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February 15, 2007
  Spun: ManowarPDF files may take a moment to load

Manowar, second only to GWAR as heavy metal's biggest joke, are back again with yet another eardrum assault. Holding the unofficial world record as loudest band on the planet at 129.5 decibels (ear damage starts at 80!) Manowar have been writing their over-the-top, hyper macho songs for over 20 years and show no signs of becoming any less ridiculous.

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February 15, 2007
  Spun: Loney, DearPDF files may take a moment to load

Some albums slap their listeners in the face, demanding their undivided attention and pummel them from start to finish. Other albums take a slower approach as they gradually seep into listeners' heads until they've carved out a nice niche for themselves. The best albums employ both strategies, offering a strong first impression and increasing rewards. Unfortunately, some albums can't wrap their heads around either of these concepts, making it next to impossible to listen to them from start to finish.

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February 15, 2007
  Spun: ChampionPDF files may take a moment to load

In a world where downloading music onto iPods has become more addictive than heroine, music is often treated as the subconscious soundtrack to life. Active listening has taken a clear backseat to mindless listening, with most fans content to blast music through one earphone while listening to their friend talk their free ear off. More than lyric-based genres, electronic music has fallen prey to this criminal behaviour far too often, being written off as repetitive and boring.

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February 15, 2007
  The Gauntlet's Oscar Predictions 2007PDF files may take a moment to load

The 79th Academy Awards take place Sun., Feb. 25 in Hollywood, and the world prepares for a spectacle of celebrities in silly outfits, overwrought acceptance speeches and excessive door prizes. It is, in no uncertain terms, the motion picture industry's annual celebration of themselves. As usual, there's a lot of debate on who deserves it most, especially in a year with no obvious front-runners. The Oscar voting process is notoriously grandiose, complicated and political.

February 15, 2007
  No, no, Copeland with an "e"PDF files may take a moment to load

Control Freak" has such a nasty connotation. It immediately evokes images of the high-powered, pinstriped corporate shark, ruminating over every detail as he plans the exploitation of pandas, koalas or indigenous peoples. When refering to something as benign as pop music, perhaps "control enthusiast" is more appropriate.

Whatever the nomenclature or connotation, this is the tack that Aaron Marsh took as he was writing Copeland's latest album Eat, Sleep, Repeat.

February 15, 2007
  Book Review: YsabelPDF files may take a moment to load

Departing from his common elves-and-goblins universes, Guy Gavriel Kay's Ysabel is an urban fantasy novel in the style of Neil Gaiman, complete with contemporary setting. Combining Roman and Celtic history, photography and a centuries-old love, Ysabel tells the story of Ned Marriner, a young French boy who moves to America and stumbles upon a hidden, magical world within an old cathedral.

February 15, 2007
  Faeries, hobgoblins & iPodsPDF files may take a moment to load

To most English students and the general literate public, the words 'Canadian literature' automatically evoke a painful groan. Thankfully, not every Canadian author needs to recall coffee-spoon poetry and the unbearability of being a suburban housewife. Famed fantasy writer Guy Gavriel Kay is one of the authors giving readers something entirely different.

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