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Savage Land
Savage Land
Price: £13.90

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back From the Dead, 5 Jun. 2015
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If you are a fan of the first three Death recordings then this is a must-buy as it's essentially a homage/tribute to this golden era of the Chuck Schuldiner catalogue. As the great man - The Godfather and Originator of Death Metal, you can disagree but you'll be wrong - gradually moved away from this style it provides an entertaining dose of nostalgic fun for those of us who, whilst still admiring his musical progression, were left wanting a bit more of the brutal/primal stuff from him.
The whole project is a sincere, authentic and sometimes uncanny encapsulation of what made those early recordings so essential and whilst lacking the truly memorable riffs and choruses at which Chuck excelled it still has plenty of hooks and enough time-warped musical dynamics to paste a broad, satisfied smile on the face of any early-Death fan.


Liquid Salted Caramels, No.1's
Liquid Salted Caramels, No.1's
Offered by Fine Food Specialist
Price: £19.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting better, 29 Mar. 2014
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Salted caramel is - was? - the taste du jour in confectionery and I was hoping - especially at this price - for the ultimate in this tasty combination. Anticipation was high as I opened what looked like a make-up box containing these treats but after the initial hit of bitter cocoa from the dusting all I could then taste was an OK-ish chocolate shell containing a very thin, sparse and not salty enough caramel.

The cocoa delivers the bulk of the flavour here and dominates the other weaker flavours. I like dark & bitter 'real' chocolate as much as the next foodie snob but this was overpowering and to the detriment of the other elements of the product.


Climax
Climax
Price: £14.23

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Hell(sinki), 29 Mar. 2014
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The main problem with most conspicuously 'retro' bands is that they are so enamoured with the period details that accompany this stance - the right guitar pedal, the correct clothes and that much coveted faux-analogue sound - that all too often they forget to write - or are incapable of writing - any actual songs to accompany all the window-dressing.

Fear not, because Beastmilk address this problem and then some. I'm struggling to recall another recent album that I've played so much all the way through - a big deal in this age of snap judgements based on a youtube clip - and for me this illustrates the great depth of song-craft that Beastmilk have at their disposal.

The varied musical background of the members - including time in industrial-tinged Black Metallers Dødheimsgard - means that the stumbling rhythms and naive musicianship heard on much early-80's post-punk are replaced by a driving & powerful framework onto which Beastmilk then craft their retro stylings.

Those not coming from a Goth or a Metal background might be put off by the self-consciously daft 'Cold War' lyrics and the moments of melodrama - I've spent a lifetime listening to Metal so I can handle all kinds of silliness - but dig beneath the surface a little, persevere only slightly - two listens & you'll be hooked - and you WILL be rewarded.

PS. Hope these guys are gonna be playing at The Barrel Organ in Digbeth soon, or if all goes well they could even be headlining at The Powerhouse.


From Enslavement to Obliteration (FDR Remastered Digipak with Bonus Tracks)
From Enslavement to Obliteration (FDR Remastered Digipak with Bonus Tracks)
Price: £10.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Grindcore, 8 Nov. 2013
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I almost feel guilty not giving this genre-defining album the full 5-stars but my only problem with it is the production and no amount of remastering is going to fix that issue. The drums are nice and loud, the vocals are beyond anything recorded at that point in terms of primal aggression but the bass and guitars are WAY too small, tinny and distant. I know dodgy productions were the norm in the 80's but part of me wishes this could tear out of the speakers with the fury captured on near-contemporary releases like 'Strappado' or 'Leprosy'.

Of course, EVERYTHING else about this legendary release is a step above the embryonic grind they created on 'Scum'. The playing is tighter, the arrangements more imaginative AND it's got unrivaled skullcrusher 'Unchallenged Hate' on it. Just wish I could hear it all with a punchier 'live' sounding recording like on the face-melting Peel Sessions, which for me is where Napalm has never sounded better.


Andrew James Coffee, Nut and Spice Grinder - Powerful 150Watt, Stainless Steel Blades
Andrew James Coffee, Nut and Spice Grinder - Powerful 150Watt, Stainless Steel Blades
Offered by Andrew James UK LTD
Price: £29.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Grinds like early Napalm Death!, 5 Nov. 2013
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Ignore any negative reviews this does the job perfectly. Spices are ground into dust in seconds and it's easy to then just wipe or brush clean.


Jo Nesbo's Headhunters [DVD]
Jo Nesbo's Headhunters [DVD]
Dvd ~ Aksel Hennie
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Little man - BIG thrills!, 18 Sept. 2013
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An original, quirky and well-plotted gem. Don't let the subtitles put off any casual viewers considering taking a punt on this dvd because you'll forget about them in 5 mins as you'll be so engrossed in this blackly comedic, intriguing and dark thriller.


The Eldritch Dark
The Eldritch Dark
Price: £12.92

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The answer lies with Summerisle, 15 Aug. 2013
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From the fun but obvious 'Sabbath with flutes & a female vocalist' template of their debut, Blood Ceremony have gradually developed their own unique identity and on this latest offering finally realise their potential. They've added more Folk, Prog and 60's Psych influences to their sound and even lift chunks of 'Nights in White Satin' for the Wickerman-referencing 'Lord Summerisle'. Any band with such excellent taste in films and who clearly revere Holy Sons of Birmingham like Black Sabbath and The Moody Blues are alright by me!


Never Say Die!
Never Say Die!
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit & Miss, 2 Aug. 2013
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This somewhat unfairly maligned offering is often dismissed as little more than the last gasp of the MK1 line-up. It's obviously the work of a disintegrating - and disinterested? - group and a little lacking in direction but the energised title track, the vintage-sabbath sounding 'Johnny Blade' - particularly strong Ozzy vocals here - and 'Shock Wave' still hit the spot. It's not going to feature in anyone's "Greatest Black Sabbath Albums' list but if you have played the first six albums to death like I have it's fun and revealing to revisit something less familiar like this.


Abominations Of Desolation
Abominations Of Desolation
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Takes Flight, 13 Jun. 2013
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Those only familiar with the brutally clinical delivery of many of these classics on later Morbid Angel recordings might be surprised by the looser and more chaotic feel of the original versions on this disc. However, if you are an slightly aging ex-tape trader looking to replace your much played C90 version then this is the recording for you. Do you prefer atmosphere and youthful energy/naivete or do you favour a slightly more polished sound and tighter playing? I like 'em both and there's no reason why this can't sit right next to 'Altars of Madness' in your collection. You could even hide 'Illud Divinum Insanus' behind it!


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yummy!, 13 July 2012
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Top quality miso paste. Lasts for ages. Make soup with it or add to udon noodles broth. Delicious. Highly recommended.


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