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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [DVD] [1988] [2011]
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [DVD] [1988] [2011]
Dvd ~ John Neville
Price: £5.28

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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest children�s film of all time, 21 Mar. 2004
When I was younger I had a copy of this of VHS that I watched so much the tape snapped. This is the kind of fantasy film a child would make if given a grossly overblown Hollywood budget, and I mean that in a good way. It in no way patronises the younger audience like a Disney live action might, it only invites them to let go and be taken from place to place as the incredibly imaginative story unfolds. Terry Gilliam is a master the field of old school story telling, and for me no one dose it better. Not for those who cannot suspend their disbelief.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Snail paced Doom from a misty forest, 20 Mar. 2004
It’s a wonder this great British Stoner/Doom metal act haven’t embedded themselves deeper into the mainstream music scene, as I think they are the kind of kick up the backside music in this country needs. With gut crunching slow-mo guitar work, thumping sub-bass and devastating grove drum patterns, this power-combo pack a punch. If you like you metal to hark back to the glory days of ‘Sleep’ this album (or any Electric Wizard album for that matter) is a must.
With near all the tracks being standout the album has a pace and tone to it that transports you to a dark and beautiful place, with Jus Oborn and Tim Bagshaw’s spiralling riffs and finger work begging the listener to stand up and pay attention.
I can recommend no other Electric Wizard album higher.

Volume 1
Volume 1

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkest Doom, 19 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Volume 1 (Audio CD)
Everyone seems too overlook this fantastic debut by San Francisco’s legendary, but now disbanded Doom Metal act ‘Sleep’
It’s the forgotten album in a way, and undeservedly so I think. Although it doesn’t match the accessibility of their legendary follow up ‘Holy Mountain’ it has a sound, feel and character that stands alone when placed alongside the rest of the bands back catalogue.
The title of the album (Vol: 1) is a clear reference to Doom rock pioneers ‘Black Sabbath’s 1972 album Vol: 4 and what better way to show what their influences are and where they were coming from musically.
From the albums ominous opening ‘Stillborn’ to it’s darkest dirge ‘Scourge’ the songs deliver a beautifully glooming mood that I find more infectious than any of their other works, it has an atmosphere akin to itself.
The tracks seem to mesh together almost seamlessly much like their infamous ‘Jerusalem’ album, but they have unexpected changes and guitar sequences that keeps the album itself as an experience constantly fresh and surprising.
The bands line up was a little different on their debut featuring extra guitar and lead vocals provided by Justin Marler who seemed to have more of a Black Metal growl which also adds another dynamic to an already winning formula.
What more can I say, this albums a real all rounder even though it may take a couple more listens to access fully, but when you do you will find it in your music rotation for the distance.
Stand out track ‘Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream’

Art of Self Defense
Art of Self Defense

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Axe Swinging Stoner Rock, 19 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Art of Self Defense (Audio CD)
It’s been a while since guitarist Matt Pike parted company from the early nineties Doom Metal powerhouse that was ‘Sleep’ whose albums (check out ‘Holy Mountain’ & Dope Smoker’) have inspired countless bands and become underground classics. It wasn’t until early 2000 that Matt reappeared, not only playing guitar again, but singing in and fronting yet another power combo, this time in the form of ‘High On Fire’
Now ‘High On Fire’ leans a little more toward the Stoner side of things than ‘Sleep’ but it is Stoner Rock in its purest form, direct and to the point. ‘The Art Of Self Defense’ is the bands second offering, a follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Surrounded By Thieves’ but I feel it an infinitely superior record crammed with heart thumping bass and nerve shredding riffs.
The album kicks off with ‘Baghdad’ a song which I am sure with time will find itself sitting neatly next to ‘Sleep’ tracks like ‘Dragonaut’ in a file marked ‘anthems’ and progresses at a steady pace from there, each track’s pounding sound never falters suggesting a band going to war and showing no mercy.
The production on this album is fantastic with the bass; gain and distortion right the way up creating a sound that’ll really knock your teeth out. If you like your Stoner Rock indestructible and ripping I suggest you find a place for this in your record collection.
This will hit the spot for any fan of the genre
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