Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Judas Priest - The Serpent and the King


Wow. This ROCKS! Kind of splits the difference between the "Delivering the Goods" and "All Guns Blazing" eras. New album Invincible Shield out March 8th; pre-order HERE.


When we drove into Nashville to catch TENET this past Saturday, I was overjoyed to see that Regal Opry Mills also had Stopmotion, a film I had no idea I would be able to see on the big screen. Last night, K and I drove back and watched Robert Morgan's GROTESQUE masterpiece Stopmotion!

K was not a fan, but I loved this one. The pacing is plodding and deliberate, much like the creations that slowly enact the terrible fate that eventually we grow to dread will fall upon our protagonist, so I'm pretty certain that's going to ostracize some folks; for me, it only added dread. I keep using that word, but I'm thinking that's possibly the best descriptor for this one, because it's filled with it. 


Not so much read as stare in awe. I wasn't aware of this until this morning:

The painted packaging art from the old ARAH line is in my blood. The Joe, Transformers and, to a lesser degree, MOTU artwork was instrumental in my brain becoming what it is - whether that's good or bad remains open to debate. But I'd say some of the more spacey, cosmic images planted the seed as to why I can sit and listen to Blut Aus Nord's "Elevation," the final Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars and 'go someplace' far away inside my head. That's a bit of an oblique attempt at describing so abstract a concept, but there's something about this art that just burns as the purest fuel for my imagination.

This omnibus is a pretty good chunk of change, but watching this video, I'm blown away by the work the fine folks at 3D Joes did for it, so it's definitely worth the price tag. I'm not 100% certain I'm going to spend the money on this, simply because I'm trying to save at the moment. That said, HERE is the link to do so.


Marilyn Manson - We Are Chaos
Moderat - II
Moderat - III
High On Fire - Burning Down (pre-release single)
High On Fire - Electric Messiah
Pearl Jam - Dark Matter (pre-release single)
Pearl Jam - Vs.
High On Fire - Luminiferous
John Carpenter - Lost Themes II
Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars
Shadow Show - Fantasy Now
Fever Ray - Eponymous


From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.

• Ace of Swords
• O: The Fool
• Queen of Cups

A breakthrough of Will is the impetus for a new journey into emotional canals neglected.

What's that, a poem? Hahaha. No, but it's an attempt at stream-of-consciousness interpretation I've fallen out of habit on. You see, I've come to rely on my various notes and texts concerning the Tarot so much, my brain draws blanks when faced with just cards. Trying to get that muscle back.

So what the hell does that mean? I think it's a reference to a friend who needs kindness and a journey into deeper friendship that looms on the horizon. Always help a brother - or sister - out when they are in need.

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