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UNCAGED
UNCAGED
by Frank Shamrock
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNCAGED THE STORY OF THE "LEGEND", 13 Jan. 2013
This review is from: UNCAGED (Hardcover)
A lot of newer MMA fans might be more familiar with Frank Shamrock as the colour commentator for the now defunct Strikeforce or as the guy as who is regularly involved in a war of words with the UFC's Dana White the very organisation where he became a star back in the late nineties when he was the UFC light heavyweight champion(back then it was known as the Middleweight title) with four straight title defences before walking away from the sport after his title defence over future champion Tito Ortiz.

Shamrock's story is one of hardship growing up in a dysfunctional family with an abusive foster father that would see Shamrock leave home and end up being in and out of Juvenile care and be taken in by different families on numerous occasions. While it was never a secret that Frank Shamrock did jail time it does come as a shock as he covers how long he was actually locked up for. His autobiography also documents how he ends up in the care of Bob Shamrock and how he begins training with his adoptive brother Ken Shamrock and The Lion's Den and covers the infamous tough process every fighter has to go through to get into the camp. His falling out with both Bob and Ken are covered as are his early carear fights and even the feeling that some of his fights in the Japanese organisation Pancrase were fixed in his favour.

Shamrock also covers his personal life and his different relationships he has been through and exactly why he walked away from the sport in his prime, as well as some of his ventures outside MMA and some of his ideas he had for his own promotion. His epic battles with Phil Baroni, Cung Le and Nick Diaz are all well detailed as well as his life spiralling out of control when Zuffa (UFC's parent company) bought Strikeforce and how the aftermath almost cost him his family.

While Dana White refuses to acknowledge Shamrock's achievements in the UFC or induct him into the UFC's Hall of Fame it's obvious for those of us who remember his fights in the dark days of MMA that he was one of the first true Mixed Martial Artists', a fighter who was one of the first to have a vast skill set rather than just one and never ending cardio (for evidence watch his UFC 22 battle with Ortiz). For older and newer MMA fans Uncaged: My Life as a Champion MMA Fighter is a must read!


Sympathy for the Devil (from Sons of Anarchy)
Sympathy for the Devil (from Sons of Anarchy)
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars JANE'S ADDICTION - SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL(STUDIO VERSION), 7 Jan. 2013
This is not the first time Jane's Addiction have covered the Rolling Stones song "Sympathy For the Devil" as it was on their original self-title live album back in 1987 under the name "Sympathy". So this new release is for the soundtrack of the TV show "Sons of Anarchy".

This version has Perry using a swirling vocal effect over the beginning of the song, which works quite well and is a different approach to the first time they covered it. As per usual guitarist Dave Navarro provides great guitar work throughout the song. The track has a real electronic feel which is in keeping with the sound of their last album "The Great escape Artist" which used a lot of electronics.

So with Perry Farrell promising a new album in 2013 that's going to be theatrical this cover version will have to tide us over till then.


2011 / 2012 [DVD] [NTSC]
2011 / 2012 [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £17.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars $LA$H, 17 Dec. 2012
This review is from: 2011 / 2012 [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
Slash released one of the best pure rock albums of 2012 in "Apocalyptic Love" and has found a perfect front man in Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy. It was an album full of rock swagger tracks, the type of rock music that Slash has always played so well. It has so many standout tracks including the single "You're A Lie", the brilliant classic flamenco style riff of "Anastasia" and the funky opener title track "Apocalyptic Love".

But here is the problem I have already bought this album twice; the first edition was the Classic Rock fan pack which was much like the release for his self-titled debut in 2010 and also the Cd/DVD combo that followed for its official release. Now what do we have? Well we have the same album repackaged with 3 extra discs, which would be great if it was extra tracks that maybe didn't make the album or a live unreleased CD but what you get is a DVD performance of his "Made In Stoke" DVD which was a brilliant performance, that same DVD was packaged with a two disc CD of the same show but for this release it's been edited down to one disc! Even go so far as to leave out two of the highlights of the set in "Rocket Queen" and "Civil War". The chances are if you are a Slash fan you will already have all three of these discs. So what is the selling point? It's a DVD of a show recorded in New York which would be much better suited to a single DVD release on its own rather than bundled together with a box set, at the very least they should make the DVD available to but on its own as Slash fans will have all the other material already. There is also a booklet which is a nice souvenir but is really one of those look at once type of things.

So just like Slash's debut album for which there were at least five different versions of the same album it seems that "Apocalyptic Love" is getting the same treatment. I wouldn't be surprised if next year the record company release yet another version next year. This is becoming an all too common trend with record labels releasing different versions of the same album in the hope that the die hards/collectors will have to have it.
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Rage Against The Machine - Xx (20Th Anniversary Edition)
Rage Against The Machine - Xx (20Th Anniversary Edition)
Price: £45.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XX-THE ULTIMATE RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE EDITION, 14 Dec. 2012
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.


(III)
(III)
Price: £6.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SWITCH TO ANALOGUE WORKS FINE FOR CRYSTAL CASTLES, 2 Dec. 2012
This review is from: (III) (MP3 Download)
There has a lot been made of Crystal Castles decision to record their third album using analogue equipment and that somehow the duo were going to become tamer and lose their bass heavy signature sound that they had perfected on their last two albums, well any fears that was going to happen are put to rest on album opener "Plague" which will opens with a siren almost to warn the listener what is coming next and that is nearly 5 minutes of bass pounding music just the type Crystal Castles do so well.

In fact the whole album doesn't stray too far from Crystal Castles signature sound of their first two albums. "Pale Flesh" features a Beastie Boys style beat throughout the track as Alice Glass alternates between shrieking and singing. "Sad Eyes" has a big disco beat that is meant to be played loud. The track "Insulin" which at less than two minutes long is the shortest track on the album and sounds like it has been mixed in a blender and then played backwards; if it were anybody but Crystal castles it would sound strange. There's even the beauty of Alice's vocals on album closer "Child I will Hurt You".

If you are familiar with Crystal castles first two albums then you will know what to expect from their third album which is a lot of big pounding beats, lots of noise and some shrieking vocals. So it's business as usual from one of the most exciting electronic bands out there at the moment. At band that really have to be seen live to truly appreciate.


Countdown to Extinction (20th Anniversary edition)
Countdown to Extinction (20th Anniversary edition)
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £22.49

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW RELEASE RIGHTS THE WRONGS OF 2004 REMASTER, 25 Nov. 2012
Yes it's hard to believe that it has been twenty years since Megadeth released "Countdown To Extinction", It was a creative peak for Megadeth at this time when you take in 1990's "Rust In Peace" and 1994's "Youthanasia". All three albums also featured what is considered the classic line up of Megadeth with Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Dave Ellefson and drummer Nick Menza. "Countdown To Extinction" has already been re-mastered in 2004 with extra bonus/demo tracks however the overall mix left a lot to be desired so the good news is that twenty year version is taken from the original version and is not overly compressed, nor does it suffer from the dreaded loudness issue.

"Countdown To Extinction" would give Megadeth some of their biggest hits ever, the brilliant "Symphony Of Destruction" leading the way. There is the brilliant "Foreclosure Of A Dream" with its slower pace and political theme it's a song that is a true now as it was back then. The album is packed with great songs such as "Sweating Bullets", "Countdown to Extinction" with its driving bass and album opener "Skin o' My Teeth". This version omits the bonus tracks that were included on the 2004 re-master.

Also included is a second disc of a 1993 performance from the Cow Palace. It includes 16 live tracks as well as an intro and shows how tight that particular line up of Megadeth was. The live performance draws heavily from "Countdown To Extinction" but does include classics from their previous albums. Including a great version of "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due".

With this new twenty year anniversary release Megadeth have fixed the problems of the 2004 re-master that in all honesty was mixed poorly. With this release the selling point is an excellent second disc of a live performance of the band at the peak of their powers. The two discs come in nice slip cases and there are cards of the four members as well as new liner notes. If you are a long time Megadeth fan you will want to add this to your collection.
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Sir Lancelot's Armor - iPhone 5 - Clear Screen Protector
Sir Lancelot's Armor - iPhone 5 - Clear Screen Protector

5.0 out of 5 stars QUALITY PROTECTION, 17 Nov. 2012
It's always the same when you upgrade your new phone you are always worried that you will damage the screen. Worried about scratching it and don't you just hate those smudge marks and God forbid if someone decides to take a look at it with their dirty hands. Let's face it you always end up buying loads of screen protectors that usually end bubbling up and only make your new iPhone look terrible.

Thankfully with Sir Lancelot's screen protector there are no such problems. Rather than include 3 or 5 poor quality screen protectors sir Lancelot have included one quality screen protector. It's not flimsy material, its quality. It's easy to apply and the pack even includes a good quality cleaning cloth that can give your screen a good cleaning before applying the screen protector. I have had this on my iPhone5 now for over a month and it has proven to be durable and hasn't started to come off at the edges or bubble up like the previous protectors I have used.


Theme from Call of Duty Black Ops II
Theme from Call of Duty Black Ops II
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars HARD HITTING!, 16 Nov. 2012
Having already conquered the movie world along with Atticus Ross with two fantastic scores of David Fincher movies, Trent Reznor has now delivered the theme from the number one first person shooter franchise "Call of Duty:Black Ops 2". It's a natural step for Reznor who has been a long time video game fan, even scoring the video game "Quake" back in the 90's.

The theme itself is heavy and has a grandiose atmosphere to it. While it starts out tame before the first sound of drums kick in at the 30 second mark it then slips back into lighter territory as it builds up to a wall of noise that features heavy pounding drums, a grinding guitar and bass. If it has a feel of any of Reznors previous work it would be the album "The Fragile", that is the closest comparison you can give this track.

The track at nearly six minutes long is epic in structure and is the perfect track for Black Ops 2. On hearing a track like this you know you want Reznor to return to working on new Nine Inch Nails material and quickly at that.


An omen EP_
An omen EP_
Price: £5.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW EP PROVIDES GOOD INDICATOR FOR NEW ALBUM, 13 Nov. 2012
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Nine inch Nails main man Trent Reznor and his other band How to Destroy Angels which includes his wife Mariqueen Maandig as well as his co-Oscar winning partner Atticus Ross and long-time art director Rob Sheridan release their second EP "An Omen" which will serve as a lead in to next year's full length album, for which a title or release date has yet to announced. The band has also signed a record deal with Columbia Records which means after 4 years Reznor is back with a major label.

Those familiar with 2010's self-titled debut release could be in for a surprise as the group have gone in a different direction sound wise, some of the songs are really stripped back and unlike on their debut EP Maandig's vocals are not as much at the forefront this time round, there is also more vocals from Reznor himself which should keep long time Nine Inch Nails fans happy. An example of the stripped back sound is one the song "Ice Age" with its plucking strings being sung over by Maandig. The music at the times will recall recent Reznor/Ross collaborations from "Ghosts I-IV" as well as the pair's two score releases for the David Fincher movies "The Social Network" and the haunting "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

Any Reznor release would not be the same without some big heavy beats and there is plenty to be heard on the track "On The Wing" which has Reznor on a whispered lead vocal duties. People familiar with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack will notice the similarities of Maandig's vocal take on "The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters" in which she hums over the music. If there is one track that sounds anything like a Nine Inch Nails track it would be the excellent "The Loop Closes" which sounds not to unlike "Into The Void" off "The Fragile". Must people will already be familiar with lead single "Keep It Together" and its whispered spoken vocal delivery by Maandig before Reznor comes in.

It sounds like How To Destroy Angels have changed things up with their second release, which should be a good sign for next year's full length release of which we are told some of these songs will appear on. It should also be noted that there is no CD release for this EP but it is worth buying the vinyl for Rob Sheidans excellent art work which is truly amazing.


(III)
(III)
Offered by Slinky Music
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars SWITCH TO ANALOGUE WORKS FINE FOR CRYSTAL CASTLES, 11 Nov. 2012
This review is from: (III) (Audio CD)
There has a lot been made of Crystal Castles decision to record their third album using analogue equipment and that somehow the duo were going to become tamer and lose their bass heavy signature sound that they had perfected on their last two albums, well any fears that was going to happen are put to rest on album opener "Plague" which will opens with a siren almost to warn the listener what is coming next and that is nearly 5 minutes of bass pounding music just the type Crystal Castles do so well.

In fact the whole album doesn't stray too far from Crystal Castles signature sound of their first two albums. "Pale Flesh" features a Beastie Boys style beat throughout the track as Alice Glass alternates between shrieking and singing. "Sad Eyes" has a big disco beat that is meant to be played loud. The track "Insulin" which at less than two minutes long is the shortest track on the album and sounds like it has been mixed in a blender and then played backwards; if it were anybody but Crystal castles it would sound strange. There's even the beauty of Alice's vocals on album closer "Child I will Hurt You".

If you are familiar with Crystal castles first two albums then you will know what to expect from their third album which is a lot of big pounding beats, lots of noise and some shrieking vocals. So it's business as usual from one of the most exciting electronic bands out there at the moment. A band that really have to be seen live to truly appreciate.


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