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105Death
97.128Evoken
96.224Demilich
96.228Esoteric
95.9124Death
95.522Lykathea Aflame
95.481Immolation
95.053Gorguts
94.942Akercocke
94.726The Chasm
94.742Atheist
94.539Kalmah
94.546Insomnium
94.487Suffocation
94.4100Katatonia
94.327Orphaned Land
94.277Amorphis
94.054Hypocrisy
94.024Misery Index
93.967Bolt Thrower
93.952Origin
93.944Incantation
93.848Entombed
93.8130Behemoth
93.732Possessed
93.7174Opeth
93.6165Darkthrone
93.560Autopsy
93.420Satan's Host
93.329Deeds of Flesh
93.321Triptykon
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.384Vader
93.335Septicflesh
93.145Arsis
93.181Carcass
93.080My Dying Bride
93.0104Amon Amarth
93.0145Cannibal Corpse
92.925Anata
92.920Dead Congregation
92.864Paradise Lost
92.830The Gathering
92.885Nile
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.766Dissection
92.7112Deicide
92.722Sarcófago
92.730Melechesh
92.645Dismember
92.653Therion
92.521Disillusion
92.538Edge of Sanity
92.436Psycroptic
92.425Mercenary
92.331Necrophobic
92.320Weapon
92.326The Crown
92.229Obscura
92.220Ghoul
92.222Deceased
92.243The Faceless
92.152Dying Fetus
92.154Cynic
92.123閃靈
92.140Swallow the Sun
92.1120Napalm Death
92.090Dark Tranquillity
92.046Belphegor
92.056The Black Dahlia Murder
91.924Arghoslent
91.821Quo Vadis
91.839Necrophagist
91.839Absu
91.621Vomitory
91.655At the Gates
91.527Nocturnus
91.569Obituary
91.553Bloodbath
91.425Suidakra
91.425Protector
91.445Krisiun
91.353Cattle Decapitation
91.323Teitanblood
91.2127Sepultura
91.246Strapping Young Lad
91.259Anathema
91.242Malevolent Creation
91.229The Red Chord
91.228Tiamat
91.224Exhumed
91.125Wormed
90.922Novembre
90.939Devourment
90.9102Cryptopsy
90.965Decapitated
90.953Aborted
90.738Skeletonwitch
90.728God Dethroned
90.7105Morbid Angel
90.635Asphyx
90.5103Cradle of Filth
90.555Pestilence
90.225Novembers Doom
90.135Decrepit Birth
90.128The Berzerker
85Black
95.859Moonsorrow
95.799Bathory
95.349Primordial
94.942Akercocke
94.857Sigh
94.777Ulver
94.727Paysage d'Hiver
94.757Nokturnal Mortum
94.681Emperor
94.594Enslaved
94.454Rotting Christ
94.137Falkenbach
94.127Windir
94.047Arcturus
93.822The Ruins of Beverast
93.837Deströyer 666
93.8130Behemoth
93.648Taake
93.6165Darkthrone
93.666Wolves in the Throne Room
93.621Ceremonial Castings
93.633Bal-Sagoth
93.667Blut aus Nord
93.572Summoning
93.425Darkspace
93.420Lunar Aurora
93.438Carach Angren
93.420Satan's Host
93.473Deathspell Omega
93.321Triptykon
93.357Graveland
93.255Moonspell
93.239Samael
93.223Kampfar
93.220Vreid
93.126Mgła
93.169Anaal Nathrakh
93.0110Marduk
92.999Sodom
92.9131Burzum
92.938Inquisition
92.946Leviathan
92.8105Immortal
92.827Negură Bunget
92.824Limbonic Art
92.725Panopticon
92.766Dissection
92.722Sarcófago
92.730Melechesh
92.620The Axis of Perdition
92.597Drudkh
92.331Necrophobic
92.320Weapon
92.333Peste Noire
92.335Old Man's Child
92.226Sargeist
92.198Gorgoroth
92.123閃靈
92.146Borknagar
92.021Sabbat
92.046Belphegor
91.955Alcest
91.839Absu
91.722Dødheimsgard
91.522Bethlehem
91.544Shining
91.425Velvet Cacoon
91.425Suidakra
91.4132Mayhem
91.320Lifelover
91.323Teitanblood
91.282Xasthur
91.033Impaled Nazarene
91.046Abigor
90.929Arckanum
90.930Hate Forest
90.823Urgehal
90.728Mütiilation
90.523Amesoeurs
90.5103Cradle of Filth
90.342Dark Funeral
90.322Krallice
90.322Aura Noir
90.221Fen
90.242Watain
51Thrash
95.823Morbid Saint
95.799Bathory
94.936Heathen
94.742Atheist
94.431Vio-lence
94.342Vektor
94.031Razor
94.059Voivod
93.837Deströyer 666
93.847Metal Church
93.732Possessed
93.7139Kreator
93.741Demolition Hammer
93.620Discharge
93.532Coroner
93.384Vader
93.235Artillery
93.085Nevermore
92.999Sodom
92.938Inquisition
92.722Sarcófago
92.650Dark Angel
92.595Overkill
92.326The Crown
92.238Forbidden
92.220Ghoul
92.222Deceased
92.154Cynic
92.037Flotsam and Jetsam
92.021Sabbat
91.924Arghoslent
91.824Agent Steel
91.839Absu
91.425Protector
91.3178Slayer
91.2127Sepultura
91.246Strapping Young Lad
91.2131Iced Earth
91.0109Meshuggah
90.921Whiplash
90.964Destruction
90.8111Exodus
90.738Skeletonwitch
90.7202Megadeth
90.620Hirax
90.555Pestilence
90.496Testament
90.391Anthrax
90.337Tankard
90.322Aura Noir
90.248Death Angel
46Progressive
95.9124Death
95.522Lykathea Aflame
95.381Rush
95.153Angra
95.034Neurosis
94.942Akercocke
94.976Symphony X
94.742Atheist
94.630Vintersorg
94.594Enslaved
94.327Orphaned Land
94.342Vektor
94.350Fates Warning
94.277Amorphis
94.228Cult of Luna
94.059Voivod
94.047Arcturus
93.926Devin Townsend
93.847Ayreon
93.7174Opeth
93.546Savatage
93.440Týr
93.437Ihsahn
93.127X Japan
93.085Nevermore
92.9151Dream Theater
92.827Negură Bunget
92.722Crimson Glory
92.627Ne Obliviscaris
92.521Disillusion
92.538Edge of Sanity
92.229Obscura
92.266Kamelot
92.243The Faceless
92.153Pain of Salvation
92.154Cynic
92.146Borknagar
91.789Mastodon
91.520Unexpect
91.529Baroness
91.353Cattle Decapitation
91.259Anathema
90.922Novembre
90.555Pestilence
90.430Devin Townsend Project
90.324Adagio
41Heavy
95.952Mercyful Fate
95.381Rush
95.336Riot V
95.373King Diamond
95.361Alice in Chains
94.9164Black Sabbath
94.339Rainbow
94.277Amorphis
94.264Deep Purple
93.9228Iron Maiden
93.849W.A.S.P.
93.828Slough Feg
93.847Metal Church
93.6165Darkthrone
93.620Discharge
93.5158Judas Priest
93.546Savatage
93.534Manilla Road
93.486Motörhead
93.420Satan's Host
93.127X Japan
93.134Jag Panzer
92.722Crimson Glory
92.641Bruce Dickinson
92.260Accept
92.132Enforcer
92.034Virgin Steele
92.050Rage
91.826Soundgarden
91.728Loudness
91.123Angel Witch
91.151Grave Digger
91.023Skid Row
90.952Scorpions
90.933Faith No More
90.852Dio
90.846Ghost
90.7202Megadeth
90.448Saxon
90.241Danzig
90.165Running Wild
40Doom
97.128Evoken
96.228Esoteric
95.850Type O Negative
95.733Ahab
95.721Acid Bath
95.182Candlemass
94.9164Black Sabbath
94.525Solitude Aeturnus
94.4100Katatonia
94.327Orphaned Land
94.3100Agalloch
94.277Amorphis
94.133Saint Vitus
93.822The Ruins of Beverast
93.728Pentagram
93.321Triptykon
93.147Cathedral
93.080My Dying Bride
92.835High on Fire
92.864Paradise Lost
92.830The Gathering
92.722Mourning Beloveth
92.761Electric Wizard
92.528Reverend Bizarre
92.122Virgin Black
92.140Swallow the Sun
92.035Earth
91.923Pallbearer
91.863Sunn O)))
91.623Shape of Despair
91.522Bethlehem
91.326Draconian
91.223Sleep
91.259Anathema
91.228Tiamat
90.922Novembre
90.820Empyrium
90.635Asphyx
90.241Danzig
90.225Novembers Doom
35Power
95.336Riot V
95.153Angra
95.0127Blind Guardian
94.976Symphony X
94.539Kalmah
94.336Helstar
94.350Fates Warning
93.847Metal Church
93.620Lost Horizon
93.546Savatage
93.534Manilla Road
93.420Satan's Host
93.127X Japan
93.134Jag Panzer
93.085Nevermore
92.8109Helloween
92.722Crimson Glory
92.720Dragonland
92.720Persuader
92.561Gamma Ray
92.443Falconer
92.425Mercenary
92.266Kamelot
92.037Flotsam and Jetsam
92.034Virgin Steele
92.050Rage
91.824Agent Steel
91.2131Iced Earth
91.1118Nightwish
91.151Grave Digger
90.831Iron Savior
90.524After Forever
90.242Alestorm
90.165Stratovarius
90.165Running Wild
23Folk
95.859Moonsorrow
95.349Primordial
94.777Ulver
94.757Nokturnal Mortum
94.630Vintersorg
94.327Orphaned Land
94.3100Agalloch
94.330Equilibrium
94.137Falkenbach
94.127Windir
93.440Týr
93.346Finntroll
92.827Negură Bunget
92.725Panopticon
92.730Melechesh
92.443Falconer
92.123閃靈
92.146Borknagar
91.425Suidakra
90.862Ensiferum
90.820Empyrium
90.630Skyclad
90.242Alestorm
23Technical
96.224Demilich
95.522Lykathea Aflame
95.053Gorguts
94.936Heathen
94.487Suffocation
93.952Origin
93.532Coroner
93.329Deeds of Flesh
93.325Spawn of Possession
93.145Arsis
92.925Anata
92.885Nile
92.436Psycroptic
92.229Obscura
92.243The Faceless
91.821Quo Vadis
91.839Necrophagist
91.229The Red Chord
91.125Wormed
91.0109Meshuggah
90.9102Cryptopsy
90.965Decapitated
90.135Decrepit Birth
20Speed
95.336Riot V
95.0127Blind Guardian
94.936Heathen
94.336Helstar
94.031Razor
93.6165Darkthrone
93.486Motörhead
92.999Sodom
92.8109Helloween
92.561Gamma Ray
92.132Enforcer
92.050Rage
91.824Agent Steel
91.151Grave Digger
90.921Whiplash
90.831Iron Savior
90.7202Megadeth
90.620Hirax
90.391Anthrax
90.165Running Wild
15Symphonic
94.757Nokturnal Mortum
93.621Ceremonial Castings
93.633Bal-Sagoth
93.438Carach Angren
93.335Septicflesh
92.824Limbonic Art
92.720Dragonland
92.653Therion
92.122Virgin Black
91.1118Nightwish
90.935Tristania
90.820Empyrium
90.524After Forever
90.5103Cradle of Filth
90.324Adagio
13Ambient
95.034Neurosis
94.777Ulver
94.727Paysage d'Hiver
93.926Devin Townsend
93.667Blut aus Nord
93.422Mortiis
93.425Darkspace
92.9131Burzum
92.946Leviathan
92.620The Axis of Perdition
91.425Velvet Cacoon
90.930Hate Forest
90.430Devin Townsend Project
13Gothic
95.850Type O Negative
94.454Rotting Christ
93.321Triptykon
93.255Moonspell
93.080My Dying Bride
92.864Paradise Lost
92.122Virgin Black
91.326Draconian
91.228Tiamat
90.922Novembre
90.935Tristania
90.524After Forever
90.5103Cradle of Filth
12Grindcore
94.454Rotting Christ
94.024Misery Index
93.169Anaal Nathrakh
93.181Carcass
93.044Pig Destroyer
92.220Ghoul
92.152Dying Fetus
92.1120Napalm Death
91.353Cattle Decapitation
91.229The Red Chord
91.224Exhumed
90.128The Berzerker
10Sludge
95.721Acid Bath
95.034Neurosis
94.544Isis
94.228Cult of Luna
94.133Crowbar
92.835High on Fire
91.789Mastodon
91.529Baroness
91.429Melvins
90.928Corrosion of Conformity
9Brutal
95.522Lykathea Aflame
94.487Suffocation
93.952Origin
93.329Deeds of Flesh
92.885Nile
92.152Dying Fetus
91.125Wormed
90.939Devourment
90.9102Cryptopsy
9Industrial
93.667Blut aus Nord
93.422Mortiis
93.239Samael
93.169Anaal Nathrakh
92.620The Axis of Perdition
91.722Dødheimsgard
91.246Strapping Young Lad
91.129Godflesh
90.128The Berzerker
8Viking
95.799Bathory
94.630Vintersorg
94.594Enslaved
94.330Equilibrium
94.137Falkenbach
94.127Windir
93.357Graveland
92.146Borknagar
6Stoner
94.927Kyuss
93.147Cathedral
92.835High on Fire
92.761Electric Wizard
91.826Soundgarden
91.223Sleep
4Funeral
97.128Evoken
96.228Esoteric
95.733Ahab
91.623Shape of Despair
3Pagan
95.859Moonsorrow
93.357Graveland
93.223Kampfar
2Deathcore
92.243The Faceless
90.9102Cryptopsy
2Experimental
91.522Bethlehem
91.129Godflesh
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 30 October 2017