MUSIC REVIEW: TRIVIUM “VENGEANCE FALLS”
"Dark, mature & technical."
VENGEANCE FALLS is the sixth album from Florida based metal band, TRIVIUM. It’s also the most anticipated & criticized album in years from the band, even though most of these fans have never even heard the album yet.
Is VENGEANCE FALLS any good? It sure is. In fact, it’s great. But it’s definitely different from what you’re used to from TRIVIUM. It’s darker, it’s heavier, it’s more technical it’s more big in its feel. But it also feels somber, secluded & less “catchy” then their previous albums.
The title track, “Vengeance Falls” feels like something completely new & alien to a metal band with this much experience behind them. Whereas “In Waves” felt like a very heavy groovy metal song that felt a bit mainstream friendly ( which is good ) Vengeance feels completely different. The vocal work & overall feel of the song is something new, a bit scary at first as you feel like TRIVIUM is treading waters they don’t quite know, but then you’re left with a great song that feels fresh & different.
This is how I felt like the entire album was from beginning to end, there’s your insta-fan favourite songs like “Strife” or “No Way To Heal” that will please pretty much anyone, but then there’s those dark tracks that will make some fans raise their eyebrows while exciting the hell outta others.
"No Hope For The Human Race" is a great song that just simply sounds like TRIVIUM through & through but feels evolved in the vocal work & arrangement of instruments, it’s very groovy & headbanging worthy. "To Believe" & "Through Blood And Dirt And Bone" are some of my favourite tracks on the album due to their classic TRIVIUM feel but they feel injected with that maturity & that confidence to make something truly timeless.
"Brave This Storm" is another great track that feels closer to something that would’ve came off The Crusade but is also a great song, it’s also the most "safe" song on the album. Which is fine, but it’s definitely one of my least favourite songs on the album—-but it’s still great. So I guess that’s a compliment wrapped in an insult disguised as a handshake?
We have to go deeper.
Honestly, I wasn’t too afraid that TRIVIUM wasn’t going to please my expectations. They’re a band I’ll listen to the day they either disband or a T-1000 comes through time to stop me from hearing their next album. They have the potential to become something timeless & be remembered amongst the pantheons of metal music as one of the greats.
VENGEANCE FALLS is just another step on the stairs to legendary status, that’s how I feel about it. It sounds like ASCENDANCY at times, CRUSADE at others & definitely feels like an album influenced by IN WAVES. I know many fans wanted another SHOGUN but asking a band to produce an album that replicates another is sheer blinded nostalgia.
Every album of any artist should encapsulate their dreams, motivations & inspirations at that point in their lives. So to say, “We want another album like that one we like!” Is stupid because that album was a representation of their lives at that point, much like how VENGEANCE FALLS represents the TRIVIUM of 2013 & onwards.
With that being said, it’s a solid album that I think ages & taste finer with every listen. So if you wanted me to compare TRIVIUM to something else, yes this album is like great aged wine. It’s just great.
TRIVIUM has always been a band that takes chances & gambles their artistic integrity in order to produce something that will stand the sands of time & with VENGEANCE FALLS, they’ve succeeded in not only achieving a new level of sonically impressive metal but have crafted a mature, dark & technical album worthy of their own legacy.
It should also help that this album will tickle your ear pussy with sweet music. VENGEANCE FALLS, well falls, on OCTOBER 14th. Get it & support the band! Listen to it.
- No Way To Heal
- Vengeance Falls
- To Believe
- Through Blood And Dirt And Bone
- Villainy Thrives
- Wake ( The End Is Nigh )
- Incineration: The Broken World
- No Hope For The Human Race
By: MILAN JEGENJAN
Yeah here we go! Apparently the final evolution of the Grass-Type starter Chespin in POKEMON XY has surfaced! It’s name is Chesnaught, obviously Chestnuts & Juggernaut mixed together.
It looks like Buzz Lightyear, King Bowser, A chipmunk & two pounds of tequila had a rowdy night & produced this. But I like it a lot too! I also love tequila.
It’s typing is apparently Grass/Fight-Type & learns a signature move called “Spiky Shield” acts like Protect but HURTS the foe when using a physical attack on it!
That…sounds very useful, don’t you think?
So yeah! This is Chesnaught, the Spiky Armor Pokemon. A giant monsterous chipmunk…armadillo…turtle….King Koopa….Pokemon.
I dig it a lot. It’s tough now for me to decide between this giant monster or Greninja but I’ll see. So there you go! I love it!
So someone finally leaked the final evolution of the Water-Type starter in POKEMON XY. Froakie’s final form is the ninja stealth badass, Greninja. Yeah, that “fake” everyone was saying? Yeah it’s real!
Greninja is Water/Dark-Type which is fitting for a ninja because y’know, shadows & stuff, so that makes sense. He also has a move that apparently ( don’t know for sure ) that he can only learn called Water Shuriken.
I was rooting for Greninja when he leaked but was considered fake, because I like his aerodynamic aesthetic & I dig how the artists decided to utilize the tongue of the frog as a cloak. It’s a very natural & logical idea that makes sense with the Pokemon.
Overall, I did Greninja a lot. His name literally means Frog Ninja. Grenouille ( or however it’s spelt ) means “Frog” in French & ninja…well y’know.
So yeah! That’s the second starter leaked. Still waiting on my favourite starter of the three to evolve, here’s high hopes for Chespin. Stay tuned.
Apparently Fennekin’s final form has been leaked on the internetz today. Fennekin is the Fire-Type starter in the upcoming POKEMON XY games & it seems someone has leaked the Fire Fox’s final form in a couple of screenshots.
It’s final form is apparently called Delphox, a Fire/Psychic-Type. It looks like a majestic sorceress that wields fire at its own will. I think it looks good but it’s not “my” kind of Pokemon. I’m much more interested in Chespin’s final form.
But yeah. Apparently this is real. There’s tons of YouTube videos right now, especially one where someone posted a video of Delphox in a Beauty competition which was shown fully in-game.
So I think it’s safe to say this is real. I look forward to the leaks of the other starters! Give me Chespin already!
Can I just say that the new Fossil Pokemon in POKEMON X/Y is fucking amazing looking? I mean holy shit. Best Fossil Pokemon EVER. It’s a goddamn T-Rex that is ROCK/DRAGON-TYPE! FFFFFFFF.
Tyrantum looks so great. Instantly one of my favourite Pokemon in a long time. Definitely using him. FUCK HE’S AWESOME LOOKING
VIDEOGAME REVIEW: GRAND THEFT AUTO V
"Return of the kings."
GRAND THEFT AUTO V is probably the biggest game of the year & for good reason. There’s no other game out there that can effectively unite players across all genres, tastes or cultures like GTA can. There’s something about the worlds that Rockstar Games creates that just resonates with fans worldwide.
With GRAND THEFT AUTO V, Rockstar has not only near perfected their craft of the open world genre but they have solidified yet again why they are indeed the kings of video games.
GTAV takes place in the sprawling lively city known as Los Santos, a beautifully articulated concrete playground crafted with love & care throughout. It’s a living breathing world that feels authentic while offering up various varieties in terms of environment & culture. From the iconic Grove Street of San Andreas to the beautiful mountains of Blaine County, this is a world that never ceases to impress.
But a world can only take you so far if the inhabitants within aren’t as interesting but unsurprisingly the cast of GTAV is a memorable & loveable bunch. I shuddered originally at the concept of three main characters but Rockstar has assured me through my journey of Los Santos that I was stupid to doubt them.
These three characters feel like real flawed individuals that could realistically exist in modern society. Michael De Santa is a retired bank robber who spends his days drinking himself stupid while sitting on enough cash to last him multiple lifetimes, but he’s unhappy. He’s lost, angry & feels like he’s wasting away in his carefree life. So he decides to get back into the business & this is what sets the entire game into motion.
The second character is Franklin Clinton, a mid-20’s gang banger who excels at driving but feels like he’s surrounded by morons who have no inclination on how to improve their livelihoods. Franklin is a strong, calm & rational human being which made him a pleasure to play.
Finally is Trevor Philips, a psychopathic Canadian drug dealer who revels in the chaos of crime. He’s insane, hilarious & offers the most outrageous moments in the game. He’s also the character I worried about the most being that I didn’t think I could take him seriously but he’s extremely well developed & deep. Overall these three rock & there is a great variety of characterizations between them.
What I wasn’t expecting, especially since GRAND THEFT AUTO IV was very serious in tone, was the amount of comedic elements that Rockstar implemented into the story & writing. The amount of times I laughed out loud or simply smirked was uncountable. There’s so many hilarious parts of this game & it’s amazing that the game balances it’s serious elements with that of sarcasm, comedy & brutal mature content.
You’ll be laughing the entire way to the end, I can assure you.
But one of the greatest new features of GTAV is the ability to swap between characters whenever you please. By simply holding DOWN on the D-Pad you can swap between the trio in order to experience their missions in whichever order you like. I also love how when you switch these characters could be in the middle of something too.
I changed to Franklin & he’s out with his dog getting some exercise but if I changed to Micheal he could be lounging having a drink in his backyard. Or change to Trevor & be literally in the middle of a 2 star rating police chase. It gives the game a real feel & I loved that.
Another amazing element of the game are the HEIST jobs. These missions are where all the mechanics that GTAV is fundamentally built on shine with shimmering perfection. Before every heist, the player must spot out the location, maybe grab some vehicles they need or steal weapons or outfits to make sure the job goes as smooth as possible.
You’re given options in these heists so players who want to be more discreet & stealth their way to fortune ( me ) or players who want to cause insane chaos can do that too. These choices & how you go about them give the game replay value, because the entire mission structure is polar opposite to what you did before.
These heist missions vary & my only complaint is that there should’ve been even more of them. Apparently when GTA ONLINE launches in October there will be more heists for players to do together, so I’m excited for that. But they are seriously the best missions in the entire game. That’s not to say the other missions which range from ridiculous set piece to the next aren’t on par but the heist missions are their own brand of monster.
So the game is near perfect in almost every way, the characters are memorable & interesting, the world is beautiful & varied as well as the mission structure allows for flexibility & replay value. So is there anything wrong with the game?
My only “problems” if they can be defined as that are that the storyline while awesome doesn’t have anything game changing-plot twist wise. But that’s okay because the story is what it is & I’m cool with it. The game also, this isn’t a complaint, feels a bit short. But it’s not. It felt like I played the game for 15-20 hours before I beat it when in reality once the credits rolled I clocked in around 38 hours of gameplay alone.
So this is definitely the kind of game that will feel like you played an hour when really it was like, well, your entire weekend really. So beware of your social life! Because it won’t exist with this game in your possession.
Just try to go outside every once in a while, alright?
GRAND THEFT AUTO V is a beautifully articulated marvel of entertainment. It’s the work of a studio crafting an experience at the top of their game & never once compromising anything in the process in terms of quality.
It’s hilarious, exciting, beautiful, huge, unique & dare I say extremely fun as well. If you love video games or want to experience one of the best video games from one of the most talented studios in existence, well what else do I need to tell you?
Unsurprisingly, GRAND THEFT AUTO V is a masterpiece of interactive entertainment. If you’re smart, you’re already playing it. If you’re not, well it’s time to get smart. It’s GTA, what else is there to say?
It’s the Daniel Day-Lewis of video games, nothing really stands a chance at beating this.
- Quality writing, acting & production values
- Huge amounts of content, replay value & variety
- Great story with amazing characters
- Everything is crafted to near perfection
- Game of the Year Contender
By: MILAN JEGENJAN
I got a text from my roommate after I asked him what he’s up to after work he said, “Going to fix myself a drink & watch some strippers dance for me.”
I come home & he’s sitting there playing Grand Theft Auto drinking a virtual drink in a virtual strip joint.
This song is called “Respect” & it’s by an underground artist named Jex. Funny thing is? This “Jex” is my cousin haha. And I’m mighty impressed of his talent.