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Harmony No Harmony
Harmony No Harmony
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The work of a band on the cusp of true greatness., 9 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Harmony No Harmony (Audio CD)
Million Dead's first album, A Song To Ruin, was a piece of brilliant, searing post-hardcore combined with intelligent, insightful lyrics which far surpassed all of their contemporaries. Harmony No Harmony builds on this but introduces a far more progressive element, The songs go beyond the traditional boundaries of post-hardcore. An example of this is Carthago Est Delanda, which begins with a subdued bass riff which gradually builds into an epic opus similiar to the title song of the first album and showcases some of Frank's best lyrics which have become even more original and sophisticated since the first album. Another example of Million Dead's exploration of new styles and methods is To Whom It May Concern which includes a choir (!!). This album is the work of a band in the middle of expanding and revolutionising their sound (which they accomplished without sacrificing any of their earlier rawness) similar in this sense to Give 'em enough rope by The Clash. Frank's lyrics of course deserve a mention and with Carthago Est Delanda, Holloway Prison Blues, Bread and Circuses, After the Rush Hour and Harmony No Harmony he has reached a kind of genius that none of his contemporaries (who tend to stick to songs about girls) can ever hope to achieve. The fact that Million Dead have dissipated is a tragedy because there is no doubt that this album was a precursor to a magnum opus.


The Shadow Rising: Book 4 of the Wheel of Time: 4/12
The Shadow Rising: Book 4 of the Wheel of Time: 4/12
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Jordan., 8 Feb. 2004
The Shadow rising is the fourth book I've read by Jordan and although it still suffers from the same problems as the others it is still a fine example of his work. The plot was as usual brilliantly paced and written with his well honed POV used perfectly. Perrin going back to the two rivers was as by far the most enjoyable of three interwinding stories with the journey to the waste coming a close second, with Tanchico being less entertaining. Unfortunately I have to list out a few criticisms which really apply to all of the series as well as to the book: Namely that there are an extraodinary ammount of carachters, some of which are hard to keep track of. As well as that each book doesn't seem to have a definite beginning and end, moreover each book seems like a chapter itself and my last criticism is that Jordan doesn't write good battle scenes, the final battle in Emonds Fiels being particularly short and anti-climactic after all the build up. I may sound a bit harsh but this is to balance out some of the overwhelming praise in the other reviews. The high points still have to be the carachters and their relationships, in particular Perrin and Faile and Rand and Aviendha, Mat of course is my favourite caracter in the series and he developed even more in this book and I hope the next book will focus more on him. Despite a few minor flaws, this be a good book.


Silverthorn (Riftwar Saga)
Silverthorn (Riftwar Saga)
by Raymond E. Feist
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not as it should have been, 29 Sept. 2002
After reading magician which in my opinion is one of the greatest fantasy books ever and one of the most epic this while enjoyable was something of a letdown.Rejecting the original plot that Magician was acclaimed for and opting for a far more traditional save the princess fare Feist dissapointed.Which is not to say its a bad book by any means in fact it is very enjoyable and page turning.Unfortuately this was little more than build-up to the final book rather than a stand-alone epic.
Good but flawed.


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