Blood Red: Hoop-Tober Marathon Kickoff

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked horror on this site, but that’s about to change in a big way.  In our inaugural post I talked about the annual horror marathon I participate in each year over at Letterboxd.  Founded and organized by Cinemonster, each year the challenge is to watch and review 31 horror films between September 15th and Halloween.  Easy so far, but there’s a catch: each year there are different rules and restrictions that must be met in order to successfully complete the marathon.    Continue reading

Circle Pit: Albums We Missed, Q2 2017

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Remember how we all got together as a team (well, most of us) and shared some of our favorite albums from the prior few months that we either forgot to cover or didn’t feel like writing full reviews about? Well, now that we’ve passed the midway point in 2017, some of us are proud to bring you some overlooked highlights from the second quarter. Yes, I am aware we are over a month into Q3, but I really don’t know what to tell ya. We’ve been lazy. So, without further delay, let’s jump right into it. Album we missed in Q2 2017. Here. We. Go. Continue reading

Column: The Best Era to Be A Metalhead

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I am honored to join the Nine Circles team and the superb work they’re doing covering metal. I visit their site every week in my never-ending quest for heavy, ugly, gorgeous music.  I’m hoping to add some periodic banter about the state of metal in 2017, and the journey of being a lifelong metal fan.

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How Not To Do It: Press Kits

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Press kits have changed drastically over the years, remember the days of kits like the one seen above? In today’s age of lightning fast contact press kits have been forced to change to fit multiple platforms and knowing how to create and properly utilize them is extremely important if you want your music heard while making the biggest (instant) impact possible. I’m trying something a little different this month, in lieu of a written piece you get to hear me talk. But if you’re a band working on your latest, greatest album and want to send it out properly take the 4 minutes and change to listen up, it might net you bigger coverage. Continue reading

Blood Red: Train to Busan, Hush, & Starry Eyes (Netflix Edition)

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Another month, another Sunday, another Blood Red.  You’d think we’d try to be thematic and center this month’s entries around movies with mothers, right? Heck, we could do Mother’s Day, Goodnight, Mommy, and Psycho right off the top of my head.  But that of course would imply a level of foresight and preparation that would go against everything we’ve done for this column so far.  Besides, I literally just remembered that it was Mother’s Day as I was writing this, so really I’m thinking about all the trouble I’m going to be in when I come to my wife empty handed.  That’s the real horror, folks.

So in the meantime let’s take a look at three recent films streaming on Netflix, the MOTHER OF ALL STREAMING NETWORKS (see?  Thematic!) that are more than worth your time.  Zombies, psychotic killers and bargains with the powers of evil are all here in Train to Busan, Hush, and Starry Eyes.   Continue reading