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Mister Samhain

I love horror movies, metal and beer. I'm big into supporting the local metal scene and pairing my favorite shit '80s flicks with local craft beers.

Still straight-to-video, “The Video Dead” (1987) turns 30

The 1980’s were the second blood splattered golden era of horror. The second wave of monsters was built on slashers and also zombies. One of the lot is a 1987 direct-to-video classic, Robert Scott’s written, produced and directed “The Video Dead.” If you’re looking for cheese this movie is pure Velveeta.

Not taking itself too seriously, “The Video Dead” is a flick grounded in a story about a TV that is a doorway for the cinematic undead to cross into the real world.

The movie opens with a TV being unexpectedly delivered to a writer who takes it in and after turning it on finds out that it only plays one channel, a B&W zombie movie on an endless loop. The Video Dead, the TV itself, unleashes zombies that come out of the TV and quickly takeover the house. Anyone seen Lamberto Bava’s 1985 “Demons”? The delivery company returns to pick up the accidentally delivered TV which was meant for The Institute for the Studies of the Occult. Zombies being accidentally delivered Continue reading “Still straight-to-video, “The Video Dead” (1987) turns 30″

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Movie Review: Never Hike Alone (Dir. Vincente DiSanti)

Automatically for film critics and even horror fans, the term “fan film” is almost an immediate out. You just expect the worst because a bunch of people got together with exceptionally poor equipment and threw together a 20 minute Friday the 13th. Except Vincente DiSanti (director and Jason Voorhees) did just that with Never Hike Alone and the results were something Andy and I could agree was the best try we can honestly say we’ve seen.

I’ve watched (or attempted) handfuls and they are largely unbearable. I’d mention some by name if I could remember them but they aren’t worth searching for reference. Every issue is there and none of the “so bad it’s good” quality: acting that isn’t even entertaining, bad shots, entirely too predictable, shot for shot copying. Never Hike Alone is none of those things.

Andy obviously had the benefit of being in Telluride when it screened for Telluride Horror Show but sadly had to experience it just like us normal people,free on YouTube, because he chose a different movie at that same time.

Never Hike Alone was a Kickstarter campaign to finish up the production. What came of it was a 50 minute journey into the forest surrounding Camp Crystal Lake. It was worth the $50,000+ needed because none of the money seemed to have been wasted. Kyle McLeod is a Continue reading “Movie Review: Never Hike Alone (Dir. Vincente DiSanti)”

Album Review: Bloodstrike – Execution of Violence

I’ll always sing the praises of the Denver metal scene and Bloodstrike‘s second album, Execution of Violence, is another reason why. If you’re looking for that old school death metal sound around the Mile High, then look no further than Bloodstrike. Holly Wedel’s vocals strike the right cords, but so do the actual cords of Jeff Alexis and Joe Piker, the guitarists. Holly bellows as the rest of the band grooves along with her.

Don’t come here for anything technical. This is just down and dirty death metal and Bloodstrike will play the hell out of it. This is beer fist music. This is headbanging, horns up metal.

The opening salvos of “Procreating for Death” and “Creeper” get you prepped for “Emptiness of Life,” my favorite of Execution of Violence. This one is heavy, has that right groove going, and is Continue reading “Album Review: Bloodstrike – Execution of Violence”

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”

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

Continue reading “Catch up on 2017 with these four metal albums”

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