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The GazettE

Posted by Scythey , Oct 04 2015 · 55 views

instead of a full collection update, this is just something I got that I find particularly cool.

about a month ago I ordered a pair of CDs by the Japanese rock band The GazettE, imported straight from Japan. today, they both arrived.

on the left is Dim and on the right is Division (the Batman symbol isn't part of the artwork, that's just the reflection of my shirt)

the coolest of the two is definitely Dim, which I got in the 2-disc limited edition. it comes packaged in a hologram slipcase with artwork on each side that changes as you move it.

front: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

back: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

in addition to the standard CD case, the slipcase also houses a CD-sized photo book.

easily one of the coolest packages in my collection.

BONUS: enjoy this framed picture of a squirrel that I have on my desk.


nine years

Posted by Scythey , Sep 24 2015 · 132 views

apparently yesterday marked the 9th anniversary of my joining BZPower

that's a whole heck of a lot of life wasted on a forum site about toys huh



Posted by Scythey , Aug 29 2015 · 339 views
music, collections
(originally published 7 October 2014, updated and re-published 30 August 2015)

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new album The Ride Majestic dropped yesterday, got my pre-order copy in the mail today. it's so good, probably my #2 favorite album of the year for now.

from top to bottom:

- Steelbath Suicide (Century Media 2000 reissue)
- The Chainheart Machine
- A Predator's Portrait (2003 German re-press)
- Natural Born Chaos
- Figure Number Five
- Stabbing the Drama (US digipak edition)
- Sworn to a Great Divide (limited edition, if that wasn't obvious)
- The Panic Broadcast
- The Living Infinite

- The Ride Majestic (limited edition)

also owned, but not pictured:

- "Sweet Demise" (The Panic Broadcast bonus track, bought digitally)

once my birthday rolls around and I get the inevitable Amazon gift card, I'll probably shell out the $20 for a copy of the Asia-exclusive Beyond the Infinite EP imported from Japan.


unpopular opinion

Posted by Scythey , Aug 17 2015 · 401 views

The Lego Movie has a tragic ending in which the true hero, The Man Upstairs, is corrupted and brought to the dark side.


Brickfair recap

Posted by Scythey , Aug 05 2015 · 198 views

stayed home, ate microwaved pizza, watched anime, was sad. 10/10 will probably do again



Posted by Scythey , Jul 29 2015 · 127 views

I'll be there in spirit, guys


Lamb of God

Posted by Scythey , Jul 24 2015 · 122 views

another opportunity for a collection entry has presented itself with the release of Lamb of God's latest album, VII: Sturm und Drang ("storm and stress" in German) on Friday.

I was interested to hear how the various circumstances the band went through within the last few years would affect the songwriting - frontman Randy Blythe (also a presidential candidate in 2012) was arrested, held, tried, and eventually acquitted for manslaughter in the Czech Republic, stemming from the accidental death of a stage-diving audience member at one of their shows. those dark days are indeed reflected in the lyrics of the new album, but also in the songwriting as well - it is, in my opinion, the fiercest, darkest, most caustic album they've done since 2004's Ashes of the Wake and probably my favorite since that album. really good stuff.

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top to bottom:

- Burn the Priest (2006 reissue; self-titled debut released under the band's original name)
- New American Gospel (2005 reissue)
- As the Palaces Burn
- Ashes of the Wake
- Sacrament (producer edition featuring a bonus disc of song stems)
- Wrath
- Resolution
- As the Palaces Burn 10th Anniversary Edition (remixed/remastered reissue featuring bonus DVD)
- VII: Sturm und Drang (FYE-exclusive deluxe edition featuring bonus tracks and bonus disc of instrumental versions)



Posted by Scythey , Jul 21 2015 · 134 views

the fact that there was a fight scene set to "Plainsong" by The Cure makes this my new favorite Marvel movie



Posted by Scythey , Jul 06 2015 · 154 views

bit of a small discography this time as the band only has three full-length albums (so far; they're recording a new one currently). yet another band that went from a casual interest to an overall favorite of mine.

these guys have had an interesting stylistic progression - from heavy sludge/stoner metal on Red Album to a more progressive/alternative rock sound on Yellow & Green, with Blue Record somewhere in between. all of it is really good, though, which is not something that can be said about all bands that go through such drastic changes in direction (coughOpethcough).

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top to bottom:

- Red Album
- Blue Record
- Yellow & Green (2CD double album)

these guys also have two EPs, First and Second, which are out of print and really hard to find. I'm currently keeping an eye on a set of both that's up on eBay for a decent price, but it's got three days left and I imagine it'll be driven way up by the time it's sold.


Paradise Lost

Posted by Scythey , Jun 27 2015 · 126 views

over the past year these guys went from being a band I had a somewhat casual interest in to being a band I consider one of my all-time favorites. in the last few months I've worked to obtain all their essential albums and this is the result. I'm still missing their debut Lost Paradise, the more synthpop-oriented albums Host and Believe in Nothing, and the 2005 self-titled album, although most of those aren't as well-received as the ones I've got so they're not quite as high-priority. I would also like to get their recent rarities compilation Tragic Illusion 25 at some point, probably digitally.

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top to bottom:

- Gothic (Icarus Argentina pressing)
- Shades of God
- Icon
- Draconian Times
- One Second
- Reflection (best-of compilation)
- Symbol of Life (US edition with bonus tracks)
- In Requiem
- Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
- Tragic Idol
- The Plague Within (US digipak edition with bonus track. currently my favorite album of 2015.)


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