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The Bite on the End of the Line (Bytarend Book 1)
The Bite on the End of the Line (Bytarend Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars poor character development and derivative plot, 2 Jun 2014
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This was really not worth the time reading. I did not feel any of the characters were particularly well developed or believable and their motivations were so simplistic I found it difficult to empathise with any of them. The only saving grace was that it is relatively short.

Redemption (The Chronicles of Zanthora: Book Six)
Redemption (The Chronicles of Zanthora: Book Six)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff, 4 May 2014
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The characters may feel familiar but this series is a great read. Without spoiling the story in this installment we learn about Kendril's troubled past and there are several epic confrontations. I would heartily recommend this action/adventure romp.

Start at the end EP
Start at the end EP
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid hard rocking tunes!, 1 July 2010
This review is from: Start at the end EP (MP3 Download)
LOVE LOVE LOVE this band they have such great melodies and hooks you will have these songs in your head for the next few months!. I have seen them live SOOOOO many times and they are just as good if not better than on Record!. Steve Leonard has one of the best voices I have heard in a while and the lyrics are well constructed and thought out (unlike most of the melodic bands you will hear). The riffs while not being overly technically are memorable and underpinned by the groovy bass lines of Pacey. The addition of the string sections and the polished sound add to the feeling this lot are really going somewhere!. As for Rich their crazy beat monkey well he keeps things moving at an admirable pace and his drums really add something to the songs rather than the straight forward "du-gah du-gah" timekeeping approach. In essence a great Rock EP so get it now!.

For fans of:-

Bon Jovi (old)

Tight Nerves&Suavity
Tight Nerves&Suavity
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Southern (ENGLISH) Groove!, 23 July 2009
This review is from: Tight Nerves&Suavity (Audio CD)
Have seen these guys many times live so to finally have the CD is Awesome! Highly recommend these talented english chaps as they mix it up to keep it fresh, but have some of metals most awesome bands as influences i.e shades of Sabbath, Down, COC etc.

I particularly enjoy the massive infectious bass lines and over all swampy groove these guys have got going on. Seriously if you like your metal down and dirty then get this album!.

Oh and did I mention they were english? well they are so thats all the more reason to give these guys a shot instead of all the normal scando-american stuff!.

Keep it Metal !..! !..!

Lead Sails Paper Anchor [Digipak]
Lead Sails Paper Anchor [Digipak]
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Price: £6.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Rock than Metal, 30 Aug 2007
Well they certainly have broken out of the "Metalcore" mould whether that is a good thing or not though is probably a matter of personal preference.

Gone are the cliched metalcore break downs and the scream verse mellow chorus type structures (well for the most part anyway!)..... instead we have some cliched eighties style gang vocals and almost van halen esque guitar work!. All the songs however are well put together and easy to get to grips with and there are a few real crackers "becoming the bull" for example.

What this really means is that for the more hardcore metalheads this ain't for you, but if you don't mind a bit of radio friendliness then give it a shot.

If you do like it the try Still Remains' new record The serpent as its in the same kind of vein and if you dont then get Machine Heads The blackening cos thats real metal!!!

United Abominations
United Abominations
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over the hill no f*ing way!, 26 July 2007
This review is from: United Abominations (Audio CD)
A true return to form this album made me wanna bang my head like it was 1985 again!!!.

You may say that this album is a retread of all that has gone before and in some respects this may be true (the re-recorded a tout le monde for example) however this does this album a terrible injustice as tracks like Sleepwalker Washington is next and play for blood kick some serious ass!.

Yes there is probably nothing new about any of this but what the hell have slayer been doing for the last 20 years? and everyone still loves them for it!, so if you can put this aside for a second and just listen to the songs then you will realise what a huge talent Mr Mustaine is and forget the rest because its immaterial.

In summation this is the best album to have been released by any of the big four of thrash in about 20 years so buy it!.

Price: £7.23

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dad rock.... yep that bad, 26 July 2007
This review is from: Libertad (Audio CD)
After the exciting slow burner that was Contraband this album is a bit wet really and not at all what you would expect from such a great group of musicians.

She builds Quick Machines and Let it Roll are the only real rock songs on here and even they suffer from over production and a lack of any real backbone.Having said that I give it three stars just for the sake of these song.

Most of the rest of the album just breezes by you without the slightest hint of interest the solos are ok the chorus' are bland and the vocals lack any punch or bite.

If you wanted another solid rocking album I suggest you look elsewhere cos this just doesnt deliver. Rather than lazily looking to bands to repeat past glories we all need to move on....

try Clutch "from beale street to oblivion" instead you won't regret it!

Train Of Thought
Train Of Thought
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dream theater album for metalheads!, 26 July 2007
This review is from: Train Of Thought (Audio CD)
I must start off by saying that I do love prog and metal and as such I like most of the dream theater back catalogue however I always found the vocals too camp the keyboards to cheesy and the sheer self indulgence sometimes just plain pissed me off......

That being said this is one of my favourite albums EVER because everything I did'nt like about the band was suddenly dropped and instead we get proper songs and hooks as well as the technical wizardy that all the musicians concerned are capable of delivering.

Ok so there are a few things that I need to add this album heavily borrows from slipknot i.e the intros for This dying soul and honour thy father sound very similar to (SIC) from the self titled album, and there are also nods to pitchshifter in places that being said it is not as overt as in some of their works. We also have the addition of RAP? in some of the songs which is definitely not a good thing however if you can ignore this then there are some brilliant tracks on offer.

Each song brings something new to the table
As I am is a fantastic metal tune, great chorus, brilliant solos from both Portnoy and Petrucci and possibly James LaBries most masculine vocal delivery. Endless Sacrifice is an amazing prog tinged metal masterpiece and the vocal line will haunt you (I still cant get it outta my head!)
I could go on to describe every single song and tell you how amazing each one is but I think it is better if you just go buy it!.

Systematic Chaos
Systematic Chaos
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dull patchy boring oh and derivitive, 26 July 2007
This review is from: Systematic Chaos (Audio CD)
Just a heads up for anyone thinking of buying this album DONT.
Dream theater have really surpassed themselves in terms of the number acts they so blatantly rip off. This particular album has shades of muse metallica rush and pink floyd as well as the tried and tested method of "expanding" on previous works of their own (see metropolis scenes from a murder).

Whilst this melding pot of influences could produce something fantastic however this album sounds tired dull and boring. Repentance is the epitome of what I am saying (the intro is taken from train of thought but slowed down) it drags its sorry ass through what seems like an eternity without going anywhere. The middle section with overlaid vocals particularly rankles and I sat just wishing it would end.
Prophets of War sounds EXACTLY like Muse which wouldn't be so bad if it was elaborated upon and made their own but it is so blatant that it pains me to listen to it. Constant motion is probably the best track on offer but again the "creative borrowing" is too apparent i.e. the verse part being a rehash of ride the lightning era metallica.

Finally the last straw comes in the terrible faux Satanism and absolutely ridiculous lyrics contained in In the presence of my enemies pt2 how anyone can take this seriously really is beyond me

So in conclusion if you can live with listening to an overly long and pompous version of the aforementioned artists work as well as dream theater making a mess of their own previous efforts then be my guest I will however be returning this garbage to the store ASAP.
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What Have We Become
What Have We Become
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New start for Jesse..., 6 Nov 2006
This review is from: What Have We Become (Audio CD)
If you did'nt already know this is Jesse Leach's (ex Killswitch)new band and it is a belter.

This is a complete change from Killswitch and is far more Stoner than his previous work though it retains a very metal tinge to it. The song are far more groove and riff driven my favourites being Numb and In My Blood.

The vocal performance has obviously been toned down due to Jesse's previous throat problems and sometimes you would'nt even know it was the same guy! but that does not detract from the overall sound which is HUGE.

I would definitely recommend this album it is damn good

For fans of C.O.C, Killswitch, Clutch, et all

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