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Thanatopraxis
Thanatopraxis
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of work, 12 Dec 2012
This review is from: Thanatopraxis (MP3 Download)
I love this band and their new album is absolutely brilliant.
Don't expect classic pop or rock songs, although I find them very energetic and musical.
It may take some time to dig it but it's surely worth the effort.
Please check it out!
I reckon they can become big if picked up by the right persons.
If you like it too, you'll probably also like their previous one "Farewell Masquerade", which however may prove hard to find.
You may want to check out their space on Bandcamp.


Chase Park
Chase Park
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars On its way to become a lost gem?, 29 Aug 2010
This review is from: Chase Park (MP3 Download)
This long announced and awaited album has so far only been released on CD in America and Belgium/Holland. It received very little media attention and therefor is only known among the band's close fanbase. This is a real shame because it's a brilliant piece of music that can easily stand the comparison with the band's high days of 'Hot Boxing' and 'Rubbing Doesn't Help' when (at least here in Belgium) they continuously filled the radio airwaves. Magnapop plays high energy poprock music in a classic guitar/bass/drum line-up. They distinguish themselves with brilliant tunes and and a strongly infectious enthousiasm.
'Chase Park' is so much better than all of the so-supposed rock music that is played on the radio these days. No hype, no modernism, but solid songwriting craftmanship. Magnapop deserves a place next to Foo Fighters. Ruthie Morris is my guitar hero.
The CD album includes one extra track called 'Jesus' compared to the track listing above. Do yourself a favour and buy this album. As long as Amazon does not offer the CD version, an alternative can be to buy it from the bands website. You really should be playing this in your car, on your iPod, in your home, at your party, and everywhere else.
Play it loud, and say proud 'I'm a Magnapop fan too'.


Wolfbania
Wolfbania
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent but almost forgotten rock band, 3 Oct 2009
This review is from: Wolfbania (MP3 Download)
The Wolf Banes are one of my all time favorite bands. They made 3 albums in the late 80's/early 90's, preceded by a mini album. Each one of their albums contains some absolute smashing rock songs and they had a brilliant live reputation. The albums gradually evolve from strongly punk influenced music to a more subtle rock sound, but strong melodies were always their trade mark. For some strange reason it seems their first album (Where is the party?) was never released on CD. Therefor this compilation, perfectly spanning their entire recording carreer, is the best you can find. (The more recent compilation 'Suite 5, 16 High' is very incomplete.)
While the Wolf Banes absolutely deserve 5 stars, the compiler in charge here doesn't, not including more tracks from 'Where's The Party?', the magnificent 'China' (from 'High Five'), the funny 'Do The Iguana' or 'Never to return' (from 'Suite 16'), while on the other hand including some of the more average album tracks like 'Ugly on a stick' or 'This Mean Machine'.
But let's take a look from the positive side : this absolutely contains brilliant 'should-be' classics like the entire song list from nr 2 to 8 plus nrs 10 and 11, amongst which 'Out on me', previously only available on 7" vinyl.
Convince yourself, listen to the samples and there's a big chance you too will become a Wolf Banes fan.
Although, if you're reading this, you probably already are.
LONG LIVE WIM PUNK !


Now We Can See
Now We Can See
Price: 8.75

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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM OF 2009 - BEST ROCK AND ROLL YOU CAN FIND !, 27 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Now We Can See (Audio CD)
I just have to write this review 'cause I find the previous reviews do not do justice to the band and this album. If the previous albums - including the live at the Echoplex - were always interesting and most of the time very good, this one is an absolute killer. Even with the year not even being halfway, I dare say this one is likely to become the best album of the year. The intensity of the Thermals is seldom heard and the songs on "Now we can see" are better than you can imagine.
I often read the Thermals lack originality, but I can not think of another band sounding like them. The band is said to belong to the 'garage-rock' or 'punkrock' genre, and although this is certainly true, they take an absolute unique place within this genre. The energy that flows out of the speakers doesn't come from the amplifiers or other effect equipment but entirely from the band members' playing and the songs itself. Hutch's singing matches the wonderful powertunes brilliantly and he always sounds like every single word comes straight from the heart. In the ranking of the best albums ever I feel this album belongs up there next to 'Never mind the bollocks' and although the band at a first listen may sound like punk, I wouldn't call them a punkband. A couple of years ago I was in the front row when the band members were setting up their own instruments before a concert (I wouldn't exactly see Johnny Rotten do this) and being asked if they had any T-shirts for sale, Hutch replied 'No, only free Rock and Roll'. What more can I say, that's what it is : rock and roll. But only the best you can find.


Charcoal
Charcoal
Price: 13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise, 13 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Charcoal (Audio CD)
Inneke23 can't be caught in just one genre of music, so much is clear. Bass player of the 3 piece straight rock band 'De Bossen', that gained small fame in the late 90's, and member of the all-girl band Hara Kiri (find out for yourself what music they play), I discovered early this year she has been playing and recording for a couple of years now as Inneke23 and the Lipstick Painters. So far without much media attention. After listening to the albums and seeing the band play live, I can say this is a real shame. The first album 'Elephant Crossing' is a strong album mainly driven on country influences as from the likes of for example Emmylou Harris, played on acoustic instruments and totally different from everything I've heard from Inneke23 before. The new album CHARCOAL is more balanced and has more variation. The album title refers to the black colour of the Charcoal and indeed some of the songs have this dark feeling over them. The opener BLACK is a potential Classic. It reminds me of some US eighties guitar bands such as the Dream Syndicate or Green on Red. The same goes for MY DOOR'S OPEN. Other songs (SWEET HEADED GIRL and YOUR SMILE,OLIVES AND RED WINE) have a dark, almost threathening athmosphere, a bit like Nick Cave, but Inneke23's vocals keep it lighter and more cheerful.
Like the first Inneke23 album, 'Charcoal' too reveals some country influences. Listen to 'No more Heroes', indeed a cover from the Stranglers, hardly recognisable.
Now discover Inneke23's music!


The Complete Collection
The Complete Collection

5.0 out of 5 stars The best collection available, 28 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Complete Collection (Audio CD)
This is a superb collection of one of the most relevant early punk bands. In contradiction to what the title suggest, this is not the complete collection. To date however it is the best (if not the only good) alternative for buying all the stuff seperately. It contains all the favorit singles like 'if the kids ...' and a lot of splendid album tracks that could easily have been classic singles also. In fact everyone should have Sham'69 in his or her record collection, and if you haven't, this is your best choice.


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