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Out For Blood
Out For Blood
Price: £11.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 11 July 2011
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I didn't rate their previous album and not a big fan of BURNING POINT either of which Ghost Machinery are an off shoot off.

However this is a huge improvement and suffice to say if you're a fan of catchy melodic power metal with clean vocals you're unlikely to be dissapointed.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album despite French vocals, 22 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Recidive (Audio CD)
Listening to French lyrics may put some listeners off but it shouldn't. This French band are an excellent bunch of musicians and having just seen them live in Paris with Heavenly are great on stage too.

The music is very loosely a mixture of Helloween and Stratovarius though the double bass drums are much slower.

There are 2 lead guitarists and they swap solos within each song rather than for each song so genuine twin guitars ala Wishbone Ash.

So good clean French vocals and very good melodic power metals songs.

Free Agent
Free Agent
by Jeremy Duns
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

10 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Book should be Free, 22 Jun. 2011
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Liked the sound of this so took a chance but you can't win them all and certainly not with this book.

Yes there are a couple of decent twists but I am always suspicious of books written in first person and that's the 1st big problem.

The storyline once you get into the book becomes increasingly boring mainly because most of the setting is in Nigeria in the late 60's after a Russian defector claims to know about a double agent recruited in 1945.

Unless you are genuinely interested in the Nigeria vs Biafra war then this book is at least 50% a waste of time. The rest of the book is just about okay but the main character is hardly endearing and to be honest I could care less whether he gets hanged or not.

There are so many better authors around in this genre that it was annoying to have wasted my time on this book.

In Paradisum
In Paradisum
Price: £8.34

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now this is the real Stratovarius, 14 May 2011
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This is TimoVisions Tolkki's new band and shows once and for all that he was the brains and the only decent songwriter in Stratovarius.

He's surrounded himself with some excellent musicians here including Andre Matos of Angra and written an album in the vein of pre Elements Stratovarius.

It's not essentially original but if you miss the old Stratovarius you can buy this album without any concerns. One of the best melodic power metal releases of 2011.

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Price: £8.49

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please retire before the legend is entirely destroyed, 14 May 2011
This review is from: Elysium (Audio CD)
I was a huge Stratovarius fan until Elements Part 1 when they mellowed and ran completely out of ideas. They soldiered on until the brains behind the band Timo Tolkki left. Eventually the other band members were allowed to keep the name and recruited a young Finnish guitarist to replace Timo.

Unfortunately this has not worked at all. There is clearly far too much inflence in the song writing by Jens Johannson resulting in an abundance of insipid boring ballands and meandering songs with basically no balls.

They are equally poor on stage with this new lineup - no stage presence whatsover and simply boring.

Barely one song worthy of the Stratovarius name here and even worse than Polaris.

For those Stratovarius fans who yearn for the highlights of the pre Elements days then I strongly suggest you purchase the debut albums by SYMFONIA and REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE (New Era) oddly enough they both feature Timo Tolkki. But don't bother with the 2nd and 3rd albums from the now defunct Revolution Renaissance as Timo quickly lost the plot with that band.
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The Defector
The Defector
by Daniel Silva
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and so so predictable, 14 May 2011
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Many years ago Daniel Silva was a very promising new talent and his first half dozen books endorsed that. But since then his recent books are nothing more than the writing equivalent of painting by numbers.

I don't think I have ever come across more predictable plots than those of Mr Silva.

The books tend to start well with interesting settings this time it's a very accurate description of Maida Vale, London.
From thereon this is now what happens in all the Gabriel Allon books.

Some nasty event occurs, Gabriel Allon is persuaded to do one last job (yet again). He assembles his usual immortal, boring team who then instigate at least one abduction. All goes well initially until Gabriel gets captured and beaten up before escaping. He then miraculously recovers to kill all the bad guys.

Along the way we have to put up with full bios of the repetitive inane characters who appear in every book even though they have all been described several times before.

Just to add more ridicule to the now ludicrous books that Mr Silva writes all or some of The POPE, The President of the USA and the UK Prime Minister either help out or meet our super hero.

Getting back to this book having run out of ideas on Middle East Terroism Mr Silva has tried to do at least one thing differently and changed the nationality of the bad guys who are now Russians instead of Arabs for the 2nd book running.

This character has well and truly run out of steam and it's a shame Mr Silva doesn't have the courage or is it talent to write a non Gabriel Allon novel.

In hindsight his first 3 books are probably his best and from memory none featured the ludicrous Allon and his immortal mentor who despite retiring years ago still effectively runs Israeli intelligence at the tender age of 80+.

High Time
High Time
Price: £13.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is very,very good, 7 Nov. 2010
This review is from: High Time (Audio CD)
These guys from Finland may not be as well known as the usual suspects from Scandinavia but they've hit the jackpot with their 3rd album.
This is top drawer melodic metal / melodic power metal. If you like pre Elements Stratovarius or early Sonata Arctica this is for you. For me it's a far superior release than say the new Firewind or Powerworld.

Visions Of Eden - The Lilith Project
Visions Of Eden - The Lilith Project
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Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biggest Disappointment Ever, 17 Sept. 2010
Virgin Steele are/were arguably my favourite band and I have travelled overseas no less than 3 times to see them perform on stage.

This album was a very long time coming but in my worst nightmare I could not have envisaged how badly produced and mixed this album could be.

The drums sound mechanical and I don't believe Frank is playing them. The guitars are so far back in the mix it is almost impossible to hear them.

This is a weak insipid album and although the songs are not so bad with such an awful mix this is not a metal album and not a album one can play more than a few times.
One could say it is a David De Feis solo album ?

On stage I expect some of these songs sound ok but Virgin Steele don't get out too often nowadays so I can't confirm that.

Hopefully the follow up cd due out in October will find Virgin Steele back in top form.

Blood Of The Nations [Digipak]
Blood Of The Nations [Digipak]
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Price: £19.92

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast, 6 Sept. 2010
Never been especially into Accept but following a number of strong recommendations decided to give it a try. Well all I can say is that this is one of the best metal albums of 2010. In the vain of U.D.O. with big crunching riffs as good as I've heard for a very long time. Production is excellent and I actually prefer the new singer who is similar to UDO but not as gruff. Not a single bad track and even the ballad (I really don't like ballads) is actually pretty good too. Who would like this ? Well I'd say fans of U.D.O. , Dream Evil, Godiva, Primal Fear and Shakra. I guess AC/DC too.

Radical Peace (Ltd. Digi)
Radical Peace (Ltd. Digi)
Price: £16.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Metal Album of the Year, 18 Jun. 2010
MOB RULES go from strength to strength and it will be hard to describe how good this album is.
Every track is a winner and the album is full of great songs, superb guitar solos, wonderful melodies (like 'Astral Hand') and great keyboards too.
I am certain all fans of melodic metal will fully enjoy this.
The highlight is a monster composition called 'The Oswald Files' which comprises 6 parts - listening to it gives you a chill down the spine.

This band are so superior to the likes of Edguy, Stratovarius and Hammerfall and for me have now surpassed Gamma Ray too. Don't be fooled by comparisons to 'Operation Mindcrime' as this album has more power, more melodies, more guitars and a far superior production.

Just buy it you won't be dissapointed.

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