Made a video of my top 10 Týr songs! Quite difficult and I had to leave out about 20 tracks that could easily have made it.
Made a top 10 for Gamma Ray. It seems that wherever Helloween goes, Gamma Ray seem to follow. This one was pretty difficult to pick and I missed some great tracks. So I hope you enjoy if you watch it. Again, I would be interested in knowing anyone else’s favourite Gamma Ray tracks if anyone wants to share?
Started making some top 10 videos because I love making lists for some reason. I was going to do some commentary and discuss why they were my favourite, but I found myself just praising each song over and over. So if you like Helloween, check it out! I would love to know your top 10 if you care to share?
My friend and I are both guitarists and fans of the Souls series. For a while we have been hoping to record some music related to the series. This process has already started and the songs will be in a “power metal” style with ideally an epic sound to fit the lyrical themes of the series.
This video and the others in the playlist are some simple songs we have written up in software with the aim to record them fully when we both have the time to spare.
I thought I would share them on here in case you enjoy having midi sounds blasting in your ear and it’s all worth it even if a few people would look forward to the full recordings.
Each video has a little description that outlines our thoughts on each of the songs. This particular batch is all related to Dark Souls, though I personally have been writing some lyrics for Demon’s Souls, but that’s for another day! It is still very much a work in progress with lyrics, music and ideas still getting thrown around. Please do not take these samples as being an idea of the sound quality or the final arrangements!
My New Dark Souls 2 Emerald Herald Print is now for sale!
Will struggle to think up more of these after this one as there are few memorable characters in Dark Souls 2 when compared to Demons Souls or Dark Souls :(
"A wrenching nostalgia, a lost joy, an object of obsession, and a sincere hope to reclaim it…could these thoughts belong to the beast from the Abyss?"
Another 3 posters purchased to take up all my wall space. Pretty much creating a shrine to Dark Souls around my computer. Give me some Demon’s Souls posters and I’ll be sorted!
Roll on April 25th for Dark Souls II!
“When the torches are kindled and men walk on the sandy floors under the echoing domes, ah! Then Legolas, gems and crystals and veins of precious ore glint in the polished walls; and the light flows through folded marbles, shell-like, translucent as the living hands of Queen Galadriel. There are columns of white and saffron and dawn-rose, Legolas, fluted and twisted into dreamlike forms; they spring up from many-colored floors to meet the glistening pendants of the roof: wings, ropes, curtains fine as frozen clouds; spears, banners, pinnacles of suspended palaces! Still lakes mirror them: a glimmering world looks up from the dark pools covered with clear glass.”
After making three films from three Tolkien books, Jackson has now made the second of three films from one comparatively brief novel, a 161-minute would-be epic, in which the strain to stretch and inflate is apparent in virtually every frame. How it falls shortResults are all that matter, and the result here is that “The Desolation of Smaug” fails in almost every way, as a story, as an adventure, as a piece of art direction and as a visual spectacle. The look is murky, with the outdoor scenes shot almost entirely in grays and dark greens, and the indoor scenes in browns and earth tones. Notice the intrusive soundtrack, swelling to instruct us how to feel, as the camera moves in suddenly on Gandalf’s face for the grand pronouncement: “They mean war!” Action scenes, however - those can be tripled, quadrupled … […] Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins and is very good (or could be), spends most of the movie just standing around. Yet the movie actually includes an action sequence of the secondary character, Legolas, fighting off a pack of ugly, evil Orcs for something like two full minutes of screen time.
"Middle-Earth lies in ruins"
The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug :
Good - Smaug looked and sounded very cool, better pacing than Part 1, Bard was quite interesting, spiders of Mirkwood section was done well, Thranduil was excellent, Gandalf was good as always, fewer scenes with Azog, Martin Freeman was good, more original music, Beorn was cool, main dwarves were developed a bit more and fewer childish gags.
Bad - Azog was still in it, Azog replaced by Bolg or Azog v1.5, Laketown wasn’t good, too much CGI fighting, too much CGI and too many green screen sets, too much added fluff, most of the dwarves are still annoying, made up stuff to tie in with LOTR that doesn’t make any sense, lack of appreciation for the source material, Tauriel : Warrior Princess - dreadful non character that nearly ruins it, awful love triangle with Tauriel, Legolas and the man dwarf Kili, too many references to LOTR as if we don’t get that it’s in the same world, too much ‘fan service’ that actually just annoys fans, film-makers not understanding the material, focus on action, not really “The Hobbit”, lack of attention for Bilbo, repeated lines and phrases from LOTR, credits music was atrocious and the film ended abruptly.
Middle Earth looks awful in the Hobbit. The score seems to be less inspired, the sets are mostly done on computers, the Orcs don’t look as menacing because most of them are CGI. The whole thing feels surprisingly lazy, especially from the people who put all that effort into LOTR.
Off to watch The Fellowship of the Ring!