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Them (Reissue)
Them (Reissue)
Price: 6.28

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Them, 8 Feb 2007
This review is from: Them (Reissue) (Audio CD)
As a big massive fan of King Diamond and Mercyful Fate, I would be interested in owning any of their works. THEM on the other hand, is the most successful album by the King Diamond band. Selling over 200,000 copies in the USA, and hopefully selling over 50,000 copies elsewhere. It is also the second concept album the King Diamond band has made.
First of all, the story told on the album THEM is striking, magical, spooky and gruesome. The story introduces King, his sister Missy, his evil Grandma, and his mother. It starts off when Grandma is released from the asylum. They said she was insane went she kept on babbling on about "THEM". The story is chilling when Missy and Grandma get killed. I won't tell you how though or the rest, all will be revealed when you purchase this album.
Another factor is that Michael Denner and Timi Hansen left the band during the recording of the album, and they were replaced by Swedish lead guitarist Pete Blakk, and transplanted American bass player Hal Patino. The King Diamond band became much more multicultural seeing King Diamond was the only Danish member, and Andy LaRocque, Mikkey Dee and Pete Blakk were all Swedish.
"Out From The Asylum" is a creepy start off point where Grandma is released from the asylum, and she enters the house of AMON. "Welcome Home" has two top class solos and the song is probably one of the best on the album. "The Invisible Guests" is a way of explaining who "THEM" are, and it has a good bit when Grandma says "Now you must go back to sleep, GO TO SLEEP, SLEEP", this song has an awesome ending, with terrific guitars, love that song.
"Tea" has another top class guitar solo with killer riffs, simply an awesome bit when "the knife cuts a tiny wound in King's mother's little hand." "Blood was pouring into the tea pot and then I heard THEM laugh, a drop of this in a cup of tea."
"Bye, Bye Missy" has a great chorus, and after the bit "The beautiful fireplace in the kitchen will do." It has an irresistible riff and a killer solo by Pete Blakk. "A Broken Spell" is a great song I think it's got a really awesome bit somewhere before Pete Blakk's solo. A nice ending, as well.
"The Accusation Chair" has a really intense, gruesome and bloody concept when Grandma gets killed, but I won't tell how. "Them" is an acoustic piece written by Andy LaRocque which is very melodic and I do love melodic songs, even if they are acoustic pieces they still rock!
"Twilight Symphony", well, what can I say, I just don't understand Roadrunner didn't put this song on The Best Of King Diamond Roots of Roadrunner compilation album, it's very melodic and still heavy, with a very nice sounding chorus and King Diamond shows off his best falsetto and growls in this song, the last chapter of this stunning story is called "Coming Home"

"Grandma'?"
"I knew it was You at the door, I saw You from the window. Now come inside My dear. It's good to see You again, despite what You did to MY throat. "THEY" are waiting upstairs. Come. Missy is there too. She's sitting on Grandpa's lap. I bet You're dying for a cup of tea."

This album has a sequel, Conspiracy, which is a unmissable part of the story told on "THEM". Without Conspiracy in your collection, and you've already got "THEM" you are missing out on a big part of the story.
King Diamond has an impeccable legacy, no one is quite like him, and that, we hail him!
A great package when combined with the album Conspiracy.

~ Calum Fairweather (King Diamond and Mercyful Fate Fan)


Sony PlayStation 3 Console (60GB Premium Version)
Sony PlayStation 3 Console (60GB Premium Version)

23 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLAYSTATION 3, 29 Jan 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Playstation 3's have just been shipped to the USA and Japan. So right now, people from Texas to Tokyo are ripping open packages of shiny new PS3's, this stings a little. It is likely that a good percentage of you will be paying four hundred and twenty five pounds in exchange for Sony's impressive brand new tub of electronics. In this talk, I will tell you everything you need to know about PS3.
This latest console will change lives forever, with all its features. Simply, there is nothing better on the gaming console market when this baby is released in the UK. It has a wide range of capabilities; it can play the latest new disc, Blu-ray, which stores twenty five to fifty gigabytes of information. The Sixaxis Controller has a Bluetooth function for wireless gaming as well as a lithium-ion battery which is rechargeable, you can even play whilst it's charging up, the controllers come with a USB cable. It is has a motion sensor, the kids will love it, it's like the Nintendo Wii, but miles better!
The network is huge; it allows you to download games, music, extra content and movies onto the PS3's ever-hungry hard drive. You can also play online and chat with a webcam, you can also surf the Internet with its Internet browser. This can be done with a broadband connection. You can transfer data onto your PSP if you have one!
You will be amazed by the graphics it produces if you have a high-definition TV. Even if you don't the graphics will still be good, but not as good as they could be. Sony are planning a ten year reign for its new console, so the next consoles after the PS3 will have to be ultimately outstanding in order to thrash it out of contention. The PS3's appearance is also stunning too. It will appear all shiny, expensive and sexy.
The Playstation 3 has a range of extras. These include a DVD remote, HDMI cable, for connecting it to a HDTV. Sixaxis Controllers, Blu-ray DVD's, memory cards, memory card adaptors for all your old Psone and PS2 memory cards, the people at Sony don't want you to waste all your precious game saves, so that's why they built it. There will thirty launch games. The online service is absolutely free! The PS3 has every feature that the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii has and lacks, which makes it the best games console of all time.


Don't Break The Oath (Reissue)
Don't Break The Oath (Reissue)
Price: 7.06

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Break The Oath, 21 Dec 2006
Describe a top-class true heavy metal classic in 1000 words or less: Mercyful Fate and King Diamond are my most favourite bands right now. Mercyful Fate began their legacy with a self-titled EP in 1982, but it was a year later that MF stepped into the limelight with their impeccable 1983 release Melissa.

If you have read my earlier review on Melissa, you'll know just what I mean here: 1984's equally brilliant album "Don't Break The Oath" is just as good or even better, depending on the opinions of the band's followers you ask.

These improvements began with Don't Break The Oath's visibly crisper, in-your-face production, the band insisted in being present during the mixing process, as for Melissa, this wasn't the case. Classic tracks like "Nightmare," "Desecration Of Souls," "Night Of The Unborn" and "Welcome Princes of Hell" have god-like riffs and awesome falsetto from the one and only King Diamond. As for the lengthy 7 minute masterpiece "The Oath", it's a brilliant attempt to try to rewrite "Satan's Fall" off the Melissa album. The final track "Come To The Sabbath" displays King Diamond's excellent and yet creative songwriting, on "Don't Break The Oath, King turns out to be a very more confident songwriter than on the Melissa album, and often teams up with Hank Shermann to emphasis his songs. Michael Denner has some killer solos whilst Hank Shermann gives top class god-like riffs, Kim Ruzz continues his top class drumming well on this album.

It's a pity that Mercyful Fate never rose above cult status, not even in the metal community. But nearly a decade later, Mercyful Fate were resurrected and I hope, in future, that I can listen to the reformed version of the Mercyful Fate band.

Don't Break The Oath is a must have album for all KD and MF fans. Especially for those who are getting into their music. Top class musicianship and eerie falsetto from King Diamond make the album irresistibly undescratable! Buying this with any other ablum by MF or KD will make this an awesome set of presents for christmas for any metal fan!

~ Calum Fairweather (Mercyful Fate and King Diamond fan)


Melissa [CD + DVD]
Melissa [CD + DVD]

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa [Roadrunner Records 25th Anniversary Remaster], 18 Oct 2006
This review is from: Melissa [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
I found out about King Diamond and Mercyful Fate two years ago, now I'm really interested in their works! Melissa (originally released in 1983) was one of the first true Roadrunner benchmark albums way back in the early Roadrunner days. King Diamond is one massive contributor to the album, because of his eerie falsetto vocals and growls.
The musicianship on Melissa is so killer, and one of the most essential features that Melissa has. It has aged very successfully and is still timeless and that's not empty boasting. Hank Shermann and Michael Denner deliver great solos and god-like riffs that are so irresistible to any metal fan. It's such a pity that Mercyful Fate have never risen above cult status, even in the metal community.
The opening track "Evil" has great opening vocals and riffage, and a great somewhere along the lines of "You better say goodbye...". Super song though. "Curse Of The Pharaohs" has a great chorus and the demo seems even better on that album as a bonus track. "Into The Coven" has a very gruesome lyric in it, "Say after me, my soul belongs to Satan.." it's very cool to explore the Satan factor on Melissa. "At The Sound Of The Demon Bell" has a super riff during the lyric "I hear a bell..." and it's a very irresistible song which I'm hooked on.
"Black Funeral" is a short classic with a main superb stunning riff in the verses. "NOW HAIL SATAN.." I really like that song.
The biggest event on the entire album "Satan's Fall" the 11 minute song, that remains a masterpiece of superb riffs I think it has 16 different ones in that 11 minutes, Hank has clearly shown some top class creativity, although fans like me would think it would be very hard to learn on guitar!
The end track the title song is a good way to round up the whole Melissa album, it sure is a consummate heavy metal tour de force! Melissa has not only set a heavy metal bench mark for the eighties, but it set impossible expectations for Mercyful Fate to deliver a better album.

The special edition of Melissa has bonus tracks which include "Black Masses" and BBC Radio 1 sessions and demos. It also contains a DVD of a live performance from 1983 with 3 songs with exclusive commentary from King Diamond. It is a perfect time to remaster such a superb album as part of RR's 25th Anniversary.
1984's equally greater or even greater album Don't Break The Oath or any King Diamond album (preferably Abigail) is a good combination whilst purchasing Melissa. Mercyful and King Diamond are both together nonetheless, gods of an 80's heavy metal era!

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Demanufacture (25th Anniversary Reissue)
Demanufacture (25th Anniversary Reissue)
Offered by Rock&PopCDVD
Price: 6.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demanufacture [RR 25th Anniversary Remaster], 19 Feb 2006
Fear Factory: one of the most memorable industrial metalists to ever make such an impact on the world of metal. And never forgetting at the same time what an impact their recent remaster DEMANUFACTURE has made on tons of fans worldwide. This was one of the most wanted CD's on my list and I just had to get it, because of the music and the package.
DEMANUFACTURE is maybe the most stressful record that's been made, considering it cost over twice of what it was budgeted for. And also, it took a long time to record and be delivered! So no wonder everyone was freaking over it! But this is a newly remastered special edition with 2 CD's with rare remixes, outtakes, exclusive artwork and extensive liner notes. Which fans will love to get their hands on.
But now, it seems as if DEMANUFACTURE could've been released today,because of its futuristic and techno input, mixed altogether with a great metal sound and vocals from FF. The songs are almost all great or near fantastic. The futuristic sound effects are really "Boost-ups" if you now what I mean.
The title track, "Self Bias Resistor," "Zero Signal," "Replica," "New Breed," the covered song, "Dog Day Sunrise," and "Body Hammer" are the best songs which make this album and FF outstanding, all you need to do is read this, buy the CD, and be amazed.
But other good songs like the last three songs "H-K (Hunter-Killer)," "Pisschrist" and "A Therapy For Pain" are almost as good as the first seven songs, which altogether make up DEMANUFACTURE (but, oowwwww, wait for the bonus tracks, they're rarities too!)
There is also a bonus CD I almost forgot to mention, called REMANUCATURE (Cloning Technology), this CD contains remixes of almost all the songs on DEMANUFACTURE. This, by the way, has got me into techno music and I didn't seem to like it very much, but after listening to FEAR IS THE MINDKILLER and REMANUFACTURE through and through, I've came out with a new style of music. Also on these CD's are rare bonus tracks and one previously unreleased song which are all good enough to celebrate RR 25th Anniversary along with Roadrunner United: The All Star Sessions! A must have for all Fear Factory fans.
Describing FF's performance on this record is OK, Burton C Bell has done the best vocals he has ever done. Dino Cazares has made tons of superb riffs, but at the time of recording, annoyed the producer Colin Richardson, who banned him from the mixing of DEMANUFACTURE in London, England. Christian Olde Wolbers was the bass guitarist at the time, and joined FF when Evan Seinfeld from Biohazard told him FF needed a bass player. His best bass riffs are on the song "Flashpoint". Raymond Herrera has remained strong throughout this album with his drumming. Somehow, i believe that his drumming has became more faster in my opinion.
DEMANUFACTURE has obviously signposted a brave new world of metal, so get it all you FF fans everywhere! This album is #1 on my list of favourite albums of 2005, so should yours!
~ Calum Fairweather (Fear Factory fan)


Vampire Rites Trilogy: Books 4 - 6 (The Saga of Darren Shan)
Vampire Rites Trilogy: Books 4 - 6 (The Saga of Darren Shan)
by Darren Shan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Rites Trilogy, 16 Nov 2005
The second trilogy out of The Saga of Darren Shan, these books are as chilling as the earlier ones in the saga. Lot's of spooky, horrible to gut-wrenching and "you better be prepared, this part's scary as hell!" parts in this trilogy with the following books:
Book 4: Vampire Mountain
Book 5: Trials of Death
Book 6: The Vampire Prince
To start with, if you already now what has happened in the saga up to this point, you can ignore this: Darren Shan was a regular schoolboy, until he came face to face with Mr Crepsley and his spider Madam Octa, he then get's blooded, and eventually becomes a half-vampire, and follows them into the night. But this is now, Darren, In Vampire Mountain, goes on a deadly trek to Vampire Mountain itself. He then meets up with some Vampire Prince's and faces what happens to be a dreadful challenge.
Trials of Death is where Darren takes up his deadly Trials where it's do or die. It's as simple as that, will he succeed or get thrown into a stake pit.
The Vampire Prince is where Darren must outwit a Vampire Prince, or face death again, will he rule the night?
This trilogy in my opinion is an important part of the saga, so without this it'll be incomplete, so any new Darren Shan fans, or readers or horror buy this and the rest of the saga NOW! 'Nough said!
~ Calum Fairweather (Darren Shan Fan)


The All Star Sessions [CD + DVD]
The All Star Sessions [CD + DVD]
Price: 7.69

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roadrunner United, 11 Nov 2005
What an unbelievable idea? Something that no one else has done before, just superb getting all these artists together for a massive collaboration! The All Star Sessions is a fantastic way to celebrate ROADRUNNER RECORDS's 25th Anniversary, Roadrunner has an astonishing history and has given rise to some of the best and greatest well-known artists in hard rock and metal. It consists of 18 killer songs which are totally stand out, I don't really need to be more descriptive!
The four team captains were Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, ex-Brujeria), Joey Jordison (Slipknot) Matthew K. Heafy (Trivium) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). Those 4 were all primary songwriters in their own bands. Each teams would consist of a core of musicains-- two guitarists, bassistand drummer-- who would lay down the basic tracks for four original songs written by the team captain. Each song would use a different vocalist who would eventually shape the song. The captain would select a studio for him and all the musicians to work at whilst the voclaist chose whichever studio was convenient for him.
Some songs in my opinion are way better than others, for example Dino Cazares could write killer songs in only a couple of minutes, so he was pretty intelligent when it came to songwriting, Machine Head's Robert Flynn, is a good songwriter I must admit, but I have'nt heard all the songs he's written though. Joey Jordison is a key songwriter for his band Slipknot, I am a very keen Slpiknot fan, and own all their albums (Oh no, bettewr get their live album 9.0 before it's too late!) Matt Heafy from Trivium is someone all youngsters will look up to, seeing he is only a teenager, he is a mind-blowing songwriter, it's amazing talent he's got, at such a young age.
This album reveals all of Roadrunner's history, past and present, by having the earliest signings such as King Diamond, Fear Factory, a couple death metal bands in the past as well, to the recent signings such as 3IOB, Trivium and Still Remains. My most favourite Roadrunner artists on this include the team captains, King Diamond, Keith Caputo (LOA), Matt Baumbach (ex Vision of Disorder), Cristian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory), Andols Herrick (ex Chimaira), Josh Silver (Type O Negative) Tim Williams (ex Vision of Disorder, Bloodsimple) Peter Steele and many others!
This album and DVD is definetly THE METAL EVENT OF THE YEAR, because the artists and songs on this are all groundbrwaking and superb. This album is a must-have for all roadrunner fans (kids out there who just buy Roadrunner Records stuff), and all metal fans worldwide!
~Calum Fairweather (RR fan)


Chimaira [Limited Edition]
Chimaira [Limited Edition]
Offered by Music's Not Dead
Price: 5.73

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chimaira, 4 Sep 2005
Chimaira return with a stunning and yet brilliant self-title album, definetly one of albums of this year, or one of the heaviest, as an answer to their 2003 breakthrough "The Impossibility Of Reason", they have made an achievement with this album, and it'll be a miracle if the boys and Metal Moses can make an even better release next time.
So to start with, 10 killer tracks of uncomprising brutal heaviness, "Nothing Remains" was written on the day of Dimebag Darrel's death, but it has an ear bleeding chorus, "I've silenced the pain" is one of the quotes you'll hear when Mark Hunter does the most painful screaming, but the song awesome and throughout this album, there are multiple guitar solos to check out, "Save Ourselves" has a good chorus, and has a guitar solo which makes it doubly interesting, "Inside the Horror" has a good bit which goes like this, "The sun starts to fade away..." and the music inbetween the lines is awesome.
"Salvation" on the other hand has good vocals in the chorus and the chorus itself is fantasic, good guitatr solo in that to. "Comatose" has a real heavy chorus and pretty frightening lyrics from Mark Hunter. Before the album was released, I have heard the vocal sessions for this next song in the chorus, "Left For Dead" here is a quote, "Thrown away, left for dead, how could you choose money instead?"
"Everthing You Love starts of very greatly, but the chorus is good too, the most awesomest guitar solo in this song, watch out for it. "Bloodlust" has another scary quote, "I never wanted this world to be better, I always wanted this world to suffer..." a pretty good bit there.
The lyrics for "Pray For All" will always be stuck inside my head, cause I can't forget how ruthless there are. The final song "Lazarus" is a personal track about a friend who commited suicide.
The limited "Black Box" edition of this album also contains the songs "Clayden" and "Malignant" and live tracks to boot, so Buy This now, it is just ONE of the albums you gotta hear this year, Enjoy!
~ Calum Fairweather (Chimaira Fan)


Vampire Blood Trilogy: Books 1 - 3 (The Saga of Darren Shan)
Vampire Blood Trilogy: Books 1 - 3 (The Saga of Darren Shan)
by Darren Shan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.96

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Blood Trilogy, 2 Aug 2005
The Vampire Blood Trilogy, the first three books of The Saga Of Darren Shan, scary indeed to begin with, and gripping which leaves the reader hungry for more...loads of scary bits in these three books you are now lucky to receive as one whole book.
Book 1: Cirque Du Freak
Book 2: The Vampire's Assistant
Book 3: Tunnels of Blood
Cirque Du Freak, the beginning, where Darren meets Mr Crepsley and follows him into the night, but Darren's friend is in trouble and Mr Crepsley is the only one who can help him, but it isn't an easy sacrifice to make, find out more when you read...
The Vampire's Assistant, this book is the second, where Darren struggles a bit with his new life as Mr Crepsley's assisstant, and also he resists the one temptation that can keep him strong and alive...blood, one more thing is there's a really scary bit in this book, more revealed when you buy...
Tunnels Of Blood, the third book, where Darren finds out about vampaneze and their kind, also he meets a girl called Debbie which is under threat, you definetly need to buy this trilogy now to read more...
~ Calum Fairweather (Darren Shan fan)


The Demonata (1) - Lord Loss
The Demonata (1) - Lord Loss
by Darren Shan
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Loss, 31 July 2005
After reading the first 12 books by Darren Shan, I knew there'd be more, and so there was, Lord Loss, Book 1 of The Demonata, it's really scary, and Darren Shan is showing his best.
Lord Loss is a Demon Master, and Grubbs Grady encounters him whilst his parents and sister are dead, also one more thing, the Gradys are chess fanatics, Grubbs isn't better at chess than his relatives though but when he plays Lord Loss, it becomes a different matter.
In this book there are loads of scary and nail-biting bits and is the best book that Darren Shan has ever written in my personal opinion, can't wait for the sequel, Demon Thief, coming out soon.
If you were a fan of the first 12 books, you'll will definetly enjoy this, and ofcoure it will leave gasping for breath, and emotionally spent under this total inimitable brand of horror and chaos.
~ Calum Fairweather (Darren Shan fan)


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