Uncle NecRo Watches: READY PLAYER ONE

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UNCLE NECRO WATCHES

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Uncle NecRo just watched the ode to late 20th Century childhood nostalgia, Ready Player One, and he’s joined by Brian from the Will Code For Beer pubcast. What did they think about it? You’ll have to listen to find out…spoilers ahead, folks…

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Uncle NecRo Watches: PACIFIC RIM: Uprising

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UNCLE NECRO WATCHES

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Uncle NecRo is on holiday (the fancy European way of saying “vacation”) and have taken the afternoon to take in a showing of Pacific Rim: Uprising…this is his brain droppings on the thing…

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Music Review: DERACINATION – Times Of Atrocity (2 CD Re-release)

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deracination times of atrocity 2 disc releaseDERACINATION
Times Of Atrocity(2 CD Re-release)
Dark Descent Records
2018

So, back in January of this year, I made mention in the review of the first Australian Metal Compilation that the seven-song demo that the one Deracination song was taken from needed to be given the re-release treatment, possibly along with their 1992 full-length, Times Of Atrocity. As a recap, I came across Times Of Atrocity back in 1995 at a used CD shop in Omaha, Nebraska. How that rare independently released album made it all the way to one of the last places you’d expect to find underground death metal from Australia, I’ve no idea. And while I never regretted snatching that rarity up, the one complaint I had was with the rather thin and low-volume mastering. For years, since several labels have been remastering and re-releasing properly demos and out of print releases, I’ve always hoped and prayed that both the full-length and the seven-song demo would be given that treatment.

Fortunately, soon after I posted the compilation review, a guy named Brad commented that, lo and behold, there has been a remaster and re-release of those two albums, and were available at Boone’s Overstock. Imagine my elation. Unfortunately, for some reason, there was a glitch that prevented me using my credit card to pick it up from that site. But, soon thereafter, copies of that 2-CD re-release became available at Christian Metal Distro, where I had nothing but great experiences ordering stuff from*. So, I did something I haven’t done in a very long time: I purchased a physical CD.

So, here we are. Finally. After eagerly popping this in the disc drive on my lappy, and giving both the discs a good spin or five, I can say I’m rather satisfied with how this turned out. The two-disc set comes with both the full-length Times Of Atrocity and the seven-song self-titled demo that came out in 1993 that was previously only available on cassette, along with demo versions of a couple of songs from the full-length. The mastering on Times Of Atrocity is markedly better than it was on the original release; it’s not what you would call pristine, but I don’t have to max out my volume level to feel the punch of the music. The quality on the self-titled demo is better sounding, again possibly because of the demo, but I never heard the demo itself beyond the one song on the aforementioned compilation. Point is, I now have the long out-of-print demo, and now my collection is complete.

But wait, that’s not all. Disc two contains the entirety of the Mosh For The Master demo release, back when the band went by the name Holy Rite and played thrash metal. Would you believe I actually have an MP3 rip of that cassette only demo? Yeah…this sounds far better. Which reminds me, I’m going to have to get around to reviewing that release soon, here.

Anyway, this 2-CD re-release seems like a major answer to prayer, had I not thought that this kind of thing would be a frivolous thing to pray for. Regardless, though, I am more than happy with the purchase, and for $13 for a double-disc release, I’m not complaining one bit. Well, this was limited to a small quantity, so if you’re planning on getting this, jump on it as soon as you possibly can. Recommended.

[* – again, I hasten to mention that I am in no way, shape or form on Christian Metal Distro’s payroll, nor am I endorsing them in any official capacity; just stating a fact, they’re a great place to get your metal fix without headaches…so far…]

THREE DISTORTIONS OF CHRISTIANITY

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Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God — or rather are known by God — how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you. I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong. As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the Gospel to you, and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them. It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of chilbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you! – Galatians 4:8-20

Almost from the beginning there were forces at work within Christianity that would have destroyed or sidetracked the movement. Of these, three created many problems then and have continued to reappear in other forms even today. The three aberrations are contrasted to true Christianity.

  • JUDIAIZED CHRISTIANITY

Their Definition Of A Christian: Christians are Jews who have recognized Jesus as the promised Savior. Therefore, any Gentile desiring to become a Christian must first become a Jew.

Their Genuine Concern: Having a high regard for the Scriptures and God’s choice of Jews as his people, they did not want to see God’s commands overlooked or broken.

The Danger: Tends to add human traditions and standards to God’s law. Also subtracts from the Scriptures God’s clear concern for all nations.

Application Question: Do you appreciate God’s choice of a unique people through whom He offered forgiveness and eternal life to all peoples?

  • LEGALIZED CHRISTIANITY

Their Definition Of A Christian: Christians are those who live by a long list of “don’ts”. God’s favor is earned by good behavior.

Their Genuine Concern: Recognized that real change brought about by God should lead to changes in behavior.

The Danger: Tends to make God’s love something to earn rather than to accept freely. Would reduce Christianity to a set of impossible rules and transform the Good News into bad news.

Application Question: As important as change in action is, can you see that God may be desiring different changes in you than in others?

  • LAWLESS CHRISTIANITY

Their Definition Of A Christian: Christians live above the law. They need no guidelines. God’s Word is not as important as our personal sense of God’s guidance.

Their Genuine Concern: Recognized that forgiveness from god cannot be based on our ability to live up to his perfect standards. It must be received by faith as a gift made possible by Christ’s death on the cross.

The Danger: Forgets that Christians are still human and fail consistently when trying to live only by what they “feel” God wants.

Application Question: Do you recognize the ongoing need for God’s expressed commands as you live out your gratitude for his great salvation?

  • TRUE CHRISTIANITY

Their Definition Of A Christian: Christians are those who believe inwardly and outwardly that Jesus’ death has allowed God to offer them forgiveness and eternal life as a gift. They have accepted that gift through faith and are seeking to live a life of obedient gratitude for what God has done for them.

Their Genuine Concern:
Christianity is both private and public, with heart-belief and mouth-confession. Our relationship to God and the power he provides result in obedience. Having received forgiveness and eternal life, we are now daily challenged to live that life with his help.

The Danger: Avoids the above dangers.

Application Question: How would those closest to you describe your Christianity? Do they think you live so that God will accept you, or do they know that you live because God has accepted you in Christ?

[taken from the Life Application Study Bible]

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Music Review: DECAYED EXISTENCE – Eulogy

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decayed existence - eulogyDECAYED EXISTENCE
Eulogy
Rottweiler Records
2018

Quite recently, Rottweiler Records released the Eulogy EP by a band called Decayed Existence. As with the other bands and artists on the label’s roster, Rottweiler had been teasing this release for some time, and on the day of said release, I went ahead and purchased the download from Amazon, pretty much sight-unseen…in this case, sight-unheard. It was less than four bucks, so I figured why not? First, though, because I’m pedantic about finding out the details of the band that I’m going to listen to and review, let’s see what I can find out about Decayed Existence…

After a cursory search, the basics on the band is that they’re from California, had been a unit since 1990 (with a bit of a stint between 2000-2002 going by the name Desecrater), and have released several demos and EPs and a couple of full-lengths before landing with Rottweiler and releasing Eulogy. Having been in the Death Metal game for this long, surely they’ve honed their sound to something unique.

So now, the EP. Eulogy opens up with the title track, which is basically an instrumental intro of sorts, featuring sounds of rain and a tolling bell, with a riff fading in for a bit and then fading out again at the one-minute-eight-seconds mark. So, right off the bat, Eulogy is technically a three-song-with-an-intro track EP, instead of four. That’s not a complaint, mind you, just an observation. We move into the second track, “Poetry Of The Dead”, and we’re given a nice heavy, mid-paced Death Metal hook, some technical riffs and the use of synths as a means to create atmosphere. Pretty impressive, there. “Human Debris” continues on with the really good hook and riffs, this one being a bit darker with the atmosphere and featuring a fantastic technical guitar solo. The EP ends with “Cursed”, which hits you hard, fast and continuously with a brutal monster riff, a great solo and some interesting vocal effects.

Overall, I would have to once again hand it to Rottweiler Records for once again giving us some good, quality Death Metal. Eulogy was far more enjoyable than what I was expecting, and the quality of the metal here did make me want more than the three proper songs on here. Here’s looking forward to more in the future…mayhaps a full-length…anyway, recommended picking up as soon as possible.

Seems Pretty Apt, Really…

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Saw this, and it made root beer come out of my nose. Thinking it’s pretty apt, considering the current political climate and all…

how the world really ends

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Space is warped and time is bendable…

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space is warped and time is bendableSunday mourning. I appear to have lost an hour of time overnight. I’ve checked the couch cushions, but the hour wasn’t there. It was there when I went to bed, but when I woke up, all gone.

I know I’m missing an hour, because the clocks all say it’s 7am, but everything acts like it’s 6am. Have we all experienced a skip in time? This seems to happen every year; there’s a time skip, then later — several months later — it corrects itself.

Theory: Time is unraveling exponentially. Which would explain why time seems to be going faster than it did when I was a young boy. Is there a wormhole causing the population to time travel? And if so, why isn’t Phoenix affected? Are they situated on an anomaly of some sort?

Whatever it is, it seems to be stable and predictable enough as to be able to warn everyone about the skip a week or so in advance.

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