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St. Anger
St. Anger
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5.0 out of 5 stars RECORD THE DVD!!, July 19 2004
This review is from: St. Anger (Audio CD)
Here's an idea for those of you who hate the production quality of the CD. Find a device such as a tape recorder or an MP3 player with recording capabilities. If you have a computer with a DVD drive this will work best, put all your speakers together and then put the device in the middle of your speakers, click on the AUDIO menue of the DVD instead of just PLAY, and then click on STEREO DOLBY DIGITAL, this option works best. Then record every song one at a time, not all the way through because then you will get just one huge MP3 file. Hopefully this suggestion will help some of you people better appreciate "St. Anger" as much as I am without that s*hitty quality.

Twice Second
Twice Second
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5.0 out of 5 stars UP THE IRONS!, July 13 2004
This review is from: Twice Second (Audio CD)
As with all of the work of vocalist Andy B. Franck within Symphorce, the latest Symphorce album "Twice Second" is a grower and not an immediate pleasure, after the first listen I was skeptical, it didn't sound like anything I was used to because it almost sounded alot like the commercial rock thats out now, but this band blows all of those commercial bands out of the water. The album contains eleven songs, and most of them represent either a blend of Techno-Metal and classic Heavy-Metal, with a rough edgy sound and a fist full of melodic know-how. Symphorce has a fabulously dark and heavy sound, there are some really creative drumming, noticeable bass, which adds to the weight of the album, and is distinctive in terms of theme with lyrics. This is possibly the greatest Metal band since Iced Earth, and should be in any Metal collection!

Agoraphobia
Agoraphobia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Band With Alot to Offer, July 12 2004
This review is from: Agoraphobia (Audio CD)
This is a great Long Island, New York Heavy-Metal band, you don't hear Metal played like this now days anymore, while the rock scene is being dominated by mainstream bands, these guys has something a little more to offer. Holy Mother seems to be delivering what Disturbed or Korn are trying to offer, think of classic Heavy-Metal with touch of Nu-Metal if you will. With only three members in Holy Mother, this band seems to have alot to offer, powerfull anti-religious lyrics, excellent rythm guitar, and soaring solo's you will hear occasionally by Mike Tirelli who also has vocals that could pass as Rob Halford, or Tim Owens. Simply noticable excellent bass done by Randy Coven, you'll hear his bass solo's throught the album, and powerfull hard-hitting Frank Gilchriest on the drums. This is a great band that defines a genre of their own which I like to call Nu/Classic-Metal, if you love bands such as Judas Priest, Rob Halford, or Accept, then don't pass this up.

Avalon: A Celtic Legend
Avalon: A Celtic Legend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical!, July 12 2004
This review is from: Avalon: A Celtic Legend (Audio CD)
This album from Enaid is very magical, every song seems to draw you into it the more you listen to it. A Celtic Legend with it's lush soundscapes, enjoyable melodies, and a certain cinematic sweep, there's plenty here to satisfy the listener if the listener is willing to let the music's gentle tune guide them into their own fantasy world. Mainly inspired by the fairy tale story of King Arthur's Avalon and lets your imagination pick up the settings with every note played. If true beauty shines when the imagination soars, then perhaps the location of Arthur's Avalon is less urgent if it's ideals live on, not some lost Celtic countryside, nor in any one country, but eternally in the state of mind.

God Hates Us All
God Hates Us All
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5.0 out of 5 stars God Probably Hates Slayer for This Record..., July 10 2004
This review is from: God Hates Us All (Audio CD)
When people think metal, they think Slayer, or at least they should. Slayer is the only band that decided they didn't care if metal was cool or not when it was dying in the 90's when alternative, rap and pop seems to rule. With "God Hates Us All," the lyrical structure gets simplistic, but keeps the same edge. Tackling issues with religion for the most part, Tom Araya screams hard-hitting line after hard-hitting line. Their incredibly heavy brand of speed metal and their God-bashing, anti-Christiantity lyrics have made Slayer one of the most beloved bands in Heavy-Metal, they make Metallica sound like Guns N' Roses (I love Metallica don't get me wrong, but Slayers stuff is much heavier!). This is a good album from the thrash genre of metal. They're the timeless old school that you will love if your into the thrash scene.

S&M
S&M
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Hits/Live album from Metallica, July 4 2004
This review is from: S&M (Audio CD)
Many people may not know this album as being a "Live/Greatest Hits" album from Metallica, but rather an adventure. This album I believe has two openers, "The Ecstasy of Gold," introducing you to Michael Kamen's San Fransisco symphony, and an intro to Metallica with their famous instrumental "The Call of Ktulu" from their 2nd album "Ride the Lightning," then starts the brutality. Metallica's thundering Heavy-Metal is all recorded with the same style and sound, so you can forget about what kind of recording quality they used back when they had "Ride the Lightning," or "Master of Puppets" and you can also forget about how the songs from "Load/Re-load" sound as well. I think it is interesting with the orchestra, it has beautifully composed music to fit the mood and atmosphere of each song, the orchestra backs up the solo's, and melodies, without really taking any of Metallica's sound away. The two new tracks on this album, "No Leaf Clover," and "Human" have not been heard by a live audience, or in any Metallica album, but they have been recorded in the same sessions of the "Load/Re-load" era, and are great songs. I don't think I need to go over any more but that and I think this should be in anyones collection, wheather you are a Heavy-Metal fan or not.

The Dark Ride
The Dark Ride
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Ride Rules!, June 27 2004
This review is from: The Dark Ride (Audio CD)
The title is very obvious, as this is a "Dark Ride" indeed, the guitars are shredy and more biting than ever, there's plenty of galloping rhythms, and a brooding, dark atmosphere that surrounds many of the songs. A few bands have the trademark Helloween soaring choruses and melodic paces, but overall you have a more devilish, evil feel to the music than usual. It seems the band members have found a whole new meaning to their existence. They have updated their sound without losing any of their trademarks. This is a tough feature, the producer Roy Z has helped the guitars, heavy up the drums and bass, and help Andi Deris explore many other sides of his already fine technique. Alot of fans would probably say the older ones are better, but I think this has to be their best one yet, get this one now!

Killing the Dragon
Killing the Dragon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dio!, June 27 2004
This review is from: Killing the Dragon (Audio CD)
Dio doesn't really break new ground on the album, but he makes an even greater impact by breaking the old ground. This is a tremendous return to form. There are plenty of old school mid-tempo metal tunes, spooky artwork, lyrics about killing dragons, monsters & shadows, rock 'n roll, children and darkness, the traditional Dio songwriting. There is excellent musicianship from lead guitarist Doug Aldrich, bassist Jimmy Bain is solid as always and former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright performs quite well. The song subject matter is still as it has been for most of Dio's career, and the music is no great departure either. But what it is, is exactly what fans have wanted. Chunky riffs, strong vocals, songs with distinct melodies and guitar solos! The pace varies from the up-tempo, "Along Comes A Spider," to the mid-tempo "Killing The Dragon" and "Scream," from the fast and furious "Better in The Dark" to the epic acoustic intro "Rock N' Roll." This is a must have if you're a fan of "Holy Diver," "The Last in Line," or any of his Sabbath albums.

Demons And Wizards
Demons And Wizards
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut, June 23 2004
This review is from: Demons And Wizards (Audio CD)
Demons & Wizards is a side-project band featuring Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth on guitars and bass, and Blind Guardian's Hansi Kursh on vocals, with Iced Earth's depressive, Power-Thrash-Metal influenced dark sound and riffs along with Blind Guardian's fantasy based melodic, True Power-Metal style. The album is neatly paced, starting with a bang with their song "Heaven Denies," but slowing down in certain places with an odd, but excellent ballad the "Fiddler on the Green" which seems to have some Celtic influences, and then just getting plain creepy with the song "Winter of Souls," which I might add has a real catchy chourse. The Gregorian choirs show up again on the last track, ending the album with an appropriately moody finish. During the recording sessions the band members were; Jon Schaffer of (Guitars and basses) Hansi Kursch of (Vocals) Jim Morris (lead guitar) Mark Prator (Drums). This is an excellent debut from this band, and if you're looking for something new and exciting, you would get this album.

Glory To The Brave (Dlx Ed)
Glory To The Brave (Dlx Ed)
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Price: CDN$ 31.28
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hammerfall's debut Album!!, June 20 2004
After quitting the death metal act, guitarist Oscar Dronjak formed HammerFall with other band members (Vocals) Joacim Cans (Guitarist) yours truly Oscar Dronjak (Bass) Fredrik Larsson (Guitars) Stefan Elmgren and last but not least (Drums) Patrik Rafling. They never thought that their first album "Glory to the Brave" would ever have such exposure and raving reviews in the nineties, but suprisingly was awarded "Album Of The Month" in both Rock Hard and Heavy Oder Was? This band plays the classic Heavy Metal like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Accept, or Black Sabbath, with hard rockin' songs like "The Metal Age" and the classic ballad that Hammerfall is known for, "I Believe," which I think is the best ballad they ever done. The lyrics deal with topics ranging from sword wielding warriors and the travelling of dimensions, to paying homage to Heavy Metal and the losing of beloved ones. They are designed to complement the music and at the same time tell a story; simply to entertain the listener. I believe that this is not only Hammerfall's best, but also their greatest album, and I suggest that you go out and get "Glory to the Brave."

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