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Frost
Frost
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blasting away!, 8 Dec 2007
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This is such a superb album.

Most fans of early Enslaved praise the debut or Eld.

I think this album is the best. It is so angry and hateful. The blastbeats and the buzzsaw guitars are among the best in Black metal.

Keyboards are kept to a minimum, along with other atmospheric elements, but they are still present and captivating, but embued with the energy of the onslaught of blastbeats.

There is one folky track to give one a brief rest before the machine-gun attack begins again.

The final track 'Isolders Droning' is absolutely haunting.


Rise And Fall
Rise And Fall
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great atmosphere, 8 Dec 2007
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Mortiis should have made an album like this instead of turning into a second-rate Marilyn Manson. It certainly should appeal to Mortiis fans, there is even a sample of some scary sounding vocals that are remniscent of that great goblin.

This is not a metal album, or even Goth. It is a collection of atmosphertic vocal and synthezizer tracks.

What made me want to buy this is that some of the lyrics are inspired by the Dragonlance books. That is rather novel.

The female vocals are decent enough.

I think it is pretty much impossible for atmospheric keyboard music with female vocals not to sound like Enya. I do think this does sound like Enya with all the tweeness involved (and I actually like that), but I think they aspire to be more like Dead Can Dance or Ataraxia.


Estrangement
Estrangement
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but something a bit lacking, 8 Dec 2007
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Drudkh have not been around long, but they have released six albums already.

There are not many surpises here. Minimalistic Black metal with a folky influence and pictures of trees.

This is rather more aggresive than 'Blood in our Wells' and the folk influences are less present than 'The Swan Road'.

I like the the use of blastbeats in places, but I don't think the drums sound good overall. Part of me almost wishes they had used a drum machine.

The songs are very long and a bit complex. The guitars suggest a slightly progressive direction. This rather reminds me of Opeth.

I love Drudkh. I think they are a fantastic band, but this album does bore me a little. I am not sure where Drudk can go from here. They have such a distinctive style that it is hard to see how they can really develope their musical output. I am somehow left a little unsatisfied.


Lugburz
Lugburz
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot better than I had expected, 8 Dec 2007
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This is a lot better than I had expected. The production is not brilliant, but for a Black metal album it is fine.

This is very different from the keyboard dominated sound of the later albums by Summoning.

It is angry, burning, blasting Black metal.

The nearest comparison would be with Satyricon's album, 'Dark Medieval Times' with a bit more synth. You can hear a bit of Darkthrone too. Even fans of Darkthrone's 'Transylvanian Hunger' ought to enjoy this.

The vocals are incredible. You won't hear many Black metal vocalists who manage to sound so close to Burzum as this.


Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent
Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We waited a long time for this, 7 Dec 2007
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Some of us fans of the old Mortiis waited a long time for this.

Many of us felt such an immense frustration at Mortiis' departure from the enchanting dark ambient style of the past and his adoption of a more commercial Goth sound.

We hoped that one day we might get the chance to hear this old material, this album, and the other re-release, Anden Som Gjorder. It happened this year and I will say with all honesty that this stuff is far better than 'The Stargate' and the 'Crypt of the Wizard.'

Why ever did Mortiis choose to move away from such a delightful sound?


Backgrounds to Dispensationalism: Its Historical Genesis and Ecclesiastical Implications
Backgrounds to Dispensationalism: Its Historical Genesis and Ecclesiastical Implications
by Clarence B. Bass
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very weak, 28 Aug 2007
This is a really weak critique of Dispensationalism.

Bass tries to show up Dispensationalism by demonstrating its origins in the thought of John Nelson Darby. In doing this he commits the genetic fallacy.

Bass's analysis of Darby is not helpful and he completely fails to appreciate the history of Dispensationalism in the USA.


Gleanings in Exodus (Gleanings Series Arthur Pink)
Gleanings in Exodus (Gleanings Series Arthur Pink)
by Arthur W. Pink
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Commentary, 28 Aug 2007
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Originally published in magazine format, this is an essential commentary.

A heavy emphasis on allegorical types. The reader is unlikely to agree with everything Pink says, but it certainly brings out the revelation of Christ in the book of Exodus.


Angels and Demons in Art (Guide to Imagery)
Angels and Demons in Art (Guide to Imagery)
by Rosa Giorgi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide to the subject, 27 Aug 2007
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This provides some really useful explanations of artistic traditions in the portrayal of the Christian spirit world.

The main weakness is the size of the plates. The reproductions of works simply do not do a lot of the originals justice.


Angels
Angels
by Jane Williams
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Readable, 27 Aug 2007
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Some very thoughtful meditations on the subject of angels. An extremely readable and enjoyable work of light theology.

Conservative Christians will not find it's theology very shocking and more liberal Christians will find it palatable.

The illustrations are eyecatching, though not the best in the world.


Absolutely Free: A Biblical Reply to Lordship Salvation
Absolutely Free: A Biblical Reply to Lordship Salvation
by Zane Clark Hodges
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this book!, 25 Jun 2007
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This book could transform your Christian life. It shows that salvation is entirely by grace through faith.

There is grace even in failure.


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