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Batman: Cacophony
Batman: Cacophony
by Kevin Smith
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There are far better Batman books, 31 May 2012
This review is from: Batman: Cacophony (Paperback)
I own over 100 batman books, this is the worst.

It isn't the art, while there are dodgy panels, poor expressions, contorted bodies and a few ropy perspective shots it is still not that bad, I have seen worse.

It isn't the plot either which I think is clever, although done to death in superhero books, and the injection of new(ish) villains or the readjustment of existing ones is always good. I do not wish to unnecessary spoil the plot so I will leave it there.

The problem for me is the characterisation, it is like a mini-encyclopaedia with as many added references to cannon as possible chucking in every cliché about the character(s) along the way. When something new pops up it just feels out of place, like much of Batman's encounters with the Joker that all contain some cringe worthy dialog (this is even acknowledged in the preface which surely makes it worse).

There are some startlingly off character moments on both sides, an awful act at the start leads Batman to the edge but a far more heinous act later on is easily brushed off by all involved. Meanwhile Batman's gallant forgiving attitude afterward may be what we expect from the character but the means and method beggars belief even in his universe unless Bruce has gone insane with Joker love.

It ends up like a poor man's Killing Joke with a subplot of `I am light, you are dark' and `I exist because you do' that has been done to death in the movies and just detracts from the plot and the new (to batman) character.

There are a couple of plus points; the script is a nice addition as is the variant covers and the actual covers are great (by Adam Kubert) but really don't buy this unless you're a completist (or it is very cheap) there are far better Batman books.

In Waves [Special Edition]
In Waves [Special Edition]
Price: £9.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality In Waves, 15 Aug. 2011
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First reviewer pretty much said it all...but despite some great metal so far this year not a lot of it has had that 'kick your face off' quality that In Waves totally does, so I had to do a quick review...no track-by-track here

As a day 1 Trivium fan I was biased from the start, so this album not moving too far in any direction from the Trivium template had me hooked instantly...if the heavily plugged title track is not your thing...don't worry there are at least another 6 tracks you will love.

Fast, energetic, tuneful...aggressive when it has to be with lots to enjoy and headbang along with up front but plenty more to like on repeat and repeat and repeat listens.

If you like anything Trivium ever did you should get this, it is arguably their best yet! Two other points...I have never cared what lineup a band has you shouldn't either...and as Ltd editions go this is really good with a great DVD, although I would say not worth if you have to pay a whole lot more.

Unseen (Standard Version)
Unseen (Standard Version)
Price: £8.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and almost as good as the Ltd version, 20 Jun. 2011
I already reviewed the Special/Ltd edition version (with a silver cover) so in brief, this is the standard version with 12 tracks (same order starting with 'Never Better' and ending with 'Done'). The Ltd edition contains three extra tracks; one bonus track `Attention' and two great quality live tracks; `The Reflection' and `The Fallout' (from the album `Dead Eye').

These extra tracks are awesome and a top end to the album, although not worth it if you have to pay way over the odds and you own Dead Eye already.

While I am here...listen to `Catch 22' and then for some contrast listen to `The City' if you like both of these just buy the album. The best album I got this year by a mile.

Price: £8.70

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunted made me get it again, 17 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Unseen (Audio CD)
From the moment I played this I loved it... I haven't listened to a band that had so many tracks with so many parts where I honestly couldn't think of anyone else doing it. Take the opening track `Never Better' to me this is classic Haunted it kicks you in the nuts from the off but wastes no time deviating from the tired thrash metal template and mixing it up in more ways than one.

I like the haunted for this very reason, they are adept at keeping things interesting and mixing the musical styles up, subtlety, but still remaining 100% them. Even here their influences are easy to spot (a little Tool on `Disappear', some In Flames on `Unseen' to name the most obvious) but they always remain unmistakably Haunted.

The best part of all...apart from the solid drumming, the awesome harmonious crunching guitars and the leading bass (so many bands bury the bass, the haunted don't)...the best part is the vocals Peter's voice is all over the place...but the quality never drops...I swear there are moments when it sounds like the Cure and some of the quiet harmonies are very Beatles-esq.

While tracks like `Motionless', 'The City', `Them' are in a similar territory to their `Dead Eye' album...on the upbeat ultra-accessible side of thrash, there are heavy moments where The Haunted are being as brutal as they have ever been...'The Skull', `Attention' and a sort of Southern dipped `No Ghost'.
Some may try and peg this album as Haunted `Lite' but it simply isn't true there are just as many thrash-tastic parts to it as there have ever been and made even more exciting by being juxtaposed by more light-touch moments. It is unique in the best way possible.

I have a handful of bands who I can honestly say have never done a bad album...The Haunted are right on the top of that list and the fact only 3 people have reviewed this album after such a long time is criminal.

If you have never heard the Haunted and you like it heavy check out `One Kill Wonder' first, if you like it more plain sailing try `Dead Eye' if you want something in-between try this...if you're a Haunted fan then you should own this already.
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Cyclone HD2 Lite Edition - 1080p H.264 MKV Media Player Enclosure with Built-in Recorder by Cyclone
Cyclone HD2 Lite Edition - 1080p H.264 MKV Media Player Enclosure with Built-in Recorder by Cyclone

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks good but actually very cheap, 19 Oct. 2010
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This holds up ok as a cheap media box / Freeview player but when you delve a bit deeper it isn't all that great.

No hard drive is supplied, either fit your own or use an external drive
It is not Freeview HD, it just plays HD media
The manual is badly written, it spends so long explaining advanced features there is no room for anything else
Support online is standard i.e. not very good.
Plays most file types but not all, less than my Xbox in fact
Menus are overly complicated, navigation is bad, the Rcontrol is rubbish
Recordings have auto names i.e. not the actual program names.
Feels cheap, makes a lot of noise (this would depend on the drive)

Looks nice and shiny
Does play a lot of media types
Lots of inputs and outputs
Can be used in all the fantastical network scenarios it purports to.
The EPG does look good
Picture is nice a clear

If your buying this as a novelty such as a second Freeview box...and you don't have a media drive / player, PS3, Xbox and you happen to have a spare SATA drive hanging about then go for it, otherwise stay away you could get a much better Freeview recorder for the money and then get yourself a second-hand Xbox or something.

Not a bad product but too much wrong with it to part with over £100.

Stormbringer (Album Version)
Stormbringer (Album Version)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy band you should hear at least once, 16 Sept. 2010
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Is there a super secret turmion kätilöt online music shop some place I don't know about? I wasn't able to find anything on this band until I stumbled across a live clip of them. There is little to purchase via download either but this (Stormbringer, a cover by the way) I got from Amazon on download, (I now have the full release, not purchased from Amazon) is a good representation of everything they do; imagine depositing every Rammstein and Clawfinger track into a Scandinavian robot's brain forcing it to use only heavy metal music equipment (whatever that is) to produce sound and then sending it hurtling back in time to seek inspiration by trawling the early 90s UK rave scene...this is probably what it would come up with. A little cheesy maybe but great if you are in the right mind set.

Congregation Of The Damned
Congregation Of The Damned
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Listening is a Luxury, 16 Sept. 2010
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Old school fans gave the last album a kicking for being a departure from earlier roots...an honest musical shift or a cynical grab for mainstream success? Who cares? Stay still you get panned, change you get panned, so ignore all that and listen like you haven't heard them before because this is an awesome album.

It isn't as heavy as they were, it doesn't have the massive song on the radio standout track of the last album and it isn't a mile away from a dozen other bands but...the musicianship is outstanding, the production is great the lyrics are solid.

To my mind it all sounds a bit like early Foo Fighters covering latter day Inflames (at points it really does sound like Inflames) with the vocals pitching between emo-screamo and hardcore-rock.

One other reviewer said `accessible' and I would agree there is no listener challenge here but this is a good thing, they know what they are about... naming a best track is tough but `gallows' is great as is `you were the king..' after half a dozen listens you will be hooked to them all.

A class act that know how to deliver metal with a twist, and will hopefully push themselves further still, that only a few have reviewed this album is a real shame as it deserves more attention. I cant believe the amount of metal snobs there are out there. As a metal fan 4/5 as an Atreyu fan 5.


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware fan boy reviews...like mine, 5 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Chutzpah! (Audio CD)
Here is an ambiguous review...with the WH I was on board around endless nameless and everything they did before or since although lovely just never really hit the same aggression buttons for me (as albums)...having said this, since the last split this has to be their best work yet, there are some amazingly inventive bits and it really feels like a solid album that you will like instantly but find more in with more listens.

It is light, fun, uplifting and rocky while being melancholy and blue, if you like the pop/rock hybrid that Ginger and co do so well then you will like this a lot, I do, and like the other fan reviews, I would never dream of giving it anything less than a 5...a British band making new, enjoyable and most importantly original music...who wouldn't give them 5, but I still want more, more inventive guitar crunching, overlong guitar solos, and more screaming verse chorus shoutathons. This is not a fault of the band but a fault on my part...I admire their balls.

Dragon Ball Z: Season Six [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dragon Ball Z: Season Six [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £13.83

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Dragon Ball Z!, 26 Mar. 2009
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Reviewing Dragon Ball Z as a purchase is so pointless...you either love it or you do not, and why anyone would be jumping into it at this season and not getting any of the others is beyond me.

I love them and as far as this season goes I have to say while not as varied or as interesting as some of the others it still has to be up there as one of the highlights of the series.

When you consider what you are getting for the price and how expensive they used to be this is an easy bargin, although if I had to moan I would say there should be more extras, maybe commentary, interviews with actors, fan animation...anything really. Still 5 out 5...total class!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Gimmick Really and Nothing More, 26 Mar. 2009
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I got this item for the gimmick factor more than anything. I had seen the now not in production (as far as know) Japanese versions that also play video, this led me to the official Nintendo ones (which I have not used) and then to this one.

Pros: It plays WAV and MP3 it has a separate audio jack and controls so you can listen to music while playing a game.

Cons: It seems to drain power from the DS quickly (to be expected) it does not recognize folders so you just end up having to scroll through a mass of tracks, it doesn't interact with the DS in anyway, it looks a little cheap.

Not being able to visually select your tracks or use folders is very frustrating and makes this useless as a dedicated MP3 player, and only any good for someone who likes playing DS games and listing to some very well loved music in the process.

On the up side it takes the very small Micro SD cards and the newer Micro SD HC cards (up to 4GB) more than enough for most people and as long as you have some way of getting tracks onto the SD from your computer (USB adapter etc) it is easy to put tracks on.

I wish I had gone for the official version now , the only advantage this has is that it sits flush to the DS and doesn't overly stick out as the official one does, even on price after P+P there is little in it.

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