Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

September 1, 2014 –

Although it has little in common with the horror movies and apocalyptic fantasies reviewed here, Ferngully: The Last Rainforest won me over with its themes of humans losing touch with nature and becoming greedy narcissistic dorks who then cause the destruction of rain forests. Warning: this movie is about 1 hour 15 min long and…

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International Congress on Medieval Studies call for papers

August 28, 2014 –

For those metalheads from black metal or other genres with a medieval leaning, an opportunity arises in the call for papers issued by the International Congress on Medieval Studies. If you write on medieval topics, you may consider submitting a paper: Imbas is an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted annually by NUI Galway. The conference gives…

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Happy 63rd birthday, Rob Halford

August 25, 2014 –

The legendary Judas Priest frontman (born 1951) is 63 years old today, August 25, 2014. Introduced to Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill by his sister, Halford became the vocalist for the group and quickly defined his iconic style of singing and found a way to adapt it to the new style. With Stained Class, Halford…

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Wömit Angel releasing Holy Goatse on October 3, 2014

August 22, 2014 –

In tribute to the original and perhaps most shocking internet meme, Wömit Angel plan to release their second album Holy Goatse on October 3, 2014 via Inverse Records. The Finnish band, who some compare to Impaled Nazarene and Motörhead, will unleash their mixture of hardcore punk, metal and rock ‘n’ roll with low-tech presentation and…

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At the Gates reveals At War With Reality cover art

August 21, 2014 –

Swedish death metal/metalcore hybrid At the Gates revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming album At War With Reality and issued some details about the concept and purpose of the new work. The artwork, designed by Costin Chioreanu, reflects the topical direction of the new album toward “magical realism,” a literary genre that emphasizes the…

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Death Metal Angola in theaters this fall

Death Metal Angola tells the story of Angolan couple Sonia and Wilker who want to put on the first national rock festival in their country. They hope that this will unite a people broken by constant warfare, unrest, poverty an corruption. In the trailer, Death Metal Angola lets us hear some of the music from…

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5 metal bands that took their blasphemy seriously

Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation. — Mark 3:29 Many metal bands feature occultist or Satanic imagery and lyrics. However, some metal bands took…

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Downside of MP3s: no enjoyment of whole album

August 20, 2014 –

Who am I to criticize wide and frequent use of technology? It has brought great benefits and much landfill, as well as seeming to fill our time with activities that are both “work” and “fun” at the same moment. It has made life easier, and made the list of stuff to do longer. I suppose…

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Why listen to metal when all it gets you is funny looks

August 19, 2014 –

Every metal fan knows it: the look of incredulity on someone’s face when halfway through a conversation you mention that you listen to heavy metal. It’s a look that says, “Hmm… He seemed otherwise sane and cultured when we were just talking… Didn’t notice he had any problems understanding society’s unspoken rules on personal space…

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Sadistic Metal Reviews 08-18-14

August 18, 2014 –

What are Sadistic Metal Reviews? People engage in the pretense that they are gods who can determine what is true because they want it to be true, instead of what is obvious. They deny reality to make themselves seem important like the pointless egotists they are. Instead, we put the metal before our personal needs…