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The Kiss Of Spirit And Flesh
The Kiss Of Spirit And Flesh
Price: 11.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Good music, shame about the lyrics, 13 Aug 2013
I bought this on the strength of the Anathema connection with Daniel Cavanagh on guitar. I must say that musically this is a very strong effort with some great power chords complimenting the folk-like feel generally of the cd. I would not go as far as describing it as folk-prog but the temptation is there. My only beef with this record are the lyrics. Call them gothic, old-English, traditional they all add up to meaning very little to me but I dare say they will be profound to others. 'Cup sweet petals of sweetest rose', you get the general idea. For me, I will not let this detract from the music which is worth far more. Worth a punt, especially for the track Portrait, from which the aforementioned lyric came from!

Price: 9.79

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the beginning, at last!, 12 Jun 2013
This review is from: 13 (Audio CD)
Having read most of the reviews so far, the general conclusion is positive and deservedly so. Those who live for Dio-Sabbath will inevitably feel that the sound has gone backwards, but surely they are missing the point here. Black Sabbath have gone back to their roots deliberately and are satisfying the legion of fans who have yearned for the 'old days'. Having said that, the sound this band makes is unique and it has matured magnificently with age both instrument ally and vocally. Yes, some well trodden motives are revisited but is it not great to hear it all again in 2013? Just imagine the outcry if everything Sabbath stood for was compromised for the sake of 'being different' or 'progressing'. I too like the post Ozzy Sabbath, especially with Tony Martin, but nothing will, or has, replaced the original sound of that first Black Sabbath album and the brilliance that followed up to and including Never Say Die. If you are open-minded about Sabbath or like the original sound buy this and enjoy it. If you live just for the Dio-era, forget it.

Wisdom Of Crowds (Deluxe)
Wisdom Of Crowds (Deluxe)
Price: 15.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Special Album, 7 Jun 2013
Not often an album comes out that could be considered truly special but this is one of them. I'm not too familiar with Katatonia so purchased this on the strength of the Pineapple Thief connection. Considering Bruce Soord performs all the instrumentation, leaving Jonas Renkse to vocal duties makes this music all the more remarkable for it's depth and feel. Rock, melody, industrial, folk all play a part here and it works! Purveyors of progressive sounds will keep this music playing for years to come. Strangely, I hope it's a one-off because it may not be topped, but on the other hand it may develop into something much bigger if the commitment to make it so prevails between the two of them.

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