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The End Of Heartache
The End Of Heartache
Price: £5.87

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of Waiting, 12 May 2004
This review is from: The End Of Heartache (Audio CD)
So, I'm sure every KsE fan has been waiting both excitedly (a new album!) but also anxiously (new drummer and vocalist).
OK - it's a matter of opinion but i must say i like Jesse more than Howard (go and check his new band out Seemless) now let's move onto the actual album;
the album is a much brighter affair than 'alive or just breathing?' (even though that itself had uplifting bits). this is presumably down to howard's lyrics, which are more simplistic perhaps than in the other album (in terms of topic) - love, hate and a kind of perserverance being uppermost in this. the music, both instruments and vocals are still amazing - howard's voice almost matching jesse's in its amazing dexterity. the music is somewhat more to the fore here with two short instrumental tracks included which make the album hang together well, and some guitar playing (and drumming) that leaves you going - did they just do that? + it sounds like you heard it before (not in a bad way) but just like it's classic before you even heard it - you know the kind of song...?
adam's production is first class, so too is the mixing by the ever impecable mr.andy sneap who had worked with great bands such as earthtone9 but also did the job for KsE's last album too.
i was going to put 4 stars in fact - however, when you play this record you can tell its the kind of clasic that creeps up behind you and takes you by surprise - not like 'AojB?' which slapped you around the head! the artwork is also cool and the album is just the round package - you wont regret parting with your money and i also must congratulate KsE, roadrunner and amazon for getting the price to such a reasonable level - hope the other labels are taking note!
key tracks; 'when darkness falls', 'rose of sharyn', 'the end of heartache' and 'world ablaze'.
fanstastic - long may they go on.
and if you like your heaviness then check out johnny truant, adam. d's new production project - their second album... :)

House Of Leaves
House Of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.04

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mind bending..., 17 Feb. 2004
This review is from: House Of Leaves (Paperback)
ignore the review below - the footnotes don't explain everything, in fact they complicate the read. i could write an in depth review of the book to echo its complexity, but i would have to rewrite the book to explain it and its author's genius. the synopsis/review by amazon is a nice little taster.
read it and be amazed...

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Band in America., 2 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Terraforming (Audio CD)
Well, where do you start?
Think of your favourite album and the moment after the final song came to its stop. That feeling... You will have that feeling at the end of every song on 'Terraforming'. The Postman Syndrome are an incredibly talented band - the musicianship sure, but the lyrics are so origional. Of course you can hear some influences in there but i can't name one because they stand out from the crowd that much - a beacon for modern metal/rock/whatever - this is genreless! in fact if any of the members of TPS mentioned influences they themeselves are probably better than the respective influences!!!
All songs are wonderous - i could write on them for ages - just try and listen somewhere to a track...!
...and with news that they are starting to look to recording their second album it can only get better - get this and then lust after the release date of the second!!!

Christmas Eve 1 + 2
Christmas Eve 1 + 2

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG are back - smaller AND bigger than before!!!, 2 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Christmas Eve 1 + 2 (Audio CD)
yes it is a strange title! but its true - the packaging of this cd is brilliant - the music is on a 3" cd and so it has a tiny little jacket it slips into. origional. but than again the band always have been...
anyway - what about the music - well yes, that's waht the second part of the title is - this is immense. fans of OMG will know of the long expanses of static white-noise with mantra like drums and rolling guitar and bass and then the incredibly quick 'songs' that pumps adrenaline slamming into you, making you sit up in wonder after you had been slumping in your chair, eyes closed, smiling, with a frown, deep in consentration. beauty wrought in pain - not for the now famous 'mini mosher'. oh and for anyone who doesn't know the band, they made up of isis, converge and cave in members - a supergroup of sorts.
ok that's about it. amazon haven't put the tracklisting up so here it is;
Running Time: 21 mins 59 secs

Everyone's in Love and Flowers Pick Themselves
Everyone's in Love and Flowers Pick Themselves

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS... if you like your music a little different, 5 Dec. 2003
This is a great album and to expand your musical listening sphere, The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg's debut "Everyone's in Love and Flowers pick themselves" is a great place to begin.
All the tracks are awesome but for me the coupled tracks of 'Slap the Cubo-Futurist' and 'Time and Death Invading the Arcadian Scene' are the real stand out moments of this wonderfully mental album/experience.
Others worth a special mention are the instrumental tracks 'Jack and Oscar have a fight' and my favourite of the two, 'Ex Post Facto'. Also, they are on the mighty Undergroove Records, who have done TMORL as proud with the packaging, etc as their other recent, genius exponents Cubic Space Division.
This has been called spazz-core by the music media and its not too far away from the truth - the problem is that it is very origional so you listeners just have to be brave and take the plunge as there are no relative similarities that strike any real significance - the only I can think of is an equally rare US band called Sleepytime Gorilla Musuem.
It is also worth mentioning that this is a concept album and this is the basic outline;
"Now an old man and with the prospect of death looming, Victor loses all faith in religion and convinces himself that by building a house that cuts him away from society he can take on the superior role of God himself and avoid the concept of Death altogether. However, his disillusionment with his past life acts as a catalyst for his madness inside, where a giant cat and a giant dog fight for his conscience and whatever other life there is left in his naked and passive body. The inevitabilities of Time and Death cannot be avoided and Victor dies a roaming, misguided non-entity without the recognition he would have received through passing away in his past real life."
It is silly, it is origional, it is catchy (after a few listens!), it is just refreshing that they just could not give a **** what you think of them and this, I think will see real music listeners flock to their side: don't wait for them to become popular, waiting for album number 2 - get this and GET IT NOW!!!

Cubic Space Division
Cubic Space Division
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £16.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT pass this album up 'cause you haven't heard of them!, 20 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Cubic Space Division (Audio CD)
Hey you - yes you! - if your on this page by accident or browsing don't go - you NEED this album. If you know CSD you should already have it!!!
This album is truly amazing - the sheer quality astounding. Everything from obviously the music, to the recording and artwork offer up perfection - Undergroove have done them proud. From fist pumping, down and dirty metal (red shift & per se) to the more brooding tracks (bohemian grove, slhouette & bear the tide) - it's all brilliant.
Although already hounded by the press (like The Blueprint - who you should also get to know), with comparisons to the mighty earthtone9, the resemblence IS there - the almost visible determination to be different, epic, intelligent (not making them arrogant - just more thought provoking music but that you can still rock to).
You get this only very rarely - we lost earthtone9 - indeed reader you probably, sadly don't know who I mean - let us not pass these geniuses up (for that is what they are, whether that sounds pretentious or old fashioned) - GET THIS ALBUM!!!
Cubic Space Division should not be ignored for they, comparisons aside are, along with a precious few (The Blueprint, Onedice, Miocene et al), are the UK's brightest and largest commodity - don't be the one to be left behind in this musical revolution...

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