Shadowhunters — Episode 5

Today on the “Previously on Shadowhunters”: laying it on pretty thick about Alec being in total denial. Today on the actual episode: more of that, probably. Yeah, this is the “everyone fucks Alec Lightwood” episode. Metaphorically. Though if you need someone for the literal part, you know who to call.

(Me. I mean me. Not Magnus.)

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Album Review: ROTTING CHRIST Rituals

In the eyes of the older traditionalist with a stunted view of musical growth and refusal to accept change, the Rotting Christ of today may pale in comparison to their origins. But as bombastic and pompous as the changes they’ve made may be, the truth of the matter is that what the Tolis brothers have stumbled upon and creatively executed is as singular and unique a contribution to the development of metal as anything on the table.

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Ninety-Nine Righteous Men – Comic Review
Written, illustrated, and published by K.M. Claude, NINETY-NINE RIGHTEOUS MEN is an erotic horror comic about a priest desperate to save his young parishioner from the clutches of a demon prince. In doing so, he must enlist the help of the last person he ever wanted to see again. This comic deals with issues of…

As far as debut features are concerned, this one shows the kind of maturity and boldness that I’ve rarely seen in independent publications, and I’m looking forward to seeing what K.M. Claude has for us in the future.

Check it! Ninety-Nine Righteous Men got reviewed over on Bloodbath and Beyond! Shout out to @mothwinged for writing such a wonderful review!

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Vocals are soulful, starting off as brooding before exploding into an explosive chorus that’s begging to be performed life.

Singing ‘It’s a paradise/ And it’s a war zone,’ you can’t help wonder if Malik is alluding to his relationships of the past and present and how they’ve been scrutinized not only by the media, but by the rabid Directioners that gave him worldwide fame. His fans can be his greatest friends but also his worst enemies, spewing hatred towards those he maybe pictured with if there’s a hint of romance and they don’t approve. It’s a tough life for a former boybander.

The Robotic Romance of Junior Boys’ Big Black Coat

But Big Black Coat’s adoration, no matter how lovey-dovey on paper, can have a sinister undercurrent. Every once in awhile a line so vague slips in that it makes you question what the song’s really about. “The night is gone, but you’re afraid to go home,” sings Greenspan in the thumping, strobe-light-worthy “Over It”; the upbeat track gives the line an “I told you so” edge. The punchy, percussive synths and Arthur Russell–esque delivery on “Love Is a Fire” sound like Greenspan is getting lost in his own song as it builds up around him. The clipped, robotic delivery of “Baby don’t, baby don’t, baby don’t” is followed by the warning “don’t play with me, don’t play with me, don’t play with me.” The title track reveals its emotions and words to be glitchable, like HAL’s downfall in 2001.

I wrote about the new Junior Boys album for MTV.

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