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The Paradigm Shift (Bonus One DVD)
The Paradigm Shift (Bonus One DVD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars KORN DOING THINGS THEIR WAY, 7 Oct. 2013
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Korn have long given up on what the critics think or what direction their fans think they should be heading in, even with the return of much missed original member Brian "Head" Welch Korn are continuing to experiment with new sounds in many ways showing that their last album the dup-step influenced "the Path Of Totality" was not a one off. Jonathan Davies has even go so far saying that the decision to release the first single "Never Never" which itself would not have sounded out of place on "The Path of Totality" was just to mess with people's heads.

"The Paradigm Shift" is Korns 11th studio album and the first one to feature founding member Brian Welch since 2003's "Take A Look In The Mirror", it features a mish mash of styles from the heavy pounding of "What We Do" to the death vocal driven "Love & Meth" which see Davis twist his vocal range from the straightforward approach to a death roar. Album opener "Prey For Me" at times sees Korn dip into their early signature sound with it being driven by Fieldys click slap bass. "Tell Me What You Want", "Punishment Time" and "Mass Hysteria" are tracks that all stand out.

Nearly twenty years on from their vital self-titled debut korn have come a long way and are in a position where if they try something new they will be criticised for not sounding like the old Korn, the same can be said if they go back and try their old sound they will accused of being stale. In many ways "The Paradigm Shift" is a slow burner of an album that takes a while to reveal its layers which in many ways is similar to 2002's now much loved masterpiece "Untouchables". So take the time to give it more than one listen.
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The Clash Hits Back
The Clash Hits Back
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SONGS, WRONG IDEA, 9 Sept. 2013
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The Clash's whole back catalogue is getting remastered and is available in various editions from the ultimate must-have 12 disc "Sound System" to each album studio album being available on their own as well as that they are also releasing "Hits Back" which (for the most part) replicates a gig they played in Brixton in the summer of 82.

While all these songs are all great it's a pity that it is all studio versions which really means that is just another in an already long list of Clash compilations that most long time Clash fans can easily put together as a playlist themselves as there is nothing here that has not been unavailable before. Of course if they could have found the live recordings that would be a totally different situation as it stands official live albums by The Clash stands at a measly two "From Here To Eternity" and "Live At Shea Stadium" so another live album would have been a welcome addition. Yes you do get a copy of the hand written Joe Strummer set list played that night and there is a whole bunch of extra tracks tacked onto the end of disc 2 to round out the set to give you 32 tracks in total.

So while the songs themselves are all great and as a long-time fan of The Clash I can appreciate it covers their early days of being a full on punk band to their latter days of experimenting with dance and Rap such as "The Magnificent Seven" and "This Is Radio Clash" showing how talented and diverse they had become over a short space of time, this collection is for collectors only.
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Hesitation Marks
Hesitation Marks
Price: £33.64

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NINE INCH NAILS COME BACK STRONG WITH "HESITATION MARKS", 2 Sept. 2013
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After making Nine Inch Nails "go away for a while" to pursue other projects such as scoring two David Fincher movies as well as working with his wife Mariqueen Manndig and Atticus Ross in his other band How To Destroy Angels, Trent Reznor has reawakened Nine Inch Nails with a brand new studio album, an album that originally started life as two tracks for a greatest hits compilation turns into a full length album "Hesitation Marks" the first since 2008's "The Slip".

The album is a lot more subtle in its approach with electronic beats creeping up on you and at times it can take a bit before the songs get going but when they do they all have slick sounding grooves, "Copy Of A" (which is currently being used to open Nine Inch Nails current tour which starts with all five members coming on to stage separately) has a very trance like beat going on with flourishes of guitar mixed in, it's an early highlight to the album. The first release from the album "Came Back Haunted" is driven by big beats and has a dance vibe throughout as well as throwing in a guitar solo at the midway point. "All Time Low" is a big slab of funk. "Everything" is the closet Reznor has ever coming to doing a pop punk number and is one of the most upbeat songs he has ever done.

"Satellite" might just be the catchiest song on the whole album after a couple of listens it will be stuck in your head and at times comes across as NIN doing David Bowies "Fame". "Various Methods of Escape" is driven by lots of beats starting of low tempo before a breakdown in the middle leads to big pounding beats that take the song to its bid dramatic climax. "In Two" features a number of vocal effects and you are never quite sure what direction the song will go in, it's a contender for the best song on the album. The deluxe edition features 3 remixes the highlight being Todd Rundgen's remix of "All Time Low". The artwork is a nod back to 1994's "The Downward Spiral" as the artwork once again is done by Russell Mills. Fleetwood Macs Lindsey Buckingham and king Crimsons Adrian Belew both provide guitar on a number of the tracks.

Reznor shocked everyone back in March this year when he announced Nine Inch Nails would tour again and then followed it up with the news of a new album, he would go onto say that the new album is "F***ing awesome" and that's exactly what "Hesitation Marks" is.
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Slow Focus
Slow Focus
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELECTRONIC MAESTROS DO IT AGAIN, 22 July 2013
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When Bristol duo F... Buttons came along in 2008 with debut album "Street Horrrsing" and 2009's follow up "Tarot Sport" they gave Electronic music a much needed kick up the back side, they didn't sound like any other band at the time and not only was "tarot Sport" one of that year's best albums it was also one of the Decades best. It's now been four years since that album and of course in between their music was famously used in the 2012 Olympic Games, with "Surf Solar" and the epic "Olympians" both been used. Any chance of the duo deciding to cash in on Olympic success is completely debunked by listening to their new album "Slow Focus", an album that shows they still make electronic music like no one else.

Beginning with the tribal drum beats of album opener "Brainfreeze" before the duos now familiar electronic noise sound creeps in sets this album up nicely, any thought that the band would shorten their songs are completely debunked, not for them 3 minutes short snippets of electronic sounds as what you mainly get are between 4 and 11 minute pieces of music that are like epic journeys taking the listener on a ride you won't forget like the final two tracks on the album the haunting "Stalker" and "Hidden XS". Then there is the brilliant and eerie "Sentients" which brings visions of a 1970's Michael Myers walking down an American neighbourhood after a group of teenage kids.

F... Buttons have now released three fine albums in a row and are proof that there is still plenty of room for experimenting in Electronic music. In a year that has already seen some great releases "Slow Focus" is right up there with the best of them
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Jane's Addiction: Live In NYC [Blu-ray] [2013]
Jane's Addiction: Live In NYC [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Jane's Addiction
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars JANE'S ADDICTION - LIVE IN NYC 2011, 14 July 2013
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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.


Live In NYC
Live In NYC
Price: £12.81

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4.0 out of 5 stars JANE'S ADDICTION - LIVE IN NYC 2011, 14 July 2013
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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.


Came Back Haunted
Came Back Haunted

4.0 out of 5 stars CAME BACK STRONG!!, 7 July 2013
This review is from: Came Back Haunted (MP3 Download)
Coming 5 years after Nine Inch Nails last studio album "The Slip" and four years since he stopped touring as Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor has brought Nine Inch Nails back with a new single that will serve as a lead up to September's new album "Hesitation Marks" as well as a full world tour.

"Came Back Haunted" has all the hallmarks of Nine Inch Nails best bits since 2005 all wrapped up in five minutes. Full of big synths, big beats and guitar solo in the middle "Came Back Haunted" has a big dance vibe throughout not unlike "The Hand That Feeds" from 2005's album "With Teeth" as well as containing elements of 2008's "Ghost I-IV". It's easy to hear the production team of Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder all over this track.

For the new album Reznor is promising it's going to be great and on this early form it sounds like he's headed in the right direction with that promise.


Came Back Haunted
Came Back Haunted

4.0 out of 5 stars CAME BACK STRONG!!, 7 July 2013
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Coming 5 years after Nine Inch Nails last studio album "The Slip" and four years since he stopped touring as Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor has brought Nine Inch Nails back with a new single that will serve as a lead up to September's new album "Hesitation Marks" as well as a full world tour.

"Came Back Haunted" has all the hallmarks of Nine Inch Nails best bits since 2005 all wrapped up in five minutes. Full of big synths, big beats and guitar solo in the middle "Came Back Haunted" has a big dance vibe throughout not unlike "The Hand That Feeds" from 2005's album "With Teeth" as well as containing elements of 2008's "Ghost I-IV". It's easy to hear the production team of Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder all over this track.

For the new album Reznor is promising it's going to be great and on this early form it sounds like he's headed in the right direction with that promise.


One Mile High...Live [Blu-ray] [2013]
One Mile High...Live [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Garbage
Price: £16.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars GARBAGE - "ONE MILE HIGH...LIVE", 9 Jun. 2013
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The last time Garbage were on a world tour in 2005 they ended up cancelling the end of their tour citing burn out as one of the reasons, the truth was of course was that tensions were a an all-time high in the band and the chances of them setting off on a world tour again were slim. Fast forward 7 years to 2012 and the band released comeback album "Not Your Kind Of People" and the band once again set off on a world tour which is now documented on the Blu-Ray release "One Mile High...Live".

Recorded in Denver in October of 2012 the band play tracks off all 5 studio albums which if you are familiar with you know sticks to their pop-rock fusion that has served them so well since 1995. The set begins with the trippy dance sounding "Automatic Systematic Habit" which is full of big poppy beats backed by guitars and loads of vocal effects. The bands mixes in the old tracks with the new and play to a packed crowd in a cramped arena. They don't rely on any fancy video screens instead the members take centre stage with fiery lead singer Shirley Manson draped in all black. Some of the older songs get slight make overs most notably "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains". In all the band play a 20 song set with fourth album "Bleed Like Me" only being represented by the superb "Why Do You Love Me".

Off the new songs from "Not Your Kind Of People" the ones that stand out most are the heavy "Battle In Me" and "Control" with its great slow build up and great use of harmonica. The band are again joined by ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery. They finish with their very first single "Vow" with its chopped up guitar sound still sounding as fresh as ever. The picture is crystal clear and sound is great, especially in 5.1.

This is Garbage's first official live release and is long overdue and shows Garbage still have a life left in them, also included is a look at how five of the tracks from "Not Your Kind Of People" came to life including "Automatic Systematic Habit", "Control", "Big Bright World", "Blood For Poppies" and "Battle In Me". The two black and white music videos for "Blood For Poppies" and "Big Bright World" are also included.


Live! - Live At The O2 - Special Edition [Blu-ray] [2012]
Live! - Live At The O2 - Special Edition [Blu-ray] [2012]
Dvd ~ Kasabian
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4.0 out of 5 stars KASABIAN LAY SIEGE TO THE O2!, 9 Jun. 2013
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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.


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