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S. Bryan "mr_mcvitie_ate_it_all"

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Artificial Soldier
Artificial Soldier
Price: £16.48

5.0 out of 5 stars FLA are back on form, 2 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Artificial Soldier (Audio CD)
Front Line Assembly have long been a favourite band of mine but a few of their recent efforts have varied from good to erm ... not so good. Still, I buy their stuff 'cos they're a quality band and they're always worth a shot.

Artificial Soldier has been the only CD I've listened to for the past few weeks now. From the excellent opener "Unleashed" to closer "Humanity (WWII)", this cd sends you on a trip through a desolate futuristic landscape. Indeed, you'll find tracks like "Decsention" a tune to play Quake by, or perhaps any other action oriented computer game. The use of soundscapes, particularly in "Unleashed" are popular and Artificial Soldier is fairly heavy yet quite danceble. This has potential to becoming perhaps better than Tactical Neural Implant, it's certainly heavier but both are indeed great to get into FLA. To sum up, think Hard Wired and Tactical Neural Implant ... put 'em together and you get Artificial Soldier. Other tunes to look out for include "Dopamine" and "Beneath the Rubble" A future FLA classic.

The Sims 2 (PC CD)
The Sims 2 (PC CD)
Offered by Soprano Entertainment
Price: £34.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, 24 Sept. 2004
This review is from: The Sims 2 (PC CD) (Video Game)
There are now only two games that I would call my definite favourites, one being CM03/04 and the other, Sims 2.
I was one of many who bought the original Sims a few years ago and to be honest I thought it wasn't that great, I played it for about a week and then forgot about it.
This knocks The Sims out the water.
I'm no serious gamer (except for CM) but The Sims 2 has had me hooked for the past week, staying up until the early hours of the morning and almost thinking about sacrificing work just to see if a certain member of a family gets to work on time (yeah, he's lazy).
You need a pc with a decent spec to play this and can be sometimes sluggish on my 2.8ghz, but that happens only once in a while. A decent graphics card will help.
The thing is with this game, is that it's not the end of the world if you don't complete a particular task or whatever. You don't have to follow the rules, if you want to pick a fight with someone, or try to hug them - you can. If you want to have the place a pigsty, then do so. Want to have kids but not marry (ethics may play a part here but this is the game world), then go forth and multiply. It's your choice.
Design your own Sim/Family/House/Town. You can do all. In fact I ain't got the time to write no more, I'm going to play some more. Just buy this game and find out what true gem this game is, and what a classic it will become.
PS - Place your MP3's in the music directories and the stereo's will play them. Neat.

The Rock Matrix
The Rock Matrix
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Rock Matrix (Audio CD)
Okay, it's a cash in, that much is true, but I can't help but love this compilation. Quite often I find, you buy a soundtrack to a movie and perhaps half of it don't seem to fit the movie or there are just some tracks you don't like. But The Rock Matrix to me is different.
As the inlay says, the music on the cd's are inspired by The Matrix series, rather than feature on the films. Think of it if you will of being a soundtrack to the films that YOU would compile and you might get the picture. For some reason, ALL the tracks featured seem to fit the movies, even more so than the official soundtracks themselves.
You've got rock from Ill Nino and Stone Sour; remixes of tracks by Fear Factory, Prodigy and The Charlatans and some great industrial/ebm from Pig, Cubanate, Front Line Assembly and Juno Reactor. Even the Marilyn Manson track is good if a little repetitive (and I hate M. Manson).
So, despite being a cash-in I can't say anything bad about this cd. It's probably THE best unofficial soundtrack to any movie ever.

Chasing the Ghost
Chasing the Ghost
Price: £16.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 18 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Chasing the Ghost (Audio CD)
This cd is nice. Yep, very nice. Though it took me a while to get into. If you've got Beneath The Skin then this is worth getting too.
I have to say I do rate Beneath the Skin higher than Chasing the Ghost, but then that is just me. kaRIN's vocals are as ever top notch and hauntingly beautiful and Static's music seems more polished. The title track is a quiet stunner whilst White Rabbit and Transfer also impresses.
What stopped this getting a 5 was the fact that apart from those three tracks, none of the others are really instantly recognisable ... there's no Son of a Preacherman, Violet's Dance, Strange or Falling Up.
Still though, a cd worth getting.


4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to chill out to, 23 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Karma (Audio CD)
I've told other people about this CD, and the fact that what they're effectively listening to is one of many side projects of an industrial/EBM band named Front Line Assembly. Most don't believe me. Oh well. Sometimes I couldn't care less myself ;)
On to the CD though and it was quite a surprise from their other albums. Front Line Assembly is quite an established band but is obviously not commercial enough to everyones taste. Delerium however, seems to have broken the market a little more. Already remixes of Heaven's Earth have been found on most Trance compilations (check out some older Euphoria CDs if you are inclined to).
The whole album chills you out especially after listening to a lot of pent-up, moody industrial. It kind of lighten things up a bit. Good female vocalists too (Kirsty Thirsk et al).

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