23 June 2008

Metalocalypse: Dethklok Live

So I saw Dethklok last night. It was great. Brendon Small's gang of musicians, including Gene Hoglan of Death, Strapping Young Lad, and Zimmer's Hole (among others) tore it up.

The opening bands were Soilent Green and Chimaira. Soilent Green is apparently a metalcore/grindcore act and as such all of their stuff sounds pretty much the same. Don't get me wrong, I love grindcore; but coupled with the unnecessarily loud sound, this band's performance wasn't really that enjoyable. Just bass, guitar, drums and vocals, so they really couldn't pull off much of an interesting show.

Chimaira was a bit more fun, but got a few laughs out of me for their lyrics. "I HATE EVERYONE!" "NO REASON LEFT TO LIVE!" I suppose it really helped them since it kind of tied in with the comedy aspect of the tour. They played well.

Dethklok's show was obviously the highlight. There was a whole video portion, as expected since the band doesn't actually exist. Many of the animations were more brutal and perverse than anything that was shown on television, and it made it that much more awesome. The best bits, to me, were Murmaider and Go Into the Water. Probably just because I knew them the best. To be honest I don't really listen to the album much, but the live show definitely made the music a lot more entertaining. Brendon Small did a few segments of talking in the voices from the show, which was great. He's one talented dude.

15 June 2008

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I've been meaning to get into this show for quite a while. A year or two ago I was catching bits of reruns before class in the morning, and some of it seemed like something I could get into; however a lot of it also seemed really cheesy. Both of those observations have proven to be valid; but the cheese factor really doesn't matter at all.

Buffy is first and foremost a comedy. It is then a horror show and a soap opera. The comedy part is really what makes it, and I suppose the soap opera aspect drags a lot of people into it; I can't say it doesn't have an effect on me. The horror appeals to my nerdiness, but really that's the worst part of the show. The makeup and effects can be pretty awful combined with the tv-grade stunts and whatnot. However, like most horror, it adds to the comedy.

There have been three or four episodes so far that were completely awesome because of the comedy; one involved nightmares coming true, and another candy that made all of the grown-ups turn into teenagers (emotionally). The situations that arose from those premises were absolutely hilarious. I'm only in the 3rd season right now so I'm hoping there will be more episodes of their caliber.

And then we have one of the biggest attractions, the girls. There are some major babes on this show. Buffy and Willow are the big ones, along with Cordelia and, to a lesser degree, Faith. Eliza Dushku is going to be the star of Whedon's new show Dollhouse, which I'm looking forward to quite a bit. The man really knows how to pick 'em.

Anyway, I'm really enjoying this. I'll most likely watch Angel too, although that won't be quite as fun without Buffy in every episode.

06 June 2008


Off the hook this shit is.

They've only put out a 6 song EP so far, but it rules.