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Oddfellows
Oddfellows
Price: 7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebelliously...Normal., 21 Jun 2013
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Having purchased this album it has made me revisit all the other Tomahawk and Mr Bungle albums. In a very weird way this album is most notable in that it is relatively 'normal'. Which, in Mike Patton's mind, is probably the most 'out-there' thing he has done. What an odd and remarkably refreshing individual. By 'normal' I mean accessible to the common man in the street. Bear in mind this is the guy who makes albums like 'Adult Themes for Voice' and receives credits on the movie 'I Am Legend' for....ah....being the animal noises. Or maybe I'm now just conditioned for him to come out with something so odd this seems more surprising!

Still full of splendid lyrics, very fine riffs, the ever reliable John Stanier on drums (Helmet are nothing without him, sorry Paige Hamilton :O/ ), but...well...commercially viable!?!? Even more so than Peeping Tom to some degree (and that was Patton's attempt at a 'pop' album). Tomahawk provide another excellent album of...stuff to make you wonder if an FNM reformation is in any way necessary. Cooler name too. :O) Shocking eh!?!

Enjoy.


Earth Rocker
Earth Rocker

5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable, 13 April 2013
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There is no point wasting words on this review, no track by track account. It's slightly different from the last album, which was slightly different to the one before that etc etc. There should be NO doubt by now that what you are buying is a hook laden monster of an album as, essentially, there is no such thing as a bad Clutch album.

Drums are as blistering as ever, riffs are as as plentiful as ever (there are a few nods, or so it feels, to earlier tracks), bass is mixed up higher than usual, which is nice, and there's just no point commenting on the vocals. It's back to the Voice of Ten Men era. Done.

One thing on a personal level that I find interesting is that lyrically there are a couple of tracks which, if presented by most other bands, would seem ludicrously cheesy (the first, and title, track for example). Somehow Clutch make them sound cool and not just once, over and over again. Who else could pull off a song about a Cyborg girlfriend and actually not just make it sound OK but, well, like its an IMPORTANT subject! :O> There are the usual tale-spinning forays (always appreciated) but there are some real basic rock-and-roll-sentiment ones too.

Initially I would have given this a 4 but as always with this band the immediate gratifiers soon give way to more behind the curtain. There's always debate among existing fans about which album a new fan should investigate first - it really doesn't matter with Clutch, it's all 4-5 stars across the board. Stop reading, go buy, get your heavy groove on.


Information Retrieved (Amazon mp3 Version)
Information Retrieved (Amazon mp3 Version)
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Music, 4 Nov 2012
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Have been interested in Pinback for a while (as well as Rob Crow's solo stuff and the magnificent Goblin Cock) but have only a sketchy collection of their tunes (i.e. one previous album and an E.P). Was very interested to hear this new album and after a few listens I have concluded this is just another quite brilliant album amongst a canon of excellence. Every song drips beauty, sadness and hope in equal measure - not knowing the lyrics inside out yet I can only put that down to some freakish chord structuring or the interplay between vocalists, but there is just something.....mmmm.....incredibly carefully considered in the making of this. Pretty much like all Pinback albums really. I cannot describe this album more than that - everyone will find their own way to appreciate it and different things they find appealing in it. A really splendid album and glad to have discovered them.


Fear Is The Mind Killer
Fear Is The Mind Killer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Front Line Factory, 9 Jun 2012
This is indeed a rip roaring collection of industrial metal (especially the first two tracks) which was on HEAVY rotation at a certain well known Industrial nightclub in London for an awfully high number of....years.

Just to respond to the previous reviewer, while this is an outstanding EP in the dance-metal genre, it actually has little to do with Fear Factory as it was largely created by Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly, Delirium etc etc) and it clearly shows. Essentially it's an FLA album with riffs and vocals supplied by Cazares and Bell respectively.

Done.


Population Override
Population Override
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Price: 24.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restrain Him!, 14 April 2008
This review is from: Population Override (Audio CD)
...must have been the cry when Buckethead walked into the studio because restraint is exactly what happened.

I didn't recognise this as Buckethead on first listen as gone are the fanciful tricks and usual sampled craziness that goes with the KFC'd one.

While Buckethead is an impressive guitarist, this is the first time I have heard him play with some real feeling (and not the feeling of walking into Bucketheads world of being a living B movie...with chickens).

Some tracks are quite beautiful and the keyboards supplied by Mr Travis Dickson are really quite splendid. Pinchface holds the drums down nicely, keeps it simple and plays the others into space.

It's a fine trip back to the style of yesteryear in places, because don't we all wish we could have seen the 60's?

Bravo, sirs.


Down III: Over The Under
Down III: Over The Under

4.0 out of 5 stars Agreement Of Growing, 14 Nov 2007
I concur - four stars it is right now, but the more I listen, the more it grows. I'm firmly of the same mind of the reviewer citing 'On March The Saints' and 'Beneath The Tides' as standout tracks with 'Pillamyd' and 'Mourn' chasing up with each listen (the latter dripping Crowbarerama :OD).

The album seems to straddle the contrasting styles of the previous two with a greater leaning to their magnificent debut whilst the mellower 'Never Try' and the regal 'Nothing In Return (Walk Away)' nod towards Down II.

There is of course some sterling work by Keenan/Windstein who, on the face of it, you would think contradict each others styles by taking equal footing on the riff creation but are perfectly in tandem here.

They may never top Down I, but I tell you what, the armoury is by no means empty.


Judgment Night
Judgment Night
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Price: 10.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Strong After 14 Years!!!!, 9 July 2007
This review is from: Judgment Night (Audio CD)
I just listened to this again and it is without doubt THE best compilation I ever heard, I can't believe it's actually so old. Not a weak link in there. Don't question, just get it. Awesome.


Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Price: 6.57

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class affair, 5 Oct 2006
This review is from: Rodrigo Y Gabriela (Audio CD)
I agree with everything in all the other reviews. Once you dig into their history a little you find they are really aware of many different styles and genres and it makes for a fascinating palette.

I particularly like 'Orion' which I think Cliff Burton would have given a big thumbs up to. Imagine walking through Temple Bar and stumbling upon these two!??! Instant party.

A cracking album full of diversity and their attitude of 'got an instrument? do something, ANYTHING with it!' is a refreshing reminder of what music is all about.

This album will make you smile. :O)


Of Whales And Woe
Of Whales And Woe
Price: 9.51

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inhabiting A Different Universe, 23 Jun 2006
This review is from: Of Whales And Woe (Audio CD)
Anyone stumbling into this review probably already knows who Les Claypool is. He's a bass player. He is good. I mean, Ronaldhino good. His track record is good to awesome. He is the Argentina winning 6-0 of bass players, and apparently it's not just about the result.

One day Mr Claypool woke up and in his unfathomably wired skull he decided: 'I shall make an album of awesome dimension, better displaying my talents than hitherto and it shall be stunning. Now, leave me, for I must concentrate on music never yet written or attempted.'

And he did.

Whilst Les Claypool has made albums before - both solo and in various bands - of which I have heard every one, this is something...well, just out there. His bass playing in 'One Better' and his...ballad..... 'Iowan Girl' is nothing short of literally jaw dropping. The former of the two is perhaps the live party-track of the year.

If you play the bass, like basslines, have seen a bass or are from a similar dimension from our seemingly alternate-reality inhabiting multi-handed loon, I advise you buy this.

Good day to you.


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