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And Justice For All
And Justice For All
Price: £5.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica's best, now the truth about the production..., 13 July 2005
This review is from: And Justice For All (Audio CD)
Firstlt this is metallica's best. Any casual fan will tell you that 'Puppets' or even the 'Black' (NO!!) is the best, but any die hard metallica fan will agree with me. It is the first album not to contain any of Mustaine's influence, and as a result contains the darkest and greatest of metallica's song/music writing.
Now, about the production. Firstly, the bass guitar. I don't know why everyone keeps complaining about the apparent lack of bass, i can hear it! In fact, i find that the low bass notes are even a tad too loud. Everyone seems to be forgetting that this is a THRASH album, not hip hop, so who really gives a f*ck if the bass isn't pumped up to the max? The bass is still infinately more audible than in other thrash masterpieces, namely beneath the remains (that contains no bass at all) and reign in blood, and no one complains about those. I've actually heard most of the tracks with the bass tabs put in manually and cranked up [[...] and you know what, i prefered the original. The bass lines actually seem too complicated for their own good, Newstead forgot to keep it simple, so i can see why the band wanted to turn the bass down a bit.
Now, the double kick. The sound of this solely depends on the speakers you play through, please take my word for it. Played through crappy computer speakers it does sound like a dripping pipe, but as i soon realised even fear factory kicks sound as bad through cheap speakers. Played through half decent speakers however, the kick work sounds as incredible as ever. I do agree that there is too much upper mid range, but this is nothing that turning up the bass and treble knob on your hifi or a bit of scoop through media player's equaliser can't resolve.
Anyway this is easily one of my top 3 favourite albums of all time, it deserves to be owned by any metal head!!

The Ultimate Rock Guitar Scale Finder
The Ultimate Rock Guitar Scale Finder
by Michael P. Wolfsohn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.21

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BARGAIN!!!, 19 Jun. 2005
I got this book having felt dissatisfied with the teaching of scales in 'Rock guitar for dummies', and wasn't expecting much for the price, but this book covers a wide range of the more common scales and also quite a few modes, and more importantly explains them quite well too. All in all for the price, this is an excellent reference book, my only gripe is that the scale patterns aren't illustrated all along the neck (they are only shown in 1 or 2 adjacent positions), but what do you expect for under 3 quid??

Rock Guitar For Dummies
Rock Guitar For Dummies
by Jon Chappell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars half-arsed in places, 17 Jun. 2005
Ok, i'll review this book in 2 parts:
Firstly, the sections on hardware, maintenance, and general info about electric guitars. I bought this book expecting not to use this section at all, but has since proved invaluable. It's great for answering all those questions you had about guitars and equipment but felt too stupid to ask in the shop (the sections on amps and effects pedals is brilliant), and the maintenance bit contains all the essentials and more for keeping your guitar in top nick. Full marks for this bit.
Secondly, the (more important) tuition part. I was expecting the rhythm guitar section to explain in depth rhythmic timings and power chords, i.e. things important to ROCK guitar. However it concentrates on traditional chords and even barre chords, virtually irrelevant for a distorted rock guitar (the author himself even says so on page 73!!). The lead guitar section is where it all falls apart. It only concentrates on the pentatonic scale and nothing else, which i have since realised is only good for old-shool rock/indie and not much more. I remember finding this section particularly baffling as a beginner, not because it was too fast paced, but because the author tries to teach this scale without mentioning 2 very important things: a) what the pentatonic scale actually is and how it is formed, and b) what you're actually supposed to do with it once you've learnt it. In fact, a continuing moan throughout this book it that the author tries to teach without explaining the theory behind things, which would make it so much clearer.
Overall, this book is probably worth getting for the technical side alone, but you may find yourself skipping over much of the tuition section and as a result it won't last more than a month or two. You may as well start with 'guitar for dummies' then go on to more specific tuition books.

The New Order
The New Order
Price: £5.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the top 5 greatest thrash albums ever!!, 11 Jun. 2005
This review is from: The New Order (Audio CD)
This album is simply brilliant. What makes this album, and indeed Testament's debut 'The legacy' stand out is the absolutely solid rhythm guitar work (especially compared to lead-heavy bands like slayer). New order has more pronounced vocals/ better production and even moshier riffs than the Legacy. Ok, it's not the most consistent of albums (2 or the 10 tracks are instrumentals, and 'trial by fire' isn't great), but the remaining 7 tracks more than make up for it.
This is one of the top 5 greatest thrash albums of all time, along with Reign in blood, Master of puppets, Rust in peace and Beneath the remains, SO BUY IT NOW!!

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