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Pretty Hate Machine
Pretty Hate Machine
Price: 6.43

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BUY 2010'S REISSUE/REMASTER INSTEAD!!, 14 July 2011
This review is from: Pretty Hate Machine (Audio CD)
Trent Reznor remastered and reissued his debut album "Pretty Hate Machine" last year, now for some strange reason it's been reissued again. NOT by Trent Reznor who has no say in this!! He has even publicly stated his disapproval of this reissue.

That's all this is it's just a reissue, it hasn't been remastered so it still sounds like it's 1989 original, the artwork is more or less the same, 2010's reissue had complete new artwork done by Rob Sheridan and came in a fold out digi pack as opposed to the original jewel case. Nor does this version have the bonus track that was included in 2010's reissue which is a cover of Queen's "Get Down Make Love".

So while the songs are great and the album itself is brilliant and an important part of Nine Inch Nails history, this is not the version to be buying, this is just a record company looking to make a quick cash in. This is the link to last years remastered version Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster


End To The Lies
End To The Lies

4.0 out of 5 stars JANE'S ODE TO ERIC AVERY, 11 July 2011
This review is from: End To The Lies (MP3 Download)
Jane's Addiction release their first new music since reforming in 2008 and their first new track since 2003's "Strays" album, "End To The Lies" which will be featured on their new forthcoming album "The Great Escape Artist". When the original line up of Jane's Addiction reformed in 2008 for the first time with original bassist Eric Avery they embarked on a world tour with Nine Inch Nails and were hopeful of recording a new album, by early 2010 Avery was once again gone to be replaced by ex Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver Bassist Duff McKagan, however he departed in September 2010, TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek was then drafted in for bass playing duties.

It's only fitting then that the subject matter of the song should seem to deal with Eric Avery, in truth Jane's are never the same band without him! The song starts off with a groove that sounds a bit like "Ted, just Admit It" from "Nothing's Shocking" before Perry's vocals kick in. Dave Navarro's guitar playing has that familiar heavy thick full sound and Stephen Perkins drums compliment the track really well. Perry leaves us in no doubt about the subject matter as he sings "You talk about me so much i think you're in love with me" which is probably a reference to Avery's interview with xiola.org.

"End To The Lies" shows Jane's Addiction's are able to mix some old styles in with something new and fresh, it's just a pity original member Eric Avery won't be along for the ride.


End To The Lies
End To The Lies

4.0 out of 5 stars JANE'S ODE TO ERIC AVERY, 11 July 2011
This review is from: End To The Lies (MP3 Download)
Jane's Addiction release their first new music since reforming in 2008 and their first new track since 2003's "Strays" album, "End To The Lies" which will be featured on their new forthcoming album "The Great Escape Artist". When the original line up of Jane's Addiction reformed in 2008 for the first time with original bassist Eric Avery they embarked on a world tour with Nine Inch Nails and were hopeful of recording a new album, by early 2010 Avery was once again gone to be replaced by ex Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver Bassist Duff McKagan, however he departed in September 2010, TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek was then drafted in for bass playing duties.

It's only fitting then that the subject matter of the song should seem to deal with Eric Avery, in truth Jane's are never the same band without him! The song starts off with a groove that sounds a bit like "Ted, just Admit It" from "Nothing's Shocking" before Perry's vocals kick in. Dave Navarro's guitar playing has that familiar heavy thick full sound and Stephen Perkins drums compliment the track really well. Perry leaves us in no doubt about the subject matter as he sings "You talk about me so much i think you're in love with me" which is probably a reference to Avery's interview with xiola.org.

"End To The Lies" shows their is hope for Jane's Addiction's new album and the band are promising big and exciting things for "The Great Escape Artist", it's just a pity original member Eric Avery won't be along for the ride.


The Essential Korn
The Essential Korn
Price: 7.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars KORN: THE BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH YEARS, 9 July 2011
This review is from: The Essential Korn (Audio CD)
The first thing to say about this release is that it only includes songs from Korn's first six studio albums, so there is nothing from "See You On The Other Side", "Untitled" or "Korn III: Remember Who You Are", of course the reason for this is that The Essential series is a Sony only release and since Korn parted company with Sony/Epic after the release of their greatest hits collection in 2004 so only have the rights to songs from their debut self titled album up to sixth album "Take A Look In The Mirror". Coincidentally it also means that all tracks feature the original line up from Drummer David Silveria who left in late 2006 and more importantly Guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch who left in 2005 and has been sorely missed since.

The album contains 28 tracks spread over 2 disc's and goes in chronological order, so disc 1 covers the first 3 albums(korn, life is peachy & follow the leader) and disc 2 covers the following 3(issues, untouchables & take a look in the mirror) and unlike the greatest hits album it includes album tracks that have not been released as singles. As well as songs not released on the studio albums. Disc one opens with the signature sound of "Blind" and follows on with "Shoots and Ladders", "Clown" and the brilliant "Faget". The catchy sound of "A.D.I.D.A.S." still sounds great now. The track "Proud" that was originally used on the soundtrack to "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and also available on the "Live & Rare" release is included. The album "Life Is Peachy" is represented by five tracks including the brilliant "Freak On A Leash" as well as "Got The Life", "It's On". "All In The Family" includes Fred Durst on vocals as he and Jonathan go back and forth over who's better. "Cameltosis" features Tré Hardson of The Pharcyde on vocals.

Disc 2 which sees Korn sound get darker with "Falling Away From Me" from the album "Issues". "Jingle Balls" which was given away as a bonus track on some editions of "Issues" is included. The experimental album "Untouchables" is only represented by three tracks, thankfully the excellent "Thoughtless" is included as on the previous greatest hit's album it wasn't. Surprisingly the weakest album "Take A Look In The Mirror" includes four tracks including live favourite "Y'all Want A Single". The Pink Floyd cover "Another Brick In The Wall" which was originally included on Greatest Hits: Vol 1 is included here as is the live version of "Got The Life" that was recorded at CBGB's and was released on the "Live & Rare" album. It's a pity they didn't include more non album tracks such as "Kick The P.A" from the Spawn album, "Sean Olson" from the Crow soundtrack or "Camel Song" from End Of Day's soundtrack.

It's great hearing the twin guitar assault of Head and Munky on these tracks and shows how much Head has been missed since he left. There is some great Korn tracks here, much better selection than the Greatest Hits: Volume 1 release, however theres nothing here Korn fans won't already have, but it would be a good starting place for new fans before discovering their amazing back catalogue.


The Future Is Medieval
The Future Is Medieval
Price: 5.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STILL A LOT TO LIKE ABOUT THE KAISER CHIEFS, 4 July 2011
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After all the fuss of make your own Kaiser Chiefs album in which you picked 10 songs from 20 and you had your very own album, now comes the real release, which has sensibly been whittled down to 13 tracks, the best 13? Well not everyone is gonna agree on that. The one thing that can be said is that the Kaiser Chiefs are still as catchy as ever and still know how to laden a song with a few hooks.

Beginning with lead single "Little Shocks" which has a great funky groove beat running through it and even surprises us with a guitar solo near the end, it's the kinda song The kaiser Chiefs do so well. Second song "Things Change" even sounds a bit like David Bowies "Fame" with some infectious beats. One of the stand out tracks is "Coming Up For air" which has a great chorus and recalls memories of "You can Have It All" from debut album "Employment". The track "Long Way From Celebrating" has a great bass line running through it as it changes from mid tempo to fast and back to mid again.

"Starts With Nothing" has a nice piano sound and a bit of rhythm that carries the song to a big middle section. "Out of Focus" has an electronic feel to it and has some big sounding beats. "Child of the Jago" has the feel of a lazy summers day about it. "Heard it Break" sounds like it's straight out of the 1980's with it's electronic synthesizer sound, it even has elements of Kraftwerk or The Human league about it! Album closer "If You Will Have Me" which is sung by Drummer and chief songwriter Nick Hodgson finishes the album on a quiet note as he sings quietly over an acoustic guitar.

With "The Future Is Medieval" the Kaiser Chiefs have shown they still know how to deliver a catchy tune and have some fun and while some people might not be happy that one of the other songs that they liked or picked wasn't included on the final album they can't complain too much as the 13 songs that did certainly catch the spirit of what the Kaiser Chiefs are all about.


Football, My Life
Football, My Life
by Lou Macari
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.82

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EVERY FOOTBALL FAN SHOULD READ THIS, 4 July 2011
This review is from: Football, My Life (Paperback)
Lou Macari who played at the highest level of the game with Celtic and Manchester United as well as with Scotland at the 1978 World Cup has seen a lot in his life time so it's only fitting that he shares his stories with us and in a market that's dominated by bland autobiographies it's good to say that Lou shoots from the hip on all subjects.

Long before Roy Keane complained about Ireland's world cup preparations in 2002, Macari was doing the same in 1978 regarding Scotland's preparations and it's something that cost him his International career. Macari covers his early career at Celtic under the legendary Jock Stein and what it was like for a young footballer playing at the European champions. Macari also covers his transfer to Manchester United and how he nearly joined arch rivals Liverpool and why he has no regrets in choosing United instead. He shares his joy of the 1977 F.A Cup final and the heartbreak of the 1976 and 1979 cup finals. As well as the end of his playing career at Swindon Town.

The book get's real interesting during his managerial career including his up and down period at Swindon Town where he led the club to successive promotions, getting sacked before quickly being reinstated. His time at Swindon plays at big part in the book as of course he was taken to court by the inland revenue for making illegal payments to players. He also covers his case against Fergus McCann the Celtic owner who sacked him as he was boarding a plane for the 1994 World Cup in the U.S.A.

Lou Macari enjoyed many a magical Wembley moment as a manager of Stoke City and Birmingham City giving those fans success in smaller tournaments, all these are well covered in the book, as is his short spell at West Ham United and Huddersfield Town. It also covers his application for the Tranmere Rovers job.

No doubt the hardest thing Macari had to deal with when writing this book was revisiting the death of his son Jonathan at just 19 years of age and the massive hole it's left in his life since that nothing can fill. Macari also covers his other two son's Michael and Paul who were both at Stoke City with him.

Macari who always spoke his mind which made him a natural fit for TV and Radio so much that he now mainly appears on MUTV and Sky Sports News usually discussing his beloved Manchester United. Anybody who has an interest in football and wants a good read should pick up this book.


Deconstruction [US-Import]
Deconstruction [US-Import]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 19.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT ERIC AVERY & DAVE NAVARRO DID NEXT, 27 Jun 2011
After Jane's Addiction split in 1991 frontman Perry Farrell went on to from Porno For Pyros taking with him Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins. The other two members of Jane's Bassist Eric Avery and Dave Navarro went on to form Deconstruction, and whilst Porno For Pyros would go on to enjoy critical and commercial success people shouldn't forget this lost/hidden gem of an album.

The album has Avery on Bass and vocals, Navarro is on guitar and backing vocals. Michael murphy performs drums on the album. Starting off with "L.A Song" a track that starts off with a word spoken Avery vocal before giving away to a funky bass and guitar sound, the interaction between Avery's lead vocals and Navaro's backing vocals works brilliantly. "Single" is a slow haunting track that has element of Jane's Addiction from "Ritual De Lo Habitual". "Get At 'Em" features Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers on voclas and he adds to its funkiness, he also features on the track "Fire In The Hole". The album is packed full of great tracks such as "Dirge" the seven minute long "America" and "Wait For History". The album is over an hour long but it's an album you can easily lose yourself in.

Many people have said that Porno For Pyros self titled debut would have been the third great album by Jane's Addiction, people might change their minds if they listen to this long lost/hidden/undiscovered gem of an album. They never toured and a year later Dave Navarro had joined the Red Hot Chilli Peppers but what remains is some great musicianship and songs. A great album!


Survival Of The Dead [Blu-ray]
Survival Of The Dead [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Alan Van Sprang
Price: 7.00

2.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE WEAKEST DEAD'S YET, 27 Jun 2011
Coming on the back of the enjoyable and clever "Diary Of The Dead" it's sad to say that "Survival Of The Dead" is quite a weak zombie film. Which is a pity as it seemed that George A. Romero had re awoken his own franchise with 2005's highly successful "Land of the Dead". This movie just feels real weak compared to all previous entries, in fact the zombies barely play a part and there's no scenes that will have you jumping, Yes it could be to do with the budget of only 4 million but Romero's never really had big budgets before and after all "Diary Of The Dead" only had a budget of 2 million.

The movie basically picks up where the last movie ends in that a bunch of renegade soldiers rob the belongings of the cast of "Diary Of The Dead", while this is going on there's a war going on an island that is supposed to be zombie free. Of course everyone will descend on to this island and battle the zombies, but unfortunately it doesn't work that way and the story turns into who gets control of the island and the Zombies are really only in the background.

There is no extras included and the movie has a dated feel to it and if Romero's name wasn't attached to it we probably won't make it till the end. If you have seen the previous dead's then it's worth a look but if you only have a passing interest then don't bother!


Belkin AV Home Cinema Surge Protector - 8 socket, Tel/AV protection
Belkin AV Home Cinema Surge Protector - 8 socket, Tel/AV protection

4.0 out of 5 stars SLEEP EASIER AT NIGHT, 27 Jun 2011
Having lost a Sky Hd box, got a badly damaged subwooofer, blown speakers and a blown Blu Ray player over a length of time usually due to lightning and power surges I decided it was high time to get some protection for my many electrical items and stop the flow of money that i had to pay to either fix or replace damaged items. Step forward Belkin AV Home Cinema Surge Protector!!

Thankfully now I know when I sleep at night or the next batch of lightning comes around, my electrical items will be protected. My Subwoofer which had got a particularly bad doing so much that any big bass noises would have it making strange noises is now working fine after being hooked up to the Belkin Surge Protector.

If you consider how much money you spend on the best Amps' TV's and other essential high quality products and that you then overload them into cheap sockets it's no wonder so much stuff gets damaged. The first thing you should really buy is some Surge protection and with The Belkin Surge Protector you are getting a good quality product that will protect your valuable items. It also has 8 sockets that leave enough space for each plug to fit into. No home should be without one.


UFC 125: Resolution [DVD]
UFC 125: Resolution [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frankie Edgar
Offered by Kryonet
Price: 10.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EDGAR & MAYNARD SERVE UP A NEW YEAR THRILLER!!, 9 Jun 2011
This review is from: UFC 125: Resolution [DVD] (DVD)
on January 1, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada Lightweigts Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard went toe to toe in a classic back and forth match that even though it was taking place on January 1st staked a very EARLY claim for 2011's match of the year. Frankie Edgar as the defending champion was out to avenge his only loss against number one contender Xtreme Couture stand out Gray Maynard. Would Edgar once again overcome the odds like he did against BJ Penn or would Maynard superior wrestling prove to much for Edgar like it did back at Florian vs. Lauzon Fight Night back in April 2008. All i can say is that this fight was one of the most gripping that i have seen!

UFC 125 was originally to have Shane Carwin fight Roy Nelson, but a combination of event s put paid to that, so in the co main event hard hitters Chris Leben and Brian Stann went head to head, Leben is hardly ever in a bad fight and both fighters go looking for a KO early. Brazilian Thiago Silva who hadn't fought in nearly a year took on Brandon Vera in what was a good fight, however this fight would be shrouded in controversy weeks afterwards. Scrap pack fighter and brother of Nick, Nate Diaz battled Dong Hyun Kim in an entertaining battle. Speaking of entertaining Clay Guida brings his 100 miles an hour fight pace to the Octagon to fight International superstar Takanori Gomi. On the undercard which is included Josh Grispi fights Dustin Poirier knowing a win would give him a Featherwight title shot, Grispi was originally to fight Champion Jose Aldo at this event.

As usual these 2 disc UFC DVD are jam packed with features including all the preliminary fights as well as the always excellent countdown show which is what you should watch first if you have not already seen the event. The weigh ins are included as well so get ready for some stare down's. UFC 125 started the year off with a bang for the UFC and is well worth owning.


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