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J. M. Ashe "Jo3" (sheffield UK)
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Let Us Prey
Let Us Prey
Price: £15.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars we the undead, 30 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Let Us Prey (Audio CD)
The follow up to Electric Wizards `dopethrone' was always going to be tricky. However the Wizard effortlessly delivered the goods with this slice of magical, tripped out doom rock. The production is excellent and gives the whole album a tremendous sense of scale, the riffs are vast, the vocals practically dripping with analogue effects, the bass sound is thick and warm and the rhythms are satisfyingly pounding and primitive. The song writing is more diverse than any previous Wizard album and there are some surprising experimental songs here and there in amongst the more traditional riff heavy jam outs. Excellent music.


Dopethrone
Dopethrone
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: £10.65

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pray at the alter of the riff, 23 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Dopethrone (Audio CD)
Electric Wizard have always been held in high esteem in the doom rock, down tuned corner of the music world. They are often heralded as the ambassadors of doom rock and Dopethrone is widely regarded as their master piece. A flawless album of staggeringly heavy and hypnotic grooves, peppered with b-movie samples and drenched in dark, psychedelic atmospheric effects. It is hard to believe a three piece band could achieve such an overwhelming sound whilst maintaining a blues like groove that is quite accessible to fans of less extreme music. The lyrical content is intriguingly derivative of H.P Lovecraft literature, occult worship and horror movies. This brilliant album is untheatrically dark, mindalteringly trippy and severely heavy. Highly recommended.


The Boy And The Tree
The Boy And The Tree
Price: £7.70

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars drift away, 23 Jun. 2007
This review is from: The Boy And The Tree (Audio CD)
This is an excellent album to drift of to sleep to. The lack of drum sections and the often undefined rhythm gives the music a sense of floating weightlessness, perfect to set the listener into a trance like state of relaxation. Yokota demonstrates here once again his perfect sense of taste in both sound selection and arrangement.The subtle beauty of this album is not to be missed by fans of Yokota and anyone searching for original sounding ambient/soundscape style music.


Grinning Cat
Grinning Cat
Price: £8.09

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disoriental, 23 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Grinning Cat (Audio CD)
An excellent and highly original take on ambient, sample based chill out. Susumo's style seems to evade clear definition. Its many layered samples and instrumentation gives it an earthy, organic feel that juxtaposes with the more digital, electronic elements provided by the jagged sampling techniques and sound arrangement. Breakbeats and drum sequencers are used sparingly and never in a conventional sense, the percussive elements of each tune often being led by the more dominating samples and sounds which are perfectly selected and blended.

A very relaxing album that is still interesting and challenging.


Audition (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2001]
Audition (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ryo Ishibashi
Offered by nothingbutbluesky
Price: £6.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing or something?, 21 Jun. 2007
I was surprised to read a review of this film that looked upon its structure as `a lot of 'nothing finished of by a disgusting, disjointed ending'. Having seen the film I understand how you could draw such a conclusion but I feel the point of the film has been missed if you simplify such a daring structure into those basic terms. I thought the films strongest point was its brave sense of patience. The audience is not treated to a conventionally timed, sequence of frequent scare tactics, but more lulled into a state of dark anticipation. The story of a lonely man courting a woman he meets through a staged audition is initially devoid of solid horror elements, but there is an underlying menace to the chosen auditioned women that develops into a state of dread as the audience learn more about her. You the viewer, a long with the main character, are slowly lowered into a nightmare as the auditioned females dark side becomes more apparent, the slowly building tension and dread eventually culminating in an unsettling, extremely horrific climax. Yes the ending is disgusting, but I think it is important that the film goes as far as it does to finalize the metamorphosis of the female characters from odd, silent, shy girl into an almost inhuman monster capable of unspeakable cruelty.


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