Episode 324 - ABC's of Death 2

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I am by no means a movie buff, but one of the things I recognize about movies, especially those in the horror genre, is that the music plays a bigger role in setting the mood than most casual viewers will ever notice. There are the glaring examples like “Psycho” that everyone can see, but the feeling of terror that great horror movies evoke can't come from disemboweled corpses alone. The music connect the images to the emotional center of our brain, and it is the music that makes the obviously fake scenes we watch feel like something far more real.

Anytime someone from the West is engaging Japanese media, there’s an intrinsic sense that anything and everything could happen.  Music from Japan in particular tends to not bend to the conventions of Western genre labels, so that implies that a single band can be a lot of things to a lot of people (see: The Mad Capsule Markets, or those teen girls who sang death metal in that one viral video.)  What we have here with Vamps is a Japanese alt-rock supergroup formed by members of the two of the island nation’s more popular bands – L’Arc~en~Ciel (that’s rainbow in French!  Not li

The word of the day is "eclectic" and the band that brings this word to mind is Von Hertzen Brothers. Regular readers of the Bloody Good Horror metal reviews know that my fellow reviewers and I delight in bringing you, the reader, the very best new metal bands from around the world. While the Von Hertzen brothers hail from Finland the music they play is not what the average listener would immediately think of as metal.


Retro movie fan Videogram, usually a conspirator of re-made horror soundtracks, has instead turned his attentions to the world of action, putting together a three-song EP teasing his upcoming debut album for Cineploit records.  The above video is just one of the three cuts, focusing on the 1986 Sly Stallone classic "Cobra."  The video combines the reimagined theme with a bevy of cleverly placed movie footage and is a pretty fun watch.

Hardware is an intriguing bit of 90s dystopian horror. In the film, Moses (Dylan McDermott, who apparently doesn't age) gets by in this post-apocalyptic world by scavenging in the irradiated wastelands. He brings home the remains of an experimental cyborg to his artist girlfriend, Jill (Stacey Travis), and it turns out that the cyborg isn't quite as non-functional as he's assumed.

Whether you’re a horror fan or not, Guillermo del Toro is probably not a new name to you. The prolific director has woven twisted fairy tales and created horrifying monsters, mastering several styles of film. Perhaps one of his most widely known is the 2006, Pan’s Labyrinth—a dark and fantastical tale set in post-Civil War Spain—but five years before he directed the predecessor to Pan’s.

I've noticed a trend in power metal recently, where the genre is getting fractured in a way that does no one any favors.  On the one hand, there is a group of bands that are taking power metal in a darker, heavier, more modern direction.  While I like some of these bands, they largely suck the fun out of the music, which is one of the things that makes power metal special when done well.  On the other hand, there is another group of bands that has taken the term 'flower metal' to heart, and sucked all of the heaviness out of the music, which only serves to make it sound weak

One of the most elusive of finds as a music journalist is Something Different.  Now, that’s similar to Something Unique, but they’re not the same thing.  Something Unique is still rare, but you encounter it every so often – somebody has a novel guitar tone or a specific vocal magnetism or some completely bananas subject matter.  Something Different is…well, different.  Readers might recall that last year’s Album of the Year runner up, Destrage’s “Are You Kidding Me?

Avenged opens as Zoe (Amanda Adrienne) is packing her belongings into her late father’s muscle car to move across country and in with her loving boyfriend. As Zoe happens to be deaf, she has lead a rather sheltered life and both her sister and her boyfriend, Dane, (Marc Anthony Samuel,  are both hesitant for her to make the long drive along, as she would have trouble calling for help in an emergency. However, Zoe heads out and sends Dane picture texts of her location to check in.

Reviewing something like  What We Do in the Shadows is a bit like reliving the first time you saw a This is Spinal Tap and The Blair Witch Project double feature. It’s not that Co-Directors and Co-Writers Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi have reinvented some of cinema and television’s favorite popular styles. Rather, “What We Do in the Shadows” does the very important work of reminding its audience that just because something is tired, doesn’t mean it can’t still be reawakened given a new voice…and some strapping ascots.

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