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  1.  Metal Masterclass


    I was always in the John Bush camp; I preferred his grungy vocals to the old-school metal screech of Joey Belladonna. With this in mind, I approached this album with caution. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find Belladonna's voice to have deepened and his occasionally cheesy metal theatrics to be in short supply. Musically, Anthrax are at the top of their game. Flawless riffing, memorable songs, brilliant production, incredible drumming...it's all here. Possibly their greatest album, combining elements of their early thrash sound with the later hard rock of the Bush era. Highly recommended.

  2.  Underrated is not the word....


    Do you remember the early-mid 90s? When the UK had a thriving rock scene, rivalling the grunge scene that was happening over in the US at the same time? Bands such as The Wildhearts, The Almighty, Therapy?, Skunk Anansie, and Manic Street Preachers were consistantly producing great rock albums and getting into the Top 40.

    One of the bands who had less commercial success but just as much talent, was Baby Chaos. They have enough riffs, tunes and choruses on this album to rival most rock band's entire output. They are heavy but melodic, in a similar manner to the Wildhearts. This album is a hidden gem and deserves your attention!

  3.  Genius Musician Strikes Again


    Steven Wilson is undoubtably one of the greatest musicians working today. The fact that he is not better known is a crime; though the mainstream is hardly the place for someone like him. On this, PT's tenth album, Wilson has outdone himself yet again. The album is rich in tones and emotions, with the usual combination of metallic riffs, soaring melodies and progressive rock flourishes.

    As usual, the standout ingredient is Gavin Harrison, whose matchless drumming elevates the music even further. Probably the best drummer in rock today, his combination of tasteful and restrained with mental, jaw-dropping, time-signature defying playing is a joy to behold.

    Each listen is geniunely more and more rewarding, with the ability to absorb the listener fully. Listen without distraction. Plus the bonus tracks are even better than the album tracks! Crazy good value for money!

  4.  The anti High School Musical


    Surely the film adaptation should be green lit by now? I imagine once Kick Ass cleans up at the box office, this will go into production. It shares the same hardcore violence and teenagers theme, with a mischevious sense of (black) humour.
    The Battle Royale and Fight Club comparisons are accurate; as is the idea that these children are in a prison environment more than a school, all gang culture and sadistic wardens (or headteachers).
    The story and characters are well written but it is the fights and moves that draw you in. They are described in vivid detail, really allowing the reader to visualise the action. The result of these kung fu moves are also described in sickening detail too - not for the squeamish!

  5.  The modern metal riff began here


    This album's influence on modern metal cannot be overstated; hundreds of bands owe their sound to Helmet, and more specifically Page Hamiliton. Latter albums expanded their formula considerably, but Meantime displays the core ingredients at their most powerful:
    huge (I mean Godzilla huge!) downtuned start stop riffs;
    abstract ear splitting solos;
    powerful, groove orientated drumming with an ultra tight
    snaredrum sound;
    angry, but controlled vocals.

    The riffs are clearly the main attraction here with the well-known Unsung (best riff ever contender?) sitting alongside other less known bruisers like In the Meantime and FBLA 2. Indispensable.

  6.  Igglepiggle is sooo last year!


    Now this is proper genius! It's Sesame Street as directed by Michel Gondry and soundtracked by The Go! Team. Utterly mental with a high level of random, pre-schoolers (and their parents!) will love it. Potentially preachy messages like Waiting Your Turn, Being Polite and Having Naps (!) are turned into catchy songs (ok, so some are repetitive and irritating). When a kids programme has a section called "Biz's Beats" (featuring rapper Biz Markie teaching beat boxing), you know it's something special!

  7.  Ryan Reynolds he ain't!


    Aside from an excellent Wolverine: Origins story by the same writer, I wasn't overly familiar with the character Deadpool. Having read this genius addition to the Secret Invasion arc, I can safely say he's one of my favourite Marvel characters. One of the funniest comics I've read, with loads of brilliant one-liners and superb action. Deadpool's conversations with himself (he is the quintessential 'me, myself and i' split persona) are classic. One more reason to hate the awful X-Men Origins: Wolverine film.

  8.  Grimy Noir Thriller Series


    This is a dark series indeed, focusing on some very bad people living within an modern day Indian reservation. It's a harsh world, involving gangsters, drugs, crime, retribution and corrupt police. The writing keeps things fresh, with impressive twists and dense characterisation. And the artwork complements the setting, all blood red and shadowy blacks. Original and highly recommended, this is screaming out for a HBO adaptation.

  9. Mania


    Truckfighters - CD

    3 New from  £12.91  Free delivery

     Sons of Kyuss


    Stoner rock can be a fairly generic, repetitive formula. Even a massive fan like myself can admit this. However, a few bands can maintain all the familiar ingredients (fuzzy guitars, fuzzy bass, loud drums, lengthy songs) and still produce something special. Truckfighter's 3rd album achieves this; building on the solid foundations already laid down but ending up with even more impressive results. The thick heavy sound is obviously indebted to Kyuss (who isn't?) but the songwriting is original and strong, veering from huge riff-tastic epics to fast paced catchy tunes.

  10.  Fistful of riffs and a mouthful of rhymes


    My favourite album of all-time. Every track is brilliant, from the rip-roaring opener Mercury (best album opener ever?) to the huge grooves of the instrumental closing track WYSIWYG. Every note played is sheer perfection. The music, the lyrics (nobody writes or sings like Neil Fallon) and the production are all of the highest calibre. If you don't appreciate this album after listening to it, you might as well give up listening to rock music.