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Howl
Howl
Offered by MasterDVD
Price: 11.79

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Howling, 4 Sep 2005
This review is from: Howl (Audio CD)
WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? This is the sound of the devolution of a band and let me say its an absolute treat to behold. Almost everything you thought this band were has been re shaped and stripped back. From the hand clap fuelled opener to the melencholy feel of the closing hidden track your left feeling that rock n roll has been thrown a life line. Other standout tracks include 'sympathetic noose' 'Howl' 'Devils waitin'. When Muddy Waters said ' the blues had a child and called it rock n roll' he wasn't kidding and whatsmore the BRMC believed him. This stands head and shoulders above anything else around at the moment. This isnt so much the sound of a band saying this is how it once was, this is the sound of a band saying this is how it will always be. This album is a bold move and I hope it inspires others to greater heights.


Ill at Ease
Ill at Ease

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CONTENDER, 2 Oct 2004
This review is from: Ill at Ease (Audio CD)
After listening to this album for the first time my life was changed. Music wasn't the same and alot of bands I was listening to before this I never listened to again. Nothing seemed capable of matching the musical landscape created here. Soaring guitar and menacing bass lines driven by rapid fire drumming which makes you glad to be alive('interloper').John Scotts lyrics hit me square between the eyes and the way he delivered these lyrics left me convinced that this was my band.
Theres no point in singling out individual tracks because they are all sensational. But having said that the albums closer 'LMA' is one of the most moving, sad and (musically)uplifting songs I have ever heard.Henry Rollins produced it but it blows away anything Hank has ever recorded, it knocks Helmet into a cocked hat and just about anyone else you care to mention. TMOC are one of the most passionate and musically adventurous bands around and this album is testiment to that, the fact that they out did themselves in 2001 is another story but this album is everything now as it was then. Honest, chock full of heart wrenching and stomach churning emotion and simply one of the most dynamic albums you will ever hear. Hailing from Australia I can't help but wonder how big TMOC would have been if they had been a U.S Band.


Life Time
Life Time

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang for your buck!, 2 Oct 2004
This review is from: Life Time (Audio CD)
This is an album head and shoulders above anything being released in rock today.After his time in Black flag Henry Rollins needed to make a clean break with his former band, a lot easier said than done but heres what he did, he rounded up 3 of the hardest working musicians around and created a sound that rose above the brutality of his former band.It's amazing that they sound so tight and willing to take risks on their first recording.
Rollins screams his lungs out until you can actually hear his throat blistering and the guitar of Chris Hasket is bathed in genre bending style and dirty flare. There is so much to like on this album. 'Lonely' still one of my all time fave's, how can you not like a song with the line 'theres nothing like finding someone when your lonely to make you want to be all alone'
'Gun in mouth blues' builds the suspence musically and then explodes in lung shrieking brutallity. 'Burned beyond recognition' 'What am I doing here?' still amaze with there beligerent delivery. The whole album was produced in a manner of days and was produced by Ian Mac. from Fugazi and on a budget of, well, nothing he has left us with a sound that remains vital and abrassive. This makes most of whats out there today look pretty limp. Believe me it's a sensation.
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Come In And Burn [German Import]
Come In And Burn [German Import]
Offered by HANG LOOSE Records
Price: 12.68

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of something, 2 Oct 2004
This is the last of the 'old' Rollins band albums although the decision to change the line up was made much later. 'Come in and burn' boasts standout tracks at every turn 'Starve' is as good as anything they ever did, 'On my way to the cage', 'Shame' and 'the end of something' hit you like a wall of sound. The production by Steve Thompson adds polish and even greater depth to the most 'evil' machine in rock. 'Rejection' puts a smile on the face of carrying a bleeding heart.
One of the reasons ol' angry arse dumped this incanation of his band was that they were too 'un rock' and not one of them owned a Black Sabbath record according to Hank but that is exactly the magic of this band and this album. In short Rollins band up to this point was the most unrock rock band on the planet. The drumming of 'Sugar' Simm Cain refused to toe the generic hard rock line and Melvin Gibbs bass is a monstrous wall of fuzzed up distortion. Chris Hasket again delivers the goods and his guitar shreds and shrieks underneath the bellowing and more 'grown up' delivery of Henry Rollins who was introduced to the concept of 'singing in key' by producer Steve Thompson, he's a long way from the days of 'Hard volume' and 'Silence' but he has no problems in conveying his angst, anxiety and angst.
I wouldn't rate this as the definitive Rollins band album, that honour goes to 'Silence'. Don't get me wrong its an amazing album, it has a pulse and heartbeat that infuses the listener and it rocks out in ways that most bands could never do.
The 'new' incarnation of the rollins band definitely rock but on this album you can hear what its like listening to a machine firing on all cylinders. This is awesome.
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Miss Machine [CD + DVD]
Miss Machine [CD + DVD]

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brick work, 1 Oct 2004
This review is from: Miss Machine [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
Imagine your best friend beligerently pummeling you over the back of the head with a brick for about 40 minutes and then you have a pretty good idea where this album is comming from. 'panasonic youth' starts things off as violently and chaotically as possible but there is soooooooooo much more on offer here. 'Phone home' so sinister and menacing will have you looking for th farthest corner of the room while 'unretrofied' provides malice, melody and Im gonna get you sucka style vocals to boot.Mike Patton influences can be found on 'setting fire to sleeping giants'and in other places and I say the more the better and this doesn't come off sounding derivative at all but instead gives this postmodern metal(I don't know what that means either but it sounds good don't it?) mixture even more potency.'Van damsel'is life changingly good while 'We are the storm' scares me. 'Sunshine the werewolf' should be banned, made illegal, and given a lethal injection for making most metal bands sound bland and boring. On a scale of 1 - 10 I give this 100. I can't articulate how good this album is, one day someone will invent some new adjectives and it will be a victory for all mankind but unil then buy it,love it and beware of your best friend if he or she is carrying a brick.
THIS IS THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR !!!!!!


Winter
Winter
by Jeremy Orlando
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is everything, everything is nothing, 30 Sep 2004
This review is from: Winter (Paperback)
This is a short, tight and intimate story about two people brought together by chance and then seperated by something equally as fleeting.I think the questions of identity and loss are delicately handled in this very stylistic turn of storytelling.
The fact that these people have no names or even refer to a world outside these two people makes it a very commanding read, there is little to distract the reader from this relationship. The use of flashbacks one of the books strengths to explain the muddled future. Winter is a claustrophobic story and sometimes it's difficult to shake off a prevailing aura of despair. The humour is minimal and at times needed.
As the previous review said this is at times a bleak and harrowing book and the revelation of 'the angel' affected me quite strongly, it's possibly the strongest lasting image I was left with.
While this is a very rewarding read at times I found it too much to share the pain of these two 'lost souls', again I refer to The Angel.I would read WINTER again and I think it's a book that will provoke some strong opinions and emotions in others.


City
City
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 22.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail the Dev!, 20 Sep 2004
This review is from: City (Audio CD)
Devin Townsend is on a different level to everyone else out there trying to burst your ear drums.This was the album that introduced me to 'the dev' and I have been hooked ever since.
If God ever needed a soundtrack to the end of the world, this would be it.This is sonic beligerence at its most unforgiving.
I can't begin to describe the impact of songs like 'detox' and 'spiritaullity'.It's like being invited into a human psyche being held together by the most tenuous thread imaginable. Everything on this album works, Devins vocals soar and plunge, drift and dive while the drumming of 'hooligan' Gene is an absolute sensation. Metal, death metal, nu metal what ever the hell it is you listen to chances are if you haven't heard this you haven't heard anything yet.
Its not often you hear this much passion crammed into such a short space of time(40 minutes.) I'm beat, one day someone will invent an adjective to describe how good this album is or how important Devin Townsend is to music. Seriously, I'm not kidding.Few albums have affected me this profoundly.This is a sensational metal album and an extrodianary album, musically, emotionally and breathtakingly so.
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Somewhere Between Heaven..
Somewhere Between Heaven..
Price: 31.73

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No in betweens, 20 Sep 2004
On Social Distortions 'Somewhere between heaven and hell' the first thing that hits you is that 'Voice' Mike Ness has one of those voices that sounds like its been battle hardened by a lifetime of cigarettes and cheap whiskey.It's the kind of voice that makes you believe every word out of the singers mouth is true.
The punk influence is a liitle diminished on this effort but don't despair after all whats a label?
There are nods to Johnny CASH on '99 TO LIFE' and tracks like 'Bad luck' 'Making believe' and 'Born to lose'are great slabs of American rock n roll. Headbangers are catered for with 'sometimes I do' and the big ballad 'this time darlin' is a big country/blues infused classic, again the mans voice really packs a punch.
In every song on this album there is at least one moment that makes you glad to be alive wether it be a drum fill, chord change or guitar lick. What Ness brings to this album is the sheer joy of rockin out!It's not rocket science, its not reinventing the wheel but BY GOD this is rock n roll!
This album was released in 1992 and pretty much came and went, although Springsteen(an idol of Mike ness, who appaers on Ness' solo album cheating at solitaire)often name dropped it. Proof there is no justice in the world. This is a gem. I love it and damn it, if I was running things alot more people would be lovin it too!
Highlights
Making believe
99 to life
This time darlin
Sometimes I do
Bad luck
Born to lose
When she begins
king of fools


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