Album Review: Ghost Stories (2014) – Sam Haynes/Horror Haunt Music

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Mid-spring may seem a bit late for Halloween-oriented music for most “normal” folks, but early Ministry put it best; “Every Day is Halloween.”  Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a healthy dose of horror every now and then!?

Today, the Doc looks into the dark electronica and eerie soundscapes of Ghost Stories by Sam Haynes.  More musings on morbid musics ahead!

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From the Vaults: Heavy Metal Movie

With “Metal Hurlant Chronicles” airing on SyFy now, I figure my next Vault entry would be a look back at Heavy Metal the movie.

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Take a ride!

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I love this movie, but I hate this movie.  This movie will never do justice to the magazine which inspired it.  Now, many think Heavy Metal is just schlock, bullshit, and porn.  Well, in many cases they’re right.  However, there is some pretty good story material to be remembered from the magazine.  Several independent artists and writers have published to Heavy Metal.  A famous example is of course, Moebius.

Now, the movie itself is another story.  This film is semi-infamous for rushed production.  If this film took more time to develop, it would have most certainly been much better.  This picture advocated cartoon storytelling for adults.  But, the rushed writing and attempt to slap stories that may or may not have appeared in the magazine may make some ask otherwise. 

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Necrotic Editorial: BioShock Games Retrospective

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I won’t deny it, the BioShock games have been among my favorite games ever created! I’m a super fan on many levels! So many factors have lead to the appeal for me; dystopian settings, failed utopias, political/social intrigue, fascinating settings, beautiful set design, wonder art aesthetics, and of course retro-futuristic punk settings! But, there’s a lot more to the series to that! A mix of wonderful moments and pitfalls as well. So, let’s go somewhere beyond the sea and into the sky with the BioShock series!

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From the Vaults: Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards

This review was part of a “animated cult classics” month that I did a ways back, if case you were wondering about context.

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Insano Post-Apocalyptic Science Fantasy with robots, elves, demons, and mutants.  This isn’t Gamma World, this is WIZARDS!

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In case you were wondering…

I set my review to be automatically posted back in Friday.  Somehow, this website forgot how to queue…  I guess it just goes to show you that you can’t put too much trust in technology.  So, please excuse the unintentional delay.  And as always, stay tuned for review from the Vault on Wednesday and a new one every Friday!

EDIT: Apparently I’m wrong and don’t know to use technology. Someday, I’ll figure out how this site works.

Game Review: BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea Episode 2

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WARNING: This review contains massive spoilers. You have been warned.

For those who’ve kept up with the BioShock universe, every installment is a vicious cycle of character torment. And now, the series comes full circle! The last chapter in the wibbly-wobbly series of BioShock is finished. The gaps have (for the most part) been filled and the two settings have truly united. And now, we’re making our final stops to Columbia and Rapture. The party may be over, but let’s take one final journey below the sea! This time, we navigate Rapture as Elizabeth during the prologue of the Rapture Civil War.

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From The Vaults: Horror Show (Iced Earth)

Enjoy another review from the Vaults

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In 2001, Power/Thrash Metal band Iced Earth decided to release another entry in their series of concept albums.  This one might be considered their best effort (until Dystopia was released)

I won’t deny that I love Iced Earth, despite my mixed feelings towards the head of the band.  Bias aside, Horror Show is a pretty solid album.  The CD ranges from some softer, more ballad influenced tracks to rock solid thrashing tracks!

Speaking of the thrashier side of the album, what better way to start than talking about the opener, “WOLF”.  Of course, this track is an homage to werewolves and more so the classic “Wolf Man” story.  The riff are solid and intense, just as Barlow’s vocals really shine in this track.  Not to mention, the drumming by Christy adds to the intensity, making the track sound like a run for one’s life.

Damien stays true to that warped, demonic Iced Earth spirit.  And in that spirit, we’re presented with a diabolic nine minute epic.  We start with some weird, eerie intro and then the listener is immediately smacked by heavy riffs to make the faithful flee in terror.

The tracks Dracula and Phantom Opera Ghost really strike a chord (no pun intended) for trying something really different.  This shows that power metal angle really playing out.  The ballad like structure, melodic vocals, and epic incorporation of vocalist Yunhui Percifield.

Most of the other songs stick to Iced Earth’s triple style riff formula.  Is that a bad thing?  Not at all!  The tracks Jack, Im-Ho-Tep, Dragon’s Child, Frankenstein, and Jekyll & Hyde are just fine.  In fact, while not as good as the above mentioned, are still mad fun on their own.

Overall, HORROR SHOW is a great addition to anyone’s heavy metal library or even a collection of tunes for Halloween and beyond.  Stay tuned for a review of their sequel to this album, DYSTOPIA!

8.5/10