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Unhallowed
Unhallowed
Prix : CDN$ 13.99
34 used & new from CDN$ 7.92

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Go American Metal!, July 7 2003
This review is from: Unhallowed (Audio CD)
The resurgence of American metal is such a nice thing to behold. And well, The Black Dahlia Murder make it even better! This is definitely one of the best melodic black/death metal bands I have ever heard. The drummer is absolutely insane. The guitarists are talented and have some truly great riffs here. The singer is very versatile, going from the higher screams to the guttural growls (which are truly evil sounding). To be honest, a lot of vocals (the guttural growling) in Black Metal bands really turn me off to them. They just sound horrible, in my opinion, but the vocalist for the Black Dahlia Murder does it, and makes it sound great. There are obvious comparisons to At the Gates, another great band, but I'd have to say I like The Black Dahlia Murder a tad more. This CD is metal the maximum.

Courting Tragedy and Disaster
Courting Tragedy and Disaster
Prix : CDN$ 19.86
22 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 So metal uranium is jealous., July 3 2003
Yeah, this CD is so metal it's nuclear. The blistering riffs and pounding rhythm section will be enough to melt the skin off of your entire body. Then you'll stick up your bony fingers with your last dying gasp and make a \m/ sign with your hand. That's how metal Himsa's latest effort "Courting Tragedy and Disaster" is.
Their previous material was a good mix of metal riffs, hardcore vocals and breakdowns. It wasn't amazing by any means, but it was brutal enough to make you want to headbang the night away. Imagine my shock when I first heard this album, more metal, less hardcore (unless you count the vocals). I almost had a brain hemorrhage when I heard it. The riffs are perfect, a nice 80s melodic side to them, yet hard at the same time. The drums are top-botch, plenty of double bass and great fills to keep your ears fine-tuned. Like the drumming, the bass keeps the sound rich and the rhythm pounding. The vocalist's voice makes you want to scream out with him, his voice has metal in it. I bet if you spoke to him in real life, he'd spit little pieces of metal out of you when he talked. His yells, growls, screams, etc are great and compliment the music perfectly. And the production is great. Not over the top or too polished by any means, and not so raw it sounds like garbage. One of the best things, the drums dont sound like popcorn. It's mixed well.
The riffs are amazing. Buy it now, it's a must have. The Haunted who?

Deftones
Deftones
Prix : CDN$ 11.77
41 used & new from CDN$ 5.44

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lucky Us., May 20 2003
This review is from: Deftones (Audio CD)
Deftones.
I think that one word sums it up. Deftones [play]like no one else. They have originality, aggression, and melody. But most of all, they always write smart, tight songs and they are always passionate in the music that they make. If you can't tell from the records, just check them out live. And that brings me the their newest effort entitled "Deftones". When it comes down to it, I think that's the best title they could've chosen.
If you liked Around the Fur (which is a definite for competent music fans), and if you liked White Pony (see the same for Around the Fur) then you'll eat up Deftones. It mixes the aggression and heaviness of Around the Fur in with the electronic vibed melody of White Pony. And as always, it is written intelligently by Chino and Co. Hexagram, the albums opener, is the best song for showcasing the blending. The melody driving the aggression. Heavy, with a tender touch. Needles and Pins, the next song, is one of the best, a little more heavy, but still great. Minerva, the first single, is a little more slow in its pace, and packs a little more melody than the aforementioned songs...and of course, is great. Good Morning Beautiful and Deathblow are good middle-paced offerings, but then we get to When Girls Telephone Boys, which is my favorite so far. Nice and heavy, good bridges, etc. It's just a great song to hear (like many other Deftones gems). Battle-axe is another great middle-paced song with some great guitar effects to move the song. All of the songs are very thick and dynamic, it's a treat for the ears. Next, comes Lucky You, the only so-so song on the record (I've found that no matter how great the Deftones make music, they always have one mediocre song on an album). It's electronic-style, but unlike White Pony's Teenager, not very good. Bloody Cape gets right back into the thick groove and heaviness that the Deftones seem to have once again perfected on this album. Anniversary of An Uninteresting is a nice slow song with nice effects and calming music. Chino's voice sounds as good as it ever has. Then Moana, ends the album. A nice mid-tempo song with a faster ending.
And of course, all of the extra enhanced bonuses on this CD make this another Deftones album that everyone should own and love and listen to a thousand times. Cause it's so great. Some other pluses of this effort include great mixing and overall production, and all of the songs sound different, yet have a uniformed feeling to them. Go Deftones.

Skeletons
Skeletons
Prix : CDN$ 18.04
26 used & new from CDN$ 5.92

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Guess who is back and taking no prisoners?, April 22 2003
This review is from: Skeletons (Audio CD)
Yeah, that's right. NothingFace is back with their 4th full-length (2nd on TVT Records) and they're still cutting off peoples' heads and using them as decorations. They have refined their aggressive metal stylings even more since their last release "Violence" and in many ways "Skeletons" surpasses that album by light-years.
While Violence was a killer record in its own right (it had all of the right NothingFace ingredients in it: Metal, heaviness, fast-paced, great melodic passages, and METAL) but Skeletons takes their sound into an even tighter direction of musicianship, lyrics, and Matt Holt's singing. Like other NothingFace albums, this one appears to be an amalgamut of metal, melody, and mayhem. With a little more melody, and a wider range of singing for Matt Holt. The lyrics span more topics than usual, even to the conflict over in the middle east and thoughts of it back here in the states. But it also deals with personal issues, like classic NothingFace. Which this album will soon be referred to as.
The single "Here Comes the Butchers" clearly showcases that NothingFace have not lost a single step, but in fact may have gained one or town, when it comes to making some fast-paced, hard-driving, head-banging metal that makes you want to thrash about like you're having a seizure. But songs like "In Avernus" and "Scission" show that NothingFace have refined the more melodic elements in the band to the point where they are as tight and present as other past "softer" NothingFace songs have tried to be. This album clearly shows that NothingFace have it in them to stay around for a long time to come. As brutal as every album seems to be, keeping that same feel to it, they also grow and make themselves better so that their music can be better.
Improving on something great is a task in and of itself. But these forerunners of American metal do it well, and do it consistently. Any fan of past NothingFace material should love this album. And any fan of good ol' in your face metal will love it too. All right, who's next?

Antenna
Antenna
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Prix : CDN$ 22.95
9 used & new from CDN$ 1.03

5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's hard to believe they're only 23..., March 27 2003
This review is from: Antenna (Audio CD)
One can wonder just how far a band can go with their music. And most of those times, the answer is not far, but far enough to make a few decent records. Some musicians don't even make it to that level. Cave-In is very different than most, if not all musicians today (with some exceptions). They are young, and have already accomplished the art making great music. In their metal days, there was the classic "Until Your Heart Stops" and when they broke off the metal scene into the space rock category they created the classic "Jupiter". Many doubted they could ever make such an impact in that particular genre of rock again, or just make another album nearly as good. But with the release of "Antenna" they have done just that. Even though "Antenna" and "Jupiter" differ, they still have the same energy they had then. And their musicianship is even tighter and more mature.
Antenna plain rocks. It sounds as though it was crafted with instruments made from natural elements. The guitars are so crisp and rich with riffs that produce vivid imagery of such things as rain, waves crashing and waterfalls pouring down a mountain side. It's really nice to hear, whether soothing (like in "Beautiful Son") or just plain rock ("Inspire"). The drums sounds like soil. Pounding and deep, driving. When you hear them, it gets into your soul and moves you. The bass sounds like the wind blowing by, it's subtle but apparent, and keeps the sounds and harmonies going. And then, then there is Stephen Brodsky. The man is talented. And that, is an understatement. His vocals paint the pictures the instruments create. His lyrics are intelligent and rich with imagery, just like the music. And he can sing so well, I'd argue that even without instruments pushing the songs, his vocals alone could drive the band.
When it all comes down to it, you have to ask? Is it really worth a 5-star rating? And without even pausing, I can say "yes". It's worth the money. It's worth more than money.

Antenna
Antenna
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Prix : CDN$ 22.95
8 used & new from CDN$ 0.49

5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's hard to believe they're only 23..., March 18 2003
This review is from: Antenna (Audio CD)
One can wonder just how far a band can go with their music. And most of those times, the answer is not far, but far enough to make a few decent records. Some musicians don't even make it to that level. Cave-In is very different than most, if not all musicians today (with some exceptions). They are young, and have already accomplished the art making great music. In their metal days, there was the classic "Until Your Heart Stops" and when they broke off the metal scene into the space rock category they created the classic "Jupiter". Many doubted they could ever make such an impact in that particular genre of rock again, or just make another album nearly as good. But with the release of "Antenna" they have done just that. Even though "Antenna" and "Jupiter" differ, they still have the same energy they had then. And their musicianship is even tighter and more mature.
Antenna plain rocks. It sounds as though it was crafted with instruments made from natural elements. The guitars are so crisp and rich with riffs that produce vivid imagery of such things as rain, waves crashing and waterfalls pouring down a mountain side. It's really nice to hear, whether soothing (like in "Beautiful Son") or just plain rock ("Inspire"). The drums sounds like soil. Pounding and deep, driving. When you hear them, it gets into your soul and moves you. The bass sounds like the wind blowing by, it's subtle but apparent, and keeps the sounds and harmonies going. And then, then there is Stephen Brodsky. The man is talented. And that, is an understatement. His vocals paint the pictures the instruments create. His lyrics are intelligent and rich with imagery, just like the music. And he can sing so well, I'd argue that even without instruments pushing the songs, his vocals alone could drive the band.
When it all comes down to it, you have to ask? Is it really worth a 5-star rating? And without even pausing, I can say "yes". It's worth the money. It's worth more than money.

Pelican
Pelican
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Prix : CDN$ 25.95
7 used & new from CDN$ 17.28

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A very nice surprise., March 17 2003
This review is from: Pelican (Audio CD)
The first thing that struck me about Pelican was their name. Other than that, I had never heard of them, and I had no idea what to expect from their music. I liked the name Pelican, and it turns out I really like Pelican's music. This EP was originally recorded in 2001 and was independently released. Turns out, a great label by the name of Hydrahead (cave-in, botch) signed them and re-released this EP. Pelican play a hardcore version of sludge, or "stoner" rock kind of like some older ISIS ala "Celestial". The music is strictly instrumental, but that's okay. As this 30 minute EP marches on, it's like traveling on the ocean (without the sea sickness). Sludging back and forth over monstrous grooves. The first two tracks really bring on the sludge, but the 3rd one "Forecast for Today" speeds it up a little over it's 7+ minute length, but still keeps its sludge/hardcore elements ripping away at your ears. It seamlessly blends into the 12+ minute opus "The Woods". The entire EP blends together, but the songs stand out on their own. If you're a fan of ISIS, or any other sludge bands (Rebreather, Knut) give this band a try. I think they will be worth your while.

Halo
Halo
17 used & new from CDN$ 8.50

5.0 étoiles sur 5 The best game for Xbox, well...the best game ever., Nov. 24 2002
This review is from: Halo (Video Game)
...and I don't even own an Xbox. But whenever I'm at a friend's house who owns an Xbox and owns Halo (and Xbox without Halo would be a big waste of space) I play the game. I am addicted and on the verge of spending money for just Halo (the console and the game). It's worth it all and more.
For all of the people who try to say this game is overrated, or the graphics sucks, or the controllers are too difficult, etc. etc.: You know you are lying, because you have either A) Never played Halo, B) Played it and sucked at it, or C) Don't like the Xbox because it's a Bill Gates associated product, so please stop lying, if you don't have anything nice to say about Halo (and that's just about impossible), then don't say anything at all.
For anyone who hasn't played Halo and is interested in it: If you enjoy first-person shooter games (ie - Goldeneye, Red Faction, etc.) then you will absolutely go crazy over Halo. This is the quintessential FPS, nothing else even comes close to it.
You want Strategy? You got it. The AI of the enemies in this game are unbelievable. Unlike most other FPSs, you have to plan attacks, avoid enemies picking up your grenades and throwing them back at you, and being trapped into tight, inescapable corners.
You want a great story? The story behind Halo is awesome. It is beyond movie quality and will suck you in for hours at a time. From saving the human race, to battling an ancient race that wants to destroy everything in its path, Halo has the backbone to make it a great game.
You want action? Halo has tons of it. From the game, to the best multiplayer action ever. Multiple levels, and so many gameplay options to choose from. (Capture the Flag to Slayer deathmatch to King of the Hill, and more.)
You want realism? Some people complain about only being able to hold two weapons, and only four grenades at a time. But those are people who don't like challengers, those are people who just want a boring game where they can shoot a rocket launcher every two seconds and kill everything. Unless you are a mindless, inane drone, you want some type of a challenge, and Halo presents that in every form.
Even more people try to nitpick Halo by saying the graphics stink and that they only move at 30 frames per second. First off, anyone who has ever seen or played Halo knows the graphics are still amazing, even a year after the game's release. And second, the human eye can only see 30 frames per second, so if it had 60 per second, it wouldn't look any different to you. So, instead of enabling 60 frames per second, the makers at Bungie (who I bet are on top of the world, still to this day that they made this game which still lies at the apex of the gaming industry and will until it's sequel is released) they took the space they saved and added more graphics, better AI, and a more versatile multiplayer.
Did I mention that Halo is one of the only FPSs to have melee attacks? Is there anything this game doesn't have? Well, yes. There is unfortunately one flaw in Halo. It is not online compatible with Xbox live. But oh wait, if you have the right software and connection you can play Halo online through a LAN connection. Wait a second, so Halo IS flawless. No wonder people are still willing to pay for it a year after its release...that's telling you something.

Romance Of Helen Trent
Romance Of Helen Trent

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unexpected power and energy., Oct. 27 2002
This review is from: Romance Of Helen Trent (Audio CD)
When I first received this album from OneDaySavior, I wasn't expecting much from it. I had heard good things about this band, but still...one never really puts much into it, unless they've heard it first. Big mistake on my part!
Hailing from Chicago, IL (the birthplace of the Smashing Pumpkins) The Killing Tree features the same singer as the punk/hardcore band Rise Against, and fans of Rise Against will surely go crazy of this smooth blend of aggressive punk and hardcore music, that's tinged with some indie rock vibes. It's very energetic, the songs are very tight, and it just moves you.
This was an unexpected gem...and I highly recommend it be added to your musical collection.

Terraforming
Terraforming
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Prix : CDN$ 24.95
4 used & new from CDN$ 9.99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Infectious., Oct. 21 2002
This review is from: Terraforming (Audio CD)
When a band is relatively new, yet has an unbelievably mature and infectious sound, they generally gather a following and then sooner or later exposure from all over the country, if not the world. People start recognizing them and pretty soon they're all over the place and everyone is just blown away but what they are doing with the music that they make.
The Postman Syndrome have the ability to make awe-inspiring emotionally driving music, that is both technical and effective in what it is trying to do, and that is: have the listener enjoy and get something from the music. They do it so well it's hard to believe that this is their debut album. And yet, they don't have a great following yet, at least not around the country...but they should.
They play an interesting brand of music. That only I can describe as ambient, insightful rock music with elements of metal, jazz, hardcore, and just about most types of music. They have three guitar players which allow them to utilize harmonies which consume a song, while a subtle baseline and a driving rhythm section propel it into heaven. And the singer's voice has so much range. From beautiful and melodic singing, to harsh growls that sound like they could rip your soul apart. It's just amazing stuff here. The best song on this album to me is "Rotating Crib Toy" it's just such a vivid song. It grabs you and takes you for a ride, literally. Imagine three guitar players playing mind-numbingly great scales alongside each other while the versatile singer wails his heart away. This is just great stuff.
Another great feature about this album: is that it is a concept album. It tells a story that is beautifully descriptive. Like the songs, it is well-crafted as well. This album is definitely one of the best of 2002, and just maybe ever. If I could, I would give it 6 out of 5 stars. It's just that good.

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