Friday, 17 March 2017

Iron Maiden Alien

Some people may not know there's an Alien (Xenomorph) on the official Iron Maiden flag for The Number of the Beast.  It doesn't show up on the cover of the CD (and possibly not on the LP either, I don't have that so I can't check).





(sorry for the shaky-cam)

-edit-
Never uploaded a vid straight to the blog before (I think) so I didn't know the quality would be reduced.  Here it is from Youtube:
 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Zavvi's Suicide Squad ZBox

Zavvi's loot crate one off thing.  I think there were only 500 of these.  It was meant to be "released" on 31st August.  Got mine a couple of days ago.  Better late than never!















Saturday, 16 July 2016

Fortean Times

So I don't take up Flook's comments section ( see here ) I thought I'd blog it instead ...

so, here's my FT collection:


Almost every issue from 69 (I think, can't read it in the photo and it's on the very bottom of the pile now!) to 305.  I think there's about 10 missing (2 of which I'm keeping as they're Exorcist and Lovecraft related).  Thought it'd be a good idea to take a photo with a few issues standing up to show how big the stacks are.  I haven't looked through them but as with most of my mags they're almost all in perfect nick.  There may be a few issues that have stuff missing but only if I'd ordered something from them and I can't remember that ever happening.

Hopefully someone will want them :)

Postage is not really an option for obvious reasons.  Haven't thought about a price for them.  Going by Flook's find this lot would have cost over £100, I'll not even take half that for the lot.

As for location?  As this is the interwebs all I'll say is that I'm within 2 hours of Edinburgh.

So... couch co-op

Couch co-op has changed in this house...



Downsides: had to buy a new Xbox 360, a few games, the unit, XBL Gold for another account (the TV was an old cheap HD one that's got shadows on it)

Upsides: EVERYTHING!!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Okay... maybe not

2 months later and I'm still getting new CDs!  I'll never be able to get a new PC at this rate.

So...


Two more Aerosmith Columbia remasters, all I need is Classics! Live II I think.  Done With Mirrors is the first Geffen album.
Another version of The Exorcist theme.
Ghost's Opus Eponymous, If You Have Ghost EP and Meliora.
Lost Highway OST, basically bought because it has two songs by each - Trent Reznor/NIN, David Bowie and Rammstein.
Nier OST.  Amazing soundtrack to a brilliant game.
Requiem for a Dream OST - I love the theme tune and the songs that have the same motif.



Rage Against The Machine's XX anniversary remaster with the bonus DVD.  This is a timeless album.  Really liked the other albums the did (even the covers one) but nothing can compare to the heavyness and raw aggression on this.
Machine Head's Bloodstone & Diamonds book thing.  I really should have saved myself a quid so it'd be easier to fit on the shelf.  Never thought about that until it was too late lol.
Butcher Babies' Take It Like A Man.  Not as good as Goliath.
 Cradle of Filth's Hammer of the Witches.  They're getting better again.
AC/DC's Flick of the Switch.  Copuldn't remember any of the songs on here when looking at the track list.  Recognized a few while listening though.  Typical AC/DC.
Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension.  Meh. Nothing really stands out with this.
Hey! Hello!  Another Ginger Wildheart project.  Exactly what you'd expect.  Catchy punk rock that sometimes sounds like just noise.  Excellent stuff and really surprised I actually saw it in a shop!
Hollywood Rose - The Roots of Guns N Roses. 5 songs recorded by probably 85/6 in their original demo and repeated but remixed by Gilby Clarke (GnR member from 91-96?) then again by Fred Coury (Cinderella drummer).  Interesting to hear the demos but the remixes are pointless.
Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pill Acoustic.  Never knew this existed.  Shame it's not a pure Unplugged type album but it's still good.
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die.  I'm not a huge fan of The Prodigy, but this album is fucking brilliant.
System of a Down's debut album.  Thanks to the uniqueness of their style and singing it holds up well today.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

New stuff again

Seriously need to buy a new PC soon so probably the last of the new shit until next year.









So we have:

AC/DC - Iron Man 2 - basically a best of like Who Made Who.
Aerosmith - Gems - only a few of the Columbia remasters to get now.
Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments, Pt. 2 (the black one with no writing)
David Bowie - The Singles Collection
David Bowie - Heathen - just need to get the other album from around that era (during the Outside tour with Nine Inch Nails)  It wasn't popular but I really like it.
The Cardigans - Gran Turismo - bought for My Favourite Game.
Gilby Clarke - Pawnshop Guitars - had this when it was first released (around the time of "The Spaghetti Incident?" by GnR).  Great southern rock.
The Clash - The Singles - Been needing to get Clash stuff for ages, finally got some now.
Leonard Cohen - Greatest Hits - well, 17 of his songs.
Cradle of Filth - Evermore Darkly
Cradle of Filth - Nymphetamine SE
Eminem - The Slim Shady LP
Eminem - Encore
End of Days OST - some really great tracks on this.  Shame Chinese Democracy didn't sound like Oh My God from this.  Bloody good song that.
Event Horizon OST - Orbital and Michael Kamen, what's not to love??
The Exorcist OST - the strangest OST I've got.  Really unorthodox.
Fem 2 Fem - Animus
In This Moment - Black Widow - not as strong as Blood, but still really good.
Jet - Get Born
Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak - haven't liked anything they've done since ditching the 70s vibe on this.
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park - Meteora SE
Mallrats OST - one of Kevin Smith's weakest films (along with Chasing Amy, Red State and  one other that I can't remember) and probably weakest OST aswell
Monty Python - Life of Brian - 'nuff said!
Nirvana - Sliver: Best of the Box
Singles OST - good old grunge stuff
Sweeney Todd OST - the one for Tim Burton's film.  Not a fan of musicals (except South Park and The Happiness of the Katakuris) but love that film.
Therapy? - Infernal Love
Tryptikon - Melana Chasmata
White Zombie - Let Sleeping Corpses Lie - didn't realize they started out as a crap grunge band.
The Wildhearts - Mondo Akimbo A-Go-Go - almost finished off the collection now.


The big CoF box is Darkly Darkly Venus Aversa Ltd Edition thing with bonus CD and DVD with t-shirt (unfortunately they sent a L instead of XL and they can't get XL now).

Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
Aerosmith - Night In The Ruts - almost there now!
Aerosmith - Done With Mirrors - the only Geffen 80s one I didn't have
The Exorcist - a different release than the one above with a few differences in the tracks aswell as adding edits of Tubular Bells
Ghost - Opus Eponymous
Ghost - If You Have Ghost EP
Ghost - Meliora
Lost Highway OST
Nier: Replicant OST - absolutely loved the game, the music is stunning.
Requiem for a Dream OST - you'd probably know the main motif in the songs even if you haven't seen the film.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

End of year music

I did a half year music purchaes so thought I'd do an end of year one with the rest of the CDs I've bought.  So much for not buying much for the rest of the year!


Aphex Twin - Syro
     The usual stuff you'd expect from Rich, but nothing really stands out which is a shame.  Still good to listen to.

Beastie Boys - License To Ill
     Not actually listened to this yet even though I bought it in August (I think).  I've liked the album for years but never owned it myself.  Thought I'd remedy that.

Vanessa Carlton - Be Not Nobody
     I like a lot of piano based songs so I had to get this.  It's not your normal pop record which is probably why I like it.

Gilby Clarke - Swag
     Love his debut album (Pawnshop Guitars) but never heard any of his other stuff, saw this second hand and thought I'd give it a listen.  Pretty good rock/country stuff.

Nelly Furtado - Whoa, Nelly!
                          Loose
     Not too keen on Whoa, Nelly! but it was cheaper to buy both albums together than it was to just get Loose whih is a bit daft.  Liked a few of the tracks (All Good Things, No Hay Igual and Afraid) so I thought I'd see what the rest of the album was like.  More of the same which is no bad thing.

Garbage - Absolute Garbage
     Love them so much I have the first album at least 3 times (CD, double 12" vinyl and 7" box set).  Saw this cheap with the remix CD so thought I'd get it as I've liked some of the remixes they've released in the past.  Not actually listened to it yet.

Ghost B.C. - Infestissumam
     Saw a very brief clip of them live earlier this year on Sky Arts (I think it was highlights of Download) and was surprised at their sound.  Different to most things.  Love Secular Haze.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Vol. 1
     Really liked the film and it has some good tunes (Hooked on a Feeling, Spirit in the Sky).  Thought I'd buy it as it's different to most soundtracks released today and is more akin to something you'd get from Tarantino.

Iron Maiden - Flight 666
     'Nuff said really.  Maiden live are always great.

Labyrinth OST
     Nostalgia is a wonderfull thing.  And so is David Bowie.  With Danny John-Jules singing parts of Chilly Down.  Great kids film, but then it couldn't be bad with Jim Henson directing a Terry Jones story.  If only kids films today had the quality of the 80s Henson or Dahl stuff.

Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
                     Born This Way
                     Artpop
     Say what you will, I like her.  She's weird which is probably why I like her.  Dunno why Artpop didn't do so well, I liked it.

Last Action Hero OST
     Loved this album.  Particularly Fishbone's Swim and Alice In Chains' What The Hell Have I.  Shame Def Leppard are on there but it's a good mix of rock/metal.

Lorde - Pure Heroine
     Reminds me a lot of Joe Cocker (R.I.P.) when she's live.  Disappointed with the album a little, but haven't really properly listened to it yet.

Metallica - St. Anger
     Not really a fan of the stuff after The Black Album (Load was abysmal and Re-Load was even worse) but thought I'd give this a try.  Meh.

Muse - Supermassive Black Hole DVD
     Really like Muse.  Sound great for a three-piece band.

The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land
                       Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned
     Had to replace Fat of the Land as mine was scratched to buggery.  And never had Always Outnumbered even though it has Juliette Lewis on it (love her punk stuff).  It's what you'd expect from them.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
     Been a fan of them for a long time but I'm ashamed that I've never owned this until now.

Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
     Was disappointed in a few of his albums (Educated Horses, Hellbilly Deluxe 2) but thought I'd give him one last try.  It's better than those, but it's not as good as Hellbilly Deluxe or Sinister Urge.  Still, it's an improvement.  Maybe if he wasn't making naff horrors (Lords of Salem was a bore to watch, Halloween I and II weren't great) he'd write better music.

Royal Blood - Royal Blood
     For a two-piece band they have a great sound.  Proves that you don't need lead/rythm guitars to make a good rock album.  Shame it's a bit samey and only 33 mins but it's a good debut album.

Skunk Anansie - Smashes & Trashes
                            Acoustic - Live in London
     Been a fan since Paranoid & Sunburnt so I thought I'd round off the collection with the greatest hits with the DVD and the brilliant acoustic set they did last year.  Skin still has a great voice.

Soundgarden - Louder Than Love & BadMotorFinger
     Never had these albums, only ever had SuperUnknown.  Good blast from the past though.

Star & Dagger - Tomorrowland Blues
     Been a fan of Sean Yseult since White Zombie so I've always been interested in what she's doing.  Great blues/rock album.  Listen to In My Blood and Your Mama Was A Grifter if you're curious.

Type O Negative - World Coming Down
     There will never be another Type O.  Disappointing album but it's unmistakably Type O, just not as catchy or memorable.

The Wildhearts - Fishing For Luckies (double)
     This is the 2010 Lemon Recordings release with some of the B-Sides on disc 2.  The first disc is different to the other releases aswell (Inglorious, Lovebank, Schizophonic, Channel Bop, Geordie, Sky Babies, Drugs, Red Light, Soul Searching, Mood Swings, Flynn and Nite Songs).  It's a shame that the 2nd disc has the original version of 29x the Pain instead of the '96 version on the official vinyl rerelease.  Hopefully this is the last version they'll release for now!

Wolfmother - Wolfmother
     Was amazed at Stockdale's voice when he guested on Slash's By The Sword.  Disappointed with the album though.

ZZ Top - Eliminator
     Can't go wrong with ZZ Top.

Now That's What I call A Party
     A surprising amount of good tunes mixed in with some terrible ones.  I was surprised at how many pop songs on this I liked vs how many I didn't.