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John McArdle "the_andrex_puppy_is_evil" (Cheltenham)

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Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £45.89

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope Of The States return, 30 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Left (Audio CD)
I am surprised no-one has been on here yet ranting and raving about how good this album is. Special mention should go to the DVD side of the disc, which is an interesting feature for fans and has some amazing sound track created by the band to go with the film. The album itself is brilliant, Sam's vocals have grown stronger, which as a result should mean people who were put off by them beforehand shouldn't have any trouble with them this time around. Left finds Hope Of The States shifting their sound slightly rather than each instrument racing outwards as they are layered so for example on first listen you might fail to notice Mike's violin on tracks such as 'Blood Meridian' and `Sing It Out' but on each listen you begin to pick out more and more of the song. Opener 'Seconds' is a brilliant instrumental although shorter than 'The Black Amnesias ' it is no less epic with the heart beat of bass guitarists Paul Wilson's then unborn son ushering in piano and guitar lines till everything builds and clocking in at 1:52 it does this quickly. 'Bonfires' and 'Industry' show a fierce side once glimpsed on 'The Red, The White, The Black, The Blue', whilst title track 'Left' and 'Little Silver Birds' shows the band doing what they do best with sad but hopeful epics as everything builds and builds. Lyrical I'd still rate Sam Herlihy as one of the best around, for example listen to 'January' the heartbreaking ballad about Jimmi Lawrence "I fell apart in January but fixed myself for everybody/I know tomorrow will be better/Without you all I don't know where I'd be" sings Sam and he means it. Overall this album is finds the band musically tighter and wearing their optimism on their sleeves. There's so much to cover so I'll just end it by saying go out and buy it, with time and patience you'll discover one of the best albums this year.

The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.94

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever., 8 Dec. 2002
This review is from: The Holy Bible (Audio CD)
To be blunt this is a vile vile record however you WILL love it. If you liked the manics since Everything Must Go or This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours then you may not like this album, you have been warned, in fact these two albums are polar opposites. There isn't a bad track on this album, not only is it good music but it makes you think which is never a bad thing. Richey's lyrics are dark and dank right up until the last full stop. The music sounds very heavy and fast, very different to the slow strings of TIMTTY James voice sounds possitvily scary especial on tracks such as "Faster" which features lines being sung up close to the mic and then far away. Also credit where credit is due James and Sean had a very difficult task of putting music to Nicky's and Richey's, thought Richey wrote the majority of the lyrics, Revol is proof of the manics genius at composing music.The manics at their best a classic.

Demonic Advisory Centre
Demonic Advisory Centre
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £9.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise advise for other bands, 18 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Demonic Advisory Centre (Audio CD)
Demonic Advisory Centre is a dark record , although not as dark as the holy bible, its use of Latin and subliminal messages on the unusual, for little hell that is, pop sounding You're all I’ve got in this lousy world make it all the more interesting and its great to hear a band daring to different in a world populated by slipknot, mansons and the like. Virus with shoes, I simple cant get enough of this song from the opening “YEAH YEAH”, is excellent Steven Ludwin's vocals can be sharp and clear and then suddenly become screaming balls of aggression on other tracks. “I’m sick of music of corporate sounds,” screams Steve at the start of Music Masochists a rant against pop groups and fake rock. Diseased monkeys open Hemotoxic followed by the brilliant Everybody’s Crushed, which paints an image of a twisted Saviour. Use you’re brain has the most catchy tune on a dark record I’ve heard since “Yes”.
This then rushes on into Music Masochists followed swiftly by the rather bizarre and humours but yet again catchy Mouth Of The Bull, which suddenly becomes serious at the end where the line “We summons you” is shouted down the microphone. Lose it now is very very loud make you’re bones move bass. Then queue the rather pop and moving song You’re all I’ve got in this lousy world however this illusion of popness is shattered when Steve whispers “you cant be saved you wont be saved” followed by subliminal message sheer genius talk about perverting from with in. Also worth a mention is the intro to Welcome to the D.A.C very amusing still trying to find out what the Latin means. The nickleback and co days are numbered Little Hell are here and thank whatever deity you want coz like Steve said, "I’m sick of music of corporate sounds".

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