Profile for Christopher Ward > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Christopher Ward
Top Reviewer Ranking: 941,924
Helpful Votes: 13

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Christopher Ward "Horrorsmith" (Worcester, England)

Page: 1
The Venus Complex
The Venus Complex
Price: 3.18

5.0 out of 5 stars A Scary Trip Through The Mind Of A Serial Killer, 18 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Venus Complex (Kindle Edition)
Possibly best known amongst genre fans as the Female Cenobite from Hellbound: Hellraiser II, it comes as no surprise that Barbie Wilde knows a thing or two about what makes for a chilling story. And what makes The Venus Complex so chilling is that it taps deep into the psyche of a serial killer in a way that is relatable, not that we're all serial killers, but by detailing the everyday emotions the main character experiences that go beyond mere thoughts inside his head and turn into murderous rage.

There was obviously a lot of research that went into detailing the everyday life of a psychopath and told in diary form the story doesn't get bogged down in extraneous details, instead only giving the reader the bare bones narrative that keeps the story flowing. Gruesomely graphic and sexually explicit, The Venus Complex is the very definition of a page-turner (or a button-pusher if you're reading it on a Kindle) and I, for one, am very much looking forward to what Ms. Wilde comes up with next. Highly recommended.

Hour of the Wolf
Hour of the Wolf
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 14.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Check out this underrated gem., 10 Dec 2012
This review is from: Hour of the Wolf (Audio CD)
The Resurrection Sorrow are a doom metal band from New York who mix the best elements of Black Sabbath, Danzig, COC and Metallica and spew it out in a very satisfying way, with big riffs and vocal hooks aplenty. A stormer of an album all the way through without any filler, go check it out.

A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home
A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home
Price: 0.96

5.0 out of 5 stars A creepy little bedtime tale, 20 Nov 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having been aware of Mr. Arnopp as a writer and journalist for many years I thought I'd delve in to his fictional works to see if his knack for putting the reader into the situation in his head for the duration of the reading time transferred to this medium, and I'm pleased to say that it does.

Taking the form of a letter from a former resident of your home warning you of what lurks in the darkness, the short story unfolds at a rapid yet detailed rate, keeping you turning the page (or pressing the scroll button!) to see where it goes next.

Mr. Arnopp's descriptive and concise writing style makes it very easy to visualise what's happening and, given that the central idea is one that could be expanded upon, it is something that I for one wouldn't mind seeing more of.

One for fans of ghost stories with a little bit of a background to them - think J-Horror or some of the modern haunting/possession films that have been doing the rounds - A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home is a compelling and entertaining read that resonates long after you've read the final page.

Greater of Two Evils
Greater of Two Evils
Price: 10.68

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN Energy-filled Romp Through a Classic Past, 23 Dec 2004
This review is from: Greater of Two Evils (Audio CD)
Upon hearing about this release, I wasn't too sure what to expect. Anthrax re-recording their eighties classics with vocalist John Bush? Yeah, Bush is definitely the best vocalist the band have ever had - to these ears, Joey Belladonna always seemed a little bit out of place - but you shouldn't really mess with the classics. Remember when Iron Maiden re-recorded tracks off their first album, with Bruce Dickinson instead of Paul Di'Anno? Superior vocal talent he may be, but the end results were less than spectacular. Luckily for Anthrax, the opposite has happened here. The band attack all of the tunes with customery vigour, while Bush is absolutely outstanding, making many of these tracks his own (one or two maybe shouldn't have been done!) Highlights are 'Among the Living', 'Caught in a Mosh', 'I Am the Law' and 'In My World'. Purists will probably cry about it, but if you prefer Belladonna's vocal talents then listen to the originals. If, like me, you prefer John Bush at the mic, then this is probably one of the best Anthrax albums you are likely to hear. The classic songs with the better singer.

Best Of Killers
Best Of Killers
Price: 31.40

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SUPPOSED TO BE A KILLERS BEST OF, NOT IRON MAIDEN., 10 April 2003
This review is from: Best Of Killers (Audio CD)
What a wasted opportunity! Killers have been the best band that Paul Di'Anno has put his name to since he left Iron Maiden, and to show what a great band Killers are, we get a Best of... featuring just as much Iron Maiden material. From Killers excellent debut, 'Murder One', we get the brilliant 'Marshall Lokjaw' and... that's all! Where's 'The Beast', 'Impaler' or 'Protector'? Many people scoffed when Killers began impersonating Pantera for '94's 'Menace to Society', but in all fairness, production values aside, 'Menace...' is probably Di'Anno's most consistant album songwriting-wise. From this we get the stomping title track, the riff-tastic 'Die By The Gun', 'A Song For You' and 'Think Brutal', but where are live favourites 'Chemical Imbalance' and 'Faith Healer', and the brilliant album track 'Past Due'? After neglecting most of Killers best material, whoever put this album together has padded it out with the band's Iron Maiden covers. WHY??!!!? We can quite easily get the definitive versions of these songs by buying the first two Iron Maiden albums. The Killers originals on this album all deserve their place, but as for the rest - pointless!

Beast Live
Beast Live
Price: 19.30

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAIDEN STANDARDS HOW THEY SHOULD BE PLAYED!, 9 April 2003
This review is from: Beast Live (Audio CD)
Let's be honest - the only people who are going to buy this album are Iron Maiden fans. The sort of people who have every live Maiden recording there is (like me!). But apart from the recently released 'Eddie's Archive' box set, there is no proper live Di'Anno-era Maiden albums, so for old-school fans this is as close as you're going to get. And it doesn't disappoint! From the opening grind of 'Wrathchild' to the closing blasts of 'Iron Maiden', Di'Anno shows why he is still held so high in many Maiden fan's affections. Bruce Dickinson may be technically a better singer, but he just can't give tracks like 'Running Free', 'Prowler' and 'Sanctuary' the edge that Di'Anno so effortlessly gives. Di'Anno's backing bands (allegedly, the tracks were recorded over several years with different line-ups - hmm!) also play with as much enthusiasm as their frontman, forgetting the technical wizardry of Maiden's musicians and giving the tracks a more hardcore feel - just check out 'Phantom of the Opera', surely the most pumping version that's ever been released. Along with the first live(!) version of 'Women in Uniform' to be released, this album is a delight for fans of prime-era Maiden. Buy it, and play it LOUD!!!

Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST, A CONSISTENT SOULFLY ALBUM!, 7 Mar 2003
This review is from: 3 (Audio CD)
It's been a while,but it was worth the wait. '3' sees Max return to the cutting edge metal that made his name in the 90's. Gone are the overlong (and sometimes sloppy) tribal jams of the first album, and the (slightly too much) experimentation of 'Primitive', and back in place is slimmed down, fat-free, monolithic thrash in the vein of Sepultura's classic 'Chao A.D.'. Opening track 'Downstroy' captures the mood perfectly, with its razor sharp riffs and pummelling double-bass drum-work. The only real venture into new TERRITORY (forgive the pun!) is 'Tree of Pain', with it's beautiful, trancy intro giving way to a Cavalera pounding mid-way, and then returning to a haunting, acoustic outro. Classy stuff. Every song on here is worthy of the Cavalera name, but the standout tracks are 'Enterfaith', 'Tree of Pain', 'Downstroy', 'Seek n'Strike' and 'One Nation'. Mention must also go to returning drummer Roy Mayorga, who puts in the performance of his career so far, equalling the other Cavalera brother for speed and precision. Most definitely the album we all knew Max was capable of (and better than anything Sepultura have done since his departure!). Let's hope it's the start of a trend!

Page: 1