Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Piece10 - Crash course in Stoner Metal

I don't know how I transitioned from listening to Devin Townsend's brand new album Addicted, to listening to stoner/doom metal, but it's happened. And it's awesome. For those reading who don't know, stoner metal is a genre founded on the roots of doom metal and incorporates elements of blues and psychedelic-rock. What comes out of that is atmospheric and dirty. Most bands have disbanded and their projects focus on different styles, but the original stoner metal started in the early 1990s. A few short reviews of excellent artists after the break.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Piece9 - Halo Party shirt

A big part of my high school years were spent in many basements playing hours of video games and drinking gallons of Dr. Pepper. This shirt started out oh, probably around sophomore year. It started out as just a plain shirt with a skull on it, then over time it became this insane mess of stuff.
Piece9 - Halo Party shirt (Front)
ank0ku was my original alias for gaming and it means darkness in Japanese. Yeah, I know, lame teenage angst, but I thought it was cool at the time. Then, the saying below that, "ph34r no gib" is from the excellent webcomic, MegaTokyo.
Piece9 - Halo Party shirt (Back)
Ummm... yeah, me and one of my friends wanted to start up a clan one day while playing the Halo demo. So we did and the top was our website. It's still up(at the time of this post). And good christ it sucks. XD No sense of direction, 90s era web design, oh, it's bad. But it was ours. And I love it still. Below that is a graphical list of games I play(ed). Oh and those wondering, the "You Got Clapped!" is a reference to my current alias, The Clap. Yeah. More descriptions on the individual Flickr pages.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Headphone Mod

Bored with my gloss black headphones, I decided to paint them and paint a pair of non-functioning headphones.

The first pair I simply spraypainted striped patterns using tape.

The second pair that actually function, I messed up on the first one. The paint came out too thick and it was an ugly green. So I just sprayed all over it and it came out pretty cool. Then the other one is just a simple two-tone design.

Thinking of soldering an LED inside the headphones, but don't know yet.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Piece8 - Zombie Shirt 1 "KILL THE DEAD"

Besides vampires (fuck you Twilight), zombies have taken hold of our imaginations in recent popular culture. Whether or not they are real or even possible is besides the point; the grim idea of justified murder is too much for us to ignore. So, I made this shirt.

Piece8 - KILL THE DEAD - FrontPiece8 - KILL THE DEAD - Back

Everything is freehand except for the hand which is actually the CrimethInc. logo. I wish I had actual paint to splatter, but the rust stopping paint I have worked when I pushed down the cap very lightly and held the can horizontally. So, it looks alright.

I think I'm going to make this into a poster or something because the paint will smear easier on paper or really anything other than fabric. Hmmm.

Seriously Addicted to Addicted

I finally got Devin Townsend's Addicted pre-order package in the mail(complete with signed booklet! I'm #1761!), and I had my first listen broken up because I was listening to it on my laptop as I was running around doing errands with my grandparents. : / But I went back through tonight and here's what I got.

Well, I'm still getting used to reviewing things, so here goes, by tracks:

  1. Addicted! - Awesome title track that will have you headbanging rhythmically
  2. Universe in a Ball! - Hard, heavy song just like Addicted! that will have you yelling and fist-pumping.
  3. Bend It Like Bender! - Straight up dance track that will have you, uh, dancing.
  4. Supercrush! -Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) and Devin trade off vocal duties on this song. It's pretty amazing.
  5. Hyperdrive! - Anneke's vocals drive this track and the pace of the song reminds me of anime themes (it's a good thing)
  6. Resolve! -Another vocal harmonizing song. ("The ocean returns to the seaaaaaaaa!")
  7. Ih-Ah! - Meloncholy pop song with simple guitar and piano parts. Guitar and piano switch off riffs
  8. The Way Home! - Fast-paced song that I want to run to. And will listen to when I go home for winter break
  9. Numbered! - A song that sounds like desperation (it's a good thing). A bit of the ending riff in Ki, here.
  10. Awake! - Uses the beginning lyrics and riffs from Addicted!, longer length, more melodic singing, and a bit different structure. ("GET UP AND DECONSTRUCT!")

Overall it's a bit like Synchestra in that it is a transition album. Going from Ki's mellow clean sound, to a more Strapping Young Lad feel. Though, to be honest this isn't anywhere near SYL, but I had to compare it to something. The next album, Deconstruction, will be more along the lines of that and maybe even heavier(?!),  according to Devy. And I cannot wait for that.

You can find Devin Townsend and his hilarious/geekiness/quirkiness on:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Piece7 - Life is Beautiful shirt

This is probably my most involved shirt yet. A combination of sharpie, spraypaint, and fabric paint all come together and make this really work, I think. I made it for my wonderful girlfriend and thankfully we're the same body type so I didn't have to go shopping through the women's section.

Life is Beautiful shirt - FrontLife is Beautiful shirt - Back

The only thing I'm wondering about is how the colors faded after the wash. I hope they didn't bleed to much, because I had that problem with my BTMI shirt. : / Oh well.

To Download or Not To Download?

Recently, I have been playing the crap out of the song Bend It Like Bender by Devin Townsend. And as I've posted before, Devin Townsend's new album Addicted is coming out on November 17. But it's already out via a torrent release. It's been confirmed that this is the real thing too; probably a promotional copy.

I've pre-ordered my copy of the album (along with a badass shirt and poster), and I just received an email saying that it will be shipped shortly. To download or not to download? That is the question. Can I wait that long? Or will my seemingly unnatural and borderline psychotic obsession take a hold of me? I think the answer is yes. Er, to the waiting question. <_<  And this is for pure quality reasons.

Devin Townsend is a god in the studio. Whatever is on this CD is going to be of the highest quality and quite layered, I am sure. So the CD will nearly guarantee a better listening experience than any torrent release. Unless it's FLAC or OGG. Also, I've never physically owned and listened to a Devin Townsend album. So I won't have to worry about re-downloading a copy or something if I have a computer crash.

Either way, this album is going to be great and I can't can wait. Be sure to watch for a review of that album as soon as I get it and listen to it.