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1 Death Metal 578 3.46
2 Thrash Metal 359 3.55
3 Progressive Metal 228 3.71
4 Technical Death Metal 140 3.72
5 Heavy Metal 124 3.51
6 Black Metal 107 3.38
7 Hard Rock 84 3.45
8 Melodic Death Metal 70 3.72
9 Brutal Death Metal 56 3.55
10 Technical Thrash Metal 52 3.76
11 Stoner Metal 50 3.59
12 Doom Metal 45 3.61
13 Grindcore 45 3.13
14 Non-Metal 41 3.56
15 Sludge Metal 39 3.59
16 Death-Doom Metal 39 3.40
17 Alternative Metal 37 3.42
18 Groove Metal 35 3.60
19 Metal Related 34 3.59
20 Power Metal 34 3.69
21 Crossover Thrash 33 3.41
22 Avant-garde Metal 32 3.61
23 US Power Metal 30 3.62
24 Atmospheric Black Metal 29 3.38
25 Atmospheric Sludge Metal 25 3.76
26 Metalcore 24 3.60
27 Industrial Metal 24 3.63
28 Gothic Metal 23 3.46
29 Hardcore Punk 20 3.60
30 Death 'n' Roll 18 3.31
31 Symphonic Black Metal 17 3.29
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 8 4.00
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 NWoBHM 5 3.60
44 Mathcore 4 3.25
45 Melodic Metalcore 4 2.63
46 Drone Metal 4 3.50
47 Crust Punk 4 3.25
48 Cybergrind 4 3.75
49 Folk Metal 3 3.33
50 Neoclassical metal 3 3.33
51 Heavy Psych 3 3.50
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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NO MADE SENSE New Season​ /​ New Blues

Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal
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"New Season​ /​ New Blues" is the 2nd full-length studio album by UK metal act No Made Sense. The album was independently released in July 2011. It´s the successor to "The Epillanic Choragi" from 2009 and features the same lineup has the predecessor: Leo Dennett (guitars, vocals), Joe Battimelli (bass), and Sam Ward (drums).

"New Season​ /​ New Blues" seems a fitting title and a good description of what has happened to the band´s music since the debut album, because while there are similarities between the two releases, No Made Sense have developed their sound quite a bit, and in many ways it feels like "New Season​ /​ New Blues" was recorded by a completely different act to the one who recorded "The Epillanic Choragi (2009)". If the sound on the debut album was hard to describe, it´s even harder describing the sound on "New Season​ /​ New Blues", but I´ll say an experimental/progressive sludge/groove metal style which is pretty organic and often sounds like it is is improvised or at least that the musicians are given room to be creative within the structures of the tracks, is a decent shot at a description.

The trio lineup are very talented and well playing, and lead vocalist Leo Dennett has a varied vocal style, performing both clean and more raw type vocals. As mentioned the structures of the tracks often appear loose and the band sound at ease with the freedom of improvisation. It also means that the tracks aren´t always that memorable though because of the lack of recognisable vers/chorus catchiness, but they are on the other hand quite intriguing and "New Season​ /​ New Blues" is an album which will keep you on your toes throughout the 55:24 minutes long playing time.

The album features a powerful, organic, and detailed sound production, which suits the material well. While "New Season​ /​ New Blues" may not have been what fans of the band expected, this is the sound of a band doing exactly what they feel like doing, and despite this not being a perfect release, it´s always praise worthy when artists try something new and follow their musical instinct instead of trying to create what others expect of them. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

NO MADE SENSE The Epillanic Choragi

Album · 2009 · Progressive Metal
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"The Epillanic Choragi" is the debut full-length studio album by UK, Reading, London based progressive metal act No Made Sense. The album was released through Basick Records in March 2009. No Made Sense were formed in 2003 and released the "NoMadeSense" EP in 2007.

"The Epillanic Choragi" is a fantasy concept album and there is a thematic red thread throughout the album. Lyrically and musically. It´s not an album featuring tons of lyrics though as the tracks often feature long instrumental sections. When there are vocals on the tracks, they are predominantly raw screaming hardcore type vocals but there are some rare subdued clean vocals on the album too. The music features both hard edged angular riff sections and atmospheric parts. It´s artists like Alchemist, Tool, and Gojira that I´m reminded of, but it´s actually the probably less known Argentinian band Random that I´m mostly reminded of. There is a similar approach to combining the structured riff sections and the often seemingly improvised atmospheric sections.

No Made Sense are a well playing band and there are some great skill on display throughout the album. The vocals are delivered with the right amount of aggression and conviction, and the organic instrumental interplay between the musicians work really well too. Combined with a powerful and professional sound production, "The Epillanic Choragi" comes off as a quality release. A couple of more hook laden moments could have elevated the tracks to a higher level and the instrumental sections often drag on a bit too long, but overall the songwriting is on a relatively high level too. On the negative side of things a playing time of 74:01 minutes is also a bit too long, so upon conclusion "The Epillanic Choragi" ends up a mixed bag with both brilliant moments and and some more tedious tendencies where the instrumental parts can seem a bit aimless. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

MONSTROSITY Imperial Doom

Album · 1992 · Death Metal
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"Imperial Doom" is the debut full-length studio album by US, Florida based death metal act Monstrosity. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in May 1992. Monstrosity is probably mostly known for being the original home of later Cannibal Corpse vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher who left the band to join Cannibal Corpse after a couple of albums. Monstrosity is however the brainchild of drummer Lee Harrison who has soldiered on through lineup changes and various other obstacles through the years. Monstrosity formed in early 1990 and released the "Horror Infinity" demo later that same year. All four tracks from the demo have been re-recorded and included on "Imperial Doom". There have been one lineup change since the demo, as Jason Gobel (Cynic) guests as second guitarist on the album.

The music on "Imperial Doom" is classic US death metal. Technically well played and brutal death metal. The album contains 9 tracks and a total playing time of 35:08 minutes. Featuring a relatively short playing time like that, it shouldn´t be an issue maintaining the listener´s attention through the duration of the album, but while the music is certainly well played and delivered with conviction there are some features which aren´t up to par with the best contemporary releases in the genre. Few tracks stand out on the album and after listening to the first couple of tracks the album becomes a bit one-dimensional. The sound production is also a bit off. The drums as such have a nice organic tone, but especially the bass drum sound at times makes the soundscape a bit murky. The rhythm guitar tone could also have prospered from more bite and power.

"Horror Infinity (1990)" was a relatively promising demo by Monstrosity, but I don´t think "Imperial Doom" quite lives up to that promise. It´s not a bad quality death metal album by any means, and fans of early 90s US death metal will probably find lots to enjoy here, but the quality of the songwriting and the production job are simply of an average quality compared to other contemporary releases (compare it to the quality of contemporary releases by artists like Death, Obituary, Deicide and Morbid Angel, and it falls a bit short). A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

IDLE HANDS Mana

Album · 2019 · Gothic Metal
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"Mana" is the debut full-length studio album by US, Oregon based heavy/gothic rock/metal act Idle Hands. The album was released through Eisenwald Records in May 2019. Idle Hands formed in 2017 and released the "Don't Waste Your Time" EP in 2018.

Stylistically the material on "Mana" is a melodic type of heavy rock/metal with nods toward gothic rock. Although the music features a lot of 80s UK pop/rock influences (ranging from catchy pop melodies in the vein of Tears for Fears and the hard rock of The Cult) Idle Hands manage to put a fresh take on tried and true musical elements, to create a pretty original and personal sound. It bodes well for the future of Idle Hands that they already have a relatively unique sound on their debut album.

The 11 tracks on the 40:09 minutes long album are all around 3-4 minutes long vers/chorus structured songs and in that respect "Mana" is not the most adventurous or structurally varied release. It´s an immediate and extremely catchy album though, and you are able to sing along to any track on the album already during the first listen. Lead vocalist/guitarist Gabriel Franco (who also handles the bass on the album) has a powerful voice and a commanding delivery (again highly influenced by British 80s singers), and the tracks feature great driving beats and basslines, and loads of melodic guitar work (both clean electric and distorted electric chords, leads and harmonies). Sometimes it´s hard edged enough to land in the metal camp (there are even a couple of sections on the album featuring double bass drumming), but just as often it would be more correct labelling the music heavy rock.

"Mana" features a detailed and clear sounding production, which suits the material perfectly and upon conclusion it´s quite the impressive debut album. This is beyond promising and a highly recommendable release to those enjoy instantly catchy 80s influenced melodic heavy rock/metal with touches of gothic rock. It´s not often you come across debut releases with such an original sound. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

CRIMSON GLORY Strange And Beautiful

Album · 1991 · Hard Rock
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"Strange And Beautiful" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US heavy metal act Crimson Glory. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in June 1991. Crimson Glory were formed in 1979 under the Pierced Arrow monicker but changed their name to Beowulf in 1982, before finally settling on the Crimson Glory monicker in 1983. They released their eponymously titled debut album in October 1986 and their sophomore studio album "Transcendence" in November 1988. There have been a couple of lineup changes since "Transcendence (1988)" as guitarist Ben Jackson and drummer Dana Burnell have jumped ship. Jackson has not been replaced and therefore Jon Drenning handles all guitars on the album, but Burnell has been replaced by new drummer Ravi Jakhotja. The remaining members of the lineup are lead vocalist Midnight and bassist Jeff Lords. In addition to the permanent members of the band playing/singing, "Strange And Beautiful" also features couple of guest appearences on keyboards, piano, percussion, and saxophone.

It´s not only in the lineup department that there have been changes, because stylistically "Strange And Beautiful" is far removed from the US power/heavy metal style of the band´s two previous albums. Maybe the lineup changes paved the way, or maybe Crimson Glory just felt it was time to try something completely different, because the music on "Strange And Beautiful" is a mix of hard rock, glam metal, and the occasional nod towards progressive rock/metal. Midnight´s otherwise distinct sounding high pitched vocal style has changed too. On this album he sings more in mid-range and he at times actually sounds a bit like Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses).

The 11 tracks on the 59:09 minutes long album are as such well written viewed from a technical perspective, and the high level musicianship also ensures that there is quality in that department, but the songwriting is a bit of a mish mash of different styles, which don´t really fit that well together and makes for an incoherent listen. The album includes futuristic synths, plastique horn keyboards, cheesy male/female choirs/backing vocals, saccarine ballads like "Song for Angels" and "Far Away", and semi-funky hard rock/heavy metal tracks like "Dance On Fire" and "Make You Love Me" (which reminds me a bit of a poor man´s Extreme). The only two tracks which are somewhat decent are the two opening tracks (the title track and "Promise Land"). From there it goes downhill...

"Strange And Beautiful" reeks of a band who have lost their way. It sounds like a weak attempt at trying to gain a commercial breakthrough. An attempt which failed badly and instead left us with a directionless and occasionally quite tasteless mess of an album. The critics gave it a cold reception, and the fans generally loathed it. As mentioned above the professional musicianship and a clear and detailed sounding production save "Strange And Beautiful" from complete failure, but it´s overall not a very successful release and considering the two releases which preceded it, it´s a huge disappointment. A 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.

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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/
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Thanx again for the shout out !!!! \m/

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