Richard Cartey

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (35 of 38)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,668,661 - Total Helpful Votes: 35 of 38
Elegies [DVD] [2008] <b>DVD</b> ~ Machine Head
Elegies [DVD] [2008] DVD ~ Machine Head
How is it that some bands never cease to push the boundaries of their genre? Machine Head have been doing just that from their debut album over ten years ago, right up until their latest release 'Through the Ashes of Empires'. The trend doesn't stop there. As soon as you place 'Elegies' in your DVD player you know that you're about to view another slice of archetyepal genius from the bay area thrashers.
Most music DVDs contain a live show, and a smattering of videos. That's if your lucky. Elegies on the other hand, gives you all that and more. Not only is there a full concert from the Brixton Academy, interpersed with featurettes about touring, and… Read more
The All Star Sessions [CD + DVD] ~ Roadrunner United
The All Star Sessions [CD + DVD] ~ Roadrunner United
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Stunning, 27 Oct 2005
Ever heard an album containing 56 artists, from 45 different bands? No, didn't think so. Well that's exactly what this plastic disc of pure genius contains. To celebrate Roadrunner Records' 25 year history (no small feat for a indie/major label) they decided to pay homage to their rich heritage of metal and rock, by getting 56 some-time Roadrunner artists to make 18 original tracks. Well, anyone could have done a compilation couldn't they?
At first I was slightly weary of this album. After all how much effort were these people going to put into these tracks when they didn't directly benefit their own bands? Well the answer is a great deal of blood, sweat and tears. Instead of coming… Read more
Gutter Phenomenon ~ Every Time I Die
Gutter Phenomenon ~ Every Time I Die
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Every Time I Die are one of those bizarre bands that you like but you don't know why.
During the first 30 seconds that you're listening to Hot Damn (the band's previous outing), you'd immediately hear the unusual melody line and rabid screeching of guitar and not understand how anyone could want this music and actually enjoy it. Yet it's those very elements which make it enjoyable to listen to. There's always a certain amount of comfort you take from the discordance, and judging by the content of that album, the curious onlooker would conclude that Hot Damn was very comforting indeed.
Now with Gutter Phenomenon, Every Time I Die have improved. The band have focused more on song… Read more