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Desideratum
Desideratum
Price: £10.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necro Armageddon Unleashed!, 27 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Desideratum (Audio CD)
This is the sound of Necro on a universal scale, as it strides across the universe to wipe out the stars, and thus unleash (the sound of) Armageddon! The album is unrelenting, it just doesn't stop! There is not a bad/dull track on this album, every song is engaging full of depth with unique elements, making it hard to pick a favourite overall track.
The vocals are particularly impressive from V.I.T.R.I.O.L (Dave), from his horrific screams to his operatic vocal styling's on tracks like 'Idol'. Desideratum is arguable Dave's best work/performance to date!
Musicality wise, Mick has out done himself on the riff front, and (to me) in some aspects Desideratum/Mick seems to nod/pay homage to every previous AN outing. For instance the track 'Sub Specie . . .' screams of Domine Non Es Dignus, whilst 'Unleash' takes a leaf from Eschaton. 'The One Thing Needful' even nods to Mick's other band Suffer Well, and has an eerie Fukpig style opening. Probably the most noticeable element this time round is the electronica, provided by DJ/Producer Gore-Tech (who has supported AN on tour). "Purists" may hate it, but here the electronica has been incorporated like concrete, as if it has always been a part of Anaal Nathrakh sound, it really adds depth and more carnage to the overall assault of sound that you hear, and is much more better suited/used here than it was on Passion and Vanitas.
Online some people have been criticizing the production, saying the vocals aren't loud enough and you can't make them out? I think the production is brilliant and is part of what makes this album so immense, if you want a cacophony of sound then this does exactly what it says on the tin!

For me Desideratum is the album of the year! Is it AN's best album? The purists will say no, that honour will always reside with 'The Codex Necro'. My favourite album is 'In the Constellation . . .', followed by Codex, but Desideratum certainly looks set to give 'In the Constellation . . .' a good run for its money in my book!


Reincarnate
Reincarnate
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Unstoppable? Not quite, 21 Sep 2014
This review is from: Reincarnate (Audio CD)
Creatures is still by far MIW's best work! Infamous disappointed me, though there where some amazing tracks on it, but collected round some very average songs. Reincarnate though is all over the place, there's no cohesion to it all!
Opening song Death March sounds promising as an opener, but the more you listen to it the more you feel it should have been a Hatebreed style song, faster paced with real aggression. Don't get me wrong some of the songs here are amazing, Unstoppable being the stand out track and possible one the catchiest and best songs MIW have written to date!
The albums overall sound reminds me a lot of Orgy's work with a more industrial edge, which isn't a bad thing, in fact it shows how they have mastered the electro material from Infamous and put it to much better use here. It real makes some of the tracks and is the true feeling of Reincarnate, listen to Final Dictvm and you will see what I mean, though in part it does sound like a techno goth/electro/dance remix of a metal song, still an awesome track though! However when you have a classic style MIW track, Puppets 3, with guest vocalist Dani Filth, providing high pitch screams to the heaviest track on the album, next to all the other electro tracks and the weird and very dull gothic WASP, this just sounds wrong when you listen to the album as a whole.

Overall I think this album will divide a lot of MIW fans, it's such a mis-mash, some great ideas and atmosphere, I really like the overall electro elements, a truly amazing song in the form of Unstoppable, but altogether this album just doesn't work as well as their previous outings, it feels like a collection of cutting room floor songs.


Attack On Titan: Part 1 Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
Attack On Titan: Part 1 Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tetsuro Araki
Price: £34.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flügel der Freiheit!, 15 Sep 2014
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Features:
24 page booklet
Episodes 1 - 13
Making of AoT
Chibi Theatre: Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1 - 13 (These never fail to put a smile on my face, and I'm so glad they have been included in the set)
Gallery
Textless opening and closing songs
US Trailer

Overall brilliant series had me hooked from start to finish, (can't wait for season 2 ) in some ways it reminds me of a Japanese Game of Thrones. I love the overall concept of the show and the themes the show deals with. The show is well paced, with some excellent characters, and the action scenes are just . . . WOW! Will make you want to put on your own 3D Manoeuvre Gear and fly through the roof tops!

Flügel der Freiheit!


Celestite
Celestite
Price: £11.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolves leave the throne room and ascend to the heavens . .., 10 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Celestite (Audio CD)
I've given this a good few listens now, and I keep going back to the start and listening to it all again. It reminds me in parts of Burzum's early instrumental compositions, but on an epic universal scale! There's no vocals here, which may upset some WitTR fan's, but I think this is compensated by the cosmic scope of the album. Its an inspiring/refreshing listen, and I love the idea that it is an accompanying piece/re-imaging of Celestial Lineage. If you close your eyes and lie back you truly get the sense you are drifting through the cosmos.


Sacrificium
Sacrificium
Price: £14.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Converted me to symphonic metal . . ., 3 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Sacrificium (Audio CD)
I'm not the biggest fan of symphonic metal, I like a few tracks here and there, but never enough to buy a whole album. I just find they often become tedious listens, with the music often over shadowing the vocal elements or all the songs sounding to similar. . .

This has now stopped with Xandria and Sacrificium! This is a brilliant album and had me hooked all the way through from the first listen that I went straight back and listened to it all again. Every song has a unique feel and nothing sounds 'same-y'. Stand out tracks for me include epic opener 'Sacrificium', Betrayer, Until the End which has some great folk music influences, and the best track on the album Nightfall.


Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Price: £5.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Break out the Star Lord dance moves . . ., 3 Aug 2014
Now you can be Star Lord wherever you go. If you've seen the film and loved the music, this is the soundtrack for you!


Aldious - Dazed And Delight [Japan CD] BSRS-24
Aldious - Dazed And Delight [Japan CD] BSRS-24
Offered by Asahi Record-We are a CD shop in Japan. You can buy goods trustfully.
Price: £25.01

5.0 out of 5 stars The Other World . . ., 13 July 2014
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I discovered Aldious earlier this year when I first saw the video for Dominator, and for me there is no other band quite like them, Japanese or otherwise. Amazing clean powerful singing (no screaming) with a great metal vibe, its really hard to pin them down on this album. Dazed and Delight is a huge step up from their previous album District Zero, and firmly cements Re:No as an amazing vocalist, and the rest of Aldious as brilliant musicians, the guitars in-particular standing out. Top tracks are the singles, Dominator, Other World (my favourite) and Butterfly Effect, but the rest of the album is just as engaging and some of the quieter songs have some really interesting ideas in their composition and execution, and even if you don't understand Japanese fully (like me) this is still an amazing listen!


Attack on Titan (Original Soundtrack)
Attack on Titan (Original Soundtrack)
Price: £5.89

5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC, 28 May 2014
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Amazing original epic soundtrack for an amazing series! The soundtrack really encompasses every possible emotion, reflected in the series/subject material. I could (and do) listen to this all day and not get bored, and I can not wait for the second album to be released.


Babymetal
Babymetal
Price: £22.53

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Head a bang! Head a bang!, 28 May 2014
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This review is from: Babymetal (Audio CD)
Hugely entertaining and catchy album, with metal, dub-step, electronica, classical choral, pop influences which you will bang your head along to. From the opening death metal/core esque salvo of 'Babymetal Death' to 'Megitsune' the most Japanese feeling song on the album, to the brilliant closer 'Ijime Dame Zetti' (track 13), whilst Catch Me If You Can (track 10) is uncannily like The Mad Capsule Markets (An amazing Japanese band from around 10 years ago). Then their is the completely bizarre surreal song, even by Babymetal standards, that is Song 4/4no Uta (track 8) which even leaves me dumbfounded.
Overall this may not be true metal but its a damn sight better than some bands who label themselves as metal or even pop for that matter its just great fun!


Butcher Babies [Explicit]
Butcher Babies [Explicit]

5.0 out of 5 stars Circus of amazing horrors, 24 Jan 2014
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WOW, What an EP! Grabs you buy the throat and doesn't let go! It's a mini circus of horrors wound up into 4 tracks of intense catchy metal. The duel vocals are brilliant, equally on the screams and melodic parts, there is something very refreshing and vitalising about them (and the band), which grabs your attention making them stand out and apart from other female fronted bands. I would recommend listening to National Bloody Anthem first, as this makes a great opening track, and sounds like the bands mission statement. The best track is a toss up between Axe Wound and Mr Slow Death, whilst 'Jesus Needs More Babies . . .' sounds very much like a refined Lamb of God track. The only problem with the EP is its just way to short.


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