With 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!
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.
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.
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
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
So, you ‘reboot’ your franchise by making a side-story of sorts which takes place on a ship, but this reboot is just for the Nintendo 3DS, a rather limited market. You test the waters (pun!) to excellent reviews and then, as is Capcom’s wont, you port it over to a bunch of other platforms. It seems reasonable. I never jumped at RE: Revelations and even after getting it on sale on the PSN, I didn’t play too much. However, as the REmake was just out and with Revelations 2 coming, I played a bit over the last month. It’s actually quite good! Most reviews critiqued the graphics but I swear, we all forget how good games don’t have to rely on visuals. Now, the story is ludicrous (as is Jessica’s outfit) but I don’t play RE for practicality. For what it is, it is entertaining. It’s more RE which I love and that’s enough for me.
I have yet to finish that game’s campaign but it’s OK. Resident Evil’s mythos isn’t really shattered now that I’m already halfway through RE:R2, one of the weirder acronyms. This one is entirely coop, though you can’t play online that way. I’m disgusted at how games have really put online coop on the backburner as it’s one of my favorite genres and this game would be perfect for it. Anyhow, this new title is awesome. I’ve read reviews slagging the first episode and others slagging the second (all while praising the opposite, it’s strange) but whatever. It’s fun. Claire’s campaign is more action-oriented while Barry’s is more survival horror. It’s relatively cheap AND Raid Mode is spectacular! I just leveled Hunk up to level 50 and as the next two weeks roll out, more will be added. And while the weekly installment thing irked me at first, I’ve now embraced it as I can’t wait for Tuesday to come to play the next episode! It’s all brilliant and has me salivating for more.
After beating the REmake a handful of times, including a 2:30 speedrun this past month, I’m sold on the RE franchise again. I’m not the die-hardest of fans…but at 39 years old, nobody cares anyway. My history is scattered but damn, I’m enjoying it now. Skipping some titles, here’s my experience…
RE (PS1 – played, never beat)
RE2 (PS1 – beat)
RE3 (never played)
Code Veronica (DC – touched a few times)
REmake (GC – played, never beat)
RE0 (GC – played, never beat)
RE: Outbreak (PS2 – played, beat?)
RE: Outbreak 2 (PS2 – played, never beat)
RE4 (GC/PS2/Wii/PS3 – beat numerous times, not on PS3 though!)
RE: Umbrella Chronicles (Wii/PS3 – beat on Wii, not on PS3)
RE5 (PS3/Xbox360 – Platinumed, beat everything PS3, beat on 360)
RE: Darkside Chronicles (Wii/PS3 – played, never beat either)
RE: Revelations (PS3 – will beat by next week)
RE6 (PS3 – beat, never finished Ada’s campaign – not my fave RE)
RE:R2 (Halfway done – digging it!)
I haven’t beaten half the RE games I started…I guess that’s pathetic. :) Whatever. Having fun now!
I got into comics in the mid-’90s reading X-Men and I recall the day I bought my first comic (of that era). It was in the autumn of 1995 now that I check and it was X-Men #45. Later that week I snatched up Uncanny X-Men #325 and I was exposed to the utterly-spectacular art of Joe Madureira. Comics had come a long way from the ones I’d read in the ’80s as a kid and the art was incredible. While I read several comics over the next few years, Joe Madureira style has always been my all-time favorite.
Joe Mad’s run on the X-Men didn’t last too much longer and I anxiously awaited his new creation, Battle Chasers in 1998. Issue #1 was all I had hoped for. It seemed that Madureira (who is just one year my senior) had the very same tastes as me. The fantasy sword & sorcery tone was mixed with a steampunk futuristic mech deal and his penciling was leagues beyond his peers (IMHO). Issues 2 and 3 came soon but the delay between them only grew. The publication history of my new favorite comic was chronicled everywhere. It’s great, but waiting 2-3 months or more kind of ruined any momentum.
Canceling issue #10 in 2001 meant merely nine issues over more than three years. Not a very good track record. I followed Mad through his cover work for other comics and whatever else he did but my interest in comics waned. I played both Darksiders games, never finishing the second. I even met him in 2003!
So, now, 2015…the remnants of Vigil Games and we have not only a three-issue arc completing the original Battle Chasers storyline but also a potential Battle Chasers Game?!?! My excitement is evident but let’s just say one thing here…I’ll believe it when I see it. Two issues a year he was going at a decade+ ago.
However, I shouldn’t be so jaded! This is fantastic news and while I don’t know how many die-hard BC/Joe Madureira fans there are after all this time but I’m on board with the comics and the game! In fact, I don’t think I’ve purchased a comic since 2001 or so – but hell yeah I’m getting BC #10 or whatever they call it.
I’ve actually been thinking about the X-Men lately and picked up an issue and flipped through it. Not entirely sure if I care to start up that affair with comics again. If it’s a Madureira series though? You won’t be able to keep me away! Now…we wait. Hmm…feels awfully familiar! :)
It’s been a few weeks and I had this chuggy idea in my head. I don’t have enough time to really let these riffs get realized so I record them fast. Instead of letting them grow and mature, I just start layering shit on top of it and voila! the best 44 seconds of the day. *sigh*
Whatever. I like this one. I doubled all the guitars, including all the solos so everything is fully panned left/right. Bass was done in one take and drums in two, but you know to expect little from the latter. Whatever. METAL!
|Bone Fire: 1504
It is well known that King Diamond is the man. Andy LaRocque, well, he’s the man as well (so you can point that fucking finger up your ass!) Sorry…Tool lyrics there.
Anyways, that duo has created some of the best music ever. In fact, King with both bands may be the greatest musician in history, just judging by the number of top-notch albums…but I digress…again!
With a new guitar in tow, a buddy suggested I re-record some acoustic awesomeness from the ’80s. His suggestion was Drunken Wisdom but I’ve been out of the Overkill loop for some time. This morning, A Visit From The Dead came on random and that was it. Could I pull this off? I am in fact not the man and both Andy and Pete’s guitarwork on Conspiracy are perfect and glorious metal anthems. So, while I can’t possibly live up to that blinding excellence, here’s my poor-man’s ode to King and 1989’s slab of excellence Conspiracy. Busted out in an evening, replete with the normal imperfections that time and love could address…here goes nothing!
|Bone Fire: 1503 – A Visit From The Dead (Intro)