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Gaia II
Gaia II
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars The Gaia Saga Continues, 20 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Gaia II (Audio CD)
Wow. Mago de Oz have come a long way from their Jesús de Chamberí days.

Mago de Oz are a unique event in the Spanish metal scene, being the only band with the balls to go out on stage as a nine piece set with guitars, violins, whistles, keyboars and what not.

Gaia II: La Voz Dormida is the second installment of the Gaia trilogy of concept albums. The themes remain very critical of the Christina Church and its transformation into a sect thirsty for power.

Musically, the album is flooded with long progressive pieces charged with orchestral arrangements granting the album a heavy prog/power metal vein. I could almost say that the guitars take a step back and that Mohammed's violin does not feature as heavily on its own as it used to do on Mago de Oz's less produced albums.

The albums ends up with an orgy of progressive metal with guest vocals from some of the best vocalists on the Spanish metal scene (Leo from Saratoga and Victor García from Warcry).

Lyrically, Txus reamains atop of his game, being one of the best lyricists in the history os Spanish music, resulting on him being invited to participate in the prestigious University of Salamanca Music and Poetry convention.

No one does concept albums like Mago de Oz.


Razorblade Romance
Razorblade Romance
Offered by westworld-
Price: £8.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise, 5 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Razorblade Romance (Audio CD)
This is yet anothr one of those albums I bought purely because it was on offer having previously never heard anything from HIM.

What a pleasant surprise. Musically it's got great guitar riffs but very few solos, a bit like metal without solos. But yet, Ville's great deep melodic voice is not metal either, making HIM pretty unique sounding.

Most of the lyrics toy around with gothic romance themes, I mean, with titles such as Your Sweet 666, Death Is In Love With US and Join Me (in death) you get the feeling what you are letting yourself into.

The guitar distortions are not taxing on the ear, and the album clocks at just the right lenght with a very finely balanced mixture of softer melodies and harder riff-o-rama.

Even the cover of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game blends in perfectly with their own material, both thematically and musically, an inspired choice for a cover.


Marathon: From Start to Finish
Marathon: From Start to Finish
by Sam Murphy
Edition: Paperback

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you haven't done any previous research, 4 Sept. 2007
I have been running for a year already although I still have not completed a full marathon.

The thing is, for non competitive runners, long distance running training is based on three basic areas you don't need to buy a book to find out about, just reading through the internet, namely:

Injuries
Diet
Training Plan

This book is ok to start with if you have not done any previous research as it covers the basics from start to finish, however, if you have already completed a half marathon, then you probably have covered the basics and this book won't be of much help.
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Fighting the World
Fighting the World
Price: £7.91

5.0 out of 5 stars True Heavy Metal, 3 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Fighting the World (Audio CD)
Heavy Metal has always been a bit of a tongue in cheek music genre, never to be taken too seriously, the band knows that, us fans know that, the critics know that, and that makes it all the more fan when outsiders don't get it.

Manowar spend as much time pumping up in the gym as in rehearseal. So if loincloths, swords and metal are your thing, then Manowar undoubtedly ARE the Kings of Metal.

Fighting the World is an anthemic song with a so-simple-even-your-grandma-could-sing-it chorus.

Blow Your Speakers is a bit of a filler.

Carry On is fantastic and uplifting and never fails to get me in a good mood.

Violence and Bloodshed is a bit more guitar orientated, screaming vocals type track, aggressive and melodic in equal measure.

Defender opens with a sweet and simple arpeggio leading into an spoken intro by non other than Orson Welles followed by one of the mightiest drum intros in rock and roll.

Drums of Doom is a short instrumental intro to Holy War, which is the perfect build up to Black Wind Fire and Steel, another tour de force for Eric Adams' vocals.

This album is Metal as it was meant to be, high pitch vocals, anthemic choruses, thundering bass lines and some crafty guitar work in the right places. And since it dates back to the days of vynil, its length is not overwhelming.

As Manowar says... blow your speakers!!!


The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories
The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories
by S. T. Joshi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More from the Master of Horror, 30 Aug. 2007
Much like The Call of Cthulhu, The Dreams in the Witch House sees another great collection of stories ranging from the "far out crazy" stuff like Polaris, to the more conventional horror stories like Dreams... or the Shunned House.

The edition itself is great value for money. It is clear that Joshi possess an large pool of knowledge on the life and works of Lovecraft. Every story contains several notes with references to other works of Lovecraft himself or other authors for further reading.

Horror stories are meant to be just that, stories, not novels or books or trilogies. Lovecraft follows more on the tradition of Poe and Dunsany than Stoker. And for my money, I'll take Lovecraft over Poe any day.


The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
by S. T. Joshi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stuff from the Master of Horror, 30 Aug. 2007
Forget Stephen King, Lovecraft IS the true master of horror.

Ok, some stories may be just oniric ramblings like Celephais or Festival, but never has anyone scared me so much over so few pages and for every lemon of a story there are four peaches, and that is good trade off.

Even though Lovecraft draws on monsters and phantastical creatures to conduct his stories, it is more often than not the consequences and the implications of their existence rather than the creatures themselves that create the sense of fear when reading the stories.

And again, in contrast with Stephen King, a 400 page novel cannot be scary nearly by definition. But condense it all on 12 and simply do not read them before switching off the light, after all, beware of the Whisperer in the Darkness...


Cujo
Cujo
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, 30 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Cujo (Paperback)
I find with many of King's books that they are not real horror. Cujo isn't really a horror story.

Maybe the film was scary because it could play with the visual surprise element, but take that out of the book and many times you are left with a pretty insipid story, readable, entertaining, but not necessarily something you will feel compelled to revisit.


Pet Sematary (Summer read)
Pet Sematary (Summer read)
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal, 30 Aug. 2007
This is King at his best.

Truly scary stuff, there are no monsters here, no sudden apparations or ghosts. Just proper horror, the kind of stuff that is scary because it is not stated, just hinted at, unsaid, unrepresented, lurking in the back of your mind.


The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (New English library)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (New English library)
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Insipid, 30 Aug. 2007
It's not horror.

It doesn't have a plot.

It is predictable.

Ok if you have nothing to do for a few hours in the airport. Certainly not one of King's best.


Positive Attitude: A Dilbert Collection (Dilbert Books (Paperback Andrews McMeel))
Positive Attitude: A Dilbert Collection (Dilbert Books (Paperback Andrews McMeel))
by Scott Adams
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same... which is great!!!, 30 Aug. 2007
If you like Dilbert, then you know what you are letting yourself into. I find volume 29 as good as volume 1, 17 or 24. It does not matter, it is just great fun. And for those of us who work for those kind of corporations, it is a continuous succession of "been there/know someone just like that".

It does not get better than this.


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