Nosferatu D2

We’re Gonna Walk Around This City With Our Headphones on to Block out the Noise (re-release)

Brothers Ben and Adam Parker make up Nosferatu D2 and this is their first and only album having split the band in 2007, long before this release. Listening to it you are left wondering why they split because they could have been at the start of a great career. more… “Nosferatu D2”

Black Sabbath

Heaven & Hell

In this set of re-issues the Ronnie James Dio era of Black Sabbath is given the remaster and extra tracks deluxe treatment. When they were originally released few believed that Black Sabbath could survive Ozzy being dismissed from the band. Not only did they survive but they ended up creating 2 classic albums and captured the power of the band live in a release as well. This line up is now reformed as ‘Heaven and Hell’, releasing new material and touring extensively.

Their first album with Dio (Heaven and Hell) is considered one of the best Black Sabbath albums, never mind the best album they did with Dio. It’s undoubtedly a classic Heavy Metal album and if you’re a metal fan then there’s little doubt you already own it. If you don’t own it then this is simply a must buy. If you already do then there’s a few things that are important to know about this package. You get a remastered version of the original album, which differs from the remasters that were done for the Rhino issue of the best of the Dio years a while back. The sound is crisp with excellent balance although strangely you need to turn the sound system up to get a decent level of volume. This is hardly a chore but unexpected when you first listen to it. You also get a second disc with 6 live tracks and a pointless mono edit of ‘Lady Evil’. 2 of the live tracks are on there twice, which is disappointing when you consider the choice they must have had. For these reasons you would need to be a completist to buy this version if you already own the original but for the casual fan who doesn’t already have it this is a 5/5 album alone and at the price these editions are being sold at you’d be crazy not to buy this version.

MOB RULES
4.5

‘Mob Rules’ is a better re-issue package than ‘Heaven and Hell’, containing a second disc of live tracks captured over 4 nights at Hammersmith Odeon at New Year 82. The live tracks are built to create a 14 track set-list. On the album you also get 2 extra tracks. Again the remaster is well balanced and the bonus of a full live album is a great package. The album itself is almost a classic in itself if you don’t already own it and the quality of the second disk makes it a good buy for people who already own the original.
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LIVE EVIL
4

The ‘Live Evil’ package contains no extra tracks but is spread across 2 discs as opposed to 1 on the original release and with the extra space and the remaster you get crisper sound throughout. On the basis that there are only 2 track variations to the live disc on the ‘Mob Rules’ package then this is a tough one to recommend if you’re already going to buy ‘Mod Rules’, especially with no additional tracks from the original release. There is an argument to say the band were better and more energetic at the gigs that created ‘Live Evil’ but it’s not that noticeable. As an album in it’s own right ‘Live Evil is a 4/5 but only buy it if you’re a Black Sabbath completist or want another version of all the tracks on the second ‘Mob Rules’ disc.

Tin Soldiers

Telling Tales

Tin Soldiers’ debut album falls squarely in the pop rock genre that seems to have spawned an infinite number of bands in the last year or so and continues to do so. more… “Tin Soldiers”

Allison Weiss

Was Right All Along

Allison Weiss is very much a self styled singer songwriter and a hard-working one at that. Running her own career from website through to gigs through to releases, this is her first full length album release and it’s a lovely piece of work. more… “Allison Weiss”

Punch and the Apostles

Punch and the Apostles

The first time you hear Punch and the Apostles it makes you feel like your ears are getting a workout, there are so many different styles and sounds going on all at once. They also make you wonder where they’ve been in an industry filled with bland indie bands. more… “Punch and the Apostles”

Nosferatu D2

We’re Gonna Walk Around This City With Our Headphones on to Block out the Noise

Brothers Ben and Adam Parker make up Nosferatu D2 and this is their first and only album having split the band in 2007, long before this release. Listening to it you are left wondering why they split because they could have been at the start of a great career. more… “Nosferatu D2”

The Buizniez

Club Freaks Anthem (Part One)

For a hip hop artist The Buizniez seems to be the shy type i.e. rarely seen but when you hear the music he creates you’ll wonder why he doesn’t come out and take the limelight that he so richly deserves. more… “The Buizniez”