Sometimes it takes me a while to muster up the chutzpah to tackle a story.
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It’s been a surprisingly silent start to Summer, with precious few releases from the world of metal to satisfy sweating palates. In fact, it’s a veritable desert.
Given the comparatively extreme brevity of coverage concerning offerings available in the June to mid-July axis, you may even see an album or two which won’t street until sometime even later.
Don’t mind the tumbleweeds rolling past, and try to sip slowly as you wet your sun-parched lips, in the hopes that next month will have more to offer…
“I still like the desert. Everything here is so quiet and predictable.”
Vinegar Syndrome continues its mission of digging up bizarre obscurities with its unearthing of this effort by one Michael Cartel, who writes, directs, stars, edits and puts his wife in charge of Production Management. Yeah, this is pretty homegrown.
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This week on Third Eye Cinema: a true legend in death metal, the one and only James Murphy!
The first, and perhaps only true guitar hero in the death metal genre, James debuted as a touring member of classic speed metallers Agent Steel, and in short order found himself performing on a number of key albums in the glory days of death metal: Death’s Spiritual Healing, Obituary’s Cause of Death, Cancer’s Death Shall Rise, and his own Disincarnate with Dreams of the Carrion Kind, as well as being a ubiquitous guest soloist on any number of albums recorded by legendary producer Scott Burns at Florida’s Morrisound studios!
“Nobody gets a second chance in life. You can’t change mistakes of the past.
Much as you might want to go back and alter things, every event that happens to you makes you who you are. Every success and every failure. If you look back, they make a sort of sense. You need them all.
They say that when you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes. Maybe that’s why: a final sense of peace, as it all falls into place.”
And with this profound and particularly apropos philosophical proclamation, we come to the end of a long running series.
“You’re different, somehow.”
“That’s because you’re lying on the floor.”
“I’m examining the floor…a-ha! As I thought. There’s nothing archaeologically significant about this floor…now I’ll have a cocktail, and put an umbrella in it with a question mark handle.”
Benny’s back, but it’s not quite what you’d expect. And while there are strong echoes of the woman we’d only recently left in the excellent Missing Persons, longtime fans may well be caught blindsided by the changes.
“Well, dammit, why do ghosts always have to be so cryptic? Why can’t they just come out and say what they want?”
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Next time on Third Eye Cinema, prepare to be scared as we confront the vampire in her lair!
I recall seeing some portion of Sugar Cookies a few years back on a VHS dupe, pan and scan Troma release, and being wholly unimpressed. I found it dull, pointless and decidedly undersexed – opinions that certainly retain some measure of validity even now. But whether due to (greatly) improved visual clarity and color or a more unedited print this time around, I can finally see some merit to the film’s longstanding cult status.
In fact, I downright enjoyed it.