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107Death
97.330Evoken
96.821Lykathea Aflame
96.127Esoteric
96.127Demilich
96.1127Death
95.382Immolation
94.856Gorguts
94.788Suffocation
94.7103Katatonia
94.729Orphaned Land
94.643Atheist
94.641Akercocke
94.528The Chasm
94.324Mr. Bungle
94.380Amorphis
94.268Bolt Thrower
94.249Insomnium
94.135Possessed
94.022Ceremonial Castings
94.039Septicflesh
93.942Kalmah
93.966Autopsy
93.9167Darkthrone
93.926Misery Index
93.849Entombed
93.845Incantation
93.8177Opeth
93.537Obscura
93.553Hypocrisy
93.585Vader
93.450Arsis
93.485My Dying Bride
93.321Triptykon
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.357Origin
93.225Anata
93.246Swallow the Sun
93.2145Behemoth
93.025Sarcófago
93.085Carcass
93.088Nile
93.030The Gathering
92.928Deeds of Flesh
92.9155Cannibal Corpse
92.920Dead Congregation
92.847Dismember
92.860The Black Dahlia Murder
92.769Paradise Lost
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.7114Deicide
92.726The Crown
92.755Cynic
92.770Dissection
92.5113Amon Amarth
92.521Disillusion
92.458Dying Fetus
92.424Deceased
92.425Mercenary
92.320Weapon
92.323閃靈
92.338Psycroptic
92.331Necrophobic
92.220Theatre of Tragedy
92.241Necrophagist
92.221Ghoul
92.145The Faceless
92.132Melechesh
92.0125Napalm Death
91.948Belphegor
91.840Absu
91.820Quo Vadis
91.789Dark Tranquillity
91.728Wormed
91.620Monstrosity
91.658Therion
91.667At the Gates
91.621Haggard
91.638Edge of Sanity
91.526Protector
91.559Bloodbath
91.527Nocturnus
91.526Exhumed
91.420Tribulation
91.328Draconian
91.321Arghoslent
91.359Cattle Decapitation
91.247Malevolent Creation
91.272Obituary
91.2131Sepultura
91.229The Red Chord
91.2100Cryptopsy
91.145Krisiun
91.060Anathema
91.065Pestilence
90.9122Morbid Angel
90.949Strapping Young Lad
90.923Novembre
90.838Devourment
90.720Vomitory
90.731Tiamat
90.763Decapitated
90.627God Dethroned
90.6109Cradle of Filth
90.535Asphyx
90.523Teitanblood
90.425Suidakra
90.221Antestor
87Black
95.962Moonsorrow
95.599Bathory
95.154Primordial
95.088Emperor
94.977Ulver
94.730Paysage d'Hiver
94.641Akercocke
94.660Rotting Christ
94.499Enslaved
94.361Sigh
94.224The Ruins of Beverast
94.147Arcturus
94.137Falkenbach
94.022Ceremonial Castings
93.930Panopticon
93.9167Darkthrone
93.760Nokturnal Mortum
93.728Windir
93.769Blut aus Nord
93.749Leviathan
93.621Lunar Aurora
93.671Deathspell Omega
93.633Bal-Sagoth
93.638Deströyer 666
93.478Summoning
93.466Wolves in the Throne Room
93.3107Sodom
93.321Triptykon
93.340Samael
93.240Carach Angren
93.2145Behemoth
93.224Kampfar
93.220Vreid
93.259Graveland
93.157Moonspell
93.0119Immortal
93.025Sarcófago
93.025Limbonic Art
93.049Taake
93.0110Marduk
93.036Inquisition
92.928Mgła
92.926Sabbat
92.924Darkspace
92.972Anaal Nathrakh
92.8136Burzum
92.770Dissection
92.620An Axis of Perdition
92.628Negură Bunget
92.4101Drudkh
92.320Weapon
92.323閃靈
92.331Necrophobic
92.3102Gorgoroth
92.132Melechesh
92.045Borknagar
91.934Old Man's Child
91.948Belphegor
91.840Absu
91.826Sargeist
91.722Dødheimsgard
91.755Alcest
91.425Velvet Cacoon
91.423Varathron
91.332Hate Forest
91.379Xasthur
91.246Shining
91.124Bethlehem
91.1145Mayhem
91.134Impaled Nazarene
90.920Nortt
90.925Krallice
90.936Peste Noire
90.920Lifelover
90.823Urgehal
90.828Arckanum
90.842Dark Funeral
90.6109Cradle of Filth
90.523Amesoeurs
90.522Aura Noir
90.523Teitanblood
90.528Mütiilation
90.425Suidakra
90.321Tsjuder
90.221Antestor
90.221Fen
90.145Abigor
52Thrash
95.823Morbid Saint
95.599Bathory
94.937Heathen
94.721Toxik
94.643Atheist
94.543Vektor
94.264Voivod
94.135Possessed
94.035Vio-lence
93.7143Kreator
93.620Discharge
93.648Metal Church
93.632Razor
93.638Deströyer 666
93.585Vader
93.3107Sodom
93.152Dark Angel
93.042Demolition Hammer
93.025Sarcófago
93.036Inquisition
92.926Sabbat
92.987Nevermore
92.935Artillery
92.726The Crown
92.755Cynic
92.732Coroner
92.6102Overkill
92.424Deceased
92.239Forbidden
92.221Ghoul
91.840Absu
91.841Flotsam and Jetsam
91.625Agent Steel
91.526Protector
91.4187Slayer
91.421Sacrifice
91.2131Sepultura
91.1137Iced Earth
91.065Pestilence
91.0113Exodus
90.949Strapping Young Lad
90.870Destruction
90.6208Megadeth
90.622Whiplash
90.5111Meshuggah
90.522Aura Noir
90.552Death Angel
90.423Hirax
90.436Tankard
90.394Anthrax
90.398Testament
90.147Onslaught
47Progressive
96.821Lykathea Aflame
96.1127Death
95.384Rush
95.256Angra
95.179Symphony X
95.034Neurosis
94.729Devin Townsend
94.729Orphaned Land
94.643Atheist
94.641Akercocke
94.630Vintersorg
94.543Vektor
94.499Enslaved
94.352Fates Warning
94.380Amorphis
94.264Voivod
94.228Cult of Luna
94.147Arcturus
94.149Ayreon
93.932Ne Obliviscaris
93.820The Ocean
93.8177Opeth
93.537Obscura
93.548Savatage
93.444Týr
93.338Ihsahn
92.987Nevermore
92.727X Japan
92.755Cynic
92.722Crimson Glory
92.7159Dream Theater
92.628Negură Bunget
92.521Disillusion
92.253Pain of Salvation
92.145The Faceless
92.045Borknagar
91.990Mastodon
91.870Kamelot
91.621Haggard
91.638Edge of Sanity
91.529Baroness
91.359Cattle Decapitation
91.060Anathema
91.065Pestilence
90.923Novembre
90.727Adagio
90.530Devin Townsend Project
43Doom
97.330Evoken
96.624Acid Bath
96.127Esoteric
95.953Type O Negative
95.733Ahab
95.182Candlemass
94.8175Black Sabbath
94.7103Katatonia
94.729Orphaned Land
94.635Saint Vitus
94.325Solitude Aeturnus
94.320Yob
94.380Amorphis
94.2100Agalloch
94.224The Ruins of Beverast
94.131Pentagram
93.485My Dying Bride
93.321Triptykon
93.246Swallow the Sun
93.148Cathedral
93.030The Gathering
92.769Paradise Lost
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.527Reverend Bizarre
92.465Electric Wizard
92.220Theatre of Tragedy
92.122Virgin Black
91.936High on Fire
91.725Pallbearer
91.720Heaven & Hell
91.731Sleep
91.523Shape of Despair
91.328Draconian
91.124Bethlehem
91.135Earth
91.060Anathema
90.920Nortt
90.958Sunn O)))
90.923Novembre
90.820Empyrium
90.731Tiamat
90.535Asphyx
90.221Antestor
42Heavy
96.023Satan
95.651Mercyful Fate
95.368Alice in Chains
95.384Rush
95.144Riot V
95.174King Diamond
94.8175Black Sabbath
94.380Amorphis
94.136Manilla Road
94.165Deep Purple
94.051W.A.S.P.
94.043Rainbow
94.0233Iron Maiden
93.9167Darkthrone
93.827The Lord Weird Slough Feg
93.620Discharge
93.648Metal Church
93.6171Judas Priest
93.548Savatage
93.388Motörhead
93.336Jag Panzer
92.727X Japan
92.722Crimson Glory
92.424Deceased
92.163Accept
92.042Bruce Dickinson
91.826Soundgarden
91.736Virgin Steele
91.720Heaven & Hell
91.650Rage
91.628Loudness
91.525Visigoth
91.327Angel Witch
91.254Scorpions
91.225Skid Row
91.151Saxon
91.052Grave Digger
91.035Faith No More
90.835Enforcer
90.753Dio
90.6208Megadeth
90.564Running Wild
35Power
95.256Angra
95.2134Blind Guardian
95.144Riot V
95.179Symphony X
94.352Fates Warning
94.136Manilla Road
94.021Galneryus
93.942Kalmah
93.839Helstar
93.648Metal Church
93.548Savatage
93.520Lost Horizon
93.4115Helloween
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
91.525Visigoth
91.1137Iced Earth
91.052Grave Digger
91.0119Nightwish
90.735Iron Savior
90.564Running Wild
90.468Stratovarius
90.224After Forever
90.242Alestorm
24Folk
95.962Moonsorrow
95.154Primordial
94.977Ulver
94.729Orphaned Land
94.630Vintersorg
94.2100Agalloch
94.232Equilibrium
94.137Falkenbach
93.930Panopticon
93.760Nokturnal Mortum
93.728Windir
93.444Týr
93.346Finntroll
92.628Negură Bunget
92.323閃靈
92.344Falconer
92.132Melechesh
92.045Borknagar
91.063Ensiferum
91.033Skyclad
90.820Empyrium
90.520Аркона
90.425Suidakra
90.242Alestorm
23Technical
96.821Lykathea Aflame
96.127Demilich
94.937Heathen
94.856Gorguts
94.788Suffocation
94.721Toxik
93.537Obscura
93.450Arsis
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.357Origin
93.225Anata
93.088Nile
92.928Deeds of Flesh
92.732Coroner
92.338Psycroptic
92.241Necrophagist
92.145The Faceless
91.820Quo Vadis
91.728Wormed
91.229The Red Chord
91.2100Cryptopsy
90.763Decapitated
90.5111Meshuggah
21Speed
95.2134Blind Guardian
95.144Riot V
94.937Heathen
94.721Toxik
93.9167Darkthrone
93.839Helstar
93.632Razor
93.4115Helloween
93.3107Sodom
93.388Motörhead
92.463Gamma Ray
91.650Rage
91.625Agent Steel
91.052Grave Digger
90.835Enforcer
90.735Iron Savior
90.6208Megadeth
90.622Whiplash
90.564Running Wild
90.423Hirax
90.394Anthrax
17Symphonic
95.088Emperor
94.022Ceremonial Castings
94.039Septicflesh
93.760Nokturnal Mortum
93.633Bal-Sagoth
93.240Carach Angren
93.025Limbonic Art
92.120Dragonland
92.122Virgin Black
91.658Therion
91.621Haggard
91.0119Nightwish
90.937Tristania
90.820Empyrium
90.727Adagio
90.6109Cradle of Filth
90.224After Forever
14Ambient
95.034Neurosis
94.977Ulver
94.730Paysage d'Hiver
94.729Devin Townsend
93.823Mortiis
93.769Blut aus Nord
93.749Leviathan
93.466Wolves in the Throne Room
92.924Darkspace
92.8136Burzum
92.620An Axis of Perdition
91.425Velvet Cacoon
91.332Hate Forest
90.530Devin Townsend Project
14Gothic
95.953Type O Negative
94.660Rotting Christ
93.485My Dying Bride
93.321Triptykon
93.157Moonspell
92.769Paradise Lost
92.220Theatre of Tragedy
92.122Virgin Black
91.420Tribulation
91.328Draconian
90.937Tristania
90.923Novembre
90.731Tiamat
90.6109Cradle of Filth
12Grindcore
94.660Rotting Christ
93.926Misery Index
93.085Carcass
92.972Anaal Nathrakh
92.458Dying Fetus
92.221Ghoul
92.253Pig Destroyer
92.0125Napalm Death
91.526Exhumed
91.359Cattle Decapitation
91.229The Red Chord
90.220Rotten Sound
11Sludge
96.624Acid Bath
95.034Neurosis
94.545Isis
94.228Cult of Luna
94.033Crowbar
93.820The Ocean
91.936High on Fire
91.990Mastodon
91.831Melvins
91.529Baroness
90.529Corrosion of Conformity
9Brutal
96.821Lykathea Aflame
94.788Suffocation
93.357Origin
93.088Nile
92.928Deeds of Flesh
92.458Dying Fetus
91.728Wormed
91.2100Cryptopsy
90.838Devourment
9Industrial
93.823Mortiis
93.769Blut aus Nord
93.340Samael
92.972Anaal Nathrakh
92.620An Axis of Perdition
92.220Theatre of Tragedy
91.731Godflesh
91.722Dødheimsgard
90.949Strapping Young Lad
7Stoner
94.927Kyuss
94.320Yob
93.148Cathedral
92.465Electric Wizard
91.936High on Fire
91.826Soundgarden
91.731Sleep
7Viking
95.599Bathory
94.630Vintersorg
94.499Enslaved
94.137Falkenbach
93.728Windir
93.259Graveland
92.045Borknagar
5Funeral
97.330Evoken
96.127Esoteric
95.733Ahab
91.523Shape of Despair
90.920Nortt
4Deathcore
92.145The Faceless
91.229The Red Chord
91.2100Cryptopsy
90.133All Shall Perish
4Pagan
95.962Moonsorrow
93.224Kampfar
93.259Graveland
90.520Аркона
3Experimental
93.338Ihsahn
91.731Godflesh
91.124Bethlehem
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 27 May 2019