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Nightwish – Dark Passion Play Reviews

June 11, 2009

Dark Passion Play

Nightwish returns with an ambitious epic metal opus that begins promisingly enough but quickly devolves into another formulaic power rock affair. The band’s at its most powerful and convincing on the opening “The Poet and the Pendulum” (all 14 minutes of it), the dynamic “Bye Bye Beautiful,” and the infectious pop-inflected “Amaranth.” But mid-album tracks such as “Sahara,” “For the Heart I Once Had,” and the limpid closer, “Meadows of Heaven,” retread familiar ground that reminds (more…)

Rush – A Farewell to Kings Reviews

June 11, 2009

A Farewell to Kings

Japanese only SHM paper sleeve pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies’ research into LCD display manufacturing* SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc* allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compati (more…)

Rammstein – Reise, Reise Reviews

June 11, 2009

Reise, Reise

The German Kings of Power Metal Never Stray Too Far from Controversy and this is the Follow Up to their Breakthu Album “Mutter”. The Wall of Sound Comes at You at 1,000 Mph and WonÂ’t Let Up! features the First Single “Mein Teil”.

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Rush – 2112 Reviews

June 9, 2009

2112

essential recording
Only Rush could have pulled this off, and only in the ’70s. 2112–the title suite of the band’s 1976 breakthrough album–is a comically pretentious, futuristic rock opera written by a nerdy drummer and sung by a whiny-voiced geek. It also happens to be a great piece of rock & roll that lifts the listener through a variety of moods and textures from genteel acoustic (“Oracle”) to thrilling metal (“The Temples of Syrinx”). Perhaps realizing that they had taken con (more…)

Rush – Fly by Night Reviews

June 8, 2009

Fly by Night

Japanese only paper sleeve SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies’ research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatibl (more…)

Rammstein – Sehnsucht Reviews

June 7, 2009

Sehnsucht

There’s not a big precedent for German bands succeeding in the United States, the ’80s bombast-rock of the Scorpions notwithstanding. Rammstein, however, may be the macho men to get the job done, at least in a concert setting. Decidedly Teutonic and militant in sound and lyrics–they sing in German and their commanding semi-industrial metal is compelling–Rammstein garnered rock-radio airplay for the catchy sing-along “Du Hast,” which translates here as “You Hate” and bears a strik (more…)

Rammstein – Mutter Reviews

June 5, 2009

Mutter

This German industrial-metal machine has proven itself to be quite popular, with their engaging, potent brand of electronic-enhanced guitar rock and outlandish stage shows appealing to everyone from young teens to fortysomethings. (Their last studio release, 1998’s Sehnsucht, went gold in the U.S.) On their third studio album, Mutter, the sextet augments its propulsive sound with a live string section and a soprano on a few tracks, while offering two mellower tracks to show th (more…)

Rush – Moving Pictures Reviews

June 5, 2009

Moving Pictures

essential recording
With Moving Pictures, Rush’s complex songwriting and musical virtuosity reached new heights. It’s that rarest of creatures, a highly listenable progressive-rock album; even the all-instrumental “YYZ” is of interest to listeners besides musicians. The highlight of the album is “Limelight”; like many progressive-rock bands, Rush writes songs about the experience of being on-stage. The result is impressive, with almost orchestral arrangements that never overwhelm t (more…)

Apocalyptica – Worlds Collide Reviews

June 3, 2009

Worlds Collide

2007 album from the Finnish Metal cellists. Features ten originals plus a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Helden’ (‘Heroes’ sung in German) performed with Rammstein’s Till Linderman on vocals. Also features other guest vocalists including Corey Taylor, Dave Lombardo ( Slayer ), Tomoyasu Hotei (superstar Japanese composer, whose credits include the Kill Bill soundtrack ), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and Adam Gontier (3 Days Grace). 11 tracks including the first single ‘I’m Not Jesus’. S (more…)

Mastodon – Leviathan Reviews

June 3, 2009

Leviathan

“MASTODON are undoubtedly the future of metal” – KERRANG! “at that same cusp where METALLICA once perched, circa 1988’s ” And Justice For All. MASTODON is poised to rule the rock earth” – WASHINGTON POST / EXPRESS “MASTODON could be considered the second coming of Metallica and Rush combined, and nobody who’s seen them live could counter that opinion.” – MTV.com Inarguably one of the most exciting new bands to form in the last ten years, MASTODON is an explosive, unbridled (more…)