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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 7/20/11

Wednesday, already, are you freaking serious?

What's happenin' readers? Just opening mail as I type and I can't thank enough my label and publicist reps out there who still send hard copy material for editorial consideration. Yes, I'm a damn fossil, so what? It's downright nice to find a deluxe edition copy of In Flames' new album Sounds of a Playground Fading and another new Twisted Sister DVD, Double Live amongst other hard copy albums in the mailbox. Bless ya, gang, the packages do make my day in these brutal economic times for everybody.

On the flipside, I hate to keep acting like a fossil, but let's talk about movie remakes a second. I know Hollywood recently green lit up to 60 remakes, but what kind of confidence does that show? It's a cash-in and unfortunately not too much of it is to be desired. Is it really necessary to do a third version of The Thing, when the first two are proud standouts of their time and place? I can tell you I'm not very inspired by the trailer for the new Thing, as well as the Fright Night and Conan the Barbarian remakes. My mind is open to a point, and I even gave the new Nightmare On Elm Street and The Stepfather flicks a chance. Both were better than I expected, but both totally pointless. Perhaps the best remake I've seen in awhile is the new Karate Kid, even if Mr. Smith is doing kung-fu, not karate. Semantics, right? The Crazies, not bad at all since Romero was involved, but honestly, enough's enough, huh?

And The Smurfs in Manhattan? Jesus wept, talk about uninspiring...

At least the final Harry Potter movie was up to the moment. It has been almost a year since I've had a date with my wife due to the kiddo and the budget, but we did slip out to catch Deathly Hallows Part 2 and it was a very satisfying conclusion to what has been the literature and fantasy film epic of this time, The Lord of the Rings notwithstanding. And Dark Knight Rises is around the corner, whoo-ha!

For the upcoming agenda here at The Metal Minute, we'll be checking out the latest from Arch Enemy, Twisted Sister, In Flames, Mindflow, Iron Claw, Zombie Shaker Box and more. Ya'll come back now, etc. etc.

Pro-Pain - Round 6
Brent Hinds - Fiend Without a Face/West End Motel
Mastodon - Remission
Mastodon - Leviathan
Mastodon - Blood Mountain
Mastodon - Crack the Skye
Probot - s/t
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions
Rusty Eye - Possessor
Crossfade - We All Bleed
Unearth - Darkness in the Light
Amen - s/t
Amen - We've Come For Your Parents
Amen - Death Before Musick
Deftones - White Pony
Deftones - Diamond Eyes
Samael - Above
400 Blows - Black Rainbow
400 Blows - Angel's Trumpets and Devil's Trombones
Prince - Crystal Ball
Depeche Mode - Ultra
Simply Red - Picture Book
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Peter Frampton - Frampton
Wendy Carlos - Tron soundtrack
Ennio Morricone - The Thing (1982) soundtrack
Bach - various concertos


taotechuck said...

For some reason, I'm stuck on opera and choral stuff. Even though I'm about the least metal person 'round these parts, I'll recommend the Philip Glass opera I heard this week to any of you who are looking for something different. It has some moments that are pretty dark and heavy, and it's an unusual opera.

Delibes - Lakme (Lombard, 1970)
Puccini - La Boheme (Erede, 1951)
Puccini - La Boheme (Beecham, 1956)
Puccini - La Boheme (Serafin, 1959)
Glass - Kepler (Davies, 2010)
Bach - St. John Passion (Gardiner, 2011)
Kathleen Ferrier - Edition (Disc 1: Gluck; Disc 2: Bach)
Charles Mingus - Presents Charles Mingus

Metal Mark said...

"Conan the Barbarian remakes"
My understanding is that this film is not related to the 80's films, but rather a different interpretation of Robert E. Howard's characters. There have been several comics, the two Arnold films, a tv show, a cartoon and of course a pile of novels by various authors all based on Robert E. Howard's Conan and his world. I don't have a problem with another film being made. Now that doesn't guarantee it will be good although I hope that it is.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

LOL, Chuck, you're always welcome here and your alternate selections provide the diversity I profess, so never change. I will check out Puccini sometime for sure and Glass upon your recommendation.

Mark, I will keep an open mind, but it the preview I saw didn't look so cheesy, I'd probably get excited for it since you and I grew up passing those Conan novels and comics back and forth.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

And you know, Mark, I probably consider the Star Trek reboot the best of all the remakes/reboots in the past five or so years. Just to be fair.

Metal Mark said...

Yes, Star Trek is a reboot not a remake and Conan is another adaption of a literary character like Batman or Tarzan. There is a difference between those and remakes of movies like Fright Night or Halloween where the main source is a film. Just to be fair. Doesn't make them all good, but they need are in different categories.

DPTH International said...

I'm looking forward to the Conan remake. I hope it doesn't suck. It can't be worse then the tv show.

Dizmas - On A Search In America
Doctor Butcher - S/T
Domain - Last Days Of Utopia
Domenica - The Luxury
Domine - Ancient Spirit Rising, Emperor Of The Black Runes, Stormbringer Ruler: The Legend Of The Power Supreme, Dragonlord (Tales Of Noble Steel), Champion Eternal
Dragonforce - Sonic Firestorm, Valley Of The Damned, Inhuman Rampage, Ultra Beatdown
Dragonhammer - The Blood Of The Dragon ...
Dragonheart - Soundtrack (Randy Edelman)
Dragonheart - Throne Of The Alliance, Underdark
Dragonland - The Dragonland Chronicles Pt 1:The Battle Of The Ivory Plains, The Dragonland Chronicles Pt 2: Holy War, Starfall, Astronomy
Drakkar - Gemini, Razorblade God, Quest for Glory
Dream Theater - When Dream and Day Unite, Images & Words, Live at the Marquee , Awake , Falling Into Infinity , A Change of Seasons EP

cjk_44 said...

The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual
Protest the Hero – Scurrilous
Queensr├┐che – Dedicated to Chaos
Ghost – Opus Eponymous
Satyricon – Volcano
All That Remains – The Fall of Ideals
Rolling Stones – Some Girls
Bad Company – Burnin’ Sky

Watching: video for “Iridium” by Dark Tranquillity, Red Sox @ Camden Yards

Reading: “Life” by Keith

Ray, the new Arch Enemy is something I hope to get to this week.

godmachine12 said...

Harmaja - s/t
Death - Spiritual Healing
SYL - all
Sentenced - Buried Alive (DVD)
Korn - Best Of
Soundgarden - Telephantism
Soundtrack - The Crow
Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Mark and Dpth, I avoided the Conan show simply because you can't really depict the true mayhem of Conan on sanitized t.v. If they treat this Conan film as a reboot, then great. They're mostly pumping up the 3-D aspect, so I'm not sure I'll get there anyway.

Dpth, cool to see Dr. Butcher. Might I recommend you add Eric Peterson of Testament's black metal offshoot to your "Dragon" collection, i.e. Dragonlord?

Dpth, let me know your thoughts to the new Arch Enemy. By now my review is posted. Guitar fest and minus a few criticisms, it's really good.

Godmachine, welcome! Love that Crow soundtrack.

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