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Jason "Jason" (London England)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic record, Fantastic band, 20 Nov. 2008
This review is from: II (Audio CD)
I saw these fellas support Trouble in Camden and quite frankly they were better (and I really dig Trouble).

I had no idea the bassist was from Gorgoroth and prior to the gig it was probably a good thing as Black Metal is about as far of my radar as Happy House. This is honest to goodness Heavy Rock. I've been crying out for a band like this to come out for a few years now.

All the tracks are fantastic. The only one that outstays its welcome is Monomania but then would a doom record be complete without a +10 minute epic?

Favourite track Pyromancer.

Hope to see them out on the road again
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United Abominations
United Abominations
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Damn you line 6!!, 28 Jun. 2007
This review is from: United Abominations (Audio CD)
Digital amps, that's what I blame. Who quits using Marshalls for Line 6, disgraceful!!

Main problem is this sounds like a going through the motions, sterile Megadeth album. Tries to please everyone and doesn't really enthrall anyone (some pop there for the Risk fans, some thrash for the old school crew but all watered down).

Couple this with a pop production, Dean guitars and Line 6 amps and I'm on for complete disappointment.

However, there are some good tracks on this album (which is its saving grace). Will be quite looking forward to hearing Sleepwalker and the title track live. Can't see this going in the discman very often though. It least he's curbed the bible bashing!!

How The West Was Won: Live (3CD)
How The West Was Won: Live (3CD)
Price: £14.99

12 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best and worst of a great band, 28 Jun. 2007
Metal Maz got this spot on. The longs songs are an exercise in complete self indulgence. A 19 minute drum solo!! A twelve minute noodle with a viloin bow (Dazed and Confused). I much prefer the long tracks Deep Purple performed on Made In Japan, much more interesting. Still CD one is great all the way through and there are some really great live renditions (personal faves, Going to California which I prefer to the original and The Ocean).

Price: £9.09

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly slated, 27 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Renegade (Audio CD)
Slated (unfairly) as the lowest point of the twin guitar era of Thin Lizzy, this album contains some pretty good moments. Songs like The Pressure will Blow and Hollywood still showcase Thin Lizzy's ability to rock while the melancholic title track tugs some heart strings. Admittedly the production is a little stale (damned 80's production) and while this album doesn't have a stand out track like Chinatown (one of few decent tracks off that, my least favourite twin guitar Lizzy album), in my opinion the standard of the album as a whole is far more consistent. Unfortunately however, any hope of capitalising on the success of Black Rose had well and truly gone by this point. Not a classic but OK. The same can't be said for the tours with Snowy White!

Virtual XI
Virtual XI
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, 16 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Virtual XI (Audio CD)
Widely recognised as the low period in Maidens history, this album represents the band at its creative worst. For me, the X Factor was actually a pretty good album and certainly ranked above Fear of the Dark and No Prayer For The Dying but this album really showed that a long term association with Blaze Bayley would have seen the band implode. Bayley can sing but his vocal limitations and general lack of imagination within the rest of the band make this a pretty dull affair.
Futureal and The Clansman are the only songs of any real note but the rest of the album is just a bore fest. Unless you're a completist you might do well to avoid this.

Rugby 2004 (PS2)
Rugby 2004 (PS2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too easy and so unrealistic!, 29 April 2004
This review is from: Rugby 2004 (PS2) (Video Game)
At first this game seems as though it's going to be stupidly difficult(you get your first scrum as England and lose the feed against Wales, nota promising start) but after a few games you just realise that rather thanthinking with a rugby brain you just have to learn the easy pitfalls inthis game. Along kickoff for example results in the opposition findingtouch on halfway. Choose a two man lineout and throw to the front, a bitof timing and you'll win every one. Also just hoof the ball into touch intheir 22, they'll invariably choose a two man lineout which you can winanyway.
Don't bother adhering to the scrum moves, just quick pass at pace to thewinger who'll get tackled by the full backthen use the forwards to bashyour way over.
The game is so generically easy in some ways yet difficult in others. I'mno rugby buff but even I know Wilkinson could kick a penalty at Twickenhamfrom his house but on here you'll be lucky to score from thirtymetres.
Just silly.

Born Again
Born Again
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Price: £9.45

1 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful!, 15 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Born Again (Audio CD)
This album is thoroughly terrible (even Ian Gillan says so). What remotely decent tracks that are on there (Trashed and Zero The Hero were kinda alright) have been drowned in fuzzy 80's production. Oh, and if you thought couldn't get any worse, listen to Seventh Star, despite having one of the greatest (and another of the Deep Purple alumni) singers ever in Glenn Hughes it is possibly vomit inducing. The Ozzy and Dio albums are classics but from here onwards (with the exception of the Dio era reunion album "Dehumaniser") Sabbath's output just becomes utterly embarrassing!

Among The Living
Among The Living
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthrax's best by miles!, 5 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Among The Living (Audio CD)
This is undeniable proof that Anthrax were the most gifted band of the thrash genre (yep that includes Metallica) and certainly more or less threw all their eggs ito one basket with this, their classic release "Among The Living". Certainly the most unlucky band in the world (watch the VH1 Behind The Music review for details), Anthrax should have gone on to conquer the world after this seminal release but while bad luck was partly to blame for this, they did make some rather fundamental mistakes:
1. Failing to capitalise on the success of this album, State Of Euphoria went into the zone of boredom after the first few tracks, and;
2. Firing Belladonna. Easily the most talented of the thrash singers (Hetfield, limited range but suited style; Araya just shouts; Mustaine, average but visceral, Souza and Baloff, give me a break, awful, Billy pretty good but not as good as Belladonna) but ousted to follow appalling grungy direction with boring old Bush.
Anyway enough ranting. "Among the Living" is simply a masterclass track for track. "Spreading The Disease" had had some golden moments ("Madhouse","A.I.R.", "Armed and Dangerous") but this is sheer class from the opening notes of "Among the Living" through to the amazing final track "Imitation Of Life". In between these two tracks are aome greats that deserve special mentions. "Indians" is my personal fave with a great take on the native indian plight (Belladonna himself a native indian) driven by great chugging riffs. "Efilnikcufesin" is a great anti war track again at ferocious speed with killer vocals, drumming and riffs (which can be said about every track really). "I am the law", "A.D.I The Horror of it all", "One World" the list just goes on, quite simply amazing. The only small criticism of the band is that perhaps Dan Spitz's lead work does not come up to that of his contempories (Mustaine and Friedman, Skolnick, Hammett, Hannemann and King etc) but I think the tightness and overall quality makes up for that. A must for thrash fans.

Price: £3.90

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Randy's album!, 11 April 2003
This review is from: Tribute (Audio CD)
This might have Ozzy's name on the front, but let's face it this is the late, great Randy Rhoads showcase. Basically a live overview of the Blizzard/Madman albums with some inventive takes on old Sabbath cuts, Rhoads just completely shreds his guitar and creating great music for Ozzy to prance around and shriek over. Ozzy is also sounding pretty good whilst the rhythm section (Aldridge drums/Sarzo bass) are as tight as ever.
This album doesn't have a version of the title track off "Diary of a Madman" although I suppose that would be almost impossible to replicate live, but has some classic renditions of the Blizzard lineup ("Crazy Train", "Believer", "I don't Know" the list goes on!), as well as some immaculate solos by Randy (after a smoking version of "Suicide Solution") and Aldridge, as well as my personal fave "Revelation: Mother Earth" complete with Airey keys work.
Also included is the rather haunting recording session of Rhoads' classical guitar workout "Dee" and some very poignant and interesting liner notes by Ozzy and Randy's Mom.
For me, a great testament to Ozzy's best guitarist. Never again would Ozzy's music sound so honest and crafted.
May the spirit of Randy's playing never die

A Momentary Lapse of Reason
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
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Price: £16.95

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking a lyricist and any real credibility., 18 Mar. 2003
I think it's fair to say that Pink Floyd could not carry on with Roger Waters and needed a hiatus after the woeful "... Final Cut", but there is one small problem, they couln't seem to carry on without him either! This in essence is a David Gilmour solo album and if it was billed as this instead of an alleged Pink Floyd album then perhaps it would deserve a 3 star rating for being a reasonably good album as there is some decent music on there. However after reading the credits there seems to be about 30 plus musicians on there (including a part time Rick Wright) whilst Gilmour sounds like a dead ringer for Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals although not having the same lyrical prowess by any stretch of the imagination).
Having said that this album isn't awful: "Dogs of War" and "Sorrow" are pretty good, and it would be a shame if some form of Pink Floyd hadn't existed to do the excellent Pulse concerts.
Shame it couldn't have been the real Floyd though!!!!!!!!

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