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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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Album Review: Augur – Shadows of the Black Cross

Augur

Popping up seemingly from nowhere, maybe a gate from Hell on Colfax, Denver gained +1 black metal bands with Augur’s debut EP Shadows of the Black Cross. Derek of Metal DP posted their album earlier in the month, with it being visibly black metal of the local variety I was clearly going to check it out.

What does Augur have to offer? Sacrificial music to sacrifice your sacrifices.

The opening of “Wolves” will beautifully lull you before the guitar and drum burst in. This is a proper opener, loud, aggressive, and harsh vocals. The intro is damn good too. “The Eleven” is a sweet spot on the album for me, if you can’t dig this track then I’m losing hope for you. It’s just about three minutes of Augur totally crushing it. Throughout this EP I could hear bits of Emperor, Behemoth, Gorgoroth, to name a few.

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Ask the Band: Grant Netzorg of In the Company of Serpents

Having released a new EP this year and playing a smattering of shows recently I caught up with In The Company of Serpents sludge maestro Grant Netzorg for a quick Q&A about Ain-Soph Aur, their recent show in Dallas and of course talk horror, metal and beer, PLUS spaghetti westerns. Yee-haw and hail Satan.

You guys played your last gig in Dallas, how was the show there and how was Dead to a Dying World?

It was a killer time.  James from Dead to a Dying World orchestrated this show, which was a benefit for ACLU Nationwide, and it was a pleasure to do it.   It’s always great to catch Dead to A Dying world live-  they’re incredibly cathartic, and have an awesome, genuine intensity.

Ain-Soph Aur is out, what would you say the response has been to that? You have to sell a lot of those things yourself, Bandcamp is the only visible gauge the hesher public has for actual sales, and the crowd that comes to the shows.

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Movie Review: The Devil’s Candy 2017

It’s been a little while since I’ve been totally fucking blown away by a horror film; something I would legitimately call a good movie regardless of its genre’s connotation. I’m happy to say that The Devil’s Candy is that film. It also sits somewhere in the sweet spot for me, because it includes a few of the Kvlt’s favorite things…horror & metal! Aw hell, why not throw in some strong satanic overtones just for good measure? It’s certainly not the first film to combine these elements; it’s just the first to do it so damn successfully in my eyes. This is why we love horror movies! It’s rare to get a taste of something so fresh, and to have that taste carry through until after the credits have rolled.

 

As I said, it’s not the first film to blend metal and horror together. In fact, for the initiated, there’s a whole “metalsploitation” genre dating back to the 80’s. Films like Black Roses, Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare, Trick or Treat and even sillier entries like The Gate paved the way for the dark side of metal to permeate the collective psyche of suburbia. Metal music was a little more taboo in the Continue reading “Movie Review: The Devil’s Candy 2017”

Movie Review: The Belko Experiment (2017)

We all have those movies that we just end up missing in the theatre. It’s not that there’s a lack of motivation, but sometimes life just gets in the way of spending your hard earned money at the Cineplex. For this reviewer, The Belko Experiment is one of those instances. I wanted to see it, and the trailers looked great, I just never got around to it. Now that the film has been released for home audiences, do yourself a favor and check it out. I promise you it’s the ultra-violent office massacre comedy you didn’t know you needed.

The film starts off at a break neck pace, with only mere minutes of exposition before diving head first into the carnage. The story revolves around a large multi-national corporation that Continue reading “Movie Review: The Belko Experiment (2017)”

Album Review: Weapönizer – Lawless Age

One of my favorites in Denver, Weapönizer, spewed forth their second LP Lawless Age today Here’s some reasons why you should throw dollars at them and go to a show for their take on blackened thrash-crossover-war metal-whatever the fuck.

#1 – If you don’t like it, the songs are quick and the riffs move it along.

#2 – If you do like it, the songs are quick and the riffs move it along.

We open this second full-length Weapönizer with “Malefactor,” mainlined aggression and chaos. This one will surely stir up a pit if it doesn’t stir a metal boner in your pants. It also does not overstay its welcome. The second song, “Hellbound,” had me hooked when it was an early track leading up to the June 30 release. To me it’s a continuation of the first track and viewed Continue reading “Album Review: Weapönizer – Lawless Age”

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