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Stream of the Week: Bloodsoaked – Religious Apocalypse


Released just this month (Sept 2014), the new Bloodsoaked album, Religious Apocalypse, features three crushing new tracks combined with several live tracks and two covers of Cinderella and Ratt.  Yeah, I am not sure how 80s bands fit into this mix of death metal, but they definitely put their own twist on those classics.  Is anything out of the 80s “classic.?

First, focusing on the three new songs – Devouring, Abomination, and Religious Apocalypse…they are nothing short of brutal with that classic 80s (I said it again) death metal feel.  They are clean, but not overproduced; complete with that raw, unedited feel from some of the more classic 80s (damn, I did it again) death metal bands.

The live tracks represent a selection of their older material which are equally brutal, but live.  You know how live songs go.  They sound good, but don’t “sound” all that good.  It’s hard to capture the essence of a band with a live recording.  But, Bloodsoaked sounds like they nail it live.

And, lastly, what interests me are their glam covers of bands I used to love.  Ok, maybe I didn’t love Cinderella, but I was a big fan of Ratt back in their heyday.  Bloodsoaked basically kept the core of the song intact, meaning you should easily recognize them if you are into classic 80s songs (last time, I promise).  Throw in some growls and double bass and the covers are pretty cool, actually.  Overall, some cool brutality, cool covers, and some live tracks that demonstrate the band’s ability to play live brutally.  Here is the link below.  Enjoy!

http://bloodsoaked.net/album/168548/religious-apocalypse?autostart=true

 

Video of the Week: Tool – Ænema


I was trying to look for something new that I thought would be cool, but other than having the same problem as Matt – finding videos of bands in forests or empty warehouses, I thought I would revisit some old Tool videos because they are pretty damn cool.  And, sometimes one doesn’t have to actually understand what is going on in the video for it to be cool.  Nor, does one actually have to see the band in it for it to be cool.   Sometimes you just have to look at it and go, What the fuck?  That’s what I think of this video.  Not to mention, Tool has been talking about an album that might be released in the next decade or so.  So, why not revisit?  Oh, this one is uncut so if you don’t like swear words…this is your disclaimer.

Game Review: Sniper Elite 3 (Xbox One)


sniper+elite+3+ssIn my attempt to break away from wildly popular shooter games (you know what they are), I picked up “Sniper Elite III” to shake things up a bit when it comes to fast-moving shooter action.  Not to mention, there just aren’t “that” many games out for Xbox One right now, so my choices were limited.  I haven’t played the previous editions of the sniper franchise and it worked out great because I didn’t really need to know about those games coming into part III.  Despite the fact that this story took place before “Sniper Elite V2” I didn’t feel I missed out on story and concept.  All I really needed to play this fun game was patience.  Sometimes I had it; sometimes I didn’t and here is my “Sniper Elite III” story.

The biggest reason I enjoyed this particular tactical shooter is that I had time to plan my attack and decide which approach I was going to take.  I could go quiet or I could go loud or both.  Mostly, I preferred sneaky and stealthy.  I can be a methodical kind of guy, so this aspect of the game pleased me.  Because the game took place during WWII in Northern Africa, there were lots of large rocks, hills, and dessert-atmosphere to hide behind; perfect for sniping. Read the rest of this entry

Tales From Bandcamp: Undermine The Supremacy – Ashes


When you think of metal and their country of origin, do you automatically think of the US or Europe?  Is Australia the first country that comes to mind when thinking about cool metal bands?  Perhaps you should start thinking about Australia a little more often.  It seems like as each day passes there are more bands popping up from down under well worth checking out.

Undermine the Supremacy is one I am focusing on today that slipped their band info into our inbox.  Thank you for that, by the way.  This Queensland five-piece is all about metalcore, you should know.  I am not going to spell out how bone-crunching their songs are or how deep the vocalist can growl.  I won’t waste any of your time talking about their chunky riffs or headbanging cadence either.  Why do all that when you can just check it out for yourself.  Go ahead.  Hit that play button!  If you enjoy the bombastic breakdowns of metalcore, you’ll have a hard time hitting the stop button.

For fans of:  Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage, Heaven Shall Burn, Calaban, Lamb of God.

Song of the Week – Needless Needle


Band:  Witches of Doom

a3565954274_2Album:  Obey

Genre:  Hard Rock, Stoner, Goth

Release:  April 2014

From:  Italy

Label:  Sliptrick Records Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Chainfist – Scarred


PromoImageFor Fans of:  Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Big Four Influenced

Record Label:  Mighty Music

Release date:  6 Oct 2014

Genre:  Thrash / Hard Rock

Nationality:  Denmark

Songs:  11

Length:  50 Minutes

Albums:  Black Out Sunday (2010). Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: Rise of the Northstar – Welcame


WELCAMEartLabel:  Repression Records

Release Date:  22 Sep 2014

Songs:   11

Length:  50 Minutes

Genre:  Hardcore/Thrash

Studio Albums:   This is their debut album

Location:  France Read the rest of this entry

(Retro) Roundtable Review: Suicidal Tendencies – How Will I Laugh Tomorrow…When I Can’t Even Smile Today


Suicidal_Tendencies-How_Will_I_Laugh_TomorrowLabel:  Sony Music Entertainment

Release Date:  1 Sep 1988

Songs:   11

Length:  51 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash/Punk/Skater

Studio Albums:   12 studio albums.  This one is their 3rd.

Location:  United States Read the rest of this entry

Game Review: Dead Rising 3 (Xbox One)


510nNUKnXmL._SY300_I waited for what I thought was a reasonable time to purchase an Xbox One.  If there were bugs to work out, I like to think it would have happened by now.  One aspect that Microsoft changed for the best, in my opinion, was selling a Kinect-less system which is the one I opened my wallet for.  Since I have been part of the Xbox family since about 2006, I didn’t see a need to swap to Playstation only because it may have slightly better graphics.  So, this game review is not going to harp on which system is best.  It’s about my brief thoughts on the Xbox One and, of course, “Dead Rising 3,” the first game I played on the new system.

Xbox One

The first thing I noticed was how quiet the system is.  If you have an old Xbox 360 like I do, it sounded like a jet taking off in your living room. That issue, and I thought it was kind of a big deal, is gone.  The Xbox One barely purrs like a kitten. It’s that quiet.  For that I am grateful because I no longer have to compensate on the volume of the game to make up for the Boeing 767 that was in my man room.  Read the rest of this entry

Machinae Supremacy – Phantom Shadow


MachinaeSupremacy-PhantomShadowLabel:  Spinefarm Records

Release Date:  25 Aug 2014 Rest of the World

Songs:   16

Length:  67 Minutes

Genre:  Videogame Inspired Metal (SID Metal)

Studio Albums:   This is their sixth studio album

Location:  Sweden Read the rest of this entry