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The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden (Single) 19/01/2012

Maid 'en by the Devil

The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden (Single) Perhaps one of the most controversial singles in the career of the band Iron Maiden, “The Number of the Beast” was the band’s second single off the album by the same name, and the seventh in the bands history. As well as the second single off the album it was also the second to feature the then new boy of the band Bruce “Air Raid Siren” Dickinson, who thoroughly stamps his mark on the whole overall sound of the band through this song especially. The band at the time of the release of this song consisted of: Bruce Dickinson – Lead Singer Steve Harris – Bassist Dave Murray – Lead/Rhythm Guitarist Adrian Smith – Lead/Rhythm Guitarist Clive Burr – Drums Beginning with a couple of biblical quotes taken straight from the Book of Revelations done in the style of Vincent Price and provided by the late Barry Clayton, the track starts off with a rapidly running guitar riff with Bruce’s calm and collected lyrics gently treading over the proceedings. Slowly, but surely Dickinson’s voice builds and builds into an almighty scream that seems to come from the very bowels of hell itself. Following this the song really blisters along with a pace and strength that draws the listener along at breakneck speed. With drums and bass line thumping along and the twin pronged guitar chugging from Dave and Adrian, Bruce has nothing to do, but allow his great vocal talent to run riot over the top of everything. Lyrically the song is seen to contain an awful lot of satanic content and meaning, but ...

Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games (Wii) 16/01/2012

This Winter Wii Are Going To Vancouver

Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games (Wii) With the Winter Olympics fast approaching it’s time for the old rival companies Nintendo and Sega to reunite for their third game outing together to feature characters from the two respective gaming series’ in the form of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics. The game is the first in the range of various games that are being released to coincide with the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver and will be exclusive to the Wii and Nintendo DS, well after all Nintendo aren’t going to let Sony and Microsoft get their grubby little hands on their prize characters now are they. For those of you who did not have the pleasure of playing the Summer Olympics game that Nintendo released for the Beijing games this game works in a very similar fashion with you taking control of your chosen character/athlete and competing in various Olympic events in order to obtain as many gold medals as you can. As with the original game there are a large number of various characters to choose from Mario and Sonic themselves through to the likes of Metal Sonic and Bowser, each of the characters has their own strengths and weaknesses and will perform better in certain events over others. Alongside the in game characters your Mii can also take part in the proceedings like the other characters they too will have particular events which they will be better in, this is determined by the shape and size of your Mii so do experiment with a number of different shapes and sizes for your little character. Taking ...

Guitar Hero 5 (Wii) 24/12/2011

Wii Can All Play Guitar Now

Guitar Hero 5 (Wii) Despite that over the years I have amassed a sizeable collection of video games for various games consoles; very few of those games have had me more anxious to purchase them than “Guitar Hero 5”. Even though it has only been a short time since the release of their best of game “Guitar Hero: Smash Hits” the wait for the games was next to unbearable for me. Finally the release date of 11th September rolled around and my then newly purchased Rock Band: Beatles found its self taking a backseat even though I had only just purchased it two days beforehand on “Beatles Day”. How to Rock So for all of you who have never experienced this fantastic gaming series and genre here is a brief explanation as to what it’s all about. Basically the game revolves around you press various buttons in time to a pattern of dots that move along the screen, as you press the buttons correctly the song that you are playing will sound correct but if you should miss a button press then the song is interrupted. Sounds really easy and receptively boring when you say it like that now doesn’t it, but do wait there is more. Firstly lets do away with the regular gamepad controllers and instead replace them with mock instruments, that’s right instead of pretending you are playing a guitar or drums you actually do just that. With the guitar the buttons that you press are located on the neck or fret board of the guitar however this would be too easy and not like a guitar at all so in combination with ...

The Beatles: Rock Band (Wii) 24/12/2011

"All Wii Need is Love"

The Beatles: Rock Band (Wii) September 9th 2009 saw the release of the second single band orientated game in the Rock Band game series; Rock Band Beatles the release of this was to coincide with the release of the entire Beatles back catalogue in its new digitally remastered form. The game itself takes us through the musical history of the band whilst allowing us to rock out to a selection of the Fab Four’s greatest hits. As with previous Rock Band titles the game developers Harmonix once again took the reigns with this one and along with the likes of Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison) and Giles Martin (son of the Beatles music producer George Martin) helped to produce a game that is truly faithful to the Beatles look and sound throughout their career. Introducing John, Paul, George, and Ringo In much the same way as other music and rhythm based games in this genre the basic idea is to match play along to each of the tracks in the game by hitting various button combinations in relation to what is shown on the screen. Just like in the previous Rock Band and Guitar Hero games this button pressing no longer takes place with the use of a conventional joypad but by the use of a whole series of mock instruments. This means that if you are playing the guitar part then you will physically play on a mock version of a guitar and the button pressing will take place by holding down one of the five coloured buttons on the neck of the guitar and strumming the bar on the main body of the guitar in a way similar ...

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (PC) 28/09/2011

The Dawn of a New War

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (PC) Introduction 5 years after Relic launched “Warhammer 40k Dawn of War” They have released the long awaited sequel in the form of “Dawn of War II”. Now I know that there have been other games in the Dawn of War series since the original, but these have all been expansions to the original and so not really a formal sequel as such. The game is set in the distant future of the 41st millennium, Man has reached out into space and has found that we are not alone, as there are several other races of creatures out there who all seem hell bent on ruling the universe and everything in it. Main plotline The game sees yourself as a newly appointed commander of the Blood Ravens Space Marine chapter (An army of genetically modified soldiers charged with the defence of mankind.) and together with a handful of other Space Marine must provide help from several different alien races that are looking to take over three planets. Characters Force Commander aka. You – Leader of your small army very capable of fighting the enemy at range or in hand to hand combat. Tarkus (Sergeant of the Tactical Squad) – A veteran soldier with centuries of battle experience who provides you with in valuable information and help in your command of your men. Avitus (Sergeant of the Devastator Squad) – Specializes in the use of large heavy weaponry on the battlefield to provide supporting fire to his comrades. Out of all the characters he seems to hold all enemies with a great deal of hatred and contempt. ...

Nicklaus Polarity MTR Irons 18/09/2011

"Jack my ball keeps going straight."

Nicklaus Polarity MTR Irons It seems that in golf today the most important thing that a club should have is a high MOI rating (moment of inertia). This rating basically relates to the clubs ability to resist twisting and turning of the club head when a ball is struck off centre. In drivers and fairway woods this has prompted all sorts of weird and wonderful designs. However, the same could not be said for the iron market that was until the Jack Nicklaus Company released their Nicklaus Polarity MTR Irons. The Nicklaus Polarity MTR Irons set consists of 7 irons (#5 iron through to sand wedge) plus the addition of two hybrid rescue clubs which form a replace for the 3 and four iron. As I stated, the main benefit that these irons offer over all other clubs on the market is this increased MOI rating. This is done by repositioning the weight in the club head so that it is further apart towards the heel and toe of the head. With most clubs this weighting position is limited to the physical size of the club face, however with the Polarity MTR iron the heel weight is moved from off the face of the club and on to the actual shaft of the club just below the hosel. The iron heads are constructed from a double heat treated stainless steel which makes them incredibly durable and resistant to damage. They come either in a steel shaft option or graphite shaft option, the steel shaft that is used is something called the Pro Silver which is an ultra light weight high launch shaft. The graphite shaft used as standard is ...

Runnin' Wild - Airbourne (Single) 28/08/2011

Bourne Free

Runnin' Wild - Airbourne (Single) Back in 2003, deep within the bowels of southern Australia, genetic scientists began work on combining the DNA of their two greatest rock and roll exports, in order to bring fame and fortune back to the Australian rock scene. Taking the vocal talents of the late legendry singer Bon Scott of AC/DC fame, courtesy of a toe nail kept by an obsessive fan, and the frantic playing style of Bon’s cohort Angus Young also of AC/DC fame, the resulting experiment brought to the world Joel O’Keeffe. With the boundless energy of a Duracell bunny and an attitude to rock till he drops, Joel along with his brother Ryan went on to form the rock band Airbourne, and began to take the rock scene of the world by storm. Taking To The Skies As a frequent listener of the digital radio station Planet Rock whilst at work, I’m given the opportunity to listen to a large amount of new and old bands in a genre that I am particular fond of. Amongst the bands that make a regular appearance on the stations playlists is Airbourne. Upon my first hearing their music I just took it for granted that the song was in fact a new AC/DC track that I hadn’t heard before. After the presenter of the radio show then announced the artist, I became incredible intrigued with this new take on an old school favourite band of mine, and so began my collection of Airbourne’s music, for which the track Runnin’ Wild fronts up quite nicely. Air Born Their first major single release over 4 years after their conception came ...

White Room - KLF (The) 19/07/2011

All bound for Mu Mu Land

White Room - KLF (The) It seems that every musical genre has its own champion, a band or individual that manages to transgress the boundaries of public taste, and appeal to a wider audience than would be generally expected. With the beginning of the 90s the music of the masses was a mixture of various dance based genres brought about by the increase in technology involved in the production of music, allowing for more complex song structures to be assembled at the mere touch of a button. Of the various dance and house bands that populated the charts, quite possibly the most infamous and revered was the Scottish based band The KLF. Unlike their musical counterparts they took a very different approach to their music, which managed to inject a fun and humorous element to many of their songs. The Ancients of Mu Mu The KLF was the brain child of Bill Drummond and Jim Cauty, who also where the only two permanent components of the group, with any additional roles within their tracks being filled with various studio and guest artists. These additional artists provided each track of theirs with a slight variation. Drummond came from a musical background prior to the formation of The KLF and not only worked as an A & R executive for the WEA music label, but also played alongside the likes of Ian Brodie from The Lightening Seeds fame, and Holly Johnson, the lead singer of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Like Drummond, Cauty also came from a very musical based background, and he worked alongside some greats of ...

Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce (Single) 02/05/2011

Forced into the Fire

Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce (Single) Very rarely nowadays do I hear a song that instantly transfixes me with awe; however, one of these rare occurrences came about just as I managed to finally defeat the Devil in the video game Guitar Hero III. The end credits started to roll and all of a sudden the speakers of my television burst into life with what can only be described as a nitro driven rock marathon. The song that produced such a reaction was the masterful “Through the Fire and the Flames” by the English power metal band Dragonforce. A Force to Be Reckoned With Despite Dragonforce having been formed in 1999, and releasing two albums prior to the release of the album for which the track forms the prefect intro, I had never heard of the band. Dragonforce was the brainchild of guitarist’s Herman Li and Sam Totman, who also are now the only two original remaining members of the band. Their guitar playing style is a mixture of fast and frantic solo work, and a number of unusual noises which they mysteriously manage to produce from their instruments. Along with this distinct sound, they also have a tendency to play their guitars with their left hand over the top of the fret board, as opposed to in the conventional manner of from under the fret board. This different playing style allows for them to produce fast riffs and solo work along the top strings of their guitars, as well as across the bottom half of the guitar. Feeling The Fire With a keyboard intro that would literally leave your fingers melting if ...

DJ Hero (Wii) 29/04/2011

Scratching the Wheels of Wii

DJ Hero (Wii) Up till now the music and rhythm based games available for the various games consoles have consigned themselves to the same few instruments, with a main theme of rock music being used heavily within them. All is not lost now though as a very different style of music is portrayed with DJ Hero as we get to sample just what it’s like to be a world class DJ and gain the ability to spin those wheels of steel. Taking to the decks Just like in the various Guitar Hero and Rock Band Style games out there the game itself gives you a greater level of interaction through the aid of a mock instrument controller. However, with this game it is not the typical guitar or drums that we take to, but a mock turntable to provide us with complete control of the game. Just like with the other Guitar Hero games the main premise of the game is to make your way through various tracks or songs by pressing various button combinations on your mock instrument. The turntable though provides for a slightly increased level of interaction in the game as the button pressing is not the only requirement to produce these songs, as you will also need to master the art of scratching and the use of the all important crossfader to really pump out those tunes. Looking Good, Sounding Good Over the years that the Guitar Hero series has been with us graphically wise we have been seeing a marked improvement in the characters portraying us virtual of stage, especially over the last two games Guitar Hero 5 and Band ...

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (Wii) 17/04/2011

Wii! Time to play Tiger for Real

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (Wii) As 2010 is fast approaching its time for a new Tiger Woods game to hit the shelves, and this time round with the release of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 EA Sports have come up trumps. Specifically I will be looking at the Wii version of this game but as with most cross platform games a lot of the features will be relevant to other systems. I have been a fan of golf simulation games since before I even started playing the game for real and have bought the latest version of the Tiger Woods game each year alongside some other less well known games out there. The Tiger Woods golf series has been going since the release of Tiger ’99 back in 1998 and has since grown in popularity and features over the years with each version outstripping its predecessor. Once the Tiger series took to the Wii with Tiger Woods ’07 the final boundary was crossed with the player becoming physically involved in the game as opposed to just stabbing at buttons, (oh dear there I go upsetting the Xbox 360 and PS3 owners.) Like I said the player can now truly interact with their character on screen leading to a much greater feel for what is happening in the game. This interaction has been enhanced even further now with the release of the long awaited Wii Motion-Plus which provides a reportedly one for one movement. This makes playing the shot even more realistic as you are now able to gain a greater control over what the club does and so what the ball flight will be like as well. Getting Started As with most ...

Scarface: The World is Yours (Wii) 28/02/2011

Say Hello To My Little Game!

Scarface: The World is Yours (Wii) Rockstar games has since its introduction of Grand Theft Auto III ruled the roost as far as sandbox genre games is concerned, however, asides from the fantastic game Bully (or Canis Canem) the Wii very much lacks this style of game within its library. In answer to this rather lacking section of the Wii gaming experience the software developers Radical Entertainment have come to the rescue with Scarface: The World is Yours, and in doing so have provided us Wii users with something to quench our thirst for a game with very little limits. Time for a Sequel The game basically starts where the movie ended, however, with one small but, very important detail change, that being that Tony Montana doesn’t die in the end but, instead manages to escape the mansion by the skin of his teeth. In fact, the game play opens with Tony shouting the iconic phrase “Say hello to my little friend” as you then set about with the challenge of getting Tony out of Dodge as quickly as possible. However, in escaping from the mansion Tony loses everything and is left penniless and in pretty bad shape, this losing of everything gives the game a great basis to start from as you, as Tony, are charged with rebuilding the Montana drug cartel and taking control of the world, well Miami at least. Take a Look at My Little Friend The game was originally developed for the PS2, Xbox and PC back in 2006, so graphically we are not talking about a masterpiece here, but certainly for its time the graphics looked ...

Guitar Hero: Metallica (Wii) 26/01/2011

Wii get to rock with Metallica

Guitar Hero: Metallica (Wii) Over recent years there has been one genre of video games that seems to have gained more press and attention in the public eye than another and that would be the rhythm based games. The leading companies in this genre are EA games in conjunction with Harmonix who have brought us the Rockband series and Activision with their partners Neversoft with the Guitar Hero series. Now each game series has its unique little selling points but both are pretty similar, but like most fans of this gaming genre I prefer one over the other and that one would be the Guitar Hero series. (Sorry Rockband fans.) So when Activision announced the release of the new Guitar Hero Metallica I found the wait to be almost unbearable. Since I am a massive fan of the “Tallica” boys and since the age of 16 I have tried to learn to play as many of their songs on guitar as my little fingers would let me so I was really looking forward to getting stuck into this game. “Enter Sandman” or Metallica should we say Released for the Wii in May 2009 the main objective of the game like all the others in this gaming series is to play along to each song in time by pressing different button combinations in relation to what is shown on the screen, (sounds pretty easy now doesn’t it.)Beings as the game is centred around the band Metallica a large number of the songs on this game are by them however there are a number of tracks by other artists who have either influenced the band over the years or who the band enjoy ...

Ghostbusters (Wii) 14/12/2010

"Wii ain't afraid of no ghosts"

Ghostbusters (Wii) Back in November of 2008 the news that a lot of 80’s film fans had been waiting for came to light, finally after all these years the Ghostbusters would be making a reappearance. However the big screens was not the way that we would be seeing them this time, but instead care of Atari and a few other companies along the way Ray, Egon, Peter and Winston would be the heroes of their very own video game. Unlike the first two movies Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis didn’t write the script for the game but did help with a certain amount of script changes to bring the comedy elements of the films into the game. The game was set for launch on all systems on the 19th June 2009, but at the final minute Sony bought out the rights to the European release of the game and in what was reported a move to boost the flagging sales of their flagship the mighty PS3 the game was only released on the two Playstation formats so us poor Wii and Xbox 360 owners have to wait until October time for this game to have it’s official launch. Despite all this and thanks to a U.S. Wii and a copy of the game courtesy of a kind stepdad I have been able to bust my way through this game to my hearts content. Plot The game basically takes place a few years after the last film the Ghostbusters have pretty much become a common emergency service alongside the police and fire department. But due to the increase in work the guys have decided to take on a new member to the team YOU aka “The Rookie”. OK so I know we all ...

Bastards (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Motörhead 10/12/2010

This album ain't no "Devil"

Bastards (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Motörhead On 29th November 1993 the British heavy metal band Motorhead returned to what they do best with their album Bastards, originally to be titled “Devils”. This was later to be changed to the slightly more controversial title “Bastards” which is not meant in the vulgar term but merely as a reference to a child born out of wedlock. After their last album “March or Die” which was a very commercial and toned down form of the band, it is good to hear them returning to full force with this album. At the time of recording the band consisted of the following members; Lemmy Kilmister – Bass guitar and Vocals Phil Cambell – Guitar Wurzel – Guitar Mikkey Dee – Drums Track Listing 1. On your Feet or On your Knees The album’s opening track kicks off full tilt with the band playing as fast as their little hands will allow them too. The guitar work sets a blistering pace which is continued through the rest of the album. 2. Burner Ok so the first track on the album was quick but in comparsion to “Burner” it sounds like the band was half asleep at the time. Mikkey Dee’s drum work through the entire song sounds exhausting just to listen to yet alone try to play along with. 3. Death or Glory The relentless pace carries on as Lemmy sings of the life and deaths of various soldiers through the history of war. The mid section of the song has an almost military marching sound to it. 4. I am the Sword The pace of the album slows down a bit to give us all a breather, however the sheer ...
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