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Attack and Release
Attack and Release
Price: £7.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Keys - Attack & Release, 4 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Attack and Release (Audio CD)
This really isn't an album i thought i'd ever get into. I had heard of these guys but the whole 2 piece band thing made me think of the White Stripes; who i really don't like. So that was an obstacle i'd have to overcome to keep a clear mind when listening to this album. Also im a bit of a metalhead; favourite bands being Slayer, Slipknot, Tool etc but i do love my southern blues....which i guess is why i love this album. The sheer fact that if you didnt know there were 2 guys in this band you'd never be able to guess. There's just so much going at at once, which is where i think the White Stripes fail, to me it's very obvious there is 2 people there. You've got guitar, drums, vocals and a bit of flute thrown in. You can really hear alot of influences here too. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix Experience and Jethro Tull are all heard in amongst these 11 songs, which are coincidentally three of my favourite bands.

My personal favourites on this album have to be "I Got Mine", "Lies" and "Same Old Thing"; but i think every song has its merits. The slow build up of the opener "All You Ever Wanted" puts you in a false sense of security and the intro to "I Got Mine" blows you out of the water. A song myself i enjoy to play on the drums, not quite anything as hard as Slayer to play but enjoyable all the same!! Every track seems to flow and connect with the next and i fail to see a weak point in the album. Although from reading previous reviews i would seem to be bang wrong as i've seen a few 1, 2 star reviews but then again i havn't heard any of their other albums so maybe im not worth listening to. But i guess i'll leave that up to you. I do kind of feel i'm giving this album some injustice by giving 4 and not 5 stars but i feel i'd have to check out more of their past material to compare, so i feel asif 4 is fair for now.

To conclude, if you enjoy a bit of the old blues and/or some old school rock and roll from the 60's and 70's i urge you to check this album out. This is coming from someone who enjoys listening to Deicide and Nile, if i like it then you must have a pretty good chance!!

All Hope Is Gone
All Hope Is Gone
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Price: £15.88

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone, 2 Sept. 2008
This review is from: All Hope Is Gone (Audio CD)
So how long has it been? Just over 4 years since Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses? It's a bloody long time and you'd really hope after all that time of waiting there would be a killer album at the end of it waiting for you. And that is exactly what you get from Slipknot here. For me Slipknot have always been a band who have delivered the goods. So many bands *cough* *metallica* *cough* build up so much hype which ultimately ends up exploding in their faces and in turn overshadowing their finished product. Not here.

Straight from the git-go all i can think about is Slayer. Every single song has a part where i go "Whoa! That sounds like Slayer". The riffing and soloing is so reminiscent of Hannemann and King it beggars belief. Which, of course, is a mighty fine thing. The album overall really sounds like the bastard child of Iowa and Vol:3 with the sheer heaviness of Iowa and the melody of Vol:3, which is exactly what i was after with this album.

So the songs, the opener "execute" re-introduces the intro song; the song that really gets the hairs on your neck rock hard. Here Jordison gives us a tom and snare assault which is fantastic and really shows why he's one of my favourite (3rd to be exact) drummers. The second track is sensational. Gematria (The Killing Name) is its name and it strongly supports my Slayer point made earlier on. Fantastic riffing along with some of the best drum production i've ever heard. Corey has obviously been working on his vocals too as they are pure class all throughout the album. Growl-wise and melody-wise.

This is heard perfectly in the next track "Sulfur". More great riffs and drum work along with a trademark Taylor chorus, undenyably very Stone Sour sounding but what do you expect? 2/9th's of the band of course are very familiar with them. I'm sure most people at this point have heard the single "Psychosocial", which is a great song. Full of angst, melody, breakdowns....all the good stuff. The more mellow songs on the album, "Dead Memories" and "Snuff" show the other side of Corey's vocal ability and i think are good additions to the album. Also the further you get into the album the more you really apprechiate how much work Mick and Jim have put into their riffs and more so their solo's. I've always believed in their abilities but have always been disapointed how they havn't shown so on some occasions. Thankfully you cant help but notice them on this record. Very Slayer sounding, can't remember if i mentioned that before or not.

Other standout tracks are "This Cold Black", "Vendetta", "Butcher's Hook" and one of my very favourites "Gehenna". Strangely though i've seen nothing but scrutiny for it in other reviews, which baffles me i must say. Very slow, brooding intro which bursts into an Alice In Chains style chorus. The title song finishes off the album the way it began. Brutal and fast. Long live Slipknot. The only real negative thing to note is how the "Bonus Tracks" are on the same disc as the album. I'd far rather have the 3 bonus tracks on a seperate disc from the 12 album tracks but hey, maybe i'ts just me.

The "Making of" dvd offers more "Voliminal" style recordings. Clips of the band recording and practicing etc and Clown doing his erm.....arty farty thing he does.

To sum up, Slipknot have again raised the bar in heavy metal writing by producing another fine album. It was over 4 years but by god it was worth the wait.

Disasterpieces [DVD] [2008]
Disasterpieces [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Slipknot
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Price: £10.00

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put that in your pipe and smoke it, 8 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Disasterpieces [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Now isn't this exciting? The band backstage preparing for war. Joey being sick and shawn doing his stretches are just some of the activitys happening before us. The opening song is "people=shit" which is played incredibly well and proves to be a perfect opening song for the 'knot. This is followed by "liberate" and "left behind", a song that should be more than femiliar to you all now. One of the best things about this dvd has to be joeys drum solo. The mans a genious!! I love that guy! There is no doubt that he has to be one of the best drummers ever in the metal industry. Joey is also involved in the sound check, doing his last minute practice, like he needs it! It is also worth watching backstage with the "VIP" option. This shows the guys backstage during the joey solo and the sid solo having a breather and swapping guitars. This is shortly followed by "eyeless" which is a gem of a song, great riffing at the end of the song by mick also. The stand out tracks on this dvd have to be "(sic), "wait and bleed", "left behind", "heretic anthem" and "disasterpiece". This really is a brilliant dvd with top class performances and there is no doubt in my mind that you the reader will like this if you are heavily into the 'knot. Even if you are a fan of slayer or old metallica you will like this. Dont think about the bands image or the masks and just sit and watch and be amazed at what stares back at you. Stay (sic)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Slipknot - Iowa, 2 Mar. 2004
This review is from: IOWA (Audio CD)
After reading more or less all the reviews on Iowa i take good points from both sides of the fence. But let's get something out of the way now; Slipknot are not Nu-Metal. The connotations of "nu-metal" bring up bands such as Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Coal Chamber, Papa Roach etc and to me Slipknot are far cleverer than all of these bands put together. With Slipknot's debut album doing so well, i think Iowa was a statement of how they weren't going to be one hit wonders. And right enough, straight from the git-go this punches you straight in the face. People=S**t, Disasterpiece and Everything Ends really set the standard for the album. Heavy, Broody and compelling. The only song i dont really feel fits the bill is I am Hated. Im not mad about this song at all. And is probably why i have given the album 4 out of 5 and not full marks. My favourite song on the album is Metabolic. A song i havn't ever heard anyone sing the praises of, but one i think is great. A band such as Morbid Angel would be proud of the riffing by the number's 4 and 7 respectively. I also love the epic, slow build up of the title track and the explosion into the song. Fantastic stuff. Skin Ticket too is brutal as buggery.

Now, being July 2008, the new Slipknot record will be out in a month and i'm very excited. After the success of Vol 3 (An album if i was reviewing i'd give 5/5) Slipknot have shown maturity, and far better and more contrasting song writing after being freed from the stranglehold of Ross Robinson. After hearing the two songs posted online, All Hope Is Gone and Psychosocial, i am glad to hear Slipknot have once again tried something different and that's something you cant slate them for. Always looking for something different. Adding string sections, keyboards, piano etc really adds more strings to their ever increasing bow. So i'll finish as i started, give Slipknot a break, they're not nu-metal and get prepared for the new album because one again Slipknot are going to raise the bar in Heavy Metal writing.

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