Music Recs: Burning Rain, Periphery, Hämatom

Music Recs is an attempt at regular Friday content, the sharing of good music that I found this week, and honestly, just an excuse to promote my favourite old/new bands.

Burning Rain – Face the Music

They are back with their gift for riffs. Hard rockers Burning Rain has finally ended their five-year hiatus, boasting a shiny new line-up this year, with Doug Aldrich (ex-Dio/Whitesnake), vocalist Keith St. John (ex-Montrose), drummer Blas Elias (ex-Slaughter), and bassist Brad Lang (ex-Y&T).

It is no surprise that their new album Face the Music would fit right in the 80s if it had been released then, with its echoes of Aerosmith and Quiet Riot’s early years. Rock ain’t dead, is right.

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Review: Mirage / Durante la tormenta (2019)

Durante la tormenta / Mirage (dir. Oriol Paulo, 2019) – Two storms connect a woman’s murder and a child’s vanishing, 25 years apart.

Verdict

Director Oriol Paulo has produced yet another compelling genre film that delivers in suspense and heart, despite predictable turns.

4/5

Review

25 years ago, during a 72-hour storm, young Nico (Julio Bohigas-Couto) was killed in a car accident after witnessing a murder. Present day sees another storm occur, during which Vera (Adriana Ugarte) find a way to reach Nico before his death. She prevents his death with a warning, only to be swept up in the butterfly effect of the altered events.

Something a small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can cause a typhoon halfway around the world, so claims the Chaos Theory that rings true for Vera. Her perfect life falls apart when she learns that her child Gloria was never born, and that she is no longer who she believed herself to be.

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Music Recs: Rage of Light, Brymir, Plague Vendor

Music Recs is an attempt at regular Friday content, the sharing of good music that I found this week, and honestly, just an excuse to promote my favourite old/new bands.

Rage of Light – Battlefront

Electronic music is far from something that I enjoy, but Rage of Light comes close to changing my mind. Successfully integrating trance into metal, they have somehow drastically improved the appeal of something I used to despise with a vengeance.

So does their debut album Imploder, which also features an audacious cover of Twilight Of The Thunder God. They did surprisingly well for an untouchable classic metal anthem, thanks to Melissa Bonny’s vocal prowess, which is a genuine stunner, clean or otherwise.

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Review: The Photographer of Mauthausen (2019)

The Photographer of Mauthausen / El fotógrafo de Mauthausen (dir. Mar Targarona, 2019) – Francesc Boix, a Spaniard inmate in the Austrian concentration camp, tries to save the photographic evidence of the horrors committed within.

Verdict

Boix’s subtle rebellion against the Nazi death camps proves one of the most important events in history, and The Photographer of Mauthausen is necessary telling of these less known heroics.

4/5

Review

The Mauthausen Concentration Camp was one of Nazi Germany’s most brutal concentration camps, meant mostly for the Reich’s political prisoners. Over 8,000 Spaniards were interned at the camp, of which more than half lost their lives to the Nazis’ atrocious abuse and murders. These war crimes might have gone unpunished, if not for the courage of Francesc Boix (played by Mario Casas).

The warden’s right-hand man and reluctant photographer gained privileges that few had. But even at Boix’s young age, none of that was important to him. Instead, he plotted a rebellion and risked his life, all to hide the evidence that the Nazis wished to destroy. The Photographer of Mauthausen is a long-due homage to the bravery of Boix and the other Spaniard heroes, who succeeded in saving over 3,000 photographs from destruction.

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Music Recs: Enforcer, Hellyeah, Baroness

Music Recs is an attempt at regular Friday content, the sharing of good music that I found this week, and honestly, just an excuse to promote my favourite old/new bands.

Enforcer – Die For The Devil

The 80s live on in Enforcer, who continue to bring new noise and energy to the scene. Die for the Devil reclaims the Swedish band’s top spot in the ranks of modern metal, their revamped sound yet retaining their heavy influences and Lucifer references. Having seen them live once, I would never mind a second ticket to their show.

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Review: The Dirt (2019)

The Dirt (dir. Jeff Tremaine, 2019) – Mötley Crüe dishes the dirt on how they came to be one of the most notorious rock ‘n roll groups in history.

Verdict

Unapologetically wild, The Dirt delivers a disappointingly shallow play-by-play of Mötley Crüe’s chaotic frivolity.

3/5

Review

The Dirt is in every way an affront to modern society, where strong women reign and amoral heroes are often frowned upon. It is thus unsurprising for vitriol to befall the Crüe stories of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, back in an era long gone. Much of the criticism is sadly rightful, this coming from a Crüehead who has been eager for the film.

Faithfulness is far from its fatal flaw, as one may expect. Accuracy is of little importance in a biopic, and even if it is, the insane stories are mostly true. Any readers of The Heroin Diaries and the titular biography would know that The Dirt is as accurate as the band’s drug-addled memories allow.

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