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Birth of the Cool
Birth of the Cool
Price: £6.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 10 Aug 2014
This review is from: Birth of the Cool (Audio CD)
If albums are supposed to transfer you to entirely different places then this one is guilty of doing its job and doing it really well. All the sights, smells, recreated and presented to you in sound, the sound of a vibrant 50’s Jazz scene. Not that I was there of course, but through the music you imagine a golden age (even if historically you know that ‘golden ages’ are merely illusions of history).

The album itself is laid back and bursting with possibilities, with everything swinging at just the right tempo to be strongly hypnotic, entrancing you further with every song. It is miles away from his later, more well known stuff but it is no less worthy and should be held just as highly as an important part of the history of music.

I found it good to listen to Miles Davis albums while also reading ‘Miles: The Autobiography’.


Savage Gold
Savage Gold
Price: £11.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Savage Gold; says it all, 10 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Savage Gold (Audio CD)
This album is something special as it seems are a lot of post black metal albums that instead of being influenced by the sounds of a cold dead tomb are instead influenced by the cold dead expanse of the whole of space. Its Hawkwind with corpse paint.

This album is heavy and experimental and as such it would fit nicely with any Cult of Luna or Isis Cds that you have in your collection. As such the album must be experienced rather than merely listened to, downloading a couple of tracks won’t do justice to the album, it is an inseparable whole.

Savage Gold requires emotional input from the listener and without this investment the album can fall flat, this means that it is quite possible to put this album on and be bored and disappointed whereas if you put it on at the right time in the right mood you will find yourself on a truly awe inspiring transcendent voyage through time and space.

Particular mention must go to the drums on this album, which are emotive and absolutely crushing.


Gesundrian
Gesundrian
Price: £21.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Like the plague... Infectious, 7 Aug 2014
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I considered buying this album based on the admittedly quite brilliant artwork and a very brief listen, I then decided against it and only ended up purchasing because it had dropped in price. I have to say that I was lucky because I almost missed out on what happens to be an amazing album that any fan of extreme sounds should have in their collection.

The opening track ‘Cleaved Asunder’ opens up in heavy, plodding (as in giant stomping across the land. Not boring) fashion before giving way to the frantic, pulsing ‘Wretched Sons’ It is a one two punch that leaves you well set up for the rest of the album like the eerie but violent beginnings of a storm about to devastate an entire population.

‘Steel Jaws’ is probably the best track to take a listen to before deciding if this album is for you, its slightly more accessible tone will be just enough to drag you into the beautiful hell of the complete album. It is not an immediately easy listen, but give it time and it starts to make sense.


Promulgation of the Fall
Promulgation of the Fall
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Price: £20.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Hellfire, 7 Aug 2014
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Battle hardened listener of metal? Step this way and drown in the filth, this is extremely dirty death metal with any niceties of the genre stripped off and spat on.

The rhythm section rot through your speakers with just enough bounce to ensure a swift head banging stroke while the leads scream and hack at your very soul. The first few listens will probably be tests of endurance more than anything else. Still if you do survive you will realise that this album is a force of nature that you will want to take on again and again, getting satisfaction from each newly discovered nugget of subtlety amongst the chaotic swirl.

Those who like their Death metal ugly will find much to love here; perhaps even an album of the year, the rest would be better off running far, far away.


Once More Round The Sun
Once More Round The Sun
Price: £7.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rocking, 7 Aug 2014
This review is from: Once More Round The Sun (Audio CD)
We all know Mastodon and we all have a particular album that we have latched on to and then claim that they never sounded so good. In truth all of their albums are unmistakably Mastodon albums just with one particular facet of the beast tweaked slightly. Be it Proggy, heavy or just good time rock. Their sound doesn’t really change, just how they present it ‘Once More...’ is no different.

For good or bad this is a beast under control; sleek, mean and rocking, it does mean that it’s a bit less dynamic than previous albums, texture wise even ‘The Hunter’ felt more adventurous. It does have a straightforward sense of fun and will likely grow their fan base even further, even if they lose their more uptight long timers.

These straightforward Mastodonized rock songs are well worth investing in, just approach with a more open mind. If you only tolerated ‘The Hunter’ you might want to give this a miss. Oh and the Marylin Manson ‘Mobscene’ aping ‘Aunt Lisa’ is pure gold.


Vampire
Vampire
Price: £12.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy thrash for vampires, 7 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Vampire (Audio CD)
There is a sticker on the front of the case that states ‘pure horror death metal’, which is a wierd tag considering the music inside is more heavy thrash reminiscent of Shrapnel. Perhaps the sticker was referring to the vocals rather than music. The songs crack along at a fair old pace, superbly excitable while retaining a steamroller heaviness that keeps you headbanging all the way through, it is an album which seems to inject its energy right into you making it incredibly fun to listen to.

In a way Vampire are like Venom; the dark aesthetic is a way of having fun and not becoming boringly serious, an album to drink beer to (or your favourite soft drink) rather than a glass of red wine in the dark.

This album is for the most part a well crafted exercise in the ways of fast thrash, the album itself doesn’t hang around, it does its thing and then is all over in under 40 mins and before you know it you have pressed the play button yet again, don’t expect too much variety but do expect a lot of fun.


Symmetry In Black
Symmetry In Black
Price: £12.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highlight of the year, 20 July 2014
This review is from: Symmetry In Black (Audio CD)
Crowbar are all about the groove and are metal in a way that can only be created by sipping long and hard at the musical font that is the blues. It is hard and heavy but that doesn’t mean you can’t move to it.

Comparisons with Down are obvious and if you are a fan of Black Label Society and wished they were a bit grittier then this album will be a nice addition to your collection. Pantera fans should also take note and if you are coming from the more modern end of the musical spectrum Lamb of God fans should find much to love.

The album has some variety on its theme; the solid ‘Reflection of Deciet’ sees the band slow down and enters what seems like post metal almost like Cult of Luna, ‘Amahanthine’ is pretty much modern day Alcest just more simplified.

For some reason albums of this type sound better listened to on sunny days so make sure you do that but obviously if you are reading this in the winter buy it anyway because it is brilliant.


Blissfucker
Blissfucker
Price: £12.24

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5.0 out of 5 stars Noisy and Brainy, 20 July 2014
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Sludgy, swampy, violent, evil dark AND insanely melodic and catchy; thats Blissfu**er for you, absolutely awesome fulfilling all of your needs in one rotting package.

The album is full of pulsing, insistent rhythms , driving you on all the way to the end of the album through insanely choppy waters that you are perfectly happy to navigate thanks to some impressive use of melody that rise like twisted beacons out of the water to show you the way before plunging back into the depths from which they came. The low set in the mix and distortion of the vocals gives a lost in the darkness feel as of some demon lost at sea.

It’s a load and brash album but one that’s mature enough to know when to push and when to back off, so that you can derive maximum taste from each musical movement. It is an album which doesn’t get boring and is never too much to take.

An album for fans of grind and general musical heaviness with an added dose of brains.


War Eternal
War Eternal
Price: £9.72

4.0 out of 5 stars solid album, 16 July 2014
This review is from: War Eternal (Audio CD)
This album starts in obvious classical music/ opera style that has become so entrenched in albums of this sort that it would be weird not to hear an intro like this. Still first song proper ‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’ finds Arch Enemy on top form once again, with an incredible amount of energy. Soaring guitar parts overlaying frantic chugs are a good indication of what the album is like, i.e. full of musical nuggets.

If you’re not sure if you will like the album then there is a simple way to make your decision; if you like the first song then you will love the rest of the album, if not then you won’t, it really is as simple as that.
The vocals despite all the fuss aren’t really a million miles from what they were before, lets hope that perhaps with the next album

Alissa’s own personality will come out a bit more in the vocals. Arch Enemy have always been good at creating happy metal and this album is no different, if you want bile and hate look elsewhere, for an injection of positivity and music to strut to insert this cd into your cd player and prepare to pump fists.

It might be odd to say but fans of power metal would love this.


From All Purity
From All Purity
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Price: £11.33

5.0 out of 5 stars The cover says it all, heed its warning, 16 July 2014
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This review is from: From All Purity (Audio CD)
Most bands babble about being heavy and extreme and all that rubbish but in truth most fail miserably to live up to all the talk. Indian are not one of those bands, Indian are heavy, Indian do not stop pummelling you, they do pre-warn you using the spectacular cover artwork which looks exactly how you will feel after listening to this masterwork of an album.

They key to this album is the repetitive rhythms which are not afraid of overstaying their welcome one bit, at least not until their job of getting you to cry like a baby is complete. The vocals pierce your very soul, working in tandem or as a counterpoint to the ever-present rhythmic thud. Everything drips with a sludgy, distorted, apocalyptic sense of the foreboding, giving a constant atmosphere of dread. This album is heavy, yes, but it is also up there with the best of them for sheer feel as well.

For fans of Iron Monkey and anybody who likes their music to punish them to within an inch of their life.


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