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Metal Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Death Metal 589 3.45
2 Thrash Metal 376 3.54
3 Progressive Metal 240 3.70
4 Technical Death Metal 144 3.72
5 Heavy Metal 135 3.53
6 Black Metal 111 3.38
7 Hard Rock 85 3.45
8 Melodic Death Metal 70 3.73
9 Brutal Death Metal 61 3.58
10 Technical Thrash Metal 54 3.75
11 Stoner Metal 51 3.59
12 Non-Metal 48 3.56
13 Doom Metal 46 3.65
14 Grindcore 45 3.21
15 Death-Doom Metal 40 3.41
16 Sludge Metal 39 3.59
17 Metal Related 38 3.67
18 Alternative Metal 37 3.41
19 Groove Metal 35 3.60
20 Power Metal 34 3.69
21 Crossover Thrash 33 3.41
22 US Power Metal 31 3.60
23 Atmospheric Black Metal 29 3.38
24 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 28 3.75
25 Gothic Metal 26 3.48
26 Avant-garde Metal 25 3.58
27 Metalcore 24 3.60
28 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
29 Hardcore Punk 22 3.68
30 Death 'n' Roll 21 3.29
31 Symphonic Black Metal 18 3.33
32 Traditional Doom Metal 16 3.81
33 Melodic Black Metal 14 3.36
34 Deathgrind 12 3.50
35 Goregrind 10 2.65
36 Speed Metal 10 3.40
37 Proto-Metal 10 3.70
38 Stoner Rock 9 3.94
39 Glam Metal 7 3.21
40 Deathcore 7 3.50
41 Depressive Black Metal 6 3.50
42 Heavy Alternative Rock 6 3.58
43 Crust Punk 5 3.30
44 Cybergrind 5 3.80
45 NWoBHM 5 3.60
46 Drone Metal 4 3.50
47 Mathcore 4 3.25
48 Melodic Metalcore 4 2.63
49 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
50 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
51 Folk Metal 3 3.33
52 Rap Metal 3 3.50
53 Symphonic Metal 3 3.17
54 Nu Metal 2 3.00
55 Funeral Doom Metal 2 3.50
56 Funk Metal 1 3.50

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MOTÖRHEAD 1916

Album · 1991 · Heavy Metal
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"1916" is the 10th full-length studio album by UK heavy rock/metal act Motörhead. The album was released through WTG Records (a subsidiary to Sony BMG) in February 1991. It had been four years since the release of "Rock 'n' Roll (1987)", which at the time was the longest time between the release of two Motörhead studio albums. The long waiting time was due to problems with the band´s former label and lead vocalist/bassist Lemmy Kilmister´s move in 1990 from the UK to the US (where he would settle in West Hollywood and live for the rest of his life at a close proximity to to his beloved Rainbow Bar and Grill). Motörhead initially started working with producer Ed Stasium (Living Colour), but they did not agree on how the album should sound and Stasium was fired (He is credited for producing 3 tracks on the album though) although he claims to have quit because he couldn´t tolerate Lemmy´s drug and alcohol abuse. The band hired producer Pete Solley to complete the album.

"1916" turned out to be a turning point in the band´s career. Since their glory days in the late 70s/early 80s (especially the release of "Ace of Spades (1980)" made them a household heavy rock/metal name), Motörhead experienced decline in record sales and problems with labels over the decade, but "1916" generally received favorable reviews and positive fan reactions, and the album even received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 1992 Grammys. They lost to Metallica's "Metallica (1991)" album (The Black Album).

Listening to "1916" it´s obvious why the album is widely regarded as one of the peaks of the band´s long and glorious career. They´ve simply taken everything up a notch here from the performances, to the sound production, to the quality of the songwriting. Most Motörhead albums feature a couple of standout tracks, quite a few good quality tracks, and a couple of fillers, but that´s not the case with "1916", which features a well constructed tracklist and a more varied songwriting approach than what we usually hear from them.

"Nightmare/The Dreamtime" is for example a dark an eerie sounding track, which doesn´t feature much of the hard rocking blues based heavy rock that is the usual style for the band, "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." (which is a tribute to the legendary New York punk rock act Ramones), is a full on punk rock song, "Love Me Forever" is something as rare as a Motörhead power ballad, and the title track is something even more rare in the Motörhead catalogue as it´s a ballad type track (and a quite brilliant one I might add). All four tracks are among the highlights of the album, but hard rockers like "The One to Sing the Blues", "I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)", and "Going to Brazil" are definitely worth a mention too, but there are no fillers on "1916", and the remaining tracks on the album are also high quality material. Powerful and memorable rockers.

While there is more variation on "1916" than what is usual for Motörhead, the basis of the band´s sound is still intact. Hard rocking drums and blazing guitar riffs and solos, a rumbling distorted bass, and in front the unmistakable rusty roar of Lemmy. The latter delivers one of his strongest and most varied vocal performances on "1916". His performance on the title track is so honest and emotive, that it´s hard not to feel the impact of his words about the horrors of war.

Despite the change of producer a while into recording the album, the sound production turned out great. It´s an organic, clear, and detailed sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion "1916" is a high quality release by Motörhead and to my ears one of the peaks of their recording career. It´s no coincidence that this is the album which effectively put Motörhead back on the map of the heavy rock/metal elite. It´s simply such a high quality release that it cannot be ignored. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is fully deserved.

NADER SADEK In the Flesh

Album · 2011 · Death Metal
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"In the Flesh" is the debut full-length studio album by US, New York death metal act Nader Sadek. The album was released through Season of Mist in May 2011. Nader Sadek is a project which is named after it´s founder Egyptian-American artist Nader Sadek. Nader Sadek is known as a stage director, visual arts artist, and producer for artists like Mayhem and Sunn O))).

"In the Flesh" is a concept release as it was created by Sadek to bring the hazards of petroleum usage to the public eye. Sadek is responsible for composing all material on the album, artwork design, and for producing the album. He has enlisted drummer Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy, Solium Fatalis), guitarist Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir, Mayhem, Twilight of the Gods), and lead vocalist/bassist (Morbid Angel, Warfather) to perform the music he has written.

...and with an all star cast like that it´s really no surprise that the music is exceptionally well played. It´s played with great conviction and high level technical skill. Stylistically the music on the album is technically well played death metal and it´s artists like Nile, Behemoth, and especially Morbid Angel, who come to mind. "In the Flesh" is well produced too, and upon conclusion it´s a quality debut release by Nader Sadek, which even features a pretty interesting and urgent concept. When that is said the material aren´t that original sounding, and it´s not the kind of album that instantly screams that you´re listening to Nader Sadek, so developing a more unique sound, which could set Nader Sadek apart on the scene is needed before the really high ratings are given out. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

NEUROTHING Vanishing Celestial Bodies

EP · 2005 · Thrash Metal
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"Vanishing Celestial Bodies" is an EP release by Polish metal act Neurothing. The EP was independently released in June 2005. Neurothing formed in 2004 and "Vanishing Celestial Bodies" is their first release. The EP features 4 tracks and a full playing time of 17:13 minutes.

Stylistically the music on the EP is a technical extreme metal style, which is obviously influenced by the angular chugging style of Meshuggah. While Neurothing don´t quite reach the intense polyrhythmic assault or the high number of challenging time-signatures of the Swedes, they do deliver quite the impressive technical attack. The vocals are predominantly aggressive hardcore oriented screaming (which again isn´t too far from the vocals on Meshuggah´s music), but there are some clean male vocals in the EP too. Neurothing should probably not have included the clean vocals though, as they aren´t very well sounding. The material is othwewise well composed, powerful, and effective.

"Vanishing Celestial Bodies" is relatively well produced, featuring a powerful, clear, and detailed sound production and paired with the potent material, and the high level musicianship, it´s a good quality EP and a promising first release by Neurothing. The band don´t have that many original ideas though and that´s a minor issue, so they probably need a little more time to develop their sound and find their own unique take on the style of music they´ve chosen to play. A 3 - 3.5 (65%) rating is warranted.

ORDER FROM CHAOS Will to Power

EP · 1990 · Black Metal
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"Will to Power" is an EP release by US, Missouri based black/death metal act Order From Chaos. The EP was released through Putrefaction Records in 1990. "Will to Power" is the band´s first label release, after releasing three demos. Order From Chaos formed in 1987 and are often mentioned among the earliest and most influential US black/death metal acts.

Stylistically the music on "Will to Power" is not black metal though, but more a blackened death metal style. Lead vocalist/bassist Pete Helmkamp has a very convincing snarling/raspy vocal style, which is the blackened element in the music, while the instrumental part of the sound is more death metal oriented. Actually the instrumental part of the music is death metal through and through. The musicianship is decent but obviously a bit immature at this point.

The sound production on the 3 track, 9:17 minutes long EP is of a pretty low quality. It sounds like the material was recorded in one take at a rehearsal room. That of course provides the release with a very raw and authentic "live in the studio" type of quality, and it´s probably a very subjective opinion if that´s a good or a bad thing. Personally I think the lo-fi sound production drags the EP down, and as a consequence a 2.5 star (50%) rating isn´t all wrong, despite the otherwise pretty decent quality music. There´s promise here though and especially Helmkamp´s vocals deserves a special mention. But considering that this is a 1990 release, the music is actually also pretty well developed death metal.

OCTANE MOB Octane Mob

Album · 2014 · Thrash Metal
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"Octane Mob" is the eponymously titled debut full-length studio album by US, California based heavy metal act Octane Mob. The album was independently released in October 2014. Octane Mob formed in 2008 and released the "3-D World" EP in 2010.

The music on the album is a hard edged heavy metal style with thrash metal leanings. The members bear surnames like "Octane" and "Slaughter", and the tracks feature song titles like "Revenge Kill", "Demon Driver", and "Chaos", which should give the listener a good idea of where we are lyrically and image wise. It´s not the whole story though as there is also a political agenda to some tracks. An example of this is the opening track "World Peace". As mentioned Octane Mob play a very hard edged and thrashy heavy metal style, but the choruses are often quite melodic and accessible. An act like Avenged Sevenfold comes to mind a couple of times during the playing time, but Octane Mob are generally a bit less melodic in the guitar department and overall more harder edged than their fellow prolific countrymen.

The musicianship is on a high level on all posts. Lead vocalist/guitarist Eddie Octane varies his vocal style quite a lot from high pitched snarls, to raw staccato thrash metal style singing, to melodic and mainstream oriented clean singing. The guitar riffs are raw, and the rhythm section busy and tight playing. The material are also relatively well written and memorable, and upon conclusion "Octane Mob" is a quality release. It´s not terribly original sounding though, and that´s a minor issue, but other than that it´s a solid release and a promising debut album and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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martindavey87 wrote:
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Hey Jonas! How are ya man? Every where I post reviews, either here, Progarchives or RYM, whenever I go to post one I see you've posted one on that album too. It's cool comparing them! Was actually gonna message ya on here just to ask what your name is lol. Hope you're well and rock on! \m/ \m/
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Thanks! I will be slowly importing reviews that I have done for my website over here, but that will take awhile. For now, I will just be posting new reviews that I am publishing on my website. Cheers! \m/
mjayeh wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Thanx again for the shout out !!!! \m/

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