Chicken With Plums DVD Review

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Chicken With Plums focuses on the life of Nasser-Ali Khan, a masterful violin player. When an unfortunate act leaves eir violin in shambles, Nasser-Ali completely gives up on life. Not moving from eir bed, a period of self-realization has to occur to make Nasser-Ali’s life whole again. What Khan ultimately figures out in this dark period is the reason for taking up the violin in the first place. The broken violin represents the love that eir had; rather than suffer, Nasser-Ali realizes that happiness can still lead eir life.  The cast of Chicken With Plums deftly create a narrative that will capture viewers and not let them go until the final credits roll.

Chicken With Plums contains featurettes that further increase the value of this DVD. This means that there is a commentary that is laid down by the directors of the film, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. What is already a detailed and intricate film in Chicken With Plums is given further depth after one watches the film with the commentary. Further context is provided to the film when viewers take in the question and answer session that occurred at Tribeca; the theme of love representing the fundamental force in living seems to draw back to classic works such as the Odyssey and O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”.

Chicken With Plums is available at a number of online film retailers. Check out the Sony Classics website for more information about their 2013 films, as well as those titles that are present in their back catalogue. The film will impress through its treatment of reality and those matters that would otherwise be hard to reconcile.

Rating: 9.0/10

Chicken With Plums DVD Review / 2013 Sony Pictures Classics / 91 Minutes / http://www.sonyclassics.com

Boundless Potential with Mark Walton DVD Review

Mark Walton is a tremendous resource when it comes to keep individuals active and lively when it comes to their occupation. During Boundless Potential, Walton is able to showcase the steps that individuals need to take to make themselves out to be great hires in this current, post-recession economy. With a greater segment of the workforce possessing a college education, those older workers need to ensure that they are not passed over. I believe the way in which Walton captures this phenomenon on the Boundless Potential DVD will allow viewers to easily understand the information that is provided while maintaining their interest throughout. The feature runs for the entirety of an hour, which captures the major points of Walton while leaving considerable room open for additional volumes of this series.
Walton wants viewers to re-evaluate their life. By moving beyond mere shifts in resumes and increasing familiarity with computers to taking complete stock of one’s life, the shifts that this older segment of workers will take makes sure that they can become employed when they want. Ultimately, this could leads to finding the job that one wishes to end their career with; the individual, rather than the occupation, will determine this.
The DVD comes with additional features which include a set of further Boundless Potential pieces; this DVD should be required watching for those individuals that wish to make the most out of their middle years. Make sure to purchase a copy of Boundless Potential at the PBS shop, to best prepare yourself for the uncertainty that will exist if one’s occupation is unable to be supported.
Rating: 9.1/10

Boundless Potential with Mark Walton DVD Review / 2013 PBS / 60 Minutes / http://www.shoppbs.com8876502 (1)

Rotten Sound Still Psycho EP Review

6 song EP, were founded in Finland in 1993. This is the sixth release by these guys, and the first on Necropolis records. They are a five piece band, and the CD Is definitely too short, as there are six songs in a 16 minute block. That comes out to about 2:40 a song. Very fast tempo on these songs, with unintelligible lyrics and killer guitars. Rotten Sound practically rivals Cannibal Corpse in the speed department, with guttural vocals to match. “Ignorance” begins much more melodic before regressing into more of the some super speed metal. The only thing that this song has of note is the stomping chorus that they have, in which the singers voice can almost be understood. While a new bassist is being touted on the CD cover (Mika Hakki), who replaces Pakka Ranta, who left to move to Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, you can barely hear him. Rotten Sound is another of the European metal bands that already have gained serious recognition relatively early in their years, like the Hellacopters, Gluecifer, and Hypocrisy. By their eighth year they have release their third full length album, numerous EP’s and toured countless other times, so no one can say that this band does not try. “Lack of Awareness” is by far the most radio friendly song that Rotten Sound has on this mini cd, with a slower tempo and much less brutal guitars. Don’t get me wrong there, their music still kicks the ass of a good 90% of all of the metal bands out there now, but it just is a light song for Rotten Sound. I still can not tell if the lead singer is singing in English or in another language To properly finish of this cd, a cover of Carcass’ “Reek of Putrefaction” is on here. The track is very well played, with a much cleaner sound then the rest of Rotten Sound’s song.

Rating 6.4/10
Rotten Sound-“Still Psycho” EP

DARK POP BAND PLANS CHILDREN’S ALBUM

Known for crafting dark and clever pop songs, Baltimore synth rock band Red This Ever have announced they are working on a children’s album to be titled Quack.

Quote “We find much inspirations in new wave pioneers like Depeche mode, New Order and Devo but when people ask what our influences are, we often respond with Dr Seuss and Shel Silverstein. Its the classically unique children stories that really move us”.

Please visit Red This Ever’s website at www.redthisever.net/press for more information, including full bios, down-loadable 300 dpi photos and MP3’s.

After releasing their first release, Selfless, they followed up with a Selfless remix EP titled Orchestral Manoueuvres in the Red, then a second album, Never Listen, all while Red This Ever continued to tour the US for two years (nonstop). It was difficult touring and recording but they forged through, and with their third release titled, Little Red Men, they have come into their own with popularity and notoriety. 

Dungeons of Dread Book Review

 

This book is a compilation of four Advanced Dungeons & Dragons modules (Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, Expedition to the Barrie Peaks, and The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth). The glossy style of current Dungeons and Dragons releases does these old adventures well, creating something that provides dungeon masters with a much more focused approach than was present during the cardboard / paper module years.

The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (S4) is my favorite module, blending a proper amount of skill with a compelling narrative. In this adventure, players are brought together with the promise of tremendous wealth. The success of the party will be up to the build of the team (along with some fortuitous dice rolls), along with the creativity and problem-solving skills of the players helming characters. Taken together, these four adventures will provide a playgroup with a number of nights of play.

Make sure to check out the adventures contained in the Dungeons of Dread book and see exactly the level of immersion that AD&D players experienced during their gaming settings in the early eighties. Look to purchase a copy of Dungeons of Dread at your local gaming store; if none are available, the title is readily accessible at a number of online retailers. Strong sales of this effort will ensure that Wizards of the Coast will continue to release the modules and titles that players have been clamoring for; experience this set of retro Advanced Dungeons and Dragons adventures to see exactly why the title received such large support in the years after its initial release.

Rating: 8.0/10

Dungeons of Dread / Advanced Dungeons & Dragons / http://www.dungeonsanddragons.com / Suggested Retail: $39.9561XS2Nlx7zL (1)

John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale 2011 Review

There is no sense that this beer is 11.1%. There is a silky smoothness that will draw imbibers in, while the cloying sweetness (and lack of an alcoholic bite) will allow individuals to sip with (measured) abandon.  In the John Barleycorn Barleywine, there is a warming effect that sticks around long after the beer is drank. Hints of caramel, fig and even slight notes of vanilla will appear in each bottle; the ale’s light carbonation provides a stark palette for flavors to be highlighted.

A bitterness is noticeable at the end of each sip, allowing drinkers to experience the beer in a continually new and refreshed fashion. The Barleywine Ale is eminently drinkable alone, but will heighten the flavors and approaches taken in a steak, lamb, or stew style of cooking.

Take a look at the Mad River website for more information about their slate of beers and their overall availability. Pick up a few bottles of the Barleywine Ale and age them to see what exactly this effort does in the time to come; the 2011 is utterly fantastic and should be purchased by any beer fan.

Rating: 9.2/10

John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale 2011 Review/ 11.1% ABV / Mad River Brewing Co / http://www.madriverbrewing.com
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REIGN SUPREME’s Music Video For “Stuck Pig, Bled Dry”

  Metal Injection has premiered REIGN SUPREME‘s music video for “Stuck Pig, Bled Dry”, which can be seen here http://www.metalinjection.net/video/reign-supreme-stuck-pig-bled-dry-video-premiere. Directed by Feet First Productions, the track comes from the band’s new EP ‘Sky Burial‘ which is available in stores and online now through Mediaskare Records.

The 7-track EP, which was produced by Will Putney (Stray From The Path, Hundredth), features guest appearances by Scott Wade of Comeback Kid, Chris Colohan of Cursed/Burning Love, and Mike Moynihan/Steve Muscemi of Hollow Earth.

WHILE SHE WAITS Announces New Endorsement Deal with Warwick Basses & Framus Guitar

Phoenix, AZ rockers WHILE SHE WAITS are pleased to announce their new endorsement deal with Warwick/Framus Basses and Guitars. Framus guitars and Warwick basses have been used by many artists and bands like Metallica, Alice in Chains, Mastodon, TRAPT, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend and more.

 

WHILE SHE WAITS has released an official statement about the endorsement. “We are so excited to start playing the best guitars and basses on the planet. Getting an exclusive endorsement from Warwick/Framus is an amazing feeling. Having an industry leader believe in our music is unreal. We want to thank Chris at Warwick/Framus for teaming this great company and product up with us.”

 

“As artist relations manager for Warwick and Framus USA, we are thrilled to begin an endorsement relationship with WHILE SHE WAITS,” adds Warwick/Framus Artist Relations rep Christopher Kunitz.  “They are a great band, write awesome, catchy rock songs and stick out from the crowd by having a rip-roaring Southern-rock influence and an extremely high level of musicianship.  Our guitars and basses are the best in the world and are played by some of the best musicians in the world.  We are looking forward to a bright future with WHILE SHE WAITS and the exposure for the brand that they are sure to bring.”

 

This summer, WHILE SHE WAITS plans on hitting the road with fellow Warwick/Framus endorsed band Throw Logic. The band had some words to share about WHILE SHE WAITS’ endorsement as well. “We are stoked to be heading out on the road this summer with our fellow Warwick/Framus guitar endorsed friends WHILE SHE WAITS. The earth rumbling sound of these Warwick bass guitars and legendary tones of the Framus guitars are unmatched. We at Throw Logic want to welcome WHILE SHE WAITS to the Warwick/Framus family.”

 

WHILE SHE WAITS is also currently endorsed by KranK Amplifiers, Swiss Picks, Stiff Amplifications, Tsunami Cables and Buzz Technical.

 

The band is performing at more select shows in the Southwest U.S. this spring. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates:

 

3/30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go w/ Soil

4/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Venue TBA

4/30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go w/ Taproot

 

 

WHILE SHE WAITS recently announced their new record deal with Oklahoma City, OK based record label TMG Records and are working on new music to be released with the label later this year. WHILE SHE WAITS brings the influences of Volbeat, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Blackstone Cherry and more fused with their upbeat Southern-rock styles.

 

 

WHILE SHE WAITS is:

James Cole- vocals

Tommy Gibbons- lead guitars, backing vocals

Timothy Rooen- rhythm guitars

Aaron Belk- drums, backing vocals

Blake Jordan- bass

 

For more information on WHILE SHE WAITS, visit www.whileshewaits.com.

THE ADVENT EQUATION Release Video For “A Violent Motion”

Monterrey, Mexico-based Melodic Proggressive Metal outfit THE ADVENT EQUATION have just released a video for the song “A Violent Motion,” taken off their 2012 full-length, self-released debut album, Limitless Life Reflections.

The video is now playing at this location.

Limitless Life Reflections is a 60-minute juggernaut of power and beauty, that’s sure to appeal to fans of heavyweights like OPETH and KATATONIA. The album was mixed and produced by Alberto “Charles” Leal at Psicofonia Productions with studio mastering by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street studios, Örebro, Sweden. The striking artwork was created by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Scar Symmetry, All Shall Perish) at Rain Song Design, London, England. Purchase the album via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other online retailers.

“The Advent Equation is much more of a reflective intellectual style of metal, ruled by heavy, often somber soundscapes, a mixture of harsh and clean vocals, crushing rhythms, tons of extremely inventive melodic lines and an amazing use of keyboardist tremendous skills, especially in the one keyboard you rarely if ever hear in a metal band, the piano. Fantastic debut album by this heavy and introspective Mexican progressive death metal band.” – Jeff Stevens, Prog Metal Zone

“This album should be heard by all, not just metalheads, but by anyone who wants to know what beautiful music is all about.” – Mr Dread, The Dread Music Review

Monterrey, Mexico’s THE ADVENT EQUATION has been officially active since 2008 and released an EP named Sounds from Within that same year. The EP was recorded in their hometown of Monterrey and mastered in Buenos Aires Argentina. The album released through Asenath Records with national distribution and great public reception. This material gave the band the opportunity to play in important events and festivals around Mexico, participating as opening acts for True, Haggard, and most recently Opeth.

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My Dying Bride to release ‘The Manuscript’ this spring

U.K. doomlord, My Dying Bride, has been imposing its legacy for over two decades, since the debut album As the Flower Withers surfaced in 1992. Now the morose troupe returns with its latest work, ‘The Manuscript,’ set for release on Peaceville Records on May 13, 2013 on CD and vinyl.

 

‘The Manuscript’ contains four new and exclusive songs; a dark voyage spanning over 27 minutes of supreme doom in the unmistakable My Dying Bride style of heaviness mixed with dark tales of foreboding. It was recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, U.K. with the band’s long-time producer, Mags.

 

 

‘The Manuscript’ features four monstrous tracks of brilliantly crafted metal that only My Dying Bride can do, with swathes of doom laden melancholy, harmonic beauty and thundering death metal all combined in its trademark sound.

 

“Four tales of tragedy, loss and bitter vengeance greet the listener with an added assault on the emotions too, leaving the soul grey and limp. There is beauty here, but it’s carrying a dark blade,” commented the band.

 

2012 saw the release of undoubtedly one of My Dying Bride’s finest and most epic works of late, A Map of All Our Failures, capturing the imaginations of metal fans and doom lovers alike with foreboding journeys through love and death, religion and folklore.
The band is set to embark upon a short South American tour next month.

 

Stay tuned for more information on My Dying Bride and ‘The Manuscript.’