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Valkyrie
Valkyrie
Price: £15.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SCORE BEFITTING SUCH A HEAVYWEIGHT STORY...., 25 Jan 2009
This review is from: Valkyrie (Audio CD)
Saw the movie yesterday - an excellent film (admittedly no Downfall but still a great German POV thriller). The music really added to the somber tone of the picture - menacing, broody, with heavy strings and pounding, militaristic style percussion.
I don't really want to compare it to the Imperial March from John Williams as it's less in your face but if you like that then a lot of this will really work for you!
See the film, buy the OST... I have and I will...


Uncivilization (Ltd)
Uncivilization (Ltd)
Offered by MUSIC-4-THE-MASSES
Price: £12.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PATCHY ALBUM...SLIGHTLY REPRIEVED BY THE BONUS COVER TRACKS..., 12 Jan 2009
This review is from: Uncivilization (Ltd) (Audio CD)
I find this to be a little bit patchy. The tracks are good in places, but then are also very average in others. And the production is perhaps a little TOO raw. Seinfeld's bass is perhaps not as upfront as I would like, the drums are just a bit too simplistic and the lead guitar work continues to be a let down. It's a very disjointed affair, with a lot of guest spots from members of Pantera, Slipknot, Hatebreed & the odd DJ etc. Possilbly the band were looking at more commercial acceptance and riding the Nu Metal wave of 2001? Certainly acts such as Linkin Park are only too quick to name check Evan & co as major influences!
On the plus side, I like the packaging, and enjoyed the cover tracks at the end, particularly the Carnivore & Cro Mags ones! JUST DOUBLE CHECK THEY ARE ON THIS EDITION THOUGH....
It's a shame Biohazard didn't ever do a full on covers album as I think it would have worked for them.
Personally, I prefer earlier albums, New World Disorder (my fav!) or Urban Discipline.
This is not an awlful album though and has it's moments. Loved the sampling in places, particularly on the controversial track about Aids being created as a method of population control. The Rap influence is also quite strong on this album. A slightly perverse band lyrically at times though. Evan Seinfeld is at least part Jewish ancestry, and yet the band do seem to take a Right Wing stance?
It should be noted that the subsequent albums, Kill Or Be Killed (Bio's heaviest, almost Death Metal influenced at times) and the final album, Means To An End did offer better production, and more cohesive songwriting.


Mata Leao
Mata Leao
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £12.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HARDCORE!!!!!!, 12 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Mata Leao (Audio CD)
Man, this is really good! It's probably the best production (Dave Jerden) that Biohazard had ever had, the bass is really upfront (and technically very good!), the drum sound is the best the band has had, and the guitars are very sharp. There's not a lot of lead work here but it's compensated for by the riffs & bass lines. To be honest, solos were always a bit hit & miss with this band, and often felt rather perfunctory.
The songs are varied, there are lot's of different tempos, the focus is mainly on a Hardcore sound, but there is still a very strong Rap influence on here, and even the odd funky/groovy part. Some of Bio's material, particularly towards the latter days, sounded a little one dimensional but this album is VERY creative!
These Eyes, Waiting To Die (with cool sounds from DJ Lethal) and the blistering, 100 mph Hardcore rant of Competition are particular standouts, but there is very little filler here. The balance of Evan & Billy on vocals also seems to be a 50/50 split here, when usually it's Seinfeld that dominates. I really enjoy this album's vocal work - not as OTT bordering on Death Metal as say Kill Or Be Killed but still very aggressive, and surprisingly emotive at times! Good lyrics as well that are not just focused on the harsh world of Brooklyn.
This album actually reminds me a bit of Suicidal Tendencies in parts, which I haven't really thought before.


Urban Discipline
Urban Discipline
Price: £8.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STREET GANG METAL ... THEIR BEST, ALONGSIDE NEW WORLD DISORDER & MATA LEAO..., 11 Jan 2009
This review is from: Urban Discipline (Audio CD)
One of Bio's best from the tail end of 1992. A clear, unfussy production with a good drum sound, and buzz saw guitars with a strong, low end bass guitar presence. Ok, the lead guitar work is very average (Bobby Hambel was never in the same class as peers like Rocky George) but it doesn't really matter too much. There's tons of 'street' attitude, a hard urban vibe and very confrontational lyrics (Quite a lot of that much loved term of endearment, the M/F word!) The balance of Hardcore & Metal is just right here, HC enough for the Rollins crowd, and metallic enough for the thrashers! It's almost a street gang mentality that Biohazard have here; an Us Vs The World POV! Lot's of gang style choruses backing up Evan Seinfeld's Lemmy meets Rollins style lead vocals . The Rap influences that the band are well known for seemed to have not strongly developed at this stage, There's certainly not the guest stars & DJ's etc of later albums.
There's a few tracks off the debut album (Biohazard) included on here that are actually some of the band's most catchy songs, and there are some demo songs that actually sound as good as their more professional counterparts.
Best album alongside New World Disorder (1999), Mata Leao (1996) and 2005's Means To An End.
Let's hope they reform and record again soon....


Uncivilization
Uncivilization
Price: £8.17

3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD IN PLACES, BUT A BIT PATCHY ALSO...NOT THEIR BEST., 10 Jan 2009
This review is from: Uncivilization (Audio CD)
I find this to be a little bit patchy. The tracks are good in places, but then are also very average in others. And the production is perhaps a little TOO raw. Seinfeld's bass is perhaps not as upfront as I would like, the drums are just a bit too simplistic and the lead guitar work continues to be a let down. It's a very disjointed affair, with a lot of guest spots from members of Pantera, Slipknot, Hatebreed & the odd DJ etc. Possilbly the band were looking at more commercial acceptance and riding the Nu Metal wave of 2001? Certainly acts such as Linkin Park are only too quick to name check Evan & co as major influences!
On the plus side, I like the packaging, and enjoyed the cover tracks at the end, particularly the Carnivore & Cro Mags ones! DO CHECK THEY ARE ON THE VERSION YOU ARE ORDERING THOUGH...
It's a shame Biohazard didn't ever do a full on covers album as I think it would have worked for them.
Personally, I prefer earlier albums, New World Disorder (my fav!) or Urban Discipline.
This is not an awlful album though and has it's moments. Loved the sampling in places, particularly on the controversial track about Aids being created as a method of population control. The Rap influence is also quite strong on this album. A slightly perverse band lyrically at times though. Evan Seinfeld is at least part Jewish ancestry, and yet the band do seem to take a Right Wing stance?
It should be noted that the subsequent albums, Kill Or Be Killed (Bio's heaviest, almost Death Metal influenced at times) and the final album, Means To An End did offer better production, and more cohesive songwriting.


Endtroducing.....
Endtroducing.....
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRULY INSTRUMENTAL HIP HOP...., 8 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Endtroducing..... (Audio CD)
Took a gamble on this a little bit as can be seen from my reviews (mostly Rock & Metal) but I'm very taken with this!
Progressive, experimental, ambient, are all expletives to describe this almost cinematic soundscape. Sometimes dark, sometimes beautiful, it's almost impossible to believe this is the work of only one man & his turntables.
Some interesting samples are to be found; the most recognisable to me being the bass intro to Metallica's Orion. There are strings, little bits that remind me of Wendy Carlos' version of Dies Irae from The Shining, Classical sounds, really cool, chilled out drumbeats and some really fat, deep, throbbing basslines. There's no actual rap or singing as this is INSTRUMENTAL hip hop but there are some cleverly integrated vocal snippets that serve more as music than the usual cliched posturing of the Rap genre. It's hard to single out one single track as this feels very much like a musical odyssey, maybe even conceptual.
I've enjoyed this as I'm used to samples & turntables within a Rock framework ala Linkin Park or Mordred, but this is a real step into another world. Certainly better than the X-Ecutioners albums that I have.
This will appeal to fan's of Moby, Consolidated, Classy Hip Hop, Electronica fans, the open minded Rock fan, maybe even devotees of darker ambient music such as Burzum's later material. Something here for everyone!
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Harsh Times [DVD]
Harsh Times [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.22

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HARSH MOVIE THAT LEAVES AN IMPRESSION - VERY VIOLENT IN PARTS, AND INTENSELY ACTED...., 3 Jan 2009
This review is from: Harsh Times [DVD] (DVD)
Uncompromising movie, which could best be described as a mix of Training Day in it's cinematography & locales, and Fight Club in it's central themes. Anyone that enjoyed those two, should find something here. It's true that the characters are not all that likeable here, and at times it's about as easy to understand the chicano street talk, as it is the dialect in an Irvine Welsh novel! - BUT it's a movie that slowly draws you in and acclimatises you to it. Bale delivers a typically mega intense performance as an ex ranger drawn to the harsh under life of LA and inevitably heading for a bad end. Rodriguez is a bit annoying, in a John Leguizamo kind of manner, but works as a foil to Bale's character - not unlike the Washington/Hawke and Pitt/Norton relationships from the movies that I quoted at the start of my review. Eva Longoria is at least a great piece of eye candy, and I have to say that there are some particularly stunning Latino girls - this is welcome relief in a movie this bleak! There's a plethora of assorted street/gang type (probably authentic) characters that give the film an almost episodic feel. LA itself is almost a character in it's own right, and as in Training Day comes across as one step up from Hell.
There is a LOT of strong language and there are a couple of moments of EXTREME violence - one assault with a broken bottle to a man's neck is particularly graphic (think back to The Long Good Friday..) and it's a scene that the making of doc seems to be particularly obsessed with, paying great attention to how the disturbing make up FX were realised.
There's also some realistic gunplay that's not ott, but is short, sharp & brutal.
Overall, a decent movie that's not an easy watch mainly due to it's street style dialogue, but it's worth the perseverance.


Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, 2008 Christmas Special  [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, 2008 Christmas Special [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: £4.30

13 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A BIT MESSY LIKE ALL THE OTHER XMAS EPISODES!, 2 Jan 2009
This lived up to the usual tradition of the christmas episodes - messy and nowhere near as good as the regular series! Just what were those stupid furry cyber creatures?? Looked more akin to the old shoddy days of the 1980's. To be fair, the scene at the cemetery was actually quite atmospheric but we are talking 5 minutes out of 60 and overall the cybermen were a little dissapointing. It's a pity because as a rule, I tend to prefer the earthbound stories, especially when set in the past.
The ott climax at the end seemed to have been inspired by Talos from Jason & The Argonauts! David Morrisey was actually very good in his part, but David Tennant appears to now be on autopilot/serving notice, Overall, he has been excellent & will be a hard act to follow, but it's clear that the show now needs a refresh. I'm hoping that this year's 'specials' are going to be an improvement but I feel we are going to get a lot of throwing everything bar the kitchen sink into them.
On an incidental note, I enjoyed the Dr Who Prom that was shown on New Years Day, but was a little dissapointed that it had been edited heavily -especially as it's been a few months wait. Will this see a DVD release that is UNCUT???


Cass [DVD]
Cass [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nonso Anozie
Price: £4.00

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS FLASHY AS MORE RECENT HOOLIGAN FILMS - PERHAPS A NOD TO 1988'S THE FIRM....., 31 Dec 2008
This review is from: Cass [DVD] (DVD)
Enjoyed this, and unlike Rise Of The Footsoldier, Green Street & The Football Factory, the emphasis is more on characters & story than the fighting. That's not to say that there isn't any, but it is far less violent than the other movies, nowhere near as much blood or graphic wounds etc. It's not showy, or over burdened with music like Football Factory. A lot of people who like the aforementioned movies may find this a little slow paced? It probably has more resemblance to the older hooligan movies like The Firm & ID! The cinematography is much more old fashioned, even a little grainy & actually suits the film. It's a style closer to Shane Meadows (This Is England) than the more brash, laddish direction of Nick Love - and with less cockernee style humour than is found in Love's movies.
The acting is fairly natural, and there are more than a few unpleasant characters as you would expect - the villains of the piece in this (True) story being a gang from Islington/Arsenal, which makes a change from Chelsea/Millwall!
Language is stronger than the violence; There's a hell of a lot of the C word which seems to be unrealistically in vogue over the past few years.
Extras aren't bad including a short film about a Soccer Casual which name checks my home town of Stoke! There's also a quite lengthy interview with Cass Pennant himself.
I don't really know how accurate these movies are - it's a culture that's a world away from what I grew up with, but this is probably the most believable one, and probably sticks closest to it's facts.


Wallander [DVD] [2008]
Wallander [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Kenneth Branagh
Price: £10.62

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars INTELLIGENT, ATMOSPHERIC, SLOW BURNING QUALITY..., 28 Dec 2008
This review is from: Wallander [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Yet more good drama from the BBC!
Branagh is VERY good here (I'm not a fan!), the stories are excellent & link well together, GREAT characters & the simply stunning scenery of Sweden add the icing!
Impressive, often minimalistic photography (none of that flashy CSI style nausea) and at times a journey into the heart of darkness; surprisingly violent at times but never gratuitous.
Wallander makes for a more believable 'cop with baggage' and the only one better at the moment is Ken Stott's excellent take as Rebus (come back soon!).
Real praise must go to David Warner as the title character's father fighting a losing battle against dementia. A great performance, never once descending into overt sentimentality.
A good year for the Beeb with Apparitions, Survivors, this, and the high standards still maintained in the likes of Casualty.


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