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The League of Gentlemen - Complete Collection [DVD] [1999]
The League of Gentlemen - Complete Collection [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Mark Gatiss
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic comedy!, 17 Mar. 2009
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Absolutley hilarious. It's wrong on so many levels but Mark Gatiss and Co. present us with many unforgetable charcters and memorable catchphrases. It really is a one-of-a-kind type of comedy that many have tried to copy and failed miserably. The first and second series deal with the main story of all the main characters who nearly all end up dying in some way towards the end. This is continued in the Christmas special which rounds up a few more of the character's stories.

The thirs series is something different with each episode focusing on a different character and telling their story. Most of these characters had very small, unimportant parts in the first two series and this just exands on them. It's good but no where near as good as the first two series which are classic pieces of comedy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong album, a real break through for Lacuna Coil, 17 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Comalies/Ltd. (Audio CD)
This was the album that really made people sit up and begin listening to what Lacuna Coil had to say (or sing). It has a lot more depth than their two previous albums: the good debut 'In a Reverie'; and the rather (in my opinion) poor second album 'Unleashed Memories'. However, this album presents us with a different stlye of music. Here we have much more emphasis of heavy metal riffs and good vocals. The songs, on the whole are strong and this album brough Lacuna Coil into the ranks of 'mainstream' metal. Anyway, time for a track by track run through:

Swamped - Right from the get-go, this album presents itself to be something different to their previous work. Male vocalist Andrea Ferro really shines through in the verses and Cristina picks up the choruses. It's a very strong opener for the album and still remains in their live set. 8/10

Heaven's a Lie - A fan-favourite and one of the best tracks off this album. It has some great keyboard work in the intro complimented very well by the heavy, guitar driven verse. The choruses are very catchy and great to sing-a-long to live. 9/10

Daylight Dancer - Some pounding bass and synths kick this song off before Andrea begins singing the chorus. Cristina intertwins her voice with his towards the end until she powers into the chorus, accompanied by some racing double-bass drumming. A very strong song 8/10

Humane - This one is pretty keyboard dominated with the two vocalist twisting their lines around each other in an extremely effective way. While much slower compared to the previous 3, it is still quite a beautiful song, but fails to reach the hights of what's gone before. 7/10

Self Deception - A very pacey, Andrea dominated song that focuses on a guitar and bass pattern that repeats itself quite a lot. Not a bad song but nothing great. 6/10

Aeon - A rather short song based around some acoustic riff and some clean electric guitar to accompany. Some vocals begin towards the end sung very nicely by Cristina. Almost a long intro to the next song. 6/10

Tight Rope - This song is rather bass orianted and features more excellent double-bass drumming. It is a treat having lots of that as Lacuna Coil usually don't feature a lot of it. There is alot of Cristina's very powerful voice all over this song. It's a joy to listen to. 8/10

The Ghost Woman and the Hunter - A very melancolic song that harks back to the strong songs on 'Unleashed Memories'. Cristina's voice really shines through and the result is a fantastic song with a lot of feeling. One of the best Lacuna Coil songs in my opinion. 9/10

Unspoken - Another pretty good album song. Nothing special but the vocals cut through the mix clearly and sound strong and fresh. The chorus is also pretty catchy. 7/10

Entwined - Another rather slow song full of feeling. The swirling keyboards rotate around the headphones giving one the feeling of a complete dream. A very nice song. 7/10

The Prophet Said - Another very heavy one, and I think that Andrea delivers his best vocal performance of any song, Cristina is also good. It's a great headbanging song with a very strong chorus. 7/10

Angel's Punishment - Is Andrea screaming? Wow, he's pretty good at it. Maybe he should do it more often as it fits with their heavy and melodic style. A strong, stand out song. 8/10

Comalies - The album's title track and longest song. To be honest, it's not a particularly good song in my opinion and ends the album in a rather anti-climactic way. 6/10

A very good and enjoyable gothic metal album. However, I think that the follow up 'Karmacode' is much better and you should definatley check that out though as well as this.

Night Songs
Night Songs
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid debut, but far too late for any huge success!, 3 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Night Songs (Audio CD)
Cinderella are a glam metal band, pure and simple. While they're more blusier than most, a glam band they remain. They were discovered by Jon Bon Jovi who helped get them a record deal and sung some backing vocals on this album. This album was released in 1986 and by then the glam metal phase was well entrenched, but didn't have long before it would die out. However, this album is very enjoyable, while being nothing (at all) original. It's very easy to get into and the songs are catchy. Time for a track by track run through:

Night Songs - The album kicks off with the title track and an extreme build up. Tom Keifer's vocals in this song are rather slow and perfectly sit on top of the music. His voice is quite similar to Stephen Tyler, it has the same rasp. 7/10

Shake Me - This song has a killer riff backed up by some Hammond-style keyboards. I think I've seen the video to this and it depicts two ugly sisters forbidding their other sister from going to the Conderella concert. I love the originality... Anyway, this is a great song, one of the best on the album. 8/10

Nobody's Fool - A ballad, but a really, really good one. It has everything a good ballad needs including a catchy chorus. The guitar solo is also fantastic and I think it was even played by Tom Keifer, rather than lead guitarist Jeff LaBar. My favourite on the album. 10/10

Nothin' for Nothin' - Another very strong with another great chorus. The verse is very fast and would be a great driving song. This song has another good guitar solo as it's very melodic and even has a hint of neo-classical metal style, not like Malsteen though (:P). 8/10

Once Around the Ride - A song to headbang to! It just has that catchy beat. The guitar work in the verse as interludes between the vocal lines are very interesting and really add depth to the song. 7/10

Hell on Wheels - A fairly short, but fast song, nothing really that special by fairly enjoyable and a very 'glam metal' song. It really defines the genre. 7/10

Somebody Save Me - This song is pretty boring, it's a dragging riff that never really goes anywhere. It's not horrible but there are so many better songs on this album. 6/10

In From the Outside - This song has a good chorus with an interesting progression of chords. Not the best by any means but not at all bad. 7/10

Push, Push - Another short one. This song is pretty strong and has a very good chorus that makes you want to sing along and jump around. The lyrics are pretty bad but then, what do you expect, it's glam! 7/10

Back Home Again - A reasonably good song to finish off a pretty good album. It's nothing really different to what's gone before but it's enjoyable none-the-less. 7/10

This album is very good, it was just released far too late. If it had been made 4/5 years earlier, Cinderella could have been as big as maybe Mötley Crüe or Poison. Well worth a listen though.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected from Crüe frontman, 26 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Exposed (Audio CD)
In the early 1990s, Mötley Crüe was going through all sorts of trouble which led to the firing of frontman Vince Neil and the appointment of The Scream vocalist/guitarist John Corabi. While they began work on the album that would eventually be released in 1994 called 'Mötley Crüe', Vince teamed up with Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens to make an album of his own. This, titled 'Exposed' was relased in 1993. It basically picks off from where the 'Dr. Feelgood' album left off but with more technical music composed by the excellent Stevens. I will now look at each track individually:

Look in her Eyes - After the rather convoluted intro thing, a monster riff begins and you really get a feel for the types of song that are going to be on this album. It's pretty heavy with plenty of pinch harmonics thrown in by Stevens. Vince's vocals are strong and cut through the mix. There is also a great guitar solo which involves Stevens using a toy gun to make some weird noises. 8/10

Sister of Pain - This was the first single of the album and helped to get the album to respectable chart position in America. It has a real Mötley Crüe feel to it with a very singable chorus. 8/10

Can't Have Your Cake - A pretty bluesy number with a great driving beat. It's not anything particulary special but it has a great guitar solo and is rather enjoyable. 6/10

Fine, Fine Wine - Another song that could easily be on a Mötley Crüe album. The chorus has that Vince Neil factor and has some great back-up vocals that really enhance the track. The lyrics are rather lame though. 7/10

The Edge - This is my favourtie song on the album. It starts with an acoustic guitar part reminicent of Ritchie Blackmore before ripping into a riff that Bullet for my Valentine or Trivium would have been proud to write. All the music to this song is brialliant and Vince sings very well. The guitar solo is also one of Stevens' best. 9/10

Can't Change Me - A ballad, but not a bad one. The verse is very melodic and the chorus is powerful. I can imagine it being very effective towards the end of a live set. Not the best song on the album though. 7/10

Set Me Free - Apparently this a cover of a Sweet song, I didn't know that so I cannot compare it to the original. However, it sounds like Vince could have written it. Not a bad song, but nothing really that special. 7/10

Living is a Luxury - I personally think this song is a bit bland, especially the verses. It is saved by the chorus however which is pretty good. However, not a particularly good song. 6/10

You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come) - A really sleazy tune that we have come to expect from Vince, especially after some of the songs in Mötley Crüe. The chorus is very good and the fast paced riff is interesting. 8/10

Gettin' Hard - Another sleazy song with a pretty good chorus. However, the lyrics are not that good and can make you cringe at time. This does not really make the song any worse but it's worth mentioning. Not a band song at all though. 7/10

Forever - Another ballad, so a nice way to finish off a pretty rocky album. It is good to sing along to and has some pretty good lyrics. The chorus is pretty powerful and would be epic live. A good end to a very good album. 8/10

Overall, this album is by no means the greatest album ever made, but it's extremley enjoyable and has some excellent musicianship. In any case, it is much better than Mötley Crüe's self titles albuk in 1994, which I have heard and do not rate too highly.

The 13th Floor
The 13th Floor
Price: £11.71

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, solid symphonic/gothic metal album, 25 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The 13th Floor (Audio CD)
Before we start, you must understand that prior to hearing this album, I knew nothing about Sirenia. It was a bit of an impulse buy after hearing the latest single on Kerrang TV, however, unlike most impulse buys, I actually enjoyed it. Also, because of this, I will not be able to compare it to any of Sirenia's previous albums, I am judging it on it's own! Anyway, time for a track by track run through:

The Path to Decay - This is the track that I heard that pursuaded me to buy the album. It's a solid track with some great guitar riffing and powerful double-bass drumming. It also introduces Sirenia fans to new signer Ailyn who I gather, was not on any of their previous albums. It has a powerful chorus and a nice solo. 8/10

Lost in Life - After a beautiful piano intro reminisent of Nightwish, a rather melodic song ensues with some beautiful, angelic vocals from Ailyn. This is also single-worthy material and has a sing-along-anthemic chorus and another reasonable solo. 8/10

The Mind Maelstrom - This song begins with a choir and then trails into some keyboards with Ailyn singing beautifully accross it. An extremley peaceful song even with the reasonable anthemic chorus backed up by the choir. However, that soon changes when the double-pedals kick in and some growled/screamed vocals by main instrumentalist Morten Veland start. I like these vocals as it's a real contrast to Ailyn's voice. 7/10

The Seventh Summer - This song opens with a rather orchestral intro that perfectly suges into some really heavy guitars and drums. It contains a rather melodic chorus filled with double-pedals and sing-a-long lines. However, I do not think it is as strong as some of the previous tracks 7/10

Beyond Life's Scenery - This one opens with a rather doomy guitar riff and then becomes extremely dominated by the bass guitar in the verses. This makes the song seem very dark especially when combined with Ailyn's etherel vocals. 7/10

The Lucid Door - A quite gothic number, a bit like something Lacuna Coil would be proud to write. It's very melodic with Ailyn's voice cutting through the mix and some powerful slide guitar to back it up. Morten's vocals are also very powerful along with the choir towards the end. 8/10

Led Astray - Another piano/keyboard driven verse that has one really at peace with one's self. The guitar riff in the intro in between the verses and the choruses is also rather nice. I think that this is the song that best shows off Ailyn's vocal talents. 7/10

Winterborn 77 - A very keyboard orientated riff with some aiding rhythm guitars starts off this song and goes straight into some more beautiful vocals from Ailyn. Another song with an anthemic chorus filled with powerful and melodic drumming. 7/10

Sirens of the Seven Seas - A real epic featuring clean male vocals from Jan Kenneth Barkved. This song combines the three vocal styles plus the choir extremley effectivley to produce a great song to end the album on. It's such a powerful song with many different yet great parts. 9/10

Overall, this is a very strong album. Be it gothic metal or symphonic metal which ever you prefer, you will love this album. It's no where near the best album ever but it's very enjoyable and features some excellent musicianship and vocals.

Motley Crue: Carnival Of Sins [DVD]
Motley Crue: Carnival Of Sins [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hamish Hamilton
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great show!, 18 Feb. 2009
This show is fantastic! It's more than just a live concert, it's an event, a circus gone wrong, complete with dancers, clowns and midgits. The show is well over 2 hours long complete with all your Crue favourites excellently performed by a band that seems to show no age.

The sound is pretty good, even though Vince sometimes misses out words to he fast songs. He's obviously not as good as he used to be. The rest of the band are on form, especially Tommy Lee who drums fantastically. Well worth the money.

Venus Doom (Standard Edition)
Venus Doom (Standard Edition)
Price: £6.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favourite HIM album!, 13 Feb. 2009
I've only just bought this album after meaning to and then never getting around to it. Also, I had read my mixed reviews on here about it so wasn't really sure whether I was going to like it or not. However, I finally got around to buying it and I must say I was blown away! I think that it is probably their heaviest album and the powerful, leading synths are not so prominant on this album as on Dark Light. Anyway, time for a run through of the tracks:

Venus Doom - The album opens with the title track and a grinding riff and pounding drums. As soon as Ville starts singing, the changes to some beautiful piano and then begins to sound like classic HIM. It has a fantastic chorus that is full, yet dark. 8/10

Love in Cold Blood - This song opens with another good riff and then opens out into another song sung beautiful by Ville Valo, who is probably one of my favourite vocalists. It has another great chorus and it's just such a good song to listen to if you're feeling a bit down about your love life. The guitar solo is also pretty good. Which, unlike most other HIM albums, are reasonably prominant on this one. 7/10

Passion's Killing Floor - This song weaves beautiful piano into the guitar riff in such an effective way. It is sung brilliantly by Vallo who complements the heavyness with his gentle voice. Another good chorus, it appears he's really excelled himself on choruses on this album. 8/10

The Kiss of Dawn - I reckon that this is HIM's heaviest song and it has the most grinding riff of any song in their catalogue. The verses do not seem that heavy but with Valo's voice and the spooky keyboards, it does really feel heavy. The chorus is very melodic and slow and shows of the softer side of his voice. 9/10

Sleepwalking Past Hope - The longest song on the album and I think that it's also the longest HIM have ever written (it's just over 10mins). It opens with some lovely piano but goes on to turn into a real rocker! There are so many different parts that it does not really get boring like some long songs. 8/10

Dead Lovers' Lane - More beautiful vocals by Valo to compliment some really pounding bass lines. And guess what, another great chorus! 8/10

Song or Suicide - This is only a short acoustic guitar and vocal piece, so not really worth reviewing. 6/10

Bleed Well - This is probably my favourite song on the album and is truely single material. It has a fantasitc structure and a great solo by their standards. 10/10

Cyanide Sun - This is a quite gentle song to finish of a pretty rocky album. It's a pretty good song but not as good as some of the others on this album. Although it has some very melodic guitar parts. 7/10

Overall, this album is absolutley fantastic and is well worth a listen. Do not listen to all the reviewers who think that it's not as good as some of HIM's stuff, this is my favourite!

Red Light Fever
Red Light Fever

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who said rock 'n' roll couldn't be fun!, 11 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Red Light Fever (Audio CD)
Justin Hawkins is back with a great new band and a fantastic debut album! I was fortunate to see and meet these guys in Exeter back in October and they put on such a great show. I knew one song at the time, 'Trojan Guitar', but that didn't matter as all the tunes were so easy to get into! While this is a fantastic album, it shouldn't be taken too seriously. It's great music yes, but it's also meant to be a bit of fun. Anyway, time for a track by track review:

Chickens: I think they opened with this when I saw them but I'm not 100% sure. It has a great riff for opening the album and imediatley begins to show Justin's huge vocal range with some massive falsetto. 8/10

You Can't Hurt Me Anymore - The first riff in this song sounds like something AC/DC would come up with, Justin's always had a penchant for stuff like that. This is a fantasticly catchy song with a great sing along chorus and pounding drums. 9/10

Ashamed - This is probably my least favourite song on the album but it's still very listenable to. It features Beverli Brown on vocals who Justin dueted with to try and represent Great Britain in Eurovision with. Not great but not awful either. 7/10

I've Met Jesus - One of the songs that I came out of the gig singing! I bought the single over christmas to try and get it in the charts but it wasn't happening. It's a very catchy song with another great chorus. Also the verse riff is very interesting. 8/10

Trojan Guitar - This song was made availiable for free download long before I saw them. It's the only song on the album that's longer than 5mins and is an epic rhomp through medieval times. A fine song. 9/10

Cocktails - I'd been watching the video for this song for about two weeks so I was pretty familiar with it by the time I got the CD. It's a fantastic single with some cheesey keyboards and a great, crude chorus. 10/10

Gay In The 80s - My favourite Hot Leg song, and another one I remember vividly from the gig. They are quite possibly the lamest lyrics ever to be recorded by a band but they just work here! 10/10

Prima Donna - A song to head bang to! Not one of my favourites but still a very good song. Lots more vocal harmonies and rhythmic bass. 8/10

Whichever Way You Wanna Give It - Another great song! This has probably the best chorus on the album and is just so damn catchy! (I seem to be repeating myself here!) 9/10

Kissing In The Wind - A nice ballady type song to finish of the album with. Quite a pleasant song but has some really awful lyrics. Lots of nice piano though. 8/10

Such a good album! In my opinion this is better than anything The Darkness ever made, although they were fantastic! Also, if you go onto Hot Leg's website, you'll be able to download a free song called 'Take Take Take' which is also pretty good! Just buy this, it's so fun.

Hitman - Extreme Edition [2007] [DVD]
Hitman - Extreme Edition [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Timothy Olyphant
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Price: £3.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good film., 11 Feb. 2009
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This is a pretty good action film based off a very good series of action games. The plot can be a bit confusing at times and needs several watches until you will fully understand what is going on.

However, there are some fantastic action scenes with great gunfights. The acting is quite good but there are some cheesey one-liners that act as bit of comic relief from all the dying. Recomended!

Dark Passion Play
Dark Passion Play
Price: £8.06

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Tarja...Still awesome Nightwish!!!, 6 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Dark Passion Play (Audio CD)
After the departure of Tarja, many people had written Nightwish off as they thought that they could never be the same without her. They were right, but who said change is a bad thing? I really like new singer Anette Olzon as she has a lot of charisma and, dare I say it, is extremely beautiful. This album is a fanstastic from start to finish and is most definatley my favourite Nightwish album. I'll do a track by track run through:

The Poet and The Pendulum - The longest song that Nightwish has ever written. This is my favourite ever Nightwish song as it has fantastic vocals, keys and drumming. Every part of this song is perfect. 10/10

Bye Bye Beautiful - After TPATP, this song had a lot to live up to, and I think that it does! This song features a lot of Marco's voice and deals with the issues surrounding Tarja's departure. 8/10

Amaranth - This was the single from the album. It is much poppier than other Nightwish songs but is still great. It is extremely catchy and well merits it's place on the album. 8/10

Cadance of Her Last Breath - In my opinion, this is one of the weakest songs on the album, but it is still a great song, just not as good compared to the other great songs. 7/10

Master Passion Greed - This is the first of two songs on the album that just feature Marco's voice. If you are familiar with his other band, Tarot, then you will probably enjoy this. Features great riffs and vocals. 8/10

Eva - A ballad, but a really good one. It really shows off Anette's beautiful voice and the softer side of Nightwish. 8/10

Sahara - A very grinding song, probably one of the heaviest songs that Nightwish have ever done. It has epic keyboard and choir work that really compliments the heavy riffs. 8/10

Whoever Brings the Night - Emppu's contribution. And I must say that it's not up to his usual standard! This is probably my least favourite track on the whole album. 6/10

For the Heart I Once Had - Another weakish track. It tries to be to poppy, but it's listenble to. 6/10

The Islander - An acoustic ballad written and sung by Marco. This is a fantastic song with beautiful parts added by Troy Donockley. 9/10

Last of the Wilds - Another sing to feature Troy Donockley. It's an instrumental that would not seem out of place on a Mostly Autumn album. A folkier side of Nightwish but still nice and heavy! 7/10

7 Days to the Wolves - The last of Marco's efforts. This is probably my second favourite song on the album. It has pounding drums and a sing-a-long, anthemic chorus. 9/10

Meadows of Heaven - This is a really orchestral ballad, an interesting but quite effective way of finishing of a fantastically heavy album. 8/10

Overall, this album is fantastic. Don't hesitate to buy this just 'cos it's not Tarja. DON'T BE SO NARROW MINDED!!

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