Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cinema Terrible: Leprechaun & Leprechaun 2

Aaaaand we're back with the shitty movies. I've reviewed a few cult classic B-movies in the past, and contributed briefly to a blog with the same name as this column, but seeing how that blog is now defunct, I'm going to be stealing the name to use over here. Yay stealing!

Up for review in the next couple days/ weeks/ non-commital amount of time are the green-is-the-new-red horror movies known as Leprechaun. There are six of these god damn movies, and I intend on watching every last one of them. Considering St. Patrick's day recently past us, this last weekend my friends and I took it upon ourselves to show our spirit and watch the first three of these flicks, aptly titled Leprechaun, Leprechaun 2, and Leprechaun 3. Hopefully in the next couple days we'll get around to watching the next three installments: Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun 5: In The Hood, and Leprechaun 6: Back 2 Tha Hood. I'll probably cover two movies per post, because I tried writing one post for the first three, and it got painfully long, so, yeah. Two movies per post, so now they're only painful.

Also, this post contains major SPOILERS, so if you for some reason in the universe care about the plots to these movies, then don't read ahead. I've also come to the conclusion that my movie reviews are just play-by-plays of the movie with the actual reviewy bits at the end, so keep that in mind. I was also pretty drunk when I watched these, so, y'know, keep that in mind too. The review is after the jump!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Blastbeat Reviews: Hammerdrone, Maze of Terror

Usual spiel: school's been eating up all my time, I've promised a bunch of reviews, so here are some quick ones for you. 


Y'all remember Hammerdrone, right? Those Canadian boys riffing out some good old fashioned death metal with heavy melodeath and blackened death influences? Well, they're back with a new full length to tear your faces off. These guys still rock their heavy Behemoth and Goatwhore influences from before, but on Clone of Europa they're bringing in some Gothenburg melodic death metal sounds into the fray as well.

In pretty much every way, Clone of Europa is a giant step ahead of A Demon Rising. The musicianship is tighter, the production is heavy as fuck, and the songs flow better, showing some serious soundscaping and atmosphere building abilities on the band's part. If you're into death metal or melodic death metal at all, I can't recommend Clone of Europa enough. Check it out on Bandcamp here, and visit them on the Facetubes hereOverall Score: 4/5.


Maze of Terror hail from Lima, Peru and play thrash fucking metal. No, not thrash metal. Thrash. Fucking. Metal. These guys are relatively new on the scene having only formed in 2011, but they're firing on all cylinders on their first release. They've got their own style of old school Bay Area thrash mixed with the neo-thrash movement started with bands like Toxic Holocaust and Warbringer, with just a hint of European thrash sprinkled on top. The result is some heavy, fast, and vicious thrash metal that can appease any headbanger. Skull Crusher reminds me heavily of Needs More Noise Gate favorites Termination Force and Zafakon, and as I wrote that sentence all I can think about about is how freaking wicked it would be to have a Termination Force, Zafakon and Maze of Terror tour, but I digress. Maze of Terror kicks all kinds of ass, and you should listen to Skull Crusher right now. You can check them out on Facebook, and listen to some of this EP on YoutubeScore 4/5

That's all for now, folks!