Seen Super 8? Check This Out.

I found an interesting article on the internet a few days ago from Jeffrey Marks at LionfishPictures.com. Check out his take on what Super 8 is really about, and the significance of what the alien truly represents in the story. Good read, but be warned, this DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS. Don’t read this unless you’ve already seen the movie!

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Get Nice and Evil with Ritual

Sometimes metal can be a difficult genre to stay faithful to.  There are so many great bands out there, but they can’t seem to stick around for very long before they lose their creative spark and either sell out or just begin to suck (I’m talking about you, In Flames).  It’s a terrible cycle, and it needs to be broken.  I’ve prayed to the metal gods, asking them for this to stop, and this time, I think they answered.  On June 21st, The Black Dahlia Murder released their fifth studio album, Ritual. This is a band that has raised the bar for melodic death metal higher and higher every time they’ve released an album — well, up until 2008, when their longtime lead guitarist John Kempanien left the band.  They hired Ryan Night to fill the void and released Deflorate a year later, but with the exception of two or three good tracks, the album as a whole was okay at best.  It made a lot of fans lose faith in such an amazing band.  When Ritual was announced, most of us just scoffed and said “Who cares, I’ll listen to Obscura.”  However, being the faithful fan that I am, I picked up a copy, and I do not regret it one bit.

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Green Shows His Colours with a Little Hell

It’s been three years since Alexisonfire singer/guitarist Dallas Green blew us away with Bring Me Your Love, the second solo-album released under Green’s literal alias City and Colour. What began as a well-kept secret only hardcore Alexis fans knew about became a critical and commercial hit, catapulting Green’s career to what some might say is even higher than that of his original band.

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BAMF Spotlight: Embryonic Devourment

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we give you the crushingly brutal Embryonic Devourment from Willits, CA.

If you want a dose of shred with your morning cup of coffee, look no further than Embryonic Devourment, one of the big names topping this years Bay Area Metal Festival. If you like your metal with a relentless attack, full of blast beats, demonic growls, and enough shredding to give a plastic surgeon trouble putting your face back together after everything’s said and done, then you need to turn your attention to these guys. Brutality hardly comes close in describing Embryonic Devourment’s take on extreme metal. Death metal purists, proggressive enthusiasts, tech-metal lovers alike can find something to love about ED’s sound, and I fully expect them to bring the noise this July closing out the BAMF fest with Forbidden and Ulysses Siren.

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Super 8 is Super Great

Let me be clear about one thing: the less you know about Super 8 going into the movie, the better. Part of Writer/Director J.J. Abrams’ charm is his ability to surround his projects in complete mystery. Though Super 8’s marketing wasn’t nearly as mysterious as his previous film, Cloverfield, or “1-18-08,” as it was known for most of its time after being announced, Abrams still doesn’t give you a whole lot to go on from Super 8’s trailers. The initial trailer only showed a truck crashing into and derailing a train, and hinted at something trying to break out. That was enough to pique my interest.

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BAMF Spotlight: Ulysses Siren

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting 2-3 bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’re bringing back the trash with San Francisco’s own Ulysses Siren.

For fans of: Slayer, Exodus, Testament, Judas Priest, etc

Never forget your roots. Where we come from, the roots of the SF Bay Area are planted with good old fashioned thrash metal. With bands like Exodus, Testament, and of course, the colossal Ulysses Siren emerging from these shores, it’s not hard to see why the Bay Area loves thrash so much. Ulysses Siren demonstrate the beauty of everything thrash should be. Their music is a relentless sonic assault, uppercutting you in the jaw with their blazing fast guitars and commanding drums, hitting you just as hard as when you first got sacked back in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out for NES. The vocals are just as ferocious, reminding me of early Slayer, but with vocal range and control not unlike Rob Halford’s from Judas Priest. It’s not hard to want to break out in an all out circle pit when blasting the tunes from these guys, which is why I can’t wait to bring in the pit with these guys this July. Hit the jump below to hear some of their stuff.

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With Great Power, Comes a Great Game

 Check out our newest guest contribution coming to you from Justin Mutch of Union City, CA. Want to write for Wrecked? Find out how here.

 

These days, originality in video games is a bit hard to come by.  With new (and equally generic) Call of Duty clones being released what seems like every week, avid gamers need something fresh to chew on.  Luckily there are a few franchises that vanquish the repetitive nature of games like those that focus solely on multiplayer.  InFamous 2 came out on June 7th, and for anyone with a PS3 who likes variety in games, this was a momentous occasion.  The first game was a massive hit, and the plot definitely called for a sequel.  So after two years of waiting, we finally get to see Cole’s next struggle to save another city.  Or destroy it.

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Get L.A.’d Tonight with Rockstar Games’ Mystery Epic

From the same company that brought you the Grand Theft Auto series comes L.A. Noire. It’s a homage to film noir; think Dashiell Hammet’s The Maltese Falcon, or even the 2005 film Sin City. The game is set in 1940’s Los Angeles and you play as Cole Phelps (played by Mad Men’s Aaron Staton), an up and coming detective with a dark past. You follow his career as he works his way up through the ranks of the police department.

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BAMF Spotlight: Endings for Anastasia

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting 2-3 bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’ve got Endings for Anastasia, a metalcore band from Belmont, CA. 

For fans of Whitechapel, Miss May I, Suicide Silence, Devil Wears Prada, etc

Endings for Anastasia comes raging onto the scene with a new-school, in your face, kick your ass and ask questions late kind of attitude. These guys like to throw down the gauntlets with their breakdowns and uppercut you Street-Fighter style with their angsty, pissed-off lyrics. They’ve got a slower, groovier style than most bands in their genre, but that doesn’t mean they’re not just as heavy. You can count on these guys to put on a high-energy show, especially at the upcoming BAMF Festival this July. Make sure you order your tickets soon, so you don’t miss out on these guys, and all the other great bands playing!

Check out more Endings for Anastasia after the jump!

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Bring Your Daughters

There’s a lot of music out there. A LOT. Much of it, you’ll probably never find, never hear, or never give a shit about if you do hear it. I spent a good portion of the last decade actually trying to hear a lot of it and coming to the conclusion that a lot of that mustic is terrible. Every once in a while, I’ll find a gem. Daughters was one of those gems for me.

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E3 2011: Dead Island Preview

Dead Island is the new survival-zombie-slasher from Deep Silver games, due out this fall. I was impressed by the scope of the island you’re playing on: it’s simply massive. The gameplay works less like Left 4 Dead as most previously thought, and more like open-world games like Fallout.

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E3 Update #1:

Hey Guys! As I’m sure you know, tonight marks the end of the first full day of the E3 Convention in Los Angeles, CA. For those that haven’t already checked out the specs, here’s a comprehensive list of everything you need to know so far regarding the Big-3’s press conferences.

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL: For the Failing Dreams

Check out our newest guest contribution from Randall Woo of Union City, CA. Let him know how he did in the comments section below. If you’d like to write a guest contribution for Wrecked, get more info here.

-WR

For fans of: Bury Your Dead, A Day to Remember, etc

It pains me to write this, but For the Fallen Dreams have lost it. Each iteration has become more watered down, more predictable. With the departure of drummer of Andrew Tkaczyk (to fellow melodic hardcore enthusiasts The Ghost Inside) FTFD have taken on a more straightforward sound akin to a straight-ahead mix of Bury Your Dead and A Day to Remember. Gone are the intricacies of their first two albums, to be replaced by chugging breakdowns and sing-along choruses repeated ad nauseum. They hinted towards this sound in 2009’s Relentless, but have fully embraced it on Back Burner.

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How Sharktopus Stole My Heart (And Ate Others)

Actual dialogue from the movie: “The creature appeared to be some hybrid of shark and octopus... a Sharktopus, if you will.”

Last week I had one of the most incredible (drunk) experiences I’ve ever had with a movie. It was a movie so bad, so horribly bad, but with a premise so awesome that it could only be best enjoyed by a group of  friends as drunk as you are. You’ve been there. The movie is Sharktopus, a film about a genetic-experiment gone rogue, who kills hundreds of innocent victims along the coast of Mexico. One of my friends watching the movie said the best part of the movie was the part she fell asleep during. She couldn’t have been more wrong.

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*BRAND NEW* Tomb Raider Debut Trailer

WOW. The new Tomb Raider game looks incredible. Let’s hope the actual gameplay is half as epic as this debut trailer implies. More details to come from E3 next week.
Click the Jump to see the BRAND NEW debut trailer for Tomb Raider!

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BAMF Artist Spotlight: Hell Fire

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting 2-3 bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. Check out Hell Fire from San Francisco, an awesome band that never turned their back the glory days of Maiden, tights and hair spray… except they don’t have tights or hairspray. 

For Fans of: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, etc

I’m a sucker for harmonies, always have been, always will be. I also have a huge soft spot for Iron Maiden. So it’s safe to say that when I heard Hell Fire for the first time, I was pretty stoked. These guys bring the wrath like Maiden did in their heyday, but with the ferocity of modern day metal. With a singer that can belt like Dickinson and a pair of guitarists that intend on shredding your faces off, there’s not a whole lot to not like about these guys. They’ve got the triumphant sing-along choruses, and the driving riffs that just make you want to fight bad guys. That can’t be a bad thing. So dig out your trapper keepers, walkmen, and jean jackets — it’s time to get 80s quick, and Hell Fire intend on giving you a non-stop, one way ticket there. Check out these guys at the BAMF festival this July.

Check out some samples of their tunes below:

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