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Ascendancy
Ascendancy
Price: £3.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ascendancy, 20 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Ascendancy (Audio CD)
This album is, in a word, amazing. It fuses the old-school fury of Megadeth, the melodic precision of Iron Maiden, and the songwriting skills of Korn into one accessible, yet altogether heavy, album. Don't let the influence of Korn put you off, it sounds nothing like them, but it does incorporate that poppy cleverness into its sound.
At no point does the album drop its high level of quality. When the first song proper, 'Rain', kicks in, you think "the rest of the album can't match this", but it does. Although 'Rain' is my personal favourite song, there are another five or six that match it for overall quality.
1. The End of Everything - A piano-led opener that lasts just over a minute. The atmosphere builds and builds, leading perfectly into 'Rain'.
2. Rain - Starts off with an absolutely killer riff, and some insane drumming courtesy of Travis Smith. Then alternates between all out thrash and melodic death metal stylings, and ends with a riff taken straight from Metallica's 'One'. As I said, this is my favourite song on the album.
3. Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr - The song that everyone has heard. Starts off with a mini drum solo, goes into some Megadeth-inspired riffage, and has the best chorus on the whole album. Excellent solo too, from producer Jason Suecof.
4. Drowned & Torn Asunder - One of the more underrated songs from the album, it would seem. Very fast and very melodic, and an excellent vocal take from Matt Heafy. Another favourite for me.
5. Ascendancy - The title track, and one of my least favourites, but it is insanely catchy. Also, the harmonised part of the solo is absolutely fantastic.
6. A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation - Wow. An adventure of a song to be honest. Starts off sounding like Metallica, and ends up sounding like Kiss. Again, the solo is amazing, and so is the chorus riff. Nothing about it really stands out over any other songs, but overall it is very very good.
7. Like Light To The Flies - Goes straight into a totally brutal verse, and ends up with a perfectly weighted melodic chorus. Has obvious influence from the 90s death metal scene.
8. Dying In Your Arms - ...and now for something completely different. Has a slight emo feel about it, but it is still very very good. Not surprisingly it is now a single. It has a nice intro melody played by Corey Beaulieu.
9. The Deceived - Probably my least favourite, but I can't put my finger on any specific reason. It is one the heaviest, no doubt, but it has something lacking. Perhaps this is because it is a rerecording of an Ember To Inferno song, and so lacks the same spirit as the new songs, I don't know. Still good though.
10. Suffocating Sight - I am running out of things to say about songs, but this is another very good one. Quite fast-paced, and has an interesting use of keyboards in the middle section. The only fault is that the ending drags on a bit.
11. Departure - Along with 'Dying In Your Arms', this is the only song that strays from the 'heavy/melodic/heavy/melodic/solo/melodic' formula of the other songs. Uses acoustic guitars, and builds up to a doomy grindcore chorus sort of thing. After the second chorus, it becomes quite progressive with a couple of guitar solos and time changes.
12. Declaration - Very heavy, but too long. Again, quite progressive in its structure. The lyrics have a good concept, equality, but are poorly executed in terms of pen to paper, for example "Equality for every race, sex, sexuality" isn't the most poetic line ever written. All in all, a bit of a shabby ending to a great album, much like 'Metal Militia' is to 'Kill em All'.
This album is very good, and given the age of the band, I would predict great things for Trivium. Here's to hoping that 'The Crusade' will be able to match this masterpiece.
9/10


Contraband [Digipak]
Contraband [Digipak]
Offered by 5-star-media
Price: £35.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Rock N Roll!!!!, 20 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Contraband [Digipak] (Audio CD)
WOW!!! This album really is amazing, and is a definite contender for album of 2004. Whatever region of rock music you like, this is sure to please you: it has monstrous riffs, soft ballads, and Slash. Obviously the other guys in the band are awesome as well, and i was particularly impresed with Dave Kushner, who often plays the riffs with Slash playing simple melodies over the top: excellent guitar work.
The vocals, provided by Scott Weiland are absolutely brilliant, and he really shows his versatility when you compare songs like 'Headspace' and 'Sucker Train Blues' with 'Fall To Pieces'.
Duff McKagan is also on top form on ths album laying down some absolutely phenomenal, head-pounding bass lines over Matt Sorum's hard-hitting drums.
Coming from someone who is mainly a fan of heavier metal bands such as Anthrax and Metallica, you can really see how incredible this album is, I got it in August, and it is probably my most regularly played CD in my collection.
My favourite songs are 'Headspace', 'Fall To Pieces' and 'Set Me Free'. Really, check out the riff on 'Headspace' just to see what the whole album is about. 10/10.


Loud As Fuck: +DVD
Loud As Fuck: +DVD

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Loud As Fuck: +DVD (Audio CD)
This is a crazy box set. It is perfect for any beginner Crue fan, or just someone who wants all their best songs together. The price is excellent, you can't really complain at it, it's the same as the cost of a normal 2CD in HMV or whatever, plus here you get a DVD and a whole essay on the band.
The best songs here (in my opinion) are 'Bitter Pill', 'Girls, Girls, Girls', 'Take Me To The Top' and 'Merry-Go-Round', but really, all the sogs are very classy and well written.
Overall, this is a must buy for anyone who wants to learn about the greatest hair metal band ever, or just any fan of rock. 5/5.


Evolution Of...(Ex)
Evolution Of...(Ex)
Offered by KundKnewmedia.comGMBH
Price: £12.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Too short, 5 May 2004
This review is from: Evolution Of...(Ex) (Audio CD)
This album is kinda cool. STUN sounds like a cross between Amen, RATM and any other politically minded punk/metal band that you care to mention. The best tracks on this album are probably 'Movement' and 'Annihilation of the Generations', which means that the album peaks way too early. Unfortunately, on the later tracks the singer's voice begins to remind of the guy from New Found Glory, which is definitely a bad thing. This album is cool, but listen to some samples before buying because it isn't for everyone. 4/5.


Facelift/Dirt/Alice In Chains
Facelift/Dirt/Alice In Chains

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An New AIC Fan, 5 May 2004
I bought this set about 3 weeks ago as I wanted to get into AIC. I was not disappointed. They are such an awesome band I think, and definitely better than Soundgarden, Nirvana and Peral Jam. This set comprises of three albums: Facelift, which I have only listened to once as I didnt really think it was anything special. Dirt, which is fantastic and has some classics such as 'Would?' and 'Dam That River'. The best album here is the self-titled one though, it has my favourite tracks on the 3 albums; 'Grind', 'God Am' and 'Frogs'. Overall it is an excellent introduction to AIC, and better than getting the Greatest Hits as that only has 10 songs compared to the 37 tracks of this set. Buy it.


The Tokyo Showdown: Live in Japan 2000
The Tokyo Showdown: Live in Japan 2000
Price: £33.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Toky Showdown, 24 April 2004
This is an awesome album by an awesome band, and is captured on their 2000tour in support of the album 'Clayman':
1. Bullet Ride - A good way to open the show, very powerful song with astrong chorus. 4.5/5
2. Embody The Invisible - One of the less memorable songs here, but stillvery good nonetheless. 4/5
3. Jotun - Excellent song with an excellent intro, very old schoolsounding. I love this song. 5/5
4. Food For The Gods - A faster song than most on here, but with anawesome breakdown in the middle. 4.5/5
5. Moonshield - An old In Flames song, and more melodic than some of thenewer songs. 4.5/5
6. Clayman - More thrashy than the previous songs and with a kick asschorus to match. However, it sounds like Anders' voice is reallystruggling on this track. 4.5/5
7. Swim - A really great track, with the only real bit of 'audienceparticipation' on. Some catchy melodies here. 5/5
8. Behind Space - Another less memorable tune, mainly because it doesn'tlive up to the standards of the other songs. 4/5
9. Only For The Weak - Off of the Clayman album, and one of my favouritesongs on here, I love the guitar during the chorus. 5/5
10. Gyroscope - The least memorable track, and the poorest. 3.5/5
11. Scorn - Very good song, a classic. Has a mid-section reminiscent ofSlayer's 'Raining Blood'. Very nice. 4.5/5
12. Ordinary Story - Good track, but not enough melody in it for myliking. Having said that the chorus is very good. 4/5
13. Pinball Map - What can I say apart from that this track is absolutelyawesome. Really fast, and an excellent stop-start guitar rhythm in theverse. 5/5
14. Colony - Another good song. Starts off slow, but erupts into a guitarheavy track. Awesome. 4.5/5
15. Episode 666 - Heavy as hell. Very awesomely good, another track withawesome guitar work. 5/5
All the tracks on here have awesome guitar work, and vocals, and bass, anddrums. It is an excellent introduction to In Flames, and recommended tofans of Arch Enemy, Soilwork, Chimaira, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall etal. Awesome. *****


Still Life
Still Life
by Joe Donnelly
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great, 26 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Still Life (Paperback)
This book really is excellent. It was the 2nd of Donnelly's books that I have read, the 1st being Bane. I think that this book has a really great story line and the characters are developed extremely well. The ending isn't a huge surprise, but a fitting one to a great, but flawed book. The main flaw being the over-use of gore.


The Impossibility Of Reason
The Impossibility Of Reason
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!, 19 July 2003
this band is a huge revelation in the music world, alongside Shadows Fall and Lamb Of God. they are very heavy, in a slayer meets mudvayne kinda way, an the music will blow you away. the standout tracks on this album are Cleansation, Pure Hatred, Power Trip and the instrumental closer Implements Of Destruction. i havnt got their first album Pass Out Of Existence yet, but i'm sure that it will be just as good, and also this band got me into the other great bands Shadows Fall and Lamb Of God, buy this now, because you will not regret it.


Edward The Great - Greatest Hits
Edward The Great - Greatest Hits
Price: £14.25

4.0 out of 5 stars edward the great, 12 July 2003
this is an excellent first maiden album to get, as it was mine, i got it last weekend. an at the moment (altho ppl are gonna hate me for sayin this) i prefer the songs with blayze bailey on
except for number of the beast. i luv that song. definitly buy thisif ur jus getting into maiden, but after all the live albums etc, i wudnt say it was such a great buy for a longtime maiden fan.


Collection
Collection
Offered by para-dise
Price: £19.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Anthrax - The Collection, 31 May 2003
This review is from: Collection (Audio CD)
This is an excellent collection of Anthrax's best work, it has all the classic songs on it including the rap-metal collaboration with Chuck D of 'Bring The Noise'. The best tracks on it are 'Got The Time', 'Madhouse' and 'Efilnikufesin (NFL)'. There are a couple of weak tracks on it however, such as 'I'm The Man 91' and my least favourite 'Gung-Ho'. If you haven't heard a lot of Anthrax before, then I strongly recommend that you buy this, like I did, as it will save you a lot of money on buying their other albums for the best songs of theirs. It has two live tracks on it - 'Metal Thrashing Mad' and 'Efilnikufesin (NFL)' and the other fourteen are all studio tracks. Overall it is well worth the money and I would give it 9/10.


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