Thursday, December 22, 2005

My favouritest games EVER!

Right, if you wonder why this list doesn't feature many modern games its probably because I find older games much more enjoyable. THeyre not as complex and therefore a lot more fun to play.

Anyway, here goes (in no particular order):


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) -
What a game. Compelling from start to finish, incredible storyline, incredible gameplay truly incredible. It took me 90 hours to complete and I still didn't do everything. Amazing.
Goldeneye (N64) -
The one that started it all. The best shoot-em-up ever in my eyes. Intense gameplay, perfect.
Perfect Dark (N64) -
The unofficial sequel to Goldeneye and almost as good as the original.
Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Master System) -
Has there ever been a more playable game? The feeling you get when you finally complete this is the most satisfying feeling ever!
The Lost Vikings (SNES) -
Stupidly hard and funny as hell puzzler. Addictive.
Donkey Kong Country (SNES) -
This shit is bananas!
Transbot (Master System) -
Side-scrolling futuristic shoot-em-up, the game that never ends. Literally.
Parodius (SNES) -
Another side-scrolling shoot-em-up, but this one was much much weirder, you know what the Japanese are like, dancing through some lap dancers legs to win the level was awesome.
Super Smash Bros Melee (GC) -
Fighting games rule.This one is immense!
Halo (XBOX) -
Say no more.
Football Manager 2005/06 -
The most realistic management game ever. None better. Fantastic.

Friday, December 09, 2005

This is life, and this is me smiling. But unfortunately this is me commenting on music, and I hate it when I do this...

So, as cliched as it is, I felt it was time for my top albums of 2005. Seeing as thoguh you are all dying to know...


Here goes...


1. Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star -
The third album from Coheed and Cambria is the best yet, less heavy but more intelligent and sounding mroe and more like Pink Floyd everyday. A classic, already!
2. Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw -
If you don't like Pelican then you're either stupid or dead. Heavier than Rik Waller's shits and mellower than flower picking with a hippy. Introducing acoustic elements was the best thing they ever did. Fantastic!
3. Chimaira - Chimaira -
As once said by my favourite DiS reviewer... "Are they playing their guitars with hacksaws?". Well yes, I believe they are. Heavy, aggressive and a masterpiece. Better than The Impossibility of Reason.
4. Team Sleep - Team Sleep -
Electronic is cool right now. Team Sleep, on the other hand, aren't... maybe its the Deftones connection. Either way there's no denying how good this record actually is. Tomb Of Liegia is a fantastic song!
5. Finch - Say Hello To Sunshine -
After the most average first album ever produced, this was a fantastic surprise owing more to Faith No More and A Perfect Circle than Funeral For A Friend, buy it now!
6. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute -
Prententious as shit, but tons better than the first album, yet to see them live, but when I do, aww man, its gonna rule. Amazing album.
7. High On Fire - Blessed Black Wings -
Ouch! Metal as! But ace!
8. Open Hand - You and Me -
Stoner rock and a nice break from the pretentions of other music. Great to sing along to, great to mosh to, all round great album!
9. Sigur Ros - Takk -
Beautiful, epic, amazing soundscapes.Post-rock at its best from one of the most under-rated bands in the world.
10. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem -
If I could dance, this album would probably be top 5, but I can't so therefore its not, but a fantastic album nevertheless. Dancexcore babeh!

Honourable mentions go to:

As I Lay Dying - Shadows Are Security
Bearvsshark - Terrorhawk
Between The Buried And Me - Alaska
bloodsimple. - A Cruel World
British Sea Power - Open Season
Cave In - Perfect Pitch Black
Dream Theater - Octavarium
Every Time I Die - Gutter Phenomenon
HORSE The Band - The Mechanical Hand
Royksopp - The Understanding
Supergrass - The Road To Rouen
The Black Dahlia Murder - Miasma
Thrice - Vheissu
Weezer - Make Believe.

So there we have it.

Disagree about anything? Then leave me a comment and i'm willing to argue with you until you kill yourself or just concede defeat.

Thrice - Vheissu ... CD Album Review

Released 18/10/05

It seems everyone is growing up these days, and Thrice are the latest band to offer their fans a much more mature sound. And if it means we’re going to be getting albums like this instead of the over-produced emocore of the past, I’m not going to complain. And neither should you.
Singer Dustin Kensrue says he wanted something a bit different for the new release, a less two-dimensional and more atmospheric sound, and opener (and first single) ‘Image of the Invisible’ achieves this. Merging post-punk riffs, aggressive vocals and soaring melodies, it immediately keeps you hooked and wanting more. ‘The Earth Will Shake’ offers something different again; gloomy, dark and one of the heavier tracks on the album, the chain gang chorus that cuts through it is also a fantastic touch. ‘Musicbox’ takes its influence as much from metal as emo, and starts off, oddly enough, with a music box sound. This melody melts into crashing guitars and intense beats before it again mellows down into a subdued verse. The melodic, semi-acoustic ‘Atlantic’ brings in more atmosphere and mood with its resonant and rootless piano sounds, but is the record's first lightweight track and possibly shouldn’t be this high up on the tracklisting. But ‘For Miles’, despite starting like a tea party with your mother, ends like a plane crash in Iraq. And so we’re back to the heaviness - although despite occasional moments of increased heaviness, overall this album contains much less screaming than previous outings. Whether this was just natural progression or a conscious thing I don’t know, but it works. Lyrically Vheissu also fares a lot better than before. ‘Image of the Invisible’ explores the power of free will and the vast potential of the human spirit. “We’re more static than dial tone, we’re emblematic of the unknown…” is, and I think you’ll all agree, much better than “My girlfriend's run away, and I’ve cut my arm”. Probably. Thrice believe Vheissu is the most hopeful record they’ve ever written, and this may stem from all their well-documented charity work. As part of their contract with Island Records they demanded a percentage of their previous album (The Artist In The Ambulance) sales be donated to the SSE Foundation. Similarly with Vheissu, a percentage of the sales will go to 826 Valencia, a tutorial programme designed to help underprivileged children improve their communication skills. Thrice have opened themselves up a new door, leaving them free to take their next album wherever they want - and it will still seem like a natural progression. I like surprises, and Vheissu was a fantastic surprise. I’m looking forward to hearing more.
James Bunce - 9/10

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I'm a dog, and I think i'm doing well...

Can't you see i'm easily bothered by persistence? The time is 06:25 on the morning of Tuesday March 29th. My personal task of staying up all night, for no apparent reason seems to have been completed succesfully and it wasn't that difficult to be honest. Where the time went...i don't know, but i managed to get this far, so i'm pretty proud of myself. My bottle of vodka is looking kind of sorry though, oh well another trip down the local off-license tonight. Thats if i can get there without being mugged. Or abused. I got called a goth today, i mean fair enough if i was wearing anything that remotely resembled a goth buta wasn't. Brown jeans? A Judas Priest t-shirt? A grey hoody and a pair of Converse? not quite goth material really. just because i don't wear stripy Fred Perry Jumbers, white adidas trackies, some reebok classics and because i don't listen to scooter, doesn't make me a goth. Mosher wouldn't have bothered me...i've kind of become immune to that type of "jeer". but goth, thats a new one. Another thing, why do these fucking primates always wantto fight? is it a case of brawn over brains, i just don't get it. its not as if they ever have a reason to fight you either...i mean i'm clearly not gonna fuck their "sharon" or their mams. again. so why is there the need to want to start a fight with me? i know the chav abuse has been done to death but my god they piss me off so much. fucking sheep. bad music pisses me off too...especially this new wave of 80s revival bands. come on guys, its nothing new, try something a bit more original, or if you're gonna emulate something, emulate a genre where the bands are a bit thin on the ground. There is a distinct lack of ISIS/Pelican type bands around at the moment, you should all jump on to that bandwagon, fuck Depeche Mode...bow down to the genius that is Aaron Turner. you know its all the NME's fault, but i really don't wanna even start to go into that one. we're all going for a ride, on one big bus. of course we can get off when we wish, sometimes when we don't wish. in fact often when we don't wish, but thats not my point. my point is, is this bus actually going anywhere. the engine is running fine...but is there anybody behind the driving seat. George Bush might like to think he is...but hes not, he is not causing the world to move on. we could say that this bus is driven by democracy, but it doesn't really exist...sure we get to choose our parliament,but theyre all the same really, nothings going to change unless we go for the radical extremists,but they aren't ever going to get into power so wheres the democracry? Society is driving the bus,unfortunately, its a bit ill at the moment, and he seems to be going around and around a really big roundabout. hence my point, we aren't going anywhere. this could be prevented though, we could bring in some new laws. all poverty stricken families should be limited to two children, and all the girls in the families should be castrated until they hit the age of 24, this is to prevent them from popping out sprogs every year since their 15th birthday. every woman of higher intellect should be made to have at least two children, as to ensure that the more intelligent among us are not dying breed. but until these laws are enforced we will contintue to go back upon ourselves as our Primate ancestors become our cousins and the like. its a worrying time ahead, thank fuck we won't be around to see it... “I’ve set my watch an hour slow, so I can see you longer a great line, from a great band that in their short existence were criminally overlooked, of course it has nothing to do with the fact that they were from Teesside, we have an abundance of fantastic and succesful musical talents from up here. We have Chris Rea and Alistair Griffin and David Coverdale and err one of the dudes from Iron Maiden and err, hmm, ok i'm stuck now. i think thats my point actually...there are so many decent bands up here yet very few of them even get anywhere. Exitbyname, Burnout in The Capital, Stories and Comets, My Favourite Co-Pilot and even The New LevYashin, are currently the bands that have done the most from this area and generation, but who has even heard of them? there is also quite a big indie scene, with bands such as The Hayze, The Cutters and The Rarebreeds starting to make a name for themselves. i just wish there was a lot more coverage in this area. there is a wealth of talent to be discovered...one day it will happen. Teesside is the new seattle, watch this space... not that^ space, theres nothing there. you know what i mean. its now 7:14 and i can hear cars, and birds and its finally light, i've been wrting this blog for over an hour, it just shows you what you do when you're bored. generally we phone callum for a party. i'm surprised he actually lets us go round to be honest, the amount of shit thats happened...the foot through the wall, the melting of chairs, the head through the fireplace, the burining of trees, the porn on his dads computer, the flour, the tomato sauce, the fights, the toothpaste, the whiskey races, the vodka races, the moshing, the loudness, the fires, the snorting of random food stuff, the burning of cactuses, the stealing of, err, everything, and of course the vomit. man thats what you call a party, shame we haven't had one in a while. everyone's too paranoid to invite us over. ROCK N FUCKING ROLL!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Emooooo

Yesterday it cost me sleep, trying not to forget you
I pray you do not feel me, I speak to you,
I cried, confessed that I love you,
Even though I want it, I can't ask you to come back
If only the Gods could take away your pain,

My gratitute to them would be eternal,
I understand though, nothing's gonna change,
Just you.
Without me.

I'm sorry.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS...

Lust:

Is lust really all that deadly? Surely it is harmless? Its only a bad thing, when the minority carry out spontaneous actions, based on their lust... And by this I'm mainly talking about paedophilia. But only the very sick and demented are like this. Before I had a girlfriend,I consistently felt what I thought was lust, I really wanted someone, so badly, that I would do anything to be with them... EVERYONE experiences this? Surely therefore, it is not a deadly sin but merely a natural reaction for the body to go through when searching for a potential partner.

Gluttony:

The wasting of food, or over-indulgence. I have to agree with this one. People shouldn't over-indulge themselves, we all know obesity is on the rise, and we all know the reasons why... It's not neccesarily the fault of the consumer, more likely the fault of the companies who are selling the food, although i'm not really sure who's fault it is. Is it too cliched to blame McDonalds? Everybody else seems to be doing so, and its a logical explanation... Fast Food, is on the rise, so is Obesity. In the early 20th century obesity was almost unheard of...as was Fast Food. See my point? Oh yeah, my point.
Well basically, my point is, be careful what you eat. Theres someone out there who needs it much more than you do.

Greed:

The excessive love of money or power. See: Rupert Murdoch. Now greed is something which can really fuck with you head, your brain becomes so overwhelmed with the desire to obtain more money, that all natural feelings are numbed, and you become dull and lifeless. And the only people who would want to marry you, are those who are hoping you will die soon... tragic I know, but its the price you pay for everything.

Pride:

The excessive belief in ones own abilities. To what point does it become excessive. "yes I think i'm great, but theres someone out there thats better than me. What if you are the number one Tennis player in the world. There is nobody better. Should you not feel pride? Should you be depressed that nobody else is allowed the chance to be number one because you are so frickin good...? I think not. Pride is good.

Envy:

This is getting stupid. Picture this; you're homeless, you smell of piss and you're drunk. You have no money and no hope in life. You haven't had sex for 23 years. A man walks past in a Versace suit two chicks at each side, jumps into his Ferrari, one of the chicks immediately goes to work on his... you know what... while he speeds off to his bachelor pad. What does this homeless guy think? "Good for him"? No fucking way. He thinks "Lucky cunt, i wish someone would suck my dick...". Ladies and Gentleman, we have Envy. Not a bad thing, in my eyes.

Sloth:

Ok, this one I agree with also. But saying that we all have that 'cant be arsed' attitude hidden away somewhere. At the end of the day, we are all different...

Anger:

Anger is a perfectly normal (natural) human emotion, why should we forsake and dismiss this emotion as a sin. You cannot help when you feel angry.
Taking out your anger in the privacy of your own home is not a bad thing, taking it out on other people might be. But who's to say they didn't deserve it.

I don't know where these 'sins' originated, but one thing I do know. They sure need updating.

Inside/Outside

Inside it feels like you're no-one

...but on the outside you look like a star.

Inside you are riddled with guilt and shame

......but on the outside, you're an idol.

Inside you feel nothing but despair

...but on the outside, you're an advert for life.

No matter how rich and famous you are, no matter what you have done with your life. No matter how many lives you have saved, or how many cars you have serviced. No matter where you work, or what you've done in the past. No matter if you've committed a crime, or have a clean slate.No matter what, your life will never be complete until you are happy inside your head. You may think you will never find this happiness, but one day you will, so I beg of you Ladies and Gentleman.

Don't Give Up!

Life is precious.

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