Monday, November 7, 2022

In the Mist


A little old-school Opeth to kick off the week. From their 1995 debut Orchid.

I spent more time last week listening to the newer Opeth albums than I ever have before, and still, nothing after Watershed really sticks with me. I wasn't a fan back when these early, Candlelight/Century Black records came out; I didn't buy my first Opeth album until the early oughts (Deliverance), and I didn't become what I would call a huge fan until shortly before the aforementioned Watershed, an album I never really connected with either, until last week. Watershed has its moments, but previously only ever served to make me miss the band that recorded the albums before it that I like. My circuitous point here is I can't claim the same prejudice against the band's conversion to prog-rock that older fans do, who witnessed the evolution as each successive record came out, but like many others, I miss the teeth from the band's early and even mid-career music.

So I'm pulling out the triple-disc rerelease those first three records received in the mid-00s and digging in. 


I hadn't really picked up my Switch to continue my pilgrimage in Game Kitchen's Blasphemous in some time, so Sunday I spent a good deal of time on it while editing the 100th episode of The Horror Vision. I made quite a bit of progress, and am now approximately 93% finished. Lots of surprises in this game, which so reminds me of Castlevania and, in some ways more so, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. The most unexpected event I encountered so far is a hidden room that houses an arcade game, which you have the option to play. Here's a playthrough video from youtube Psychobeats, link to their channel HERE.

Very cool stuff. I can't wait to see what else this game has in store for me. For now, I'm trapped battling my way through "Mourning and Havoc" one of the more difficult levels I've encountered in the game.


Forhist - Eponymous
John Carpenter - Alive After Death
The Besnard Lakes - The Last of the Great Storm Warnings
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School  of Medicine - White People and the Damage Done
Lustmord and The Ocean - Primal (State of Being) (Single)
The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic
The Final Cut - Consumed
Miami Nights 1984 - Sentimental
Sade - Loe Deluxe
Boy Harsher - Lesser Man
Thelonious Monk W/ John Coltrane - Eponymous
Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
Alice in Chains - Eponymous
Barry Adamson - As Above So Below
Cory Wong - Power Station
Orville Peck - Pony
Orville Peck - Bronco
Ghost - Impera
Def Leppard - Pyromania
Tim Waits - Rain Dogs


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