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Snakehive® MIcrosoft Lumia 640 (Black Model Only) Wooden Wallet Case Cover for Microsoft Lumia 640 - Made from Real Wood and PU Leather (Zebra)
Snakehive® MIcrosoft Lumia 640 (Black Model Only) Wooden Wallet Case Cover for Microsoft Lumia 640 - Made from Real Wood and PU Leather (Zebra)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality. Lasted 3 weeks before the pastic split ..., 17 Jan. 2016
Poor quality. Lasted 3 weeks before the pastic split rendering the product usesless. Do not buy!


Hail to the River Gods
Hail to the River Gods
Price: £5.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of "Tho'on Strange Brew", 11 Dec. 2012
TRIGGERMAN follow up 2010's "Brand New Day" EP by unleashing their finest collection of material to date.

"Hail to the River Gods" can best be described as gargantuan. The drums sound huge, the bass thunderous and the riffs massive. The grooves cut deeper than a volcanic rift and the vocals frighten like a hell-fire preacher extolling his flock from the rock pulpit.

In every way, the band has upped its game substantially. Two years of heavy road work around Ireland, north and south, since their previous release has paid off. The rhythm section here is as tight as anything you are ever likely to hear. And this is no studio trickery. I've witnessed the band pull off these dexterous stop-start riffing patterns, faithfully and to devastating effect, in a live setting on many occasions. The relentless twin guitar assault is impressive, a focused buzz saw sound underlain by a deep crunching blues tone. The lyrics are quite brilliant in many places, with rhyming couplets, heavy on allegory and historical reference, covering subjects as broad as - celebrating the life of a loved one on their death (Wake the Dead) - saying goodbye to Irish Émigrés (Hail to the River Gods), and - losing one's self in pursuit of material gain (Blind Side of the Moon).

This is a pin-sharp, hardcore, heavy blues-rock mind trip. Nominally within the "Stoner Rock" genre, Triggerman eschew many of that genre's excessive sensibilities - the overly long songs, the faux psychedelic productions - and focus on sharp, memorable riffs and songs. Catchy, but as deep as an ocean. Highlights include the title track, which features a fist in the air chorus set to an incessant, powerful, bouncing guitar motif, and "Wake the Dead" which comes across like QOTSA at their most belligerent. Even within the short time frame, Triggerman find space to stretch out and try some different things, moving away from their signature blues-metal rumble on the thoughtful-to-full-on morality tale of "Blind Side of the Moon" and the alluring, yet strangely off-kilter "Flower of Life".

For purveyors of hard and heavy blues-rock, biker and stoner metal; for fans of Orange Goblin, Fu Manchu, QOTSA, Monster Magnet, this is a refreshing, top quality twist on the genre, which will have you snapping your neck and tapping your toes, front end to back. 25 minutes, might as well stick it on again!


Brand New Day [Explicit]
Brand New Day [Explicit]
Price: £6.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At the end of the day, the Riff holds sway!, 10 Dec. 2012
Northern Ireland stoner metal behemoths TRIGGERMAN follow up 2006's debut full length album "Bull By The Horns" with the sharp, focused, skull crushing EP "Brand New Day"...

This is 30 minutes of hard-hitting, infectious, groove-heavy hard rock, peppered with huge riffs and overlaid with front man unique spoken / barked mythical and mystical lyrical musings. The band's lead singer and main songwriter has a singular take to the art of lyric writing, unlike any you are likely to have heard before. Lyrics that, on the surface, draw from biblical and classical references, with not a little humour thrown in, when studied closely and fully considered, often reveal themselves as modern parables or morality tales. It's a message of positivity and hope sadly lacking in much of modern metal, with its apocalyptic (both personal and universal) bent.

Unlike a lot of modern heavy rock / metal, the songs on display are instantly catchy and by the end of the second spin you'll be singing along to the monstrous choruses. There is no attempt here to be too clever or to over complicate the art form. It's all about the power of the riff and the groove. It's about what metal used to be about, snapping your neck and letting go, shouting along and raising your fist. In that respect TRIGGERMAN continue the tradition of no frills hard rock established by the likes of Motorhead many decades before, and overlay this with more modern stoner / biker metal influences such as Monster Magnet, with just a little of the New York Hardcore sound finishing off the mix.

Opening track "The Riff Holds Sway" is a perfect example of what the band are about, as they set out their intention early. A gigantic opening riff repeats, and is twisted into myriad, sinewy forms throughout the song, while the lyrics intone a mantra to the unworldly power of the riff itself. "The Road To Damascus" is another highlight, opening with a frantic riff and urgent guitar solo before settling into a groove as deep as canyon. Best of the lot though is "Brand New Day" with its insistent chorus chant and life affirming blast of riffage.

All in all, this is a hugely satisfying listen, at once immediately likeable but revealing hidden depths, both lyrically and musically, on repeated listens. If you dig the heavy blues laden metal stylings of Clutch, Fu Manchu etc, this is your next step on the road to Damascus.


The Best Of
The Best Of
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Price: £3.90

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These are the original recordings, 10 May 2008
This review is from: The Best Of (Audio CD)
Contrary to the review above of 22 February 2008 this collection DOES feature the original recordings of Smokie. I own this album and it's the only Smokie best of collection, still available, that does feature the original 70s recordings with Chris Norman on vocal. I think the reviewer may be getting mixed up with the collection linked below, which is re-recorded versions from the 80s, rubbish they are too.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Smokie/dp/B00000B9AD/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1210385236&sr=1-4

Further more the band changed it's name from Smokey to Smokie in 1975 after Smokey Robinson threatened legal action. Most of their big 70s hits, bar the first few, were released under the name of Smokie.


Somewhere Else
Somewhere Else

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another sublime release, 27 April 2007
This review is from: Somewhere Else (Audio CD)
Bands on their 14th album shouldn't still be this good. Shouldn't sound this contemporary. Shouldn't be able to surprise and rankle their fan base in equal measure. But Marillion do. Never a band to repeat itself, Marillion really have gone "Somewhere Else" with this release.

Somewhere Else is a more commercial and accessible set than we are used to from the band, at times not a million miles away from Radiohead or Coldplay. The album largely eschews the complex, multi-faceted, lengthy tracks they are known for and instead offers a collection of 10 beautifully crafted and varied songs. Mike Hunter's production approach is very much "live in the studio" which makes the band's playing and the songs sound more natural than their work with Dave Meegan. The vocals in particular are very up close with few overdubs, and for the first time in quite a while Ian Mosley's drums pound out at the front of the mix.

Opener "The Other Half" starts out as a soaring rocker in the U2 mould before switching to a jazzy piano motif overlaid with pleading vocals from Steve Hogarth and scintillating guitar from Rothery. "Thank You Whoever You Are" is a traditional Marillion ballad, given a modern twist with a garage rock dissonant mid-section. "Most Toys" is likely to annoy as many fans as it pleases, being a short in-your-face indie rock song and effectively ushers in a change in the mood of the album.

From the title track onwards, Marillion take you on one of those deep journeys into a world fragranced with fragile fleeting vocal melodies, ethereal musicianship and painful, haunting lyrics. "Somewhere Else" is a classic piece of Marillion song writing, starting gently and building to a powerful, emotional climax. A guaranteed future classic. Other stand outs are "Voice From The Past" a sweeping, delicate ballad, lyrically inspired by the Make Poverty History campaign, and "The Wound" a muscular rocker that wanders off into Radiohead Kid A territory somewhere in the middle and never makes it back again. Closing track "Faith" is a surprising and uplifting acoustic ballad, given a Beatlesque twist with the addition of psychedelic sounding French Horn at the end.

Somewhere Else is another excellent album from Marillion, and like all their best releases, it fits together to produce a listening experience that is deeper and more meaningful than each of the songs taken on its individual merits. It's a trick the band have perfected and one which means you will still be listening to this album in 12 months time.
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RAPTURE OF THE DEEP
RAPTURE OF THE DEEP
Price: £6.87

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rapturous return of Deep Purple, 20 Oct. 2005
This review is from: RAPTURE OF THE DEEP (Audio CD)
Well what a suprise this is. Being a long term Purple fan, but having long since given up the hope of them producing a real top class studio recording in their mature years,along comes Rapture of the Deep.
This is quite simply the best record the band have made since reforming in 84, and yes I am including the classic Perfect strangers in that. PS may have contained two bona-fide classics but the rest of the album wasn't up to standard.
This album contains at least three future classics, and the songs in between are of an astoundingly high quality. It kicks off with the first of those classics "Money Talks", full of growling hammond and attitude. The keyboard intro sets the scene and then in comes Gillan with an amazing vocal similar to No One Can from Fireball.
The title track is in the vein of Perfect Strangers or Enya, full of eastern promise and snaking rhythms and another cracker. The required ballad is well above their usual standard in such songs, and thankfully blots out the memory of the contrived Haunted from 2003's Bananas. Final track Before Time Began is a prog masterpiece, one of the best songs Purple have written in two decades, with an astoundingly thoughtful lyric from Gillan.
The remaining tracks are heavy, dense, full of improvisation and musical ambition and played beautifully. The entire album grooves and rumbles with renewed vigour. Simply splendid.
Buy it, marvel at it, and despair of the crock of nonsense younger bands try to pass off as rock music in this day and age.


Rapture of the Deep [Exclusive Packaging]
Rapture of the Deep [Exclusive Packaging]
Price: £10.76

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Purple album since the reformation, 13 Oct. 2005
Well what a suprise this is. Being a long term Purple fan, but having long since given up the hope of them producing a real top class studio recording in their mature years,along comes Rapture of the Deep.
This is quite simply the best record the band have made since reforming in 84, and yes I am including the classic Perfect strangers in that. PS may have contained two bona-fide classics but the rest of the album wasn't up to standard.
This album contains at least three future classics, and the songs in between are of an astoundingly high quality. It kicks off with the first of those classics "Money Talks", full of growling hammond and attitude. The keyboard intro sets the scene and then in comes Gillan with an amazing vocal similar to No One Can from Fireball.
The title track is in the vein of Perfect Strangers or Enya, full of eastern promise and snaking rhythms and another cracker. The required ballad is well above their usual standard in such songs, and thankfully blots out the memory of the contrived Haunted from 2003's Bananas. Final track Before Time Began is a prog masterpiece, one of the best songs Purple have written in two decades, with an astoundingly thoughtful lyric from Gillan.
The remaining tracks are heavy, dense, full of improvisation and musical ambition and played beautifully. The entire album grooves and rumbles with renewed vigour. Simply splendid.
Buy it, marvel at it, and despair of the crock of nonsense younger bands try to pass off as rock music in this day and age.


Live at the Googolplex
Live at the Googolplex
Price: £20.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underground Metals best kept secret release live album, 9 April 2003
This review is from: Live at the Googolplex (Audio CD)
Clutch are a band that play by their own rules, which becomes clear when you listen to this, their first ever live release. This is no overdubbed, overpackaged, major label live album. This is a postcard from rock'n'roll's very edge; raw, primeval, ethereal and damn compelling. The band capture the very essence of heavy music and sound completely involved in what they are doing, oblivious to everything outside the music being made. If you think of Zeppelin live around 68/69 you'll get the picture.
Songs from all the studio albums feature in a powerful, driving set played with abandon. Third track "Sea of Destrucion" was recorded for last studio album "Pure Rock Fury" but left off. For fans the CD is worth purchasing for this one track. The genre defying "Careful with that Mic" is brilliant, mixing hip hop and metal in a way that sounds nothing like the identikit nu-metal bands around at the moment. This track really shows off Neil Fallons unique vocal and lyrical style. He sounds like a man you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, but the intelligence of his lyrics belies this image.
Clutch have been getting a reputation as a jam band recently and develop that theme further with "Big News I" and "II". The musicians really stretch out here, Tim Sult's guitar lines are brick hard and funky at the same time, with plenty of space for loose limbed basslines and flashy, but deadly accurate, jazz tinged drumming. "Soapmakers" closes, strange and breathtaking, a song that is uniquely Clutch.
This is rock music made for its own ends, not to shift units. Music made by a real band that exist outside of the modern choreographed music industry. Oh, and did I not mention, It's heavy!


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