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Continuity 2
Continuity 2
Price: 0.63

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever slidey puzzle game with a twist, 4 April 2013
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This review is from: Continuity 2 (App)
Surprising mechanisms and straightforward solutions make this one of the best puzzle games around. A raft of clever Esher type conundrums coupled to a good platform game.
Simple, complex and elegant.


Siege Hero
Siege Hero
Price: 0.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval angry birds, 15 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Siege Hero (App)
A nice take on the physics genre.
Clean graphics, good level design and a sense of humour elevate this above its rivals.
Plenty of levels too - recommended.


Alive
Alive
Price: 17.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A-live album, 4 Jan 2012
This review is from: Alive (Audio CD)
Meshuggah have long been regarded as one of the tightest acts in metal - this live CD/DVD proves it.
The production is fantastic, and, unbelievable, each song sounds better than their studio album counterpart.
Playing live, the members of the band add a certain undefinable something to each song. In particular, the live versions of the tracks off Obzen sound utterly massive and add a new depth to the bass sound.
Well worth owning, even if it's just to see how they manage to perform Bleed live!


Inception Limited Edition - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Inception Limited Edition - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Offered by ludovico_institute
Price: 74.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive limited edition for an impressive film, 6 Jan 2011
Many, many words have been written about Inception, and most of them coherent and well thought out.
These won't be!

Inception is a great film with some impressive set pieces and a tightly woven script. The music is almost as important as the picture, and this Bluray does not disappoint.
This limited edition is also well thought out and comes with a well balanced totem and spins for ages on a glass surface. In fact, it feels like it could just keep on going, which is entirely the point.


Cannibalised
Cannibalised
Price: 10.32

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh., 6 Mar 2008
This review is from: Cannibalised (Audio CD)
Repetative and annoying.

When I bought this, the cover stated something like "this is scary, progressive, epic, thrash". Well 1 out of 4 ain't bad!

They are epic - if epic means lots of strings providing atmosphere.

Scary? Not unless you are scared by said atmosphere providing strings and a shouty man.

They certainly are not progressive - the songs don't go anywhere, they gerenally repeat. Although in the case of "Slow the poison" this works, the chorus (yes, a chorus - in prog) is catchy and well balanced against the rest of the song.

They may be thrash, but I'm not convinced.

So, overall this is a disappointing album on a few points:

1) You can hardly here the singer - the production has emphasised everything else over his voice...which may be a good thing because when you can hear him, he sounds a bit like a bad Bruce Dickison.

2) It is not really progressive as most of the songs have a verse - chorus - verse - chorus structure, and not a good one at that. After 1 minute of listening to most of the songs, you can skip them without missing anything.

3) The album does nothing really new except add strings into the mix.

I was expecting to really like this album, but after a lot of listens I just got bored, popped the CD out and listened to proper prog thrash ablums instead: Mastodon (Blood Mountain), Gojira (From Mars...to Sirius), Byzantine (Oblivion Beckons) and Opeth (any album). Not to mention Meshuggah. So I won't.
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Oblivion Beckons
Oblivion Beckons

5.0 out of 5 stars Modern thrash., 6 Mar 2008
This review is from: Oblivion Beckons
Wow.

That was my initial response after the last notes of "A Residual Haunting" faded. Then I played it again. And again. And again. In fact, it's still in the CD player.

This is a release by a band at the peak of their career. If "The Fundamental Component" was technically amazing, and "...And They Shall take Up Serpents" was a thrash masterpiece, this fuses everything together into a cohesive whole.

On my review of "The Fundamental Component" I said that they had much to thank Meshuggah for...here, they outdo them. In fact, it's so good that listening to this has actually taken the edge off Meshuggah's ObZen for me. That just sounds repetative and unoriginal now!

The songs on this album are catchy, melodic and technically brilliant. A stand out part of the album for me is when soft and heavy collide in Renovatio that pushes into Centurion.

Deep End of Nothing is one of the best tracks on this album - it highlights everything that they do right. The drumming is just fantastic, and some of the solos with have you smiling at the sheer audacity of them.

This is the album that Byzantine formed to make, it's just a shame that they split after finishing it. But what a legacy to leave behind!

If you like your music heavy, technical and catchy, buy this, you won't be disappointed.


Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (PS2)
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (PS2)
Offered by sicodaddy
Price: 24.99

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air, 18 Sep 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Starting a new RPG is always a tremulous experience - especially an RPG as different and brave as this one.

Being a semi-sequel/prequel to Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, you would expect this game to be "different", and it certianly is.

Whether it's the sidescrolling platform adventure system (where you can avoid the enemies if you can hit them with a crystallising photon beam), or the 3D strategy/action combat system (which is both frantic and challenging) the game is full of fun.

The production values are obvious: the graphics are nothing short of spectacular, and the music is moody, soaring and appropriate in tone.

Last, but not least, is the story, and it's a ripper of betrayal, friendship and "doing the right thing". More mature than you would expect, it's full of pathos, and all wrapped up in a skin of Norse mythology.

Overall, this is the one of the better games that I have played this year, more than anything else the sense of wonder and fun has not let up throughout.

A fine legacy for the dying PS2, and better then FFXII to boot.

Buy it now, along with Global Defence Force, and re-ignite your love of gaming.


Drawing Circles
Drawing Circles
Offered by EX DISPLAY STOCK
Price: 37.19

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding, 15 May 2006
This review is from: Drawing Circles (Audio CD)
Textures first album, Polars, was a landmark technical metal release. The as then unknown Dutch band create an album with a soundscape that was refreshing and unique.

Textures are back, and have surpassed their first album.

With a "new" singer on board (Eric Kalsbeek - been with the band 2 years prior to this recording), and a more structured approach to their music, Textures have produced an amazing second album.

The familiar polyrhythmic soundscape is still present, but tinged with the kind of constraint that only comes from a talented and matured band. The lyrics and singing have improved immeasurably since Polars, with passages of clean vocals that send shivers down your spine (imaging if Devin Townsend joined Meshuggah).

This is an album that is heavy, technical, melodic and brutal. Sometimes all at once. There will be the obvious comparisons to Meshuggah, but while they may play the same type of music, (heresy following) Textures may actually be the better band.

This album has moments (indeed, entire passages) of jaw-dropping technicality, but Textures understand the need for an album to be more than just technical. They write songs that happen to be laced with polyrhythmic madness, but they are still songs.

So, to sum up: an amazing album from an incredibly talented band, which actually manages to surpasses its influences and bring something new to the table.


From Mars To Sirius
From Mars To Sirius
Offered by EX DISPLAY STOCK
Price: 11.18

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy as a heavy thing., 11 May 2006
This review is from: From Mars To Sirius (Audio CD)
This really is one of the heaviest bands around at the moment.

They remind me a little of Strapping Young Lad, especially with their wall'o'sound approach to layering the songs.

The drummer is simply increadible. He is like a machine in his precision.

For me, there is a pair of tracks towards the end of the album that sum Gojira up.

The track From Mars... is haunting and makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. It's followed by what can only be described as a sledgehammer to the face in the form of ...To Sirius.

This really is technical metal at it's best.

Highly recommended to fans of Mastodon, SYL or Meshuggah.


10,000 Days
10,000 Days
Price: 7.59

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but no Opeth, 3 May 2006
This review is from: 10,000 Days (Audio CD)
The first thing I must say about this release is that the packaging is inspired.

The booklet accompanying the CD is stereographic, and some of the images are just fantastic.

That out of the way, let's get to the music.

The first two tracks are rather straight forward (compared to the rest) except for some Meshuggah-esque drumming on Jambi.

The double of Wings For Marie and 10,000 Days has some excellent polyrhythmic variation going on, and a few stand out, hair lifting moments, but ultimately I think they would benefit from being shorter.

The Pot is good. Humorous lyrics and a good length.

The next couples of tracks are ambient and create a good atmosphere that leads nicely into Rosetta Stoned..

Rosetta Stoned (great title) starts with some freak out vocal lunacy. It mellows into a Godsmack-y sound with tribal drums, layered chugging guitars and gruff talked vocals. A good song, but again, it's too long, even if the last minute or so is really good..

Intension is s less frantic version of Rosetta Stoned. Again, a Godmack-y sound is present, with lots of tribal drumming and whispered lyrics. A gentle song with some nice guitar work.

It slides nicely into Right In Two, which continues the funky guitar work but is ultimately bland.

Viginti Tres is great; a pulsing, rippling, evolving noise (listen to it while watching the Plenoptic visualization Vox on Windows Media player to appreciate it even more)

This album shows perfectly that "Long doesn't necessarily mean better".

11 minutes songs should take you in a journey.

They should have parts that you just can't wait to get to, and make you want to listen to it over and over again. (See Deliverance from the album Deliverance by Opeth - around 9-10 minutes in, a cycling riff starts that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.)

They shouldn't make you bored by the 7 minute mark due to its repetitiveness, and make you press the next button!

Meshuggah's I is a good example of a long song that is structured and just amazing in it's depth and variation.

Ultimately, it's a good, but not great CD.

It's not overly complicated, some of the songs go on a bit too long, but it's generally a solid release.

It does get better with each listen (as progressive metal should), but it's lacking something.

I'm not sure what, but I recently listened to Opeth's Ghost Reveries and Meshuggah's Destroy. Kill. Erase., and it struck me.

Whatever 10,000 Days is missing, those two CD have in spades.


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