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Genesis
Genesis
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improvement, May 15, 2007
This review is from: Genesis (Audio CD)
Job For A Cowboy's 1st full length, "Genesis", is an album that will turn a lot of heads. First off, this album lays off the breakdowns and inhales that were on their Doom EP, which tended to hinder the EP quite a bit. I can also say that this band is skilled when it comes to their instruments. They're not doing anything groundbreaking, but they do a good job at what they do. However, this CD has its flaws. Interludes like "Upheaval" and "Blasphemy" weren't necessary, and the CD runs under a half hour. Plus, the vocalist can get a tad bit irritating. Overall, I'm glad the band has improved and taken a different route with this offering. I look forward to their future. Recommended for fans of The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon, and The Red Chord.


HELLYEAH
HELLYEAH
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hellno., May 14, 2007
This review is from: HELLYEAH (Audio CD)
This band has got to be one of the most ridiculous ideas to be conceived, and if you're a fan of either Pantera, Mudvayne, or Nothingface, you'll be disappointed. Just because the group consists of members of all three of these bands doesn't mean the math will come to an excellent answer.

First off, the lyrics are as intelligent as the band's name. It's all a bunch of stuff you'd find on your average Garth Brooks record, except sung by Chad Grey of Mudvayne, and he's not that great of a vocalist. The guitar riffs tend to bore, like they're stolen from a groove metal album released a decade before this, plus with water added to it. I actually enjoy Nothingface, but the guitarist's performance here is rather poor compared to what you'd hear on "An Audio Guide to Everyday Atrocity". And true, you have Vinnie Paul from Pantera/Damageplan, but it's not like his drumming skill is something to write home about.

Overall, you have an underwhelmed, generic radio rock disc that's going to be forgotten and end up in the bargain bin over time. Avoid this and wait for the new Nothingface album.


The Blackening
The Blackening
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return To Form, May 14, 2007
This review is from: The Blackening (Audio CD)
Infamous post-thrash metal band Machine Head releases their sixth album, which is titled "The Blackening", and this is their most epic album to date. If you thought that "Through The Ashes of Empires" was a return to form, this surpasses it. We have eight tracks here, ranging from 3 minutes to 10 minutes. Tracks like "Aesthetics of Hate" and "Slanderous" will remind you of how metal should be played. Even after 13 years since their debut, "Burn My Eyes", Machine Head has not let up. The guitar parts are amazing, Robb Flynn still remains an excellent vocalist, and Dave McClain's drumming is superb.

Overall, this could be a landmark in today's modern metal scene. If you're getting tired of the usual, pop in "The Blackening", and sit back while you listen to this masterpiece of an album.


Illmatic
Illmatic
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wish All Hip-Hop Was Like This, May 10, 2007
This review is from: Illmatic (Audio CD)
Nas' debut album, "Illmatic", will basically dethrone your favorite hip-hop album and wish it never existed. Nas is a one of a kind rapper that actually focuses on the true style of hip hop. The beats are excellent and memorable, especially the addicting piano bits in "The World Is Yours" and "N.Y. State of Mind". The trait I admire the most on this album, though, is Nas's lyrical content. It focuses on the hardships of life and how people can easily relate to his style. I don't have much more to say, as the majority of the reviewers basically took the words out of my mouth, but this is an album with zero filler material and only solid, well performed rap songs. Highly recommended.


Allegiance
Allegiance
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Yet Not Original, May 8, 2007
This review is from: Allegiance (Audio CD)
This band may not be breaking ground with their debut album, "Allegiance", but they satisfy the genre well. The music can easily be comparable to The Black Dahlia Murder, Light This City, and Darkest Hour, but it has its own moments that make it stand out as well. Drummer Leche is excellent when it comes to blastbeats, especially when it comes to tracks like "My Fears Have Become Phobias" and "Hester Prynne". The guitars are melodic and are played excellent, especially the solo in "My Fears Have Become Phobias". Also, you have your addition of breakdowns, which may not please some, but they are added well. Vocal range is great, very similar to BDM and Embrace The End.

My opinion? I recommend. It's a fun listen, even though it doesn't offer anything new to the genre. This band displays their talent well, and I'm looking forward to their future. Just don't slag them off as "another metalcore band" and things will be alright.


Price of Existence
Price of Existence
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Destructive Force, May 7, 2007
This review is from: Price of Existence (Audio CD)
The second album by these Oakland band shows a slight change in sound from 2003's "Hate.Malice.Revenge", but it also shows that the band is still strong and shows no signs of letting up. A new vocalist is on board, and the guitars are more melodic and technical than ever. The drumming is excellent as well. This is how a hardcore influenced death metal CD should sound like. It retains the technicality and brutality of death metal, yet it keeps that hardcore attitude. Check this out if you want a CD that displays a young band making a big impact.


...Start Killing
...Start Killing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Unique Record, May 5, 2007
This review is from: ...Start Killing (Audio CD)
Scotland's Man Must Die is most known as a technical death metal band, mostly because of their complex song structures and aggression. However, this band does an excellent job at making themselves memorable and inspiring with their debut album, "Start Killing". Every song has excellent structure, whether it's blazing fast speeds performed by the drummer, on even a brief slowdown like in "Severe Facial Reconstruction" and "War On Creation". The guitars aren't just technical, they're also melodic. By melodic, I don't mean Gothenburg style, but as in a style that makes their song writing talent stand out. This CD is definitely one of my favorites to recently come across, and I am glad that I did so. Recommended.


Christ Illusion
Christ Illusion
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, But FAR From The Greatest of 2006, May 4, 2007
This review is from: Christ Illusion (Audio CD)
"Christ Illusion", Slayer's latest album after a five year wait, is an album that shows that Slayer still has its edge that gave them respect over the 1980's by fellow metal fans, but it's not an album that will completely have you pleased. If you disliked their albums "Diabolus In Musica" and "God Hates Us All" (I thought those albums were decent at best), you'll probably dislike this one too. Even with the original lineup featuring Dave Lombardo on drums, they still retain their newer sound, even if they do try to write another "Reign In Blood". Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman can sure shred and play fast, and they make some impressive solos. Only flaw is that at least some variety could be used while playing your impressive dual guitar. Lombardo still proves to be an excellent drummer after his absence from the band. However, the biggest factor that drags this album down is Tom Araya's vocals. I never found him to be an excellent vocalist; his voice just sounds raspy and headache inducing. The lyrics are pretty dumb, and while I usually am not a purist when it comes to lyrical subjects, Slayer just makes me want to think the opposite. "Cult" is the perfect example: it's just another dumb anti-religion rant. Oh yeah, don't forget the 666!

This album isn't the greatest thing to come out, nor is it the biggest abomination to set itself on the record shelves (leave that to St. Anguish and The Metallica Wannabe Crusade). It has its up and it has its downs. If you're a big fan of Slayer and modern metal, enjoy. If you're looking for music with more depth and diversity, you might want to look elsewhere.


Through Silver in Blood
Through Silver in Blood
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Breathtaking Audio Adventure, May 2, 2007
This review is from: Through Silver in Blood (Audio CD)
"Through Silver In Blood" is one of those albums that is meant to create an atmosphere that you can easily get lost too. This album is a showcase of blending in ambience, sludge, tribal, and progressive music all into one. Crushing riffs and perfectly blended vocals by Scott Kelly and Scott Von Till make this album an essential. Excellently crafted musicmanship is also a big role in this album, as it is nowhere close to being predictable. There is nothing that can match up to this brilliance, and many bands have looked up to this album as well (examples: Isis, Mastodon, Pig Destroyer).

This album is an essential for your collection whenever you want to experience crushing music with an ambient touch to it. I highly recommend this album, along with the rest of their works from 1992 to onward (starting with Souls at Zero, and the albums before that were hardcore punk styled, which I also recommend).


Art Bleeds
Art Bleeds
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tech Death Gem, May 2, 2007
This review is from: Art Bleeds (Audio CD)
Sweeps. Melodies. Amazing solos. Excellent drumming. Technical riffage. Do you miss 90's Death? Do you miss Atheist? Do you miss Theory In Practice? Italy has its answer for your problems. Gory Blister's 1999 debut is an album that could basically define structured technical death metal. Do not miss out on this if you enjoy technical death metal at its most supreme.


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