Black Suit Karma – Negative White (CD)

“In Between The Space of Things” shows that the band knows how to craft a rock track that touches upon the distinct genres and developments that have been created in the last fifteen years. Black Suit Karma comes forth on “Space of Things” with a tight set of musical arrangements that burst into fleshes of intensity that will stick with listeners for weeks and months after their first listen. This introduction is followed up by an equally strong “Omega Horse”, with the band’s deliberate progression showcasing the fact that the bands next hard rock attack is just around the bend. Where “In Between The Space of Things” played more to the Coal Chamber and Disturbed side of rock music, “Omega Horse” has a more storied, Pantera and Machine Head approach to things. Continue reading “Black Suit Karma – Negative White (CD)”

Anberlin Interview (Conducted By Jam Shawna)

Interview with Anberlin singer Stephen Christian

How are you doing?

Doing wonderful. I’m here in San Antonio, Texas on our New Surrender headlining tour.

What’s the meaning behind the new album name?

Well, New Surrender for me was more of like a motivational speech in two words as best as I could. What it is basically for me is that I think that in everyone’s life there is something that’s holding us back from achieving or being what we’re supposed to be or pursuing our dreams, or there’s something out there. Or maybe it’s something that’s holding us back and we need to surrender from it. It could be something as mundane as television or cigarettes. Or it could be something as deep as like insecurity or fear but there’s always something that’s holding us back from something that we know we need to be and so for me there’s a lot of lyrics especially on the song, “Breathe” that just talk about surrendering from the life that they had once lived and so I think that’s basically the title for New Surrender.

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The All-American Rejects – “Gives You Hell”

As someone who has kept up with the band since the days of “Swing Swing”, the intro to this song leaves me shocked that I am hearing The All-American Rejects. The opening and bouncy beat definitely channel Smash Mouth, when upon further research I discovered this song was produced by Eric Valentine, who also produced some Smash Mouth singles. Continue reading “The All-American Rejects – “Gives You Hell””

Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway (PS3)

Hell’s Highway is the third of the Brothers in Arms series, and it saw a release on the PS3, the Xbox 360 and the PC. This time out, the Playstation 3 version of Hell’s Highway will be reviewed. Regardless of the console through which the player enters into “Hell’s Highway”, the storyline is the same. Based off a real World War II offensive (Operation Market Garden, where the Allies attempted to go up through the Nazi-occupied Holland and into Berlin), individuals will find a familiar crew in place. This means that Sergeant Matt Baker and eir cronies are more or less all present, but there have been some changes and modifications to the Brothers in Arms series between Earned in Blood and Hell’s Highway. Continue reading “Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway (PS3)”

My Secret World (DS)

When the Nintendo DS first came out, it seemed like the number of different games were pitifully few, and the number of those games that broke free of the narrow genre confines of the early library were even fewer. Imagine (and Ubisoft generally) have been wondrous in actually expanding the palette of the DS, and making it into a console that is more attractive at this point than a PSP. My Sercret World does more than further the corpus of Nintendo DS games: it gives anyone fortunate enough to have the game the ability to do some pretty innovative things with the DS. One of the best things that My Secret World allows players to do is create their own diary, one that is encrypted with a code that goes beyond the lock / pen & paper diaries of the last centuries. Continue reading “My Secret World (DS)”

Glenn Beck: Unelectable (DVD)

Most viewers of Unelectable will know Glenn Beck as being one of the only conservative forces on CNN Headline News, but chances are good that they do not know that Beck conducts a one-person stage show. This stage show is what is ultimately captured on ”Unelectable”, and this DVD is integral to understand the funny side of Beck. The stage show is largely stand-up based, pointing out foibles in political creatures of all stripes. There seems to be more of a focus on democrats and liberal individuals, that makes sense given Beck’s ideological leanings – previous stories and interviews with Beck paint eir as an individual that is conservative but does have a problem with the current batch of Republicans that are leading the country. Continue reading “Glenn Beck: Unelectable (DVD)”

Little Fish (Cast Recording) (CD)

While the original engagement of Little Fish only ran for a little over three weeks (February 15th to March 9th, 2003), the impact that Michael John LaChiusa’s music had on all lucky enough to familiarize themselves with it cannot be understated. This was first seen in the musical’s second life, where it enjoyed over a month of performances in 2007 at The Blank Theatre (Los Angeles). The musical’s cast recording, taken from the “West Coast Premiere” of the musical (October 9th, 2007), provides individuals with some semblance of the impact that seeing the musical had on anyone lucky enough to be in attendance. Continue reading “Little Fish (Cast Recording) (CD)”

TNA Impact (Playstation 3)

It has been quite a few years since there has been a challenger to the WWE series of games on the current generation of video game consoles. Midway and TNA wrestling have stepped up to create a contender that goes beyond the Backyard Wrestling and the Fire Pro Wrestling series, and in many ways, TNA Impact surpasses the Smackdown Vs. Raw series. The cast of characters – aside from some veterans such as Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, and Sting – is all new. Viewers of the TNA Impact show will have the possibility to play their favorite characters, whether it be the tag team of LAX (Homicide and Hernandez), Shark Boy, Senshi, or James Storm. Continue reading “TNA Impact (Playstation 3)”

OST: Mamma Mia! (CD)

Mamma Mia! was one of the biggest hits of the summer movie season, and as of right now, the box it brought in far surpassed any other musical released. It is not surprising that Decca chose to release a soundtrack of the film, then. All of listeners’ favorite ABBA tracks are here, be they “The Winner Takes It All”, “The Name of the Game”, “Super Trouper”, or even “Dancing Queen”. For those individuals that want to hear how a true reimagining of ABBA would be, the tracks present on this disc represent a pretty solid smattering of the best of ABBA’s tracks. Continue reading “OST: Mamma Mia! (CD)”

Kenny Lattimore – Timeless (CD)

Kenny Lattimore is an individual that, while not gaining the same commercial success of some of eir colleagues, has cultivated a rapid fan base over the last twenty years. “Timeless” is the disc that is poised to bring Lattimore’s soul-filled stylings into the mainstream, something that is first provided to listeners during the disc’s introductory track, “Something”. Of course, tracks like “And I Love Her” (The Beatles), “Ain’t No Way” (Aretha Franklin), and “Undeniably” (Terence Trent D’Arby) are easy to know as covers, but some tracks are out of left field – Donny Hathaway’s “Giving Up” and Norman Connors’ “You Are My Starship” – are two examples. Continue reading “Kenny Lattimore – Timeless (CD)”