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The Complete Roadrunner Collection 1991-2003
The Complete Roadrunner Collection 1991-2003
Price: £24.37

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Roadrunner cash in on The Drab Four - again., 22 Mar 2013
Coming just a year after a vinyl boxset cash cow of TON'S Roadrunner albums and a 2006 Roadrunner best of collection (which the band vehemently objected to at the time) you would've thought that Roadrunner would respect the legacy of this unique band and the memory of the late Peter Steele by stopping these pointless cash-in releases. 5 stars for the music (October Rust, Bloody Kisses and World Coming Down in particular are all masterpieces in their own way) 1 star for Roadrunner's ludicrous exploitation of this great band.
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Alpha
Alpha
Price: £12.96

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of imagination spoils a potential masterpiece..., 28 Sep 2007
This review is from: Alpha (Audio CD)
For a band that have enjoyed considerable success in their native American homeland, Sevendust have always been a band that have never quite been able to translate their obvious talent into the worldwide recoginition many thought they deserved. Album number six seems to prove why this is the case, as Sevendust come across as a band sonically treading water, where each song is one melody or riff away from consigning itself to the heavy metal hall of fame, but each song never seems to be administered with the incredible melody or riff it so obviously deserves. For all their ability, Sevendust have never translated to mass appeal because they have never produced THE album a la Panetra's Vulgar Display Of Power or Metallica's Master Of Puppets, the album that would make everybody stand up and remember this band. So whilst this album will certainly appeal to Sevendust diehards who have grown accustomed to the band's tried and tested musical formula, for the rest this will feel like just ANOTHER alternative metal album to gather dust in the CD rack, and that is Sevendust's greatest dis-service - to themselves. Because this album could, and should, have been something very special indeed.


Tempo Of The Damned
Tempo Of The Damned
Price: £7.24

5.0 out of 5 stars The Majestic Return Of Thrash Royalty, 2 Aug 2007
This review is from: Tempo Of The Damned (Audio CD)
When writing a review of any album, it is very easy to get bogged down in nonsensical journo speak, so I will admirably save that for another time and just tell you this - Tempo Of The Damned is the best Thrash Metal Album of the 21st Century. With songs such as "Blacklist", "Shroud Of Urine" and "Impaler", Exodus have managed to create Metal which manages to conjour a vitality, intelligence and heaviness all of it's own, whilst still keeping their Bay Area Thrash sound very much alive. I will mention though that Vocalist Steve Souza's voice is an acquired taste (especially if you are used to the vocals of Mustaine and Flynn as I am), but that is really the only negative point that I could find with this album. I personally very rarely listen to an album over and over, but this album was the exception to that rule. Exodus have produced a true Thrash masterpiece with this effort, this album deserves pride of place in the CD collection of every self-respecting Thrasher.


Korn: Untitled
Korn: Untitled
Offered by westworld-
Price: £12.98

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So long Korn, thanks for the ride........., 30 July 2007
This review is from: Korn: Untitled (Audio CD)
As a (former) diehard fan of Korn, this is not a pleasant review to write, but must be written to try and stop other Korn fans purchasing what is quite simply an absolutely appalling album. One of the main characteristics which set Korn apart from many of their nu-metal contemporaries in the late 90's was their ability to write melodic and heavy music, which also had a immidiacy and danger.......This new album isn't heavy in the slightest, lacks any real inspiring or uplifting melody, and couldn't be more middle of the road if it tried. The band have quite clearly attempted to be "experimental" (which really should only be left to Dream Theater/Queensryche at the best of times), but this album simply comes across sounding like an unorganised, turgid mess....I suppose in one respect Korn should at least be commended for still making music after losing the enviable guitar talents of Brian Welch (original drummer David Silveria is also missing from this album) but that really is all you can say about Korn in 2007 - unimaginative, uninspiring, and (I'd never thought I would say this about Korn) boring....what a shame.......


Nothing to Remember
Nothing to Remember
Price: £10.80

4.0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the metal dirt....., 9 Jan 2007
This review is from: Nothing to Remember (Audio CD)
Although 40 Grit have subsequently split up, Nothing To Remember is a fantastic album, and a fitting leagacy for a band that should have made it big....Standout tracks on the album in my opinion are "Only Human" and "Nothing To Remember", the songs on this album have a alt metal Korn/Machine Head style feel to them, the songs are heavy without actually becoming tedious, and there some fantastic melodies on display...like I said 40 Grit should have made it big, and if this had been their debut, they more than likely would have...a great album.


Lateralus
Lateralus
Offered by disks4u
Price: £25.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tool - The Best Band on the Planet?, 10 Mar 2006
This review is from: Lateralus (Audio CD)
It really is pretty difficult to know where to start with Tool - this is after all a band that have based their musical ideas on crying and include a frontman that insists on dressing up as a woman for live shows. However, if you manage to scrape away the areas of pretentious nonsense which surrounds this band, you will hopefully come to the conclusion (as I have) that musically, there really isn't a band in the progresisve metal genre to touch Tool, which is clearly exhibited in the fantastic "Lateralus." Having disposed of the grungy, angst-driven sounds which made up most "Undertow" and "Aenima", "Lateralus" focuses far more on creating incredible sonic soundscapes, which seem to flow and fit together perfectly. Maynard James Keenan's vocal skills are once again immaculate on this album (you shouldn't and wouldn't really expect anything less)although his lyrics are also typically vague, but it's the fashion in which the band seems to play as one unit which makes this album so special - 10 minute instrumentals shouldn't work, but Tool always seem to pull it off with aplomb. Admired by their peers, Adored by their fans, Tool really are the best thing in rock right now.Do yourself a favour and buy this album right now
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St. Anger
St. Anger
Price: £9.90

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ex-Kings of Metal hit the Wall, 4 Mar 2006
This review is from: St. Anger (Audio CD)
When I first heard "One" by Metallica, there weren't emotions that could describe how I felt - finally I'd found a band that felt like I did, and played metal the way I wanted to hear it. The rest of the world agreed, and after 90 million record sales and countless sellout concerts Metallica release St. Anger - they shouldn't have bothered. You see, the music itself is fine - "Frantic, Sweet Amber and The Unnamed Feeling" are all standout tracks, but that really isn't the point. This album lacks the vital Metallica ingredient: passion, and in metal that is the difference between success and failure - the entire genre is built on passion and love for the music, and Metallica no longer have it (you can hardly blame them, they are all now multi - millionaire businessmen.) Ultimately, this album is simply Metallica making music for music's sake, it never really goes into any sort of new territory and it really re-iterates what all 'old' Metallica fans new all along: this monster is dead.


Korn
Korn
Price: £3.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebirth of a Dissaffected Generation, 4 Mar 2006
This review is from: Korn (Audio CD)
A previous reveiwer asked if KoRn will ever make an album as good again. Well, I have the answer - NO. This album is so aggressive, so devoid of the mainstream and ultimately so early 90's KoRn that this is a musical feat that can never be re-ccomplished - and personally I don't want it to, becuase if they were to reach these worryingly brilliant heights again, it would certainly take the shine off of this eponymous debut, the most important rock album of the last 25 years . This album has it all for the "alt. metal" fan, from the bruising welcome of 'Blind', the moody monotne of 'Faget' or the album's distressing conclusion, 'Daddy.' Basically, this album contains one classic song after another, it has no weaknesses and it is the album from which all other metal albums are judged - if you never buy another album, make sure this one is in the collection. Brilliant.
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