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The Beyond
The Beyond
Price: 12.70

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And you thought you'd experienced it all, 21 April 2006
This review is from: The Beyond (Audio CD)
This is incredible. For me this is music that touches my heart and my soul. It's mature way beyond the bands years.

It is incredibly powerful in both sound and emotion. It sure is a multi layered wall of sound as others have said. And just when you think it couldn't get more brutal or busy it does. You thought your ears were chock full of noise - oh no. It builds and builds and builds. You get pummelled man. This is truly ferocious. It squeezes the breath from your body like some bloater sat on your chest. How these guys still get great melodies across in such a racket defies explanation. And then you're brought back to reality with the gentle haunting stuff.

When I first bought this I played the intro then track 2 and just couldn't believe what I was hearing. I loved it staright off the bat and how many bands from this end of the spectrum can you say that about? And ten minutes or so later when it was finished I really could have laughed or cried. I'd lost my bearings. What an effect this will have on you. I had to skip back and play it again to make sure it was still there. I then I did it again. Listen, I have never bought an album and done this before. I didn't know what I was doing. You try it.

So half a dozen Swedish guys who don't see the sun for 6 months make music. It's no surprise it sounds like this. I need to move.


Speak English Or Die
Speak English Or Die
Offered by Books2anywhereUS
Price: 7.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 25 Feb 2005
This review is from: Speak English Or Die (Audio CD)
Man this album is a stand up classic from the archives of metal meyhem.
It's brutal riffing right from the off, no messing around, mind blowing beatdowns or moshes as they used to be called, and humourous lyrics that you better ignore if you're easily offended.
Really this album (amongst only a handful of others, like Kill 'em all) laid the foundation for a lot of modern metal. Mixing fast and slow with hellishly hard grinds, this eternally overlooked masterpiece was a true groundbreaker. I'm not going overboard either. There is no way you'll listen to this and think it's 20 years old. Just no way. If this was released today, assuming it got past the censors, it would still sound fresh.
It's a wierd experience listening to a piece of history and at the same time being moved to thrash around like it's the latest take on the theme. It's class, it's timeless, but more than all it absolutely barnstormingly rocks from start to finish...
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The Lowest of the Low
The Lowest of the Low
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blinked?, 23 Feb 2005
This review is from: The Lowest of the Low (Audio CD)
This is straightforward hardore with a metal edge. It's fast, fast, fast, slow, faster faster formulaic stuff that I'm afraid you'll love even if you don't want to. The beatdowns rock and the album races by before you've had time to catch breath. At average 2 minutes each, 9 tracks are gone by in a blur and the CD will be spinning for a second time before you've a chance to get up.
Quite frankly this is hatebreed played at double speed or compressed into half the time, whichever you prefer. But who cares if the sound is so similar when the end result is so irresistable. It's pure emotion, it's rage, it's everything HC should be. Man.


RalliSport Challenge 2
RalliSport Challenge 2
Offered by Plug N Play Entertainment
Price: 18.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best rally on xbox, 21 Nov 2004
This game is way better than Colin McRae 2005 for one big reason - The thrill of driving at speed is HUGE!!
Because the graphics are superb. They roll without flicker and at such speed and detail that this is one of those rare games where you truly forget where you are - you are utterly immersed in a rally driving experience.
True the graphics in between stages aren't as flashy as Colin Mcrae, and there's no poncing around to be done repairing your car at service areas - but SO WHAT. Are you here for the racing or what?? And yes the replays are a waste of space too but SO WHAT, man. Get in the car and tear it up!
The light effects through trees and over brows and in dusk are incredibly realistic. When the surface changes (even leaves) you real do feel the car handling differently. It doesn't need a stupid rumble in the joypad to tell you this.
Add to this so much more variety than McR with rallycross stages where you race against other vehicles, time trials and hill climbs where you have to make do without the co-driver you've come to love, and so many different vehicles and unlocks for specific races, this one has comeback appeal too.
It's just class.


Down II - A Bustle in Your Hedgerow...
Down II - A Bustle in Your Hedgerow...
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 5.00

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More sophisticated than you might think, 21 Nov 2004
Take 5 of the hardest muthas in the metal scene, throw them together and you might think man this is going to be mean. But listen and you'll be surprised.
This album sounds like a side project. There's no production as such. A raw, dirty sound, that experiments in all directions whilst all the time keeping a sweaty, moonshine filled, trucks and guns Southern good ole boys attitude.
In parts it thumps like you might expect with Kirk from Crowbar in the background. But mostly you know this music was made sitting down, probably round a campfire. Many tracks sound more than just a bit like a half-drunk Soundgarden with distortion turned up.
But none of this is criticism you understand. It's a thoroughly enjoyable experimental experience that has it's place. Just don't expect it to be a cross between their former (or main) bands.
Now kick back and roll, dude.


Odd Fellows Rest
Odd Fellows Rest
Price: 16.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, my, god, 6 Nov 2004
This review is from: Odd Fellows Rest (Audio CD)
The first time you play this you'll think this is where Crowbar eventually gave in. It opens to a riff over keyboards and then straight into Planets Collide which is a pretty gentle melody by previous Crowbar standards. I took in the rest of the album a little disappointed; tracks difficult to follow, some sounded like they were trying hard to be epics, some had a concept album feel about them, some just frankly had little annoying quirks. All I wanted to do was listen to 12 tracks that riffed and chugged and left me breathless.
By the fifth or sixth time I listened to it I realised I am a moron.
This album is utterly incredible. It is a brilliant mix of dark and light where previously Crowbar have been somewhat one dimensional. Was it 50 cent who said 'there wouldn't be joy if it wasn't for pain'. You will listen to sections of this album and be totally chilled, then seconds later be winded by a monstrously heavy gut-buster that threatens the existence of your stereo.
The variety is incredible. There are tracks that kill with only two riffs and you wonder how. There are tracks of such simple brilliance you'll think you could write music too. There are short, catchy tracks that annoy you because they won't leave you alone, and you love it. There are the longer more complex numbers that you know is why you love Crowbar. And best of all they never stray from their unique mix of blues-style, Hendrix infused, TOTAL BRUTE FORCE.
I am blown away.


The Unholy Mother of Fuck
The Unholy Mother of Fuck
Offered by Hausmusik
Price: 20.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Head Down ROCK AND ROLL, 20 May 2004
A refreshing reminder how music need not be flashy. This stuff grunts out of the speakers with a dirty sound and filthy lyrics. It's rough at the edges and littered with obsenities, but in a way that's just so matter-of-fact.
But as always what separates the great Rock bands from the rest, the songs are accesibly catchy whilst still appearing downright antisocial to the masses. Even the lyrics rock, when you can make them out. You'll sometimes smile, sometimes laugh, and believe it or not sometimes think yeah, that's pretty deep(and surprising).
It's tough to describe, the sound is new and old school at the same time. Downtuned guitars pound along like latter day Entombed. Bass and Drums are there for a function, nothing else. Vocals are just as you'd expect; low down and ugly. And always fighting for airtime with the distorted din that you hadn't realised you're humming along to.
This album reeks with a smell you'll love. That is, as long as you're into music wrenched straight from the heart, with no airs or graces, no hair gel or tans, no pretentions or wannabes. It's a rare thing in todays emo filled, star struck world.
So remind yourself when music was made for music, not money. When mates jammed cause they were mates. If you like anything nasty and noisy, and you too shy away from the crowd, I can't see how you won't come back to this time and again for a taste of the real.
Rock on.


blink-182
blink-182
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.88

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL!!, 24 Dec 2003
This review is from: blink-182 (Audio CD)
Let's cut through the rhetoric.
This is Blink's best ever songwriting effort. The tunes are class.
But it is spoilt by over-production & special effects. And worst of all the Blink sound has gone. There's nothing rock or punk about this effort. It's everything you'd expect to hear in a department store elevator. Honestly they sound like a fairy version of Busted.
Why oh why do they think they need tamberines, hand-claps, finger snapping, keyboards, spaceship noises, fade effects and all that junk you associate with prog rock? And what's that Robert Smith collaboration track all about? It sounds like the Cure, it sounds out of place; plus it's gash.
They just need to ditch their Producer, get back in the studio, turn all knobs back up to 10 and re-record the same songs AS IF THEY MEANT IT FROM THE HEART.
Now if you've read this and you buy it and you're disappointed in sounds lame, that's your lookout.
It's just such a shame because the tunes are heaven. What have they done?


Devil's Night
Devil's Night
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.25

4 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How purile?, 2 Oct 2003
This review is from: Devil's Night (Audio CD)
Listen, I love Rap and the harder the better. But am I the only one missing something here? I'm worried this album signalled the point where rap lost it's way.
The beats are really weak. There is nothing in the drum lines to hook you. Nothing to tap along to. Just a simple thud, thud, thud, thud.
But that's not what is most disappointing. The lyrics are just terrible. There is nothing to like or admire in the abilities of these guys. Just song after song of inane one-upmanship on beating up and abusing women etc etc. It's pretty sickening actually, and if you get a kick out of listening to it you most probably need some attention too. Whether it is real of fantasy is of little relevence.
I bought the album on the strength of Fight Music. But no other track compares to it. Don't make the same mistake I did. The only part I found myself returning to is Eminem's tirade on Limp Bizkit, a neat little beat, the usual lyrical flow which astounds, and interest in the content too.
So horses for courses. If you want genuine involvement with music, steer clear. If you want a shallow laugh - go right ahead. In 10 years this album will be forgotton.


Perseverance
Perseverance

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woah, 10 Jun 2003
This review is from: Perseverance (Audio CD)
I gotta respond to the guy who says listen to Mudvayne. Don't be fooled. The gap between these 2 bands is HUGE - in attitude & musical direction, in appearance and substance.
First, this album is BRUTAL. The first time you spin it you are left winded. They have no equal in the hardcore scene.
But what is incredible in this genre is that the album gets better and better. You don't get bored. The more you listen the more you love. You'll start to see and appreciate the talent, the songwriting, the variation. And yes the vocal delivery, which is more rap than thrash, and comes over great.
But you will never get used to the AGGRESSION. This album ROCKS in a way you just can't express.
The Mudvayne thing. What?
Hatebreed deliver from the heart, with might and feel.
Mudvayne deliver from somewhere else altogether, and you true believers out there know what I mean.


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