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N. Taylor "I think it's metal tonight." (UK)

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Glass Mountain
Glass Mountain
Offered by japazon
Price: £22.96

3.0 out of 5 stars Their last album., 12 July 2007
This review is from: Glass Mountain (Audio CD)
Roadstar have been one of my favourite bands since coming across them back in their Hurricane Party days supporting Paul Dianno and Zodiac Mindwarp way back in 2002, and since then they have constantly delivered blistering live shows that have been right up there with any other British rock band I've seen over the last 20 odd years. Where they haven't quite delivered though has been on record, with last years Grand Hotel being a damn good album, but not living up to their incendiary live shows, so it was great interest that got my grubby mitts on a copy of Glass Mountain.

Well the million dollar question is, does this one really do them justice, and unfortunately the answer is no, not really.
Don't get me wrong, Glass Mountain is, like Grand Hotel, a damn good album, but it still lacks the energy and charisma of the Roadstar live experience where this band really shines. Opening number `Feel Me Come Alive' kicks the album off in style sounding almost like something from the Burn era Deep Purple with Richie Hevanz sounding very much like a cross between Hughes and Coverdale, but then `Around Again' kills that momentum sounding a bit pedestrian and throwaway. Where the album really works, it works fantastically, and you realise just how bloody good this band are. On tracks like live favourite `Steam', old favourite `Last Survivor' (reworked to it's full glory at last), and my new favourite `If You Say', Roadstar sound like a band seriously going places, but in one or two many places you get the feeling you've heard it before, especially the opening riff to `Glory' which I'm sure if Jimmy Page hears he will have words about! However, Glass Mountain will be an album I'll still be playing a lot and I'm sure that once I've heard all of these songs live the album will take on a whole new dimension.
Unfortunately we aren't gonna hear these songs live as the band are no more. D'oh!

Rise [Special Edition]
Rise [Special Edition]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £24.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goood eveeeeniiinnngggg!!, 5 July 2007
This review is from: Rise [Special Edition] (Audio CD)
Yep it's rip off time again. A band gets a bit of interest, wins itself a big support slot where it can hopefully gain a whole new audience, so the record company steps in with an updated edition of an old album to hopefully reap the rewards, however, this time round it's not such a rip off. Last years Rise was a stonking debut album in the first place, containing some belting blues rock tunes and now with the 2cd Special Edition you are getting really good value for money, as it is still retailing for the same price as a single album which might well be the incentive for people who were unsure to splash the cash and pick it up.
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On the bonus disc you don't get the umpteen different versions of the same track, the ropey old demo's or even the DJ Bellend remixed `Dance Classic', what you get is a nicely put together package that includes older tunes, singles, radio sessions, an acoustic number and a few live tracks from the bands recent trip to Japan. The live tracks especially show how this band has grown over this short period and have a whole new confidence about themselves, and rightly so. The Answer really deserve to carry on climbing the ladder to success, and if they carry on putting in great live performances and can repeat or better what they did with Rise on album number two, they will certainly be giving themselves every possible chance.

United Abominations
United Abominations
Price: £5.60

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty, 5 July 2007
This review is from: United Abominations (Audio CD)
While Megadeth have continued for the last 15 years making solid albums with some great tracks on them, it is fair to say that they haven't released anything in the same league as the old classics that finished with 1992's `Countdown to Extinction'. For years now the fan base has been crying out for something with the intensity of classic Megadeth, with the technical ability of the aforementioned `Countdown' and the heaviness of `Peace Sells....' And at long last the fans have been rewarded with the bands best work possibly even since 1990's `Rust in Peace'.

United Abominations is nothing short of a firm kick to the plumbs of every doubter of the flame haired one who thought he was washed up. Mr Mustaine and his new set of band mates play like demons throughout, from opening number `Sleepwalker' right through to the soloing frenzied `Burnt Ice' the album is packed with gems, and even the reworked `A tout le Monde' featuring metals present first lady Cristina Scabbia, is an improvement on it's original outing.

At first listen you may not quite appreciate the album as a whole, but this is one of those albums that slowly burrows it's way into you mind, hooks itself on and doesn't let go, and it doesn't deserve to be pushed aside either, as this is simply the best Megadeth album for bloody years!

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