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An Age Among Them
An Age Among Them
Price: £8.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Earth shattering!, 24 Mar. 2010
This review is from: An Age Among Them (Audio CD)
Rinoa sound much like Japan's Envy which is no bad thing at all, Envy being one of the few bands I can say who reach into my inner soul...Rinoa mix what's left of scream/hardcore in vocal style with 'epic' sounding instrumental backing and the whole effect is something you would gladly watch the world burn to. If this is our English Envy then let it go on for as long and may they play live in a place near you!

Left 4 Dead 2 (PC DVD)
Left 4 Dead 2 (PC DVD)
Offered by MICRO LTD
Price: £9.29

4.0 out of 5 stars I love the undead, 20 Jan. 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Left 4 Dead 2 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
This is a great game, I would say you do need online to enjoy it to the full, and if I'm right you can't play it without registering online anyway...

Graphics and gameplay are both good, the game is fast paced though and there isn't a lot of time to look at things as you play! This is about being faster than the zombies and having good teamwork!

The steam programe which interfaces with the game makes finding new friends easy as you can add those whom you have played with recently or whilst in game. You are also able to use VOIP to talk to people through a microphone, though many just type...

Overall this is worth getting if you love multiplayer fun. However if you like to play alone then this is not the game for you, you need others and in most instances one player will not be able to complete a level due to the number of special infected which require a friend to remove...


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet, 17 July 2009
This review is from: Abyssal (Audio CD)
As I have mentioned in another review, if you are looking at this then you probably need to be an Envy fan already and own (at least) A dead sinking story and Insomniac doze.

Abyssal sees the band return to that point in between the savageness of All the footprints (early half of the CD) and mix it with the lush soundscapes of the majority of Insomniac doze. Three of these tracks display the typical scream/spoken instrumental format and then the final track is mostly instrumental.

This is a great e.p. mini album whatever you want to call it. It clocks in at under 30 mins but the tracks are worth listening to and it gives some hope that a new album might not be as laid back as Insomniac Doze was in places (not necessarily a bad thing but, I love the grrr!).

Musically this sees the band explore similar territory to before and if you have the two albums I mention at the start then you probably don't need this...but then as its Envy I have to admit I did...

It was nice to see them exploring the instrumental only track 4, they try something similar on the compiled fragments cd and it works well, though hopefully there won't be an album purely of such tracks!

Get A dead sinking story and Insomniac doze over this, All the footprints you've ever left behind and the fear expecting ahead if you want the raw power and this if you crave Envy and dont know where to turn.
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Compiled Fragments 1997-2003
Compiled Fragments 1997-2003
Price: £16.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fits together, 17 July 2009
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Ok so if you are reading this you probably know who Envy are, if not then please look at their other CDs and reviews of: All the footprints you've ever left behind and the fear expecting ahead, A dead sinking story and Insomniac Doze.

Now onto compiled fragments, its hard to criticise this album for being: a)what it says on the tin, which is a set of compiled recordings so some of them have different production values and they don't run together as smoothly with the same coherency as say Insomniac Doze does.

b)not necessarily full of their best work...

Overall I would say that for Envy fans who have probably All the footprints and A dead sinking story this is worth a buy. It shows a little more of what they used to sound like on the CDs you probably can't get in the UK or outside of Japan - these tracks oddly seem placed in the middle section of the CD. However there are also instances of tracks which display the more current Envy sound, with the instrumentalisation and epic sounding scapes, the first track for example and then naturally the live version of Go Mad and Mark, which for me was one of the highlights.

Worth getting if you are a fan. Not a good starting point. Get the other albums (even abyssal) before getting this...

Still good though!

Common Dreads
Common Dreads
Price: £7.96

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not entering but fully through the door!, 14 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Common Dreads (Audio CD)
In this album Shikari move beyond their first album by miles. The fronts they choose to build on include a greater use of Rou's voice, acoustic, spoken parts, signing, and also the scream/angry vocals. There is a greater focus here on crafting individual songs, they have their own vibe and fill out into the territory chosen for it, for example on Juggernauts there is good use of a different singing style, No sleep tonight focuses on a new musical direction with greater use of synths and programming, with Gap in the fence finally breaking the barrier from Post-Hardcore with Electronics to Enter Shikari stamping their own style on both of these genres and making it their own.

Overall this is not the scream-fest of the last album. Instead pure raw screaming is mixed with a more head smart use of lyrics, topics, vocal impact and overall musical technique. For example Rou's definition of harshness is not just limited to screaming, the electronic parts draw more widely on drum and bass etc and also sampling found in pure electronic music. This effort matches Genghis Tron's effort in its audacity and willingness to embrace all the ingredients and make an unexpected recipe!

This is awesome and will no doubt see a greater abundance of glowsticks and moshing at their next gigs!

See also Genghis Tron, Atari Teenage Riot, Mad Capsule Markets.

Board Up The House
Board Up The House
Price: £10.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Constructuve noise, 26 Oct. 2008
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This review is from: Board Up The House (Audio CD)
Genghis Tron mix grindcore vocals (alongside some quiet sections) and pre-recorded drums with electronic sounds and guitarwork. The album works well when listened all the way through, and the tone swings from full-on to slow and melodic througout.

Having seen this band live, the sound translates well off-record too. Some of the parts which seem to be electronic are actually guitar!

Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to form!, 5 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Shogun (Audio CD)
This album sits somewhere in between Ascendency and the Crusade.

Production and structure of the songs just seems much better worked through.

Vocally the band make use of all their previous styles in good measure and bring back the screams in perfect dosage! There is also a new vocal direction featuring deep/black metal stylings.

Musically Trivium are better than ever with melody as well as suitable heavier sounds prominant as ever.

Better than the Crusade. This album restores my faith!

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Price: £10.24

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Emo, 17 Sept. 2006
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This review is from: Juturna (Audio CD)
Upon a first hearing i thought this band could be compared to yourcodenameis:milo, the vocals are similar i thought in places...however this is where similarities end. Im finding it hard to see where any math rock comes into this, for me this is Emo but backed by amazing sonic blasts from guitar and bass, supported by some rhythmic beats from the drummer.

Juturna winds and gets inside the head. It is calming and yet has a good edge to it which is far from what many Emo bands are releasing now. In my eyes the use of more effects and a toning down of screaming show that the Emo sound can evolve past what its critics have calimed to be the latest 'fad' in rock/punk. Check it out online at thier sites and then go buy!

Louder Now [U.S. Version]
Louder Now [U.S. Version]
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £6.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Long Awaited, 24 April 2006
Long Island kings of Emo Taking back sunday have become a staple in any emo fans collection. I own this bands other two releases and if you do too then there is no good reason not to buy this! Bieng their third release i had high hopes that the band would try something different, yet retain the pace and edge thier music seemed to lose a little last time round. I'm finding this to be the best album they have made, the tunes here are varied and move between acousitcal, emo and rock seemlessly. Theres even a solo here, something modern music seems to have shunned under Nu Metal and suchlike. Go buy it and enjoy, fans wont be dissapointed and you'll soon be jumping around to a record the band hav obviously enjoyed making.

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