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Shot To Hell
Shot To Hell
Price: £10.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stunner, 26 Sep 2006
This review is from: Shot To Hell (Audio CD)
You always now what to expect from the Black Label Society, full on whiskey and beer soaked metal, and this new effort is no different.

Zakk Wylde has truly developed as a songwriter and this shows in his effortless shift from balls out rock and roll of "Black Mass Reverends" to the tender ballads like "The Last Goodbye".

Personal favourite on the album? has to be "Devils Dime" a 2 minute blast perfect for blasting down the motorway in your Harley (or in my case clio!)

Its not reinventing the wheel, but hell why change what didn't need fixed! go on, you know you want to!


Transgression [CD + DVD]
Transgression [CD + DVD]
Offered by trec002
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Evolution Of The Machine, 15 Sep 2005
Fear Factory have never been afraid to experiment with their sound, over the years they've evolved from the death metal approach of "Soul of a New Machine" to the incredibly polished "Digimortal" which melded the usual brutality with a number of huge sing (shout) along choruses, and even a gues appearance from b-real of cypress hill fame. since that album a line up change has seen Fear Factory return to their more familiar less polished sound, and this trend continues on Transgression.
Kicking off with the brilliant (but terribly named!) 540,000 degrees farenheit the band have retained the fury of the last album, but have upped the ante with all members challenging themselves to push they're musical talents further than they have ever gone.
There are several transgressions (cough) from the usual fear factory songs, for example the near 7 minute epic "echoes of my Scream" featuring Billy Gould of Faith No More fame on bass, as well as a song co-written by members of Lamb of God.
Also in the mix are two incredible cover versions, "Millenium" by Killing Joke and an incredibly faithful version of "I Will Follow" by U2. Fear Factory have been known to throw in covers to there albums, and these two do nothing to harm their reputation.
Overall a really great album, forwarding the band, though at the same time remaining familiar to long term fans. Highly Reccomended. 9/10


Chimaira [Limited Edition]
Chimaira [Limited Edition]
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: £6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unfolding Joy, 19 Aug 2005
Chimaira are a band tht have come on leaps and bounds since there (self proclaimed) lacklustre debut album. There last album "the impossibilty of reason" was a step in the right direction, but "Chimaira" shows the band on a completely different level. Gone are the obvious hooks and shout a long choruses of the previous album (no Pure Hatred type song here!) and in its place are complex riffs, epic songs and insane drumming.

In honesty the first time i heard this album i wondered what the hell the band were playing at and didn't appreciate it at all, i was expecting the obvious hooks and choruses of old. However it is an album that really rewards perseverance and repeated listenings, and has rarely been out of my cd player since i bought it because of this.
If your looking for a taster of what the album is about i would recommend having a listen to the tracks "Nothing Remains" - the album opener and a full on metal onslaught, or "Lazarus" - An epic future anthem.


Ascendancy
Ascendancy
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Metallica?, 29 Mar 2005
This review is from: Ascendancy (Audio CD)
I bought this after seeing it get some good reviews in the metal press, and i have to say its more than lived up to expectations. it has literally not been out of my cd player since i got it. technical riffing, brutal vocals, and the sort of catchy melodic choruses most bands would give there right arm for. the band are so young (some are not even 20 yet!) that you gotta wonder how good they're gonna get in the coming years, we could finally be seeing the start of the new breed of metal bands that will come to be as big as the Metallica's and Pantera's of years gone by. here's hoping!


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