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Disney In Depth: Disneyland Resort, My 6 Favorite Possessions
Brett Nachman   |  

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For the fifth and final consecutive week of this celebration of Disneyland Resort’s sixtieth anniversary, which has ranged from reflecting on favorite commercials to envisioning the future of the resort, I add even more of a personal touch to this edition.

Here are six of my favorite Disneyland Resort-related possessions that I have obtained over the years (more specifically, over the past two decades).

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Massive Metal Monday: Trivium “Down From The Sky”
Ides Bergen   |  

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Metal giants Trivium are teasing something big right now on their website. Their homepage is whited out with an image of snow that can be temporarily “dug” away with mouse clicks before frosting over again, revealing a very badass looking skull. The title of the page also contains the word “snow.” Additionally there is a clock on the page counting down to 7:00AM Eastern time this Thursday morning. Many fans are speculating that it will be an announcement regarding the band’s seventh album, the highly anticipated follow up to 2013′s Vengeance Falls. Rumor has it that the record is to be titled Silence In The Snow.

Be sure to stay tuned right here at GoD for updates and in the meantime, enjoy one of Trivium’s classic anthems. This is “Down From the Sky” from the high watermark of the band’s career thus far, their awe-inspiring fourth album Shogun.

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Happy 75th Birthday, Bugs Bunny!
Stoogeypedia   |  

Bugs Bunny

Today is the 75th birthday of one of the great characters in the history of the animated genre, and in many ways, one of the greatest comedians of all time, the irrepressible Bugs Bunny, whose slick, extremely sharp and cunning personality, in which he employed a take-no-prisoners approach in the most side splitting ways to mow down his numerous adversaries in countless animated shorts, has endeared him to countless generations of fans to this very day.

Without question the top draw and flagship character of the myriad of many colorful ones to come from the legendary minds of Warner Brothers’ cartoon division (and realized by men like animation pioneers Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Robert McKimson, and Chuck Jones), Bugs Bunny is a reflection of a Groucho Marx come to life. A vivid radical, break-all-the-rules, set new ones and smash those as well, and live every nanosecond as unorthodox as possible and on the fringes of the fringes of life, in which he did whatever it took to destroy his many adversaries (Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, etc). Bugs did it all for simply hitting the bullseye of achieving a level of self fun which stretched to the apex on a mission to simply eradicate boredom, and in which by doing so, he ultimately did the same for us as well.

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Black Metal Friday: Hope Drone “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning”
Ides Bergen   |  

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Aussie band Hope Drone deal in the sort of atmospheric black metal that might appeal to fans of Wolves in the Throne Room or Alter of Plagues. Founded in 2011, this Brisbane band released the critically acclaimed eponymous EP Hope Drone in 2013.

Today marks the release of Hope Drone’s spectacular full-length debut album Cloak of Ash on Relapse Records. The album clocks in at 77 minutes of run time filled by only 7 sprawling tracks. The opener “Unending Grey” is a whopping 20 minutes and 4 seconds long, divesting the listener immediately of any notion that this is music for quick consumption. The album demands to be heard as a whole, dissected and absorbed over the course of multiple listenings.

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The Drill Down 386: Space Invaders
Mr. BabyMan   |  
VLA Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI

VLA Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI

This week, Reddit lays down the law, drones hinder rescue efforts, a cheating site gets hacked, an exploit to hijack a car remotely, Prof. Stephen Hawking joins the search for ET … and much much more.

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Disney In Depth: Envisioning Disneyland Resort’s Next 60 Years
Brett Nachman   |  

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Disneyland has hit the 60th anniversary mark. Now what? The California theme park, which has belonged to the “Disneyland Resort” for the past 14 years, is in the early stages of a renewal. Though the advancements are not yet visible, the happiest place on earth will no doubt experience nothing short of a transformation over the coming years – especially over the course of the next six decades. If guests who first walked through Walt’s Main Street, U.S.A. on opening day could see Disneyland today, they may not be able to identify much of anything surrounding the hub. Disneyland, as well as experiences around its periphery, have changed – many of them for the better. But what will 2075 resemble?

Envisioning Disneyland Resort’s next 60 years requires remembering the park’s origins, tracking recent developments, and imagining the possibilities of the future.

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The GoD List: Comics For July 23, 2015
Henchman21   |  

The GoD List

Each and every week, I, “Ant-Man!” Henchman 21 and “The Wasp!” Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of July 23, 2015. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.

There are weeks when I get excited about scores of books that are being released. And then there are other weeks. This is one of those other weeks, as we get a whole batch of very good comics; Secret Wars is still rolling, DC continues to roll out new books in their most recent relaunch, IDW, Dark Horse, Image and the others pump out a fine line of books. So, we’re just going with a shorter list this week, including a long running series ending in a spectacular fashion, a book from last week that I didn’t get a chance to talk about, and a book you probably never thought you would see. Let’s get The GoD List started!

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Massive Metal Monday: Paradise Lost “Beneath Broken Earth”
Ides Bergen   |  

Paradise Lost Band Photo 2015

Twenty seven years into their career, Paradise Lost has come full circle. The band’s recently released 14th studio album The Plague Within, sees the legendary English unit returning to their death metal roots, much to the delight of old school fans. Few bands in metal, or any genre for that matter, have taken such a wide creative arc in their careers. Aside from a few notable missteps, these guys have conquered everything from death metal to gothic synth metal to straight rock, and have even composed some things that would not be entirely out of place on a Depeche Mode record.

Check out the the video for the first single below.

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Black Metal Friday: Immortal Bird “Neoplastic”
Ides Bergen   |  

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Chicago’s Immortal Bird defies classification. Their sound definitely runs thick with the hallmarks of black metal, but there’s also a bit of an “everything but the kitchen sink” vibe going on. The band shifts effortlessly from sludgy, doom metal to thrash all the way up through out and out hardcore. There are even beautifully dissonant, acoustic piano passages. That might sound like a schizophrenic cocktail on paper, but the underlying current of rage in both front-woman Rae’s voice and the band’s sonic battery manage to tie it all together in as a cohesive whole.

However, lest you think that Immortal Bird are only the bunch of angry individuals that they come across as sonically, consider this: the band eschews the label of “female fronted metal band” by labeling themselves “male backed metal” on their Facebook page. In the same space they also declare their hometown to be “Not China.” The latter is a tongue in cheek jab at South Dakota’s Ghost Bath, who convinced the press initially that they were in fact a Chinese black metal band as a publicity stunt.

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‘Marvel’s Ant-Man’: The Complete Geeks Of Doom Timeline
BAADASSSSS!   |  

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What a long, strange trip it has been for Ant-Man, Marvel Studios’ latest entry in their constantly expanding cinematic universe. It had been in development for a decade before it went before the cameras, and by then the director who had been with the project since its inception had long departed due to the dreaded “creative differences.” This has probably been the most difficult baby for Marvel to birth since The Avengers, and when Ant-Man brings Marvel’s Phase Two line-up to a rousing conclusion this weekend, we’ll finally find out if the movie has proven to be worth the wait.

I decided to trace Ant-Man‘s obstacle-fraught journey from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen beginning when the visionary British filmmaker Edgar Wright first signed on to develop a live-action feature based on the character. From 2010 onward, the development will be recounted as it was covered by several writers here at Geeks of Doom over the years, myself included.

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