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  1. Debate over which is the superior album. If you asked me a year ago I would've picked RiP simply because that got me into Megadeth and I'd listened to it a lot more that Peace Sells. But after some relistens I've concluded that I enjoy PS is the superior album. Now, I love them both and think that they're some of the finest thrash albums to date (I ranked PS #6 on my list of greatest metal albums and RiP #24 on the same list). Basically what it comes down to is consistency and intensity. It's almost inarguable than PS is Megadeth's angriest and most bitter album, even darker and more ferocious than their debut, which also kicks some serious ass. RiP is more melodic, more technical and generally more structured, and it borders on technical thrash metal like Coroner and Voivod at times. But in general it's not nearly as fast and aggressive. Now, some moments I like it fast, some I like it midpaced. I'd play PS while doing a powerlifting because I need constant energy and fuel if I'm doing a squad pyramid workout with 320 lbs. I find PS more consistent as well; the only 2 tracks that are "weak" are "Bad Omen" and the cover of "I Ain't Superstitious"'; "Bad Omen" is still a solid song and the cover isn't nearly as bad as their future cover of an infamous Sex Pistols song. RiP has some weaker songs; "Five Magics", "Lucretia", and "Poison Was The Cure" just don't stand out as much. The other 66% of the album is fire and the strong points are some of the greatest metal songs of all time (especially Holy Wars.. and Hangar 18). Peace Sells also has a triple assault with "Peace Sells", "Devil's Island", and "Good Mourning/Black Friday".
  2. I really really don't like Slipknot but used to enjoy them so I remember a good chunk of both their debut album and Iowa. I honestly despise their debut album and think it's more rap metal oriented and deliberately "extreme" and find it a disorganized mess. I mean, a couple tracks are acceptable (Wait and Bleed is fine), but in general I'd rather listen to Brian Eno's ambient albums than that album (i like Eno just find his ambient work boring). I still don't really like Iowa but I respect it and find it to be a jump up from their debut album. I think it's decent despite its weaknesses and I can go back and relisten to it without switching albums after 30 minutes. The lyrics are still edgy as shit and nihilistic as usual but they're improving at this point. The riffs aren't exactly super exciting or anything innovative but they feel better and more intense than their first release, and overall it's a much darker and more intense album and less sloppy than the first. But it still shouldn't be 66 minutes and I don't get why every nu metal band thinks it's okay to put a super long track as the final track of their album and have it follow the same exact structure each album. I mean, the title track is better than the 19-minute "Scissors" but that's not comparing much. So I'd take Iowa over their debut in a heartbeat. But I don't care for either and they released nothing of value after 2001.
  3. Most of the metal I like came from the 80s and the 90s was okay for metal... 90s had a lot of alternative metal, some of which I like, some of which I hate, but overall a good decade. The main problem is though, that the good bands often hit commercial success with metal back then and although it was very good it helped inspire countless other bands to aim for commercial success when they were subpar bands. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, etc. all were very good bands with awesome music and they achieved commercial success (hitting the UK Top 100 and the Billboard and whatnot), and other mediocre musicians saw that and decided they could make easy money with their shitty hard rock/metal. So there is some good metal nowadays, don't get me wrong, but the commercial metal you often see in the charts and whatnot is generally pretty lame.
  4. No. It's just normal for every genre to have a good stretch and a bad stretch. Hip hop and electronic pop (not calling today's bullshit synthpop because I quite like 80s synthpop) are dominant genres but eventually they'll become less dominant and another genre will take over the charts. Metal was never intended to be a dominant genre and it was supposed to be a fairly underground genre and that's how it is today. I mean, there is some metal in the charts and when big bands like Maiden, Priest, or Metallica, especially, release something it charts well. But the older and more popular bands often make subpar material and won't be around too much longer, and the newer and popular metal bands like FFDP are often rubbish, so any good new metal is on the underground.
  5. Korn-Life Is Peachy I used to be a fan of the band and today can respect some of their albums and songs but even when i was younger I really found this album disturbing and atrocious. I don't think of many albums as absolutely atrocious but there is nothing redeeming about this pile of shit. Path of Totality used to be my shit but now it's pathetic. Equally as bad as LiP.
  6. I didn't say the lyrics were edgy. I care more about the music itself than lyrics and I don't necessarily care about edgy lyrics unless they're truly fucking awful, which plagues a lot of modern metal. But I'm not a fan of Shaefer's vocals; perhaps edgy wasn't the correct terminology but they're still rather poor, in relative comparison to a lot of other death metal vocalists. But it's not my cup of tea and I don't need to fall into a hive mind. I'm okay if others like them and I don't think UP is necessarily a terrible album, but I'm just not a fan. I came off too aggressive and hostile, I guess. I haven't used this site much lately because I've been busy with work and whatnot but I did give it a second and third listen in the meantime and I still can't say I'm a fan. Just because something is important and influential to a genre doesn't mean I need to like it (although it's a big factor in why I love some old-school albums like The Velvet Underground & Nico). I'm a big fan of the glam rock genre of music but I don't particularly for old-school rhythm & blues, an influential style to the genre, and T-Rex's "Electric Warrior", one of the most influential albums to that movement that's widely acclaimed. Some of the songs I think are okay- I don't mind listening to the title track, "And The Psychic Saw" or "Your Life's Retribution". But yeah, I came off as a dick. It's just my opinions and I don't like to cave in on my opinions when I hit dissent. Lately I've been listening to more music outside of metal because there's a lot of good music that I haven't listened to yet and I like to listen to different types of music and not just one genre, and traditional metal was getting a bit stale after 6 months of almost entirely listening to it. But if you recommend me some of your personal favorites in the progressive/technical DM genre, or black metal, I'll check them out eventually.
  7. This may be a metal forum but I'm willing to bet that a good chunk of this community likes The Beatles, some as much as I do (i fucking love this band). For those who like The Beatles, argue which one is their greatest album. I choose Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, even though I like Revolver and Rubber Soul more. By 1967, there was nothing in the mainstream that was nearly as ambitious, experimental and determined as SPLHCB. It's a completely flawless album-each song is amazing, the transitions and production by Martin is outstanding (just listen to A Day in the Life), and it showed the band at a tripped-out creative peak that very few artists could match, especially back then. I could argue for Revolver but it's more of a collection of songs and not really a concept album, but it's still probably my favorite album of all time. No song is weak and each one is a true 5-star track that I love listening to and shows an immense level of creativity and a second-to-none ability to write songs. Which album from this legendary band do you consider their best and why?
  8. this isn't metal but still an amazing song nonetheless. Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin This was my parent's wedding song and it's one of my favorites... it's so beautiful and perfect. Youtube link is above.
  9. I'm not huge into black metal or death metal, especially bm. I like a good amount of first wave bm or dm but a lot of albums I don't love enough to make it into my top 100. If I choose to expand the list to 150 or 200, you'll see a lot more representation in those subgenres. And I have listened to a lot of modern metal and can't find many albums that I actually enjoy. I grew up listening to a lot of modern metal from many subgenres and many different bands but nowadays, I don't enjoy most and the ones I do i don't like nearly enough to be on the list.
  10. I'm a fan of straightforward heavy metal, as you've probably seen, but I can't help but think that Side B of Heaven and Hell is just lackluster, average heavy metal with no defining characteristics and nothing to hone on. Which sucks, because I really enjoy Side A of it. But I've been relistening to a lot of "classics" recently and decided that a good portion of these "classics" or "essentials" are mediocre and overrated. Agree to disagree, and I can definitely understand why it's a popular album. I still admire Dio greatly.
  11. Who would expect that in 2018, Nine Inch Nails would release a hit album that not only ranks as one of the best in their entire discography, but one of the best albums of the year? Certainly not me, as I have disregarded most of their work after Year Zero simply because it wasn't particularly innovating or exciting. So this is a surprisingly great album.It's also a bit of an odd one at first glance. This is barely over 30 minutes and it's still a full-length album. For Nine Inch Nails, who have made very, very long albums (see The Fragile or Ghosts I-IV), a 30-minute release that's not an EP is quite shocking. I think the album would benefit from one or two more songs but what we're given with is still great."Shit Mirror" opens up the album, sounding like a vintage NIN song-it's abrasive, loud, with a good beat and the usual soft-loud dynamics. It's straightforward industrial rock sounding like a more refined song off of With Teeth. That abrupt dynamic shift from distorted guitars to complete silence, at around 1:55, is pretty cool and it opens up to a good closer. The transition into "Ahead of Ourselves" is really well orchestrated, and it's another great track. This song has a great beat that's memorable and well composed, and Trent Reznor utilizes these soft/loud dynamics frequently. I mean, especially in the chorus, with "Obsolete, insignificant" in an abrasive manner, right back to the soft beat, then jumping right back to "Antiquated, irrelevant" and so-on. It's a good song that's similar to "Shit Mirror", an abrasive vintage NIN song. "Play the Goddamned Part" is the first of two instrumental songs on this album and it's pretty good, utilizing ambient noises mixed with jazz elements-the saxophone and horn-to create an interesting contrast, between a more abrasive industrial production with one of the most comforting and relaxing musical genres. It creates a false sense of comfort while simultaneously creating a sense of inevitable dread and gloom coming and gives off a very urban/metropolitian vibe to it. It sounds like it would be a track that would play during a video game when the main character has to run through a subway station or the city streets at night. That's the image I get in my head. Nonetheless, it's a very good instrumental, and it showcases Reznor's second-to-none ability to compose some of the oddest yet greatest ambient instrumentals."God Break Down the Door" follows, immediately starting with fast drumming, a good techno beat, a saxophone, contrasted with more soothing, slow, and carefree vocals to create an interesting atmosphere. This song definitely has influences in the later work of David Bowie, most notably the superstar's final work, ★ [Blackstar]. This is a good thing and even with the influence, it's not blatant and it's still a very creative and original composition. But I still feel as Reznor could've done more with it and it seems a bit aimless, but it's good nonetheless. "I'm Not from This World" is the album's 2nd instrumental and it's quite interesting. It starts off ambient, sounding like one of his film scores but also a bit like the soundtrack to the video game Quake. The mental image it creates for me is definitely like I'm in a game like that. There's no real beat to this until 4:50, if you could call it that, and it's definitely the most experimental and vintage track on here. I don't think it really deserves to almost be 7 minutes long but for what it is, it's a great song and it's cool to run to, as experienced this morning."Over and Out" is the longest song here and it finishes off the album but it's honestly my least favorite here. It starts slow and mellow with a simple beat, a bit like the previous track but less dark and apprehensive. For the first few minutes, it's just this simple beat, background distortion, some piano and some saxophone. While it's not a bad concept to use as a song introduction, I can't help but criticize the song for starting off too slow. If it takes over 3 minutes for a song to get going and it's not a progressive composition, there's a lot of ruined potential. Even when the vocals start to come and break the whole ambient/instrumental intro, it doesn't really take off and explore. It's almost 8 minutes of just an atmospheric song with simple, slow beats and vocals repeated to no end and doesn't do anything to make it more engaging or interesting. Really, the album could be rated higher if the closing song was more exciting, which brings me back to my earlier point that the album could benefit from some additional tracks. It's a disappointing closing song. I can give it credit for creating a good, spacey, almost psychedelic atmosphere, but it's just too repetitive and never truly takes off. I guess it's relaxing though, but it still pales in comparison to the previous instrumental and the other 4 good songs. But still okay.Overall, this is probably my favorite release in 2018 so far and one of the few released albums that actually has merit to it. Reznor will never be able to create music like he did in the 90s', in his golden years of production, but this is still a strong release and one of his best works in the 21st century thus far. 4/5 stars; on a scale of 10 it would probably be 8-8.5. Note: This review comes from my account on RateYourMusic. For more of my reviews and hot takes, click here.
  12. This is easily Black Sabbath's most overrated album, without a doubt, and it's one of the weaker albums that Ronnie James Dio appeared on. I used to think of this as a masterpiece and a 4.5/5 star album but after some relistens, it reeks of typical 80s' cheesiness and inconsistency. Now, I do think it's a good album, but not great, and just slightly above average. I mean, it is one of the better heavy metal albums to come out of the 1980s, but still not excellent. Side A is actually great and is the highlight of the album. The 4 songs are great, consistent, and awesome. "Neon Knights" kicks off the album with heavy and fast riffs and it's an energetic tune that I'm fond of. "Children of the Sea" is a psuedo-ballad that's typical of any album Dio appears on, and the lyrics are cheesy as shit but it's a great composition and pretty great. His vocals are great on that. "Lady Evil" is a memorable and catchy song with a legitimately groovy and thick riff, and although kind of cheesy it's pretty fun. Of course, the title track is the highlight of the album and one of the band's greatest songs. That song alone can make buying the album worth it. Iommi's heavy and smothering riff is iconic and great and overall, it's an amazing song that I've always loved. And Side B is lackluster in comparison. Now, a lot of the more commercially-driven metal albums that arose in the early 80s followed this pattern-they stack Side A, or the first half with CDs, with strong and remarkable songs and then they add a bunch of filler to Side B with maybe one or two songs with actual merit. It's not stacked like some other albums, where the first few songs and last song or two are very strong but the middle part of the album is unremarkable. The only song I enjoy off of this side is "Lonely Is the Word" and I don't love it. It's pretty good and overlooked in the band's mammoth discography but nothing too special. "Wishing Well", "Die Young" and "Walk Away" are lackluster filler with nothing remarkable about them. They're not memorable, they don't have interesting riffs or lyrical themes and they're just boring to sit through. Luckily it's only 13 minutes of those songs but still, the band missed the opportunity to create an interesting second side. Juxtaposing the title track with "Wishing Well" as you flip over the record is just offensive to that oh-so-amazing title track. So yes, overrated. I can definitely see why it's so acclaimed though. The first few songs kick off with great energy and make it seem fun, and once the audience starts to pay less attention to each individual track after "Heaven and Hell", they don't pay much attention and assume it's good. I mean, I've probably listened to this 15-20 times and used to love it and praise it as one of the band's greatest, but after paying attention it's pretty clear. Dio's vocals are great in this but vocals are never enough to carry a metal album. Iommi is a legendary guitarist but his guitar work isn't super impressive in this album, especially compared to his previous work. He lays down some good riffs, like on the title track, "Neon Knights" and "Lady Evil", but he doesn't really do many extraordinary solos or riffs outside those songs. This is one of the weaker albums Dio has been on. Dio's overlooked solo albums, outside of Holy Diver are more interesting and innovative than this, same with most of Rainbow's albums. I'll take Dream Evilor Long Live Rock 'n' Roll over this any day. Also, for Black Sabbath's albums, this is super inconsistent and only has one song that's actually a 5-star song-the title track, of course. I'm not super fond of Sabotage but hell, that had 2 or 3 masterpiece songs on it. So yeah, overrated, cheesy, lackluster, inconsistent. Mob Rules is better than this and it's very underappreciated. I would only listen to 4 songs off of this and that's it. 3 stars out of 5, rounded. On a 10 point scale, it would probably fall between 6 and 6.5. Note: this reviews come from my profile on RateYourMusic and was written February 28, 2018. Feel free to read my other reviews here.
  13. Looking for recommendations and feedback on how to improve or what was good about the list. Atheist is overrated as hell. I don't care how many time signatures you can throw in a 3 minute song and how edgy your vocals can be, there's nothing progressive about that. It doesn't progress and the songs are way too short to actually execute a concept. I listened to Unquestionable Presence once and I don't think I'll try the band again. Even progressive death and progressive thrash is a hit-or-miss. Albums that almost made it: South of Heaven, Crimson (E.O.S.), Facelift, Left Hand Path, Evil Empire, The New Order, Metal Church, Punishment for Decadence, Scream Bloody Gore, Somewhere in Time, Thundersteel, Open the Gates, Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!, Years of Decay, Agent Orange, Balls to the Wall, Badmotorfinger, 10,000 Days, Nightfall, White Pony, The Last in Line, Walls of Jericho, Nihil, Herzeleid, All for One, Illusions (Sadus), Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law, Show No Mercy, Toxicity, and Bloody Kisses. Never got into his work but I appreciate it I guess. Guitar sound is totally unique and interesting but I've kind of felt it to be more boring and not really my style. I'm not a big fan of black metal outside of first wave. He isn't bad though.
  14. Hey guys, so I finished a list on Rateyourmusic of my 100 favorite metal albums. I promise it's not spam, it's a legitimate site and i'm just trying to get recommendations. Now, this list is ordered and highly calculated and each rank is exact and my opinion. https://rateyourmusic.com/list/Franconia/the-100-greatest-metal-albums/ Now, RYM's metal community is a lot different from that on this site and other metal forums. I appreciate getting recommendations but there are a lot of popular artists and bands that i don't really care for. But yeah, please leave recommendations in this site or if you also use RYM on my page, i'll either check them out eventually (trying to branch out into different genres for a while) or tell you why i don't like it, if i'd heard it. Also, here is a list i finished a while ago of the 500 greatest metal songs of all time: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/Franconia/the-greatest-metal-songs-of-all-time/
  15. I'd rather spend 87 minutes listening to Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You Black Emperor! than relisten to The Book of Souls. As much as I have disdain for post-rock and hipster bullshit at least the ambient can get interesting at points, unlike the album we're talking about here.
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