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World Painted Blood (Jewel Case)
World Painted Blood (Jewel Case)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't like to contradict you, but....., 26 Oct. 2009
....don't believe everything you read! The last reviewer layed into this latest slayer album by claiming that the riffs sounded recycled !!! Come on, WHEN HAVE SLAYER'S RIFFS NOT SOUNDED RECYCLED? The thing is, that this time around, Slayer actually sound fired up and excited by what they're doing. Unlike the last album, "Christ Illusion" which was 3 great tracks and a hell of a lot of filler, this album keeps the attention throughout (or almost!), from the epic opening title track through to..... well, second to last track "Playing with dolls" which sees Slayer dabbling with a newly rediscovered sense of melody. (Unfortunately, closer "Not of this God" sounds tossed-off and tacked on as an afterthought).
Slayer do actually try to branch out a lot more on this album than they have dared anytime since "South Of Heaven", the finest example of this being "Beauty Through Order", which is slow, brooding and malevolent until the halfway point, when the song just erupts into a breakneck thrash-out of the finest order.
A couple of songs leave you wondering exactly what they were trying to achieve ("Human Strain" and "Americon"), but aside from these more puzzling outings, this is a very strong Slayer album indeed. Tom Araya has never sounded better as he belts out those lines full of vitriolic bile, and Dave Lombardo's drumming is as jawdropping as ever. Recommended, it may surprise a few people very pleasantly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's commercial - But also their strongest to date!, 15 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Threes (Audio CD)
Whilst it's obvious that Sparta are having a concerted attempt to catch the ears of a wider audience this time round, they've achieved a sound which undeniably suits them to a tee. It's still all huge bombast, and rousing scream-along choruses but this time round with a new-found anthemic pop approach, which sounds scarilly like how U2 could have sounded if they had tried much harder back round the time of "War". (Now, a comparison such as that may be a little offputting for some, but take my word for it - It needn't be).

Songs such as "Erase it again" to these ears are strong enough to appeal to capture the hearts of an audience as wide as "Teen Spirit".

Brave, but succesful.

Three Sisters
Three Sisters
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A less than stunning comeback, 30 July 2004
This review is from: Three Sisters (Audio CD)
Eight years in the making, following an extended hiatus, Alice Donut make a much anticipated return with a new album.. and well.. it's a bitter sweet affair.
This version has a different tracklisting to the version you could purchase though their fanclub last year - and for some reason, is the much weaker of the two. The first 3 tracks on this running order are by far the 3 weakest of their whole career, and cannot fail to weaken the impact of the return of such an exciting, pioneering band. Plus the fact that this supposed reunion of the original lineup is actually missing guitarist Richard Marshall (whose unmistakeable guitar antics virtually 'made' the sound of Alice Donut) makes for quite a let down upon first listen. That's not to say that this cd is not without its highlights. 'Helsinki' holds its own alongside anything as strong as 'Magdelaine' or 'Mother of christ' from their back catalogue, and 'Kcick' is deliciously dark and compelling.
By all accounts, 'Three Sisters' is the 1st of a loose trilogy. It's an interesting start, and by no means a bad album, but A.D. are capable of much much better. Hopefully they are just getting back into the swing of things, and are set to astound their listeners as the have done in the past.

Scars Of The Crucifix
Scars Of The Crucifix
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5.0 out of 5 stars GRRRRRR, WOOOOARRRRGH, SAAATAAAN, ETC, 9 July 2004
This review is from: Scars Of The Crucifix (Audio CD)
Oh yes!! This is more like it.
After the lame, sluggish chore that was 'In Torment, In Hell', Deicide have rediscovered their bite - And then some.
Not since 'Serpents of the light' have they sounded so fired up - Every song is a complete blast; Intricate, yet reaching new levels of almost stupid extremity - I've listened to this CD almost every night for the past 4 months now, and I still find it... well .... exciting! Everything about it is over the top - Why go mach 10 when you have Steve Ashiem as a drummer? Let's go Mach 20! Why settle for a single vocal track, when you can have 3 or 4 at any one time, and a drama queen as big as Glen Benton for a vocalist.
This really does blur the distinction betweeen insanity and genius - It's just a crying shame that Deicide never had the good sense to deliver an album of this magnitude 5 years ago - They would have ruled the roost of extreme metal.

Serpents Of The Light
Serpents Of The Light

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their finest, 4 July 2004
This review is from: Serpents Of The Light (Audio CD)
'Serpents of the light' is almost punky in approach, each track, short, snappy, and catchy as hell.
No fillers here, and 'Bastard of Christ' has got to be their finest track, barr none. Highly recommended.

Luxury Planecrash
Luxury Planecrash
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD LORD, IT'S GOOD!, 4 July 2004
This review is from: Luxury Planecrash (Audio CD)
And you lot let this band split. Shame on you.
It's quite marvellous, and THE KILLS is something quite obscene by comparison.

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