Album Review: REIGN OF VENGEANCE – The Final Aeon For All Humans

Metal band’s recent release is a concept album from hell

Arizona-based metal band REIGN OF VENGEANCE has been pumping out ear-bleeding heaviness for well over a decade and their most recent EP “The Final Aeon For All Humans” just might be their most blistering release to date, the apex of what they can do sonically and thematically. Definitely fueled by both heavy metal history as well as heavy classic rock and darker classical music tempered with what feels like a very cinematic atmosphere and armed with soul-shredding vocal attacks (from frontman Marshall Beck), the disc kicks into gear with the politically-oriented track “Fuck the Recession: Kill Those Who Caused It”, a dark, massive song that also comes equipped with a rich, operatic quality. That eloquent bit of metal is chased with the opulent “Amassing Towards the Truth”, which is just as anthemic as the opener and “The Grande Hectacomb” is another brutal, atmospheric and again, cinematic track and it may be the best song on an album full of great, challenging material.

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MANIAC 4K Blu-ray Coming in December

Legendary slasher psychodrama returns in deluxe restored edition

Frank Zito (a career performance by writer/executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of N ew York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC.

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Bloody Ballet Dances to VOD Next Week

Indie Horror Film is Inspired by Argento and Fulci

With the recent release of the remake of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA, it’s interesting to note the impending release of a similarly abstract indie horror drama, one that exploits the grueling world of dancing as its anchor in a world filled with supernatural shock. That film is BLOODY BALLET (aka FANTASMA), a Euro-styled skin-crawler directed by Brett Mullen (BOMBSHELL BLOODBATH, BELLADONNA) and starring TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2 legend Caroline Williams , indie icon Debbie Rochon and THE CRAZIES star Brett Wagner.

Synopsis: When a beautiful ballerina dancer, Adriana Mena (Kendra Carelli), lands the lead role in the upcoming Nutcracker performance, she’s forced to face her demons as jealousy and tension begin to provoke the supernatural.

“I started this film before there was an announced remake of SUSPIRIA,” Mullen says of his elegant spook show.

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Consuming the Wolf: Reflections on HALLOWEEN (2018)

Slasher Sequel Might be a Fairy Tale in Disguise

By Nigel Parkin

Many things about David Gordon Green’s new ‘telling’ of HALLOWEEN made me want to cheer but perhaps the most powerful of these was the way it highlights and resolves the potent elements of fairy tale that have been breathing deeply in the shadows of this narrative from the very beginning.

No one can have missed the significance of Laurie’s new status as the Grandmother who lives in the woods. But it’s possible many people acknowledged this simply as a neat way of turning an ancient archetype onto her head and bringing her literally kicking and screaming into 2018. The truth is much deeper and darker than that. Let’s consider the version of the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ story as collected by the Brothers Grimm and introduced to readers in English two hundred years ago. In that version a hunter enters the Grandmother’s house to find the wolf sleeping heavily, its belly hugely distended with the hungrily consumed bodies of Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. The hunter cuts open the wolf’s belly and draws out both figures, symbolically performing a cesarean section and allowing them to be ‘reborn’, in the girl’s case into a world of adult awareness…and fury. The girl’s immediate action is to collect heavy stones which the three then work together to stuff into the wolf’s belly before sewing it back up so that when it wakes and tries to leap at them afresh in instinctive response to new hunger it will tear itself apart.

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