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The Daily Mash Half-arsed Piece of Shit Christmas Rip-off Book (Summer Edition)
The Daily Mash Half-arsed Piece of Shit Christmas Rip-off Book (Summer Edition)
by The Daily Mash
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far better than the title suggests!, 19 Oct. 2010
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Being a rabid Daily Mash fan, I've just read this cover to cover. Like any humourous product, it's not perfect but it is more than funny enough to warrant paying a tenner, even though there are items we've seen before.

For the uninitiated, I have two words of guidance: 'untermenschen' and 'schadenfreude'. This book (and the website, which is infinitely funnier than 'The Onion') is aimed squrely at those of us who not only understand the words but can also appreciate the comedy aspect of them in context.

So, sophisticated satirical humour with well-directed profanity. Like 'Private Eye' after it's been on the Stella.
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MacGruber [DVD]
MacGruber [DVD]
Dvd ~ Will Forte
Price: £3.60

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Team America without the humour, 13 Sept. 2010
This review is from: MacGruber [DVD] (DVD)
I can't believe the word 'hilarious' is being used anywhere in the region of or even adjacent to this atrocity. You'd need all the sophistication and sensibilities of a seven-year old to raise a laugh at such shockingly dire 'comedy'.

I'm a huge fan of US humour (yeah, that's how I'm going to spell it), but only seen snippets of SNL. I can only assume the Macgruber sketches are a thousand times better than this to justify a full-length movie that's entirely predictable and just plain unfunny.

Surely an all time low for each guilty party, even Val Kilmer and Powers Boothe.

Red Velvet Car
Red Velvet Car
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Price: £4.99

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two steps back - at least, 1 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Red Velvet Car (Audio CD)
If you're new to Heart and want to discover the group then look somewhere else. Anywhere else. For those people who are aware of Heart then this is an insipid, pointless, heavily-diluted 'Dreamboat Annie'. I cannot understand how, if the Wilsons were intent on revisting the seventies, they didn't aim for 'Dog and butterfly' or even 'Little Queen'. They had such bite and drive and melody that even now I can still listen to 'Barracuda' or 'Mistral wind'.

The only remotely enlivening song on 'Red velvet car' (who came up with such an appalling album title?) is 'Sunflower', which is marginally less twee and dull than the rest.

Blood Of The Nations [Digipak]
Blood Of The Nations [Digipak]
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £24.84

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why so serious?, 25 Aug. 2010
Oh dear, someone's a bit down. Even the best track on here - the blistering epic 'Time machine', a 'Bound to fail' for the 21st Century - fits the apocalyptic tone of this album. Ironically, although lighter in musical terms than 'Predator', it's far heavier in terms of lyrics. In fact it's all doom and gloom - just look at the track listing.

So, it's similar to 'Predator' (without Udo, of course) but not as overpowering, which is just as well because then it definitely would be too depressing to listen to. As it is there's plenty of top grade metal to enjoy here, particularly the spectacular amp-busting 'Time machine' and 'Bucket full of hate'.

The balance of music is usual Accept: three or four incredible songs, a ballad, some okay tunes and the odd filler. Which is why it only gets four stars, but don't let that fool you; 'Blood of the nations' is worth getting just for the two aforementioned tracks alone. If all the songs were as good it would be the most worthy five star album in the history of metal.

Despite the uncharacteristically dark theme, it's a full-rocking rollercoaster that I've been riding ever since it came out and can't see myself leaving it alone in the near future.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Big, 30 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Caravan (MP3 Download)
This is more like it!

After two indifferent albums, Rush finally start showing some fire in the belly again.

Reminiscent of a track from T4E and far better than BU2B. Can't wait for "Clockwork angels".

Beyond The Lighted Stage [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Beyond The Lighted Stage [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Rush
Price: £16.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who think and feel, 29 Jun. 2010
For the love of Benji, why did we have to wait 30 years for this? If 'Lighted stage' had been available in 1981, after 'Moving Pictures' was released, I'd have willing sacrified a finger to get my mutilated hands on a copy. Well, almost - you get the idea.

'Lighted stage' is essentially a chronological view, a stage-by-stage, album-by-album sweep through the unique history of Rush, accompanied along the way by Geddy, Neil and Alex themselves, their families, entourage, and us - the fans, all talking openly, in a warm, friendly and revealing manner. And I can promise you it's as magnificent as that sounds.

This is more than mere historical interest to add to what we've learned from books; it's incredibly personal, enlightening, enthralling and moving - like finding your parent's diaries.To have that veil of decades suddenly and completely lifted overwhelmed me in a totally unexpected way. Watching a succession of rock gods in their own right espouse Canada's finest export literally brought goosebumps to my arms.

The uninitiated will doubtless be nonplussed by what appears here, but for those of us who've kept the faith into a fifth decade, there is only one true love, one constant band and its name is 'Rush'.Even though they've lost something in this century, overall Rush are unquestionably the finest rock group ever formed. I seriously doubt that fans of 'All time low' and all those other vapid teen bands out there will still be tuning in after 33 years, which is what I'm doing with Rush and will be as long as there's a spark of life in me.

If I had any complaint it would be that 'Roll the bones' - for me, their finest hour - is the only album overlooked, glossed over in barely a sentence (excluding a two minute section in the extras). And if they could write sings on the road back then and produce an album every six months, why are we now wating 4 years per album?

Billy Corgan's words are particularly apposite: who gives a damn about 'Rolling Stone' and their phoney Hall of Fame? Rush have connected with their fans - that's all that matters. It's immutable and lifelong, spanning decades and generations. It always amazes me to see those teenage boys and girls, who should be into Fall Out Boy or some other passing fad, partying like crazy in Brazil. Just as people either love or hate Rush then every fan will definitely embrace this film as a matter of faith. As for everyone else, who cares?

On a technical level, the colour, clarity, quality and editing on this blu ray are superlative, adding greatly to the very personal sense evoked by the film itself to the point of feeling immersed in glorious history. It's particularly nice to see 'Fancy dancer' and 'Garden Road' make their offical debuts.

An absolute, absolute joy from beginning to (hilarious) end. If you're a Rush fan why haven't you got a copy?
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Price: £7.56

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four star album, five star songs, 8 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Halestorm (Audio CD)
I can well understand the two star review for this album; on first hearing it sounds like the soundtrack to the latest fratboy comedy that Hollywood loves to churn out these days. And the cover is just awful. Why they couldn't have put Lzzy in one of her classic rocker poses I do not know.

I got this album on the strength of the video for `It's not you' on Kerrang and haven't stopped playing it since. `Halestorm' completely rewards repeated listening, to the point where what you assumed was a three star album rapidly blooms into a five star one.

Halestorm have toured with Shinedown, and I would say they are very closely linked: both have a mixed bag of songs on their albums, but when they do hit the mark the best songs really make your jaw drop with the sheer brilliance, quality, power, emotion and richness. I'd say at least five of these fall into this category: "It's not you", "Dirty work", "Love/Hate Heartbreak", "What were you expecting?" and "Nothing to do with love".

I have noticed Halestorm the band being compared to Heart and I don't think that's unfair (especially in the area of exceptional vocals), just that they're harder rocking. If you really want to get the picture, imagine Heart fused with Stone Sour and that's probably about right.

In a market packed with boy bands posing as rockers, Halestorm the band and Halestorm the album are a breath of fresh air. Old school powerful rock `n' roll? Yes it is.

There are undeniably weak songs on this album but the strong ones are so exceptional and the overall experience so enjoyable that it would be unfair to give `Halestorm' anything other than five stars.

Price: £14.53

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Metal, 3 May 2010
This review is from: Mastercutor (Audio CD)
If you're under thirty then this review - like this band - probably won't mean a thing to you. However, for those of us who actually lived through the rise of (original) heavy metal this album repesents a welcome return of 'real metal', not the laughable college pop such as 'Bullet for my Valentine' played on Kerrang.

Anyway, I can only equate the power of 'Mastercutor' to Judas Priest and Accept at their very best. In fact hearing this album for the first time had the same impression on me as that of 'British Steel': it clearly sets the contemporary benchmark for blistering metal.

Worth buying just for 'The wrong side of midnight', which is without question one of the most staggering metal songs of all time.

Us & Them
Us & Them
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Price: £7.18

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, 12 April 2010
This review is from: Us & Them (Audio CD)
As noted in other reviews, this isn't actually as strong as either of the other albums, but it's still an intensely rich rock collection.

I'm giving it five stars on the the strength of the finest songs, especially 'I dare you' which is so jaw-droppingly sublime it makes the hair on my neck stand up every time.

Cosmic Egg
Cosmic Egg
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Physical Graffiti, 18 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Cosmic Egg (Audio CD)
We're all aware of the Sabbath/Zeppelin comparisons and I'm willing to push one step further to state that this album is a satisfying delight comparable to the classic 'Physical Graffiti'.

On first hearing 'Cosmic egg' I was deeply disappointed and wondered whether the schism in the band had led to their downfall. However, repeated listening will reward the rock fan a thousandfold until you come to realise just what a work of genius this album really is. Which is precisely how I view 'Phsyical Graffiti', an album I've worshipped for decades.

In fact '10,000 feet' could be regarded as the grandson of 'Kashmir' with its swirling, surging form. Close your eyes and you can just picture Robert Plant there leading the charge.

This is definitely NOT to decry Wolfmother as mere Led Zeppelin copyists - far from it. They're a brilliant original band in their own right, a very welcome slap in the face to pop pretenders masquerading as rock bands (yes, that means you MCR and 'Fall out boy).

'Cosmic egg' bows out on not just one high but two: the bombastic 'Phoenix' followed by the absolutely mesmerising epic 'Violence of the sun'. The album is worth getting just for these two tracks alone.

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