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Symphonized GLXY Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones with Microphone and Nylon Cable (Ebony)
Symphonized GLXY Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones with Microphone and Nylon Cable (Ebony)
Offered by SeventhContinent
Price: £49.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another damned waste of time, 11 July 2014
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These are essentially identical to the House of Marley wooden headphones in every way - same construction, same powerful sound for the low(er) price, same ridiculous design flaw that ensures they WILL break on you even with light usage. I speculate they're a cheap Asian knockoff seeing as putting "Symphonized" into Google the one time I did it turned up a page of hilariously badly translated words. Pay no attention to the 5 star review above mine. Right now he's probably wondering why his left or right earbud has just cut out for no good reason. These came with a warranty card. Its almost like they expect you to be using it! I'll be aiming for a refund however, not another pair of these useless things. I know they're fairly cheap at £15 (which is probably what they were all along, given that the "RRP" of £49.99 listed on this page for a product of this shoddiness is either a blatant lie or a bad joke), but I've had £5 pairs of crap regular earbuds that have lasted years while these style-over-substance pieces of s*** start choking on their own inadequacy within 2 weeks. A shame then that the sound was quite good. Like I said, same as the HOM ones. Impressive bass for the price range (though you could easily argue that its just a crass and overstated bass. it makes everything that isn't normally that bassy MEGA BASSSY AND COOOOL BRO, which to be fair is perfectly good if you're on the go).

DO NOT BUY THESE. Don't buy the House of Marley ones either, as they're just more expensive and therefore more infuriating when the hilariously bad construction flaw reveals itself. Not that this wasn't equally annoying, but I should have seen it coming really. Who's building these things, and why do you suck at making headphones so much? In one review somewhere for the House of Marley headphones, the guy said he opened it up and all that was keeping it together inside was a little knot that was in no way going to last or do the job. These are the same, as I found out when I tore the left earbud off the wire in frustration/curiosity. Oh, and that "tangle free" fabric wire? Yeah. Still gets tangled. Better go rethink that one.

Boycott this product (and the other ones) and swamp their pages with 1 star reviews condemning them for what they are (worthless), and maybe they'll be taken down. That way scores of people can avoid wasting their money and their time, and go buy some real earphones next time. Of course they'll still break eventually, but not as soon as these do.
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Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
by Peter Hook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep on demolishing those myths, 27 April 2014
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Joy Division was without a doubt, one of the most important bands of the modern day. They practically invented goth, for better or worse, inspiring legions of clones who could only ever imitate them at the superficial "gloomy" level. Over the years, much has been written about the tragic story of this group and its late singer Ian Curtis. Films such as Anton Corbijn's "Control" ( a fantastic piece of film making, it must be said) only serve to perpetuate the myth of Curtis being this T.S. Elliot type, a brooding poet who stood apart from his friends. That he was, but only to an extent. Peter Hook's "Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division" does much to paint a far more realistic and believable portrait of the man as "one of us", and offers probably the most vital account of Joy Division's short career yet. He was the bassist, after all. I haven't even finished reading this book yet but over the last 3 days I haven't been able to put it down, and I just had to praise it.

Having found myself hooked on his "The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club" I knew this one would be just as essential. Hooky takes us from beginning to end, growing up, meeting Bernard Sumner, founding the group, success, and the sudden jolt of the end while they were on the edge of a breakthrough American tour. This, apparently, was all that Curtis wanted all along, but as anyone who knows this band is aware, his personal circumstances became too much to handle. Given the fact that Hook and the other members of Joy Division/New Order are currently bitterly estranged (a frankly sorry state of affairs for what once was one of the very finest British groups), Hook does make a few personal criticisms of Sumner and the others throughout...however, he's always quick to balance it out by praising them (especially Sumner) as musicians. He's clearly proud, and rightfully so, of being a groundbreaking bass player with lines such as "She's Lost Control" practically re-inventing the instrument in the context of modern rock, and its great to see his appreciation (in hindsight) of Martin Hannett's genius production of their music. He also gives an intriguing track-by-track commentary to the albums which is like gold dust to fans like me.

However, what I admire most about this book is Hooky's down to earth nature. Just as with his book about the Hacienda, reading "Unknown Pleasures" is like hearing him reminisce casually, yet thoroughly, about those times as if you were sat having a conversation with him. Despite their austere public image, these 4 guys got up to plenty of mischief on the road just like any other band and there are plenty of funny antics to read about. Its so refreshing to see the band's story being told this way. There's been so much pretentious nonsense written about Joy Division over the years, we really don't need any more, especially not from one of the guys who was actually in Joy Division. I'm looking at you, Paul Morley. Now all that's left for Hook to do is publish the New Order book alluded to in the pages of this one. Can't wait for that.


The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club
The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club
by Peter Hook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars "We made history, not money"...wouldn't you want to say the same?, 27 April 2014
Despite being a lifelong fan of both New Order and Joy Division, I was largely ignorant of the whole Factory Records/Hacienda thing for a long time. I find it to be at once the most compelling and ridiculous story in music history. A bunch of guys with great ideals and evidently no business knowledge managed to lose a hideous amount of money on the whole thing, but left behind one of the greatest legacies imaginable. The story of the Hacienda in particular is especially absurd. Of course, Peter Hook was there, so what better a person to tell the tale? You'll find yourself practically cursing the pages themselves at the ludicrous amounts of money the place was losing on a regular basis. Why they didn't just STOP as early as possible is beyond me, and by the time these genius fools realised just how bad it was they were in too deep.

Hook's writing style is great. Its the equivalent of, as others have said, sitting down and talking with the guy himself. He's very readable, and paints vivid pictures in the mind of heated director's meetings and the unfortunate gang violence that began infesting the club towards the end of the 80s. Its a very informal writing style but I find it fits perfectly. His own bits are supplemented by thorough records of profit and loss for each year, listings of what bands/DJs performed on which nights, and other such information that pads out the whole story very well. Of course, many people remember the Hacienda for the whole Acid house thing...The Mondays, nights like Hot, Mike Pickering etc but many fantastic bands performed during the venue's early gig-centric years: The Smiths, The Fall, The Sisters of Mercy, The Chameleons, even Madonna's first UK performance was filmed there...and of course New Order who's concerts at the Hacienda became essentially benefit nights to help fund the place (not to mention all their royalties from album sales...).

In the end, it cost them millions of pounds and most likely their sanity too...but as a certain late Mr. Wilson said in a documentary a few years back, "who cares how much it cost? It was great".


House of Marley Smile Jamaica In-Ear Headphones - Lily
House of Marley Smile Jamaica In-Ear Headphones - Lily
Offered by SmartgearUKLtd
Price: £14.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great, but..., 11 Jan 2014
I've gone through 2 pairs of these things that have both died exactly the same way. The left earphone begins fading in and out intermittently (temporarily fixable with some fiddling) and then just stops altogether. Sometimes it'll just randomly come back on for a few seconds...what's that all about? I was very impressed with these when I first got them cause they looked sick, I really dug the wooden/metal construction and the sound was pretty impressive for the price, but £15-20 is unacceptable with the failure rate these things seem to be having based on other reviews. I dunno if that's saying much, cause I've had £40 earbuds die on me in equally stupid ways, but they should last longer. I'm usually a little rough with headphones, after all they're designed to be used for listening to music on the go, they should be able to handle a bit of stress. I thought I'd broken my last pair of these by not being careful enough. With the pair that just died, I was very conscious to take good care of them and it still happened. The sound quality is very good, but....that's not really enough. I wouldn't bother with them again. How hard is it to make headphones that don't crap out by themselves?


Secret World Live [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]
Secret World Live [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Peter Gabriel
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £9.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best concert films made gets even better, 16 Aug 2013
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"Secret World Live" is a fantastic live concert film originally released on video in 1994. That was the version I was familiar with. It first appeared on DVD in 2003 with re-mixed audio which was criticized for not having a great picture transfer (I never saw it myself). Now the film has been fully restored from the original 16mm negatives, re-scanned at 2K cinema resolution and the colour/contrast fully restored frame by frame. The result? As you might expect, a vastly improved image with much more visual information than was evident in the original VHS. The audio is also fantastically clear and much improved (better than the double CD, even), supposedly this uses the same audio as the previous 2003 version. There are some overdubs and re-mixing that are noticeably different to the original in places, but on the whole I was too busy being impressed with the picture quality to have any real issue with that. Of course, this is just the DVD, it has also been released on Blu Ray which I imagine looks even better than this!

There is also a selection of bonus features, a short yet interesting documentary on the show and timelapse footage of setting up the stage/the concert/dismantling the stage which is amusing and gives you a glimpse of just how much work went into setting up this elaborate stage show night after night. You also get a photo montage of the tour set to the "quiet" remix of "Steam". These were included on the previous DVD release, however. The real bonus here is at last, the footage of "Red Rain" which wasn't on the previous versions of this film (like "San Jacinto" was never on the album), which makes it feel more complete. I'm not sure why they didn't integrate it into the main feature, but whatever. There's also a preview of the "New Blood" DVD. I am a huge Peter Gabriel fan and have always viewed this film as a high point of his career, and now it can finally be seen as it should be seen.


Star Trek - Deep Space Nine - Series 3 (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Star Trek - Deep Space Nine - Series 3 (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Avery Brooks
Price: £12.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Coming into its own, 16 Aug 2013
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The first 2 seasons of DS9 are especially typical of early seasons of a Trek show, just like TNG you can tell they're still finding their feet. There are a handful of standout episodes (and even some of the poorer ones aren't completely without merit), but on season 3 they start turning it on more: and on DS9 when they turn it on, they turn it on. Wasting no time by getting into the action with The Dominion on the dramatic 2 parter "The Search", this is a classic episode that belongs among the best of the series. Other 2 parters included are the excellent time travel based social commentary "Past Tense" in which Sisko has to fulfill a historic role, and "Improbable Cause/ The Die Is Cast" featuring one of Garak's (potentially the best character on the whole show) best performances and a chilling realization that The Dominion are one step ahead of everyone else. The Bashir episode "Distant Voices" is fantastic, a personal favourite of mine, an interesting idea executed very well.

"Civil Defense" is up there too with my favourites, Gul Dukat was always one of the best Trek villains ever (and deserved better than the character he became in season 7, though his descent into madness was interesting they just had to go there with the whole Bajoran religion thing...something I was never 100% sure on) and in this episode he is forced to work with the DS9 crew in order to survive. The mirror universe makes its second appearance in "Through The Looking Glass", where all characters are bizarre variations on their prime universe selves. There are some light hearted Ferengi moments in "The House of Quark" and "Family Business", and a great "O'Brien has a bad day" episode in "Visionary". In the great final episode "The Adversary", Sisko is promoted to captain, and a deadly chase begins on the Defiant when it is realized a Changeling has infiltrated the ship. Odo commits the unforgivable crime of killing one of his own species, and the episode ends on a brilliantly creepy note.

"You're too late. We're everywhere."


Heretic - Shadow Of The Serpent Riders
Heretic - Shadow Of The Serpent Riders

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DooM goes medieval - an absolute classic, 15 Aug 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Having spent the last 15 odd years of my life playing this game, I can safely say it RULES. Taking the DooM formula and transporting it to a twisted medieval fantasy realm of bizarre enemies and spells, Heretic is an absolute blast and still stands up tall today, almost 20 years after it came out, thanks to the DooM engine's still unbeatable game play. Heretic made further advancements with the formula by adding an inventory system, giving it a little bit of an RPG feel (this was later expanded upon in the masterful follow up HeXen to include a class system) that meant you could preserve certain items (like the torch) for when you needed them the most, unlike DooM where merely running over a powerup used it instantly. I have no problem admitting this game is extremely dated compared to what people are doing today, but the strength and sheer enjoyability of the game play shines through and I still think the graphics look really good...and in the now dead and rotting FPS genre you can say without a doubt, "they don't make them like this anymore".


Quake 2 Mission Pack: Ground Zero
Quake 2 Mission Pack: Ground Zero

2.0 out of 5 stars Meh, 15 Aug 2013
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This expansion sucks. Unlike "The Reckoning" which started out tedious and became much better as it went on, this one starts tedious and seems to remain that way. It has potential, but the inclusion of irritating and vastly overpowered new enemies kills it dead in its tracks IMO. The turrets are pointless, far too powerful, and only succeed in annoying me. The stalker is a good idea, but still just annoying in execution. The new weapons are also sod all to get excited over, one of them is just the Nailgun from Quake with added massively annoying firing delay. And it sucks anyway. Sorry guys but this just hasn't made the cut in my eyes. Quake II is a masterpiece of a game and I was excited to see how the expansions added to it as I hadn't played them ever before. Stick to "The Reckoning" which is much better than this. I admit I haven't finished it, but so far "Ground Zero" remains a disappointment. Luckily Steam only wanted £2.99 for it, I'd be fuming if I payed a full retail price for something this lackluster.


Day of Defeat: Source (PC DVD)
Day of Defeat: Source (PC DVD)

4.0 out of 5 stars Better than CS and still holds up, 1 Aug 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Despite being now about 7 years old now DOD:S is still likely the best WWII themed online game you can get. Forget Battlefield and most certainly forget Cod, or Haddock or whatever it is. The graphics courtesy of the Source engine still look nice and the gameplay is just great. Unlike CS where it becomes infuriating waiting for what feels like 2 years for the round to end to get another go, you can respawn in DOD after about 10 seconds. Gameplay also makes you rely on your TEAM instead of there being one or 2 morons running around ramboing everything in CS. You can die very easily and at first I thought it was way harder but not too hard to get used to, and you'll be a better player for it. There are less classes and gametypes available compared to the original DOD but the overall quality of this game is so high it doesn't matter....and if you miss the original, you can pick them both up on Steam very cheap these days (£2.99 for the original, £5.99 for Source version). Thankfully there are still plenty of servers running so see for yourself.


And Justice For All
And Justice For All
Price: £11.65

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop moaning about the production and enjoy the music, 22 Feb 2006
This review is from: And Justice For All (Audio CD)
I'm sick of people moaning about the production of this album. Shut up, you mainstream loving pussyholes. The production here is perfect and fits this perfect album...well, perfectly. Its raw, its heavy, and its dark. Its like a death metal album in some places(Harvester of Sorrow). You could say I'm biased towards the albums production, but I have heard albums with production jobs that make this album seem crystal clear(Darkthrone's "Transylvanian Hunger" for example). This album has some of Metallica's best songs, such as the epic title track that despite being nearly 10 minutes long never makes you get bored of it.
Buy and enjoy, or suffer.


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