Well, I’ve noticed that I’ve got some fellow audiophiles among my visitors so I thought I’d share the latest find when it comes to free VSTs available: Meet Russian behemoth Molot! And dear God is this a fierce beast! You know the climactic scene in Evil Dead II when the demonic dimension rips through the fabrics of reality and the Rotten Apple Head comes through the door to swallow Ash? Well, this piece of tube-powered compression emulator kinda does that with your sounds.
I initially tried it out on the unmastered track of Call Me Greenhorn‘s album teaser – and to be honest I don’t have a title for that one yet – and I had to rip my earphones off ’cause it damn near took my head clean off. And I live for that kinda sound. There an almost endless amount of variety offered plus some nice presets if you’re new to it or just wanna save some time (personally I found the “room” setting kinda nice ’cause it had a slight SSL feel).
Based on the same technology that gave the World that other beast (the Sovtek-powered Big Muff distortion pedal), it’s a primitive, no-bullshit chunk of gnarly oomph! that does not aim for sophistication. Like author Vladislav Goncharov himself says: “[If you're...] Looking for transparent compressor? This not your choice. This compressor adds a lot of coloring to sound.” And he’s not kidding. This’ll color everything. It’s loud and noisy and ugly and just everything that makes rough and raw music great.
You can download it here, and he’s offering some limiters and clippers as well that I’m gonna check out as soon as my damn ears stop ringing…
Well, here’s a nice little clip I stumbled across: Evil Dead II – the claymation! For all of you that enjoyed the Pingu version of John Carpenter‘s The Thing (personally I found that version way better than the 2011 remake), director/animator Lee Hardcastle offers up tons more of short and funny reimaginations including The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Robo With a Shotgun and Shaun of the Dead.
He recently visited Sweden as a guest at the Lund’s International Fantastic Film Festival (giving a Q&A), and you can see that and much, much more on his official website here and his YouTube channel here. I wrote about the Pingu claymation here.
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Well, I pretty much spent the weekend sending out emails etc. in order to promote The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP and uploaded two songs on my SoundCloud as well. Slowly but surely Groovy is becoming one of my fave tracks on account of not only having a nice, reggae vibe but also being a sort of tribute to Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead II. For a whole generation of horror fans he’s become the icon of cool pretty much thanks to his amazing portrayal as the anti hero Ash in the cult trilogy.
Listening to the track I now envision a music video with the Norliss members dressed up as a run-down, over-the-hill wedding band – we’re talking 70s fashion and maybe horrible faux comb overs – with Bruce himself starring as the cheesy, crooning lead vocalist (or maybe Elvis from Bubba Ho-Tep) that pretty much owns the stage while alternating between saying the only “lyrics” of the song into the mike and trying to hit up on the female members of the audience. And maybe throw in a couple of nice dance moves as well. A man can dream right?
You’ll find the SoundCloud here and the release on Bandcamp here. And please share.
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Yay! It’s finally finished and released – The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP! Five tracks in total kinda going back to the sounds that got me starting this project to begin with; odd 60s porn-funk. A funny phenomena that was an offshoot of the porn industry, these “songs” were pressed in limited-editions, usually sold in the back-pages of porn magazines and musically pretty much just offered some woman moaning away to a steady funk beat for 2-3 minutes.
I’m pretty happy with the results. The song Herz und Dub was fun as hell to do just going hog wild with the dub delays, I’m stoked by Groovy because I am such a big fan of Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead II and I think our cover model Eva Halloween looks great. From the minute I saw her photo I was mesmerized and I can’t believe my luck stumbling across her on the web and her agreeing to grace our cover – so thanks Eva! Anyway, check it out and feel free to share!
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Well, a friend of mine got me dusting off this old hobby when he asked for help on Facebook locating the final draft (shooting script) of Dan O’Bannon‘s cult classic Return of the Living Dead earlier today. I used to google and read these back in the 90s (I still remember the godawful third draft of Freddy Vs. Jason and the thrill of reading Scott Spiegel and Sam Raimi‘s final draft for Evil Dead II), but still haven’t been able to locate it (if you know where I can find it send me an email!).
Anyway, I was thrilled to see the vast amount of websites that collects these today – The Daily Script, Sci Fi Scripts.com, and The Horror Lair to mention a few great ones – and have pretty much spent all day just drooling over the titles available – yes, I am that damaged, ha ha ha. So how about reading Airplane!, Alien or maybe Planet of the Apes tonight? Speaking of the Zucker brothers’ 1980 classic:
Well, keeping up with the Evil Dead theme I decided to post this; Within the Woods – Sam Raimi‘s 1978 8 mm short movie that was made in order to find financial backers for their first full-length movie. A true DIY effort, it stars Bruce Campbell (of course) and Ellen Sandweiss, but the story line actually has more in common with its sequel Evil Dead II than the first, as Ash after accidentally desecrating an old Indian burial ground turns into a “deadite” and start going after his friends.
A nice piece of pop culture history in spite of its lo-fi quality!