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Mr. A. J. Miles "theologica" (UK)

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Shrines [VINYL]
Shrines [VINYL]
Price: £20.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Post DubStep Electronica, 25 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Shrines [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Purity Ring along with fellow Canadians Braids are producing some of the best electronic music around at the moment. Purity Ring consists of vocalist Megan James and the electronics of Corin Roddick. There sounds is dark, trippy helped by the post-dubstep wobble bass feel. I can see why one reviewer stated about sound quality - the constant bass that flips in and out makes the sound seem a little strange to the ears. Careful listening your ears get use to it and the drums, vocals are at a constant volume and it's mixed fine.

As per other review the vinyl is only normal black - possibly they were coloured on first batch (as a little edition) and even the cover has a sticker saying coloured but it's not true. Don't blame Amazon! The vinyl comes with a download code as you can add to ITunes and create a CD.

World War Z [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
World War Z [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £6.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 19 Nov. 2013
World War Z is a reasonable film that is possibly 20 mins too long. The first half hour you get the familiar American family, intelligent action hero dad has given up his job, loves his wife to bits, has two daughters, one that always has asthma panic attacks - oh, rather boring and done thousand times before.

Thankfully, Brad leaves all this rubbish behind in his search for the source of an outbreak of disease that leaves the dead undead. Story is fine although not groundbreaking. Our Brad hops around from one country to another in his search which set up the action scenes.

My advice to you all with the undead you all you need to remember the'double tap' something Brad forgets!

Cymbomute Set of 4 Cymbal Mutes / Silencers / Dampeners / Pads
Cymbomute Set of 4 Cymbal Mutes / Silencers / Dampeners / Pads

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for quiet home practice, 18 Nov. 2013
Practicing acoustic drums at home loudness can be a problem. There are various drum and cymbal mutes available that vary in results. Evans sound off are fine for your drums but for cymbals although they do the job of reducing loudness you have the problem of hitting the correct part and the feeling you are hitting rubber pads and not getting a cymbal sound. Cymbomute is the best solution I've found for my cymbals. I very ingenious idea of a piece of elastic type material that goes around the outside edge of your cymbal which leaves the majority of the cymbal exposed. I've tested mine extensively on my 14" hi-hats and the volume is reduced by 50 or 60%, certainly to a more acceptable noise level. The good thing is you still get a tick when playing closed and an open sound when playing open which makes practicing much better as you can play complex closed/open patterns and still hear the different sounds. Crash and ride cymbals you can still play the bell. Overall, Cymbomute is the best solution I've found for quieter acoustic drum practice in the home or bedroom and I highly recommend them. I got the 4 pack consisting of 14", 16",18" and 20".

Arrows [VINYL]
Arrows [VINYL]
Price: £12.87

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very welcome return, 24 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Arrows [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Search on the web and one review seemed to think Ms Scattergood needed to write more deep dark philosophical lyrics and complex rhythmical structures instead of simple structures and rhyming lyrical pairs. So Ms Scattergood may have dropped the folk/indie guitar rock of the 2009 Polly Scattergood release and replaced these with synthesizers, piano, drum machines for indie electro pop but I personally find these above observations incorrect. This change of direction does however bring with it certain problems of comparison to Little Boots, Marina & the Diamonds, Adele, Katy B (in-fact it would seem every female singer) and her soft girlie voice to Kate Bush. I would suppose you would only know if this is true if you listen to all of these?

Out of all the tracks and one of my personal favourites 'Silver Lining' is strangely one of the most experimental tracks yet has some of the most rhyming lyrical pairs in its chorus: silver lining - by lightening - I'm climbing. The track leads into the wonderful 'Wanderlust'. 'Disco Damaged Kid' and Subsequently Lost is just pure 80's pop.

Arrows is not going to please everyone. It's possibly too poppy and light for those who want something dark and ethereal. At times it is darker that those who want light and poppy will feel it's too otherworldly. Maybe the CD that accompanied the vinyl with its blurred two picture Polly is a statement of the two personalities (happy Polly:sad Polly) that make up this album.

In the end Arrows is mixture of electro dance pop and slightly darker electro pop and there is nothing wrong with that.

Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) [VINYL]
Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) [VINYL]

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary is back!, 14 Oct. 2013
This is the first `real' release from pioneer electronic artist Gary Numan since 2006 Jagged. Gary himself would admit his middle period was not his best after the success of The Pleasure Principle era. Close to quitting music altogether he then discovers `industrial music' from the likes of NIN. This influence is present in Splinter with `Side A' opening with three songs that rely on heavy synthesizer bass to give its rhythm. `Side B' is a little quieter with the last track `Lost' mostly Gary's voice with the odd synth. `Side C' seems to me a little more experimental and it's good to see Gary using different sounds creatively especially on his voice. Does it all work all the time? It's questionable but you do get a sense Gary is enjoying making music and this comes across in the feel of the work. `Side D' starts again with the heavy synth bass before `My Last Day' which builds until the end. There is a good mixture of heavy and softer songs, synth, guitar and drums.

Being a pioneer Gary follows his own vision so any comparison to anyone else is rather pointless. I think fans will love this album and those who enjoy electronic music will find something to enjoy here. I'm glad Gary did not give up on music because this is perhaps his best stuff since `The Pleasure Principle' era.

Review of vinyl - comes with a download code and a print with Gary looking all 'fields of the nephilim' like.
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The Bones Of What You Believe [Digipack]
The Bones Of What You Believe [Digipack]
Offered by Bully-Boy-Music
Price: £12.99

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am reliving my teens!, 23 Sept. 2013
With a world tour behind them and 3 well received singles there is a lot of expectation with The Bones Of What You Believe by Chvrches. I had my doubts if Ms Mayberry, Mr Cook and Mr Doherty could pull it off over an album but overall one can say it's a thumbs up! The album starts off with the mid-paced 'The mother we share' before the synth pop of 'We Sink' and 'Gun'. Tether slows the pace down before finishing big. Ms Mayberry has a sort of girly quality about her voice that could felt the heart of the 'weaker sex'. She certainly does when in 'lies' she tells us she can sell us lies that 'can feed our dirty mind'. Naughty girl! One concern was when the guys took over the vocal duty but they are fine, maybe too good as the 2 tracks of 12 with male lead vocals would not be out of place in a band called... 'Chvrches' (but with male leads vocals). The music itself has a big nod and wink to 1980's synth pop, lots of 80's sounds but done with 2013 technology. Chvrches have pulled it off and have produced a fine album. If I could give half scores 4.5 out of 5. Certainly in my top 10 so far for 2013 but behind the wonderful experimental Braids flourish // perish and doom darkwave/rock of Chelsea Wolfe.
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Love Like Loud [Vinyl]
Love Like Loud [Vinyl]
Price: £17.84

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 90's alt rock!, 16 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Love Like Loud [Vinyl] (Vinyl)
Some professional music critics have not been kind to Placebo's Love Like Loud saying as a band they have not progressed. That however, is like saying the next U2 album is going to be country and western. Placebo is always going to be centred around the vocals/guitar of Brian Molko, bass guitar and drums with added touches of synth and piano. It maybe 90's alt rock but Placebo do it well and although this may not gain them thousands of new fans it will fill a gap for the current fans. My version came on clear blue vinyl from universal and looks very cool but did not come with a download code. If you buy from Amazon you get the audio rip which is a bonus.
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Pain Is Beauty [VINYL]
Pain Is Beauty [VINYL]
Price: £28.70

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness is beauty, 5 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Pain Is Beauty [VINYL] (Vinyl)
A reviewer on another Amazon site seemed to be more interested in Ms Wolfe's personality rather than her music. Yes, she did perform under a black veil due to extreme stage fright but what can we say about the music? Like many artists Pain is Beauty takes a more electronic direction creating gothic soundscapes against Wolfe's hypnotic vocals. The guitars are still there but accompanied by sample loops, synth, drums and effects. It is a very dark album that gives very little light relief. Wolf sticks a knife in your gut, gives it a twist, then just to make sure you are dead comes back for more. All this death and darkness does possibly make this album a track too long. Wolfe, however in not about creating disposable pop songs but expressive experimental alternative music. Pain is Beauty is a very apt title. So if you were to buy only two albums this year I'd recommend `Pain is Beauty' and Braids `Flourish // Perish' both have to be contenders for album of 2013. Both albums surpass in creativity and musical terms most commercial led stuff that is promoted by radio and music magazines.

Hesitation Marks
Hesitation Marks
Price: £33.64

5 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hesitation before you buy, 4 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Hesitation Marks (Audio CD)
NIN returns with a new release but I'd hesitate before you buy! On a positive note there are some great synth soundscapes but the whole album is let down by glitch drums, lack of guitar and real energy. Song structures are the same on every song: start bit, soft singing, some noise synth bit with a bit of noisy vocal, bit of soft singing, end. Lyrics in part are dreadful especially the rhyming parts. "Pretty Hate Machine" it's not, "The Downward Spiral", it's not. Here is the problem Trent maybe held up as some musical genius but he has not done anything great since "The Downward Spiral".

There are a few sparks "Various Methods Of Escape" is good but by this time you will have fallen fast asleep. Hesitation Marks is a poor album from 'I fear' a band that has little more to give and has become irrelevant. Time Trent to put NIN to bed!
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Oblivion [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013]
Oblivion [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Price: £6.43

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but no blockbuster, 1 Sept. 2013
This is a good movie, nice visuals, nasty robots, an interesting story and like Cloud Atlas uses minimal cast.

There are a few problems; the first being 'Ringitis'. Yes, a new disease! Directors being under pressure to give value for money have decided since 'Lord of the Rings' two hours must be the minimum length for a film. This makes Oblivion at times rather slow in pace. Unfortunately these slow bits are full of dialogue you need to understand the film. Yes, you can't switch all of your brain off which is a good thing. Mr Freeman does not appear in the film until about the 50th minute therefore most of the dialogue is carried by Cruse and Riseborough. On the whole they do a good job! Directors however, need to learn that at times less is better and Oblivion would have been much better 15 minutes shorter condensing the action.

There are a few laughable moments; when Olga Kurylenko reveals who she is to Cruise you sort of want to substitute the words of Darth Vader's "I am your father". Would have made it very interesting! The end of the film is strange. Like Mary the wife of Joseph in the Bible her character has miraculously produced a child. Now kids its shows you that kissing can get you pregnant - SO be careful!

Oblivion is a good film yet you feel with a few minor adjustments it could have become a great film. After watching it you feel a sense that it has let itself down possibly because it's hampered by a 12 rating. Worth renting for most people, buying only for Cruise fans.

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