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The Dead Matter: 3-Disc Deluxe Edition
The Dead Matter: 3-Disc Deluxe Edition
DVD ~ Andrew Divoff
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vampires, zombies, & demons!, August 13, 2010
An unexpected arrival just recently, is this triple feature compendium of the film 'The Dead Matter' with soundtrack, and the Halloween music collection, which is essentially a "best of Midnight Syndicate" release, intended for Halloween spookshows and even personal celebrations. Having appreciated the compositions of Midnight Syndicate since discovering them at a Halloween shoppe circa Realm of Shadows, and then on through The 13th Hour, it is a pleasing surprise.

The Dead Matter {film & soundtrack}

Plotline 1: Two Vampire Warlords argue about the so-called "new way" and the "old ways". Tom Savini plays a mafia-like character named Sebed, to Andrew Divoff's more traditional vampire role as Vellich, although both register as "evil" personalities. Sebed prefers plasma injections versus the cinematically common blood ingestion of Vellich, who has a trick or two up his sleeve, granting him the advantage after all.

Plotline 2: A group of friends find an Egyptian scarab medallion in the woods, so predictably, just like with Ouija boards, one of the girls named Gretchen {reminiscent of Queen of The Damned} decides to play around with The Occult and have a seance to call forth her recently deceased brother. They take on more than they can handle*, and end up with a zombie, rotting away, but following her every instruction. She familiarizes herself with the relic's basic possibilities a bit, but it is not until the end when she becomes 'possessed' by a Necromantic entity that its full potential is unleashed.

Plotline 3: Besides the vampire vs. vampire scenario, there is also a "Van Helsing"-like vampire hunter named McCallister, who actually 'crosses' the line between battling the nosferatu, quelling the zombie, and providing ritualistic advice to the obsessed / possessed Gretchen.

Apparently made on a condensed budget, this film has a rather 'made for TV' vibe to it, probably due to the fact that this was obviously recorded on videotape instead of film grade, but the production value really makes up for it in the above average acting, special effects, soundtrack, and intriguing dual plot, where it really counts. A fun little movie one may encounter during a late-night Halloween season broadcast.

Special features include a blooper reel, a making of featurette with interviews, film commentary, behind the scenes footage, and music videos by Midnight Syndicate {one of which gives the impression of the 'Goosebumps' theme}, as well as three rather impressive fan-made creations.

The soundtrack is appreciated for what it is, with dramatic action-adventure / horror / thriller orchestrations to accentuate scenes, characters, and activity, but can very well stand on its own, though not quite comparable to an individual opus.

Film: 3.5/5 | Soundtrack: 4/5.

Halloween Music collection

Contains 22 selections from Gates of Delirium, Realm of Shadows, Vampyre, The 13th Hour, "Out of The Darkness", & "Cemetery Gates", the latter which is the first recording since The 13th Hour; although in My estimation, that and the previous releases are the absolute best from Midnight Syndicate, and along with Nox Arcana (personal favorite), are ideal for Halloween festivities.

* The warning on the back cover of Necronomicon comes to mind: "...these rites may expose you to psychological forces of which you may not be able to cope!"

Zombie Influx
Zombie Influx
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The dead are rising from their graves to devour the living!", August 12, 2010
This review is from: Zombie Influx (Audio CD)
Alert! Level DEFCON 6: At last report, Civil Defense authorities are recommending citizens keep watch for walking corpses who are attacking the living and feasting upon human flesh. Lock yourselves securely inside your homes, and if attacked, aim for the brain stem to remove the head, for that is the only way they can be stopped.

Filled with sound effects to accentuate the theme, complete with news reports, air sirens, and the sounds of those rising from the cemetery, Zombie Influx is a tribute to George Romero's dark vision 'Night of The Living Dead'. Composed with a decidedly 'War of The Worlds' influence as well, the music is fast-paced, action-packed, and panic inducing.

Art by Joseph Vargo {memento mori cover, with bulletins and military warnings in the booklet reminiscent of The X Files}, music composed by Vargo & Jeff Hartz, with arrangements by William Piotrowski, this excellent opus is a dramatic journey into classic horror sure to consume your mind with morbid entertainment perfect for Halloween adventures, celebrations, and otherwise whenever in the mood for thrills and chills. A must for Zombie aficionados.

America's Best Kept Secret - A Look At Modern Day Satanism
America's Best Kept Secret - A Look At Modern Day Satanism

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2.0 out of 5 stars Hyped misinformation, August 3, 2010
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A really despicable demonstration of Satanic Panic paranoia at its most extreme. It is revealed just how rotten these white wolf christian cultists can be, victimizing their own kind, exploiting mental weakness, while blaming The Devil for their own mental illness.

The show is divided up into several sections of proposed 'satanistic' categories:

* 'Religious': probably the only one somewhat resembling actual Satanism, although oft-times misconstrued with blindlight minority religions like santeria or weaka, which follow the same general paradigms with different terminology for same.
* 'Solo': Either those independently exploring the occult, "stoner" types, many times mixed up with petty criminals or murderers.
* 'Generational': the conspiracy theory of so-called large mysterious cults handed down for generations by word of mouth and secret legacies infiltrating every strata of government and authoritative positions from law enforcement, instructors, to church leaders*; named as the most dangerous simply because there is the least amount of circumstantial and/or imaginary concocted 'evidence' available, and the most dramatic allegations to feed their crusader syndrome.

Some of the "advice" given to "task forces" grants the impression of "guilty until proven innocent", which has been the typical modus operandi of white-light theocracies throughout history, a lynch mob mentality, which always results in the tragedy of separating families, unjust accusations, and the general spread of misery. As is the white plague.

Also spoken of are the usual scenarios with Heavy Metal music {entertainers}, horror movies {entertainment}, Dungeons & Dragons {a role-playing game}, & even cartoons. Among those spreading misinformation at the time, false "former satanist" Mike Warnke is given a generous amount of time, along with various other attention-starved opportunists & nutcases, who really appear to be either making this stuff up as they go along, projecting their own dementia, or encouraging the sick of brain to bolster their repertoire as well as lining their pockets with both tithes and serious funds.

As an aside, Sgt. Randy "Satan Sleuth" Emon returns briefly for another round {to his credit, he later apologized for contributing to the hysteria, & regrets ever being involved in all things Satanophobic}.

Exaggerating the premise are newspaper articles, archived crime scene photographs {unrelated}, video of children at play, adolescents supposedly involved in devil worship {which really just looks like friends socializing}, various locations {including 'The Private Eye', a favorite music store}, illustrations {one by this writer entitled "Infernal Majesty"}, and multimedia presentations cited as diabolically influential. This hysterical "documentary" plays like a videographic chick tract. Amusing at times, disturbing at others.

In lieu if the FBI discrediting this fabricated fear trend, this company and host only produced this one video, which may just have been the only 'good' thing about this presentation. These types of productions can now be retrospectively examined in a sociological context, to display the dangers of fundamentalist superstition.

* Ironic how the actual perpetrators of anything resembling these claims are catholic priests & christian pastors.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Herman's got a secret..., August 1, 2010
Obviously produced on a condensed budget, the costumes and sets are amateurish {gives the impression of gathering props from a Halloween store}, and the dialogue / plot is predictably weak, but this is to be expected from most erotic productions of the sort. The activity is rather rudimentary, focusing on clips rather than an overall storyline, but that is beside the point. The concentration should be on the attire, activity, and the attractiveness of the performers.

Key scenes include:

* There are allusions to "Lily Munster, Girl Model" in the very beginning, as a salaciously enthusiastic blonde pleasures herself with a glass phallus, which turns out to be either a veritable AHC created by Grandpa, or disturbingly, Grandpa in transformation. Up until that point, the scene seems rather gratuitous.
* Seems Marilyn finally found a beau, enjoying themselves when he comes calling.
* Eddie, now a young man in a rock band, indulging in two Goth girls in a dark club via night vision, under the forbidden pretense of a 'hidden camera'. {Victoria Sin / Aiden Starr}
* Another rather gratuitous scene involving two 'goth punkers' {reminiscent of The Misfits} having some fun in the boneyard. {Voodoo / Whitney Stevens}
* Finally, to celebrate their 600th Anniversary, Herman & Lily picnic in the graveyard where he reveals his surprise, to their great mutual gratification. Seems Grandpa and Herman considerately went out of their way to acquire a very special gift for Lily, which she greatly appreciates. Of note, the subtle green tinting works very well in depicting the proposed pale green flesh.

Character analysis:

* Herman: Unfortunately, he is depicted more like a retard here, instead of the child-like, though responsible husband he is. Played by a muscular Lee Stone, which seems to work pretty well.
* Lily: Played by the attractive Roxy Deville, it works very well here too. The fetishistic makeup and outfit {although oddly sans the pendent} makes the character for those who appreciate the 'gothic' beauty aesthetic.
* Marilyn: A pretty good depiction of the 'normal'-appearing character {sort of reminiscent of "Sally" from "Davey & Goliath}, looking excessively 'wholesome', which does add a 'forbidden' appeal overall when she breaks free of the typical conventionality of the role, revealing quite the wild little minx. {Shawna Lenee}
* Eddie: Grown up but still in the little suit. Barely acceptable, but whose howls make for an amusing scene. {Trent Soluri}.
* Grandpa: Fortunately, no real involvement except as a more or less periphery character supporting Herman. {Gavin Wells}.

Bonus material include interviews with performers, making of featurette, blooper reel, director's commentary, photo gallery, & even a black & white version of the movie. In the end, it seems that such a production was destined to be done, as have several others, including the much better made "Maddams Family" in this vain.

Overall, an amusing little parody for what it is, on the beloved series The Munsters, which is easily considered on its own merit {considering the nature of the production, it is easy to separate the two}, and which remains a frequent pleasure.

Theater of Illusion
Theater of Illusion
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5.0 out of 5 stars The show is about to begin..., July 23, 2010
This review is from: Theater of Illusion (Audio CD)
The lights dim... Welcome to The Mysterium...

Ladies & Gentlemen... please open your programme to reveal the cyphers within, and unlock the keys of Sorcery!

This opus is themed around the fine dark arts of illusion, of the body and mind, Lesser Magic applications, psychological manipulation, slight of hand, mentalism, prestidigitation, hypnosis, levitation, invisibility, necromancy, Alchemy, & much more, featuring a nice crossover into Greater Magic down in The Ritual Chamber, or Dungeon, if you prefer. Whereupon traversing deeper into the Abyss within, one discovers the true secrets of Magic...

The spotlight focuses on what your mind projects, a black mirrored stage, led by the omnipresence surrounding your darkest desires. You are summoned on a dark journey led by The Devil Himself in either a turban or top hat, robe or coat tails & tie, deep into the shadowy realm of dreams and nightmares, where one frequently transforms into the other.

Theater of Illusion is filled with haunting melodies, eerie narrations, & splendid artistry. A pleasure as always, an elegant presentation, diabolically decorated to please the senses, and an ideal atmospheric accent to open the gates & manifest those specters from the threshold of time and space.


The Munsters: The Complete Series
The Munsters: The Complete Series
DVD ~ Fred Gwynne
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Munsters come home..., July 21, 2010
Coming in only second to The Addams Family in core essential comedic series in My estimation*, this presentation continually brings much amusement and joy. Box art features the beloved characters colorized in the dungeon, although most fortunately, the episodes themselves are rendered in original black & white as they should be, and just the way I like it. Featuring Herman & Lily on the covers for the first season, with Grandpa & Eddie for the second, the dungeon crypt opens in a tri-fold presentation to discs that are "blood red", and so is the logo, which is nicely embossed on the box.

There is an extra option to view episode "Family Portrait" in color, although some of the pastels can honestly get kind of irritating. Also included is the previously un-aired pilot starring the painfully gorgeous Phoebe as the proposed matriarch, bearing a striking resemblance to Morticia, and who might have been better preserved as a cousin, perhaps. Despite her beauty, her delivery falls flat, especially in comparison to Lily.

Of note, very pleased to see Disc six featuring BOTH films "Munsters Go Home" and "Munsters' Revenge"; plus "America's First Family of Fright" featurette {the history of the show & its societal relevance}, & biography presentations on Fred Gwynne: "More Than A Munster" {from Harvard to Herman}, Yvonne DeCarlo: "Guilded Lily" {from dancer to beauty pageants, to actress in such films as the temptress 'Salome, Where She Danced', to the '10 Commandments'}, Al Lewis: "Forever Grandpa" {from roustabout to burlesque & vaudeville (sounds rather familiar...), to political activist & restaurant proprietor}, each displaying the remarkable lives of these truly exceptional actors, when actors were actually interesting besides the roles they played, and truly deserved fame & fortune.

Visual and sound quality is flawless, which can be no less for this timeless treasure. So drop by whenever you like to 1313 Mockingbird Lane, there are many tricks and treats, and prepare for much fun & fright!

* It seems that while The Addams Family concentrates more on a sophisticated level of humor, The Munsters appeals to a more child-like sensibility.

Deth Red Sabaoth
Deth Red Sabaoth
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Can you feel it...?", July 17, 2010
This review is from: Deth Red Sabaoth (Audio CD)
Danzig at his best. Named after the arcane spelling of Sabbath, there is something about this music that stimulates dark elements within. Detected are a little bit of Misfits, a bit of Samhain, with an evocatively morose, melodic voice, heavy, deep rhythms, One can hear the wolf underneath the full moon, the cool night gusts upon the flesh, the strength of body and mind merging as one. One can visualize these canticles being performed by a fire on a wicked night.

Dethred Sabaoth is a veritable resurrection, touching base with the primal rebirth elements in blood, granting impressions of Lucifuge and Danzig 1, moving forwards in reverse for core empowerment, inspiration, & subsequent evolutions.

Feel & hear the demon winds... The Mistress of Darkness there beckons, awaiting your indulgence; Grasping a candelabrum like a pitchfork, horned skull thereupon. She will lead you through a dark journey, in a steady progression, facing the abyss within, lighting the way towards an emergence in hellfire.

1. Hammer Of The Gods: An Invigorating introduction into the nightmarish, timeless unorthodoxy. Can you feel it?
2. The Revengeful: An almost muted, mesmerizing heavy beat overlain with squealing guitars and a rhythmic refrain.
3. Rebel Spirits: Double-bass accents this echoing reverberation to the tune of a heartbeat, concluding with a trailing somnambulence.
4. Black Candy: Falls right into the fray with more of a concentration on harmony, actually using a single high pitched chord as part of the procession.
5. On A Wicked Night: An acoustic piece which one could picture being sung by a campfire, suddenly pushing into a memorable collaboration of the electrical instruments. Favorite.
6. Deth Red Moon: A definite favorite of this opus. A howling refrain accompanied by a steady beat, subtly accompanied by tambourines, & dramatic pauses.
7. Ju Ju Bone: A stronger focus on harmony, a memorable chorus, and extensive guitar work, where the instruments seem to be telling the story, with blending rhythmic vocals complementing them.
8. Night Star Hel: A sinisterly choppy beat, with driving waves overlapping, eventually cresting into a swifter hoof tapping beat. Another favorite.
9. Pyre Of Souls (Incanticle): A contemplative piece. Shades of Black Aria 2 here, with a stalking bass added & melancholy refrain, finger cymbals, much like a lullaby. An introductory instrumental to the next song...
10. Pyre Of Souls (Seasons Of Pain): Continues the previous song & picks up the harder version of the rhythm of Incanticle.
11. Left Hand Rise Above: Sounds like the retrospective conclusion of the story at the contemplative pace of an aftermath.

One can definitely hear the implementation of harder elements herein, from song construction to the more appropriate technology used, in order to achieve a certain overall apocryphal sound, which is accomplished. A perfect combination of horror, the occult, & erotica. Some of the best things in life.
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The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God
The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Anno Armageddon'..., July 14, 2010
Air sirens ring out across dark spotlighted skies, sonic battalions serve as a rallying call to those who would purge the earth of the white-light plague in all forms! ACHERON have not stinted one bit in ferocity or diabolical force. Songs range from a grinding doom-laden impression, to a double-bass intensity at times, driven by Crowley's misanthropic indignation (from the demonic to the spoken) Certain darkly stimulating sound effects are also implemented to accentuate the songs here and there; those familiar with the groups characteristic heavy style will be well pleased with this unleashing.

The theme for The Final Conflict is that of The Apocalypse, reminiscent of the film Omen 3. Songs progress from the rise of rebellion, to constructing the pact for infernal liberation, the realization of auto-deism, and finally onto a new age of Lex Talionis.

Cover art features a snarling Cerberus mounted upon a legion of corpses & skulls, to be released in all his bestial rage. His spiked collar displays the sigils of the enslavers soon to meet their doom. Complimenting the lyrics, the booklet features a hypothetical nefarious diatribe detailing the exploits of a secretive order named The Wolfen Society*, a proposed cadre of diabolists tilting the societal fulcrum serving as a historical balancing factor towards the preservation of mans primal nature.

The logo has been modified to display the appropriately militant iron cross. Along with Vincent Crowley on vocals & bass guitar, & Kyle Severn on war drums, TFC newly includes Maximus Otworth on Lead / Rhythm guitar, and Ash Thomas also on rhythm guitar, with instrumental guests participating from various bands.

As an added bonus, attached is a DVD directly from the band featuring the videos for I Am Heathen, the making of the album, and live footage from two Brazilian performances, along with the Satanic Supremacy demo.

Overall, another Strong, and ironically 'final?' chapter in the Acheron saga.

* Also the name of a previous musical project by the same name.

Dethalbum II Deluxe Version (CD + DVD)
Dethalbum II Deluxe Version (CD + DVD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mutant Metal, July 14, 2010
'Brutal' hard-driving permutations demonstrate the true essence of Metal in this albeit fictional band, which ultimately seems irrelevant considering some of the surprisingly impressive materializations, ironically demonstrating many of the amusing stereotypical characteristics attributed to this genre. The music is actually very well done, as good as any professional band, pulling all those sonic strings with memorable melodies, sometimes complex arrangements, accentuating sound effects, accompanied by Nathan Explosion's rather versatile voice.

The DVD contains no less than 14 videos which transport one into a darkly imaginative hellish world of blood, gore, & mutilation, creating abysmal animated spectacles, which can be viewed individually or all at once in a stream of abominations from the 'Metalocalypse' show, punctuated by the band's lokian mascot "Face Bones", a disembodied spiked skull with strands of flesh attached, elucidating the viewer to some of the inner workings of the band, 'private outtakes', and the physics of "moshing" of all things, among other subjects.

The Deluxe edition features a platinum presentation akin to KISS' Double platinum album, in a tri-fold format with lyric booklet & art.

The crossover from parody show to album is a remarkable one, accomplished with flawless expertise. As the sequel to the mighty Dethalbum I, this release compliments it absolutely. Those who appreciate this genre will be pleasantly surprised with the humorous "decomposition", as it were, along with all the added perspective-lending comedic elements to boot.

Knight Rider: The Complete Series
Knight Rider: The Complete Series
DVD ~ David Hasselhoff
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5.0 out of 5 stars "One man can make a difference.", July 13, 2010
Having appreciated this series since forever, I was most pleased to acquire this comprehensive video codex for timelessly stimulating entertainment at one's leisure.

Cruising in recently to The Haunted Noctuary is the Complete Knight Rider collection, which could also be veritably named The Ultimate Collection, and The Knight Rider Codex, for it is just perfection; and here is why:

Every episode is preserved in this impressive attaché case-like sleek, glossy black box* shaped ever so slightly like the front end of KITT's front fender, complete with scanner, activated by pressing a button, which is accompanied by the theme. An overall futuristic impression. Already a gratifying experience which just gets better and better.

The DVD's & cases themselves are presented in slim, elegant black splendor, whereupon engaging the main menu, snippets of the series play along with the characteristic scanner moving with ones selection. Full descriptions on back in digital font, framed by a computer chip like border. The episodes are crisp and clear, with great sound quality,

Special features include interviews with cast and crew (The Hoff, series creator Glen A. Larson (who go at each other in an amusing repartee}, composer Don Peake, & stunt coordinator Andy Gill); an "owners manual" ("Autonomicon", detailing the various functions on KITT's interactive dashboard}; stills gallery, blueprints (of KITT, several sets, and The Knight Foundation Mansion, or the "Hassel Castle", for those so inclined; actually "Greystone"); and the forgettable film 'Knight Rider 2000' (which proves to be the "Addams Family Reunion" of this series).

So follow the adventures of this secretive vigilante (a veritable modern Black Knight**), and the wonder car KITT into the future of all possibilities.


* The card stock description attached lightly on the back should be removed carefully and preserved separately.
** It is interesting to note many of the parallels between Knight Rider and The Black Knight Batman {which incidentally, was never intended by creator Bob Kane to be so goofy as portrayed by the Adam West variation; but more akin to Tim Burton's portrayal}.
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