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Carnival Is Forever
Carnival Is Forever
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all fans of music of great energy and technical virtuousity, 17 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Carnival Is Forever (Audio CD)
I bought this a while back cos I really wanted to support the band back on their feet. Vogg is one of the most talented metal guitarists of the last ten years, and they have been through terrible grief.

I've recently begun listening again to it, and I love how this builds on the last album Organic Hallucinosis. It moves towards an even more intense industrial metal but loses none of the power riffing that ties Vogg to past greats like Dimebag Darrell. Hes one of those guitarists who is brilliant for both the notes he chooses and how he plays them. I recommend watching the behind the scenes studio DVD on the making of this album. It shows Vogg ripping through some Chopin on the piano during a lunch time. This shows he knows about 'serious' music - he displays the same kind of intense virtuousity on the guitar.

With 'Carnival I sometimes struggle to listen beyond the first tune - the first track The Knife is so intense. Vogg has mastered the ability to produce riffs that would provide the kind of soundtrack suited to a movie of those gun sight cameras from the cannon on an (first Gulf War) A-10 warthog, as the pieces of metal are shredded and the target is atomised. Hey, wait there's humans in there! This is you, the listener..

The new drummer Krimh is really talented, he provides an excellent counterpoint to Vogg. I like the vocal themes as well. I mean what serious lyricist even needs to bother with those tired Black/Death lyrics around religious duality when despair, denial and illusion are inherent in the human condition?

Sennheiser PX200 Black Closed Mini Headphone Black
Sennheiser PX200 Black Closed Mini Headphone Black

2.0 out of 5 stars Too fragile for daily use, 12 May 2010
I don't know what has happened at Sennheiser. My previous headphones were well made and sounded great (PX100/HD595). These sound great. BUT. have flimsy plastic sleeves which means one headphone will snap off easily, as I found out when my Ipod got stuck in my bag. Super glue could not fix it.

Lots of people will look at getting these to ease their daily commute. dont bother.

Wrath [Limited Edition: Digi-Pack]
Wrath [Limited Edition: Digi-Pack]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of their game, 3 Mar. 2009
Right now Lamb of God or L.O.G as us metal afficiandaos call'em are at the top of their game.

This is a kicking album that shows a fine evolution of their sound. Some wicked riffing. You can hear the speed metal and hardcore punk influences amid the anger onslaught. The singer has the range of a pissed off Nick Cave, with lyrics to match. Chris Adler's drumming is the best yet imho. Only downside is there are no guest solos from Chris Poland.

The tragedy for these guys is that they are succeeding at a time of internet downloads and even more rubbish pop music. They are a beacon of refined energy in a sea of manufactured pap.

They have to tour all the time to survive. They are deserving of your hard earned $ Buy this album!
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Creative Guitar: Cutting Edge Techniques Volume 1: Cutting Edge Techniques v. 1
Creative Guitar: Cutting Edge Techniques Volume 1: Cutting Edge Techniques v. 1
by Guthrie Govan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.59

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good alright, 25 Sept. 2007
Guthrie Govan is definitely 'the man'. Why? cos unlike many other guitar superheroes he's a student of all styles, not just his own. Check out some of the videos around the net of Guthrie playing ' in the style of'. He can convincingly do them all.

Govan's broad approach extends to the book too. Lots of good advice, and important basics like CAGED that will really help beginners or intermediate players - and bluffers like me - to get better and start hitting more of the right notes.

Its a well written book, but in the layout there could be some more attention to detail, some of the figures are incorrectly labelled, and the exercises go astray by a page or two from the text, which makes playing while reading the text a bit difficult.

I like the advice sections at the start - gives you something to read when you're not practicing!

This is not a 'chops' book, although it does gives some guidance - if you want to get more accurate and faster, better to get something by Petrucci , Frank Gambale or Michael Angelo as well. This book is about making music - expressing yourself - on your guitar.

In summary it's a great instructional book and an excellent CD by Britain's most exciting guitar player

Organic Halucinosis
Organic Halucinosis

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See where metal is headed! These kids best yet (warning:don't listen if you have a hangover), 16 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Organic Halucinosis (Audio CD)
Polish technical death metal band Decapitated bring their formidable chops to bear on this album. It's their best yet.. IMHO

While their earlier albums may have seemed a bit derivative (sounding like their influences) this one is all new.

It's frenetic - fast - sometimes verging into speed-death territory. At times like Meshuggah, Napalm Death and Hatesphere have been put in a blender together. Heavy, fast and technically complex guitar action (all that practising is finally bearing fruit), industrial vocals ( i like the new singer - he's really good and serious,) relentless blast beats..if you listen to this after a big night, you will go insane

Its worth getting just for the last three tracks Day 69, Poem about old prison man and Organic Hallucination..

These guys are growing up into something truly awesome, lets hope they dont break up before they can really drop the bomb on us.

The Sickness Within
The Sickness Within
Price: £10.32

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a massively good album, 20 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Sickness Within (Audio CD)
Can't believe how all the metal hype is constantly about yank outfits like Trivium (whaetever) about emo, about lame-os like A7x when crews like Hatesphere exist.

This album is one of my fave thrash metal albums ever..brutal, professional technical and relentlessly rocking, Personal faves, Coming of Chaos, Sickness Within, White Fever.

Great riffing - guitarists (like me) lap it up! Great technical riffing and vamping, it's got some excellent kind of flashback VH moments in the music... which shows these guys know their stuff, and have taken great care to ensure that this album kicks you in the head over and over and over

If you're missing the thrash of your youth and grew up on bands like Slayer, Testament, Megadeth & Exodus you must get this album.

Bilious Paths
Bilious Paths
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £5.73

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont believe that other review - this is a great IDM album, 22 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Bilious Paths (Audio CD)
Mike Paradinas is up there with Aphex and Luke Vibert as one of the most inventive and funky electronic musik makers of the UK in the last 10 years
Where Squarepusher leaves you bewildered, U-ziq takes you back into the music, just when you feel it cant get any more unintelligible, it does, but then there's the melody, always the melody... This is a great album, of mashup garage and jungle beats with strong ambient themes and idm experimentations.
You can really hear the influence of Venetian snares in the drum programming, which Mike has acknowledged, but he never loses sight of the listener, always taking you with him cos each track is a journey..
Standout tracks for me are "Meinheld", "Grapenut" beats 1 and 2 and "Silk Ties". Given that the kings of the idm scene, Warp, can get away with releasing albums with just two great tracks (Vis the new LFO album) then this Uziq offering must be a classic? Great stuff!

Bilious Paths
Bilious Paths
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £5.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great progression for one of UK's best electronic artists, 8 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Bilious Paths (Audio CD)
This is not the kind of album you just slip on the hifi and immediately fall in love with. It takes at least one more listen. If you like Aphex, V Snares, Plaid, Squarepusher you're in familiar territory, but unlike these artists, Mike Paradinas has gots the truly great melodies to go with the beats.
I read somewhere that some of these tunes are old ones he's been working on for ages. Oldies but goodies
Its a royal mash up of great ambient synth lines and full on drill core beats. Wicked.
Highlights for me are Meinheld and Grape Nuts Beats, I also love AC Merlin. He draws you in with the comprehensible and then makes it incomprehensible, and just you're wondering can i handle anymore of this crazines, some relief might be in sight.
I don't know what the other reviewer was on, but i like gardige/gabba/jungle/idm and this album is U-ziqs best so far.

In Person
In Person
Offered by Mattpuss
Price: £14.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby is a twisted lounge leezard, 21 Sept. 2000
This review is from: In Person (Audio CD)
Scrounging around for some music to play when we have company we bought this - Its like an updated twisted techno version of Bert Kaempfert - if you like Barry Adamson, Dimitri from Paris, Like Vibert or any of the ultralounge CDs and are looking for some new type of downbeat music that is seriously bent.. then Bobby is da man..Theres some kind of narrative about how Bobby was a backing pianist in the 60's for some big european stars...errr not sure about that one.
Apparently this is an offshoot of the excellent Paper recordings danse musik label - KEEP IT UP CHAPS well done!

Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite (Princeton Science Library)
Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite (Princeton Science Library)
by Rudy Rucker
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rucker makes maths hip, 21 Sept. 2000
If you're like me, your maths experience at school was 100 per cent dependent on the quality of the teacher. Some years good, other years, crap! If only Rudy Rucker was my teacher - i'd now be a software guru making mega$$bux. I only picked up this book because I enjoyed Rucker's SF so much - I recommend the 'ware' series - it's got the narrative flow and hipness of James Elroy, the vision of Phillip K Dick, the hard science of Bruce Sterling and um some other stuff thats probably not legal chucked into the mix..
Anyways, in Infinity and the Mind, Rucker dissects and discusses the big maths problems surrounding the notion of infinity - Schrodingers' cat, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, Set Theory its all here, its explained in a brilliantly chatty and SIMPLE fashion.
There are some good exercises for the educationally inclined, but the great thing about this book is that it makes you realise what all the fuss is about maths, it made me think about God, the origin of the Universe, all that Quantum mechanics New Scientist stuff and everything else.. Rucker discusses some seriously mind-bending notions in this book - um...numbers existed before humans..Maths lives in a parallel universe...
If you're a student struggling with maths or physics or just someone who wants some interesting topics to discuss at your next party after the refreshments have kicked in , I recommend this book.

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