Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Album Review: QUEENSRŸCHE - The Verdict

01. Blood Of The Levant
02. Man The Machine
03. Light-Years
04. Inside Out
05. Propaganda Fashion
06. Dark Reverie
07. Bent
08. Inner Unrest
09. Launder The Conscience
10. Portrait

Monday, 18 March 2019

Album Review: A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH - When The World Becomes Undone

A Pale Horse Named Death - When The World Becomes Undone

01. As It Begins
02. When The World Becomes Undone
03. Love The Ones You Hate
04. Fell In My Hole
05. Succumbing To The Event Horizon
06. Vultures
07. End Of Days
08. The Woods
09. We All Break Down
10. Lay With The Wicked
11. Splinters
12. Dreams Of The End
13. Closure


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Album Review: IN FLAMES - I, The Mask

In Flames - I, The Mask

01. Voices
02. I, The Mask
03. Call My Name
04. I Am Above
05. Follow Me
06. (This Is Our) House
07. We Will Remember
08. In This Life
09. Burn
10. Deep Inside
11. All The Pain
12. Stay With Me
13. Not Alone (Bonus Track)

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Album Review: BEAST IN BLACK - From Hell With Love

Beast In Black - From Hell With Love

01. Cry Out For A Hero
02. From Hell With Love
03. Sweet True Lies
04. Repentless
05. Die By The Blade
06. Oceandeep
07. Unlimited Sin
08. True Believer
09. This Is War
10. Heart Of Steel
11. No Surrender
12. Killed By Death (Motorhead cover)
13. No Easy Way Out (Robert Tepper cover)


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Movie Review: LORDS OF CHAOS (2018)

Out of all of Metal's subgenres, none has quite the high volume of utter cunts as the Black Metal scene. As a teenager, I remember the reports of the church burnings and murders, and how this scene sky-rocketed from nowhere as edgy teens embraced their inner nihilist after being easily impressed by the violence, racism, homophobia and general intolerance being purveyed by a handful of assholes in Norway.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past thirty years, you will probably be familiar with the infamous story that Lords Of Chaos is based upon. In short, Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth, founder of Mayhem and arguably the inventor of True Norwegian Black Metal, is obsessed with being in the most evil band in the world. He is involved in a few church burnings along with his mates, and eventually gets stabbed to death by his former bass player and Burzum main-man Varg Vikernes. Oh, and before that, original Mayhem singer Dead blows his brains out, and Faust (from Emperor) stabs a gay man to death in some bushes. Fun true fact: Faust stabbed the man thirty-seven times as well as repeatedly kicking him in the head. He only served nine years in jail before being released.

As expected, many Black Metal fans worldwide have condemned this movie as inaccurate. However, with so many varying accounts of the story, everyone seems to have their own truth. Having done a bit of research, the script seems to be way more accurate than many Black Metal cry-babies believe. Sorry, but Varg Vikernes was a murderous Nazi sympathising scumbag, and he is depicted as the knob he is in real life. Having said that, this is a movie and there will always be some creativity and bending of the truth in order to make the story work in this context. After all, Lords Of Chaos is not a documentary.

Director Jonas Åkerlund, who incidentally used to play drums for Bathory, has done a fantastic job, especially with his attention to detail. Some of the real-life photos and locations from that era are replicated incredibly well. I was a little put off by the use of American actors instead of Norwegian ones, but in fairness, they are excellent, particularly Rory Culkin, whose depiction of Euronymous shows the character's vulnerable side as well as the vile qualities he was known for. The film accurately shows the geeky, awkward and immature side of these young men. As the viewer, you feel yourself being dragged further down the rabbit hole as their attempts to shock and convey an image of authentic evil, get out of hand as they continually try to impress and compete with one another.

I thoroughly enjoyed Lord Of Chaos. It had a good balance of humour and unsettling darkness, as well as being a perfectly paced, beautifully filmed, and overall well-made film. It has also given the Black Metal scene some mainstream attention, which I'm sure will enrage genre purists and gatekeepers everywhere. Such sweet tears.


Saturday, 9 March 2019

Album Review: HERMAN FRANK - Fight The Fear

Herman Frank - Fight The Fear

01. Until The End
02. Fear
03. Terror
04. Sinners
05. Hatred
06. Hail & Row
07. Hitman
08. Stay Down
09. Rock You
10. Don't Cross The Line
11. Are You Ready
12. Wings Of Destiny
13. Waiting For The Night
14. Lost In Heaven


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Album Review: PAPA ROACH - Who Do You Trust?

Papa Roach - Who Do You Trust?

01. The Ending
02. Renegade Music
03. Not The Only One
04. Who Do You Trust?
05. Elevate
06. Come Around
07. Feel Like Home
08. Problems
09. Top Of The World
10. I Suffer Well
11. Maniac
12. Better Than Life


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Album Review: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM - The End Of Chaos

Flotsam and Jetsam - The End Of Chaos

01. Prisoner of Time
02. Control
03. Recover
04. Prepare for Chaos
05. Slowly Insane
06. Architects of Hate
07. Demolition Man
08. Unwelcome Surprise
09. Snake Eye
10. Survive
11. Good or Bad
12. The End


Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Album Review: KANE ROBERTS - The New Normal

Kane Roberts - The New Normal

01. King Of The World (Featuring Nita Strauss)
02. Wonderful
03. Beginning Of The End (Featuring Alice Cooper and Alissa White-Gluz)
04. Who We Are
05. Forever Out Of Place
06. Leave This World Behind
07. The Lion's Share
08. Leave Me In The Dark
09. Above And Beyond
10. Wrong 

Monday, 4 February 2019

Album Review: METALLICA - Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic

Metallica - Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic

01. Disposable Heroes
02. When A Blind Man Cries (Deep Purple cover)
03. The Unforgiven
04. Please Don't Judas Me (Nazareth cover)
05. Turn The Page (Bob Seger cover)
06. Bleeding Me
07. Veteran of the Psychic Wars (Blue Oyster Cult)
08. Nothing Else Matters
09. All Within My Hands
10. Enter Sandman
11. The Four Horsemen
12. Hardwired

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Album Review: BRING ME THE HORIZON - amo

Bring Me The Horizon - amo

01. I Apologise If You Feel Something
02. Mantra
03. Nihilist Blues (feat. Grimes)
04. In The Dark
05. Wonderful Life (feat. Dani Filth)
06. Ouch
07. Medicine
08. Sugar Honey Ice & Tea
09. Why You Gotta Kick Me When I'm Down?
10. Fresh Bruises
11. Mother Tongue
12. Heavy Metal (feat. Rahzel)
13. I Don't Know What To Say


Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Album Review: MAGNUM - Live at the Symphony Hall

Magnum - Live at the Symphony Hall

01. When We Were Younger
02. Sacred Blood Divine Lies
03. Lost On The Road To Eternity
04. Crazy Old Mothers
05. Without Love
06. Your Dreams Won't Die
07. Peaches and Cream
08. How Far Jerusalem
09. Les Morts Dansant
10. Show Me Your Hands
11. All England's Eyes
12. Vigilante
13. Don't Wake The Lion
14. The Spirit
15. When The World Comes Down


Saturday, 26 January 2019

Album Review: ARCH ENEMY - Covered In Blood

Arch Enemy - Covered In Blood

01. Shout (Tears For Fears cover)
02. Back To Back (Pretty Maids cover)
03. Shadow On The Wall (Mike Oldfield cover)
04. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest cover)
05. Nitad (Moderat Likvidation cover)
06. When The Innocent Die (Anti-Cimex cover)
07. Warsystem (Skitslickers cover)
08. Armed Revolution (Skitslickers cover)
09. Spräckta Snutskallar (Skitslickers cover)
10. The Leader (Of the Fuckin’ Assholes) (Skitslickers cover)
11. City Baby Attacked By Rats (G.B.H. cover)
12. Warning (Discharge cover)
13. The Zoo (Scorpions cover)
14. Wings Of Tomorrow (Europe cover)
15. The Oath (Kiss cover)
16. The Book Of Heavy Metal (Dream Evil cover)
17. Walk In The Shadows (Queensryche cover)
18. Incarnated Solvent Abuse (Carcass cover)
19. Kill With Power (Manowar cover)
20. Symphony Of Destruction (Megadeth cover)
21. Aces High (Iron Maiden cover)
22. Scream Of Anger (Europe cover)
23. Starbreaker (Judas Priest cover)
24. The Ides Of March (Iron Maiden cover)

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Movie Review: ANOTHER WOLFCOP (2017)

Another Wolfcop poster

2014's Wolfcop was an awesome movie. It was a Horror film with plenty of black comedy, and it reminded me of a number of movies from the 80's. I loved it so much it made my Top 20 movies for Halloween back in 2016. I was really pleased to hear that it had been successful enough to warrant a sequel, hence the creation of Another Wolfcop.


Monday, 14 January 2019

Album Review: SOILWORK - Verkligheten

Soilwork - Verkeligheten

01. Verkligheten
02. Arrival
03. Bleeder Despoiler
04. Full Moon Shoals
05. The Nurturing Glance
06. When The Universe Spoke
07. Stålfågel (feat. Alissa White-Gluz [from Arch Enemy])
08. The Wolves Are Back In Town
09. Witan
10. The Ageless Whisper
11. Needles And Kin (feat. Tomi Joutsen [from Amorphis])
12. You Aquiver (feat. Dave Sheldon)


Saturday, 12 January 2019

TV Series Review: TITANS (Season 1)

DC Titans

Titans is a modern take on DC's classic Teen Titans comics. It's considerably darker and the tone reminds me quite a bit of Zach Snyder's Watchmen movie, but with an added injection of fun, dragging it from the pit of misery that so many DC titles have suffered in. It's still violent and dark, but the lighter moments make it really special.


Sunday, 6 January 2019

Movie Review: SUMMER OF 84 (2018)

Summer of 84

Since the monumental success of both the new IT movie and TV phenomenon Stranger Things, the public appetite for all things 80's appears to be insatiable. Summer Of 84 is a coming-of-age meets murder mystery movie, featuring a group of teenagers in the American suburbs who find themselves investigating a local serial killer.


Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Album Review: ACCEPT - Symphonic Terror: Live At Wacken 2017

01. Die By The Sword
02. Restless And Wild
03. Koolaid
04. Pandemic
05. Final Journey
06. Night On Bald Mountain (Mussorgy)
07. Scherzo (Beethoven)
08. Romeo And Juliet (Prokofiev)
09. Pathétique (Beethoven)
10. Double Cello Concerto (Vivaldi)
11. Symphony No.40 (Mozart)
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. Stalingrad
14. Dark Side Of My Heart
15. Breaker
16. Shadow Soldiers
17. Dying Breed
18. Fast As A Shark
19. Metal Heart
20. Teutonic Terror
21. Balls To The Wall

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