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Where The Corpses Sink Forever
Where The Corpses Sink Forever
Price: £9.69

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly phenomenal., 10 Feb. 2013
Up until recently my favourite metal album was an easy decision to make, until I heard Where the Corpses Sink Forever. This album is without doubt a masterpiece. It's a concept album detailing the horrors of war, and the certain horrors a particular solider has faced throughout WWII. Essentially, his soul has been trapped and he's made to suffer for all eternity, reliving the events of this album over and over again.

I personally wouldn't listen to a concept album to turn it off after one or two songs, I put it on, and it's left there until the very end, and this no exception. Coming in at around 45 minutes, it's fairly light listening material. Within these 45 minutes the listener is subjected to some of the most fantastic symphonic black metal musicianship imaginable. Carach Angren consists of 3 musicians:

Seregor - Vocals and guitar.
Ardek - Keyboards, backing vocals.
Namtar - Drums.

Each musician certainly know how to play, and there isn't a single song on this album where that really doesn't shine through. Seregor's guitar work is awesome, and his vocals are perfect. Harsh rasps that are unique in every way. Ardek's keyboards are haunting and take on an almost spectral aspect, they seem to permeate through every musical fibre on this album. And finally, Namtar's drumming is furiously precise.

The album starts off with the very creepy 'An Ominous Recording' which is nothing but a haunting piece of dialogue played over the sound of heavy rainfall. The recording details our chosen soldiers actions in executing 7 prisoners of war, each shot ringing loudly throughout the 2 minute opening. What follows are a further 8 songs, each more horrifically eerie and scary than the last. The subject material certainly isn't light hearted by any stretch of the imagination as this is purely an album created to creep you out. Subject matter ranges from armies of ghosts to a child that has foretold of death. There's even a song about cannibalistic doctors.

As the final song fades out, and we hear the same heavy rainfall from the opening, we can't help but wonder the fate of this doomed soldier as the album comes full loop, and he's forced to suffer it all over again. I can't do any justice to this album with this review alone, go and listen to it.

All in all, a perfect example of how symphonic black metal should be played. Forget the orchestral choirs that have long been associated with symphonic BM, this is the real deal. Stand out tracks for me our 'The Funerary Dirge of a Violinist', 'Sir John', 'Little Hector What Have You Done?' And 'These Fields Are Lurking.'

10/10.


Vintage German Flecktarn Camouflage Parka.
Vintage German Flecktarn Camouflage Parka.
Offered by Army and Outdoors
Price: £21.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent jacket., 8 Feb. 2013
I bought this Parka a few months ago, and have gotten my money's worth on every cold day since.

What really makes this parka great is the fact that it's purely styled for warmth. There's velcro cuffs on the wrists you can tighten, there's a drawstring on the hood, there's a drawstring around the waist and there's a drawstring right at the very bottom. Tightening each of these ensures gives you that extra bit of something when heading out into the cold weather. Unfortunately, there is no lining, so another layer underneath is advisable.

Additionally, there are a tonne of pockets on this thing, so carrying around your items won't be a problem. There's two breast pockets, each with velcro and popper fastenings. There's an inside pocket on the right side, there's a small utility pocket on the right arm - handy for storing a lighter, pocket knife etc. And there are two HUGE pockets on the front of the parka. Each with it's own sturdy zip up fastening.

Another great thing about this, is the hood. It's massive, and I can easily wear a cap underneath it. Bearing in mind it's not waterproof, this parka is a really good investment if you're looking for something to purely help you cope with the cold weather. All of the above, coupled with the simple flecktarn design and German army flags stitched on the arms, make it a great addition to my wardrobe.


Dredd (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
Dredd (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Karl Urban
Price: £8.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karl Urban was born to play Dredd., 24 Jan. 2013
'Dredd' is probably my favourite film of 2012, being a huge fan of the comics I instantly fell in love with it.

The premise is simple, the legendary Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) takes rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) under his wing to assess her and give her a glimpse into a day in the life of a Judge. When answering a call to the infamous Peach Trees slum, the two quickly find themselves under attack and must fight their way right up to the top. All 200 stories of it. Simple, gritty and most definitely effective.

What makes 'Dredd' truly shine is the execution of the premise, the faithfulness to the original comics, and the fact that it has been untouched by the over glorified hand of Hollywood. Karl Urban is splendid as Dredd, portraying him as the cold, unbiased and brutal bad-ass he's always been. Given the fact Dredd never removes his helmet, Urban almost effortlessly acts out the character purely by using his body language, grisly voice and the lower portion of his permanently contorted mouth to give the viewer a truly convincing portrayal. Other noted roles go to Olivia Thirlby, who combats Urban's bluntness with a bit of character and colour, and to Lena Headey as main villain Ma-Ma, who to put it nicely is one hell of a mean b*tch.

'Dredd' certainly doesn't shy away from the violence, within the first 15 minutes we see a group of criminals executed in a particularly twisted way. Physically and psychologically. And the violence doesn't let up in the entire hour and a half the film runs. We see body parts exploding/popping, more bullet wounds then you can shake a stick at, and more to boot.

I feel I'm rambling a bit now, so I'll conclude. 'Dredd' is a highly violent, action filled gore-fest that has tightly secured it's place as the film Judge Dredd fans have been waiting for. Even if you're not a fan, the story and the execution should earn your favour. For a single disc release, the DVD extras are also a good bunch of clips shedding a bit more light on the films production, costumes and what have you. Good extras are always a bonus.

Give 'Dredd' a go, worst thing that can happen is you'll dislike it, best thing that can happen is that you join the hordes of fans who truly believe that the Legendary Judge Dredd has finally got the film he's been waiting for.


Beats by Dr Dre Solo HD with ControlTalk Headphones from Monster - Black
Beats by Dr Dre Solo HD with ControlTalk Headphones from Monster - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beats by Dr Dre Solo HD-Review., 26 July 2012
Got these today, and I'm currently using them to listen to a wide variety of music with and I must say they are brilliant.

With every set of on ear head phones, a 'warm up' period is usually an ideal way of wearing them in a tad. So firstly, if you're reading this thinking of buying a pair, for a day or so, keep the volume low so there is minimal vibration... you don't want to whack these pups on and put them up to 100 % volume because you will mess them up.

I don't claim to be an expert on headphones, but I like to think I know a decent pair when I use them... Beats Solo HD are decent. The audio is crisp and clear... the bass is boosted but not so much that it sounds ugly. I listen to everything from the heaviest metal to the heaviest dubstep and these headphones cater for my exact needs and make every song a sheer treat to listen to.

People have been saying that these are shoddy, uncomfortable and painful to wear, but all I can is that those guys must have gotten a dodgy pair. From what I can tell, these are comfortable and if you're careful, they should last a long while whilst providing fantastic audio quality til the very end. You also get a very neat carry case which the headphones fit snugly into and also a decent cloth for touching up the sleek design.

My only quarrel is that they do seem a little delicate around the headband area, but if you're careful I don't see much of a problem.

Maybe not worth too much more than here on Amazon, but coming from a guy who loves music and is always looking for other ways to improve his experience with music... get them :)


Yellow and Green
Yellow and Green
Price: £8.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yellow & Green-Review., 16 July 2012
This review is from: Yellow and Green (Audio CD)
Writing a review for Baroness' Yellow & Green was for me initially, a very daunting task indeed. This album is colossal in terms of musicianship, structure and lyrical content. Yellow & Green is also a HUGE departure from the two previous releases from this Georgia based Sludge metal band. Firstly, Yellow & Green once again presents us with the beautiful artwork by front man John Baizley, which right away tells us that this is going to be a very beautifully crafted album indeed.

If you're not familiar with Baroness, they formed in 2003 and have to date released 3 albums, all based around a colour. Their first outing was the incredible sludgy Red Album which was released in 2007, followed swiftly by the Blue Record in 2009. Each of these albums are heavy, very heavy. The riffs are thick and John's vocals are insane. Finally, we're presented with their third album Yellow & Green, a double album with all signs of insane sludge evaporated from the bands musical prowess.

It seems that on this album, everything regarding the 4 piece band has matured. The song writing is much more progressive and intricate than anything offered on both the Red Album and the Blue Record. Again, I heavily state that the sludge element has practically gone and Yellow & Green is more beautiful than one could possibly imagine.

John's vocals have improved ten-fold and his improved song writing skills complement this brilliantly. With both albums topping the 70 minute mark in total, I think this could be filed under a progressive release... a VERY progressive release. Each track demonstrates beauty in different forms and a lot of the songs almost seem to wash over the hearing and leave the listener basking in a warm summers glow. The production on this album is also impressive, which after hearing some of 2012's releases is becoming something of a rarity. So hats off to that!

As demonstrated on their first two releases, Baroness are great musicians. The guitars, the drumming... oh, everything about these guys is great and once again Yellow & Green doesn't disappoint. Allen Blickle's drumming is almost caveman like, think early Black Sabbath's Bill Ward caveman drumming. Thundering, pounding beats that one just can't help but nod their head to. I found myself almost rocking back and forth as I listened. Peter Adams and John Baizley's guitar work on this album is also worth noting. At times sweet and serene, and at other very rare occasions heavy and thick. All this, teamed up with John's soaring vocals create just an astounding piece of work that deserves every good thing said and then some.

Stand out tracks for me are 'Take My Bones Away', 'March To the Sea' and 'Cocainium'-each off of the first disc of the album 'Yellow', and 'Mtns. (The Crown & Anchor)', 'Collapse' and 'Psalms Alive' which are taken from the second disc 'Green'.

I'm in love with Yellow & Green, and if you can look past the bands sudden musical change, I'm sure you'll begin your very own love tale with it. Have fun.

9.5/10.


Reign Supreme
Reign Supreme
Price: £14.42

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reign Supreme-Review., 15 July 2012
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This review is from: Reign Supreme (Audio CD)
This is a pretty solid effort from Maryland Death Metal titans Dying Fetus. The riffs are thick and heavy, the drumming is super fast and the vocals are great.

The only thing I can say with negative regard for Reign Supreme is the strange almost Deathcore like sound they're putting into some of the songs. On my first couple of listens, I found Reign Supreme to quite generic and dare I say, boring? I can appreciate the fact that DF have always had that hardcore spin on their songs, but this for me goes beyond what I would comfortably listen to normally. However, after getting used to this new sound, I discovered something strangely special that was actually very enjoyable, and the song structure and technical ability of this 3 piece group do to an extent compensate for this new watered down sound that Dying Fetus seem to be running with.

Taking that into account, the entire album is an angry, world hating and generally savage assault on the hearing. Good album, but lacking in that certain something Dying Fetus have always presented before.

6.5/10.


At The Gates Of Sethu [Limited Digi]
At The Gates Of Sethu [Limited Digi]
Price: £8.58

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At The Gate Of Sethu-Review., 14 July 2012
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When a band like Nile release a new album, one can't help but be excited for all the joys said album is bound to bring. At The Gate Of Sethu is Nile's seventh album and still Nile reign on high as princes, nay Kings of Technical Death Metal mastery. The drumming is blisteringly fast, the guitars are super quick and the vocals are fantastic. With that, I'll get into the review.

The vocals on ATGOS feel and indeed sound completely different to anything Nile have previously released. The deep growls are more inaudible than before, what was once super scary growls have become more low rumbles. Usually this would be a bad thing, but the atmospheric quality this brings is nothing short of brilliance, and luckily, you can still hear the lyrics. Other vocals on this album took me by surprise, probably best portrayed in the single 'The Fiends Who Come To Steal The Magick Of The Deceased.' On this single, we first hear the low growls I spoke of, then we hear another surge of vocals that I can only describe as Thrash meets Death Metal. Very raspy, and very rough, and not something Nile have done for a good few years, but a new breath of fresh air is always welcome when listening to Metal. We also get some clean vocals in this single, admittedly it's only four words long, but it's a powerful and sweetly haunting passage that really rings through. I can only wish that this clear vocal was carried on into other songs on the album.

Next up is the musicianship. Nile are top musicians, and the song-writing complements the technical complexity to extreme limits. The final result of how it sounds is unbelievable. The drumming is quick and precise... as are the guitars. Typical Nile.

Once again, Karl Sanders also treats us fans to liner notes alongside the lyrics in the booklet, showing us his inspiration musically and lyrically for each and every song. Which as always gives a lovely depth and intrigue to the album, and is most appreciated. One thing I will state very clearly, is the artwork! It's some of the best Nile have shown us, it's all very dark and haunting. The digipak packaging also comes with an embossed cover with a murky silver tint to it all. Strangely beautiful.

My only negative to this album are the bonus tracks, two instrumental versions of a couple songs from the album are all you get unfortunately. But I think I can look past that.

For me, a brilliant release that takes a valued place in my CD collection. Not Nile's best album, but it comes bloody close.

8/10.


Thursday (1998)
Thursday (1998)
Dvd ~ Paulina Porizkova

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thursday-Review., 14 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Thursday (1998) (DVD)
I finished watching this film about 20 minutes ago and immediately felt compelled to write a review on it.

Casey Wells (Thomas Jane) is an average guy with an average job. He's an architect with a pretty wife and a nice, clean suburban house. When his wife goes away on a business trip, an ex-partner of Casey's shows up on his doorstep wanting a place to stay, suspicious suitcase in hand. We soon realise that Casey Wells used to be a ruthless drug dealer in L.A. and that Nick (Aaron Eckhart) is an old friend keeping a big secret.

What follows is a darkly amusing movie played out in the confines of Casey's house. Disaster after disaster occurs, each more horrific than the last until we begin to see Casey crumble under the pressure. Tom Jane's lead role is a real outstanding point in this film, very rich and intriguing. Other deserved highlights come from a truly disgusting portrayal of a corrupt policeman (Micky Rourke) and a strangely fantastic portrayal of a disturbed femme fatale (Paulina Porizkova) who, despite being a tad messed-up, is hands down one of the sexiest characters to ever appear in a movie.

Thursday is a black comedy that really excels in many aspects, the acting is flawless from everyone, and it all frequently reminds the viewer of Reservoir Dogs. While the film is very violent and quite gruesome at times, a fine comic aspect grips each every scene, which brings some much needed light-heartedness to the nightmares and unforgettable people that Casey encounters. Admittedly not for everyone, but give it a go if you love fantastic acting, Tarantino-like plot-lines and... fantastic acting. What a cracker.


American Gangster - 2 Disc Extended Collector's Edition Steel Book [2007] [DVD]
American Gangster - 2 Disc Extended Collector's Edition Steel Book [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Offered by richdiscs
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars American Gangster- Review., 11 Jun. 2012
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I have a relatively large soft spot for American Gangster. The combination of Scott, Crowe and Washington, the staggeringly excellent story and the stunning authenticity really bring this vivid, gritty and increasingly dark story to life.

This specific release of American Gangster presents the viewer with a choice of the theatrical release, or the extended version. While the extended version comes in at nearly 3 hours in length, I personally wouldn't have it any other way. Fans of Ridley Scott will appreciate the length, and I've no doubt will enjoy it to the very end.

The story sees disgraced cop ( Russell Crowe) Richie Roberts indefinitely struggling with his current predicament. A failing marriage and his late night law-school lessons are wrecking his life, and to top that off, for being an honest guy in the force, he becomes hated by his co-workers. Steaming along the same, intertwining, rich story is the character of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), a former enforcer turned heroin empire kingpin. In essence, the story is a classic 'rise and fall' gangster epic, with the classic 'good cop on a mission' mix thrown in. It may not be an entirely original concept, and as always we always have to question the credibility of 'Based on a true story', but American Gangster is truly a great film, pulled off by some really terrific actors.

It's always a good thing to see Ridley Scott bringing out a new film, but coupled with the team of Washington and Crowe, a sheer treat is undoubtedly in store.


TIGI Bed Head for Men Power Play Firm Finish Gel - 200 ml
TIGI Bed Head for Men Power Play Firm Finish Gel - 200 ml
Offered by Beauty Store Uk
Price: £7.62

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TIGI Bead Head review., 28 May 2012
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Having opted for a slicked back hairstyle a few months ago, I needed a gel that was strong and would hold all day. TIGI Bed Head gel does exactly this.

After spending a lot of money and many hours trying out different products, I'd come to a conclusion that all hair gel is flaky, horrible muck that is a pain to get in and wash out, but instantly after trying this stuff for the first time, I knew I'd found something special.

No flakes, great hold, great scent and with conditioning properties that excel, this really is something all men need to try on their slick, stylish hairstyles.


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