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Intelligence And Sacrifice
Intelligence And Sacrifice
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligence and Sacrifice, 28 Feb 2005
As has been said in other reviews here, the first CD of this double album alone is enough to give you value for money. Mostly heavy but catchy tracks, its easy to get into and there's always more to hear whenever you play it. Stand-out tracks are "The Ride" and "Killing Machine", and I recommend that the latter be played at top volume to get the full effect!
Alec Empire is a very angry man, and this album is concerned with much the same subject matter as his work in Atari Teenage Riot; armageddon, demise of culture, hatred of pop culture. However, it has been developed to a far higher standard and contains some incredible riffs and beats.
The second CD is not one which I originally liked, and although I have since warmed to it, its not one which I listen to frequently. Written to be played looped continually, it skitters from idea to idea in a fascinating yet disorientating way.
In short, this is a fantastic album but requires patience to get the full benefit. More people should know about this - a magnificent and important record.

Delete Yourself
Delete Yourself
Price: £11.67

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delete Yourself!, 28 Feb 2005
This review is from: Delete Yourself (Audio CD)
This is definitely an album that improves each time you listen to it. My first experience of ATR came via Alec Empire's solo album 'Intelligence and Sacrifice' and after the comparatively accessible tracks on that record, I found 'Delete Yourself' much harder to get into. However, the anger and the mayhem that comes through convinced me to listen to it over and over, and its now a favourite album of mine.
The tracks often seem a bit thrown-together, but the overall effect incredibly intense, focussing on anti-popular culture, anti-stupidity lyrics yelled over samples and (very) loud industrial beats.
A good place to start for anyone looking to get into industrial music, and a real eye-opener to the genre.

Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Price: £3.99

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MCR - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, 1 Feb 2005
As a long-term fan of My Chemical Romance, I was elated to find that this album is a big step up from their patchy debut, 'I Brought You Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love'. All the darkness and comic-book-chic lyrics remain, but the sound is considerably tighter and the songs better written, the album as a whole much more cohesive than before.
The album is based on the loose concept of bringing a girlfriend back to life by killing evil-doers, and I'd say this really contributes to the feel of the album by giving it some kind of direction. Keeping all the song on a central theme pulls together tracks which otherwise might have become weak points on the album, namely 'Interlude'.
For long-term fans, the sudden and meteoric rise experienced by MCR (especially with the release of teenage-alienation paean "I'm Not Okay (I Promise) and it's emo tendencies) could leave them feeling a little cheated. I know I flinched somewhat seeing the video for that single, with the handprint of major-label financial backing heavy upon it, but I'm glad to see that My Chemical Romance are continuing to tread their own path regardless of who promotes or finances them.
Where will MCR go next? If their third album is anything like this one, the sky's the limit. I saw the band playing mid-January and Gerard Way and his cohorts are stars in the making, all passion, eye makeup and stage presence.
Buy this album and open your eyes to a whole new genre.

I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MCR debut album., 1 Feb 2005
The debut My Chemical Romance starts on an unusually classical note, with haunting instrumental 'Romance', a well-played guitar piece. Undoubtedly the best track is next, the single 'Honey, This Mirror Ain't Big Enough For The Two Of Us', and the track show-cases the absolute best of Gerard Way's voice at the time - an appealing East Coast accent and an edge of hysteria. The rest of the album is good in most places, but there are some tracks which seem unfinished or out-of-kilter.
Although this album isn't brilliant and lacks cohesion and direction in some places, it is a promising debut for a band who have fulfilled all expectations with their 2004 album 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge'. Anyone looking to get into the band, then, should really work backwards, starting with 'Three Cheers...' and coming back to "I Brought You My Bullets..." after becoming acquainted with Gerard sometimes-unintelligible voice and the aggression of many songs.
In conclusion, probably not the best place to start for MCR virgins, but a good buy for those who are already fans.

Icon And The Black Roses
Icon And The Black Roses

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Icon & the Black Roses, 1 Feb 2005
With punchy guitar lines, melodic keyboard work and the content of the song lyrics, immediate comparison has to be drawn to HIM. However, whilst HIM borrow more heavily from metal, Icon & the Black Roses have a much more rock 'n' roll approach, often harking back to the darker end of Hanoi Rocks or newer contenders like The Ga*Ga*s. Additionally, they show a little more versatility and willingness to experiment than their Finnish counterparts HIM, with some female vocals here and there, and backing vocals from the rest of the band. This is a very accessible album - certainly not a criticism in this case - and while the songs are mainly 'Love Metal'-style bitter love songs, its definitely not a depressing album.
Girls will be as enamoured with the charismatic singer and pretty-boy bassist as with melodic hardcore gang My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way - and this will almost certainly play a part in a future increase in popularity in the UK and America.
Stand-out tracks are 'Dreams And Silver Tears- and the haunting 'Who Do You Hurt Now?'.

Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank You, 10 Dec 2004
Hardcore Superstar are one of the many young Scandinavian groups who decided to try their luck at rock 'n' roll after the stunning successes of 80s Finnish glamheads Hanoi Rocks. It was a great idea. While such stalwarts such as the Backyard Babies borrow more from the scuzzy garage overtones of the Wildhearts, Hardcore Superstar have listened to every Hanoi Rocks and Motley Crue album around, then added their own energetic touch. The result is a big step up from their debut, 'Bad Sneakers And A Pina Colada', refining the previously embarassing lyrics, tightening up a wayward guitar sound and tweaking the mixing, bringing this album up to the standard they deserve.
There are downsides - Jocke's slightly camp wail can grate after several songs, and drum solos should only be attempted by Cozy Powell - but on the whole this is a bunch of great party songs, with a couple of slow numbers (the aching 'Dear Old Fame', for example) for the end of the night. Buy it and enjoy it - but don't expect Michael Monroe-style miracles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Playboys, 10 Dec 2004
This review is from: Playboys (Audio CD)
If you're a fan of 'Dead Letters' and are thinking of sampling a little of The Rasmus's aural history, you could do worse than to listen to 'Playboys'. Like the two other albums in their back catalogue, its nowhere near the musical standard of 'Dead Letters', being a very young and naive amalgamation of influences with little of their own sound. However, it is an entertaining and diverse little number which, although maybe not musically astounding, will give a valuable insight into what makes The Rasmus's songwriting so good on the latest album. It has none of the darkness of 'Dead Letters', but plenty of the charm. Ranging from pop to rock to ska and back, this CD will put a big fat smile on your face - but you'll be laughing WITH Lauri and the boys, not AT them.

And Love Said No... The Best of HIM 1997-2004 [CD + DVD]
And Love Said No... The Best of HIM 1997-2004 [CD + DVD]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Love Said No, 10 Dec 2004
Despite being plagued by Bam Margera connotations and angsty pre-teen CKY fans, the band HIM are a force to be reckoned with in the song-writing stakes. Love songs are their principal output, and they manage to combine an eloquent series of lyrics with punishingly heavy guitar riffs to great effect. The vocals, provided by honey-voiced Ville Valo, are always intelligible, and keyboard and guitar solos are impressively played to break up the songs. All consummate musicians, HIM deserve to be taken far more seriously than many would credit, and this CD and DVD package will provide an excellent introduction for all those people who would like to get acquainted with the band. Stand-out tracks are, of course, the cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" and the title track itself. 'Solitary Man', originally by desperate crooner Neil Diamond, has never sounded so good.

The Cure Greatest Hits
The Cure Greatest Hits
Price: £3.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something For Everyone, 24 Oct 2004
This review is from: The Cure Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Every rock fan will be able to pick this album up and find at least a couple of songs that appeal to them. Ever a versatile band, Robert Smith's voice and the underlying bass guitar riffs are the only real constants throughout this greatest hits package. 'Never Enough' is pure guitar stomp, 'Lovecats' the grooviest of white jazz, and 'Love Song' the most poignant example of Smith's lyric-writing.
What more can I say that hasn't already been said in previous reviews? Even for established Cure fans, this is a very handy condensed package which I would genuinely recommend to anyone around.

Making Enemies Is Good
Making Enemies Is Good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making Enemies Is Good, 24 Oct 2004
This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
Definitely the best Backyard Babies album, this is pure party music. While previous recordings have been somewhat shabby around the edges, this album hears them tighten up their sound into something easily accessible but properly rock 'n' roll. Dregen is a serious guitar god, and he really shows off his talent here with plenty of fun solos and riffs. Backing vocals from the other three members highlight Nicke's rough voice, but his vocals never waver out of tune.
Definitely a good starting point for those interested in the band. From here, I'd follow up with Total 13, then take a step forwards to their latest, most politically conscious album, Stockholm Syndrome.

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