Richard Andrew Crook

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (22 of 25)
Location: Trowbridge, Wiltshire England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,798,989 - Total Helpful Votes: 22 of 25
Last Sun ~ Magnified Eye
Last Sun ~ Magnified Eye
I bought this record after hearing diesal breath on the desert rock avengers compilation, which I think is definately the best song on here. Although there are a couple of other upbeat tracks, for the most part this is more of a sludgeathon than I was expecting! Thankfully it is rather a good one. Their sound on most of the tracks is very Tool meets Kyuss kind of vibe but it does have some mellow trippy moments aswell. The musical approach is repetitive & hypnotic, and is very effective as such - although there is the odd stolen riff knocking around.
For me the most interesting aspect is the vocals: vaulting schizophrenically between Maynard, John Garcia and a NWOBHM style - and back… Read more
Jex Thoth ~ Jex Thoth
Jex Thoth ~ Jex Thoth
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I know most of the reviews on Amazon always wax lyrical, usually inappropriatly so. But this really is one of the best records I've ever heard, certainly the best of this millenium.
Difficult to describe their music as it is quite unique, I've heard them described as Doom metal & Stoner rock - I think they sound like niether. Their music is trippy; but not in the conventional sense, and there are heavy riffs here; but it don't sound like Sabbath. Instead the riffing seems to have either brittle quality, or throb hypnotically beneath a swirling miasma of organs and squacking leads. That remind me of the wig out solos favoured by Saint Vitus. The music seems sparse and arrid yet at the… Read more
Hurricane Town ~ Stampede
Hurricane Town ~ Stampede
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
To me this sounds like a very slick, sophisticated and smooth early 80s rock record - although also (unfortunately) it absolutley reeks of 80s AOR, surely the worst genre ever. This effect is also worsened by some truly awful 80s keyboards, that pop up like an unwanted guest in nearly every song!
On the plus side the vocals are very good, sung in a lower tone than usual for this era. No high pitched wailing here. This isn't really a NWOBHM record, but it does retain some of that Britishness. Especially in the lyrics, which are great throughout. Overall this is far too commercial for my tastes, and very dated.
There is one big saving grace for this album though. The extended CD… Read more