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God Is War
God Is War
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Price: 11.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 14 Jan 2012
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This review is from: God Is War (Audio CD)
If you like brutal hardcore punk then this is the album for you. The production is good too and brings out the raw sound and heavy style the band are going for.

Really great, no clean vocals or sappy stuff...just smashes its way out the speakers! There's some solos and double bass naturally...

Icy Box IB-250StU3-BH HDD Enclosure for 2.5 inch SATA Upto 12.5mm Height and USB 3.0 Host
Icy Box IB-250StU3-BH HDD Enclosure for 2.5 inch SATA Upto 12.5mm Height and USB 3.0 Host
Offered by Winningcomputer
Price: 25.99

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and does the job, 14 Jan 2012
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The box fits both the smaller and larger SATA drives. This is good as many of the other enclosures don't fit the bigger ones. CHECK how high your drive is before buying...

Otherwise its secure in terms of build and has a screwdriver etc for all the bits.

Downsides? The cable is rather ugly (blue) and chunky too, with two heads (USB 2.0/3.0) this might cause issues for space saving, I don't know. The fact your drive has been removed from your laptop also means it can be heard loudly though the casing in my experience.
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The Dream The Space
The Dream The Space
Price: 13.76

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synth/Scream so so good!, 4 Aug 2011
This review is from: The Dream The Space (Audio CD)
If you haven't heard this band and are unsure what to expect then check out their version of the Prodigy's 'Omen' on their website...if this doesn't convince you nothing will!

The band sing in English...though this doesn't really matter as the screaming is constant and moves from high to lower pitches quite frequently. The band mix metal riffs/guitar with fast drumming and synth effects which are done in a really excellent way...The album doesn't overstay it's welcome and is around 35 mins.

There aren't too many pointless breakdowns or stupid 'scene' moments on the CD. A good new heavy band from Japan that proves its not just the West that can make great heavy music...

BLAST IT LOUD and get used to the opening refrain - RWAAAAR

Welcome Home Armagedon
Welcome Home Armagedon
Offered by FLASH
Price: 4.05

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't say back to form..., 16 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Welcome Home Armagedon (Audio CD)
...But it's what everyone will be thinking!

Funeral return to past strength but not necessarily their past selves on this album. Far far more punchy than 'Humanity' and more credible coming from them than 'Tales' (the two last albums not counting the greatest hits) Armageddon is a great album. The album flows really well, includes the bands signature vocal tones, smooth-agressive and is full of strong instrumentation from the guitar, bass and drums...

You may (if a more dedicated fan) compare this to the bands breakthrough record 'Casually dressed..' which is possible considering the return of drummer Ryan's screams and Kris's guitar lines which really come through here. However this is not completely fair as it is clear the band have learned from the 3 albums since then and present a very coherent album which nevertheless manages to shift in style significantly throughout.

Gripes? I still feel they can do better than this actually. But only time will tell if they manage that. The balance of melody and post-hardcore punk sounds works really well and it goes some way to removing the emptiness of 'Tales' and builds strongly on the new-found direction on 'Humanity'.

If you get to see them live on this tour get set to be blown away!

A Thousand Suns
A Thousand Suns
Price: 9.14

3.0 out of 5 stars A very listenable album, 25 Nov 2010
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This review is from: A Thousand Suns (Audio CD)
Many fans have been commenting online that they hated Minutes to Midnight, LP's last album and those that agree totally with that sentiment may not like this either. I however do. More structured than Minutes to Midnight A thousand suns is much more electronic driven with screams from Chester few and far between, Mike back on the mic and less emphasis on the direct anger of before.

All that said the decision to include quite a few filler tracks (interludes) between songs does make it hard to pick out individual tracks from this album in the way you could on Hybrid Theory and Meterora. The band do I think make good on their promise to restructure the band and try new things, this does sound very different, however for longtime fans of the old sound I would say listen online a little before you buy! I quite enjoy this as an album, but it is not as immediate as the albums with songs such as Crawling or Points of Authority.

There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Lets Keep It A Secret
There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Lets Keep It A Secret
Price: 10.93

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improving their sound, 25 Nov 2010
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If you already know Bring me the Horizon's sound then this album pretty much carries on where the last one left off. There are more colaborations with guest vocalists here which come in the form of clean female and male vocals in a couple of songs. The electronic sounds have been beefed up too and they play a bigger part than before. Overall this is a great album which sounds like the band have grown into the sound they started to find on the last album - mixing harsh screams with gravelly vocals and heavy guitar as well as powerful drums.

Make no mistake though, the band make use of the trademark sounds of before sparingly and really create a very atmospheric album, this is not simply beatdown after beatdown broken up with clear singing a la metalcore bands. In the UK these guys are leading the pack in terms of new and contemporary heavy music.

Artificial Theory for the Dramatic Beauty
Artificial Theory for the Dramatic Beauty
Price: 12.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Metal from Japan - great, 4 Nov 2010
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I am not sure Japan is that famous in the UK for band such as Crossfaith, well how I wish that weren't so. Perhaps there are many such bands out there waiting to be heard and if you are open to this idea; this CD is a mini album of sorts (2 tracks are short synth pieces) which might get you started.

The band play screamed metal to fast beats and inject synth into the mix too, sounding a bit like Silent Civilian in parts (but with much less clean parts, hardly any actually). Production is good enough and you can see what the band is trying to do, which mainly consists of pummeling, synthed up portions and screaming - a great mix if you ask me and it really sounds like it would work well live. This doensn't sound like some of the more popular US metalcore/screamo/techno/electro bands coming out, it seems a bit more genuine and does not rely on sung choruses. There are two videos embedded but I haven't played those. YouTube has some good live videos etc of the band so any videos included here may not matter too much.

Check out their website online and you can hear many of these tracks if you are unsure. Oh yeah they sing in English too, if that matters to you buying a CD from Japan!

Price: 15.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mighty Envy return!, 24 Oct 2010
This review is from: Recitation (Audio CD)
If you know Envy or are a fan at all then this album slots right in with your collection and sound wise sits in betweeen Dead sinking story and the Abyssal EP recently put out. For the uninitiated Envy are famous for mixing enraged hardcore with fast drums and slower melodic passages, moments of pure beauty unmatched in the genre. This CD will be their 4th after debut 'All the footprints...' though they have been around for some years more and put out much more music than this might suggest.

In this new album Envy move away from the slow and dreamy tone found on Insomnic doze and try to re-embrace the slightly more straightforward sound found on the Dead sinking story album - often thought of as their best from what I can see on review sites online. Envy make use of a much more open tone through the whole album, songs genuinely feel positive and that's important because although the lyrics (always Japanese) once translated do have a sense of hope to them, for many the language element may be missed due to the screamed vocals and of course listners not all understanding Japanese (myself included). However much like their other albums Envy are able to convey perfectly the emotions they want and show a mastery of the sound and elements of the genres they draw on here...

If you are looking for brutal hardcore such as Terror then this is not for you possibly...but if you want something more melodic, emotionally varied and crafted to a high level mixing elements of poetry, male female vocals, open strings as well as the familiar screams and loud-quiet dynamics as in Mono/Mogwai then you could do worse than this...Just to be horrid HMV sold me it for under 7.00 so pop there if you like!

Blue Sky Noise
Blue Sky Noise
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Price: 10.62

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong third effort, 10 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Blue Sky Noise (Audio CD)
Circa Survive were always on the edge of bands that I listen to, not quite punk anymore not heavy enough to be post-hardcore, it was difficult for me to know where to place them really but one thing was for sure they had a unique sound.

In this their third effort Circa survive make the best use yet of singer Anthony Green's vocals, more than ever he places the remnants of his post-hardcore past alongside a high pitched delivery which flows so well alongside the floating melody provided by the guitar lines. This album focuses less on the dreamlike tone found in songs on the previous albums but retains enough of this, making songs complex and layered without becoming overblown. The greatest change offered here is the directness of sound offered on songs like 'Imaginary enemy' and 'Get out' which really punch out the speakers for once. It is the sound I think I hoped they would reach after their first album and it's really great to see them find it now.

Those who know about Green's recent personal struggles might also feel touched by songs like 'A frozen creek' which for me is the standout track.

Overall the band inject a welcome change to the ideas offered in the post-hardcore scene whilst moving away from this category by quite a distance - you won't find any beatdowns, double bass or heavy distortion here to headbang or mosh to. However the lyrics and songs are really well crafted and dare I say mature...

Price: 9.52

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...How to describe, 24 May 2010
This review is from: Cosmology (Audio CD)
...The undescribable! Having seen Rolo Tomassi last year I was unsure how to react to them, as were others in the crowd. What did come accross though was that this band are not simply a straightforward screamo or mathcore band etc...The album 'feels' quite open and all the elements have time to breathe, there is the usual electronic element to the music, frantic drums, screaches and sweet tones and additional male vocals in the mix...Similarities could be drawn to Dillinger, United Nations, even The Dear Hunter in places! But this is definately Rolo Tomassi and the way everything fits together is great.

I think the band have finally found a way to sew the elements together without it sounding too disjointed.


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