Games Meet Metal: November 2010

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dead Rising 2 Case West A Go With Pics!

It's no mystery the tongue bathing I gave Dead Rising 2 and it's downloadable prequel Case 0. Plus, you might of also heard the sound of their balls bouncing off my chin. Hell, i couldn't help it. Dead Rising 2 is such a great improvement over the first game in the series that it deserves the ass kissing. However, for quite some time, we've been promised  a sort of epilogue, where DR2's protagonist Chuck Green teems up with DR1's Frank West to infiltrate a chemical plant.

Well, the wait is almost over, as Dead Rising 2: Case West is popping up in December! It's an Xbox 360 exclusive, so you PS3 owners are just bummin for now. Chuck returns with his weapon making abilities, and Frank brings the camera back. Thankfully, Frank'll be able to click more than just zombies in ....ugh, "erotic" positions. (Christ, you don't know how much it pains me to type that.) Now, he'll be on the hunt for secret intel that'll help convict a pharmaceutical company of the outbreak in Fortune City. 

No word on an exact date or price for the pack, but I'm guessing somewhere around 800 points. In the meantime, feast your eyes on all this buddy cop still image stuff, after the page break.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mayhem Fest and Warped Announce Dates WAAAAAAAY Early, Offer Ornaments and Socks

In wanting to get parent's cash while they're in Christmas shopping mode, both the Mayhem festival and Warped Tour have made their tour dates available mega ahead of schedule,along with the opportunity to et some holiday-themed ticket packages. While I appreciate the idea of preparing everyone ahead of time, these bundles just seem a little left of center.

The Mayhem packs come with a beanie cap and an actual Christmas ornament that you can hang on your tree. The ornament has a double purpose, as it also allows early entry into the venue. Yeah, that's gonna be on funny sight: just tons of kids with holiday memories in their hands, itching to get inside. The Warped Tour has a similar package. You still get an ornament, but instead of the beanie, you receive the worst Christmas gift of all: SOCKS! Not just regular socks, but ugly as hell Warped branded socks! Perfect for that douchebag hipster in your family whose footwear was lacking in irony.

You can look at the Mayhem gear here, while the nasty Warped stuff is here.

However, if you're just interested in dates, you can just click the next page button there, and go nuts. If the tour router is reading this, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for putting the Detroit stops of both tours a month apart. Last time, it was less than a week between stops, and that shit tired out my old fat ass.

8-bit Metal Mondays: I guess their bank accounts are finally empty.

So, after about four years (which is forever in metalhead years), System of a Down are getting back together. They released a press statement that sad that they were happy to be back together and still buddies and friends and drinking partners and tag-team partners and a bunch of other lovey dovey crap. I'd say that the boys are just looking to get some respect back, as well as make back a bunch of money on failed endeavors. Serj's solo career started off hot, but fizzled away quicker than alka-seltzer in water. Then there was Scars on Broadway, who were just absolutely horrible, and cancelled their tour just in time to let us not hear them. Make no mistake about it, these guys need SOAD back together, at least for a little bit, just to earn back some cred and Benjamins.

As for their future quality of work, I remain heavily skeptical. Hypnotize and Mesmerize weren't exactly artisitc triumphs, and the live shows that followed were a major letdown. Toxicity was their peak, both in album and live show quality, and I just don't think they can top it without putting a hella amount of work into it.

Ah yes, time for some bleepiness. How about a Zelda tribute that was mistakenly given credit to SOAD, but was really by some nobody? Listening to the song structure and vocals, it's pretty obvious how a mistake like this can be made.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Legacy Tour-The Live Riff Review

After a few good months of non-concert going, I finally got off my fat, lazy ass and trecked out to downtown Detroit, within the confines of the Majestic Theater to witness the Legacy Tour. An odd combination this time around: a band I've heard very little of, two I've never listened to, and one I've listened to for a long ass time. Still, it's great variety, and I'm all fired up to get my eardrums pounded.

First off, how about an official photo dump? Show opinions after the pictorial mayhem.

Monday, November 22, 2010

8-bit Metal Mondays: Sticking Knives in Inappropriate Places

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is one addictive game. Ever since I picked it up last week, I haven't been able to put it down, thanks to the vast variety of missions. Okay, kill a couple of corrupt guards to help an orphan, destroy a war machine, assign other assassins to missions, help the courtesans with an unruly noble, follow a questionable priest, or just go looking for a shitload of treasure. This damn game is gonna keep me busy for a couple months at least. And with nothing on the gaming radar until late January (except for the Mario tribute package, but that's more of a re-release), I'll be playing this sucker until the bitter end.

To keep with the Assassins's theme and this week's dose of bleepiness, I went searching for some fan-made trailers with metal soundtracks, Some were pretty good, while one forced Evanescence upon us. Eh, no child's perfect. So now, here's one set to some As I Lay Dying.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Souls of Black

Just Because....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

8-bit Metal Mondays... and yet it's Tuesday.

Yeah, yeah, a day late with the main weekly column, but I have a damn good excuse: I've been researching and price checking means for what will eventually be a NEW SITE DESIGN!!! While I like the simplicity and bare-bones-ness of the site as it stands, it's just not gonna grow into something bigger in it's current state. And growing is what I want! The time frame is gonna be a bit, as I would like to hire a graphics artist to help with the redesign and even do some some new stuff.

Anywho, bleepy metal! This one comes as a suggestion form a gamer gal who was really into the old school Castlevania games. Imparticular, the first one. The nearly impossible to beat one. And the tune is from level 5, the level that still gives me nightmares for it's sheer difficulty.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Warped Tour 2010 Photo Dump!!

One of the big things left hanging over my head since life started kicking me in the balls this past September is catching up on uploading a ton and a half of pics from a couple of the festivals me and my photo lady Sheila Chase attended over the summer. Well wait no more for half of them at least are now up. Our Warped Tour pics have finally been posted, and they're quite they're quite the awesome lot.

All photos by Sheila Chase and Nathan Werp.

Alkaline Trio

Dillinger Escape Plan

Every Time I Die

Suicide Silence


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Ocean's Anthropocentric: Another Disturbying Review

When I did my review of The Ocean's Heliocentric CD I mentioned that they had a follow up album called Anthropocentric being released in November. Looks like the folks over at Metal Blade and The Ocean came through and Anthropocentric will be released in stores today. I was really impressed with Heliocentric and I jumped at the chance to give Anthropocentric a listen. I haven't had a chance to listen to The Ocean's back catalog so I expected this album to be a lot like their previous released. That was a bit of a mistake on my part.

Monday, November 8, 2010

8-bit Metal Mondays: It's a Technical Issue

Most of the links supplied for the site go through an app call Twitterdeck. This helps plug stories on Twitter, Facebook, and a few other social sites. Except Myspace, because Myspace sucks. Well, last week, something broke in the system, and what posts we were making weren't flooding out onto the interwebs the way they're supposed to, so i had to do some HTML work. Since I'm no programmer, this took awhile. Oh, like, I just finished today when I started last week. As for now, consider this edition of 8-bit Metal Monday as a bit of a test primer to see if the links are up and working again.

Of course, we have to give some bleepy stuff to the links as well, ya? So, here's Powerglove's rendition on the theme from Zelda.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

8-bit Metal Mondays: Final Fantasy Frustration

So, today I decided to try and finish off the second half of Final Fantasy XIII. You know, the supposed GOOD half. About a couple of hours in, I run into a boss character. No big whoop, beaten plenty before. Well, this jackass has a one-hit kill move that he whips out at total random, and he always aims it at the party leader. In FFXIII, if the party leader dies, the game is kaput. This bastard just kept doing that shit to me, and he generally uses it right when he's about to lose. Really, what a jip. I'll beat him one of these days, but just....  Damn you, Square-Enix, just damn you.

To get in a better mood, I picked some bleepy metal cover that rips off the boss battle music from FF VII. Yhat game may be dates as all hell, but at least the music stands up good.