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The Orc King (Forgotten Realms Novel: Transitions Trilogy): Bk. 1 (Rough cut edition) (Forgotten Realms: Transitions Trilogy)
The Orc King (Forgotten Realms Novel: Transitions Trilogy): Bk. 1 (Rough cut edition) (Forgotten Realms: Transitions Trilogy)
by R. A. Salvatore
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore Dazzles with yet another Marvelous novel, 30 Jan. 2008
All i can say is that this book is fantastic from start to finish although i found it to be a big change from previous books in Salvatores Forgotten Realms series. I find that although Bruenor, Drizzt, and Regis' search for Guantlgrym re-evokes feelings of opening up the icewind dale trilogy and embarking on the magic journey for Mithral Hall, the overall style from this book is very different to the glorified Warhammer Battle Report style of the Two Swords (Not that i frown upon that) this leads our fabulous five in a different direction where the five of the hall ultimately split up, with Catti-brie nigh on crippled from the defence of Mithral Hall, Wulfgar leaving his Friends to Look for Colson it helps take the focus from the five to help develop newer characters such as the awesome Hralien, the fearsome Obould, and maybe a new Dark Elf turned not so dark Tos'un Armgo.
This book is fantastic, and the ending is awesome
Roll on the next one, buy this you will not regret it,


Astronomy
Astronomy
Offered by all my music
Price: £39.89

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the future of power metal, 28 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Astronomy (Audio CD)
What can i say about dragonland, they are a band who constantly deliver with every release (though i cannot comment on starfall as i have not heard it as a whole). This bring us to their fourth release "Astronomy" and what a quality release this is. Begining we have the incredible "Super Nova" which sets you up for the rest of the album, with excellent vocals, and furious Fret work courtesy of Niklas Magnusson, and Dragonland mastermind Olaf Morck, this is a very catchy song i can gurantee you will be singing this all month. further highlights of the album are "Cassiopeia" with its awesome acoustic intro and beatiful female vocals.

"Contact" gives Dragonforce a good sprint for the money, my personel favourite track on the album lightning fast drums, insane guitar pyrotechnics and very keyboard driven. Another personal highlight for me is Beethoven's Nightmare which is close contender for best track on the album. Look out for Beethoven parts in the track (Theres a nice bit of Moonlight Sonata part 3 nearer the end of the track) Finally the album closes with "The Old House on the Hill" saga 3 parts too it all instrumental a brilliant way to close a simply classic album.

If you didn't get this in 2006 make sure to put it on your wishlist for 2007 you will not be dissapointed.


Ethnolution A.D.
Ethnolution A.D.
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Well Thought out Mature Power Metal., 9 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Ethnolution A.D. (Audio CD)
Fans of Dragonforce turn away now. This will not be for you.

Still There?

Mob Rules are a band i heard of a few months back, i found out through reading the december/january issue of Powerplay that they had a new album out, there was also a track on the free cd. The track featured on the cd was "With Sparrows" immediately i noticed a very powerful sound and a certain lack of the bombastic sounding fantasy themed bands i listen to. after seeing the track through i was suitably impressed and purchased the album on first listen i was very unsure, although it didn't help i had bought Kamelot's "One Cold Winter's Night" DVD and was very excited to watch that. i decided i would return to "Ethnolution A.D." for a proper listen, this album is definately a grower.

The First six tracks on the cd all link together as Ethnolution, which instead of documenting the "lord of the rings" it touches on themes true to this day, themes making the news today.

The ethnolution tracks on this album are simply out of this world, excellent if somewhat slower paced power metal although if slower metal is not your cup of tea there are some faster tracks "Fuel the Fire" being one.

What more can i say about this release, the music is awesome the vocals and top knotch and the guitar work is simply awesome, not too self indulgent.

All in all this should be a part of every serious heavy metal fan's colletion. Go out and buy this NOW!

How i Rate the tracks (Out of Ten, One being lame Ten being Out of this World)

1.a)Prologue (-)

b)Unholy War (9.5)

c)Ashes to Ashes (10)

d)Fuel to the Fire (10)

e)Veil of Death) (-)

f)The Last Farewell (9.7)

7. Day and a Lifetime (8)

8. River of Pain (10)

9. Ain't the one (9.5)

10. New Horizon (9.5)

11. With Sparrows (9)

12. Better Morning (7.5)


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