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AA Gill is Away
AA Gill is Away
by A. A. Gill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars He should stay away., 15 May 2009
This review is from: AA Gill is Away (Paperback)
Tedious, self-indulgent, vile substanceless snobbery. Should appeal to middle brow bigots who consider themelves too good for Jeremy Clarkson.

Dark Days/Light Years
Dark Days/Light Years
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £3.98

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Partial Return to Form, 15 May 2009
This review is from: Dark Days/Light Years (Audio CD)
Better and far more varied than the the two previous below par efforts. Shares their dull, lo-fi (by SFA standards) production values. Opener "Carzy Naked Girls" is slightly better than the title suggests, but only slightly. "Cardiff in the Sun" and the "The Very Best of Neil Diamond" are fantastic, so is the the first four minutes or so of "Inaugural Trams", unfortunately, it goes on the for another two. Elsewhere there is charming but disposable SFA pop and the pleasant, if pointless "Dance Jam" of "Pric". Nothing like top form, but heading in the right direction, better luck next time chaps.

Great Apes
Great Apes
by Will Self
Edition: Paperback

22 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Smug and Hollow Misanthropy., 15 May 2009
This review is from: Great Apes (Paperback)
I like Will Self as a taliking head and a journalist, it's a shame he can't write fiction. Previously I had read Cock from Cock & Bull and assumed the smug, patronising, nasty, first person narrator (who suffers from the worst case of logorrhea i have ever been exposed to, Iain Sinclair included) was part of the effect of the book. It worled reasonably well for the 100 pages or so of the story.

However it seems this tedious voice is Self's own, this book's third person narrative is identical. The "plot" could sustain a lengthy short story, or maybe a full novel from someone who could write decent prose, believable characters and actually had something to say. This unfocussed, turgid, self inulgent trash amounts to little more then Self writing eff off for 400 pages.

Secrets and Lies
Secrets and Lies
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rawk. Grind. Rawk., 6 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Secrets and Lies (Audio CD)
Excellent follow up to to 2005's "Ruin of Nova Roma". The South Wales three piece have expanded on the more classic rock n' roll element in their sound. At times they come accross as a more complex and much heavier Clutch. The post-rock atmospherics and Neurosis-esque brutality are still present, just less prevalent.

I saw them in London in October and the new direction makes for a powerful live direction. Recomended whether you like Clutch/ACDC or Neurosis and their immitators.

Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge
Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge
by Keith Kahn-Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For EggHeadBangers Everywhere., 16 Aug. 2007
Firstly I would like to apologise for the horrendous title for this review. It's late and Im knackered. Poor excuse.

I read this book as soon as I found out about it (and I'd persuaded my local library to buy a copy - bringing TRVE EVIL to the unsuspecting herd). As the above review stresses, this is an academic text rather then a scene overview/biography. It's an expansion of the author's Sociology PHD thesis. Most people (two of the three of you) have probably stopped reading by now.

It's certainly not an easy read but it's not utterly inpenetrable either. Some of the terminology is obtuse and esoteric, I did a an English degree so fortunately am reasonably familiar with some of it. However I would say there aren't many concessions to readers without an academic back ground. The language can be a litle dry at times too.

Unsurprisingly the text explores the "extreme metal scene" defined here as death, thrash, black and doom including their many sub-divisions; from a Sociological perspective - how "Capitol" (power, influence, status and even enjoyment) is distributed within the scene.

Few dedicated Metallers will find out much about the music or the history of bands they enjoy that they haven't already learned. However I was fascinated by the coverage of tape trading and letter writing, which the net still hasn't yet killed off.

Kahn Harris's take on power in the scene, especially the conflict between its more egalitarian aspects and the inherent racism, sexism and homophobia is interesting, but could have been deeper. Like many other Metaller's I am horrifed by the overt fascism/Nazism within elements of Black Metal in particular, as well as the widespread and casual misogyny and homophoia. Terrorizer, although excellent and full of highly sophisticated writing, doesn't go far enough to oppose this. This book is a vitally important step in the right direction.

A landmark for the status of Metal in the wider world. Recomended.

United Abominations
United Abominations
Price: £5.56

4 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only the lyrics are abominable..., 1 Jun. 2007
This review is from: United Abominations (Audio CD)
The music is just same old second/third/fourth rate recycled thrash. An utterly pointless (and vastly inferior) re-recording of a decade old song that was only average to begin with, says it all.

All ll say about the self-obsessed, myopic, blinkered lyrics are that firstly, I hate them; secondly, they are dreadfully written.

Greatest Hits Vol: 2
Greatest Hits Vol: 2
Price: £17.52

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We miss you Wesley., 1 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Greatest Hits Vol: 2 (Audio CD)
Wesley Willis was a rock star, he was the Greatest, he can rock me like a magic kiss.

I love him like I love a milk-shake, he can rock Saddam Hussein's Ass.

He can really sing his ass owf.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5): 5/7
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5): 5/7
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback

5 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars On and On and On and On and On..., 30 May 2007
I enjoyed the first four books to varying degrees, despite the dreadful prose they rehash every other kids book you've read quite nicely. This however is torture. Little is done to move the plot onwards in the 700 odd pages, and Harry is an irritating, grumpy, selfish little monster. I suppose in that regard its a resonable portrayal of adolescence.

I was so ground down by the constant tedium I couldn't even enjoy the clumsily rendered "tragic" death at the "climax".

The Brothers Grimm [DVD]
The Brothers Grimm [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Foul then Grimm., 24 Mar. 2007
This review is from: The Brothers Grimm [DVD] (DVD)
I would never have believed this was a Gilliam film. Dull, soulless rubbish that was clearly rushed and unlovingly cobbled together just to rake in some dosh.

The characters are unsympathetic, the gags are pathetic, there is no pace or dramatic tension and the plot is non-existant. Avoid if you are able to walk and talk at the same time.

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2 Disc Directors Cut) [DVD]
The Chronicles Of Riddick (2 Disc Directors Cut) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vin Diesel
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.19

4 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as dire as "Van Helsing"..., 17 Oct. 2006
But still dreadful. Average special effects laid over the most perfunctory of scripts.

Q-Why on earth has this bilge been given a "director's cut"?

A-The same reason as it made it to celluloid in the firt place. Money.

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