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The Future World of Yesterday


Symphony for the Lost

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Nov 21 2015 · 366 views

Been a while since one of these music collection updates. Received the new Paradise Lost live album on vinyl + DVD today, and it's quite nice:

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Really looking forward to giving it a listen/watch later. The first half of it is done with an orchestra and seems fantastic from the teasers.


My Fallout 4 Experience Thus Far

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Video Games Nov 11 2015 · 415 views

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Classic Bethesda.

Tried all the fixes and whatnot, so I'm just stuck here waiting for them to hopefully fix it, and by the looks of various forums I'm not alone. Thankfully Steam refunds now exist, so I'll be getting one of those if this isn't addressed soon.

Disappointing, but not unexpected. I'm not one to purchase games at release, precisely because of things like this, but Fallout is one of the few exceptions I'm willing to make.

Granted, the game is not looking great, especially for someone whose idea of a perfect Fallout game is New Vegas. From what I've read and seen, a lot of it is dumbed down compared to the previous games, with things like the new dialogue wheel looking especially terrible, along with a smörgåsbord of other issues to give modders a ton of work to do. The story and writing are also apparently typical Bethesda, which is to say they're trash.
Hopefully once I can actually play it I'll be pleasantly surprised, but I've played enough Bethesda games to not set my expectations too high. Oh well, we'll see.


Happy Halloween

Posted by Queen of Liars , Oct 31 2015 · 253 views

Oh look, an excuse to use my blog.

I do hope everyone's having a nice and appropriately themed Halloween though. It's always a fun time.

I'm enjoying a Halloween playlist, but I've been busy lately so it's a bit more hastily put together than usual. Still, it'll do the job. Might follow it up with some appropriate gaming and/or movie watching later tonight.



Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Jul 16 2015 · 421 views

After two weeks of delays, I finally received my limited edition copy of the new Refused album.
Protip: don't buy stuff from Kings Road Merch. I wouldn't have, since this isn't the first time I had problems with them, but it was the only place you could get the limited edition from.

Anyway, the new Refused album. Freedom. 17 years after releasing what I consider to be the greatest album of all time, The Shape of Punk to Come, Refused have finally returned, and I couldn't be happier. I'm still not over the fact that this album actually exists. For 17 years, a new Refused album seemed like it would never happen. Yet, here it is:

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Such an excellent album too. It's no TSoPtC of course, but that's fine. Nothing is. And Freedom doesn't try to be anyway. Just like they used to do on their previous albums, Refused drastically changed their sound again, continuing to experiment with new things, while retaining the unmistakable Refused qualities.

I guess it's time to show off my updated Refused collection, which are words I did not think I would get to say:

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On the left:

This Just Might Be... The Truth
Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (limited edition digipak)
The Shape of Punk to Come (2010 deluxe reissue)
Freedom (limited edition book)

On the right:

This Album Contains Old Songs and Old Pictures Vol. 1 (Also Known as The EP Compilation)
This Album Contains Old Songs and Old Pictures Vol. 2 (Also Known as The Demo Compilation)
The New Noise Theology EP

Hopefully this time around it won't be too long until there's another thing to be added to this collection.
Long live the New Noise.


The Plague Within

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music Jun 07 2015 · 484 views

After some delays with the official Century Media store, my copy of the new Paradise Lost album finally arrived yesterday:

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A thing of beauty, and probably my album of the year. Of the announced albums I'm aware of this year, only Refused or Ihsahn have a chance of dethroning it.

This also means that it's a good time for a Paradise Lost collection post:

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So, the two on the left are:

Drown in Darkness - The Early Demos
Symbol of Life (Limited edition digipak)

Then the pile in the middle:

Lost Paradise
Shades of God
Icon (Limited edition digipak)
Draconian Times
One Second (Limited edition digipak)
Believe in Nothing
Paradise Lost (Limited edition digipak)
In Requiem
The Anatomy of Melancholy
Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)
The Plague Within (Limited edition digibook)

And finally the two on the right:

Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Limited edition digibook)
Tragic Idol (Limited edition box set; signed by the band)

One of my all-time favourite bands, and one of my most valued collections.


Exams Done

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Daily Life, Education Jun 06 2015 · 264 views

Well, I had my last exam on Friday, which went about as poorly as expected. I guess that at least means I haven't had any expectations crushed =P
Either way, it's a relief to finally have it out of the way and not have to think about it anymore. I was approaching breaking point with stress and anxiety, and it's good to at least have that source of it removed.

And so that's it. My three years of university have passed, and hopefully so have I. Quite the three years, these were. It's interesting to reflect on them and see both how much and how little I've changed. It's definitely going to feel very strange not having university anymore.

For now, I can relax for while, which is really nice. I'll be trying to focus on music this summer, specifically honing my guitar skills, as well as messing around with FL Studio and other software, while I try to set up a good opportunity to move to either Japan or Norway for a while. We'll see how that goes.


Emilie Autumn

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music May 29 2015 · 342 views

It's time for an updated Emilie Autumn collection post, since I recently made a few acquisitions:

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On the left we have the albums:

Opheliac (The Deluxe Edition)
Laced/Unlaced (Limited edition digibook, limited to 2000 copies)
Fight Like a Girl

And on the right we have the compilation and EPs:

A Bit o' This & That (Limited edition digibook, limited to 3000 copies)
Liar/Dead Is the New Alive EP (Limited edition digipak, limited to 3000 copies)
4 o'Clock EP (Limited edition digipak, limited to 3000 copies)
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun/Bohemian Rhapsody EP (Limited edition digipak, limited to 3000 copies)

Which are all sitting on a signed copy of her book.

And that's basically everything. I wouldn't mind getting the digibook edition of Enchant, but it's not a big deal, and otherwise I've got everything of hers I'd want. So that's nice.

Don't mind that sound, that's just my bank account crying.



Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music May 15 2015 · 356 views

It's time for my biggest music collection post thus far: Ihsahn.

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Terrible quality picture, but I don't even know how I would get all those in a single picture and keep it good.

Anyway, yes Ihsahn. This collection includes basically everything he's ever been on, and it's a collection that is particularly close to my heart, as Ihsahn is currently my favourite musician. At least as far as individual people are concerned. Refused are still my favourite band, but as far as individuals go, Ihsahn is second to none.

Now then, let's tackle this bunch of CDs, starting on the left:

Thou Shalt Suffer, which is essentially the earliest incarnation of Emperor. They originally released one death metal/black metal EP in 1991 - Into the Woods of Belial - before the band split up, with Ihsahn and Samoth forming Emperor immediately afterwards. However, Ihsahn used the name again in 2000 to release his solo album Somnium, this time it being a neoclassical/darkwave/ambient album. Both releases are pictured.

Next up, the legendary Emperor, one of the most influential and well regarded black metal bands in the history of the genre (and for very good reason, I might add). The releases are:

Emperor/Wrath of the Tyrant (a compilation including the self-titled EP and the first demo)
In the Nightside Eclipse
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
IX Equilibrium (Special Edition)
Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise
Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath
In the Nightside Eclipse (20th Anniversary Edition)

Following this, we have Peccatum, an avant-garde band which Ihsahn formed with his wife Ihriel (aka Starofash) as Emperor was coming to an end. Here we have:

Strangling from Within
Amor Fati
Lost in Reverie
Oh, My Regrets EP
The Moribund People EP

Now we get to my favourite of these: Ihsahn's solo work which is what he primarily occupies himself with these days. Included here are:

The Adversary
After (Limited Edition)
Eremita (Limited Edition)
Das Seelenbrechen (Limited Edition)

Before we get to the stack all the way on the right, let's look at the three at the bottom:

Blood Must Be Shed - a one-of EP by members of Emperor, Satyricon and Dodheimsgard.
Grimen by Hardingrock - an experimental folk project by Ihsahn and Ihriel, joined by Norwegian folk musician Knut Buen.
Fjelltronen by Wongraven - the dark folk/ambient/medieval project by Satyr of Satyricon, on which Ihsahn plays the grand piano and synths.

As for the stack on the right, that one is for all the albums Ihsahn has appeared on as a guest:

The Sham Mirrors by Arcturus
Deconstruction by Devin Townsend Project
Plains of Oblivion by Jeff Loomis
Bilateral by Leprous
Coal by Leprous
Iter.Viator by Starofash
Themes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and **** by Ulver

And there you have it, my Ihsahn collection. Truly an incredible musician, going with ease from black metal, to classical, to the avant-garde and experimental, and doing it all flawlessly. He has an album in the works which is expected to come out this year, and I am very excited to see where he goes next.


Say Hello to My Little Friend

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Music May 11 2015 · 363 views

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Note that the friend in question is the guitar, not the cat. Cat's been here for a few years already. She does love the guitar bag though.

But yes, I have this guitar now. Which is exciting. I've still got a couple pieces of equipment to arrive in the post in the next couple of days, but then I'll be all good to go and start failing at playing it.

Here's a slightly better picture as well. As it turns out, black guitars are not great for taking pictures of in the night with a phone.

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Deus Ex

Posted by Queen of Liars , in Video Games Apr 08 2015 · 365 views

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I simply can't wait for this.

I usually try really hard not to buy into hype or get too excited when there's very little information available, but sometimes even I can't help it. This is probably the most excited I've ever been for a video game.

It's been known for a while that Eidos have been working on the next Deus Ex game, but now we finally have actual information and it's all getting me psyched.

This is the first time in the series that we'll have a returning protagonist, but I am more than happy with more Adam Jensen. Elias Toufexis' voice acting work as him is just excellent. Michael McCann will also be composing the soundtrack again, which is great to hear as well.

What they've said about the story thus far definitely has my interest, and I have total faith in Eidos that the writing will be just as good as it was in Human Revolution. Gameplay so far sounds like it's going to build on the previous game, with stuff like more fluid use of augmentations and even more open levels, which is just fine by me.

So yeah, I am very excited. Human Revolution is my second favourite game of all time, and the original of course also has a spot in my top ten, so I have extremely high hopes for the new game. The only thing I'm not fond of is the title which just sounds cheesy, but that can be easily ignored if the game ends up as good as HR.


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