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J. Sparks "the_jord" (UK)

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Doom 3 (PC)
Doom 3 (PC)

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point, 29 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Doom 3 (PC) (Video Game)
This game is absolutely riveting. I loved every minute of playing it (except a few moments of absolute fear) and had to write a rebuttal to some of the comments here.

"no forming squads with other marines" ... the point of Doom is that you are alone, no survivors... just you.

"similar areas" ... you ever been to any research facility? Its hardly a theme park!

"weak plot" ... the plot of Doom is to live. Anything you learn along the way is a bonus.

"similar bad guys" ... I'm not sure what you are expecting, they looked fairly hellish to me. You play Call of Duty all the bad guys look exactly the same.

Point is, if you want an experience involving entering a new and fantastic world go play Final Fantasy... Doom is a survival epic. SURVIVE!

Brilliant game.

The Red in the Sky Is Ours
The Red in the Sky Is Ours

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 6 July 2003
The only reason I bought this album was on the basis of the positive reviews I had heard of At The Gates. And what an album to start with!
The opening is very powerful, and At The Gates stick with this all the way through the album. This will definately not appeal to all music fans, some of the tracks have no lyrics and consist simply of gutted vocals. However, those that appreciate this will see the power and technique behind the album.
Excellent guitar work, its difficult to commend a heavy metal guitarist these days as they mostly go for constant power riffs, but this is quite impressive. Nicely worked heavy metal solo's.
Drumming is top notch again, thunderous blast beats add to the overall power of the album. There is a slight gym hall sound to them, but this adds a tip of brutality to an already crunching album.
If your a hardy At The Gates fan you've probably not even reading this because you will have the album, but if you havent quite got into them yet, this is a great place to start.

Offered by HLRecordsEU
Price: £15.70

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A new style..., 10 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Jugulator (Audio CD)
For this album, with a new singer in the face of Ripper Owens, Judas Priest took the Metallion in a new direction and went almost into progressive rock. The final track, Cathedral Spires, is, in its self, a great prog metal track.
Never the less the Priest didnt abandon the good old heavy metal days, opening with the title track that was a reminder of when Painkiller first came out. The similarity to the opening track of Painkiller is a bit too obvious, but dont let this put you off as its still a high quality tune. The album goes up and down all too much to be considered a classic, but if you are dedicated to the Metallion then this album is a very worthy addition to the Priest collection.

Defenders Of The Faith
Defenders Of The Faith
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Judas Priest keep it clean and crisp, 10 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Defenders Of The Faith (Audio CD)
With this album, Priest kept the Metallion alive with a burning heavy metal album that was not only one of the best Priest albums, but one of the best heavy metal albums around.
Its not slow, but not fast, just downright heavy! One of the greatest features of this album, for a guitar fan like myself, is the incredibly crisp, clean and quality solo's. Priest weren't divulging in the extra heaviness that came about in the Painkiller album with new double bass techniques. That extra edge may have been missing at this stage but this made the music appear some what more technical.
All in all, the clean sound that comes out of this album surprised me at the time, as I was used to the ridiculous wah of Slayer and brutality of At The Gates.
Rob Halford's voice is as powerful as ever on this album. I would recommend listening to a few songs first before purchasing to get used to Halford's voice.
Great heavy metal, get it in the collection!

Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise
Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise
Price: £12.87

5.0 out of 5 stars The best modern black metal album, 17 April 2003
I had spent most of my time avoiding black metal, as Cradle of Filth's cheese was not very appealing and Dimmu Borgir were just overly extreme, but on hearing some of the tracks off this supreme album I ran straight down to the shops and bought it!
This album truly wipes out all its competition for quality black metal, going from extreme brutality to gentle mellowness seemlessly in a frenetic fashion that is simply amazing.
The addition of strings to their music, I believe, does not take away but adds to its grandiosity. Certainly, the strings in Empty are absolutely amazing.
Full on quality black metal. Make Venom proud!

Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original ie not slipknot, 12 Mar. 2003
This review is from: XX (Audio CD)
XX and Mushroomhead keep getting passed off as Slipknot rip off's, which is an incredible insult to their talent. A truly unique meld of crunching riffs mixed with the twin vocalists who's voices, though very different, compliment each other superbly. "Before I Die" is simply the most brilliant opener to a metal album in a long time, with other gem's such as "Solitaire Unraveling" and "Bwomp" standing out.
See through the face paint and seemingly outrageous number of band members, and you will find a truly unique album, something that doesn't often happen in today's musical scene. Plus one of the members is called Pig Benis, what else do you need!

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