NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Session 3.22

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Hey, look! Another Session of Brutal Music Therapy goodness!

Featuring Cuts From:

Alice Cooper, Antestor, Armageddon Holocaust, Betrayal, The Crucified, The Deadlines, Doomsday Hymn, Empty Tomb, Horde, Immortal Souls, Lament, Living Sacrifice, Ultimatum, and Vengeance Rising…

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Music Review: ABATED MASS OF FLESH – Deathcrusher

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ABATED MASS OF FLESH
Deathcrusher
Rottweiler Records
2014

Deathcrusher is the fifth overall studio release of deathcore/grindcore band Abated Mass Of Flesh. Consequently, it happens to be my first exposure to the band, being the first one I purchased off of Amazon while finding new bands to add to my Metal Vault (TM).

Deathcrusher is a six-song EP of deathcore, the kind that flirts with grindcore, but doesn’t really make the full commitment with the exception of the opening track “Immanent Putrescence”, which is pure-on grindcore assault, the majority of the tracks settle into a mid-paced chunk-chunk-chunka-chunk deathcore with all the subtlety of a wreaking ball ridden by a naked Miley Cyrus slamming you into a brick wall.

For the most part, the metal on Deathcrusher suffers greatly from being homogenized and uninspired riffing that I grew bored with. And there’s only six tracks on this, I remind you. And that would be so bad, if it weren’t paired with the worst type of “bR00TAL” vocals to infect modern metal this past decade: Piggy Squeals. For those not familiar with the “piggy squeal” style, it’s a style where the vocalist affects a higher-pitched “REE-REE-REEEEEE” squeal like that of a pig suffering from strep throat. That sound is annoying, even coming from a pig. And grew up on a hog farm. This is alternated with what I will describe as “sustained death metal belching”.

So, my first exposure to Abated Mass Of Flesh resulted in boredom mixed with annoyance. Deathcrusher wasn’t the best first impression. Here’s hoping there’s something better in their discography.

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Session 3.21

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SESSION 3.21

YAR! Here there be more Brutal Music Therapy for ye! I’ve no idea why I’m talking like a pirate, maties!

Featuring cuts from:

Aggelos, Azbuk, Behold The Kingdom, Blood Thirsty, Crimson Moonlight, Dalit, Disciple, Diviner, Empty Tomb, Eulogium, The Lead, The Order Of Elijah, and Revulsed…

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Movie Review: IDIOCRACY

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idiocracy movie poster20th Century Fox
2006
R

Welcome to AOL Time Warner Taco Bell US Government Long Distance. Please say the name of the person you wish to call.

Meet Joe Bowers. He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. But when a government hibernation experiment goes awry, Bowers awakens in the year 2505 to find a society so dumbed-down by mass commercialism and mindless TV programming that he’s become the smartest guy on the planet. Now it’s up to an average Joe to get human evolution back on track!

Poe’s Law: an internet adage which states that, without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, parodies of extreme views will be mistaken by some readers or viewers for sincere expressions of the parodied views. Mostly, this is seen on the internet, when someone mistakes an Onion article for the real deal, and uses that as the basis for alarm and whatnot. It’s easily done, as the written word has virtually no way to convey the subtle nuances like voice inflection or body language to help indicate the proper “I’m being sarcastic” underpinnings. That’s why there are emoji’s and memes and stuff, so that no one on the interwebs will have to worry about “context” or “critical thinking” to make their brains hurt.

Which brings me to Mike Judge’s 2006 feature comedy, Idiocracy. I can’t remember if this one ever made it to the theater in Fremont, NE back when it was released; and I would have remembered if it did, as I worked at the Radio Shack that was in the same mall as the town’s movie multi-plex. To be fair, Idiocracy may have hit a bit too close to home to your standard Fremont dweller, so maybe it was a good thing that was never seen there.

Gads, the sarcasm is flowing a bit extra heavy from me today. I’d better get on with the review before I melt down.

Idiocracy is a brilliant satire. I wouldn’t go so far as say “genius”, but it’s definitely a brilliant piece of satire disguised as an absurdest comedy of sorts. It’s the kind of movie that makes you laugh at the absurdity of it all, but then, hours after the movie’s ended, the more you think about it, the more you come to find how the story and plot is beginning to resonate a bit more seriously, because you can totally see it happening one day. Maybe the movie just amplified and exaggerated the smaller things you come across and have to deal with every day in this real world of ours.

In the end, though, Idiocracy deserves inclusion in your movie library. You need to watch this at least once. Not because I think it’s an eye-opening documentary (it’s not)…that would be skirting close to the aforementioned Poe’s Law, there. Instead, think of Idiocracy as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World filtered through National Lampoon. The good National Lampoon.

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Session 3.20

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SESSION 3.20

Hey! It’s time for some more Brutal Music Therapy! Strap in and bite down hard!

Featuring Cuts From:

Abated Mass Of Flesh, Circle Of Dust, Coriolis, Dagon, Deliverance, Demon Hunter, Disaffection, Faithbomb, Frost Like Ashes, Impending Doom, Living Sacrifice, Necromance, One Bad Pig, Possession, and Rackets & Drapes…

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Movie Review: BIG ASS SPIDER!

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big ass spiderEpic Pictures
2013
PG-13

A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampage the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.

Yes, I watched this movie based on the name alone. Yes, I was expecting mindless cheesy sci-fi big monster B-Movie. Exactly how mindless and cheesy, I didn’t really know; I mean, there is that exclamation point, which usually is a hallmark of either a wacky comedy, or grindhouse exploitation. Given the cover art, I was leaning more towards “wacky comedy”.

Big Ass Spider! ended up being far more entertaining than it should have been. The movie’s title promises us a big ass spider, and boy howdy does it deliver the goods on that end. Somehow, seeing the constantly-growing alien spider that escaped from the military lab that spawned it rendered in all it’s CGI glory actually works to make this more fun than had they tried to make things with practical effects. Quite frankly, that rampage through the park made me all giddy, clapping in glee like a preschooler at a puppet show. Also, EXTERMINATOR WITH A BAZOOKA! ‘Nuff said.

On the Cheese-O-Meter level, Big Ass Spider! ranks quite a bit above your standard Asylum-made Sy Fy Channel flick, mainly due to the movie being in on the joke. If B-Movies like this aren’t your thing, then keep away from this. But, then again, if you didn’t get that from the title alone, it’s your own fault. However, if the idea of seeing a CG-rendered giant spider rampage through LA is your idea of a great time, grab your friends and whatever libations you may imbibe and have yourselves a ball.

NECRO SHOCK RADIO – Session 3.19

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SESSION 3.19

Featuring cuts from:

Armageddon Holocaust, Believer, Chatterbox, Circle Of Dust, Deliverance, Demon Hunter, Ethereal Scourge, Impending Doom, LS Underground, Lament, One Bad Pig, Opprobrium, Vengeance Rising, and Zao…

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