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Mr. J. Frost "Frosty" (Connah's Quay, North Wales)

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Shot To Hell
Shot To Hell
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old ..., 19 Feb 2007
This review is from: Shot To Hell (Audio CD)
Don't get me wrong, Zakk Wylde has been a hero of mine since he first appeared on Ozzy's 'No Rest For The Wicked' album, through Pride & Glory, his solo 'Book of Shadows' and Black Label Society, but I really am starting to get a little bored of that same old riff and style.

Nothing really ever changes from one album to another with BLS. The songs all sound very similar and although the lightning quick lead breaks are great, again, it's just how quick can you play a pentatonic run. 'Blacked Out World', 'Give Yourself To Me' and 'Hell is High' have an identical format - intro, put the backing vocals for the chorus in, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, etc .... yawn!!

'Black Mass Reverends' and 'Concrete Jungle' are OK but nothing spectacular.

The only real stand out for me was 'Last Goodbye' only because it's something different from all the other albums.

No song on here is as heavy on here as the likes of 'All For You', 'Phoney Smiles ..' or anything from 'Sonic Brew', and the slower songs are boring and uneventful in comparison to anything on the 'Book of Shadows' album.

I really don't get why everyone seems to be raving this album - I really don't get it. If you want to see the two sides of Zakk Wylde, go get yourself 'The Book of Shadows' for the mellow stuff, and 'Sonic Brew' or 'Stronger Than Death' for the metal.

If you want to hear some truly inventive, mind blowingly fast guitar playing that doesn't get boring, check out John Petrucci of Dream Theater. If you love the heavy stuff, 'Train of Thought' is the album for you.

Yes: Keys To Ascension [DVD] [2005]
Yes: Keys To Ascension [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Yes
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this a live concert? It doesn't seem like it at times., 17 April 2001
I agree with the majority of reviewers here when I say that the music is brilliant, but the film itself is not so brilliant! I don't think it's as bad as some have made out - I was expecting nothing but 'additional' unwanted footage of flowing streams etc. I didn't think that this in itself was the problem. It didn't really look that out of place and for some songs (Turn of the Century) it added an extra dimension to the music. Also, I thought that the footage of the members was quite equal (OK, some bias toward Jon and Steve - only because they're not hidden by equipment!) and there was some great shots of Rick's hands moving like lightning!
However, the thing that is very difficult was to imagine is that it was a live concert. There's no crowd 'noise' and just didn't seem to have that live feel to it. The skiing footage etc did detract from the DVD in that it was a major contributor to the loss of the 'liveness' of the concert. Another irritating thing that I find with music videos in general (not just this one) is the out-of-sync bits, where what is being heard does not correspond to what is being played. You'd have thought that this would be the first thing to get right!!
Overall, the DVD is good, but it seems more like a collection of up-to-date music videos than a live concert.

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