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Tyranny Of Souls
Tyranny Of Souls
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £10.21

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff as ever, just like you'd expect from Bruce, 13 Jan 2006
This review is from: Tyranny Of Souls (Audio CD)
Not really too much I need to say about this one, anyone interested will know exactly what to expect; Bruce's voice is the Air Raid Siren as ever, Roy Z's guitar and production skills are as impeccable as usual, it adds up to a great Metal album. The stand-out track for me is first single 'Abduction' but there is not really any weak links on it. All fans of Metal would be well advised to check this album out, just because Dickinson is also a DJ, TV presenter, author, fencer and pilot, not to mention still the frontman with one of the biggest Metal bands in history, he's still obviously got plenty of energy left to concentrate on his solo project, resulting in probably his best non-Iron Maiden album to date. Great stuff from a genuine Metal icon.


Cover Your Tracks
Cover Your Tracks
Price: £18.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Metallic Hardcore by guys into Tom Cruise!, 12 Jan 2006
This review is from: Cover Your Tracks (Audio CD)
Bury Your Dead don't waste any time on this record, they turn up, plug in and then attempt to rip your face off with aural brutality. To all intents and purposes they succeed admirably. Tough-guy Hardcore with a decent-sized dose of Metal a la Hatebreed is the order of the day and it certainly gets the job done. No fat, no fuss, the album's twelve tracks are over and done in a fraction over half an hour, with just one song longer than 3 minutes in length. A fact about this album which is of minor note is the naming scheme the band decided on for the song titles; they're all named after films featuring Tom Cruise. Whether they're all big fans, I can't pretend to know but it is an unusual idea. No matter though, if you want a vicious circle pit whipping up, Bury Your Dead will be just the band for you. Fans of bands like Hatebreed, Born From Pain or Ringworm, in fact any brutal Metalcore or Hardcore outfits will seriously appreciate this offering.


Ghost Reveries
Ghost Reveries
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £6.96

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, in spite of the new record label!, 1 Sep 2005
This review is from: Ghost Reveries (Audio CD)
As most people into Metal music are probably aware, Opeth are one of the finest bands in the genre, and in fact in music as a whole. There isn't another band around that can match their seamless blending of near-Death Metal with beautiful acoustic passages. Because of this, it was with some trepidation that I learnt that on the collapse of their old home, Music For Nations, the band had signed with Roadrunner Records. For all their many good points, Roadrunner do have something of a deserved reputation for cashing in on trends and influencing their bands to follow them. Fortunately, my first listen to 'Ghost Reveries' reassured me that nothing of the sort had happened here. This is classic Opeth with sledgehammer riffing, double-bass drumming and pure Death Metal vocals, segueing seamlessly into some of Mikael Akerfeld's beautiful clean singing voice with fingerpicked acoustic melodies. Since the band's last release, the all-acoustic 'Damnation' nearly three years ago, they've recruited a full-time keyboard player, and the results, though hardly in-your-face, are highly pleasing, adding yet another layer of depth to the band's already stunning sound. The only possible complaint the extra picky listener could have is that there are perhaps not as many lighter moments on this album as compared with previous ones, but really that's all down to personal taste anyway. None of the songs on 'Ghost Reveries' really stand out miles above any of the others as in classic Opeth style, they're all magnificent to begin with, but if I was being forced to pick a personal favourite for what it's worth, I'd plump for 'The Baying Of The Hounds', probably the best eleven minutes you'll hear in quite a while. If there's a better Metal album released this year, it will have to be something extra special to beat this.


Commando [1986] [DVD]
Commando [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
Price: £3.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brainless but fun old-school action, 9 Jun 2005
This review is from: Commando [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
For some strange reason, this tends to be a film that gets overlooked in favour of films such as Predator and Red Heat when people think of Arnold Schwarzenegger films of the 80s and early 90s, which is a bit of a shame, as it's not at all bad. It has the standard action movie plot, i.e. retired military man has to rescue his kidnapped daughter (now famous in her own right, Alyssa Milano from TV's Charmed), but for ninety minutes, it's a lot of fun.
The most enjoyable part of Commando is the sheer over-the-top scale of it all. Arnie literally takes on a small army single handed and comes out on top. Seriously, the bodycount must run to three figures, and our hero doesn't even suffer a scratch. It also has some classic Schwarzenegger one-liners ("I let him go", "Let off some steam, Bennett") and, providing you've put your brain into neutral for the evening, you can't fail to be swept along by it .
However, one nit-picking problem with this DVD release is that it has been cut. Apparently, this is due to executives in Germany where the film was released with a lower censor's rating, but the rest of Europe all just used the same pre-cut version, so some scenes are noticibly trimmed. This is a relatively minor problem, though, and doesn't take too much away from the fun going on on screen.


Tomb Of The Mutilated
Tomb Of The Mutilated

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely influential Death Metal near-masterpiece, 9 Jun 2005
This review is from: Tomb Of The Mutilated (Audio CD)
Obviously, to most people, the most well-known thing about this album are the song titles, particularly the infamous track 7 (I'm sure the good people at Amazon would be compelled to censor it if I typed it in even though it's printed at the top of this page). However, that regrettably overshadows the fact that this is actually one hell of a good Death Metal album. The stand out tracks are, for me at least, the unmentionable number 7, and the opener, Hammer Smashed Face. Just check out that bass solo! As for the rest, it's textbook Cannibal Corpse; nice meaty riffs, the occasional solo, plenty of blastbeats and, of course, Chris Barnes' lower-than-thou vocal delivery. Yes, I know, George Fisher is a far better Death Metal vocalist, but Chris did have a nice style of his own, which he is regrettably no longer using in the appalling Six Feet Under! Besides, he does (or at least did) write some of the best Death Metal lyrics going! Basically, if you're keen on your Death Metal, you want to check this out if you haven't already, it's a piece of history, and worth it just to have a look at the lyric sheet. Also, the cover art's pretty cool as well, but I probably shouldn't mention it!!!


Superstars
Superstars
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £13.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'N' Roll for the 21st century, 15 April 2005
This review is from: Superstars (Audio CD)
Genocide Superstars were the Hardcore / Punk side project of the late Mieszko Talarczyk, basically just a bit of fun and relaxation, a means of letting off steam between the stresses and strains of making politically-charged Grindcore with his main band Nasum. Despite not being his main focus, Genocide SS were an absolutely cracking Punk band; a mixture of equal parts Discharge and Motorhead is an often-used description of their music, and that's close to the mark. Whilst the bands debut 'Hail The New Storm' was pretty much no-frills old-school Hardcore in its outlook, this their final album injects a healthy dose of Rock 'N' Roll into the proceedings to quite superb effect. With the balance struck just about perfectly between up-tempo rabble rousers and slightly slower more 'chugging' material, and with some shout along choruses to die for (check out in particular 'The Hateball Is Rolling...' and 'Danger Danger') this is superb simple headbanging music at its best. With a twin vocal assault of Mieszko and partner-in-crime Danny Violence livening proceedings up further, it serves to add an extra level of interest to the sound. Unfortunately, Mieszko died last year, making another record by Genocide SS highly unlikely, but at least they left us with this absolutely superb album.


Demigod
Demigod

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poland's premier Black / Death Metal crossover band, 12 April 2005
This review is from: Demigod (Audio CD)
A growing trend in the realm of extreme music is to mix the best elements of both Black and Death Metal, to come up with something even more brutal and evil-sounding. Bands such as Zyklon, Myrkskog and Arkhon Infaustus are playing this style of Metal nowadays, and they're all top bands. However, one band have been doing it for longer than most, and that is Poland's Behemoth, who started out as a straight-down-the-line Black Metal band, but soon began to incorporate Death Metal into their sound, to the point where Death Metal is now actually the dominant force in the music, though you can't really tell where one begins and the other ends. On this, their new album 'Demigod', mainman Nergal and his troops have produced almost certainly the album of their career so far. The band's last record 'Zos Kia Cultus' was a great release, but this is on a whole other level completely. When the opening track 'Sculpting The Throne Ov Seth' kicks in, you know this straight away. This is some serious brutality right here and no mistake. If the bands previously mentioned do anything for you, or Behemoth's countrymen Vader, Decapitated or Lost Soul, you should certainly check them out as they're a cut above most of what passes for Death Metal these days, as well as being a little different to the masses due to their added BM influences.
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13 [Limited Edition]
13 [Limited Edition]
Price: £16.85

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly impressive return to form, 10 April 2005
This review is from: 13 [Limited Edition] (Audio CD)
Yet another album from Chris Barnes and his cohorts then, these guys certainly don't mess about when it comes to being productive, including the band's two albums of cover versions this is their eighth release in under ten years. Unfortunately, since their first album 'Haunted' in 1995, the standard has dropped with each successive release, reaching an all-time low on the double-whammy of 03's contemptible 'Bringer Of Blood' and last year's utterly futile wholesale re-recording of AC/DC's 'Back In Black'. Things looked pretty grim for the band, but they've gone and put out a surprisingly enjoyable album in '13', something of a return to the standard of their early days. The heaviness level, which coincidently dropped in proportion with the overall standard of the previous albums, is as high as it has been for some years now, and Barnes has written some of his infamously sick lyrics for the occasion. It wouldn't be fair to say it is an all-time classic Death Metal album, indeed, Six Feet Under are unlikely to go down as an all-time classic Death Metal band despite their healthy album sales, but it is simple, undemanding, headbanging fun. Excellent songs such as 'Shadow Of The Reaper', 'Deathklaat' and my personal favourite 'Rest In Pieces' add up to give a surprisingly enjoyable record. Quite a return to form, against all the odds.


Exit
Exit
Price: £18.35

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nasum-inspired Grindcore from Finland, 30 Mar 2005
This review is from: Exit (Audio CD)
Unfortunately, the release of the new Grind masterpiece by the Finnish outfit is overshadowed somewhat by the fact that it is the last record produced by the late Mieszko Talarczyk. This sad footnote aside, it certainly does the business, the 18 songs here blasting by in under half an hour. As with most Grindcore, the blastbeats are plentiful, the vocals virtually unintelligible and the guitars thrashed to within an inch of their lives, all just the way they should be! In fact, it all sounds very similar to Talarczyk's own former band Nasum, but since Nasum were basically the finest Grind band in the history of the genre (yes, even better than Napalm Death!) then that's all right. If you are into the ultra-extreme end of the Metal spectrum, you should certainly check out Rotten Sound as you'll be sure to like them. If you aren't already converted though, it's unlikely that this will bring you around to the cause, excellent album though it is.


Fractured
Fractured
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing technical Death Metal, 29 Mar 2005
This review is from: Fractured (Audio CD)
As stated in the previous review, fans of technical Death Metal bands such as Atheist, Pestilence, Cynic or Human-era Death need to pick this album up as quickly as they can, because it will simply blow them away. Featuring riffs which are more intricate than most other bands' solos and including the distinctive gruff vocals of Trivium's Matt Heafy, riffs and vocals courtesy of Crotchduster's Jason Suecof (the main driving force behind this band), and the ridiculously talented Daniel Mongrain (Martyr / Gorguts) on lead guitar, this is absolutely essential listening for anyone who likes their Death Metal to contain musicianship of the very highest order. If the bands already mentioned appeal to you, you should waste no time in checking out Capharnaum because they will impress you, without a shadow of a doubt. If you imagine the sound of Tech-Death legends Atheist, except with two equally powerful vocalists and a far meatier production, you won't be too far from what Capharnaum sound like. Utterly brilliant in other words, go and buy it! Willowtip records have come up with yet another absolute gem.


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