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E. A. Mullins "Rhu_Rha" (Exeter, UK)
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Glasvegas
Glasvegas
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.16

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars British rock musicians, please raise your head above the haze of nostalgia, 27 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Glasvegas (Audio CD)
What is it about Britsih rock bands in the noughties? Indeed, since Oasis British rcok bands have been rabidly fixated on the past, churning out nostalgia drenched nuggets of medicority. Of course, some do it better than others. Glasvegas add to the tally, cobbling together various elements of the Brit-guitar sound since the late seventies (they owe more than a little to Robin Guthrie's reverb and chorus drenched guitar sound of the Cocteau Twins). Also, their drab cover of Nirvana's Come as you are is uncalled for. It really is like a bad imagining of how the cocteau twins might have covered the song in the earlier part of their career, minus the ability of the Cocteau's to make truly great music. Anyway, Galsvegas are boring, mediocre and will probably become victims of their own hype. Having heard a good sample of the album I won't bother to invest in a copy. In the mean time, please can the British music press stop encouraging this needless recycling of past successes of British rock music? Final verdict: Glasvegas have been slickly promoted, and their music is listenable, nicely produced and executed, and inoffensive, but ultimately uninspiring in a "heard it all before, only better" kind of way.


Ultra Beatdown [CD + DVD]
Ultra Beatdown [CD + DVD]
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £6.49

3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a bad idea, 12 Sept. 2008
Logic leads me to believe that there are far more bad ideas out there, waiting to be stumbled upon than good ideas. Dragonforce, or more specifically, the kind of music they make is amongst the bad ideas. What is perhaps now more noteworthy, however, is the small legion of die-hards fans which this band have amassed over the pass few years (witness no less than 3 five-star reviews for this album), all of whom insist that black is in fact white.

For those unenlightened individuals who have yet to discover Dragonforce, they fall somewhere between Euro-Power Metallers, Helloween, the now geriatric guitar god, Yngwie Malmsteen and the sound track to an average (or even below-par) NES Nintendo game. To some extent theirs is an original formula, at least insofar relatively few Anglophone metal bands have dared to do naff quite like Dragonforce. But then again i'm sure that Yngwie had the whole naff fantasy metal idea covered two decades before Dragonforce.
And my advice; if you must buy this then do it quietly and leave the t-shirt confined to your bedroom along with the air guitar.
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Under the Black Light
Under the Black Light

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new track - it's gonna be a cracking album, how else could it be?, 10 July 2007
This review is from: Under the Black Light (Audio CD)
i'm also all for the RK's new single, "moneymaker". One of the endearing qualities of the band has been how they have adapted their sound with each album in a manner which has retained enough of the same and added enough new direction to keep me listening and to count them as easily one of my favourite bands ever, and i have been listening to music for long enough to know that bands of this quality are rare. I hope the band have included a funk slant on the new-record, as on the moneymaker, which could make for a really interesting recorded if mixed with the previous pop/indie-rock/blues/country/bluegrass sounds of their previous records!

Go Rilo Kiley!


Hellbilly Deluxe
Hellbilly Deluxe
Price: £5.81

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the poor man's astro creep 2000, 27 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Hellbilly Deluxe (Audio CD)
Having been i fan of White Zombie previous to Rob zombie's solo career, i could not help but feel upon hearing the Hellbilly Deluxe back in 1998, that i was listening to a sub-standard astro creep 2000. Having recently given the album another airing (incidently i regularly listen to White Zombie) i have come yet again to the same conclusion. Not that Hellbilly Deluxe is a particularly bad album. On the contrary there are some good tracks and it is probably a little more adventurous regarding the use made of sythesised sounds. It is just that it does not have the same chemistry in my mind that Rob's previous efforts with white zombie had.


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