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Human Remains
Human Remains
Price: £10.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirkily Brilliant, 9 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Human Remains (Audio CD)
I have an extensive heavy metal collection and I have never encountered anything like this, I saw Hell perform first on a bill with Carcass and Amon Amarth, (Bleed From Within featured too but let's not go there!) and had never heard their material prior to that night. The adjective I'd use to describe this album, and the band in general is "Thespian", in terms of it's arrangements and David Bower's wonderful vocals, imagine Bruce Dickinson or Rob Halford doing Shakespeare. With songs about MacBeth, the Bubonic Plague and the abuses of children by the Roman Catholic Church, there's plenty to enjoy for a blasphemous English metalhead. The satanic material amused me greatly, don't take it too seriously!


Stewart Essential Heated Propagator (52cm)
Stewart Essential Heated Propagator (52cm)
Offered by UK Garden Supplies
Price: £22.95

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted, just delighted., 9 Jan. 2014
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This required in itself a simple siting and plugging into the mains, no difficulty whatsoever.
I sowed tomatoes, capsicums and basil four days ago (Jan 5th) in a house with high ceilings, and therefore poorly heated.
I used coir plugs mounted in 40-cell seed trays as substrate and already I have seedlings germinating from there, the first came through 2 days after sowing, I raised the heated base on each corner to prevent burning the mounting surface and overheating the thermostatic mat with the natural cool air of the room, and have had no problems with it of any kind, lift the lid daily at least once and drain off the condensation formed by the electrostatic mat and it will keep the sunlight (when there's any!) coming in and for now I have to do little but watch my seeds break the surface. If you have room for this propagator by a window which receives plenty of light but can't afford hydroponics (I can't), buy it and you won't regret it, I promise you.


Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter for MacBook (MC461B/A)
Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter for MacBook (MC461B/A)

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well enough., 9 Jan. 2014
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The function of this cable and it's price are very reasonable, the problem is that it is just too short and thus reduces your mobility and range of working locations significantly. A full size cable from an Apple Store will cost you £65, so at less than a third of the cost I cannot complain about this too much and you can buy an extension cable and still have paid less than half for an Apple Store cable on top of this. In fact you may as well buy them together and save yourself the "One Hour Photo" experience of an Apple Store.


Surgical Steel - Includes Bonus Track
Surgical Steel - Includes Bonus Track
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £8.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmistakeably Carcass, 9 Jan. 2014
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This is not "Necroticism", "Reek of Putrefaction" or any other Carcass album rebooted, this is a bonafide, new Carcass album, and I had no idea how much I missed Jeff Walker's distinctly sarcastic snarl on new material until I heard it. It really is excellent, when the guitar intro of "1985" started I couldn't help but know deep down that this was going to be well worth the money and wait since "Swansong". I don't like to give away too much on a review, but suffice to say that there isn't a bad song on here and if you're anything like me, when you have this turned up high as it is meant to be, you'll be grinning like a Master Butcher (listen and you'll get it) whetting his knives and proud to be a metalhead.


The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle - Cabin Fever (TCC: A Zombie Chronicle Book 2)
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle - Cabin Fever (TCC: A Zombie Chronicle Book 2)
Price: £2.53

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A distinctive zombie read, 9 Jan. 2014
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I like the fact that the character cast is so different from the now cliched "Average Joe" type characters; in zombie works, characters are either them or soldiers. Having qualified aircrew and aircraft amidst the usual civilians from both side of the Atlantic pond offers a great cultural potential in a zombie filled nightmare world as well as an alternate survival system with helicopters in play. The great thing about this book is the clearly differing of characters in the main cast, and that the author has yet to flesh all of them out, if you'll excuse the pun. There's a scene with a religious nut, and without giving anything away I am the kind of person to like what happens, and a scene with an "audio device" I'd yet to encounter in all of my reading, which really stuck with me after I'd finished. The zombie action is plausible when you suspend the disbelief in zombies for the purpose of reading a story with them as the villains, I never at any time thought to myself that the author didn't have a good grasp of survival in such a hypothetical environment or the behaviour of the characters caught up in it. At the end of book 2, the plot is unfolding nicely and there are doubtlessly surprises and revelations ahead and I fully intend to read book 3.


Versus The World
Versus The World

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crushing Swedish Metal, 13 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Versus The World (Audio CD)
If you're a fan of Amon Amarth, you already know what to expect from them and don't need me to dissect their songs for you to imagine what they sound like. There are better things to be doing than reading this- such as "singing" along with the mighty Johann Hegg. Get to it!


JVC HA-F150-B-E GUMY In-Ear Headphones - Olive Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
JVC HA-F150-B-E GUMY In-Ear Headphones - Olive Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor fit, drowned out by slightest ambient noise., 13 Mar. 2013
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This order was a mistake, there was no faulting the service of the seller but I undertand now why this was so cheap.
First of all, there are no in-ear buds, they are too thick to fit in a position in which they might at least muffle ambient noise, and too thin to remain fixed in one's ears until they're no longer needed.
As a result, the slightest head movement will drop them, without fail.
As a result of this, all ambient noise rushes in, and presumably everything going through them is channeled straight out.
Suffice to say, if you are on a train or an airplane and can hear someone else's MP3 player/iPod from a nearby seat- they are probably using a pair of earphones like these and have turned their device right up to compensate for the engines. Should you be that person, there's a good chance you'll be subject to angry stares or worse from other passengers.
If you're in the middle of nowhere with no ambient noise, these are okay, but in any urban environment what you get out of them is not worth the risks of using them.


Close to a World Below
Close to a World Below
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £7.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Death Metal at it's best, 7 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Close to a World Below (Audio CD)
Bob and Ross truly are the King and Hanneman of Death Metal, overlooking that Ross Dolan is the bassist. Bob Vigna's guitar drive really adds a lumbering heavy stomp even when playing the high notes, that being said there is a clear elegance to his playing without any fret-wanking one might find in a copycat, cram as many notes as possible into a solo tech-death band. There's a clear menace and a scathing, contempt-filled hatred for Christianity in Ross' words evident in his perfectly articulated growl, truly an archetype voice in death metal. Just listen to "Father, You're Not A Father" and you'll understand. There are bands that sing (or growl) about someone else's subject matter to fit in a scene, and there are bands that do that of their own subject matter, then beyond that there is Immolation. Ross is absolutely compelling, there is no BS, no Cannibal Corpse Kitsch imagery to elicit a sense of disgust, no, it is neither present nor needed here. From the rhetorical question; "And you said, Jesus was coming?" to the closing notes of "Close to a World Below", you will either be transfixed, or you are not a death metal fan. Simple as that.


Leprosy
Leprosy
Offered by MUSIC-2000
Price: £11.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Morrisound, 7 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Leprosy (Audio CD)
I cannot argue with anything Magnum Valentino has already said except for making a comparison with Death's later albums. I see "Symbolic", or "Sound of Perseverence" as a very different "Death", one which fit Chuck's voice and mastery of guitar duties at the time. The same applies with Leprosy. The songs themselves are written around solid riffs of a very clear mood which fit the subject matter perfectly, demonstrating Chuck's compositional prowess despite not yet being the guitarist he was at the end of Death's period of activity. The album length is just perfect, it leaves you wanting to hear more and ready to switch to another Death album- it did for me.
In terms of voice, the only vocalist who comes close in terms of clear enunciation in Death Metal is Ross Dolan of Immolation, he was that good. If a tasteful look at death embedded in solid, commanding musicianship sounds good to you, you will not find better than Leprosy, no Cannibal Corpse-y copycat will come close.


Omnivium
Omnivium
Price: £16.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Obscura- Omnivium, 22 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Omnivium (Audio CD)
For those already familiar with Obscura's work, especially the sublimely composed and perfectly mixed Cosmogenesis, this album is business as usual, though it is not the same album. Opener Septuagint (the original Greek translation of the Bible) begins with a fairly relaxed acoustic Spanish section before the drums and electric guitar comes in with the same patterns, taking a relaxed introduction seamlessly into a triumphant heralding of the band's return to the lofty heights they reached with the aforementioned Cosmogenesis. And then some.
Each instrumentalist is perfectly showcased so even the most tin-eared listener can hear the skill behind each and every member present, those more knowledgeable about this form of music can gleefully dissect the orchestration and both can enjoy it without thinking there's something missing- because there isn't.
Steffen's voice- while distinctly death metal is itself confident, potent and clearly belongs to him. If one were to play an Obscura song and then a Necrophagist song one could easily tell the difference between Steffen and Muhammad.
If, like me, you're interested in the bass sound of a record, Jerome Thesseling is here on the top of his game and could stand proudly next to Tony Choy and Steve Harris.
Why is this album essential? In a metal world where every drummer is a double kicking, blast-beating powerhouse in this album the drumming is very much the same but done in a tasteful manner, that is, it does not dominate the mixing of the record, and the exemplary guitar soloing is well counterbalanced by the bass so no individual musician can be accused of "fret-wanking". I have done this album a great disservice by not thoroughly reading the lyrics booklet but from what I have read of it it is clear to see that there has been a great deal of thought and care put into the songwriting, furthermore, that these songs written in English have come from non-native English speakers is all the more impressive. Ignore this band and this album and you will be missing out on something great.


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