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ARSIS - We Are the Nightmare Technical Death Metal
SLAYER - Reign in Blood Thrash Metal
SPASTIC INK - Ink Compatible Thrash Metal
WATCHTOWER - Control And Resistance Technical Thrash Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Heavy Metal
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - Destroy Erase Improve Progressive Metal
RUSH - A Farewell to Kings Hard Rock
KING CRIMSON - Red Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - Heavy ConstruKction Non-Metal
EXIVIOUS - Exivious Progressive Metal | review permalink
ALICE COOPER - Billion Dollar Babies Hard Rock
FATES WARNING - Perfect Symmetry Progressive Metal
HAKEN - The Mountain Progressive Metal
JIMI HENDRIX - Are You Experienced? Proto-Metal
MARTYR - Feeding the Abscess Technical Death Metal
MOTORPSYCHO - The Death Defying Unicorn Non-Metal
OPETH - Watershed Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - One Hour by the Concrete Lake Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - BE Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - Be Live Progressive Metal
PRYAPISME - Hyperblast Super Collider Avant-garde Metal
SIEGES EVEN - A Sense of Change Progressive Metal
VIRUS - The Black Flux Avant-garde Metal
THEORY IN PRACTICE - Colonizing the Sun Death Metal
WATCHTOWER - Concepts of Math: Book One Technical Thrash Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Sabotage Heavy Metal
VENOM - At War With Satan Speed Metal
MESHUGGAH - None Progressive Metal
DEATH - Symbolic Technical Death Metal
DEATH - The Sound of Perseverance Technical Death Metal
MESHUGGAH - Catch Thirtythree Progressive Metal | review permalink
SPIRAL ARCHITECT - A Sceptic's Universe Progressive Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Shades Of Deep Purple Proto-Metal
FISHBONE - Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe Funk Metal
BUMBLEFOOT - 9.11 Progressive Metal
ANIMALS AS LEADERS - Animals as Leaders Progressive Metal
ANTHRAX - Among The Living Thrash Metal
BLOTTED SCIENCE - The Machinations of Dementia Progressive Metal
CANVAS SOLARIS - Penumbra Diffuse Progressive Metal
CANVAS SOLARIS - Cortical Tectonics Progressive Metal
CANVAS SOLARIS - Irradiance Progressive Metal
CYNIC - Focus Technical Death Metal
DETHKLOK - The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera Melodic Death Metal
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM - Of Natural History Avant-garde Metal
GORDIAN KNOT - Gordian Knot Progressive Metal
LYE BY MISTAKE - Fea Jur Progressive Metal
MR. BUNGLE - Mr. Bungle Avant-garde Metal
MOTORPSYCHO - Still Life With Eggplant Non-Metal
OPETH - Pale Communion Metal Related
PAIN OF SALVATION - Road Salt One Non-Metal
PANZERBALLETT - Starke Stüke Progressive Metal
PANZERBALLETT - Hart Gennosen Von Abba Bis Zappa Progressive Metal
PRIMUS - Pork Soda Funk Metal
PRYAPISME - Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium Avant-garde Metal
QUEEN - Queen II Proto-Metal
DEREK SHERINIAN - Planet X Progressive Metal
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - Alien Industrial Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - World Coming Down Gothic Metal
VIO-LENCE - Eternal Nightmare Thrash Metal
VIRUS - Carheart Avant-garde Metal
LAUNDRY - Blacktongue Funk Metal | review permalink
COPROFAGO - Unorthodox Creative Criteria Thrash Metal | review permalink
COLONEL PETROV'S GOOD JUDGEMENT - Among Servants Progressive Metal | review permalink
RINGS OF SATURN - Lugal Ki En Deathcore
IRON MAIDEN - The Number Of The Beast NWoBHM
SLAYER - Christ Illusion Thrash Metal
THEORY IN PRACTICE - The Armageddon Theories Death Metal
THEORY IN PRACTICE - Crescendo Dezign Death Metal
SPASTIC INK - Ink Complete Progressive Metal
METALLICA - Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Some Kind of Monster Thrash Metal
ATHEIST - Unquestionable Presence Technical Death Metal
ATHEIST - Jupiter Technical Death Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Vol 4 Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Never Say Die! Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Mob Rules Heavy Metal
D.R.I. - Dealing With It Hardcore Punk
D.R.I. - Violent Pacification Hardcore Punk
BLACK FLAG - My War Hardcore Punk
BLACK FLAG - Everything Went Black Hardcore Punk
CELTIC FROST - Morbid Tales Thrash Metal
DREAM THEATER - Images and Words Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - The Violent Sleep of Reason Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - I Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - Contradictions Collapse / None Technical Thrash Metal
MESHUGGAH - The Ophidian Trek Progressive Metal
RUSH - Fly by Night Hard Rock
RUSH - Caress of Steel Hard Rock
RUSH - Moving Pictures Hard Rock
RUSH - Exit... Stage Left Hard Rock
KING CRIMSON - Larks' Tongues In Aspic Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - Starless And Bible Black Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - The ConstruKction Of Light Non-Metal
DEATH - Human Technical Death Metal
DYSRHYTHMIA - Contradiction Metal Related
DYSRHYTHMIA - No Interference Non-Metal
DYSRHYTHMIA - Pretest Non-Metal
DYSRHYTHMIA - Test Of Submission Metal Related
DYSRHYTHMIA - The Veil Of Control Progressive Metal
DEEP PURPLE - Machine Head Hard Rock
BUMBLEFOOT - Hands Progressive Metal
BUMBLEFOOT - Uncool Progressive Metal
BUMBLEFOOT - Abnormal Progressive Metal
BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS - Skullgrid Progressive Metal
BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS - Arctopocalypse Now... Warmageddon Later Progressive Metal
BLOTTED SCIENCE - The Animation Of Entomology Progressive Metal
CANVAS SOLARIS - The Atomized Dream Progressive Metal
COPROFAGO - Genesis Thrash Metal
DETHKLOK - Dethalbum III Melodic Death Metal
ECHOSILENCE - Electric Collaborations Progressive Metal
ELDER - Reflections of a Floating World Heavy Psych
FATES WARNING - No Exit Progressive Metal
FEAR FACTORY - Obsolete Industrial Metal
MATTIAS IA EKLUNDH - Freak Guitar: The Road Less Traveled Progressive Metal
JIMI HENDRIX - Axis: Bold As Love Proto-Metal
JIMI HENDRIX - Electric Ladyland Proto-Metal
JENS JOHANSSON - Heavy Machinery Progressive Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Sin After Sin Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - British Steel Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Screaming For Vengeance Heavy Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Defenders Of The Faith Heavy Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Physical Graffiti Hard Rock
LIVING COLOUR - Stain Funk Metal
24-7 SPYZ - Harder Than You Funk Metal
MARTYR - Warp Zone Technical Death Metal
MOTORPSYCHO - Here Be Monsters Non-Metal
NEUROSIS - Times Of Grace Atmospheric Sludge Metal
OPETH - Blackwater Park Progressive Metal
OPETH - Heritage Metal Related
OZZY OSBOURNE - Blizzard Of Ozz Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Diary Of A Madman Heavy Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - Road Salt Two Non-Metal
PANZERBALLETT - Breaking Brain Avant-garde Metal
PRAXIS - Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis) Funk Metal
PRIMUS - Suck On This Funk Metal
PROTEST THE HERO - Fortress Melodic Metalcore
PRYAPISME - Pump Up The Pectine Avant-garde Metal
QUEEN - Queen Proto-Metal
QUEEN - A Night At The Opera Proto-Metal
QUEEN - A Day At The Races Hard Rock
PLANET X - Universe Progressive Metal
LUDICHRIST - Powertrip Crossover Thrash
LUDICHRIST - God Is Everywhere Crossover Thrash
SCATTERBRAIN - Here Comes Trouble Thrash Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Badmotorfinger Alternative Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - A-Sides Alternative Metal
SPECIAL PROVIDENCE - Essence of Change Progressive Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - Dead Again Gothic Metal
VED BUENS ENDE - Written in Waters Avant-garde Metal
SYK - I​-​Optikon Mathcore
SYK - Atoma Mathcore
VIRUS - Oblivion Clock Metal Related
DYING FETUS - Reign Supreme Brutal Death Metal
RINGS OF SATURN - Dingir Deathcore
ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF - Aykroyd Progressive Metal
MESTIS - Basal Ganglia Progressive Metal
FELIX MARTIN - The Scenic Album Progressive Metal
SCHIZOFRANTIK - Oddities Metal Related
SCHIZOFRANTIK - Ripping Heartaches Metal Related
COUNTER-WORLD EXPERIENCE - Pulsar Progressive Metal
SLAYER - Haunting the Chapel Thrash Metal
SLAYER - South of Heaven Thrash Metal
SLAYER - Undisputed Attitude Crossover Thrash
WATCHTOWER - Energetic Disassembly Technical Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal
METALLICA - ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal
METALLICA - S&M Symphonic Metal
METALLICA - S&M Symphonic Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Master Of Reality Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Past Lives Heavy Metal
VERBAL ABUSE - Just an American Band Hardcore Punk
DREAM THEATER - Awake Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - obZen Progressive Metal
RUSH - Rush Hard Rock
RUSH - 2112 Hard Rock
RUSH - Permanent Waves Hard Rock
RUSH - Signals Non-Metal
RUSH - All the World's a Stage Hard Rock
RUSH - A Show of Hands Non-Metal
KING CRIMSON - Discipline Non-Metal
KING CRIMSON - Three Of A Perfect Pair Non-Metal
KING CRIMSON - The Power To Believe Non-Metal
KING CRIMSON - B'BOOM: Live In Argentina Non-Metal
EXIVIOUS - Liminal Progressive Metal
AGHORA - Aghora Progressive Metal
AGHORA - Formless Progressive Metal
ANIMALS AS LEADERS - Weightless Progressive Metal
ANTHRAX - State Of Euphoria Thrash Metal
BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS - Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning Progressive Metal
BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS - Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning Progressive Metal
CANVAS SOLARIS - Sublimation Progressive Metal
CANVAS SOLARIS - Spatial/Design Progressive Metal
ALICE COOPER - School's Out Hard Rock
CRUMBSUCKERS - Beast on My Back Crossover Thrash
CYNIC - Carbon-Based Anatomy Metal Related
DETHKLOK - The Dethalbum Melodic Death Metal
DIMESLAND - Psychogenic Atrophy Technical Thrash Metal
DREAM THEATER - A Change of Seasons Progressive Metal
ECHOSILENCE - Distorted Horizon Progressive Metal
FATES WARNING - Still Life Progressive Metal
MATTIAS IA EKLUNDH - Freak Guitar Progressive Metal
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM - In Glorious Times Avant-garde Metal
HAKEN - Visions Progressive Metal
RON JARZOMBEK - Solitarily Speaking Of Theoretical Confinement Progressive Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin IV Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Houses Of The Holy Hard Rock
LIVING COLOUR - Vivid Funk Metal
LIVING COLOUR - Time's Up Funk Metal
MAGELLAN - Test of Wills Progressive Metal
MR. BUNGLE - Disco Volante Metal Related
MOTORPSYCHO - Behind The Sun Non-Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - Entropia Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - Remedy Lane Progressive Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - In The Passing Light Of Day Progressive Metal
PANTERA - Vulgar Display of Power Groove Metal
PANTERA - Reinventing the Steel Groove Metal
PRIMUS - Frizzle Fry Funk Metal
PRIMUS - Sailing the Seas of Cheese Funk Metal
PRIMUS - Miscellaneous Debris Funk Metal
PROTEST THE HERO - Kezia Melodic Metalcore
PRYAPISME - Rococo Holocaust Avant-garde Metal
QUEEN - Sheer Heart Attack Proto-Metal
QUEEN - Jazz Hard Rock
QUEEN - Innuendo Non-Metal
LUDICHRIST - Immaculate Deception Crossover Thrash
DEREK SHERINIAN - Inertia Progressive Metal
SIEGES EVEN - Sophisticated Progressive Metal
SOUNDGARDEN - Superunknown Heavy Alternative Rock
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - Strapping Young Lad Industrial Metal
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - The New Black Industrial Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - October Rust Gothic Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - Symphony For The Devil Gothic Metal
TESTAMENT - The Legacy Thrash Metal
FORCED ENTRY - Uncertain Future Thrash Metal
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Animosity Crossover Thrash
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - Eye For An Eye Hardcore Punk
BEATALLICA - Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band Heavy Metal
BEATALLICA - A Garage Dayz Nite Heavy Metal
BEATALLICA - Beatallica (The Grey Album) Heavy Metal
VIRUS - Memento Collider Metal Related
RINGS OF SATURN - Gidim Deathcore
DYING FETUS - Wrong One to Fuck With Brutal Death Metal
IRON MAIDEN - Somewhere In Time Heavy Metal
SLAYER - Hell Awaits Thrash Metal
THEORY IN PRACTICE - Third Eye Function Death Metal
METALLICA - St. Anger Alternative Metal
METALLICA - The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited Thrash Metal
ATHEIST - Elements Technical Death Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Black Sabbath Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Live Evil Heavy Metal
D.R.I. - Crossover Crossover Thrash
VENOM - Welcome to Hell Speed Metal
VENOM - Black Metal Speed Metal
VENOM - Possessed Speed Metal
BLACK FLAG - TV Party Hardcore Punk
DREAM THEATER - When Dream and Day Unite Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - Contradictions Collapse Technical Thrash Metal
MESHUGGAH - Chaosphere Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - Koloss Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - The True Human Design Progressive Metal
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - In The Wake Of Poseidon Proto-Metal
DEATH - Individual Thought Patterns Technical Death Metal
DYSRHYTHMIA - Barriers And Passages Metal Related
FISHBONE - Truth And Soul Metal Related
FISHBONE - Chim Chim's Badass Revenge Funk Metal
ANIMALS AS LEADERS - The Madness of Many Progressive Metal
ANTHRAX - Spreading The Disease Thrash Metal
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT - Spectres Hard Rock
ALICE COOPER - Welcome To My Nightmare Hard Rock
COPROFAGO - Images of Despair Thrash Metal
CRUMBSUCKERS - Life of Dreams Crossover Thrash
CYNIC - Traced in Air Progressive Metal
CYNIC - Kindly Bent To Free Us Metal Related
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - Calculating Infinity Mathcore
ELDER - Dead Roots Stirring Stoner Metal
FEAR FACTORY - Demanufacture Industrial Metal
FEAR FACTORY - Remanufacture Industrial Metal
FEAR FACTORY - Digimortal Industrial Metal
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM - Grand Opening and Closing Avant-garde Metal
GORDIAN KNOT - Emergent Progressive Metal
HAKEN - Affinity Progressive Metal
HAKEN - Vector Progressive Metal
HAKEN - Restoration Progressive Metal
JIMI HENDRIX - Band of Gypsys Proto-Metal
RON JARZOMBEK - PHHHP! Progressive Metal
JENS JOHANSSON - Fission Progressive Metal
JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings Of Destiny Heavy Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin III Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Presence Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - How The West Was Won Hard Rock
LIVING COLOUR - Biscuits Funk Metal
24-7 SPYZ - Gumbo Millennium Funk Metal
MARTYR - Hopeless Hopes Technical Death Metal
MARTYR - Extracting the Core: Live 2001 Technical Death Metal
OPETH - Ghost Reveries Progressive Metal
OPETH - Sorceress Metal Related
OZZY OSBOURNE - Speak Of The Devil Heavy Metal
PAIN OF SALVATION - The Perfect Element, Part 1 Progressive Metal
PANZERBALLETT - Panzerballett Progressive Metal
PANZERBALLETT - Tank Goodness Avant-garde Metal
PRIMUS - Rhinoplasty Funk Metal
PROTEST THE HERO - Volition Progressive Metal
PRYAPISME - Epic Loon OST Avant-garde Metal
QUEEN - A Kind Of Magic Non-Metal
RATOS DE PORÃO - Brasil Crossover Thrash
JORDAN RUDESS - The Road Home Metal Related
SIEGES EVEN - Life Cycle Technical Thrash Metal
SKYCLAD - The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth Thrash Metal
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing Industrial Metal
TYPE O NEGATIVE - Bloody Kisses Gothic Metal
DEATH ANGEL - Frolic Through the Park Thrash Metal
DEATH ANGEL - Act III Thrash Metal
WHITESNAKE - Whitesnake Hard Rock
VIRUS - The Agent That Shapes the Desert Metal Related
LAUNDRY - Motivator Funk Metal | review permalink
RINGS OF SATURN - Ultu Ulla Deathcore
RINGS OF SATURN - Embryonic Anomaly Deathcore
SCHIZOFRANTIK - Knight On The Sha Metal Related
SLAYER - Show No Mercy Thrash Metal
SLAYER - Live Undead Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Kill 'em All Thrash Metal
METALLICA - Hardwired... to Self-Destruct Heavy Metal
ATHEIST - Piece of Time Technical Death Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Heaven And Hell Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Born Again Heavy Metal
DREAM THEATER - Train of Thought Progressive Metal
RUSH - Grace Under Pressure Non-Metal
RUSH - Presto Hard Rock
KING CRIMSON - Lizard Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - Islands Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON - Beat Non-Metal
DEATH - Spiritual Healing Death Metal
MORDRED - Esse Quam Videri Funk Metal
ANTHRAX - I'm The Man Rap Metal
BOTCH - American Nervoso Mathcore
THE GATHERING - Superheat Non-Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin Hard Rock
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT - Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive Metal
MR. BUNGLE - California Metal Related
OPETH - Deliverance Progressive Metal
OPETH - Damnation Metal Related
PANTERA - The Great Southern Trendkill Groove Metal
QUEEN - News Of The World Hard Rock
SEVENDUST - Animosity Nu Metal
SHADOW GALLERY - Carved In Stone Progressive Metal
WHITESNAKE - Slip Of The Tongue Hard Rock
IRON MAIDEN - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Heavy Metal
METALLICA - Death Magnetic Thrash Metal
DREAM THEATER - Falling Into Infinity Progressive Metal
DREAM THEATER - Octavarium Progressive Metal
MESHUGGAH - Nothing Progressive Metal
RUSH - Hemispheres Hard Rock
RUSH - Power Windows Non-Metal
RUSH - Hold Your Fire Non-Metal
RUSH - Snakes & Arrows Hard Rock
BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS - Behold... The Arctopus / Orthrelm Progressive Metal
BOTCH - An Anthology of Dead Ends Mathcore
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - Under the Running Board Mathcore
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - The Dillinger Escape Plan Mathcore
DIO - Holy Diver Heavy Metal
DIO - The Last in Line Heavy Metal
DIO - Sacred Heart Heavy Metal
FATES WARNING - Parallels Progressive Metal
KAMELOT - The Black Halo Power Metal
LED ZEPPELIN - Led Zeppelin II Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - In Through The Out Door Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - Coda Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN - The Song Remains The Same Hard Rock
MAGELLAN - Hundred Year Flood Progressive Metal
MOTORPSYCHO - The Tower Non-Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Bark At The Moon Heavy Metal
PRAXIS - Sacrifist Avant-garde Metal
QUEEN - Flash Gordon Non-Metal
QUEEN - The Miracle Non-Metal
THE RED CHORD - Prey for Eyes Deathcore
REDEMPTION - The Fullness Of Time Progressive Metal
SCATTERBRAIN - Scamboogery Funk Metal
SIEGES EVEN - The Art of Navigating by the Stars Progressive Metal
MASTODON - Emperor of Sand Progressive Metal
METALLICA - Metallica Heavy Metal
METALLICA - Garage Inc. Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH - Technical Ecstasy Heavy Metal
RUSH - Roll the Bones Hard Rock
PAIN OF SALVATION - Scarsick Progressive Metal
PRIMUS - Tales From the Punchbowl Funk Metal
METALLICA - Load Heavy Metal
METALLICA - ReLoad Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - No More Tears Heavy Metal
OZZY OSBOURNE - Changes Heavy Metal
QUEEN - The Game Non-Metal
QUEEN - Hot Space Non-Metal

Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Progressive Metal 102 3.64
2 Heavy Metal 37 2.85
3 Hard Rock 34 3.16
4 Non-Metal 31 3.21
5 Thrash Metal 29 3.53
6 Funk Metal 20 3.40
7 Metal Related 19 3.42
8 Proto-Metal 16 3.78
9 Avant-garde Metal 16 3.94
10 Technical Death Metal 14 3.86
11 Crossover Thrash 9 3.44
12 Industrial Metal 8 3.44
13 Mathcore 8 2.81
14 Hardcore Punk 7 3.71
15 Technical Thrash Metal 7 3.79
16 Deathcore 6 3.33
17 NWoBHM 5 3.60
18 Death Metal 5 3.60
19 Gothic Metal 5 3.70
20 Speed Metal 4 3.38
21 Groove Metal 3 3.17
22 Alternative Metal 3 3.67
23 Melodic Death Metal 3 4.00
24 Melodic Metalcore 2 3.75
25 Brutal Death Metal 2 3.75
26 Symphonic Metal 2 3.50
27 Stoner Metal 1 3.00
28 Power Metal 1 2.00
29 Rap Metal 1 2.50
30 Metalcore 1 1.50
31 Nu Metal 1 2.50
32 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 1 4.00
33 Heavy Alternative Rock 1 3.50
34 Heavy Psych 1 4.00

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Album · 2018 · Progressive Metal
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As an old metal fan who has experienced the great era's of metal's genesis with bands like Black Sabbath, the emergence of the NWOBHM, the speed metal and punk crossover scenes of the 1980's, then the rise of progressive metal in its various forms derived from those various scenes, it has been an absolute pleasure to experience the metamorphosis of the genre as the decades have passed. Unfortunately, metal has also experienced great expanses of stagnation and unapologetic mimicry. It has become increasingly difficult to find artists who seek there own creative space in the metal paradigm without wrapping themselves in redundant clichés. Fortunately, the diligent fan willing to dig through heaps of pretenders can occasionally stumble upon a creative gem like Köln, Germany's COLONEL PETROV'S GOOD JUDGEMENT. Their sophomore release Among Servants is a major step in creativity from their sludgy debut, Moral Machine. While undeniably metal, this album is highly experimental. A dark and dystopian blend of organized anarchy. The instrumentation comes to mind immediately in pushing the album's experimentalism with several well placed saxophone parts played by vocalist Leonhard Huhn. The second song, Resistor, for example, has a wild, rangy sax solo that breaks from the song's classic hardcore punk sounding intro. Sebastian Müller's guitar tones stray from the ubiquitous "djent" delivery that permeates a large portion of current metal output. He brings a tenacious bag of dirty influences from punky overdriven power chords to RIO-ish atonal chord structures to heavily reverbed psychedelia. The band's experimental machine is further driven by several rhythmic devices not frequently used in metal. The instrumental, Ascension, being the first piece that comes to mind with its drunkish slow-to-fast verses, textured by minimalist guitar and bass phrasing and eerie ambient saxophone reverb backgrounds. More delirium laced passages issue forth from songs like Bad Shepherd (which features vocals from Valborg and OWL's Christian Kolf), with its descending chromatic run emanating from a droning chant intro. Among Servants repeatedly shifts from the familiar to a seemingly endless pool of the unorthodox, unrepentant experimentation. The lyrical themes of the album are political and psycho/social in nature. This is an extremely strong album for those seeking something off the beaten path. Perhaps not a masterpiece, but well down the road to it. Among Servants is an album I will listen to for years to come. Hopefully COLONEL PETROV'S GOOD JUDGEMENT will continue the creative process in this manner.

COPROFAGO Unorthodox Creative Criteria

Album · 2005 · Thrash Metal
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For Fans of: Destroy, Erase, Improve era Meshuggah, Cynic, Martyr

Vocal Style: Cookie Monster

Guitar Style: Broad range of Metal/Rock/Jazz tones. Many Holdsworth style solos over heavy compresed metal grinds

Keyboard Style: Polysynth saw waves with various string and brass patches

Percussion Style: Standard rock kit used with extreme dynamics

Bass Style: Fretless electric ranging from heavy picked to slapped and jazzy walks

Other Instruments: Beautiful string arrangement on Glimpses

Summary: Chile's Coprofago is often accused of being a Meshuggah clone. It is true that much of their sound is remeniscent of Meshuggah, the booming guitars, polyrhythmic drumming, Holdsworth-esque guitar solos, and death Metal vocals. But Coprofago maintains a firm foothold on their jazz roots. Previous work by Coprofago was peppered with jazzy undistorted breaks, but Unorthadox Creative Criteria takes their love of jazz to a new level. In fact, the second half of the album has only two songs that would be even remotely considered metal. It is best to review the album on a song be song basis. Song ratings take into account how the fit in the overall work, not just how the work individually.

1. Crippled Tracker - A staccato blast of polyrhythmic metal, similar to much of what was offered on Genesis, complete with a spacey close and Holdsworth toned guitar solo.(4/5)

2. The Inborn Mechanics - Starts as a thrashing metal piece that morphs into a jazzy bridge with atonal guitar solo and short bass answer. Fades to an ambient mix of metal guitars and synth. (5/5)

3. Neutralized - Intro speed is increased for this number. The strength in this song is in the break. An expansive reverbed out guitar solo gives the song character, but the machine gun style of the main theme is a little hard to enjoy. (3/5)

4. Merge Into - A quiet interlude of guitar synth very much like late 80's Holdsworth (4/5)

5. Fractures - The most uninteresting part of the album. Pretty much a straight forward Death Metal song (2/5)

6. Hostile Silent Raptures - Polyrhythmic grind, much stronger and more interesting than Fractures. Bridge is a talk back part with a funky bass break. Closes with a long resolution guitar solo and synth guitar. (4/5)

7. Streams - Album starts to get really interesting at this point. Difficult song to describe. Electronica elements interspersed with Eric Johnson-esque guitar work. Short chamber string break included. (4.5/5)

8. Isolated through Multiplicity - Very strong instrumental jazz/metal fusion song. Opens with guitar-synth sqare waves backed by double bass. Much of this song sounds like it could have come from Holdsworths Sand. Perhaps the best song on the album. (5/5)

9. Individual Choice - Another smoking jazz piece with a short metal break. Its just a lot of fun to hear these guys go off on this kind of stuff. (5/5)

10. Glimpses - One would think that a band known for playing metal would have a metal song be their most sinister piece, but this song consists entirely of chamber strings and background subteranean ambience. Very evil sounding with absolutely no distorted guitars. Exemplifies the album title to an extreme. (5/5)

11. Constriction - These guys want to beat you silly with contrast. Coming out of Glimpses, we get assaulted with the noisiest part of the album. It works pretty well when taken in context. (3.5/5)

12. Motion - Starts with a simple bass line and almost electronica sound with ambient synth vibes. Resolves into a beautiful instrumental jazz/fusion piece. Some of their best work. (5/5)

13. Wavelength - Interesting piece in that they incorporate the death metal vox into jazz/fusion directly for the first time. Alarming at first, it starts to grow. This song cycles repeatedly through fusion/metal and throws in strings to add to the mix. (4.5/5)

Overall the strong parts of Unorthadox Creative Criteria are extremely strong, the weak parts are short and tolerable. For my part, I consider this a 5 star album. But it is definitely not for everybody. Undoubtedly hated by metal purists. Get Unorthadox Creative Criteria if you: 1. Like stylistic blends. 2. Are tolerant of death metal vocals for the sake of wonderfully creative music.

LAUNDRY Motivator

Album · 1999 · Funk Metal
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It took 5 years for Laundry to follow up their 1994 debut release, Black Tongue, with their second and final album, Motivator. The band's core of Tim "Herb" Alexander, Ian Varriale, and Tom Butler remained. The major difference was the departure of vocalist Toby Hawkins, whose duties were absorbed by "Herb", ultimately to his discontent. Varriale, while not necessarily changing his duties, slightly modified his string tapping stage presence by exchanging his Chapman Stick for a Warr Guitar.

Motivator is a slightly more refined production than Black Tongue. The overall recording has a similar tone but a cleaner mix. Musically, the album is decidedly more accessible than its predecessor. There is a far more pedestrian, groove oriented rhythmic consistency that was not apparent on Black Tongue. Compositionally, it has less complex passages and obscure instrumental interplay. While the overall dark hews of predominantly minor keys remain, there is less of an affinity for atonal passages, whole tones, or dissonance. The combination remains heavy with overdriven guitar sounds, but not crossing the heavy metal distortion barrier. Tim Alexander's vocals are in a higher register and use a significant amount of reverb compared to Toby Hawkins'. While competent and in tune, it is readily apparent that vocals are not his primary function. There is something intangible that makes the vocals less cohesive with the music. Perhaps it is only a listener preference issue. Despite the differences noted, it is readily apparent that this is the same band 5 years removed.

In general I find Motivator to be a good album, but the less enjoyable of the two. As stated earlier, its just a listener preference issue. And really, I can't identify any unappealing movements within the album, just nothing as outstanding as I found with Black Tongue. The album highlight for me is "So Mean", with its spacey bridge; probably the song with the most dynamic contrast. From a rating standpoint, I would call it a good but not essential 3 stars.

After the supporting tour for Motivator, Laundry would disband. "Herb" would go on to play in many more projects; including The Blue Man Group, A Perfect Circle, and eventually rejoining his old mates with Primus.

LAUNDRY Blacktongue

Album · 1994 · Funk Metal
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The 5-10 years around the turn of the millennium was a fantastic time for music fans everywhere. Especially for those that lived in areas that did not have an exceptionally deep music scene and less than optimal music stores. The internet would open the gates to hidden gems that people in those areas had never enjoyed access to up to that point. Not only was the communication flow opening up, but the burgeoning digital compression era had created more accessibility, but also a bit of a ideological war, and people were taking sides. My discovery of the band Laundry had a link to that war and the fact that the band appeared to have chosen a side not popular with the bulk of the music industry. One of my frequent way-too-late nights of internet music discovery in the early- 2000's found me following a thread from the band Primus to drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander's band, Laundry . Their website was complete with full mp3 downloads of both their albums. Thus, I set about the rather enjoyable experience of discovery as I dove into their debut album, Black Tongue.

One of the links that I followed to find Laundry was of course a biography of Herb. I can not recall the precise source so exact quotes are not possible, but I recall comments to the effect that Herb wished to expand beyond the cartoonish elements of Primus (the particular that was mentioned was "Winona's Big Brown Beaver"). It can be said that Black Tongue takes a decidedly darker tone than his previous band's themes from the outset. But as the easiest link to establish, it is almost essential to compare the two bands. Aside from the overall thematic tone of the compositions, differences in the instrumental makeup were also readily apparent. As talented as Les Claypool is, one of the best descriptions of his playing style is "precision mud" (not at all pejorative, I love that sound). The bass sounds used by Laundry's Chapman stick player, Ian Varriale, while not completely dissimilar, strayed from the muddiness with its tap style madness. As Varriale lays the string foundation to the opener, Windshield, another comparison invites itself; Tony Levin era King Crimson. But that comparison begins and ends with the Chapman stick. Guitarist Tom Butler's playing style, if one could imagine the exact middle, lays between the atonal minimalism of Larry Lalonde and the virtuosity of Robert Fripp. It fits the music perfectly, but is definitely in its own zone. Herb's drumming is similarly groove oriented, but with less funky, dare I say, danceability than his more familiar works.

Song highlights are the similarly swirling, spacey, psychosis inducing "Monarch Man" and "Canvas". Near the end is a piece called "19", that includes answering machine spoken word self deprecating diatribe with underlying stick work that is mildly reminiscent of King Crimson's "Indiscipline". Overall, there are really no bad songs on this album.

Of the two albums released by Laundry, the more interesting and deep is Black Tongue. As previously mentioned, the overall color of the music is dark, but never with a traditional metal heaviness. The songs alternate from driving beats to seemingly backwards slithering of delirium laced passages. While one might argue it is certainly not as tight as 1999's Motivator, it makes up for it in adventurousness. Black Tongue would definitely not be the choice for the passive listener and passes the prog litmus test more resolutely. And it easily accomplished Tim "Herb" Alexander's goal of distancing himself from comic overtones. Not a masterpiece, but a highly enjoyable, recommended listen.

MESHUGGAH Catch Thirtythree

Album · 2005 · Progressive Metal
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From the "wall of sound" section of my collection comes Swedish metal kingpins, Meshuggah, with their fifth full length LP-CD and first attempt at a concept album, Catch-33. Released approximately 3 years after the less than enjoyable LP Nothing, the shift in album structure to a continuous piece on Catch-33 was prefaced a year earlier with the EP I, not only in its compositional presentation, but also in its lyrical theme. I may be completely off base as the lyrics contain enough metaphoric ambiguity, and there is a significant amount of interpretative discussion to be found on the internet about Catch- 33, that the concept of I appear to be expanding on the concept of self, inner struggles/paradoxes and pitfalls of defining self in reflection of others. To a lesser extent, one might even look at Catch-33 as a microcosmic extension of the concepts used in guitarist Fredrik Thordendal's Sol Niger Within. The ideas expressed in these thick metaphors are abundant with images of self being the primary perpetrator of psychological torture, even in the chemically stable mind. The summation of ideas seems to be presented early on in the album in one of its most recognizable lines, "The struggle to free myself from restraint, becomes my very shackles". Many of these ideas are expressed in the basic ubiquitous teachings of Zen philosophy and the core tenets of Buddhism. From a delivery standpoint, it is understandable that many may feel the ideas and depth of concept are lost in the profoundly distorted and incomprehensible screaming vocals of Jens Kidman. But in the case of Catch-33, there is a dichotomy in that loss of understanding by the listener is the representation of what is conveyed by that soft inner voice that speaks in paradoxes and generates the internal torment of confusion and loss of self. Instrumentally the band uses 8-string guitars for an extremely thick bottom end. The processing of the guitar sound is peculiar in that even during the most distorted sections the lowest guitar sound less like the distortion of amplification overdrive and more like two metal pieces (wire/fret) vibrating against each other. This creates unconventional accents in the rhythmic patterns that are mimicced frequently today, but were very unique at the time of this release. Thordendal's typical Holdsworthian soloing style is used primarily as a texturing tool throughout the album. A particularly unusual aspect of this album is that Tomas Haake's drum tracks are actually programmed rather than recorded. Haake explains that this occured in the writing process, the programming was used for laying down the guitar tracks and the band as a whole decided the samples "sounded really good" and just went with it. Interestingly, they did perform some of the Catch-33 material live with Haake playing. Catch-33 is separated into tracks for indexing purposes, but is presented as a single composition with different movements that seem irrespective of the track assignments. The composition displays a great deal more dynamic contrast than previous work. And while the use of "quiet" parts are nothing new to a Meshuggah album, they are never quite as extended as they are delivered on Catch-33. Nor are they ever delivered with as much of an avant-garde musical approach. Previous songs like Unanything, Acrid Placidity had a more generic "this is the mellow song on the metal album" feel to them. Even later, The Last Vigil, approached the use of undistorted strings in a similar vein, but did not come close in the complexity of musical idea. The sections of particular note I am speaking of are at the end of the tracks In Death...Is Death and Sum. There are a couple shorter undistorted sections, but these are the two longest. Each has intertwining guitar patterns and both contain some of the eeriest, most sinister sounding passages in the body of Meshuggah's work. I should hope that Thordendal and Mårten Hagström will employ more of this approach or even explore a separate project in the future. There is something truly majestic about that style. And even the percussive portions of the music display a depth of musical understanding that exceeds that of bands considered in the same paradigm. From the rhythmic structures that use multiple time signatures simultaneously, to use of jazzy dodecaphonics (12-tone), Meshuggah was, and continue to be unbound by expectation. When taking into account Meshuggah's body of work I find Catch-33 at the forefront of my appreciation for its unconventionality, diversity, and thoughtfulness. It is held from the regard of masterpiece outside of the metal world simply by the vocals. And as I stated previously, there is a fundamental value to that style in the story.I believe that the listener who is up for a challenge will find a very deep and rewarding experience in the intricacies and complex build of this mammoth construction. 4.5 stars.

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