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.

Redesigned an old OC of mine, renamed too. Say hi to Lux Aurorum.

Redesigned an old OC of mine, renamed too. Say hi to Lux Aurorum.

I don’t usually post these, but I am very very pleased with how this turned out. It’s not a final version, but very close. Just needs a bit of tweaking here and there. I’ll do a backside too (because we can’t leave out that it has a beautiful 7 ply bubinga/wenge/maple neck). Inspiration taken from Skervesen and Mayones.

I don’t usually post these, but I am very very pleased with how this turned out. It’s not a final version, but very close. Just needs a bit of tweaking here and there. I’ll do a backside too (because we can’t leave out that it has a beautiful 7 ply bubinga/wenge/maple neck). Inspiration taken from Skervesen and Mayones.

I made like a humanized Marty. Such a cutie ;3;

I made like a humanized Marty. Such a cutie ;3;

This among other comments on the part of ViK guitars has left me shaking my head. Vik’s lutherie can be arguably one of the finest instruments crafted today. But it seems he’s forgotten some of the rules to good business practice. You do NOT make these kinds of statements on pages associated with your business. Had he left some of his insinuations on his personal Facebook, I would have turned the other cheek. Yes, his view is wrong and hateful, but if he isn’t hurting anyone or actively acting against homosexuals, then I cannot hate in kind. But in the field of business, it is your JOB to act professional. This is absolutely unacceptable. I don’t know how many hurdles Vik will have to jump through to possibly ever reconcile his actions, IF ever.

This among other comments on the part of ViK guitars has left me shaking my head. Vik’s lutherie can be arguably one of the finest instruments crafted today. But it seems he’s forgotten some of the rules to good business practice. You do NOT make these kinds of statements on pages associated with your business. Had he left some of his insinuations on his personal Facebook, I would have turned the other cheek. Yes, his view is wrong and hateful, but if he isn’t hurting anyone or actively acting against homosexuals, then I cannot hate in kind. But in the field of business, it is your JOB to act professional. This is absolutely unacceptable. I don’t know how many hurdles Vik will have to jump through to possibly ever reconcile his actions, IF ever.

Edgy dark br00tal m3t4l TH0LL self pic!!1!

Edgy dark br00tal m3t4l TH0LL self pic!!1!