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All the Heavy Metal is with the Nostalgia

26 Apr

Available to order on Amazon USAHeavy Metal Steelbook Editionir?t=wiupgeatthmo 20&language=en US&l=li2&o=1&a=B09S6R2YWQ

Heavy Metal was the magazine to read during the 70s and 80s. The reason is that it was the place for talents to write or draw what they want–and not be restricted by censorship. In its original format, I was introduced to the works of Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius). In the American edition, names like H. R. Giger, William Gibson and Harlan Ellison soon graced this publication.

Some of the writing and the artwork featured was once considered cutting edge; it’s very clearly a product of its time. The sexist works won’t hold up today for obvious reasons, and releasing this movie is mostly for those who are okay to the violence and adult themes portrayed. Fans of this anthology series have a remastered 4K presentation of the first movie to thrill to. An extra disc of the main and the second film on blu-ray was unusual. When comparing the prices of the Amazon USA and Canada edition, the former is the better place to order from.

In looking at the purchased physical release rather than an advanced online screener (that I had to wait to arrive by mail order), there’s plenty to like in this remaster. A bit of that soft grainy look is gone, and the better images come later in the film than earlier. Plus, for collectors, the Steelbook offering is a huge draw!

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God of Riffs VR Early Access Preview in Review

5 Aug

god of riffs pictureBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

God of Riffs is available to preview on Steam, and it has a long way to go before becoming a playable product in a virtual reality market where there’s at least 30 rhythm-based games in this genre. It’s currently limited to the Oculus Rift, Rift S, and Quest. Strangely, the Quest 2 is not included despite being an update to the prior model. Also, both units can operate standalone. I am surprised a VR ready PC is required when the Quest’s biggest selling point is that it can work standalone.

The early access version shows potential as an optional version of Beat Saber to play. Officially, this highly popular game prefers modern alt-pop over other genres, and without a high-end PC, I can’t access the mods offered by fellow rhythm game enthusiasts (I’m a Apple Macintosh devotee with a PC laptop).

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Come on Feel the Noize! The Story of How Rock Became Metal

4 Dec

 

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Cleopatra Entertainment

VOD Release Date: December 3, 2019
Available on iTunes and Amazon Primeir?t=wiupgeatthmo 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B0826G8C69.

Plenty of documentaries exploring the growth of heavy metal music exist. Come on Feel the Noize! The Story of How Rock Became Metal is a new feature which goes beyond how the original Slade song started defining a new sound. It hit number one in the UK Singles Chart upon release; the cover by Quiet Riot more than a decade later cemented a style of performance theatre into popular culture. Metal is also a lifestyle, a state of mind. There’s more to it than meets the eye–or rather the rapid rhythms from the drums and melodies squelched out with heavily distorted guitars.

Director Jörg Sonntag and writer Thore Vollert‘s work digs into what being metal is about. Their reveal is reminiscent of the 2018 Dutch film, Heavy Trip. However, this documentary is not simply about lifestyle choices. Instead, it’s on the evolution of the sound.

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Punk Rock sensation BRATS at Anime Los Angeles 2020!

11 Sep

RMMS-BRATS-ALA-2020.jpgBe prepared to rock out with Japanese Rock Band BRATS to debut at Anime Los Angeles 2020! (January 9-12, 2020). They will perform at the Ontario Convention Center on Friday, January 10, 2020, and hold a fan Q&A on Saturday, January 11. They are appearing by arrangement with Resonance Media.

Formed by sisters Rei Kuromiya (vocals) and Aya Kuromiya (bass) – this all female act created the opening theme “Ainikoiyo” for the anime series To Be Hero and performed “Nounai Shoukyo Game” for the Japanese film Slavemen.

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The Dirt on The Dirt: The Mötley Crüe Biopic

6 Apr

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Say what you will about the lads from Mötley Crüe–Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx–but after watching The Dirt on Netflix, I felt rebellious again! I wanted to thrash it up and relive those glory days. Yes, I listened to a lot of heavy metal back then. Plus, the ’80s to ’90s was a memorable time in music history. We went from punk rock to heavy metal to grunge. To say what’s next this style of music, who knows.

This heavy metal band’s sound was toned down when they entered their glam phase and I’m thankful I had Judas Priest’s hard-hitting edge to counterbalance. The Crüe gang had another thing coming with the rockstar lives they led; not every telling moment and scandal was revealed.

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