Saturday, July 6, 2019

Upcoming Films --Announcement of The Murder Muse By George O' Barts

 I just got some exciting news from my good director friend George O'Barts down in sunny Arizona. You might recognize his name from a couple of my previous reviews. George is the filmmaker of the irreverent and unapologetically offensive comedy "Pizza Shop: The Movie" from 2013 and the dark drama "Faye's Redemption" 2017. The next film he promises to bring us is a horror entitled "The Murder Muse". 

George offers this brief description of the film's story: An Arizona Dinner theater, Mother's Murder Hosting, harbors a dark secret hidden in its props room. After the theater owner, Evelyn Brown a former Hollywood star is found dead, the theater is acquired by community college acting instructor Tom Wilson. Tom spends his life's savings purchasing the place at an auction with the hopes of selling the former stars original scripts to bankroll his own filmmaking endeavors and turn the dinner theater into a movie studio. These plans are dashed when he discovers he got much more than he bargained for after one of his students helping clean the place up comes face to face with the former owner's ghost. The phantom shreiks the ominous message "The man in the chair wants to kill you all" at her, then vanishes as suddenly as it had appeared. Tom and his students find themselves caught in a battle between two spirits they don't understand. One that claims to be their salvation and the other one the first spirit claims to be pure evil. The group must solve the mystery of the man in the chair if any of them hope to make it to the end of the school year.

The Murder Muse began filming on June 12 and is expected to be completed by October 2019. More updates will be posted on the groups Facebook and a review of the film once that's been finished will appear here.

Facebook Page:

The Murder Muse-(click here)

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Upcoming Films--RABID- A Trailer With Bite! From Horror Twins Jen & Sylvia Soska!

With the horror genre, we often see remakes and sequels --this is a reimagining and it looks terrifying!

Jen & Sylvia Soska(above) are die-hard horror fans themselves and have assembled quite a great number of films over the years themselves.
Dead Hooker In A Trunk,  American Mary, See No Evil 2, Vendetta(just to name a few)
In their newest film RABID, they are tipping their collective hat to David Cronenberg--Canada's Horror Master in reimagining his film from 1977.
David Cronenberg might be best known for his remake of The Fly -but horror fans know him for his twisted tales of Shivers, The Brood, Scanners, The Dead Zone, & Videodrome, he also has done some thrillers and dramas.
In this tale from The Soska Sisters, the tale is of a simple story that quickly becomes a nightmare that is sure to scare!
I know the trailer looks pretty creepy!

What happens when you realize that to achieve your dreams you have to live a nightmare? Rose is a quiet, demure, unassuming woman in her looks and actions. Her dream is to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves Rose scarred beyond recognition. She seeks out a radical untested stem cell treatment. The treatment is nothing short of a miracle and wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball. It all seems too good to be true. She is now everything she wanted to be. But everything in life comes at a price and this new found perfect life is no exception.

The two women have worked hard for where they have come and have never forgotten those who have helped them get where they are their fans.
Here is something that Jen Soska wrote on her Facebook wall this morning:

"Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for all the posts, messages, and support of us and RABID!! We’re not a big studio. We've not manufactured “stars”. Every article and review comes from someone who gives a shit, not someone who was paid off. It means the world to us to wake up to so much love for the film we poured our hearts and souls into. This was the hardest production of our lives.

THANK YOU more than a simple status update can say. You mean everything to us. If we can follow our dreams, so can you. We started by maxing out our credit cards and now we’ve had the honor to be the first directors to remake a film by our greatest influence, David Cronenberg. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for the support. And thank you for checking out the RABID trailer! We cannot wait to come home to FrightFest’s 20th!"

That is important as far as I see as being thankful is not something to forget for any of us. I am thankful to be able to share this with you and I look forward to seeing the film when it is available to view!

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Monday, June 24, 2019

"Narco Soldiers" Coming In July From MTI Home Video

A new action title is coming soon from the folks at MTI Home Video.
I have some information on the film and also the trailer to give you a better idea of what the film is about.
Narco Soldiers
“Narco Soldiers” is a timely, action-packed crime thriller that explores the resurgence of the Caribbean drug routes and one couple's violent, Bonnie and Clyde-style rise to power.
DVD:UPC # 039414582192
Prebook Date: 06/11/2019
Street Date:07/09/2019
Run Time:98 Min.
Catalog:MTIE 8219
Rating: Not Rated

Genre: Action Thriller

Rafael Amaya was previously
 in “Queen of the South" & 
"The Lord of the Skies”

    Carolina Guerra was previously in
  “Animal Kingdom,” & “The Damned”

                    Octavio Pizano was                                   previously in "Badsville" &
                        “If Loving You Is Wrong”

                         Ricardo Chavira was 
                        previously in “Desperate                         Housewives,& “Scandal”                  
              Cody Kasch was previously
               in "The Last Rescue" &
               “Desperate Housewives”

SPECIAL DVD FEATURES: Closed Captioned, Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, 16:9 Widescreen Format, 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound, Trailers

Here is the trailer for the film:

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

NASHLINE-- New Interview With Lewis Brice Of The Brice Brothers. June 20, 2019

I am going back to the original format of hosting the show this way, instead of having it in a box on the right of the page.
I will update here each time there is a new episode to share. I hope you enjoy this week's interview.

Thank you for watching 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Press Release: Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore Announces Federal Investment In The Banff Television Festival Foundation To Empower Women Entrepreneurs

Yesterday, June 9 was the day the Banff World Media Festival started and this included a welcome video from the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
Here is the video below:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Welcomes Delegates to 2019 Banff World Media Festival(click here)

Press Release:
June 9, 2019 – Banff, Alberta - The Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025. 

Andy Fillmore
Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and  Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Mary Ng,  Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced an investment of nearly $2 million in  the Banff Television Festival Foundation to deliver the Banff Accelerator for Women in the  Business of Media. 

This investment will help empower and train women entrepreneurs to build, launch and grow their own business within the screen-based industries. It is expected to result in 200 women connected with networking, investment matchmaking, and mentorship opportunities. It will focus on advancing gender equality in the media sector, bolstering the economic success of visible minorities,  Indigenous women, women with disabilities and LGBTQ women. 

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy complements the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality, which include addressing pay equity, providing more affordable childcare and putting an end to gender-based violence. 

The Honourable Mary Ng
 “Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do,  it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a  strategy that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by increasing their access to financing, networks, and advice. It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return.”  – The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. 

“If we want Canada’s economy to run on all cylinders, everyone must have the opportunity to succeed. Our government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy will help businesswomen reach  their highest potential and provide their full contribution to our economy by supporting them with  the tools they need to grow their businesses and create jobs.” – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. 

“Canadian women entrepreneurs and business leaders, including many in Banff, make incredible contributions to our economy and community every day. I’m proud to be a part of a Liberal government that takes women’s economic empowerment seriously. From tackling pay equity to  modernizing parental leave, this government is taking action on gender equality because when  women succeed, we all succeed.”  – Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and  Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Halifax.   "

 This program will address a systemic gap in our industry, providing hundreds of women with high-level business training, essential international connections and access to potential capital investment. Our mandate is to make a meaningful impact within the Canadian media industry  leading to the launch and growth of significantly more women-owned and women-led businesses  that are competitive on the world stage."  – Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival.

 Quick facts: 

● The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy complements the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality, which include addressing pay equity, providing more affordable childcare and putting an end to gender-based violence. 

● The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) will help women start and grow their businesses by improving access to financing, talent, networks and expertise through an investment of nearly $2 billion. 

● The strategy will help our government achieve its goal of doubling the number of majority women-owned businesses by 2025. 

● As a part of Budget 2018, the Women Entrepreneurship Fund was allocated $20 million.  Following a call for applications, held in fall 2018 and which resulted in over 3,000  applications received, over 200 projects were funded. The Government of Canada is pleased to be able to support approximately 100 more projects by investing an additional $10  million in the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, to provide a total of $30 million to women-owned and led businesses across Canada to grow their businesses and reach new markets. 

● WES programs complement our government’s broader initiatives to advance gender equality. These initiatives include measures on pay equity, more flexible parental leave and more affordable childcare. 

● Advancing gender equality has the potential to add $150 billion in incremental GDP to the  Canadian economy by 2026. 

● Just 16% of SMEs in Canada are majority women-owned. 

● Only 11.2% of majority women-owned SMEs export, compared to 12.2% of majority male-owned SMEs. 

● The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Canada 2015/16 Report on Women’s  Entrepreneurship indicated that in 2016 Canada had the highest percentage of women participating in an early-stage activity (13.3%) and the fifth highest in terms of female ownership of established businesses among comparable innovation-based economies. 

● Final funding is subject to the negotiation of contribution agreements. 

Associated links: 

Innovation and Skills Plan 

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service 


Accelerated Growth Service 

Industrial Research Assistance Program 

Innovative Solutions Canada 

Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative 

Women Entrepreneurship Strategy 

Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement 

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership 

Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement   


Simon Ross 
Press Secretary 
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism 

 Media Relations 

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 

Follow Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on Twitter: ​@ISED_CA 

Follow @CanadaBusiness on social media for business-related news: ​Twitter​, ​Facebook

All words written here are from the press release that I was sent, except words before the Prime Minister's speech.
Thank you
Anthony Nadeau

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Interview With Robin McKenna Director Of GIFT-A Documentary Of Gifting Across The Globe

I was told of this film by Robyn at Taro PR, she had reached out and asked me if I would like to see the film. Upon doing so there was also an opportunity to speak with the Director of the film Robin Mckenna.
Some information on the film first though, for those that do not know it.

Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character‐driven stories. On North America's Pacific Northwest Coast, a young indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch - to make a name for himself by giving everything away. In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrant families are transformed into a living museum, protected by a barricade of art: a model of resistance, and an invaluable gift. In the pirate utopia of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-apocalyptic desert landscape. Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Lee Mingwei prepares to launch Sonic Blossom - a “transformative gift” of song.

GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we “labor in service of our gifts”, and a celebration of the imagination.

Here is some information on Robin and her story:
(From Gaudete Films Website)

Robin McKenna is an award-winning director, producer, and writer with over two decades of experience in documentary filmmaking.  She is director, producer, and writer of GIFT, a feature-length documentary inspired by Lewis Hyde’s classic bestseller The Gift.  She recently directed a short film with legendary actress Geneviève Bujold, produced by the NFB for the Governor General’s Awards for the Performing Arts, and is in production on Thanadoula, a short animated documentary fairytale, about a real-life “death doula” who finds her calling through the loss of her beloved older sister.  She is producer and director of Medicine, a feature-length documentary about ayahuasca, medicine, and healing, for release in 2019.

Robin grew up in Montreal, Canada, and began making films with the celebrated Radio-Canada series La Course destination monde, traveling around the world alone with a camera making short, creative documentaries.  Her film The Great War Experience won Yorkton Film Festival’s Founders’ Award in 2007. She has directed award-winning series for networks in the US and Canada, and her cinematography credits include City of Borders (Berlinale, Hot Docs 2009) and The Take with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis (AFI Best Documentary 2004).

She is an alumnus of Hot Docs’ Doc Lab and has been a filmmaker-mentor in indigenous communities with Wapikoni Mobile. She is fluent in French and Spanish and has worked in Latin America, Russia, India, Kenya, Israel, and Palestine. She loves creative collaboration and welcomes new projects.

Below is my interview with Robin McKenna:
This film took you 5 years to make, so unlike a feature film, that has a script to follow, etc --here you have real people with no script. You must have had a great amount of film to sort through at that time.
In relation to that did you ever feel like giving up on the task of making the film, what kept you going?
Making the film was a long and challenging journey! There are 4 stories in the film - each has a relationship with creativity and art, and in its own way, reflects on these questions- why we "labor in service of our creative gifts". The bee-girl in the film, Michelle, who's spending all her weekends building a honeybee art car, to give away honey and mead - says people keep asking her, and she keeps asking herself: why spend so much time and energy, on something so ephemeral? The young Indigenous artist and carver, Marcus, says: "It's scary, this part. Are people going to show up?"
As I was finishing the film, it really became clear to me- how personal all these questions were to me, as a filmmaker! Was I crazy, spending 5 years making this movie? Would people show up, would the film find its way to an audience, after all that? So - yes, I asked myself all these questions - and explored them, through making the film. What kept me going I guess was a spark of inspiration, that came to me through this book by Lewis Hyde, The Gift, that's inspired so many artists and writers over time. And the creative challenge of making something that could capture this double meaning of a "gift": how gift exchange connects us, creates relationship, and also the inner gift, the talents, and work that come to us from a place we don't totally control, & how these gifts want to be shared.

 How did you decide to use the footage that you did and will there be more to look forward to on the DVD release or another film?

 It wasn't easy to pare down the 4 stories, so they complemented each other and spoke to each other. The Rome story, for example, could have been a whole film in itself. We chose the moments we loved the most, that captured that "spirit of the Gift", that felt most essential.

The film is still traveling through the country is the film going to see a wider release?

There's actually a new edition of The Gift appearing this fall (Oct 2019), with an introduction by Margaret Atwood, who's a big fan of the book - and a new foreword by Lewis Hyde, talking about the film. We're working on plans now to release the film more widely, concurrently with the new edition of the book.

Anyone interested in booking a screening at their cinema, or a community screening, can find more info here: for Canada, the US, and international.

 The footage from Rome was most amazing how this community has come together in a difficult time for so many of them, but yet they found a common ground and made such an impact for the surrounding communities.
Any updates on how things are going?

Metropoliz, the occupation in Rome, celebrated their 10th anniversary in March. They're still there- although I believe there has been an official eviction order. Their situation is still precarious - nobody knows how much longer they'll be there.

 How were you able to film the young man being sworn in as Chief?

It was an honor and a privilege, to be invited into Marcus' journey, preparing for the potlatch... saving up for 4 years, to give everything away. I think when I approached Marcus, he liked the idea of the double meaning of the gift: that we would follow the story of the potlatch, but also talk about "the artist's gift" - his work as a carver and artist. His father Wayne Alfred, also an artist and carver, talks about this in the film, the "supernatural gifts" we're given: "Some are great hunters, some are great fishermen - my son was born with those gifts, and he used all of his gifts to get this far."

Are you currently working on anything right now, or have anything in the near future?
Image From Thanadoula
(Copyright--Gaudete Films)

I'm making Thanadoula, a short animated documentary fairytale, with the NFB: about the crow as the messenger between the worlds of the living and the dying. It's the true story of a “death doula” brought to her calling through the loss of her beloved older sister, and the threads connecting them... exploring our relationship to death and dying, and the process of letting go. Working with a very gifted artist-animator named Elise Simard- should be a dreamy and beautiful short film, coming out later this year.

I would like to thank Robin for taking the time to answer my questions.

Anthony Nadeau

Monday, June 3, 2019

Country Music News!--Charley Pride, Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Oak Ridge Boys, JD Shelburne, Shane Owens, Tim Atwood To Appear & Perform During CMA Fest 2019

I have been neglecting the Country Music scene these past few years. I do have a few regular people that send me news on the scene. Other than the standard Rock & Metal that gets a lot of features and reviews, I will start doing more of these for you that like Country Music and what is going on in the scene.
The following is from 2911 Media. These are the artists scheduled to appear.
Ava Rowland: June 4-9
* Ava premiered her new video “Exit Sign” on May 17. 
* "Exit Sign" is the second single from her 2018 EP, Polaroid Picture, and is available via PlayMPE.
* Ava's CMA Fest week performances:
- Sat, June 8th at 4:00 pm at Opry Mills Shopping Center (433 Opry Mills Dr.)

- Sun, June 9th at 11:45 am at CMA Fest Spotlight Stage (Music City Center)

The following event is 
"Country For A Cause" Concert: June 5th (3rd & Lindsley @ 7pm)
* Hosted By T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang
* Proceeds benefit Monroe Carell Jr’s Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
* Artists include Crystal Gayle, Mark Wills, T. Graham Brown, Deborah Allen, Jeannie Seely, Tim Atwood, Moe Bandy, Larry Gatlin, John Berry, Jimmy Fortune, Chonda Pierce, Tim Rushlow, Teea Goans, James Wesley and Rockland Road, along with special guest Devon O’Day and perhaps a surprise you won’t want to miss.

*Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms

Charley Pride: June 5-9 
* Charley's CMA Fest week appearances/performances:
- Thur, June 6th at 8:00 am at Opry Backstage Grill for "Charley Pride Fan Club Breakfast"
- Fri, June 7th at 7:00 pm at the Grand Ole Opry

- Sat, June 8th at 3;00 pm at Ryman Auditorium for "Opry Country Classics"
Crystal Gayle: June 5-9 
* Crystal is set to announce first new album in nearly 16 years
* Crystal's CMA Fest week appearances/performances:
- Wed, June 5th at 7:00 pm at 3rd & Lindsley for “Country For A Cause”
- Sat, June 8th at 2:00 pm at Fan Fair X for Jesus Calling booth appearance

- Sat, June 8th at 3:00 pm at Fan Fair X for Universal Music Group booth appearance

JD Shelburne: June 4-7 
* JD's CMA Fest week appearances/performances:
- Wed, June 5th at 7:00 pm at CMT Music Awards (Bridgestone Arena)
- Thu, June 6th at 10:00 am at CMA Fest Spotlight Stage (Music City Center)
- Thu, June 6th at 11:15 am at Fan Fair X for Jesus Calling booth appearance (Music City Center)
- Fri, June 7th at 6:00 pm at Alley Taps (162 Printers Alley)

- Sat, June 8th at 5:15 pm at Ole Red rooftop (300 Broadway)

Oak Ridge Boys: June 6 
* Oak Ridge Boys recently announced a renewed partnership with Producer Dave Cobb for two new albums, including a new Christmas album 
* ORB's CMA Fest week appearances/performances:

- Thu, June 6th at 7:00 pm at the Grand Ole Opry

Shane Owens: June 6-9 
* Shane’s current single “Love To Try Them On” is #46 on the Billboard Country Indicator chart and #29 on the Music Row Country Breakout chart.
* Owens was Music Row’s 2018 Independent Artist of the Year.
* Shane's CMA Fest week appearances/performances:
- Thu, June 6th @ 2:00 pm Tootsie’s (422 Broadway)
- Fri, June 7th at 11:00 am at Fan Fair X for Jesus Calling booth appearance (Music City Center)
- Fri, June 7th at 4:00 pm at The Valentine (312 Broadway)
- Fri, June 7th at 10 pm at Hooters (184 2nd Ave.)

- Sat, June 8th 9:00 pm at Alley Taps (162 Printers Alley) 

T. Graham Brown: June 4-9 
*T. Graham and wife Sheila to be crowned 2019 RC Cola and MoonPie King and Queen on June 15 
* T. Graham recently filmed a roll in the upcoming "The Dream Motel" TV series
* TGB's CMA Fest week appearances/performances:
- Wed, June 5th at 7:00 pm at 3rd & Lindsley for “Country For A Cause”
- Fri, June 7th at WSM Fan & Friends BBQ (2804 Opryland Dr.)
- Sat, June 8th at 11:00 am at Ascend Amphitheater with Tracy Lawrence (310 1st Ave.)
- Sat, June 8th at 4:00 pm at Fan Fair X for Jesus Calling booth appearance (Music City Center)

- Sat, June 8th at 6:00 pm at Nashville Nightlife (2416 Music Valley Dr.) for “Country With A Heart"

Tim Atwood: June 4-9 
*Tim celebrates his latest album ‘Livin The Dream’ 
* Tim recently received the Key to the City for Marion, Virginia 
* Tim is one of the recent inductees, becoming a member of The Wheeling Jamboree 
* Tim's CMA Fest week appearances/performances:
- Wed, June 5th at 10 am at American Legion Post 88 for "ROPE Fan Luncheon"
- Wed, June 5th at 7:00 pm at 3rd & Lindsley for “Country For A Cause”
- Sun, June 9th at 10:30 am at Fan Fair X for Jesus Calling booth appearance (Music City Center)

- Sun, June 9th at 2:00 pm at the Grand Ole Opry for “Sunday Mornin' Country”

All of the words above are from 2911 Media
Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Movie Review--The Bastards Fig Tree-The Haunting Of War Brings About Change & Care Of A Fig Tree(On Digital June 4)October Coast

Dark Star Pictures has announced a June 4, 2019, digital release for the Spanish Civil War whimsical comedy The Bastards' Fig Tree.
La higuera de los bastardos (original title)
1h 43min 

Ana Murugarren’s genre-meshing masterpiece provides a fresh, magical exploration of the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, showing both the brutality of war and its ability to inspire hope and change in a broken society. Karra Elejalde stars.
Near the end of the Spanish War, a "trigger happy" fascist soldier turns into a hermit and gets caught up in the care of a fig tree after the look in a ten year old child's eyes, son of one of his victims, awakes in him the certainty that the kid will kill him as soon as he reaches sixteen years of age.

This is one of those movies that when you start it, you cannot stop watching it, like a good novel -it has you in its grasp.
The story is of a group of soldiers during the Spanish War they come across a house with a man and a young boy who has just turned 16. They were told of the man and his boy by a noisy neighbor. They are considered traitors to Spain. They are both taken to a field and executed. 

Prior to their capture, the youngest man of the family is considered a danger to the men as he haunts one of them with his quiet but menacing stare. They feel if he is left alive that he may seek revenge when he becomes a man. They agree that even they do not kill children.
The story evolves into something much more than a revenge film, the young boy buries both his father and brother in a grave. As a marker, he plants a fig bud from a nearby fig tree, in the ground above where their grave is.
Every night the young boy goes and waters the bud, one of the men follows him to the gravesite, armed with a pistol I felt that he was going to take the child out. Upon seeing him take the water bucket and put water on the grave, he feels remorse.
This is where the film takes a twist and really surprises,  because of the guilt that this one soldier feels he becomes a hermit and resides by the tree for the next the rest of his days
Having dropped out of the army he watches over the tree, armed with his pistol for the constant noisy neighbor and for anyone else trying to get close to the tree, even a cow that is just grazing and eating some grass.
He then is almost treated like a saint and people find out about what he is doing and go there for prayer meetings and a chance to talk with him. The guilt still built inside, he lashes out and is fearful that harm may come to the tree, he sends them on their way.

His former army soldiers pay him a few visits encouraging him to leave the place as the city has their eyes on the site for a new school. 
The city even offers to move him and the tree and on an even bigger lot, he refuses and only he and his former army soldiers-and the young boy know what secret that tree really holds. It is that reason why this group wants him out as the tree keeps reminding them of the horrors they have committed in their time.

I cannot recommend this movie enough, this is one of the best films I have seen this year and it is one that stays with you for weeks after.
I watched the film almost two weeks ago and it is still this fresh in my mind.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Friday, May 31, 2019

New Music Releases May 31, 2018---Wild Planes, Gaahls WYRD, Blindberry Ghost, D-A-D, Kaleidobolt+ more!

This-like many other weeks have a number of New Releases. Please note that the releases seen here are only from the labels that I review for, this is a mixed bag of music. I have so many labels that are kind enough to share the music with me.
Without making this terribly long for you, the reader and for me to put together, I have thought of a new format and that is to have the album cover, a little snippet on the band, label, etc and then I will provide links for the websites and if available , also a music video.
Reternity - "Facing The Demon"
MDD Records
31 May 2019
German collective Reternity are "Facing The Demon" with their debut full-length! With the experience of Carsten Sauter (Mighty D., Pyroclasm), Semen Brik (Echo.Mensch), Sascha Beul (Remember Twilight, Darkness Ablaze) and Stefan Zörner (SpiteFuel, Lanfear, Strangelet), Reternity delivers a compact and extremely multi-faceted record, with a wide-ranging and versatile style approach.

Arcane Mysteries (CD, LP) 
Hells Headbangers 
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present FUNERAL STORM's highly anticipated debut album, Arcane Mysteries, on CD and vinyl LP format. Featuring members from Hellenic scene legends Varathron, FUNERAL STORM delivers truly ancient - and truly authentic - Greek black metal in the most classic early '90s style, full of mysticism and might.

FUNERAL STORM was formed in 2001 by Wampyrion Markhor Necrowolf under the name Raven Throne as a one-man-project. The name was later changed for legal reasons, and after several changes, the moniker FUNERAL STORM was chosen. Lyrical themes were set early on, and are heavily inspired by occultism, legends, myths, evil, mysteries, horror, and the Cthulhu mythos.

Hellish Grave
Hell No Longer Waits
Release: 31 May 2019
HELLDPROD RECORDS is proud to present HELLISH GRAVE's highly anticipated second album, Hell No Longer Awaits.

Hailing from Brazil, HELLISH GRAVE formed in 2011 with the intent to play blackthrash influenced by great masters of the style, such as Vulcano, Sodom, Celtic Frost, Venom, and Nifelheim, as well as classic heavy metal acts like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, and Mercyful Fate. After the release of a demo and an EP, in 2016, the band released their debut album, Worship Macabre, via Kill Again Records, which is also the label home for Violator, The Force, Attomica, etc.

Emboldened by that momentum and striking while the iron's red fucking hot, HELLISH GRAVE return with an even stronger second album, Hell No Longer Awaits, via fans-from-the-beginning HELLDPROD RECORDS. Pushing forward a more unique identity with the force of an iron fist, HELLISH GRAVE here aren't easily labeled as simply "black thrash"; their songwriting chops have deepened, and they've found an ever-elusive balance between tight execution and Bachanalian wildness. More to the point, they're delivering fucking ANTHEMS that are more accurately described as BLACK heavy metal: the headbang reigns supreme, and it's supremely evil. Not for nothing is the album devilishly titled Hell No Longer Awaits, such is their slaying...

Hidden Lapse
Rockshots Records
Release: 31 May 2019

Power-progressive metal band HIDDEN LAPSE has just unleashed “Dead Jester”, the first single off their sophomore album “Butterflies”
The band comments on the album:
“We are all ‘Butterflies’, our lives spring into each other, too fast. This album puts us behind the eyes of eight unique anti-heroes and victims of our time, who don’t belong here though. ‘Butterflies’ is all about being trapped in recursive routines and still remaining on the outside.”
The new album “Butterflies” is an aggressive and melancholic power prog album, with ethereal vocals, abrasive riffing and pounding drums.

"Aftermath” ft. Guests From Primal Fear, Soilwork, Destruction - Out May 31, 2019
Rockshots Records
After almost 7 years of absence, CONSTANTINE from Athens, Greece is releasing his most promising work to date, his second solo album “Aftermath” on May 31, 2019.

”Aftermath” itself is a modern metal masterpiece with CONSTANTINE delivering his most soulful, technical, inspired performances & compositions with collaborations with some of the most prominent vocalists in the world of metal & rock, such as: Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Bjorn ”Speed” Strid (Soilwork), Schmier (Destruction), Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind) & Chris Clancy (Wearing Scars).

TryglavNight of Whispering SoulsExtreme Metal Music / Rockshots Records
Tryglav, black metal from Croatia has released a new single “Night of Whispering Souls” off the debut album of the same name, which will be unveiled May 31, 2019, via Extreme Metal Music / Rockshots Records. The solo act comes from the dark mind of Boris Behara, who was looking to express his vision in his own way and have full control over the music.
Tryglav is a god in Slavic mythology that represents the sky, the earth, and the afterlife. Channeling this power since 2018, Behara creates melodic, aggressive classic black metal with 80’s horror imaginary that is suitable for all fans of the genre looking for something fresh to bang their heads to.

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Cipher - "Réminiscences"Self-released29 May 2019DIGITAL | CD"Réminiscences", the new offering by French melodic death metallers collective Cipher, is like a chest in the cellar which we use to keep our memories for a long time and we end up forgetting what's inside it. But one day as we pass by, we wonder about its content, so we open it and rediscover bits of the past ... pieces of our life. To celebrate 20 years of existence, Cipher has decided to re-record old songs from their discography. “Réminiscences” features 11 tracks released on previous albums plus 1 cover from A-HA. During this exciting experience, you'll be able to testify the band's progress over the years and their path to find an individual style within the melodic death metal genre.

I Am The LawDance of the Southern WitchJudge, jury, and executioner have arrived in metallic form. I Am The Law, the punishing quintet out of Nashville, Tennessee, are here to exact justice while swigging from a bottle of Coldcock Whiskey. Bluesy groove metal is the trade they ply, tracks drenched in the warmth of the South that can switch from lackadaisical to fist-swinging with just one wrong look. That’s the vibe on new double-single “Dance of the Southern Witch”/“The Earth Will Eat Today”, two wildly different tracks to showcase the dualistic styles mentioned above.

EVIL ANGELUnholy Evil Metal (CD, LP, TAPE)Hells Headbangers
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present EVIL ANGEL's long-awaited second album, Unholy Evil Metal, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
Formed during the dark days of 1998 in Lahti, Finland, EVIL ANGEL finally burst upon the international metal underground in 2002 with the Dark Forces of Hell demo. For the next number of years, the band would continue to perfect its outbreak-of-evil style of black thrashing metal across more demos, splits, and the aptly titled Metal Onslaught EP. That last-named record was crucial in pointing the direction forward for EVIL ANGEL: each new recording brought them down into deeper depths of primitivism whilst underlining their connection to the unyielding strength of true METAL.

Concrete FuneralDebut Album "Ultimum Judicium"
Concrete Funeral is a no-holds-barred contingent of death/thrash from Calgary, Alberta that has done much to project themselves to the forefront of their local music scene since 2015. Known for packing venues and festivals while bringing a heavy and powerful presence to the stage, Concrete Funeral has had the privilege to play with bands such as Archspire, Battlecross, Disciples of Power, Kataklysm, and Toxic Holocaust.
Incorporating a vast variety of influences with some of the more prominent being Warbringer, Zakk Wylde, and Onslaught, and Hypocrisy, Concrete Funeral produces a sound in the veins of Death, Exodus and Lamb of God. Citing references like Hobo With A Shotgun; the band embraces over the top comedic horror and frequently embellishes their metal with those themes. Concrete Funeral is comprised of four talented musicians from Alberta that collectively have decades of experience behind them. In May 2019, they will be by releasing their debut album “Ultimum Judicium” with plans for future touring within Canada.

Wild PlanesSingin 'N' Slingin Independent Wild Planes is a rock band based out of New York City consisting of Lead Singer/Guitarist Kris Carmello, Bassist Jimmy “Ray” Hoag, and Drummer Andre Jevnik. Being labeled as a "wild"  band with an unmatched energy and a big personality, Wild Planes is on the rise fusing Rock "N" Roll and Pop."Singin 'N' Slingin is the best body of work we've written so far. From start to finish, its rockin and groovin. We wanted to pay homage to our rock n roll roots and we did just that! Our leading track, 'Money,' is about what we all love and hate.....Money! We wanted to write about Money lyrically within the verses from both sides, having a lot and not having enough. In the end, Money makes this funny world go round. As a band we are wild, funny and always having a good time. This EP captures who we are." Wild Planes
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Gaahls WYRDGastiR - Ghosts InvitedSeason of Mist
Gaahls WYRD, fronted by legendary black metal vocalist, frontman, artist and composer Gaahl, will release their highly anticipated debut album ‘GastiR – Ghosts invited’, via Season of Mist on May 31st.   Gaahl is known as one of Norway’s most talked about and respected extreme metal musicians. His work with TRELLDOM, GORGOROTH, WARDRUNA and GOD SEED has been widely regarded as some of the best the black metal scene has had to offer.  Under the moniker Gaahls WYRD, the vocalist assembled some of Norway’s finest metal musicians. The band consist of Ole Walaunet (The Batallion, God Seed, Grimfist), Frode Kilvik (Krakow, Aeternus) and Kevin Kvåle (Horizon Ablaze). This highly qualified bunch has recently toured a finely selected, career spanning repertoire from Gaahl’s time in TRELLDOM, GORGOROTH and GOD SEED to great acclaim. 

TOXPACKKämpfer Napalm Records „Kämpfer (German for fighter) is for everyone who struggles day in, day out in modern times. For everyone staying true to themselves, never giving up and who keep fighting for their dreams and goals!“ – TOXPACK Berlin based TOXPACK certainly always were true to themselves in the band`s 18 year-long history, and it comes as no surprise their ninth album is still all Sturm & Drang: Pure street rock, as raw as it can be, and as melodic and catchy as it should be! The five piece delivers rough anthems full of longing („Setz die Segel“, „set sails“), calls out imposters („Arschloch“, „asshole“) and writes an ode to the much loved Berlin bar „Trinkteufel“. Kämpfer is rich with heart`s blood and embodies the perfect soundtrack for all those highs and lows life has in store for all of us: This one`s for all you dreamers, kings, losers, drunkards, heroes and those who won`t back down – those who fight.

Into The Night
High Roller Records
Leathürbitch are a promising new American band skillfully combining glam and speed metal. They were formed in 2015 by founding members Patrick Sandiford (guitars) and Meshach Babcock (drums) and consist of a group of seasoned musicians that have made a name for themselves in the Northwest metal community. Based in Southeast Portland, Oregon,

Thrash La Reine
La Foi, La Loi, La Croix 
Thrash La Reine is a Montreal-based French heavy metal trio founded in 2017. In their music, they comprise styles of their main influences of thrash and power metal as well as paying homage to their home city and the francophone punk bands that were notorious in the Montreal scene during their college years. In each song, they mix the epic themes of power metal with the social topics of punk and thrash metal to make a style that they dubbed ‘’Epic Thrash’’.

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GloryhammerLegends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex Napalm Records
The GLORYHAMMER story tells the legend of the glorious hero Angus McFife, who wages a long war against the evil sorcerer Zargothrax, in order to free the people of the Kingdom Of Fife. At the end of the second GLORYHAMMER album Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards, Planet Earth had been destroyed by the Hootsman, with an explosion so powerful it ripped a hole in the very fabric of spacetime. And yet, Zargothrax was still not defeated, for he managed to use his last shreds of power to escape through the dimensional rift. Vowing to defeat the evil sorcerer, Angus McFife XIII followed him into the portal, with no idea where it might lead… In this latest installment of the GLORYHAMMER story, the galaxy waits in fear for the return of Angus McFife XIII, who fought the greatest battle the galaxy has ever heard of, against Zargothrax. All hope of the Kingdom of Fife lies in the strong arms and the infinite wisdom of their young prince.

Release: Blindberry Ghost - Blindberry GhostFormat: CD & DigitalRelease Date: May 31st 2019Record label: Concorde Music CompanyGenre: alternative rockCountry: Finland
Blindberry Ghost is a new Finnish band in the rock genre. This power trio shed its skin and transferred its sound into rock music. Blindberry Ghost was founded in 2018 but the guys have been playing together since 2012 in roots genre. The band is well known for its high-energetic live performances and huge trio sound. Blindberry Ghost will release its debut album on 31st of May.

VORTEX OF ENDArdens Fvror Osmose Productions Born in the northeast of France in the early 2000s, Vortex of End is one of the most uncompromising bands that has risen and terrorized a slowly dying black metal scene.   Years have made Vortex of End's music richer, its violence harder, and its ritual more glorious, and the band thus became the spearhead of what French black metal should have never stopped being: a mix of totalitarian darkness, an elevation through pain, courage through destruction, intelligence through violence, accomplishment in blood. JOIN THE PHALANX. FEED THE EGREGORE.

Release: Chronoform - From the VoidFormat: DigitalRelease Date: May 29th 2019Record label: Inverse RecordsGenre: Modern MetalCountry: Finland
From the Void is the debut album of the Finnish modern metal band Chronoform. Uniquely combining modern and traditional metal, From the Void offers the listener crushingly heavy riffs, progressive and groovy parts as well as some room to breathe.Preceded by 3 singles, which got a great response on streaming services, From the Void marks a crucial milestone in the band’s release history. Having worked on the album for quite a long time, Chronoform have been able to shape their sound well, which means that the record doesn’t sound like it was made in a rush.

D-A-DA Prayer For The Loud AFM Records Eight years. That’s how long it’s been since Denmark’s most celebrated rock band D-A-D released their last studio album. But now the wait is over. The band’s legion of fans can start the countdown to May 31st when the Danish rock legends unveil their latest album, 'Prayer For The Loud’. It’s been a long time coming but it has been well worth it!
The new album harks back to the core of what D-A-D does better than most: four guys who play thrilling rock music with ferocious energy, catchy songs and an infectious commitment. 'A Prayer For The Loud’ has a clear musical link to classic D-A-D albums such as ‘No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims’ and ‘Riskin’ It All’.

1914The Blind Leading The Blind Napalm Records

The Brutality Of The Great War – Pure Historic Blackened Death/Doom Metal!
Metal with WWI lyrics is a traditional affair – especially in the extreme metal sector where bands such as Endstille, God Dethroned or Hail of Bullets set the bar high. But none of them took the matter as seriously (visually too!) as 1914! The Ukrainian act mixes blackened, massive death metal with audio drama soundscapes and disquieting melodies, and tunes like ‘A7V Mephisto‘ bring in the majestic doom factor. The Blind Leading The Blind towers over the listener with dense atmosphere and technical supremacy and even has a surprise up its sleeve in shape of the blackened punk cover version of The Exploited`s ‘Beat the bastards‘. A future genre classic!

Pohjan Porteilta 
Purity Through Fire 
A lurking-yet-potent essence in the ever-fertile Finnish black metal underground, NATTFOG have been a study in "quality over quantity" since their formation in the dark days of 2007. After a demo and a split LP, NATTFOG boldly proclaimed their arrival with the debut album Mustan auringon riitti. Righteously raw yet majestically melodic, Mustan auringon riitti was quintessential Finnish black metal to the letter, but uniquely maintained a rowdy 'n' rousing folkloric element which suggested further mastery to come.

KaleidoboltBitter Svart Records With one foot in classic heavy power trio rock’n’roll and the other knee-deep in a psychedelic frenzy, Finland’s Kaleidobolt blast off into inner space with their third album Bitter. Having perfected their craft on the road all across Europe, with two previous albums under their collective belt, Kaleidobolt have become a fierce live experience, guaranteed to blow minds and ears.
Kaleidobolt, however, is far from your usual deafening stoner rock experience. Their music is all about texture and depth, and beneath the lysergically frenzied riffs hide worlds of exquisite soundscapes. For the new album, the band decided to take an even greater leap into worlds beyond and hired Niko Lehdontie (Kairon; IRSE! and Oranssi Pazuzu) to produce the album and Lauri Eloranta (the current go-to guy in Finland for indie pop and rock bands) to mix it.

Pale MiseryBlack Candles And Gutter ScumLouisiana blackened crust merchants PALE MISERY will release their Black Candles And Gutter Scum debut May 31st. A sonic ambush of second wave black metal and filth-infused crust emerges from the dying earth. Droning riffs poisoned in depression and drenched with violent distortion devour any dismal sense of hope. PALE MISERY crushes all that crawls with a devotion. Out of time and out for blood. Starting as a duo, bassist Thorn Letulle and drummer Garret Cantu set the groundwork for what was to become PALE MISERY. Initially un-ordered chaos, the sound found structure with the early arrival of guitarist Jacob Neu. Solidified in their vision, the three went on to write, record, and produce Black Candles And Gutter Scum.Captured over a period of two weeks, the majority of the album was self-recorded in the band’s home studio while drums were recorded in a wood shop. With the mission to capture the harmonic richness and dynamic performance of the band, atypical techniques were drawn upon; vintage methods paired with modern gear, along with Letulle’s custom built speaker cabinets.

That is all the releases for this week. Please let me know in the comments which one of these you enjoyed the most.
Thank you SincerelyAnthony Nadeau