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matthew lennon (wirral, England)

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Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik
Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold, mysterious and beautiful, with furious ancient honour., 4 July 2002
This,taakes second offering, is a ghastly black metal masterpeice. The production is perfect; a raw, scathing, frozen solid sound which is grim and cold and yet does not obscure the musicianship. The style is dark, serious, majestic, honourable black metal, with strong progressive non-primitive leanings. Ringleader Ulvedin Host's harrowing wails and fierce snarls evoke triumph and ancient vigilance. The atmosphere is one of spectral darkness and norsk forestry, and the album is constantly (due to its progressive nature)exciting and unpredicable.

Skeleton Key
Skeleton Key
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six young guys from the Wirral show excellent potential, 13 April 2002
This review is from: Skeleton Key (Audio CD)
The title track is a slice of brilliantly executed avant garde stomp rock, though lacking in originality. (These guys obviously pay homage to captain Beefheart and his magic band)
The video for the title track is pretty tripped out and based around Leasowe lighthouse, a familiar landmark to all of us Wirralonians. After seeing this on mtv2 recently I immediately went out with a friend and enjoyed a equally tripped out sunny day on the shore and around the lighthouse playing guitars (I think we scared some people).
Track two continues in an idiosyncratic yet more commercial fashion and the last two tracks are okay but rather nondescript, slower and less interesting than the first two. The best track by far is Skeleton Key.
"Solid bone skeleton key,
Opens the most intricate lock
Brother roll another for me
I am shipwrecked on the rocks"
When they cut their first full length, as long as they don't stray too often into commercial territory then they should make mindbending blues-psych classic.

Blackwater Park
Blackwater Park

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars yet another monolith rises at the temple of Opeth., 12 Feb 2002
This review is from: Blackwater Park (Audio CD)
yet another monolith rises at the temple of Opeth
This is the fifth album from opeth and it is a great album. Great, though it is, this is not as good as their earlier work. Firstly I dont like the high production. The high production makes the album feel glazed over with a sheen that only increases accesability. I thaught that it sounded like Still Life but not as good. Dont get me wrong this is a GREAT album. Its just that opeth are usually more than great, they are usually spectacular, incredible and unbeleivable. Here Mikaels clean vocals are beautiful but a lot of the time his growls and screams are not harsh enough and the riffs that should be scraping abrasively feel (due to the production) to soft and blurry. The thing that makes opeth one of my favourite bands is the juxtaposition of grimmness and beauty and here the grimmness seems to be subdued, I hope that this is a production error and not an attempt to appeal to the mainstream. Anyway enough of my paranoia and ranting. Highlights here are "bleak" "the drapery falls" and (my favourite) "blackwater park". "bleak" and "drapery" are both exciting songs full of variery with masterful progression through different themes acoustic and electric. "blackwater park" is a thoroughly dark meditation on, and subsequent escalation into, pure madness.
"dirge of november" has an incredible intro but then falls into a predictable rut, "patterns in the ivy" doesnt match up to other classic opeth acoustics and "the leper affinity" feels like recycled Still Life material.
Overall; Great album but a direction too close to the territory of maintream viability.
lets keep it underground, some things are sacred.

Price: 12.31

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So perfect i could cry...., 12 Nov 2001
This review is from: Morningrise (Audio CD)
Opeth are one of the few elite bands in the world today. Mixing black/death metal with acoustic folk and horrible growling with crystal clear melodic singing. Their music is at once dark, bleak, beautiful, Romantic, complex, ecclectic, heavy and mellow. All of their albums are masterpeices but Morningrise is probably the greatest musical composition of the 90's. sheer gothic spleandour. I nearly cried when i first heard it, seriously. Its that incredible.

Peasants, Pigs &..
Peasants, Pigs &..
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Price: 12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifull, mystical,dreamy, 1 Oct 2001
This review is from: Peasants, Pigs &.. (Audio CD)
Kula Shaker have not dissapointed on this their second and (sadly) last offering. It must be extremely hard to follow up such a classicly dazzling debut as "K" but they have pulled it off brilliantly.
here they have continued where the last album finished and expanded their sound. More psychadelic hammond organs, and more dreamy hazy mixes have smoothed most edges (though some songs get quite intense, like 108 battles). the album is a much more mystical experience and the lyrical imagery salutes early pink floyd sixties psychadelia. there are more gentle beautiful compositions like "im still here" and "timeworm".
Its so sad that they have finished just as they were getting started, but at least kula shaker will leave a good looking,though young corpse.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This masterpeice seduced me to the dark side of music, 4 Sep 2001
This review is from: Low (Audio CD)
I got into metal through this recording. I heard a TestAmenT song on a free CD from a magazine and decided to purchase an album. I was intrigued because I had never heard of music with growling and screaming. When I listened to it I was amazed that such beauty as "trail of tears" could be juxtaposed with such uglyness as "dog faced gods" on the same CD! This convinced me of the integrity and variety of metal and since then i have been a metalhead. looking back it still stands up to todays standards; The band show excellent mastery of the genre from hard hitting thrash (ride), meandering exhibitions of fretwork mastery (urotsukidoji) to heavy, crushing riffage(legions in hiding). Today at 17 I can listen in the same awe as I did back then at 12, Trail of tears is still one of my all time favourites. Highly reccomended. Thankyou TestAmenT for changing my life!

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