New Albums: Summer/Autumn 2015!

Posted in Lists, Music on June 21, 2015 by slateman

Under The Red CloudAfter a long, slow, uneventful first half of 2015, it seems like the behemoths are ready to unveil some true metal for the second half of the year. Sure, we had Blind Guardian and Armageddon. Arcturus and Solefald are good but not AotY material. Marduk is some solid shit but nothing else stands out. Faith No More? Svartsot? Maybe Sulphur Aeon. No…instead we have the following records to look forward to in the next four months. Color me psyched. Some of these are just nostalgia bands, but I’m excited for what could be a good finale to 2015!!!

Updated to include My Dying Bride

July
10 – Cradle of Filth
24 – Joe Satriani
24 – Lamb of God

August
07 – Fear Factory
21 – Ghost
28 – Soilwork

September
04 – Iron Maiden
04 – Amorphis
11 – Slayer
18 – My Dying Bride
18 – The Black Dahlia Murder

October
02 – Children of Bodom

Final Fantasy VII: Remake

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Games with tags on June 17, 2015 by slateman

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September 7th, 1997. My senior year in college had just begun and I had classes and work in the computer lab after school. I snuck out to the local Electronics Boutique at the mall. I bought Final Fantasy VII. I hadn’t played RPGs much, barely any JRPGs and never touched a FF game. For anyone too young, it’s impossible to understand the potency of this game. I remember the ads. “If it were available on cartridge, it would retail for $1,200.” CD games were new. CG in games was new. Symphonic scores were new. And FFVII blew the doors open on all of it. Holy shit. This was unlike anything we’d ever seen.

So, now while FFVII has been on GameFAQs’ top-100 list for…wait for this…6,099 days, I marvel at the endurance. SIX THOUSAND DAYS. My entire life has changed, the entire gaming industry has changed. The madness and dedication to FFVII has not. And while there’s simply NO WAY the remake can ever live up to our memories of 6,000 days ago…I have no choice but to return to Midgard. Back before there were spoilers (well, there were but you probably weren’t online back then. I was already running sites for two years) all you had to say was Aerith (Aeris). That shit changed the way I looked at videogames.

New Bone Fire MP3: 1508

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on June 13, 2015 by slateman

Two songs in two nights! \m/ This is most certainly better than last night’s travesty. Fun metal. That’s all.

Bone Fire: 1508

New Bone Fire MP3: 1507 – Disaster Song

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on June 12, 2015 by slateman

I lost everything I was working on and to be honest, I just wanted an excuse to record something. I really don’t like the intro but the rest of this song is decent enough. It’s chuggy and it’s metal and I can live with that. Here’s your song, titled Disaster Song because I’m not overly fond of it.

Bone Fire: 1507 – Disaster Song

Mastermorphix Algorithms

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Cubing with tags on May 26, 2015 by slateman

mastermorphixI solved this guy once upon getting it and then got stuck on the last layer the second time. (I think I got really lucky the first time!) It sat on the shelf, in a mostly-solved state since and it mocked me. It embarrassed me. I can’t be defeated by a mere 3×3 shape mod!!! Alas, I recall why I didn’t solve it again. The tutorials did not help me in any meaningful way. Today’s savior? My favorite cubing channel, TheMaoiSha! It’s entirely in Spanish, and I’ve loved his videos as of late. Could a Spanish tutorial help where the English-language ones failed me? ¡Sí! Let’s link it up, toss some Algs and call it a night!

Parte Uno
Parte Dos

Permutación aristas:
R’ U’ R U’ R’ U2 R (Rotate L, F, R centers)(B remains)

Orientación aristas:
B’ R’ U’ R U B (L – Front & Left)(Bar – Left & Right)(+repeat last alg if nec)

Permutación esquinas:
R U’ L’ U R’ U’ L U (FL remains – rotates other 3 CCW)

Orientación esquinas:
R’ D’ R D (Beginners’ Method)(if still not fixed, rotate single-color piece)

Vikings: \m/

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Movies on May 25, 2015 by slateman

vikingsWith Erin gone (3 months down – 1 to go), I figured I should finally watch this show I’ve been meaning to. That was about 10 days ago. Now, two seasons are done and I’m itching to start season #3. As a fan of Nordic mythology and as a descendent of a Viking myself (not proven, just know it in my heart, ha!) I’ve gobbled up 19 episodes of Ragnar Lodbrook and his entourage (with especial consideration given to Lagertha – OMG). Two Blue Moons down and I think season three must be at least tasted! I don’t care if this is a historically-accurate depiction of the Viking lifestyle, although I know Ragnar was a real man. I’m just entrenched in this show and digging every minute of it. Moar please!

What To Play: “Real” 2015 Edition

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Games on May 24, 2015 by slateman

DiploI’m going to keep this relatively brief.

Uncharted 4 / Zelda / Street Fighter V – All 2016.

Like music in 2015, I’m left a bit underwhelmed and so the true 2015 games are simply:

MGS V / No Man’s Sky / Just Cause 3

And…let’s face it. NMS is just a shot in the dark. The other two…who knows. More of the same? THPS5? Please. I don’t know. This year is not a great one and so I’ll just hope for something to surprise me.

Mad Max: Fury Road – OMFG

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Movies on May 23, 2015 by slateman

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I wanted to see this. The reviews raved. I finally saw it. I shat my pants.

The action is so over-the-top, so stylized, so outrageous, I couldn’t envision what would come next. That’s about the best review I could give a movie at a time when I feel as if I can predict almost everything, even twists. While you can guess the ending, my meaning is that the action choices blended with a NEW post-apocalyptic world left me surprised and smiling at every turn. See this movie on the big screen. It’s utterly spectacular.

New Bone Fire MP3: 1506

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on April 10, 2015 by slateman

Should go to bed…maybe a groovy riff? Some layered guitars? Bass is a must! No live drums, I suck. Trusty Alesis SR-16! Mixdown! For what it is, I like it. Enjoy!

Bone Fire: 1506

New Bone Fire MP3: 1505

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on March 20, 2015 by slateman

This one has been brewing but with manic stresses in life right now, there it sat. Dormant. Whatever. It’s heavy, drop-d tuning. Live, electronic drums again reveal fundamental flaws but I’m happy with the whole lot of it. It gets a bit loud at the end. Hard to contain such excitement! Five tracks before the end of March…this year has been a good one so far!!!

Bone Fire: 1505