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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CD Review: Ragnarok Juletide(Released Nov 11, 2014)Spinefarm Records



(Band's Bio-in red)
Finland's annual all-star symphonic rock Christmas project Raskasta Joulua will release a new studio album in 2014. For the first time ever these versions of Finnish and international Christmas classics will also be recorded in English language and released under the banner of Ragnarok Juletide.
Line-up - The Voices:
Elize Ryd / Marco Hietala / J.P. Leppäluoto / Tony Kakko / Jarkko Ahola / Ari Koivunen /
Pasi Rantanen / Antti Railio / Ville Tuomi / Antony Parviainen / Tuple Salmela / Kimmo Blom

Line-up - The Band:
Erkka Korhonen - guitar, arr. / Tuomas Wäinölä – guitar / Vili Ollila – keys
Mirka Rantanen – drums / Erkki Silvennoinen - bass


(My words-in purple)There have been a great many Christmas albums put out in almost genre of music there is out there and this is easily one of the best, some heavy metal, symphonic metal and some gloom metal as well. This is clean singing 100% and even those that are not real hard rock/heavy metal fans should appreciate this great mix of Christmas traditional music & that of Finnish origin as well.

Ragnarok-Juletide-We Celebrate at Christmastime


That link above gives you a small sampling of what this group is all about but not deliver the greatness that this some great music and yes they sing all the standards here is a list of what is on the album.

Track Listing:

1. "We Celebrate at Christmastime"

2. "The First Noel"

3. "Here on the Hay"

4. "Little Drummer Boy"

5. "The Elf"

6. "Christmas Is Here"

7.  "Sylvia's Song"

8. "White Christmas"

9. "Home for Christmas"

10. "A Sparrow on a Christmas Morning"

11. "Christmas Has Come"


12. "Ave Maria"

White Christmas has never sounded so good my friends, that goes for so many of these songs as many radio stations across the globe only play the radio friendly Christmas music that the masses are accustomed to hearing why play anything out of the ordinary and maybe give people choices than what everyone else plays all the time?

Ragnarok Juletide is the definitive collection of Holiday Songs for headbangers. This is the way you've always wanted to hear you X-mas music - you just didn't know it could be done this way before!


The project's founder/producer/arranger/guitarist Erkka Korhonen says: “This show has become a tradition for so many people in all age groups. They're really looking forward to seeing us before the Christmas holidays. Even people who haven't celebrated Christmas for years have found its spirit again through what we do. Since we've expanded the vocalist line-up every year after the 2nd album (released 2006), the audience wants to hear our new vocalists on the record. It'll be fantastic to bring these songs into other countries too!”


I am pleased to hear a different run of an Christmas album with a heavier sound for sure.

Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau

Monday, December 15, 2014

Little Shop of Movies Review: The Maze Runner(Available December 16 , 2014)


                       

 Story Synopsis:

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.



This has a very "Lord of the Flies" feel to it and never does it get tiring as there is a great deal of action throughout what is one of the more entertaining films of the year.

Very early on we are introduced to Thomas and he is ordered to write his name on the wall amongst the others. There are challenges to being a part of this group as he finds out when not doing as instructed there are consequences for that.

This group of young men get along for the most part , but are unapologetic for most of what happens.
This is a well told story and though there was a scene where they keep one of the young men away from the grievers I thought if the branches were that strong why not climb to the top of the maze and try that way to get out?

There is some good suspense and action abound with the grievers that they come across in the maze.
Looking like giant spiders and sounding like every other creature that has crawled onto the big screen in the last ten years. Although geared towards the teens this is something an adult like myself can enjoy.


Near the end a young woman ends up joining them in their quest to get out of the glades as they call them. If you are looking for some action and a standard action film try this I think you may like it, I did.


Thank you for reading this 
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau




Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Night Videos-- December 5, 2014 AC/DC-The Tea Party- Peversing Promise-Machine Head , Final Drive + others



I would like to welcome you all back for:
Friday Night Videos
I am going to show the intro below because the great people that are Ideal Zero were kind enough to do an intro the video show.
I would like any of you bands out there , if you are interested make a short intro like the one below and send it to me and I will include it on the next shows, just short and sweet like they did.


video

The first video is from Ideal Zero the song is "Before We Drown"







The next video is from AC/DC and their title song off their new album that was just released this week.



Also another song from the same album
"Play Ball"


Next is The Peversing Promise:

For Shauna O'Donnell from Pavement Entertainment has asked me to post this for her.

Post-Hardcore powerhouse, The Persevering Promise have released a brand new lyric video for their song, Crown The Victor, off of their debut release, An Illusion In Shambles. The Persevering Promise made Billboard Charts for the first time with An Illusion in Shambles, charting at #8 for the Pacific region in July.



The Tea Party who is with Inside Out Music their song is "Water on Fire"


Early years (1990–1995)

The Tea Party was formed in 1990 by Jeff Martin, Stuart Chatwood and Jeff Burrows after a marathon jam session at the Cherry Beach Rehearsal Studios in Toronto. Each member had previously played together during their teenage years in a number of different bands in Windsor, Ontario, where they were originally from. They had decided to name their new group The Tea Party after the infamous hash sessions of famous Beat generation poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Next is Machine Head with their song "Now We Die"



Now onto a band that I loved their album the band is "Freak Kitchen" and they had released a video for their song "Freak of the Week"


I like them so much I am going to have a double shot of them with their other song "Sloppy"




This is another for Shauna O'Donnell she had asked me to put the trailer up for One-Way Mirror's album release:

Currently one of the biggest rock bands to come out of France, One Way Mirror made its American debut in 2008 on Metal Blade Records with its self titled album. The album received rave reviews from both critics and fans alike. The band released two more European only albums and are prepared to make their sophomore return to North America with "Capture". The album contains a more melodic rock approach combining elements of American hard rock and European melodic metal. 

The band currently plans to tour Europe with Soilwork and also have a full North American tour in the works. Fans of European melodic metal such as Lacuna Coil, In Flames, and Volbeat will embrace this piece along with American fans of Seether, Alice In Chains, and Deftones.



The final band for the show this week is none other than Voodoo Queen Management's roster bands 
Final Drive
I have been with Voodoo Queen for a number of years at the top of my blog you can find a link for it and all that we do.
Yvonne Loveland is the reason that VQM does what it does,check the band out and then check out our site and other affiliates as well.


Bio:
Final Drive delivers a Southern Groove Thrash Metal style of furious rock riffage and high energy aggression. Described as a mix of Clutch, Machine Head and Pantera. Chunky riffs, anthemic choruses, and a singular focus on getting asses out of seats. 

“Lifeswork” is 11 tracks of blistering metal, dueling bluesy, chug heavy, thrash guitars, high speed thunderous drums and ferocious vocal growls. 

Thank you for watching this week!

Anthony Nadeau


MTI Home Video Review: Bloodworx(Available Now)


The medical profession has long had guinea pigs for tests whether it be lab rats or chimpanzees they have been permitted to test their products on humans as well -I am ok with the latter as at least a human can decide whether they want to be a part off the testing or not. Animals do not have that option sadly.

Story Synopsis:
A couple of college students decide to sign up for pharmaceutical testing of a new allergy drug to make some extra cash for their spring break trip. They quickly discover their two week stay will not be as easy as they first believed and fight to save themselves from the grips of the facility.

The tests are simple enough  but then there are some complications that come with the testing as more of the drug is administered things start happening to the patients , we soon find it is not a drug for allergies but for healing of wounds , cuts etc. Later on also find out this is also being tested for re-animation as well.
The doctor in charge of this trial also knows that with much overuse of the drug rational thought or disgust are no longer present at least that is what they found with some of the animals.
This was a very well done and strong acting throughout this film, my slight problem was this being a test drug how did they make a antidote for it when it is still in the testing stages. and he is cured within a matter of minutes. That was my only complaint.

The film moves along quickly and has enough sci-fi/horror for those that like it.



Thank you for reading this
Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau