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The Varangian Way
The Varangian Way
Price: 13.61

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE, 5 July 2007
This review is from: The Varangian Way (Audio CD)
This album is truly an epic classic. From the guitar intro on To Holmgrad And Beyond (which is a stunning song to say the minumum) you can see this album and Turisas the kings of battle metal are onto something. The guitars, keyboards and that is one of the best in this album ive ever heard. The lyrics are beautiful, meaningful and a great vocal style overall and I love the choruses they manage to come up with time and time again. I have not got other Turisas albums but only just found this and keep listening to it and I am into stuff like Slipknot and Trivium, Wednesday 13 etc...but this is just great and quite similar to Dragonforce i suppose but these are much better ! 9.5/10 ... i.e. 5/5

The Crusade
The Crusade
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Price: 4.47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really about 4.25 stars lol, 1 July 2007
This review is from: The Crusade (Audio CD)
This album isn't the best by any means. It needs more epicness and creativity to develop into one of the great metal albums but is still good nonetheless with the good musicianship i.e. solos, bone crushing riffs, good vocals etc. Unfortunately, the album tends to lose this when songs become memorable. Good when you listen to it but does not stick in your memory.

Recommended 4.25/5

Fang Bang
Fang Bang
Price: 9.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing = Flawless!, 1 July 2007
This review is from: Fang Bang (Audio CD)
This song is just one of the most superb albums ever. Each song is up there with the best, and each provides fascinating but immense rhyming lyrics, superb guitars drums, you name it Fang Bang has it. Curse Of Me is my favourite overall, closely followed by Morgue Than Words, Amercian Werewolves in London, Home Sweet Homicide, Faith in the devil, Happily Ever Cadaver, Haddonfield, Too Much Blood, Till Death Do Us Party, Buried With Children, Kill You Before you kill me, die sci-fi and burn the flames...OH WAIT! That's the whole album

yes...A MUST BUY

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Price: 4.88

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic..., 1 July 2007
This review is from: Ascendancy (Audio CD)
What a great album, especially for a young band like Trivium.

1. The End Of Everything - Well a good intro, but not really rateable.

2. Rain - Fantastic, opens the album up really well with its loud riff at the start...10/10

3. Pull Harder... - Best song on album without doubt. Travis' drumming is nothing short of amazing. The lyrics are incredible. 10/10

4. Drowned and Torn Asunder - A bit of a slower start here, but nonetheless very good, especially when the other guitar kicks in at about 0:26 - 9/10

5. Ascendancy - The title track, and very capable. The drumming, once again being a focal point especially at the start in the intro part leading up to Heafy's punishing vocals - 9.5/10

6. A Gunshot to the head of trep. - Another great from Trivium. A very upbeat tempo with punishing vocals, guitars and drums. Fantastic- 10/10

7. Like Light To The Flies - Written by Corey Beaulieu, this song is definitely one of the album's best. This just continues the run of immense songs on the album - 10/10

8. Dying In Your Arms...Finally, a slower song but still great with the riff at the start. The vocals are actually clean but very thoughtful nonetheless. During the chorus, the superb guitar playing in the background is evident and provides the listener with a great question. Headbang or sing? - 9/10

9. The Deceived - Just a very loud sort of song with screaming and fast drumming. 8/10

10. Suffocating Sight - One of the albums unsung songs. A very fast song which would probably sound great live and on the album, this song is just very good. However, it is not up there with Pull Harder.. etc. 9.5/10 to do the rest but you get the idea, this album is one of my all time favourites, and I do not listen to it much anymore, but should because of its general concept that seems to be that every song is just as great.



Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Price: 14.02

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good start., 1 July 2007
Now, don't believe all the negative reviews. So yes, the guitarist may not be Slash, and the singer might not be up to that standard of Matt Bellamy, but hey. These tunes are as catchy as ever, and the drumming, I think, is rather great. When the sun goes down is very good with the quiet bits at the start and end, and a fabulous main section. Dancing Shoes, once again is a good ol' fun singalong song!

Definitely recommended, and showing a lot of promise.

The Blackening
The Blackening
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Price: 4.75

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal album of the decade, hell! If not ever!, 1 July 2007
This review is from: The Blackening (Audio CD)
This album is truly astonishing. How Machine Head have come back and recorded this album is to the full extent, incredible.

The riffs, drums, lyrics, melodies...everything is to the top standard. Clenching The Fists of Dissent - A ferocious powerful start with a crescendo

Aesthetics of Hate- well, what can I say...a Dimebag (RIP) tribute, and the best one at that with FIVE! guitar duals and punishing vocals

Infact, whats the point of describing the other songs, they are all amazing...

A MUST BUY, This album is up there with Reign In Blood, and ...And Justice For All, as definitely one of the best of all time

American Idiot
American Idiot
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Price: 4.81

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Green Day album, by all means, 1 July 2007
This review is from: American Idiot (Audio CD)
When comparing this album and its best song to previous albums, you can really see why I only rated it three star. The band have attempted to gain more of a corporate, mainstream image which turns out to be a mistake. Previous true punk rock songs like Basket Case have gone completely, and in their place comes poppy-rock songs with an emo edge. All not bad though, some of the songs on this album are very good and catchy indeed, and have got a nice rock feel with good chord progression, eg. Holiday.

This album is not essential by any means, but if it is on sale, I recommend it.

Origin of Symmetry
Origin of Symmetry
Price: 5.70

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Origin of Symmetry = BLISS, 1 July 2007
This review is from: Origin of Symmetry (Audio CD)
This album is just superb, and I'd say Muse's best to date. I love this band and am a Muse addict owning all the albums, but this just edges it. With epic pieces like Bliss, Citizen Erased and New Born, and the classics of Plug in Baby and Feeling Good, this album contains loads of great songs. The progression in the songs is good and the Matt Bellamy's guitar playing is very good, combining with sharp drumming and very good bass from Dom Howard and Chris Wolstenholme respectively.

Overall, this album is a definite five stars for the never-ending amount of catchy riffs, solos and drums which combine in all to produce great songs.

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