S. Boyd

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (41 of 47)


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Possessed (Remastered / Expanded) ~ Venom
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired and Weak, 11 July 2008
The fire that Venom possessed in the first two (or three) albums here is lost as Venom churned out another album for the sake of keeping the band going. The music is average at best with the first few songs but then descends into a huge chunk of filler.

The production of this album leaves much to be desired. A thin guitar tone is overpowered by a sloppy bass and tired Cronos plodding his way through the cliche lyrics.

Essentially this is poor metal from a band about to suffer loss of vital member Mantas who was dissatisfied with the album's outcome.
Vikingligr Veldi: Remastered ~ Enslaved
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme black art, 10 April 2008
This is a double disc set of Enslaved's "Vikinglir Veldi" and 30 minute long "EP" "Hordanes Land".

Both releases show Enslaved at their very best producing top black metal before their descent. The music is in the vein of middle period Burzum in that it builds themes through repetition creating intense, emotional, entrancing music. The movements are long, most clocking in at over 10 minutes.

Vikinglir Veldi is crowned by many to be one of the best black metal albums, and personally I feel that it trails off a little toward the end, and so I prefer Hordanes Land to Vikinglir Veldi. Nevertheless both releases are amongst the very best of black metal art, and if you are… Read more
Honour - Valour - Pride (Ltd) ~ Bolt Thrower
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Background Music, 9 April 2008
Ever since War Master Bolt Thrower has kept their style pretty much constant and so it's not surprising to see that Honour Valour Pride follows the same style. However, the quality of the music does not live up to the early Bolt Thrower releases.

The music is rather dull and monotonous. The new vocalist Dave Ingram I'm sorry to say is not as fitting to Bolt Thrower as Karl Willetts, and this is the only album to feature him. Because the band that has kept their style constant, this album offers nothing new to the table and gives the impression of Motorhead - another album for the sake of another album.

The quality of music is not bad, and if you're keen on Bolt Thrower… Read more

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