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Shaun of the Dead Original Score


Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Shaun of the Dead from 2004 is unquestionably my favourite film. This vinyl exclusive release of the film’s score was released in September of last year and I was one of the lucky ones to have pre-ordered it before the initial pressing sold out. This album has sat intentionally unplayed for over a year until I could make the time to properly digitize it for regular listening.

This album was originally available in three versions, one of which was the “Do You Want Anything From The Shop…?B variant in strawberry swirl which sold out immediately. The A variant was randomly shipped with either the “Winchester Ale” coloured vinyl or in standard black. I was thrilled to get exactly what I wanted, which was the black vinyl with the white “ELECTRO” label.

Daniel Mudford and Pete Woodhead did a fantastic job with this score. After reading their notes included with the LP, it’s apparent just how inspired and excited they were to be a part of this film and you can hear it in the music. I am very happy to have a proper copy of this score and now that I’ve got a great sounding digital version of it, I’ve no fear of wearing out the vinyl.

I used my Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB and a MacBook to record the LP, uitilising the turntable’s integrated USB interface.


TesseracT: Polaris


I first discovered TesseracT in 2012, about a year after the release of their debut album, “One“. At the time, I was very impressed by their modern, forward-thinking sound. When I heard 2013’s “Altered State“, I knew that TesseracT would be a band that I’d never stop supporting.

I caught TesseracT live in New Orleans on the 24th October, 2013 and loved it. I’m very much looking forward to their gig this December here in Baltimore. They’ll be playing with two other fantastic bands; The Contortionist and Skyharbor.


This year’s “Polaris” is unbelievable. I regularly seek out and listen to a lot of progressive metal, and I’ve only heard a handful of albums that are as good as this one. The compositions and production throughout are so incredibly refreshing, and the 96/24 5.1 mix is one of the best I’ve ever heard.

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The Gentle Storm: The Diary


Arjen Lucassen‘s work has always impressed and inspired me. The Ayreon projects are consistently good and the Star One album “Victims of the Modern Age” along with his solo release “Lost in the New Real” stand out as two of my favourites. I believe that The Diary however, is his best project to date.

The Gentle Storm at its heart is Anneke van Giersbergen and Arjen, and together they’ve composed one of the most beautifully crafted and thoroughly detailed works I’ve heard. The Diary is a 17th Century love story based in Amsterdam that carries the listener on a journey of wonder, excitement, undying love, and tragedy. (Wiki entry here. *Spoilers*)


One of the unique aspects of this album is that it’s made up of two versions of the same 11 songs. The “Gentle” disc consists of the acoustic arrangements whereas the tracks on the “Storm” disc are the heavier, metal versions. Both collections were performed separately and arranged in a way that is never tired or redundant. The performances by all of the contributing musicians were brilliantly directed and the overall production and presentation is perfect.

If you’re a fan of an eclectic mix of traditional instruments and heavy guitars as I am, this flawless album should not be missed.

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