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Feind hört mit
Feind hört mit
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very impressive, 8 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Feind hört mit (MP3 Download)
This album is a triumph. It exudes a confidence throughout and never once loses its grip on what it does despite being entirely unafraid to experiment. It's pleasingly heavy and unsettling and the harsh vocals are offset brilliantly by the obvious industrial influence and occasional backing singers. This was the first Stahlhammer album I bought. I now have all their stuff and don't think they've ever bettered this. Wiener Blut is more avant garde and overtly unusual, but for me Feind Hort Mit is the perfect blend. Forget the cartoonish, samey and overblown Rammstein. This is serious, authentic and dangerous music. Fabulous.


Into The Pandemonium
Into The Pandemonium
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect, but essential, 7 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Into The Pandemonium (Audio CD)
Into the Pandemonium is a flawed masterpiece, which in my view enhances its appeal. Who wants an undamaged object? What makes life interesting? To find excitement in a city, you need to dig around a bit. Into the Pandemonium is exciting, it's challenging, it's ridiculous at times. It's brilliant!

Don't expect To Mega Therion (it isn't that), don't expect Monotheist (it isn't that); don't expect anything. This is a unique album. It has moments of full-on heavy stuff (Inner Sanctum), genuinely moving sand-blasted weirdness (Mesmerized (sic)), and stuff you pretend to like because you can't tolerate the idea of an album being so mixed (One in Their Pride). But it's all art, and it's all genuine, and it's worth you hearing. Get this if you're remotely open minded. If you're not, stick to your formulaic bands, pretend genres are mutually exclusive, and like me cut yourself off from all sorts of music you'll discover in your thirties and forties and wish you'd listened to in your twenties. Buy this. Buy Mercyful Fate. Buy Godflesh. And then buy Swans. Buy Laibach. Get out there! Come on!


Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver
Price: £8.51

5.0 out of 5 stars The best UK thrash album, 3 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Dreamweaver (Audio CD)
Dreamweaver was a monumental achievement, and in some ways it's no surprise that Sabbat's line-up fragmented not long (in the scheme of things) after its release, leaving the band only an echo of what it'd once been. It's hard to imagine how on Earth they'd have begun to follow this up. Fuzzy, insistent, frantic riffing, complex and intricate song structures, an interesting and not (yet) indulgent concept, and of course Martin's unforgettable and unique vocal delivery. The whole thing feels very British and demands to be taken seriously despite its extremity. I have a treasured memory of walking into Vienna's in Lincoln in my teens and hearing The Clerical Conspiracy belting out of the speakers. It felt like I'd come home. This album has lost none of its impact over the past twentyish years and if you aren't familiar with it and enjoy challenging, very heavy, thrashy music, you won't get better than this. Me? I'm heading back to Vienna's if I can find it.


Flower Of Disease
Flower Of Disease
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Price: £12.12

5.0 out of 5 stars doom/stoner doesn't get better than this, 23 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Flower Of Disease (Audio CD)
I bought this album shortly after its release for no reasons other
than the large font on the spine and the inspired title. What a
stroke of luck. This is a fantastic piece of work. Pete Stahl excels,
no mean feat when the songwriting is as strong as this. Heart-
stoppingly slow and heavy riffing with a distinct groove to it -
think an intoxicated Cathedral circa Ethereal Mirror on a small
fleet of de-silencered motorbikes - dominates proceedings
without ever becoming too much or losing sight of musicality.
This really approaches perfection for this genre and i can't
understand why more people aren't aware of it.
Highlights are hard to pick out, such is the quality here, but the
title track, the epic The River, and the bludgeoning A Truckload
of Mama's Muffins can't be faulted, and Easy Greasy is surely
the ultimate drinking-to-oblivion-with-a-like-minded-lady track
ever recorded. I honestly find it hard to see how this could be
bettered as an album of this sort, and I've listened to a lot of
them. Fantastic.


CORONER-PUNISHMENT FOR DECADENCE
CORONER-PUNISHMENT FOR DECADENCE
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Price: £9.97

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as it was back then, 5 Nov. 2013
This is a classic thrash album. Technical but never indulgent riffing and solos, very well judged tempo changes, suitably sludgy production, and growling yet intelligible vocals combine to result in a dark, twisted end product that rushes you along like a raging, unlit river at midnight before slapping you around the face and dumping you back on the bank with a cover of Purple Haze that inexplicably feels exactly right to finish off, leaving you bewildered and strangely refreshed. Far superior to their later work in my opinion, although I know I may be in a minority preferring this to No More Color.


Mumfie's Magic Box
Mumfie's Magic Box
by Katharine Tozer
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well...here goes, 30 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Mumfie's Magic Box (Hardcover)
It's very hard to know what to say about this book. I bought it a year or so ago having carried around images from it in my head for about thirty years. I'd remembered it as exciting, intriguing, disturbing, and odd. Having re-read it, I'd say it is exciting, intriguing, disturbing and odd. But in a good way. Briefly, a talking, clothed elephant accompanies a scarecrow and a whale on an adventure including "scenes of mild peril" (apologies to film-going types). Yes, it's one of those. It's a bit Wizard of Oz-like in its strangeness, but is to my mind at least a little more sinister. The rather dark feel stems at least in part from the unusual illustrations, as well as the fact that it's just plain weird.

I wouldn't want to put you off, though. Like Rebecca's World and similar books (although it isn't quite as good as that), the disturbing quality stems from its addressing of childhood anxieties, and like most fairy tales, this of course is what makes it worthwhile and enduring. Go on, give it a go. You can blame me if it doesn't work out.


Black Dots
Black Dots

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start here, 23 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Black Dots (Audio CD)
Black Dots is quintessential Bad Brains. Unbelievably tight for an album recorded live in the 'studio', this is a phenomenal showcase for their songwriting and technical capabilities which stood them head and shoulders above almost all other US hardcore bands. I don't think they've ever bettered this, despite their going on to record a number of classics worthy of your time and money. It's no exaggeration to say that if you're a fan of hardcore then you have to have this. And I'm not even selling one. I can't praise this highly enough.


Sabotage
Sabotage
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful, 1 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Sabotage (Audio CD)
Yes, this album sounds different to other Sabbath albums, but that's no reason to discount it, is it? I love the simplicity of Master of Reality and Paranoid as much as the next man (who is somebody who likes them very much), but for me Sabotage has always held a very special place in my heart. Aside from the absolutely stunning title track i've never rated Sabbath Bloody Sabbath too highly - for me it too often feels thin and lightweight - but boy does Sabotage compensate. Colossal riffs bludgeon you from beginning to end, Ozzy had never been on better lyrical form, the production is complex and multi-layered but remains wintry, bleak and brutal, and the album keeps you hooked until the final moments, after which you emerge blinking into the sunlight, wondering where on Earth you've been taken. Absolutely fantastic, unlike any other album I know, and for me, a huge Sabs fan, the best of the lot.


Tin Forest
Tin Forest
by Helen Ward
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this, 12 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Tin Forest (Paperback)
What a beautiful, original book. Astonishing artwork, a plot and sentiment that is worthy and moving without ever straying into the cloying, preachy territory of many children's books with 'a message', and wonderful prose that says all it needs to and no more.


The Smartest Giant in Town
The Smartest Giant in Town
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A great disappointment, 7 Nov. 2012
I realise it's considered by some to be sacrilegious to criticise JD's books, but bear with me a moment. I find many of her books genuinely moving and lots of fun, and regard them as classics. I genuinely can't understand though why some people seem to rate this one so highly. The narrative is horribly repetitive, with contrived rhymes throughout to the extent that even on first read it quickly becomes near certain that one is about to encounter a dog with some kind of bog-related difficulty, a fox for whom socks will play a crucial part, and a mouse in need of a, er, house. The book has none of the magic you associate with The Snail and the Whale, for instance, or the wit of Zog, Tiddler, or A Squash and a Squeeze. The author's written so much good stuff that there's no need whatsoever to waste your money on this book, which doesn't even come close to the high standards of the rest of her portfolio.


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