Michael Austin
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QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime Progressive Metal | review permalink
SAXON - Strong Arm of the Law NWoBHM | review permalink
ALL THAT REMAINS - ... For We Are Many Melodic Metalcore | review permalink
VOLBEAT - Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood Heavy Metal | review permalink
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Deliverance Stoner Metal | review permalink
SOIL - Scars Alternative Metal | review permalink
MINISTRY - With Sympathy Non-Metal | review permalink

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Alternative Metal 1 3.50
2 Heavy Metal 1 4.00
3 Melodic Metalcore 1 4.00
4 Non-Metal 1 2.50
5 NWoBHM 1 4.00
6 Progressive Metal 1 5.00
7 Stoner Metal 1 4.00

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Album · 1994 · Stoner Metal
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Dusted off this little beauty today to give it a spin as it was shackled up way to long. The boys out of Raleigh, NC put down the skateboards and moved from their punk roots and became one of the first punk-metal fusion bands and pulled it off well with this 1994 release. The range of this album I thought was pretty sweet as it flowed from monolithic power chords that engage some ferocious speed to a radio friendly "Clean My Wounds" that struck gold with its staccato riffing and strong bass/drum foundation. Overall, this a a good album to add to your collection and pull it out and share with friends that may have not hear of these cats.

QUEENSRŸCHE Operation: Mindcrime

Album · 1988 · Progressive Metal
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I saw this tour in 1988 and fell in love with band and have been a HUGE fan of them ever since. I will echo the statements of some many others here ... Conor, "Here we have it, one of the most critically acclaimed progressive metal albums of all time. This is the album that brought Queensryche from being a very underground, relatively unknown band to one of the most intriguing and innovative bands in metal." or Raff, ""Operation: Mindcrime" has often been hailed as one of the 'founding fathers, so to speak, of progressive metal - its intriguing concept and flawless realization more akin to vintage progressive rock than straightforward heavy metal. A dark, convoluted, positively dystopian tale out of Orwell's "1984", whose world view is best summed up by the chilling lyrics to "Spreading the Disease", it is also a strong, stark political statement that goes against the grain of Eighties hedonism and heedless faith in unbridled consumerism. " Every now and the an album hits when the moon and stars are aligned and it stands the test of time and this is one of those albums. If you do not have it in your collection, it is a MUST ADD and you will enjoy how it sucks you in with each additional listen. ENJOY !!!

SOIL Scars

Album · 2001 · Alternative Metal
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Don't let it's September 11th 2001 release date be overshadowed by the unfortunate events that took place here in the States on that same day. I pulled this out the other day and have had in a regular rotation the last couple days and remembering how much I dig this album. Songs such as "Breaking Me Down" and "Halo" have evident commercial appeal, yet have a coarse grittiness that is refreshing compared to many well-oiled industry singles. Vocalist Ryan McCombs pipes exude some boisterous bellows, yet he is able to come full circle and deliver a clean sounding vocal chant on "Inside". Worth adding to your collection and turning your friends onto.

VOLBEAT Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood

Album · 2008 · Heavy Metal
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Pick up this album today on the recommendation from a friend of mine and he was playing it in his car last Friday when we were coming home from the bar. Of what I was able to hear in his car (about 4 songs), I was impressed with how well the songs were arranged and how tight the sound was. After listening to the entire album tonight reinforced the sound quality and I like the fact it's a pleasurable mix of Combining heavy metal with punk,rockabilly, and punk. I did not if a band could pull a fusion of this magnitude, but these cats were able to and do it well. I will seek other albums from these guys, give them a spin as well and I think you too will be pleasantly surprised.

ALL THAT REMAINS ... For We Are Many

Album · 2010 · Melodic Metalcore
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I was pleased with the first pass of this disc and then super-stoked plays 2, 3 and on. I enjoyed balance between heaviness and harmony, yet still maintaining and aggressive fury I have come to know on past albums. I'm digging the vocal range that Philip Labonte is able to pull off on this disc. Adam Dutkiewicz did a most excellent job as an engineer, the mixing, and as a producer ... very tight and pleasing to listen to both in the car and on your home system. For We Are Many and Dead Wrong are my two favorite tracks so far, but don't get me wrong, the entire album will rip your face off !!!

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