It’s been a massive week for us, first of all we’ve bumped up to 4 reviews a week and will try to keep this going as long as we can. It really does feel great to see something that you’ve been working so hard on slowly taking off and we have you, our loyal reader to thank for that. You lot ROCK! So, let’s swing through the roundup.
On Tuesday AJT reviewed the new big show that seems to be on a lot of peoples lips recently: American Gods. Instead of just covering the season opener he also included the second episode and was thrilled to see it was just as good as the first. This seems to be the series to follow, read his thoughts HERE.
Wednesday saw my review of Incubus’ eighth studio album, simply called 8. This record made me laugh because most critics have panned it as soulless, yet all the band’s fans have loved it, including myself. At the end of the day I know who's opinion Incubus will be listening to. You can check out my full review HERE.
We all love a B-Grade film, either to pull it apart or because it’s so bad it's actually really fucking good. Zombeavers falls into the second category since Mags really enjoyed this debut movie from rookie director Jordan Rubin.
Check out her review from Thursday HERE.
Yesterday saw my second review of the week and it was a big one: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This film is epically awesomesauce, I felt it built upon the first movie perfectly and in some ways surpassed it. Baby Groot was a scene stealer, Drax grew emotionally and Star-lord learns some important truths, all backed to a sweet soundtrack, what’s not to love?
Read my spoiler free review HERE.
Let’s kick things off with something I promised to keep you all informed about, Marilyn Manson’s new LP, well some info is finally finding its way out. The album is all recorded and has been renamed, no longer called Say10 it's now Heaven Upside Down, sadly still no release date. Though if I was a betting man, I'd wager sometime around July to coincide with his summer tour, currently just in Europe, with no UK dates yet, not that I would go again anytime soon.
Keeping with the music side of things, Parkway Drive has told fans they are half way through recording the follow up to 2015’s Ire. They went on to say they are continuing to evolve with the new album being 50/50 old established sound and new experimental stuff. I couldn’t be happier. Linkin Park and Bring Me The Horizon take note, this is how you move forward as artists.
Now onto the movie news, Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy 3 will not be happening. Ever. In fact the franchise is getting a reboot, new cast and all. New director Neil Marshall is aiming to “walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie” and has named it Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. While I did enjoy the original two and will miss Ron Perlman as the titular character, I will remain open minded about this.
This next bit has got me literally frothing at the mouth with excitement. It has been announced Judge Dredd: Mega City One, the TV series is in development. There is no cast as of yet though rumour has it Karl Urban is not involved (this makes me super sad. He absolutely killed it in the 2012 Dredd film), which I find a bit weird since this show is being produced by the same production company as the movie. Even though this is still a few years away, I still couldn’t be more over the moon about it, Dredd was one of my earliest comic memories. As long as the people behind this learnt the mistakes from the Stallone mess from 1995 I’ll be happy.
We’ll finish things off with a little something from the video gaming world. The Mass Effect series has been put on ice for the foreseeable future by EA. Due to dismal sales, polarized fans and critics and Eurogamer (one of the biggest online gaming magazine) calling it “probably BioWare’s worst RPG yet”. It’s been stressed that the series is not dead, just on hold with no follow up game being worked on currently. BioWare Montréal, who made Mass Effect Andromeda, has had the majority of their staff transferred to another studio to help on the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II with rest of the team supporting Andromeda’s multiplayer and bug fixing.
Written by “I’m Mary Poppins Y’all” Dan.