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Timex Expedition Men's T49271 Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Brown Leather Strap
Timex Expedition Men's T49271 Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Brown Leather Strap
Offered by Edmonds Jewellers
Price: £59.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as robust as you might think., 24 April 2012
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I've had this watch less than a year (September 2011). The light has stopped working and is irreparable even after already having to replace the battery. This has been with normal day to day use. The strap is already starting to fray. I'm not sure if my product is defective, either way i'm very disappointed.

Price: £21.27

2 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless..., 28 Nov. 2009
This review is from: CANDLELIGHT YEARS, THE (Audio CD)
The fact that Opeth have re-released there first 3 albums in one package is stupid. It goes to show that Mikeal Akerfeldt is now desperately trying re-packing older material in an attempt to win back some old fans since his recent introduction into self-obsessed, pretentious, arrogant rock-stardom. Sure, these were some of the best albums they ever released. But that was back then, they are not the same band anymore and have lost much of their original talented captured on these records. This release is true evidence that a band such as Opeth, god forbid.. Have finally began to stagnate and have to rely on re-packaging older material and ripping people off to make money. The artwork is cool but that's about it. Just buy the individual albums. You will save money and time.
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Heralding - the Fireblade
Heralding - the Fireblade
Offered by books-store
Price: £6.90

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor mans Bathory, 21 Sept. 2008
Falkenbach are another one of these slightly folky post-bm bands that sound much like every other Bathory rip off out there. Don't waste your time with this, where as Quorthon knew how to write songs of overwealming epic proportions and payed attention to some skills of good song writting Falkenbach water this down with dull, uninspiring songs that go nowhere and hold little to be desired of. All in all boring and pointless. A stupid and cheap blantant plagerization of one of the greatest metal bands of the 20th/21st century. Utter rubbish
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Ocean Machine: Biomech
Ocean Machine: Biomech
Offered by rainey 7117
Price: £39.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive. Atmospheric. Genius., 22 Dec. 2007
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This review is from: Ocean Machine: Biomech (Audio CD)
This album is quite possibly the best of any of Devins work. His ideas are so innovative and I can't guarantee you that his music doesn't sound like anything else. It is an uncompromising, atmospheric and haunting album that takes you through a journey through the vast oceans of his mind. It seems that this music really was actually made by the ocean. It's very progressive and though the music has such complex arrangements it is in fact on the whole very catchy and accessible.

Seventh Wave
The opener for the album, you are sucked under straight away, with Devin's saw blade of majestic and massive guitar riffs, and what sounds strangely like Greek monks chanting. This all sets the scene for a mammoth of song that plods along nicely. The vocal arrangements are grandiose and hugely layered. It is truly impossible to describe without listening to it. Absolutely stunning.

This song is inevitably pretty much a pop song, that doesn't mean it's not good right!? It's probably the most upbeat song on here. Soaring choruses and uplifting melodies are the order of the day here. By far the most commercial sounding thing Devin has ever written. The lyrics put across a really good message basically saying that you shouldn't waste your life and make the most of it.

A song heavily based on atmospheric guitar and keyboard melodies but with a fast pace and somewhat conceptual lyrics. Simplicity is quite possibly the beauty of this song.

Hide Nowhere
Huge vocal harmony arrangements. This song goes to show just how talented Devin is as a vocalist. A song with a great chorus and driving, grooving rhythms.

A beautiful short song which somewhat allows you to take a break and prepare for the rest of this album, it leads into the next song

3 A.M.
Another short ambient track. Extremely touching and perfect. The way it leads into the next song is absolute genius.

Voices in the Fan
Interesting use of drum programming alongside regular drums. Spacey guitar sounds and delicate vocal work are very intricate. Ends with a beautiful haunting choir.

Probably not the strongest track on the album. But having said that, listening to it now it really is amazing
Another relatively short song. The keyboard climax sets the scene for the next song, brace yourselves!

This is arguably the best song on the album and a live favorite. However in my opinion it's actually second best you'll see why later! Crushing guitar riffs that seem to make every limb in your body vibrate. Provided you are playing loud enough! The HUGE chorus, with Devin's desperate and powerful vocals. It's amazing how anyone can pitch their high screams as well as Devin. Sorry Rob Halford today is not your day!

A nice chilled out song, but plenty of driving rhythms and grooves all set in perfect atmospheric flawlessness. Not much to say here apart from just listen to the serene ambience and enjoy. Listen out for the seagull's at the end! After all remember this is still an Ocean Machine! Like most of the songs on the album, it leads into the next song. And the next song, ladies and gentlemen is most likely the most amazing thing you will ever heard. Once again the climax of atmospheric synths is present.

Bastard: Not One of My Better Days/Girl from Blue City
I cannot begin to describe just how ****ing awesome this song is. It is truly epic. It's over 10 minutes long and every second is filled with pure, dark atmospheric beauty. It has quite possibly one of the most massive riffs I've ever heard, that bands like Neurosis would kill for. If this doesn't give you chills up your spine then you must be wearing too many clothes or you have the heating too high. It is actually two songs in one the first obviously being Not One of My Better Days and the second one respectively being Girl from Blue City. This song is one of the kind that is truly life enhancing. The riffs are by far the best on the album, yes they are rather simplistic and there is no fancy solos or anything but that doesn't matter. It is true mood and atmosphere that really makes this song special. It's almost as if you can imagine you are in a desolate harbor town with old boats and worn out down buildings underneath a setting sun. If you don't believe me then read the lyrics and that's exactly what Devin wanted you to think! Hands down, the best song on the album and I wouldn't be afraid to say the best thing Devin has ever written.

The Death of Music
When you compare this to songs like `Life' and `Hide Nowhere' it's hard to believe that you are actually listening to the same album, let alone the same band! This is another haunting and epic song. Except there are no distorted guitar riffs or crashing drums, just a simple a drum rhythm and a ton of ambience. You can really hear the pain and emotion in Devin's voice. This is truly a heart stopping piece of art and a great way to close the album. Devin does some mumbling near the end about something to do with launching golf balls into the sea.

Thing Beyond Things
Most versions of this album have this bonus track so I guess I lied to a certain extent previously. This carries on the dark and haunting sound that you have experienced on the last two songs. Devin's vocals are calm and collective here. There is also a funny little surprise at the end, but I won't give that away. All I can say is Devin is a man of irony!

So to finish off I'd just like to say that if you are into Devin's other work and you haven't already got this then why you are being so blind! If you a fan of Strapping Young Lad and you haven't heard any of his solo stuff this is a good place to start. In some ways it is a lot like City (the two albums were written and recorded pretty much at the same time) without all of the aggression. Yes it is aggressive in some parts but as I said earlier, this is album is more based on atmosphere and passion. All I can say is buy it. It will change your life and if doesn't then maybe you don't have a soul.
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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (PC CD)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (PC CD)

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better..., 1 Nov. 2007
So, you saw the film, you bought all the little books that came along with it, you most certainly would have asked for Star Wars Episode I Racer for your birthday that year and then you may have also bought this.
Overall... this game is very disappointing but it has a few interesting little twists. For a start, it does follow the film but then has stupid little excursions that just seem to spoil it for me and mess up the story line. In parts I wondered if the people who made this game actually observed what happened in the film. Or maybe they just read the script and were like 'oh we can change that bit, sorry George!' Well sorry guys. It isn't fun. LucasArts have been going down hill ever since this has came out. The levels are boring and relatively easy, and the features in the game especially when playing as a Jedi (Obi-Wan or Qui-Gon) are very disappointing the only 'jedi powers' you seem to posses are a kind of gay front flip thing that isn't really that higher than the original jump and a 'force push' which allows you push things about 1cm. They shouldn't have even bothered with playing as Panaka and Queen Amidala. You are given a weak blaster with hardly any rounds, well as when you play as Queenie you are given a 'droid stunner' which pretty much does peanuts. The game controls are slow and its difficult to perform any evasive maneuvers. Jar Jar Binks gets more annoying than in the film also. However saying this it is quite enjoyable the first few times you play it the Naboo, Tatooine and Coruscant levels are quite fun with odd graphics and almost tediously funny storylines.
If you are looking for an enjoyable Star Wars game then all I can say is go for the any of these; Any of the Jedi Knight/Dark Forces series games (Dark Forces, Jedi Knight Dark Forces II, Mysteries of the Sith, Jedi Outcast ect) X-Wing Alliance and even Star Wars Racer isn't too bad! But this is terrible. Avoid it!

Dreams D'azur
Dreams D'azur

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, atmospheric and uncomprimising, 26 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Dreams D'azur (Audio CD)
Well let's just get this straight, Novembre are an astounding band. They have something that most other bands will never even touch. They have a unique sound of their own that enriches your soul. A sound that is pure, crisp and fresh. If you listen to this band... then well, Don't get me wrong you have very good music taste!
So let me tell you a little bit about this album. It is actually a re-recorded version of their 1994 debut 'Wish I Could Dream It Again' which has gone out of print and you won't even find any second copies in the 'used and new' section Amazon has, and this album is actually better than original (that was pretty much the reason why Novembre decided to re-recorded this) The whole album has an 'maritime' sort of theme to it... I guess sort of similar to Devin Townsend's Ocean Machine album.
So anyway I'm going to give you a little track by track analysis in my usual way!

1. The Dream of the Old Boats
This song lures you into the sound of Novembre. Atmospheric guitar and synths set the scene of our ancient boat that fell in the glory of war. Even though it's somewhat simplistic and a little repetive it's a beautiful song none the less and a classic live favorite!

2. Novembre
A song with the same name as the band. Nice! As we all know the Italians are masters of perfection and this is nothing short of a masterpiece, dark, shifting and grooving guitar riffs over creative drum work is the order of the day which then erupts into raging fast paced blastbeats and Carmelo's haunting screams. A true demonstration of just how diverse this band can be.

3. Nottetempo (Nighttime)
A largely classical guitar piece with a real Latin feel to it. Fretless bass creates an eerie, jazzy feel. The end section has an almost Dream Theater-esque sweep picking section. All of the lyrics to this are in Italian but Novembre are kind enough to give you the English translations in the album sleave!

4. Let Me Hate
This song has a very black metal feel to it. Fast paced and full of blastbeats and those truly heart stopping vocals. Features quite a nice little shreddy solo at the end that fades out into white noise. This is one of Novembre's more heavier tracks, and quite a surprise if you are used to their softer, more modern material.

5. Sirens In Filth
The way this song builds up is pretty cool. 6/8 time signatures that sound somewhat similar to... dare I say it Opeth. (Comparisons between November and Opeth have been far too overused) A very dark song with quite possibly some of the best screams I've ever heard. They are truly desperate and downright gut wrenching. (I'm sure I've mentions Carmelo's screams quite a few times before but he is a truly astonishing vocalist!)
The whole thing calms down with a beautiful piano arpeggio.

6. Swim Seagull in the Sky
This is probably my favorite song on this album, however I love all their songs equally so it's hard to say. It features a verse/solo/verse format which has many twists and turns and different time signature changes throughout so you don't really know whats coming. Despite it's rather comedy title (which I'm sure wasn't intentional) this is a very dark and sinister song. I just remember back last late spring on a very hot, hazy evening and it really going with the mood I was in. The end of the song is truly beautiful with acoustic guitars and more jazzy fretless bass work, with a gorgeous slow atmospheric guitar solo to finish off. Genius!

7. The Music
I think if Novembre ever were to release a 'single' off this album it would probably be this. It's quite an upbeat song in comparison to the others and a little more in the vein of 'The Dream of the Old Boats'. This is probably one of my other favorites. Nice uplifting guitar melodies and a good comparison of using clean and distorted guitars at the same time. Like most of Novembre's songs, it's like a prolonged orgasm it just gets better and better as it goes on.

8. Marea (Parts I, II, & III)
A song broke up into three parts. This song has plenty of dynamics and plenty of atmosphere with a rather odd fading in section. Not exactly my favorite song on this album. The vocals on this truly demonstrates Carmelo's skill, his clean slinging is extremely passionate and full of emotion. Again we also have the uplifting guitar melodies.

9. Old Lighthouse Tale
This song goes back the more death metal type stuff. But with the trademark atmospheric overtones. May I also just like to say that Giuseppe's (Carmelo's brother) drumming is very impressive on this song he really knows how to bring their songs to life and the chemistry between him and the other the band members wouldn't be nothing without his style of drumming, he is so much more than just your average metal drummer.

10. The White Eyed
Another slower song to start off with but with many tempo changes. I find myself often playing the intro acoustic riff to this if just noodling away.

11. Neanderthal Sands
The last 'proper' complete song on the album. Quite a short song and somewhat of a closing track with beautiful guitar solos. The end to this song is truly epic when Carmelo screams 'We are alone!' Which then dies down with a slow and melancholic epilogue.

12. Christal
An ambient piece featuring whispered vocals. I love the guitar tone on this song. Carmelo once again sings the last verse from 'The Dream of the Old Boats' 'wish I could dream it again...' In a somewhat nostalgic way.

So to conclude once you have listened to this album you will surely feel as if you have been on a journey, Not a tiring one, but a journey through the sonic oceans of November's re-visited debut album brought to life and captured to perfection. Do yourself a favor and buy it, Novembre creating truly life enhancing music boys and girls...

Price: £18.17

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful in all aspects..., 19 Nov. 2004
I would probally rate this album as one of my all time favourites. It was strange what drove me to get this album, as I had heard of this band and knew of the great things they had done but it also has some beautiful album artwork and I think that word is the only way you can sum up this album. We see here Death/Doom Metal with sweet, folky, rocky and progressive aspects... even though alot of bands may have done this (such as Green Carnation and Opeth) this band does it extremely well. So as I do with many albums I have reviewed I will go as full into context as I can by reviewing each track...
1.Thousand Lakes
A keyboard instrumental introduction to the album. Its a very nice way to start the album. It creates a somewhat sad and melachonic feel but it is also majestic and enchanting, may I also mention that the keyboard player is stunning on this album but this is just the beginning...
2.Into Hiding
It kicks in with a similar melody to the previous track but this time as a full band... now you hear the full sound. The vocals are vary between Death Metal style growls to operatic, clean sung styles. Nice interloping guitar appergio patterns which are used alot on this album (the lead guitarist is also amazing)
3.The Castaway
It drifts along well and has some lovely arabian/eastern touches here and there, and it ends with a massive, proggy/bluesy solo with all band memebers playing their hearts out... a truly brilliant track.
4.First Doom
Starts with a fast, pouding intro then goes into the classic Amorphis sound not much to say about this but its all good.
5.Black Winter Day
A real classic. Well known by all. Was featured in a Bam Magera film unfortuatly, but never mind that. This has some of the most beautiful guitar and keyboard melodies ive ever heard, very cleverly written indeed.
6.Drowned Maid
Similar to First Doom but more melodic. Another classic along with The Castaway and Black Winter Day.
7.In The Beginning
Cool little organ effects on here, another slighly rocky one and an album filler but all the tracks are great so I cant say anything bad about it!
8.Forgotten Sunrise
Has a really good intro riff. This song is slightly more chaotic in its writings to the last few.
9.To Father's Cabin
Interesting narrative intro, Mostly instrumental apart from a few lines, catchy riffs too.
10.Magic And Mayhem
One of my favourites on this album. The intro riff sounds alot like a more up beat version of My Dying Bride's 'Der Uberlebende' but that could just be me. The keyboard player goes crazy on this track which is highly enjoyable. Another beautfiul song. Would originally be the last track but this is a re-issue.
(The last few tracks are infact from the Black Winter Day EP expelling only 'Black Winter Day' itself but thats already on there so you get 2 records in one!)
11.Folk Of The North
A nice short instrumental and for the first time we hear clean guitar being used! Sweet and frothy.
12.Moon And Sun
My favourite track on the album, probally one of the more darker ones. Has some nice break downs and is packed with brilliant riffs.
13.Moon And Sun Part II: North's Son
The last track on the album and goes into the more rapid style that is on the album before. Good way to end a stunning album.
To conclude I would say this is probally one of the most inflentual Metal albums of all time, and by far by one of the best its one of those albums that is so good that you cant seem to get bored of it is exellent as it is beautiful (see! There is that word again! It must be good!)
Well what are you waiting for you prude? get off your arse and get it!

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