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Welcome Oblivion by How to Destroy Angels [Music CD]
Welcome Oblivion by How to Destroy Angels [Music CD]
Offered by FHL Store
Price: £30.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Dark in every way, 10 Jan. 2015
Following on from November 2012's lead in EP "An Omen"; How To Destroy Angels have now released their first full length album "Welcome Oblivion" which comes almost 3 years after their self-titled debut EP. Those who didn't bother checking out the "An Omen" EP will be surprised at the different sound the band now have adopted. There is a lot more subtly to their sound now and that includes the vocals.

The album is mainly built up over a vast array of electronic beats, loops, drone guitars and a lot of electronic bleeps combined with whispered vocals. This is evident on the first track the mainly instrumental "The Wake-Up". People who are already familiar with Trent Reznor and long-time collaborator Atticus Ross will notice a lot of the music shares similarities with the two's score for David Finchers "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" such as on "We Fade Away" which almost features an identical droning guitar in the background as was used on the track "She Reminds Me Of You" from that movies score. The title track itself has more than an influence of former British Band Curve(who were produced by long-time Reznor collaborator Alan Moulder, who also mixed this album) all over it, including the scream and shout vocals.

Four tracks from last year's "An Omen" EP make their way onto the album including the standout near 7 minute long "Ice Age" which features a more stripped back sound which features the sound of plucked strings as Mariqueen Maandig sings over it. The brilliant "The Loop Closes" is also included and is a song that is very reminiscent of "Into The Void" off "The Fragile". The closet they get to a mainstream pop song is on the catchy "How Long".

If you go with the vinyl option you get two extra tracks in the form of "The Province of Fear" and "Unintended Consequences", with the vinyl there is also a CD which includes the whole album as well as the two bonus tracks. The chances are if you didn't like the "An Omen" EP you won't like this album but you shouldn't write it off after one quick listen as there is plenty good stuff to be found here.


Live: Live at the O2 [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]
Live: Live at the O2 [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]

4.0 out of 5 stars kasabian on "Fire" at the O2, 4 Jan. 2015
Kasabian have come a long way since their debut album was released in 2004 where they were usually the opening band on the 2nd stage at numerous festivals and were labelled as Oasis and Stone Roses rip offs, since that time they have gone to festival headliners as well as playing to sold out arenas across the U.K and Europe as well as releasing 3 more diverse albums. The most recent of which was 2011's "Velociraptor" which is the tour this Blu-Ray covers from their sold out show at London's O2 arena from December of 2011.

If you happened to catch any of those shows then you will be familiar with the set list as well as the amazing light show and back lit LED screen that the band used for the tour. Staring off with "Days are Forgotten" which begins with all the band on the stage with the exception of lead singer Tom Meighan who sings into a camera behind the stage and a 3D digitalised image of Meighan singing is transported over the stage. The band tear through tracks from all 4 studio albums and just as they bring the pace down around the half way mark they kick into "Club Foot" which sends the O2 into pandemonium.

There is a rousing rendition of L.S.F to close the main set before they return with a fantastic triple onslaught of tracks beginning with the electro heavy "Switchblade Smiles" with its heavy beats and industrial sounding guitars and big sounding bass, it's bold and brave but they pull it off brilliantly. "Vlad The impaler" is then followed by the nine minute long sing along "Fire". It's safe to say the crowd go home happy.

Also included is a half hour documentary that follows Kasabian on their U.K and Ireland tour as well as a look at the coming together of the big production that the band wanted for this tour. There is also a CD of the show containing 13 of the songs and when compared to the double CD release of the show it actually sounds a lot better as the sound quality on the original double CD wasn't the best. This is a nice souvenir if you caught any of the shows from this tour or if you want to see how much Kasabians sound has evolved over the years.


Jane's Addiction: Live In NYC [DVD] [2013]
Jane's Addiction: Live In NYC [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Jane's Addiction
Price: £10.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Jane's electrify NYC, 1 Jan. 2015
Recorded back in July 2011, three months before the release of their fourth studio album "The Great Escape Artist" Jane's Addiction played the intimate setting of New York's Terminal 5 in partnership with electronic manufacturer LG to show off the use of 3D technology and is not from the bands 2012 Theater of Escapists tour. Now two years later after being shown on U.S TV on numerous occasions, the concert gets an official Blu-Ray release as well as being released on DVD and CD. The band is the Strays/2003 line up of the band with Bassist Chris Chaney once again joining the band to take the place of original member Eric Avery who departed again in 2010.

The band wisely sticks to material from their first two studio releases as well as their debut self-titled live album. The band only include one song off the at the time yet to be released "The Great Escape Artist" in the form of the first ever live performance of "Irresistible Force" as well as "Just Because" off 2003's "Strays" album. The band opens with the brilliant "Whores" which starts after a quick look back at old New York and continuing on with live staple "Ain't No Right". There are also great versions of classic tracks "Ted, Just Admit It" and the classic eleven minute journey that is "Three Days". Both these two tracks feature two scantily clad dancers on stage, one of which is lead singer Perry Farrell's wife Etty Lau Farrell. The guitar playing by Dave Navarro is as brilliant as ever with his distinctive thick heavy funky sound as well as one of the best guitar solos ever in "Three Days" The driving bass and guitar of "Mountain Song" are unmistakable. It all ends with the sing along "Jane Says".

There is only one extra included and that is a ten minute interview with Perry Farrell about the roots of Jane's Addiction. It's a pity that the Blu-Ray comes without the CD so if you want both you will have to purchase both separately. You can get a DVD/CD combo alright but it is well worth getting the Blu-Ray version as the picture is really crisp and clear and delivered in full HD. Also the Blu-Ray cuts out a lot of Perry's pre song chatter yet it is left intact for the CD version. Fans hoping that this would be the 2012 version from Terminal 5 might be disappointed as it doesn't feature much new material as that show. Of course it is always a drawback that original bassist Eric Avery isn't along for the ride but Chris Chaney does a good job as fill in. The band will never recapture those magic day's from the late 80's and early 90's but put them in front of an intimate setting and they show they can still rock as hard as ever.


Inateck Surface Pro 4 & 3 Case Cover 12 Inch Tablet Sleeve Bag, Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9" - Grey (SP1003)
Inateck Surface Pro 4 & 3 Case Cover 12 Inch Tablet Sleeve Bag, Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9" - Grey (SP1003)
Offered by Inateck
Price: £32.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality fitted case, 29 Dec. 2014
I have a been through an awful lot of laptop/netbook/tablet cases in my time and have lost and forgotten many in my time so I decided to try out a case from inatech as most of their stuff seems to be made of quality and have yet to be disappointed. They also offer a few different colours for their products and not just the norm as witnessed by this grey felt case, which helps in that you are unlikely to be leaving it anywhere as it out.

The exterior is a classy grey felt material and when you open up inside you will notice the grey padded interior that will fit your laptop and keep it safe as you take it out. It will also not scratch your laptop, the padded interior sees to that. The case has 3 pockets, one on the front that can be useful for putting notes or a couple of magazines in it. Then there are two pockets at the back which fitted my Samsung Galaxy and iPod Touch perfectly, making life much easier rather than having everything stuffed into pockets which can be really uncomfortable. The one on the left is bigger and housed the Galaxy and the right hand one took the iPod. There is also a separate pouch which can be used to carry your charger or you could just use it on its own and stick your iPod/phone in there. There is screen wipe cleaner in the little pouch and you can never have enough of them in my opinion. It is great too that the pockets actually fit stuff and are roomy rather than tight and it being a struggle to get stuff in and then out.

The stitching looks to be of good quality whilst the grey felt makes it more eye catching than normal cases. It has a Velcro fastener and when secured the laptop is held tightly which is always a relief. All Inatech cases are reasonably priced and this one is no different.


Inateck 13.3 Inch MacBook Air/ Pro Retina/ 12.9 Inch iPad Pro Case Cover Sleeve Ultrabook Netbook Carrying Protector Bag Envelope Case for 12.9 iPad Pro/ 13 Inch Apple Macbook Pro Retina/Macbook Air, Most 11-Inch Ultrabook Netbook, Grey
Inateck 13.3 Inch MacBook Air/ Pro Retina/ 12.9 Inch iPad Pro Case Cover Sleeve Ultrabook Netbook Carrying Protector Bag Envelope Case for 12.9 iPad Pro/ 13 Inch Apple Macbook Pro Retina/Macbook Air, Most 11-Inch Ultrabook Netbook, Grey
Offered by Inateck
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality fitted case, 28 Dec. 2014
Seeing as I have a 13” Macbook Pro it was about time to get to carry it in, something that wouldn’t be bulky like the laptop case I was currently using, which was mad enough in the first place. The Inatech case looks and feels really classy with its grey felt exterior and smooth grey padded interior. It holds the Macbook comfortably and is easy to carry under your arm. Got a few glances already from people noticing the grey felt colour. There is a fairly big pocket at the front that could be useful for carrying notes but you would be advised not to stuff too much in there.

There are two pockets at the back as well which fitted my Samsung Galaxy and iPod Touch perfectly, making life much easier rather than having everything stuffed into pockets which can be really uncomfortable. The one on the left is bigger and housed the Galaxy and the right hand one took the iPod. There is also a separate pouch which can be used to carry your charger or you could just use it on its own and stick your iPod/phone in there. There is screen wipe cleaner in the little pouch and you can never have enough of them in my opinion.

All in all the Inatech case is perfect for carrying 13” netbook’s and is easy to carry around and offers good protection for your netbook. The price is excellent as well. Highly recommended.


Gone Girl (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)
Gone Girl (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)
Offered by nagiry
Price: £8.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Reznor & Ross create perfect score, 26 Dec. 2014
Gone Girl" see's the David Fincher, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross partnership continue for Fincher's third movie in a row, following on from 2010's "The Social Network" (for which they won a golden globe and an Oscar award) and 2011's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (which would go on to win a Grammy). At this stage it would sound strange if someone else was to score one of Fincher's movies and it is a role that Reznor and Ross have grown into, they now sound more confident than ever. The score is dark, bleak and sinister, then again what else would you expect.

Reznor has described in much detail what Fincher wanted the score to sound like,from that bad music that you hear in massage parlors. If you have seen the movie you will know how the music fits in to certain scenes (I am not about to give anything away for people who have not yet seen the movie). The heaviest sounding track is the centerpiece "Technically Missing" with its slow build up before the sound of guitars and heavy beats kick in, it is similar in a way to Reznor's Call of Duty - black ops 2 theme he did a couple of years ago. "Perputal" and "Strange Activities" both recall 2008's "Ghosts I-IV" which is fitting as that is what turned Fincher on to the idea of using Reznor, as he used the music in an early version of "The Social Network".

There is the haunting piano of "Background Noise", the type that Reznor is so well known for. Reznor and Ross even go as far as using a full blown orchestra on the brilliant "Clue Two". The orchestra creeps up over the end of the track and it is a successful pairing. There is the chilled out ambient piece "Appearances". "Secrets" begins with a piano before it is over come with some big and heavy beats that surround the rest of the track. Thee is plenty haunting piano, glitched sounds and beats delivered by Reznor and Ross to make this a memorable score that indicates this partnership will continue for a while.


[with OTG Adapter] Inateck USB 3.0†Hub 4-Port with OTG without Power Supply Ideal for Laptops, Ultrabooks and Tablet PCs and Smartphones with OTG Function
[with OTG Adapter] Inateck USB 3.0†Hub 4-Port with OTG without Power Supply Ideal for Laptops, Ultrabooks and Tablet PCs and Smartphones with OTG Function

4.0 out of 5 stars Does it all with minimum fuss, 15 Dec. 2014
I have one particular PC at home in the office that has one 3 speed USB port which is annoying to say the least as once you get used to the speed you just can't get used to going back to 2.0. Thankfully that problem is over with the Inateck 4 port USB 3.0 as by simply plugging this into the PC provides an extra 4 ports with 3.0 speed. It really is that simple just take out of the box plug in and watch the speeds increase.

The speed doesn't disappoint either as transferring files is done quickly, a lot quicker than using the 2.0 ports on the PC. Of course you now have 4 ports as opposed to one! So things that you normally have to keep plugged in can now go into the hub. So things like the printer, speakers etc. I usually have to transfer large files onto a USB a few times a week and it used to take forever and was really slow, well with the 3.0 speed it now cuts the time way down by more than half.

A handy feature is that the hub is also portable (OTG - on the go) which means you can hook this up to a tablet or mobile phone and attach as USB device. This is also very straight forward to do, simply plug the adaptor part into your phone and then plug the usb connector into that and away you go. Another bonus is that there are no drivers that need to be installed.

I would highly recommend this hub as it does what it says it will do all with a minimum of fuss. You don't need to be an IT wizard to work this.


Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble
Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble
Price: £9.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like being trapped in a strange weird dream that you can't wake up from, 26 Oct. 2014
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The classic Primus line up with Tim Alexander back on drums release their first full length studio album since 1995's "Tales From The Punchbowl" and it is a re-working of Willy Wonkas Chocolate factory. Primus is probably the only band that could possibly get away with this and pull it off at the same time. On the first couple of listens this album just sounds all wrong and you begin to wonder has Les Claypool finally gone too far but it would be easy and unfair to dismiss it that easily.

However given time the magic and intention of the album filters through. At times it is completely sinister in delivery, as evident on "Candy Man". The vocal delivery on "Cheer up Charlie" might sound sincere on first listen but on further listens they are anything but. The zaniness of "Golden Ticket" which has already pierced my dreams and had me being thankful it was only a dream. In fact listening to the album it is like being locked in a bad weird dream that starts out nice thinking you can leave anytime when in reality there is no way out!

Ler's guitar on "Pure Imagination" is pure haunting and would be fitting of a serial killer chasing down a helpless victim. Of the instrumental pieces album closer "Farwell Wonkites" is the stand out. Having the four versions of the different "Oompa's" is overload. You will enjoy it the first time and tolerate it the second time but 4 times is way too much. This album does have a feel of a Les Claypool solo project rather than a full blown Primus album and it also features The Fungi Ensemble to round out the sound.


Gone Girl (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Gone Girl (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Score delivered by Reznor and Ross, 19 Oct. 2014
"Gone Girl" see's the David Fincher, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross partnership continue for Fincher's third movie in a row, following on from 2010's "The Social Network" (for which they won a golden globe and an Oscar award) and 2011's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (which would go on to win a Grammy). At this stage it would sound strange if someone else was to score one of Fincher's movies and it is a role that Reznor and Ross have grown into, they now sound more confident than ever. The score is dark, bleak and sinister, then again what else would you expect.

Reznor has described in much detail what Fincher wanted the score to sound like,from that bad music that you hear in massage parlors. If you have seen the movie you will know how the music fits in to certain scenes (I am not about to give anything away for people who have not yet seen the movie). The heaviest sounding track is the centerpiece "Technically Missing" with its slow build up before the sound of guitars and heavy beats kick in, it is similar in a way to Reznor's Call of Duty - black ops 2 theme he did a couple of years ago. "Perputal" and "Strange Activities" both recall 2008's "Ghosts I-IV" which is fitting as that is what turned Fincher on to the idea of using Reznor, as he used the music in an early version of "The Social Network".

There is the haunting piano of "Background Noise", the type that Reznor is so well known for. Reznor and Ross even go as far as using a full blown orchestra on the brilliant "Clue Two". The orchestra creeps up over the end of the track and it is a successful pairing. There is the chilled out ambient piece "Appearances". "Secrets" begins with a piano before it is over come with some big and heavy beats that surround the rest of the track. Thee is plenty haunting piano, glitched sounds and beats delivered by Reznor and Ross to make this a memorable score that indicates this partnership will continue for a while.


Rage Against The Machine - XX (20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set) by Rage Against The Machine (2012) Audio CD
Rage Against The Machine - XX (20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set) by Rage Against The Machine (2012) Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XX - THE ULTIMATE EDITION, 20 April 2014
In 1992 Rage Against The Machine released their self-titled debut album which would go onto inspire and influence and entire generation of bands and people. Muse's guitar virtuoso Matt Bellamy has often said that seeing Rage Against The machine perform at the 1996 Reading Festival was the moment he knew he wanted to be in a band. It's an album full of powerful political themes provided by the rap vocals of Zack de la Rocha, incendiary riffs from the brilliant Tom Morello who makes the strangest sounds from his guitar, at times it can sound like a turntable as well as being backed by a powerful rhythm section of Bassist Tim Commerford and Drummer Brad Wilk. It is an album that has stood the test of time and was heavily influenced by the likes of Public Enemy, The Clash, the Beastie Boys as well as both Tom Morello and Tim Commerford having a love for Canadian Prog rockers Rush.

Twenty years on and the album gets the real deluxe treatment available in a variety of formats from a basic re-mastered edition to an ultimate 5 disc edition. It probably depends on the level that Rage mean to you as to which edition you want. If you are a collector it's the deluxe box set edition you will want. It's packed to the brim including of course the original album re-mastered as well as the vinyl version of the original album. Out of all the ten tracks on the album there is no filer from the opening track "Bombtrack" to the explosive climax of "Freedom" and everything in between including guest spots from Tool's Maynard James Keenan and Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins on the excellent "Know Your Enemy".

Also included are all the bands original demos that would go onto form the main album, as a Rage fan these are a vital inclusion and include tracks that could have easily gone onto make the album such as the brilliant "Darkness OF Greed" with its heavy powerful chorus and the Beastie Boys style track "Auto Logic". The second DVD in the set which includes the band's first ever live performance from 1991 which is basically a one camera shot of the band performing, it finishes with "Freedom" and then wisely goes straight to a 1994 performance of the same song from the Pinkpop festival in front of 60,000 people as well including various live performances of songs from 1992 up to 1994, some of are of better quality than others. On the first DVD the band have included the Finsbury Park concert from 2010, which was a free show to reward the fans for helping get "Killing In The name" to the U.K number one spot at the expense of the X-Factor. It was seen as a victory for the people who had grown tired of reality TV dominating the charts. If you already own the DVD "Rage Against The Machine" then a lot of the content on the first DVD will be familiar to you as it includes all the live performances that were on that DVD which has the band playing at various festivals including Reading festival, Rock Am Ring and Pink Pop. It covers the band live from 1994 to 1997 including tracks from follow up album "Evil Empire". Also included are all the music videos that were also included on that DVD but includes six extra videos as the videos from third and fourth albums "The Battle of Los Angeles" and covers album "Renegades" are included to bring it up to date.

This is the most comprehensive Rage Against The Machine collection there is and whilst it might be a 20th anniversary edition of the first album it includes a lot more material that collectors will want to have. There's a booklet and poster included in the box set too. If you are an obsessive Rage against The Machine fan then you will want the Deluxe 5 disc edition, if you are not there is plenty of other versions here to choose from of one of the most important albums ever released.


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