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Melvyn Huntley (Poole, Dorset, UK)

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On The 13th Day [Ltd 2cd Digi]
On The 13th Day [Ltd 2cd Digi]
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5.0 out of 5 stars All killers, no fillers, 1 Oct. 2012
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I leave it to other reviewers to give a blow by blow account of the new Magnum offering. However, it is clear that Tony Clarkin has penned a seriously impressive set of songs for this latest release. Also that the band are on great form. Personal faves include the opening "All The Dreamers", "Shadow Town" and "From Within". After a week I still haven't got around to the bonus cd but have no hesitation in giving the album proper a resounding five stars.

Some fans say that this is not like the Magnum of "old". Much as I love the old stuff (e.g. Eleventh Hour, Chase The Dragon) who wants to see a band standing still? Long may they continue! If you are unfamiliar with Magnum this would be a good place to start your education. If you are a fan you really should have this already.

Into The Wild
Into The Wild
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocks like a b*****d!, 18 April 2011
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This review is from: Into The Wild (Audio CD)
With previous studio outing Wake The Sleeper Uriah Heep gained lots of (well deserved) plaudits. But part of me wasn't quite convinced that it was as miles ahead of the other releases by this line up as suggested in some quarters. I actually prefer Sea Of Light, but that's personal taste I suppose. As great an album as Sleeper is I felt that Heep could probably push the envelope just that little bit more. And this is exactly what they have done with Into The Wild...

The triple tour de force of "Nail On The Head", "I Can See You" and the title track leave you quite breathless. And just as you are expecting an obligatory ballad the mid tempo heavy hammond organ-driven "Money Talk" and the galloping "I'm Ready" let you know that the band are in no mood to take prisoners. There are moments of light and shade, as one would expect with such a talented bunch of musicians. But this is an album dominated by big riffs and catchy choruses.

Much has been made of "new" drummer Russell Gilbraith, and he really is one hell of a drummer. But it should be said that Mike Paxman's superb sparkling-but-live-feel production allows all of the band to shine. Tevor Bolder's bass lines are a delight, bottom-heavy and a perfect fit with the drum monster. Phil Lanzon's keyboards are, as usual, seriously impressive. While Bernie Shaw gives possibly his best vocal performance ever on record. And as for guitarist Mick Box...well, he's Mick. You can almost see his rather infectious grin as you listen to this album. In fact the entire band's enthusiasm is palpable!

This is a VERY capable unit who are in the midst of a purple patch creatively (let's not forget the new songs on "Celebration"). Into The Wild just oozes life, musicianship and confidence. The songwriting partnership of Box/Lanzon continues to blossom; while Bolder's massive "Lost" moves the band in an almost Eastern direction; albiet with big guitar, drums, bass, keys and vocals!

I think that this is the best Uriah Heep album in more years than I care to remember; this from a line up that haven't produced a remotely average album in 20 years. If you are a Heep fan buy it. If you are not a Heep fan buy it and, if possible, go and see them live. You will not be disappointed. I can't imagine what heights they will aim for next. In the meantime I'm going to go and give Into The Wild (yet) another spin...
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Bezerk Ii
Bezerk Ii
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Bezerk! Again!, 21 Aug. 2006
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A long awaited release from the Welsh kings of glam metal. Opening the packaging there is a sense of trepidation. Will content match expectationz? Fortunately, from the opening seconds of the aural soundscape that is "Bezerk" there are smiles all round. Tis crystal clear that the Tailz truly have delivered the goods. First song proper("Do It Up"), has a swaggering riff and a trademark catchy chorus. Next up "One Beat Of Your Heart" starts worryingly close to old fave "Love Overload" but soon develops into a monster singalong original. Four songs in and with "I Believe" the Tailz come up with a classic power ballad, Jay Pepper's guitar intro soars while Kim Hooker's voice being in particularly fine form. This one has got everything thrown in - including the kitchen sink! Awesome! At this point I'm ready to play everything again but there's more to come...

Rerecorded versions of "Make Me Bleed" and "Dirty Needlez" retain the power of the Wazbones originals yet add sparkle and a slick production, both worthy of inclusion. "Falling Down" goes in an unexpected and new direction with tribal chanting and a fabulous bass groove from Pepsi Tate. Brilliant! "Get Real" and "For Hatez Sake" follow a more traditional 'Tailz big riff and bigger choruses formula while still adding something new to the melting pot. "TVOD" seems perhaps the weakest song here on first hearing, but this is more to do with the strength of the compositions that sit either side than any lack on its part. But its a grower that bounces along, with a great lyric. Bound to be a killer live. "Anniez Song" provides light and shade while "Suger Fever" is bubblegum rock in a class of its own. A Love Bomb for a new generation?

In conclusion Bezerk 2.0 does what it says on the (typically fab) packaging. Fulfills the dreams of every fan who bought Bezerk back in 1990. At the same time it is clear that the Welsh Concez have come up with something original and new for a wider audience to latch onto. An assured outing brimming with confidence and a sense of fun. (good to have fun back on the menu). With Jay Pepper back in the fold and Matt Blackout now on drums this is possibly their finest hour. To date. Prepare to be rebombed indeed!!!!

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