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It's hard in the current metal globe to stand out amongst the competition, so when a band manages to break a rule or two, it's worth noting. Springfield, Massachusetts' Shadows Fall have been around for several years now, and have a secret weapon at their disposal - Brian Fair, a vocalist who can actually sing and carry a tune. This is no little feat when you consider most metal vocalists today sound like they're participating in a puking contest. The grunt sound is old and getting very tiresome. Not that Fair doesn't do his share of gargoyle roars, but when he does sing, it's a powerful melodic voice, and even has (gasp) harmonies!!"Another Character Lost" is a welcome departure, with true honest to goodness music and a amazing guitar hook. The remainder of "Threads Of Life" abound with thrash tempos and jackhammer rhythm guitars, and some damn fine lead work. "Threads Of Life" and its predecessor "The Battle Within" are among the best of newer material out there, but as evidenced on the CD that came with "The Battle Within", featuring five cuts from five various bands, this genre is in a rut overall, as the five bands all sound alike. Better obtain back to studying the classic riffs of the '60's and '70's so you can mold your own sound if you wish to stand out. Shadows Fall have figured that out.
This album from my understanding, when it first came out, it only sold around 30,000 copies. One of those being mine. I had lost my first copy and ordered another through amazon. This CD rocks dude. If you like Shadows Fall and don't own it, it. You won't be disappointed. If you wish to test out Shadows Fall, this is a amazing record to hear for a first listen. But I do recommend buying Retribution, The Battle Within, and The Art Of Balance. Shadows Fall is an awesome band.
With this being Shadows Fall's first (and only) album on a major label, it's extremely amazing and polished. The first single "Redemption" starts the album off massive and doesn't allow up. The album is well-rounded with a attractive ballad-like song, "Another Character Lost" and even has Shadows Fall's signature old school thrash style throughout. For all the people who said it sounded too commercial, I disagree. It's a band showing their potential and finally getting the respect they deserve.
The recent Shadows Fall album should come in a plain white sleeve with nothing but a bar code and the words "Contemporary '80s Thrash-Style Metal Album Mk VII" stenciled on it. I am a tremendous metal fan, and have been for years. I have been positively exuberant over the late "rebirth" of metal's popularity over the latest few years, with new, exciting bands coming out of the woodwork and older, semi-retired bands making a comeback after all these years. I first read about Shadows Fall in a guitar magazine, and picked up "The Art Of Balance", which I thought was a respectable metal album, with exciting, dynamic and massive guitar work, amazing songwriting and some amazing soloing, and decent vocals. Gift points for an interesting and cool cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome To The Machine".The follow-up, "The Battle Within", unfortunately tried my patience, with an annoying style seemingly composed of differing rock and metal styles which never seemed to together in a convincing way, plus positively annoying vocal work which was almost cringe-inducing. Sadly, after hearing the band's recent effort, "Threads Of Life", my patience may have finally worn out. Here we have amazing production values, amazing metal songwriting, and Brian Fair finally settling on a decent vocal style which actually sounds amazing (perhaps due to the amazing ol' studio magic). The issue for me is that this disc is the most uninteresting, just plain BLAND metal offering I've heard in years. In the fresh 21st century metal melody environment, where so a lot of talented bands compete for attention and have some specific facet to present you, whether it's assassin chops and technical proficiency, a special sound, or just being extremely amazing in a very specific sub-genre, Shadows Fall just don't seem to have much to offer. Maybe I'm being to harsh, perhaps I'm just tired of waiting for them to create "The Art Of Balance, pt 2", or whatever, but this is just the musical equivalent of vanilla pudding. I gave it an additional star because I still think this band has a lot of potential, they have simply been writing uninteresting melody of late.
Don't obtain me wrong, this is a solid album with lots of massive riffs and amazing overall sound. BUT, being a large SHADOWS FALL fan I see a small less and less old school in ther songs. That was one of the most appealing things about the band was old school thrash,with fresh style sound,gave them something all their own. I just see the band slowly going in a more "listen friendly" direction. SORRY GUYS, but a power ballet on this album just didn't chop it. I admire the lyrics,but a various style could have been used. Honestly, I would have given it 4 stars but skipping over that song every time gets old. In closing, we all know what happens to bands that obtain to commericial. "METALLICA...WHO"!
Threads of Life, Shadows Fall's 2007 major label debut includes the Grammy nominated `Redemption,' along with a fine collection of well written and fantastically produced material that while slicker and less metalcore than their earlier material includes all the passion and attitude that create the band so e lead singer Brain Fair has a beautiful impressive voice, equally talented in catchy melodic singing and aggressive shouting whether or not you are a fan of his singing voice there is a dozens on with enough hardcore shouts, metal screams and death growls that you'll search something suited to your tastes.Drummer Jason Bittner puts down a very memorable performance on this record, and while he has always been hyped you can really hear that hype justified on this album some very enjoyable fills and very impressive footwork create for a amazing drummer and the clean swagger of his performance separate him from the crowd, he can be as complicated as he likes then just by virtue of his playing style create something as easy as silence followed three strikes on the kick drum sound always, the album boasts perfect guitar work from Jonathan Donais and Matt Bachand who constantly provide interesting melodies and thrash influenced riffs that on this album more than ever, evoke that classic 1980s e shimmering acoustic passages that created The Art Of Balance such a joy to listen to are still there and there are a few ballads like `Another Character Lost,' that slow things down a bit more, but when all the material is smooth, clear and superbly produced its difficult to search bum highlights contain the very catchy `Failure of The Devout,' which features some particularly impressive drumming and plenty of fresh ideas among the tried and tested formula, the brutal and impressive `Dread Uprising,' and of course `Venomous,' which is the excellent example of the Shadows Fall style, the huge riffs, the double kick drum work and a particularly amazing vocal is is a very powerful Shadows Fall album indeed and highly recommended.
This project is not for the faint of heart! The results are amazing but it is for an advanced stitcher. The shipping time was unbelievable considering that it came from the U. K. I dinged it one star because the metallic silver thread that makes up the tree trunk and branches is sooooo difficult to work with. I would replace that thread if I were to stitch it again. But, all of that said, it is an extraordinary design and I am thrilled with the final project.
It's so pretty! The threads come pre-sorted! (Not always the case!) The silver thread is hard to work with, but you only use one strand instead of two! The instructions tell you to only use one about 4 various times. One "strand" of the silver thread is created up of two smaller strands that are just twisted around each other, which easily come un-raveled. I found an simple method to support was just chop the silver thread in half and work with shorter pieces. You have to begin and finish more often, but it doesn't tangle as easily!
I adore this kit. The image doesn't do it justice! The tree trunk is actually silver metallic thread -- slightly harder to work with but absolutely gorgeous. The instructions are well written, everything was included, and it arrived far sooner than the expected delivery date. Definitely a amazing purchase.
This movie was, for many, a turning-point regarding nuclear weapons, the cold battle and nuclear-politics. Set in a 1984 UK industrial-suburbia, as the cold battle gets hot, we follow regular people in their everyday lives and how they prepare for the coming apocalypse. Barry Hines and Mick Jackson explains and shows us how the globe is interconnected and woven together, each strand in this web is dependent on the others and when the threads begin to break, the webbing that keep society together, unravel and we are quickly left with hardship and irreparable loss. There is no support from the outside, as most locations are left in the same sorry state. With the lingering pollution from the war, there is only one method human kind can go from there. This movie has no high-notes and there are no cheesy Hollywood-lines to comfort you during the viewing, just cold-hard facts and statistic. When the inevitable starts, we follow Ruth in particular, the main character, on her journey, 13 years into the future. We see how she tries to cope, as the remnants of the industrial globe and human kind slowly crumble and whither around her. The movie use easy effects and has a natural gritty style. This prevents the movie from looking too dated. In addition, most of the movie work with limited sets and scenes, so the time-period it is shot in, is somewhat removed from the story and experience. The acting is true and very good, they are true people, playing true people, 'no time for plastic Hollywood-figures here'. What we are left with, is most likely one of the bleakest, grimmest and most depressing film, that everyone needs to see at least once. It will remain a testament to the cold war, but as long as there are nuclear weapons, it will continue to be an ever-relevant warning. It will stick with you indefinitely.
This was maybe the best book in the series. I know this because of the disappointment I felt at the end. Disappointed that there wasn’t more of Medophae, Mirolah, Bands, and now Mershayne. There are so a lot of unanswered questions. So a lot of unfinished stories. But with each of his books, I have not been able to place them down. This one was finished in less than a 24 hour span. Fahnestock has a tough task to surpass this one in his next book. I dare him to do better!!
Your favorite characters face EVEN MORE PERIL in this page turner, but I felt cautiously optimistic by the end. Dragon fights, Quicksilver saves, mad whales, and a sassy saucy king who surprises himself and everyone else with his heroics! Mark along with your favorite Threadweavers characters—Medophae, Mirolah, Stavark, and the rest—as they test to save the globe from the mad and indifferent gods of Amarion. You won’t be disappointed by Fahnestock’s third novel in the Threadweaver series. I can’t wait to read the next one!
For those who love handwoven textiles, this book is a "must have." The narrative about the history of Mayan weaving in the highlands of Chiapas begins with a scholarly explanation of the correlation between photos that appear in ancient Mayan temple carvings and myths, and continues through the story of how the photos and the artistry of Mayan weavers has been preserved and elaborated through the centuries. The tale moves through Mexican history from the time before the Spanish conquest, the colonial period after the conquest, the Mexican revolution, and forward to the modern era. The images and the text also address the differences in the weaving arts in various villages, the weaving and embroidery techniques, and the costumes and feast days of the different villages. The book is very well written, and the images are spectacular. I highly recommend this book.
First and foremost, the book is spectacularly attractive (as are all the books from Thrums Books). Even if you only look at the pictures and read the captions you'll be well-rewarded. But do read the text, too. No matter how much you already know about the textiles of Chiapas, you'll explore something new, from long ago or latest month. A lot of of us have (or had) the idea that traditional textiles done in ancient techniques have changed small in the past 1000 years, give or take a century. Not so. This book shows clearly how change is constant, for a lot of reasons. With all that, what had the largest impact on me is how much the clothing of the Chiapas Maya is NOT like the clothing of the Guatemalan Maya. Maybe that's due to the difference between "growing up" under a Mexican government vs. under a Guatemalan government, who knows? But as a person fairly well-versed in the Mayan textiles and artisans of Guatemala, this book was full of revelations for me. If nothing else, it for the pictures on pages 50, 142, 168, 180, and 194. Just those are worth the of admission. Deborah Chandler
Todd Fahnstock has delivered yet again with Threads of Amarion the third book of the series. He's gone into depth with the characters and made even more suspense as the story unfolds. This book was unbelievable and I couldn't place it down.
I was happy to keep this book in the mail as a bonus from Thrum Books. This review however is my honest opinion. As Deborah mentioned the images are outstanding and, of course, that was my first cruise through the book. Then I decided I required to actually read it from cover to cover. Haven't gotten all the method through yet, but I wish to obtain my thoughts down apter 1 had me flipping back and forth from descriptions to diagrams and back again. I had a difficult time identifying the symbols and designs. Mayan culture and history is not something I've studied a lot. Very intriguing and makes me wish to study it all the e following chapters had me at the first page. I love hearing about the costumes and how they are created and how some have evolved in response to the introduction of modern materials and machines and because of the interaction of different communities due to fresh roads. And don't obtain me started on the embroidery... awesome work. But I'm kind of disappointed to learn that embroidery mean that some communities quit weaving the patterns into the cloth since it could be embroidered on purchased cloth. I love that the Cancuc women discovered blue in about 2005 - their huipils are gorgeous. It was fascinating to read about the changes in costumes and how there is no recorded history of those - no fashion magazines! - and the word of mouth history from villagers is called into question by the authors.A book with political and religious history as well as cultural history. Unbelievable reading, too much to consume in one sitting. I will return to chapter one and work through each following chapter one at a time and test to obtain a sense of the vast cultural dozens in this little part of the Americas.Diane
This book is the 3rd of 4 books in the Threadweavers series. By now, readers are going to be thoroughly engulfed in the story and characters. I bought the 1st 3 books from the author at an happening in Georgetown, CO. The 4th had not yet been published. Before I was half method through this book, I was ordering the 4th (God of Dragons). Luckily I only had to wait a day between finishing this one and starting the final book. I was so engaged in the story and connected to the characters that I didn't wish to go a day without it. Yes, the series is just that good. My recommendation is to the complete series. I have read through all 4 and it is worth it. The characters and storyline are well worth the investment.
I enjoyed reading this book A LOT–and the attractive photography as well.I respect the authors’ approach to tell the stories of costumes, brocade, embroidery and weaving of over a dozen villages and hamlets in the state of Chiapas. For years, Morris and Karasik have engaged in rigorous exploration to trace and explain the story of everyday and ritualistic costumes, and I found that the text is void of the sadly prevalent Western intervention. I believe that the authors have fun an intimate and respectful connection with the peoples in Chiapas, and the book reflects this and honors the Maya of today and their history. I wish to thank the authors for ya myths, Spanish colonization, trans-Atlantic travels, the Mexican Revolution, and the more latest Revolucion Zapatista have all played a role and each one can tell a part of the story of aesthetic shifts and of the fresh identities that people wish to tell through their dress and celebrations. The authors intertwine these major narratives with legends and stories of individuals who express their independence through colors, styles and so, as I learned about the endurance, transformation, adaptation and revival of a non-linear textile history of thousands of years, I wondered what a book with a related purpose would tell thirty years from now about the fresh pan-Maya identity expressed in festive and everyday garments.I agree with what other readers have pointed out: this book is full of revelations, but it is also full of cross-cultural proof that weavers in various parts of the globe capture a collective and individual vision of the sacred a language instructor who aims to support develop understanding and cultural awareness in her students, and as a weaver who was raised in a Western method of life but adopted as an apprentice by the native weavers in the Peruvian highlands and by the Arhuaco of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, I search this book valuable to anyone interested in textiles, history and culture–and even to anyone who wants to have a rich experience traveling in Chiapas, because soon after I started reading it, I decided that one of my upcoming weaving journeys is Chiapas.
If you have fun reading on a Kindle, save some and the e-version. There are no images in this book; it is text only. I purchased the paperback and want I had tried the Kindle ver first.I will edit this review after I have read more of it; it only just arrived.
I enjoyed this book immensely. I took the time to pause and find the Internet for People, Individual Styles and types of Needlework discussed. There is a definite Feminist vibe here but plenty of very interesting historical info and stories that you will truly enjoy.
This book is so very amazing. Hunter leads one through all the ways that needlework heals, and screams at injustice and hopes for the future. It is a globe history with a lot of amazing moments. I live close to the Occoquan Workhouse and its history mentioned is heart breaking, but also inspiring. I have read reviews about the lack of pictures, but all the photos can be found on the www services listed in the back of the book. Take your time to read this social history of needlework. I have already purchased two more copies for my nieces and I suspect I will more. Really worth your time.
Thoroughly enjoyed the historical insight into women's lives needlework in all its forms provided. The author has done an impressive job researching the book and telling these stories in a warm, sympathetic voice. It's a fascinating tale of how women's art was undervalued and folded away in the bottom drawer rather than acknowledged as political, strong statements.
I was interested in the history of sewing - clothing, tapestries, utilitarian items. This book does provide some of this. I"m stalled about halfway through the book. It's not boring, I just can't obtain into it because of competing activities (gardening, quilting).
I was so excited to see that they were coming out with a small book. The comics are hilarious! I like not having to find the internet now and can just go to this small book to present them off. It is a cute small book that looks fantastic. I can't say enough amazing things about how awesome Catana and her comics are. This is a definite must have for any fan!
I’ve loved these comics since I first found them and this book is definitely worth every penny. I am, however a bit disappointed in Amazon because my book came with a page dog eared, and the page appears to be split at the corner. It just kind of takes away from the “newness” of the book. Still giving five stars because I don’t wish to take away from the amazingness of the book but want they had more attention to the book was packaged.
I loved this book-Rosanna hits it out of the park-again! Read it to be intrigued, to see an awesome love story unfold. Plus you will search a healthy dose of mystery, suspense and an awesome story line using numbers. A battle time story with unbelievable characters, a amazing plot flowing to a hopeful and satisfying end to what others thought was an impossible love story. Awesome that a man could think outside the box to search that using the love language of numbers is one method to victory a woman’s mind, emotions and heart. Full of surprises and of the knowledge that all things are possible with God and prayer. Read it to see a move of God’s grace and how God may be speaking to you in unusual ways.
DLQS is a remarkably honest band. It doesn't feel like they're trying to produce wonderful melody from a certain put and time. But they do just that. The words are truthful, catchy, and not in the least pretentious. The instruments coo under the watch of the band's a lot of age groups. I had the opportunity to see Doyle Lawson at a Prairie Home Companion taping and that was it, we came home and ordered a lot of CDs that weekend! Some bluegrass-type melody is made from outsiders who haven't lived the life it truly takes to create this melody on its deepest level. Lawson is from rural Eastern Tennessee and it comes through in his unbelievable tunes.
So I had planned on giving this album 4 stars because I was disappointed by the fact that it is only 22 mins long. To me, full-length albums should never be less than 30 mins long. But, with 10 out of 10 ratings on here being 5 stars, I decided to take a step back and re-think my decision. While it may be a short album on paper, I have NEVER finished this album thinking "Man, that was too short." That may have to do with the fact that I have never listened to this album without the two tracks included with the Japanese release of this album. That being said, I definitely recommend picking up those songs and adding them to the end of this assics of Love is definitely going in the direction I was hoping to hear from Jesse Michaels. While it doesn't rank higher than Common Rider's "Last Wave Rockers" in my book and it is kind of lacking in the ska-department, I am not at all disappointed. The thing that upsets me most about Common Rider's "This is Unity Music" is the fact that it was more alternative rock than punk/ska. The amazing thing about this album is it's punk rock at it's finest! Obtain this and obtain the Walking in Shadows EP. If you are an Operation Ivy fan and you're interested in Jesse Michaels' newest material I highly doubt you will be disappointed.If you wish these songs on CD I suggest purchasing straight from because it is only $11 including shipping.
Shame to think this is out of print! One of the best reggae albums I have, and I have a lot. Not really reggae per se, but a amazing blend of reggae, rock and African Beats. There is indeed amazing spirit of love and feeling in this CD. Particularly unbelievable are the title track, that can be listened to over and over again--moving. As well, Jah People and So Long are classics. I'm lucky to have an original CD. Obtain it if you can. Unfortunately Majek seems to have mainly disappeared, though he may be making a comeback.
Anita's crystal chords are still in amazing shape. Her romantic, ornamental, R&B style, still works. For me, Rhythm of Love is the last, solid album in a career run that contains (in my favorite collection): Compositions, Songstress, Rapture, and Giving You The Best I've Got. Her albums just ooze love and sensuality. P.S. The CTI CD packaging is cardboard, but at least it's a coated, smooth cardboard inside the slot, unlike, some other companies that are just the rough cardboard. For the latter, I use a paper sleeve to prevent the CD from getting scratched up.
I ordered this tape for a birthday show and it arrived in plenty of time for the birthday guy!! Thanks for being so helpful since it seems this CD is only found on the internet for sale, not at our local melody stores. There was one song on it that was particularly unique to him and now he can listen to it whenever he wants to!! Lynda
Wow, for any intellectual who wants to look at dating from a various perspective, this book does a very, very amazing job of weaving complex theories in math, economics, and even psychology into the globe of dating. The author definitely gets kudos for her job with her explanation of Nobel-prize winning ideas and relating them to the average person in the context of rls, this book explains (mathematically) why you're on the losing end of the stick if you don't approach guys. Guys, it is our privilege, not our burden to be the gender that does the approaching.
I love this android game it's not some dumb fansrevice!! ) and I lost hope of getting the fan disc. Thanks so much for this update!!!! Yes it's PAID. It's for fans of this IDEA FACTORY original android game kindly localized by amazing solmare. The interface is so pretty! Love it. Now on to my unbelievable Shiki and the stories!! I'm really happy!! This story is the best thing ever! Beautifully told and truly satisfying. THIS is real storytelling. Kuso x Shiki are forever OTP. More like this and not idiotic shallow like voltage Scm -so disgusting
What happened? My pad was slow so I did a factory restart and now apparently even though i'm using the same pad on the same ver of android device my device is no longer compatible with this game? I have bought both fresh story routes and now can't play either. Please fix this!
Why did I bypass this album again?? Maybe it was because I was so into Ms. Adu's older works that I thought this one may be a bit too various or something. Well, five years later, I'm in LOVE. If you enjoyed Lover's Rock, you'll definitely have fun Soldier of Love because it's so related to that one. You hear stories of love, heartache, and hope in each track. They all are very smooth, sultry, and heartfelt, but if I had to pick my top three, "Soldier of Love", "Long Hard Road", and "Skin" would be my choices. The title track is basically a song of strength and confidence in love. Throughout the song, she's reminding the listener of how she survived the pain and that no matter how badly she hurts, she believes that love will come to her aid again. Her songwriting has always been phenomenal! Her lyrics will captivate you at some point in your life, whether you've been through difficult times or not. I can say personally that Sade has gotten me through a lot of difficult times in my life. When I hear her music, it's like she's singing to me and reminding me that everything's going to be alright. That there is hope and true love out there somewhere.. I hope this won't be her latest album. I'd love to hear more!