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Walk The Earth (Special Edition) [1CD/1DVD Digi-book]
Walk The Earth (Special Edition) [1CD/1DVD Digi-book]
Price: £18.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than The War of Kings, 23 Oct. 2017
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I am quite surprised seeing negative responses here. I understand the disappointment of the people who await for another "Final Countdown" but for me post-hiatus Europe is a different band from hairy bubble-gum heroes of 80-ies - adult, mature, and in this capacity "Walk the Earth" meets expectations after slightly disappointing "The War of Kings".
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Legends of the Shires
Legends of the Shires
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 82 minutes of self repeating, 8 Sept. 2017
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I have given the album proper three listens and I'm not sure I want to give it fourth. The problem is a strong sense of deja vu, it seems that I have already heard all these riffs, dual guitar harmonies and keyboard solos in earlier releases and can predict the structure of songs.
The album starts promisingly with the first part of "The Shire" followed by previously released "Small Dark Lines" that follows the pattern of earlier album openers such as "Ashes", "Slipstream" or "Mission Control", so far so good, but the next song - "The man who saw through time" is an evident attempt to recreate "Pilot in the sky of dreams". Song structure is almost identical, in 'all the things you would become' I clearly hear 'I fight against the hours , until it comes to pass'.
"Trust the process" - dual guitars in the beginning feel just like in 'The Box', the refrain 'Trust the process' sounds like 'Fragmentation'.
"Stars and Satellites" - one of a few songs on the album that does not cause immediate 'I heard this before' click.
"On the edge" is the only song that is not credited to Karl or Richard, thinking of that I regret that Pete Morten is no longer with the band,
his input was different and brought diversity that is so missing on this album.
The second iteration of "The Shire" theme is probably the most pleasant song on the album. Being somewhat reminiscent to "Sunrise on Mars" this power ballad is nevertheless not a carbon copy.
"Snowblind": 'Reflect, conseal, deflect but don't reveal' - 'Climb the wall and leave it all behind' ... still a good song.
"Subliminal Freeways", literally 'there is nothing in my heart' probably the weakest song on the album.
"State of Independence" - melancholy, we all know what it is all about, don't we?
"Superior Machine" - another faceless set of Threshold 'signature' cliches - mid-song change of snare pattern, dual guitar harmonies etc.
Third part of "The Shire" is rather a story narrative than a song in its own rights.
"Lost in translation" - when it was published as a single many have noticed its resemblance to "The Box".
"Swallowed" - a good song to close album.

I have read a couple of positive reviews, one of the authors mentions that it is the first Threshold release he listened to. Indeed, "Legends of Shires" could be a great album on its own but it just follows proven recipes and hardly brings anything new as though it was created by a deep learning neural network fed with previous ten Threshold albums. In this light the decision to change the lead singer looks like a logical step to bring some freshness, with D.W. on vocals the similarities and self plagiarism would be even more evident.


Malina
Malina
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Further departure from early works, 29 Aug. 2017
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This review is from: Malina (MP3 Download)
Aeolia was great, Tall Poppy Syndrome was amazing, Bilateral was magnificent, Coal was "hmmm", The Congregation was "wtf", Malina is "oops".
This is of course only my perception, those who liked Leprous recent works would (probably) love this well played and produced album as it continues the journey in the direction set by Coal, unfortunately this is not the path that I like and Malina is very likely to be the last Leprous album that I bought.
On the positive sound I can't help mentioning even stronger vocals
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In The Passing Light Of Day
In The Passing Light Of Day
Price: £7.99

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not Perfect Element, OHBCL or Entropia, 14 Jan. 2017
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It is not Road Salt, it is not Scarsick, it is not Be, not Remedy Lane, not Perfect Element, OHBCL or Entropia, it's a new chapter.


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KiWiBiRD® USB 3.1 Type C Multiple THUNDERBOLT 3 Adapter to HDMI + USB 3.0 + USB-C Charging Port ( HDMI 1.4b, UHD 4Kx2K 3840x2160, 11.7cm Lead, Support Power Delivery, USB 3.1 Gen 1 5Gbps) for Apple MacBook 12 inches, Google 2nd Chromebook Pixel, Asus Zen AiO PC, New Dell XPS 12(9250)/13(9350)/15(9550) and more Type C Enabled Devices
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Price: £19.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - THIS IS NOT THUNDERBOLT 3 PRODUCT, 21 Oct. 2016
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Be warned that this product is NOT THUNDERBOLT 3 as advertised
USB 3.1 Type C port does not mean Thunderbolt

The rating would be different if the product description was not misleading
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Resurrection
Resurrection
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I actually quite like it., 26 Sept. 2016
This review is from: Resurrection (MP3 Download)
Taking into account the current state of Geoff's throat the vocal performance is fine nicely supported by Tim Owens and Blaze Bailey as guest back vocalists. Most of the songs are fine but the problem with the album is that there are too many of them, some parts don't contribute neither to music nor to the story line that brings some deja-vu effect - I have the same feeling about OM-2. The sound is somewhat muddy, but the real disappointment are the drums - I don't like how they sound, I don't like how they played. On the contrary - the bass line is very visible and well crafted.
Maybe because after "part 1" I have not expected much but this release IMO it is better although still far from five star rating. Neither it is 4, more like 3.5. Worth giving it a try


CamelBak Marathoner Hydration Vest, Electric Blue/Lime Punch
CamelBak Marathoner Hydration Vest, Electric Blue/Lime Punch

4.0 out of 5 stars Phone pocket is too small for large smartphone, 30 Aug. 2016
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Very good and well made product
Four stars because its phone pocket is too small to accommodate my Galaxy S7


The Congregation
The Congregation
Price: £10.42

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed, 29 April 2016
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It's been a while since I purchased this album - I must admit I don't play it any more. To me it sounds like a collection of outtakes from "Coal" that I don't consider the best Leprous album either. Math riffs, repeated vocalizing, slow tempo atmospheric keyboards - some people find it "proggy" and "cool" but not me. Overall, this album misses a passion and sophistication of "Bilateral" or "Tail Poppy Syndrome". If Leoprous continues to move this direction I afraid this would be the last their album I ever bought


Affinity
Affinity
Price: £13.24

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They did it again!, 29 April 2016
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I was somewhat worried before the first listen because from the very first demo record the bar was set higher with each release but where is the limit? And is there any limit at all? The first two singles that were made available before the release of Affinity seemed somewhat djenty with strong Leprous influence so there were suspicions that the band could just join that niche and lose its uniqueness. Fortunately it did not happen and modern djent elements became just another touch in eclectic soundscape founded this time on influences from eighties. So the good news is - astounding as it is - Haken did it again! Another thoroughly enjoyable album. I want to distinguish the basswork of Conner Green and keyboards of Diego Tejeida - throughout the album they contribute a lot to the vibe of eighties.
Well done, guys - see you in The Garage in the end of May!


The Astonishing
The Astonishing
Price: £5.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, 29 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Astonishing (Audio CD)
I was disappointed with their previous eponymous effort and subsequent tour (terrible, terrible idea to sell seats when everybody are standing anyway. The dude in front of me was two heads taller than me) so I did not expect much from this album but to my surprise I really enjoyed it.
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