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Wednesday 29 June 2011

Hellfest Report - First part - Thursday 16 & Friday 17 of june 2011

logo_hellfest_2011.png Sadly, it was inevitable that one day it ends... So here I am back in the gloom of Paris. After several years without any festival, Hellfest was a breath of fresh air. So happy to find again this atmosphere, see friends I haven't seen for a long time and, obviously, see so many bands!

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Friday 24 June 2011

Desynchronization between English and French versions

I'm writing a couple of articles about the Hellfest which are quite long to do (and, I've got some problems to remember everything or choose what I should put in my report and what I shouldn't.... huhu), so, for the moment, I'm only writing those in French. So, obviously, there will be some differences between the French version and the English version of the blog, I hope I'll have the time to translate everything as soon as possible. But, do not worry, just because it's easier for me to write in French doesn't mean I've planned to stop updating the English version :)

I haven't got a lot of time to make new tracks either, I hope I'll be able to fix it in the future (new tracks and new articles!). Just be patient! ;)

Friday 10 June 2011

Windwalkers (aka La Horde du Contrevent) - The Movie..... erf....

windwalkers_poster.jpg Since the announcement of the movie adaptation of Alain Damasio's novel La Horde du Contrevent, a part of the small French Fantasy world is in turmoil, evidenced by the mixed reactions on Twitter (mostly in French... :)).

This book is for many people (including me) a real masterpiece, a true source of pride and admiration for the French fans of Fantasy, so, this kind of announcement gives necessarily contradictory feelings, like when I heard for the Lord of the Rings... Except that, if we could easily imagine how the LotR could be adapted into a film, it's a different story for the Horde. This book is not simply a story that is told, it's, basically, a whole concept. And, I clearly realize that many charms of the books won't be translated in the movie... And that's scary because it hints at the frustration on the final result...

Remember, I already told you do a little bit about the book, I really loved this book and I think I'm scared that the achievement won't be up to par.
Please note, this has absolutely nothing to do with the parents of the project, I'm a fan of Jan Kounen since Vibroboy (I am..... VIBROOOBOY!!!!!!!) and Doberman, and I have total confidence in Mark Caro for the graphics (even if I have some difficulties with Jeunet's films, I admit that, graphically, it's always damn good).

But ... The Horde... This is not a novel that fits, it's a concept that need to be translated, and, really, it seems so Homeric as a project, so huge as the claim that I fail to see how I cannot be disappointed... Especially as it would seem that a game is also in production (French link) and... humpf.... Without going so far as to say that it smells pump money... Do you know any good recent adaptations movies / video games that have worked ?.... Suppose, as it's the same studio that takes care of everything, we could have something right level of Assassin's Creed, but hey, Forge Animation is not Ubisoft though...
However, the original version of the movie will be in English, it won't change anything but at least if the film has a little success, you can expect a translation of the book in the language of Shakespeare.... And that'd be fucking great!!! (if the translation is good... Hopefully, they won't do it so quickly and will take their time to do something good)

In short, everybody has understood, I am more than skeptical about what's going on.... But, hey, even if I have doubts, fears and so on which makes me a little bit rough about the project, basically, I expect only one thing : to be surprised by the project, I really hope Jan will make a wonderful animated film that I remain on the ass and I dry my tears at the end.... And there, I promise, I would be the greatest sponsor of the movie! :)

Tuesday 31 May 2011

Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions - Review

Arch-Enemy-Khaos-Legions.jpgHAHAHAHA!! It's out !!!!! :)

To be honest, it's been a while since I had not re-listen to Arch Enemy and suddenly, I learned that their new album was out and I wanted to see what they have become. No suspense, my opinion is more than positive, and it will surely be the highlight album of my next trip .... Because I like to link albums / songs to special events, then, it reminds me full of memories.... Anyway... All that to say that listening to me quite satisfied, but I'll speak about it later :)

And yes, because it was not obvious... I discovered Arch Enemy in 1999, at the same time as Children of Bodom (At that time my big question was especially "Who is making your guts swing the most, Alexi Laiho or brothers Amott, eh eh?"), when they released Hatebreeder I found the Burning Bridges by Arch Enemy. To be honest, I was more hooked on CoB. At that time, my heart already preferred something more melodic and less brutal than the Arch Enemy Death Metal, although my frail teenager ears (and mostly my guitar practicing) knew there was lot of talent in that band!
Short story long, Wages of Sins has not gone through my deck and I actually forgot Arch Enemy, until I saw this cover of the number 86 (precise, uh?) of a French Metal magazine, Hard N 'Heavy... hard-n-heavy_Arch-Enemy_Lacuna-Coil.jpg I vividly remember that moment, I clearly identified Cristina Scabbia (well, at the same time, there was written Lacuna Coil on the cover, so, that was a bit easy....).... And there was someone else, and just under, it was written Arch Enemy, basically, on the cover.... WHAAAAT?? Immediately I thought "Naaaaaaa, Arch Enemy!! What's that! Choose a blonde pinup, it looks too much mercantile to be honest... ugh! So she is charming, and so what? What will become Death Metal with that shopgirl looking! Huh, huh?! Bullshit!!!!". So, that what I thought... in summary.... So, I try to find piece of the new Arch Enemy album on the net (probably on WinMX or Napster .... Ah, ah, it's getting older eh?:)) And listen ... . And then .... Vlan! Nothing more to say .... I felt the shame on me .... I've been hit by a huge mega slap (I said something like "ouch ..." at the time). I took the time to make (to myself, obviously) a sincere apology to Angela Gossow and Arch Enemy for daring to question their integrity and talent. It was quite amazing. I still feel ashame to have to badly misjudged Angela, but, I was young and naive, since, I've learned to don't do it again!

Well, anyway, it was a bit too late though, I had already past on the dark side of the force and Tekno Hardcore monopolized most of my listening time.... So, despite Angela "The Revelation" Gossow, I still have not relapsed into Arch Enemy even though I always had Anthems Of Rebellion on my MP3 player since it was released (you never know, a little envy of Death, it does not control!).

Ok, so, it's fun to speak about my life, but chronic, meanwhile, it does not advance. It's enough, let's speak about our main topic, Khaôôôôs Leeegionnnnssss!!!!!!
So the album starts with a small piece of intro is called Khaos Overture.... I really like the intros of Arch Enemy, this one is composed of a few riffs and a little snare rolls that climbs to finish with a little intro to what constitutes "Khaos Legions" before moving on, without transitions, to Yesterday Is Dead and Gone.
Well, there was no surprises in fact, I had already seen the clip, I knew the song (clip is not bad but lacks some resources, unfortunately, and, a few more would have given credibility to the concept :)).
It's a quite violent tracks but very technical in the same time, then come on Bloodstained Cross, the Amott brothers unleash the hell, Angela give all she has... Ouarf!!! That's.... Wouhou! Very heavy, some breaks to calm the listener without ever releasing the pressure. Chorus melody, great job on vocals and, bam, it goes again without having time to breathe.
The album calms down a little (nah, just kidding :)) with We March Under Black Flags. Arch Enemy seems to have decided to put this album under the banner of freedom and revolution in its most anarchistic concept. Nevertheless, it's Angela herself who has confirming that the artwork (including album cover) is directly inspired by a painting by the French painter Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, which has been painted in commemoration of the revolution of July 1830.
Next song, No Gods, No Masters ..... Haha! What I said! Nice, a little calmer, not my favorite track on the album. Then comes the shock of The Dead City. A beautiful sequence, very heavy piece, like the following, Through The Eyes Of A Raven. Those two do not sound quite original in terms of both voice and guitar. It remains mostly in the mid-tempo accompanied by really cool riffs.
It continued in the same vein with Cruelty Without Beauty, increased presence of synths (although, I like it....), can be a bit more violent than previous ones. Then, pressure falls with an instrumental track, We Are A Godless Entity before having this huge brutal piece called Cult Of Chaos! For me it's the anthem of the album, Wow! The Amott brothers are having fun, no doubt about it, there is everything in this piece, violence, sadness, hope, peace, rage .... All linked in a chaos of frightening precision.
With Thorns In My Flesh, we feel that the album is definitely passed to the next level, we still have a clever mix of rhythms in the songs, the breaks are well linked and all different. It is believed that it calms down again with Turn To Dust happens next, but that is, in fact, just a small respite that prepares us for the tornado Vengeance Is Mine which comes right after .... And then .... Ouch (again. ..).... Here, no question of release, it goes straight to the point, the only breaks are there to remind us that Arch Enemy decided to fill our ears and brain with their own wishes and talents!
We arrive at the end of the album, and the fourteenth piece, Secrets, which I find funny (yes, yes, funny :)), is struggling to keep the comparison with its predecessors in terms of energy but is very melodic and going very well (so much so that at some point I find the sound of In Flames ..... Well, I would not swear to fans of both groups, but as a fan of In Flames, there are passages in this track that I liked).
Bonus tracks, The Zoo (which I like very much too, one of my favorite) comes after a heavy piece that is listened to with pleasure followed by Snow Bound in acoustics ... Very nice to finish all this deluge of rage and violence that hit me.

In conclusion.... Really pleased with this acquisition, I have no regrets and it is even possible that I will have a glimpse on the previous albums!

Wednesday 25 May 2011

Don't Panic! It's towel day!!!!

Towel_dna.jpgYeah!!! It's today! The great towel day!!! Wouhou !!!

What is that? Another mercantile commemoration you think, created by a strange publicist for an industry in crisis, or, maybe a crazy idea that have germinated in a plagist's mind. Nay! This is a tribute to the writer of the Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams , who passed away May 25 (today so, for those who do not follow) 2011.

Douglas Adams is best known to the general public thanks to the film adaptation of his bestseller , but, let me tell you that his cycle (which has actually 5 books, each more hilarious than others!) has scored the Geek/ SF culture. Have you ever heard someone say "42!" to answer a trivial question, or tell you about the restaurant at the end of the universe, without forgetting, of course, the famous towel!

I will be happy to.... let you discover by yourself (mostly because..... errrh... I don't have enough time to do a long note today, even if it is not envy that I am missing .. . I promise I'll make a valuable note about Douglas Adams soon, of course if I could have done it today, it would have been better, but hey, eh ....) the work of this author, and today the easiest way is probably to participate to the celebrations!!! I know that there's some funny things planned for the Parisians (towel fight, towel throwing, H2G2 introduction...) at 19h30 at the Arènes de Lutèce . You can do some research on the Internet, but it's less funny (except if you want to buy his books, that's worth it!)

All information on this day are available here , and if you want to have a look on the french website of the Grand Order of the Towel .

I wish you good towel day to all of you guys!l!

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