Showing posts from 2018

The Shining: Book Vs. Film

     Over the years, and especially in the past several, Horror movies have had a resurgence in quality and atmosphere. Movies like The Witch, Black Swan, and most recently Hereditary have succeeded in creating and developing an atmosphere which is vital to the affect the movie can have on the viewer. In my opinion: these movies, though all great, owe a great deal to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece The Shining. The Shining is the first "modern" Horror movie I can immediately think of in which the atmosphere is just as much of a character as any other member of the cast. It still stands as my favourite Horror movie, and one of my favourite movies.

     On the other side of the coin, we have to give credit where credit is undoubtedly due. Though I am very new to the work of Stephen King (I have only just recently read my first King book with Salem's Lot, and am quite literally hot off the heels of The Shining which I finished the day I decided to…

Seasonal Anime Report: Summer 2018

Well, I guess I can't deny it any longer. Summer is over, bringing another season of anime to an end. Evidently, I have been very busy over this summer (hence the lack of posts coming from me), but I did keep up with a decent amount of anime. That being said, there was a few that I missed out on and will need to check later. Regardless, here's a look at what I looked at this Summer 2018.
What I Watched Airing This Season Steins;Gate 0     This being the headline anime should come as no surprise to anyone who even remotely knows what my favorite series are. I am a huge Steins;Gate fan. I have played both the visual novels that the anime adapts multiple times, as well as rewatched the first Steins;Gate anime enough that I almost remember the exact numbers for each of the world lines. Heck, I even did an Okabe Rintarou cosplay at Fan Expo this year. So does that make my short review bias? Probably, but I did have very high expectations for Steins;Gate 0, considering the first…

Legacy Review: Opeth - Ghost Reveries

Release Date: August 29th, 2005Label: Roadrunner RecordsAlbum Playlist:      For the first post of October, I wanted to kick it off with a new kind of review that will pop up every now and then on the blog. A legacy review is for, well, an older album which I hold very dear. There are many, and I would love writing about why specific albums are important to me and the genre in which they're found.

     Naturally, I'm starting legacy reviews with my favourite album ever... Starting high, I know. Either way, I thought it would be fitting for this month in particular. I am aiming to make the blog posts this month more frequent and more topical, and believe me when I say this album IS an October album. Autumn is a season where I get sentimental and nostalgic for many things, I can't explain it but there are always bands and types of music I find myself listening to more in the Autumn months. Not to mention movies I watch in the month of October, but more on that in a future po…

Track Roundup: September

This has been a busy month for both me and this blog, even during behind the scenes. I took a trip to France with my wife and my mother-in-law, which was really great and my first time there. Furthermore, Justine and I have been doing a lot of administrative "pre-planning" for our coming home in mid-October. We are both very excited and these past couple weeks have felt like when we were preparing to come to London in February. That is to say, it's been very exciting to be excited to come home if that makes sense. We've been living out of suitcases for the past 8 months and are simply ready to start building our home.

     In the case of the blog, I've been trying to post more than I did in August which I've already achieved and I am preparing for October. I love October and all the culture that comes along with it, so I've got multiple Halloween and Seasonal posts lined up and I've had a lot of fun thinking these up. I know I'll have even m…

Review: Thou - Magus

Release Date: August 31st Label: Sacred Bones RecordsAlbum Link:      To be honest, beside a few exceptions, I have had a lapse in interest in new Metal music in the last couple months. YOB sparked my interest when I reviewed it, and even that is more Rock oriented than my usual Metal listening habits. Not that I've actively turned away from it, in fact I've been going back to older Progressive Rock albums and also exploring different genres which I like, mainly Classical this past August. However I knew that I would have to listen to Thou's Magus when I included "The Changeling Prince" on the track roundup a couple months ago.

     Sludge Metal is named for it's production quality and pace usually, it's always very muddy and thick. Often listening to bands like Indian, Neurosis, and Electric Wizard will leave one feeling like they've walked through a very oppressive pool of molasses. Because I don't particularly enjoy this genre, I have never ex…

Review: Infernal Coil - Within A World Forgotten

Release Date: September 14th Label: Profound Lore RecordsAlbum Link:      There have been an abundance of critically acclaimed Death Metal albums released this year in 2018, the modern Death Metal renaissance is definitely in full swing on labels like 20 Buck Spin and Profound Lore but none of the albums have truly caught my attention like this one did. I first heard this band earlier this year through their 2014 debut demo and was instantly attracted. It was so simultaneously unpleasant and alluring. Infernal Coil have their own unique blend of Grindcore and Death Metal that sounds fit to be the soundtrack to an Apocalypse. Within A World Forgotten is the most unique and in my opinion, best, Death Metal album of 2018.

     The album starts unlike any other I've ever heard, I can't even describe it so I'll just link to the track... In short, this is not a friendly album. "Wounds Never Close"sets the stage for this 35 minute merciless barrage of shifting time sig…

Track Roundup: August

I would have liked to have posted to the blog a bit more during August, but I have been struck with a problem/blessing. At this point every time I open my computer I immediately go straight for The Witcher, more well known for the later 2 games. I've been reading the books, and my next step was delving into the games. I have a thing for older Fantasy games and this one definitely takes the cake. It's very rare for me to get so completely absorbed in a game that I almost don't want to finish it, but that has been my experience with this game. So I am sorry to anyone remotely interested for not posting more, but also not sorry cause I've been having monstrous(haha) fun...

Travis Scott - R.I.P. SCREW (Selected Track from ASTROWORLD: Released August 3rd on Grand Hustle Records)

     One of the most anticipated Hip-Hop albums for at least a year or so has been ASTROWORLD, the mystery and anticipation surrounding the inevitable release date of this album has been vital in it…

Review: 88Rising - Head in the Clouds

Release Date: July 20th Label: 88Rising Album Link:
     The moods of my listening patterns change when I hear a song I really like for the first time, I will end up searching for more like what I just heard. This patterns increases in intensity until after a certain point I will end up hating a song because I have listened to it so much...

     Thankfully, this has not been the case with "Midsummer Madness" the centerpiece song to this label compilation debut album for 88Rising. The label in question are a media brand focusing on celebrating contemporary Asian artists, sporting such names as Joji(formerly Pink Guy/FilthyFrankTV), Rich Brian: a talented Indonesian Rapper out of Jakarta, Keith Ape: a South Korean rapper whocomes off as much nicer than his music would have you believe and can effortlessly switch between Korean and English mid verse. And finally, Higher Brothers: an extremely charismatic and exciting foursome Rap group out of Chengdu, China and my favourites in …

Track Roundup: July

I will start this post with a bit of a foreword, so here it goes: I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to spend my birthday in London on this big fun practically year long honeymoon Justine and I have been on since February. Justine and the blog she runs with her friend have kind of inspired me to post more regularly and more personally, though my posts will never be as practical or helpful as their posts are. That's just a fact.

     The reason for this foreword is to lay out some of our upcoming plans. The truth is that though we have loved our time here, we'll be getting ready to come home in around mid-late October. The very real drawback of a "very extended honeymoon" is the fact that we have been living out of suitcases since February. On top of that, Justine and I are intense homebodies, and we are sort of ready to just be at home with friends and family (not to mention the ability to get a dog.) 
     I think of our travel outlook like Tolkien'…