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Telluride Horror Show 2017: Festival Wrap-up

Well, that’s a wrap on the 2017 Telluride Horror Show. This horror film festival has quickly become one of, if not THE, horror destination for fans and filmmakers worldwide. This was their 8th year in existence, and having been in attendance for the past two years consecutively, I can safely say that this is the place to be in October. I was able to catch nine films over the course of three days, and I’m shocked to report that there was not one bad film I can recall. Having been to my fair share of horror film festivals, this is high praise.

This festival wrap-up will attempt to fill you in on all the dirty little details; with many more in depth reviews to follow. I would like to say that no amount of words can do the town of Telluride justice if you’ve never been. It’s a magical little mountain town that is almost too beautiful to describe. At this juncture I would like to point out that I’m not typically a guy who’s in awe of “god’s green majesty”, but I found myself speechless just looking around. It’s kinda one of those places you try to capture with your cell phone camera, and your then realize that it’s an impossible task. Even the six or seven hour drive from Denver is a gorgeous one, albeit a bit of a white-knuckler at times. I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I’m starting to feel at home in this historic little burg.

 

Day 1:

Day one had your intrepid reporter up at 5:30am for this little mountain jaunt, and I’ll have you know that wake up times this early are typically reserved for house fires or catastrophic events. Continue reading “Telluride Horror Show 2017: Festival Wrap-up”

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Album Review: Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

Demos and splits for the last three years finally culminates in Denver’s Spectral Voice handing down their debut full length album Eroded Corridors of Unbeing. The wait for a LP was totally worth it. I’m just glad it dropped early and I got my cassette copy to jam in the garage while preparing stuff for Halloween. For the rest of you, it was “officially” released on Friday the 13th.

Comprised of Blood Incantation guys and drummer/vocalist Eli Wendler (formerly of Nekrofilth) you have a really good idea what you’re gonna get knowing that, or just reading their self labeled “necrotic doom” label. It’s fitting like a tight throwback Obituary t-shirt. Here we have five tracks of doomy death metal that’s near the Blood Incantation style. You can’t have Continue reading “Album Review: Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing”

Album Review: Primitive Man – Caustic

If you have any motivation at this current moment, don’t read this or listen to Caustic, the new album from Denver’s Primitive Man. It will ruin your motivation to work, talk to people, or your will to be on this dirtball of a planet. This is grimy, doomy, feedback driven noise with a thick layer of tortured, angry howls and guttural yelling. Primitive Man has kicked it all up for this one, Caustic is close to an hour and twenty minutes of auditory suffering.

“My Will” was the first taste of pain we got with the early single release. Slow bleeding out, that’s the pace of this one. The rest of what follows is varied, “Victim” opens up on a fast tempo Continue reading “Album Review: Primitive Man – Caustic”

Ask the Band: Ethan Lee McCarthy of Primitive Man

Denver’s loudest and least happiest band, Primitive Man, has dump trucked split albums on us for the last four years since Scorn, their first album. The new album Caustic comes out next Friday, I asked Ethan Lee McCarthy (vocalist and guitarist + the awesome Vermin Womb) about it and got some doomsday predictions for Denver. Seems appropriate given the source.

 

What can we expect from Caustic given the timeline of experiences since Scorn?

I think it is the heaviest and most cohesive body of music we have put together.  It is also the most focused because we wrote it over the course of about a year and a half, some of those songs while we were on tour.  So we had the opportunity to try things out in a live setting before solidifying the songs.

Being a progenitor and product of the Denver DIY scene, what’s your take on DIY’s current state in the Mile High?

Pretty fucked.  Developers with a lot of capital came in, pushed the artists out, and replaced it Continue reading “Ask the Band: Ethan Lee McCarthy of Primitive Man”

Movie Review: Open Water 3: Cage Dive (2017)

Alright, so let’s conduct a brief questionnaire before diving into this next review. Do you like films about sharks? Do you enjoy found footage movies? Are you able to suspend disbelief when it pertains to tales of survival? If you answered anything other than “yes” to all three of those questions, thanks for playing and we hope to see you next time. If you’re still reading, cancel your evening plans and watch Open Water 3: Cage Dive. The film is currently available across all VOD platforms, and it’s probably one of the scariest shark films I’ve ever seen.

 

I probably know what you’re thinking “another Open Water film?” However, before you get all upset about how much you disliked the first and maybe the second film in that series, know that “Open Water” was tacked on after the film was originally released as Cage Dive. Frankly, I understand why the change was made and I’m sure some cigar smoking studio executive was pleased as punch with his decision. I’m sure it will help the film get a larger audience due to Continue reading “Movie Review: Open Water 3: Cage Dive (2017)”

Telluride Horror Show (THS) 2017 – First Wave Film Announcement

I recall a time, longer now than perhaps it seems, when Colorado was the land of plenty. A scenic landscape with not one, but three horror film festivals that called this land home. Now, much like The Highlander, there can be only one. That shining beacon in one of the most beautiful mountain towns on earth is The Telluride Horror Show. This year is already shaping up to be the best yet with a stellar array of films for all horror palates. Your intrepid reporter will once again be on hand to fill you in on the details. I happen to be particularly excited for Creep 2, Victor Crowley, Mayhem, and What The Waters Left Behind. Shit…and that’s just the first wave!! I’m going to have some tough choices to make, but knowing I get to see at least one Adam Green film & one Joe Lynch film makes me very happy and nostalgic for a Holliston  reunion…but I digress.

The Telluride Horror Show will be taking place from October 13th-15th…in Telluride, Duh. passes are becoming scarce at this point, but if you’ve got the time, be there!!! Read on on the full press release including the first wave of film, as well as some special guests. For tickets/passes, lodging, or general info, click here: https://telluridehorrorshow.wixsite.com/telluridehorror

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10 Years of Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)

Skipping past history for now and fast forwarding to controversy, let’s face it, Halloween (2007) is a movie that many didn’t like for various reasons. Remakes are a bad word especially to those who like horror. Depending how old you are you’ve grown up with them in some fashion. Even as a kid of the ’80s and ’90s, I grew up with remakes. But not all remakes are bad and some are flat out “better” than the originals. Look at John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) vs the original The Thing from Another World (1951). Totally different eras of movie making and the tone are obviously radically far apart. It was “due” for an update in the 31 years between the two. Carpenter’s movie is considered a classic now.

Is Rob Zombie’s first stab at Michael Myers better than the original? I’d argue it is not, but it is certainly very Rob Zombie and in this Halloween movie we had no choice but to understand what kind of movies Rob Zombie was going to make going forward. He had already scored (depending on how you look at them) two hit movies with House of 1000 Corpses and the sequel The Devil’s Rejects. But now he was going away from his two original movies and moving onto hallowed ground, John Carpenter’s 1979 slasher classic.

What we ultimately got was a lot of what has become Rob Zombie’s style – ridiculously foul mouthed, white trash characters and lots of blood. That, and an origin story for Michael Myers I don’t think anyone ever needed. This was part of the dawn of an era where remake/sequels/reboot movies are being used to over explain everything. No mystique is Continue reading “10 Years of Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)”

Mister Samhain, my pathway to becoming a metalhead + Top 10 bands/albums that got me there

Listening to Kevin’s Mile High Metal Hour Podcast (that he does with fellow metalhead Steve Bogar), their fourth episode was about -after a long sidebar open about current albums- how they came into metal. What was interesting is how similar everyone’s story is with this common pathway to discovering heavier music and how the internet has made it infinitely more accessible.

Summarizing, Kevin sought out heavier music through a friend who gave him suggestions, including a last.fm channel. Then connected the dots with metal bands opening for the likes of GWAR and finally crossing through with power metal, Blind Guardian and Amorphis.

I feel like that is a parallel to many metalheads and their metamorphosis into one. I know it mimics my own pathway.

I grew up a metalhead and didn’t even know it, or embrace it. My dad (as I have come to know) is a pure hard rock guy. I grew up listening to QFM 96 in Columbus, Ohio, hard rock, classic rock Continue reading “Mister Samhain, my pathway to becoming a metalhead + Top 10 bands/albums that got me there”

Catch up on 2017 with these four metal albums

Celebrate metal that didn’t get the big push or the internet buzz like some other albums did in 2017. Power Trip’s Nightmare Logic is great and is a personal favorite of 2017 but maybe these four bands have something for you: new metal you missed.

In no particular order, check these albums out. We got Scottish blackened speed metal, heavy metal, Iranian black metal, and sludge. Take a taste of 2017 with these, especially if you haven’t heard em yet.

Facebook and Bandcamp links included. Go follow. Go listen. Go buy.

Hellripper

Coagulating Darkness

Loving the output from James McBain’s one man blackened speed metal project. Furious Venom influences that you can hear in other bands, but why not hear it again done at lightning speed. Hellripper is worth every moment of Coagulating Darkness. Also weregoat penis on the cover. Extra points.

Satan’s Hallow

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