Sunday, June 24, 2018

HEREDITARY Is a Slow, Disturbing Ride

Hereditary is an interesting film that any horror fan needs to see. I think my expectations were set a little too high when people started calling it the new Exorcist. In my opinion, it’s not even remotely close to The Exorcist or The Exorcist III in terms of scares or quality of storytelling. For me, Hereditary was an interesting occult tale that has more in common with The Ninth Gate than with anything it’s currently being compared to. And that’s actually great, because I adore The Ninth Gate, and I enjoyed Hereditary quite a bit.


The thing is, this is one of those movies that you really want to go into with almost no information, and just let the story unfold. And to be clear, it unfolds very, very slowly. But along the way, the audience is treated to some fantastic, disturbing moments of horror, which stand out even more because of the film’s pace. That being said, it’s easily 30-40 minutes too long, and it suffers greatly for that. The other thing it suffers from is that the trailer did the move a disservice. It suggests there is some Sixth Sense-like twist behind everything, when in fact the story plays out in a pretty straightforward way.

But when you combine the handful of great build-up moments with the incredible last fifteen to twenty minutes, they make Hereditary a must-see movie. Most horror flicks these days don’t have any moments that truly stick with you afterwards, and this movie has several. And one thing that has not been overhyped about this film is Toni Collette’s performance–she is superb.

Just keep your expectations reasonable, and Hereditary will be a pleasantly terrifying surprise.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Power Chords Podcast: Track 21--The Rolling Stones and Ghost





Opening Act:
New Thrash it Out--Overkill’s The Grinding Wheel (thrashitoutpodcast.com)
Ghost adds new tour dates
Charlie Benante on Meet-n-Greets
Wetton and Downes Icon re-release
New Uriah Heep album coning
Vinne Vincent coming to TerrifiCon
Check out Dreamland: The Retroblasting Podcast (www.retroblasting.com/dreamland/)

Ear Candy:
The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You (1981)
Ghost: Prequelle (2018)

Six Degrees of Frankie B.

Comin’ Atcha Live:
Slayer 6/1/18 @ Mohegan Sun

Rockversation: Erik Norlander (Part 1)
Matt recently spoke with the prolific keyboardist about his time in Asia, The last in Line and his new project Dukes of the orient. Check out all of Erik’s projects at http://www.eriknorlander.com.

New Releases and Bonus Track: Graham Bonnet Band
“Meanwhile, Back in the Garage” from the album of the same name, which is available now! (http://radi.al/GBB)


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Friday, June 8, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Come See Me at Plastic City Comic Con This Saturday (4/21)!

My first convention appearance of 2018 is happening this Saturday (4/21), as I'll be at Plastic City Comic Con in Fitchburg, Massachusetts! My pals Keith Gleason and Amy Kukta are bringing this fantastic show back for a third year, and I'm honored to be a part of it.  The show runs from 10am to 6pm at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg. It's only $5 to get in, and kids 12 and under get FREE admission!

Keith and Amy have put together an amazing guest list this year, including comic legend J.M. DeMatteis, one of my all-time favorite Spider-Man writers. My pals Joe Caramagna (Duck Tales, Marvel Universe) and Jason May (Rob Bot, Lego Club, Reckless Sidekick) will be there, in addition to a slew of comic creators. Corin Nemic from Stargate SG-1 and Parker Lewis Can't Lose is the media guest of honor, and as an SG-1 nerd, I cannot wait to meet him.

I'll be selling print copies of all my Parted Veil books there, including my newest novella, Chasing the King in Yellow.


I'll also have copies of my short story collection Intrusive Thoughts:


And a handful of copies of my podcast book Making Ear Candy:


So, if you are in the Central Massachusetts area, come see me and a bunch of other more awesome people at Plastic City Comic Con this Saturday. For the full guest list and more details on the show, you can head to www.plasticcitycomiccon.com.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Saxon Hit Mohegan Sun Like a Thunderbolt

On Thursday March 23rd, the mighty Saxon once again proved they are a force of nature in concert. I've seen them in a club with less than 200 people. I've seen them in a small venue that was packed to the gills. And now after seeing them in an arena filled with metal fans, I can say conclusively--it does not matter what venue you see them in--when Saxon plays, Saxon slays.

Opening up for Judas priest, Saxon had a bit of a condensed set, but they jammed it full of hits from all voer their catalog. After opening with the title cut off their fantastic new album Thunderbolt, Biff and the boys went back to 1983 for "Power and the Glory," making sure that fans old and new were along for the ride. The rest of the set rolled out a few more songs from the new album, peppered in between classics. And of course, Biff masterfully worked the crowd. By the time they finished with "Heavy Metal Thunder," everyone was basically foaming at the mouth. Here's the full setlist:

Thunderbolt
Power and the Glory
The Secret of Flight
Motorcycle Man
Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
Dallas 1 PM
They Played Rock and Roll
Denim and Leather
Princess of the Night
Wheels of Steel
Heavy Metal Thunder

It's a good thing that Judas Priest was up right after them, because they are one of the few bands in existence that can follow Saxon live and have it not feel like a letdown. I am so thankful I got to see Saxon with Priest, and even more grateful my son got to see them as well. They are legends, and as always, they delivered.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Rubix Kube is a Celebration of Music's Greatest Decade

If you've listened to any of the music podcasts I've done over the years, you know that I am a diehard '80s music fan. And not just rock and metal, either--I love all '80s music. Lucky for me, there is a bad out there making sure the legacy of music's greatest decade lives on--Rubix Kube. I got a chance to see them play last night, and they put on a fantastic show.

Cherie Martorana (vocals), Scott Lovelady (vocals), Steve Brown (guitar/vocals), Greg Reigle (bass, vocals) John Laspina (drums) and Mike Hunter (keyboards, keytar, vocals) gave the audience almost two hours of nostalgia-filled awesomeness with music from Madonna, Def Leppard, Prince, Van Halen, The Buggles, Journey and about a dozen more amazing artists. Both musically and vocally, they captured the soul of each song and reminded everyone why the music of the '80s truly is the best.

After the show, I got a chance to meet guitarist Steve Brown, who I have loved for since 1990, when I bought my first Trixter album. He was super nice and chatted with my Power Chords podcast co-host Matt and I for almost twenty minutes after the show. After watching him nail all those songs and talking to him in person, it's not hard to see why he is so well thought of in the rock community, or why Def Leppard chose him to fill in for Vivian Campbell due to Campbell's battle with cancer.
If you get a chance to see Rubix Kube, take it. Support this band that is bringing live '80s music to the masses.

Monday, January 1, 2018

My Favorites of 2017

I know this is technically the New Year, but I did want to give a shout out to some of my favorite things from 2017. Without further ado, here's what was awesome:


Comics--GIANT DAYS
This series is just a joy to read, and it's been my favorite comic for a couple years running now. Funny, genuine and beautiful.



Music--KXM: SCATTERBRAIN
George lynch, Ray Luzier and DuG Pinnick put together a sophomore effort that exceeds their amazing debut album.



Movies--THOR: RAGNAROK
This is easily in my top three Marvel movies of all time. It's a love letter to both Jack Kirby comics and the 80s Flash Gordon movie. It's also downright hysterical.



Games--RESIDENT EVIL 7
I didn't believe this series would ever get back to its horror roots again, but I'm happy to say I was wrong. This game rules.



Television--CHANNEL ZERO NO-END HOUSE
I enjoyed the first season of Channel Zero (Candle cove), but this season surpasses it in every way. Not only was it truly disturbing, but it was emotionally powerful. A tragic horror story.

So, those were some of my favorite things from 2017. What was on your list?