Games Meet Metal: April 2011

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Red Johnson's Chronicles: The Riff Video Game Review..... ON YOUTUBE!!!

Well, it took two days, several attempts, stopping and starting, going back, going forward, re-recording, doing a script, fucking up, fixing it, and doing it all over again, and finishing in the wee hours of the night. Yet, it is finished! Our first ever video game review posted on Youtube! Now, it is rough around the edges, so don't be too harsh. Also, I do realize my voice is nasally as all hell. I just blame the audio recorder then comfortably pretend I sound like an exasperated Mexican soccer announcer.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hate Eternal's Phoenix Amongst the Ashes: The Riff Review

"THIS ALBUM WILL FUCK YOUR FACE OFF!!!!!"  Holy Jeebus, what a violent sentence! Yet, it is used constantly in metal reviews for albums that are so incredibly good, that the reviewer has no choice but  to sum up the awesomeness by giving a description of someone's poor face getting ripped apart by a super violent sex act. Could be a dude with a two ton member, or a chick with the world's biggest clit. Either way, the poor recipient's mug just isn't the same. Actually, it's probably been thrown into a corner by this point. You know, because the maggots crawling around need sustenance.

As non-ecumenical as the visual experience may be, at times it can be totally, totally right. Hate Eternal's Phoenix Amongst the Ashes WILL fuck your face off!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Riff Concert Review: BTBAM, Job for a Cowboy, and The Ocean

Saturday, April 23rd @ the Crofoot in Pontiac, Mi.

First off, a big FUCK OFF to the hackers who infiltrated the Playstation Network and stole who knows how much personal data. Thanks to these virgins, I had to change my personal email address as well as update all my online accounts with the new email. Not to mention a new debit card. While I'm at it, Sony themselves deserve a royal teabagging as well for having the opening in their security in the first place. I'd really love to play Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat online, but I can't, can I? If anything. it'll make their E3 speech a lot more interesting.

Okay, enough downers, let's Talk about this awesome show!

The Ocean: t was the German's first tour of America and they impressed everyone in the hall. One major downside though was that they only performed three songs. Well, that's what happens when you write a ton of stuff over six minutes in length. Big highlight was their performance of Origin of Species off of Heleocentric. Still, I was looking forward to hearing Firmament, but they passed on it for tonight.

Job for a Cowboy: Like I said yesterday, JFAC had the sweet spot all night. There were kind of the break band in between two prog powerhouses. However, their break was full-on brutal death metal! Hey, you take the rests how you get them, ya know? Also like I said, it was the band's best show to date, in my opinion. maybe it was because of their preferred choice of re-hydration.

Between the Buried and Me: First time seeing these guys headline, at it was crazy! As promised, BTBAM played their entire new ep Hypersleep Dimensions cover to cover. That only took up about a half hour, and they still had close to another hour to fill! they went over their entire catalog. Form Colors to Misdirect to Alaska and even older. Best set ever from the guys, even if there was no Mordecai or White Walls.

Okay, picture dump time! The best are after the jump, but a few hundred more can be found on GMM's official Facebook page.

Monday, April 25, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays: Position for a Redneck

Sorry for the lack of articles last week, but it was another round of job searching combined with a lack of funds causing some mucho drama in the homestead. I'm not one to air my dirty laundry for the world to see, but let's just say it was very taxing and it made doing any work on the site almost impossible. On the brighter side, it looks like I may have pinned down a jobby job! Nothing great, but in the shitty climate that is the Michigan economic crisis, any job is a good job. Speaking of jobs, or just the word "job", let's yap about a band whose nuts I haven't sucked enough of: Job for a Cowboy.

I attended the Between the Buried and Me tour this past Saturday, and JFAC got sandwiched in between the two progressive bands of the show (BTBAM and The Ocean). Turns out it was a great spot, as it gave a great balance for all the bands. Plus, JFAC RIPPED! Honestly, best performance ever by those guys. Pics were taken, and I'm currently sorting through them for a post either tonight or tomorrow. Depends if I can tear myself away for playing Divinity II long enough to finish it up.

In the meantime, how about some Job for a Cowboy bleepiness. Here's the track that got me into the band, Entombment of a Machine.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Last Week in Video Games

Whelp, I guess I better start pulling my weight around here as it's been well over two months since my last post! I won't make any excuses but I think I will be able to commit to at least ONE weekly update. Since Riff has his hands full with his always entertaining 8-bit Metal Monday's, CD Reviews and Band Interviews, the "Games" content of this website seems to be all but forgotten. I know that as a blog writer I've found trouble sifting through the updates on various sites and just getting frustrated with the sheer amount of what is available to people on the web. For whatever reason you've chosen to visit so I might as well make it worth your while. So without further ado, here is the first weekly video games news wrap up. I won't be able to hit every point but I will try my damnedest to give you a vague idea as to what's going on.

Monday, April 18, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays-Lose Half Yo'self

What a weird time it is to be a fan of Chimaira. Within a span of what seems like a few weeks, half the band decided to walk. Bassist Jim LaMarca went on to do a bunch of side projects and be a dad, programmer Chris Spicuzza founded his own Ipod game company, and drummer Andols Herrick moved on to do, um, well, whatever the hell he wanted to do. To make matters worse, the guys just signed a new record deal and were already in the studio when people started ditching.

Well, to combat this, the Ohio boys got creative. First, they had their producer, Ben Schigel, complete all the drum track. Then main band song writer and lead guitarist Rob Arnold recorded all the bass tracks himself, and had a handful of friends help with the programming and synth tracks. Then, the live version of the band was formed. Emil Werstler, lead guitarist of Daath, became the new bassist, Daath lead vocalist (and former interview victim) Sean Z will do the programming, and Austin D'Amond, a meeber of one of Rob's side projects, is the new drummer. Hey, I love me some Daath, so this suits me just fine, as long as Daath continues to exist.

So, in honor of the new line-up and the new album, we're gonna do some bleepy Chimaira for ya. Why look,they even have some Daath too! Here Chimaira's Implements of Destruction and Daath's Day of Endless Light.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Riff Concert Photo Dump: Skeletonwitch & 3 Inches of Blood

At least that's what the placard says.

Can't believe this was my first concert in over four months. FOUR MONTHS! I've never taken that long of a break from my ears ringing to being able to hear again in a long ass time. But hey, I was due to go deaf again, and hard of hearing I truly was. No long winded diatribe here, just that the show was real fun and worth the $14. I picked the best photos from the show to display below, but if you want a few several hundred more, go to GMM's Facebook page and troll through the Photos page.

Photos start after the jump.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Two Worlds II: The Riff Review

This game is all about idiots, douchebags, assholes, pricks, and seriously mentally ill people. Here, let me explain.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

No 8-bit metal monday this week.... yours truly was out doing a hell of a lot of job hunting. Sitting on my ass and collecting unemployment is a great gig and all, but I gotta work! It's the blue collar blood in me.

I also wanted to give everyone an update on something. Quite a few times I had mentioned that I wanted to start doing video reviews, thus actually giving some use to my Youtube page. Well, I gave it a try this past week, and well....

I suck.

I suck so bad!

Now, I watched a lot of bad Youtube videos in my life, and I can also be critical of my own work. I can now say that the worst Youtuber is way better than my best video on any day. The main problem is that I just don't have good camera presence. Chalk that up to not having the internet growing up. If the camera wasn't pointed at me, then different story. It would also help if someone else was there for me to bounce stuff off of. Until that happens, I just feel like a stuttering buffoon yapping into my webcam. And having to edit out all that stuttering is a goddamn nightmare.

I would still like to utilize my Youtube page as much as possible. I've been posting game trailers on there recently, so I can link back to my page instead of someone elses. I would also like to start doing recorded interviews. The whole "bumping off of people" thing really crops up here. Until then, I'm returning to the typed page. Expect a review of Two Worlds II sometime tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Congrats, Resident Evil! You're a teenager! You just can't kill for your country yet.

Come to think of it, you already have done a lot of killing. It's just that most of them were already dead when you gave them the double tap.

Anywho, Resident Evil is 15 years old now, and Capcom is celebrating. How? By making you buy MORE Resident Evil stuff! Never let an anniversary get by a games company, without them trying to make a buck off it. However, I am a big RE fan (part 5 not withstanding), so at least I'm game to see what is ahead for the franchise.

The boys at Capcom made a little trailer for their future RE titles,which is featured below. Then I'll chime in after the break with my two cents on all the titles.

Monday, April 4, 2011

8-bit Metal Mondays: Melo-death bands like themselves some old school Final Fantasy

I love when a band isn't afraid to show off their nerdy side. While it's becoming a growing trend, there still thrives among metal fans a certain need to be BROOTAL or TROO 24/7. Kind of reminds me the hardcore Trekkies, who are all "I am Spock" whenever they go to conventions. In the end, y'all are just gonna have to face the truth. Beneath all the leather, bullet belts, blast beats, and corpse paint, we're all just a bunch of dorks.

Becoming the Archetype definitely does not have that problem, as they showcase their love of the original Final Fantasy with their new video, Magnetic Sky, Hell, the guys are showing so much dorkitude, that they half-way LARP themselves! I guess they were fine with weapons and torches, but didn't want to go full-on armor. Either way, it still makes for some fine bleepiness for this week.

Friday, April 1, 2011


Keeeeeeeeeee-ripes, it's been a long time since there's been a new Arch Enemy album. I'm pretty sure I've cut my hair and let it get long TWICE since they released their last record. Okay, they've done some re-releases, a live album, and a re-do album (re-recording old songs with the current line-up). Still, none of that had that fesh-baked smell, ya know?

Well, Arch Enemy have finally cooked a loaf of bread for consumption. The new cd's called Khaos Legions, and they're giving away the first single, Yesterday is Dead and Gone, for free! You just have to go through the usual "sign up for our newsletter" song and dance. If you're still game, then click here. I just finished listening to the track myself, and it ain't that bad. A little mellower than what was featured on Rise of the Tyrant, but it still has the melo-death groove Sweden is known for.