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Systematic Chaos
Systematic Chaos
Price: £4.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the presence of greatness!, 18 Jun 2007
This review is from: Systematic Chaos (Audio CD)
The latest offering from dream theater is awesome, I've always been a fan but not a massive one, but this album may have changed my perspective! Any DT fan will love it straight away. Its an album that you can listen to for hours and still hear something different everytime.

In the presence of enemies 1 opens the album in true prog style with a 4 minute intro to the song. Next is forsaken, a slower more melodic song with a big chorus. The Dark Eternal Night is the heaviest dream theater song to date, with customary dream theater mental instrumental sections.

Prophets of war is once again another great song with a catchy chorus although no solo from the great Mr Petrucci. The Ministry of Lost Souls is a really powerful ballad but with a cool instrumental section in the middle

This really is a great album, musically, lyrically and due to its sheer diversity, definately worth the money and if i lost my copy i'd definately buy it again. For a first time dream theater buyer its probably to get Six degrees of inner turbulance though.

Stand out tracks: Constant motion, Dark eternal night, Forsaken and Prophets of war


United Abominations
United Abominations
Price: £6.33

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abomination? I think not!, 27 May 2007
This review is from: United Abominations (Audio CD)
Some people will argue megadeth can never match rust in peace, infact most bands will never be able to create something that compares to it. This album sees megadave and co give it a mighty fine go though!

This cd sees the band returning to their vintage thrash sound whilst maintaining the newer, more comercial sound of the last couple of records they produced. It includes a remake of the classic "A tout le monde" with Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) sharing vocal duties with Mr Mustaine. It also features the combination of Mustaine and Drover on guitars resulting in the tapestry of the record being enriched with multiple solo's which again are a return since the departure of Marty Friedman.

The songs themselves all deal with political and social issues lyrically which is expected from the band. Daves vocals have improved alot since he started and it pays dividends to the bands overall sound. As said earlier, the guitar work on the cd is awesome and will keep shred fans happy.

My only complaints about the record are that it is a slower tempo than i would have liked and Dave seems to be borrowing a couple of his own riffs from other albums, not alot but to a fan it is noticeable a couple of times.

This album is definately worth getting if your a fan of Megadeth, but if you are new to the band i would reccomend starting with Rust In Peace.

Stand out tracks: Washington is Next, Gears of War, A Tout Le Monde and Burnt Ice


Road to Bloodshed
Road to Bloodshed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is but the beginning..., 15 April 2007
This review is from: Road to Bloodshed (Audio CD)
This is quite simply a stunning debut. Sanctity combine old school metal with modern day melodic metal, think Megadeth meets Trivium. All the songs are quite catchy but not annoying, which is an achievement on its own. The lead guitarist has certainly established himself well, with some outstanding solos on several songs.

The vocals are traditional song/growled unlike alot of contemporary bands who scream as if to make your ears bleed! This is a far better approach with well enunciated, meaningful lyrics. Rhythms fluctuate throughout the cd resulting in some awesome grooves. This is definately a band to watch out for in the future. Expect great things...

Standout tracks: Road to Bloodshed, Zeppo, The Rift Between and Once Again


The Blackening
The Blackening
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The epitomé of modern metal, 15 April 2007
This review is from: The Blackening (Audio CD)
This is Machine Head's finest hour (and 1 minute 5 seconds if we're being picky)! The album see's the re-union of Rob Flynn and Phil Demmel for the entire writing process. This has had a major influence over the album, with the guitars dominating the CD, but not overpowering.

The whole sound of this CD is epic, perfect production and mixing have caused a brutal sound. There are only 8 tracks on the album, with the shortest being 4 minutes 46 seconds and 2 songs over 10 minutes long. However unlike some bands whose songs seem overly drawn out, these progress beautifully with a solid structure with the song concluding at the perfect moment. There is not one skippable song on the entire album and I'm fussy(trust me)!

The dvd gives an insight into the making of the album and also some live footage from the sounds of the underground festival. I found this thoroughly interesting and definately worth having. You even get to see Adam Duce rap (Oh my!)

I normally do a standout tracks section, but for this album there is no point, EVERY TRACK IS FANTASTIC.

YOU NEED THIS ALBUM!!!


Threads of Life
Threads of Life
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Price: £4.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption for the Shads!, 15 April 2007
This review is from: Threads of Life (Audio CD)
The previous Shadows Fall album lacked the "x-factor"(if you'll pardon the expression). This album however see's the mighty Shads back at the top of their game. The opening track of the album kicks the CD in breath-taking style. The riffs begin to flow straight from the start leading into an anthemic chorus with blissful vocals. Infact the vocals thrive throughout the album, setting them apart from many of their contemporaries. The guitars cut through the mix with a blaze of furious riffs and searing solo's. This is definately one of the bands finest albums and is a must have for any true metal fan.

Stand out tracks: Redemption, Storm Winds, Another Hero Lost and Final Call


The Crusade
The Crusade
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Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One step closer to world domination, 3 Mar 2007
This review is from: The Crusade (Audio CD)
Following the mass success that was Ascendancy, Trivium were expected by many to keep the same "formula" and produce an album in the same style. They however had different intentions.

The most apparent change is the change in vocal style. When I originally listened to trivium, I loved the music, but the screaming that went with it, whilst good for what it was, did not suit my taste. The clean choruses demonstrated the potential of the vocalist and i found myself wanting more. That potential is fulfilled on this album. Matt Heafy's vocals emerge from each song in soaring melodies, adding a more musical element to the record. If not singing cleanly, a "James Hetfield-esq" growl is adopted which fits perfectly with the style of music and shows his versatility as a vocalist.

The songs themselves have also matured away from the metalcore style that was used on Ascendancy. The opening track, Ignition, sets the tone for the record: a rhythmic melodic thrash song. There are also a couple of 70's rock songs with a modern twist which will have crowds chanting without doubt. The lyrics throughout the cd have deep meanings that are extremely relevant to all and are definately worth listening to. The guitar solo's throughout the cd are phenomenal and demonstrate the obvious talent that Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu have for their instruments. The standout solo of the cd must be in "Tread the Floods". The CD is closed out with an epic 8 minute instrumental once again showing the outstanding musicianship of the members of the band and surely sets the bar for the next album.

Standout tracks - Detonation, Entrance of the Conflagration, Sadness Will Sear, This World Can't Tear Us Apart, Tread the Floods and The Crusade


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