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Some bands work perfectly with Halloween, and some bands bring the Halloween to every day. With their madcap theatrics and splatteriffic live shows, GWAR is one such band, and just in-time for Halloween 2017 they've unleashed a new album - THE BLOOD OF GODS. Out now on Metal Blade Records, The Howard Stern Show just played host to the music video debut for "I'll Be Your Monster" (see it below), and it's got an uncharacteristic 1970s vibe to it - a little Alice Cooper, perhaps with a dash of Motorhead thrown in. See the new video below, and look for THE BLOOD OF GODS on your favorite streaming service or at retailers now. It's a perfect addition to an updated Halloween playlist!
It's almost time for Frank Castle to have revenge. On November 17, Marvel's The Punisher makes its long-awaited debut as a Netflix Original Series, the latest following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. Jon Bernthal stars as the title character, a heavily-armed former Marine-turned-vigilante known throughout New York City. On a mission to punish the criminals responsible for the murder of his family, Frank Castle will soon find himself involved in a military conspiracy far bigger than he could possibly imagine. Check out the new trailer below!
In the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Poe Dameron mentions that The Resistance has "a spark that will light the fire that will burn The First Order down." But thematically, what if the players on the other side feel the same way? Back it up around 30 years, and you're in the timeline just following the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, and that's right where EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II lies. To avenge the death of The Emperor, they follow his instructions to "ignite the inferno" - making reference to The Inferno Squad, in an effort to burn The Rebellion down. See the new single-player trailer for the game below, and look for it on November 14, 2017. Exclusive pre-order deals available via my affiliate, GameStop.
There's long been a strange relationship between Halloween and Christmas, perhaps the fact that two of the year's biggest holidays arrive at the end of a month, at the end of the year with just a month bridging the gap between the two. While Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas might be the most famous example, this year Mickey Mouse is getting in on the action with a new DVD collection, Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary. Featuring the fantastic retro-styled Mickey Mouse cartoons from Disney Channel, families can get into the Halloween spirit as Mickey, Donald, and Goofy swap hair-raising Halloween stories. Then fast forward a couple months to Donald’s first Christmas festivities with friends! Check out a preview below...
Industrial rockers Neon Coven released their debut EP, Risen, earlier this year via New Ocean Media, and now they're back with a fresh take on the Depeche Mode classic,“Never Let Me Down Again”. It's a song that's certainly been covered by a few artists in the past, but Neon Coven have done well with it, and I dig it. Check it out below...
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When I first played Splatoon 2 at a Nintendo Switch launch event earlier this year, I immediately pegged it as a game that my girls were gonna love. I jumped-in to a test run of local multiplayer against a full field of players, the interesting aspect being that I was the one player in the mix who hadn't played the original Splatoon. On the surface, I thought it was a simple paintball game - a shooter in which kids could splatter their digital world and have a fine time doing it. Thing is, it's actually so much more, with a world of "Inkling" shapeshifters who move between humanoid and squid forms, swimming in ink to refill their weapons as they navigate a well-thought world with real missions. After receiving a copy of the game for review from our friends at Nintendo this summer, I've had a chance to play it myself, but I've also had the opportunity to see just how much the kids like it - but also how the digital world of Inkopolis has come to life in the real world via new toys from JAKKS Pacific.
Somewhat surprisingly, there hasn't been a lot of new Halloween music released this year, but of the few new releases to hit, one of the best comes from Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats with a swingin' new tune called "My Mommy is a Mummy." Taken from the new EP, It's the Holidays!, this old-school jam is accented by appropriately-Egyptian hooks. Check it out below!
Production on the previously "Untitled Han Solo Movie" has officially wrapped, and as of today the film has a proper title - SOLO: A Star Wars Story. This had been one of the long-rumored titles practically since day one, but now director Ron Howard confirmed it via Twitter and a little help from a mighty Wookiee (is it Chewbacca?). Check out the video below!
I don't know that moving ABC's slightly retooled version of THE TOY BOX to Sunday nights has been a good decision. The first season premiere last spring captured the attention of some 4 million+ viewers, but the remaining episodes bottomed-out around 2.4M. Now, three episodes into a new season with new judges and an altered format (gone are the "mentors), The Toy Box is averaging right around 2 million viewers a week, which isn't much in the grand scheme of things. Still, there's another five weeks to go, and her at Rock Father HQ, our girls have really become invested in it - to the point of cheering things on, while blasting others. I'm biased, but The Rock Daughters™ should really be on the judging panel if the show gets picked up for Season Three (which has been in-development, but the ratings slide could nix that). Curious what new toys will be going in front of the judges this Sunday? Here's a preview!
PRODUCT OF HATE has been honing their metallic assault for a decade now, but it wasn't until 2016 that their debut album got a Global release via Napalm Records. That album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE, came with a built-in perennial favorite for the Halloween season in "Unholy Manipulator," and I should know - I directed the video for it. While that one was first released independently a few years prior to the album, no one really knew that one of the new cuts would also bear a horrific mark, and that's what lands "Monster" in my 31 Days of Halloween countdown for the very first time. Oddly enough, the song and video may be more timely in 2017 than it was in 2016, especially in light of the situation with Harvey Weinstein and the ongoing discussion about the proper treatment of women and the horrors of abuse. Whether you've heard the song and seen the video before, or you're just discovering it now, watch and listen closely. This "Monster" might be bigger than you thought...
As Marvel Studios prepares to unleash THOR: RAGNAROK onto the world, it's time to start looking ahead to the not-so-distant future. While AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR looms large with its April release, it's the February 16, 2018 debut of BLACK PANTHER that has people buzzing right now. After a teaser some months back, the official trailer has just arrived, and it's something you need to check out. See it below!
She was born in Detroit on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine, a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way.
Thus goes the introduction to CHRISTINE, the 1983 John Carpenter film based upon Stephen King's novel of the same name. Now, 34 years later, Varèse Sarabande has reissued John Carpenter’s classic score for CHRISTINE on LP. The CHRISTINE– Original Motion Picture Score has been fully remastered and is been released on blue vinyl, with a splatter variant available via Newbury Comics. The album features fantastic new art from award-winning movie poster artist Gary Pullin (“Ghoulish Gary”).
On August 24, 2017, Taylor Swift unleashed "Look What You Made Me Do," the divisive first single from her forthcoming album, Reputation (out November 10 via Big Machine Records). Three days later, the music video arrived, and somewhat surprisingly, the cover versions did, too. In the age of YouTube & Spotify, there's a cottage industry for artists that have made names for themselves based on well-produced cover versions - not sound-alike knockoffs, but unique takes on popular music that have gained steam in recent years. What's incredible is the quick turnaround on these - not just learning someone else's song in a matter of days, but also deconstructing it, rebuilding it, recording it, getting the mixing/mastering done, and in some cases shooting a video for it all in under a week. For Swift's single, one of the most impressive versions arrived just a week later (August 31) via Scott Bradlee's Post Modern Jukebox, followed by the September 12 release of Our Last Night's rocked-up version. In just under two months, there have been dozens of covers that have arrived, and another great one hit this weekend via Frog Leap Studios and Leo Moracchioli. Check out five versions below of what may be 2017's most-covered new song, "Look What You Made Me Do."
It was just about a year ago when I first mentioned Super Monsters, a new series geared toward the preschool (and a bit older) set in which the children of monsters learn to navigate the social waters while coming to grips with their powers. Think Monster High, but in preschool - with a bit of that PJ Masks daytime/nighttime vibe, and you're on the right track. Now, just in-time for Halloween, the first season of Super Monsters has made it's debut as a Netflix Original Series, and straight out of the gate it's a good one.