What is your favorite length generally for a metal album?



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Posted by Vikcen, 25.12.2011 - 14:31
Well, I was curious to see which could be generally the listeners' preferences in this sense =), and remember that quantity would not necessarily be for you synonymous of quality or that you are satisfied with the final product. For me i will pick for 50 minutes =).

Poll

What is your favorite length generally for an metal album?

About 50 minutes.
40
About 40 minutes.
30
About 1 hour.
27
Double CD.
6
Other.
5
About 30 minutes.
3
About 25 minutes.
1
I prefer EPs.
1
I prefer Singles.
0

Total votes: 113
14.05.2013 - 05:51
nasmith
Depends how good it is.
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14.05.2013 - 12:13
R'Vannith
ghedengi
^that. Generally needs to be more than a half hour for me though. Some EP's can be really good but usually leave me wanting more, no matter how good they are.
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14.05.2013 - 13:27
theFIST
Written by R'Vannith on 14.05.2013 at 12:13

^that. Generally needs to be more than a half hour for me though. Some EP's can be really good but usually leave me wanting more, no matter how good they are.

it does matter on how good they are, there are some eps that make me want less...
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Written by Warman on 07.11.2007 at 22:39
Haha, that's like saying "compose your own Metal album and upload it here, instead of writing a review of an album". :lol:
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14.05.2013 - 14:06
Daniell
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Favourite length? What does it matter? If an album has good songs, it can be as long as it gets. I love Slayer's Reign in Blood (28 minutes) and I love Bong's Beyond Ancient space (79 minutes). Should I like any of them more or less due to length?
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14.05.2013 - 14:51
theFIST
Written by Daniell on 14.05.2013 at 14:06

Favourite length? What does it matter? If an album has good songs, it can be as long as it gets. I love Slayer's Reign in Blood (28 minutes) and I love Bong's Beyond Ancient space (79 minutes). Should I like any of them more or less due to length?

yes, of course you should
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Written by Warman on 07.11.2007 at 22:39
Haha, that's like saying "compose your own Metal album and upload it here, instead of writing a review of an album". :lol:
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14.05.2013 - 15:14
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by theFIST on 14.05.2013 at 13:27

Written by R'Vannith on 14.05.2013 at 12:13

^that. Generally needs to be more than a half hour for me though. Some EP's can be really good but usually leave me wanting more, no matter how good they are.

it does matter on how good they are, there are some eps that make me want less...

I meant even if it works well as an EP I'd still want more. The good EP's I've heard make me wish they were LP's instead. For sure if they're bad EP's I wouldn't hope for anything more.
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14.05.2013 - 15:16
R'Vannith
ghedengi
I suppose it also depends on the style/genre as well. Many people might not be eager to sit through an hour long album of thrash, which is typically shorter. Or a doom lover might not be too happy about a really short album.
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14.05.2013 - 16:33
Bulletdodger
About 40 minutes is my pick, with slayer being the biggest exception.
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14.05.2013 - 16:59
ANGEL REAPER
Dont give a rats ass about length of an album...if length of every song fits perfectly to it, its all fine to me...
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14.05.2013 - 17:49
moe5512
40 minutes, after that I usually get bored.
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15.05.2013 - 00:22
Boxcar Willy
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I prefer shorter albums, and I love Ep's. I get bored listening to Esoteric-esque albums.

That being said if it's good for the whole album, I'll like it.

20-40 minutes is my bubble.
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15.05.2013 - 01:01
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Depends way too much on the style of music. I generally love short and to the point albums just as much as looooong albums. So I'd say my favorite niche is in the 25-35 and 55-65 min mark.
But as long as the band justifies the length... I just couldn't care less.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
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15.05.2013 - 14:27
Jtbmetal123
It really depends on the album. The more music the better to me.
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17.05.2013 - 13:46
Redn1ght
Captain Obvious
Other: 40mins to 1 hour.
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17.05.2013 - 14:57
BloodTears
ANA-thema
The length isn't really important as long as the music is good. Judging by the albums I love, it is usually around 50/60 minutes though. EPs can be just as good and so can 30-minute albums. If it doesn't go overboard, even double albums are enjoyable.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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20.05.2013 - 12:46
Masonics
IMO depends on the genre and even lyrical concept. Concept records are typically longer, and for the chance for the story to be understood the length of the music will be longer generally. As long as the music is good of course lol.

With genres, I think the best Death/thrash/power metal records are under the 50 minute mark, with a few exceptions.

With black/doom my personal favs have been generally between 55-70min running time.

But it should be quality over quantity anyday
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23.05.2013 - 04:01
Metal|Bleed
Napam Death - "Utilitarian" this album is the epitome of positivity in death metal/grindcore music
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30.07.2013 - 21:00
DoomRules
The duration of a CD depends on the metal genre, for example, doom metal bands or also the DSBM, the duration of their materials easily exceed 60 minutes, however, the case of death metal as the duration should be lower.
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01.08.2013 - 21:10
DyingWorld
40 minutes tends to leave the most impact. 50 isn't bad either. The problem with really long albums is that there's usually more filler, but there are exceptions.
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19.10.2013 - 20:58
MockTheCross
I generally prefer an album to be between 40-50 minutes. That's about the perfect time. Not too short that you're left wanting more. And not too long that you're asking when is this gonna end? But there's certain bands and genres that I can make exceptions for. Especially when it comes to black metal.
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23.10.2013 - 07:57
Fearmeister
Account deleted
Grindcore and punk stuff: 25 - 35 min

Death and Thrash Metal: 35 - 45 min

Black and Doom Metal : 45 - 55 min

Everything else: 40 - 50 min
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06.11.2013 - 02:12
Grey Wind
It depends. On melodic metal or progressive I love long albums. On death\thrash metal I prefer 30-40 minutes . I don't see the point of making a 10 songs album in these genres. It will become repeatitive at the 8 track no matter what you do. And some tracks will become "fillers" no matter what you do. That's how I feel, at least.
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07.11.2013 - 00:35
Fallen Ghost
Metalhead
It depends, but I have lately gotten more into progressive stuffs, and there you'll find some lengthy stuffs.. But I'll say around 50 - 70 minutes
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