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Finger Paints Non-Toxic
Finger Paints Non-Toxic
Offered by AVIDES u.k.
Price: £19.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Product fine, but extortionate P&P charge, 12 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Finger Paints Non-Toxic (Toy)
The product was fine and arrived in the time suggested, although it did take a couple of weeks. My biggest problem was the ridiculously high cost of P&P. £6.95 for a small set of finger paints? Absolutely atrocious. And for it to take almost two weeks when I've paid that much for P&P makes it even worse.


Surrender the Sun
Surrender the Sun
Price: £7.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a band to fill that Evanescence shaped hole in your life?, 5 July 2013
This review is from: Surrender the Sun (MP3 Download)
Let's just get this out of the way now, the comparisons with Evanescence for Noctura have been coming thick and fast since their formation a few years ago, with VERY good reason. A core membership of singer/pianist Mandy Suiter and guitarist Jeremy Roche, much like Ev's early days, and that's exactly where the sound sits. Somewhere between Ev's Origin/Fallen days.

Mandy's voice is incredibly similar to that of Amy Lee's, and the mix of chugging nu metal guitar and orchestration in the background gives the perfect Ev-alike backdrop.

The album itself is pretty solid, but it'd be great if there was a bit more variation on the record, and because of the similarities the band draws with Ev and Ben Moody's new band We Are The Fallen, you can't help but feel you've heard it all before. To be honest though, that's exactly why I checked this band out - Ev and WATF have been pretty inactive lately, and this will fill the void nicely. Maybe more of the band's own personality will come out on repeated listens, but for now, it's just nice to hear that sort of deliciously dark melodrama and mix of crunching pop metal and a dulcet, ethereal vocal that I've enjoyed so much from Ev in the past again.


Chasing the Ghost
Chasing the Ghost
Price: £14.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sultry Trip Rock at its finest., 7 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Chasing the Ghost (Audio CD)
From the off, Chasing The Ghost begins to lull you into a beautifully dark and sensual journey - Transfer chugs along with plodding drum samples and kaRIN's sultry whisper begins....and doesn't let up for the rest of the album. You're never quite sure what the hell she's saying, but it doesn't matter one bit. Razor Sharp oozes sexual tension, with the multilayered vocals never quite letting you hear where the autotuned harmonies begin and the breathy main vocals end.

The trippiness continues in their dangerously dark cover of Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit, a deliciously brooding reinterpretation. Awesome track follows awesome track, all industrial tinged trip hop that both Massive Attack, Nine Inch Nails and Evanescence would be proud of.

I fully recommend this album.


Simon Amstell - Do Nothing Live [DVD]
Simon Amstell - Do Nothing Live [DVD]
Price: £6.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent first stand up DVD, 5 Mar. 2011
If you were expecting to see the bile spewing host of Never Mind The Buzzcocks, then I best warn you to stay away. The Simon Amstell we see on his first foray into stand up is a unsure and cautious character, drawing much of his humour from his own neuroses regarding his love life, his lack of confidence, and most tellingly, the fact that he hides this all behind a sharp and biting wit.

I found this very brave, opening up to such a degree, and it really felt as if his stand up was a personal journey as well as simply a show for laughs at his expense. Granted, it's not laugh a minute, but it really works on a lot of levels. I personally could relate to a lot of what he was saying, and listening to such an articulate person express themselves is always a treat. It will definitely pay to invest some time and energy into surrendering to his awkward, stuttering charms.

Excellent work Mr Amstell - it's just a shame you're no longer with NMTB, and that Grandma's House was such a shambles.


Split the Atom
Split the Atom

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The competition might be loud, but this is Noisia, 19 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Split the Atom (Audio CD)
First of all, forgive the horrendous pun, but it had to be done. Second of all, let me say this - I was incredibly excited for Noisia's debut album to come out. Their reputation preceded them, with remixes of The Prodigy rocking my socks off (their storming interpretation of Omen is absolutely superb), as well as a few EP's to whet my appetite for their inevitable full-length album.

At first, I was slightly disappointed - this wasn't the massive, off the hook crossover album I was expecting, which is why it's taken me so long to pluck up the courage to write the review. I wanted to see if Split The Atom would grow on me, and thankfully...it has.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still a bit gutted there's no banging, instantly recognisable club anthems that would make them massive, but their skills are unquestionable. Machine Gun ducks and weaves all over the shop, seeing the dutch trio showboat their immense production skills. The title track is simply relentless, and their trademark swooping sub-bass punctuates the album throughout. Fan favourites make a comeback on the album proper too - Stigma and Diplodocus are both back, and on ferocious form, but as I said before - there's a little something missing. Something that could have made the first Noisia album great - they need some genuine and catchy club anthems to fire them into the stratosphere. Here's hoping they get there with album number 2.


The Open Door
The Open Door
Price: £9.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The door is open, so come inside...., 9 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Open Door (Audio CD)
Evanescence's meteoric rise in 2003 amazed a lot of people - just when everybody thought the nu-metal trend was over, out came this absolute powerhouse, fronted by the spectacularly talented Amy Lee. Queue excessive touring, and inevitable in fighting within the band, and before they'd even had chance to release their third single (the haunting My Immortal), lead guitarist and co-founder Ben Moody had left.

This left a lot of questions as to whether or not the band could even (or should even) continue. All focus was now on Lee to spearhead a new album, and many doubted her ability, seeing her as merely the beautiful face of the band to Moody's songwriting brain.

Joining forces with new guitarist Terry Balsamo (ex Cold member), Amy has managed to prove all of her detractors wrong by making an album of vision and scope. Perfectly structured, balancing a variety of emotional timbres and impressive rock anthems, The Open Door sees an incredibly mature and creative step for the band.

Split into two halves, the first predominantly stomping rock anthems, the second lilting piano led triumphs, Evanescence's sophmore album shows off Amy's amazing voice perfectly, reaching heights we could only dream of on Fallen. Plus, the new direction in the lyrics perfectly illustrates Lee's own journey, from the frightened little girl crying for help on the previous album to a wounded tigress thirsty for answers, and on more than one occasion, revenge. Discussing her own experiences of stalking on Snow White Queen, problems with past relationships on Sweet Sacrifice and Call Me When You're Sober, and finally the beautifully crafted final number, Good Enough, dedicated to her now husband Josh. A beautiful (and dare I say it, upbeat) end to a brilliant record.

For me, the high point of the album has to go to Lacrymosa, and inspired recreation of an astounding part of Mozart's requiem, building into an absolute behemoth of a song, with pained cries of 'My love wasn't enough' and 'I don't want to hold you back now, love'.

Overall a breathtaking second release from Evanescence, and since this release, with more band upheaval and line up changes, I can only selfishly hope it makes their third offering even better.


Tear The World Down
Tear The World Down
Price: £5.57

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ev-Alike or band in their own right?, 12 May 2010
This review is from: Tear The World Down (Audio CD)
Let's get one thing out of the way first - the inevitable Evanescence comparisons are going to pretty much cripple every review and thought on this album - the fact they're a female fronted rock band, the fact that the lead singer is a raven haired temptress....oh, and the fact that the other band members (excluding bassist Marty) are all ex-members of the multi-platinum selling goth/rock/pop giants Evanescence.

And because of this fact, there is of course inevitable similarities in the writing style for each band, but I'm relieved to say that the similarities are surprisingly few and far between. Carly's got a powerful set of lungs on her, but her mighty, powerhouse voice is nothing like Amy's ethereal siren song, which instantly sets the songs apart.

Thundering tracks like Burn, Paradigm and St John more than make up for the Ev-alike sounds on Bury Me Alive (the lead single, and the original cause for my fear that it would all be copied from Ev's debut Fallen). The band sounds ferocious on some of the tracks which, coupled with Carly's massive voice really hammers your eardrums and gets your heart going.

Without You demonstrates the sheer scale of her vocals - just when you think they can't get any more bombastic and impressive....they do.

The one thing that I feel really lets this album down are the (inevitable) ballads, Sleep Well My Angel and I Am Only One being the main culprits. Without an ethereal vocal which always managed to seperate Ev's slower moments from the usual inane balladry that plagues winners of X factor and American Idol, WATF's lighter tracks end up sounding like Kelly Clarkson cast offs. Fingers crossed they don't end up playing too many of them live.

So, overall, a roaring success - obviously room for improvement, but it is the band's first release, but I'm glad to see they've worked hard to seperate themselves from the inevitable ties to their past - fingers crossed by the next album people will have forgotten there was any connection at all.


The Tempest (Original Mix)
The Tempest (Original Mix)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready for The Tempest...., 28 April 2010
I first became aware of NumberNin6 like so many others, through his phenomenal remix of Prodigy's Breathe. Ever since then, I've been waiting with baited breath to see how he would fair with his own productions. And, as can be seen by this killer track, he has not disappointed. Combining stabbing melodies with thudding, heavily distorted bass, NumberNin6 is taking dubstep to the next level. His productions sound massive, and it should be just what the doctor ordered to finally take dubstep to the mainstream proper. Given the right break, he could easily do for dubstep what Prodigy did for dance and Pendulum did for drum 'n' bass. Watch this space - he's gonna be huge.


The 13th Floor
The 13th Floor
Price: £12.94

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On The 13th Floor with quite a way to go....., 9 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The 13th Floor (Audio CD)
Sirenia's latest has finally seen them break their way further into the mainstream, with lead single 'The Path To Decay' proving a perfectly competent track, but they're still got quite a way to go to reach the heady realms that Within Temptation and Nightwish have managed to achieve. Parts of the album still feel like symphonic metal by numbers, and I don't particularly find the new vocalist all that brilliant. The music seems to be toned down as if not to drown out her weak voice, but until the aforementioned symphonic overlords release their new opuses, this will give you something to entertain yourself with for a bit...


High End Of Low
High End Of Low
Price: £10.62

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Dull End Of The Low, 1 Jun. 2009
This review is from: High End Of Low (Audio CD)
As a huge Marilyn Manson fan, I was thrilled when he decided to come back to music - having had a solidly excellent back catalogue (I also loved Golden Age... which I know was lost on a lot of people), the only thing Manson could produce was going to be excellence. Imagine my disappointment when Eat Me, Drink Me limped out of the CD player at me.

Manson whas a shell of his former self - gone was the fury, the contempt and the fight against the world that so many people could relate to. Instead, we were left with a whining, broken man, so wrapped up in his own unhappiness that his wife wasn't stroking his precious ego that they got a divorce and he made a record out of it.

With that over, and Twiggy back in the band, I dismissed Eat Me Drink ME as a small hiccup in the otherwise excellent Manson discography - after all, everybody's allowed one mistake, right?

....So whyy the hell has he made all the same mistakes all over again? Once more, Manson's not making music other people can relate to, he's making music entirely about his own personal life. Once more, there is no fury, anger or power, just a hurt and lost child that cna't find somebody to validate his own importance.

The record sounds rushed and under-produced - possibly to make it sound more raw and exposed, but it ends up sounding cheap and half-hearted. There are no rocking antghems, only ballad after ballad - the exact same problem I had with the previous album. I've always felt these songs were Manson's weakest efforts, so why is there, once again, an entire album of them?

Unless he can make a completely outstanding follow up, I think my worst fears have been confirmed - Manson is a spent musical force, doomed to bitch on about his own mis-guided self importance and his own unhappiness with album after album of badly produced and lazy whine-athons. Go and buy something else.


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