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From the Cradle to Enslave [Ltd Ed]
From the Cradle to Enslave [Ltd Ed]
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £71.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The killer song I knew they always had in them., 15 Dec. 1999
This E.P. isn't just a stop-gap release until Cradle's next full-lengther. This is a representation of how far they've come in their five-year recording career. The title track is absolutely brilliant! This is the sort of song that they've been promising to deliver for years. Despite Black Metal purists crying "SELL OUT!", this is hardly the sort of thing you'd see on Richard & Judy. The guitars still screech and grind as before, the bass still rumbles like Satan with the two-bob-bits, the drums are still battered at speed and Dani still screeches like a banshee but it all somehow seems to sound a lot better than before. Second track "Of Dark Blood And Fucking" see's the band thrashing like madmen, echoing prime-time Slayer and Morbid Angel. The two cover version's (Misfits "Death Comes Ripping" and Anathema's "Sleepless") are good as is the "Be Quick or be Dead" version of "Funeral in Carpathia" but the only thing stopping the E.P. from getting the full five stars is the "Pervert's Church" dance remix of the title track. I just don't understand remixes that cut out the lyrics, thus taking away the theme of what the song is about. Remix aside, let's see if Cradle can capitalise on this new snappier sound and follow it up with an album that follows suit.


Ugly
Ugly
Offered by Videomusiconline
Price: £43.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rock-hard slab of bruising Metal-core., 18 Nov. 1999
This review is from: Ugly (Audio CD)
After the bleak, hardcore-infuenced debut album "River Runs Red", Life of Agony have returned and tweaked their sound a little bit, although they still haven't cheered up! "Ugly" sees the band leaving behind their suicidal teenage years and entering the world of adulthood. The songs all reflect the feelings of fear, confusion and anger that we have all felt at one time, and this is where Life of Agony excel - managing to put these feelings into words and music and saying what we would all like to say. "Lost At 22" and the title track both deal with being unable to conform to society, while "How It Would Be" sees vocalist Keith Caputo open his heart about his mother's death and giving what will probably be the vocal performance of his career. Also included is a cover of Simple Mind's "Don't You Forget About Me" which sees the band turn an upbeat pop song into a depressing whine. Music to kill people to - Fantastic!


Scream for Me Brazil: Live 1999
Scream for Me Brazil: Live 1999
Offered by srotceh66
Price: £9.99

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding but ultimately disappointing., 18 Nov. 1999
Bruce Dickinson, like Ozzy Osbourne, is always better to listen to in a live setting. The guy is a born frontman, and this latest live album shows him doing what he does best - entertaining a crowd. Bruce is in fine voice and has a great backing band (including Maiden colleague Adrian Smith)but the album ultimately fails to hit the mark due to the songs on offer. Opening a gig, and subsequently the album, with half a dozen songs from your latest album is not a wise move in anyone's book, even an album as strong as "The Chemical Wedding". The rest of the album is made up with tracks from "Balls To Picasso" and 1997's excellent "Accident of Birth" but unfortunatly there's no "Tattooed Millionaire", "Back From the Edge" or Maiden tracks so you're not really getting the full Brucie show. Still, it should whet the appetite for the new Maiden album. In the meantime, if it's definitive live Bruce Dickinson that you're after, you'd better dig out that old battered vinyl copy of "Live After Death".


The X-Factor
The X-Factor
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity., 9 Nov. 1999
This review is from: The X-Factor (Audio CD)
After a two year absence, Britain's finest return with a new vocalist and renewed enthusiasm. Unfortunately two years is a long time in heavy metal and a lot has changed. Darker and bleaker than any previous Maiden album, "The X-Factor" begins with chanting monks before the band kick in with the epic 12 minute long "Sign of the Cross" and it all seems okay so far. Second track "Lord of the Flies" lurches forth with it's AC-DC-like intro, and then it hits you - where has the slick production of previous Maiden albums gone? The band give a fine performance, and all the usual Maiden trademarks are in place but it just sounds like a demo-it just doesn't gel together. Unfortunately, this leaves new-boy Blaze Bayley sounding a little flat in places, maybe putting off a few listeners used to Bruce Dickinson's air-raid siren wail. It will probably work well in the live arena (it does!) but on record, "The X-Factor" falls flat on it's face. Maybe next time, 'Arry!


American Psycho
American Psycho
Price: £7.98

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best punk-rock album of the nineties., 9 Nov. 1999
This review is from: American Psycho (Audio CD)
After a fourteen year absence, New Jersey's most ghoulish sons return. Alright, there's no Glenn Danzig but who cares? Michale Graves turns in an impressive performance, not once trying to impersonate the Evil Elvis, but putting his own spin on the classic Misfits sound, which has considerably beefed-up during their absence. Spooky intro "Abominable Dr.Phibes" gives way to the brutal thrash/punk metal title track and from then on, it's heads-down-see-you-at-the-finish-line. Every song is a gem, but highlights include "Don't Open 'Till Doomsday", "Dig Up Her Bones", "Walk Among Us", "From Hell They Came" and the 50's rock n'roll inspired "Day of the Dead". If you've only heard of the Misfits through dodgy Metallica covers, it's time to get down with the groovy ghoulies themselves. Welcome back, boys!


Chaos a.D. Digi
Chaos a.D. Digi

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leading the way for extreme metal in the nineties., 9 Nov. 1999
This review is from: Chaos a.D. Digi (Audio CD)
Beginning with the heartbeat of an unborn child, "CHAOS A.D." is indeed a new species of metal. Shedding their thrash/death roots, Sepultura have delivered an uncompromising set of songs combining the heaviest of metal, the attitude of hardcore and the lyrical suss of punk to create their own niche in the metal world. Opener "Refuse/Resist" sets the standard, followed by the lyrical fury of "Territory" and the anti-censorship anthem "Slave New World". Containing many other songs of hate, "CHAOS A.D." demonstrates a band trying to break the barriers of a scene known for it's restrictions.
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