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Kill.Fucking.Everyone.
Kill.Fucking.Everyone.
Offered by hip-city
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutally intense modern Grindcore, 11 Sep 2004
This review is from: Kill.Fucking.Everyone. (Audio CD)
These young men really are angry. If the title of the album wasn't a big enough clue, or the fact that it is released on Willowtip Records didn't tip you off, take it from me that something has upset these lads a bit. Nineteen songs in under half an hour suggests that you may be in for a high-speed, high-intensity blastbeat fest and lo and behold, that's exactly what you get here. Modern Grindcore at its most frantic with just the faintest hint of a Hardcore edge is what Watchmaker specialise in, and they do it as well as anyone. Politically charged lyrics, throat-shredding screams, caustic guitar work and the drums flogged to within an inch of their lives, that's what Grindcore demands and these lads deliver it in spades. If you're into bands like Nasum, Pig Destroyer or the older end of Napalm Death, Watchmaker will be right up your street. If not, they may seem just a little bit over the top in the aggression department. Granted, if your experience of Metal stretches no further than Linkin Park or Limp Bizkit then this is unlikely to instantly convert you to the more extreme end of the spectrum, but if you're already into the more brutal bands in the scene then this will be of great appeal to you. One of the heaviest, most intense albums available today.


Epitaph
Epitaph
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowingly technical, a magnificent Death Metal album, 10 Sep 2004
This review is from: Epitaph (Audio CD)
Necrophagist have come from seemingly out of nowhere to release one of the finest technical Death Metal albums ever to be heard. The German four-piece are basically the brainchild of mainman guitarist/vocallist Muhammed Suicmez, but the other members all perform their roles to a magnificently high standard anyway. This is not a band who's primary concern is blasting away with the most brutal sound they can make, they are all highly skilled musicians and in Suicmez they have probably the finest Death Metal composer since the late Chuck Schuldiner. For those Death Metal afficionados who aren't familiar with the band, they aren't exactly the easiest to describe. Possibly the best description would be to compare them to Technical Death legends Atheist, as their styles are not a million miles apart, though in terms of ferocity and sheer brutality, Necrophagist are in a different league entirely. Whilst the heaviness and intensity doesn't seem to be the be all and end all of their sound, unlike some other Death Metal outfits, they are still a massively heavy and intense band. When this is mated to Muhammed Suicmez's full range of guitar arpeggios, sweeps and other techniques more befitting a Dream Theater record than a brutal Death Metal one, it produces a sound and feel that is absolutely superb, not to mention almost unique. Fans of Technical DM bands such as Death, Theory In Practice, Cynic, Gorguts or the aforementioned Atheist will lap this up. Along with Decapitated's astonishing 'The Negation', 'Epitaph' is the Death Metal album of the year so far.


Like An Ever Flowing Stream
Like An Ever Flowing Stream

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome filthy, dirty old-school Death Metal, 10 Sep 2004
In the simplest of terms, Dismember are one of the greatest Death Metal bands in the history of the genre. Along with their countrymen and close colleagues Entombed, they introduced the rest of the world to the so-called 'Sunlight sound', named after the studio in Stockholm where they recorded their finest material. Sounding similar in style to the better-known Entombed's early releases, Dismember have both a guitar sound and a bottom end to die for. The guitars sound like a rusty chainsaw with pick-ups attached to it whilst the bass on this recording could level a house with enough volume. The music is mainly mid-paced to quick (no ridiculous speedblasts, anyway) and the vocals are gruff and harsh, but not overly brutal. It's got the old school DM song titles down to a fine art as well, with such classics as 'Soon To Be Dead' and the all time classic 'Skin Her Alive'. In short, it's got everything you could ever ask from a semi-melodic Death Metal release. This is their debut release from way back in 1991, but in truth their style hasn't altered very much over the years, not that that's'a problem when it sounds as good as this. If you're a fan of Death Metal, chances are you already have a copy of this record and you've played it nearly to the point where it no longer works. If you're a fan of the genre and you don't own a copy, you need to get yourself one, simple as that.


Nihil
Nihil
Offered by sellerfellauk
Price: £12.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Industrial Metal Perfection, 10 Sep 2004
This review is from: Nihil (Audio CD)
KMFDM have been going for the best part of two decades now, apart from a brief period a couple of years ago when they decided to disband then reform as the cunningly named MDFMK. The were soon back to normal, though. However, this the best of their large back catalogue, in my opinion anyway, comes from 1995 before all that silliness took place. Nihil is the record that contains the band's all-time best, as well as best known song 'Juke Joint Jezebel', as featured on the soundtracks to both Bad Boys and Mortal Kombat. The rest of the record follows pretty much the same formula as that stand-out song, with the album blending Industrial, Metal, Rock, Techno, Dance and Funk brilliantly and to stunning effect. Shimmering electronics, pounding drums, ripping guitar riffs, it's all here and it's in the finest blend that the band have so far managed to date. Other notable moments on the record include opener 'Ultra' and 'Brute' although there isn't really a weak moment on it. Long-time KMFDM collaborator and Pig vocalist Raymond Watts was drafted in by mainman Sascha Konietzko to sing on the majority of the album and he does a tremendous job, with his dark intense voice perfectly suiting the industrial madness going on all around him. Everyone should own several KMFDM albums as they're a simply brilliant, constantly evolving band, but if you could only pick one to have, it would have to be Nihil.


Like An Ever Flowing Stream
Like An Ever Flowing Stream

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, influential old-school Sunlight style Death Metal, 30 Aug 2004
In the simplest of terms, Dismember are one of the greatest Death Metal bands in the history of the genre. Along with their countrymen and close colleagues Entombed, they introduced the rest of the world to the so-called 'Sunlight sound', named after the studio in Stockholm where they recorded their finest material. Sounding similar in style to the better-known Entombed's early releases, Dismember have both a guitar sound and a bottom end to die for. The guitars sound like a rusty chainsaw with pick-ups attached to it whilst the bass on this recording could level a house with enough volume. The music is mainly mid-paced to quick (no ridiculous speedblasts, anyway) and the vocals are gruff and harsh, but not overly brutal. It's got the old school DM song titles down to a fine art as well, with such classics as 'Soon To Be Dead' and the all time classic 'Skin Her Alive'. In short, it's got everything you could ever ask from a semi-melodic Death Metal release. This is their debut release from way back in 1991, but in truth their style hasn't altered very much over the years, not that that's'a problem when it sounds as good as this. If you're a fan of Death Metal, chances are you already have a copy of this record and you've played it nearly to the point where it no longer works. If you're a fan of the genre and you don't own a copy, you need to get yourself one, simple as that.


Nihil
Nihil
Offered by sellerfellauk
Price: £12.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome industrial Metal from the masters, 30 Aug 2004
This review is from: Nihil (Audio CD)
KMFDM have been going for the best part of two decades now, apart from a brief period a couple of years ago when they decided to disband then reform as the cunningly named MDFMK. The were soon back to normal, though. However, this the best of their large back catalogue, in my opinion anyway, comes from 1995 before all that silliness took place. Nihil is the record that contains the band's all-time best, as well as best known song 'Juke Joint Jezebel', as featured on the soundtracks to both Bad Boys and Mortal Kombat. The rest of the record follows pretty much the same formula as that stand-out song, with the album blending Industrial, Metal, Rock, Techno, Dance and Funk brilliantly and to stunning effect. Shimmering electronics, pounding drums, ripping guitar riffs, it's all here and it's in the finest blend that the band have so far managed to date. Other notable moments on the record include opener 'Ultra' and 'Brute' although there isn't really a weak moment on it. Long-time KMFDM collaborator and Pig vocalist Raymond Watts was drafted in by mainman Sascha Konietzko to sing on the majority of the album and he does a tremendous job, with his dark intense voice perfectly suiting the industrial madness going on all around him. Everyone should own several KMFDM albums as they're a simply brilliant, constantly evolving band, but if you could only pick one to have, it would have to be Nihil.


Hate Crew Deathroll
Hate Crew Deathroll
Offered by MMT-UK
Price: £6.54

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest release by a superb band, 15 Aug 2004
This review is from: Hate Crew Deathroll (Audio CD)
The newest release from Childen Of Bodom is probably their strongest to date. It features all the aspects that make CoB such an entertaining and excellent band in the first place, such as the superb mix of Power Metal, Melodic Death and Black Metal vocals that give them such a unique sound, as well as the over-the-top flashy guitar and keyboard pyrotechnics courtesy of Janne Warman and CoB mainman Alexi Laiho, but it also features a harder edge to their sound than ever before. They've never exactly been the most lightweight of Metal bands but on 'Hate Crew Deathroll' the band sound heavier than they ever have done. There's a distinct Pantera influence to the sound nowadays, especially on the songs 'Sixpounder' and apparently deliberately on the title track, which appears to be a Bodomized version of Pantera's 'Rise'. As well as this, the song titles are as brilliant and off-the-wall as ever, with some gems such as 'Bodom Beach Terror' and my personal favourite 'Triple Corpse Hammerblow'. Their tongues may be in their cheeks, but the music is still of the highest order with some massive riffs tailor-made for headbanging, as well as the requisite keyboard and guitar solo frenzy. A simply fantastic Metal album.


DRIV3R (Xbox)
DRIV3R (Xbox)
Offered by FLBENTERPRISES
Price: £7.51

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst game you can buy today. My advice:- don't bother!, 6 Aug 2004
This review is from: DRIV3R (Xbox) (Video Game)
It's not overstating the case to say that Driv3r is probably the worst console game that you can buy today. For an Xbox title, the graphics are absolutely laughable with completely diabolic animation, the control system is one of the clumsiest I've ever encountered in any game, there is literally no enemy AI, the handling of the cars is shockingly bad, there is absolutely no sensation of speed whilst driving, there are amounts of clipping that would have been unacceptable on the PSX never mind the Xbox, the difficulty is widely variable and seemingly random, the problems with this game just go on and on. There is quite honestly no aspect of this game that I can really say I enjoyed. Despite the promises of free-roam modes within the admittedly massive cities, the game is as linear as they come; complete the mission or you can't go any further. Within two days of getting it home, I had it advertised for sale, which tells you how much I enjoyed it (not much!). The hype that preceeded this game was massive and the amount of money spent on developing it bordered on the obscene, with a budget to rival a medium-sized British film so how they managed to come out with a game as poor as this at the end beggars belief. Obviously rush-released and apparently about half finished, it's a disaster from start to finish. Avoid it like the plague.


The Forever Endeavor
The Forever Endeavor
Price: £6.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Melodic Death Metal from the USA, 2 Aug 2004
This review is from: The Forever Endeavor (Audio CD)
Despite coming from America, Enforsaken couldn't sound more Swedish if they tried. They might come from Chicago but the sound they put out is pure Gothenburg Melodic Death, and it's every bit as good as that which is produced by bands like Soilwork, In Flames and, previously, At The Gates. Quite simply, this full length debut (after their EP 'Embraced By Misery' which was out a couple of years ago) is absolutely brilliant. It has everything you could ever want from a Melodic Death album, and it has it in spades; great riffs, snarled vocals, melodies, all present and correct. When they feel like it, these young guys can rip it up with the best of them, a fact paid testament to by the ridiculously fast 'Dead Light, Dead Night', as well as the more traditional mid-paced material more commonly associated with the genre. With more well established Melodic Death outfits like In Flames and Soilwork changing their style with the incorporation of keyboards and, whisper it now, Nu Metal styled techniques, there's an opening to be considered the finest true Melodic Death band around at the moment. My money's on these guys, check this record out and you'll probably be convinced as well. As an added bonus, not that it's needed, the album boasts a guest appearance by bona fide Death Metal legend James Murphy contributing a guitar solo to the already-superb 'Poison Me'. Any Death Metal fans, buy this record right now, it's just superb.


Houses of the Molé
Houses of the Molé
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £26.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily their best since 'Psalm 69', Industrial Metal genius, 23 July 2004
This review is from: Houses of the Molé (Audio CD)
The previous reviewer has beaten me to the punch, but 'Houses Of The Molé' (another brilliant title by the way, slightly less obvious than 'Dark Side Of The Spoon' though, so how many manage to spot the reference this time remains to be seen!) is the best Ministry album since 'Psalm 69'. The albums between this and 1992's illustrious Industrial masterpiece have all had their moments and high points, but as a whole they have been let down by mainman Al Jourgensen's copious substance consumption. However, he rises above his problems here, notably the departure of long-time right hand man Paul Barker to produce an album to reaffirm faith in the Industrial Metal genre. The opening track 'No W' with it's sampled and looped extract from Carl Orff's notorious 'Carmina Burana' (the theme from the Old Spice adverts!) is possibly the band's best song in their existence. Obviously an update of the classic N.W.O. from 'Psalm 69', it shares that songs title (though rearranged), penchant for crushing riffs and George Bush samples (though George W in this case, rather than his father). It's an absolutely stunning way to open an album and isn't matched throughout the rest of the record, though some other tracks such as 'Waiting' and 'Warp City' do run it close. If you're a fan of any kind of crushing music, you need to get yourself a copy of this album as soon as possible as the overlords of Industrial Metal are back and they're in the form of their lives.


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