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My King Diamond Tribute

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on January 6, 2015 by slateman

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)

New Guitar. New Music. YEAH!

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on January 4, 2015 by slateman

A nice, routine outing with my wife turned into music store discovery which turned into new gear purchase! I finally offloaded my ever-despised Ovation Celebrity Electric-Acoustic and ended up getting a Guild D-150. This thing is awesome and sounds incredible!

So…of course I have to test it out in recording mode. Now, I had already started recording something new last night and both feature live (electronic) drums by myself! (Translation: They’re pretty poor!) (Follow-Up: I don’t care!) Anyways, the first, aptly titled 1501, is a metal/harmony little tune while the second is just acoustics with electric bass.

Bone Fire: 1501

Bone Fire: 1502

So, I might as well post a pic of my entire guitar collection – which is pretty sick if I might say so myself! \m/!!!

Guitar Collection 2015!

Guitar Collection 2015!

Cube Collection – Winter 2015

Posted in Blog, Cubing on January 2, 2015 by slateman

This past year was a good one with some substantial additions to the collection. Most were cheap fill-ins to voids, but some were stand-out puzzles (the 2x4x6 being one of the coolest ever!) Since I typically keep the collection page updated, I generally don’t need to post here about it. However, a new photo of that ever-growing amassment couldn’t hurt anyone! Overexposed, but whatever. Here’s just the twisty puzzles I have on my shelf!

Cube Collection - Winter 2015

Cube Collection – Winter 2015

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-VIII

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on November 23, 2014 by slateman

Ah, just because. For some reason I was in a rough mood this morning, a little agitated. Why not record? Just 30 seconds of metal here. The mix is crap, but I can’t be bothered to tinker any more. Ought to tend to matters, I suppose. So, another snippet. Enjoy!

Bone Fire: MMXIV-VII

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-VII

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on November 8, 2014 by slateman

This is shoddy but it’s my first recording with keyboards. I purchased a MIDI keyboard ages ago but could never get it to work properly. Here’s just a sample from that first session. Just guitars & keys. Enjoy!

Bone Fire: MMXIV-VI

Now Reading: Prince Lestat!

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Books on October 31, 2014 by slateman

lestatAfter voraciously tearing through the first three Vampire Chronicles books, I was very disappointed with numbers four and five. The next half-decade would provide me with plenty to digest as the New Vampires novels focused on the historical side of the preternatural world, my favorite! I stopped after Merrick and Blood And Gold and thoroughly enjoyed both. That was over 10 years ago.

When Rice merged the world of vampires and witches I lost some interest (though, again, Merrick was phenomenal!) and I never read the Blackwood Farm titles. However, now, after abandoning this world, another tale of our brat-prince appears and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic. Only 40 pages in and I’m bathing in the glory of Rice’s words. She paints such vivid pictures of landscapes, sights & smells, the human/inhuman condition. It’s evident a decade has passed though. The layout has changed to meet George RR Martin’s style. The need for a glossary (Blood Argot, as she calls it) appeases the newcomers who may have grown up on the nu-vampire trends. The topics of science and technology contrast her histories spanning the millennia. However, Rice is as colorful here as ever and the story so far has gripped me. Plenty of familiar names and ‘oh! I recall that!’ type moments. Truly psyched to have this (and another evidently in the pipeline! Now…to get back to it!!!

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-VI

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on October 28, 2014 by slateman

Why not more? A clean guitar this time. This is a short one…nothing special but worthy of a listen, perhaps!!!

Bone Fire: MMXIV-VI

Einherjer – Av Oss, For Oss = Album Of The Year?

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Music on October 26, 2014 by slateman

av-oss-for-ossOh the dilemmas of the modern world. I’m sitting here thinking Judas Priest has put out a phenomenal album, perhaps worthy of the coveted AotY title. But then, let’s not forget Exodus has never actually released a bad album (thus making them the best metal band ever, when I think of it that way.) I loved this band, then they broke up, damnit…but then they got back together and have ‘won’ my AotY in 2004 AND 2010! Wait!!! At The Gates – back from the dead, the first new album since 1995’s masterpiece Slaughter Of The Soul. I remember that album coming out and then them breaking up. The production is insanely good and the album is spectacular. Is it good enough for AotY?!?!

So, Einherjer. I loved this band from compilations and word of mouth in the mid-90s. I bought Odin Owns Ye All and…well…I pretty much hate it. Then, some good stuff and after Blot, they TOO broke up. WTF? But, they TOO came back from the dead and while I liked Norrøn, I didn’t love it. The first single from the new album…OK. The whole album is now available for streaming. Let’s check it out. OMFG! I expected 70s rock + viking death sorta. I don’t know if that’s what I got but I friggin’ LOVE it! It’s catchy, melodic, folk-inspired, groovy…I don’t know what to say. I’d read some iffy reviews of Norrøn and think it got a bad rap. Av Oss, For Oss translates to By Us, For Us. Hell, if this is what they want to put out, I’ll buy their shit for life! The more I listen, the more I think it may usurp the kings…Judas Priest, Exodus, At The Gates. It already passed The Haunted, Insomnium and Vintersorg. Damn, I love this record.

ShengShou Mastermorphix Get! Solve!

Posted in Blog, Cubing on October 26, 2014 by slateman

mastermorphixWow, this 3×3 mod messed with my head. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? Just another 3×3 mod! Dunno, it was one of those that I couldn’t wrap my head around. For future reference, Crazybadcuber’s tutorial will help. Oddly enough, just getting the cross correctly was my biggest challenge with this puzzle. I’m back at it though, hoping to have an easier go the second time around. It’s a fun one…and…my, oh my, the cube collection sure is growing!!!

New Bone Fire MP3: MMXIV-V

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on October 24, 2014 by slateman

This has been a good year! Here’s another metal snippet from the highly-prolific one-man army: BONE FIRE!

Bone Fire: MMXIV-V