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    True Blood Episode 505
    “Let’s Boot and Rally”
    Written By: Angela Robinson
    Directed By: Michael Lehmann
    Original Airdate: 8 July 2012

    In This Episode...

    Sookie and Alcide take their hormones upstairs. As Alcide is about to drop his pants, Sookie vomits peach schnapps all over his shoes. Bill and Eric are standing in the doorway - time to go kill Russell. The four of them go to Doug, Alcide’s foreman. Sookie uses her fairy skills to get into Doug’s head. He had been glamoured by a mysterious female vampire to help dig up Russell and take him someplace safe. Using Doug’s mind’s eye, Sookie can see the woman is wearing a distinctive pendant that Bill identifies as belonging to a woman at the Authority. Naturally, Bill immediately accuses Eric of telling Nora, which he flatly refuses. Doug leads the group to an abandoned asylum where, among piles of bodies, they discover Russell. Weak and emaciated, Russell cannot stand but his skin has grown back. Eric approaches to stake him, and Alcide suddenly collapses. And this is where the episode ends.

    Pam has put Tara to work tending bar at Fangtasia. She is not happy about it, but Jessica comes in and timidly befriends Tara. Tara opens up when she realizes that Jessica understands exactly what it is like to be a baby vamp. Then the two begin giggling and gossiping like schoolgirls. When Tara steps out for a smoke, Hoyt sees her and flirts. She turns him down, he gets offended, and she takes him into the Fangtasia bathroom to fang-fuck him. She goes a little too far and he cries out. Jessica is in the next stall, fanging her own one-night-stand, when she hears Hoyt, and rips open the stall. She and Tara start brawling.

    Eller has Patrick and Terry tied up in his bunker, frantically asking them if “anything” followed them there. Eller is convinced that one of the civilians their platoon killed cursed them to be haunted by an Ifrit, a monster of smoke and fire. Terry has a panic attack and flashes back to Iraq. When the dust settled back then, everyone was dead - except for one old woman who, in fact, did put an Ifrit curse on them. Patrick forces Terry to “death check” her. Terry does, putting a final bullet in her head. Patrick then lights the corpses on fire. Returning to the present, Terry does remember seeing a smoke monster. Eller is relieved and unties them. Patrick thinks that Terry was just doing this to get a release, knocks out Eller, and ties him up. Terry wants no part in this and leaves. When both of them are topside, a thick, swirling smoke monster seeps in and engulfs Eller.

    After giving his statement to Andy, Sam heads over to Luna’s house to tell her about Suzanne and Emory. They seem to reconcile over the tragedy, and Sam promises to return in the morning. As he leaves her house, he sees a truckload of drunk rednecks in Obama masks (I think). They shout “Shifter!” when they see him and open fire. Luna comes running and she is shot right in the stomach. Next comes Emma, frightened by the noise. Weakly, Sam tells her to run. She takes off across the lawn, turning into a werepuppy as she goes.

    Also: Jason is overwhelmed by the knowledge that his parents were killed by vampires. Lafayette is freaking out that he still has the brujo in him and prays to a variety of gods before praying to Jesus - his boyfriend, not crucified dude. He wakes from a nap to see Jesus’s severed head on the table, struggling to tell hims something - but his mouth has been sewn shut. Lafayette’s mom has the same vision, but she is less scared and more annoyed that she was woken. She promises to “tell Lafayette.”

    Dig It or Bury It?

    So I think I have cracked a deep, dark conspiracy. I have decided that HBO has been cracking down on the amount of sex and nudity on True Blood for the last two seasons, and this is why Alan Ball left. Seriously, would it have killed them to let Sookie and Alcide have sex? Overall, tonight’s episode was fine. This season is starting to pick up. Not significantly, but we are going somewhere. Tara is finally lightening up, and things always get more interesting when main characters are shot - especially because in a show like True Blood, pretty much anyone could be killed.

    Ass Factor

    See above.

    Blood Count

    I’m so glad that Russell is back - he’s such a devious fucker. As Sookie and her boys are exploring the asylum, they stumble upon a rat nibbling on a human hand. Then they discover a room piled with corpses, and more rats feeding. Finally they come across the “pantry” of sorts - a dozen living humans, wrapped in straight jackets and hung from meat hooks, waiting to be eaten.

    Biting Humor

    Jason dreams of a time when he and Sookie are kids, having breakfast with their parents. Sookie is a kid but Jason is an adult in this scenario - and he is wearing He-Man pajamas. I want a pair.

    Prophecies?

    Russell attacks Sookie; someone or something drags Alcide away; Hoyt and Jessica are either going to get back together or kill each other; and the fairies return.

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    Falling Skies Episode 205
    “Love and Other Acts of Courage”
    Written By: Joe Weisberg
    Directed By: John Dahl
    Original Airdate: 8 July 2012

    In This Episode...

    A large explosion some distance from the 2nd Mass draws everyone’s attention. Tom, Weaver, and their crew go investigate while the camp prepares to roll out. They discover a blast zone that is filled with dead skitters - some in armor, some not - that have clearly been killed by mechs. There are no humans around, save for one: Rick, buried beneath a dead skitter. They bring Rick back to the camp for medical attention. When he wakes, he insists that he can show Tom where Ben was. So Tom and Weaver follow him through the burned-out city, into a building. Ben is there, hiding around a corner. Both Ben and Rick talk as though there is a third person in their party. A skitter reveals itself to Tom - this is the skitter that he saw on the spaceship, the one that could have killed him, but didn’t. The kids desperately want Tom to help their skitter friend. After some convincing on Tom’s part - and a lot of convincing on Weaver’s part - they take the skitter as a hostage. Tom believes that if this skitter was on the spaceship, he must be close to the leaders and therefore might have useful information.

    At camp, the skitter wants to talk to Tom alone (well, through Rick). He tells Tom that he is part of the alien resistance. The overlords had invaded another planet a century ago, and like they are doing to humans, the aliens were harnessing the children of that race and enslaving them. This skitter claims that some were able to resist the brain washing effects of the harness, and tried to revolt against their overlords. They have not been successful, but believe that if the skitter resistance group joins forces with the humans, they can take down the alien race. Needless to say, everyone is suspicious. No one wants to trust the skitter, least of all Weaver, who is ready to shoot it. The skitter says that a death squad will be on their way to kill it, and all of 2nd Mass. Weaver believes that the skitter just led the death squad there. Tom is doubtful, but he doesn’t want Weaver to kill it, not yet. The skitter escapes its cage, and Weaver starts shooting. He misses the alien, and instead hits Rick. With his dying breath, he begs Ben to make Tom believe them. With mechs on their way, 2nd Mass rolls out, and holes up inside a relatively unscathed hospital, loaded with supplies, real beds, clean sheets, and a working generator.

    Also: Hal and Maggie get close... very close. Hal finally gets the balls to kiss her, and Maggie pulls away, obviously worried about becoming attached. She later relents a little when she is injured escaping from the death squad, and Hal turns back to rescue her. Ben reveals a secret to Matt, that he has to go away for awhile, but he doesn’t know when. “Is it because of the skitter?” Matt asks. “Something like that.” And Anne and Tom finally go to bed together.

    Dig It or Bury It?

    I like that we now have a faction of skitters that are also trying to rebel. It adds a nice moral gray area to the proceedings. Most alien invasion tales are pretty clear cut: it is us versus them. But now, how do you know which skitter is on your side? How do you know if any are on your side? It’s a good place to take the story, and certainly better than this stupid will-they-or-won’t-they romance crap between Hal and Maggie. Look, we get it, you don’t want to get attached, but seriously, what else is there to do? At least get laid.

    Prophecies?

    De-harnessed bodies are discovered, and Weaver’s infected skitter bite grows much worse.

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    While we've covered hundreds of metal bands who incorporate horror and occult themes, it seems that the slow, deep and heavy riffs of doom metal are most often paired with lyrics involving witchcraft, secret rituals and summoning dark forces. This is largely due to the profound influence of Black Sabbath and the guitar style pioneered by Tony Iommi (to whom the entire genre owes a huge debt), but there's something about the creeping, down-tuned chords and drones that call to mind ancient rites and midnight conjurations. Joining the ranks of acclaimed doom bands like Saint Vitus, Pentagram, Candlemass and Cathedral, UK-based trio Witchsorrow first unleashed their own low rumble of satanic thunder back in 2010 with a well received self-titled album. Since then, they've carved their name in the upper echelons of the doom genre, recently signing to legendary label Metal Blade – who have now released the band's dark and mighty follow-up release, God Curse Us. Read on for a track-by-track review of the album, and take a listen to one of their doomiest songs ever...


     

    Given their name and history, it's no surprise that Witchsorrow's earliest songs revolved around themes of witchcraft, demonology and the occult, but with this release, they've begun to use those concepts as a way of examining the human condition in general – and needless to say, the prognosis is less than hopeful (there's a good reason they call it “doom,” after all). Frontman Necroskull matches the deep drones of his guitar chords with a grim vocal style suited for arcane magick, letting riffs play out at a grim, death-march pace before breaking into a more urgent dark-rock groove, complete with slightly more aggressive vocals.

     

    While they're still relatively small fish in a big pond, these cats don't think small, as you'll discover immediately in the mammoth opening track “Aurora Atra,” which casts a long shadow through a nearly seven-minute sequence of bottom-heavy, gritty riffs that only begins to pick up pace near the urgent finale, which includes an eerie guitar solo. The title track follows with a lush stoner-rock intro (major wah-wah here) before building energy to another satisfying crescendo, while the colossal dirge-like rhythms of “Masters of Nothing” takes more time to build to the same level of power, because the riff patterns are just so damn slow. After the nightmarish mood piece “Ab Antiquo,” which swirls with cryptic whisperings from beyond, come two of the album's best tracks: first is the literally apocalyptic “Megiddo,” the title of which calls to mind The Omen movies – if you recall, the “seven daggers of Megiddo” were the only weapons that could kill the otherwise indestructible Damien. This one contains the record's thickest, most monolithic riffage, building to an appropriately cinematic final act; it's then followed by the equally excellent “Breaking the Lore,” which of all the songs on God Curse Us strays most (though not too far) from the conventions of doom, accelerating and switching up tempos and employing some swift and powerful Sabbath-like hooks. After that, as if to remind you one last time how long it takes for most of these melodic themes to play out, the closing track “Den of Serpents” clocks in at over twelve minutes – but that's not to say it's a dull piece of work; on the contrary, it's actually one of the most complex and interesting on the album, provided you're not expecting to beat your feet to a a clockwork rhythm; this track's power comes instead from the mountainous weight of the chords, which Necroskull sustains to the vanishing point, leaning heavier on swirling and phasing effects before finally allowing the whole thing to collapse into a dense mass of feedback.

     

    While God Curse Us doesn't break much new ground in the overall doom metal landscape, it's clear that Witchsorrow has a solid grip on the genre's strengths and plays them up to epic proportions. That big, dark, ritualistic sound is what doom is all about, and this album serves it up by the truckload. If you're impatient with the slow-burning chord progressions and funeral rhythms that are the earmarks of classic doom, this band won't change your mind;  the hooks are plentiful, and many of them memorable, but they move in extreme slow-mo compared to even the thickest riffs of death/doom hybrids like Autopsy, and it sounds way too evil for the whole stoner-metal vibe of Electric Wizard and the like. But if you love to be overwhelmed by thick black clouds of ominous atmosphere while you curl up with the collected works of Aleister Crowley, then this disc is for you.

     

    For a sample, check out the wicked “Megiddo” right here:
     

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    We just received word that the ever-adorable Keri Russell will star in Dark Skies for Dimension Films, microbudget horror producer Blumhouse Productions, and director Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion). Below is the official press release:

    Blumhouse Productions (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, SINISTER) and Dimension Films announced today that Keri Russell (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III, WAITRESS, AUGUST RUSH) will star in the upcoming supernatural thriller DARK SKIES, written and directed by Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION). Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions are producing the film alongside Alliance Films which will fully finance the picture. Russell is represented by WME and managed by The Burstein Company.

    As previously announced, Dimension Films will distribute the film in the U.S. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Alliance Films’ Charles Layton will executive produce. Alliance Films will distribute in Canada, in the UK (via its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and in Spain (via Aurum). Octane, IM Global’s genre division, is handling international rights.

    The film is scheduled to go into production this summer with the logline currently being kept under wraps.

    “Scott has written a terrifying script and Keri is the perfect actress to help bring his vision to the big screen,” said Jason Blum. “Blumhouse is excited to work with Dimension and Alliance on sharing Dark Skies with fans across the world.”

    DARK SKIES is the latest film from Blumhouse Productions, which has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking- producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release like INSIDIOUS and the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise. Premiering later this year is SINISTER, written and directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Ethan Hawke for Lionsgate/Summit and Paranormal Activity 4 for Paramount Pictures.

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    Comic-Con is often a bank-buster. Besides zillions of vendors peddling their wares, many others offer exclusive trinkets that you can only find at the show. So crack open that piggy bank and make your shopping list.

    258 West Authentic Signatures (Symbiote Studios)
    Booth # 4533
    These autograph dealers will offer limited edition autographed trading cards from The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and True Blood.
    Price: $20 each

    Applehead Factory
    Booth # 4923
    Teddy bears may just be making a comeback. The good folks who make Teddy Scares have whipped up an exclusive Comic-Con zombie bear to sell at the show. Plus, he comes with a wicked journal.
    Price: $20

    Bluefin (Bandai Collectors and Hobby)
    Booth # 3545
    Sure, you could get any one of a number of anime figures at this booth... or you could get Godzilla! Bluefin has two exclusive Godzilla figures this year: a big red angry Godzilla, and a baby Godzilla in a crystal cage.
    Price: $43 and $55

    BOOM! Studios
    Booth # 2743
    Fanboys vs. Zombies is offering an issue with a special SDCC cover. The cover is actually blank, but it is blank for a reason: to encourage buyers to get F vs. Z artist Jerry Gaylord to draw you your own cover. Hopefully he will draw zombies and not just a caricature of you on a skateboard.
    Price: $20

    CineQuest.com
    Booth # 4738
    The CineQuest folks are offering their annual Supernatural “Road Trip to San Diego.” Only 50 available!
    Price: $25

    Diamond Comics
    Booth # 2401
    In addition to grabbing the retailers cover version of The Walking Dead issue 100, snag a Rick and zombie Minimates toy two-pack.
    Price: TBD

    Entertainment Earth
    Booth # 2343
    Not one but two collectible toy sets based on The Twilight Zone can be found here. One represents the “To Serve Man” episode (with a cookbook journal and a lunchbox); the other is a diorama representing “The Invaders” episode.
    Price: $25 and $30

    Famous Monsters of Filmland
    Booth # 1509
    Famous Monsters always does an exclusive SDCC cover. This year, they went with The Thing
    Price: $14.99

    Hero Initiative
    Booth # 5003
    Hero Initiative is offering three exclusive Lady Death covers. One is embedded with genuine Swarovski crystals - you know, for the ladies.
    Price: $15 and $40

    Image Comics / Skybound
    Booth # 2729
    More The Walking Dead goodies! Head here to grab a Michonne variant action figure; an Issue #100 watch; a Governor t-shirt; and a hardcover compendium collecting the first 48 issues of The Walking Dead.
    Price: $25 - $100

    Monogram International Inc.
    Booth # 3744 & #3 746
    You know you need a Frankenweenie bronze-finished statue.
    $125

    Multiverse Studio / SOTA Toys
    Booth # 2846
    This is Samael. He is from the Darksiders video game. His heart lights up via USB. He wants to come live with you.
    Price: $249.99

    NECA
    Booth # 3145
    NECA has a ton of stuff that we want: Hero From the Sky Ash from Evil Dead 2; black and white comic book Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street 5; and cloaked city hunter from Predator 2.
    Price: $25 each

    Titan Books
    Booth # 5537
    Can you believe Lenore is 20 years old? Celebrate Roman Dirge’s cute little dead girl with this new anniversary collection.
    Price: $17.95

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    We just got our hands on the new one-sheet poster for the post-apocalyptic thriller The Day, starring  a few folks who are more than a little familiar to genre fans -- Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Michael Eklund, Cory Hardrict, Dominic Monaghan and Shannyn Sossamon. And we've got a release date for you: August 29th! Check out the poster art below.




    Here's the official synopsis for The Day: "A group of five survivors, armed with shotguns, axes and machetes, wander the back roads of a ravaged landscape looking for refuge in The Day, a terrifying look into a post-apocalyptic future. As war ravages humanity, destroying civilization and most of life on earth, the survivors realize they must do whatever it takes to stay alive. Lost, starving, and exhausted, they seek shelter in a seemingly safe abandoned farmhouse. However, while searching for food and resources, they unwittingly set off a trap signaling to their ruthless predators lying in wait to begin their deadly attack. With food and ammunition dwindling, the group must make a desperate final stand—over a 24 hour period—battling for their ultimate survival."

     

     

     

     

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    Hatchet fans hitting Comic-Con 2012 this week will get a nice little treat -- a limited edition Hatchet III poster created exclusively for the annual nerd prom, at which cast members will be on hand to sign. Check out the poster image below.



    Here's the offical press release for Hatchet III at Comic-Con 2012:

    This Saturday, July 14th, Dark Sky Films and ArieScope Pictures will be distributing limited edition teaser posters for their upcoming horror sequel HATCHET III exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. On-hand at SDCC to sign the posters will be writer/producer Adam Green, director BJ McDonnell, and cast members Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, and Rileah Vanderbilt.

    The teaser poster, featuring Kane Hodder as slasher icon Victor Crowley, offers fans their first look at producer Adam Green's hotly-anticipated film.

    The official HATCHET III signing will be held on Saturday, July 14th on the San Diego Comic-Con floor at area/table AA21 from 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM. Each fan who comes to the signing will receive a free limited edition poster, which will only be available at Comic-Con 2012. Fans can also catch Victor Crowley walking the convention floor throughout the day, and those who snap a picture of themselves with Crowley and tweet it (tagging @darkskyfilms), will be entered to win a Hatchet Army t-shirt and limited edition poster.

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    The Hunger Games franchise just scored a pretty big win. Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has agreed to star in the saga's second film, Catching Fire, due out on November 23rd. Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee, "Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games." Below is the official press release:

    Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.

    The actor and filmmaker just wrapped a Broadway run as Willy Loman in the revival of “Death of a Salesman” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.  He will next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and the indie film “A Late Quartet” alongside Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken.  More recent films include “Moneyball,” “The Ides of March” and “Jack Goes Boating” which marked Hoffman’s feature directorial debut.

    THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.   Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

    THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

    Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.

    Ongoing casting news and information for the film can be found at: www.CatchingFireCasting.com

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    To celebrate the last Friday the 13th of the year, Fright Rags is releasing two limited-edition t-shirts with images from Friday the 13thThe Final Chapter (because the second-to-final chapter doesn't sound as catchy). As with all limited-edition Fright Rags garb, you will only have three days to buy before they are gone forever. Two designs to choose from; buy them as either tees or hoodies - or both. Remember, they don't go on sale until Friday, July 13th and then you only have until Sunday.

    $25.95 - $49.95. Before you buy, be sure to read the fine print at Fright-Rags.com

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    You have to figure that any band which describes their style of extreme metal as “Ithyphallic” (a word which apparently refers to a certain part of the male anatomy) is probably going to be a challenging listen... and in the case of South Carolina-founded trio Nile, you'd be correct. Their signature mode of massively complex technical death metal is based almost entirely on the mythology of ancient Egypt, with a heavy emphasis on death, the underworld, and the occult. They illustrate these concepts with incredibly lengthy song titles (by my count, the wordiest so far is "Chapter of Obeisance Before Giving Breath to the Inert One in the Presence of the Crescent Shaped Horns"); extensive liner notes explaining the history and lore behind their lyrics; doomy atmospheric soundscapes; and of course the beefiest, most punishing drop-tuned riffs, technical wizardry and searing vocals ever unleashed upon the human ear. Their seventh studio album At the Gate of Sethu continues many of these grand traditions, and I've got the full breakdown for you below, along with one of the most interesting tracks from the record. Read on and listen in!

     

    Founded in 1993 by frontman/songwriter Karl Sanders, Nile has undergone numerous lineup changes since then, but the duo of Sanders and Dallas Toler-Wade on guitars (both of them trading off bass duties in the studio), along with George Kollias at the drumkit, has essentially been the heart of the band since their supreme 2005 release Annihilation of the Wicked (the first Nile album I heard, and still my favorite), and this team went on to record three more albums, including this latest project. This consistency in personnel has been matched with strong songwriting and fairly solid production, though reviews have been mixed from one record to the next; I've been waiting for the band to match the intensity and majesty of Annihilation, so I was eager to check out their latest offering and see how it measures up.
     
    The first element that seems to set At the Gate of Sethu apart from its recent predecessors is a slightly thinner-sounding mixing style (overseen by UK producer Neil Kernon), with more emphasis on the higher frequencies. As a result, the puzzle-like intricacy of Sanders' blazing lead guitar work is much easier to pick out from the mix, but in exchange, the mountainous weight of the band's riffs is lessened without the iron anchor of the bass. Many earlier Nile releases sounded too dense to pick out every nuance of Sanders & Toler-Wade's inhumanly complex fretwork (many death metal purists consider this lo-fi approach as the only proper recording method for the genre), but they were also massive enough to shake the molars right out of your jawbone, which to me is just as crucial. As a musician and producer myself, I know how delicate the balance of low and high frequencies can be: too much high-end, you sacrifice heaviness; too much low, you get a muddy mess. With that said, Sethu still showcases Sanders and company at the top of their technical game, and you can hear every nuance of their playing – so it's still a rewarding listening experience overall.
     
    While the song structures are as challenging as you'd expect this time around (though not as wildly experimental as the previous album Those Whom The Gods Detest), there are actually some catchy melodic passages on this record, which took me by surprise. Normally Nile tends to blow your mind apart with sheer brutality and sleight-of-hand rather than planting a melody and letting it grow, but there are some truly memorable hooks to be found within the mayhem and apocalyptic soundscapes, and I like where they're running with that.
     
    All the band's favorite textural elements – orchestral percussion, traditional Middle Eastern instruments and eerie chanting voices – all come into play in the album's opening minutes, setting off the track “Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flame,” which quickly explodes into dueling fretwork from the two guitarists, who also alternate and mix their vocal styles; Sanders is more guttural in the mode of classic death, while Toler-Wade leans more toward the demonic rasp of black metal. Progressive metal elements work their way into tracks like “The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased” (which also features melodic chanting from guest vocalist Chris Lollis), but it's the crunchier riffage and blistering percussion of cuts like “The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh” and “Natural Liberation of Fear Through the Ritual Deception of Death” that leaves a more lasting mark.
     
    Among all the mega-dropped tuning and furious neck-tapping come some darkly magical textures, especially in the album's middle third: the instrumental interlude “Slaves of Xul” is all urgent chanting amid the beating of tribal drums, which leads into the opening orchestral atmospherics of the title track (one of the few instances where the bass truly comes to life); “Ethno-Musicological Cannibalisms” captures a similar mood, with the excellent touch of Arabic string instruments and unearthly throat-singing. A dissonant blast of orchestral brass bookends “Tribunal of the Dead,” an ominous, violent piece that ricochets between sludgy dirge and neck-snapping turbo-death. Hearty guitar harmonies float on waves of blastbeats in “Supreme Humanism of Megalomania” and the album closes out with the dusty, snake-charming notes of “The Chaining of the Iniquitous,” featuring masterful beats and bell-like touches from Kollias, and Sanders at the absolute blackest end of his vocal range.
     
    While it pushes fewer musical boundaries than previous Nile releases and lacks some beefy bottom-end, At the Gate of Sethu is still a worthy release from a band known for godlike speed and cosmic brutality. Even to a more recent disciple of the band like myself, the evolution of their sound seems to be continuing in the right direction, and their technical mastery still ranks them among the titans of the death metal realm.
     
    Want a suitably sick sample? Check out “The Fiends” below!
     

     

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    Yes friends, The Hulk is back in a new superhero movie.


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    Las Vegas illusionists Penn & Teller are preparing their first haunted maze for Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights.


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    While at Comic-Con this year, we found a few quiet moments to chat with Spanish writer/director Adrian Garcia Bogliano about his new film, Here Comes the Devil, about two kids who go


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    New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week.


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    The Cabin in the Woods, the "horror movie to end all horror movies" from Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, comes to blu-ray on September 18th. Can't wait?


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    The crew goes undercover in high school to figure out which fae is doping human kids.

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    The identity of the Obama cult is discovered, and Eric and Bill plot their escape from the Authority.

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    2nd Mass finally arrives in Charleston.

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    The few shots we've seen of the zombies in Paranorman look great.


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    Most horror authors simply make up the demons and ghouls and horrible beasts they write about.


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