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The Winterlong (Reissue)
The Winterlong (Reissue)
Price: £14.12

5.0 out of 5 stars It's back, finally!., 9 Jun 2014
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For those who love they're Swedish death metal and have been waiting over 20 years to get a copy of God Macabre's unavailable CD, It has finally been re-released:- and it was badly needed. Prices for an original CD sometimes fetched over £100 for a neat 1993 version. Relapse, have now decided to bite the bullet in unleashing this 20th anniversary celebration CD as the singlular and only album to ever surface from God Macabre:- it all seems only appropriate. This album does contain a song which was never included on the original version and it is called "Life's Verge".

This album is a classic death metal album in every sense of the word. The vocals in particular are monstrous and the riffs subversive. The production is thin and sketchy:- (common for early nineties old school albums), and it has a very badass attitude to it as well. This guitar work also has a Swedish buzzsaw sound to it:- Like (Entombed, Dismember, Fleshcrawl, Grave, Comecon). I just can't wait to get my mits on this one as I have received it. Simply unmissable in my opinion.


Distant Satellites
Distant Satellites
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking progressive-ness., 9 Jun 2014
This review is from: Distant Satellites (Audio CD)
I have been an avid follower of Anathema's productions for quite a while now. I have a few of they're albums, and this is just another exemplorary addition to those past achievements. For what it's worth, I highly enjoyed "Weather systems" and this is a perfectly natural successor to that album. From a progression of doom metal on they're earliest efforts to what we have now is obviously a big transition, but I think where they have arrived at now on "Distant Satalites" is likely the most comprehensive progressive album from them yet.

There is mellow - beautiful melodies; superb front and backing vocals, and a subtle production. One of my favourite songs on the album is probably 'Dusk', as the track soars to then dip in the middle, which is lovely. So this music can probably be best described as a subtle and melodic brand of progressive music that has a focus on atmosphere, effect and the colours & shades of light and dark. I certainly found this album most refreshing and telling in character, it also has a deep personality to it that I thoroughly enjoyed; and so for that reason I think it worthy of the maximum five stars to hand.


Reclaim the Beat
Reclaim the Beat
Price: £7.17

4.0 out of 5 stars The final statement of true violence!., 8 Jun 2014
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A hybrid of blisteringly fast thrash death metal is on offer with "Reclaim the beat" and it is about as brutal and metal as it is possible to get. By now, fans familliar with the music of Defleshed know the score; unashamed musical violence, tight rhythms, screeching vocals, no solos, blastbeats & massive riffs. But rather than this being a comprehensive summary of they're rather great musical assembalages this does seem to be a case of more of the same. It results in an excellent album, but falling short slightly of they're previous three.

While songwriting has never been a huge consideration for these crazed Sweeds, I do feel that a progressive dose of experimentation would have beneffited the net result greatly. The music is still very well executed but the variation is very evidently needed, as many of the songs sound very very structually similar to each other. They rely on a tried and tested formula, but "Reclaim the beat" is a furious and obliterating dose of madness, and if you think you can withstand the heat it would definitely be a worthwhile investment to serve you're energized needs.


Open Your Eyes
Open Your Eyes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak and limp., 7 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Open Your Eyes (Audio CD)
I can completely contest to the variety of reviews sporting this album as a complete washout, but I don't feel upon deconstruction that it's all quite as simple as that. This is however, probably one of the worst CD's from yes in terms of overall quality alongside "Tormato " and "Union", as the songwriting is lax' and haywire. In my opinion the only really good/compelling song on this album is 'Man in the moon' and that one is worthy of the extra star.

The bulk of this album is mostly filled with left-over cannon fooder and a wanna-be, (appeal to everyone) mindset. 'New state of mind', (the opener,) is a total disaster and the title track is just a wet blanket:- the rest are semi-skimmed/ b-rate pop songs derived from a total absence of imagination. There does seem to be a safe playing formula to most of these songs as well, and it does seem to point towards corporate interfearence for the band. Wether or not that is true:- is on the face of it; irrelevant. "Open your eyes" is a ultimately:- forgettable and tortuous excursion, of a formulaic and obvious flight of cruise control.


Smooth noodle maps (1990)
Smooth noodle maps (1990)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disc spinners., 6 Jun 2014
I have only one album of Devo, and 'Smooth noodle maps' is that album. I have always quite enjoyed they're unique brand of sub-new wave rock :- always attached with a humourous assemblage of college boy antics on what is a pretty solid and convicted template. The songwriting on the whole is a tad loose and glossy, but there is still plenty of good musical moments and quirky nuances too. The production is heavily slanted on a distant 80's production roster, but I feel that that fact only adds to it's genuine and organic listening experience. The use of synths also helps to elaborate on melodies and key musical developments as well.

There are quite a raft of unique and unashamededly brilliant ideas on this disc stretching from the entirety of the whole albums 11 tracks, and, with a sprinkling of mass appeal. Out of what's here, my favourites include:- The first five tracks, the quite superb "Pink jazz trancers, and/, Devo has feelings too". "A change is gonna cum" and "The big picture" are the two obvious weak links in this uniformly strong chain of quality entities, but in this reviewers opinion, the very vast majority of excellence ultimately trumps the loose ends to result in a four star and easily enjoyable album.


Darkness In A Different Light
Darkness In A Different Light
Price: £11.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O Fates Warning, this is amazing., 5 Jun 2014
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An urgent and compelling start kicks of last years "Darkness in a different light" in the form of 'one thousand fires' and as it turns out, it would be the best start for on a Fates Warning album in well over 20 years. "Firefly returns the heaviness and riffage not seen since "No exit", with an added dose of variation with the third track "Desire", which harks back to the 'Disconnected' era. 'Fallling' represents a sweet enough ballad; 'I am' is a decent enough prog fest. 'Lighthouse' is one of my favourites song of the album as the song is so deep and melodic it is impossible to escape from it.

'Into the black' returns back to a little dose of metal, with "Kneel & Obey" straight after, capitalising on the previous song with a opening sledge hammer riff. 'O chloroform returns things to a 'Into the black esque, 'and yet it moves' ends the album on a high note with a minute accustic sweep and a destructive metal weight then obliterating it. So as far as I am concerned, every single song was attractive and memorable from the first time I listened through them. It was also very obvious from the first completed listen that this was something amazing, as such a diverse and united arsenal of ideas has been so sculptrally transformed into such a organic effort.

Fates Warning's - "Darkness" has to be one of the best all-round progressive metal albums for many years. This is most certainly a five star album: as the songwriting, execution, musicianship, and production is so damn perfect. I simply cannot find any issues at all with this album. Artwork is intriguing too, as well as an extra bonus disc if you buy the very lavishly produced double disc 2CD set. It comes in a hardback digibook with a digipack hub to hold the discs and the bonus disc contains an extended version of Firefly, a bonus song 'Falling Further'; 'One' & Life in still water' live.

This album will go down in history as a classic, and it is one of the best CD's they have come up with in they're long exemplary musical history; the impossible has been done.


Octavarium [U.S. Version]
Octavarium [U.S. Version]
Price: £5.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Trapped inside this Octavarium., 4 Jun 2014
Dream Theater's career has been rather fast paced since they're inception in the mid to late eighties; in most years since they're debut, an average of one album every two year cycle has been,.. (alongside extensive touring), one of the main reasons (in my opinion), with as to why they're music has lost so much of the original magic and potency since then. Octavarium came out in 2005 and this does represent the band's eighth full-length studio album, and an identifiable turning point for the bands evolution, as only 'A dramatic turn of events' since then, has been close to the very high standards they were pushing themselves for in the 1990's.

Octavarium however, is a modest album with a colossal arsenal of heavyweights like the masterpiece title track, the 'root of all evil', the beautiful 9/11 tribute song 'Sacrificed sons', and 'Panic attack'. The other half, a collective tapestry of DT filler such as 'the answer lies within', 'these walls', the U2 gimmick of 'I walk beside you' and 'Never enough'., By far, the best song on the album and one of the best of Dream Theaters career is the simply superb 24 minute suite of Octavarium. Without this fanatstic song, there would be little likelihood of me awarding this CD anything higher than a three star set.


Black And White 050505
Black And White 050505
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underneath the ice.,, 3 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Black And White 050505 (Audio CD)
Black and White 050505 was Simple Minds comeback album and it is decidedly so. Very strong memorable anthems, delicious melodies and thoughtful soundscapes make this one - one of they're best. A few typical SM numbers do still punctuate the heart of the CD such as:- 'Different world and Kiss the ground'. These songs still remain strong, and for the first time since 'Good news from the next world' there are absolutely no slouchers present. Therefore this has to be one of they're most consistent albums for years and paved the way forward for the following albums triumph. 'Physical Graffitti'; which totally nailed the Simple minds incubus.

Highlights on Black and White are numerous and of very high quality. "Stay visible', 'Home', 'Stranger' and the closer 'Dolphins' represent the pinnicle of the CD with 'Underneath the ice', 'the Jeweller', 'a life shot in black and white', being not far behind them. So this adds up as a fresh and perfect evolution of the progression seen since they're early days. Production, execution and songwriting quality blows they're previous album 'Cry', out of the water. This is a mandatory Simple Minds cannon with a subtle AOR edge to it's presentation, which ultimately gives us a great and full - rounded rock album to enjoy.

Definately worth getting hold of, this one....


Millennium
Millennium

5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and gents welcome to sublimity., 2 Jun 2014
This review is from: Millennium (Audio CD)
Monstrosity's second CD refines the raw talent shown on they're debut "Imperial doom" and sharpens it to unparrelled levels. 'Fatal Millenium' kicks off the CD, and right away it is clear that that is the case with a serating and cutting edge guitar sound from relatively unknown axeman Jason Morgan. 'Devious Instinct' is the second song on the album and is one of my long time Monstrosity favourites. Excessive, but controlled blast beating from Lee Harrison, an urgent vocal from Corpse'grinder, and a generous bass sound is enough to give you the shivers. Again; Jason Morgan's command of the guitar is aptly demonstrated by some really excellent harmonics.

Another highlight is the slow n' steady 'Fragments of resolution' with it's very slow protruding baseline:- which is quite a different proposition to the usual Monstrosity servings. The album is a classic, and they're best album to date as far as I'm concerned. You really have to wonder why Corpsegrinder left the band after this album to go join Cannibal Corpse:- who in my opinion have never been as good as these guys in any musical aspect. Still, three albums on and the music is still top draw across the board and with a new album speculated to be coming out in the near future, my anticipations are currently running high indeed.

Production, songwriting and execution are all surefire high points. This is certainly one of my very favourite death metal albums out there and is at least a little easier to get hold of than the chronically out of print 'Imperial doom'. 'Millenium' was originally released on Nuclear Blast:- nowadays, the distributor is Conquest Music and I believe that the album is directly available from them if you are after a relatively new copy. Not nearly enough, like most old school death metal there needs to be a more concerted effort to reissue albums in quanity to bring down the absurd prices some of them command.

'Millenium' rules however, it's a simple as that!...,


Angular Perceptions
Angular Perceptions
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Progressive pillars., 1 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Angular Perceptions (Audio CD)
Thought Chamber started as a side project in 2006, between a pedigree of dynamic and proven individuals coming together to deliver an a-typical and inspirational metal album. Of course the progressive mindset behind it is to be applauded, this album still has an abundance of transcending personality, soul and a sporadic distribution of radiant elements in distillation with they're music. All of which is topped off by a passionate vocal from the 'one and only' Ted Leonard' from "Enchant", makes Angular perceptions' a curious debut CD.

One thing I like about this brand of progressive metal is that the technical and songwriting qualities are uniform and collectively collaborate, to put they're own spin on the sub-genre. A rhythm and bass aware CD, there are so many subtle moments and delicate flinches on top of a pretty solidly written incubus. Angular perceptions' isn't up there with the mandatory classics we are familliar with; but a supergroup of this kind of caliber behind all this. 'Angular Perceptions' coukd be regarded as what would be expected as a bar minimum. 4 stars worthy, and well worth checking out!.

Favourites include:- "God of oblique & A mind beyond".


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