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Saturday Night Wrist
Saturday Night Wrist

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New and Exciting yet a succesfull referance to their Past, 5 Nov 2006
This review is from: Saturday Night Wrist (Audio CD)
First of all, if this album didnt get you the first time, give it a second listen.

Its experimental for Deftones, theyer deffinatly pushing in a new direction with this disc. Yet throughout the album it often sounds like Around The Fur era tracks, but far more mature. Ide say Mature would sum up this album in a word actually.

I knew the first time i heard it that Pink Cellaphane was gonna upset a few people, but you shouldnt let it. The tracks last minute or so is a prostitute talking about how the english have bad teeth because they dont follow a sexual practise involving their genetals. But thats the joke, its about a religious hookers un-founded ideas about why English people have bad teeth, and even though i was abit miffed when i first heard it, i got over it the next time i listened to it. If you take it seriously, then the jokes on you for not being able to rise above it.

The whole album flows very well, and constantly grabs your eyes with new sounds and ideas. Its just the right length too i feel, meaning you wont get bored of it halfway through. The band are very tight and in shape, and Chinos voice does a fantastic job of providing some solid and memorable vocals.

Star tracks for me are Xerces, Beware, and Riviera, though i wouldnt say theres a single bad track on the whoel album.

A very well written and produced album, 5 stars from me.

Tainted Love CD2
Tainted Love CD2
Offered by simak
Price: 2.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Re-Released!, 20 Sep 2006
This review is from: Tainted Love CD2 (Audio CD)
Although the single was undoubtfully brought for the Tainted Love cover, which is in itself a good track that grows on you to become a party fav...this little gem also has a touching rendition of Suicide Is Painless from M*A*S*H, and possibly the best track on the whole thing, a cover of The Smiths 'Please Please Let Me Get What I Want' by Muse. This final track is one ive been trying to track down ever sice i lost this disc, and i wish Muse would put it as a B-Side somwhere.

Its not often you get great singles, but this is one of them. Get a copy if you can.

Dvd ~ HIM

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Example of What Music DVD's Should Be, 31 Aug 2006
An absolute must for HIM fans.

This fantastic DVD features tonnes and tonnes and tonnes of footage of the band. Their entire back catalogue of videos is extensive to say the least, but also features loads of live footage and a few interviews to boot. Also features a few easter eggs such as a demo video made right back before Greatest Love Songs!

The DVD is vert easy to navigate, and features some fantastic animated menus brought to life by some atmospheric music courtersy of Burton. Each album menu has a different theme which is a very nice touch.

All of the videos are high quality, ive found no gliches throughout the dvd.

The videos themselves are fantastic, especially from Razorblade and Deep Shadows, when the band were at their peak. The Limited Edition also has a bonus disc titled 'Him vs. Bam', which is a very funny documentary following skateboarder and buddy Bam Magera as he makes the majority of videos from Love Metal and Love Said No. You soon realise that Bam could be the one who keeps Villes feet on the ground...

A very good buy, well worth the money, this puts many other Music DVD's to shame.

Dark Light (Standard Version)
Dark Light (Standard Version)
Price: 5.78

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Embaressing, 30 Aug 2006
Im still at a loss as to what happened with this album. Having been singed to Warner Bro's Sire record label, the executives demanded an album to rake some money in. The band unfortunatly, werent ready for it, and needed a rest from their constant touring on the back of Love Metal. Ville was recently married and has been qouted as saying that he felt he had to write something more like their past efforts, despite the fact he was currently feeling joyous and care free. So they were hurried off into a studio to record an album, of which many tracks Ville hadnt even finished writting at the time. The result is a sorry state of affires, with cliche riffs and lyrics that make you wanna turn it off in embaressment. Their style is reduced to predictable 5 minute songs which start quiet and then all come in together, with a pitch change in the last chorus. However, there are a few diamonds in the rough. Killing Loneliness, despite the appaulling opening line, has some killer riffs and is the nearest to a good HIM track as it comes. In The Nightside Of Eden is another track which stanbds out, but lacks what is recognisable as HIM. Unfortunatly, these tracks are tainted by poorly written rushed jobs such as Dark Light, a sickerning ballad with no taste. Under The Rose was a song Ville hd written in the demo days, and had been playing around with it ever since, but never released it, possibly included to bulk up the track listing. Unfortnatly this is a HIM that is loosing its way and loosing interest, no Killer all Filler. Even the band are quickly dissmissing it as not one of their best. The only good things about this album are Warners royalty cheaque and the fact that the songs thankfully sound better played live. And the last minute decision not to include the appauling Ramones cover featured instead on one of the singles. Lets just hope the next album is better. Only a three star rating because i couldnt bring myself to rate on of my most cherrished bands any lower.

And Love Said No... The Best of HIM 1997-2004 [CD + DVD]
And Love Said No... The Best of HIM 1997-2004 [CD + DVD]
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Point, 30 Aug 2006
For a fan of HIM, theres no point in buying this compilation, even with the addition of mediocre tracks And Love Said No and Solitery Man. The band seem to be loosing their creativity with these tracks, and stand out like sore thumbs among their other 5 star hits. Only time will tell on how this collection will sirvive, and maybe it will introduce a new generation to HIM in the future.

Love Metal
Love Metal
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 4.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At First a Second a Fantastic Change in Pace, 30 Aug 2006
This review is from: Love Metal (Audio CD)
This was the first album i brought by HIM, and was the album that was most a comercial success, making BMG alot of dosh im sure. By this time the band had gotten over their petty differences and their ego's had reduced to a more acceptible size, thanks to touring as Daniel Lioneye for a while. This album was meant to be an ode to their influences 'from Jimi Hendrix to Slayer' said Ville of the release, and was mixed by Tim Palmer, who had worked with the one of the bands favorite influences The Mission UK. While fans may have been let down by the more rock and commercial approuch compared to Deep Shadows, it embraced by all as another landmark for the band. The monster Buried Alive By Love (though i tend to think it starts off as abit of an anti climax) kicks things off, making it very accesible to new fans (of which there were many). The quality of songs through out is fairly high, though it doesnt flow nearly as well as the previous two albums. Occasionally it feels abit forced, but still very stylish and new. Ide highly reccomend tryng to get hold of a copy of the LImited Edition pressing, as doing so means you get tracks The Path and Love's Requiem, to me the best two tracks off the album.

Compared to their second and third albums, this falls just short of the high mark they set themselves. Though the sudden surge in popularity of the band thanks to this album put many fans off HIM, i think this s still a good album in its own right. If you own the album and dont think you like it, i highly reccomend giving it another chance. A essential album for the collection, and great for winter evernings to warm things up abit.

Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights
Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 5.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Top of Their Game - Dark Pop, 30 Aug 2006
This to me is ultimate HIM, though it was alos very nearly the end of them too. With ego inflated by fame and filled with drugs, it was nearly all too much, and makes this every part the 'difficult third album'.

Somehow though, they got through out, and created one of the best and most underated albums in music history i believe. Ide seriously put this up there with Dark Side of The Moon (though below it). The songs are lustfull and deeply romantic, incredibly well written and finely produced. While Greatest Lovesongs vol.666 was the broodier side of Goth Rock, this is the Rennaisance, lighter side, though still lingering under the shade. Introduction if new keyboardist Burton, replacing Zultan Pluto, creates the current line up, and accounts for the more ambiant and up-front style that was added here.

This really was HIM at their peak, career and creative wise. Photos were shot by world famous photographer Rankin, and a huge world tour followed to push the album. The mood is more laid back, very apparent in tracks such as Pretending, which is still one of the more up beat tracks. Ballads such as In Joy and Sorrow and Beautiful bring a lump to your throught, while more pop oriantated tracks such as Don't Close Your Heart and Heartache Every Moment lighten the mood enough to give a consistent flow to the album. And i think thats what this album is, its more of a dark pop album than the previous two, and yet it goes so well. Ville croons along to some fantastically executed music, and it all comes to the pinultimate climax in Love You Like I Do, wher eyou can almost smell the wine on a worse for wear Valo's breath.

The whole album works perfectly together, masking the turmoil of the band. For me this is the best of HIM's efforts, as every song is a hit as with Razorblade Romance, yet it has its own style that makes it only recognisable as HIM.

Razorblade Romance
Razorblade Romance
Price: 16.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential HIM Title, 30 Aug 2006
This review is from: Razorblade Romance (Audio CD)
This is the album that threw HIM right up there into the lime light. Recorded when Ville was only 19, in the same studio Black Sabbath recorded their debut, this abum captured the whole band when they were at their fresh faced and bushy tailed peak.

The album features re-recordings of the hits Sweet 666 and Wicked Game (these will be the ones you hear on TV and the radio) as well as a debut from drummer Gas with the band. This album is full of hits, with any track being single material. Favs for me being the gorgous Gone With The Sin, the jubilent Right Here In My Arms, and the beautiful Heaven Tonight. If you can get the American version, you get two extra tracks Sigillum Diaboli and One Last Time (also known as the 9th Circle), though the art work is not as well layed out in this version. You wont be missing anything with out these two tracks, but theyer something to collect if your already a fan. Ide personally reccomend buying the UK version first, to hear how the abum was meant to be heard.

Considered their best by many, this is the best album to buy if you want to indulge in the world of HIM.

Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666
Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666
Price: 5.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Great Things To Follow, 30 Aug 2006
This being HIMs first album, its a vaste improvement upon their early demo's. Very dark over tones are remminicent of the bands early inspirations such as Type O Negative and the Sisters of Mercy. The songs are pretty well written, and feature some great riffs and Linde's signiture screachy-crunchy sound. Includes early versions of hits Sweet 666 and the Chris Issak cover Wicked Game, though if your looking to get into HIM from watching TV, these arent the well known versions (look into Razorblade Romance for those). It has some gems of its own though, including my personal fav Its All Tears and For You, and also a cover of the Blue Oyster Cult classic Dont Fear the Reaper.

A great CD in its own right, though for people new to HIM possibly not one to start with, try going for the more popular Razor Blade Romance. A must for converting Type O Negative fans however.

Resident Evil 4: Limited Edition (PS2)
Resident Evil 4: Limited Edition (PS2)
Offered by Click4entertainment Limited
Price: 29.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You wont regret buying this, but your Girlfriend might., 11 July 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
...just buy it.

Ive never liked any of the other Resident Evil games before, but when my mate lent me this game i have been HOOKED.

Totally new game play makes it interesting, and although the right-up-your-arse camera angle is annoying at first, within five minutes your glad it was there.

Freaky as hell, gorey, great but not over complicated puzzles, stuff to collect, and actually intlelligent (for undead farmers) AI makes this an absolute must.

Great graphics, great original storyline and setting, and great charictures make it incresingly entertaining and enthrawling. This Limited Edition comes in a swanky tin case too. What more could you ask more?

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