Archive for October, 2014

REVIEW: Korzus – Legion

Posted in CDs, Uncategorized on October 23, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

My friends, I suppose some of you have heard of Korzus. Brazilian thrash-metalband formed in 1983 starting off their career a little odd, you’d say – by releasing a livealbum first. So far they’ve released eight albums spread over the years, and it’s been four years since they last had an album out, “Discipline of Hate”, which was praised by the press.

The album opens up with the aggressive tones to “Lifeline” – both musically, and lyrically. And this sets the tone for the whole album. Continuely, throughout the album, the theme gets heavier and heavier, and I would imagine it would when your lyrics seem to reflect the political nature of where you are from, especially thinking about the song “Broken”. The whole album is a lot heavier and darker, more intense than “Discipline of Hate”, which I must say I personally don’t find all too good.

The overall production of the album is good – the material is wellcomposed and arranged, but it’s just something that’s lacking on the album. Perhaps it’s the darker theme – but it just doesn’t speak to me.  But all in all – it’s a job well done, and I’m sure the fans will be satisfied.

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// Sara

5. – The Gray Chapter – SlipKnot

Posted in CDs, Uncategorized on October 22, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

TODAY IT FINALLY CAME. It was originally released yesterday, but I didn’t get it until today. Really though – it doesn’t matter. FINALLY.

Alright, so The Gray Chapter. It’s been six years since the Knot gave out an album, and this marks their fifth with the name being a homage to the late Paul Gray. I can’t tell you enough how excited I was for this album, and even now when I have it I can’t seem to grasp it’s actually HERE! My lord!

Anyway, with all this being said… let’s talk music, shall we?

I have always said, at least to my friends ever since “Custer” was released, that this album was going to be an absolute killer. And that’s what you’d expect you know, after six years of complete silence.

And you know what?

It is a fucking killer, excuse the french.

I’ve had the album on repeat ever since it came, and I just can’t stop listening to it. All from the terrifying “XIX” (yes, terrifying, I get chills, it feels like Corey’s gonna come and kill me or something) into the aggressive “Scarcastrophe”  to the sweeter “Killpop” to madness in “Custer” and eventually dropping out in “If Rain is What you Want”.

When “The Devil in I” came out I expected the album to be almost like “All Hope Is Gone” – more to the “soft” spectra, rather than their self-titled, but I was dead wrong, and I’m glad I was. Now, “The Devil..” has grown a lot on me ever since, but. The album is like a fine mix between “Iowa” and “Vol 3” with some small, small tiny elements from “All Hope Is Gone”, which is just fine in my opinion. It’s heavy, it’s raw, and the lyrics are as mesmerizing as always. I may have my opinions on Corey, but seriously. That man knows how to write lyrics alright. And I do like to think that the chorus in “Skeptic” is refering to Paul. It breaks my heart a little.

The only thing, if I may say so, that bothers me a tad bit, is that parts of “AOV” reminds me too much of “Dead Memories”. I found myself going “Dead memories in my heart…” when they started chanting in the chorus. The song is good, but perhaps the arrangement was a little too close to the previous one.

Alwaysmaggot asked on Tumblr what your favorite songs of the album was, and I had a hard time choosing. I’m so stuck between “Custer” and “Killpop” mostly, but you know. “Skeptic” is also good. “The Negative One” too. And “Goodbye”. You get the point. I could continue on forever about it. If we talk about the production for a while, I like what they have done with everything. Aside the little… “mishap” in “AOV”, I think it’s a well arranged album, not only in the songs themselves, but also the way they built the CD, the song order. It’s almost like a journey, if you’d like.

Well. As you’ve understood by this entry, I’m mighty impressed by the album. While I did think the album was going to be a killer, I sure as hell didn’t expect it to be THIS good.

Thanks SlipKnot, truly. Thanks.

 

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// Sara

 

Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on October 21, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Haha, this one, unlike many others were simple as hell. I know exactly what song I want to play at my wedding.

Hearts of Iron” by Sabaton. I had a specific idea of what I want for my wedding – if I ever have one, that is, but I won’t write it out here. Call me selfish if you want, but it’s such a bulletproof and perfect plan I don’t really want anyone to snitch it from me. Is it possible someone comes up with the same idea? Absolutely, but yeah, doesn’t matter. I wasn’t even gonna talk about that.

“Hearts of Iron”. As I’ve said before – songs to dance to, is a lot more about finding the rythm in the song rather than what genre it is. And this one works just fine. I love the song, and in a weird way, maybe it’s my weird view on relationships – even though these songs are about war, I still associate the lyrics with how a relationship works, at times. In my belief, you should only get married to someone you can truly see yourself with for the rest of your lives  – meaning you’ve overcome all the differencies, and you’ve learned to live with them and all that – thus “On the other shore, it’s the end of the war” – meaning, we’re there. You know.

Maybe I’m the only one who see it this way, maybe not. I could elaborate on it some day, but not right now. I need to study for audio engineering exam next week. On the same day as I have my globalization exam. On the same day I leave for Lordi.

Wish me luck people.

Dear Darlin’

Posted in Concerts, Uncategorized on October 20, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Woohoo!

Today my friends, another ticket has been purchased! This time, it was for SlipKnot’s show in Helsinki, as I already told you previously I’d try to get. So now, finally, 2 out of a few shows has been booked! And I’m so excited. I’m planning the trip, or, half-way, the trip of my life right now, and I don’t wanna say too much about it just yet, you’ll find out when you do I guess!

However, I had a bit of an incident this morning. The tickets were set to be released at 9, so naturally, I went up at 8.30 to make sure to put on my computer in time, get my creditcard ready and all of that, to make it smoothly. I wasn’t sure how quick they were going to sell out – as far as I was concerned, not as quick as Lady Gaga, but not like I could wait a few days.

Around 8.45 I actually went on the site to have a look at it, and when I typed in SlipKnot, I noticed the tickets were already on sale. 15 minutes prior to release. I was confused as fuck, and a little upset at first, until I realized.

Finland is one hour a head of Sweden. While it was 8.45 here, it was 9.45 there. The tickets had been on sale for at least 45 minutes.

HOW FUCKING STUPID AM I? Finland is probably one of the countries I’ve visited the most throughout the years, and it’s also my favorite country, have been all my life, and I could go on and on about Finland, YET I FORGET THE FUCKING TIMEZONE. How is it even possible. Sometimes, I truly live up to my haircolour.

Anyway. At first I freaked out a little, because I chose standing tickets, but they were sold out. And I was like no no no no no, and mind you, 45 minutes is a bit of a time, so I figured, if they are sold out, they are sold out. But I kept pushing the button a couple of times, and eventually I got a hand of standing tickets. Phew. Why was I even worried in the first place, I always get the tickets I want. ALWAYS.

But aside the little non-drama, I love how next year is starting to shape up. As of now, I have three confirmed gigs in February, and two in March, Steel Panther & Katy Perry, and I’ve planned to attend Sweden Rock and Skogsröjet. I like it.  I hope I can beat the record from 2011 that was around 50 gigs throughout the year. Can’t be impossible, right?

We’ll see.

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// Sara

Sul Sul

Posted in The Sims, Uncategorized on October 19, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

So my friends! This weekend I’ve actually been at Jennie’s the whole time, and what have we been doing?

THE SIMS GAMING WEEKEND!

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(The Sims 4 Plumbob giving light to the keyboard!)

So basically, I went to her on Friday evening and ever since then we’ve flipped between playing The Sims, eating some food and sleeping (‘cept for like five hours during Saturday when I worked, but yeah). It’s been freaking awesome, I’m telling you. I wasn’t sure at first when I went to Jennie’s if I’d be playing The Sims 1, 2, 3 or 4, so to be safe I brought it all with me, but I end up playing solely on Rosalie, the The Sims 4 one. And I’ve done sooo much with her since then!

At first I quit her job as a musical genious and got her into a career as a journalist, which I excelled in and later ALSO quit in order to go after some other career, but after going half-way on maybe two or three different I got tired of it and just quit everything. She get so much royalties for her songs and all the books she writes, so there isn’t any real need for a job.

I also finally moved her out of the little house she had, and built her a big villa if you like across the road from her previous house. I’m pretty happy with the outcome, especially it being the first time I ever build anything in The Sims 4!

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This is as good shots as I could find of her old house, and now I’ll show you parts of the new house. I’m not sure how many good shots I have, because I didn’t think about showcasing it before I started writing here…

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Yeah. These are few shots that captured most of the house, I think.

Another difference is, and this is something I haven’t done since The Sims 2, meaning, I even skipped this completley when it comes to The Sims 3 – I had Rosalie’s boyfriend Emil move in with her.

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He came into the house unemployed knowing nothing, but he’s now an aspiring artist, I think he’s on level 8 or so in the career. He likes to paint squirrels.

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And you might have noticed, there’s a little shorty in the pictures, huh? Yeah – that’s right. This is also a first since The Sims 3 – to be preggers and have a child. I had originally planned for them to be married first, because I wanted to see how it worked out, but for some reason I completely forgot about it and made her pregnant instead. So, they have a son, Oskar Emilsson (since he’s Emil’s son) and he is now a teenager. Straight A’s student and a parttime barrista. Love it.

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Yeah. I guess that’s what I can update you about Rosalie and her family. I have yet to decide when I’m going to age Oskar and kick him out of the house, but once I’ve done so, I’ll start making new babies. But until then, I’m just going to let my The Sims 4 sim play The Sims 1. The sad part about is that I recognize all the places the game shows, and I even know exactly where the places are if I was to start The Sims 1 right here right now.

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Pathetic or amazing?

Amazing. I say amazing. It’s passion, god damn!

// Sara

Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on October 18, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

This one was easy, almost too easy. I have one specific song I always turn to, and how perfect that this would be the song challenge to follow up my previous entry.

“Hand on Heart” by  british singer Olly Murs. Interestingly enough, this track was released on his “Right Place, Right Time” album that came out in 2012.

This song never fails to cheer me up, and it has done so ever since I got this album about a year ago. It’s specifically the bridge later on in the song, “when you don’t feel that you’re strong enough to make it…” part… it just…. I don’t know how to explain it properly, but it kinda just speaks to me you know. It gets to me, and it cheers me up, in consoles me. Whenever I’m stressed out or sad or whatever, I always put this, this one song on. Which is why I always carry an Olly record or at least this song with me wherever I go, in case I need it, or anyone else for that matter.

This is also one of the reasons I have this particular CD in my logo of this blog. So, thanks for everything, Olly.

// Sara

So this is what it feels like, being at the Right Place, the Right Time

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

GUYS! I got something amazing to tell you!

Earlier this week I entered a contest on Olly Murs Sweden’s facebook page where the price was a signed edition of the Special Edition of Olly Murs’ album “Right Place, Right Time”. We were supposed to write why three of our friends should like the page and also where we would keep the signed booklet if we won it, and guess what?

YOURS TRULY WON!

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GAAAH! I can’t even tell you enough how happy I am! I’m literally dying over here. Lovely Olly. This made me day complete!

Now, the signed booklet has found it’s way right where I said it would be – on my “shelf of fame” together with other booklets, Eurovision stuff, Sweden Rock stuff and Frozen stuff. And I love it.

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// Sara