Thursday, December 18, 2014

HOTH RELEASES CASSETTE EDITION OF EPIC "OATHBREAKER" WITH AWESOME BONUS TRACK!

(press release from Blackout PR)
Blackened extreme metallers HOTH have reissued their highly-acclaimed sophomore album "Oathbreaker" on cassette format via Portland-based Death Culture Tapes.  It is available to order here.

The limited run of 100 cassettes will include a free sticker and an exclusive bonus track (a Chiptune version of "Serpentine Whispers", which you can check out here).     

"Oathbreaker" is an 8-song, 55-minute opus that "follows the story of an individual from his conception and follows him down a path that grows darker and darker. We wanted to create something that sounded mighty and hopeful in the beginning but spiraled into dreary, black despair by the end."

The Seattle-based duo, consisting of David Dees and Eric Peters, formed in 2011 and released their debut album "Infinite Darkness", the following year. More than just a follow-up to it's precursor, "Oathbreaker" is the work of a matured band possessing the rare ability to fully realize an artistic vision.

 Tracklist:

1. The Unholy Conception (7:22)
2. A Blighted Hope (5:26)
3. Cryptic Nightmares (6:27)
4. Serpentine Whispers (5:24)
5. Acolyte of the Tenebrous Night (7:11)
6. Unending Power (8:11)
7. Oblivion (6:20)
8. Despair (8:56)
9. Bonus: Serpentine Whispers [Chiptune Version] (4:54)

For more info and latest news, visit Hoth on facebook or check out their sitehttp://hothmetal.com.

I have to admit, I really like this a lot...


Friday, December 12, 2014

BEST MOVIES OF 2014

No matter how many movies I watch, there are so many more that I get farther and farther behind on! I feel like I spent most of the year trying to catch up on last year's movies, but I do have two strong picks from the year.

Here Comes The Devil (read my review here)

The Sacrament (read my review of all of Ti West's film here


BEST ALBUMS OF 2014

Its been a good year if you're into original soundtracks on vinyl, doom metal, and synth music. Out of all the great albums that have landed this year I chose five, one being a re-issue.

Werewolves In Siberia "Beyond The City of The Dead"

Wolfmen of Mars "The Light In The Corner Of Your Eye" (Read my joint  wolfy review here)

Mortals "Cursed To See The Future" (Read my Popshifter review here)

Timeworm "Luminescent Wake" (Read my Popshifter review here)

Creepshow original soundtrack re-issue from Waxworks Records (I didn't write a review of this amazing release, but next to last year's Re-Animator release, this is a great package! Translucent blue vinyl with GORE-GEOUS artwork from Ghoulish Gary.)


Sunday, November 30, 2014

KING VULTURE'S SOUND ATTACK 11.30.14 GENERIC POTATO CHIP MIX TAPE

WILLIAM BURROUGHS...NAKED LUNCH excerpt
NAKED CITY...THRASH JAZZ ASSASSIN
LYDIA LUNCH...THE BEAST PART 1
HUBERT SELBY JR...from IT'LL BE BETTER TOMORROW
SONIC YOUTH...SHAKING HELL
KATHY ACKER...OUTSIDE THE LAW, WHICH IS LANGUAGE
SACCHARINE TRUST...EFFORT TO WASTE
HANK WILLIAMS...LOST HIGHWAY
THE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE OF PHILIP K DICK by ROBERT CRUMB
BIG YOUTH...SCREAMING TARGET
ROLLINS BAND...BURNED BEYOND RECOGNITION



THE SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH NEEDS A COMIC BOOK CONTINUATION

I want to finish Lucio Fulci's Seven Doors of Death story. Unfamiliar? They include three of his films City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, and House by the Cemetery. That leaves four doors unopened and a storytelling void that needs to be filled. I envision a graphic novel or at least a comic book series. Black and white and gory like my favorite underground comics of the 80s (have you read Dead World or Faust; Love of the Damned or Gore Shriek?) I have a plot that would take the reader through the discovery of the four doors with a single story line, told in four parts, and would reach back to the first three films as a launch point. I see this as an opportunity for multiple writers and artists who love these films to pay a loving tribute to a director who made some of the goriest and stylish films to come out of Italy. The question of rights is huge, of course, and then where does the money come from? I'm going to start working on all that after the first of the new year, right now I'm trying to wind up my newest book. Any writers and artists that are interested in this project should get in touch. I think this could kick a ton of ass!
 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

THE SEA IS EVERYTHING

"Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of time." HP Lovecraft
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Treasure Island. It was the book that inspired me to be a writer in second grade and still holds a place of honor in my heart. It also inspired an interest in the sea and it's mysteries and danger. As a story location, I find the ocean far scarier than outer space or just about any place else. It feeds my nightmares; the isolation, the unknown, the exhaustion at trying to stay afloat, lungs filling with undrinkable water, and then all the things that will eat you. Funny, though, I've never been to a beach in my life. I've been to the harbors in Boston and New York City and taken the ferry to the Statue of Liberty on a freezing and rainy day, but I've never been to sea.
For a while I toyed with the idea of moving to Seattle for a summer to work on a fishing boat, but I couldn't even afford to drive there, so that went no where.
I still have a weird affection for the sea, despite all my years of not stepping foot in it. I seek out metal bands who have a nautical theme, like Ahab and Sea Bastard. I got into Mastodon because of their album Leviathan. 
Reading Moby Dick was a literary work out similar to reading the Bible for all it's complexities, beauty, and bits so tedious you wonder how many people actually skim or skip them. Legendary monsters of deep always catch my attention and when I had cable I tuned in for shark week. (However, you can keep your sharknadoes and sharktopuses.) There's HP Lovecraft's creatures from the depths, which inspired the Stuart Gordon adaptation of Dagon.
And of course, there's Jaws. If I could pry open my subconscious I might find that my ocean obsession really starts with Jaws. I watched it on cable several times when I was little. It was my first monster movie and I never get tired of watching it.
One of the scenes that I always look forward to is the night time on the boat when the three heroes are huddled around the little table, drinking and telling stories. Quint's war story of being ship wrecked out on the open water with his fellow survivors being devoured by sharks while they wait to be rescued is the scariest part if the whole film for me. It's the actor Robert Shaw’s performance, his command of the material, the way he tells the story there's no doubt that this really happened to him and as he describes the sharks' eyes you can tell he's right back there in the water with no hope of rescue, just fighting for his life against the coldest, cruelest if predators.
This is Speilberg's finest scene he's ever filmed, to me anyway. I anticipate that scene from the opening moments, then ride out that dread and horror to the closing credits. Dreyfus and Scheider are two of my favorite actors, based on Jaws alone. Sure they've had plenty of fine moments through their careers, but if they never did anything else I'd still hold them in high esteem. In fact, I think the cast deserves an immense amount of credit for elevating Jaws from just another nature run amok B-movie, to one of the great American classics.
Spielberg did the best with what he had, primarily a mechanical shark that didn't work, and delivered a work of dread with really good jump scares that's not easily forgotten. While it may be light on gore it's still a lot bloodier, darker and violent than it's PG rating would lead you to believe.
Jaws 2 is great, better than it should be anyway, but I don't have any love for 3 and 4. And I'll just leave those right there like that and move on.
Ron Howard has a sea epic, that was the supposed inspiration for Moby Dick, called Heart of the Sea, and based on the trailer it may well wind up being my favorite movie of 2015. It stars Thor and some other great actors and the CGI in the trailer doesn't look any more offensive than anything in the Avengers. I'm not a Ron Howard "fan" unless your talking about his role as Opie Taylor, but he knows how to make a movie. I'm just not crazy about the stories he chooses to tell. 
I have a great sea epic in me somewhere, I just know it and someday I'll get around to writing it. Hopefully I'll even be able to see the ocean from the deck of a ship someday, but as I get older, poorer, and in worse shape, I'm not holding my breath. So it goes.




Thursday, November 20, 2014

KING VULTURE'S SOUND ATTACK 11.20.14; PERE UBU

pere ubu
Road To Utah
Wasteland
We Have The Technology
Folly of Youth
Caligari's Mirror
Breathe
Nonalignment Pact
Final Solution
Woolie Bullie