[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 2, 2017)

That was a surprise! Maybe Castlevania web series writer Warren Ellis found himself a ghost writer for this second episode? More likely, everyone working on the abysmal failure that was the first episode collectively told him to get his head together to write something that wasn’t terrible. Flaws in execution and writing do prevent this from truly recovering. Still, it’s a better story this time, if only because it is coherently told. Now, if only…

Agent Bon’s Rating: 3.5/5.0
Zombiepaper’s Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
There will be spoilers uncensored below.
WANNA FIND OUT WHAT KEY ELEMENT CASTLEVANIA IS MISSING FROM BEING GREAT? KEEP ON READING!

[Grime/Glitter] Finishing Incomplete Work

“If you listen to a studio album by Tiger Army, that’s how they sound live.” I could also say that the opener act seemed to be an odd choice until watching their co-headliner made me realize they were actually the odd ones out. That’s about all I can say about the concert last month. So why not continue by talking about finishing incomplete work? The ones lingering on their fifth draft and still not done?

Bias: No major biases
Tiger Army Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
WANNA READ A HALF REVIEW, HALF THOUGHT PIECE ABOUT FINISHING YOUR WORK? KEEP ON READING!

[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–

WANNA FIND OUT ABOUT THAT HINDRANCE? YES, IT’S A TEASE! KEEP ON READING!

[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]
WANNA CONSIDER HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND UNCOMPROMISING? KEEP ON READING!

[Videogame Review] Shonen Idle Z (Steam)

My alarm would go off. Rather than go back to sleep, I’d jump on the computer to run through my Shonen Idle Z timers. I beat the game after 5 months of letting the idle game run in the background for nearly 1,000 hours. It’s a pretty game in a low-impact, somewhat trivial, genre. Doesn’t that mean it’s functionally useless and valueless? Why not play a more rewarding game? It can teach one big lesson about motivation.

Mechanics Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
Discipline potential: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
WANNA LEARN ABOUT SOME INCIDENTAL MOTIVATION? KEEP ON READING!

[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.

WANNA BE INFORMED OF A CASUAL OVERVIEW OF THROAT SINGERS? KEEP ON READING!

[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]
WANNA READ ABOUT WHY IT WASN’T A PAIN IN THE GRASS? KEEP ON READING!

[Concert Review] GUITAR WOLF (2017)

Guitar Wolf are fearless! They prove that if you pour work hard and sweat into your labors, you can achieve success on your terms. Though not selling out a 27,500-person capacity venue, selling out an intimate 200-person capacity venue that “normally doesn’t sell out on a weekday” is still an achievement, especially for their anti-conformist take on garage rock! If you can embrace their abrasive noise, they might be the best teachers of fearless motivation.

WANNA LEARN ABOUT FEARLESSNESS IN MUSIC? KEEP ON READING!

[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]
WANNA SOAKED IN THE FULL DAY’S FESTIVITIES? KEEP ON READING!