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Bridges To Burn
Bridges To Burn
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Price: £8.42

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a welcome return from Pantera's evil cousins., 7 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Bridges To Burn (Audio CD)
songs like "Throw in the towel", "Me and my shadow" and "Skin and Bones" are full of the intensiy and hate that would have had Phil Anselmo and the boys heading for cover as 16's latest album marks a welcome return for Chris Jerue (Vox), Bobby Ferry (Guitar), Tony Baumiester (Bass), and Jason Corley (Drums) since they largley existed beyond the mainstream and had their usual digs with drugs and other issues that led to them disbanding in 2003 after forming way back in 92.

of course they are a similar but different breed from Pantera with Chris'es angry hardcore vocals being thrown into the mix with some heavy riffing and thundering bass lines matched with intense drumming bringing each of the albums tracks to life which had dimebag darrell be still be around they would have been ideal stage mates for Either Pantera or Damageplan.

It's A Misery Business
It's A Misery Business
Price: £8.66

4.0 out of 5 stars nothing here to get upset about, 7 Feb. 2009
This review is from: It's A Misery Business (Audio CD)
even though at over £7 it may come across as a cheap and nasty poor quality compilation designed to throw those off balance into thinking its a cool collection of anti songs for those who don't believe in valentines day.

il rate these songs as i go along.

1. Somthing in your mouth (Nickelback) 10/10: A CHEST beating dirty song that can leave you to imagine where Chad Kroeger is coming from with its dirty riffs and down right drumming.

2. Misery Business (Paramore) 9/10 a good revenge sort of song with Hayley Williams adding a touch more angst to the proceedings.

3. Dead Memories (SlipKnot) 5/10 a bit of a weak song less angry than their hit song Psychosocial which should have been on the compilation instead.

4. Doomsday (Atreyu) 8/10 a good nasty little number from hair metal revivalists Atreyu who seem to have let their influences dominate the proceedings with its chugging riffs and crue type choruses.

5. Orchestra of wolves (Gallows) 6/10 im trying my hardest to like whatever they are doing but this song is hardly somthing new bit like a mashed up Discharge and anti-nowhere song.

6. Lips like morphine (Kill Hannah) 1/10 the reliance on synths does not work well with this song whilst their lead vocalist sings as if he has a bad cold.

7. Jessica (Elliot Minor)9/10 this song shows why they have been touted as a band to watch sounds like the evil b-side to the rembrandts "Ill be there for you"

8. I write sins not tragedies (PATD)8/10 a very decent beatles-eqe track with its poppier undertones like arrangements.

9. Guilty Pleasure (Cobra Starship)8.5/10 with its A-Ha like syths and riffs its a very catchy guilty pleasure for those wanting to wind down.

10. Your love is a lie (Simple Plan) 2/10 sounds too much like a throwaway song by the backstreet boys not a song designed to turn heads away from valentines day.

11. Pandora (Madina Lake) 5.5/10 an angsty emotion filled song in its own right not exactly their best song a long mile coming from their hit debut album.

12. Girls (Kids in glass houses) 6/10 decent but too poppy in parts somthing for the glastonberry festivals.

13. Everybody needs a nemesis (Fighting With Wire) 9.5/10 a wicked song from a band filled with melodies and riffs to rival but not better Thin Lizzy and the Foo Fighters.

14. Mountains (Biffy Clyro) 10/10 a very catchy anthemic song that was not on their last song thats injustice! pity its only on an ep release.

15. Try Honesty (Billy Talent) 8/10 punks who are good at singing a ballad without sacrificing their integrity.

16. Better off without him (A) 8.5/10 one of my favourite songs from a wierdly named band who split up too soon, with its punky refrians add with some riffage and anthemic lyrics.

17. The Mixed Tape (Jacks Mannequin) 0/10 definitley a song to be heard over the radio at marks and spencers its lifeless and turgid!

18. loser (Cute is what we aim for) 7.5/10 a sugar rush to the senses depending what mode of transport you use providing you don't get sick along the way as its a catchy song in some parts good and bad depending how you look at it.

19. Leeds United (Amanda Palmer) 8/10 a very catchy, rocky horror show type of song sung by the artists who used to go out with an english lad who supported Leeds United.

im giving it 4 stars as its partly balanced with some decent songs in between but knocking the 5 star off since thier are some material that is too light weight to add a sense of evil to this decent compilation.

The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent (2009 Digital Remaster + Bonus Tracks)
The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent (2009 Digital Remaster + Bonus Tracks)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heavier parts balanced out by sweet ballads, 7 Feb. 2009
This is by far my favourite album its heavier parts (The Wild, The Willing, and the innocent) and (Chains, Chains) are well balanced by the emotion behind such ballads like (Long Gone) and (Profession of violence and Couldn't Get it right)displayed by Phill Moggs voice which along with Pete Way, Neil Carter and Paul Chapman was an album that was made by them in order to try out somthing different.

Atleast now with the re-issues gone and a new ufo album on the way for 2009 they should be getting the plaudits for what they have done and acheieved when they first came onto the scene as a space prog band that changed into a six string rocking machine that is still going strong with their other six string shooter Vinnie Moore holding them together.

No Place To Run (2009 Digital Remaster + Bonus Tracks)
No Place To Run (2009 Digital Remaster + Bonus Tracks)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life after mad mickey, 7 Feb. 2009
no place to run proved that life without mad mickey hadn't hit them for six since Paul Chapman shows his chops without getting much credit for it on tracks like the title track, "young blood", and "this fire burns" which is coupled with intensity and form from the rest of the star cast of UFO.

They may not have hit the big time like their fellow rock peers but they have influenced up and coming rock/metal acts on the way notably Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Steve Harris of Iron Maiden whose daughter Lauren covered "Natural thing" for her solo album.

Mechanix (2009 Digital Remaster + Bonus Tracks)
Mechanix (2009 Digital Remaster + Bonus Tracks)
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an unappreicated classic in its own right, 7 Feb. 2009
like the other two albums before it (no place to run, the wild, the willing , and the innocent) Mechanix is one of them albums that fans will either love/hate since its like a game of football when a team sells their brilliant but erratic star performer to another club and bring somebody else in as a replacement who is nothing like the former is bound to come in for some criticism expecting a player who is more of a grafter to replicate the silky skills of him he has just replaced and that is the case for paul chapman.

his grittier guitar playing is evident on "we belong to the night" which is a fist pounding rocker with phil mogg and the boys giving it what for whilst adding a touch of flair to "let it rain" and class to the two other best songs neil carter wrote with the two above "the writer" and "doing it all for you" which showed they coped well without their six stringer six shooter.

just ashame people where more interested in counting off the days till mickeys return.

Happy: In Galoshes
Happy: In Galoshes
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Price: £6.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lot to scott than meets the eye!, 30 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Happy: In Galoshes (Audio CD)
having reviewed the single disc edition of "Happy Galoshes" this proper european double album release shows there is a lot more to Scott Weilands abilities to write and sing behind the mic as opposed to being with grunge semi-legends STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and Velvet Revolver this album is a taste of what what goes through his state of mind and these songs on the 2nd disc may lull those into a false sense of security as tracks like "Crash" is a dance rock ballad whilst "hyper-fuzz-funny-car" is a funky vinyle scratching number if you catch my drift and "the man i didn't know" is a country western type of song which threw me off balance but at the same time appreciating his tender vocals whilst track 6."Pictures and computers (im not superman)" is a loud funky jazz rock song which shows his chameleonic side.

This album has not gone down well with magazines like Kerrang which awarded it 3 k's but don't let negative reviews or even positive ones influence your thinking into buying this album as its the sort of albums that freaks like me would buy and for those who are purely into rock and nothing else experimental wouldn't want be blushing in front of their STP and VR fans when raving about Scott's latest album only to be knocked back into silence by the many lyrical and instrumental surroundings of each track that is not what would have been done with EITHER of the two bands in question!.

War Picture Library: Unleash Hell
War Picture Library: Unleash Hell
by Steve Holland
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars war stories written and collaberated with those who have been there and done that!, 27 Jan. 2009
war stories like these where not dreamt out of thin air by writers who haven't served in the theatres of world war 2 but have written and collaberated with those who have been there and done that adding a sense of true grit and valor behind every page known to man which highlights not just the courage against impossible odds but the tragedy behind the actions of the ordinary tommy where so many end up dying to ensure their pals lived another day and that their country remained free of the nazi vermin wishing to completey engulf their freedom and liberty.

"Battle Picture Library": Death or Glory
"Battle Picture Library": Death or Glory
by Steve Holland
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gritty and realistic!, 27 Jan. 2009
I always been an avid reader of commando but left wanting a little more than the usual derring do stuff so reading the death and glory bumper book of the battle picture library it was a lot more grittier and realistic compared to George Low's work and the one of the stories that touched me the most was Blaze and Glory which as another reviewer said highlighted how the weak became strong and the strong became weak between the two characters who joined up till their brutal climax at the hands of the Germans.

At times these books will be dismissed as nothing more than a bunch of books gloryfiying war in these politically correct of eras but serve to remind us quite rightly so why the efforts of our boys should never be forgotten or ignored.

So Who's Paranoid?
So Who's Paranoid?

5.0 out of 5 stars still damning those into submission, 21 Jan. 2009
This review is from: So Who's Paranoid? (Audio CD)
The Damned's latest album shows they have still got what it takes to make a fine racket since songs like "A nation fit for heroes", "Under the wheels" and the saucy "Maid for pleasure" have a certain bit of physcadelia, church choir, the smiths and morrisey, etc in them with Dave Vanian adding his soulful gothic crone to the material as if he was taking the mick out of the former smiths frontman whilst Captain Sensibles guitar playing has remained unchanged since the heady days of their debut album which is not a bad thing since they like the stranglers themselves where far ahead of the pack at the time evolving a bit with each album whilst other punk bands stuck to the same format with diminishing results.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girlschool and friends trumph!, 21 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Legacy (Audio CD)
Girlschool have gained respect and a good following to be accepted in a male dominated punk/metal/rock scene whilst having to ride the waves of tragedy in losing their friend and former band mate Kelly Johnson (RIP) to cancer of whom the riffing good time feel song "Legend" is a fine dedication rather than a soppy one whilst the bonus tracks where a highlight alongside the other tracks on the album such as the second version of "I Spy" sung with no other than Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi of Heaven and Hell with Dio singing the songs in a rather grandeouse urgent manner whilst the likes of Eddie Ojeda and J.J French of Twisted sister fame add some extra punch to the songs of "Spend, Spend, Spend" and "Don't Mess Around" with some other appearences from current and ex motorhead personell alike even Lemmy adding another string to his bow playing a triangle on "Don't talk to me".

Its another fine album from a band who when they do hang up their drumsticks and guitars atleast they leave behind a legacy and seeing other acts like Mcqueen and Crucified Barbera etc showing girls wanna have fun rocking out like their male counterparts.

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