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More Constant Than The Gods
More Constant Than The Gods
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - five stars, 7 Dec. 2013
I love checking out the end of year lists on metal websites/magazines, because there's always one or two releases that sneak by me during the year for me to catch up on. This year, Subrosa's 'More Constant than the Gods' is that album.

It's superb, highly inventive doom rock. Just when you think you've heard it all before, something comes along to really impress, and this album impresses on a number of levels. First rate inventive song writing, female dual vocals and violins with a massive guitar tone and solid rhythm section deliver something really unique.

Highly enjoyable, very recommendable, and with plenty of replay value.

I expect the vinyl version will be released early 2014...

We Need To Talk About Kevin [Blu-ray]
We Need To Talk About Kevin [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tilda Swinton
Price: £7.00

9 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars crucial flaw, 30 Oct. 2011
Why couldn't the mother just have disciplined the son properly? Its as if this wasn't considered as a parenting option. Ridiculous.

Also, the wife reports that it is nothing like the book.
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God Is War
God Is War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Pigs Must Die, 21 Aug. 2011
This review is from: God Is War (Audio CD)
This is All Pigs Must Die's (APMD) debut album, following 2010's incredible self titled e.p.

APMD notably features Ben Koller of Converge and Kevin Baker of Hope Conspiracy, and the delivery of the material excels because of the breakneck drumming and direct and brutally nihilistic lyrics, respectively. APMD create a metal/hardcore/grind/doom hybrid with absolute bluntness, that expands upon their previous release with a number of creative flourishes: - blistering guitar and base solos feature in couple of songs, creative use of feedback, and APMD's longest song to date, the epic 'Sadistic Vindicator' at over 8 minutes.

Kevin Baker's lyrics are utterly nihilistic, without stepping over the line by glorifying the violent content. Topics include death of mass populations in (presumably) war-torn African countries ('Third World Genocide'), a teenage suicide bomber ('Pulverization'), and humanity's seemingly natural gravitation towards war and destruction though the ages ('God is War').

Make sure to pick up a copy of the limited cd version which comes with an extra disc - the self titled e.p. (previously only available on vinyl or download); its limited to 1000 copies.

I only have two minor criticisms - the vocals should have been slightly higher in the mix; the absolutely perfect self titled e.p. should have been used as a reference point in this regard, despite being recorded and mixed again by the best producer in heavy music today - Kurt Ballou. Secondly, the track 'Extinction is Ours' bizarrely fades out way to abruptly.

This is one of my favourite album's of the year, support this band and purchase immediately!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exhausting, brilliant record, 21 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Decontruction (Audio CD)
Just finished my first listen of Deconstruction (approx 70 mins running time), at a rather loud volume and in one sitting.

Despite been captivated by the build up in the music press over the last 2-3 months prior to its release and having read a handful of positive reviews, I was not prepared for just how dense/layered this album is, it really needs your full attention to be able to to absorb. In fact, as the album progresses it only gets faster and more intense - I was exhausted by the end of the album. No doubt it will take many listens to fully appreciate.

The two main elements I feel set this album apart are the sheer complexity of the arrangements (descriptions of Devin Townsend being a genius are tired yet true) and the awesome full orchestration throughout the album. The numerous guest spots (Opeth, Emperor, DEP, etc) are interesting but non-obtrusive; Devin is centre point and the star of the show throughout.

I'm listening to the blissful Ghost album now, perhaps just to recover from Deconstruction. Ghost is fantastic, and it should be noted at the polar opposite end of extremity as Deconstruction. Also, just to note that my copy of Deconstruction (bought as part of the 'Calm and the Storm' pack, with the Ghost album) included a download card for 4 songs from Ghost 2.

Black Country Communion
Black Country Communion
Price: £15.45

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential ... yet, faulty disc?, 20 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Black Country Communion (Audio CD)
Absolutely brilliant, faultless musicianship, one of the very best rock albums this year so far, if not THE best but....

... has anyone who has bought this disc as part of the cd/dvd set experienced any problems? The disc will not work at all on my Macbook so I can't copy it to ipod, won't work on cheap(ish) Panasonic stereo system, but thankfully does work on my Arcam cd player and surprisingly my crappy car cd player. Have never had this problem before so I assume the cd is part of a faulty batch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HEAVY, 30 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Wormwood (Audio CD)
I bought Wormwood on the strength of the track 'Jonestown' from the band's myspace page. That song in particular demonstrates great dynamic range within the album's overall delivery - massive detuned single note riffs, slow groves and (sometimes nigh on constant) breakdowns. A key strength of this album is the band's use of subtle melodies which work in an almost trance like state behind the riffs. The vocals also need to be praised for sounding monstrous, yet every word is clearly pronounced / delivered. Production is incredible throughout. A touch more variation would have given 5 stars.

Favorite tracks are 'Beast' and 'Jonestown'

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