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The Departed (2006) [DVD]
The Departed (2006) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Nicholson
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.80

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb, 8 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Departed (2006) [DVD] (DVD)
If you like Gangster movies this is an essential purchase - just buy it. No clues but the ending is superb and enthralling.


Sanctuary
Sanctuary

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mantis back to Top Form, 19 Jun 2009
This review is from: Sanctuary (Audio CD)
I've been waiting a long time for the latest Mantis line up to release a new cd but the wait has been more than worthwhile.

"Sanctuary" sees Mantis return to the level of the excellent "Nowhere to Hide" and "Forever In Time" albums easily surpassing their previous release "The Journey Goes On".

The opening track "In Time" a trade mark Mantis song sets the tone for the rest of the album though there are even better songs to follow.

New singer Mike Freeland does a fine job and new drummer Benji Reid combines with Chris Troy on bass to form for the best ever Mantis rhythm section.

Lots of great melodies and choruses with the usual high standard guitar work from Tino Troy. Top drawer production too.

Stand out tracks for me are "Touch The Rainbow", "Playing God", "In Time", "Restless Heart", "Turn The Tide" and the outstanding title track "Sanctuary".

A few refreshing surpises too with "So High" and "Threshold of a Dream" both rockers but not typical Mantis songs.

This is a must buy for all Mantis fans and I doubt if any fans of melodic hard rock will be remotely dissapointed.
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POLARIS
POLARIS
Price: £10.64

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Different line up but negligible improvement, 10 Jun 2009
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This review is from: POLARIS (Audio CD)
First of all I am a long standing fan of Stratovarius but for me they lost the plot badly from Elements Part 1 onwards. Seemingly Timo Tolkki was responsible for the unpopular change of direction so I had been looking forward to 'Polaris'.
I was fortunate to see a great live display from the new line up in London recently.
However the new cd is overall pretty awful. There are a few decent high tempo trademark songs but it has far too many fillers / ballads.

Stratovarius are supposed to be a high energy rock band (melodic power metal if you prefer) so why does 50% of "Polaris" contain exceedingly boring ballads. The last 4 or 5 tracks must be the worst they have ever recorded.

I buy a lot of cds in this genre and can't think of any other band that would even dare to put out a cd with so many ballads.

Clearly the new line up are not capable of writing the type of songs that Stratovarius wrote when at their best.

I strongly suggest you avoid this cd and buy the 1st Revolution Renaissance cd instead (Sammet and Kiske on voclas) which is Timo Tolkki's new band. Given my reservations about Timo Tolkki I had zero expectations for Revolution Renaissance but it came highly recommended so I took a chance and it's exactly what Stratovarius fans have been waiting about 9 years for - it's great.

But the recently released follow up with a different line up is awful. Like going from 'Visions' to 'Elements' if you get my drift.


The Guilty (MIRA)
The Guilty (MIRA)
by Jason Pinter
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous beyond belief, 27 April 2009
This review is from: The Guilty (MIRA) (Paperback)
So super reporter Henry Parker is back and hopefully for the last time. Written in 1st person (always a bad omen) this has to be one of the most ridiculous stories I've come across for a very long time.
The great grandson or was it great, great grandson of Billy The Kid has arrived in New York to kill 'bad people' (in his opinion anyway) with an 1873 Winchester rifle firing .44-40 magnum rounds.
Badly written, inane dialogue with pathetic characters this book has nothing whatsover going for it. One to avoid at all costs for anyone above 12 years old.


III
III
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £13.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Weak and bland, 4 April 2009
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This review is from: III (Audio CD)
I risked this due to the musicians involved but unless you like very bland AOR don't bother.

Not a single track would be worthy of a place on a PC69 album.


New Era
New Era
Price: £9.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Drawer Melodic Metal, 4 April 2009
This review is from: New Era (Audio CD)
I was highly sceptical about this release as Timo had seemingly lost the plot a number of years ago and the last 2 or 3 Stratovarius albums were hugely dissapointing. But having been recommended to try this cd I did and what a very pleasant surprise.
Put simply this is the style of music Stratovarius produced at their peak and if that's what you're yearning this cd is for you.
I was even tempted to give it 5 stars.


The Codex
The Codex
Price: £4.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Outstanding, 7 Nov 2008
This review is from: The Codex (Audio CD)
This is yet another project led by the magnificent Magnus Karlsson (now in Primal Fear).
I don't know how he does it as if he's not been busy enough with the excellent Allen Lande cds, Tony O'Hora, his own band Last Tribe and Starbreaker which is too light for my taste.
What you have here is 12 top quality melodic metal songs with wonderful guitar just listen to track 3 Toxic Kiss. Full of great hooks and instrumental passages.

Highly recommended for fans of Allen Lande, Axxis, Altaria, Primal Fear (last 2 albums), Empire, Edens's Curse and Evidence One.


The XYY Man - The Complete Series [DVD]
The XYY Man - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Yardley
Price: £14.60

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Superb, 30 July 2008
I waited a very long time for this series to arrive on DVD and I am certainly not dissapointed. Great acting, great characters (this series is where Bulman originated) and great shots of London in the 70's.

For those into crime series like The Sweeney, Special Branch, Hazell etc this is a must buy. Terrific.


Dark Passion Play: Special Edition
Dark Passion Play: Special Edition
Price: £13.20

4 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge huge dissapointment, 7 Mar 2008
I have been a Nightwish fan since Oceanborn. Their discography has been quite a mixture of highs and lows and Dark Passion Play is unfortunately as low as you can get.

No problem with the new singer she's the typical female singer you get nowadays in a number of metal and gothic bands.

The album starts off quite promising with the longest track on the cd "The Poet and The Pendulum" until the growling vocals kick in and spoil things after about 8 minutes. After that the track tamely slowws up and fades away with softer vocals but by that time the damage is well and truly done.

"Bye Bye Beautiful" is a typical mid tempo Nightwish song and perhaps the best on the album.

"Amaranth" sort of catchy but more of a pointless filler in my opinion.

"Cadence of her last Breath" ups the tempo a little but again a nothing song and just a filler.

"Master Passion Control" the worst song Nightwish have ever recorded it's pure death metal - horrendous.

"EVA" A slow boring ballad to follow the growls of the previous track and clearly Nightwish have lost the plot entirely now.

"Sahara" A pacier song that meanders along but fairly pointlessly leaving no lasting impression of merit.

"Whoever Brings The Night" A slight improvement with this faster more rockier song - fairly short but to be honest it's pretty much another unmemorable filler.

"For the Heart I Once Had" Another slow song dominated by the female vocals and not suitable for a symphonic metal band - quite awful.

"The Islander" Can this album get any worse oh yes it just has with this ridiculous folk song more suited to the soundtrack of Robin Hood. Penned by the bassist which is where all Nightwish's problems lie. Since he joined it's been a steady downhill slope. Why can't he stick to playing the bass.

"Last of the Wilds" This is a decent instrumental sort of a Scottish jig if you like that sort of thing.

"7 Days to the Wolves" Another mid paced ordinary song which is yet another example of the poor unimaginative song writing on this album.

"Meadows of Heaven" Surprise surprise a slow boring ballad to close the album with some choirs and orchestration.

So there we have it a quite awful effort from the new Nightwish line up. There have been many excellent "metal" cds released this year but this is not one of them. Poor quality song writing, absolutely no momentum, boring and far too diverse - Nightwish seem to have no idea which direction to take. Sadly a total waste of money avoid this album unless you are an absolute die hard fan.
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Houdini
Houdini
Offered by 5records
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stray at their very best, 4 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Houdini (Audio CD)
This was a later release by STRAY and a return to their very best that some fans may not have expected after a couple of more mellow releases.

Suffice to say that HOUDINI is argueably the best album STRAY ever released and a few of the tracks still feature regularly in their live set.

Highlights 'Houdini', 'Percy The Pimp', 'Fire and Glass' and 'Feels Like I've Been Here Before'.

This album really rocks and is a must have for any fan of 1970's British hard rock.

I should add that live STRAY never let anyone down and unlike most bands they vary their set list gig to gig which is how to keep fresh and keep the fans coming back. They are still on the road don't misss them if they come round your way.


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