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Captain
Captain
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is the captain?, 28 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Captain (Audio CD)
Well, judging by this explosive 6-track mini album, Idlewild are the captains. Erupting from your speakers from behind a wall of noise, opener 'Self Healer' switches between thrashy hardcore punk and twangy indie with Roddy screaming his head off. Following that is the sublime, 'Annihilate Now!', a mid-paced semi-acoustic number. Still punk as though. The abrasive title track is up next, a full-on hardcore kick to the face. The upbeat, slightly poppy 'Last Night I Missed All The Fireworks' is a bit shoddy but the next track more than makes up for it. 'Satan Polaroid' is a strange concoction of hypnotic vocals and schizophenic yelps, underlined by the scathing yet melodic guiatars. The final track, the face scorching hardcore-metal-post punk-indie hybrid from hell, ''You Just Have To Be Who You Are' is a mini-epic. Crunching guitars, squalls of feedback, tribal drums and heavy bass augment Roddy's roars as it chugs along for about 6 minutes. Riveting stuff, this and essential to boot. Go buy.


Polars
Polars
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Price: £9.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Debut, 28 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Polars (Audio CD)
Textures erupt out of the Dutch metal scene with this gem of an album. Combining intricate, often jazzy, rythmns with crunching riffs, they proceed to stun the listener with their abrasive yet melodic sound. The album kicks off with the excellent 'Swandive', with it's speedy thrash riffage and melodic breakdowns. It's followed by 'Ostensibly Impregnable' the jazz-hardcore mini-epic. Sweeping melodic vocals soon degenerate into crunching metallic assaults. The full-on attack of 'Young Man' leads into the stop-start riffing of 'Transgression', a mid-paced slugger until the thrash metal kicks in near the end. 'The Barrier' is a brutal mix of hardcore and thrash, the complete opposite of follow-up track 'Effluent', a dreamy, instrumental soundscape. The epic title track comes up next, and clocking up at almost 18 and a half minutes, this is Textures firing on all cylinders, mixing everything they have into this montrous jazz-metal-ambient-hardcore opus, brutality and beauty in equal measures. The closing track, the 12 minute instrumental 'Heaves' is a chilling return to their ambient experimentation. All in all, this album is an underground classic in the making from an extremely talented band. Catch it while it's hot.


Penance Soiree
Penance Soiree
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Price: £5.36

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly phenominal follow up, 6 May 2004
This review is from: Penance Soiree (Audio CD)
I bought this album after hearing many rave reviews but not many Icarus Line songs. Once I'd heard it for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. After a few listens, the album grew on me and I realised how genius it actually is. It starts with the bass-fueled cracker 'Up Against The Wall Motherf**kers', which is a perfect start to the album. The frantic 'Spit On It' follows and is easily one of the best tracks on the album. Some other highlights from the album are: the phenominally catchy 'On The Lash' with it's amazing guitar riff, 'White Devil' and the Suicide-esque 'Meat Maker'. The album finishes on a high with the excellent 'Sea Sick' and 'Party The Baby Off'. A must for fans of punk and rock 'n' roll alike. Now that I've heard 'Mono', I can say that The Icarus Line have put things up a few notches. A worthwhile purchase.


La Muert E Viva!
La Muert E Viva!

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Introduction, 1 May 2004
This review is from: La Muert E Viva! (Audio CD)
Well, this is a good little EP. La Muerte Viva! has 6 songs that are all worth your listening to, but they lack the certain spark that makes their self titled album such an amazing listen. Don't get me wrong, these are amzing tracks but the album is much better, which really says something. If you want a low price introduction to the band, then this is good.


Sandinista!
Sandinista!
Price: £9.56

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Phenominal, 1 May 2004
This review is from: Sandinista! (Audio CD)
How can you describe this amazing album?! The Clash successfully incorporated dub, funk, disco, rockabilly, reggae, rock and everything else in between. 36 songs, mostly great, with some remixes and guest vocalists adding to the band's use of every member's voice on at least one song. Joe Strummer has come up with some typically great lyrics. Mick Jones' guitars are effective as ever, especially on tracks like 'Rebel Waltz' and 'Lightning Strikes'. Paul Simonon's basslines are impeccable on this album, from the ragged funk of 'Magnificent Seven' to the amazing dub of 'The Equaliser' and 'The Crooked Beat'. Topper Headon's amazing drumming shines throughout. The guest musicians and sessionists add their own skills to the songs, like on 'Lose This Skin' and 'Living In Fame' and Mickey Gallagher's pianos and keyboards add depth to many tracks. All in all, this album truly defines 'experimental'. If you haven't heard it, have a listen and fall in love.


Killing Joke
Killing Joke
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album That Started It All, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Killing Joke (Audio CD)
Killing Joke's first album is, in my opinion, up there with the likes of PiL's 'Second Edition', The Strangler's 'Rattus Norvegicus' and 'Meninblack', Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' and The Mars Volta's 'De-Loused In The Comatorium' as one of the best quirky rock records. This album has eight wonderfully crafted tracks that laid the foundations for industrial, post-punk and electro-punk. Opener 'Requiem' starts off with that unforgettable Geordie guitar riff. Once the drums and bass fully kick in, we have the beginnings of an anthem. Jaz's vocals are stunningly effective in this song, which gives us a brilliant introduction to the band's apocalyptic sound. A cough kicks of the next track, the anthemic, metallic Wardance. Youth's excellent basslines and Geordie's scathing guitar provide a suitable background for Jaz's effects-laden vocals. Track three, Tomorrow's World, sounds desolate compared to the previous song. The sparse keyboards that are dotted throughout the song give it a nice, quirky edge. The instrumental Bloodsport uses disco-esque guitars and handclaps to perfection. The Wait, which was covered terribly by Metallica in later years, is pure tribal punk rock. Jaz again uses effects on his vocals effectively and the chorus immediatly brings the 'anthemic' to mind again. The amazing Complications starts off with a great bass part but quickly turns into a punk rock monster. This song, alongside Requiem and Wardance is the album's best. Next song, $,0,36 (Don't Ask!) is the soundtrack to the aftermath of Armageddon. A sluggish mid-paced number it should have been swapped around on the track listing with Primitive as it would be a great finish to the album. Primitive, which brings the album to a close, is a slow, funky-punky song with a great bassline.
This album is a must-have for any person who calls themselves a 'music fan'. This debut combines punk, disco, dub reggae and metal successfully. The band's previous releases would have completed the album as it has a sort of unfinished feel without the dancey Change, the amazing Turn To Red, which is featured on the band's 'greatest hits' compilation 'Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!', or it's earlier(?) version, the electronic 'Almost Red'.


Pandemonium
Pandemonium
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Pandemonium!!!, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Pandemonium (Audio CD)
Killing Joke returned 4 years after their classic Extremities, Dirt And Various Repressed Emotions with this mix of stomping dance beats, big riffs and Egyptian folk music. The album kicks off with the 8 minute long title track which, quite possibly, contains the best riff of the 90s. The next track, Exorcism, pounds unrelentlessly alongside Jaz Coleman's screams and gutteral coughs. Third track Millenium starts of with a furious drum machine blast, before Geordie's crunching guitars take over proceedings. The sublime chorus combines swirling Egyptian-style violins and Jaz's amazing vocals to perfection. Communion is another song with an excellent chorus. Mid-paced and acccompanied by the afore-mentioned Egyptian folk and aggressive sounding guitars, it precedes one of Killing Joke's best songs. The jangly, almost indie-sounding, Black Moon is one of the album's mellower moments. Tribal verses with swirling keyboards evolve into a memorable chorus. Labyrinth starts of with some dancey noise before Geordie's jagged guitars kick in and threaten to lose control. In my opinion, it's one of the album's weaker moments, but it showed that the Joke were capable of doing 'funky' songs, which erased the memories of 'Stay One Jump Ahead'. The next song, Jana, is possibly the most beautiful song the band have done. Led by acoustic guitars and a great Youth bassline, it was a taste of things to come as the next album 'Democracy' was built around this sound. Whiteout is the most brutal, unrelentless, pounding song I have ever heard in a live environment. The warped guitar noise of the verses are replaced by a crazy, sing-a-long chorus which is one of the highlights of any KJ gig. Pleasures Of The Flesh is a disapointment. It could very well be a lesser track from the band's fourth album, 'Fire Dances' alongside 'Lust Almighty'. The final song on the album is the anthemic Mathematics Of Chaos. The wild opening guitars show how good Geordie really is. This songs basically sums up the band's sound during that era: rugged guitars, dance beats and excellent lyrics brought to life by Jaz's unique voice. This album's lyrics really show how intelligent and original the band are. A prime example of this is when I met Jaz after the Glasgow gig in the 2003 tour. Instead of talking about the band's rock 'n' roll excesses, he wanted to talk about books. 'Pandemonium' ranks as one of the band's best albums, up there with 'Extemities...', their self-titled debut and 'what's THIS for...!'. If you haven't got this, or any of KJ's albums, buy it and then buy their debut and Extremities.


Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions
Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of the Nineties..., 14 Jan. 2004
The Joke erupted back on the scene with this little gem on the back of a couple of commercial sounding albums. The album can be described as nothing short of phenomenal. Jaz is on top form with his lyrics while Geordie and Raven's tunes are equally astounding. New boy Martin Atkin's drumming is superb, especially on Age Of Greed and North Of The Border. Extremities sounds quite like 80's thrash in some parts while The Beautiful Dead and Inside The Termite Mound sound like old school Joke. This album was a turning point in the band's history and it led to heavier territories (see:Pandemonium and Killing Joke 2003). Extremities... was, all in all, one of the best albums KJ have brought out. So far...


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