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Ghostlights
Ghostlights
Price: £9.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Avantasia release by far, 28 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Ghostlights (Audio CD)
Avantasia have been free wheeling down a steep slope like a truck without brakes for some time now. And this latest effort sadly consigns them to the bonfire - talking of which a few songs with some Bonfire style melodies would certainly have improved Ghostlights.
To be brutally frank this album is boring and tedious from start to finish. The longer songs bring a new meaning to the word boring whilst some of the shorter songs sound like auditions for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Can it get any worse oh yes the quite horrendous cringing ballads. As for the guest vocalists they all fall flat as no matter how big a name the singers are if the songs are duds they remain equally hopeless and unlistenable to.
How the mighty have fallen I used to love this project / band.
To add insult to injury I bought a ticket for their live show this week way back last year and am desperately trying to offload it but no takers so far.


Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation
Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation
Price: £10.74

2.0 out of 5 stars Lost The Plot (Again), 18 Oct. 2015
It's sad when one of your favourite band loses the plot and whilst nowhere near as bad as the horrendous "Visions of Eden' this new album is overall very disappointing.
The good bits : The first 5 tracks are all pretty good with the trademark Virgin Steele signature.
The bad bits : The rest of the album is pants. It's simply unlistenable and it's impossible to understand the logic in the song writing.
It may as well be two entirely different bands on the same cd. Virgin Steele and the David Defeis solo project.
Virgin Steele have this obsession with filling up the entire cd with about 75 minutes of music to give their fans maximum value.
Whilst the sentiment is to be admired it only works occasionally for example with 'Invictus'.
I'm sure most music fans prefer quality to quantity. And if an album is only 50 minutes of pure quality few if any will complain about the 'missing' 25 minutes.
And do many us have the attention span nowadays to listen to a 75 minute album.
It should also be pointed out that Frank does not play drums on this album despite sleeve notes to the contrary (he did offer to) and that the drum sound is 'synthetic'.


Walking Tall
Walking Tall
Price: £14.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Melodic Hard Rock, 24 April 2015
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This review is from: Walking Tall (Audio CD)
Shylock play solid melodic hard rock with an occasional harder edge. The vocals, melodies and songs are generally pleasant to listen to and this album doesn't let them down. Nice guitar sound too. Well worth a try if this is your genre.


Live with the Curse
Live with the Curse
Price: £8.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Curse of the vocalist, 24 April 2015
This review is from: Live with the Curse (MP3 Download)
I'm a big Eden's Curse fan at least I was for their first 3 albums but they have suffered the all too common curse of the vocalist and been unable to find a suitable replacement for Michael Eden. The latest singer in the seat is rather poor. I've seen the current line up live and it doesn't work at all for me not helped by the songs from the insipid 4th studio album.
The track list on this live album is quite good but the vocals kill it dead. Nikola was the wrong choice and given how long they took to choose him it's very odd indeed. Unfortunately he lacks stage presence and 'front man' communication skills too .
If you're new to the band buy their first 3 studio albums instead - they are all excellent. Sadly they seem to have gone down the AOR route with 'Symphony of Sin'


The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million: Written by Daniel Mendelsohn, 2007 Edition, Publisher: HarperPress [Hardcover]
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million: Written by Daniel Mendelsohn, 2007 Edition, Publisher: HarperPress [Hardcover]
by Daniel Mendelsohn
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Search For One's Family, 16 Mar. 2015
Mr. Mendelsohn has lost 6 family members in the Holocaust and has reclaimed their lives in "The Lost." This is not a dry, academic tome with statistics and analysis of the death camps. The author is a participant within the book as he successfully plays detective to uncover the fate of his relatives. The writing is nothing less than brilliant and never boring. He uncovers betrayals, sacrifices and heroics within the small town of Bolechow, Poland. Mr. Mendelsohn seems to have found every aged survivor from Bolechow -- this book is their witness to the Holocaust.


Astralion
Astralion
Price: £15.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Terrfic Melodic Power Metal, 2 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Astralion (Audio CD)
This is a top drawer melodic power metal release by the Finnish band Astralion especially impressive for a debut album.

What does it sound like well in my opinion a blend of Olympos Mons (not surprising given there are 2 ex members in the band), Freedom Call and a touch of Gamma Ray.
Packed with great songs. The guitars and keyboards complement each other perfectly. Great vocals by Ian HIghhill - not exactly a Finnish name !

I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the dumb 'anthem' song "We all Made Metal".


The Great Divide
The Great Divide
Price: £13.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Form - Buy It, 14 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: The Great Divide (Audio CD)
A major return to form after the very disappointing previous (3rd) album. A change of personnel sees Timo Tolki replacing Magnus Karlson and the positive changes are remarkable. The album is packed with some excellent melodic metal songs though the album does tail off a bit towards the end with the very boring and too long title track and the closing excruciating horrible ballad. But highly recommended all the same.


La Llave De La Puerta Sec
La Llave De La Puerta Sec
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Price: £9.06

4.0 out of 5 stars Retro Deep Purple and Rainbow, 14 Feb. 2015
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Don't worry about the Spanish vocals let the music do the talking. This is a great mix of Deep Purple and Rainbow inspired classic rock. Played by a highly experienced, talented and successful Argentine musicians. Doogie White guested on one of their more recent albums as have many other high profile musicians.


The Fourth Reich
The Fourth Reich
by Delbert L. Knight
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Poitically uncorrect !!, 14 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Fourth Reich (Paperback)
The Fourth Reich shows what can happen when a society turns a blind eye to Government activities.
America elects a president who's racist ideas are politicised as keeping the nation pure for hard working people whilst giving the welfare class their own neighbourhoods.
However the truth unfolds furtively as the President's politics, advertising and use of covert military operations lay the ground work for a new era of concentration camps.
However the President has an unwilling ally who wants to take him down.


Renatus
Renatus

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended hard rock / power metal, 24 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Renatus (Audio CD)
Highly recommended hard rock / power metal. The band have changed their style and to very good effect. Great energy , excellent vocals and genuinely good songs. Well worth buying.


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