Sunday, September 30, 2012

Unlucky Man Sent to Jail for Sexting, Rogue Ales Creates Brew Out of Beard Yeast, Stupidest Marriage Proposal, GoPro Captures Free-Fall From 12.5K Feet (video not safe for epileptics), Incredible Volcano Footage, iPhone 5 blueprints, Defense Written by McDonald’s cheese

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Hello everyone, this week’s news is a little late but it is here nonetheless. Before reading, here’s a quick link list to posts between the latest news and this post if you missed any.

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Unluckiest Man in the World Sent to Jail for Sexting His Entire Address Book

Have you ever accidentally sent texts of love to your whole address book?  Craig Evans, a twenty-four year old swimming teacher did! According to news source Daily Mail, the teacher recently got the new BlackBerry and its user interface was so confusing that he sent a hot text to his girlfriend. Not only did she get a text about “skin on skin” sex, but so did all of his contacts. His family got this but that is not the most embarrassing part. Craig had two underaged girls on his contact list who also got this text. He was sentenced to eighteen months but only served three because his lawyers repealed. I guess the court were nice considering the story of this and how technologically impaired Craig Evans is, so they let him out early. Let this be a lesson to all phone users!

Beard Beer: Rogue Ales Creates Brew Out Of Yeast From Brewmaster John Maier's Facial Hair


As the video above describes, an Oregon brewmaster has been adding a secret ingredient to his recipe: beard yeast. Newport based brewer and pub, Rogue Ales, is developing an ale made out of the yeast which is being harvested from the award-winning brewmaster John “More Hops” Maier’s beard. It all started as a joke when KPTV was told by the president of the brewery, Bret Joyce, that they have been trying to harvest a new strain of yeast from their hop yard but had no luck. This is when it occurred to the brewery and pub president, “Why not look for a different place that might have some magic yeast in it?” Employees took nine follicles from the beard of Maier, who has not shaved since 1978. The lab workers, according to Rogue Ale’s blog, found yeast which was perfect for beer fermenting. The self-proclaimed “mad scientist” over at the brewery explained, “This really is the needle in the haystack. To find it on our brewmaster is really phenomenal.” There is no reason to be grossed out says the beardmaster, Maier, as he explains, “yeast is everywhere.” The beard yeast has yet to be released, as it is only in the test brew stage. When it is all finished and complete it is said to be released in early 2013 under the name “New Crustacean.”


Below is a few other things in the new that I found interesting and I hope you do as well!




Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review of "Galloping Blasphemy" by Satan’s Wrath

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1. Leonard Rising - Night of the Whip
2. Between Belial and Satan
3. One Thousand Goats in Sodom
4. Hail Tritone, Hail Lucifer
5. Galloping Blasphemy
6. Death Possessed
7. Death to Life
8. Slaves of the Inverted Cross
9. Satan's Wrath

“Now that the thousand-faced moon is risen, SATAN'S WRATH is upon thee... Awakened by you, the legions of Satan and blessed by the forces of the archfiend, this abominable band delivers satanic necrometal drenched in sacrificial blood. Relentless blasphemy, unholy sacraments of evil made by dwellers of the twilight, horrors that will make priests vomit in agony, abominations that the prophecies of old kept hidden!!! SATAN'S WRATH is the only band in the world in communication with thy master through ceremonial black magic and necromantic rituals. One member alone controls 13 satanic covens worldwide and organizes the most hideous sabbaths which our lord graces in the form of the black goat. So rejoice friend and companion of hell, thou who wonderest in the midst of shades among the graves, who longeths for blood and bringest horror to mortals, you child of Satan, accept our sacrifice and be one with the master of slanders!!!! BELIAL, LUCIFER, ASTAROTH!!!! Look favourably upon us!!!!This glory is for you my lords!!!!”

One of the eeriest intros I've heard in a while starts off “Leonard Rising - Night of the Whip.” The first riff is very evil sounding and the song as a really old school black metal feel which was really epic. “Between Belial and Satan” brings a really thrashy feel, with the fast paced style. The solos half way though were good as well as the ones at the end. This track is one of my favourites. The next track, “One Thousand Goats in Sodom,” starts with a sound clip that sounds as the title seems. The guitars are very enjoyable on this track

The guitars in “Hail Tritone, Hail Lucifer” are really catchy and have nice groove to them. Then second half is really sinister sounding and I loved the bass line. The title track, “Galloping Blasphemy,” is a shot instrumental showing off the very impressive skills of the guitarists with solos galore and amazing rhythm to accompany them. I liked the drumming and guitar half way through “Death Possessed.” The solos and riffs after were very impressive and well done.

Very catchy riffs and awesome lead guitar on “Death to Life.” The bass part half way was great as well, plus nice solo at the end. Eerie bass starts off “Slaves of the Inverted Cross.” Another track with great lead again, as well as duelling solo. Being the band title and last track I expected a lot from “Satan's Wrath” and was given it. There was nice groove feeling bits and was an amazing track the whole way through. The bass line half way through led up nicely to the solos after it.

This album is great for those who like old school black metal like Bathory. The guitar is really grim but also has a heavy metal feel to it. Stamos K is a very impressive guitarist and is really great at what he does. It is definitely worth a buy in my opinion!

Review of "Awakened" by As I Lay Dying

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1. Cauterize
2. A Greater Foundation
3. Resilience
4. Wasted Words
5. Whispering Silence
6. Overcome
7. No Lungs to Breathe
8. Defender
9. Washed Away
10. My Only Home
11. Tear Out My Eyes

Global metal titans As I Lay Dying kick off their second decade together with Awakened, the sixth and hands-down most powerful release of a stunning career. Seething with metallic vitriol, overflowing with energy, and rich with the kind of melody that irrevocably implants itself in the listener's mind, it is the sound of a band pushing themselves to outdo everything that has come before, be it their own previous work, or that of their contemporaries, and daring all to do better. From the flurry of blastbeats and mauled guitar that kick off opener "Cauterize" to the epic darkness of closer "Tear Out My Eyes", the musicianship and arrangements are consistently riveting, the band showcasing their strengths while subtly introducing thrilling new elements to their sound. "There's nothing totally out of left-field, we just refined our songwriting and incorporated some ideas that bring a real freshness to the record," Sgrosso states. "We wanted something that was a lot bigger and more open sounding, and that's exactly what we achieved." Lyrically speaking, Awakened sees Lambesis move away from the outward themes of The Powerless Rise, in favor of a more introspective approach. While his lyrics have always had far more relevance to fans than those of most metal bands, delving deeper and rewarding repeat listens; Lambesis admits that Awakened is a far darker, more pessimistic beast. But this does not mean that there is not positivity to be found in this approach: "On this record, I wasn't purposefully trying to be negative, but I think sometimes we have to be honest with some of the darker and more difficult times of our lives to get back to that positivity. While the lyrics do perhaps seem like a dark window into my soul, they're written that way specifically because I want to move on and transcend those difficult moments in life." While on their previous records the band spent an average of two months in the studio, this time out they had only a three and a half week window between tours to track all eleven songs. Understandably, this placed a great deal of pressure on the proceedings, but that pressure added to the urgency of the recordings, and in the band's opinion, lead to a more streamlined, more aggressive, and overall better record. Sgrosso and Lambesis concur that it is also the first album by the band that all five members can wholly get behind. "On our past albums there's always a couple of songs we dread getting requests for because they're not our favorites to play live, but that's not the case with this record. If we needed to choose five for a set we could pick any five and all of them would go over great live," Lambesis states. "This feels like a record that we could finally play from start to finish live" Sgrosso adds, "and the fact that we've managed to do that with this record makes us all extremely proud."
 - Bio written by Dan Slessor

Being a fan of the three new songs off of their anniversary album “Decas,” I kind of had high hopes going in. The album starts off with the really in your face with the melodic fee of “Cauterize.” The breakdown was alright, and solo after it made up for it. I like the drumming at the beginning as well as the chugging that kicked off “A Greater Foundation,” the next track. After that it goes straight into some more melodic bits. I like that As I Lay Dying has stayed heavy even though they’ve started becoming more melodic over the years. The bit in the middle and onward is very upsetting, the clean screaming with lighter guitars ruins the otherwise heavy track.

I really like the sweep riff in this “Resilience”, and it’s one of my favourites because of it. The solo early on is also a great touch and it’s a heavy track for the most part. The melodic thrash feel I got from the beginning of “Wasted Words” was awesome. I really like the chugging over melodic riffs and although this song isn’t too heavy I enjoyed how it flowed. “Whispering Silence” has really catchy riffs and the solo is really amazing. The rhythm and drums accompanying it makes that whole part really enjoyable. The track ends on a breakdown which was a little lacklustre, I felt it lacked creativity.

The intro with the lead diddle, on “Overcome,” was really incredible and I loved it. The drumming in this song really caught my ear, the guitars as well. This track was full of awesome, the fast little melodic bits were really, especially so. The solo in this song makes it perfect, definitely another favourite track. The intro drum roll and melodic leading into chugs over top of it was great to begin “No Lungs to Breathe.” This song is mostly just breakdowns with chorus chants, the solo at the end didn’t save it.  “Defender” had a bass intro, with a solo after which was nice. I lost interest as soon as the clean vocals came in. The breakdown with a melodic bit was probably the best part in the song, breakdowns with more too them appeal to me.

“Washed Away” is a little acoustic diddle to lead into the next track “My Only Home.” The transition is great and flowed well off of the prior instrumental. This track has its heavy and melodic moments and I like the bit half way through leading into a couple nice solos. The lead and acoustic diddle with the clean vocals really didn’t bode well with me. I am not feeling the intro at all, as I thought the “woah” chant was very cheesy and horrid. I do however like the chugging bits and melodic riffs as well as the solo. As an album finishing track they definitely left me with a sour taste in my mouth.

I may have been a little harsh through this album, but the As I Lay Dying I know and love from the “Frail Words Collapse” era is gone. I even enjoyed “Decas” which has better tracks than this album but I really can’t fully get into this album at all and its quite a shame that I cannot.

Review of "Into the Darkness Into the Void" by Black September

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1. Into the Darkness
2. Solitude
3. Rabid Hunger
4. Cursed
5. Invocation
6. Beyond the Realms
7. Defiance
8. Unhallowed Ground
9. No Return

“Forged in the bowels of Chicago, IL, BLACK SEPTEMBER arose from the depths in 2006 with their demo Contortion. Inspired by bands such as Bolt Thrower, His Hero Is Gone, Dissection and Bathory, they decided to form a band that was both heavy and aggressive, but more importantly, original. Although unrefined, the demo laid the path for the albums soon to come. Band founders and mainstays, guitarist Chris McMorrow and classically trained vocalist Jen McMorrow, and various lineups have released four EPs to date, including a split with Louisiana’s Thou. “The Forbidden Gates Beyond,” the band’s debut full-length, originally self-released in 2010, showed BLACK SEPTEMBER firing on all evil cylinders with a steady lineup and ready to unleash their madness upon the unsuspecting masses! Throughout the past few years, BLACK SEPTEMBER’s songs have become more varied than ever, incorporating the roots of death metal but showing an openness towards different styles like black metal and doom. New release "Into The Darkness Into The Void" welds Jen’s looming vocals with crushing guitars and pummeling drums to generate an album teeming with musical prowess. Just the right mix of blackened touches, epic riffs, and a crushing production.”

The intro track, the half album title track, “Into the Darkness,” was very heavy and a little grim as well. This was definitely going into the darkness for sure as this album follows suit. “Solitude” was lead nicely into by the intro track. There is very great guitar work on this and the vocals are a little hard to hear at some points but regardless it is a solid track. It seems the vocals are going to stay incoherent in a volume aspect. The riffs in “Rabid Hunger” were fast paced and dark the whole way through, which is awesome.

The lead on “Cursed” is really menacing and it’s all around a pretty brutal track. Near the end there is a slower part that was a good break from the heaviness, but it goes right back into it before you catch your breath which is awesome. Bringing a really evil sounding flow is “Invocation,” with the faster riffs and the slower yet just as dark sounding parts. The end riff was amazing as well, I enjoyed it. “Beyond the Realms” has a really badass opening riff and the guitars half way through are as well.

The next track, “Defiance,” is very cold and grim, especially half way through. It’s a really heavy track and makes for two favourite tracks in a row. In your face brutality of black metal, is about all I can say about “Unhallowed Ground.” You can only call tracks dark and grim so many times but this track follows suit. Ending the album on a very positive note is “No Return.” It’s a great mix of slow and grim, as well as fast and evil. It is definitely my favourite on the album.

This album is a really great album, but my only complaint is how hard it is to hear the vocals through most of it. It is a really great listen for black metal fans, regardless. I recommend picking this one up!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review of "Wheels of Impermanence" by Heaven’s Cry

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1. Empire’s Doll
2. Realigning
3. The Hollow
4. Wheels of Impermanence
5. The Healing
6. Compass
7. The Mad Machine
8. Consequence
9. Catalyse
10. A Glimpse of Hope

“Heaven’s Cry was formed in the beginning of the 90′s as a progressive rock band with a metal tangent. From a French part of Canada in the city of Montreal, Pierre St-Jean(vocals, guitars) and Sylvain Auclair(vocals, bass) decided to join their efforts, building a dual voice oriented band. Both had played clubs in several bands before HC and had various experiences in songwriting. The time had come to get on track with a serious project that would reflect their aspirations in a proper way. The band has been performing live for a while in front of considerable crowds, opening for bands like Marillion and Saga. In 1995, the band signed with a Canadian label (Hypnotic Records) and recorded their first album called “Food For Thought Substitute” in 1996. The album was released in Japan the same year and earned 13th metal album of the year in the reputed “Burrn! Magazine”. It was released in Europe and Canada the following year. In 1997, most important European magazines finally got their hands on the album. Reviews were more than flattering for HC, voted album of the month in Germany, Italy, Holland, Czech Republic and many more. After some changes in the band line-up, René Lacharité(drums) and Eric Jarrin(guitar) joined the band in late 2000. “Primal Power Addiction” was released in Europe in October 2002 on the reputed Dutch label, DVS Records. The feedback has been enormous. They travelled to Europe to be part of the “ProgPower Festival” in The Netherlands followed by a tour supporting “Threshold” in Belgium, Germany and Denmark. The album was released in North America in March 2003 and the band performed in Canada in support for bands like Anvil, Planet X, Arena and Nightwish throughout 2004. After a seven-year hiatus, the band decided it was time to reform to offer brand new music to their loyal fans that kept on supporting them while the members were busy crafting their art under other musical projects. The band performed for the occasion at the legendary Montreal club, Les Foufounes Electriques, on September 18th 2011 as support act for Swedish band, Katatonia. The re-formed band includes Pierre St-Jean, Sylvain Auclair, Eric Jarrin and René Lacharité and is scheduled to release their third album in the fall of 2012 through Prosthetic Records. The future will bring much more for Heaven’s Cry, as they could not be more present with their lyrics and music, through these troubled times of change.”

To open off the album we get a mellow introduction with atmospheric keys and lead guitar with “Empire’s Doll.” The vocals are clean but they sound great. They have really progressive feel to them which is a nice change from the stuff I’ve listened to as of late. The guitars are really catchy on “Realigning” and the vocals are nicely done. The organ half way through added to the epic sound. “The Hollow” has incredible lead guitar and piano. This track had its heavy and mellow parts which mixed well. The solo three quarters of the way was a nice touch.

The first bit of the title track, “Wheels of Impermanence,” with the keys and guitar was very amazing. It’s a very mellow track with perfect vocals as well as guitars. The heavy bits in “The Healing” are really great sounding and the mellow bits have a nice groove and atmospheric feel to them. Accompanying backing vocals just added to the already impressive vocals. There is a really great bit about three quarters the way through. The bass sticks out in “Compass” song and sounds really awesome especially at the points the piano played along. The solo was really long and sounded cool playing along with the vocals.

“The Mad Machine” is another really great track for bass. This track has a groove incomparable to anything I’ve heard in a while. The lead was great and keyboard solo half way through was awesome, with its darting between left and right head phones. The guitar solo after was as well. The progressiveness really shine through on “Consequence.” I really like the vocals, switching between clean and a little bit of a scream kept it interesting. The saxophone and guitar solos were really good. I have no idea where the saxophone was hiding for seven tracks but please bring more!

Next is “Catalyse,” a very mellow track but the guitars and bass stay really amazing. The vocals and everything about this track is very relaxing. It is so relaxing I left reviewing mode and chilled out for half of it. The last track is “A Glimpse of Hope,” with a mix between heavy and mellow. It was a really nice way to end and was a really good instrumental.

This album was one of the best I have heard in a while. The guitars and keyboard were always great and the vocals were perfect. My favourite tracks were “Compass,” “The Mad Machine”, and “Consequence.” This is a must buy for progressive listeners for sure!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review of "Lights Out by Posthum

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1. Leave It All To Burn
2. Scarecrow
3. Red
4. Absence
5. Resiliant
6. Down On Blood
7. Summoned At Night
8. Afterglow
9. Lights Out

The sound of Posthum is the sound of dark, Norwegian forests and endless snow-covered plains. It is melancholic, atmospheric and hypnotizing Norwegian Black Metal. They released their debut album “Posthum” in 2009 receiving great reviews from the underground press, and triggering a strong demand for a swift sequel. The eagerly anticipated second album will be named “Lights Out” and released by Indie Recordings September 21st this year. The band was formed in 2004 in a small town in the east of Norway, and until 2009 Posthum kept fairly isolated from other musical communities and bands.  This resulted in their music not being particularly influenced by the trends in the scene, and despite their obvious roots in Norwegian Black Metal Posthum sounds new and fresh. Their debut record ensured them some well-deserved attention that lead to a European Tour with legendary Satyricon and Shining (SE) the same year. In fact, Posthum’s first concert ever was supporting Satyricon and Shining in front of a completely sold-out venue with 800 fans in Antwerp, Belgium. Not a bad way to start their career.  Since then Posthum has played at “Under The Black Sun” Festival in Germany, done several shows in Norway and a toured Europe again with Nargaroth and Chaos Invocation. Since their debut the band has earned a reputation for being a rock solid live band with emphasis on good songs rather than image extravagance. In August 2011 Posthum buried themselves into their rehearsal space “Huset” yet again with all the necessary recording equipment. They didn’t exit until a month later with a fully recorded album. “Lights Out” was recorded and mixed by Morten Opsahl Thomassen and Posthum, while master was done by Peter in De Betou atTailor Maid. “Lights Out” is a well thought through album and the band has been polishing riffs, transitions and song structure until they were 100% satisfied. It sounds dark and gloomy, but still varied with unpredictable elements without breaking the persistent dark mood on the album. “Lights Out” can be described as an atmospheric and gloomy album with a melancholic undertone, even though some of the songs are more aggressive and with progressive elements. Lyrically Posthum draws inspiration from nature, dreams and nightmares, the material and commercial world, and the human nature; fear, inner turmoil, liberation, kindness and vulnerability. The aggression and depression in the music is highlighted in the lyrics. Regardless Phostum does not view themselves as a depressive band. The name “Posthum“ means “after exitus”, which especially refers to compositions and tributes to dead artists. For the band “Posthum” is a tribute and reminder to all life that has existed before them.The album cover is created by the very talented artist Kjersti Mortensen based on Posthum’s music, dreams and sleep paralysis. Posthum is finally ready to release their second album of hypnotizing black metal. “Lights Out” to be released on Indie Recordings September 21st 2012.

To start the album off we have “Untame.” The guitars in this track are great and the part with the voices over top makes it sound really epic. This song is really gloomy with the guitar’s feel to it and the way the riffs are laid out. Taking the way the band feels so far along with “Leave It All To Burn,” I am under the impression that they may take influence from some rock but they blend it well with their black metal roots. This is just my own understanding but I really like it, it’s a different style of black metal then I’m used to. “Scarecrow,” is really catchy and a little upbeat feeling. The vocals are really great on this track. It’s slow but is really great and brings emotions to the feel of the track which is amazing.

The next track “Red” is the first song, to me that feels really blackened. The guitars are more grim as well as the drums, especially half way through with the really awesome patterns. After that black metal piece, they go back to the style prior with “Absence.” They continue with the more catchy, rock, upbeat guitar on this track. The guitars in “Resiliant” are really brutal but also catchy, and the vocals are really grim as well.

“Down On Blood” is probably one of my favourites on this album. It is really chilling, with the faster riffs and the slower bits to keep you on your toes. The next track, “Summoned At Night,” is straight up black metal with the blast beats and patterns in the drumming. It also included some goose bump inducing riffs. Following that is a really eerie keyboard instrumental with “Afterglow.” It was a nice change from the guitar and felt atmospheric and gave me shivers. To end the album, “Lights Out” gives us a nice flowing track with catchy riffs as well as a few piano bits. It’s a mellow song but it brought a nice end to the album.

This album is quiet different when you think of what your usual Norwegian black metal band like Darkthrone, Burzum, and Mayhem usually sound like. Posthum brings a very mellow feel into the mix of what would otherwise be a very grim and heavy style. It was a very interesting sound and although some parts fell a little too light for black metal, I enjoyed this album. I definitely recommend this album to any black metal followers. Also I believe Posthum may be a way to show off Norwegian black metal without people yelling “Satanist!” at you within the first minute of a song.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Spotlight: In The Grove (Jesse Sage, Zach Stein, Alli Trippy)

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“In the deep and winding trails of the Florida orange groves lives a young, mysterious woman. To her neighbors, she is a stranger, known only as the girl who lives with dogs. Under the shade of the citrus trees, Missy Reese spends every waking moment with her beloved canines. Her intense and unusual attachment to the dogs has left her an outcast of the human world, but when a local farmer named Avery Dean reaches out to her, Missy's life begins to change. Still, as much as Missy longs for human interaction, she cannot escape the wild animal inside her...

IN THE GROVE was created by a group of close friends who have been working together for most of their lives. For four days, a group of 15 people worked diligently to complete this film. Every morning the cast and crew rose before sunrise hoping for shots of dew settling on the grass, and every evening they worked well into the night to capture the eerie landscape of moonlit orange trees. This project was completed because the crew was willing to take risks, to make sacrifices, and to pour their hearts into bringing this story to life.”


Jesse Sage as Missy Reese (www.youtube.com/jessenluca)
Zach Stein as Avery Dean
Alli Trippy as Sarah Dean (www.youtube.com/alli)
Datev Gallagher - Writer/Director/Editor (www.youtube.com/ladiedottie)
Hannah Logan - Producer
James Bixby – Cinematographer (www.youtube.com/bixbyfilms)
Charles Trippy - Executive Producer (www.youtube.com/charlestrippy)
Justin Speed - Music/ Sound Editor (www.youtube.com/princeyeti - www.soundcloud.com/justinspeed)


I have been waiting for this for quite a while and I figured since it was just uploaded to YouTube I would review it. Being a short film, I never really review these types but I think this deserve as much publicity as it can get. This is director Datev Gallagher’s first released film, I may be wrong, and it is a very amazing way to kick off her career in the industry. She directed and edited it, but she also wrote it as well. I really like the way it was written and it leaves a lot to the imagination as not much is told about the main character. James Bixby did a very impressive job as cinematographer and it made this short film even more perfect. Justin Speed did the music for this and I think he did superb creating his own original pieces for this film. I also want to make note of the song at the end as Alli Trippy sang it very beautifully. She also played a great somewhat rude townsperson which was quite surprising from what she is usually like. Zach Stein was really good as well playing her kinder brother. In the main role we have Jesse Sage who definitely completes this movie as a whole. I really recommend seeing this movie, it is very well done in all aspects and it is only half an hour so it is not time consuming at all. I have embedded it down below so you can view it here for easier access.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review of NettleCarrier's self titled

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1. The Boiling Blood
2. Paa Vaare Paaler deres hoder
3. I Helvete Kristus Skal Forgaa
4. Naar Han Vaakner
5. Demoriel
6. Cup Of Lethe
7. Bundet Til Masten

NettleCarrier is freezing cold, satanic black metal at its best. It’s true, it’s Norwegian. Starring T. Ciekals (Djevel, Ljå), Mannevond (Koldbrann, Urgehal) and Dirge Rep (Orcustus, Gehenna, Gorgoroth, Enslaved), this band has a great future ahead. The 7” vinyl “To Strangle The Hero Of Heaven”, released in 2007, was an eye opener for the underground scene and NettleCarrier is now ready to release their self-titled debut album September 21st 2012. NettleCarrier was formed in 2004 when T. Ciekals, at the time member of the band “Ljå”, moved to Oslo and teamed up with Mannevond from the infamous “Koldbrann”. “I had been in contact with Mannevond a few years back and we were both fans of each others bands.” – T. Ciekals. In 2002, Ljå and Koldbrann released a split, which marked the beginning of an eight year long journey. They had a burning desire to create a black metal band that did not sound like any other band, but with an older and more sinister sound. However, due to obligations to other bands and projects the plans developed slowly and almost stopped for a while. When Vold joined the band on drums things changed and the speed picked up for a short while. This resulted in the 7” vinyl "To Strangle The Hero Of Heaven" released by ”Sathanas In Gloriam Productions”. Shortly after, Vold left the band When Mannevond started Urgehal and T. Ciekals formed ”Djevel, NettleCarrier was put on ice for almost three years. “I left Ljå in 2007 to focus on Djevel and Mannevond was busy with Urgehal, but NettleCarrier wasn’t dead, only buried for a while. – T. Ciekals. After the Djevel album was released, T. Ciekals was finally able to focus on NettleCarrier again. In 2010, Dirge Rep joined the band on drums and they made the decision to record a full-length album. “"I liked the 7" and I also wrote the lyrics for the songs, so i was more than willing to join the band when I was asked"– Dirge Rep. Without the possibility of rehearsing together, as the band was based both in Oslo and Stavanger, NettleCarrier went in Caliban Studios with Ruben Willem as producer to record the album without ever being in the same room together. “I just sent the demoes of the songs to Dirge and Mannevond and I was certain that there would be no problem to just meet up in the studio and record the songs. Dirge Rep, being an extremely talented drummer, did all the songs in 10 hours without ever rehearsing. That’s possession for you!” - T. Ciekals. The name NettleCarrier means spreader of death and the self-titled album contains seven crushing tracks of pitch black, satanic black metal. The extremely talented artist Truls Espedal made the cover art for the album. NettleCarrier’s self-titled debut is out via Indie Recordings September 21st 2012.

I like the fact that this album has no intro and goes straight into the epic black metal of the first track, “The Boiling Blood.” I like the guitars on this track as they are very grim. The slow part half way through was evil sounding as well. I’m not sure what “Paa Vaare Paaler deres hoder” means, but I know it has to do with head. The opening riff is a little repetitive taking up two minutes of this track. The part after is really dark and slow and the voice over top made it even more so. I kind of wish the riffs were a little more different since this track is nearly seven minutes long. The next track “I Helvete Kristus Skal Forgaa,” meaning “In Hell, Christ Will Perish,” has very catchy guitars. The riff half way through was very old school black metal, which was amazing.

The beginning riff with the faint scream was nice to start off “Naar Han Vaakner,” or “When He Wakes.” The track seems slower than the rest but it doesn’t take away from the grim black feel. The bit half way through with the faint painful voices was very creepy but great. The drum bit to start off “Demoriel” was nice and goes right into the catchy feel of the grim riffs. The bit two thirds of the way in was very menacing and I like how the drums flowed with the riff.

“Cup Of Lethe” is a very short track, but it is brutal the whole way through. I especially like the riff near the end of it. To end the album we have “Bundet Til Masten” or “Tied to the Mast” in English. This track starts with a very cold and evil riff, which is a great way to end the album. There are catchy riffs throughout but they also keep a very dark feel. The riff that played out the album is definitely my favourite riff on the album.

This is definitely a very refreshing album after the storm of doom metal that flooded out earlier this month. It was nice to be able to review some black metal for a change. With members from various popular bands this is a super group you don’t want to miss. I recommend picking up this album if you like black metal.

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“Among the bike couriers in New York City, no one is more determined and reckless than Wilee, an ex-law student more comfortable on his brakeless bike than in a suit. One day, a Chinese foreign student named Nima arranges for him to deliver a vital envelope across the city. Unfortunately, a crooked cop, Det. Robert Monday, has a desperate need for that envelope himself and won't take "No" for an answer. Now, Wilee finds himself relentlessly pursued by Monday and others in a situation becoming more complicated and dangerous by the minute. Together with his friends and rivals, Wilee must discover the secret of this dangerous delivery and make it through a gauntlet that will require all his cunning, daring and courage to survive.” – Kenneth Chisholm, IMDB


 Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 50/50, 500 Days of Summer, The Dark Knight Rises) as Wilee
Dania Ramirez (X-Men 3: The Last Stand, American Reunion, 25th Hour) as Vanessa
Kymberly Perfetto (Everything’s Wonderful, Shot in the Heart, Cupid & Cate) as Polo
Anthony Chisholm (Reign Over Me, Beloved, Between Us) as Tito
Wolé Parks (Taking Chance, As the World Turns, Undressed) as Manny
Aasif Mandvi (Spider-Man 2, The Dictator, The Proposal, The Last Airbender) as Raj
Lauren Ashley Carter (The Woman, Waiting Room, The Prodigies) as Phoebe
Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, Vanilla Sky, Bad Boys II, Pearl Harbour) as Bobby Monday
Aaron Tveit (Howl, Ghost Town, Girls Walks Into a Bar) as Kyle
Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch, The Hangover Part II, Grow Ups, Dragonball Evolution) as Nima


This movie, although based on couriers, was a great one. The plot was interesting and the cast was great. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was good as always, definitely the next big up and coming actor, Wolé Parks plays a good egotistical courier, and Michael Shannon plays a very corrupted police officer. I think what made me like this move was the fact that being a courier in a large city is a very job. The possible route scenes were increasingly brutal looking, I like how it showed you each route that could be taken and the crashes involved. This is definitely a good movie and I recommend it.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Zynga make a rip-off of Pokemon with Montopia, Afghan Taliban threaten to kidnap and kill Prince Harry, “They Won’t Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster”: Chris Kluwe Explains Gay Marriage To Politician

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I apologize this was not up yesterday, I’ve been having an off week and having to re-write articles due to Windows deciding to update is not fun. The only albums I was able to get up were the Evocation albums that were released for the first time in North America, “Tales from the Tomb” and “Dead Calm Chaos.” Also I am holding a little giveaway for sponsors. If you buy bronze advertising or higher you have a chance to win $50. You can read the full details here. If there is enough participation I may do it monthly but that’s not for certain. Anyway, here is this week’s news:

Zynga make a rip-off of Pokemon with Montopia


Zynga has made obvious rip-offs of games like Scrabble. Now they just hit an all new level of stealing ideas and have made a blatant copy of Pokémon. I also want to quote them as they dub their game “the definitive monster battle RPG,” self-proclamation is bad. From the picture above I am sure you need no more to make you think, but let me continue. This picture basically shows off each type of monster, as I can plainly see bug, grass, rock, normal, fire, dark, and shadow. In visiting the developer’s website, although being in Japanese, I can understand more gameplay features. From picture number two below, I believe it is safe to assume these are the possible starter monsters. I won’t post anymore pictures but in box one it shows a gem and a monster, this can be seen as either two things. Either an item buff or an item which induces evolution is what I get from looking at it. In the next box we have evolution which can be seen as taken from Pokémon but it is a common element in these types. The third box is what looks like either just one on one battles or tag matches, either way it’s the same stuff as Pokémon. The final box looks to be a glossary for the game, my only thing to say here is one word: Pokémon. Now although World of Warcraft duplicated Pokémon first, at least they kept their own with it. This game Montopia is way too close to Pokémon that it is disgusting.


Afghan Taliban threaten to kidnap and kill Prince Harry

Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth, is currently based in Camp Bastion in the province Helmand, which is in a volatile state. He is on a four-month tour and is currently fighting in the war against the Taliban with NATO on the front lines. Taliban spokeman told Reuters.com, through a phone which location is undisclosed: “We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping. We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him.” He also declined to go into any details as to any information on what he called “Harry operations,” but one can assume they are deathly punny. The Secretary-General of NATO, Anders Fogh Ramussen, says he is not worried about the Taliban being a threat to Prince Harry’s well being. He goes on to say: “"That's not a matter of concern, I mean, we do everything we can to protect all our troops deployed to Afghanistan whatever might be their personal background." The British Ministry of Defense has declined to comment on the matter and other authorities have given few details. This is not the first time Harry has served in Afghanistan, as in 2008 he served as an air controller on the surface. This tour was cut short as of a result of the collapsing of the protection of a news blackout.

“They Won’t Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster”: Chris Kluwe Explains Gay Marriage To The Politician

I would like to quote a letter that the linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, Brendon Ayanbadejo wrote to the Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. on the topic of same-sex marriage. I thought it was hilarious so I thought I’d share it:

“Dear Emmett C. Burns Jr.,

I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland's state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):
1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should "inhibit such expressions from your employees," more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person's right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.

2. "Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment, and excitement." Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who's "deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland"? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you're going to say that political views have "no place in a sport"? I can't even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for "beautiful oppressionism").

3. This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life? If gay marriage becomes legal, are you worried that all of a sudden you'll start thinking about penis? "Oh shit. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!" Will all of your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely, since gay people enjoy watching football too.)

I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterfuck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I'm fairly certain you might need it.

Sincerely,
Chris Kluwe

P.S. I've also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing" and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. Asshole.”

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Review of "Dead Calm Chaos" by Evocation

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1. In the Reign of Chaos
2. Silence Sleep
3. Angel of Torment
4. Boundead
5. Dead Calm Chaos
6. Truth Will Come Clear
7. Dust
8. Protected By What Gods
9. Antidote
10. Tomorrow Has No Sunrise
11. Astray Masquerade
12. Razored to the Bone

“Sweden's Evocation, one of the most influential bands from the early 90s wave of Gothenburg-style death metal bands, along with Europe's Cyclone Empire Records, are partnering with Metal Blade Records to release two albums from their catalog in North America. Tales from the Tomb, originally released in 2007, and 2008's Dead Calm Chaos will both be available on September 11th, 2012. Neither album has been previously available in North America. Both albums are highly regarded as a return to form, with Tales from the Tomb being the band's first true full-length and release after their now infamous The Ancient Gate demo from 1992. Dead Calm Chaos was also honored with guest appearances from death metal legends Anders Björler (At The Gates / The Haunted) and Dan Swanö (Bloodbath / Edge Of Sanity). Both releases were blessed with exceptionally beautiful artwork made by Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Morbid Angel etc.) for the Tales from the Tomb album, and Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia etc.) for the Dead Calm Chaos album.”

“In the Reign of Chaos” starts the album off on a nice acoustic bit leading into a lead guitar and harmonization part. This was a great instrumental to start off the album. There is a good mix of heavy bits as well and melodic riffs on the track “Silence Sleep.” I am hoping they developed more style from what their prior album had. The guitar intro of “Angel of Torment” is really dirty and I like the lead over top. The guitars on this track are really grimy with the distortion which makes for awesome riffs. The solo at the end is really well done.

I really like “Boundead,” the chugging parts were awesome and it was a break from the quick strumming Evocation really loves doing. This song flows really well and is definitely one of my favourites. The title track, “Dead Calm Chaos,” has even more chug style riffs. This track shows me that Evocation does stray away from their usual sound and in a great way. The fast pounding drums in this “Truth Will Come Clear” make for some brutal parts. The solo and harmonization was good and the riffs are really catchy.

Another track with catchy riffs is “Dust.” There are some nice blast beats in this track and also some more great lead guitar on this as well. “Protected By What Gods” has a really thrash feel to it, with the fast drumming and guitars. The melodic bits are nice in between the brutal thrash bits. The chugging lead in by a melodic riff in “Antidote” is nice. More blast beats on this as well. This is probably my favourite song guitar wise, really great solo in this song.

There is a nice mix of heavy and melodic parts in “Tomorrow Has No Sunrise.”  The bit half way through “Astray Masquerade” with the melodic lead over top of chugging was amazing. “Razored to the Bone” was a really great way to end the album with the fast paced pounding throughout for the first half and a nice mellow melodic part to play out the album.

This album was a little bit better than “Tales from the Tomb.” The guitar changed up a bit more which is good. I recommend this album more so than the prior, but they are both worth a listen.