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Slayer Seasons In The AbyssLast night, I witnessed one of the best performances by thrash metal legends Slayer since the passing of Jeff Hanneman at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA. It inspired me to finish the trilogy of albums that featured Dave Lombardo (Drums) as I already covered Reign In Blood and South Of Heaven. The album that I am covering for today is the band’s fifth studio album Seasons In The Abyss which was the first through Def American, was produced once again by Rick Rubin, but was the last to feature Lombardo on drums for a long time. The rest of the band was rounded out by Tom Araya (Bass/Lead Vocals), Kerry King (Guitar), and the late Jeff Hanneman (Guitar). The best way to describe the album is to look at it as the best of both South and Reign with fast and heavy tracks to go along with the more melodic and evil sounding tracks. Upon it’s release on October 9, 1990, the album would peak at number 40 on the US Billboard Top 200 and it peaked in the top 20 in the UK as it made it’s way to be certified Gold (selling 500,000).

117471726-21.War Ensemble– The punishing and sonic ear drums destroying, neckbreaker of a track kicks the album and describes the world’s obsession with war. 5/5

2. Blood Red– Another amazing track that is just hammering as they talk about communist dictatorships. The track also features an amazing guitar solo that displays that signature sound from the boys. 5/5

3. Spirit In Black– Another razor fast barn burner from the band in a track that talks about that infamous spirit in black that haunts you and wants to possess. The cool thing about the track is out of nowhere the band speeds the tempo to Reign In Blood like pace. 4.5/5

4. Expendable Youth– The tempo is slowed down a little, but this is one of my favorite tracks on the album that is an absolute headbanger from beginning to end. The track is social commentary on the youth who grow up in less desirable conditions where killing is all they know. 5/5

5. Dead Skin Mask– A very melodic South Of Heaven-esque track that according to Tom Araya live is a love song, but it’s really a track about serial killer Ed Gein who inspired the characters of Leatherface and Norman Bates. 5/5

6. Hallowed Point– Another superfast tempo track in a track that could be about a gun and the damage that a hallowed point can cause. 4.5/5

Slayer-Seasons-In-The-Ab-4905707. Skeletons of Society– Another one of my personal favorites on the album that is a slowed down tempo, but it’s a headbanger for sure. The song could be talking about war and the the effects of an atomic bomb. 5/5

8. Temptation– A return to the fast tempo like sonic assault that we all love from the band in a track that is about giving into temptation. 4/5

9. Born Of Fire– Another super sonic razor fast assault from the band in a track that could be talking of the coming of something like the antichrist. 4.5/5

10. Seasons In The Abyss– The last track on the album and another of my personal favorites in a track that talks about the abyss (as maybe Aliester Crowley once described). 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The three Slayer albums (Reign, South, and Seasons) are the most untouchable albums in the history of Thrash Metal. It’s some of the best work the band ever did in their careers and don’t get me wrong because they’ve had other triumphs throughout. It just shows the magic that is the dynamics they had and that shouldn’t be taken for granted. I am giving the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade.

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As promised, we are giving you your second music video of the week and this time it’s coming from the metal side of life and it’s a good one. I didn’t realize that Thrash Metal Titans Slayer were doing a video trilogy for their latest album Repentless, but if you check out videos for the title track and You Against You it all connects and makes sense. This time around our protagonist played by Jason Trost is forced to make a life and death move all thanks to the turn that the cops take in the video. Danny Trejo (Machete) returns in this video, but for the first time he finds himself being the vulnerable one. Horror icon Bill Moseley also returns for the video which is very cool. Kerry talked about the goretastic trilogy saying, “It was a pleasure working with BJ McDonnell, director on this project. Slayer is notorious for letting the artist be the artist, the producer be the producer, and the director be the director, etc. By doing this we get a completely unique perspective that never really strays far from our own. Get ready for video three. It’s my favorite!!” BJ McDonnell also commented on it saying, “I’m particularly excited about this third video because we played with stylistic differences with the trilogy. Where one video plays like an action film, this third one is more of a dramatic piece. The final story takes us into a world that is especially sinister in tone, with the dark and the light colliding. The conclusion is visually cinematic and harsh, with Slayer conducting us through it all with ‘Pride in Prejudice.” Check it out below:

For today’s Trailers Part Quatro (number four in Portuguese), we are going to look at some movie trailers of upcoming films. I’ll tell you exactly what I think as to whether I think it’s worth my time, but you never know it could be worth yours. Trailers can be misleading like the one to The Witch, but sometimes they are accurate. Let’s check out some trailers:

Hairmetal Shotgun Zombie Massacre– That is not a typo my friends, that is the name of the film. I love b-movie/low budget horror films that mix in my favorite genre of music and let me tell you I am super excited for this one. It says it’s the bastard child of Evil Dead and Heavy Metal Parking Lot and it looks good from the soundtrack to the film itself. The film even features cameos from heavy metal titans like Slayer’s Tom Araya, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, and Morbid Angel’s David Vincent. Check it out for yourself below and check out their Facebook page here:

Sadako Vs Kayako– Are you a fan of The Ring or The Grudge franchises? Then I may have the movie for you right now. Did you ever wonder what it would be like if the ghosts from both films fought each other? The teaser trailer that is out there doesn’t show you much other than what the two ghosts do, but this should be interesting. In theaters June 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane– The first trailer didn’t really tell us much about the film other than the fact that they are in a bomb shelter and John Goodman does not want them to leave. In the second trailer, we find out that she (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) was in a car accident and he supposedly saved her from a chemical disaster of some sort. She starts to question why they are there and it could be that Goodman is the monster. J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is attached to this film which means my butt will be in a seat seeing this. In theaters March 10, 2016

Pete’s Dragon– On the lighter side of things, we have the new Disney film Pete’s Dragon which is about a boy who claims he was never alone in the woods for the six years he spent out there alone. The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford. To be honest, probably not a film I will go to the theaters to watch even though it looks good.

Alice Through The Looking Glass– I have never seen the first film and it was because of the fact that I hated the way Johnny Depp looked and was convinced Tim Burton was ruining classics. Now I may have to give that film a shot just so I know what is going on in this one because it looks visually stunning to say the least. In theaters this summer.

repentless coverAs promised after the Monster Entertainment Awards, I told you that I was going to review the albums that won. The only problem with some of the records is that I have already reviewed them like the album of the year and so on. This week I am reviewing the record that won the Heavy Ass Metal Album Of The Year which was Repentless by Slayer. Their were a lot of questions heading into the release of this album because it was the first Slayer album to not be written or feature longtime member Jeff Hanneman due to the fact that he passed away in 2013. It was also the first Slayer record since 2001’s God Hates Us All to not feature Dave Lombardo on drums. The album featured the return of original Lombardo replacement drummer Paul Bostaph (his last album was God Hates Us All) and it was the first record to feature guitarist Gary Holt. Kerry King (Guitar) and Tom Araya (Vocals/Bass) were back once again on the album. The band’s 12TH album was received pretty well by fans and critics alike as it peaked on The Billboard 200 at number four. The album also cracked the top five in 10 different countries with it going number one in Germany, number two on the Dutch Carts, and Number two in Poland.

Repentless CD1. Delusions of Saviour– An intro track tot he album that gets things started 4/5

2. Repentless– We have the title track for you which has often been describe as the bands Hanneanthem. King explains, “I went with it based on Slayer. Slayer is repentless; Slayer’s always been repentless. I said, ‘You know what, I should write something about how I think Jeff looked at the world, because he looked at the world exactly how Slayer looked at the world.’ Plus little ‘Jeff-isms.’ It was both easy and difficult. The difficult part was doing it justice; I didn’t want to just throw it together. I wanted it to be solid, as deep as it could be without getting personal.” 5/5

3. Take Control– An intense in your face, face melting track that is very politically charged and looks at the idea of America being the world police 4/5

4. Vices– The track starts with Bostaph before the band kicks it into overdrive on a track that points out the stupidity of society and their various vices that control their lives. 4/5

5. Cast The First Stone– The track is more of that in your face Slayer styled music. In an interview, King described the track saying, “I was in Athens, Greece. We were on tour either last year or the year prior and we had three days off during a Turkish raid and we couldn’t go home when that was going on. I was just walking around the streets of Athens thinking about all the strife and war that went on historically in Greece and all through Europe at that time. I went back to my room during those three days and finished it.” 5/5

repentless back cover6. When The Stillness Comes– This is a track that reminds me of something that would have been either on South Of Heaven or Seasons In The Abyss with it’s melodic but crushing riffs. King dscribed the mood he was in while writing the track, “We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some f—ing minivan, and I’m just miserable in the backseat, not into anything. So I just started jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.” 5/5

7. Chasing Death– an interesting track with interesting lyrics about how we always complain about life, but we are really just chasing death. 4/5

8. Implode– a hammering track that looks at man kinds fascination with the end as well with the greed of the world leaders. What I love about this track is that it starts at a decent tempo before it just kicks into overdrive like the Slayer we all love 5/5

9. Piano Wire– I’ve been trying to figure out the lyrics to this track because it talks about death, but is it by Piano wire? Nevertheless the music to it kicks ass. This is the only song on the album that the lyrics and music were written by Jeff Hanneman. 4/5

10. Atrocity Vendor– The track has an old school Slayer feel to the music which is bad ass and the lyrics are intense. Look at the name of the track and listen to the lyrics and take a guess. 5/5

maxresdefault11. You Against You– stylistically sounds like an old school Slayer song because it’s fast, pulverizing, and in your face from beginning to end as they test the limits of tempo. This track has restored my faith in Slayer that the band cans till do it even without legendary member, the late Jeff Hanneman. 4/5

12. Pride in Prejudice– The last track on the album that has another old school Slayer feel where the riffs are punishing and hammering. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a reason this album won the award and that it’s definitely an amazing record and one of the best in a while. Kerry King did a very good job with the album as far as writing duties are concerned. I can see Slayer surviving just well after the cloud of doubt that I had before hearing this. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

By Arvalis

By Arvalis

If you are a fan of the original The Mummy film that starred Boris Karloff or any of the rebooted Universal Monsters films like Dracula AD, etc. then I have some news for you. Universal is about to launch the first film in the reboot of The Mummy film and there is a major change in the character. The Mummy apparently is going to be played a female with what experts are saying is a unique backstory. Universal commented by saying, “the gender of the monster in the new film, which is set in the modern day, likely will depend on casting, expected to happen in the next couple of months.” They also revealed that there are two different versions they could go by, “one that would feature a female monster, and one that would feature a male.” Alex Kurtzman is set to direct the film that was written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). The film will be released on March 24, 2017 with another the following year. I have to go along with the major consensus in saying that I don’t care what gender The Mummy is as long as the story is tight.

gutterdammerungSome of you may be wondering just what in the hell is Gutterdämmerung? Apparently it’s a dark rock and roll fairy tale that stars the likes of Slash, Joshua Homme, Lemmy, Grace Jones, Iggy Pop, Justice, Henry Rollins, Slayer’s Tom Araya, Volbeat, Mark Lanegan, Nina Hagen and Jesse Hughes. The film was done by Björn Tagemose and apparently a live band will accompany the film according to the trailer. It looks like a film that could either be epic or an epic cheesefest. Check out the trailer for the film here.

godzzillaIn other news, we have some cool info on some of my favorite monsters that are not from Universal. Legendary Films and Warner Brothers did so well with the reboot of Godzilla that the company has announced that they are creating their own universe which seems to be the thing to do these days. Nevertheless, it has been announced that Godzilla, King Kong, and many others old and new will be appearing in films in the future. According to businesswire.com, the first films you’ll see are “2017’s KONG: SKULL ISLAND; GODZILLA 2 in 2018; and then GODZILLA VS. KONG, arriving in theaters in 2020.” According to a report, the two companies did acquire the rights from Toho to have King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan which allow them to create the universe. Legendary CEO Thomas Tull said, “Audiences really responded to Godzilla. Today, I’m excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more.”

christopher_lloyd___h_2015On October 21, 2015, it is officially Back To The Future day. What is weird is that in the film, the Chicago Cubs won the world series and the Cubs have now moved on to the next round in the MLB playoffs for real. Christopher Lloyd who played our beloved Doc Brown says that he would take the role in a fourth Back To The Future if everyone returned. Who are the everyone he speaks of, well it’s Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, and Thomas F. Wilson of course. Lloyd in an interview says, “I would love to do Doc again, no question.” He went on to say, “It’s tough to come up with an idea that contains the excitement of the original three,. So it would be a real challenge for the writers to come up with an original Back to the Future story that has the same passion and intensity and excitement as the other three. But it could be done, you never know.” He went on to talk about Michael J. Fox and whether he thought he would return to play Marty McFly once again, “I think regardless of the Parkinson’s, he’d probably jump on the role and he’d be great. I can’t see doing another sequel without him. I would certainly want Bob Zemeckis directing it, Bob Gale writing it and the other principals being involved.” And, of course, there has got to be a DeLorean, he added. “It was such a perfect choice for the film. It looked so speedy and futuristic.” Let’s just wait and see what happens in the future.

We decided to be generous and give you two music videos of the week so that both the rock and metal fans get their fare fix. The music video of the week for the metal fans comes from none other than they mighty thrash metal titans Slayer who released their first record with Gary Holt on Guitar, first since the death of Jeff Hanneman, and the first to feature Paul Bostaph on drums since 2001’s God Hates Us All in Repentless today. The video we are featuring for you guys is the title track and Slayer takes you to prison. The video features Danny Trejo (Machete) as one of the escaped convicts featured near the riot happening in front of a performing Slayer and the video also features Sean Whalen (The People Under The Stairs) as a poor guard who gets it pretty bad. You will also notice Derek Mears, the man who played Jason Voorhees in the 2009 remake of Friday The 13TH int he video as a prisoner as well. Kerry King talked about the inspiration behind the song which you can read by going here. Tom Araya also talked about the meaning behind the video to Rolling Stone saying, “We’re telling the story that we’ve always told about society and how humans treat each other. It can get pretty violent. It can get pretty stupid. But that’s OK. That’s human nature. I’m probably the most excited I’ve been for a video that we’ve ever done,” It’s all out chaos both visually and musically as they fit an prison riot into four minutes, so go out and buy the record and enjoy the video below.

slayerThis is a special single of the week post as everything in my world came to a screeching halt when I saw that Slayer had released a new single for all of us to hear. The band is releasing the track When The Stillness Comes as a special 7″ vinyl release for Record Store Day this Saturday April 18TH which also happens to be a picture disc as well. According to a posting on the Youtube page of the video, it says the vinly will, “The single’s A-side features the image of a blood-stained skull with the band’s name carved into it, while the flipside sports an inverted cross and a live version of their song “Black Magic” – originally released on their 1983 debut, Show No Mercy – that they recorded at Germany’s Wacken festival last year. The single is limited to 5,000 copies and will be available only at the participating stores listed on the Record Store Day website on April 18th.” The track is definitely evil and it has it’s moments of brilliance and it has that Slayer sound to it which will please a lot of Slayer fans. It starts with the evil and melodic Slayer riff before hell is unleashed on to all of us. Kerry King says he was in a pissed off mood when he wrote the track, “We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some f—ing minivan, and I’m just miserable in the backseat, not into anything. So I just started jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.” Check out the track below: