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The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Price: 10.11

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot rate this high enough, 28 May 2013
Wow, quite simply this is a huge comeback for AIC! I really liked "Black Turns Into Blue", but it was obvious that it was a cathartic soul-cleansing exercise for Jerry Cantrell and at times that melancholy took over.

Now all that is done, Jerry and the rest of the band have really hit the button on this one - before I go into any detail, I have listened to this album 5-10 times already and, as has been mentioned before, the album is worth buying just for the riff on 'Phantom Limb' alone.

The granite-like slabs of riffs on Hollow, Pretty Done, Stone, Breath on a Window and the afore-mentioned Phantom Limb are what any AIC fan would expect, but somehow Jerry seems to have cranked them up to an even higher gear, making for a huge sound that carries on from the likes of BGWTB's Lesson Learned and Check My Brain.

Alongside that, are some great acoustic tracks - Voices, Scalpel and closer Choke. Again, any AIC fan should know how brilliant Jerry is at this, but William Duvall's dual vocals add an extra-edge to these too. His voice is different to Layne's, obviously, but it works just as well dueting with Jerry.

Talking of William, he gets lead-vocal duties on the astounding Hung on a Hook, a curious mixture of a tune that reminds of Acid Bubble from BGWTB, but will also seem eerily familiar to older fans. The same is true of the title track and the slow-grinder Lab Monkey. The Devil..., as another reviewer said, was reminiscent of Frogs and is a slow-builder that then hits you with it's enormous chorus.

I'm not particularly struck with Low Ceiling and it kind of seems out of place with it's slightly up-beat feel compared to the darkness that surrounds it. Not that it's bad, just not a favourite, yet.

All-in-all, a cracking return from one of the great bands of all-time, just buy it and immerse yourself in it's brilliance!


Black Traffic
Black Traffic
Price: 14.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Back With A Bang, 5 Nov 2012
This review is from: Black Traffic (Audio CD)
Unlike a few of the reviews I've read on here, I actually really enjoyed 'Wonderlustre', so while I was expecting more of the same, I wouldn't have been too disappointed with that. Well, let's just say those expectations have been blown clean away - this album is just astounding!

From the punky and heavy "I Will Break You", "Satisfied" and "Sticky Fingers In Your Honey", through the mid-tempo 'angry' brilliance of 'Sad,Sad,Sad", "Spit You Out", "I Believed In You" and "This Is Not A Game", to the achingly-beautiful ballads "I Hope You Get To Meet Your Hero" and closer "Diving Down", this album has something to suit every taste.

The only not so great tracks, in my opinion anyway, are the non-descript "Our Summer Kills The Sun" and the repetitve "Drowning", but even then, most bands of today would kill for songs like that being referred to as the 'poorest' tracks!

Two simple words, "BUY IT".


The Hunter
The Hunter
Price: 12.03

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Songs...hate the production, 29 Sep 2011
This review is from: The Hunter (Audio CD)
Have to say, I have been waiting for this album for ages and, while I'm not disappointed in the songs, I'm very disappointed in the production.

As another reviewer put it, they've gone for the 'loudness' option and it has completely spoilt the record. Gone are the 'singing' guitars and drums of Blood Mountain and Crack The Skye, in their place we have a soupy, muddy sound that hides the sheer technical-brilliance of the band. There is, more-than-likely, the usual technical wizardry of Brent and Bill on there, you just can't hear it very well. Put this album in the hands of Crack The Skye's producer and we could have had another masterpiece - The title track being the most obvious example - it has a similar sound to The Czar, but the guitars just seem hidden away in the background - As it is, we have some great songs, let down by the person tasked to make it sound great.

As for the songs, there are nods to all their previous albums (Remission excepted), but there is also their brilliant skill introducing something different. The knack Mastodon have, of introducing those new sounds while still sounding like them, is amazing. Black Tongue is their classic sound, The Creature Lives is something completely new, but you still know it's them as it still has their hallmarks. The title track

All-in-all, a great album that just needs someone to re-produce it to the standards of Crack The Skye.


Heligoland
Heligoland
Offered by westworld-
Price: 10.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back For Good?, 8 Feb 2010
This review is from: Heligoland (Audio CD)
This is an album you quite simply have to buy, it's that simple.

As one of the few Massive Attack fans that really loved 100th Window, despite it's 'unlistenable' parts, this new album is back to what made them great in the 1st place. While it never reaches the heights of their 1st 3 albums - I don't think that would be possible anyway - this has some absolutely sublime moments and even mixes in some little snippets of light into the usual dark concoction.

The choice of vocalists is, once again, inspired, particularly Guy Garvey's tortured soul on 'Flat of the Blade' which stands out as one of the finer moments on the album, although it does take a couple of listens to get your head round. Opener 'Pray for Rain', 'Girl I Love You', closer 'Atlas Air' and the afore-mentioned 'Flat of the Blade' stand up to scrutiny along side Massive Attacks best works, it's not that the rest of the tracks are in any way bad, just that they aren't real 'Vintage' Massive Attack.

All in all then, a superb return to form. Will Grant Marshall and Robert Del Naja be able to stand each other long-enough for them to release another record sooner than the 7 years we've had to wait for this one? Who knows, but let's enjoy it while it lasts.
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Nostradamus
Nostradamus
Price: 8.44

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An 'Epic' that was well worth the wait!, 23 Jun 2008
This review is from: Nostradamus (Audio CD)
Not much that can be added after the encyclopedic offering from 'transcendance', but just to add that the astounding musicianship on this album is just that, astounding. One thing that Transcedance didn't mention, is the excellent work of Metal Keyboard 'God' Don Airey to add to the overall atmosphere. Anyone that has loved atmospheric Metal over the years has almost certainly heard Airey's work before (Early Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Dio etc.) Although he isn't credited with writing any of the tracks, I would imagine he had a considerable influence on the atmospheric interludes and excellent keyboard 'duets' that appear alongside the guitars.

All-in-all something very different from older Priest releases, but change is something that all bands need to do to remain relevant and not go stale.


Korn: Untitled
Korn: Untitled
Offered by westworld-
Price: 10.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but still Brilliant, 9 Nov 2007
This review is from: Korn: Untitled (Audio CD)
As a long-time Korn fan (and I've got the balding head to prove it, lol) I have gone through all the changes in the bands history and while they've had their good and bad moments, I've enjoyed most of the stuff they have produced and, IMO, this album deserves to be put up there with their best. I started to worry they were losing their edge with 'Take a Look in the Mirror' and 'See You On the Other Side', but this album has restored my faith in a big way. Experimental, and much the better for it, the sound is new, but still definitely Korn.

From the haunting Intro and storming opening track 'Starting Over', that dissolves into the haunting emotion we love from Jonathan Davis, you know you're in for something great. 'Evolution' and 'Hold On' hark back to the older stuff and will keep the MTV brigade happy, but the standouts, for me at least, are the amazing 'Innocent Bystander', the afore-mentioned 'Starting Over' and the scarily haunting 'Hushabye'.

All-in-all an absolutely outstanding album that any forward thinking Korn fan, and any other 'experimental music' fan, should love. This is the culmination of the changes the band were trying to show on SYOTOS and to see it work so well gives me great hope for the future. See you all down the front on their UK tour in January!


The Warning
The Warning

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Warning, 26 May 2006
This review is from: The Warning (Audio CD)
After seeing Hot Chip supporting Goldfrapp and hearing 'Over and Over', I was instantly hooked on their mixture of quirky melodies, beats and vocals. Now having bought this album, I'm hooked all over again. It hasn't left my car stereo since I got it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different from the mainstream. Highlights? 'Over and Over' obviously, but the title track's garage-esque beats and lyrics about how 'Hot Chip will break your legs, smash up your head' is fantastic and a good laugh considering how nondescript they all look!

Buy it, and you won't regret it. Fantastic album.


With Teeth
With Teeth
Price: 5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trent serves up a beauty, 6 July 2005
This review is from: With Teeth (Audio CD)
This is easily my album of the year already. Trent's trademark beats are still intact, while he adds a little more melody to the tracks which makes the whole album sound superb. The lyrics maybe a little weak in comparison to earlier albums, but if it's the music you listen to NIN for you won't be disappointed. Quite simply a stunning piece of work...


Felt Mountain
Felt Mountain
Price: 7.25

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different...but still brilliant!, 9 Mar 2004
This review is from: Felt Mountain (Audio CD)
First off, let me say that if you've bought 'Black Cherry' and are expecting something similar, don't. This is totally different, but equally brilliant!
If 'Black Cherry' is Alison Goldfrapp exploring her electro roots (from Orbital etc), 'Felt Mountain' is Will Gregory exploring his film-score roots, with Alison's vocals adding to the edge.
Right from the first eerily-beautiful whistle in 'Lovely Head', every track on this album could, and probably should, be a film-score of some type. No up-tempo bouncy electro tracks like 'Train' and 'Twist' here, just beautiful down-tempo strings and real instruments.
If you don't come in comparing it to 'Black Cherry' you will absolutely love it, for how different it is. If you do, you might be a little disappointed.


Psi
Psi
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 5.89

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange, 19 Dec 2002
This review is from: Psi (Audio CD)
Talk about weird. As a fan of Pitchshifter since I saw them tear apart the Phoenix Festival in 1995, I have bought all their albums and in the process have watched them change from one of Britain's best experimental bands, to a 2nd rate Linkin Park in the space of 3 albums.
Pitchshifter.com was one of the greatest albums of the 90's in my opinion and since J. Carter has left the band, the experimentation has disappeared. This album isn't bad by any means, the 1st track in itself is one of the better tracks I've heard this year. It just isn't the same band I loved and have followed for 8 years.
I have my tickets to see them live in the New Year and just hope the energy they always had there is still going.
As I said...strange


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