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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Heavy Metal 148 3.62
2 Progressive Metal 126 3.38
3 Black Metal 124 3.97
4 Non-Metal 108 3.74
5 Hard Rock 107 3.33
6 Thrash Metal 81 3.79
7 Power Metal 77 3.45
8 Atmospheric Black Metal 62 4.01
9 Death Metal 56 3.93
10 Gothic Metal 54 3.44
11 Doom Metal 53 3.79
12 Proto-Metal 52 3.52
13 Metal Related 44 3.53
14 Traditional Doom Metal 43 3.87
15 Stoner Metal 38 3.80
16 Industrial Metal 38 3.58
17 Avant-garde Metal 38 3.78
18 Symphonic Black Metal 30 3.27
19 US Power Metal 29 3.60
20 Technical Death Metal 25 3.88
21 Melodic Death Metal 25 3.96
22 Melodic Black Metal 22 3.98
23 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 20 4.00
24 Death-Doom Metal 20 4.17
25 Heavy Psych 16 4.09
26 Hardcore Punk 15 4.07
27 Funeral Doom Metal 15 3.70
28 Folk Metal 14 3.39
29 Symphonic Metal 14 3.04
30 NWoBHM 13 4.23
31 Technical Thrash Metal 12 4.13
32 Sludge Metal 11 3.95
33 Speed Metal 11 3.73
34 Alternative Metal 11 3.50
35 Depressive Black Metal 10 4.25
36 Drone Metal 10 3.90
37 Funk Metal 9 3.78
38 Groove Metal 7 3.64
39 Viking Metal 7 4.14
40 Grindcore 5 4.10
41 Brutal Death Metal 5 3.70
42 Death 'n' Roll 5 4.20
43 Crust Punk 3 4.00
44 Metalcore 3 3.00
45 Pagan Black Metal 2 3.50
46 Nu Metal 2 4.00
47 Heavy Alternative Rock 2 3.00
48 Crossover Thrash 2 4.50
49 Glam Metal 2 2.50
50 War Metal 2 4.00
51 Stoner Rock 2 3.50
52 Mathcore 1 3.00
53 Neoclassical metal 1 4.00

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NOVEMBERS DOOM The Knowing

Album · 2000 · Death-Doom Metal
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Novembers Doom's debut album established them as working very much in the death-doom mode that the early work of the Peaceville Three (My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and Anathema), but with The Knowing they truly produce an album which can stand in the top tier of the subgenre.

In particular, it's steeped in this melancholic, romantic take on the death-doom sound which reminds me of some of the strongest moments of early My Dying Bride - the sort of death-doom metal that's not afraid to show the influence of the more serious sort of gothic metal here and there. It's rather grand.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Some Enchanted Evening

Live album · 1978 · Hard Rock
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Released at a time when BOC were increasingly blending pop hooks into their occult proto-metal quagmire on their studio albums (with Agents of Fortune being an iconic example of this approach and Spectres perhaps being their most pop-inclined, mellow, and least heavy album since their debut), Some Enchanted Evening proved that there was still fire in the belly of the Cult, with the band offering a hard and heavy runthrough of the material in question.

This is a rare example of an album where the bonus tracks on rereleases are just as good - in this case, you want to go for the edition which includes the extra seven tracks (in effect a whole extra live album) from around the same era. There's also a bonus DVD - Some OTHER Enchanted Evening - offering a video of a live show from the same era, though the audio on this one is notably a big step down from the main album.

NOCTURNUS AD Paradox

Album · 2019 · Technical Death Metal
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Once upon a time there was Nocturnus, who put out a couple of really solid technical death metal albums in the form of The Key and Thresholds before original founder Mike Browning and the rest of the group. Then there was After Death, Mike's next group, which took its name from a song from The Key and allowed Mike to keep his hand in the game.

Now there's Nocturnus AD, After Death having evolved into the full-fledged Nocturnus successor group they'd always had the potential to be. With Nocturnus themselves having been broken up for over a decade, it seems reasonable enough to assume that if Browning's former comrades there had intended to do anything with the name, they'd have done it by now. As it is, the field is clear for Browning to reconfigure After Death to deliver his own vision for where Nocturnus might have gone under his own direction.

If the band name weren't enough of the clue, the cover art should give away what the angle is here: yes, this might not be called "The Key Part 2: Death Metal Boogaloo", but thematically and stylistically speaking it's pretty much following on the footsteps of the Nocturnus debut album. (Yes, the time-travelling killer robot is back, and this time it's hanging out with Cthulhu.)

It's another technical death metal tour de force from Browning, who once again acts as both drummer and lead vocalist. If his drumming is a little prominent in the mix, that's all to the good, because his drums sound absolutely superb without taking anything away from the rest of the band. Despite having added blast beats to his bag of tricks, he's largely working in a style close to that of The Key, and if you really enjoyed that album and want more of the same I'd say that this hits that mark closer than any of the subsequent Nocturnus or After Death releases ever did.

MAYHEM Daemon

Album · 2019 · Black Metal
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Daemon feels like something of a back to basics album for Mayhem - rather than trying the sort of production experiments or thematic weirdness which characterised albums like Grand Declaration of War, Ordo ad Chao, and Esoteric Warfare, they produce some straight-ahead no-nonsense black metal. You could sort of see this as the third of a triptych of Mayhem's "pure" black metal studio albums, along with De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and Chimera.

Of those three, I don't think it quite reaches the consistently high quality of Chimera, and it certainly isn't as groundbreaking as De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, but it's a fun outing which proves that Mayhem are still no slouches, even if they risk going through the motions at this point.

MAGNUM Princess Alice And The Broken Arrow

Album · 2007 · Hard Rock
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This was the third Magnum album after their reunion, and it's another high-quality slab of material from the band - certainly suggesting they still had some fresh ideas to offer. It's not a revolutionary release - still largely in that strange middle ground between neo-prog, the poppier flavours of NWOBHM and melodic rock rock that their classic albums occupy, this time around with substantially less in the way of NWOBHM and more of those other two ingredients. It's a bit more introspective than, say On a Storyteller's Night, as the wistful album opener When We Were Younger strongly emphasises, but it's a delightful development of Magnum's music into a mature style.

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    I'm pretty keen on Time To Die myself, but I could understand voting for any of those albums - they're so consistent.I agree with UMUR though - doing the poll this way is more interesting because if we took in their whole career, Dopethrone would beat out everything by a mile.
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    Can't keep Glenn away too long, it seems - some nice footage of him rejoining the band for an encore in New Jersey recently:http://www.metalsucks.net/2018/03/21/video-glenn-tipton-joins-judas-priest-on-stage-in-new-jersey/As the reporter notes, it's great to see him on stage, but he does carry himself a little gingerly, like it's a big effort for him just to be there. If it takes that much to do an encore I can see why he wouldn't feel able to do full concerts any more.
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    I've just done some playing around with the top album list page (http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/topalbums.aspx?lstReleaseTypes=1&MinNRatings=30&MaxResults=25#list) to see if I can filter it to find promising candidates for this.If you set minimum number of ratings to 0, maximum number of to something like 5, leave minimum average rating value at 0 and set maximum results to 100 you'll get a big fat list of albums with only have at most 5 ratings. Since albums tend to have more ratings than reviews, most of the albums on the list will fit the "no more than 2 reviews" criteria for the challenge.If you want some real obscurities, if you set minimum number of ratings to 1, maximum number to 1 or 2, minimum average at 0 and maximum results to 100 you get a host of real obscurities, all of which should by definition count for the challenge.What I haven't worked out is whether there's a convenient way to list all the releases on the site which have 0 ratings.

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