Games Meet Metal: December 2009

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Monday, December 28, 2009

8-bit Metal Monday: Giving It Up For The Punk

Thanks to my absolute lack of auto maintenance know-how, my car has taken a dive on me. As such I've been forced to egt rides from whoever I can. Lately it's been my co-worker Rick, who's way into the punk scene. And with Rich, you better be prepared to listen to a lot of Bad Religion. Dude just loves the stuff.

After listening to a ton of Bad Religion, I now have a major want for a good chunk of their discography. As well as hearing bleepy versions of their tunes. Sadly, Youtube is a little shy in that category at the moment, so instead, enjoy a remixed version of Shattered Faith.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Most Cliche Gaming Article You'll Ever Read

Gaming has come a long way since the late 70's, hasn't it? What was once a hobby almost exclusively enjoyed by nerds and other bottom-rung-on-the-social-ladder types; is now a nearly ubiquitous cultural phenomenon enjoyed by everybody and their mother (literally, even my own grandparents are gamers now). Or at least that's what we'd like to believe, because not all aspects of gamerdom have evolved from our humble, pimply, basement dwelling sweat-stained shirt beginnings. Among other things, the most noticeable facet that impedes our hobby from true mainstream acceptance guessed it, us. Instead of bonding over our shared love of gaming, we treat our fellow button-mashing compadres the same way we treat everything else in life: if you can't fuck it, kill it. Or in the case of gamers, openly mock and ostracize your game-loving brother/sister if their opinions or preferences differ even slightly from their own. Indeed, how can we hope to be accepted by mainstream society in general if we aren't even accepting of each other?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fear Factory: Perfecting the art of reuniting with a whole new line-up

Fear Factory is one of those bands that I feel gets shit on too much. Demanufacture and Obsolete ar eboth metal classics that get continuously overlooked because they've aquied the nu-metal tag in recent years. Okay, so maybe guitarist Dino Cazares eats babies and souls for breakfast, but picking on him is just masking some really great music. Well, talking about all their drama does a good job of that too.

A few years back, Dino was kicked out of the band, presumably for being a gigantic asshole. I like to think he just mistakenly ate someone's spleen. (Ah fuck, now I'm doing it too.) So they moved bassist Christian Olde-Wolbers to guitar, hired Byron Stroud of Strapping Young Lad fame to handle the bass, and off they went again to record a couple more cd's. One was good (Archetype), and the other was the opposite of good (Transgression).

Thursday, December 17, 2009

And now, a moment to gloat.

This past October, I attended the Dethklok/Mastodon show, and it was glorious. Mastodon performed Crack The Skye in it's entirety, and Dethklok did what they did best: sang songs about coffee, mermaid murder, and wanting to keep all their money. Openers High On Fire and Converge were no slage either. It's just a criminal shame that the crowd just didn't get what Converge is all about. God damn hoity toity Detroiters.

i wanted to write a review of the show, but something was missing. A picture. A capture of an event that ruled six ways to Sunday. While it's too damn late to write the review, I have finally received the photo and I must share it with the world (aka all six of you). Be warned though, this is the type of thing to send you into fits of jealousy and possibly want me dead.

The mystery revealed after the jump.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Big Four Unite!

So, remember how Riff made a post about Slayer and Megadeth touring with Testament a while back? We were all pretty pumped about it because it seemed like a concert like that would never exist. The dudes in the Megadeth and Slayer camp weren't the best of friends and they would rather fight instead of play music together. Thrash Metal fans have been begging for a concert like that to happen since the mid 80's. There couldn't possibly anything more monumental than that, could there?

Monday, December 14, 2009

8-bit Metal Monday: Zombified Bleepiness

So, Rob Zombie has decided to stop making horrid remakes and is gracing us with a new album come next year. Of course, his movie endeavors haven't stopped yet, as he's set to ruin another classic by redoing The Blob. You know, with Rob insistent on giving "his vision" on things that don't require it one damn bit, it just makes me more nostalgic for White Zombie. Sure, Rob was the lead song writer in that group too, but at least they had a filtering system. It wasn't all "ME ME LOOK AT ME!!" because the rest of the band wanted the spotlight too. They even wrote some great tunes to go along with their egos.

Speaking of great tunes, here's the bleepy version of Black Sunshine.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mega Man 'Not-X' X revealed in Nintendo Power

Alliteration, FTW. Mega Man X, not to be confused with the spin-off series "X" that debuted on SNES, has been revealed in Nintendo Power in addition to some minute details. Like Mega Man 9, it will be released on downloadable services (although only WiiWare is confirmed thus far) and feature faux 8-bit graphics, with retro-styled fake box art to boot! An easy mode has been confirmed, which should provide a sigh of relief to those who found MM9's difficulty to be overbearing.

The story will involve (the original, and as far as I'm concerned, only) Mega Man and his search for a vaccine for 'Robotenza', a disease that causes infected robots to overheat and lose control. Proto Man will make an appearance, as well as a new Robot Master named Sheep Man. More details at this link.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Giving Props To The Man

5 years ago today, Dimebag Darrell was taken from us. If there's day to fit in as much Pantera as you can, than today is it. Now go out and get yourselves pissed on a bunch of Black Toothed Grins and get ya Pull! 3!

R.I.P., Dime

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mudvayne's Self-titled Opus: The Riff Review

So, Mudvayne had this deal going. In the modern era of gimmicky sales pitches, the band created a whole black light deal with their latest album. They even offered a deluxe set to 1,000 people, with a bonus: get the digital copy two weeks before the proper copy's release. Me, being a sucker for gimmicky stuff, plopped down my $70 and am now enjoying the digital handout I was promised.

8-bit Metal Mondays: A Special Message To Machine Head

Oh, Machine Head. How awesome your last cd was. The Blackening is, appropriately enough, your version of Metallica's black album. It brought you accolades, sales, respects from the metal world that will last until the end days, and several tours with 'Tallica themselves. It is, in several words, your finest hour.

I was thrashing out to The Blackening today, once again in total bliss. Then a funny feeling hit me. That feeling of, "Damn, this has been out for a bit." A quick look at the release date proves my theory. March of 2007? Jeezy creezy, that's coming close to three years!

Now guys, I love ya and everything you've done. (We'll just pretend that whole rap era never existed.) The Blackening was super tits. But now it's time to stop all the touring, head back into the studio, and lay down the riffage. You don't need to top your last effort, just give us something good, something heavy. Something that'll let you do your own headlining tour in Detroit! (hint, hint)

Until then, we can only imagine what could be. And listen to bleepy versions of songs off The Blackening. Here's Aesthetics of Hate.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Earthbound = RPG Sex

There comes a rare time when I'll give an RPG a chance. In most cases I don't care for the genre at all, as I don't have the patience for them. The gameplay typically found in RPGs are menu-based, and either way too complex or just too dull. Don't get me started on the storylines, which are often packed with anime cliches and take themselves way too seriously for their own good.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sturby's Holiday Gift Guide for Metal Heads

December hit yesterday and Black Friday was last week for my neighbours to the south, so chances are you've already started getting gifts for the holidays. Amongst all the toys and clothes and trinkets for your friends and family, you may be stuck wondering what to get for the person who loves metal. Hopefully this guide will give you ideas to impress that metal head in your life with things that they may not be expecting. I'm not going to promote specific items to get, these are just starting points to set you on the right path to find the perfect gift.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

8-bit Metal... Tuesdays?

So last week, the 8-bit glory got shuttered thanks to the holiday, and yesterday, I came down with some harsh 24-hour bug that just kept me in the sack all day. But now I've returned, and ready to do.... things. And so to start, how about a bleepy tribute to Ronnie James Dio? Poor guy's been diagnosed woth stomach cancer, but it's in the early stages, so Dio should be able to slay this dragon no sweat.