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Bullet For My Valentine - Venom (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Bullet For My Valentine
Title: Venom
Genre: Rock, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Alternative, Metalcore, Post-Hardcore
Label: © RCA Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 57:14
Recorded: Late 2013 – May 2015 at Metropolis Studios, London, England

The Welsh metal unit's fifth studio long-player, the aptly named Venom finds Bullet for My Valentine on the defensive, offering up a meaty and aggressive 11-track set aimed squarely at diffusing some of the concerns that fans voiced upon the release of 2013's uneven Temper Temper. After a short ambient intro, the band wastes little time in getting their hands dirty, digging into the first single "No Way Out" with all the delicacy of a lion pack descending on a broken-legged gazelle. A visceral mix of taut, dueling guitar-monies, old-school thrash propulsion, and a chorus that burrows into your eardrums and lays eggs, it's the perfect opening volley, even though it sets the bar a bit high for what follows. Bullet for My Valentine have always worn their influences proudly (and loudly) on their tattered sleeves (Metallica, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Pantera, etc.), and that penchant for classicist metal serves as Venom's foundation, but the band is also a product of its time, and post-hardcore breakdowns and generic blasts of screamo-fueled angst are likely to creep in and occasionally dumb down the proceedings, especially on less immediate cuts like "Worthless" and "Harder the Heart (The Harder It Breaks)." That said, it's hard to find fault with the album's high points, as each of them, from the aforementioned "No Way Out" to the brooding, slow-burn title track and the unabashedly stadium-ready "You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)," undeniably play to the group's strengths. The band's detractors will probably complain that the template remains firmly in place, and the band is aimlessly trekking through well-trodden terrain, but by returning to their roots, Bullet for My Valentine seem to have reignited the spark that made their early work so vital. --AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger
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Bon Jovi - Burning Bridges (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Bon Jovi
Title: Burning Bridges
Genre: Rock
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:40:22

New Jersey rock icons and Grammy award winning band Bon Jovi will release a special album for their fans, „Burning Bridges“. Burning Bridges is being released in conjunction with the band’s international tour kicking off in September.
This will be Bon Jovi’s first album since What About Now (2013, featuring the worldwide Top 40 hit, “Because We Can”). What About Now was the band’s third consecutive multi-million seller to enter Soundscan at #1 (following Lost Highway in 2007, and The Circle in 2009), and their fifth overall release to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since their formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty. Selling more than 135 million albums worldwide to date, an extensive catalouge of hit songs, and more than 2,900 concerts performed in over 50 countries for more than 37 million fans. Bon Jovi took home the Top Tour Award at the 2014 Billboard Awards, which acknowledges the top grossing tour and the Eventful Fans’ Choice Award. Bon Jovi is the consummate rock and roll band!
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Harpsichord Concertos, BWV 1052-1058 - Andreas Staier, Freiburger Barockorchester (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Artist: Freiburger Barockorchester, Andreas Staier
Title: Harpsichord Concertos, BWV 1052-1058
Genre: Classical
Label: © harmonia mundi s.a.
Item Number: HMC 902181.82
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:51:53
Recorded: juillet 2013, Freiburg, Ensemblehaus

An exhilarating collectionThe seven fabulously inventive concertos for solo harpsichord and orchestra mark a key stage in the history of the concertante form. The set was compiled during Bach’s Leipzig years, when he directed the city’s Collegium Musicum, and requires unfailing virtuosity and imagination of its performers. The contagious pleasure one feels in the interpretations of Andreas Staier and the Freiburger Barockorchester restores the full range of meanings to the word ‘play’!
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 5 (arranged for viola) - Antoine Tamestit (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Antoine Tamestit
Title: Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 5 (arranged for viola)
Genre: Classical
Label: © Naïve
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44.1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Recorded: in May and September 2012, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Cologne (Germany)
Duration: 00:58:48

As a child, Antoine Tamestit studied the violin, but at age 10, he fell in love with the six unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S. Bach and immediately wanted to switch to the cello. His teacher advised him that playing that instrument would involve learning a completely new technique, so he was allowed to switch instead to the viola. Thus, Tamestit was able to play the suites as arranged for his present instrument, and because the viola has the tuning of C-G-D-A, Bach's originals have been transposed up an octave. This 2012 recording of three of the suites, BWV 1007, 1009, and 1011, is presumably the first of two discs, creating anticipation for disc two, for Tamestit's interpretations are outstanding and promise to make the complete set required listening. He has been acclaimed as one of the finest violists in the world, and his lively tempos and light articulation reveal his profound understanding of the music. The dance impulse is ever-present in these suites, which have a greater ease of movement and flow at the higher transposition. Additionally, Tamestit plays the Stradivarius "Mahler" viola from 1672 with a modern Baroque-style bow, which gives his performances a period sound that is often absent from cello interpretations. And while there is no attested version for viola from Bach's hand, his predilection for arranging his works for various instruments makes these transcriptions utterly appropriate. Naïve's recording is clean and vibrant with natural presence, so Tamestit's playing is heard to best advantage.
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