That's right folks, the legendary, the awesome, The Independents are on tour this late summer and fall. Go out and support their awesomeness where you can!
Thursday, 28 August 2014
With their third release of the year, and the first of all new material, Vagora drops a bomb of awesomeness on their new EP. We had a taste of new material with the live album and the explosiveness of the new lineup on their studio live album but, this release is breath taking. Vagora just keeps building on what they did in the past and knocking it out of the park no matter who's in the lineup. The addition of Jesse Nameless to the writing team is a nice fit...basically, all killer, no filler or, what you expect from a Vagora album. Thus, the standouts are the whole EP. I mean, it is just killer! As well, if Chapter 1 is this good, I cannot wait for Chapter 2 when that drops!
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Well the 30th anniversary Mass Hysteria story line continues with the second last issue of the on going series as Ray is possessed by both Tiamat and Gozer! What will Peter, Egon and Winston do? Well, one god eats the other (WHAAAAAA!?) and tries to shut down the containment unit CAUSING MASS HYSTERIA (get it?). Winston remembers something Kylie said about human sacrifice....what will the Ghostbusters do? Will one of them make the ultimate sacrifice to save the world before the god destroys everything? I guess we'll find out in the conclusion of this great series that IDW has produced.
Well, Ash, Shelia and the old wizard are the search for this dude as...YOU GUESSED IT! Ash said some words that brought evil into the world. The car is still in the past! That's right, the oh so dependable classic! As well, the two armies that were coming to help out Henry and company have been turned....but the wizard has a way to make them talk beyond the whole "eating your soul" bit. The story is fun, funny and great...what you would expect out of Ash in the past. If you're a fan, get on this to see what happens next with Ash in the past.
Well, now that the streets are safe, Robbie is using his powers to win money street racing, school is improving, his brother is doing better and....Dr. Z/Hyde is ALIVE! That's right! After the anti-climatic fight of the last issue he is back with a new drug to rebuild his army and empire. I am glad that they went this route instead of writing him off as there is so much more they can do now that the new Ghost Rider thinks all is safe...oh! That reminds me. In the issue, there is someone who sees the news and takes off, on a bike, to check out the new Rider. Is it who we think it is? I guess we'll find out as the series continues!
Well, the gang war is on...Grumpy is TORN apart by Hyde....and damn is it epically gory....and the war then hits the streets....and Robbie's brother is right dab in the middle of this fight. In enters Ghost Rider to battle Hyde and company....Hyde shows you the dangers of drugs and that is the end of it all. Kind of anti climatic really. However, that is not the end of the issue as the Ghost Rider has some unfinished business with an old...lets call him friend from school. Now that the streets are safe, what's next for Ghost Rider? Guess we'll find out.
Due to a delay, I finally got issue 4 so I could now read and review the last 3 issues of this new series featuring a new twist on a beloved super natural character. In this issue Grumpy, the gang leader, is mad. Ghost Rider barley gets out and a war is coming to his neighborhood. Is Robbie the hero that other Ghost Riders were in the past? And who is Eli? All we know about him is that it was his spirit in the car....I guess we'll find out as the series continues and all answers will be forthcoming in time.
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Well, after an explosive ending from the last volume, we have the aftermath and the end of the war between the Saviors and the communities following Rick into battle. I know I have said this before but, if you need any reason why the comics are better then the television show? Just pick up these volumes and you'll see why! The Saviors' plan to combat the communities is twistedly brilliant and, for this to end, how far must Rick go? How far will he go before he looses all humanity? The ending is great, maybe a touch predictable but....it's awesome and works. This battle has been great and has carried the book into this next chapter....the aftermath. What will Rick do now? Is this really the end or, just the beginning of something new or more? Lets see where Kirkman and company take us next in the adventures of Rick as he and his friends survive the world surrounded by walkers.
Well, there's no vampires or monsters in this issue (I think they are coming back in the next issue) but there's enough blood and guts flying around to please anyone. The laughs are few but the action is off the chart as Deadpool does battle with a terrorist organization who are trying to abduct his daughter. At the end, Deadpool has to say goodbye to her...sort of and more action is set up for future issues. Will his marriage last? How far will the war with Dracula go? What is going on with the mutants that he freed earlier in the run that was cloned from his DNA? I guess we'll find out as the issues roll on!
Now, before some of you get pissy about why I am reviewing this album on here, let me give you a smack in the head and a history lesson. Andrew "Stripes" Winter is the former drummer of Gorgeous Frankenstein, Blitzkid and a member of Mister Monster. Needless to say, the man is a legend in Horror Rock and people from said community will be interested in anything he does. With Be Prepared he dropped an album that was amazing, droolingly good and had people I know who aren't big on Punk loving the songs. Now, the man is back with a full band and.....has upped the bar in the process. The album lives up to its name as it takes the listener, kicks their ass while having them singing along in no time at all. Whether you are a fan of the genre or not, you will find lots to love while listening to this Punk Rock explosion. Standouts include "Sour Taste", "Broken", "Move On", "If It Rains", "Sinking Feeling", "Hourglass", "Escape", "Waiting" and "Bloodstains". Now, I guess we have to wait and see where the Reckless Dodgers takes us next...'cause sitting here WAITING is the hardest part....no? Don't get it? Go check out the album and you will.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Friday, 8 August 2014
The star of Helter Skelter having passed away, Marilyn Burns is probably best known for her starring role and awesome performance in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In that role, she was memorizing and the ending, with her on the back of the pickup truck....as the final girl, she is just perfect. You can say she became the template of what and how you do a final girl in a slasher film....especially one as beloved as this one is. The film is intense and, you feel how she feels at the end of the movie. This was a franchise that kept pulling her back in with cameos in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and Texas Chainsaw 3D. However, no matter what else she did career wise, she will always be Sally Hardesty who was with her friends, hanging out, surviving the madness and running from Leatherface to safety.
The man behind the makeup of the first two Godfather movies, Taxi Driver and, of course The Exorcist. Having worked on Scanners, Poltergeist III, Exorcist II, the original Dark Shadows series and House of Dark Shadows the man knew his way around the genre. Include some more legendary work outside the genre and the dude was a master at his craft. With the world going to this CGI more and more effects artists like these are rare and far between. However, when one as amazing comes along, the world takes notice and the work is enjoyed by all.
Sunday, 3 August 2014
That's right folks! One of our best exports is reeking havoc upon the United States! Go and check them out, supporting them on their way through the country.