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Street Trash [DVD] [1986]
Street Trash [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Mike Lackey
Price: £5.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at the cover!, 17 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Street Trash [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
I have waited a long time to own this awesome film, but I never imagined that when the day came for it to be re-released, it would be given this sort of treatment! As with other recent Arrow releases, you get a nifty white box, a flip-cover (new art and original cover), a poster and an interview booklet.

The film is pretty much in the mid-80s Troma vein, though I rate it higher than any Troma film as the comedy is less spoof and the gore and acting is more accomplished. There are real characters in this film; notably the vietnam-vet king of the junkyard and the hard as nails detective assigned to the melting-tramps case and it is performances like these which really push the film into classic status.

Madness all round; the story concerns a batch of mysterious and highly toxic liquor being discovered in the basement of an off-licence which the owner decides to sell for $1 a bottle. Of course, this appeals to the local down-and-out community, resulting in a spate of gruesome deaths. This is just the foundation for the real plot (I say plot, but you know...) to be built upon, one which involves goodies, baddies and sleazeballs trying to operate alongside each other. Of course, it is all in the worst possible taste and I heartily recommend this specific version to anyone that enjoys this particular sub-genre.

Price: £14.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 9 Aug. 2009
This review is from: II (Audio CD)
What happens here is as simple as this: Something vast is in stasis, when suddenly power surges through its being. It growls and threatens for several minutes and then launches into deeper and unknown space at unfathomable speeds, before coming to rest again somewhere that is likely barren. I think it devours this place. It then growls again, preparing to launch, but something has changed. Never mind, back into nothingness at warp speed, contaminated and panicked.

Or at least that is what it sounds like. Darkspace II is split into three chapters (Raging BM/Noise and ambience/Raging BM) and is thick, oppressive, cold, ambient and mysterious black metal from outer-space! Recorded in 2005 by band members Wroth, Zorgh and Zhaaral, this is truly amazing and sounds quite unlike anything else in existence (Barring the other 2 Darkspace releases to date.)

I don't really know what to compare it to, but will say that it contains lots of simple, eerie and melodic trem-scapes layered over cold power-chord arrangements, with the emphasis on epic. this is Mayhem, Manes and Dissection at their eeriest, multiplied so that there is no room for anything else, then taken to it's logical conclusion and finally pushed through a black hole.

I have one minor complaint- The drum-machine is completely buried and can only be heard with mass-concentration, but I am deducting nothing from the score for this; it is far too good.

Grand Leveller
Grand Leveller

3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 9 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Grand Leveller (Audio CD)
Benediction- The Grand Leveller. Old school Death Metal that reminds me of 'Harmony Corruption' without the blasting! There are some pretty good riffs here and plenty of d-beat and mid-paced sections, but the greatest thing about it all for me is Dave Ingram's vocals. They are pretty guttural, but not so low that they sound like wind and not so aggressive that they are shouty, just beasty and sort of like a less enraged early-nineties Barney Greenway. Cracking!

A particular highlight is the Celtic Frost cover right at the end- "UGH!"- ace.

3.5 stars of doom.

Price: £14.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Madness, 22 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Todessehnsucht (Audio CD)
Okay okay okay okay....many people do not know that this happens to be one of the best death metal albums around. Well they should...and they'd be a lot happier and more grimmed-up if they did.
If you have ever heard atrocity then you will recognise two elements on this album: the vocals and guitars. These are noises that let us know who is playing; everything else seems to wander off in another direction on their different releases.
So, with this in mind, I will describe. The album begins with an orchestral intro that blows away pretty much all other orchestral intros, before being complemented and progressed upon by lovely, heavy guitar work (and drums and bass). This introduction sets the album up, from here on it is very atmospheric, although not usually symphonic, death metal. Agressive and maddened death metal to be exact.
The best thing about Atrocity is their deep rooted madness as a band, and it is this release where the brutality and obscurity blend best. It still manages to sound menacing consistently without becoming comedic.
Absolutely brilliant...full of chugging riffs, thrashy riffs, blasting sections, slow atmospheric sections, rabid vocals, inventive basslines and the best, craziest solos ever or cry!!

An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories: v .2 (Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories)
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories: v .2 (Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories)
by Ivan Brunetti
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection..., 22 Jun. 2009
... of the work of mostly contemporary American comic Artists. Inside this amazing hardcover book you will find several complete strips and several excerpts of longer stories, with the range of stylisation being vast.
I find it very awe inspiring to look through this sort of book, with so many different interpretations of the world and how to describe it placed side by side, so I have to give it 5 stars, as it is also beautifully presented and is built to last.
If you liked this book, you will also like Vol.1, which is more of the same!

Sony Walkman NWZ-S639FB 16GB Drag & Drop MP4 Video Player with FM Tuner - Black
Sony Walkman NWZ-S639FB 16GB Drag & Drop MP4 Video Player with FM Tuner - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Walkman of Doom, 22 Jun. 2009
This is the greatest music-playing device I have ever bought and is well worth your money. Besides the obvious tidy elements such as size, 16gig storage, drag and drop any format and the aesthetics of the thing, it also has the greatest sound you could ever wish for. The earphones help with this I imagine, but even if you and some crappy earphones were the last couple on earth and you had to... you know, make it work.., well, this Walkman has a fully adjustable Graphic eq, not just poncey pre-sets.
So, for me this seals the deal, but it is also very cool to see all of your album artwork displayed on the menu screen- like standing in a shop, as a king.

Price: £13.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghostwoodlands, 21 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Ghostwoodlands (Audio CD)
Anyone curious about this Tasmanian black metal entity might do well to start with this album. Striborg can sound very similar from album to album, with his unique brand of depressive BM, especially with regard to the atmosphere created by the melodies and thin guitar sound, but here the whole thing has been mixed a little more coherently.
The guitars are very fuzzy and distant, yet the tune can be heard clearer than is normal, making the album much more accessible. The drums are very clear and also interesting, reminding me of Fenriz circa the 'Goatlord' album.
Striborg tends to get a lot of negative reviews, with people generally perceiving the music to be messy and amateur. I don't think this is true, especially within the framework of the genre and the negative reception baffles me, for there is a lot of great music throughout the Striborg discography. Anyway, maybe with this album people who had previously avoided this act may be able to find something they like, for it is performed to a high standard.
The album consists of 4 short ambient and three long black metal pieces. The first BM song is a long journey through sombre and slightly psychedelic fern and root and contains some excellent riffs and several very fast sections, though the overall mood is one of wandering around at a leisured pace, miserably. The vocals here are excellent- totally evil and heavily reverbed. The second BM track is a bit more upbeat and has a slightly punky feel to it, maybe in the manner of early Graveland at times and also contains a truly excellent riff! (Striborg usually hides riffs behind so much fuzz and keyboard that their structure can only be guessed at.) The final BM track reminds me of Xasthur- through the application of the keys- yet is still very idiosyncratically Striborg and pretty good, though not as good as the previous songs. The four ambient tracks are basically some eerie keys with psychedelic icing and serve their purpose in breaking up the metal tracks.
So there it is; This is an excellent album and I would recommend it to anyone who likes depressive BM, and also to anyone who likes early Darkthrone material, regarding the riffs, progressions and drumming. I would probably give this 4.5, as it is nearly perfect.

Flesh & Blood: Compendium: Cinema and Video for Adults
Flesh & Blood: Compendium: Cinema and Video for Adults
by Harvey Fenton
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flesh, blood and sex, 21 May 2009
I love this book! It is a compendium of the best bits of the first decade of the 'Flesh & Blood' journal, which deals with adult cinema. What we have here are roughly fifty articles that cover all sorts of topics relating to horror and pornography films; Director articles and interviews, genre articles, individual film articles, censorship articles and several pages of reviews. This is an excellent read if you are interested in the alternative side of adult cinema and is perfect for dipping in to, for the subjects have been thoughtfully selected and arranged to ensure variety.
The book itself looks beautiful and is packed with great photography, all printed on high-quality, glossy paper. It is quite heavy also, which is a bonus because it makes you feel important when you hold it.
Here is a list of some of the articles included:

The Vulgar World of Tinto Brass
The British Trash Files
Peter Jackson: The Early Years
Jim Van Bebber and the Cult of Manson
A Different Point of View: The Jesse Franco interview
Reality & the Death Film
Norman J Warren

All great stuff, plus a lot of writing relating to the European and British adult underground. Wowee!

Make a Change Kill You
Make a Change Kill You

5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, nothing advanced upon, just perfection., 19 May 2009
This review is from: Make a Change Kill You (Audio CD)
Extremely repetitive, slow to mid-paced black metal with trebly, tremolo-picked guitar melodies (in the vein of early Ulver) placed over simple drum beats make up the four 10 minute+ songs on this album. This formula is not original in the slightest, yet here I have found my favourite application of it. There is something about this album and its successor that really strikes a chord with me and I think it is as simple as the fact that I love the riffs and how little is done with them. Enough time (many will find it boring in the extreme) is given to each segment for it to really worm its way into your mind- there is literally no progression here until a new riff comes along, which happens about six times a song, on average.
My only gripe with this album is that the vocals are very standard; I would have preferred a slightly more disturbed scream, or for Nattetale to become more enraged now and then, but it really doesn't matter very much.
If anyone has heard Ynleborgaz' (instrumentalist and songwriter of this project) other band 'Angantyr', then this could be described as a slowed-down version of that, especially with regard to his sense of melody.

A Blaze In The Northern Sky
A Blaze In The Northern Sky
Price: £9.67

5.0 out of 5 stars The next thousand years...ARE OWERRZZZ!!!, 19 May 2009
This album changed my life. I purchased the 'Total Death' album when it came out in 1996 and was not impressed. I was used to death metal and a few BM bands like Emperor and early COF. What is this? weak, boring. Never mind, skip forward 3 years and I hear 'The Pagan Winter' on a peaceville sampler and I cannot believe what I am hearing; this song is so primal, unrelenting and evil! I went out immediately and got hold of the album, only to find that it not only effortlessly clawed the same feelings out of me for its entire duration, but that it surpassed my wildest dreams of what it would be.
From the poisoned chants that introduce 'Kathaarian life code' to those that carry the album to silence, there is nothing here that does not evoke a truly primal evil. The song writing is Darkthrone's best, made totally black by Fenriz hitting his drumkit like the object of his hatred that he does not quite understand, often pausing to comprehend and then sporadically batter as if to check for life before launching into another long segment of total oppression.
I have little idea how to describe how this music sounds to someone who is unfamiliar to black metal, other than stating that it is fairly progressive yet monotonous, punky, abrasive, completely submerged in an evil atmosphere, frenzied and slightly possessed; possession being what all great black metal should sound like. To those familiar with the genre, this is a milestone.
So, after digesting this album, I got hold of all the Darkthrone releases I could find, then gave 'Total Death' another chance. This time, I could see where they were coming from and had to take back many things I'd said about the album (I'd already taken back everything I'd said about the band)! Then I chose black metal.

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