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The X-Files: Founder's Mutation

Posted by Scythey , Jan 25 2016 · 123 views

..aaaaand that might just have been one of the best episodes of the entire series, old and new. we're off to an inconsistent start, to say the least.

now that the two-night premiere event is over, we're back to a weekly schedule for the next four weeks. shame it'll all be over so soon.


The X-Files: My Struggle

Posted by Scythey , Jan 25 2016 · 91 views

first episode of the new miniseries and I couldn't be more disappointed. that felt like a bad fanfiction put to film. absolutely dreadful.


10 Cloverfield Lane

Posted by Scythey , Jan 15 2016 · 147 views






actual Top 5 Albums of 2015

Posted by Scythey , Jan 04 2016 · 180 views

was gonna do a top 10 but I haven't actually gotten to listen to all of the albums I wanted to from last year, so I'm just gonna do the top 5 instead which I'm pretty sure of at this point. even if I did listen to the rest, the top 5 isn't likely to change.

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5. Sorni Nai by Kauan

This one took me completely by surprise this year, not having been familiar with this band prior and only hearing about the album through some positive buzz and word-of-mouth. Sorni Nai is a concept album based upon the Dyatlov Pass Incident in which a group of hikers perished under mysterious and bizarre circumstances on the mountain of Kholat Syakhl - some of you may be familiar with this story as the basis of the indie survival horror game KHOLAT that was released last year.

The lyrics are almost entirely in Finnish, but even without understanding the words, the subject matter really sets the tone for this album: a blend of post-rock, doom metal, and folk that is cold and bleak, yet also extremely cinematic in its approach to atmosphere. It's pretty much the soundtrack to dying slowly on a mountain, and it's absolutely beautiful.

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4. The Plague Within by Paradise Lost

Not much to be said about this one - after over 20 years, the gothic/doom metal stalwarts in Paradise Lost have returned to the sound they pioneered, fusing the melancholy dirge of doom metal with the raw intensity of death metal once again to fantastic results. Vocalist Nick Holmes is utilizing his death growls for the first time on a Paradise Lost album since 1992's Shades of God, and it's never sounded better. Paired with some of the heaviest riffs of their career (along with some of the most mesmerizing melodies) the resulting album stands up against their early classics as one of the best in their long and storied career.

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3. Holographic Violence by Grave Babies

Another left field album for me, Holographic Violence is the sound of a former noise-punk outfit fully embracing 80s gothic rock with some industrial, shoegaze, and even grunge influences thrown in. This may sound like an unusual mixture, but against all odds the band makes it work incredibly well. icy post-punk basslines clash with distorted riffs and skittering electronics to create an album that is simultaneously dark, catchy, and at times unsettling - as I've described it to numerous people already, this sounds like if The Cure and My Bloody Valentine had a baby, gave it up for adoption, and it was raised by Nine Inch Nails and Alice in Chains. It's weird, atmospheric, kind of scary, and just plain fun.

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2. The Ride Majestic by Soilwork

Anyone who knows me would know that this would be on here. Soilwork are one of my all-time favorite bands, and The Ride Majestic is without a doubt one of the best and most focused records they've ever released. After a string of albums of declining quality during the mid-2000s, the band rebounded hard with 2013's fantastic double album The Living Infinite, seeing them refine their melodic death metal sound whilst pitting the old against the new and throwing in some newfound progressive elements to boot. The Ride Majestic largely expands on this, focusing it even more while upping the heaviness, intensity, and atmosphere perhaps farther than they ever have before. All in all, The Ride Majestic is the newest peak on their continued upswing and a potential new classic for the melodic death metal genre as a whole.

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1. Abyss by Chelsea Wolfe

Here it is - my favorite album of the year, and one of my new favorite albums of all-time. This album not only met my lofty expectations but blew them away. Although singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe's 2011 album Ἀποκάλυψις has been one of my all-time favorite albums for 4 years now, Abyss easily managed to surpass it in every possible way.

While Ἀποκάλυψις dabbled in an experimental mixture of folk, noise rock, and doom metal and 2013's Pain Is Beauty was largely an industrial/electronic affair, Abyss seeks to unite all of it together into a work of art loosely based around the concept of sleep paralysis, something that Wolfe has had personal experience with throughout her life. The songs range from lush and gentle to dense and panicked with Wolfe's gorgeous vocals weaving through them like an ethereal fog, not only complimenting but enhancing the unique atmosphere created by each one. The result is an album that can be described variously as haunting, suffocating, terrifying, beautiful, dreamlike, nightmarish, otherworldly - truly a descent into the titular abyss that explores the emotions, worries, vulnerabilities, and darkness of the human mind.

bonus: the names of some other albums I enjoyed last year, in no particular order

- Permanence by No Devotion
- Dreamcrash by Grave Pleasures
- Opacities by Sikth
- A Dream in Static by Earthside
- Psychic Warfare by Clutch
- The Children of the Night by Tribulation
- Cold Inferno by Disarmonia Mundi
- Untitled by The Armed
- Beyond the Red Mirror by Blind Guardian
- The Mindsweep by Enter Shikari
- Feel the Misery by My Dying Bride
- Purple by Baroness

- Fugue by Rest Among Ruins
- Under the Red Cloud by Amorphis
- Luminiferous by High on Fire
- Every Open Eye by Chvrches
- Exhausting Fire by Kylesa
- Extinct by Moonspell
- Meliora by Ghost
- Art Angels by Grimes
- The Powers That B by Death Grips
- Ours Is Chrome by Superheaven
- Enki by Melechesh
- Restarter by Torche
- Better Nature by Silversun Pickups
- VII: Sturm und Drang by Lamb of God
- Time and Trauma by 36 Crazyfists
- End vs. Beginning by Rise to Fall


top 10 albums of 2k15 (and probably all time tbh)

Posted by Scythey , Dec 31 2015 · 214 views

you can trust me I'm a professional critic

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10. That's the Spirit by Bring Me the Horizon

best hardcore album since Meteora by Linkin Park

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9. Drones by Muse


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8. A Head Full of Dreams by Coldplay

once again proving why they're bigger than The Beatles. without a doubt the definitive British feels-rock band

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7. Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons

a nurse once told me I look like Marcus Mumford. no joke. I'm not even a dude

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6. Got Your Six by Five Finger Death Punch

haven't heard black metal this kvlt since their last album

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5. Dale by Pitbull

liked him better when he was playing Rufus on Kim Possible but his music stuff is pretty good too. can't wait for the prequel album, Chip

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4. Purpose by Justin Bieber

shhhh Justin bb it's ok. I forgive you

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3. Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz by Miley Cyrus (and presumably her dead petz)

it's, like, art and stuff. and if you don't like it you're probably just a misogynist or something

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2. Wake Up! by Pope Francis

pop-rock more like pope-rock

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1. The New Calassic by Cal Chuchesta

pure fire


$5 well spent

Posted by Scythey , Dec 20 2015 · 140 views

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goes for like $50+ on Amazon and eBay, got it for five bucks because of saved-up Kmart rewards points. last one they had in stock in an otherwise completely cleaned-out section of Star Wars merch.


I'm feelin it

Posted by Scythey , Dec 18 2015 · 166 views

the awakening, that is.

just got back from The Force Awakens. instead of talking about how much I liked it, here's my ranking for the Star Wars film series from best to worst:

1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. The Force Awakens
3. Star Wars (AKA A New Hope)
4. Return of the Jedi
5. Revenge of the Sith
6. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
7. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
8. The Phantom Menace
9. The Star Wars Holiday Special
10. the Clone Wars theatrical movie
11. the instructional VHS that came with the interactive Star Wars board game I had in the 90s
12. Attack of the Clones


on behalf of America, I would like to apologize

Posted by Scythey , Dec 15 2015 · 244 views

for that god-awful annoying security tape we put at the top of all of our brand new CDs and DVDs.


Stone Temple Pilots

Posted by Scythey , Dec 14 2015 · 131 views
music, collections and 1 more...
in honor of the late Scott Weiland, last week I ordered the remaining albums I needed for my collection by Stone Temple Pilots, the band he was best known for as well as one of my favorite bands of all time. the final album arrived today.

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from top to bottom:

- Core
- Purple
- Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop
- No. 4
- Shangri-La Dee Da
- Thank You (CD+DVD limited edition; greatest hits compilation also featuring an exclusive track, of which this blog is the namesake)
- Stone Temple Pilots (Target exclusive limited edition)

and that's it. unfortunately in the band's 20 year career they created a fairly small discography, but what a discography it was - yes, some albums were weaker than others (No. 4, Shangri-La, and the 2010 self-titled reunion album are usually thought to not live up to the standards of the first three) but all of them were enjoyable and good in their own way.

the band does technically have one other release - an EP recorded with, of all people, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington on vocals following the dismissal of Scott Weiland from the band in 2013. I personally don't consider this a true Stone Temple Pilots release and prefer to pretend it doesn't exist. there's also some side-project stuff (Scott's work with Velvet Revolver, Art of Anarchy, and solo career; the DeLeo brothers' Army of Anyone; and the mediocre STP-minus-Scott project Talk Show) but the only one of those I've bothered with is the first Velvet Revolver album. while all the musicians in Stone Temple Pilots were talented in their own right, when taking on other projects they simply never matched the incredible chemistry that they had with one another.



Posted by Scythey , Dec 12 2015 · 168 views

hey guys I found this great new game I bet nobody's ever heard of

okay so I'm almost 5 years late to the party but I finally broke down and bought the Legendary Edition of Skyrim during the last Steam sale and it's slowly consuming my life

also: mods make the game 1000x better


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