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Reviewer:
GenocideMachine
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  1.  Bullet At The Disco?

    Posted: 

    OK, it's a bit more commercial than 'The Poison' (which itself was pretty commercial), but Bullet are still writing some good tunes - lets face it, it's nothing you didn't expect, in fact I'd suggest that the guitar work is even heavier and more intricate than 'The Poison'. But the album will obviously cause dissent within the ranks due to an average review by Metal Hammer. So to unite the dissenters look at it this way...
    Bullet still wipe the floor with lostprophets.

  2.  Definately Different...

    Posted: 

    Avenged sevenfold are a band who will always court controversy no matter what they do - whether it be snorting avalanches of cocaine or lewd acts with foreign prostitutes, however, with the release of their new album it seems that they are trying to lose their old sleazy goth image once and for all and instead move on up into the realms of the rock gods.

    Since the release of City of Evil Ax7 have been criticised for dumbing down their vocals - the screams which were often associated with their hardcore roots on Waking the Fallen were replaced by more melodic singing - and on their self titled album this has never been more obvious, and the nasal whinings of vocalist M. Shadows were never the bands best attribute. You will be pleased to hear, however, that the dual guitar lines of guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance are still as awe inspiring as ever - even if Gates' sweeping solos of do become a little bit repetitive near the end of the album. The drumming of The Rev is getting better with each album and he is now showing more than ever why he is regarded as one of metal's drumming elite.

    The band have taken inspiration from many sources, but it seems that they are beginning to emulate Guns N' Roses a little too closely (which some would argue is not necessarily a bad thing), but if I wanted to hear a Guns N' Roses clone I'd wait around for Chinese Democracy or go and watch a tribute act.

    Standout tracks include the single Almost Easy with it's ridiculously catchy chorus and stomping Metallica styled riffage, and the Tim Burton-esque A Little Piece of Heaven sounding as if it's been stolen from the set of The Nightmare Before Christmas. The spirit of Johnny Cash is invoked during Gunslinger, whilst Brompton Cocktail is an air guitarists wet dream come true.

    This album is definitely worth a spin, but be warned you may not like it the first time round.

  3.  Definitely Different

    Posted: 

    Avenged sevenfold are a band who will always court controversy no matter what they do - whether it be snorting avalanches of cocaine or lewd acts with foreign prostitutes, however, with the release of their new album it seems that they are trying to lose their old sleazy goth image once and for all and instead move on up into the realms of the rock gods.

    Since the release of City of Evil Ax7 have been criticised for dumbing down their vocals - the screams which were often associated with their hardcore roots on Waking the Fallen were replaced by more melodic singing - and on their self titled album this has never been more obvious, and the nasal whinings of vocalist M. Shadows were never the bands best attribute. You will be pleased to hear, however, that the dual guitar lines of guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance are still as awe inspiring as ever - even if Gates' sweeping solos of do become a little bit repetitive near the end of the album. The drumming of The Rev is getting better with each album and he is now showing more than ever why he is regarded as one of metal's drumming elite.

    The band have taken inspiration from many sources, but it seems that they are beginning to emulate Guns N' Roses a little too closely (which some would argue is not necessarily a bad thing), but if I wanted to hear a Guns N' Roses clone I'd wait around for Chinese Democracy or go and watch a tribute act.

    Standout tracks include the single Almost Easy with it's ridiculously catchy chorus and stomping Metallica styled riffage, and the Tim Burton-esque A Little Piece of Heaven sounding as if it's been stolen from the set of The Nightmare Before Christmas. The spirit of Johnny Cash is invoked during Gunslinger, whilst Brompton Cocktail is an air guitarists wet dream come true.

    This album is definitely worth a spin, but be warned you may not like it the first time round.

  4.  Possibly the best combination ever...

    Posted: 

    Due to the fact that you're reading this I presume that you've already either sold your soul to either the Star Wars or Lego franchises (and maybe even both already), and to be blunt - who can blame you? The combination of the two is quite simply amazing - never has such an award winning combination been seen.
    The game itself is highly addictive, and although it's aimed at young children(!), anyone with the slightest interest in gaming should be prepared to hand over valuable hours of their life in the pursuit of becoming a 'True Jedi'.
    The fun doesn't even end when you've completed all the levels the first time through, you are drawn back into the game in order to gain monetary coins in order to purchase extra characters such as the amazing Boba Fett and awe-inspiring Imperial Emperor.
    Add to this some amazing (although sometimes frustrating) gameplay, some hilarious cut-scenes and characters that are so cute that they'll have the hardest of Hells Angels fawning over them, then you've got a top class game. And when you include the ability to battle the bad guys of the first three episodes (Darth Maul, Count Dooku and a young Darth Vader) then you've reached gaming heaven.
    Play this game at your peril, because once you pick it up your never putting it down. Every free minute will be surrendered to the Empire...

  5.  Possibly the best combination ever.

    Posted: 

    Due to the fact that you're reading this I presume that you've already either sold your soul to either the Star Wars or Lego franchises (and maybe even both already), and to be blunt - who can blame you? The combination of the two is quite simply amazing - never has such an award winning combination been seen.
    The game itself is highly addictive, and although it's aimed at young children(!), anyone with the slightest interest in gaming should be prepared to hand over valuable hours of their life in the pursuit of becoming a 'True Jedi'.
    The fun doesn't even end when you've completed all the levels the first time through, you are drawn back into the game in order to gain monetary coins in order to purchase extra characters such as the amazing Boba Fett and awe-inspiring Imperial Emperor.
    Add to this some amazing (although sometimes frustrating) gameplay, some hilarious cut-scenes and characters that are so cute that they'll have the hardest of Hells Angels fawning over them, then you've got a top class game. And when you include the ability to battle the bad guys of the first three episodes (Darth Maul, Count Dooku and a young Darth Vader) then you've reached gaming heaven.
    Play this game at your peril, because once you pick it up your never putting it down. Every free minute will be surrendered to the Empire...

  6.  (sic) (sic) (sic)

    Posted: 

    Every who has ever heard of Slipknot will probably have heard how insane their live show is meant to be, and 'Disasterpieces' is a beautiful showcase for this. Every track is captured in the perfect essence of Slipknot: unbridled headbanging, pyrotechnics that light up the sky, and the obligatory flashing '666' signs. Add to this a drum solo which is performed by Joey Jordison whilst being turned through a 360degree loop and upside down to an audience of thousands, then you almost have the perfect metal live DVD. Admittedly the in between song DJ sets by DJ Sid Wilson are rather monotonous, however they are greatly outweighed by the other tracks on the DVD.

    Admittedly (and thankfully?) Slipknot have moved on a long way from their on-stage vomiting and defecating stage, however, other elements of their performance (such as Sid Wilson's mid song crowd surf) still remain. And the live version of 'Surfacing' actually needs to be seen to be believed.

    On the bonus discs there is the pioneering ability to be able to choose which member of Slipknot you wish to watch performing (I personally like Mick Thompson's guitar cam), music videos and more.

    Slipnkot fans will love this DVD, and for those uninitiated into the world of the maggots, you will love this DVD too. This is how metal SHOULD be performed.

  7.  An incredible let down

    Posted: 

    Usually I equate Slipknot to quality productions which do not disappoint the fans and are generally great value for money. However 'Voliminal: Inside The Nine' is a catastrophic disappointment. The whole of the first disc looks as if it has been filmed on a cheap camera phone by a drunk roadie (which it probably was). There are also some incredibly irritating sections of film that are just played backwards and forwards, slowed down and sped up - almost as if they were created by a child just discovering how to use movie maker software, not a professional director.
    I understand that the whole shaky camera, un-tampered with footage idea is to give the viewer an idea of what it is like to be a member of Slipknot, and indeed there are some awesome montages, but on the whole it is very boring and just smacks of laziness on the directors (Clown /Shawn Crahan of Slipknot) part.
    The live videos on disc 2 are somewhat better, but they wre nothing I hadn't seen on youtube before. The individual band member interviews are most definitely work a look, however, offering a very interesting, and often terrifying (check out number 5) insight into the band.
    This is a DVD for completists and avid fans only, newer fans might just be turned off the band. Check out 'Disasterpieces' first.

  8.  Hail True Metal!

    Posted: 

    As a fan of Lamb of God since 'New American Gospel', I have witnessed their evolution from death metal merchants of screaming vocals and chugging intricate riffage into the monster that they are today.
    Hardcore fans would debate as to whether this is their 'best' album, however, I would say that for sheer musicianship and variety of songs, then 'Sacrament' is by far the greatest album of theirs by far. It retains the uncompromising metal brutality of 'New American Gospel' and 'As The Palaces Burn', but also adds the studio quality of 'Ashes of The Wake' and mixes this with some of their best songs yet. I fail to see how any true metal fan cannot agree that 'Walk With Me In Hell' is a metal classic. Lead single, 'Redneck' is a great introduction to new fans of Lamb of God, whereas 'Blacken The Cursed Sun' is a song that will live on to be a live favorite along side older songs such as 'Black Label' and 'Ruin'. The album drops pace (a tiny bit) with 'Descending' written by guitarist Mark Morton, a song which caused much controversy due to its supposedly downbeat nature, however, I believe it to be one of the albums stand out tracks.
    This is not only Lamb of Gods best album, but when also compared to Slayers lackluster 'Christ Illusion', it could also be the best album of 2006 - if not the 21st Century so far. You owe it to yourself to check it out.

  9.  A Courageous Return to Form

    Posted: 

    As a long term Korn fan I have always awaited their new releases with baited breath, however, after the somewhat disappointing 'Untouchables' it appeared that the band were taking a musical nose dive. 'See You On The Other Side' saw Korn return to their more familiar gothic-pop-rock roots with thick fat crunching guitar riffs and sing along anthemic choruses, although there was still something missing.
    'Untitled' takes the blueprint of 'See You...' and perfects it, pairing melodic singing with a touch of the angst ridden 'Life Is Peachy' style vocal abrasiveness whilst mixing in some of those all too familiar crowd sing along choruses. Songs such as 'Evolution' are definite future crowd pleasers.
    If you enjoyed anger of Korns debut album, through to the commercial poppiness of 'Follow The Leader' as well as a steady mix of the new gothic romanticism of 'See You On The Other Side', then this is the album for you.

  10.  Hail True Metal!

    Posted: 

    As a fan of Lamb of God since 'New American Gospel', I have witnessed their evolution from death metal merchants of screaming vocals and chugging intricate riffage into the monster that they are today.
    Hardcore fans would debate as to whether this is their 'best' album, however, I would say that for sheer musicianship and variety of songs, then 'Sacrament' is by far the greatest album of theirs by far. It retains the uncompromising metal brutality of 'New American Gospel' and 'As The Palaces Burn', but also adds the studio quality of 'Ashes of The Wake' and mixes this with some of their best songs yet. I fail to see how any true metal fan cannot agree that 'Walk With Me In Hell' is a metal classic. Lead single, 'Redneck' is a great introduction to new fans of Lamb of God, whereas 'Blacken The Cursed Sun' is a song that will live on to be a live favorite along side older songs such as 'Black Label' and 'Ruin'. The album drops pace (a tiny bit) with 'Descending' written by guitarist Mark Morton, a song which caused much controversy due to its supposedly downbeat nature, however, I believe it to be one of the albums stand out tracks.
    This is not only Lamb of Gods best album, but when also compared to Slayers lackluster 'Christ Illusion', it could also be the best album of 2006 - if not the 21st Century so far. You owe it to yourself to check it out.