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August 2016

10 Barrel Brewing – Jamaican Me Pumpkin

Jamaican Me Pumpkin

Rum barrel-aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale
10 Barrel Brewing Co. (Bend, OR)
10% ABV
Kvlt Rating: 4/5

Brewed 2014, Bottled 2015, Released 2016

And its rum barrel-aged, good enough for me and it tastes like it worked out just fine.

If you want a pumpkin ale this fall that doesn’t suck, this one didn’t disappoint. Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing let this seasonal sit for a couple years, with only a break to bottle age it for a year. With pumpkin beers making their way into liquor stores, I recommend this one if you like a higher ABV and oaky flavor with rum and pumpkin spice. That last part is the most difficult, flavoring. Usually the pumpkin is overpowering, or should I say the pumpkin spice flavoring.

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Horror Flashback: “The Strangers”

Is there anything better than revisiting a horror film that scared the living hell out of you when you first saw it? Well yes, when it scares the hell out of you the second time around. Go figure, a horror movie that is actually scary. I was beginning to think that a scary horror film was a thing of the past. Lately moviegoers have been bombarded with safe, non-violent teenybopper movies that any self-respecting horror aficionado wouldn’t be caught dead screening. I don’t think I need to give you the run-down, we all know which movies those would be.

That is why I am proud to endorse “The Strangers” for anyone who is looking for a good old-fashioned scare. The cast is great and the story is even better, because it is so damn Continue reading “Horror Flashback: “The Strangers””

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

And thus the last full week of August draws to a close. The coming season change will usher in some incredible new music and for me, locally, a ton of concerts. Summer was a blast but I’m very much looking forward to the fall and the weather here in Denver has been teasing us all week with rain, chills, and darkened skies. Good thing some music came out this week to compliment it.

There were some solid releases this week but mostly for me this has been a power metal week. Any week where we get some killer power metal is a week worth celebrating, especially given the lack of good power metal this year. Get on with it!

NEW STUFF: (Click the titles to hear this stuff, jerk)

Mist of Misery – Absence
I was initially drawn to this band due to the fucking incredible cover art, gave them a quick Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

Here in Denver Fall gave us a bit of a preview this morning and it got me all excited about the changing of the seasons, not to mention it got me even more excited for all the upcoming metal releases coming this autumn. Nothing goes with metal as well as the crisp autumn air. It’s not here yet and until then we have some new metal this week that is worth putting in your ears, so go ahead and do that and live the awesome life.

NEW STUFF: (Click the titles, slackers)

Thy Worshiper – Klechdy
This Polish band is completely new to me and came highly recommended from a trust worthy Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Album Review: MODOK/Alone – Split

Denver power slop trio, Modok, have teamed up with Colorado Springs’ Alone and put together a split album sure to impress those familiar with each band.

Of the seven tracks on Modok’s half, they put together four new jams and broke out three tracks from their demo, which was released earlier this year. The (quality) repeats are  “Re-Animator,” “Terrifying Light” and “Migration to Decay.”

Nothing wrong with that because those three kick ass and the four new ones are rock solid.

Dumping their namesake all over this, one of three clips opens the A side with super villain M.O.D.O.K. (taken from Marvel’s cartoon series, “Avengers: Assemble”) talking about who he is right before the band jumps into “Graveslave” with a ripper of a riff and headbangable drums. If you like their brand of Continue reading “Album Review: MODOK/Alone – Split”

Sightseers (2012)

When it comes to the realm of “dark” comedies, there are really two different camps concerning the subject. There are “dark” comedies and then there are pitch-black, no-light-can-escape-cosmic-black-hole comedies. “Sightseers” definitely falls into the latter category. In fact, I have had more than one argument as to whether or not this film is even a comedy at all. All I can say is that I laughed, hard, more than once. For me, that is definitely saying something considering that I don’t even get that from the majority of what passes for full-blown comedies.

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Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist

Mother nature is threatening us with a foot or more of snow just to remind us we are powerless against her whims. Whether your town will be covered in snowy death or not, this weekend is a perfect weekend to get some new metal music in your ears. What are you waiting for?

NEW STUFF: (Links in titles)

Wode – Wode
Debut album from this English black metal band and it’s fucking killer. It’s intense, powerful, ferocious black metal. It’s mostly all drive with a blur of guitar and drums but it really shines in it’s slower, doomier moments. The band seems to be talking influence for all factions of black metal and really honing their own sound. It’s not something that sounds new, but it does sound Continue reading “Kevin G’s Weekly Metal Playlist”

Blood Incantation – Starspawn

After getting a healthy taste last year of what Denver’s Blood Incantation had to offer on their debut EP, Interdimensional Extinction, we have finally arrived in August and the release of the death metal band’s debut LP, Starspawn.

I’m not one for much guitar wankery, but if done correctly my ears will smile. The opener “Vitrification of Blood (Part I)” does just that. What a killer opener that crashes through the speakers and pounds the drums straight into your face. It’s also the longest track on the album, which ain’t bad because there’s no wasted time, nor did I get a feeling like I needed them to get Continue reading “Blood Incantation – Starspawn”

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