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The Abolition Of Liberty: The Decline of Order and Justice in England
The Abolition Of Liberty: The Decline of Order and Justice in England
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 27 Jun. 2016
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I can not stress enough how important this book is. Everything wrong with law and order today is mapped out from one bad decision to failed vanity project to the next.

A must

The Troop
The Troop
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great modern horror, 4 Jun. 2015
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I first became aware of this book when I saw it won the James Herbert award.
It's brilliantly paced, it's more gross then scary but if the thought of a foreign host is a particular phobia of yours it might cut a bit deeper.
The characters are brilliantly written, there's some great humour too. The writing style reminded me a lot of Stephen King. Think stand by me (or the body!), set in Lord or the flies with a bit of the stand mixed in.....with worms!

Clockwork Angels
Clockwork Angels
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great companion to an excellent album, 14 Jan. 2015
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This book ties up the story between the songs on rush' s fantastic concept album of the same title. I've just finished reading this and now can't wait to listen to the album tomorrow with a slightly better understanding of the story.

This is more for fans of rush and the said album. I can't imagine someone reading this book and not listening to it's source material, however if you are a fan of the music this enhances the experience but isn't essential. It is worth it though. This is the first book I've read by Kevin Anderson, I'll definitely dig deeper into his work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars good service, 29 Dec. 2014
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Shaving set was a gift, person I bought it for was happy with it and it arrived very fast considering it was during the posts Christmas peak. So I'm happy all round.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 2 Sept. 2014
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This is the third book I've read by Joe Hill. I think horns is his best so far but this I enjoyed also. This mixes well fantasy with some creepy moments. Take no notice of who his parent's are. He is a great writer and I will continue to follow his career.

At The End Of The Day - The story of the Blaze Bayley Band
At The End Of The Day - The story of the Blaze Bayley Band
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4.0 out of 5 stars The untold story of metals most under related vocalist, 30 May 2013
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This book tells the story of the ups and downs of the career of blaze Bayley. The struggles this man went through alone will demand your respect. It also gives great insight to the business side of things and it's refreshing to read a music biography that's doesn't just show the band going strength to strength effortlessly.
The book is written by Lawrence Paterson who drummed on 2 albums with Blaze. So he starts with a biography of him then when he joins the band it becomes a diary of his view of events and tells like a diary. It's an original format but gets repetitive after a while. All in all an enjoyable read and a great guide to one of rock's most over looked talent and under rated back catalogue's.

NEVER SAY DIE!: BLACK SABBATH 1979-1997 (Rockdetector)
NEVER SAY DIE!: BLACK SABBATH 1979-1997 (Rockdetector)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 31 Jan. 2013
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An interesting, insightful look at black Sabbath' s criminally overlooked ozzy-less period. Worth looking at by fans and newcomers alike

Dark Roots Of Earth  [Cd+dvd]
Dark Roots Of Earth [Cd+dvd]
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5.0 out of 5 stars The almighty Testament do it again!, 2 Aug. 2012
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I had the privilege to listening to this back in may for the website i write for. But now i've had time to properly digest it i can say i love it even more!

I've always been a Testament fan, i think they deserve to be alot bigger then they are, and they are rightly regarded as the only band of their age that have improved with age! and chuck billy in this writers eyes is one of metals top 5 vocalists.

Anyway on to the album, Alot of people are saying it's their best since blah blah blah, it's a pointless statement because Testament have never made a bad album, (some bring up the ritual but listen to it, it's hardly loaded is it?)where does this stand in their catalogue? well it's a more balls out version of their last effort "The formation of damnation" but there's still some mid paced songs such as the title track and "a day in the death" and there's a return of the ballad in "cold embrace"

But the rest of the album absolutely shreds! opener "rise up" and single "native blood" are instant classics.
Chuck Billy gives a career best performance, Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson are as tight as ever, the human drum machine Gene Hoglan makes a return on the drums and does a fine performance. this edition comes with 3 cover songs and a slightly extended version "Throne of thornes" the one worth taking note of is their cover of iron maiden's powerslave with they completely make their own! you also get a dvd with the making of the album some live tracks and a few other extras, and the artwork is beautifully presented well worth your money!

if your new to the band get this and if you like it get their debut "the ritual" and work your way through
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Live And Inspired
Live And Inspired
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4.0 out of 5 stars Godsmack deliver a GREAT live album, 1 July 2012
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I could always take or leave Godsmack i always knew they were good at what they did and i did like them but they were just never at the forefront of my favorite bands, when i saw a live album i thought yes! this is what i need, i good live album were all the essentials are in one place.

i can happily say its exactly what i wanted from the band and from a live album, a great live album just rolls along and plays itself, with many of the greats the live album is the best thing they do, The who, Thin Lizzy, Deep purple, in short, a truly great rock bands live show should outclass their studio output no matter how great it is! and Godsmack do this perfectly here.
This isn't just a dozen songs with crowds chants in between tracks. the set is nicely structured and planned out the set goes up and down taking the listener throw a journey of their back catalogue. the band really hit their stride with "moon baby" but when they kick into "the enemy" they are simply on fire!

other highlights are "voodoo" a slow dark bluesy number which builds up the atmosphere brilliantly which leads into the percussion instrumental "batalla de los tambores", there's a couple of acoustic numbers then the band finish with a thundering rendition of "I stand alone"

Another bonus is 4 covers at the end. the band make pink floyd's "TIME" theirs.

well worth checking out

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4.0 out of 5 stars Morrisey's favorite death metal band deliver their masterpiece!, 2 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: MONOLITH OF INHUMANITY (Audio CD)
Death/grinders Cattle Decapitation return with yet another piece of bewildering yet blissful noise! carrying on were "The harvest floor" started the band continue to refine their song writing Travis Ryan expands his vocal ranges the shrieking inhuman yet strangely melodic "clean" chorus' are more present, as so are the dark melodies and some melodic solo-ing too.
all this adds dimensions to their original sound but Don't threat there's no danger of them diluting their vicious attack in any way.

Travis Ryan has got to be the best extreme metal vocalist around at the moment but the whole band is on form here stand out tracks include "A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat","Projectile Ovulation" and double closer "the monolith" and "Kingdom of tyrants" whilst the band aren't considered a classic band within their genre yet this album certainly takes them a step closer to being so.

the best current extreme band at the moment?

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