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Black Metal Friday: Agalloch “Not Unlike The Waves”
Ides Bergen   |  

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Agalloch hail from Portland, Oregon, and are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band this year. They play an ethereal style of metal that defies categorization. Some of the genres that Agalloch have been associated with include doom metal, progressive metal, folk metal, and post-rock. But the one undercurrent that is constant throughout is the element of black metal. Over the course of 5 albums and various EPs and split releases, Agalloch have worked their way to the position of elder statesmen amongst the U.S. black metal scene.

This week’s edition of Black Metal Friday features the epic track “Not Unlike the Waves” from Agalloch’s 2006 album Ashes Against the Grain. Check it out here below and be sure to catch Agalloch on their upcoming tour at the following venues:

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The Drill Down 378: Leader of the Pac
Mr. BabyMan   |  

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This week, Charter buys Time Warner Cable, the secret plan to hijack our smartphones, the NSA ends bulk collection of phone records, the IRS is hacked, and Pac-Man turns 35 … and much much more.

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Disney In Depth: ‘Tomorrowland’: The Good, Bad, and Missed Potential
Brett Nachman   |  

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Brad Bird‘s latest action adventure is possibly his most complex, as he builds an intricate world with tons of “wow” moments – only matched by the same quantity of “oh, this could have been better” moments.

I loved Tomorrowland, even though I sighed nearly as often as I smiled with giddiness. The level of detail and consideration Bird and his production team put into Disney’s sci-fi flick speak to the genius of the group on board. But there could have been too many cooks in this kitchen – or rather, too many crafty individuals on set.

What made Tomorrowland work, where did it suffer, and what aspects could have lent themselves to opportunities that were sadly not embraced? Here is my rundown.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: In ‘Perception’ From ‘BioShock’ Makers You Play As A Blind Girl
The Movie God   |  

The Deep End's Perception Kickstarter Spotlight

After the closing of BioShock developer Irrational Games the people who worked there dissipated, as you’d expected, many of them going on to start new game development studios that looked to the booming crowdfunding craze to make their new games a reality instead of having to rely on a publisher who might mess with their work. We spotlighted a pair of projects from two examples of this back in October of last year, The Black Glove and The Flame in the Flood—one of which succeeded and the other unfortunately failing to reach its goal.

Another studio consisting of a talented group of gamemakers who worked on BioShock, BioShock Infinite, and other games as well, called The Deep End Games, has a new project and they too are taking to Kickstarter in hopes of raising the necessary funds to make a game called Perception. The game is a first-person horror game, and in it you play as a blind girl named Cassie exploring an abandoned mansion in Gloucester, MA. Intrigued? Please do continue on below to find out more and watch a trailer for the game.

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Massive Metal Monday: Fireball Ministry “King”
Ides Bergen   |  

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If you like your metal with clean vocals and the sort of high-octane guitar riffage associated with the golden age of metal, then L.A. stalwarts Fireball Ministry may just be your cup of tea.

The band was formed in 1999 and is led by ordained minister Jim Rota, who has performed marriage ceremonies for several other metal stars and is currently producing the third album by Huntress. Fireball Ministry has also had a revolving door of the who’s who of metal, including (among others) Stone Sour bassist Johnny Chow, drum legend Yael, Helen Storer from Fluffy, and Janis Tanaka from L7. My wife and I used to see Fireball Ministry playing small clubs all around L.A. back around the turn of the millennium and even then they sounded like they were ready to tear up arenas.

To date, the band has produced five of the highest energy heavy metal albums in recent memory. Here, from their third album, 2003′s The Second Great Awakening, is Fireball Ministry with the turbo-charged anthem “King.”

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Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases: Insurgent, It Follows, Dressed To Kill
BAADASSSSS!   |  

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This week’s edition of Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases features news on several important upcoming home video releases, including one young adult novel adaptation, a highly acclaimed independent horror classic in the making, and an actual horror classic being granted a special Blu-ray reissue courtesy of one of the best video labels on the market.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon, as well as a list of titles coming out this week.

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Black Metal Friday: Vattnet Viskar “Breath Of The Almighty”
Ides Bergen   |  

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The phrase “vattnet viskar” is Swedish for “the water whispers.” There could not be a bigger misnomer for the band of the same name.

Vattnet Viskar, the band, hail from New Hampshire and are at the very forefront of the new generation of American black metal. Their sound and fury is a mixture of blackened doom and post-rock similar to their contemporaries Tombs or Wolves In The Throne Room.

Century Media Records is set to release the sophomore album by Vattnet Viskar entitled Settler on June 16th in North America and June 29th in Europe. While we wait, here (below) is the official video for “Breath of the Almighty” from the band’s superb 2013 debut album Sky Swallower and be sure to check them out on tour this summer in a city near you.

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The Drill Down 377: Hail to the Tweet
Mr. BabyMan   |  

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This week, POTUS tweets, an Apple television is officially dead, hacking a planes controls from a passenger seat, amazing timelapses from still photos … and much much more.

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Disney In Depth: Remembering Disneyland’s New Tomorrowland
Brett Nachman   |  

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As Disney’s Tomorrowland hits theaters, we reflect back on those memories of visiting the futuristic area of the Magic Kingdom, whether Walt Disney World’s Florida park or Disneyland in California. Some may have even traveled to Disneyland Paris’s Discoveryland or the Tomorrowland found in Tokyo or Hong Kong.

My first experiences at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland occurred during a transcendent juncture, a state of transition for the now-dated environment. I initially crossed the cracked pavement in 1996, a period when Tomorrowland progressed into a state of massive refurbishment. New Tomorrowland would land in 1998. But its anticipated arrival would quickly cease. This is a story of great vision undermined by disappointment and dysfunction. Set on your Rocket Rod and shoot back 17 years to New Tomorrowland.

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Massive Metal Monday: Kiss “War Machine”
Ides Bergen   |  

Kiss Creatures of the Night Album Cover

Whether or not you consider Kiss to be a metal band, I don’t believe that anyone could argue that their 1982 album Creatures of the Night is a heavy metal record. And a damn fine one at that!

Here with the epic anthem “War Machine” from the Creatures of the Night record is the mighty Kiss.

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