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Fasciinatiion
Fasciinatiion
Price: £9.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Fasciinating...., 21 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Fasciinatiion (Audio CD)
Having only just been introduced to The Faint through their remix of NIN's Meet Your Master on the phenomenal Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, Fasciination is the first album by this electronica outfit I've heard, and I'm thoroughly blown away.

Lyrically, the band are faultless, and their instrumentation and delivery is subtle, yet provocative. Fulcrum And Lever slowly reveals an intriguing tale of foolish youth over a deliciously dark, almost hip-hop beat. The Geeks Were Right, the lead single off this LP bounces along with pure indie-driven energy, while album closer, A Battle Hymn For Children's cheerful electro beat is offset beautifully with deep and thoughtful lyrics 'if it's God against God, then the pawns are people, if it's both the same God, then the battle's over details.'

Please purchase this album and bask in The Faint's overwhelming glory. I'm off to buy their back catalogue now.


Third Hand Prophecy
Third Hand Prophecy
Price: £13.92

3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...., 19 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Third Hand Prophecy (Audio CD)
Having given the album a few listens, I'll say this - it's intriguing and instrumentally, I love it (I've been needing to find something to fill the Postal Service shaped void in my life, recently...), but the thing that drags the entire CD down is the vocalisation. I'm not a fan of the guy's voice at all.

If you can stand his vocals, then you'll love this album, but if, like me, overly harsh, throaty, new-romantic-but-not-in-a-good-way delivery grates on you, then avoid like the plague.


What the F**k Is Wrong With You People
What the F**k Is Wrong With You People
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £16.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Brtilliant industrially charged aggro-tech, 3 Oct. 2008
This is yet another brilliant release from the rather impressive Combichrist (the side project of one of the guys from Icon Of Coil - I forget which one, thoguH). The slick production and thudding beats are just what the doctor ordered when getting ready for a big night out. Get Your Body Beat is easily the best track on the album, but this LP has a lot of gems to offer. My only criticism of Combichrist is this - the lyrics are sometimes embarrassingly bad, but I don't think it really matters for industrial dance music this slick.


Close To Human [German Import]
Close To Human [German Import]
Price: £15.56

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Closer to Average..., 3 Oct. 2008
Aesthetic Perfection manage to produce perfectly competent but uninspiring aggro-tech. There are some quite promising tunes on here - lead single I Belong To You and Sacrifice are among the best tracks on the album, but I can't help but feeling this kind of music has been done before. And a million times better. If you're looking for music that's like this, but slicker, better produced and just generally better, buy Combichrist.


Nightmare Revisited
Nightmare Revisited

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare - Revisited...., 30 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Nightmare Revisited (Audio CD)
Tim Burton's cult classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas has always been held a special place in the hearts of countless people - including myself - that have grown up with the film. The creepy hellish innocence that Burton always manages to bring to his films was never so prominent as in this masterpiece.

Now, celebrating it's 15th Anniversary, the re-release of the soundtrack has fully embraced the alternative goth/rock/metal subculture that holds NBC so dearly. The songs we know and love have all been re-invented and some of the choices of acts to undertake this mammoth task are absolutely spot on. Amy Lee's powerful rendition of Sally's Song is incredibly moving, while Korn's interpretation of Kidnap The Sandy Claws is a thrashing angry stompathon. The jewel of the mosh-along crown is Manson's cover of This Is Halloween - I can't think of anybody better to breath new life into this track, and to hear him seeth "I am the shadow of the moon at night, filling your dreams to the brim with fright." sends tingles down my spine.

All the artists to justice to the tracks they've written - except, unfortuntely, for Flyleaf's apallingly dull version of What's This. For a track that's supposed to bounce and crackle with energy, they've turned it into a depressing funereal dirge - Burton should have put the Fall Out Boy cover back on the tracklisting instead.

Apart from this, the new Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack is a roaring success - by it immediately.
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Only by the Night
Only by the Night
Price: £3.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly decent album...but for Kings Of Leon, it's just not enough., 24 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Only by the Night (Audio CD)
The first thiung to point out is how good a band KOL actually are - brilliant live, and their track records of albums has been outstanding. I honestly believe they're a band that have got better with every album, which is why only the 3 star review for this one - it hasn't completely blown me away like the rest. It's still a good album, some great songs, but I can't help but feeling I've heard it all before. Lead single Sex On Fire is outstanding, but the album seems to get lost after the first three or four songs, then just meanders through, going through the motions until it's over and you can't help but thinking 'is that it?'

Still worth a purchase, but don't be expecting the earth to move as with their previous releases.


In A Reverie/Re-Release
In A Reverie/Re-Release
Price: £8.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting debut, 19 Aug. 2008
This review is from: In A Reverie/Re-Release (Audio CD)
Lacuna Coil are a band that have come on leaps and bounds in their career, a process no doubt aided over the past few years by the meteoric success of their inevitable contemporaries Evanescence, but Lacuna Coil need to be seen on their own merits, not simply as only an Ev-alike group lead by a sultry goth temptress - and In A Reverie is proof of how musically diverse and exciting LC can actually be.

Admittedly, In A Reverie is nowhere near as strong as their later efforts, but that should be viewed as a good thing - the band have only got better as time has progressed. High points for me all occur in the first half of the album - To Myself I Turned providing some interesting middle eastern flavour to the heartfelt rock and My Wings giving great power and urgency to Cristina's flawless voice (even in these early recordings).

ADmittedly, the LC present on this album are far removed from the behemoth they've become today - more akin to The Gathering's more metallic moments than the stomping tracks that can be found on Karmacode, but still well worth a look.


Lost And Found (2nd Edition) [CD 2]
Lost And Found (2nd Edition) [CD 2]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rasptuina cover their tracks...., 28 Jun. 2008
In the lull while Rasputina decided what their next full length album should be about (and who should release it) Melora put together a selection of self-released covers. And what a bizarre mix it is.

She hasn't shied away from tackling any of the greats - Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd are both tackled (Rock and Roll and Wish You Were Here both sound amazing), and she even manages to give Marilyn Manson's Tourniquet a new lease of life.

Definitely worth a purchase even if only to hear some of alternative music's greatest songs tackled on the cello. Oh, and to hear the completely off the wall interpretation of This Little Piggy. Well worth a listen.


The Slip + DVD
The Slip + DVD
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £18.89

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nine Inch Nails being over-productive? That can't be right...., 27 Jun. 2008
This review is from: The Slip + DVD (Audio CD)
Trent Reznor is a notoriously picky man when it comes to the music of his baby, Nine Inch Nails between 1989 and 2005 he only had four albums out, after all. He's been dogged with drug addiction, emotional upheaval and severe personal trauma. That's what made his music so powerful, surely?

On hearing that Trent was getting his act together, quitting drugs and finding himself in a more emotionally stable position, part of me couldn't help but selfishly think 'well, there goes the torment and the darkness that I loved'.

But somehow, out of the ashes of his past, Trent has risen a new, focussed, and surprisingly angry man. Year Zero was spectacular - sounding from start to finish like a computer having a stroke, with Reznor spitting bile and frustration at the world around him over the top of such a stupendous mash of electronic hell.

Then, shortly followed by Ghosts I-IV, a brilliantly diverse mix of industrial soundscaping made over a relatively short 6 week period. THEN, a mere few months later, follows this triumph. The Slip.

The new album sounds exactly how one would hope Broken would have sounded if it had made it to full album status, full of guitar style thrash and fury. Discipline, the lead single, brings back memories of the accessible pop-rock of The Hand That Feeds (not that it's such a bad thing), and the entire album throbs and pulses around Trent's clever observations and general stroppiness at the world around him.

Well worth a download, and an eventual buy. Keep up the awesome work, Trent!


Hypnotize
Hypnotize
Price: £5.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Hypnotizing...., 27 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Hypnotize (Audio CD)
How the hell do they keep doing this? Admittedly, it is disappointing that this is System's last album for the foreseeable future, but what a way to leave things. SOAD are now at the stage that people expect pure quality, and they manage to deliver it again and again. They're one of the few bands out there that manage to combine comedyw ith politics, thrash with melody and anger with sheer joy. Without sounding pretentious. As always, I say 'BUY THIS ALBUM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!!'


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