Album Review: Adrenaline Mob - "Men of Honor"

Thus far in the supergroup’s experimental life, Adrenaline Mob has been a frustrating example of the total being mysteriously less than the sum of its parts. Upon hearing their first record “Omerta,” the idea of prog luminaries Russell Allen and Mike Portnoy being able to make downbeat, two-step rock and roll seemed plausible, but incomplete. Logic dictated that the musicians in question must have the know-how to produce this music, so the up-and-down effort had to be a product of not having enough time to gel, or simply not feeling out the songwriting process.

Album Review: Van Canto - Dawn Of The Brave

Normally, I'm not one who goes for gimmicks in music. I find them tacky, and mostly useless appendages that try to mask a band's deficiencies. Taking a cookie-cutter band and dressing them up in stupid costumes, or writing lyrics about only one subject, doesn't make them any more special. Gimmicks usually expose the band's shortcomings, because the obvious facade only draws attention to their perceived need to distract. I can think of very few bands with a gimmick who have managed to keep my interest, because a gimmick alone is going to get old after a while. Yes, even if you're GWAR.

Trailers: "The Purge: Anarchy"

One-percenters everywhere rejoice: The sequel to 2013's "The Purge" has a teaser trailer. As a bonus, it stars neo horror icon Zach Gilford (of "Devil's Due" infamy).

"The Purge: Anarchy" drops June 20th.

Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: CHRISTOPHER SMITH

Aside from the Hammer Horror films at their peak and the work of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, the British have had a hard time making a big impact on American horror audiences. Whether it be the cultural divide, the differing sensibilities in both comedy and scares, or simply the secret truth that Americans don’t like much of anything from anywhere but America, British independent horror has had trouble gaining a foothold in the States.

The Banshee Chapter (REVIEW)

The story of "The Banshee Chapter" is based on a U.S. government conspiracy perpetrated on it’s own citizens during the 50’s and 60’s, under the code-name: “Project MKUltra.” The purpose of the experiments were supposedly to find a way to chemically control the mind and also to find some kind of truth-serum to administer to enemy spies and soldiers.

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