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About vaderSW1

Self-professed lover of comics, music, and really all things geek culture.  Owner and admin of this fine establishment.  Sometimes outspoken and sometimes at a loss for words.  Family man.  Mostly nerd.  All heart.

The State of Metal

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Music and Comics

It’s been this way for a long time.  Hell, it’s been this way for as long as I can remember.  Heavy metal music gets no love from terrestrial radio, television, the big awards shows, or really anything that is considered “mainstream” media.  I get it, heavy metal can certainly be an acquired taste.  It isn’t always the most accessible music out there.  However, it is still a form of art.  It is still music.  Yet, metal gets so much disrespect and disdain.
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Album Review: Light The Torch “Revival”

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"Revival" by Light The Torch

It seems like, for me, these days it is very difficult to find a new album that makes me want to listen to it on repeat over and over again.  The last record that made me feel like that was last year’s “Material Control” by Glassjaw.  That’s not to say that new music being put out isn’t any good at all.  That’s far from the truth.  I discover new music all the time and I will go back and give another listen to a lot of that stuff in due time.  However, there are those records that every once in awhile just find their way in heavy rotation for me.  The new release from Light The Torch, “Revival”, has become one of those rare records for me.
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Comics Reviews – Week of 03/21/18 Part 1

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Music and Comics

Admittedly as I got started with this website I wasn’t really sure how I was going to pull off doing comic book reviews every week.  I want to be able to cover a broad range of the books that I read regularly but I just don’t have the time to do an individual big write up for each book.  It’s just not realistic at this point in time.  However, I think I have found a compromise.  I am going to try to write up 2 or 3 of these posts a week (as time allows) where I am taking an in-brief look at 4 or 5 recent comics releases that I have read.

Warning:  Spoilers Abound
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The Art of Discovery

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The Art of Discovery with Mike Ficklin

One of my primary goals on Music and Comics is to help up and coming bands gain some exposure.  Bands that maybe haven’t been signed to a label or maybe they are on a label but not getting the promotional push they deserve.  As such, this is but the first of an ongoing series of articles that I will be writing entitled The Art of Discovery.  The purpose of these articles is to give some love to amazing acts that (maybe) you haven’t heard before.
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Wakanda Forever – A Review of Marvel’s Black Panther

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Marvel's Black Panther movie poster

I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the films from the Marvel cinematic universe.  They are mostly entertaining, exciting popcorn movies.  Sometimes they are a bit thin in the plot department.  Most of the time the villains are pretty one-dimensional.  Marvel, however, has found a winning formula.  It’s keeping the movie goers coming back for more.

With that said, I just have to say that Black Panther is the movie that Marvel fans have truly been waiting for. Continue reading

Review of Daredevil # 599

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Cover art for Daredevil # 599

A lot of people feel like Marvel’s comics have been a pretty big let down of late.  There’s been a few bright spots here and there but for the most part people just haven’t been liking some of the new directions.  Personally, I feel like it has been a pretty up and down ride since 2015’s Secret Wars event.  However, there have been a few Marvel titles that I feel have been thoroughly enjoyable and consistently good.  One of those titles has been Daredevil.

The current creative team on Daredevil, Charles Soule (writer), Ron Garney (artist), and Matt Milla (colors) is incredibly solid.  They are bringing a very gritty feel to the best of Marvel’s “street level heroes.”   Continue reading

Down That Same Ol’ Road Again…Looking Back on dredg’s 2002 Masterpiece “el cielo”

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Cover artwork for "el cielo" by Dredg

“Here we go down that same old road again, sympathy unfolds the shell that holds, all beauty within” – lyrics from “Same Ol’ Road” by dredg

One of the things that I will be regularly writing about on this site is retrospective looks at records that had an influence on me or that I truly enjoyed.  Today’s article is taking a look back at a record that helped to shape my concepts of what music is and what it could be.  It introduced me to a new side of music that I don’t really think I new existed until then.  The record I’m referring to is the 2002 release from dredg, “el cielo”.
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