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Sinner Vs Sinned
Sinner Vs Sinned
Price: £6.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Expect a trail of broken hearts and insanely catchy songs." Rock Sound, 7 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Sinner Vs Sinned (Audio CD)
The Welsh based tykes rise from the ashes of long term live favourites Then Came Bronson, featuring guitarists Gav and Shiner (Moose from Bullet for my Valentine's brother!), drummer Ronnie, Bassist Benji and the extraordinary whirlwind of a vocalist Kim, who has been likened to `a seasoned sex kitten with all the overt sensuality of 1980's-era Madonna.'

The forthcoming mini album, `Sinner Vs Sinned', available through Visible Noise on 19th March 2007, is full of pop punk attitude, epic riffs and anthemic choruses that you'll be humming all day. If you're not tapping you feet by the end of it, then I owe you a fiver.

Rock has been calling for a decent spokeswoman for ages, so ask Courtney Love to pipe down, tell Hayley Paramore that it's past her bedtime, and get ready for Kim Waterson - worshipped by the girls and desired by the boys: everything you could want for 2007. Expect a tour in April.

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "UK Hardcore at its finest." Mike Davies, Radio One Punk Show, 1 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Solitude (Audio CD)
The aim of The Legacy is to create fast intense hardcore with a heap of melody and passion thrown in. Frontman Adam and drummer Andy originally met at school, and, inspired by bands like Black Flag, Minor Threat and Rites of Spring, and decided to form a band of their own in 2002. They soon met bassist Joey and guitarist Dick, both of whom were playing in other local Hardcore bands at the time. Thus, The Legacy was born.

After a well received demo The Legacy released their first EP `Dead Weight' on UK label Dead and Gone Records in late 2003. Throughout 2004 the band continued to tour, leaving their own legacy (see what we did there?) on the UK, whilst also working on the next EP. December 2004 saw the release of `We Gave it Everything'. Promotion for this tour came in the form of a massive European tour in the winter months of 2005 with US punkers Life Long Tragedy.

The successful tour covered Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Austria and of course the UK, and was so extensive that the van gave out, forcing them to push a 2.5 tonne van five miles down a French motorway in the middle of the night! Nevertheless, it was all worth it, and the band has won over crowds from all over Europe.

The title of the forthcoming EP, `Solitude', available 26th Feb 2007 on Visible Noise, reflects their feelings on individuality in the often overly simplistic UK hardcore scene. The EP's dark, evocative artwork is supplied by Dan Mumford, soon to be featured in Metal Hammer's Art of Darkness section. Musically, `Solitude' follows a harder, faster sound, while still conserving the band's passionate, melodic qualities.

With support coming in from all over the press and radio, and a Radio One Punk Session on the cards, it looks like 2007 is going to be the year of The Legacy.

Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization
Brazilian Popular Music and Globalization
by Charles A. Perrone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 10 April 2006
If you are looking for academic essays on Brazilian Music and its international influences, then this is the one for you. There are about ten essays on different topics, like 'Chiclete Com Banana', 'Carmen Miranda', 'Tropicalia' and even Brazilian Metal, centered around Minas Gerias. I used loads of references from this book for my university dissertation on Brazilian Popular Music.
Other good books on this subject are 'Hello, Hello Brazil', 'Brutality Garden', and 'The Mystery Of Samba', all of which are likely to be on Amazon.
If you want a light read about Brazilian music, go for antoher book like The Brazilian Sound by Pessanha and McGowan.

City Of Men (TV Series) [DVD] [2004]
City Of Men (TV Series) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Darlan Cunha
Price: £2.60

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City Of Men, 3 Feb. 2006
irst things first, this series is not a continuation of the story of the film City Of God, but covers similiar themes. Many of the actors are in both (Douglas Silva, for example played Ze Pequeno in the film, and plays Acerola, one of the two protagonists in the series). No matter what anyone says, the series will always be compared to film.
But I feel that the series explores the favela culture in far more depth than the film. One particularly good episode is 'Uólace and João Victor', where Laranjinha's troubles living in the favela are compared to those of a middle class 'playboy' Joao Victor. The episode explores their problems with girls, crime, friends, parents, food, school, race etc. and ultimately concludes that their adolescent lives really aren't all that different, even though their surroundings are. There is a really nice scene at the end of the episode when one is walking the streets, and the other is looking out the window. They look at each other and both think "That boy looks so lonely".
Many of the episodes take place out of the favela, bringing a whole aspect to the culture. How are black/favela kids perceived by the rest of society? What is school like for them? Is it even possible for them get a decent education? Are they all thieves and bandits, or just hungry and desperate? Say one wants to leave the favela drug business, is it possible for them to leave and get a 'normal' job?
Although inevitably glamourised somewhat, the series is a great look into Rio life, shot beautifully with many interesting techniques used - montage, voice-over, animation, pans, subjective camerawork are all used to recreate the lifestyle. Another ace scene is in the final episode when one bandit is running from the police, dodging in and out of alleys in the favela. The camera switches to a natural, overhead view, and we see what the bandit sees, as he glances down possbile routes to make his escape.
I think that the most interesting scene is when there is a particulrly violent event, and the shot merges into real life interviews with the kids about their lives in the favela. As they brag about various violent scenes they have witnessed in real life, it becomes clear that the brutality in the series is not all that far fetched. Many of the young actors in the film and series were picked from the favela by the director and just told to act how they would naturally when presented with, say, a drug deal or a murder.
The series is into is fourth of fifth season in Brazil, so here's hoping for an international release soon...

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