Thursday, December 22, 2005

My favouritest games EVER!

Right, if you wonder why this list doesn't feature many modern games its probably because I find older games much more enjoyable. THeyre not as complex and therefore a lot more fun to play.

Anyway, here goes (in no particular order):

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) -
What a game. Compelling from start to finish, incredible storyline, incredible gameplay truly incredible. It took me 90 hours to complete and I still didn't do everything. Amazing.
Goldeneye (N64) -
The one that started it all. The best shoot-em-up ever in my eyes. Intense gameplay, perfect.
Perfect Dark (N64) -
The unofficial sequel to Goldeneye and almost as good as the original.
Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Master System) -
Has there ever been a more playable game? The feeling you get when you finally complete this is the most satisfying feeling ever!
The Lost Vikings (SNES) -
Stupidly hard and funny as hell puzzler. Addictive.
Donkey Kong Country (SNES) -
This shit is bananas!
Transbot (Master System) -
Side-scrolling futuristic shoot-em-up, the game that never ends. Literally.
Parodius (SNES) -
Another side-scrolling shoot-em-up, but this one was much much weirder, you know what the Japanese are like, dancing through some lap dancers legs to win the level was awesome.
Super Smash Bros Melee (GC) -
Fighting games rule.This one is immense!
Halo (XBOX) -
Say no more.
Football Manager 2005/06 -
The most realistic management game ever. None better. Fantastic.

Friday, December 09, 2005

This is life, and this is me smiling. But unfortunately this is me commenting on music, and I hate it when I do this...

So, as cliched as it is, I felt it was time for my top albums of 2005. Seeing as thoguh you are all dying to know...

Here goes...

1. Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star -
The third album from Coheed and Cambria is the best yet, less heavy but more intelligent and sounding mroe and more like Pink Floyd everyday. A classic, already!
2. Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw -
If you don't like Pelican then you're either stupid or dead. Heavier than Rik Waller's shits and mellower than flower picking with a hippy. Introducing acoustic elements was the best thing they ever did. Fantastic!
3. Chimaira - Chimaira -
As once said by my favourite DiS reviewer... "Are they playing their guitars with hacksaws?". Well yes, I believe they are. Heavy, aggressive and a masterpiece. Better than The Impossibility of Reason.
4. Team Sleep - Team Sleep -
Electronic is cool right now. Team Sleep, on the other hand, aren't... maybe its the Deftones connection. Either way there's no denying how good this record actually is. Tomb Of Liegia is a fantastic song!
5. Finch - Say Hello To Sunshine -
After the most average first album ever produced, this was a fantastic surprise owing more to Faith No More and A Perfect Circle than Funeral For A Friend, buy it now!
6. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute -
Prententious as shit, but tons better than the first album, yet to see them live, but when I do, aww man, its gonna rule. Amazing album.
7. High On Fire - Blessed Black Wings -
Ouch! Metal as! But ace!
8. Open Hand - You and Me -
Stoner rock and a nice break from the pretentions of other music. Great to sing along to, great to mosh to, all round great album!
9. Sigur Ros - Takk -
Beautiful, epic, amazing soundscapes.Post-rock at its best from one of the most under-rated bands in the world.
10. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem -
If I could dance, this album would probably be top 5, but I can't so therefore its not, but a fantastic album nevertheless. Dancexcore babeh!

Honourable mentions go to:

As I Lay Dying - Shadows Are Security
Bearvsshark - Terrorhawk
Between The Buried And Me - Alaska
bloodsimple. - A Cruel World
British Sea Power - Open Season
Cave In - Perfect Pitch Black
Dream Theater - Octavarium
Every Time I Die - Gutter Phenomenon
HORSE The Band - The Mechanical Hand
Royksopp - The Understanding
Supergrass - The Road To Rouen
The Black Dahlia Murder - Miasma
Thrice - Vheissu
Weezer - Make Believe.

So there we have it.

Disagree about anything? Then leave me a comment and i'm willing to argue with you until you kill yourself or just concede defeat.

Thrice - Vheissu ... CD Album Review

Released 18/10/05

It seems everyone is growing up these days, and Thrice are the latest band to offer their fans a much more mature sound. And if it means we’re going to be getting albums like this instead of the over-produced emocore of the past, I’m not going to complain. And neither should you.
Singer Dustin Kensrue says he wanted something a bit different for the new release, a less two-dimensional and more atmospheric sound, and opener (and first single) ‘Image of the Invisible’ achieves this. Merging post-punk riffs, aggressive vocals and soaring melodies, it immediately keeps you hooked and wanting more. ‘The Earth Will Shake’ offers something different again; gloomy, dark and one of the heavier tracks on the album, the chain gang chorus that cuts through it is also a fantastic touch. ‘Musicbox’ takes its influence as much from metal as emo, and starts off, oddly enough, with a music box sound. This melody melts into crashing guitars and intense beats before it again mellows down into a subdued verse. The melodic, semi-acoustic ‘Atlantic’ brings in more atmosphere and mood with its resonant and rootless piano sounds, but is the record's first lightweight track and possibly shouldn’t be this high up on the tracklisting. But ‘For Miles’, despite starting like a tea party with your mother, ends like a plane crash in Iraq. And so we’re back to the heaviness - although despite occasional moments of increased heaviness, overall this album contains much less screaming than previous outings. Whether this was just natural progression or a conscious thing I don’t know, but it works. Lyrically Vheissu also fares a lot better than before. ‘Image of the Invisible’ explores the power of free will and the vast potential of the human spirit. “We’re more static than dial tone, we’re emblematic of the unknown…” is, and I think you’ll all agree, much better than “My girlfriend's run away, and I’ve cut my arm”. Probably. Thrice believe Vheissu is the most hopeful record they’ve ever written, and this may stem from all their well-documented charity work. As part of their contract with Island Records they demanded a percentage of their previous album (The Artist In The Ambulance) sales be donated to the SSE Foundation. Similarly with Vheissu, a percentage of the sales will go to 826 Valencia, a tutorial programme designed to help underprivileged children improve their communication skills. Thrice have opened themselves up a new door, leaving them free to take their next album wherever they want - and it will still seem like a natural progression. I like surprises, and Vheissu was a fantastic surprise. I’m looking forward to hearing more.
James Bunce - 9/10