So it isn't too often that I come out of my shell and go out to see bands play live anymore, but a Ringworm/GoatWhore billing was just too good to pass up. So I grabbed my camera and headed up to Now That's Class in Cleveland, Ohio. I missed seeing GoatWhore by a week when they played at The House of Shock this past October in New Orleans and they have been on my must-see list ever since then.
Before I start with the photos, I'd like to first apologize to the band Black Breath, who played before Ringworm. I decided to hang back and watch them, which was a big mistake. These guys from Seattle melted my face with their set. And because of the low lighting (which affected all of my shots) and being towards the back, I couldn't get any shots that would do them justice. If you haven't checked them out, do yourself a favor...
So it had been a while since I last set foot in Now That's Class, a punk/hardcore/metal/anything else bar on the west side of Cleveland that has its own skate ramps inside...
Just looking at the ramps made me want to go grab my old board and turn back the clock... When Ringworm took the stage, I made my way up to the front, camera in hand. And as in previous instances of seeing them live, they did not disappoint. A blistering set from start to finish.
After Ringworm, the mighty GoatWhore took the stage and proceeded to demolish the entire place. A precise wall of total destruction that left my ears ringing and my head spinning...
It's shows like this that make me want to go out and catch more bands live again. If you have the chance, check this tour on their few remaining live dates.
I received a pleasant surprise from my mailman yesterday in the form of the Goblin Rebirth record that I had pre-ordered back in May! I wasn't sure what it was until I opened it, as the record showed up a week before its official release date. Sweet!!
And I'm glad I ordered the "pink & gold merge" vinyl because it is stunning, especially with how it ties into the colors and art of the sleeve.
After a couple of spins, I'm really pleased! A solid release filled with synthesizers and guitars that harken back to the classic, lush Italian horror soundtracks of the original Goblin. Another highly-recommended release!!
The standout track on this release for me is, "Back in 74":
X drifts away from his woodland home, leaving his companions behind to finish the ceremony. He cannot understand what has happened but he knows he should not be here. He is dazed and confused. He has no sense of time or distance. Now he is in a place that is vaguely familiar and he watches as an elfish group playfully instructs its offspring. One of the children is particularly daring and disobedient... The fairground is fertile land for goblin mischief. It dawns on X that he is looking on his own past.
X relives his childhood and early adult life, observing his triumphs and mistakes. So many errors—something is telling him that he should be seeking elsewhere and his journey begins.
Ed, Marsha, Mondo, Mike, Jordu and the rest of the Distortions Unlimited gang are kicking off their newest endeavor after their successful run on the Travel Channel series, Making Monsters. Starting today, a new Kickstarter campaign goes live to support Creature Crüe, a new reality-TV series documenting Distortions' monster-making projects (and did he say making monster movies!?!?).
If you enjoyed Making Monsters, Creature Crüe looks set to pick up right where things left off and then push it all to the next level. And that ain't a bad thing!!
I recently came across this interesting story by Karen Weintraub over at National Geographic: After they died, the wealthiest and most prominent residents of
18th-century Vilnius, Lithuania, were interred beneath the Dominican
Church of the Holy Spirit, in the center of town...
...More than half the bodies in the Lithuanian crypt quickly decomposed,
leaving behind nothing but skeletal remains. But for some reason—perhaps
the season of their death combined with the consistently dry
underground climate—other bodies dried out and naturally turned into
mummies. Instead of becoming skeletons, skin survived intact and facial
features remained recognizable.
Photos by Kiril Cachovskij
Be sure to check out the rest of the story and photo gallery at National Geographic. When viewed through the eyes of a haunter, the photos make an incredible reference material for corsping, but the story itself should not be overlooked. Each mummy has endured centuries of time, yet been preserved in a completely timeless state, still able to give an accurate snapshot into the individual's life before their final burial.
A cold, weathered hand pierces the rust-laden earth of a late autumn night. Reanimated decay becomes the evening's guide. Masked faces bask in the fiery glow of a jack-o-lantern's illumination. A lifeless finger points the direction toward the next porch-lit house. For this is the night of ghouls and goblins and tricks and treats. This is the night of Hallowe'en...