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posted a comment on The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot. 8 days ago
Never said that that was what I was looking for. But thanks for your comment. :-)
posted a review of Static-X - Shadow Zone. 11 days ago
With nu metal being at its peak in 2001, it’s no surprise that Static-X’s album that year, ‘Machine’, gave them a huge mainstream push and garnered them a bigger fan base than before. Looking to capitalize on that success (and apparently with record ... See full review
posted a review of Pantera - Reinventing The Steel. 11 days ago
‘Reinventing the Steel’ is the ninth and final studio album by groove metal band Pantera. Released in 2000, the band members would fall out big-time shortly after, and would end up disbanding a few years later. So with this release bringing their career ... See full review
posted a review of Dream Theater - Official Bootleg: When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989. 24 days ago
The second release of Dream Theater’s demo series of official bootlegs, ‘When Dream and Day Unite Demos 1987-1989’ is a look at the making of the bands seminal debut album. Obviously...

Split into four main sections, there’s instrumental demos, ... See full review
posted a review of Dream Theater - Official Bootleg: Falling Into Infinity Demos 1996-1997. 24 days ago
‘Falling Into Infinity Demos 1996-1997’ is the fifth instalment of Dream Theater’s demo series line of official bootlegs. There’re two important factors here that make this arguably one of the better releases of demo albums. Firstly, the wealth of ... See full review
posted a review of Haddaway - Life. 24 days ago
Right, straight up, I’m gonna say it. ‘Life’ is a friggin’ brilliant song!

Honestly, I’d say this is the best track from Haddaways debut release, 1993’s ‘The Album’, and is so much better than the much more well-known ‘What is Love’ (which, to be fair, ... See full review
posted a comment on Stuck Mojo - Violated. 26 days ago
Unfortunately it CD doesn't really say anything other than who produced the EP. So I have no idea. :-(
posted a review of Savatage - Streets (A Rock Opera). 27 days ago
‘Streets: A Rock Opera’, released in 1991, is the sixth studio album by American metal band Savatage. It sees the band further develop their unique style which incorporates huge influences from musicals and classical music, and features a concept based ... See full review
posted a review of Slayer - Live Undead. 27 days ago
Slayer’s ‘Live Undead’... Another 80’s metal live release with poorly overdubbed crowd noises! While I like Slayer, I’ve never really been a fan of their first few albums. With each release only garnering one or two tracks that I enjoy, it’s no surprise ... See full review
posted a review of Nightwish - Angels Fall First. 29 days ago
‘Angels Fall First’ is the 1997 debut album by Finnish symphonic metal group Nightwish, who would go on to become one of those most popular and prolific bands of the genre.

Compared to later releases, however, ‘Angels Fall First’ sounds very raw, and ... See full review
posted a review of Extreme (2) - Extreme. 29 days ago
By 1989, the world was already getting a bit bored by what was commonly referred to as either glam metal or hair metal... or simply, 80’s metal. With its vast array of long-haired, grown men in spandex and makeup, there was a certain cheesiness and ... See full review
posted a review of Die Krupps - A Tribute To Metallica. 29 days ago
No. No. No. No. No.

This just doesn’t work, and it shouldn’t exist.

I’m all for bands trying things from different genres, mixing ideas up and experimenting, but industrial, electronic, synth-driven versions of Metallica songs just don’t work for me. ... See full review
posted a review of H-Blockx - Discover My Soul. about 1 month ago
Ah, the early 90’s. Shell suits, techno pop and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A bright, vibrant time, it was colourful, innocent and fun. Until around the mid-90’s, things changed. “Attitude” became cool. Bands were rebelling. TV was becoming bleaker. ... See full review
posted a review of Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor. about 1 month ago
... I mean, did we really need all these remixes in our lives?

As is always the case, ‘Blood on the Dance Floor’ is a fantastic track, and it’s this reason alone that I give this single release two stars, featuring some excellent dance floor grooves, ... See full review
posted a review of Nickelback - The Long Road. about 1 month ago
Nickelback’s fourth studio album, 2003’s ‘The Long Road’, sees the band finally do away with the post grunge sound of their earlier days and fully embrace the mainstream, radio-friendly hard rock vibe that gave them worldwide superstardom on 2001’s ... See full review
posted a review of Rammstein - Rosenrot. about 1 month ago
2001’s ‘Mutter’ solidified German industrial rockers Rammstein as global megastars, and while it’d be an impossible task to top, 2004’s ‘Reise Reise’ was a more than worthy follow-up which maintained the bands high standards. So what went wrong ... See full review
posted a review of Iced Earth - The Blessed And The Damned. about 1 month ago
‘The Blessed and the Damned’ is a 2004 compilation album by American power metal band Iced Earth, and was compiled by their former record label, Century Media, after the band had left to sign with SPV. Consisting of highlights from all the bands albums ... See full review
posted a review of Clawfinger - Clawfinger. about 1 month ago
Clawfinger’s 1997 self-titled third album sees the band return to form after a rather average follow-up to their debut. While ‘Deaf Dumb Blind’ gave the Swedish rap-rockers some miner mainstream success and publicity, they mostly remained an obscure, ... See full review
posted a review of Megadeth - That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires. about 1 month ago
Well, it’s official. If 2001’s ‘Rude Awakening’ didn’t prove it, then ‘That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires’, released in 2007, does. Megadeth are a pretty naff live band.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a terrible release, and more than makes up for ... See full review
posted a review of Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill. 2 months ago
How did one of the most influential metal bands of the 90’s (and of all time?) turn out to be so disappointing? I mean, like a lot of metalheads, I’ve always held Pantera in such high regard, but it wasn’t until I properly took the time to listen to ... See full review
posted a review of Metallica - One (Live). 2 months ago
I always thought singles to promote live albums was a bit pointless, unless there was a certain novelty to it (like, say, playing with an orchestra). Promoting the ‘Live Shit: Binge & Purge’ box set, ‘One’ is a decent enough little package which features ... See full review
posted a review of Adrenaline Mob - Covertà. 2 months ago
2013’s ‘Covertá’ is the second EP, and third overall release, by American groove metal band Adrenaline Mob, and features eight tracks, all of which are covers by various well-known classic rock and metal groups. There’s always a number of ways to view ... See full review
posted a comment on Eternity X - The Edge. 2 months ago
Absolutely not! The lyrics and theme are incredibly ambitious on this album! And agreed, their first two albums I felt were more power than prog, but this is the perfect balance.
posted a review of Five - Everybody Get Up. 2 months ago
Arguably one of the best songs from the bands self-titled, 1998 debut, ‘Everybody Get Up’ was a huge hit for boyband Five back in the day, and a staple of my childhood. Built around the unmistakable guitar riff of Joan Jett’s ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’, it’s ... See full review
posted a review of Dream Theater - Official Bootleg: New York City 3/4/93. 2 months ago
‘New York City 03/04/93’, released in 2007, is the fifth album in the live series of Dream Theater’s official bootlegs. With only two albums under their belts, this is an interesting look at the band in their early days, especially as there are some who ... See full review
posted a review of Kiss - Dressed To Kill. 2 months ago
Another Kiss album, and not a lot different than the previous two. Short, sleazy, rock songs about the usual 1970’s affair... sex, women, partying, sex, drinking, women, and occasionally, something different, like sex, women and partying all at ... See full review
posted a review of Adrenaline Mob - Omertá. 2 months ago
I knew immediately upon their formation that I would love this band! Formed by three of my all-time musical heroes, Rich Ward of Stuck Mojo and Fozzy, Mike Portnoy, one year removed from his tenure with Dream Theater, and Russell Allen, powerhouse ... See full review
posted a review of Savatage - Japan Live '94. 3 months ago
This album is a perfect example of why I’ve always preferred studio albums to live ones. Savatage are without a doubt one of my all-time favourite bands, but ‘Japan Live ‘94’ just doesn’t do their music justice.

Recorded while touring for their 1994 ... See full review
posted a review of Shaman (2) - Ritual. 3 months ago
Formed by former Angra frontman Andre Matos, Shaman is another one of those typical power/progressive metal bands that are pretty unknown and only have small, cult followings to go by. I’d seen ‘Ritual’, their 2002 debut album, pop up on a number of ... See full review
posted a review of Michael Jackson - Earth Song. 3 months ago
Honestly, ‘Earth Song’ is a fantastic, powerful, provocative and emotional song, and easily one of Michael Jackson’s most memorable, but this single is pretty pointless, and even die-hard fans aren’t likely to care about it.

Featuring just three ... See full review
posted a review of Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor (HIStory In The Mix). 3 months ago
‘Blood on the Dance Floor’, released in 1997, is the tenth album by musical icon Michael Jackson, and is split between both new compositions and remixes of tracks from previous album, ‘History’.

Following on from the aforementioned ‘History’, the five ... See full review
posted a review of Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight. 3 months ago
And so it was, that as quickly as the nu metal subgenre rose to prominence (and boy, did it ever?!), so too did it burn out. In 2000, nu metal bands were topping the charts and headlining festivals all over the world. By 2003, the genre was dead, with ... See full review
posted a review of Megadeth - The System Has Failed. 3 months ago
2004 saw the metal community rejoice, as thrash metal pioneers and all-round icons of the genre, Megadeth, returned from a forced retirement two years prior.

However, this wasn’t the Megadeth of old. With the band splitting up in 2002 due to an injury ... See full review
posted a review of Iron Maiden - Live After Death. 3 months ago
Iron Maiden were on a roll. 1982’s ‘The Number of the Beast’ and 1983’s ‘Piece of Mind’ had shot the band to the top of the metal world, and if there was finally any doubters left that didn’t think the band belonged, then 1984’s ‘Powerslave’, the Brits’ ... See full review
posted a review of Kamelot - Karma. 3 months ago
Power metal has always been the ginger-haired stepchild of metal. It’s cheesy, and full of corny lyrics about mythical lands and beings going on wondrous adventures. Lame, right? But occasionally, a band comes along who does away with the speed-metal ... See full review
posted a review of Symphony X - Iconoclast. 3 months ago
2007’s ‘Paradise Lost’ is, in my opinion, one of the heaviest albums of all time, and having developed their sound over the years from a neo-classical progressive metal act to an extremely heavy, almost power metal-sounding band, it seems Symphony X have ... See full review
posted a review of Art In Exile - Art In Exile. 3 months ago
‘Art in Exile’ is the self-titled debut release by the Australian gothic rockers of the same name. It’s one of those CD’s that you pick up in the bargain bin (I literally did, in Germany, for 50 cents!), and then have in your collection, forever ... See full review
posted a review of The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot. 3 months ago
After a fairly disappointing and lacklustre debut, Alan Parsons and his project are back once more for some pop-inspired progressive rock with this, ‘I Robot’, a fairly disappointing and lacklustre follow-up.

Much like its predecessor, ‘I Robot’ is a ... See full review
posted a review of Deliverence (2) - The Makers Hands. 3 months ago
To put it bluntly, this isn’t really an EP that should be overly scrutinized, but I’m going to anyway.

Deliverence were a local metal band that had a small, hometown following for their energetic sets. ‘The Makers Hand’, their debut 2010 EP, was being ... See full review
posted a review of Bonz (4) - Broken Silence. 3 months ago
‘Broken Silence’ is the 2015 debut by Bonz, the original front man of rap-rock pioneers Stuck Mojo. After a second attempt at a reunion with his former band mates produced similar results as before (they’d attempted reunions in both 2005 and 2014, ... See full review
posted a review of Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction. 3 months ago
First impressions are everything. They can determine whether people like you or hate you, and while opinions can always change over time, there’s nothing quite like a memorable first impression. So how did Guns N’ Roses make theirs? They thought it’d be ... See full review
posted a review of Body Count (2) - Violent Demise: The Last Days. 3 months ago
Rapper Ice-T and his merry men are back with Body Count’s third studio album, ‘Violent Demise: The Last Days’. Released in 1997, it follows the disappointing ‘Born Dead’, which failed to capitalize on the unexpected and surprising success of the bands ... See full review
posted a review of Megadeth - Rude Awakening. 3 months ago
2002’s ‘Rude Awakening’ is the first official live album by thrash metal pioneers Megadeth. Released 16 years after their formation (what took them so long?), it sadly comes during a somewhat weird time in the bands history. Having just gone pop rock ... See full review
posted a review of Defcon One (4) - Worlds Beneath. 4 months ago
Yuck! What is this?! (See below for answer).

‘Worlds Beneath’, which came out in 2000, is a self-released EP by death metal band Defcon One. I picked this up in a metal shop in Germany (EMP), where it was sat in the bargain bin for a meagre 50 cents. I ... See full review
posted a review of Dream Theater - Score (20th Anniversary World Tour). 4 months ago
They did it in 2000 with ‘Live Scenes from New York’, and again in 2004 with ‘Live at Budokan’, and come 2006, Dream Theater are at it once more, trying to outdo themselves with ‘Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour’, another three-disc live album that ... See full review
posted a review of Dream Theater - Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs). 4 months ago
Released in 2008, ‘Greatest Hit’ (a reference to the bands one radio hit, ‘Pull Me Under’) is a compilation album by progressive metal giants Dream Theater. With an abundance of incredible material to choose from, it should have been easy enough to make ... See full review
posted a review of Five - Five. 4 months ago
The late nineties saw an influx of boy and girl bands come out of the woodworks. All as generic as each other, with pretty boys singing and prancing around like idiots, singing about girls and love and all sorts of things they couldn’t really comprehend ... See full review
posted a review of Metallica - Garage Inc.. 4 months ago
Released in 1998 during the heyday of their alternative rock phase, ‘Garage Inc.’ is a two-disc compilation of covers by heavy metal legends Metallica. Regardless of your thoughts on the band cutting their hair, Napster, Lars’ drumming, selling out, ... See full review
posted a review of 4ge Of S1l3nce* - Complications. 5 months ago

I bought this CD in a shop in Germany for 50 cents or something equally daft. I’d never heard of Age of Silence (and apparently, neither had anyone else, since they were in the literal bargain bin), but it was a metal CD, so why not?

Labelled as ... See full review
posted a review of Metallica With Michael Kamen Conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra - Nothing Else Matters. 5 months ago
In an age where CD singles are extinct (or at the very least, nothing more than collectibles for die-hard fans), ‘Nothing Else Matters’ serves as nothing more than a three-song sample of Metallica’s 1999 album, ‘S&M’.

‘S&M’, a live album which saw the ... See full review