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Shadowed By Vultures
Shadowed By Vultures
Price: 11.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Polar album to date!, 20 Mar 2014
This review is from: Shadowed By Vultures (Audio CD)
Lets not beat around the bush. If you are here you are probably a fan or Punk or Hardcore. Thankfully this is something that Polar do fantastically well.

Shadowed by vultures is their second full length LP and shows a clear evolution of their rather unique hardcore sound.

Shadowed By Vultures takes the band in a different direction, mixing in more melodic aspects musically and anthemic style gang vocals. It is rather reminiscent of 'In County' off their debut work Iron Lungs.

To me it demonstrates how they have grown as a band. Both in confidence and musically. While their EP (This Polar Noise) and Iron Lungs, both had an incredible frantic intensity and power, the hallmark of the UK Hardcore scene, this album is without doubt more mature and musically tight.

You will still have crushingly heavy guitars, but the song structure is more thought out and rounded. Stand out for me though is the development of Woody's vocals. A change of style and (in my mind) an improvement on his earlier work, he shows improved power and more variation in this one song then many hardcore vocalists do on an entire album. The opening of Glass Cutter, "Keeping true what we believe" grabs you by the throat and makes you listen, while the more catchy anthemic chorus's of will get stuck in your head. I do wonder after what has been a hectic last couple of years touring with some of the best of the UK alternative scene, how much these lads have been able to pick up on the road. Regardless, the development is staggering.

If you like your music loud. Buy this song, then pre-order the new album!


Glass Cutter
Glass Cutter
Price: 0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars New exciting chapter for an incredible band, 27 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Glass Cutter (MP3 Download)
Lets not beat around the bush. If you are here you are probably a fan or Punk or Hardcore. Thankfully this is something that Polar do fantastically well.

Glass Cutter is the first single off their (soon) to be released new album Shadowed by Vultures.

Glass Cutter takes the band in a different direction, mixing in more melodic aspects musically and anthemic style gang vocals. Reminiscent of 'In County' off their debut work Iron Lungs.

To me it demonstrates how they have grown as a band. Both in confidence and musically. While their EP (This Polar Noise) and Iron Lungs, both had an incredible frantic intensity and power, the hallmark of the UK Hardcore scene, Glass Cutter is without doubt more mature and musically tight.

You will still have crushingly heavy guitars, but the song structure is more thought out and rounded. Stand out for me though is the development of Woody's vocals. A change of style and (in my mind) an improvement on his earlier work, he shows improved power and more variation in this one song then many hardcore vocalists do on an entire album. The opening of "Keeping true what we believe" grabs you by the throat and makes you listen, while the more catchy anthemic chorus of "I am the water.." will get stuck in your head. I do wonder after what has been a hectic last couple of years touring with some of the best of the UK alternative scene, how much these lads have been able to pick up on the road. Regardless, the development is staggering.

If you like your music loud. Buy this song, then pre-order the new album!


Is Survived By
Is Survived By
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 7.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touche Amore at their best yet, 17 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Is Survived By (Audio CD)
If you are having any hesitation to buy this album let me reassure assure and simply say buy it!

Touche Amore are part of a select few bands within the hardcore scene who I genuinely respect. Rather then rehashing the same musical territory, that all other bands have already done for the last 30 years this album shows some real imagination. You won't find endless breakdowns - Riff - Chorus repeat on this album.

Instead of that you will find a fantastic musical intensity that keeps the frenetic pacing of hardcore music, without falling into all the usual pitfalls. Variation is the hallmark of the album, beautiful guitar tones and drums that stand out for their aggression.

For me the stand out feature of this album is the lyrical content. Jeremy Bolm proving (yet again) you can have emotionally charged and powerful lyrics without talking about your last break up or unrequited love. He treads that tenuous and tragically underused ground of mature lyrical content. Exploring numerous themes and issues at a near frantic pace.

For, while these songs are longer then their previous albums most sit between the 2-3 minute mark and the whole album comes in at 29:35 minutes. Personally I enjoy the increased song duration, the fault of I have had previous is that; by the time you get really into a song it is over!

While this band are often put into the same category as: La Dispute, Defeater and Pianos Become the Teeth. I can hear lot of much older bands in their music: Indian Summer, Funeral Diner, City and Caterpillar and The Saddest Landscape. The older screamo bands, before that word came to mean Scene kids playing synth and singing about heartbreak.

If you are a fan of: Punk, Hardcore, Screamo then I strongly recommend you buy this album. If you are still unsure go listen to: Just Exist and Harbor on YouTube then comeback and click on buy!


Black Tourniquet Quick and Slow Release
Black Tourniquet Quick and Slow Release
Offered by ICE Medical
Price: 3.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Seems solid so far, 14 Oct 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
So far it has held up well to a variety of patients and seems of a good quality and well built.

While its not the cheapest out there, I do not regret the purchase so far.

Will update if it breaks/fails.


Guild Wars 2 - Standard Edition (PC DVD)
Guild Wars 2 - Standard Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by RUGELEY GAMES
Price: 34.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally the "next gen" MMO, 30 Aug 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
There are only few points of ground breaking innovation in GW2.

But what it does is take innovations, add its own, modernise them and integrate them effectively into a dynamic and seamless world. Something many fail to do, where their innovation is a tagged on gimic to yet another themepark game.

Top points:
Dynamic Events: Just being in the game will trigger events (Bandit attacks, traders need help, pirates kidnapping an official) you can chose to take part or ignore it. They scale for how many show up, if there are more players there will be more bandits.
Support/Control: The holy trinity of Tank/Heal/DPS is finally dead in the conventional sense, this may scare people. It certainly did me a monk/cleric of 7 years. But it works and allows far greater role diversity of many professions.
Content everywhere: If you are stuck leveling, just get our and look for it. Port half way around the world an enjoy it. This is not WoW style questing.
PvP/WvWvW: This is was ground breaker for me I am a massive PvP fan and came to GW2 straight from Aion. Seeing proper 3 faction PvP for the first time since DAoC was incredible. 3 servers are set up to fight each other over the HUGE 4 map spanning battle ground that is WvWvW. Siege warfare is incredible, supply routes matter, siege weapons matter, tactics and organise are essential! Brialliant.

Yes there have been a few bugs at launch, but less then most MMO's. Ignore the reviews about log in issues, they no doubt have hit a small bug that was rectified fast.

If you are a GW1 fan or a MMO enthusiast this is a must buy.
Durray


Dead Ends
Dead Ends
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 12.07

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hardcore, 22 April 2012
This review is from: Dead Ends (Audio CD)
Its great to see the UK underground still producing bands of this quality.

The album is a testimony to well thought out (yet brutal) hardcore punk.

I think we will be hearing a lot from this band in the future.


Skullcandy 50 / 50 Earbuds / Headphones with Shuffle Control Mic - Black
Skullcandy 50 / 50 Earbuds / Headphones with Shuffle Control Mic - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Price, 22 April 2012
Like most people looking to upgrade my earphones I am something of an audiophile.

Being into alternative music I needed earphones that could pack some bass and also manage high screams/notes.

These managed both adequately. And for the price was quite a bargain.

The build quality has also been solid, I managed to break one pair (my own fault coming off a bike) and was impressed enough to order another.

Recommended.


HTC One X 32GB Sim Free Smartphone - Grey
HTC One X 32GB Sim Free Smartphone - Grey
Offered by UK Supplies

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Phone, few minor flaws, 19 April 2012
I have had this phone for nearly a week now and will update this accordingly at 1-2 months.

Overall

This phone is simply incredible. It has the hardware to take anything that you can throw at it and display it on a beautiful screen that frankly (in my opinion) is far superior to the iPhone and AMOLED technological.

Hardware

The quad-core processor is almost overkill in this phone. But leaves you thinking that in two years time it could still be a powerful phone rather then out of date in 6 months! There is also a silent 5th core for casual browsing so not drain too much battery.

The screen is stunning for all media or just daily use the only downside is the amount it drains the battery. Some people have been reporting a screen issue with the phone. My phone does not have this and I know no one that does.

32GB in built SD card and 2 GB internal memory (no microSD card), this is ample for me but some would no doubt want the microSD card option.

Battery - this is the major flaw of the phone. It is non removable and drains fast (like all smartphones). Mine manages a day of heavy use no problem and I can get two days of light - medium use out of it. It is perhaps worth investing in a portable battery charger they range from 10-40 if this is a real problem for you.Duracell 3 Hour Mobile Phone and MP3 Portable USB Charger

Software

ICS 4.0 and Sense 4.0 create a very open and intuitive experience. You have all the options and layers of android to do what ever you want (unlike apple) with the simplicity of sense if you do not want to do so.

In short I would highly recommend this phone if you can afford the price tag. Arguable the best phone on the market until the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes out. Then there will be one hell of a fight for the #1 Android phone spot.


Some Kind Of Hate
Some Kind Of Hate
Price: 8.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong, 10 Feb 2012
This review is from: Some Kind Of Hate (Audio CD)
Another solid release from Aiden,

If you enjoyed their more recent work then you will definitely enjoy this album as well. They have returned to a more classic Punk Rock style, less Gothic/horror punk then Nightmare Anatomy and Our Gangs Dark Oath.

It stands out for two covers: One of Misfits "London Dungeon" the other of Joy Division "Transmission". The rest of the album is consistently well written and has some fantastic songs. Personal favourites are Broken Bones and There will be blood.

If you are a fan of Punk, Aiden of old or new I suggest you take a serious look at this album.
Also please buy rather then torrent it. This is not some platinum selling band, but an American Punk band trying to keep their heads above water. We must show our support for this kind of music. (Preaching over)


O (Disambiguation)
O (Disambiguation)
Offered by Express Fulfilment
Price: 4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid but underwhelming, 10 Nov 2011
This review is from: O (Disambiguation) (Audio CD)
As most people are probably aware since their inception Underoath have changed their line up dramatically. However, after Lost in the Sound of Separation, Aaron (the drummer/clean vocalist)left the band. Meaning that this is the first album where none of the original band remain.

It has maybe 2-3 good songs on it, notably In Division and Paper Lung. That said nothing about this album stands out or catches hold of you. Do not expect anything similar to The Changing of Times or Their Only Chasing Safety, this is definitely metalcore not Post-Hardcore. It also lacks the edge those albums had or even the power of Define the Great Line. Which is understandable, given how far they have come (age and technical skill) but leaves a fan like myself a bit disappointed.

Similar riff patterns dominate, Spencer's vocals are fantastic but in my mind he doesn't use the range he should. All the screaming is one tone and a bit generic metalcore (he can do some much better!), though his clean vocals (making up for loss of Aaron, as a side note Spencer also does all the clean vocals live now) are impressive.

If you are an Underoath fan add it to your collection, If you are a metal fan you will enjoy it. But don't expect to be blown away.


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