Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Movie Review #1 - Hobo With A Shotgun

Just to start off the post, sorry about the delay in reviews, i was actually going through some personal things in life and didn't have time to post, but i'm back now so here we go!

What is there to say about this movie? It's pretty much exactly what you will think it will be, based off of the title alone. Hobo With A Shotgun is based off of a fake trailer that played in Canada during the fake trailers in the Grindhouse movies and is about a homeless man who train hops to a town full of crooked cops, gangs, drugs, and prostitution. Begging for change to complete his long life dream; buying a lawnmower. He finally get's enough money to purchase said lawnmower, and during his shopping rendezvous a gang of thugs comes in to try and rob the place, but with a shotgun to his right...this Hobo has other plans.

 From that point, the movie is pretty much the Hobo going around destroying the druggies, gangs and crooked cops, and it's pure awesomeness. Not to mention he meets a beautiful sidekick named Abby whom is some nice eye candy. Not to give too much away, but this movie is great. With great, over the top comedic gore, over the top one liners that make this movie as brilliant as it is, and fantastic cinematography, Hobo With A Shotgun has been the most enjoyable movie i have seen this year.
For fans of Black Dynamite, Dead Snow, and all other movies full of black comedy and hilarity.

Delivering justice...one shell at a time!

Hobo With A Shotgun
Production : 7/10
Cinematography: 8.5/10
Acting: 7.5/10
Having Ricky from Trailer Park Boys as a cameo: 10/10
Overall rating: 8.5/10

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Review # 4 - Wintersleep - Untitled

Today's review will be on another album ( yes, ill be doing movies too...eventually ). Today's album is Untitled, by the Halifax, Canada natives Wintersleep. This is much different than the previous music reviews, as it is an indie band, not a metal band as the previous have been. This album came out in 2005, and it in my opinion is easily their best.

With the music ranging from slow, piano driven depressing tracks, to upbeat, almost danceable tracks, this album has it all. Great production, vocals, guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, all fantastic. One of my favourite things about Wintersleep is their drummer; Loel Campbell, who is absolutely amazing. The first thing i notice in any music is the drumming, and with an indy band there is not a lot to work around with when drumming, but by god does Loel Campbell do it. The best part about him, is when he plays live he has a sex face...the entire time. Just fantastic.

Having been the 2nd album to be released out of the 4 that have been released, like most bands their sound has changed. With their newest release; New Inheritors being a little more mainstream, and less experimental ( by no means bad, still a great album ), in my opinion Wintersleep had their best sound on Untitled which is why it remains one of my favourite albums of all time. With amazing melodies, slow ballads that touch your heart, and just a great overall sound, this album is fucking awesome, and you should be buying it already.

Production: 9/10
Lasting Appeal: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Being Canadian: :) / 10
Live Show : 10/10
Wintersleep - Untitled

Friday, 11 March 2011

Review #3 - The Human Abstract - Digital Veil

Today i will be reviewing The Human Abstracts latest effort Digital Veil. With having an original release due out sometime early February, and being pushed back to March 8th i was disappointed. They had released the first single from the album Faust way back in November, and since having my ears raped of awesomeness from that track,  i have been looking forward to the release since. Having released 3/7 songs before the actual release, i had a pretty concrete idea of what to expect from the other 4 songs : head crushing technicality, great production, amazing harsh and clean vocals and just a great sound, and well, fuck, did they deliver on that. With having new vocalist Travis Richter in on the equation, as well as original Nocturne guitarist, A.J Minette back with the band things were looking good.

The first track Elegiac opens with a melodic, beautifully played acoustic piece that sounds almost like something you would hear during a depressing scene in a Mexican themed movie, which erupts into a solo and finishes off at a little over 2 minutes, completely instrumental. A great way to open an album. The next three tracks are technical, fast, loud and make you just want to break shit. Complex Terms, Digital Veil, and Faust are the harder songs on the album, and a great way to make the listener really get pulled into the album for the firs time.

The next four tracks, Antebellum, Holographic Sight, Horizon To Zenith, and Patterns are just as technical as the previous tracks, full of solo's, guitar sweeps and awesome compositions, but they also focus more on the melodic side of THA. With more clean singing than the first half of the album, more melodic, sing-along type choruses, and Antebellum coming in at an almighty 7 1/2 minutes, you can pretty much tell the epicness of this album.

All and all, the record is, in my opinion, the best record to have been released so far this year. With slow melodic parts, quick head banging parts, and everything in between, this record is a must pick up for fans of Protest The Hero, Between The Buried And Me, and anyone who can appreciate talented musicians doing what they do best.

Production: 9/10
Lasting Appeal: 9/10
Originality: 9/10
The Human Abstract - Digital Veil

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Review #2 - Attila - Rage

Self coined ‘party-deathcore’ band Attila from Atlanta, GA have been on the scene for quite some time but have finally released their full length debut; Rage. I do have to say, for an album with lyrics that seemed to have been written by a retarted, 3 year old monkey that missed out on preschool the album itself is a damn fun listen. I’m not a huge fan of Deathcore but as far as im concerned, this one is on top of the list of Deathcore that’s actually listenable. With above average musicianship on the guitars and drums, what really stood out for me on this record was the vocals. The singer manages to go from a raspy scream, to a low growl, to an odd kind of grunt scream, and at times screams as fast as one of those Auction host people, which is not easy to do with this kind of vocal style and it was one of the first things that i noticed upon my first listen…which undeniably resulted in an insta-full chub hardon. With fantastic catchy-as-hell songs, the lyrics are extremely on the lacking side. Again,  the lyrics on this album are fucking wretched. Even though they do go with the beat of the music and fit great, they are just so dull and basic that it saddens me. I think a kenyan who started learning english 4 months ago could have written better lyrics. With lyrics like ” You can’t beat it, you can’t stop it, stick it in your pipe and smoke it!”, “I don’t give a fuck if you like this song, is it heavy enough for you?”,”Who fucking spilled beer on my carpet?” and lastly my personal favourite;” chug chug chug finish that beer!”. Now, don’t get me wrong, the vocalist is obviously talented and probably does write all his lyrics while he  is either high, drunk, or both but try and at least put some effort into writing them.

An album that samples bong hits, shot glasses clanking together, Beers being opened, and people choking on said bong hits, one might pass this album off as another mediocre Deathcore record and not take it seriously. The whole theme of this band is to not take life seriously, to party and just fuck shit that moves and although they don’t take it too seriously,  the band does a great job of meshing their music together from catchy riff ‘A’ to breakdown to catchy riff ‘B’ and it hooks you right in off of the first part about spilling alcohol on carpets. It is a damn good debut and a must listen for anyone who doesn’t mind their music not being too serious, heavy as fuck and just fun to listen too.

Production: 9/10
Lasting Appeal: 8/10
Originality: 6/10
Being sold at Hot Topic: fail/10
Attila - Rage

Review #1 - Every Time I die - New Junk Aesthetic

Every Time I Die’s latest release titled New Junk Aesthetic has been out since 2009 but since i’ve just started this shit i decided i’m going to review it now…YALL HURD ME?
With having released an album once every two years, New Junk Austhetic is, in my opinion, Every Time I Die’s strongest release. With a lot of fans slightly losing hope with ETID in the coming years,  as some seem to think their 2005 release Gutter Phenomenon was a downfall from their raw, relentless 2003 album Hot Damn!, but with New Junk Aesthetic their ball vice was untightened and their nutsacks were allowed to breath with a sigh of releif as this album fucking rocks.

The album opens with half a minute of feedback that leads into a crushing guitar riff and drum beat that slowly gets louder and louder until lead vocalist Keith Buckley comes in singing with everything he’s got, and it hits you like a brick to the face. The album has some awesome, and unexpected cameos as well. Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puctiato ( who happens to be one of my favourite vocalists ) comes in on the fast headbanger The Marvelous Slut and acts as an amazing counterpart to Keith when he sings through the chorus, the Bronx’s Matt Caughthran comes in singing the chorus in The Sweet Life which is an amazingly catchy song, much more catchy than half the bullshit on the radio these days ( I WAIVE MY HAIR BACK ‘N FORTH I WAIVE MY HAIR BACK ‘N FORTH ) and the last cameo, undeniably most unexpected comes from Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, who before listening to this i thought was a pansy little bitch but Wentz proves he has balls with belting out some of the heaviest vocals on the record on the roller coaster ” After One Quarter Of A Revolution ”. Relying a lot less on the ‘southern’ style guitar rifs on this album than their previous releases, Every Time I Die manages to keep the listenter enticed with each and every riff put forth, each vocal harmony and each catchy drum beat.

Using just enough cowbell ( who the fuck doesn’t love cowbell?…Honestly ) to keep a smile on my face, just enough brutally heavy riffs that make me want to be in a mosh pit, just enough sections to drum along too, and with Keith Buckly previously being an english teacher brings phenomenal lyrics and an amazing voice into the equation, this album is an instant favourite of mine this year…hell, in the last 5 years. With every song on this album catchy, heavy, and with persistantly changing tempo and song structure keeping it unbelevibly fresh this is a must listen to anyone who has ears.

Like it or not, fucking listen to this album, its so godamn good. New Junk Aesthetic fucked my face and then finished right in my eye, and i fucking loved every second of it.

Oh, and P.S- Keith Buckley, if you’re reading this, i will go gay for you. Me love you long time.
Production: 9.9/10
Lasting Appeal: 9.9/10
Originality: 9.9/10
Keith Buckey’s sexy voice 9.9/10
Every Time I Die - New Junk Aesthetic
9.9/10 (Nothing can be perfect, but this is damn close)