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108Death
97.330Evoken
96.821Lykathea Aflame
96.425Demilich
96.127Esoteric
96.0127Death
95.380Immolation
95.157Gorguts
94.886Suffocation
94.7103Katatonia
94.628The Chasm
94.643Atheist
94.642Akercocke
94.450Insomnium
94.428Orphaned Land
94.378Amorphis
94.041Kalmah
94.049Entombed
94.024Misery Index
94.067Bolt Thrower
93.922Mr. Bungle
93.8167Darkthrone
93.845Incantation
93.8177Opeth
93.765Autopsy
93.621Ceremonial Castings
93.637Septicflesh
93.553Hypocrisy
93.4142Behemoth
93.436Obscura
93.485Vader
93.335Possessed
93.321Triptykon
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.283My Dying Bride
93.284Carcass
93.226Anata
93.148Arsis
93.156Origin
93.0107Amon Amarth
93.088Nile
92.9151Cannibal Corpse
92.928Deeds of Flesh
92.943Swallow the Sun
92.920Dead Congregation
92.847Dismember
92.757Dying Fetus
92.768Paradise Lost
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.7114Deicide
92.726The Crown
92.759The Black Dahlia Murder
92.629The Gathering
92.668Dissection
92.624Sarcófago
92.521Disillusion
92.430Melechesh
92.424Deceased
92.425Mercenary
92.320Weapon
92.355Cynic
92.322閃靈
92.338Psycroptic
92.331Necrophobic
92.220Theatre of Tragedy
92.220Ghoul
92.140Necrophagist
92.145The Faceless
92.089Dark Tranquillity
92.0125Napalm Death
91.923Arghoslent
91.847Belphegor
91.820Quo Vadis
91.839Absu
91.728Wormed
91.620Monstrosity
91.658Therion
91.621Haggard
91.638Edge of Sanity
91.559Bloodbath
91.527Nocturnus
91.560Anathema
91.471Obituary
91.425Exhumed
91.3128Sepultura
91.359Cattle Decapitation
91.326Protector
91.3100Cryptopsy
91.265At the Gates
91.242Malevolent Creation
91.229The Red Chord
91.145Krisiun
91.124Teitanblood
91.063Pestilence
90.848Strapping Young Lad
90.720Vomitory
90.736Devourment
90.727God Dethroned
90.731Tiamat
90.7116Morbid Angel
90.7109Cradle of Filth
90.664Decapitated
90.535Asphyx
90.422Novembre
90.425Suidakra
90.221Antestor
90.169Celtic Frost
90.155Aborted
90.128The Berzerker
86Black
95.861Moonsorrow
95.6100Bathory
95.452Primordial
94.978Ulver
94.886Emperor
94.730Paysage d'Hiver
94.642Akercocke
94.559Sigh
94.557Rotting Christ
94.497Enslaved
94.137Falkenbach
94.047Arcturus
93.8167Darkthrone
93.823The Ruins of Beverast
93.829Panopticon
93.874Deathspell Omega
93.728Windir
93.639Deströyer 666
93.621Lunar Aurora
93.661Nokturnal Mortum
93.679Summoning
93.621Ceremonial Castings
93.633Bal-Sagoth
93.550Leviathan
93.565Wolves in the Throne Room
93.4142Behemoth
93.422Kampfar
93.468Blut aus Nord
93.349Taake
93.321Triptykon
93.340Samael
93.240Carach Angren
93.2116Immortal
93.220Vreid
93.259Graveland
93.1110Marduk
93.126Mgła
93.174Anaal Nathrakh
93.156Moonspell
93.0104Sodom
93.025Limbonic Art
92.937Inquisition
92.926Sabbat
92.924Darkspace
92.8136Burzum
92.620The Axis of Perdition
92.668Dissection
92.624Sarcófago
92.627Negură Bunget
92.430Melechesh
92.320Weapon
92.322閃靈
92.399Drudkh
92.347Borknagar
92.331Necrophobic
92.3102Gorgoroth
92.035Old Man's Child
91.847Belphegor
91.856Alcest
91.826Sargeist
91.839Absu
91.722Dødheimsgard
91.635Peste Noire
91.577Xasthur
91.425Velvet Cacoon
91.447Shining
91.323Bethlehem
91.232Hate Forest
91.222Varathron
91.133Impaled Nazarene
91.124Teitanblood
91.0139Mayhem
90.920Nortt
90.920Lifelover
90.828Arckanum
90.822Urgehal
90.7109Cradle of Filth
90.627Mütiilation
90.523Amesoeurs
90.522Aura Noir
90.421Fen
90.425Suidakra
90.341Dark Funeral
90.221Antestor
90.169Celtic Frost
90.123Krallice
53Thrash
95.823Morbid Saint
95.6100Bathory
94.937Heathen
94.721Toxik
94.643Atheist
94.543Vektor
94.264Voivod
94.034Vio-lence
93.9141Kreator
93.748Metal Church
93.620Discharge
93.639Deströyer 666
93.542Demolition Hammer
93.531Razor
93.485Vader
93.335Possessed
93.152Dark Angel
93.0104Sodom
92.937Inquisition
92.926Sabbat
92.987Nevermore
92.935Artillery
92.726The Crown
92.732Coroner
92.624Sarcófago
92.698Overkill
92.424Deceased
92.355Cynic
92.238Forbidden
92.220Ghoul
91.839Absu
91.739Flotsam and Jetsam
91.625Agent Steel
91.4185Slayer
91.3128Sepultura
91.326Protector
91.1135Iced Earth
91.120Sacrifice
91.063Pestilence
91.0112Exodus
90.848Strapping Young Lad
90.7109Meshuggah
90.7209Megadeth
90.620Hirax
90.522Aura Noir
90.550Death Angel
90.493Anthrax
90.470Destruction
90.435Tankard
90.296Testament
90.221Whiplash
90.245Onslaught
90.169Celtic Frost
47Progressive
96.821Lykathea Aflame
96.0127Death
95.383Rush
95.256Angra
95.178Symphony X
95.034Neurosis
94.643Atheist
94.642Akercocke
94.630Vintersorg
94.543Vektor
94.497Enslaved
94.428Orphaned Land
94.352Fates Warning
94.326Devin Townsend
94.378Amorphis
94.264Voivod
94.228Cult of Luna
94.149Ayreon
94.047Arcturus
93.932Ne Obliviscaris
93.8177Opeth
93.440Týr
93.447Savatage
93.436Obscura
93.338Ihsahn
93.021The Ocean
92.928X Japan
92.987Nevermore
92.7152Dream Theater
92.722Crimson Glory
92.627Negură Bunget
92.521Disillusion
92.355Cynic
92.347Borknagar
92.253Pain of Salvation
92.145The Faceless
92.069Kamelot
91.790Mastodon
91.621Haggard
91.638Edge of Sanity
91.560Anathema
91.430Baroness
91.359Cattle Decapitation
91.063Pestilence
90.727Adagio
90.530Devin Townsend Project
90.422Novembre
43Doom
97.330Evoken
96.722Acid Bath
96.127Esoteric
95.851Type O Negative
95.733Ahab
95.182Candlemass
94.8175Black Sabbath
94.7103Katatonia
94.535Saint Vitus
94.524Solitude Aeturnus
94.4102Agalloch
94.428Orphaned Land
94.378Amorphis
94.030Pentagram
93.823The Ruins of Beverast
93.426Reverend Bizarre
93.321Triptykon
93.283My Dying Bride
93.147Cathedral
92.943Swallow the Sun
92.768Paradise Lost
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.629The Gathering
92.220Theatre of Tragedy
92.122Virgin Black
92.166Electric Wizard
92.030Sleep
92.036High on Fire
91.825Pallbearer
91.720Heaven & Hell
91.562Sunn O)))
91.523Shape of Despair
91.560Anathema
91.328Draconian
91.323Bethlehem
91.336Earth
90.920Nortt
90.820Empyrium
90.731Tiamat
90.535Asphyx
90.422Novembre
90.221Antestor
90.169Celtic Frost
42Heavy
95.922Satan
95.652Mercyful Fate
95.383Rush
95.368Alice in Chains
95.272King Diamond
94.943Riot V
94.8175Black Sabbath
94.378Amorphis
94.165Deep Purple
94.137Manilla Road
94.149W.A.S.P.
93.9234Iron Maiden
93.8167Darkthrone
93.842Rainbow
93.828Slough Feg
93.748Metal Church
93.620Discharge
93.5170Judas Priest
93.447Savatage
93.387Motörhead
93.336Jag Panzer
92.928X Japan
92.722Crimson Glory
92.424Deceased
92.333Enforcer
92.243Bruce Dickinson
92.061Accept
92.026Soundgarden
92.050Rage
91.720Heaven & Hell
91.735Virgin Steele
91.628Loudness
91.253Scorpions
91.223Visigoth
91.150Saxon
91.124Skid Row
91.125Angel Witch
91.052Grave Digger
91.035Faith No More
90.753Dio
90.7209Megadeth
90.564Running Wild
34Power
95.256Angra
95.178Symphony X
95.1132Blind Guardian
94.943Riot V
94.352Fates Warning
94.137Manilla Road
94.041Kalmah
93.839Helstar
93.748Metal Church
93.721Lost Horizon
93.520Galneryus
93.447Savatage
93.4116Helloween
93.336Jag Panzer
92.928X Japan
92.987Nevermore
92.722Crimson Glory
92.462Gamma Ray
92.425Mercenary
92.344Falconer
92.120Dragonland
92.050Rage
92.069Kamelot
91.735Virgin Steele
91.739Flotsam and Jetsam
91.625Agent Steel
91.223Visigoth
91.1135Iced Earth
91.0119Nightwish
91.052Grave Digger
90.932Iron Savior
90.564Running Wild
90.267Stratovarius
90.242Alestorm
24Folk
95.861Moonsorrow
95.452Primordial
94.978Ulver
94.630Vintersorg
94.4102Agalloch
94.428Orphaned Land
94.137Falkenbach
94.131Equilibrium
93.829Panopticon
93.728Windir
93.661Nokturnal Mortum
93.440Týr
93.346Finntroll
92.627Negură Bunget
92.430Melechesh
92.322閃靈
92.344Falconer
92.347Borknagar
90.932Skyclad
90.820Empyrium
90.664Ensiferum
90.520Аркона
90.425Suidakra
90.242Alestorm
23Technical
96.821Lykathea Aflame
96.425Demilich
95.157Gorguts
94.937Heathen
94.886Suffocation
94.721Toxik
93.436Obscura
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.226Anata
93.148Arsis
93.156Origin
93.088Nile
92.928Deeds of Flesh
92.732Coroner
92.338Psycroptic
92.140Necrophagist
92.145The Faceless
91.820Quo Vadis
91.728Wormed
91.3100Cryptopsy
91.229The Red Chord
90.7109Meshuggah
90.664Decapitated
21Speed
95.1132Blind Guardian
94.937Heathen
94.943Riot V
94.721Toxik
93.8167Darkthrone
93.839Helstar
93.531Razor
93.4116Helloween
93.387Motörhead
93.0104Sodom
92.462Gamma Ray
92.333Enforcer
92.050Rage
91.625Agent Steel
91.052Grave Digger
90.932Iron Savior
90.7209Megadeth
90.620Hirax
90.564Running Wild
90.493Anthrax
90.221Whiplash
16Symphonic
94.886Emperor
93.661Nokturnal Mortum
93.621Ceremonial Castings
93.633Bal-Sagoth
93.637Septicflesh
93.240Carach Angren
93.025Limbonic Art
92.120Dragonland
92.122Virgin Black
91.658Therion
91.621Haggard
91.0119Nightwish
90.820Empyrium
90.727Adagio
90.7109Cradle of Filth
90.636Tristania
14Ambient
95.034Neurosis
94.978Ulver
94.730Paysage d'Hiver
94.326Devin Townsend
93.822Mortiis
93.550Leviathan
93.565Wolves in the Throne Room
93.468Blut aus Nord
92.924Darkspace
92.8136Burzum
92.620The Axis of Perdition
91.425Velvet Cacoon
91.232Hate Forest
90.530Devin Townsend Project
14Gothic
95.851Type O Negative
94.557Rotting Christ
93.321Triptykon
93.283My Dying Bride
93.156Moonspell
92.768Paradise Lost
92.220Theatre of Tragedy
92.122Virgin Black
91.328Draconian
90.731Tiamat
90.7109Cradle of Filth
90.636Tristania
90.422Novembre
90.169Celtic Frost
13Grindcore
94.557Rotting Christ
94.024Misery Index
93.284Carcass
93.174Anaal Nathrakh
92.751Pig Destroyer
92.757Dying Fetus
92.220Ghoul
92.0125Napalm Death
91.425Exhumed
91.359Cattle Decapitation
91.229The Red Chord
90.220Rotten Sound
90.128The Berzerker
11Sludge
96.722Acid Bath
95.034Neurosis
94.744Isis
94.228Cult of Luna
94.133Crowbar
93.021The Ocean
92.036High on Fire
91.790Mastodon
91.430Baroness
91.230Melvins
90.529Corrosion of Conformity
10Industrial
93.822Mortiis
93.468Blut aus Nord
93.340Samael
93.174Anaal Nathrakh
92.620The Axis of Perdition
92.220Theatre of Tragedy
91.731Godflesh
91.722Dødheimsgard
90.848Strapping Young Lad
90.128The Berzerker
9Brutal
96.821Lykathea Aflame
94.886Suffocation
93.156Origin
93.088Nile
92.928Deeds of Flesh
92.757Dying Fetus
91.728Wormed
91.3100Cryptopsy
90.736Devourment
7Viking
95.6100Bathory
94.630Vintersorg
94.497Enslaved
94.137Falkenbach
93.728Windir
93.259Graveland
92.347Borknagar
6Stoner
94.927Kyuss
93.147Cathedral
92.166Electric Wizard
92.026Soundgarden
92.030Sleep
92.036High on Fire
5Funeral
97.330Evoken
96.127Esoteric
95.733Ahab
91.523Shape of Despair
90.920Nortt
4Pagan
95.861Moonsorrow
93.422Kampfar
93.259Graveland
90.520Аркона
2Deathcore
92.145The Faceless
91.3100Cryptopsy
2Experimental
91.731Godflesh
91.323Bethlehem
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 2019