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Suscitatio Somnus
Suscitatio Somnus
Price: £10.23

3.0 out of 5 stars Sophomore curse for a decent band!, 7 May 2015
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This review is from: Suscitatio Somnus (Audio CD)
To start on the positives, my favourite parts are the melodic riffs, such as on 'Libations of Blood' and the slow, sad, powerful solos. There's a lot of shred and the double bass goes quite fast on a lot of the songs, which drives and energises them.

The drum blasting during verses does become repetitive and some of the songs would benefit from more fills or some cymbal play. The vocals also lack variation - they are a low, gravelly growl with little dynamism and barely change throughout the album. Some of the deathcore-tinged breakdowns are a little dull, but others are well-used and pace the work.

So 3 stars, but they do have other albums, and this is their weakest in my estimation. Check out American Dream for a more technical sound and their debut, which is more melodeath-oriented.


Unholy
Unholy
Price: £15.20

3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat bland, 28 April 2015
This review is from: Unholy (Audio CD)
It's an okay album - nice to listen to. A change from the Divinity and Fallen Empire era: no keyboards, and an old school riffing style. Almost glammy/hard rock hooks. It's like power metal from 20-30 years ago. They should be going forwards, not backwards! Given the 180 about turn, it's hard to treat them as the same band, but for the merit of the music on its own, 3 stars.


Vældet
Vældet
Price: £6.32

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4.0 out of 5 stars A more mature folk-metal sound, 5 April 2015
This review is from: Vældet (MP3 Download)
I've been a fan for about 3 or 4 years now, since I first heard some pieces from their debut Ravenes Saga. Comparing the current style to their first attempt, the vocals are a bit lower in the mix, and the guitars aren't as low and distorted, but instead crisper and more melodic, complimented by the new addition of bagpipes, which is always awesome (Eluveitie, Vanir, Fferyllt...) I own their first three CDs and the last one, Maledictus Eris, was the darkest and most serious and quite a change in sound from the first two.

Vaeldet is more dancing in the town square on a sunny Danish midsommer's eve, rather than sailing on a drakar, about to ravage some innocent coastal town, or dying from the plague (Maledictus Eris) but the music is still recognisably Svartsot. The formula is kept just familiar enough, with the right level of superficial changes to keep it fresh.

The odd mandolin interlude, the low, growled, Danish lyrics and the mid-high folkish guitar melodies are all present, but this album feels more guitar-driven. With increasing bagpipe, there's a little less emphasis on the whistle, often playing along with the bagpipes. There are more solos and twin guitar leads - almost melodic death influenced - and the song Markedstid, for example, goes into some strange time signature half way through and becomes very heavy. This is folk metal, but not as we've known it before...

Perhaps the more I listen to this album, the more it will grow on me and I will regret giving it four stars, but at the moment not every song catches my ear, or feels like it builds up in the way I would like it to. This album doesn't make me want to down mead and jig (at least not every song), which is what I look for in folk metal, but this effort is one of a more mature and musically accomplished group.


Left In Grisly Fashion
Left In Grisly Fashion
Price: £9.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal death metal? ... hell yeah!, 5 April 2015
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Heavy, non-stop, unrelenting anger and misanthropy unleashed in musical form. If you like death metal in its most brutal manifestation, do not hesitate to buy this.


Awake And Lifeless
Awake And Lifeless
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Price: £5.03

3.0 out of 5 stars For completionists only..., 5 April 2015
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This review is from: Awake And Lifeless (Audio CD)
I got this, as I'm a collector, already owning their debut. All three tracks are on their full length album, so you might as well get that. There's no bonus tracks or remixes etc, just three tracks from their 'upcoming' album.

It's solid, quite middle-of-the-road metalcore, which might appeal to others more than to me. Enjoyable to listen to, but doesn't stand out above the crowd.


Ground Zero
Ground Zero
Price: £6.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet comeback for ABRB, 5 April 2015
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The breakdowns are heavy, the verses melodic, chaotic and fast paced. The vocals, although not as good as the former singer's in my opinion, manage to carry the album, which in itself is impressive. This is seriously good deathcore. Perhaps quite not at the level of Instinct, but still deserving of five stars.

I heard these guys broke up ... again .... maybe one day they'll have a re-re-return one can only hope.


Intermission + Infinite
Intermission + Infinite
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Price: £15.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Good music, disappointing presentation, 25 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Intermission + Infinite (Audio CD)
Not a review of the music, which I'd personally give 4 stars. Stratovarius is the quintessential power metal band. Strong guitar playing and solos, lots of power chords, some cool keyboards, soaring vocals, nice to listen to and good all round fun.

Format is a very lacklustre for this edition - a thin digipack sort of thing. It's kind of like two cardboard slipcases connected with a thin paper spine. I got this because it was the cheapest option, but if you're going to shell out anything more than a few quid for it, it would be better to just get the two albums separately at a good price in their jewel cases, with all inserts and booklets (this product lacks those!) in my opinion.


Sekonda Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Silver Stainless Steel Bracelet 3634.27
Sekonda Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Silver Stainless Steel Bracelet 3634.27
Price: £19.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice watch, 23 Jan. 2015
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Looks stylish and fit my wrist well, a very clear display. Only little thing is that setting the day/month was a little bit of a hassle (some other watches I've owned it was easier to set and didn't take 15 minutes of winding to achieve). Nonetheless, keeps the time reliably and feels well-built. And all for a very reasonable price. 4/5


Forever
Forever
Price: £18.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible melodic tech death, 11 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Forever (Audio CD)
The lead guitar lays down some great melodies, and there's a good balance of heaviness and beauty. There are some nice changes of pace to acoustic or classical style passages to break up the relentless technical licks. The solos are well composed and there are some nice counterpointed dual lead guitar sections.

The only downside I would have to say is that, being a debut record from a relatively unknown group, the mix is on the raw, dry side and I feel as though the music would be better enjoyed if everything were crisper.

In short, brilliant musicianship and I would gladly have my pinkie finger nibbled off by ferocious coke-addicted lab mice for a remaster of this disk.

Check out Anata, Vale of Pnath and Beyond Creation if you're into this ;)


Triple Album Collection
Triple Album Collection
Price: £10.53

3.0 out of 5 stars One gets what one pays for, 5 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Triple Album Collection (Audio CD)
I've been looking for a reasonably priced means of collecting classic rock albums, and this did just that. On a special offer, I was able to get this at a snap for little over £4. I had been waiting for used copies of the regular CD editions to come down to an equivalent price, but I chose this as I was tired of waiting for that to happen.

The music itself is - well, it's Foreigner! Fantastic! I'm usually into harder rock and metal, but Foreigner's sound is just incredible. The versions here are remastered and sound very good and crisp and the Head Games disk is expanded as well, which is a bonus.

However, the packaging is somewhat bare. It is compact, which is good if you are short on shelf space, perhaps. The 3 CDs each come in individual paper wallets (somewhat underwhelming) which fit into an outer cardboard slipcase. The item does not include any liner notes, lyric papers or band photos you get with normal, individual crystal case releases.

You are, in essence, paying for just the music, for a bargain price. I notice the price has jumped back up to £11 and for that price, you might get more out of purchasing each of the releases individually in a different format. For those reasons, (not taking into account the exceptional, classic music) 3 stars.


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