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Xecutioner's Return: Special Edition
Xecutioner's Return: Special Edition
Offered by CiriusMusic
Price: 7.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oooh, this is much better!, 15 Aug 2007
Those fans of the first three albums who have felt consistently short-changed by sucessive releases will be pleased that Xecutioner's Return has a real grasp of the 1989-1992 era. The mix really captures The End Complete sound, chugging tunes from Cause of Death and some faster and mid-paced material akin to Slowly We Rot. This is a better effort in comparison with Frozen in Time, and for fans like me who really were disappointed in the experimentation of World Demise, have no fear - this is proper Obituary: low tone and distorted as Hell just as on album three. Replacing a boozey Allen West hasn't hurt for the sake of this album though you'll notice some Friedman-esque solos Megadeth era, as well as some efforts evident from Trevor Peres. Expect the typical solid deliveries of Frank Watkins and brothers Tardy - but no End Complete-style jams, unfortunately.


Panzer Division Marduk
Panzer Division Marduk
Price: 8.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless Hate, 24 Mar 2007
This review is from: Panzer Division Marduk (Audio CD)
Perhaps not the best Marduk release now that Plague Angel and the imminent Rom 5:12 see the light of day, but I have to say I love this album. The mix is a tad closer to traditional Trash/Death metal than most of the band's material and the drums can be heard that little bit clearer. But what's most evident after the first listen is the full on speed and aggression that doesn't stop (bar one or two tiny breaks) from the off to the finish. It's all fast and heavy, full stop. Turn up loud, leave on loop and let the synergies of blasphemy, Satanism, and European warfare take over. Hardcore.


Ruun
Ruun
Price: 13.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forward: march!, 24 Mar 2007
This review is from: Ruun (Audio CD)
After hearing a fair wadge of Enslaved's material I bit the bullet and went for this one. Those accustomed to the Scandinavian scene will know that Enslaved began moving from the Black Metal staple way back, and the progression they've made is most evdient on RUUN. Seems like they hit the target dead on with this one and you can almost hear where parts of ISA were meant to be. Long progressive songs with wholly satisfying melody and intentions. Superb Norse and North European folk influences are central to the theme, without blurring the headbanger's need for power, aggression and noise. Beautiful, emotional music from a truly talented outfit. Pioneering.


Rom 5:12
Rom 5:12

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 20 Mar 2007
This review is from: Rom 5:12 (Audio CD)
Had to have a listen before the CD came out! Marduk have nailed it with this one. This is the best Marduk material I have heard thus far. If you're into ANY of the following then buy this: Immortal, Gorgoroth, 1349, Enslaved, Satyricon, Urgehal, etc. Cleaner production and mix than any of their previous work, a more progressive and inspired approach with guest appearances and plainly more entertaining all round - you will not be disappointed. Rom 5:12 is more considered and coherent than anything in the back catalogue, and the appraisal awaiting them will surely propel them into richer waters, as well as a name up there with the Black Metal greats. Overwhelming. Can't wait for the CD!


Victory Intolerance Mastery
Victory Intolerance Mastery
Price: 6.06

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heavy hacking hellfire, 23 Feb 2007
Revenge isn't sweet. These Canadian nutters blast out some of the grittiest, most evil and uncompromising black satanic war metal one could ever hope to sample. No messing around here, people. If you're looking for catchy riffs, cool drum breaks and emotional solos then do NOT buy this. The music simply screams hate at every step. On the first listen it seems that Revenge change tempo at random and hack away without control - but keep trying - this IS good music. Technicality and careful arrangement underlies the venom at the end of the day, despite the blistering wall of anger. Tip: not music to make love to unless your lover is deceased. Horrible.


One (+Bonus)
One (+Bonus)
Price: 29.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Very promising, 23 Feb 2007
This review is from: One (+Bonus) (Audio CD)
If you like any Slayer stuff with a few Pantera riffs and chugs, and some Napalm Death/Terrorizer sections then this is the album for you. From the off this is a solid thrashing slab with enough death/grind segments for the heavies. Takes from 1986 to 1994 with ease. Accomplished stuff, especially for a first effort. Kerry King wears the t-shirt and I'm looking forward to their sophomore.


Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam
Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam
Offered by MUSIC2000UK
Price: 5.86

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 23 Feb 2007
This is the best Gorgoroth album so far. Gaahl's vocals have evolved into a better matching style to the music and the diversity has also developed since "Twilight." Drums come from the mighty Frost and the guitars still have that confident and unrelenting attack drone. No low points on this one, but personal highs include the morose slumber og "Sign of an Open Eye" and when "Whiteseed" kicks in you'll be exhilirated. Let's just hope they get it together for some more releases and touring.


Christ Illusion
Christ Illusion

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better, 9 Aug 2006
This review is from: Christ Illusion (Audio CD)
Well, I have heard the album several times now and it's excellent. There's some really old school stuff shining through here - think mid-period Slayer combined with the better parts of "God Hates Us All." The drum mix is superb (try South of Heaven and "Seasons") and the guitars really grind. This is definitely a better release than the last and I suspect most fans will put this among their top three Slayer albums. It's aggressive, technical, and a generic anger gives "Christ Illusion" a conceptual feel for hate. A couple of slower pieces don't hold the album back - there are plenty of fast tracks (in fact, some of it is fast like you won't believe). Kerry King has written most of the material and I'd be lying if I said he hasn't pulled the stops out. And some of the solos....! A welcome studio return for the thrash pioneers, with Lombardo's blatant confidence. It's been worth the wait.


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