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Unexpected Guest
Unexpected Guest

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's the 2002 muddy remaster again!, 28 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Unexpected Guest (Audio CD)
What a dissappointment! This Japanese 2013 paper sleeve edition is exactly the same remaster as the 2002 remaster, so it's got painfully muddy sound that ruins the whole listening experience. Get the original vinyl pressing. It's got more dynamics and much clearer sound.


Night of the Demon
Night of the Demon

1.0 out of 5 stars It's the 2002 muddy remaster again!, 28 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Night of the Demon (Audio CD)
What a dissappointment! This Japanese 2013 paper sleeve edition is exactly the same remaster as the 2002 remaster, so it's got painfully muddy sound that ruins the whole listening experience. Get the original vinyl pressing. It's got more dynamics and much clearer sound.


Shy
Shy
Price: £15.69

5.0 out of 5 stars This year's melodic hard rock comeback, 11 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Shy (Audio CD)
Swedish TREAT's release Coup De Grace was on my Top 10 list last year. This year it seems UK veteran hard rockers Shy will do the same. Shy's new album is simply put marvellous; melodic, hard rocking and proudly pompous with a few killer ballads. One would never expect these guys being older than 25 as they are so full of energy and enthusiasm. A killer comeback!


Hero Hero [VINYL]
Hero Hero [VINYL]
Price: £17.19

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you want to destroy your stylus, 21 May 2011
This review is from: Hero Hero [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Re-issue of "Hero, Hero" 2LP by Koch Records is pressed with so poor quality it's unbelievabe. Both 180 g vinyls are warped, filled with pressing faults; they snap, crackle & pop frequently with some additional strange LOUD rasping sound. On the last track my stylus gets stuck several times. And I bought this new & sealed, removed vinyls carefully without rubbing them against - already ripped! - inner sleeves.

Nowadays a sticker or a print on cover with "180 g vinyl" has become a synonyme for EXTRA POOR QUALITY - STAY AWAY! Check Wishbone Ash's "Argus" reissue (2010), any Roadrunner and laughable Back On Black 180 g pressings etc. They're crap.

Labels, take example from the Japanese and how they did their high quality audiophile vinyl back in the '80s! They certainly did not use 180 g vinyl...

If you want "Hero, Hero" with good sound quality, purchase the latest CD version (Koch, release year 2000). It's worth for 4,5 stars. Remixing and remastering improves "Rocka Rolla" material significantly. And yes, I know the band don't dig these Koch/Gull releases.


Wild Dogs
Wild Dogs
Price: £8.69

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal treatment for a classic Hard Rock album, 28 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Wild Dogs (Audio CD)
One of my favourite 80's Hard Rock album gets an incredible re-issue with this Lemon release.

I'm not usually very keen on CD re-issues because of the poor sound quality compared to original vinyls, but Lemon has done fine job, like they did with Maineeaxe and Tokyo Blade CD re-issues. Remastering is awesome: wide dynamics and no digital distortion at all. The feeling of the original LP has been captured faithfully in this CD.

Also the booklet with the interview with the members of the band by Malcolm Dome is excellent; the boys weren't happy at all with the album when it was released, yet it's one of their best and most loved by Heavy Metal fans.

A real candy for me is "Wings Of Fire", a bonus studio track among 3 other - live - bonus tracks, which are familiar from "Wild Dogs" and "S/T" albums.

This is how to do a quality re-issue. Thumbs up to The Rods, "Wild Dogs" and Lemon for this re-issue. Next The Rods' "S/T" and "Let Them Eat Metal", please!
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Dark Sinner
Dark Sinner
Price: £7.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torch is burning brighter than ever!, 27 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Dark Sinner (Audio CD)
The comeback CD "Dark Sinner" by Swedish heavy metal band Torch includes 15 songs. Vocalist Dan Dark is the only original member, and the rest of the band today is actually completely different than the one playing on this CD.

Torch was one of the hidden gems in the 80's heavy metal scene, quite similar to such great bands like Black Alice, Bodine and Gravestone. They released 4 records back then: "Fireraiser" EP (1982), "Torch" LP (1983, aka "Warlock"), "The Serpent" EP (1983, limited edition of 1500) and "Electrikiss" LP (1984).

"Dark Sinner" has 1 song from the first EP, 9 songs from the first LP, 3 songs from the second LP and 2 new songs, therefore it can be seen almost like a re-recording of the first LP - widely considered the band's best release - with bonus tracks. Does it matter? Hell no!!

The CD rocks like a wild rhinoceros running loose. Production is heavier & clearer, tempo is faster and playing is sharper compared to the original records. And Dan Dark has never sounded this good. Even thought the CD was recorded with modern technology, it has a nice 80's feeling.

My only complaint concerns about the cover. It's utterly dull. Torch's previous records (not counting "The Serpent" as it has plain white cover with information text) have truly over the top covers. They're fun, original and cool. Same kind of OTT attitude with the cover would have made "Dark Sinner" more appealing.

If you haven't heard Torch before and your heart is in the 80's classic heavy metal like Accept, Judas Priest and Saxon, Torch might be the band for you.

Welcome back, guys. Waiting for the new album with completely new material next!
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ENDGAME
ENDGAME
Price: £5.70

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heard that, felt that - why the hype?, 17 Oct. 2009
This review is from: ENDGAME (Audio CD)
I have every Megadeth album and I've been a fan for over 20 years. After pretty dissappointing, dull, United Abominations I really expected Dave & co. to wipe the table clean this time. They do not.

Sure, Endgame is better than UA; more powerful and better songs - but there is really nothing new, nothing that we would have not heard before. It lacks the freshness that The System Has Failed got. Endgame is like a band going on autopilot, safely, without taking any risks, without inner fire.

I'm afraid Endgame might lead the band to end their game. Metal is not metal without the fire burning inside. And the cover? It's horrible, a childish cliché.


Pyromania (Deluxe Edition)
Pyromania (Deluxe Edition)
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the scene of crime - and commit it even better!, 8 Sept. 2009
Pyromania was a tough choice for a heavy metal fan like me in the beginning of the 80's. NWOBHM was big then. I loved the first Def Lep LP. The second was OK, but quite, eh, commercial, and then, in the 1983, came thrash and speed metal... It was a crime to admit that Pyromania was actually brilliant; catchy, but very powerfull. Well, those drums sounded like 100% plastic.

On this remastered version the drums still sound like plastic, but after all, this isn't a remixed version. Remastering is excellent: clear, energetic, wide range of dynamics and no digital distortion at all, loudness war is forgotten here. This sounds million times better than the old CD version, although I still think Japanese vinyl LP has the best sound of them all.

The gem - or the other gem - in this Deluxe Edition is the second CD, a live concert recorded in '83. The band is red, hot and kickin'. Wonderful sound quality and what a set list! Material is from their first 3 albums plus a CCR cover with Brian May as a guest guitarist.

A fantastic package.


Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal [2008] [DVD]
Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Various Artists
Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the NWOBHM, 1 Sept. 2009
Don't let yourself be fooled by the name of Iron Maiden in the title of the DVD. The focus is not at Iron Maiden, but at the NWOBHM movement.

The story of the NWOBHM is told in chronological order, starting from the birth of heavy rock in the late 60's. The feature has interesting, and sometimes even funny, interviews and analysis from the band members, DJ's, producers and journalists who were involved in the movement from the start (-76) to the end (-82), as well as some nice rare footage from those golden days.

What this DVD lacks is a deeper perspective into the subject. It would have been great if they would have included examples of the real NWOBHM underground bands also - as well as rawer but yet highly innovative groups like Raven and Venom. But well, author John Tucker's - who is, by the way, interviewed in the DVD - excellent book The New Wave of British Heavy Metal: Suzi Smiled... takes us in those dark alleys.


Death Magnetic Limited Edition
Death Magnetic Limited Edition
Price: £12.77

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Back in trails - but is it a good thing?, 28 Sept. 2008
Seems like the majority of Metallica fans feel St. Anger [Bonus DVD Digipak to be crap and Death Magnetic awesome. Hmm...

I've been into Metallica since 1982. I got No Life 'til Leater demo tape then. Yeah, I'm an old fart. Both the demo and following three albums (Kill 'em All, Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets) brought something new in Heavy Metal, each one in its' own special way.

...And Justice For All was good, but nothing new anymore. Black Album was decent mainstream Metal effort. And like we all know, the band went downhill after that. Until St. Anger came. It blew me away, again, like the demo and the 3 first LP's.

What was found in St. Anger was a band expanding its' limits and rediscovering what is crucial in Metal music, energy and feeling. And those made Metallica back in the 80's what it is now, a classic Heavy Metal band. So, St. Anger a classic? Yes!

Death Magnetic has very conventional approch in music. Like had ...And Justice For All, Black Album, Load, Reload, S&M and Garage Inc. What rises Death Magnetic to same "good solid seven" level with ...And Justice For All and Black Album, are OK but mostly average compositions - compared to 3 first albums - and energetic musicianship.

Still, a good - although overlong - album and I have played it a lot. Leave out "The Unforgiven III" and "Suicide & Redemption" and you get 57 minutes of great thrash 'n bang Metal. I would have given 4 stars if they would have left those 2 out themselves.

And by the way, if you want it without ultimately annoying digital distortion, get Japanese SHM-CD version.


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