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Fake History
Fake History
Price: £10.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless! soaring! a pure tumult of emotion and energy!, 8 Mar 2012
This review is from: Fake History (Audio CD)
Music genres are a strange old thing. Band 'A' revolutionises our perception of what music should entail, thus defining a whole new genre, spurring a wave of copycat under dogs, all too keen to ride the band wagon, seize the 'it' sound that they have been waiting for all this time, and milk the cash cow for all it's worth. The vitriol conveyed by the pioneers of the post hardcore and yes I do mean post-hardcore and not that bland sub-context derivative commonly referred to as the 'Emo' scene of the early 00's, the greats such as At The Drive-In, Glassjaw, Refused, to name but a handful, was neglected when translated into another bands sound, who tried to emulate the brilliance of said bands. The result would sum-up the entire music scene for the forthcoming decade. Words such as 'Trite', 'Watered Down', and 'Devoid of passion, soul and energy' spring to mind. Post-Hardcore would eventually be rebranded and repackaged as the sub-mediocre genre now known as emo, the name alone is hyper-contradictory in itself, as most bands affiliated with the tag are anything but 'emotional' instead a complete shambles of routine drum beats and 3-chord progressions, replete with a frontman with all the charismatic prowess of a wet flannel. The flames of post-hardcore doused in a charade of posers more concerned and intent with style over content, more preoccupied with the time taken to straighten or ease the kink in their fringes, than performing any trace of a decent song with unbridled conviction.

This is why Letlive are the most exciting, refreshing thing to happen to music in a very long time. They should be rich, but they're not. They should be huge, but are they going to be? Hell no! But do you think that this is a concern for them? You couldn't be further from the truth.

Fake History, takes the glut of these so-called contemporary post-hardcore/emo type bands, magnifies them in intensity by about 500, adds a splash of Glassjaw, a dash of At The Drive-In, and a nod in the direction to greats such as Refused and even The Blood Brothers, and creates something devastatingly powerful and raw as it is beautiful. It is as hip-shaking as it is mosh-worthy. The grooves cut by the guitarists sometimes verging on the hypnotic, a perfect synergy courses through the music at all times. You can hear that all musicians are comfortable with playing with each other, and I feel this is why Fake History sounds so cohesive and tight on audio disc.

Front-man Jason Butler's vocals are nothing short of deranged. His bi-polar and unhinged outburts frequently tight-rope the fine line between genius and insanity, as one minute he is crooning wistfully, then in the forthcoming seconds emitting a visceral and nerve-shredding scream. And if it is anything to deduce the man Butler is on record, I've heard his live antics are equally unpredictable as they are unrelenting.

In sum, for a relatively new band Let Live, exhibit a maturity and musical understanding that their peers in this scene could only dream of being able to grasp and fully comprehend. The sound, that albeit, has been done before, of a band that knows that when you listen to them on record have your full and undivided attention, and for the duration exploit it by bombarding you with lush textures and at times uneasy listening. But that is the beauty of music, and again the unique quality of the thing that is the genre, that every so many years comes around full circle again. What I say is that if it is not broken then there is no need to fix it.

When I see Let Live. I envisage all the great things and potential of Post-hardcore that would and should have been. In Butler I see a young Daryl Palumbo bursting to get out, and make himself a name on the live circuit. Definetly a welcome, and much needed breath of fresh-air breathed into a stagnant and decrepid old thing of a scene.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £14.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely satisfying, 7 Feb 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Admittedly I am slightly bias towards Bethesda. They're the creme de la creme when it comes to creating that all encompassing, absorbing, role-playing action/adventure experience. Fallout 3 was my game of 2008 upon its release. However this title in all its magical and fantastical grandiosity simply towers above it head and shoulders in the 'epic' category. Comprising all that is folk-lore and mythological the player is plunged into a vast and sprawling land scape where they must utilise their resources and cunning if they ever hope to quell the dragon plight that becomes apparent from the off. Harness the power of the elements at your disposal should you choose the mage route as an appropriation to your playing style. Reanimate corpses and conjure towering behemoths called atronachs. Thousands of spells are ready to be wielded at your finger tips, ready to be unleashed and rip bone and sinew from those foolish enough to cross your path. Maybe the life of a thief befits? Make light work of locks, and nimble reflexes make work of ignorant victims, line your pockets with trinkets and emeralds, in a world where money defines power. Or maybe you're the type to hack and slash your way through? Leave a tide of crimson as you cut swathes across the delicate serene landscape and icy frost-tinted mountains and plateaus. The choices are limitless, only your imagination serves to inhibit you from maximising your enjoyments out of this glistening and luxurious gaming experience.

Some of the sights are simply breath taking, the landscapes vast and at times imposing. The subtle changing of the seasons from rain to snow to sunshine and back around again. The shadows tilting and rotating as the days progress and the positioning of the sun changes. The attention to detail is staggering and flawless.

The one slight problem that I have with this game is that like the many previous back catalogue of works from Bethesda, and due to their unnerving and infinite ambition and scope for their games, the game does become slightly buggy from time to time. It would seem that our technology is unrivalled in terms of the imagination the Bethesda production team possesses, and we must strive to develop and perfect a medium capable of capturing their works. Standard dvdr's and such forth simply are unable to completely cut it!

*Spoiler Alert*

One other thing, and read on at your own peril. If you are going after the achievement to restore the thieve's guild back to its former glory, DO NOT! AND I REPEAT DO NOT! sell your custom thieves guild armor that you get a few quests in to joining the guild, otherwise you will not be able to get this achievement as one of the prerequisite things that you have to do in order to become the head of the guild is upgrade your armour. If you have sold it you will not be able to re-buy it back, and thus you will not be able to complete this aspect of the questline.

That said, invest in this unique and wonderful, affirming gaming experience. Be prepared, as casual gamers should look elsewhere, this is not a mere pick up and play fragfest, we already have more than our fair share of those floating about anyway. This is a game that on the outside is daunting, but while away a bit of time levelling your character up and managing your coin and decisions appropriatly and you will begin to peel off the many exterior layers and begin to find yourself immersed in a game like no other of its kind today.


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: £28.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loses none of it's magic., 29 Dec 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I was 12 when Ocarina of Time was originally released in 1998. I did receive a copy for my N64, but didn't really play it much, my somewhat diminished attention span, would mean that after an hour or so I would flick back to playing Turok 2 which I had also got for christmas that year.

Now 13 years later, I'm in a far more suitable mind frame to be appreciating this game. Admittedly I have only really found Zelda this year, after downloading both this and Majora's mask for my wii. It was only when I played this that I realised what I had been missing. This was recommended to me by a friend, who knew I adored the Metroid series. Vastly different, there are a few similarities between the two franchises. Since then I've gone on to own and complete this, Majora's mask, zelda 1 and 2, links awakening, a link to the past, twilight princess and wind waker. But I'd say this is more than likely the greatest one in the series followed closely by wind waker.

Anyways on to talking about the actual game itself. Like my title implies the port from N64 to hand held console hasn't taken away anything from the overall feel/experience of the game. At times the lush, vibrant colours can overwhelm especially with the 3d effect turned on, but that's a minor complaint, since it can be toggled on or off to suit. One more slight qualm that I have was with the controller system, when aiming Link's fairy bow, the whole tilt-to-aim system in place could get rather clumsy and felt a little awkward, however the ability to put on or take off the iron boots in the water temple at the touch of a button compensated for this slight technical hitch.

This game is truly immersive. Like all Zelda titles (or the one's that I have played), there's always that feeling at the back of your mind when playing this 'just a little bit more', I am unable to exercise any semblance of self control and play this in moderate amounts. The proof is in the fact that I got this along with my version of the 3ds on christmas day, and have since completed the game. The graphics look gorgeous, and have been updated and feel contemporary, fitting well into to todays game scene and never look dated or evident of its 13 years of age, they have done an excellent job of polishing this classic game. The story line is so thorough, well thought out, and paced perfectly, Your character Link growing as the story develops. There are some wonderful and magical moments, I won't spoil them, but everything from opening and delving into treasure chests to unlocking a hidden or secret passage, really creates that sense of accomplishment that I feel is essential in any game, its that sense of reward that encourages the gamer to continue playing. I'm glad I've been initiated into the glorious Zelda franchise, it really is a gem of series in the video game scene. Even if you remember this the first time around, and may have even previously completed it, I recommend you give it a go in its hand-held brilliance, you won't be disappointed. It is as peerless and timeless, as the hero Link, who stars in it.


The Hunter [CASSETTE]
The Hunter [CASSETTE]
Price: £8.11

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cohesive compilation of bass-heavy belters!, 9 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Hunter [CASSETTE] (Audio CD)
To clarify, I am not going to go into the whole discussion of 'who's better Bloc Party or Kele' or the sensationalism that has recently trailed the band. This is purely about Kele Okereke having gone it alone as a solo musician.

In the wake of 2010's debut 'The Boxer', Mr Okereke has returned with a slightly more condensed although far from lacking EP of sorts. What you get for your money is seven magnificent tracks, about loss, betrayal, love and heartache, all shimmering and writhing under glossy electronic beats, spear-headed with Kele's melodious vocal outpourings.

'The Hunter' is more of an evolution, building and developing upon the foundation laid by the debut. While the previous effort was more of a creeper in the way that I did not immediately feel affection toward each track, however on this new effort the songs are far more accessible and instantly likeable. For me personally, Kele has always had a very expressionistic way of capturing his voice to reflect his disposition and emotional feelings. He seems far more content on this second cd, and more like he has grown to fit his own skin. The tracks exude a confidence, and stand as a bold, glaring v-sign toward the conventional and contrived contemporary dross being manufactured and repackaged as indie and indeed as good music these days.

There isn't a single weak track on this EP. There's one or possibly two songs that you may slightly neglect to connect with upon first listen, but once the hooks get under your skin they become impossible to shift. A bass wobble hear, a backing vocal or pan pipe there, may be overlooked, but rediscovered then later on. It really is a treasure chest of a cd, where not everything is on show on the surface the first time, but dig a little deeper and the real riches and wealth are buried beneath the outer layers. A track-by-track breakdown of the ep:

1) What did I do? (Ft. Lucy Taylor) - 1st single released by Kele from 'The Hunter', and a definite dancefloor igniter of a track. Replete with dubstep wobble beat, admittedly it's mainly Lucy Taylor singing with Kele providing backing vocals to the chorus, it is one to be played loud through a good bass system for good measure.

2) Release Me - Is a very summery affair. Again continuing the signature electro beats that we have come to expect of Kele under his solo moniker. It is like Vampire Week-End on acid, having a chin wag with Aphex Twin.

3) Devotion - Opens very ominously. An 80's vibe chases this song, it's like an extramartial relationship between OMD and Depeche Mode. Kele's refrain of 'It's you that I think of, and it's you that I crave' mirroring the themes of love and dsitance used in various 80's songs of the previously mentioned groups and many of their peers. It's bold, it's beautifully produced, and resonates immediately with the soul. A winner for sure.

4) Goodbye Horses - By now a pattern should be emerging. Another warm, cuddly, embrace from a brilliant thumping beat, underpinned by Kele's beautifully versatile croon. Props to the Human League for this one. It grabs and refuses to let go. A definite crowd please, the audio equivalent of a fire-work party being let off in the canals of your ears, it's the erupting of light and sparklers drawing patterns in the dark that are the key visual image in this one.

5) Cable's Goodbye - The introduction, is a hybrid of piano and synthesizer, with a pounding drum beat layered on top. It grows and builds to an immense sounding chorus coupled with a poignant message, the pipes again adding a delicate yet hauting fragility to the overall texture of the song.

6) Love As A Weapon - Breaks in with a flurry of bass pedal, that sounds like machine gun fire. But is deceptive as the overall tempo of the song is slow, and again builds in tempo to a cresendo. More and more waves of sound are added as the song progresses. Kele sounds fragile and vulnerable with the high toned sounding vocals that he contributes to this track. It is very calming on the mind after a hard day.

7) You Belong To Somone Else - Has the African soul displayed on track 2 'Release Me'. Certain parts break up the track that are reminiscient of Major Lazer, with a very extroverted and in-your-face approach to the structure of the synthesized beats. It has a massive dance element coursing through it. But is something of a paradox as besides the sorrowful sounding title, it sound very happy and chirpy. Definetly deserves to take up a place as a dancefloor filler and get the recognition that it deserves for sure.

In a nutshell Kele, has has become more efficient and better overall at identifying what his fans have come to expect of him. And this is his gift to us. For evidence of his genius I advise you to listen to my personal favourite from the EP track three's 'Devotion' will tattoo itself to your brain for sure, and will only be able to be physically removed by sugery for definite. On an end note, there's no real point to keep on instructing and heckling the poor guy to go back to Bloc Party. He's happy doing what he's doing, and I tell you what he is doing is something unique and original, an auditory breath of fresh air. On this release he has really come into his own, so come on now stop feeling so bitter about your beloved Bloc Party they'll be back eventually, when they need to come back, but for now, buckle up your dancing shoes, and allow youself to be immersed and mesmerised by a truly brilliant musical listening experience, that will have your body involuntarily convulsing and grinding to the beats on display here, like no other cd released this year.


Hidden
Hidden
Offered by iAlpha Technologies
Price: £6.17

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Here we go up into the stars., 5 Feb 2011
This review is from: Hidden (Audio CD)
Cue Puritans main man Jack Barnett's all natural murmur being fazed to give way to some epic and grandiose choral melodies that reach celestial levels in pitch.

First off I would just like to take this opportunity to address These New Puritans by saying 'Damn You'. This South End quartet of musos have single handedly made one of the most memorable albums that I have listened to for say hmmm the past five years. 'Hidden' is an absolutely astounding feat of work, and should deservedly so become a bench mark album for new and aspiring emerging artists, the key word being 'artist' here, and not 'cash cow' like so many of their peers who have jumped upon the gravy train have chosen to do. Like another reviewer very accurately stated, it is comparable - but only in spirit - to Radiohead's often overlooked seminal masterpiece 'Kid A'. Hopefully it will succeed in amassing a cult following of individuals who will regard and recognise this for the type of album that it most certainly is, it is 'Art' in the most thorough sense of the world- the likes of image, persona etc. are null and void here. While I am aware and do in fact own TNP's debut effort, released in 2008, it would appear that other than for this shard of evidence pertaining to their existence, they manifested seemingly out of limbo, to deliver a sucker punch with this album, before scuttling back into the dark out of the watchful glare of the public eye. So yes indeed 'Damn You' TNP's for producing an album, of such pretentious pomp and majesty, that every other album in my considerably-sized cd collected now seems contrived, bland and obsolete. I lack the sheer capability and willpower to compel myself to listen to any other album for the past 2 months. Each listen only serves to unearth more delights, the hooks are well and truly in place, and I am powerless to act.

Anyway about the actual content of the album. Opener 'Time Xone', piques the listeners interest, its melancholy and morbid, it feels somewhat familiar perhaps having been written to create a sense of forboding in a film, the ominous trombone and bassoon, really works well to create an image of disparity and bleakness, yet it is also soothing to listen to and instantly likeable. The false sense of security that the opener creates cast aside, the next track explodes with a wave of crashing synth, a fairly generous pounding of tribal drum here, an underpinning of woodwind there, vocalist Jack Barnett muttering like some demonic shaman cursing you and now a taster of what TNP's are essentially about, a band not shy to flaunt their pretentious enigmatic musical egos, even if their ambitions outstrip their age ten fold, all the musical out pourings co-exist to create a revelatory listening experience, that never sounds too convoluted. Whether it be the post dub-step beats of 'Attack Music' with all it's sampled sword swishing and chanted vocals that add body and depth to Jack's drawl, the twinkling Tim Burton essence imbued in 'Three Thousand' the immense soundings of 'Orion' the shoegaze My Bloody Valentine charged 'White Chords' or the sombre, ethereal tone of album closer '5' there is something here for fans of all tastes and genres. TNP's ability to experiment with sounds and textures to such a degree without ever actually sounding too 'experimental' but delivered instead with pinpoint precision also collectively helps offer longevity to this album. As I have said before I almost very nearly overlooked this album having only owned a copy for the past two months, it would have been a truly tragic thing had I not by chance stumbled upon such a bold album of integrity and ambition in equal amounts, and allowed myself to become immersed with the musings of this ever so talented quartet.

That having been said it is ironic that this album almost never came upon my radar when you consider that the title of the album is 'Hidden'. They 'Want War' they vehemently exclaim, well so do we, take back the air waves and propel this band 'Up into the stars'.


Total Life Forever
Total Life Forever
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £10.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Musical bliss, 12 May 2010
This review is from: Total Life Forever (Audio CD)
I was dubious about the life expectancy of Foals at first. Admittedly I adored their first release 'Antidotes', their ability to effortlessly meld genres, with guitars jittering like a ritalin starved ADHD prone 5-year old, it seemed that they had been marketted more towards a predominantly teen fanbase, with appearances on Skins, and their music although hugely enjoyable for me, seemed to be glossed with an angsty pretentiousness that had me thinking them to be a flash-in-the-pan, which would have been a very tragic thing to happen. These Oxford kids know how to jam, and write a killer tune, that hooks itself into your brain and refuses to let go.

Of course I can dispel such notions of them being short-lived, not a blip on the ever increasing convoluted indie scene, that sees the glut of fashion obsessed indie bands and fans alike. Yes, in this modern day we live in a time where the music takes second place, sidelined into an altogether inferior role, image taking presidence over all.

Foals aren't merely about image though, no no no, or nor are they simply abstract for the sake of adding to the 'art', although I am convinced Yannis is a Heddonist. Opening track 'Blue Blood' contains a Euphoric sheen, that only others can dream of distilling into sound. The guitars writhe, and are plucked at unmercillesly, but as you listen more you find yourself becoming more and more immersed, almost like a part of the music. On first listen, it is far more accessible in contrast to their debut, but Foals being the musicians that they are, have developed this impressive knack at concealing elements within their music. A synth, or a riff, or lyric that lies undetected at first, becomes more noticeable upon repeated listens. For me, personally this is the key to achieving longevity in a record, that it toys with the listener in such a way that it demands to be replayed. The first single 'Spanish Sahara' deserves an honourable mention, it builds ever so slowly, each twinkle of a guitar, softly crooned lyrics, building subtly to an astonishing climax, it's the sound of being embraced in warm arms on a rainy day as the rain drops patter against the window outside, caressing sensually, then bestows a crescendo of keyboard synth on the bewildered listener, shattering the sense of security that the subtle build up produces. My favourite track is 'Black Gold'. With it's refrain of 'The Future is not what it used to be', the atospherics hauntingly playing in the background, create a sense of warmth and Euphoria, it's like the audio equivalent of taking a relaxing swim underwater. I would say if you are interested in the type of music Foals produce, this would be an excellent starting point, but persevere with the music that they make, because it is a warm and enriching experience, and surely that is what creating music and indeed the very core of Art itself, at its purest and most concentrated form.


Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
Offered by MDS Entertainment
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in for Fallout 3, 5 Jun 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Fallout 3 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Having just finished my final year at university I am thankful that I hadn't purchased Fallout 3 during the study year. Quite simply as this game is so amazingly addictive. I do not usually bother to write game reviews, but have been simply blown away after playing fallout 3 solidly for a month now. I have purchased all of the expansion packs on Xbox Live, and must say they are also worth buying. But onto the main games, the amount of stuff that you can do in this game is limitless. Everything from pickpocketing, fully customising your character from the outset, decking them out in any garb of your choice are some of the smaller things that, only serves to enforce the idea that you are fully in control of your own destiny. This is a free-roaming RPG of the truest nature and magnificence. 100's of locations can be found out in the disparate, irradiated ground in the wasteland, there are 100's of different weapons which range from flame and electric swords, to shotguns, nuclear missile launchers and customisable weapons such as the railway rifle and my favourites the shishkebab and deathclaw gauntlet. This game will quite simply have you hooked for hours on end, say goodbye to your social life, say hello to fallout 3, and kick back after a hard days work, and get ready to do some hard exploring and quest solving, as you attempt everything from settling disputes between stubborn superheroes, utilising the hypnotic prowess of the mesmatron to capture some slaves on your travels, pop some heads in the VATS targetting system, or just want to explore a dystopic desert, witnessing the sun rising then falling, in the darkness is when all the wildlife come out to play and trust you me that isn't such a good thing! Do yourself a favour and purchase this game today, and for the completionists among you invest in the strategy guide which also includes a map, trust me it comes in handy. Gives Oblivion one hell of a run for it's money.


Grammatics
Grammatics
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £25.69

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasurable listening experience, 24 Mar 2009
This review is from: Grammatics (Audio CD)
I became interested in 'Grammatics' after discovering that Ex-Colour of fire vocalist, Owen Brinley had started a new band under the aforementioned moniker. After keeping tabs on the band, and the progress that they have made for many months, I was delighted to learn that they were finally releasing their debut album. I was particualrly impressed with the previous outpourings of the band in the guise of such infectious singles as 'The Vague Archive' and 'D.I.L.E.M.M.A'. Particularly 'The Vague Archive' wiith it's reminscence of summer, chased with a gorgeously driven chorus and orchestral breakdown. However that's not to draw attention away from the rest of the album whith it's shimmering gleam of pop/indie/rock melodramatic meanderings, piano lead introductions, give way to sparkling, twinkly guitars, that have a mathy feel to them sometimes bordering on Foals territory. The piano, and orchestral pieces interweaved into many of the tracks found here, create a sublime feeling of mood and darkness, before Owen's beautifully resonant voice, pierces the atmosphere, pulling the listener back to consciousness. Overall all Grammatics succeed, in created a richly textured album which embodies many musical layers, which when taken apart, co-exist to create an album of lush beauty, that transcends the 'colour of fire' blueprint that Brinley previously helped to create, Here with Grammatic Owen sounds more at home, rather than trying to create his own blend of US post-hardcore inspired rock music, he seemes a lot more comfortable producing rock music with string and piano arrangements, his peerless voice reflecting the mood of the instruments so thoroughly on each track, that it works as an addtional mood enhancing instrument itself. This album is an absolutely flawless debut album, Grammatics are a band that are going to be on everyone's lips before the year is out, and for a band that appear to be in their early twenties the grasp and maturity that they have accomplished in evoking in this their debut album, is quite simply staggering. With the corrent PR, and promotional and advertising facilities at their fingertips the remainder of 2009 could quite easily belong to Grammatics. Watch this space with due dilligence.


Controller
Controller
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 08 so far!!!!, 4 Aug 2008
This review is from: Controller (Audio CD)
I was a bit dubious at first upon hearing that one of my favourite bands; Misery Signals were releasing a new album. Having adored Of Malice & The Magnum Heart and equally loved the awesome 06 release Mirrors, I was left wondering how they could follow up on such valiant, soaring efforts. Thankfully they didn't let me down, not even for one second. This album is ruthless, in that once it takes a hold it won't let go. On first listen a lot of what's going on in the songs seemed to go right over my head, but then with each listen you seem to be discovering more and more, unearthing the delicate beauty that seems to be interwoven throughout each track, underpinned by vocalist Karl Schubach's visceral, gutteral growl. Devin Townsend has given this album such a glorious sheen with his production, everything is sooo crisp sounding from the layering of the vocals, as well as the swirling guitars and pummelling drums. On a few tracks (first single 'A Certain Death' and 'Ebb and Flow') there's even Karl doing clean vocals. To my surprise he has a magnificent voice, which sounds so huge thanks to the accentuating of the production. I don't think the clean vocals would work well in all tracks, but they sound good in a few because MS clearly don't use clean vocals in songs often (look at previous released for evidence of this)and it makes a nice, welcome change every now and again. Quite simply for me this is the album of 2008 so far, and it will take a huge amount of effort to top this. As I would buy this album for the musicianmanship alone even without the vocals, as they serve to paint a landscape to transport you to, then Karl's vocals bring you back to reality with an almighty thud. Epic, beautiful, soft and heavy in equal proportion. Controller rifles through the senses with spine-tingling subtletly. Treat yourself today, and allow the sensations this album creates truly be stimulated. Standout tracks are 'Ebb and Flow', 'Labyrinthian', 'Coma', 'A Certain Death' and practically every other song that comes before or after them. This album is solid goldddddd! a rare gem in metalcore that stands alone in a tired, watered down genre.


Colors [Us Import]
Colors [Us Import]
Price: £8.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw droppingly good, 3 Jan 2008
This review is from: Colors [Us Import] (Audio CD)
This album is the best album of 2007 without a shadow of a doubt, however no song on this album should be listened to individually as the album reads like a book, and takes you on a journey to exotic lands. Am I right in suggesting track 3's intro 'sounds like ancient egypt', whilst another track with it's tribal drums sounds like you are walking through a jungle. Standout tracks for me are informal gluttony, ants of the sky, prequel to the sequel, my personal fave white walls, viridian and sun of nothing. but seriously every track owns, each sounding like a million different songs culminating into one big song. I love this cd, it could well be album of the decade.


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