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Anthems For The Dammned
Filter - CD
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So it's been a while since Filter's last album The Amalgamut which was released in 2002. It's been even longer since the more sustainable and better albums since Short Bus and Title of the Record. Now Short Bus and Title of the Record in my opinion were brilliant, they were what Filter was all about.Although Filter has never been anything original there has always been something special within these albums.
Anthems For The Damned is no exception.This album is perhaps once of the best albums Filter has released, no y'know what... it is actually the best. It's complex guitar rifts, heavy beats and of course Richard Patrick's control of his vocals has done wonders for this album.
People have often criticized this album claiming it wasn't Filter like. No, it is not exactly like the Filter many fans have associated with. This band has now matured into a more confident, well-rounded band which produces a fantastic new sound which I refuse to play sounds 30 Seconds to Mars-ish. In my opinion to compare a band like Filter to a band like 30 Seconds to Mars is insulting.
With musical help from musicians such as John 5 (ex Marilyn Manson), Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails), and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit, don't let that fool you) it proves commitment and the right people can do wonders. This album doesn't feel in the slightest bit rushed but feels like it has been looked after every step of the way, perfectionism in parts I'd say.
Filter's new line-up well band whatever Patrick is calling them is as stated: new.The current members are:Richard Patrick - lead vocals, guitarMitchell Marlow - guitarJohn Spiker - bassMika Fineo - drums, percussion
Recommended tracks I'd say are Soldiers of Misfortune, What's Next, Cold, I Keep The Flowers Around, and Lie After Lie.
All I can ask is you don't judge this band on Kerrang reviews.This band is very good and is recommended for fans of A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails. 30 Seconds to Mars fans might enjoy it but I refuse to admit they sound anything like them and I mean no offence to 30 Seconds to Mars fans when I say that.
If you've never heard of this band then I say get hearing!Go on You Tube and look them up and listen to a few songs, try before you buy sort of thing. But I'm sure after a few songs you'll be clawing at this album.I know I was.
Scooby Doo Where Are You: Complete Original Series (3 Discs)
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Four teenagers and one Great Dane travelling round in the sleek, get unreliable Mystery Machine that has a knack for breaking down in front of trouble. What could happen?Scooby-Doo could happen.
No matter how you look at it Scooby-Doo: Where Are You? Is the classic and undeniably fun series that follows a strange gang of youths as they solve mysteries and unmask stranger villains.The show had everything from gags to suspense and it did it so beautifully. People have often knocked the animation of the original Scooby-Doo drawings but they need to look harder. The water painted backgrounds were dark and creepy and excellently painted and the cut out, bold painted gang were put over the backgrounds thus creating this animation. Glitches occurred like Shaggy would often turn blonde, Scooby's arm would turn green or smaller yet Scooby's ears would appear outside the Mystery Machine but this was 1969 and computers weren't depended on yet used at all.
The stories were fresh and exciting but the only problem with this show was the neglect of Fred, Daphne and Velma. The show was Scooby-Doo yes but sometimes I found you needed a break from the constant gag which was Shaggy and Scooby and get to the more straight characters. When I was younger I loved Scooby and Shaggy's goofy tone but now older I realise how much I would love to see the other characters get involved.But they're more involved in later cartoons such as What's New Scooby Doo if you enjoy watching those three,
The voice acting was amazing.Don Messick as Scooby-Door was perfect and in my opinion there is no other Scooby-Doo.If you're new to Scooby-Doo then watch these: the best Scooby cartoons ever. Or if you're like me just wanting to re-live childhood memories then pick up this DVD. I watch this DVD regularly and as the episodes are quite short it's easy to pop a disc in and watch an episode before going to school, college, work or whatever.
Five stars well deserved Scooby.
What's New Scooby Doo?: Complete Series (Volume 1-10)
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Scooby-Doo returns to our screen in a surprisingly good format.With the entire gang reunited, the Mystery Machine in check and no Scrappy Doo what could go wrong?Not a lot.
What's new Scooby-Doo is a back to basics Scooby-Doo adventure with a modern twist. The gang have new clothes, new mysteries to solve and a lot of modern gadgets flying around from laptops to the Mystery Submarine!The animation of what's New Scooby-Doo is decent. It's clean, fresh and brightly covered to keep the kids happy.Although older fans will probably not enjoy the gags as much as those younger What's New Scooby-Doo is a fine example of what Scooby-Doo is (if you ignore Fred's sudden idiocy and Daphne's ability to look after herself.
However this box set...Hmm this box-set is nice in appearance. Old school Mystery Inc driving in the front, pop the top and pick the DVD you want. It even plays the new theme song.However it seems if you tap the box in the wrong way, make a sudden movement with it or even remove a DVD from its box Simple Plan with attack your eardrums without warning. Fun at first but after a while becomes very irritating and you may find yourself removing the DVDs during the night just so you don't have to go near it again.
Because of the sound problem I have lowered this review to a three star rating.Sorry Scooby once again your Mystery Machine is unreliable and has let you down.