metal 45 3.87
15 US Power Metal 41 3.46
16 Stoner Metal 38 3.78
17 Avant-garde Metal 38 3.78
18 Industrial Metal 33 3.44
19 Symphonic Black Metal 30 3.20
20 Technical Death Metal 25 3.84
21 Melodic Death Metal 25 3.94
22 Death-Doom Metal 23 4.13
23 Melodic Black Metal 22 3.91
24 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 20 3.98
25 Hardcore Punk 19 4.21
26 Heavy Psych 16 4.06
27 Funeral Doom Metal 15 3.70
28 Folk Metal 14 3.32
29 Symphonic Metal 14 3.04
30 NWoBHM 13 4.23
31 Alternative Metal 12 3.25
32 Technical Thrash Metal 12 4.13
33 Sludge Metal 11 3.95
34 Speed Metal 11 3.73
35 Depressive Black Metal 10 3.75
36 Drone Metal 9 4.00
37 Funk Metal 9 3.78
38 Groove Metal 8 3.63
39 Viking Metal 8 3.63
40 Crust Punk 7 2.93
41 Brutal Death Metal 5 3.70
42 Grindcore 5 4.10
43 Death 'n' Roll 4 4.50
44 Crossover Thrash 2 4.50
45 Glam Metal 2 2.50
46 Pagan Black Metal 2 3.50
47 Nu Metal 2 4.00
48 War Metal 2 3.00
49 Stoner Rock 2 3.50
50 Metalcore 1 3.00
51 Neoclassical metal 1 4.00
52 Heavy Alternative Rock 1 3.00
53 Mathcore 1 3.00

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KING CRIMSON Live In Kassel, 1974

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2007 · Proto-Metal
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Right at the tail end of King Crimson's European tour of 1974 - followed by the grand slog through the USA which culminated in David Cross leaving the band and, shortly after, Robert Fripp dissolving the group following the recording of Red - this Kassel gig, captured on decent-quality soundboard tapes, finds the band in an aggressive mood, like they're roaring to see the finish line just up ahead. The set is incomplete - it cuts out partway through Fracture - but the quality of what you get is superb and it's only this incompleteness which stops it getting five stars. Then again, if you're digging this deep into this phase of the band's history, you may as well get the Starless boxed set - which includes this plus all the other surviving soundboard tapes from this tour.

KING CRIMSON Live In Denver, 1972

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2007 · Proto-Metal
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As much as I enjoy some of the live material from the Islands-era King Crimson lineup that Discipline Global Mobile has made available over the years (with the Sailors' Tales boxed set compiling more of these releases than you will ever really need at an astonishingly reasonable price compared to if you bought them separately), there's some live recordings of theirs where the sound quality simply is too poor to make it worthwhile. This Denver, Colorado gig was recorded to cassette from the soundboard and the nicest thing I can say about it is that it sounds a bit better than Earthbound - but there's other live recordings from the same tour which sound better than this.

In particular, the Summit Studios radio session recorded prior to this gig has much the same energy, but benefits enormously from the multi-track recording's far superior sound quality. Don't bother with this one unless you got it in the Sailors' Tales box - and even then, I'm willing to bet it'll be one of the shows you don't listen to so often.

KING CRIMSON Live In Heidelberg, 1974

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2005 · Proto-Metal
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Prevented from being a five-star release largely because it's incomplete (and most frustratingly of all, it cuts out three minutes into Fracture!), nonetheless this live release capturing one of the stops on the Starless and Bible Black tour (also included on the Starless boxed set) is a magnificent hour or so of King Crimson at their finest. There's some delightful improvisations captured, the songs are top notch, and by and large the band are at the peak of their game - and to cap everything off, the source is a soundboard recording, so the sound quality is crystal clear. Pretty good, though if you're keen enough on this era to be interested in this, you may as well save up and get the Starless box, which despite the expense is astonishingly good value for money compared to buying these live sets individually.


Live album · 1976 · Proto-Metal
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Buyer beware - the original release of Metallic KO, the one whose track list is reflected above, was mislabelled, with only the second side actually coming from the final Stooges show and the first side hailing from a worse-sounding gig at the same venue from some four months earlier. So for this purpose, my rating of this will be based on that issue - go look at my review of Metallic 2xKO, one of several versions of the release to include the full final show (and, in its 2CD configurations, the full version of the earlier show too), for my thoughts on that.

Really, though, if you are enough of a collector to want this material, the best way to get it these days is on Cherry Red's You Think You're Bad, Man? box - a modestly-priced 5CD collection which will get you both those shows, plus three others, coming to about as much Raw Power-era live Stooges as anyone could possibly want.


EP · 1977 · Proto-Metal
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The I'm Sick of You sessions have been released in various formats now - the definitive one being that offered on the first disc of the Heavy Liquid boxed set (rereleased more recently on the Born In A Trailer boxed set), from which you can take whichever version of I Got a Right and Gimme Some Skin you prefer, add a brilliantly filthy Louie Louie, Money, Scene of the Crime and of course the brilliant I'm Sick of You itself to get a definitive version of the set. Punk rock in all but name, these aggressive, stripped down, and angry as hell garage rock numbers rank among the very best of the Stooges' output.

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