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MOVIE REVIEW: H.P. LOVECRAFT’S COOL AIR

Ok.  I’ll admit it.  I’m a big H.P. Lovecraft fan.  So any time a movie comes out based on his works I’ll pay attention and see what is going on.  Now granted, films based on his work usually turn out to be…dubious at best.  Though I feel we have good films out there that pay a good homage to his works.  Also, usually when his works are adapted to film they tend to be updated versions instead of what would now be considered a horror movie period piece.  The most recent story adapted to film by Lovecraft is his tale called ‘Cool Air’, and like other adaptations of Lovecraft’s works the original work has been converted to modern day times with some new dialog and a new setting.  So how did all of this turn out for ‘Cool Air’?  Did it leave me colder than a dead hookers body stuffed in a trunk with a Necronomicon or did it tickle my Cthulhu Funny tentacle?  Well set your Air Conditioners to cold and let’s fire this baby up! Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: H.P. LOVECRAFT’S COOL AIR

KATE BECKINSALE JOINS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER ELIZA GRAVES

According to THR, UNDERWORLD’s Kate Beckinsale is in negotiations to star in ELIZA GRAVES, a psychological thriller from Nu Image/Millennium. Brad Anderson (SESSION 9THE CALL) will direct the film which is loosely based on a short story of Edgar Allan Poe’s called “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether” and will be adapted by Joseph Gangemi.

Beckinsale will play the lead character of Eliza, a Harvard Medical School grad who takes a job at an insane asylum, falling for one of the doctors but then discovering that the occupants have taken it over. Sounds like a pretty solid set-up for a horror film and with the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale as its leading lady I’d say this one is off to a pretty good start.

Shooting is expected to begin this June with Oren Peli (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY) serving as one of the producers.

‘The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists’: New Quote Snippets From KERRY KING And PHILIP ANSELMO

“The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists”, written by New York City music scene veterans Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, is set to be released on April 9. Touted as “the most opinionated compendium ever written concerning heavy metal,” the book is comprised of 208 jam-packed pages representing all that is glorious across the world of heavy metal.

Presented in the form of dozens of factual, random and often outrageous lists, this book flies the flag for true metalheads, as well as the curious observer. Where others have ventured to simply focus on who is best, “The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists” dares to call many out for being the worst. It points out the triumphs, as well as the miserable failures concerning metal, and recklessly opines on each and every aspect of it, from a diehard fan’s point of view.

The requisite collections of the mightiest guitarists, drummers, vocalists, etc., are in there, however, “The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists” leaves no stone unturned, often blurring the lines separating fact and hilarity. You want to know about album covers that feature goats on them? What MOTÖRHEAD icon Lemmy‘s warts might tell you if they could speak? The achievements IRON MAIDEN would never have reached had their original vocalist Paul Di’Anno remained in the band? Well then, this book is for you.

The foreword for “The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists” comes from one of the most respected names in the genre, SLAYER guitarist extraordinaire Kerry King, with a candid and passionate afterword from PANTERA/DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo. There are numerous other contributions from band members the likes of Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Gary Holt (EXODUS), Max Cavalera (SEPULTURA, SOULFLY), Danny Lilker (NUCLEAR ASSAULT, BRUTAL TRUTH), Katon W. De Pena (HIRAX) and many others. Additionally, several lists have been contributed by industry luminaries such as Jon and Marsha Zazula; the very people responsible for first bringing groups like METALLICA, ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT to the world at large, Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, radio personality Eddie Trunk, former Roadrunner Records (current Nuclear Blast) A&R guru Monte Conner and more. Hell, even rapper MC Serch is featured talking about his days weeding through SLAYER‘s fan mail while working at Def Jam.

“This book will appeal to metalheads because it’s what they love. They’ll get to laugh at the industry and at themselves. Any information is good information, and metal kids want it.” – Kerry King (SLAYER)

“I am an unabashed heavy metal fan, and I know as well as anyone, that metal fans can be an extremely loyal lot. But we are a very critical lot too. With each new movement, a new, defiant, outspoken, and sovereign audience is born. Music is older than all of us, so its history is ours to writhe in and absorb.” – Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN)

There is no music community on earth quite like that of heavy metal, and “The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists” is its bible. Metal fans thrive on debating each and every detail about the music and it’s performers, from recording production, to album cover art, to band members’ appearance — no stone is left unturned… EVER. “The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists” is designed for the lot, who enthusiastically engage in and thrive on such arguments.

To pre-order “The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists”, please visit Amazon.com.

DAVE MUSTAINE: STRYPER’s MICHAEL SWEET And I ‘Believe In The Same Jesus’

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, “Honestly”, to be made available later in the year. There is also a 12-song solo record to go hand in hand with the release of the book.

According to Sweet, his “friend and brother,” MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was “kind enough” to write the following blurb/quote for the book:

“Sometimes you see someone or something and you think you got it all figured out, just to find you were pretty far off base. That’s a sucky feeling. I learned a long time ago not to judge a book by its cover, and as much as I used to think that I am nothing like Michael Sweet, I have come to realize that we both have had a lot of hardships in common; the same trials and tribulations, the same band problems, and some of the same relationship issues. Fortunately for us, we both believe in the same Jesus, and serve the same amazing, loving creator, so it’s no wonder that we would both be standing on the same victorious side of life, once all the smoke clears at the end of the fight. I hope you will enjoy his memoirs and come to a new understanding and a new appreciation of Michael Sweet.”

Sweet previously stated about his upcoming book: “Writing and finishing my autobiography has gone WAY beyond my expectations, good and bad. It’s been much more difficult than I could ever imagine yet it’s been somewhat therapeutic being able to talk about my life and the past 30+ years of all things STRYPER. I get into everything and share things that may surprise you. I talk about the disfunction in this band, the pain and heartache of being so close to each other that we sometimes hurt each other the most, the ups and downs from our highest point (1987-1988) to our lowest point (1991-1992) and why we were driven to bankruptcy and how we climbed our way back from complete loss and despair. I share my personal pain from considering to give up music altogether to the day I broke the news to the guys that I would be leaving the band and why. From that day forward, I had everything a man could ask for and then, in what seemed like an instant, it was all taken away.

“I’m almost 50 yet I feel like I’ve lived the life of a man who is almost 90. I look back on everything and all I can say is thank you God for allowing me to serve you and for giving me my gift, my life!

‘Honestly’ will be available soon and I can say from the bottom of my heart, it is brutally honest and my hopes and prayers are that it touches you in some way.”

Michael‘s new solo album will be issued via Big3 Records. Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho, WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich; Tony Harnell of TNT, and Michael‘s brother Robert Sweet and STRYPER‘s Timothy Gaines.

Regarding Harnell‘s appearance on the CD, Sweet previously stated, “I think Tony is truly one of the most underrated singers of all time. He’s always been one of my favorites and is an incredibly nice, humble guy to boot. I’ve always wanted to work with Tony and I knew this would be the perfect song and opportunity to do so. ‘Taking On The World Tonight’ is very heavy with a combination of old-school riffs and solos yet it’s got a very modern, relevant sound as well. It’s the best of both worlds!”

IRON MAIDEN Song Used In Literature Class

According to Amarillo.com, West Texas A&M University professor Martin Jacobsen recently fused metal music and literature classes by using the “Out Of The Silent Planet” track off IRON MAIDEN‘s 2000 album “Brave New World” during a class exercise, presenting visual diagrams of lyrics construction with the music playing at the same time.

“The students were mad for it,” the professor tells Amarillo.com. “They just thought it was crazy and they loved it. I threw it out there just as an offhand comment one day — ‘What we ought to do is have a class in heavy metal’ — and there was universal agreement from the students in the class, like, ‘Yes, we should actually do that.'”

The class exercise was such a hit that Jacobsen is now teaching a new course called “Introduction To Literature: Heavy Metal As A Literary Genre”. The professor explains that many metal lyricist have been inspired by some of the greatest writers of all time.

“You constantly see these nods to the intellectual tradition that these writers, these lyricists come from,” he said. “It’s connected itself and grounded itself in literary tradition. Therefore it’s reasonable to conclude that it is a form of literature as well as a form of music. In much the same way, you might say country music is a species of folklore.”

22-year-old student Eric Bauer, who got really into heavy metal in middle school with METALLICA, thinks heavy metal is a broader genre than it gets credit for.

“In the lyrics of heavy metal, you can write about anything,” he said. “Social issues, the human experience, wizards and dragons — if you’re interested in a subject, there’s probably a heavy metal song about it.”