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TOOL - Lateralus Progressive Metal | review permalink
RAINBOW - Rising Heavy Metal | review permalink
MEGADETH - Rust in Peace Thrash Metal | review permalink
RUSH - Moving Pictures Hard Rock | review permalink
VAN HALEN - Van Halen Hard Rock | review permalink
QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime Progressive Metal | review permalink
BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid Heavy Metal | review permalink
ANNIHILATOR - Never, Neverland Thrash Metal | review permalink
FATES WARNING - Perfect Symmetry Progressive Metal | review permalink
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin IV Hard Rock | review permalink
PEARL JAM - Ten Heavy Alternative Rock | review permalink
IRON MAIDEN - Powerslave NWoBHM | review permalink
AC/DC - Highway To Hell Hard Rock | review permalink
DIO - Holy Diver Heavy Metal | review permalink
NEAL MORSE - Sola Scriptura Metal Related | review permalink
TO-MERA - Transcendental Progressive Metal | review permalink
NIRVANA - Nevermind Heavy Alternative Rock | review permalink
DEEP PURPLE - Machine Head Hard Rock | review permalink
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal | review permalink
JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Heaven And Hell Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Master Of Reality Heavy Metal
METALLICA - ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal
ALICE IN CHAINS - Dirt Alternative Metal
THE GATHERING - if_then_else Non-Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Heavy Metal
AC/DC - Back In Black Hard Rock
KORN - Follow the Leader Nu Metal
DREAM THEATER - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Progressive Metal
AC/DC - Let There Be Rock Hard Rock
DREAM THEATER - Images and Words Progressive Metal
IRON MAIDEN - The Number Of The Beast NWoBHM
AYREON - The Human Equation Progressive Metal
FATES WARNING - A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Progressive Metal
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Toxicity Alternative Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Badmotorfinger Alternative Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Superunknown Heavy Alternative Rock
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - The Battle of Los Angeles Rap Metal
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - Rage Against the Machine Rap Metal
A PERFECT CIRCLE - Mer de Noms Heavy Alternative Rock
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness Heavy Alternative Rock
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - System of a Down Alternative Metal
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Mezmerize Alternative Metal
RUSH - Snakes & Arrows Hard Rock
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - Renegades Rap Metal
LINKIN PARK - Hybrid Theory Nu Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Down On The Upside Heavy Alternative Rock
ALICE IN CHAINS - Facelift Alternative Metal
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - Evil Empire Rap Metal
A PERFECT CIRCLE - Thirteenth Step Heavy Alternative Rock
KATATONIA - The Great Cold Distance Alternative Metal
MONSTER MAGNET - Powertrip Stoner Rock
KYUSS - Welcome To Sky Valley Stoner Metal
KYUSS - Blues For The Red Sun Stoner Metal
PRIDE & GLORY - Pride & Glory Hard Rock
KATATONIA - Viva Emptiness Alternative Metal
WHITESNAKE - Whitesnake Hard Rock
VAN HALEN - 1984 Hard Rock
WHITESNAKE - Good To Be Bad Hard Rock
WHITESNAKE - Slip Of The Tongue Hard Rock
EVANESCENCE - Fallen Alternative Metal
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory Progressive Metal
KING'S X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska Hard Rock
PAIN OF SALVATION - Remedy Lane Progressive Metal
PORCUPINE TREE - In Absentia Metal Related
AYREON - Into the Electric Castle Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - The Perfect Element, Part 1 Progressive Metal
RIVERSIDE - Second Life Syndrome Metal Related
RIVERSIDE - Anno Domini High Definition Progressive Metal
TOOL - Ænima Alternative Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - One Hour by the Concrete Lake Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Train of Thought Progressive Metal
THRESHOLD - Critical Mass Progressive Metal
ANIMALS AS LEADERS - Animals as Leaders Progressive Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Black Sabbath Heavy Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Deep Purple In Rock Hard Rock
RUSH - Permanent Waves Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin II Hard Rock
AC/DC - Powerage Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Jailbreak Hard Rock
BLACK SABBATH - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Heavy Metal
AC/DC - For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Houses Of The Holy Hard Rock
BLACK SABBATH - Sabotage Heavy Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin III Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Physical Graffiti Hard Rock
AC/DC - High Voltage (International Version) Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Bad Reputation Hard Rock
BUDGIE - Bandolier Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Presence Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Fighting Hard Rock
WISHBONE ASH - Argus Proto-Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Fireball Hard Rock
BLACK SABBATH - Vol 4 Heavy Metal
THIN LIZZY - Johnny The Fox Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - In Through The Out Door Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Deep Purple Proto-Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Purpendicular Hard Rock
THIN LIZZY - Black Rose: A Rock Legend Hard Rock
AC/DC - Black Ice Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Rocka Rolla Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Perfect Strangers Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Burn Hard Rock
BUDGIE - In For The Kill Heavy Metal
BARONESS - Red Album Sludge Metal
MEGADETH - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Thrash Metal
PANTERA - Cowboys From Hell Groove Metal
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Kill 'em All Thrash Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere In Time Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Stained Class Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Sin After Sin Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Piece Of Mind NWoBHM
JUDAS PRIEST - Screaming For Vengeance Heavy Metal
BRUCE DICKINSON - Tyranny of Souls Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Brave New World Heavy Metal
UFO - Lights Out Hard Rock
UFO - Force It Proto-Metal
RAINBOW - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Black Rain Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Diary Of A Madman Heavy Metal
RAINBOW - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Hard Rock
JUDAS PRIEST - Killing Machine Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Iron Maiden NWoBHM
OZZY OSBOURNE - Blizzard Of Ozz Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Killers NWoBHM
WHITESNAKE - Lovehunter Hard Rock
AIRBOURNE - Runnin' Wild Hard Rock
DIO - Master of the Moon Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - A Matter Of Life And Death Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Mob Rules Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Defenders Of The Faith Heavy Metal
DREAM THEATER - Awake Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Falling Into Infinity Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Octavarium Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Systematic Chaos Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Black Clouds & Silver Linings Progressive Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Angel Of Retribution Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Technical Ecstasy Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Never Say Die! Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Born Again Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Seventh Star Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - The Eternal Idol Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Headless Cross Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Tyr Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Dehumanizer Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Cross Purposes Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Forbidden Heavy Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Coda Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Shades Of Deep Purple Proto-Metal
DEEP PURPLE - The Book Of Taliesyn Proto-Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Who Do We Think We Are Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Stormbringer Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Come Taste The Band Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - The House Of Blue Light Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Slaves And Masters Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - The Battle Rages On... Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Abandon Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Bananas Hard Rock
DEEP PURPLE - Rapture Of The Deep Hard Rock
MEGADETH - So Far, So Good... So What! Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - The System Has Failed Thrash Metal
MEGADETH - United Abominations Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Metallica Heavy Metal
METALLICA - Load Heavy Metal
METALLICA - ReLoad Heavy Metal
METALLICA - Death Magnetic Thrash Metal
ANUBIS GATE - Andromeda Unchained Progressive Metal
PAGAN'S MIND - Celestial Entrance Progressive Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Point Of Entry Heavy Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Empire Progressive Metal
QUEENSRŸCHE - Queensrÿche Heavy Metal
TOOL - Undertow Alternative Metal
TOOL - 10,000 Days Progressive Metal
TOOL - Opiate Alternative Metal
KORN - Korn Nu Metal
KORN - Life Is Peachy Nu Metal
KORN - Issues Nu Metal
KORN - Untouchables Nu Metal
KORN - Take a Look in the Mirror Nu Metal
KORN - See You on the Other Side Nu Metal
KORN - [untitled] Nu Metal
IRON MAIDEN - No Prayer For The Dying Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Fear Of The Dark Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Virtual XI Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Dance Of Death Heavy Metal
IRON MAIDEN - The Final Frontier Heavy Metal
NEAL MORSE - ? Non-Metal
THE GATHERING - Nighttime Birds Gothic Metal
THE GATHERING - How to Measure a Planet? Non-Metal
AYREON - Universal Migrator, Part 1: The Dream Sequencer Non-Metal
AYREON - Universal Migrator, Part 2: Flight of the Migrator Progressive Metal
DIO - Lock Up The Wolves Heavy Metal
DIO - Magica Heavy Metal
DIO - Killing the Dragon Heavy Metal
ALTER BRIDGE - One Day Remains Hard Rock
ALTER BRIDGE - Blackbird Hard Rock
ALTER BRIDGE - AB III Alternative Metal
DELIVERANCE - River Disturbance Thrash Metal
DELIVERANCE - Learn Thrash Metal
DELIVERANCE - As Above - So Below Thrash Metal
RUSH - Vapor Trails Hard Rock
LINKIN PARK - Meteora Nu Metal
LINKIN PARK - Minutes to Midnight Non-Metal
WHITESNAKE - Ready An' Willing Hard Rock
WHITESNAKE - Come An' Get It Hard Rock
WHITESNAKE - Saints & Sinners Hard Rock
WHITESNAKE - Slide It In Hard Rock
EVANESCENCE - The Open Door Alternative Metal
KING'S X - Out Of The Silent Planet Hard Rock
RIVERSIDE - Out Of Myself Metal Related
THRESHOLD - Hypothetical Progressive Metal
THIN LIZZY - Shades Of A Blue Orphanage Hard Rock
BUDGIE - If I Were Brittania I'd Waive The Rules Hard Rock
BUDGIE - Impeckable Hard Rock
UFO - Sharks Hard Rock
UFO - The Monkey Puzzle Hard Rock
UFO - You Are Here Hard Rock
UFO - Walk on Water Hard Rock
OZZY OSBOURNE - Scream Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Down To Earth Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Ozzmosis Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - No More Tears Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - No Rest For The Wicked Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Bark At The Moon Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - The Ultimate Sin Heavy Metal
GUNS N' ROSES - Appetite For Destruction Hard Rock
BLIND GUARDIAN - Imaginations From the Other Side Power Metal
OPETH - Still Life Progressive Metal
EDGE OF SANITY - Crimson Melodic Death Metal
AMORPHIS - The Beginning of Times Progressive Metal
CATHEDRAL - The Garden of Unearthly Delights Stoner Metal
BOLT THROWER - Those Once Loyal Death Metal
ALICE COOPER - From The Inside Non-Metal
SAVATAGE - Dead Winter Dead Heavy Metal
ENTOMBED - Wolverine Blues Death 'n' Roll
ELVENKING - Two Tragedy Poets (...and a Caravan of Weird Figures) Non-Metal
SLAYER - Reign in Blood Thrash Metal
WITHIN TEMPTATION - Enter Gothic Metal
DEMONS & WIZARDS - Touched by the Crimson King US Power Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - Life Is Killing Me Gothic Metal
FAITH NO MORE - Angel Dust Alternative Metal
DEATH - Individual Thought Patterns Technical Death Metal
DEATH ANGEL - Relentless Retribution Thrash Metal
TESLA - Mechanical Resonance Hard Rock
HOLLENTHON - With Vilest of Worms to Dwell Death Metal
CRADLE OF FILTH - Cruelty and the Beast Gothic Metal
UNEXPECT - Fables of the Sleepless Empire Avant-garde Metal
HELLOWEEN - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II Power Metal
DEATH - Symbolic Technical Death Metal | review permalink

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Hard Rock 69 4.03
2 Heavy Metal 59 4.02
3 Progressive Metal 30 4.00
4 Thrash Metal 16 3.91
5 Alternative Metal 15 3.87
6 Nu Metal 10 4.00
7 Heavy Alternative Rock 7 4.29
8 Non-Metal 7 3.43
9 NWoBHM 5 4.20
10 Proto-Metal 5 4.00
11 Rap Metal 4 4.00
12 Metal Related 4 4.25
13 Gothic Metal 4 2.50
14 Stoner Metal 3 3.33
15 Technical Death Metal 2 1.50
16 Death Metal 2 2.00
17 Power Metal 2 2.00
18 Sludge Metal 1 4.00
19 Groove Metal 1 4.00
20 Avant-garde Metal 1 2.00
21 Death 'n' Roll 1 2.00
22 Melodic Death Metal 1 2.00
23 Stoner Rock 1 4.00
24 US Power Metal 1 2.00

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DEEP PURPLE Machine Head

Album · 1972 · Hard Rock
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This is not, in my opinion, Deep Purple’s best album, but it is nonetheless a masterpiece. The album begins and ends with tracks that prove that simplicity is the art of design. Maybe I’m a Leo experiments with a more funky riff. Pictures of Home is a Deep Purple classic with a lovely bass solo that maybe one day I’ll be able to play. Never Before returns to a more funk-rock feel. Smoke on the Water is of course a classic and must have the most well known riff on the planet. It’s the song that sells the album. Lazy, though, is my favourite track on the album - a track that slowly builds.

NIRVANA Nevermind

Album · 1991 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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OK so this is THE grunge album right. A masterpiece and yet even I can play some of the bass lines. But that’s the beauty of it. There is nothing complex about it, no virtuosity. But good composition and good performance are not always about all that are they. This album is a perfect example of everything falling into place, of the three members of the band being perfectly in balance. It will sound trite to say it I know but it is just so sad that despite the happiness that the songs Kurt Cobain wrote for this album have given to so many people, they did not make him happy enough.

TO-MERA Transcendental

Album · 2006 · Progressive Metal
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I don’t think I have ever heard a metal band use dynamics to the extent that this band does on this album. At times they are very heavy metal, at others they are light classical or jazz. If prog metal is “characterised by genre transgression” then Transcendental has that in spades. The To-Mera musicians’ virtuosity is also beyond a doubt. I don’t usually like bands with female vocals as they tend to make it too gothic for me, but this is one of the rare exceptions. They don’t seem to fall into the gothic format. To-mera’s Transcendental is in my opinion a masterpiece of progressive metal.

DEATH Symbolic

Album · 1995 · Technical Death Metal
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Unfortunately I don’t like death metal. Initially I felt that this disqualified me from writing a review for this album. But the fact that Symbolic has risen to the top of the rankings has driven me to do so. I have honestly tried to listen to every track. I enjoy every one of them until the vocals start, which then spoil it for me. I really do not see the attraction of this type of vocal. I appreciate the instrumental composition and the skill level of the musicians but 80% of the album is unlistenable for me. This is why I can only give this one star.

NEAL MORSE Sola Scriptura

Album · 2007 · Metal Related
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As a progressive metal fan and a Christian, Neal Morse has been an incredible recent discovery for me thanks to Prog Archives. I love both this album and “?”. Sola Scriptura has all the elements to satisfy my tastes. Throughout the album it is full of excellent composition both in terms of melodies and complex passages played by highly skilled musicians. It has sufficient heaviness in places and meaningful lyrics in others. I know that non-believers can find Neal’s lyrics overly evangelistic, but in the words that appear on this album, “How can I keep silent when I know the truth?”

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Xaxaar wrote:
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Your reviews are a bit...lopsided, don'tcha think? Having 98% perfect of your reviews 5 stars only to be the last 2% be one stars is odd. I mean, you don't think one album deserves 4 stars? Also, as this site will never force someone to do a review, writing one about one of your one star albums would be appreciated. They are, after all, all in the site's top 10 and one may think you're being untruthful with these ratings.

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