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114Death
97.330Evoken
96.227Esoteric
96.1131Death
96.127Demilich
95.623Lykathea Aflame
95.483Immolation
94.888Suffocation
94.754Insomnium
94.7105Katatonia
94.643Atheist
94.629Orphaned Land
94.656Gorguts
94.641Akercocke
94.628The Chasm
94.440Possessed
94.381Amorphis
94.324Mr. Bungle
94.240Septicflesh
94.269Bolt Thrower
94.022Ceremonial Castings
94.0173Darkthrone
94.041Kalmah
93.926Misery Index
93.949Entombed
93.867Autopsy
93.845Incantation
93.720Hour of Penance
93.728Sarcófago
93.6185Opeth
93.652Hypocrisy
93.685Vader
93.537Obscura
93.485My Dying Bride
93.321Triptykon
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.395Nile
93.357Origin
93.249Arsis
93.251Swallow the Sun
93.227The Crown
93.1145Behemoth
93.024Anata
93.070Paradise Lost
93.030The Gathering
92.928Deeds of Flesh
92.9154Cannibal Corpse
92.985Carcass
92.972Dissection
92.920Dead Congregation
92.860The Black Dahlia Murder
92.8117Deicide
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.755Cynic
92.720Quo Vadis
92.521Disillusion
92.521Theatre of Tragedy
92.520Ghoul
92.4114Amon Amarth
92.423閃靈
92.458Dying Fetus
92.447Dismember
92.425Deceased
92.425Mercenary
92.320Weapon
92.332Necrophobic
92.223Haggard
92.241Necrophagist
92.145The Faceless
92.1124Napalm Death
91.933Melechesh
91.937Psycroptic
91.941Absu
91.948Belphegor
91.728Wormed
91.789Dark Tranquillity
91.620Monstrosity
91.658Therion
91.669At the Gates
91.528Exhumed
91.559Bloodbath
91.466Cattle Decapitation
91.420Tribulation
91.3101Cryptopsy
91.328Draconian
91.321Arghoslent
91.3133Sepultura
91.228Protector
91.239Edge of Sanity
91.229The Red Chord
91.246Krisiun
91.249Malevolent Creation
91.2123Morbid Angel
91.162Anathema
91.173Obituary
91.120Terrorizer
91.034Asphyx
91.065Pestilence
91.025Teitanblood
90.820Gorefest
90.845Devourment
90.760Decapitated
90.720Vomitory
90.750Strapping Young Lad
90.7110Cradle of Filth
90.627God Dethroned
90.628Nocturnus
90.534Tiamat
90.422Novembre
90.425Suidakra
90.229Novembers Doom
90.246Portal
90.221Antestor
90.121Hecate Enthroned
90.120October Tide
92Black
95.963Moonsorrow
95.6103Bathory
95.254Primordial
95.029Paysage d'Hiver
95.088Emperor
94.879Ulver
94.626The Ruins of Beverast
94.6102Enslaved
94.664Rotting Christ
94.641Akercocke
94.361Sigh
94.147Arcturus
94.022Ceremonial Castings
94.0173Darkthrone
94.036Falkenbach
93.851Leviathan
93.728Windir
93.728Sarcófago
93.747Taake
93.729Panopticon
93.673Deathspell Omega
93.634Bal-Sagoth
93.639Deströyer 666
93.562Nokturnal Mortum
93.466Wolves in the Throne Room
93.477Summoning
93.421Lunar Aurora
93.4118Immortal
93.468Blut aus Nord
93.3111Sodom
93.321Triptykon
93.327Kampfar
93.340Samael
93.357Graveland
93.2112Marduk
93.240Carach Angren
93.1145Behemoth
93.158Moonspell
93.132Mgła
93.121Vreid
93.025Limbonic Art
93.0139Burzum
93.036Inquisition
92.973Anaal Nathrakh
92.972Dissection
92.926Sabbat
92.620An Axis of Perdition
92.628Negură Bunget
92.525Darkspace
92.423閃靈
92.4102Drudkh
92.320Weapon
92.3102Gorgoroth
92.332Necrophobic
92.146Borknagar
92.031Hate Forest
91.933Melechesh
91.941Absu
91.934Old Man's Child
91.956Alcest
91.948Belphegor
91.823Dødheimsgard
91.826Sargeist
91.425Velvet Cacoon
91.447Shining
91.423Varathron
91.323Bethlehem
91.326Krallice
91.223Nortt
91.234Impaled Nazarene
91.180Xasthur
91.1148Mayhem
91.037Peste Noire
91.025Teitanblood
90.929Mütiilation
90.920Lifelover
90.823Urgehal
90.828Arckanum
90.744Dark Funeral
90.7110Cradle of Filth
90.522Tsjuder
90.523Amesoeurs
90.532Satanic Warmaster
90.533Judas Iscariot
90.521Dark Fortress
90.523Aura Noir
90.425Suidakra
90.422Fen
90.221Antestor
90.121Hecate Enthroned
90.178Venom
90.046Abigor
53Thrash
95.823Morbid Saint
95.6103Bathory
94.937Heathen
94.721Toxik
94.643Atheist
94.440Possessed
94.465Voivod
94.343Vektor
93.936Vio-lence
93.9145Kreator
93.733Razor
93.728Sarcófago
93.620Discharge
93.648Metal Church
93.639Deströyer 666
93.685Vader
93.3111Sodom
93.227The Crown
93.153Dark Angel
93.043Demolition Hammer
93.036Inquisition
92.937Artillery
92.987Nevermore
92.926Sabbat
92.8104Overkill
92.755Cynic
92.732Coroner
92.521Exhorder
92.520Ghoul
92.425Deceased
92.339Forbidden
91.941Absu
91.841Flotsam and Jetsam
91.625Agent Steel
91.6189Slayer
91.421Sacrifice
91.3133Sepultura
91.228Protector
91.1137Iced Earth
91.1114Exodus
91.097Anthrax
91.058Death Angel
91.065Pestilence
90.750Strapping Young Lad
90.772Destruction
90.622Whiplash
90.622Hirax
90.6113Meshuggah
90.638Tankard
90.5207Megadeth
90.523Aura Noir
90.4103Testament
90.148Onslaught
46Doom
97.330Evoken
96.624Acid Bath
96.227Esoteric
95.855Type O Negative
95.733Ahab
95.285Candlemass
94.9178Black Sabbath
94.7105Katatonia
94.626The Ruins of Beverast
94.629Orphaned Land
94.536Saint Vitus
94.325Solitude Aeturnus
94.381Amorphis
94.320Pagan Altar
94.2100Agalloch
94.221Yob
94.131Pentagram
93.485My Dying Bride
93.321Triptykon
93.251Swallow the Sun
93.149Cathedral
93.126Reverend Bizarre
93.070Paradise Lost
93.030The Gathering
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.521Theatre of Tragedy
92.436High on Fire
92.327Pallbearer
92.166Electric Wizard
92.122Virgin Black
91.720Heaven & Hell
91.731Sleep
91.636Earth
91.523Shape of Despair
91.323Bethlehem
91.328Draconian
91.223Nortt
91.162Anathema
91.034Asphyx
91.059Sunn O)))
90.820Empyrium
90.534Tiamat
90.422Novembre
90.229Novembers Doom
90.221Antestor
90.120October Tide
46Progressive
96.1131Death
95.623Lykathea Aflame
95.357Angra
95.235Neurosis
95.280Symphony X
95.185Rush
94.643Atheist
94.629Orphaned Land
94.6102Enslaved
94.641Akercocke
94.630Vintersorg
94.529Devin Townsend
94.465Voivod
94.343Vektor
94.381Amorphis
94.252Fates Warning
94.147Arcturus
94.129Cult of Luna
94.149Ayreon
93.921The Ocean
93.932Ne Obliviscaris
93.6185Opeth
93.649Savatage
93.537Obscura
93.345Týr
93.338Ihsahn
92.987Nevermore
92.727X Japan
92.755Cynic
92.722Crimson Glory
92.6163Dream Theater
92.628Negură Bunget
92.521Disillusion
92.223Haggard
92.253Pain of Salvation
92.231Baroness
92.146Borknagar
92.145The Faceless
91.870Kamelot
91.891Mastodon
91.466Cattle Decapitation
91.239Edge of Sanity
91.162Anathema
91.065Pestilence
90.727Adagio
90.422Novembre
42Heavy
96.023Satan
95.651Mercyful Fate
95.368Alice in Chains
95.244Riot V
95.185Rush
95.175King Diamond
94.9178Black Sabbath
94.381Amorphis
94.352W.A.S.P.
94.145Rainbow
94.0173Darkthrone
93.9237Iron Maiden
93.966Deep Purple
93.937Manilla Road
93.731The Lord Weird Slough Feg
93.620Discharge
93.648Metal Church
93.649Savatage
93.5173Judas Priest
93.392Motörhead
93.336Jag Panzer
92.727X Japan
92.722Crimson Glory
92.425Deceased
92.142Bruce Dickinson
92.163Accept
91.827Soundgarden
91.736Virgin Steele
91.720Heaven & Hell
91.650Rage
91.627Loudness
91.652Saxon
91.526Visigoth
91.455Scorpions
91.425Skid Row
91.052Grave Digger
91.035Faith No More
90.929Angel Witch
90.853Dio
90.5207Megadeth
90.464Running Wild
90.238Enforcer
36Power
95.357Angra
95.244Riot V
95.280Symphony X
95.1137Blind Guardian
94.252Fates Warning
94.041Kalmah
93.937Manilla Road
93.839Helstar
93.821Galneryus
93.648Metal Church
93.649Savatage
93.520Lost Horizon
93.4116Helloween
93.336Jag Panzer
92.987Nevermore
92.727X Japan
92.722Crimson Glory
92.463Gamma Ray
92.425Mercenary
92.344Falconer
92.120Dragonland
91.870Kamelot
91.841Flotsam and Jetsam
91.736Virgin Steele
91.650Rage
91.625Agent Steel
91.526Visigoth
91.1137Iced Earth
91.052Grave Digger
90.7123Nightwish
90.735Iron Savior
90.643Alestorm
90.464Running Wild
90.468Stratovarius
90.224After Forever
90.086DragonForce
24Folk
95.963Moonsorrow
95.254Primordial
94.879Ulver
94.629Orphaned Land
94.630Vintersorg
94.2100Agalloch
94.036Falkenbach
93.728Windir
93.729Panopticon
93.562Nokturnal Mortum
93.534Equilibrium
93.346Finntroll
93.345Týr
92.628Negură Bunget
92.423閃靈
92.344Falconer
92.146Borknagar
91.933Melechesh
91.063Ensiferum
90.833Skyclad
90.820Empyrium
90.643Alestorm
90.520Аркона
90.425Suidakra
24Technical
96.127Demilich
95.623Lykathea Aflame
94.937Heathen
94.888Suffocation
94.721Toxik
94.656Gorguts
93.720Hour of Penance
93.537Obscura
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.395Nile
93.357Origin
93.249Arsis
93.024Anata
92.928Deeds of Flesh
92.732Coroner
92.720Quo Vadis
92.241Necrophagist
92.145The Faceless
91.937Psycroptic
91.728Wormed
91.3101Cryptopsy
91.229The Red Chord
90.760Decapitated
90.6113Meshuggah
22Speed
95.244Riot V
95.1137Blind Guardian
94.937Heathen
94.721Toxik
94.0173Darkthrone
93.839Helstar
93.733Razor
93.4116Helloween
93.3111Sodom
93.392Motörhead
92.463Gamma Ray
91.650Rage
91.625Agent Steel
91.097Anthrax
91.052Grave Digger
90.735Iron Savior
90.622Whiplash
90.622Hirax
90.5207Megadeth
90.464Running Wild
90.238Enforcer
90.178Venom
17Symphonic
95.088Emperor
94.240Septicflesh
94.022Ceremonial Castings
93.634Bal-Sagoth
93.562Nokturnal Mortum
93.240Carach Angren
93.025Limbonic Art
92.223Haggard
92.120Dragonland
92.122Virgin Black
91.658Therion
90.820Empyrium
90.7123Nightwish
90.727Adagio
90.7110Cradle of Filth
90.636Tristania
90.224After Forever
15Gothic
95.855Type O Negative
94.664Rotting Christ
93.485My Dying Bride
93.321Triptykon
93.158Moonspell
93.070Paradise Lost
92.521Theatre of Tragedy
92.122Virgin Black
91.420Tribulation
91.328Draconian
90.7110Cradle of Filth
90.636Tristania
90.534Tiamat
90.422Novembre
90.224After Forever
13Grindcore
94.664Rotting Christ
93.926Misery Index
92.973Anaal Nathrakh
92.985Carcass
92.755Pig Destroyer
92.520Ghoul
92.458Dying Fetus
92.1124Napalm Death
91.528Exhumed
91.466Cattle Decapitation
91.229The Red Chord
91.120Terrorizer
90.221Rotten Sound
12Ambient
95.235Neurosis
95.029Paysage d'Hiver
94.879Ulver
94.529Devin Townsend
93.851Leviathan
93.823Mortiis
93.468Blut aus Nord
93.0139Burzum
92.620An Axis of Perdition
92.525Darkspace
92.031Hate Forest
91.425Velvet Cacoon
11Sludge
96.624Acid Bath
95.235Neurosis
94.645Isis
94.129Cult of Luna
94.133Crowbar
93.921The Ocean
92.436High on Fire
92.231Baroness
92.130Melvins
91.891Mastodon
90.629Corrosion of Conformity
10Brutal
95.623Lykathea Aflame
94.888Suffocation
93.720Hour of Penance
93.395Nile
93.357Origin
92.928Deeds of Flesh
92.458Dying Fetus
91.728Wormed
91.3101Cryptopsy
90.845Devourment
9Industrial
93.823Mortiis
93.468Blut aus Nord
93.340Samael
92.973Anaal Nathrakh
92.620An Axis of Perdition
92.521Theatre of Tragedy
92.032Godflesh
91.823Dødheimsgard
90.750Strapping Young Lad
7Stoner
95.028Kyuss
94.221Yob
93.149Cathedral
92.436High on Fire
92.166Electric Wizard
91.827Soundgarden
91.731Sleep
7Viking
95.6103Bathory
94.6102Enslaved
94.630Vintersorg
94.036Falkenbach
93.728Windir
93.357Graveland
92.146Borknagar
5Funeral
97.330Evoken
96.227Esoteric
95.733Ahab
91.523Shape of Despair
91.223Nortt
4Deathcore
92.145The Faceless
91.3101Cryptopsy
91.229The Red Chord
90.133All Shall Perish
4Experimental
93.338Ihsahn
92.032Godflesh
91.323Bethlehem
90.246Portal
4Pagan
95.963Moonsorrow
93.327Kampfar
93.357Graveland
90.520Аркона
1Metalcore
91.229The Red Chord
The first number in each entry is a bias score, derived from the assigned ratings on a curve desgined to reward both individual reviewer enthusiasm and collective critical attention. For releases, each rating counts; for bands, release ratings are aggregated by reviewer first. The second number is the number of reviewers who rated that band or release. A release needs at least 4 ratings to qualify; a band needs ratings from at least 20 different reviewers.
Data from Encyclopaedia Metallum · Analysis by glenn mcdonald · Updated 2 January 2020