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Marching Out
Marching Out
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yngwie won me over, August 18, 2005
This review is from: Marching Out (Audio CD)
people seem to insult shredd guitarists as if they have no talent. they say it all sounds the same and that there is too much redundancy. the thing is that that is what any style of music sounds like that's foreign ti the ears. but i am not here to defend malmsteen or shredd but to rate this album. this was the first yngwie cd i got and i was instantly hooked. i had recently been obsessed with iron maiden and when i heard this album jeff scott soto's voice instantly stood out. he is the only singer i have ever heard that can hit high notes with masculinity other than bruce dickenson. (iron maiden) back to yngwie. his guitar abilities wnet beyond fast arpeggios and phrygian runs and diminished scales. he was a composer just as much as a songwriter. even malmsteen fans often discredit his songwriting skills but have to say that they are decent enough and with the powerful vocalists and guitar talent that he has does it even matter. there's not much to say about his ability at this point because anyone who knows about him has probably also heard his music. its pretty standard on all his albums (at least the ones i have, they're hard to find where i live) yngeie malmsteen's band should have been to vocalists what the yardbirds was to guitarists i.e. clapton, beck and page.i know i sound like i like the vocals more than the guitar playing and that isn't true, but after hearing other shredd bands try to sing, like cacophony, it usually isn't that good at all. every song on this album is strong no kidding so buy it isn't that hard to come by (i cant find his debut anywhere in my city) buy it yell at me if you don't like it.

Texas Flood
Texas Flood
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stevie ray hit the spot!, August 18, 2005
This review is from: Texas Flood (Audio CD)
i got into guitar with bands like iron maiden and metallica and with them my love of guitar solos was born. however i liked more than just pure speed and technique, i needed emotion in my solos (that doesn't mean that speed has no emotion it's just different). however i didn't know the perfect band or artist to find it in. guns n roses was surprisingly bluesy to me but i knew there had to be more. i found many others like clapton, page, beck, blackmore, and even some of the delta blues. but those others sometimes lacked the raw energy that i had always given to my blues playing. then my dad recommended stevie ray vaughan and though the name was familiar i hesitated. but with texas flood i found the answer. stevie's wild form of the blues has all the moves i need to base my solos off of. i was blown away with his amazing talent and technique. he was no british blues copy nor a delta blues copy. he was texas style and i have all his cds and this one is still the best. i listen to a lot of guitarists from the late 80's shredd, jazz, and instrumental, to straight up blues. if you're looking to get a stevie ray cd or a great blues cd then look no further. i know i rambled on so i'll just say now buy it you will not regret it.

Alien Love Secrets
Alien Love Secrets
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5.0 out of 5 stars could vai be the greatest?, August 18, 2005
This review is from: Alien Love Secrets (Audio CD)
steve vai is arguably the greatest guitarist that ever picked the instrument up. i've heard virtually every great guitar god ever: joe satriani, jeff beck, jason becker, vinnie moore, yngwie malmsteen, eric clapton, jimmy page, stevie ray vaughan, michael angelo, ritchie blackmore, slash, kirk hammet, van halen, etc. after all that vai still managed to blow me away. this album is one of the greatest follow-up albums of all time. every track is a guitar masterpiece, although ya yo gakk is not that special. its unfortunate that vai never again recorded full albums with such finesse. but he is one of the few artists that has the talent to be that original. he is one of the only artists that i can say is truly original. but about this album. if you liked Passion and warfare which was probably recommended to you, then this cd is the next step to understanding his wizardry over the guitar. people too often mistake vai as another vurtuoso shredd guitarist which cannot be further from the truth. he is possibly, other than jeff beck, the only true vuruoso ever. i don't want to give any thing away but the last track Tender Surrender is astonishing in how it progresses to cover many different styles of guitar in one track. i gauruntee you will reconsider who you thought was the greatest after hearing this album and PAW. its not that ive stopped looking for others ive found MANY other greats but damnit i can't find any better and these two are the ones to prove it ENJOY

St. Anger
St. Anger
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nobody knows what to think, July 15, 2005
This review is from: St. Anger (Audio CD)
metallica in the 80's was pretty predictable which is always good but like EVERY band ever they shifted as they aged. the problem is they do it abruptly with the release of one album instead of over the period of a few. in the 90's it all started with the Black Album, one of the finest albums in rock history. while that album may have been different than previous albums (although really not by much) only a pure dumb-ass couldn't have seen it coming anyways. that shift in sound was child's play to what was aboput to happen. skip past the load stuff and past James's rehab and you have one of the most disputed releases in music history. St. Anger, no one seems to know what to actually say. some love it, some despise it to the extreme, and others are afraid to commit to one emotion. starting with the "sloppy" sound of the tunings, distortion, and drums, i must clear up something. they were going for a garage band raw and unpreduced sound, mainly because of load and reload be a little overprodused. they've said this themselves and any one who's seen some kind of monster would know this. while i must say i don't agree with this idea i support them in almost all they decide. they're the musicians not you. they don't want to be expected to write another puppets or one. the songs are great but NO SOLOS!!!! kirk hammett hated this idea so i have no idea how they ever decided to not do solos. now i didn't expect the classic metallica solo but goddamn they need something to offset all that rhythm. metallca can bring back hard rock but instead they keep changing and doing less and less lead work as well. i won't be surprised if the next album has some solos though so keep an eye out. not their greatest album but it has very complex guitaring. but i do hope they shape up for their next album with a more professional sound.

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5.0 out of 5 stars metallica gets legit, July 15, 2005
This review is from: Re-Load (Audio CD)
most metallica fans were in it only for the heavy ripping fast rhythms and screeching guitar solos. so it's no wonder that this and Load got bad reviews. i gave it a 5 but that don't mean i don't feel your pain. coming out of the black album we all thought that that was their new sound slower, not much though, and more melodic. but the Black Album had the same tunings and overdrive that we all loved. we awaited for Black Album prt. 2 as we all at least went to two concerts in that time. what did we get? blues. great blues though. and where this wasn't good coming from metallica, it kicked the ass off any other active band at the time. at first i wasn't impressed, but over time i became obsest with load and reload. most fans claim there is no distinction between load and reload but there is a huge and i must say that reload impresses me more. the guitar work like i said above is the sound of music critics shutting up and no longer having any thing to say about metallica's lack of melody. with both albums but specifically and especially reload you get truly rock and roll licks that have as much emotion as a measure of eric claptons work on crossroads. most hard core fans seemed mad at metallica for this musical change and for cutting their hair but onbehalf of metallica i say shut up and quit whining. these albums sold very well and are very highly underrated. the only problem is that they followed the black album which we were all expecting another. kirk proves he isn't limited to fast shred guitar (although i always saw a more melodic and bluesy oriented style in that speed) and does a great job in what i believe from a lead guitarist's point of view his best lead work ever. well i would always like the real metallica more but there is no denying these records as great.

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4.0 out of 5 stars it's nice to hear actual rock this day and age, July 15, 2005
This review is from: Contraband (Audio CD)
just when i couldn't take much more of this CRAPPY nu-metal modern rock BS, velvet revolver comes to the rescue. don't buy it just because of the G n' R thing, no the reason you should check it out is because it is actually hard rock with melody and actual use of scales. that dreaded thing that has scared so many modern rock loosers like korn to death. this album isn't hard because it's loud with overdrive. no it's hard because the riffs are solid and slash is a guitar god that hasn't lost his J-Page rivaling lead abilities. this is pretty much the only modern band i care to listen to. so why would someone so happy about the band give a 4 and not 5? the vocals. i must stress i didn't think it would be like axl rose's voice but i wanted someone with powerful pipes, like in the old days. though they probably didn't want to look like they were trying to replace axl, i just think that scott's voice doesn't hold up to the classic efforts of slash ( saul hudson is his real name so don't think i don't know what i'm talking about). if you're troubled by this modern metal/rock crap and are trapped into reaching for those old classic records then this is the one to get. P.S. also check out Slash's Snakepit

Passion & Warfare
Passion & Warfare
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best guitar album EVER, July 15, 2005
This review is from: Passion & Warfare (Audio CD)
this is the greatest guitar album ever and YES that includes the hendrix stuff. (who may i add is very overrated). it's a great culmination of a decade that pushed the limits of guitar. but this album isn't a metal album, nor is it a blues album. it's a guitar album with a wide range of effects and sounds that are radiant to the ears. songs like erotic nightmares, animals, and the audience is listening are great fairly straight forward rock masterpieces that have that steve vai touch. the instrumental (though they all are) for the love of god is one of the greatest guitar solos EVER. any guitar connoisseur owes it to theirself to check this one out and you'll be amazed that there was work like this that you didn't know about. i HIGHLY recommend this one for any fan of metal, blues, psychedelic, jazz, or simply put the GUITAR. GET IT NOW!!!

Fear Of The Dark [Enhanced]
Fear Of The Dark [Enhanced]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars who knew one song could go so far, July 14, 2005
the thing with this album is listening to it after the no prayer album you think huh has iron maiden lost it. but the more you listen the more you like. quick or dead is a great opener though it sounds nothing like maiden at all. that basically describes this release in a nutshell. not like maiden. the whole time it seemed like it was a different band. i rated it five because i can't rate 4.5 so i rounded up (because the title track is as if a god helped) there are some great songs like childhoods end that is epic guitaring if i've ever heard it, and i know a lot about epic guitar playing. most of the tracks good but two are truly the work of maiden. judas my guide is awesome but way too f***ing short. you should push a great song like that to at least the 5 minute range. but Fear of the Dark is the main reason this album still sells. that song is perfect. perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect. most maiden fans try to duplicate this song when writing a song themselves because it has all the elements of a great iron maiden song. but don't buy the album with that song in mind, for the cd doesn't resemble that song at all and it is the last track so you would have to skip a lot. hardcore fan you'd already have it but anyone else, shouldn't be your first, but why the hell not!?

No Prayer for the Dying
No Prayer for the Dying
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars maiden had to screw up eventually, July 14, 2005
This review is from: No Prayer for the Dying (Audio CD)
a lot of people don't like this album. the problem with this album is a two part problem: bruce dickenson decided to no longer sing but choke on phlem and producer Martin Birch actually allowed it all to happen. like i said they had to screw up eventually. they had made seven GREAT albums in row and needed to make a less critically acclaimeed album. coming out of their seventh son tour they were burnt out, it's painfully obvious. i cannot stress enough however that there are some good songs here if only bruce had sung the way he was hired to sing. i don't blame him or anyone but they had a good album going but it sounds more like a demo than an actual produced and thought out record. the worst track is Holy Smoke that is the most annoying song EVER written, sorry bruce. but damn. i have actually begun to like the album and listen to it quite often and enjoy a few songs. the title track had potential but was destroyed by the "sound like you're dying" vocals and disasterous ending. my favorite track is public enema number one. it sounds great and has a catchy chorus with a great melody. bring your daughter to the slaughter would be the best but there's a dreadful part in every chorus when he first says "let her go" really high he doesn't hit the note and sounds bad AND FOR ME RUINS THE WHOLE SONG. of the ACTUAL iron maiden albums (79-93 & 2001-)this is without a doubt their worst but still a must have for a true fan.

Dance of Death
Dance of Death
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars maiden tried too hard, July 14, 2005
This review is from: Dance of Death (Audio CD)
with their reunion in 2000 and their new album Brave New World, they had reached a new height of songwriting and their fans were lenient on what to be strict about after all it had been almost a decade. however no leniency was needed for BNW because it had such powerful songs like The Whicker Man, ghost of navigator, blood brothers, dream of mirrors, out of the silent planet, and thin line 'tween love and hate (though those last two are questionable. us fans eagerly awaited a follow-up and with their performance at Rio we saw that they were still running strong. 2003 was arguably a good year for metal, we had metallica release a new album and Iron Maiden. though both fell short of people's expectations, they had highs and lows. like i said maiden tried too hard (or not hard enough, who's to say) to satisfy their needs to write emotional and epic masterpieces. the first few songs are good, catchy, not great though still a GOD amount better than ANY nu-metal crap. it's nice to hear melodies in this day and age. the title track much to most people i talk to's dismay is the best on the album. it is their most folky ever but is a great song (originally how songs used to be) their influences of jethro tull and wishbone ash are very evident here. the guitar PERFECTLY complements what the song is about and how it's written. i personally think tjhat bruce could've done better on the high notes, i know they're middle-aged but it just sounds sloppy. don't get me wrong there are great songs on here and it's the first album ever that Nikko ever wrote a song on. i recommend it only to a serious maiden fan and for anyone else to not judge the band at all from this album. it's great though. any fan who dissagrees isn't a fan

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