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Betron HDMI Switch, Switcher 3 Port, Gold Connectors, 3D support, HDMI v1.4 for HDTV, PS3, Xbox One, 360, Bluray Player, DVD Player etc (HDMI Switch with Cable)
Betron HDMI Switch, Switcher 3 Port, Gold Connectors, 3D support, HDMI v1.4 for HDTV, PS3, Xbox One, 360, Bluray Player, DVD Player etc (HDMI Switch with Cable)
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)
Price: £29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Value For Money, But Has Flaws, 21 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very prompt delivery (overnight) but unfortunately does not seem to work with my Amazon Fire TV stick, although my Blu-Ray player etc seem to work. Not too bad for the money, but would be a five star review if the Fire TV stick worked

Black Man (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Black Man (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Richard K. Morgan
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morgan back...and as good as ever, 13 Jun. 2007
I am wondering if some of the previous reviewers who gave this one star have even read "Black Man". To call it "right wing" is quite the opposite of the intention of the book!

Anyway, "Black Man" is definitely up there with the Kovacs novels as a great example of a well-written, pacey hardboiled sci-fi thriller, a genre Morgan has made his own. Great characters, ultra-violence and snappy dialogue make this a winner.

I think Morgan may have reached a limit with this type of novel, which makes his forthcoming foray into noir fantasy something to really look forward to.

Capture And Release
Capture And Release
Offered by Disco100
Price: £19.16

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be very afraid...., 7 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Capture And Release (Audio CD)
This goes down as the heaviest, most anguished and terrifying piece of music released this year.
Combining the more conventional doom riffing of their debut with the bass-heavy drone and ambient spaces of "Things Viral", Khanate have made music to soundtrack nightmares.
Dubin gargles glass, screams his torment and loneliness through lyrics seeming to describe an abduction and murder. However, unlike most lyrics of this type you actually feel like you're living it. This is mainly due to the intensity of the musical performance - Plotkin's bass throbs cave in your ribs, O'Malley's guitar slashes out razor sharp riffs, and Wyskida presides over the whole thing by thrashing his drumkit hard enough to produce natural disasters.
The sound of the universe falling into a black hole is the best metaphor I can use to describe it. Devastating.

The Woods
The Woods
Price: £9.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, 14 Jun. 2005
This review is from: The Woods (Audio CD)
I bought this, my first Sleater-Kinney album, after reading the glowing reviews online and in various magazines. I was expecting something akin to Le Tigre....WRONG!
Imagine Sabbath and Zeppelin with more pop suss and you will nearly have it right. Opener "The Fox" goes down as one of the best album openers of the year - thuggish Bonham-esque drumrolls and a monster bass/guitar fuzz riff. It's followed by the poppier "Wilderness", which echoes various great 60's bands such as Jefferson Airplane. "Jumpers" is another cracker - full-on rock melded with some great harmonies.
My only apprehension about Sleater-Kinney from the reviews was Corin Tucker's vocals - they are a bit like Marmite, but I have to say I love them. Very like Grace Slick on "White Rabbits", but often very restrained and full of emotion. Janet Weiss (drums) and Carrie Brownstein (guitar) are fantastic throughout, culminating on the epic "Let's Call It Love" which starts out with a Zep-esque stomp and mutates after five minutes into a guitar freakout worthy of Mainliner or Acid Mothers Temple before a segue into final track "Night Light".
I have not listened to anything but this since it arrived, and I'm sure it will be firmly esconced in my Top Ten of 2005 list come December. Buy it!

Our Last Day
Our Last Day
Price: £14.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute..., 17 May 2005
This review is from: Our Last Day (Audio CD)
The last ever DA album, while not as special as "The Inalienable Dreamless", is still worth shelling your hard-earned pennies out for. There are some good covers of DA material by the likes of Mortalized, Gate and Noise-ear, but the real goodies are as follows:
- The two new DA tracks. These have been available to download, but are cracking grind tunes.
- The new track by vocalist Chang's band Gridlink, which promises much for the forthcoming full length album.
- The "remix" of the entire "Inalienable Dreamless" CD by Merzbow. I hesitate to call it a remix - its not DA's music with a rubbish trance beat underneath, more DA shoved through a threshing machine. Imagine standing in the middle of a factory with all the machines going full pelt is as close as I can come. Very noisy!
- A cracking cover of Mimetic by Melt-Banana, done in their inimitable fashion. It wouldn't sound out of place on the latest Fantomas record.
- Finally, the brilliant remixes by Cide Projekt. They seem to be a bunch of guys who write video game music - very apt. The covers of DA music are slabs of Hammer Horror keyboard meets a drum machine in meltdown. Very effective, and I wonder why no-one has done it before. It also makes you respect Witte's drumming even more.
The only downside to this CD is the fact that it reminds you how much of a hole in the extreme metal world DA leave!

You Fail Me
You Fail Me
Price: £6.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense!!!, 9 Oct. 2004
This review is from: You Fail Me (Audio CD)
"How do you follow Jane Doe?"
This question was on my lips after the release of one of the greatest pieces of extreme music EVER. Simple - Converge get experimental.
There are still moments of blastbeat noisecore mayhem ("Black Cloud", "Drop Out"), but also dense melodies ("Hanging Moon"), gothic acoustic passages ("In Her Shadow"), "My War" era Black Flag sludgecore ("You Fail Me") and almost free jazz like instrumentation ("Last Light").
You even get discernible singing on some tracks, which highlights Jacob Bannon's despairing yet beautifully poetic lyrics.
It would have been easy to release Jane Doe Mark 2 - fans would have been happy with that. Thankfully, Converge haven't followed the easy route. The album is disorienting at first, but after a couple of listens the CD is almost impossible to remove from your player.
Along with the latest efforts by Dillinger and Mastodon, metal album of the year.

The Inalienable Dreamless
The Inalienable Dreamless

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Grindcore Album Ever!, 30 Sept. 2004
Reasons to buy this CD...
1. The wonderful DVD packaging. Plus the artwork - a beautiful photo of a horizon, which in no way prepares you for the music inside.
2. The fact that the lyrics are printed in the inlay card. Hours of fun to be had listening to the music and trying to spot the words in Chang's screaming and grunting.
3. The breathless editing. Very like Slayer's "Reign In Blood" in that when the music starts, its like an avalanche, with no pause for breath.
4. Track six "Angel Present". The section towards the end is a band hitting light speed, with a perfect guitar riff and Witte's inhuman drumming. Listening to it extremely loud is an almost transcendent experience - it feels as though time is literally standing still.
5. Dave Witte's drumming. Does this guy have four arms?
6. Track 16 "A Leaden Stride To Nowhere". The musical equivalent to a boot stamping on a human face for all eternity (to paraphrase 1984). Also, a welcome break from the supersonic speed of the rest of the music.
7. The rest of the tracks. I hesitate to call them songs as such, but that's the point.
In fact - you only need one reason. This is the best grindcore album by the best grindcore group. Ever. Buy it now.

The Invisibles: The Invisible Kingdom
The Invisibles: The Invisible Kingdom
by Grant Morrison
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are All Invisible!, 15 Jan. 2003
The long awaited conclusion to the Invisibles series is now out in graphic novel format, and is as brain-stunning as anticipated. I decided to re-read all of the comics prior to digesting "The Invisible Kingdom", and I am still trying to piece my head back together.
How do I love thee, let me count the ways. Dangerous, anarchic, disorienting, trippy, ultra-violent, touching, sexy, intelligent and wholly wonderful - "The Invisible Kingdom" is my ideal for how all books should be.

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