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Memoirs Of A Murderer
Memoirs Of A Murderer
Price: 10.36

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, repetitive and downright laughable!, 27 Aug 2014
This review is from: Memoirs Of A Murderer (Audio CD)
There has been so much hype about this album that as an avid metalhead I had to check it out. Right off the bat I knew I was in for a letdown. Sounding like a duller version of Slipknot with even more laughable lyrics this band does nothing new. I get that these lyrics are meant to be edgy and "Real" but crap lyrics are crap lyrics, period; the spoken word track is downright embarrassing. With so many brilliant metal bands releasing albums all the time I don't see any reason why anyone would enjoy this. Try Kreator, Machine Head, Accept, Arch Enemy or even Behemoth for real musicianship and songwriting chops! I rarely sell any of my albums but frankly, I'm embarrassed to have this in my collection.


Nemesis [Digipack]
Nemesis [Digipack]
Price: 16.44

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Stratovarius have ever sounded!, 29 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Nemesis [Digipack] (Audio CD)
I have been a Stratovarius fan for most of my life, I discovered the band as a child and have lved them ever since. I have to admit I id not care too much for Elysium but this album is just unbelievable! Some of the catchiest melodies the band have ever come up with and the best thing of all i the consistency. There is also quite a clear Amaranthe influence on this record, with electronic sounds littered throughout and this is by no means a bad thing as it works so well. Every song on his album is amazing and I'd struggle to choose a favourite! Standouts for me though are: Unbreakable, Fantasy, Dragons, Halcyon Days and If The Story Is Over.


The Nexus
The Nexus
Price: 6.92

3.0 out of 5 stars A must own for any metalhead, 26 Mar 2013
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This review is from: The Nexus (Audio CD)
Amaranthe are a rarity in the Metal genre; they have the ability to appeal to almost anyone. Catchy almost poppish chorus' mixed with soaring Power Metal vocals and further mixed with fierce screams from Andy. This is their second album and is a worthy follow up to their amazing debut album. Heavier in places but also cheesier in places (Electroheart). If you have ANY taste in music you must buy this album! Standout tracks for me are: The Nexus, Burn With Me, Stardust and Afterlife. This isn't to say that all the songs are amazing as there is some filler on this disc but overall a solid release!


Address The Nation
Address The Nation
Price: 8.29

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic!, 5 April 2012
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If you love 80s rock; from foreigner to ratt, journey to bon jovi you MUST buy this CD! This, their 3rd album is BY FAR there strongest. Each song is worthy of being the single from this album and I will be interested to see which song their upcoming music video is for. BUY IT!


Age of the Joker (2 CD, Digipack, Limited Edition)
Age of the Joker (2 CD, Digipack, Limited Edition)
Price: 9.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Edguy on the Upline!, 29 Aug 2011
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After dividing fans and critics with their previous album Tinnitus Sanctus (which WAS my personal favourite; the important word there being `was', just ahead of Rocket Ride) Edguy have returned three long years later with `Age of the Joker'. As with Edguy and Avantasia albums you know it's not going to be a bad record; but will it be a great record? Lets find out!

The album starts on seemingly familiar ground, familiar but not rehashed. `Robin Hood' is the opener and will not disappoint any fans, whether it be fans of the `new sound' or the `old sound'. The opener is an eight-minute-epic, which fans of songs such as `The Piper Never Dies' and `Tears of a Mandrake' will relish. And keen listeners will notice a hilarious final line in the song.

Now this is what I call Heavy Metal! `Nobody's Hero' is the next song on the album and hits you with an opening riff which will quite literally rip your face off! Jens and Dirk definitely come into their own on this track. Taking the best from `Mysteria' and `Scales of Justice' and adding something new Edguy have nailed the `catchy chorus' on this song, arguably the catchiest chorus on the album.

The next two tracks are where this album gets really interesting, `Rock of Cashel' and `Pandora's Box'. Both of these tracks explore new ground for Edguy; `Rock of Cashel' has a real Celtic sound to it and `Pandora's Box' has quite a southern rock/country sound with the help of some nice steel string/ slide guitar work. At this point `Pandora's Box' was probably my favourate Edguy song to date! Its mix of classic rock and epic metal chorus work brilliantly, however it only spent the one second between songs as my favourite...

And this song is the reason for that! `Breathe' is the reason I love Edguy; fast-paced, heavy but light hearted. This song starts with a catchy-as-hell intro riff from the two guitarists and a synth and progresses into an instant Edguy classic, with all the cheese and fun that we've grown to love. I imagine this track will be a blast live, and only hope they perform it. Age of the Jokers answer to`9-2-9'!

While the next two are very good songs they struggle to amaze in the same way the previous four do. `Two out of Seven' is the second single on the album, and yes it's a good one but my problem with this song is the fact that the verses and pre-choruses are far superior to the chorus so I find myself waiting for the choruses to finish just to hear them again; but like I said a very good track, with another funny couple of lines at the end. `Faces in the Darkness' feels like a `Tinnitus Sanctus' track to me and while that is no bad thing it feels a little out of place on this album.

`The Arcane Guild' is another one of those catchy, power-metalish songs Edguy do really well, not much to say other than if you love the `Mandrake era' you'll love this.

If I had to pick a top three from this album, I would choose `Pandora's Box', `Breathe' and this... `FIRE ON THE DOWNLINE!'. Those words have to be shouted out loud! This song starts very well, slow and melodic, the clean guitars chiming away. Then... get ready for the heaviest, most amazing chorus line ever. `FIRE ON THE DOWNLINE'. Yep, got another favourite!

Now this is interesting, Edguy doing a prog sound? `Behind the Gates to Midnight World' is yet another new approach for Edguy and like all the other experiments on the album, they have succeeded. This is like other Edguy epics but with a new twist to it. The highlight on this track is a beautiful solo from Jens halfway through the song.

Cleverly the ballad on this album has been left for last. And it would of been a case of `saving best `til last' had it not been for songs like `Breathe' and of course `FIRE ON THE DOWNLINE!'. In the same vein as `Save Me' and `Land of the Miracle', `Every Night Without You' is a beautifully soft power-ballad with a classic 80s' sounding chorus. This song will not disappoint.

The bonus disc for this album contains four new tracks, one of them a brilliant cover of Slade's `Cum on Feel the Noize' similar to the Quiet Riot version but just as good. The other three originals are `God Fallen Silent', `Standing in the Rain' and `Aleister Crowley Memorial Boogie', the latter being the weakest of all the tracks on Age of the Joker. The autographed card was a nice addition to the pack, showing Edguy still have time for their fans.

Previous Edguy albums were great because they conveyed a certain sound brilliantly; `Age of the Joker' is great because there are so many different sounds on here from Celtic Metal to Southern Rock! Needless to say `Age of the Joker' is without a doubt the best album to date and never before has Edguy released such a complete album!


At The Edge Of Time (Ltd.Digi)
At The Edge Of Time (Ltd.Digi)
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 10.20

5.0 out of 5 stars A very well made power metal masterpiece!, 28 July 2011
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I won't go into too much detail, put simply this is a must have for any power metal fan. Orchestras, rapid guitars and even the odd lute are found on this CD. This is definitely one of those albums that grows on you, at first I thought this album was great now I think it's one of the top power metal albums!


Eclipse
Eclipse
Price: 11.97

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Journey's best!, 31 May 2011
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This review is from: Eclipse (Audio CD)
While I'm not going to spark an arguement and say IT IS their best, it is certainly one of. There is more variety and more power to be found on this album than on previous releases, and while it may not be as instantly catchy, give it time and this album will be one of your favourates. Eclipse is proof that lightning can strike twice!


Rotosound Nickel Super Light Gauge Electric Guitar Strings (9 11 16 24 32 42)
Rotosound Nickel Super Light Gauge Electric Guitar Strings (9 11 16 24 32 42)
Offered by Stargoat Guitars
Price: 4.07

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than ernie balls!, 3 May 2011
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I wasn't aware of rotosound until recently, but I can safely say these are the best strings out there! They sound great, have low tension and last forever!


The Crest
The Crest
Price: 15.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, genius most people won't experience., 3 May 2011
This review is from: The Crest (Audio CD)
Axel Rudi Pell is a guitarist not many people in popular media talk about when naming the top guitarists. However he IS one f the top guitarists, and this album is proof of that! Tasteful and technical solos and amazing vocals to be found here!


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