Sunday, November 20, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
I have seen a lot of bands live in the three decades that I have existed on this rock in space. The only band that I’ve seen nearly a dozen times is Opeth. To say that they’re my favorite band is an understatement. I first saw them when they were on the Blackest of Black tour back in 2003. They only played two songs but it was amazing. I have caught them nearly every time that they came through the valley. On the rare chance that they didn’t come directly through the Phoenix area then I would usually travel to a neighboring city to see them. With the release of Sorceress earlier this year it was time for Opeth to embark on their world tour.
Ever since I made the Congregation by Leprous my album of the year for 2015 I have been wanting to see them live. I finally got to fulfill that desire on October 17 when Leprous descended upon the dive-bar venue, Joe’s Grotto. It’s a small, almost seedy bar perfect for metal. The fact that it has a great sound system helps too. My fiancé accompanied me to this show as well as one of my friends whom we met at the venue.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
|Original image credit to JDLinus|
Twenty-five years have passed since Nintendo introduced their 16-bit behemoth, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Those days were dominated by buzzwords like “blast processing” and “Mode 7” to give the 16-bit giants (sorry TurboGrafx-16) a 1-Up on each other. The Super Nintendo was my first home console but second overall video game system after the Game Boy, which I owned.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Live shows are always a treat because you get to see talented musicians perform your favorite songs and you are sometimes treated to special moments that you otherwise won’t get from an album. Agalloch performing “Sowilo Rune” live for the first time as a tribute to Christopher Lee was an amazing experience. The performance of Ne Obliviscaris from their Devour Me tour yielded a similar experience.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Hails and pixels metalhead gamers! I just got back from a long day at the second annual GameOn Expo! This is a convention started by YouTuber Gamester81 that celebrates all things video games. I went to the first one last year but only for the opening day as I got busy with work on that weekend. I also didn’t go for the full weekend this year but the day was filled with fun, games, friends, and my fiancée. Hit the jump to read all about it!
Monday, February 1, 2016
Wouldn’t it be amazing if Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Xenogears) collaborated with Dream Theater? Well, I think that there might be some evidence to this baseless claim that I may or may not have come up with! Dream Theater recently released their dystopian rock opera epic, the Astonishing, and all around it’s a fantastic double album. But there’s a song on there that sounds very similar to a track that would appear on the Chrono Trigger soundtrack. Don’t believe me? Just take a listen to the intro!
Now listen to this Chrono Trigger track.
They sound very similar. It sounds like that Yasunori Mitsuda and Dream Theater indeed collaborated on the Astonishing.