[Series Review] Castlevania (Episode 3 and 4, 2017)

We rushed through the last two episodes of this acceptable yet underwhelming first season of the Castlevania animated series. Still, the loose adaption of the videogames isn’t all that bad. It’s just there were some avoidable hindrances preventing the show from being truly great. The poorly-drawn foot pictured below summarizes the majority opinion, however, it’s not all pitfalls.

[Series Review] Castlevania (Episode 1, 2017)

There’s plenty of undeserved hype surrounding the new Castlevania web series, based on the Castlevania videogame series. Even before the introduction concluded, we (Zombiepaper and Agent Bon) agreed the first episode could have been significantly better, and we have specific ideas on what failed. Even though the first season is only four episodes, with such poor storytelling, I know I’m going to have trouble tolerating those remaining three episodes. Maybe it’ll pick up? Could happen…

Zombiepaper’s Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
Agent Bon’s Rating: 2.5/5.0
There will be spoilers uncensored below.
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[Concert Review] Wounded Giant (Kraken, 2017)

Wounded Giant are so captivating that I missed something exciting during their performance. Considering my bias for soon seeing them six times, they have the potential to become massively successful. Their musicianship is top notch! Distinctly vibrant melodies guide you through each song like a narrative told through doom metal instead of through letters and words. Other than distributing their music to wider audiences, two hindrances they could refine toward achieving bigger success might be–

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[Concert Review] Melvins (2017)

(The) Melvins have the musicianship and showmanship that could have made them the biggest band in the world. If they cared. They would have been bigger than Nirvana if they removed anything weird about their slightly inaccessible brand of heavy rock. They have the relentless work ethic to compete with The Beatles. Would compromising their sound be worth the money and fame? Would they still be the same Melvins? Or would they fade from relevance?

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
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[Concert Review] Tengger Cavalry, Felix Martin

Musical curveballs are what’s exciting about going to concerts. Prolific performers like Mongolian folk metal band Tengger Cavalry can pick myriad songs to perform, along with touring with diverse performers that can accentuate their sound. On this tour, supporting jazz-meets-metal trio led by Felix Martin informed the audience of the musical intelligence found within Tengger Cavalry’s music. They might also be the most vital proponents, maybe even educators, in the dying art of throat singing.

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[Concert Review] Pain in the Grass (2017)

Seattle radio station KISW hosts an annual all-day concert festival, Pain in the Grass, at the White River Amphitheater. This year’s eclectic performers, appealing to their fanbase or appearing in their programming, included Korn, Stone Sour, BABYMETAL, The Pretty Reckless, Yelawolf, and more. This outdoor event is similar to the Warped Tour, except there’s nothing to do except listen to music, or maybe sleep out on the lawn. Were the performances worth risking a sunburn?

Average Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Concert Review] Warped Tour 2017

Until GWAR signed onto the Warped Tour, I hadn’t been interested in attending the all-day pop rock and punk festival. Festivals are a convenient way to see twenty bands you’re halfway interested in seeing live along with two you want to see. It was a bummer finding out Anti-Flag and Suicide Machines were only for select dates. Was it worthwhile otherwise?
Sidenote: “Low priced” 32-ounce bottle of water for $5.50? More disgusting than GWAR! (Try $2.)

Average Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5] [37 stars out of a 90 possible star rating]
Adjusted Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] [my score]
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[Concert Review] Robin Trower (2017)

What’s the point of going to a concert when you could watch a better quality version of the performance at your convenience? Shouldn’t closer camera angles, clearer sound, and not dealing with crowds be the superior choice? One advantage of attending live performances, even in balcony seating with heavy echo distortion, is having the time to thoroughly study the lessons of a genre. Robin Trower is full professor in the art of electric guitar solos.

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[Tape Review] Sub Pop Video Network Program 1

My first entry to the Better Zombie catalog eight months ago was a proto “Thrifting Adventures” post about a thrift shop I like and some stuff I got there. I made this review and forgot about it. As I’ve been clearing out my backlog, upped my lightbox game, and strengthened my reviewing skills, I figure I’ll add to that practice and get this review of the Sub Pop Video Network Program 1 tape in the can.

Bias: Huge Nirvana fan
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Concert Review] Devils Hunt Me Down (2017)

Some small part of me didn’t want to write this. That part that doesn’t like stirring up trouble. I’ve thought about this Devils Hunt Me Down show during the week from different perspectives, and concluded that I should write about the majority good even if it means I have to cover the bad. In over five years of going to shows, this was the first time I’ve ever wondered: “am I in an unsafe situation?”

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