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Cry Havoc
Cry Havoc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate the return of Tysondog, 4 Jun. 2015
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This is a fine piece of work from a band who have never quite had the pedestal they deserve. This record (their first in almost 20 years!) has a raw and heavy production, which is the work of Jeff Dunn (the artist formerly known as Mantas from Venom). Interestingly, the artist still known as Cronos from Venom produced their debut ‘Beware Of The Dog’ all those years ago; this is a nice example of how mutual support continues to strengthen the Newcastle scene. It’s a damn good record actually, which develops their sound and works as a stand-alone piece. I’d say all three of their albums are quite different to each other, which really underlines the amount of care this band has always put into their writing.
The fact they have continued this tradition of evolution elevates this release way above being just a nostalgia trip, John Carruthers vocals are in good shape (if you've ever read my NWOBHM dimension blog you'll know I don't like listing personnel, but the line-up has enough original members to satisfy those who are in the mood for a bit of nostalgia for the glory days ((of course I'd argue those days are now!)) of the NWOBHM) and this material gives him a chance to sound pretty damn savage. The highlight for me is 'Crash and Burn', the guitars are wild and meander around each other creating a dark nightmarish atmosphere that's full of power and energy. Be sure to catch them at Garage Dayz Revisited in London 27th June 2015!


Warlord
Warlord
Price: £14.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legends Are All True, 12 Feb. 2015
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I've waited years for this album. Finally this compilation of all this truly legendary band's recorded material is available to remind us what all the fuss was about. It is full of powerful, gloriously composed galloping heavy rock anthems, these songs never get old! I bought my copy from 'other sellers' because £23.79 is a bit of a joke. I normally buy early 80s British Heavy Metal on MP3, but disks from High Roller records often have more tracks than the MP3 versions.

The CD was definitely the right choice in this instance. I absolutely loved the rehearsal recordings, energetic, raw and full of power, these recordings feel so authentic and exciting. This album is definitely worth getting! Be sure to catch them live while you still can, these guys put on an amazing show, have never changed line-up and are the most 'authentic' NWOBHM group I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Get this now.


Oxford Hercules Bike / Cycle Keyed D-Lock 180mm x 320mm Black
Oxford Hercules Bike / Cycle Keyed D-Lock 180mm x 320mm Black

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Bike Lock, 14 Mar. 2014
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This is the best security available for this price. Reviewers who have said it has damaged their paintwork must have been very careless, as it has a vinyl coating to prevent scratches. The holder and quick release mechanism are simple and work well. As with all new bike locks, it is important to oil it as soon as it arrives, reviewers who have said it locked up after a month would not have had this problem if they had looked after it. You can probably tell I really like these Oxford locks, I live in Bristol and had this lock for 3 years and no one stole my bike, which is quite an achievement in Bristol! I haven't bought a new one to replace a broken one, I lent it to a friend and never saw it again, which is another sign that its a really good lock! Get one.


Surgical Steel
Surgical Steel
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our anticipation paid off, 16 Nov. 2013
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This album is an amazingly crafted masterpiece. I actually think its even better than both Necroticism and Heartwork (two of my all time favourite records), with enough surprises to still be relevant and interesting. That dual guitar work in Captive Bolt Pistol is intense and powerful and gets me every time. So pleased they are back and doing what they do so well...


Life Sentence
Life Sentence
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Court in the Act, 8 Oct. 2013
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Of all the NWOBHM revamps of recent years, this is one of the best. Exactly the same lineup as their 1983 masterpiece that is always very hard to get hold of. The band is tight and powerful, the songwriting is excellent, sounding both contemporary and authentic.

The highlight for me is 'Tears of Blood', such angry but mournfully direct twin guitar from Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins, it gets me every time. Every old school metal fan needs to hear this, as well as any other morbidly curious metal heads.

This is an un-criticisable classic, a thrashing experience that no one will forget in a hurry.


Fire Dance
Fire Dance
Price: £7.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, beautifully performed, and most importantly, obscure, 3 Dec. 2012
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I was amazed to find out about a band this amazing then realise that they came from my home town, Bristol. I thought that Jaguar were the only Bristolian NWOBHM group to have made an impact. This 1982 masterpiece is Shiva's only album, which is an absolute tragedy. They were a three piece, playing a more progressive style than other British metal bands of the time. Their complicated melodies and song structures aim way higher above the bar than most of their contemporaries were even capable of reaching. But this does make them very different to the more typical NWOBHM bands, who generally had a far more straight forward approach to making powerful rock music.

It drives me crazy when people compare any 3 piece band with a vocalist with a high pitched voice with Rush (for example, Budgie sound nothing like Rush! They couldn't be further from their sound in any part of their history, but just because Burke Shelley has a bass, long hair and a high pitched scream, people compare them to Rush! GRRRRRR!)... but having said that, Rush is quite a fair band to compare Shiva to. Apart from Shiva are more direct, more powerful and anthemic on this record than Rush have ever been. John Hall's vocals have a soulful, at times almost fragile quality, but somehow still immensely high, powerful and bold. His guitar riffs are full of surprises, with his finger-picking on 'En Cachent' weaving seamlessly between heavy riffs, imaginative soloing, and Andy Skuse's technical and magically fluent bass work. Chris Logan's drumming is unbelievable too, in 'Stranger Lands' it sounds like he has as many arms as the Hindu deity they take their name from. The three of them work so well together, like any prog band, and any three piece should. A galloping beast of a record, bursting to the seams with creative ideas, which all work so well. So I am totally baffled at how they didn't become huge.

The progressive edge of this band may have been off putting to rock fans who just wanted pure head banging, perhaps that's why they faded into obscurity? They are metallic and powerful, but with the added excitement of their complicated but playful song structures, which means each listen rewarded with the recognition of parts that you didn't realise were there before. Their prog elements probably make them heavier than they would be if they had just made a full on heavy metal album. Having said that, the main thing that makes Shiva special is the fact that they ARE metallic! The songs are great, the musicianship is crazy. I'm sure I won't get bored of this album in a hurry, and I was so pleased that I could get an mp3 so easily, as some British metal from this era is really hard to come by. So do yourself a favour and download this now.
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The Ultimate Doo Wop
The Ultimate Doo Wop

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Doo Wop Magic, 12 April 2007
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I have loved Doo Wop since I started collecting 50s Rock n Roll about 6 years ago. Through getting the `R&B hits of 195-` series on Indigo I became particularly attached to the laid back, sometimes mournful, sometimes playful, sometimes risqué style of this kind of music. These may have been the boy bands of the time, but the frisky and powerful deliverance of groups like the Clovers and the Dominoes were considered pretty shocking at the time. That power is slightly lost on this compilation as the sound quality is a bit lacking on the transfer to CD, but this is a cheap compilation so fair enough i suppose. Some tracks (but not many) are not the original (best) versions, for example, the Prisonaires 'walking in the rain', but a collector of rock n roll will find these versions elsewhere. There is no information to accompany the music, no dates, no photos, nothing! So i have only really fallen in love with this compilation since i have learned more about the music elsewhere. So not a collection for new comers to Doo Wop perhaps, but no other collection focuses quite so much on the 50s era. This is a really good showcase of the more mellow side of Doo Wop, with classics like Stars Are Out Tonight by The Teardrops, and A Thousand Stars by The Rivileers (magical), so anyone who is more interested in jump blues etc, try 'money honey' on Indigo, or 'golden age of rock n roll, doo wop special edition' on Ace.
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