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Death Magnetic
Death Magnetic
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter Sandmen, 20 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Death Magnetic (Audio CD)
With the lack of layering in St Anger, I was apprehensive at giving this a listen believing it will be just be a replication of the material found on the previous outing, so when my mate said he had the album, I thought it was a ruse to bring some beers round and listen to him moan about the state of where Rock is in, but much to my surprise he really had it and man alive is it good. Right from the off you can hear that the guidance from Rick Rubin has been immediate and Magnetic comes out of the blocks like a starving lion. Opener 'That Was Just Your Life' really encapsulates where Metallica are right now; tight, fast but still desperate to communicate that anger. 'End of the Line' sounds like a fusion of Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine in places but still has enough to carry it away from those similarities. 'Broken, Beat and Scarred' is my favourite, probably because it's a clear indication of where most of us are `Rise, fall, down and then rise again. Other stand out's are the two released singles 'Cyanide' and 'The Day That Never Comes', you can almost taste the pearl drops when Hetfield spits out the former track's title. The latter is really close the old Metallica model of classics like 'Sanitarium' and 'Fade to Black'; a melodic opening followed by a blistering crescendo. The 'Unforgiven 3' makes you feel like you're on a ship of damned souls but moves away in terms of it's sound to that of the previous two instalments and delivers another classic song which sounds altogether different to any previous material. The rest of the album is equally pleasing with the dream like relentlessness of `All Nightmare Long' and the `...And Justice for All' sounding `The Judus Kiss' and with `Suicide and Redemption' the bands first instrumental in a long time is where Death Magnetic should finish. However the exception of it's collective greatness is slightly undermined by closing song 'My Apocalypse', which is a real throw back to the `Kill `em all' days. It's fast, angry and relentless but does it really deserve it's place here? Kirk's playing, in particular, throughout the album is the real difference. It seems to have been put in to fifth gear here and his talents are at last heard on record earning him a place, rightfully so, on the podium next to the great Hetfield. Altogether this album is awesome and will please anyone who wants to hear the boys playing what they were always meant to; Metal, pure and simple!

Inside I'm Dancing [DVD] [2004]
Inside I'm Dancing [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ James McAvoy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Presence, 18 Feb. 2008
Where did they get a film like this from. It is truly magic. Forget James McAvoy as being the stand out. Steven Robertson gives a performance that in my opinion deserves a BAFTA. I have never seen this actor before. I was rivited by his performacne. Top film.

The Shield : Series 2 [DVD] [2004]
The Shield : Series 2 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Michael Chiklis
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcome!, 26 Dec. 2004
The Shield is one of them rare gems that has gone virtually un-noticed among the populus but the stories of the Farmington division of the LAPD, and in particular those of the Strike Team: Vic, Shane, Ronnie and Lem are compulsive viewing for anyone who has ever wanted to watch what it would probably be like to ride with the police of LA. The Strike Team is where the corruption lies but these are basically good cops who decide to bend (and sometimes break) the law in order to see that justice prevails. On the side these 4 cops also endeavour to finance their 'retirement fund' by collecting rent from drug-dealers for working on their turf, pocketing in-pounded drugs from raids and stealing the Armenian mobs drug money. Season 1 was mind blowing but season 2 just picks up the frenetic batton and sprints for season 3 which I do hope is as compulsive as the previous two. Nothing I have ever seen matches this in the way of entertainment and reality. The soundtrack is amazing also; using all styles of music ranging from hip hop to rock. Buy this and the only regret you'll have is when the last episode ends and you'll have to wait until the next one becomes available.

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