Sunday, December 23, 2007

OPETH: (1996) Morningrise @256k

While they have taken a different approach with each album, Opeth has a very distinct and instantly recognizable sound: somber, mysterious, and very serious. Their style falls at a meeting point between melodic Swedish death metal and '70s progressive rock, though without any of the technical busyness that description might imply. Morningrise is, as far as the metal scale goes, possibly their least heavy album; it also contains their longest songs -- just five of them, ranging in length from ten to 20 minutes. The tracks all take their time developing, shifting back and forth from full-on metal sections (marked by distorted dual guitar riffs and growling vocals) to calm, acoustic guitar-based passages with more softly sung vocals. These shifts happen much like scenes changes in a movie, as there is very little repetition within the songs, and there are sometimes distinct pauses separating one section from the next. In fact, given the strongly narrative lyrics (which primarily revolve around the subject of a lost lover), the tracks here could best be described as miniature audio movies. This is a very painstakingly put-together album, and listeners will have to have some patience in order to mentally piece it all together. Some will be turned off by the long songs and the cold, gray atmosphere the album gives off, but for those who are on this band's wavelength and willing to show some patience, this album will repay many, many repeat listens. --- by William York, All Music Guide

1. Advent
2. Night & The Silent Water
3. Nectar
4. Black Rose Immortal
5. To Bid You Farewell

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BUDGIE: (1998) Heavier Than Air: Rarest Eggs (DCD) @256k

Heavier than Air: Rarest Eggs is a double-disc set containing nothing but previously unreleased Budgie songs. There are both live recordings and studio outtakes on the collection, with the live cuts outnumbering the studio material by a wide margin. There's nothing particularly revelatory here, and it is certainly just for Budgie fanatics, but they'll likely be pleased by this well-assembled set. --- by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

CD --- 1
1. Rape of the Locks
2. Rocking man
3. Young is a World
4. Hot as A Docker's Armpit
5. Sky High Percentage
6. In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand
7. I Turned the Stone
8. You're a Superstar
9. She Used Me Up
10. Hot as a Docker's Armpit
11. The Author
12. Whiskey River
13. Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman

CD --- 2
1. Breadfan
2. You're the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk
3. Melt the Ice Away
4. In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand
5. Smile Boy Smile
6. In for the Kill - You're The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk
7. Love for You and Me
8. Parents
9. Who Do You Want For Your Love
10. Don't Dilute the Water
11. Breaking All the House Rules
12. Breadfan

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BUDGIE: (1997) We Came We Saw Live on the BBC (DCD) @256k

A companion collection to Heavier than Air, We Came We Saw is a double-disc set of live recordings culled from Budgie's appearances at the Reading Festival in 1980 and 1982. Though they were at the end of their career, the heavy rock trio still sounded as good as they ever have; occasionally, their songs sound even better in concert than they do on vinyl. Like most archival releases, We Came We Saw is only of interest for hardcore fans, but they'll likely be pleased by the solid sound and packaging, highlighted by notes by bassist Burke Shelley. --- by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

CD --- 1
1. Breaking All the House Rules
2. Crime Against the World
3. Napoleon Bona Part 1 & 2
4. Forearm Smash
5. Panzer Division Destroyed!
6. Wildfire
7. Breadfan

CD --- 2
1. Forearm Smash
2. Crime Against the World
3. I Turned to Stone
4. Truth Drug
5. Superstar
6. She Used Me Up
7. Panzer Division Destroyed!

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When Mushroomhead signed with Universal in 2001, fans' reactions ranged from elation to knee-jerk pessimism. Some followers were thrilled that Cleveland's best-kept alternative metal secret had hooked up with a major label and hoped that the headbangers would finally receive the sort of national success they deserved; pessimists feared that a corporate powerhouse like Universal would neuter Mushroomhead and try to take away their risk-taking spirit. On a creative level, XIII is the first album that really tests Mushroomhead's relationship with Universal; it's the first album they actually recorded for Universal, whereas their previous album, XX, was originally an indie release before Universal remastered and re-released it. As it turns out, the pessimists had nothing to worry about; XIII is no less adventurous than Mushroomhead's pre-Universal output. XIII sounds quite focused but never comes across as contrived, and longtime followers will be happy to know that this 2003 release is state-of-the-art Mushroomhead -- forceful, loud, and in your face, but melodic and intricate as well. Bombast is still an important part of the picture, although not at the expense of musicality. And true to form, Mushroomhead continues to find inspiration in a variety of music. Metal remains the foundation -- they're an alt-metal band first and foremost -- but punk, rap, industrial, techno, and goth are still effective, tastefully applied ingredients. XIII has inspired a variety of interesting comparisons; reviewers have mentioned everyone from Marilyn Manson to Evanescence to Slipknot and Sevendust when describing XIII. But truth be told, Mushroomhead had a distinctive, recognizable sound (and a devoted cult following in Cleveland) long before Evanescence, Slipknot, or Sevendust broke through commercially -- and it would be a huge mistake to think that Mushroomhead is actually trying to emulate any other artists. XIII is the work of metalheads who have never been afraid to be original -- a band that, creatively, doesn't lose a thing on this Universal disc. ----- Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

1. Kill Tomorrow
2. Sun Doesn't Rise
3. Mother Machine Gun
4. Nowhere To Go
5. Becoming Gold
6. One More Day
7. The Dream is Over
8. The War Inside
9. Almost Gone
10. Eternal
11. Our Own Way
12. Destroy the World Around Me
13. Thirteen/Crazy

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MUSHROOMHEAD: (2001) XX @256k

No one will accuse Mushroomhead of not having an intriguing image; on stage, most of its members wear black masks that look like a cross between S&M/bondage masks and World War I-style gas masks. The exception is the member who wears Kiss-like clown makeup instead. Mushroomhead's unusual look is definitely an attention getter, but having an interesting image wouldn't mean much if the Cleveland band didn't have some worthwhile music to go with it. Thankfully, Mushroomhead's music is as creative as its image; XX, in fact, is among the most ambitious alternative metal releases of 2001. Far from generic, this CD successfully fuses alt-metal with everything from hip-hop, punk, and goth rock to industrial and techno. Plenty of headbangers have jumped on the rap-metal bandwagon, but how many metal bands that incorporate a lot of rapping also incorporate goth, industrial, and techno elements? At times, XX almost sounds like Rage Against the Machine meets Ministry by way of Bauhaus -- with some techno/rave exuberance added to the mix. That isn't exactly the most conventional mixture in the world, and the nice thing is that Mushroomhead's experimentation always sounds organic rather than forced or unnatural. Anyone who is seeking something fresh and risk-taking from alternative metal should make a point of hearing this superb CD. ----- by Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

1. Before I Die
2. Bwomp
3. Solitaire/Unraveling
4. These Filthy Hands
5. Never Let It Go
6. Xeroxed
7. The Wrist
8. Chancre Sore
9. The New Cult King
10. Empty Spaces
11. Born of Desire
12. 43
13. Fear Held Dear
14. Too Much Nothing
15. Episode 29
16. Bwomp Part.2

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MUSHROOMHEAD: (1999) M3 @256k

Mushroomhead's third album, M3, gets off to a harsh and abrasive start with "Before I Die." When that opening number is playing and one is hearing this CD for the first time, he/she tends to suspect that the entire album won't be quite that brutal. Mushroomhead, after all, is a band that thrives on intricacy and melody as well as intensity -- unlike some alternative metal outfits, Mushroomhead doesn't go for the jugular 100 percent of the time. And sure enough, M3 turns out to be fairly diverse. Parts of this 1999 release are dissonant, merciless bursts of metalcore noise, especially "Xeroxed" and the aforementioned "Before I Die." But most of the time, Mushroomhead is a lot more intricate -- and a strong sense of melody asserts itself on dark, moody offerings like "The New Cult King," "Solitaire/Unraveling," "Conflict -- The Argument Goes On," and "The Final Act." Mushroomhead, for the most part, isn't content to provide noise for the sake of noise or brutality for the sake of brutality. These guys are ambitious and risk-taking, and they keep things unpredictable on this alterna-metal CD (which was released on Mushroomhead's own Schroomco label and incorporates elements of rap, punk, industrial, goth rock, and techno). Although enjoyable, M3 isn't Mushroomhead's strongest or most essential album -- in fact, those who are making their first Mushroomhead purchase would be better off starting out with either 1996's Superbuick or 2001's X X. But it's a respectable disc that the Cleveland residents' hardcore fans will appreciate. --- by Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

1. Before I Die
2. Solitaire/Unraveling
3. The New Cult King
4. Inevitable
5. Xeroxed
6. The Final Act
7. Conflict: The Argument Goes On
8. Exploiting Your Weakness
9. Beauteous
10. Born of Desire

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MUSHROOMHEAD: (1996) Superbuick @256k

For a band that was so cutting-edge and forward-thinking in the '90s, Mushroomhead did some things the old-fashioned way. Like so many bands that emerged in the '60s, '70s, and '80s, Mushroomhead realized that creating a strong buzz locally (local being Cleveland, OH) was the way to build a career. And even though Mushroomhead's music was very alternative, the Midwesterners were a throwback to the '70s and '80s in that they had a very theatrical live show and gave their audiences a healthy dose of fantasy -- they weren't just another post-grunge outfit that equated being frumpy and unglamorous with "keepin' it real." But Mushroomhead wasn't just selling image; those who acquired the Cleveland residents' second album, Superbuick, realized that they had plenty of great material. Alternative metal is the foundation, and Mushroomhead brings a wide variety of influences to that foundation -- rap, industrial, goth rock, and techno are all influences. One minute, Mushroomhead is being influenced by Rage Against the Machine or Public Enemy; the next minute, one might hear the influence of Metallica, Bauhaus, Ministry, or Nine Inch Nails. And through it all, Mushroomhead always projects a firm identity of its own -- one that involves being forceful yet darkly melodic. Mushroomhead obviously appreciates the intensity of Rage, PE, or Ministry, but it is also obvious that the band is just as appreciative of Bauhaus' dark goth rock melodies. Unfortunately, Superbuick had limited distribution; back in 1996, Mushroomhead didn't have a record deal and was still putting out CDs on its own Schroomco label. Superbuick didn't get into as many stores as it should have, but that doesn't make this sophomore album any less impressive. ----- by Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

1. Bwomp
2. Never Let it Go
3. These Filthy Hands
4. The Wrist
5. Chancre Sore
6. Flattened
7. Big Brother (feat. The Heathers)
8. Idle Worship
9. Fear Held Dear
10. Unintended
11. Bwomp

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MUSHROOMHEAD: (1995) Mushroomhead @256k

Known for its theatrical live show and the black masks that most of its members wear on-stage, Mushroomhead is one of the more unique and adventurous alternative metal outfits that emerged in the 1990s. And the Cleveland band's music is as interesting as its image; Mushroomhead's forceful yet melodic alterna-metal incorporates elements of hip-hop, punk, and goth rock as well as industrial and techno. The members of Mushroomhead have been performing incognito since 1993, when drummer Skinny founded the band. At first, Mushroomhead was only meant to be a side project. Its members were playing in various local bands at the time, and they wore the blacks masks (which look like a cross between S&M/bondage masks and World War I gas masks) so that people wouldn't recognize them. The only Mushroomhead member who doesn't wear a black mask opts for Kiss-like clown makeup instead. After a few years, Mushroomhead became one of Cleveland's top local attractions -- and its members kept wearing the masks when they saw how intriguing people found them to be. Mushroomhead's self-titled debut album was released independently in 1995, followed by Superbuick in 1996 and M3 in 1999. The Midwesterners signed with Eclipse in 2000, and their next album, XX, came out the following year. In 2001, Mushroomhead's members included drummer/founder Skinny, lead vocalists J. Mann and Jeffrey Nothing, guitarists Bronson and Gravy, keyboardist Shmotz, bassist Pig Benis, and sample provider Stitch when they signed to Universal Records to re-release XX. Their first proper effort for the label was 2003's dynamic XIII, but the band soon parted ways with not only Universal, but also vocalist J. Mann during a subsequent tour. Undeterred, Mushroomhead pressed on with their D.I.Y. ethos intact and welcomed new frontman Waylon, formerly of 3 Quarters Dead, into the fray. The DVD Mushroomhead, Vol. 1 followed in mid-2005 before the guys returned in September 2006 with Savior Sorrow, released through New York-based indie Megaforce Records. ----- by Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

1. Slow Thing
2. Elevation
3. Too Much Nothing
4. Intermission
5. Ego Trip
6. Mommy
7. 2nd Thoughts
8. Casualties In b Minor
9. Indiferent
10. Simpleton
11. 43
12. Episode 29
13. Snap

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TIGERTAILZ: (1991) Banzai (Link Updated!!!)

Simply put, if you like fun rock & roll/metal - BUY THIS! I'll say it again, I simply can't understand how these guys were not big - even though they came along at the end of the "hair metal" era. This album is a collection of B-sides and singles that were put together for a Japan only release. It was re-mastered, along with Bezerk, and both were reissued. This is typical Tigertailz; songs with great hooks, big sing along choruses, but with maybe a little more edge.
Song highlights include: Murderess, Living Without You, She'z Too Hot and Taking The Pain. Also, fans of Metallica and Megadeth might think "who are these guys" to cover Creeping Death and Peace Sells - but the versions here are pretty good. They pretty much stick to the originals and don't try to change the songs. It also shows the harder edge that the band has.
If you are new to Tigertailz, as I was before Amazon recommended Bezerk to me, you would want to start there - but I would suggest getting both Bezerk and Banzai as they are both full of pure Glam-metal fun.

1. Murderess
2. Livin' Without You
3. Million Dollar Smile
4. She'z Too Hot (Live)
5. Creeping Death
6. Nine Livez
7. Peace Sellz
8. Taking the Pain
9. For a Few Dollarz More

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

EXODUS: The Atrocity Exhibition @ 320k

Once the kings of the Bay Area metal scene (widely accepted as the birthplace of thrash), Exodus were unceremoniously demoted from their post with the arrival of Los Angeles' Metallica in 1982. Sadly, with a little more luck, the group may have occupied the role of, say, Slayer as the purest purveyors of ultra-thrash, but while they continued to be perceived as a major influence by younger bands and proceeded to carve out a career of their own over the next decade, Exodus were ultimately fated to be the ultimate also-rans of the genre they helped spawn.
Formed in 1981 by singer Paul Baloff, guitarists Gary Holt and Kirk Hammett, bassist Geoff Andrews, and drummer Tom Hunting, Exodus were heavily influenced by Motörhead and New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden and Raven, whose lessons they combined with the raw, do-it-yourself aesthetic of the prolific Bay Area punk scene to create thrash metal. Their 1982 demo, Whipping Queen and Death and Domination, became wildly popular on the all-important underground tape-trading circuit and solidified their standing as the Bay Area's first thrash champions. They lost their numero uno standing a year later, however, when core member Kirk Hammett defected to Metallica, who then raced ahead of all competitors in their mission to bring thrash to the world. Undaunted, Exodus drafted guitarist Rick Hunolt and replaced bassist Andrews with Rob McKillop before signing with Torrid Records, for whom they recorded their Bonded by Blood debut in 1984. A would-be landmark of the genre, the album languished unreleased for over a year due to business problems, and by the time it was finally released by Combat Records in 1985, its impact had been severely dulled by the quick evolution of their peers. --- by Ed Rivadavia, All Music Guide

1. Call to Arms
2. Riot Act
3. Funeral Hymn
4. Children of a Wrothless God
5. As It Was, As It, Soon Shall Be
6. The Atrocity Exhibition
7. Iconoclasm
8. The Garden of Bleeding
9. Bedlam 1-2-3

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

GRIM REAPER: Rock You to Hell

Classic death metal reissue from Grim Reaper. 9 tracks including 'Night Of The Vampire', 'Lust For Freedom', 'Rock Me Till I Die' and the title track, 'Rock You To Hell'. Standard jewel case. Great album,the sound quality is the best they ever had,the songs on the previous albums were good but the sound wasn't as thick as Rock you to Hell it's just too bad they stop producing anymore music, Great Band!

1. Rock You to Hell
2. Night of the Vampire
3. Lust For Freedom
4. When Heaven Comes Down
5. Suck it And See
6. Rock Me 'Till I Die
7. You'll Wish That You Were Never Born
8. Waysted Love
9. I Want More
10. Fear no Evil
11. Final Scream
12. See You In Hell
13. The Show Must Go On

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JAG PANZER: Mechanized Warfare (Link Updated!!)

Old school fans say they've been waiting for Jag Panzer to return to the reputation of their highly acclaimed cult-classic debut Ample Destruction. Taking the challenge to heart, Mechanized Warfare proudly frees them from this expectation, and proves they have retained the integrity of conviction that launched them over fifteen years ago. An epic statement that respectfully pays tribute to their roots and clearly prophesizes all that is still ahead of them, Mechanized Warfare continues the momentum gained from all the years of their studio and touring experiences in the metal scene. It speaks boldly to the act of embracing two decades' worth of struggle and achievement, the art of reconstructing it, and the finesse of transforming it into a mythological creature worthy of legendary status. A 2001 Century Media release.

1. Take to the Sky
2. Frozen in Fear
3. Unworthy
4. The Silent
5. The Scarlett Letter
6. Choir of Tears
7. Cold is the Blade
8. Hidden in My Eyes
9. Power Surge
10. All Things Renewed

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HOLLENTHON: With Vilest of Worms to Dwell

Yes he does. First he went outside his quality death metal band Pungent Stench to form Hollenthon with its impressive debut. And this release is far better than the debut. It’s hard not to compare Hollenthon to Therion as they both are two of the leading symphonic metal bands of today, yet it’s dangerous to do so. While Hollenthon makes symphonic metal out of their base of melodic death metal with a few folk elements to it, Therion has went a far way to combine heavy metal with classical music. They’re totally different genres, and aren’t experienced the same way. If we compare though, With Vilest of Worms to Dwell are closest to Theli in terms of pure energy and sheer symphonic madness. But don’t think that it sounds like Theli.
We have growls here, no opera. We’ve got a sick cover artwork instead of just a strange one. We don’t have the pulsating music, but a groovier one. Parts are played just with guitars and drums, turning into just strings and then some strange synthetic effects that unfortunately sink the album a little. The vocals of Martin Shirenc are mediocre at best, but do work. His clean vocals are better than his growls. When Elena starts singing the quality and beauty factors multiply. She wrote the lyrics too and deserves every compliment. The drums are played by Mike Greoger (or is it Greger?) and he does a wonderful job. He’s in Summoning too and it’s a shame that he’s not allowed to play the drums over there. He’s energetic, doing interesting rhythms and never sounds monotonous. The only downfall is that a few of the songs feel like fillers, and the exaggerated keyboards that sound a little too strange at times. With Vilest of Worms to Dwell isn’t a marvellous display of skill, but of visions and talent.
The melody isn’t a driving force in the music, nor is the rhythm. Actually the cyclic orchestrations are, and also they’re the better part of the albums. There’s an excellent solo in The Calm Before the Storm, apparently provided by Rob Barrett (Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation etc.). Too bad the riffs aren’t on par with it.
And if we should compare this to Therion, Hollenthon hasn’t got the same majestic, handcrafted, well-designed compositions. It’s more like Mr. Shirenc knew that he wanted to do an album with the dark, medieval war-like sound he’s accomplished here, and decided to make the songs after the sound instead of doing the correct way around. There’s not much negative to it, just that the song blend into each other a little too well, that there are a few fillers and the riffage. Oh, forgot about the incredibly out-of-place electronic amusement park music box intro to Conspirator. Elena does some real goose bumps-causing banshee sounds a bit into the song. ----- Corimngul

1. Y Draig Goch
2. Woe to The Defeated
3. Lords of Bedlam
4. To Kingdome Come
5. The Calm Before the Storm
6. Fire Upon the Blade
7. Conquest Demise
8. Conspirator

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1. Enrapture - Hinc Illae Lacrimae
2. Homage - Magni Nominis Umbra
3. Vestige - Non Omnis Moriar
4. Lure - Pallida Mors
5. Interlude - Ultima Ratio Regum
6. Reprisal - Malis Avibus
7. Premonition - Lex Talionis
8. Eclipes - Vita Nova

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

ROB ZOMBIE: Hellbilly Deluxe @ 320k

Malevolent megalomaniac or eerie artiste? Rob Zombie is a bit of both. With spooky metal music that's as colorful and kitschy as its comic art, the singer's solo debut bears more than a little resemblance to his band of many years, White Zombie. These 13 tracks (yeah, there just had to be 13!) continue to explore Zombie's fascination with psychotic noise, pummeling grooves, campy samples, and all things horrific. Instead of just playing dictator, however, this astrocreep allows space for cohorts such as guitarist Danny Lohner and drummers John Tempesta and Tommy Lee to shine darkly. He also shares artistic credit for the LP's elaborate 24-page booklet. Zombie's finely crafted disc is heavy-metal thunder that's turbocharged for the new millennium. --Janiss Garza

1. Call Of The Zombie
2. Superbeast
3. Dragula
4. Living Dead Girl
5. Perversion 99
6. Demonoid Phenomenon
7. Spookshow Baby
8. How To Make A Monster
9. Meet The Creeper
10. The Ballad Of Resurrection Joe And Rosa Whore
11. What Lurks On Channel X?
12. Return Of The Phantom Stranger
13. The Beginning Of The End

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MAGNITUDE NINE: Decoding The Soul

This is an excellent CD for those who enjoy great rock musicians and singers performing full-bore, melodic songs. As you would expect the guitar playing is supreme, the band is over the top and tight, the singer is a REAL singer and the production is excellent (make sure you EQ this CD flat, otherwise you will lose the excellent lead vocals). This CD is much more listenable then a lot of progressive rock, such as Symphony X and Dream Theater. If you want great musicians playing songs that you can enjoy than this is an excellent choice. As great as the band is, the singer ensures that you get your moneys worth as he is up to the task and has what sounds like a well trained voice. --- Andrew P. Banas

1. New Dimension
2. Lies Within the Truth
3. Facing the Unknown
4. To Find a Season
5. Walk Through the Fire
6. Dead in Their Tracks
7. Changes
8. Torn
9. Thirty Days of Night
10. Sands of Time

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MEMORY GARDEN: Tides + Mini-CD Forever

1. Genesis
2. Dream Horizons
3. The Rhyme of the Elder
4. Trapped at the Pharaoes
5. Judgement Day
6. The Innocent Sleep
7. A New Dawn
8. Blissful
9. Warlord
10. Inarticulo Mortis
11. Forever
12. Autumn Anguish

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A good Stratovarius album, if that's what's your thing. And by this stage of their career you should know if it's your thing. And hard to argue when there is great stuff like moving ballads (Million Miles Away) that had a cool video to accompany it and rockers like the darn excellent Hunting High & Low. Sure, it all gets a bit silly in places with the whole melodic rock peddling of keyboard laced pomp, which for this listener tends to dilute the enjoyment of this particular band.
While reviewing this album I should also point out that the tour for this disc makes up a lot of the footage used on their first home video and certainly that's a release that any fan of the band should get. In some ways I think of this as the last proper studio album of Stratovarius' rise to power, for after this the Elements would close in for a couple of albums and take the wind out of their sails (and sales too presumably). --- Paul Lawrence

1. Hunting High And Low
2. Millennium
3. Mother Gaia
4. Phoenix
5. Glory Of The World
6. A Million Light Years Away
7. Freedom
8. Infinity
9. Celestial Dream
10. What Can I Say?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

BATTLELORE: Sword's Song

"Sword's Song" is an excellent sophmore effort from this Finnish group. In fact, I'd have to say that it's the best album out of the three that Battlelore have released. I just can't get enough of this album! The music this group produces has many influences, but not one inparticular that can be pointed to as being the most prevalent. They sound like Nightwish, Candlemass, Nine Inch Nails, and Malevolent Creation all rolled into one! "Sons of Riddermark" starts the album out with a head-nodding march-step. Kaisa's vox are beautiful & mesmerizing, while Tomi's are non-aggressive in this first song. The title track shows Tomi being a bit more aggressive, though still not going at full bore yet, as Kaisa ever calls like a siren to the listener. "The Mark of the Bear" is a different tune, though no less addictive than the rest. Heavily marked by bass and techno-infused synths, this tune explores a dark, punky feel that can also be found on "Shadowgate", from their first album, "Where the shadows Lie." "Buccaneers Inn" is a fun song, and the song that introduced me to Battlelore. At times (thankfully very few) the group has a nu-metal feel, such as during the chorus of this song, but just when you think you know what the group is going to do next (in the same song) they fly off in another direction, the whole time keeping the song reigned in to where they want it. "Attack of the Orcs" is another awesome tune. It could nearly be categorized as a death metal tune, but with an odd techno groove to it. "Dragonslayer" starts with a solid metal lick, but soon turns into a Battlelore song. You just have to hear this amazing group to appreciate my former statement. "Khazad-Dum part II (Silent Caverns)" is another one that feels like death metal, but also very doom-y & forlorn sounding. "Horns of Gondor" is a beautiful instrumental piece that belongs on the "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" soundtrack. "The War of Wrath" is a song that I feel summarizes Battlelore quite well. All of their elements are here in this one song: the enchanting vox of Kaisa, Tomi's aggressive and non-aggressive vox, plenty of synth, a bit of techno... total metal. "Forked Height" feels like an 80's pop-rock radio song, during the first half of it (like something you'd hear from Pat Benatar or Cyndi Lauper), before blazing off into mayhem, Battlelore-style. "Starlight Kingdom" is another similar to "War of the Wrath" only in that all of Battlelore's elements are heard here. Other than that the songs sound nothing alike, proving that this group can play in a widely diverse array of styles, while staying within the realm that they've set up for themselves. BRAVO!!! Submitted by Nebulae (Burlington, IA, USA)

1. sons of riddermark
2. sword's song
3. mark of the bear
4. buccaneers inn
5. attack of the orcs
6. dragonslayer
7. khazad-dum, pt. 2 (silent caverns)
8. horns of gondor
9. war of wrath
10. forked height
11. starlight kingdom
12. the curse of the kings


Friday, November 16, 2007

MOTORHEAD:- Overnight Sensation

1. civil war
2. crazy like a fox
3. i don't believe a word
4. eat the gun
5. overnight sensation
6. love can't buy you money
7. broken
8. them not me
9. murder show
10. shake the world
11. listen to your heart

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

STRATOVARIUS: Intermission

1. will my soul ever rest in peace
2. falling into fantasy
3. the curtains are falling
4. requiem
5. bloodstone
6. kill the king
7. i surrender (live)
8. keep the flame
9. why are we here
10. what can i say
11. dream with me
12. when the night neets the day
13. it's a mystery
14. cold winter nights
15. hunting high & low (live)

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SEVEN WITCHES: Passage to the Other Side (VBR)

1. dance with the dead
2. mental messiah
3. johnny
4. apocalyptic dreams
5. fever in the city
6. betrayed
7. the last horizon
8. nature & wrath
9. wasted
10. passage of the other side

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SHADOW KEEP: Corruption Within (VBR)

1. dark tower
2. the trial of your betrayal
3. mark of the usurper
4. altar of madness
5. corruption within
6. cast out
7. meta morale
8. the silver sivord
9. death a new horizon
10. murder
11. inner sanctum

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1. eagleheart
2. soul of a vagabond
3. find yor own voice
4. fantasia
5. learning to fly
6. papillon
7. stratofortress
8. elements
9. a drop in the ocean

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

RUSH: Retrospective I (1974-1980)

This album and its companion volume Retrospective II: 1981-1987 are rather pointless exercises. Rush had already released an admirable comprehensive retrospective back in 1990, the excellent double-disc Chronicles, which took two songs from each of their studio albums (three in the case of Moving Pictures) and augmented them with selected tracks from each of their three live albums at that point in their career. Now years later, Rush's money-grubbing manager Ray Danniels convinced them to milk their past again by releasing two separate (and therefore more expensive when purchased together) compilations rehashing most of the same songs and adding in a few of their more epic pieces ("Xanadu", "By-Tor and the Snow Dog") which were too long to cram onto Chronicles. I know Danniels is the mastermind behind this, because when he later became the manager of Van Halen he tried to convince them to do the same, releasing two volumes of greatest hits separately compiling the David Lee Roth and the Sammy Hagar eras. He lost that battle, only managing the milk the fans for a single-disc VH best-of.
Diehard Rush fans will tell you to skip both Chronicles and the Retrospective volumes and instead purchase all of the Rush CD's, since that is the context in which they are best enjoyed. As an in-betweener, I can tell you that the Chronicles set is a more broad overview, even if it's at the expense of some of their longer songs with mutliple movements and time signature changes (plus, Chronicles includes the excellent "Working Man", missing here). But then if it's the longer stuff you enjoy and not their shorter, more commercial material, then you DEFINITELY have no business looking at either Chronclies or the Retrospectives. Start collecting all the Rush CD's!

1. The Spirit of Radio
2. The Trees
3. Something for Nothing
4. Freewill
5. Xanadu
6. Bastille Day
7. By-Tor And The Snow Dog
8. Anthem
9. Closer to the Heart
10. 2112 Overture
11. The Temples Of Syrinx
12. La Villa Strangiato
13. Fly By Night
14. Finding My Way

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RUSH: Retrospective II (1981-1987)

Rush Retrospective II 1981-1987 was originally released in June of 1997 to coincide with the release of the band's back catalog in remastered state.
This compilation and its offshoot Retrospective I were released as alternatives to the expensive and obsolete Rush Chronicles collection but now both these Retrospectives are now part of the two disc set Rush Gold.
Retrospective II/disc two of Rush Gold covers 1981-87. The band's biggest selling album, February of 1981's Moving Pictures is represented by Tom Sawyer, Limelight and Red Barchetta. Nothing I can say here. Two of their biggest hits off the band's best-selling album are here and album favorite Red Barchetta is included as well.
The US Top 10 Platinum selling follow-up Signals from 1982 is represented by Subdivisions, New World Man and The Analog Kid. Two huge rock radio hits(with New World Man being Rush's only US Top 20 hit and Subdivisions also being an MTV staple) and a classic album cut from Analog Kid are included here.
The 1984 Top 10 Platinum seller Grace Under Pressure is represneted by Distant Early Warning, The Body Electric and Red Sector A. The first track was a rock radio and MTV smash, the second choice got extensive MTV play and the third became a concert favorite.
The band's 1985 Top 10 Platinum seller Power Windows is represented by The Big Money, Mystic Rhythms and Marathon.
The Big Money was one of the group's biggest hits and its video got lots of airplay as did Mystic Rhythms. Marathon is a great number as well. The band's final effort for Mercury, the Top 20 million selling Hold Your Fire is represented by Force Ten, Time Stand Still and Mission. The former first track was a rock radio hit, the second choice was the big hit and the latter was a rock radio favorite and a great concert number.
If you just want the best of Rush from 1981-87, get this but if you want a great overview to Rush's history go for Rush Gold! --- Terrence Reardon

1. The Big Money
2. Red Barchetta
3. Subdivisions
4. Time Stand Still
5. Mystic Rhythms
6. The Analog Kid
7. Distant Early Warning
8. Marathon
9. The Body Electric
10. Mission
11. Limelight
12. Red Sector A
13. New World Man
14. Tom Sawyer
15. Force Ten

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SACK TRICK: Sheep in Kiss Make-up (VBR)

1. shout it out loud
2. love gun
3. i'm a legend tonight
4. almost human
5. i stole your love (pt.1)
6. deuce
7. beth (robin guy vocal)
8. all hell's breakin' loose (wid da funky groovz)
9. i've had enough (into the fire)
10. great expectations
11. audio video (catch me when i fall)
12. stanley the parrot
13. i stole your love
14. beth (sponder vocal)
15. love her all i can
16. war machine
17. i still love you
18. i stole your love
19. the elder
20. bonus

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THE DARKNESS: Permission to Land (VBR)

Open your hearts, minds, and ears! The Darkness are here and they are Rocking the planet! In an age where so-called "rock" bands are supposed to be depressed, uncharismatic, Kurt Cobain-obsessed whiners with no talent singers and no solo guitarists, The Darkness is rocketing through the universe on their spaceship spreading the gospel of Rock and Roll!!!! If you hate Rock and Roll, love angst-ridden teen torment drama pop punk, can't have a good time, and are too cool for school, please don't buy this album. BUT if you like smiling, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, KISS, Queen, Van Halen, and just good ole Rock and Roll, then this is a must have album.
Justin Hawkins has heaven-sent vocals that can shatter steel, vocals that bust through your speakers with the force of a 400mph hurricane wind. He has TALENT. And lots of it, with a stage swaggering bravado to reinforce it. His brother, Dan Hawkins, is bringing the solo back into style. Frankie Poullain delivers the booming bass lines and one killer mustache. Ed Graham gives us some great drumming, old style and Rocking.The album is solid. --- John Anthony Moroso

1. Black Shuck
2. Get Your Hands off My Woman
3. Growing on Me
4. I Believe in a Thing Called Love
5. Love is Only a Feeling
6. Givin' Up
7. Stuck in a Rut
8. Friday Night
9. Love on The Rocks with No Ice
10. Holding My Own

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DIO: Magica (VBR)

With the emergence of a new generation of heavy bands spearhead by Korn, Slipknot, and that lot in the 1990s, few expected to ever hear again from Ronnie James Dio. Yet he and his band have soldiered on defiantly. Magica is all big hair, big guitars, old-school metal. A concept album inspired by the Book of Magica, this is good-and-evil, swords-and-sorcery stuff, the musical equivalent of a game of Dungeons & Dragons--and likely to share the same fans. With its guitar solos, stadium anthems, and lyrics about wizards and demons, Magica feels dated, but promises a good time for a certain segment of heavy-music fans. --Robert Burrow

1. Discovery
2. Magica Theme
3. Lord of the Last Day
4. Fever Dreams
5. Turn to Stone
6. Feed My Head
7. Eriel
8. Challis
9. As Long as It's Not About Love
10. Losing My Insanity
11. Otherworld
12. Magica - Reprise
13. Lord of the Last Day - Reprise
14. Magica Story

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DEF LEPPARD: Retro Active (VBR)

Surprisingly, this is truly a great album, even though it is regarded as a unreleased/b-sides collection, the material on here is worthy of being called top-notch album quality. If you took all the great songs from all rest of Def Leps 1990's albums, you still couldn't accumulate enough to surpass this one. Only 2 good songs are on Adrenalize, maybe 2 on Slang, and 6 on Euphoria, you still can't touch Retro Active's 11 song that are all excellent. Most of the material on here is from the Hysteria sessions, and the rest come from Adrenalize sessions, being cover songs and canned material. There is 1 or 2 songs on here that were recorded for this CD. Steve Clark,R.I.P., appears on a handful of tracks, and newcomer Vivian is on a few as well. This CD has a ton of rockers like Desert Song, Fractured Love, Action, She's Too Tough, and Ring Of Fire, among others. But the standouts are the two ballads, Two Steps Behind and Miss You In A Heartbeat, both presented in electric and acoustic versions. All-in-all a superb album, that should be considered a regular album, and by far the best one since Hysteria.

1. Desert Song
2. Fractured Love
3. Action
4. Two Steps Behind (Acoustic Version)
5. She's Too Tough
6. Miss You In a Heartbeat
7. Only After Dark
8. Ride Into the Sun
9. Fron the Inside
10. Ring Of Fire
11. I Wanna Be Your Hero
12. Miss You in a Heartbeat (Electric Version)
13. Two Steps Behind (Electric Version)

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Many a fan of Exhorder bought this, hoping it would be a surrogate third album of the Deep South thrashers. Anyone expecting an extreme thrash-fest from this album will be highly disappointed. While Floodgate features a former member of Exhorder, none of the old sound has been retained at all.Y'see, 'Penalty' is sludgy Doom-laden swamp rock, more akin to the likes of Trouble and Monster Magnet than Dark Angel and Pantera. This is an album of huge rock slab guitar riffs and a rhythm section dragged out of the slimy 'gator infested swamps of the Bayou. There is nothing fancy here, just four guys churning out the music they love, without pretension.
Kyle Thomas was the acidic mouthpiece of Exhorder in his thrash incarnation. With Floodgate, he proves highly versatile, and surprisingly comes out with a rough edged blues-y voice, reminiscent of a number of singers from different bands, one moment Trouble, the next Masters of Reality, and the odd touch of Ozzy. Thomas shows an excellent ear for vocal melody, and backing vocal harmonies slide in and out of many of the songs. The Exhorder roar comes out on occasion, to add effect or emphasise a point."Whole" is like a soundtrack for that moment of semi-consciousness between waking and sleeping, like Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan". "Second Guesser" jolts you out of that reverie, with an almost Hardcore shout-along feel, like a Corrosion Of Conformity or Crowbar track.Fans of supergroup Down will love this album. Strangely enough, it was released about the same time as 'Nola', and was also recorded in New Orleans. It is basic, no nonsense Stoner Rock, minus the stoned part and stripped back to the bare bones. You don't even need to get out of it to get into this. --- Patrick Stott

1. Shivering
2. Through My Days Into My Nights
3. Before the Line Divides
4. Those Days
5. Till my Soul
6. Whole
7. Second Guesser
8. Running with Sodden Legs
9. Imitation Salvation
10. Feel You Burn
11. Black with Sin

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QUEENSRYCHE: Hear In The Now Frontier (VBR)

Queensryche was never a band to sit still-- from their early metal roots on their first couple releases, the band began blending elements of progressive rock and other influences into their sound until "Promised Land". In many ways a pinnacle acheivement in the band's history, it would have been extremely difficult to equal. The album was well constructed, an acheivement of arranging and sound, and while it was unpopular with a number of the band's fans (who would have preferred a straight metal sound), it was certainly a unique statement. Many bands would have been tempted to try for a sequel in sound and feel, others would have tried to get even more over the top, still even more would be likely to retreat backwards, to rejoin the metal sounds of their youth. Queensryche did something quite different.
"Hear in the Now Frontier" is a stripped done, bare record. Gone are the swirling arrangements, the extra instruments, keyboards, synths, samples, layered vocal harmonies, etc. Instead, straightforward riffing, blistering leads, and a looseness bleed forth, as though the band had been listening to what the other locals in Seattle were doing. When I first heard the record, I hated it (even as a fan of the grunge movement that in many ways inspired it), but there was enough decent material to keep me coming back to it. --- Michael Stack

1. Sign of the Times
2. Cuckoo's Nest
3. Get a Life
4. The Voice Inside
5. Some People Fly
6. Saved
7. You
8. Hero
9. Miles Away
10. Reach
11. All I Want
12. Hit the Black
13. Anytime Anywhere
14. Sp00l

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Monday, October 29, 2007

GIRLSCHOOL: Demolition & Hit and Run

Two classic albums on one CD, Girlschool's first and second, originally released in 1980 & 1981, & produced by Vic Maile. Features 21 remastered tracks of all girl British new wave heavy metal. Victor. 1993.
** I'm sorry THE DONNAS, LUNACHICKS and other female bands fans..THIS IS THE REAL DEAL... Girlschool is the most impressive and tough female rock'n roll band of history.... these two albums are simply amazing, you cant' miss this file...

1. Demolition Boys
2. Not for Sale
3. Race With the Devil
4. Take It All Away
5. Nothing to Lose
6. Breakdown
7. Midnight Ride
8. Emergency
9. Baby Doll
10. Deadline
11. C'mon Let's Go
12. Hunter
13. (I'm Your) Victim
14. Kick It Down
15. Following the Crowd
16. Tush
17. Hit and Run
18. Watch Your Step
19. Back to Start
20. Yeah Right
21. Future Flash

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Covers of the last posts

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MOTORHEAD: March Or Die (320kbps)

'March or Die' is, simply put, a brilliant album. Motorhead has been so consistant and so friggin' good for so many years now...they may very well be the greatest heavy metal band of all time (settle down, Zeppelin and Sabbath fans, I'm about to explain myself...). What sets Motorhead apart from most metal bands are two qualities: the tight take-no-prisoners-hellraiser-on-wheels assault of the playing and, most of all, Lemmy's songwriting. Scan the lyric sheet here and see Lemmy take on -- quite brilliantly, I might add -- TV evangelists in 'Bad Religion', politicians who create wars and abuse the environment in the title track, and the power balladeers by writing one called 'I Ain't No Nice Guy', making it an acoustic duet with Ozzy guesting on vocals, and giving it a melody that will stick in your head for days on end. Add a smokin' touch of boogie-woogie piano here and there and guitar-and-bass solos that will rip your tonsils out and make your heart thump, and what you have is one unbeatable band. Anyone who thinks that 'March Or Die' is Motorhead's commercial sell-out album just hasn't been listening close enough. Every band should sell-out like this !! They hold the legacy of the Ramones and Sex Pistols' attack dear to their hearts while staying true to the purest expression of heavy metal form around. We should feel blessed that they are still around making one wonderful album after another, and that we are still able to catch them live. Born to Lose, Live to Win -- indeed !! --- By Robert Bykowski (Milwaukee, WI USA)

1. Stand
2. Cat Scratch Fever
3. Bad Religion
4. Jack The Ripper
5. I Ain't No Nice Guy
6. Hellraiser
7. Asylum Choir
8. Too Good tobe True
9. You Better Run
10. Name in Vain
11. March or Die

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TIME MACHINE: Hidden Secrets

One thing you definitely cannot accuse TIME MACHINE of is not to release enough stuff for the fans. If you add everything together, then we have three full albums, five mini CDs and this double CD best of named "Hidden Secrets". As it is a compilation of their best tracks, including previously unreleased material, live recordings, re-mastered versions and lost studio songs, I think that it is befitting, if I do the same and go back into the history of TIME MACHINE a little. Back in 1992 Lorenzo Deho' and Ivan Oggioni formed TIME MACHINE and after first line-up changes released the EP "Project: Time Scanning" in 1993 with Andrea Ruggeri (formerly with MOON OF STEEL) on the vocals, thus becoming one of the very first Italian bands in ages to get known internationally. Next up was another EP, "Dungeons Of The Vatican", limited to a Japan release only, then followed by the first full album, "Act II: Galileo". It was the first one to feature Folco Orlandini behind the microphone and is a masterpiece of Progressive Rock/Metal. Then Folco went and Morby came, with him TIME MACHINE release the EP "Shades Of Time" and soon he leaves as well, making space for Nick Fortarezza. The second full album "Eternity Ends" is recorded with him on the microphone, to be followed by the two MCDs "Secret Oceans Part 1 & 2", the latter of which also featured ANGRA (now SHAMAN) singer Andre Matos on the track "I Believe Again". After this one, "Hidden Secrets", TIME MACHINE went to Pino Tozzi as singer, so you see, there has been a lot going on, especially in the vocal sector…
Anyways, on "Hidden Secrets" we are treated with songs off almost all releases (before 2000, of course), and even though you hear some stylistic differences and evolutions, everything is absolutely and completely TIME MACHINE. Always in the middle between Progressive Rock and Metal, the Italians manage to perfectly walk the tightrope between demand and accessibility, shifting moods and atmospheres as well as intensity, combining calm and almost fragile passages with crunchy guitars and some pounding drums, plus, of course, keyboards. And the truly beautifully made booklet brings us the lyrics plus the different line ups of TIME MACHINE and also liner notes for each track, what was special about it and/or the version to be found on this 2-CD, which is highly interesting to read for sure!
So "Hidden Secrets" (with both CDs at the price of 1) holds a great appeal to both long time fans of the band and newcomers and is a worthy anthology of one of the top bands of the genre of this time, even though far less people actually know them… That should change… Really! (Online May 28, 2003) --- Alex

CD --- 1
1. Riots in The Colonies 753 A.C.
2. Stargazer
3. I Hold the Key (Into the Void)
4. Eternity Ends
5. Silent Revolution
6. Behind the Cross
7. I Believe Again
8. 1.000 Rainy Nights
9. Falling Star (Mixing) I The Subversive Nazare
10. Past and Future
11. Mother
12. Dungeons of the Vatican
13. White Collars

CD --- 2
1. Will You Remember
2. Burning in the Wind
3. Desert of Souls
4. Sphynx (The Witness)
5. New Religion
6. I Hold the Key
7. Prisoner of Dreams
8. Never-Ending Love
9. Virgin of the Temple
10. Love Without Sin Part I
11. Obscure Medieval Lady
12. Earth's Dawn (History)
13. Hidden Pain

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TIM DONAHUE: Madmen & Sinners

With six releases under his belt, Donahue decided it was time to take his music to the next level. After recording Into The Light (2000) and long before the ever meeting James LaBrie(Dream Theater),Donahue began writing M&S with LaBrie's voice in mind thinking in terms of a progressive metal album in the vein of a bombastic Dream Theater. A chance meeting with a mutual friend of LaBrie's in the summer of 2001, put Donahue in touch with the singer following a spontaneous listening session of the initial demo material. Phone calls were made, LaBrie was suitably intrigued by the offer and Donahue began writing in earnest with realization of the Madmen album in sight.
Guitarist and singer met for the first time in July 2002 to discuss Donahue's musical vision and ideas for Madmen & Sinners. Over the course of their brainstorming sessions Labrie suggested bringing drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme/Steve Vai) on board, having worked with the skinbasher on his Mullmuzzler side project. Recording took place in January 2003,with Mangini put to tape in Boston,LaBrie's vocals recorded in Barrie,Ontario. The year that followed saw Donahue holed up in his home studio playing and recording all the fretless guitar, bass and synth parts,engineering and mixing the album himself,all while having to deal with a temperamental computer intent on eating precious recorded data at random. Donahue prevailed in the end,coming out of the studio with the best album of his career.

1. Million Miles
2. Let Go
3. My Heart Bleeds
4. Feel My Pain
5. Morte et Dabo
6. Children of the Flame
7. The End
8. Wildest Dreams
9. Master of the Mind
10. Madmen & Sinners

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: Watching In Silence

Ex-Savatage frontman, Zak Stevens' solo project is excellent. If you are a fan of his work with Savatage this will blow you away. Chris Caffery does play guitar on a couple of tracks and Jon Oliva helped write a few songs as well, so the Savatage feel is still there, but the chorus' are bigger and Zak's voice stronger. There is not a bad song on the album. In fact, I have trouble getting the CD back from my wife, she likes it that much as well, it is always in one of our vehicles' CD players. The sad thing is that this being such a great album it will get almost no airplay here in the States. Most of the good metal now-a-days is coming out of Europe, but we don't hear it here. US bands like Circle II Circle, Iced Earth, Savatage, Symphony X and Kamelot have to rely on the European market to make it. Which is unfortunate, because it is really hard to find good metal here in the States. Yes, I am jealous of my European friends for having such great music that gets airplay. Rock on, and I guess I will have to keep buying the imports.

1. Out of Reach
2. Sea Of White
3. Into the Wind
4. Watching In Silence
5. Forgiven
6. Lies
7. Face to Face
8. Walls
9. The Circle
10. F.O.S.

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HUMANIMAL: Humanimal

Featuring Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen), Pontus Norgen, Marcel Jacob & others. Z Records. 2002 release. Humanimal is an excellent CD by former Yngvie Malmsteen singer Jeff Scott Soto. Jeff was also the singer on some of the original songs on the Rockstar soundtrack. This CD has a George Lynch/Jeff Pilson Dokken era sound/ crossed with Yngvie Malmsteen's style of Music. The music is Heavy yet melodic. Jeff Scott Soto has never sounded better. Pontus Norgren is a guitar god and sounds great!! Every song on this CD is good, which is a rarity these days.
It's a shame that CD can only be purchased as an import, because this CD is so much better than a lot of the Numetal, distortion rock band CD's that we are being forced to listen to by American Music Companies.If you are looking for a great hard-rocking CD, where you can actually understand the vocals, and hear songs where guitar solos are not a lost art, you have to check out HUMANIMAL!! --- By NEO-CS- "Cyber Soldier"Highly Recommended!!

1. R U 4 Real
2. Again 2 Be Found
3. License 2 Kill
4. Find My Way Home
5. Feel The Burn
6. Road to Forgiveness
7. I
8. Turn Away
9. Who Do You Think You Are
10. Way to Deep

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This cd is one of the best greatest hits comptilations ever! Lizzy has so much of his hits represented here. Truly great masterpieces such as Me Against The World, American Metal, Notorious, Master Of Disguise and Love Is A Crime. It is one greatest hits comptilation a true heavy metal fan should have in their collection! A great album from one of the forgotten metal masters. If you have never heard of Lizzy Borden or, are a seasoned fan this album is a must for your rock collection!!! This album takes you through the bands greatest moments. This album will take you back to when rock was more than just a guy singing.It has emotion along with terrorising up's and downs.

1. Me Against The World
2. American Metal
3. Notorious
4. Master Of Disguise
5. Psychopath
6. Eyes Of A Stranger
7. Red Rum (Live)
8. Ultra Violence
9. Live And Let Die (Live)
10. Give 'Em The Axe
11. Love Kills
12. Love Is A Crime
13. Lord Of The Flies
14. Rod Of Iron

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40 GRIT: Heads

Deep from within the wellspring of modern hard rock has sprung a plethora of new bands raised and versed in metal but betraying a resolute passion for the better aspects of the grunge era (think Alice In Chains, not Nirvana or Pearl Jam). 40 Grit are one of the better of these bands to come along. More committed to the underground aspects of their sound than the Collective Souls and Bushes of the world, 40 Grit nonetheless slice through the pop sensitive conscious by firmly wielding the cutting edge of modern rock. From the hypnotic sway of "Groin" to the industrial-without-electronics vibe of "Ground Zero," "Heads" steers well clear of anything that might not be considered Billboard material, but on those terms it's an astonishing debut. --- By Jeremy Ulrey "Bangyrmfhead"

1. Ground Zero
2. Serving Time
3. Sneaky Glass Face
4. Groin
5. Fade Into You
6. Spit
7. No Name
8. Three Spaces
9. Tension
10. Think
11. Wide Mouth

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ANVIL: Anthology of Anvil

A part from the production which is so-so, this album is exceptional. With sounds that resemble Old Judas Priest, Motorhead, and even a bit of Helloween at times, this Group borned from where I come from, Canada, have great songs in their arsenal. Metal on Metal is to Anvil what Back in Black is to .... This classic song is astonishing from start to finish. Although there are many other good songs, other highlites include the hockey based BLOOD ON THE ICE, PAPER GENERAL, FORGED IN FIRE, and the oldie but goodie SCHOOL LOVE. These Heavy Metal hall of famers have assembled 18 of their most astonishing songs on one single disc. A disc that everyone should own. Rock on!

1. Metal On Metal
2. Smokin' Green
3. Winged Assasins
4. Free As The Wind
5. Old School
6. Bushpig
7. Blood On The Ice
8. March Of The Crabs
9. Jackhammer
10. Speed Of Sound
11. 666
12. Stolen (Bonus Track)
13. Paper General
14. Forged In Fire
15. School Love
16. Motormount
17. Dr. Kevorkian
18. Mothra

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Amazing album. Amazing band. There is true creative and music genius behind this group and behind the concept of "Gospel Cola". Though Atomic Opera have a distinct sound all their own and sound like no one, if you need a comparison think the groove and crunch/sludge of King's X with the progressiveness of Galactic Cowboys...topped off with more varied instrumentation (cello, mandolin, dulcimer, recorder, ocrina, Chapman stick, etc.), more complex arrangements and some of the most amazing, insightful and intelligent lyrics to grace music in a long, long time. They pull no punches. Incisive, bold and inspired - just like their music. I loved Penguin Dust, but felt the songs all had a "sameness" about them...not so here. Every song is distinct and stands alone in arrangement, rhythm and structure. There's a sense of artistry and musical vision here that was a bit lacking in their previous efforts - though they're all good. It seems like Frank and Kemper's vision for AO is finally coalescing! Excellent owe it to yourself to pick this up. --- By Ockham's Razor (Michigan, USA)

1. Jesus Junk
2. October
3. WinterLand
4. Reiah Discerns The Times
5. Malediction
6. My Head
7. Silence
8. Muse
9. Love is as Strong as Death
10. The Circle is Closed
11. Stop my Heart
12. Doxology

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