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Blood (Digi pack with Bonus Disc Edition)
Blood (Digi pack with Bonus Disc Edition)
Price: £31.10

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive, 18 July 2009
I haven't kept up with Kevin Moore since he left Dream Theater but as he played on all their best albums, with the exception of Scenes from a Memory, and this had the added bonus of Gavin Harrison on drums, I thought I'd give it a go. And I wasn't disappointed.
It is not as immediate as some albums and will need a few plays, but this is more than worth the wait.
The playing throughout is exceptional, as you would expect with the musicians on show with Jim Matheos of Fates Warning completing the lineup. We also have Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth guesting on the track Stockholm.
There is a great mix of rock, eletronica and samples on this disc and the overall sound ends up being a little unique, to me anyway.
Hints of Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree, obviously, but also of Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. This all leads to a diverse and rewarding album.
I like the way tracks effortlessly move between rock and electronic passages and it gives the album as a whole a great flow.
The bonus cd is not just throwaway stuff either with 2 other new tracks and an extended version of Terminal from the main album.
It's certainly got me wanting to explore new OSI and Kevin Moore recordings.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine album, 11 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Insurgentes (Audio CD)
Steven Wilson's body of work is astonishing. Not only contributing to his own projects: Bass Communion; No-Man; Blackfield, the superb Porcupine Tree and producing albums for many more artists. He also finds the time for a solo album.
That this album will probably only sell in limited numbers is something that his many fans, myself inculded, will find staggering. But is further proof that the music industry at the moment is only really interested in the 'next big thing.'
I had probably hoped that this album would sound like Porcupine Tree, which it does in parts, but there are so many ideas in here that it really defies catagorization.
'Harmony Korine' starts things of slowly, gradually building to a massive wall of sound as the track progresses.
Other favourites of mine are the brooding 'Salvaging,' Veneno Para Las Hadras (now that does sound like Porcupine Tree) and the excellent 'Get All You Deserve' that escalates to a wall of noise at the end, something that Mr. Wilson does so well.
As mentioned above in another review the original release came in a lavishly packaged binder (now discontinued) containing high quality pictures and extra tracks. That a couple of these tracks, ie 'Collecting Space' and the wonderful 'The 78' didn't make this release is a shame but there is still plenty here to admire.
If you don't know Steven Wilson's work give this a try. If you like quality, thought provoking music you won't be disappointed. But be warned, the above mentioned band's back catalogues are vast and you could find your bank balance much the smaller for it.

Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem - 2 Disc Ultimate Combat Edition [DVD]
Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem - 2 Disc Ultimate Combat Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steven Pasquale
Price: £5.21

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, 2 Jan. 2009
What do you make of a film you can barely see? As so many people have mentioned you can't see what's going on most of the time.
When you can see what's going on the acting is not particularly good, but neither is the script. There is little in the way character expansion for the viewer and you are just waiting for the cast to get killed in ever more gory ways.
The scenes in the maternity ward are in extremely poor taste and should leave the director, actors and actress' who filmed it taking a long look at themselves. Or maybe this is just modern, shock factor filming and everyone (else) is becoming used to it.
The original Alien film had more suspense before the spacecraft landed on the planet than this has in 90 minutes, and that's nearly 30 years old.
This is probably the death knell for this franchise I would imagine.
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Snakes And Arrows Live [DVD] [2008]
Snakes And Arrows Live [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Rush
Offered by Hardliner-music
Price: £8.09

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best live dvd yet!, 28 Nov. 2008
We've had quite a few live dvd sets from Rush recently but this is my far and away the best release of their career for me.
This is class from start to finish. The band are on top form, the timing is impecable, and they really do look like they are having a great time.
The camerawork and picture quality is superb throughout. The set starts with Limelight, the band bathed in white light, and that has to be the best picture I have ever seen on a live dvd. Probably any dvd.
There is a lot of older material here Circumstances, Digital Man, Entre Nous and A Passage To Bangkok that the band haven't played live in a while. A sprinkling of tracks from the new cd along with concert favourites like Tom Sawyer, The Sprit of Radio and Subdivisions.
That a lot of this music is 25 or more years old and still sounds great is testament to how good this band's back catalogue is.
Some of the band's quirky humour doesn't always work on me, but it does show the band have a sense of humour and can laugh at themselves a little.
Though when the concert is finished proper and the band has left the stage for good the sight of Geddy in his best Scottish attire announcing on the big screen "Thank God, that ****'s over" is priceless
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Moonlight - Season 1 - Complete [DVD] [2008]
Moonlight - Season 1 - Complete [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Alex O'Loughlin
Price: £5.45

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but it's no Angel, 16 Nov. 2008
Angel, Moonlight and Blood Ties all loosely based on the same premiss. A formerly evil vampire lives in mordern day LA (or Toronto) and is intent on atoning for his former sins.
The first two series of Angel were brilliant, before the convoluted storylines with Wolfram & Hart and Darla's melodrama. And the less said about the storylines involving Angel's son the better.
Then we get two more series basically telling the same story. Blood Ties is an ok tv watch that suffered from thin, predictable storylines and some patchy acting and characters.
Moonlight was a better proposition because it obviously made use of a bigger budget and better writing.
The characters are better and more believable to, apart from the annoying Corralee. The 2 lead actors are very good and a lot of their interaction is as good as the Buffy/Angel scenes from a few years ago.
The problem this series suffers from is that it doesn't offer anything that Angel didn't do better.
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Rush - Music In Review [2006] [DVD] [1974]
Rush - Music In Review [2006] [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Rush
Offered by dodax-online-uk
Price: £13.85

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans only, 30 Aug. 2008
This is a double dvd of some Canadian music journalists reviewing the first 8 or so albums by Rush.
The reviews are objective with points being made for and against each album and not just an exercise in hero worship. It is something you will probably play once or twice and never spin again, though.
If you love Rush, as I do, this is worth having to see how like minded people review their work. If you don't like the band it will probably leave you cold.

Symphony For A Misanthrope
Symphony For A Misanthrope
Price: £15.03

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A backward step, 30 Aug. 2008
I loved the first 2 Magellan albums, Hour of Restoation and Impending Ascension, but I'm afraid their later work leaves me cold.
I think Trent Gardener has to many side projects to fully commit to a Magellan album nowadays and unfortunately it shows in their last couple of albums. There is little in the way of diversity, everything seems to move along at one pace. When it finally gets going during passages of 'Why Water Weeds' and 'Doctor, Concoctor' it's all to fleeting.
I listen back to the aformentioned albums and although they were derivative of British 70's prog rock they had an identity and charm of their own. The lengthy songs on these albums went somewhere. Unfortunately on this, and previous albums, songs seem to be over long for the sake of it.
I have all 6 of their albums now but I'm convinced this is the last one I will be buying without hearing it first, which is a shame as for a while they were one of my favouite listens.
If you want to hear to Magellan at their best buy Impending Ascension and give the track 'Storms and Mutiny' a spin, wonderful.
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End of the World/No
End of the World/No

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great first album, but......., 15 May 2008
This review is from: End of the World/No (Audio CD)
I bought End Of The World when it came out on vinyl and loved it. They were hailed as the British Rush at the time and you can hear why. Epic songs, good musicianship and the stop/start time changes were all Rush signatures of the time. The only thing that let this album down was the production, which didn't even come close to doing justice to the music. This was obviously down to financial constraints but you wonder how good this could have been if this hadn't been the case.
Sweet Dream Maker, Despiser (pure Rush) and Handful Of Reasons, in particular, all showed superb promise though.
The second album here, No Way Out, saw the band increase from a trio to a four piece and take on a more straight ahead rock sound. I wasn't keen on it then and even less so now. The production was better but the music was a backward step in my view.
I would definately recommend you try and listen to End Of The World though, because at the time I was convinced that this band would be massive.
Four stars for the promise of End Of The World and 2 stars for Now Way Out.
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No World For Tomorrow (Deluxe Edition) (Clean) (CD/DVD)
No World For Tomorrow (Deluxe Edition) (Clean) (CD/DVD)
Price: £17.16

4.0 out of 5 stars Their most accessable release yet, 10 Nov. 2007
A very good album this and their most accessable by far.
This does seem a little more song based and less like the one long concept piece of other albums. This is no doubt due to the termoil in the band at the time of writing but I think it sounds the better for it.
Some of the track choruses are catchy beyond belief tracks like 'The Running Free', 'No World For Tomorrow' and the excellent 'Feathers' (in particular) will have many hooked on first listen.
But this isn't just an album of choruses and much of the album has great substance. The lyrics in particular are very good, if more than a little confusing at times. I must admit I own all four of the albums but have barely a clue as to what's going on in the grand concept of the storyline but it doesn't distract from my enjoyment of any of them. This could be due to the fact that I have read none of the comics that companion many of these releases or my advancing years. Or both!
The only let down for me was the final part of the last track 'On The Brink' which seems somewhat of an anti climax. But a slight grumble on an otherwise great album.

Fear Of A Blank Planet
Fear Of A Blank Planet
Price: £8.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year!, 9 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Fear Of A Blank Planet (Audio CD)
Album of the year! Not just my opinion but the opinion of the readers of Classic Rock Magazine, though I did vote for it. The fact that this won out of a shortlist of six and one of the bands on that list was Rush (Snakes & Arrows) says it all.
Without doubt the best band on the planet at the moment, this is a great follow up to the 2005 Deadwing album.
I could go through track by track assesment of this album but I could add nothing to the numerous glowing reviews that have done just that.
The standout tracks 'Anesthetize' and the 'Fear of a Blank Planet' but all are worthy of mention. The album flows seamlessly though quite, sombre tones to heavy, and I mean heavy, riffs with a quality I haven't heard since late 70's Rush. Praise indeed.
I would have given this album 5 stars if I hadn't heard the brilliant Deadwing first. But I would certainly have given it four and a half stars given the voting option.
If you only buy one album this year, make it this one.

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