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Paradise Lost

Posted by Scythey , Jun 27 2015 · 32 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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Nintendo E3

Posted by Scythey , Jun 16 2015 · 11 views

boy, sure is too bad they didn't announce a new Metroid game


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you're invited..

Posted by Scythey , May 23 2015 · 190 views

Xinlo already posted an entry about this, but hey, I figured that as an admin it's my duty to shamelessly plug it too.

..to tTH4!

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tTH4 is the newest incarnation of the long-running and successful Bionicle forum the Toa's Hideout, which was originally founded by a group of BZPower members back in the year 2007. since then it has gone through several revamped incarnations, and we've had a lot of familiar faces among us over the years, including BZP staff and members of The Three Virtues podcast. an offshoot of tTH also briefly acted as an off-topic sister forum to the website Mask of Destiny.

while we're a primarily Bionicle-based forum similar to BZP, we pride ourselves in having a much more casual, laid-back atmosphere and a greater focus on off-topic discussion, of subjects ranging from music and movies to friendly debate and daily life. we also have features like customizable-by-request member titles and personal blogging subforums that are given to you once you reach 100 posts. we consider the site to be aimed more toward older members of the Bionicle fanbase, but younger members who want to join are certainly welcome as well. we invite you to visit us any time.



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Fine Days: 1999-2004

Posted by Scythey , May 14 2015 · 98 views
music, collections

as a side note, if everything goes as scheduled, I should have an entry up tomorrow about a very cool box set I ordered last week.


okay so it's a few days late but that's the postal service's fault.

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I almost pre-ordered this from their UK webstore for about $40 USD when it was first announced. thankfully I didn't, because less than a month after it was released, I was able to get it from Amazon for $20.

great set. I'm pretty sure the DVD is region-locked so it won't work for me, but I bought it for the CDs anyway. I'm a bit iffy on Judgement's remastering, but it's still great to finally own these albums, especially in a package as nice as this. the case is pretty much a hardcover book, and while I didn't get pictures of them, the actual pages inside are pretty cool. full lyrics, artwork, and credits for each of the albums plus some additional commentary and information.

I also own a physical copy of their latest album Distant Satellites which I probably could've shown here, but maybe I'll save that for when I have more of their albums and I can do a collection post.



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Blood Stain Child + The Foreshadowing

Posted by Scythey , May 10 2015 · 81 views
music, collections
I've run out of larger collections to dedicate whole entries to, so here's a couple smaller ones put together.

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this one isn't quite complete, unfortunately. I'm missing the first two albums plus the 2014 Last Stardust EP, but that's because those are all difficult to find (and expensive) outside of the band's home of Japan. I'm fine with missing the first two albums since they predate the trance-metal hybrid style the band excels at, but I would like to track down Last Stardust eventually.

incidentally, the album Mozaiq is also pretty hard to find. for a while it wasn't available through U.S. or European digital outlets, and all the CD copies ranged from $30-$100. furthermore, if you were lucky enough to find a CD copy for cheap, there was a pretty good chance you would end up with one of Amazon's awful "manufactured on demand" CD-Rs instead of the real thing. and as if this wasn't annoying enough, it would appear that virtually all the copies of the album available outside of Japan, digital or otherwise, have the track listing totally screwed up where the songs are all shuffled around and don't match what's shown on the packaging or listed online - some copies, specifically the Amazon CD-Rs, even mistakenly include a song by a completely different band in place of the track "Neo-Gothic-Romance". I somehow managed to luck out seriously a couple years back and find a promotional European pressing on Amazon for $7. it does have the track order messed up, but at least it's not a CD-R and none of the songs are missing.

top to bottom:

- Idolator (European pressing, excludes two tracks included on the Japanese version, includes the music video for "Truth")
- Mozaiq (European promotional copy, includes the bonus track "Cosmic Highway")
- Epsilon (European pressing, includes the bonus track "Royal Sky", an updated re-recording of "Final Sky" from Idolator)

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this one is a complete collection, albeit with a far less interesting background than the Blood Stain Child one. Days of Nothing is a bit harder to find than the other two, but I did manage to luck out and get one for about $8. all of these are American pressings to my knowledge.

top to bottom:

- Days of Nothing
- Oionos
- Second World

as a side note, if everything goes as scheduled, I should have an entry up tomorrow about a very cool box set I ordered last week.



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so the first picture of the Suicide Squad was released

Posted by Scythey , May 03 2015 · 178 views

I didn't know Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw and one of the Goombas from The Super Mario Bros. Movie were going to be in this.


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Age of..

Posted by Scythey , May 02 2015 · 149 views

..Adaline looks like a terrible film. sad to see Harrison Ford waste his talent like that.

this was just something I observed when I saw its poster while at the cinema to see a far less popular film that I'm sure nobody here has seen nor cares about, Avengers: Age of Ultron. great film. liked it better than the previous Avengers movie, although both certainly fall short of the first one.

interestingly, it would seem that Ultron has decided to take a different route in his plan to fight humanity, as he parked a (presumably stolen) S.H.I.E.L.D. truck in front of the cinema and started making rude hand gestures at people. Iron Man was there too, but I guess he didn't see a problem with this because he mostly just stood around in the lobby and did absolutely nothing.



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Suicide Squad

Posted by Scythey , Apr 24 2015 · 215 views

starring Jared Leto as Marilyn Manson as Shaggy 2 Dope as The Joker


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Interstellar

Posted by Scythey , Apr 19 2015 · 147 views

haven't posted anything here for a while. figured this was worth posting at least.

a couple of weeks ago I got the 3-disc collector's edition of Interstellar. comes in a really nice case with an art book and an authentic IMAX film cell.

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case 1 - case 2 - case back



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[UPDATED] Katatonia

Posted by Scythey , Mar 31 2015 · 297 views
music, collections
updated with the just-released Sanctitude concert film/live album. I usually don't buy live albums (indeed, I'm missing the two that Katatonia released previously), but this one was worth it because all of the songs are brand new acoustic reworkings. I'm considering buying the Brave Yester Days compilation of early material because it has some hard-to-find stuff on it. at some point in the future I'd also like to upgrade my copies of Discouraged Ones, Tonight's Decision and The Great Cold Distance to their respective reissued or deluxe versions, but that's not currently a top priority.

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top to bottom:

- Dance of December Souls (2007 reissue featuring Jhva Elohim Meth...The Revival EP as bonus tracks)
- For Funerals to Come EP (2011 reissue featuring bonus tracks)
- Brave Murder Day (2006 reissue featuring Sounds of Decay EP as bonus tracks)
- Discouraged Ones
- Tonight's Decision
- Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2011 tenth anniversary 2CD reissue)
- Viva Emptiness
- Viva Emptiness (2013 tenth anniversary reissue)
- The Great Cold Distance
- Night Is the New Day (2011 tour edition reissue)
- Dead End Kings
- Dethroned & Uncrowned (acoustic reworking of Dead End Kings CD/DVD)
- Sanctitude (live acoustic CD/DVD)

also owned, not pictured:

- Kocytean (Record Store Day 2014 exclusive limited to 2,000 copies rarities EP on trans-orange 12" vinyl)






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