Holy fuck this video is amazing.

The workstation. I actually tried to do HDR on this for the first time, I like how it balances out all the lighting, as you would see it in real life.
Other work item not pictured: iPad (yes I actually still draw using the iPad, namely the aburnedforest blog).

The workstation. I actually tried to do HDR on this for the first time, I like how it balances out all the lighting, as you would see it in real life.

Other work item not pictured: iPad (yes I actually still draw using the iPad, namely the aburnedforest blog).

       Watching my little CD collection grow is kind of exhilarating. I want to be able to say I actually have a library of music, and physically mean that. And adding to this humble collection is The Contortionist’s new and 3rd album, “Language”, and here’s my review.

        As a preface to my feelings towards this album, I was going to preorder a bundle, but resisted spending that much money on my extremely limited ‘income’, and unsure of how their sound would be like considering how “Intrinsic”, their sophomore album, sounded. While I loved Intrinsic, their sound changed so drastically, I needed to get a feel for their next step. I held off on a pre order altogether until I could hear a single for the album. And when I did, I loved it. A fresh new approach, and instant grabber. The track “Language I: Inspire” has a bold approach to modern metal many ‘elitists’ will be quick to shun. As a constant and living example, people want TC to return to their “Exoplanet” sound, their premier album. Which could be described as deathcore-ish. They certainly have evolved over the past 4 years. And that slice of evolution this album would hold to amaze me, led me to preorder their CD.
        The departure of the lead vocalist Jonathan Carpenter meant the ushering in of a new vocalist, Mike Lessard, who is known for the band Last Chance to Reason. And I love his voice. I haven’t heard his other band, so his voice is a new one to my ears. His clean singing (and might I add that this album has a LOT of clean singing) is very lul-inducing. His range isn’t high, nor is it super low. It sits, personally, in my own vocal range, which makes it fun to sing along to (ikr). His uncleans are very concise, but we don’t get to hear it a whole lot in “Language”. I personally preferred Jonathan’s uncleans over Mike’s, but I can’t complain about it in this album, because it still fits, very well. I don’t know if he does the lyrics in “Language” but it is simple, and powerful. There is a pattern of repeated lyrics through the album that are found in the song titles. Repetitions and lyric callbacks through the album give an eerie and chilling feeling, which “Ebb & Flow” will exhibit very clearly, but I’ll get to that later. The instrumentals have been likened to Cynic by many, including one of my friends. I haven’t listened to them myself, but for those who have, listen to this album. I have an affinity for key change style music, where you can take a rich chord and just move the position around. It creates a unique soundscape, one that you normally hear in something like Jazz or Classical Music. And speaking of soundscapes, TC is very good at creating ambience and mood in the background of their instrumentals. If their new keyboardist (Jonathan filled both vocal and keyboard roles) had a lot to do with the soundscapes in “Language”, bravo. The band just meshes their talents and sounds together so well.
        The track “Language II: Conspire” gives us a throwback to “Exoplanet”, probably the tiny taste that old-TC fans wanted back, but were disappointingly disappointed. I feel bad for the people that can’t enjoy this album that are the ‘HARCORE METAL ONLY’ type. They don’t get to enjoy the trips that this album will take you on. Trips like Language I and II that swoon you through different kinds of moods and feelings. The trips that the track “Primordial Sound” will have you captivated by the simple yet powerful guitar melodies. The trip that “Ebb & Flow” takes you on, from soothing melodies, to the jaw dropping and spine chilling ending (starting at 3:49). In fact, if “Ebb & Flow” had been the finishing track to the album, it probably would have beaten out “Exoplanet”s album finisher, which was always one of my favorite. It’s the lyrics in both enders, in tandem with the haunting instrumentals that tie up the songs into instant favorites. In “Ebb & Flow”, we get the oft repeated lyric “Drift with the Ebb & Flow, Sink in the Ebb & Flow” harmonies in the end, that create a mesmerizing experience that you want to sit and listen to, not doing anything else. Just taking in the grandeur and moment the song creates. While “Ebb & Flow” is not the finisher, the actual finisher is still good. The overall album ties itself up very nicely, no loose ends hanging. This album is an example of simplicity and layering to create something incredibly powerful (I’ve said this a lot, but it is very prevalent). This is an amazing and solid listen to experience. It’s a different kind of metal I implore everyone to try. And since the unclean vocals are kept at a far more minimal that was expected of TC, it’s far more pleasant to the ears of unseasoned metal-goers.

       Watching my little CD collection grow is kind of exhilarating. I want to be able to say I actually have a library of music, and physically mean that. And adding to this humble collection is The Contortionist’s new and 3rd album, “Language”, and here’s my review.

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Dude Destiny is taking up all my goddamn time wtf. I can’t stop playing. My animation I was making is on a massive hiatus and I hate it.

Quick chibi thing or some shit. My hair is totally exactly like this now I am not a liar.

Quick chibi thing or some shit. My hair is totally exactly like this now I am not a liar.

So I was inspired to make a super nice bullpup rifle, one that’s easy to use, fully ambidextrous, and feels somewhat familiar.
So basically its chambered in 300 AAC Blackout, so it can still take standard M4 mags. Uses a keymod rail interface in the front, on 7 sides (top is monolithic to the receiver). All controls are at the fingertips on the pistol grip. Mag release is like a HK USP, bolt release latch is like an M4 extended latch, fire selector is at the tumb. Ejection port can be changed to either side, as can the bolt slide. No name for this gal, yet.

So I was inspired to make a super nice bullpup rifle, one that’s easy to use, fully ambidextrous, and feels somewhat familiar.

So basically its chambered in 300 AAC Blackout, so it can still take standard M4 mags. Uses a keymod rail interface in the front, on 7 sides (top is monolithic to the receiver). All controls are at the fingertips on the pistol grip. Mag release is like a HK USP, bolt release latch is like an M4 extended latch, fire selector is at the tumb. Ejection port can be changed to either side, as can the bolt slide. No name for this gal, yet.

I really should start buying more CD’s. Digital format is nice, but there is something inherently special in physically owning the music. So here it goes, a review for Volumes’ album “No Sleep”.
I actually listened to their premier album, “Via”, a few years ago, and jammed it a few times before, but it wasn’t memorable enough for me to keep listening. I bought a few songs off of “Via” that were catchy enough. I had almost forgot about Volumes until Misha Mansoor got a question via (no pun intended) Ask.FM a week ago about his contributions to Volumes’ new album. I was curious, because I had forgotten he had contributed a bit to it. So began my trek through “No Sleep”. The first thing that I pay attention to is mix and tone. And DEFINITELY the first thing that struck me for sure was mix and tone. I’m a sucker for a really good mix, and this one was punchy and phat, loved it. Reminded me a little of The Acacia Strain. And then the tone (yes I’m one of those “MAN LISTEN TO THAT TOAN!!1!” people). The tone is one of my favorites. It’s got that low gain kind of twang and throatiness to it that I love, with a spice of high gain growl to palm mutes and chords. One I got situated in the sound, I began to settle into the music itself. The first and second track isn’t anything terribly special, albeit they are heavy and really fun songs (a few of these in the album). It’s when you hit the track “Erased” and “Across The Bed” that you begin to see where this album shines. Melodicism. The clean vocals in these songs (there are more cleans one song than the entirety of Via, and there’s more songs with cleans on No Sleep!) are very soothing and pleasant. Which brings me to the vocals in general on this album. The “uncleans” (a catch-all term I’ve adopted for vocals that are not actual singing, i.e. growls, screams, etc) in No Sleep are super solid. I’m not a fan of one of the vocalist’s (there’s two) unclean voice, but it’s tolerable and sometimes does add, emotionally, to the music. Which also brings me to the lyrics, which are generally kind of meh… It’s not poetry in any sense, but eventually you phase them out or even sing along to them simply because their catchy enough. Which segways into another favorite (and melodic peice) track of mine, “Vahle”. This was actually released many months ago as a pre-production demo, and I listened to it once and forgot about it. It’s a memorial to a dear friend of theirs that they lost. The lyrics are very straight forward and honest. There’s not a whole lot of depth to it, but it is /honest/ and emotional, which is totally fine with me. The instrumentals on the song have a very nice groove, and reflect the mood very nicely. Then one more fun and br00tal (;P) song before you hit the intermission song to my favorite, and last, track on the album. The lead-up, “Peace of Mind”, is perfect, almost orchestrated blend of cleans guitars, occasional strings, and samples. Then the it hits you with a vocal delivery that just dives head first into their final track, “Up All Night”. Again, the melodicism takes front seat and you see where Volumes’ talent lies. Overall I would definitely give this album a try. It might not suit you if you don’t like “breakd0wnz n dj0nt”, but it never hurts to try new music.

I really should start buying more CD’s. Digital format is nice, but there is something inherently special in physically owning the music. So here it goes, a review for Volumes’ album “No Sleep”.

I actually listened to their premier album, “Via”, a few years ago, and jammed it a few times before, but it wasn’t memorable enough for me to keep listening. I bought a few songs off of “Via” that were catchy enough. I had almost forgot about Volumes until Misha Mansoor got a question via (no pun intended) Ask.FM a week ago about his contributions to Volumes’ new album. I was curious, because I had forgotten he had contributed a bit to it. So began my trek through “No Sleep”. The first thing that I pay attention to is mix and tone. And DEFINITELY the first thing that struck me for sure was mix and tone. I’m a sucker for a really good mix, and this one was punchy and phat, loved it. Reminded me a little of The Acacia Strain. And then the tone (yes I’m one of those “MAN LISTEN TO THAT TOAN!!1!” people). The tone is one of my favorites. It’s got that low gain kind of twang and throatiness to it that I love, with a spice of high gain growl to palm mutes and chords. One I got situated in the sound, I began to settle into the music itself. The first and second track isn’t anything terribly special, albeit they are heavy and really fun songs (a few of these in the album). It’s when you hit the track “Erased” and “Across The Bed” that you begin to see where this album shines. Melodicism. The clean vocals in these songs (there are more cleans one song than the entirety of Via, and there’s more songs with cleans on No Sleep!) are very soothing and pleasant. Which brings me to the vocals in general on this album. The “uncleans” (a catch-all term I’ve adopted for vocals that are not actual singing, i.e. growls, screams, etc) in No Sleep are super solid. I’m not a fan of one of the vocalist’s (there’s two) unclean voice, but it’s tolerable and sometimes does add, emotionally, to the music. Which also brings me to the lyrics, which are generally kind of meh… It’s not poetry in any sense, but eventually you phase them out or even sing along to them simply because their catchy enough. Which segways into another favorite (and melodic peice) track of mine, “Vahle”. This was actually released many months ago as a pre-production demo, and I listened to it once and forgot about it. It’s a memorial to a dear friend of theirs that they lost. The lyrics are very straight forward and honest. There’s not a whole lot of depth to it, but it is /honest/ and emotional, which is totally fine with me. The instrumentals on the song have a very nice groove, and reflect the mood very nicely. Then one more fun and br00tal (;P) song before you hit the intermission song to my favorite, and last, track on the album. The lead-up, “Peace of Mind”, is perfect, almost orchestrated blend of cleans guitars, occasional strings, and samples. Then the it hits you with a vocal delivery that just dives head first into their final track, “Up All Night”. Again, the melodicism takes front seat and you see where Volumes’ talent lies. Overall I would definitely give this album a try. It might not suit you if you don’t like “breakd0wnz n dj0nt”, but it never hurts to try new music.

So I’m going to start something. “Auburn Forest”
Also happy 100 fruitful posts.

So I’m going to start something. “Auburn Forest

Also happy 100 fruitful posts.

I was doing that goth pony series based off of that Ponymania toy thing, but only got as far as Twilight because of things. This isn’t quite the same but its based on the same toys, loosely. Here’s edgy, kvlt as fvck Pinkamena.

was doing that goth pony series based off of that Ponymania toy thing, but only got as far as Twilight because of things. This isn’t quite the same but its based on the same toys, loosely. Here’s edgy, kvlt as fvck Pinkamena.

Low quality/watermark because I’m gonna start selling these designs on RedBubble. You can get prints, tshirts, posters, pillows, phone/ipad cases. Its really cool. Inspiration comes from “Nox Arumqvue” by Eric Whitacre/Means End. Text means Of Night, Of Dreams.
Purchase link here.

Low quality/watermark because I’m gonna start selling these designs on RedBubble. You can get prints, tshirts, posters, pillows, phone/ipad cases. Its really cool. Inspiration comes from “Nox Arumqvue” by Eric Whitacre/Means End. Text means Of Night, Of Dreams.

Purchase link here.