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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Hell!, 10 Oct 2001
This review is from: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Audio CD)
A little night music? About as much as anyone can take, I would have thought. EKN marked the end of Venom's first incarnation as a triumvirate, and the end of an era. Two live sets, recorded in London and New York, comprising the Black Metal Pioneers' finest moments. The choice of tracks is excellent, the sound is awesome, and the musicianship is... well, it's Venom. Air raid sirens, explosions, and PFM. Buy it.


Old New Borrowed and Blue
Old New Borrowed and Blue
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Metal in its impurest form, 4 Feb 2001
It should come as no surprise to anyone that even after twenty years Venom still refuse to go away, and this timely release shows why.
From the bludgeoning, scratchy roar of early works Welcome To Hell and Countess Bathory to the post-Cronos Prime Evil and the slashing cover of Judas Priest's Hell Bent For Metal, Venom show how they changed popular music forever. Countless bands, most notably Metallica and Slayer, drew heavily on Venom's insidious influence, but never themselves quite managed to capture the originals' malicious majesty.
Standout cuts on the album must be the opening and closing tracks, both taken from Venom's second and finest album, Black Metal.
An album that can't be recommended highly enough to any metal fan, especially those to young to remember Venom at the Hammersmith Odeon.


Ten Rapid
Ten Rapid
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pidgeonhole-defying fabulousness, 26 May 2000
This review is from: Ten Rapid (Audio CD)
Mogwai's music is impossible to define, and that's half its appeal. Heavy guitars surge, keyboards fade in and out of the foreground, complex rhythms drive. But no vocals. Well, hardly any.
The Glasgow band will never get daytime radio play, but I don't expect they care. Hopefully they will keep on turning out exquisite, passionate masterpieces like this, true blends of the most brilliant light and the blackest shade. This is their first album, in fact a collection of eps, but for me it's their best. Buy it and love it.


Evil Hoodoo
Evil Hoodoo

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Psychedelic Essential, 23 May 2000
This review is from: Evil Hoodoo (Audio CD)
The enormous influence of the Seeds on the Los Angeles music scene of the mid-60s is often hugely underrated. The Seeds were responsible for a massive number of firsts in pop at the time; they were the first band with really long hair, the first band to record an album of entirely original material, and singer Sky Saxon is credited with coining the phrase 'flower power'. They may only have had one long Summer of success, and one hit single in 'Pushin Too Hard', but their legacy certainly lived on.
The Spiralling, psychedelic guitar sounds and pompous organ are clearly echoed in the Doors and the Byrds, as is their trippy subject matter. Songs such as 'March Of The Flower Children' and 'Mr Farmer' show the herbal roots of their sound, and cut the trail that the Doors would follow so flamboyantly a few years later.
The Seeds are a fabulously ineresting band, and should definitely be looked at by anyone into the guitar sound of the West Coast in the 60s.


Mwng
Mwng
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cryptic, convoluted, and gorgeous., 17 May 2000
This review is from: Mwng (Audio CD)
Releasing an entire album in Welsh is a bold step for arguably the most innovative of the current crop of bands from Wales, but it's another great album nonetheless. Initially the most difficult SFA album to get into, even more so than the cryptic Guerrilla, Mwng nevertheless delivers the trademark of furry lyricism and animal aggression.
At no point does the language barrier deter the listener, perhaps surprisingly. The songs still has the fabulous infectious bite,but instead of the lyrics, it's the melodies that capture the attention. The vocals still have that range from the plaintive to the epic, but it's the melodies with their swirl of smoky keyboard-heavy Floydiness or snappy guitar bite that are brought to the forefront.
It's not an easy album, but it's great. I might not be able to pronounce the titles, let alone understand the songs, but I love them.


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