Slayer – Repentless – New Album Review

Posted in albums, metal, music with tags , , , , , , , on September 14, 2015 by Dustin
Slayer - Repentless Out Sep 2015

Slayer – Repentless Out Sep 2015

Slayer is back with another hard hitting finger melting album. A ton has changed in the band since just the last album. They’ve lost their co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Dave Lombardo has once again left the band which he says is for good this time, and they’ve picked up a new permanent replacement on guitar in Gary Holt from Exodus. So this album has a lot of weight on it from us Slayer fans hoping that it will live up to what we expect from a Slayer album.

The opening track Delusions of Saviour is a Metalica-esc intro that is a little weak and could have easily been left out. I will probably be skipping the track when I listen to the album and if it came on in a shuffle it’s pointless and a little sophomoric at best. That song leads directly in to Repentless which has been on the internet for sometime as a teaser for what’s to come.

The song is Slayer for sure but feels like some of their older material from World Painted Blood and Christ Illusion with new lyrics. I don’t dislike the song, but it doesn’t feel fresh enough for a new album. This track feels very much like the Punk cover album they released years ago. The next song Take Control has that same punk feel to it and Tom sounds great on vocals.

Slayer has always been my favorite metal band and the impetus of this has been the drumming of Dave Lombardo. When I heard that Paul was back and Dave out for good I was pretty bummed. Paul’s style, while fitting Slayer well, was still not exactly what I wanted to hear. With the next song Vices you get to hear just what Paul is great at which is hard pounding quick fills and double bass slamming. This album, in my opinion, is the best technically sounding album that Paul has been on. The recording and the mix are great and and even though it’s not my favorite drummer of all time, it’s a great second for this album.

For me what really shines on this album are the slower grinding songs. Slayer can do fast and hard hitting mosh pit music even though they could be considered grandparents to the Metal age, but on this album the slower hard crunching music like Cast the First Stone and When the Stillness Comes (the next two tracks) are what make this offering stand out. I don’t know if it’s a maturing of my tastes or that these tracks feel like a new album but I loved them.

LEFT TO RIGHT:  Tom Araya, Gary Holt, Paul Bostaph, Kerry King

LEFT TO RIGHT: Tom Araya, Gary Holt, Paul Bostaph, Kerry King

The new sounding tracks continue from here with Chasing Death and Implode. I really wish they had put these tracks in the first part of the album, but I understand people want that hard hitting slam you in the face metal first and foremost. Implode is a great mix of the slower hard song style mixed with the old speed metal riffs and so is Piano Wire.

The next track Atrocity Vendor seems out of place in the mix. All the sudden this song, which to me sounds like teenagers in a garage trying to make metal, interrupts the grove of the album. The riffs just don’t make sense on why they were included in the album. It’s Slayer, but it sounds to me like Slayer playing some kid’s song or something they never released from the 80’s (but I can see why).

You Against You is a decent song but fairly generic filler Slayer. It doesn’t stand out like some of the early tracks and it’s obvious why they stuck it towards the end of the album. It’s not bad but it’s not great either. Some of the solo work in it is on point though and it’s worth a listen a few times.

And we come to the sad end of my review and this album with Pride in Prejudice. This track should have been the opening track in my opinion. It brings the slower heavy guitar I’ve been talking about and some unforgettable riffs. I can see slow mosh pits circling in my head and when I listen to it I get the chills. I wish the whole album was this stuff. The filler fast riffs just feel like that after a few listens through this weekend. I downloaded first chance I could and I love it as I do all of their albums. I have my good and bad from them all, so it’s not me being nit picky. Pick it up and head bang away metal heads!

Post your comments on my review and this album below and we’ll continue this discussion on the greatest metal band in the world SLAYER!!!

Public Letter To My Wife – What I Won’t Do For You

Posted in Random Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2012 by Dustin
My Family Spreading Cheer

My Family Spreading Cheer During the Holidays

Everyone always declares what their willing to do for their significant other. I would like my beautiful wife to know some of things I won’t do for her. I hope you enjoy.

“Honey” Carny Val,

I won’t ever lay hands on you in anger. I may tweak your nipple if you tweaked mine first but know that I do this out of love for your nipples and defense of mine. I won’t ever stop wanting you, in fact… get over here and give me some sugar. I won’t stop trying to improve for you because you deserve the best and I will always try to hit the mark even if I fall short most of the time. I won’t stop trying to make you laugh at least once during every 24 hour period (it might not always work but I keep trying). I won’t say no to sex if you ask for it, not gonna happen, seriously if you don’t believe me ask right now. I won’t talk about you to other people in a negative way. You are too special and I believe in spreading the word until the whole world knows what a lucky man I am. I won’t stop being a complete dork that likes to goof around and be silly. I won’t say no to getting you something else to eat when I make a dud dinner, sometimes banana curry just wasn’t the dish to try out and In-N-Out may just save the night. I won’t stop writing you letters. I won’t stop doing your hair if you need to save money (just take it easy on me when I frustrate you in the process). I won’t stop making your friends jealous of your husband. I won’t stop trying to make you feel better when you’re sick, cold, hungry, sore, achy, on your period, in a bad mood, sad, or upset because I was stupid again. I won’t stop forgetting that one guy that was in that one show with that other guy in it from that one movie, you know the one. I won’t stop having the same birthday as you and being 4 hours older. I won’t stop asking you what do you want to do for dinner. I won’t stop being excited to share news with you. I won’t stop wanting to give you your gift early, it’s just so hard and I really love to see your happy face smile. I won’t stop laughing when you snore at night (seriously it’s way too cute). I won’t get tired of seeing movies with you. I won’t stop holding your hand in public. And most important, I won’t stop loving you. You are everything I want in a woman:

  • Creative
  • Strong
  • Funny
  • Smart
  • Smokin Hot
  • Good Mom
  • Great with Money
  • Vegetarian
  • And a nice ass

Thank You,

“Honey” The Great Odd Dustin

Video Editing Mondays

Posted in Artistic Stuffs, Stuff With My Kid with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2012 by Dustin

It’s Monday and I’m back to my schedule of working on videos with my daughter after dinner. We haven’t been working on anything in some time due to summer laziness and then October since we focused on Haunted Houses and me getting better from being sick. We both sat down together last week and should finish our video this week on the latest installment of our My Little Pony Heavy Metal Videos.

 

Heavy Metal Ponies

Heavy Metal Ponies

I love Heavy Metal and my daughter loves My Little Pony so we thought why not combine them. We have a lot of fun making these ridiculous videos and laughing at how they turn out. Check out of few of the videos at http://www.youtube.com/metalpmv .

We’ve also started doing our CLOGS (Car Logs, a.k.a. Car Video Logging). When I drive my kid to school she says some stuff that cracks me up so I like to video our conversations and post them on our other youtube page. We try to get a couple in per week and also post other funny videos from our life on our site as well. We don’t do a ton of editing on these, since they are just a voyeuristic view on our life together. You can view those at http://www.youtube.com/metaldadanimegirl .

Hopefully this week I will also help my wife get her first video online. She took us all to a prop rock show by the almighty Rosemary’s Billygoat and we shot footage of the show and got an interview afterwards with Mike Odd. That will be up hopefully this week and I will make sure and post a link as soon as we’re finished editing it and making it pretty.

What kind of video do you like to work with?

 

Helping Dad With Technology

Posted in Random Stuff with tags , , , , , , , on November 7, 2012 by Dustin

I am helping my Dad this coming weekend with a new phone. He’s been talking to me for some time about getting a working smart phone and decided on the iPhone 5.  I will be making the trek to his house (2 hour drive) and trying my best to teach him how to use it. He has had issues with his portable phone at his house so this could be a challenge. He is up for it though and I know he’ll like the phone and all of its features.

iPhone5

iPhone5

 

I don’t get out much to see him but we talk on the phone about once a week or so. Since he lives so far away and I have such a busy schedule it makes it hard for me to stop by for quick visits and I have to plan full day trips. I try my best to get as much done for him while I’m out there since he won’t see me for a few months once I leave. He is technologically challenged though and will have lots of questions once I’m gone so hopefully the iPhone is simple enough for him to deal with on his own and not make him feel like he is wasting the 40 a month he is paying for it through my plan.

The one bummer about going up there this weekend is that the gallery I have written about in the past, the Walking Gallery, is being filmed by a local documentarian that night and I will miss it. I am ok with missing it due to the reason, helping my dad, but it’s still a bummer. Hopefully she will also be out the next month to witness what I have to offer. Until then I will be showing a 60 year old what an App is and how to reboot the phone if it freezes. Se la vie. I hope your weekend is good and thanks for stopping by.

Haunted Helpers

Posted in Random Stuff, Stuff With My Kid with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2012 by Dustin

Circus Freakz

This weekend was the official preview weekend of the Odd Family Haunted House. We usually run on the weekend before Halloween to test out all the scares and make sure everything is working properly. This weekend was pretty dead but we were able to get about 20-30 people through and it worked pretty good. We should be able to take what we learned and fix it up to perfection for the big night on Wednesday.

The thing we were missing the most was help. Our family which is always there were either busy, sick, or just plain MIA. The friend of ours that has been jazzed since last year to come back and help was 30 minutes late, and the people who did show up on time we’re fresh meat so I had a little trepidation about their being left alone in their spot to scare unsupervised. People were starting to line up, I was eating dinner and had yet to even get clothes on, typical crazy preview night. Eventually we got some people in some places and let through a group or two. Luckily we were dead and it was ok to be short handed, but it was hard to tell how things were functioning. Everyone involved still had fun scaring people and we’re looking forward to the big show. One cool thing happened though while we were trying to get things working. Some of the neighbors were hanging out and decided to dawn some clown outfits and scare with us. It was great to have the help but also good to have happy neighbors helping out.

Friends Who Dress Up Together Scare Together

Halloween we will have the opposite problem. So far we have all of our friends who want to be involved slated for the 31st so we will have tons of people and not enough scare spots. If you fill the haunted house with people the scaring is less than if you hide and pop out. I am thinking about some special fun outside for the line that is usually non stop all night long. Hopefully it all works out, but really the more the merrier when it comes to screaming and terrorizing the neighborhood. I hope everyone plans for some fun of their own and I’m truly sad for the kids that are on the East coast dealing with the Franken Storm. Stay safe and get candy.

A Haunting We Will Go

Posted in Random Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2012 by Dustin

This is my favorite time of year. The weather starts being palatable, spooky decorations come out, and the chocolate is abundant at every turn. Every year my family and I run a haunted house in the garage. It’s a month long ordeal decorating and building the garage into a scary maze for all the locals in my town to visit. We get a solid stream of people coming through from 7pm to 10pm ever year.

Undead Crawler

This year we’re going back to our staple, clowns. We have a bunch of clown stuff and all of our helpers have shown a lot of excitement to be a part of the circus of freaks this year. As always it’s less than a week from opening night and I am behind on the build. I hope to have a functioning house by our preview night this Saturday. We will be fully functional for sure on Halloween. I got sick in the middle of the month as well which hasn’t sped anything up. Hacking and climbing ladders doesn’t go together very well.

Body Parts

 

We do up the garage pretty good for a local non-profit haunted house. We always get tons of praise. If you would like to check out pictures of some of our previous years or follow our house’s progress and get directions check out our Facebook page. This will be our 15th year doing a haunted house and third doing clowns. More photos to come once we get the sign up, and hopefully the clown mouth entrance completed, this weekend. Hope you and yours have a great holiday.

Blacklit Clown

Mini Odd Weekend Fun

Posted in Artistic Stuffs with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2012 by Dustin

Mini Me gave Dr. Evil a cute little side kick to hatch his evil plans. He could sit on his lap and they would laugh together, but no one ever saw the behind the scenes where Dr. Evil’s leg would cramp from having that little guy perched there for so long.

Odd Puppet

The Great Odd Handheld

As some of you may or may not know I moonlight as The Great Odd. I answer questions and generally act silly while sitting in a giant gold box identical to the small one in the picture above. I have also had one other incarnation of The Great Odd with my Gold painted suit and Box on my head. This month for the Walking Gallery in Pomona the theme was Muppets so I had to make a puppet. (Not that it was required of the gallery but being that puppets are so interactive I had to.) I made the puppet and tested out my sound system that morning and was pretty proud of my work. I never know how well things will go on the streets but as usual it went very well. People love to ask the The Great Odd questions. By the end of the night things got more raunchy, also as usual for Pomona, but for the most part it was all just good fun with no feelings hurt.

I find it “Odd”, no pun intended, that my Great Odd persona and gimmick keep shrinking. My wife jokingly said the next thing will be finger puppets and now I have to do that. The only thing will be where do I mount the speakers? Maybe I could mount them on my shoulders like little amplified shoulder pads. I’ll figure it out and of course post info on how it went. As for this weekend’s puppet Odd things went great. I covered my face as well to keep the mystery alive with the fans of The Great Odd and answered all the standards like “What’s the meaning of life?” and “Will I get laid soon?” but also some other good ones like “Am I male or female?” At the end of the night this was not one of my favorite ways to present the Odd due to the nature of the puppet. My arm and shoulder were killing me from holding it up all night and waving it in people’s faces yelling “Ask me a question!” I’m not sure if I would do this one again, but it was fun to try it out. If you would like the Great Odd to show up for one of your parties just message me.

Mini Odd Next To Big Odd

Mini Odd Next To Big Odd

For video of this weekend check my Facebook. For past videos check my Youtube.

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