Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Favorite HALLOWEEN / HORROR Flicks (video)

#halloween #horrormovies #rockfile
Keeping with the spirit of the day, I put together this list of my favorite Horror flicks.  Some you know, some you may not and I certainly may have missed a few. Just got the idea this morning and I picked 13 newer ones and 13 classics, listed in no particular order.

Recent scares:

Event Horizon
This sci-fi flick is basically a Hellraiser-type haunted house movie in space and I love it! Freeze frame those gory scenes for even more effect. I understand some of the actors had nightmares after...

Let The Right One In (2008)
Although I love the US remake, the original is a bit creepier. The book is also excellent!

Drag Me To Hell
Sam Raimi's return to horror is a great ride.

The Strangers
Nothing supernatural, more frightening because it could happen... and supposedly did.

High Tension
This gritty French film is exactly what the title suggests.

Bill Paxton directed and stars in this little semi-lost classic.

The Descent
Scary times underground.

Of all the torture-porn movies that followed Hostel, this one bests it.

28 Days Later
Fast zombies are scary, too!

This little "under the radar" thriller is a ton of fun.

Wolf Creek
Intense action in the outback.

The Mist
Even Stephen King likes the ending better than his own.

We saw a sneak preview of this with the director and writer last year and loved it. One of the better scary flicks of late.

Classic Creepy:

THE Classic.

An American Werewolf In London

One of the best films to mix comedy and horror, it's still funny and scary!

Evil Dead
The new reboot is worth watching but Sam Raimi's original is still the one to watch. (Folled by 2, same movie plus dark humor.)

Night Of The Living Dead

Few films touch the dread felt in the original.

Dawn Of The Dead

One of the few sequels that is better than the first. (The remake is also a favorite!)

The Thing (1982)

Creeped me out in the theater, I still get chills today.


SciFi Horror at it's best.

The Exorcist

Shocking in it's day, still a very creepy flick.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The original is still one of the best.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

The dread I felt as a 12 year old in the theater still hits me when I watch it now.
While the sequel is packed with even more gore, the original is creepier. Clive Barker is working on a reboot himself. Looking forward to it.

A Nightmare On Elm Street

You know the Freddy rhyme still creeps you. 1... 2.. Freddy's coming for you.

Some very scary scenes in this 1964 classic

All of these are available on Blu-ray, DVD and most of them are streaming. Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Official Trailer (video)

#xmen #marvel #rockfile
First Class was surprisingly great, really looking forward to this!! And it opens on my Birthday!

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.


PETER GREEN - "The Green Manalishi" (video)

#petergreen #fleetwoodmac #rockfile
Today is Peter Green's birthday (Oct 29) and while I was looking up content for his birthday post on Rockfile Radio, I found this great live version of The Green Manalishi. The song was an even bigger success for Judas Priest. Here are both versions:


Thursday, October 24, 2013


#captainamerica #avengers #rockfile
Growing up I was more a Marvel Comics fan than a DC Comics fan. Just being honest. X-Men, Iron Man, Doctor Strange...these were my favorites. Overall I have been fairly happy with the Marvel movies, starting with Blade and up through Iron Man 3. Sure, a few were not great but things are on an upward trend. The second solo Thor movie comes out in a couple of week and now we have a trailer for the second solo Captain America flick.  I'm all in!


WISDOM OF CROWDS Interview with Bruce and Jonas (video)

 #wisdomofcrowds #brucesoord @jonasrenkse #rockfile
Easily one of my favorite albums of the year, the collaboration of Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) and Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) known as Wisdom Of Crowds deserves a spot in your personal listening.  Here is a brand new interview:

For more info visit the album mini-site at:

Bruce and Jonas take 'Wisdom of Crowds' on tour through Europe in December, catch them at these dates;

Dec 03 Le Batofar, Paris, France
Dec 04 Drucklufthaus, Oberhausen, Germany
Dec 05 Jubez, Karlsruhe, Germany
Dec 06 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Dec 07 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec 08 Jazz Cafe , London, United Kingdom
Dec 11 If Performance Hall, Ankara, Turkey
Dec 12 Jolly Joker, Istanbul, Turkey
Dec 13 Durer Kert, Budapest

"Wisdom of Crowds is a jaw-dropping work of art..."
"...this is the sound of two supremely talented artists snatching magic from the ether."
9/10 Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer)

"A masterclass in dynamics and sonic experimentation from two incredibly gifted musicians within the progressive field."
Amit Sharma (Classic Rock Prog)

"...(Soord and Renkse) quarry some amazingly powerful, agile songs with their collaboration"
Eclipsed 8/10

"...Soord demonstrates that he has become a serious songwriter"
Metal Hammer 6/7

"Soord created with nearly every song a small cosmos which is complemented by Renske congenial... an album that can`t be missed"

"...a fusion of the best qualities of the both frontmen... the melancholy of Katatonia... the airiness of Pineapple Thief... catchy from the first listen"
Sonic Seducer

"For sure a candidate for album of 2013."

"the resulting music is hypnotically sublime"
"...both a stimulating and mesmerizing listening experience."

"It's the kind of music that would make a fine soundtrack to a long drive through the unending darkness of night."

"A genuinely unique record, it is beautiful and melodic whilst still, unsurprising given the contributors, remorselessly dark."
8/10 Dark Hemyspheres

Album of the Month
"An album of depths which lets the listener discover a lot of exciting details..."
Soundcheck #1
Zillo (DEU)

"...nine extraordinary songs of fascinating melancholy..."
Piranha (DEU)

"The stylistic adventure succeeded completely" "keeps up with Renske`s main band when it comes to the songwriting."
Rock Hard 8/10 (DEU)

Album of the Month
"a suprisingly versatile record, which will reveal its subtlety over time: a spendid album which requires a follow-up".
Rock Hard (FRA)

"Bruce Soord and Jonas Renkse star in one of the jewels of 2013"
9/10 noizzwebzine

Originally written with Renkse's voice in mind, Soord sought out the acclaimed Katatonia vocalist to complete the compositions and release the music to the masses. Despite the rigorous schedules of The Pineapple Thief and Katatonia, the two musicians were eventually able to connect.

Both artists are currently enjoying unparalleled success with their main bands.

The Pineapple Thief have just completed a successful European tour following the release of their latest album, All The Wars in September. Rocksound described All The Wars as "an album of Muse-like, slow burning guitar anthems", while Classic Rock stated it was "the sound of a band reaching the height of their powers" and Prog argued it was an "elegant, sophisticated work... moody and meaningful, introspective and universal."

Katatonia also released a new album last year. Dead End Kings was released on the Peaceville label in August and reinforced their position as "one of the most consistently fascinating bands in modern heavy music." (Metal Hammer, 9/10). The album featured heavily in the album of the year polls of magazines around the world and was also nominated for a Grammy in the band's homeland of Sweden.

Wisdom Of Crowds
Radio Star
Frozen North
The Light
Stacked Naked Pretend
Centre Of Gravity
Flows Through You


Watch The Pineapple Thief videos:
For Katatonia videos:

BUY THE PINEAPPLE THIEF's albums from the Kscope store:
For more info on 'All the Wars' and 'Build a World' go to the mini-site at:

BUY KATATONIA's albums from the Peaceville store:
For more info on 'Dead End Kings' go to the mini-site at:

source: Kscope


Thursday, October 17, 2013

CALIGULA'S HORSE - "Dark Hair Down" Official (video)

 #caligulashorse #darkhairdown #rockfile
I finally got to spend some quality time with the second album from Australia's Caligula's Horse...and wow! Already a big fan of their debut, I am blown away by this new album. The band exceeded my wildest expectations and has evolved to epic proportions on The Tide, the Thief & River's End, easily one of the best albums of the year!  
Check out the first official video:

NEW ALBUM, The Tide, the Thief & River's End out on Welkin Records.

Husband - Nicholas Piper
Wife - Samantha Lan
Thief - Jim Grey
Directed by Nils Nilsson
Director/First AD - Zach Sullivan
Edited by Gerald Valilio
Makeup by Eloise James

Thanks to Denise and Tim DeBrabander at Wyneden Park Square Meater Stud for the location!

Caligula's Horse is

Jim Grey - Lead Vocals
Zac Greensill - Guitar
Geoff Irish - Drums
Dave Couper - Bass & Vocals
Sam Vallen - Guitar & Everything Else

"The knife slipped in much easier than she expected. Her anger brought her to the very hilt, his blood pouring over her fingers, softening her grip. The embers of their final conflict softly died to silence, their eyes locked as he faded away.

"Your holy words are worth no more than my spit. It was always me. It was always going to end just like this - your blood, my hands."
Invisible behind her veil, she tearfully smiled as he dropped to the floor, his life pooling around him, the light fading from his eyes.
And the last thing he saw was her headdress strike the ground."

Dark Hair Down

It was his neck or her wrist
Clean nails on iron fist
Dreams of peace beyond the wall
She'd cry out for mercy but she had no voice at all

Here and now it ends
This quiet victory
Her promise she would make amends
He lay not yet cold on the ground
This day of all days she would wear her dark hair down

This time the wheel has come around

Free of her cage she crows with a fearless sound:

"Your fists can't hurt me now"
A fearless sound
She'll wear her dark hair down

And blood brought the answer that time could not provide
Scars that read like home would hide
Her prison swallowed everything but piercing open eyes

She proudly bore the mark
Where his brand had met her head
She spat:

"The coward could not kill what was already dead."

Dark hair down
This time the wheel has come around
Free of her cage
A fearless sound

Stand and fight

This is my salvation
Blood for blood my love...

With a fearless sound:
"Your fists can't hurt me now"
A fearless sound
She'll wear her dark hair down

Blood for blood my love...

From Welkin Records:
 Named for the prized possession of Rome’s infamous despot, CALIGULA’S HORSE is an emerging progressive alternative rock band from Brisbane, Australia.

With a modern and individual approach to music that channels the raw honesty of classic rock and the skill of progressive metal into a voice at once energetic, grand and forthright, CALIGULA’S HORSE offers devotees of all strains of powerful and progressive music something new and unique.

Formed by Sam Vallen and Jim Grey in early 2011, CALIGULA’S HORSE released their debut album Moments From Ephemeral City in April of the same year. Moments is a colourful and dynamic foray into modern progressive music at once eclectic and memorable. Unlike much beneath the “progressive” banner Moments isn’t an album intended for the intellectual, but rather an honest and accessible statement with depth enough for the most ardent of progressive rock fans, and fire enough to bring audiences in venues across Australia to fury, and their voices to unison.

Moments was followed in September of 2011 by Colossus; a two-track EP designed to showcase the chemistry between Vallen, Grey and their newfound band mates Zac Greensill, Geoff Irish and Dave Couper. Colossus defines the evolution of a two-man project into a fully-fledged band. Together CALIGULA’S HORSE claim influence from such artists as Devin Townsend, Opeth, Steely Dan, Jeff Buckley, Frost, Muse, Karnivool, Meshuggah, Rage Against the Machine, Pain of Salvation, Steeleye Span, the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Frank Zappa, the Dear Hunter, Steve Vai, Fair to Midland, Tori Amos, Lunatic Soul, Katatonia, Tracey Chapman, A Perfect Circle and many others

CALIGULA’S HORSE entered the studio mid 2012 to create the follow up to Moments from Ephemeral City, releasing teasers and video diaries that gradually reveal a band with a focused vision and a wholly realized sound pushing towards a career-defining work in their new album The Tide, The Thief & River’s End.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Happy Birthday TONY CAREY (video)

 #tonycarey #planetpproject #rainbow #rockfile
Antony Laurence Carey (born October 16, 1953, Turlock, California) is a keyboard player best known for his work with Rainbow.

One of his earliest musical experiences was in a band called Blessings, in which he played until 1975 when Ritchie Blackmore discovered and hired him as keyboardist for Rainbow. He played with Rainbow on two world tours, until 1977. After his departure from Rainbow he began a solo career, releasing albums under his own name as well under the moniker of Planet P Project, and producing for and performing with other artists.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday BOB MOULD (video)

#bobmould #huskerdu #sugar #rockfile
Robert Arthur “Bob” Mould (born October 16, 1960) is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s.

source: wikipedia


Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Birthday THOMAS DOLBY (video)

#thomasdolby #rockfile
Thomas Dolby (born Thomas Morgan Robertson; 14 October 1958) is an English musician and producer. Best known for his 1982 hit "She Blinded Me with Science", and 1984 single "Hyperactive!" he has also worked extensively in production and as a session musician.
Since 2001 Dolby has acted as Musical Director of The TED Conference, an annual event held first in Monterey, California, and subsequently in Long Beach, California that attracts some of the world's foremost thinkers, inventors, and speakers. In this capacity he provides live musical introductions to sessions, sometimes with an eclectic TED House Band, as well as helping secure guest musicians and entertainers for the event.

source: wikipedia


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Happy Birthday MIDGE URE (video)

#midgeure #ultravox #rockfile 
Truly one of my favorite vocalists! Happy Birthday Midge!

James "Midge" Ure, OBE (born 10 October 1953) is a Scottish guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter. His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his real name.

Ure enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and 1980s in bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, The Rich Kids, and Visage, and most notably as frontman of Ultravox. In 1984, Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK. The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history. Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof. Ure acts as trustee for the charity, and serves as ambassador for Save the Children.

In 1985, Ure had a UK number one solo single with the song "If I Was".

source: wikipedia


Friday, October 4, 2013

New GODZILLA Footage (video)

#godzilla #rockfile #kaiju
I loved Pacific Rim, which is about to hit Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 15th. A good time to release the first real footage from the upcoming Godzilla reboot. Blow it up to fullscreen and enjoy:

Looks great, hopefully the rest of the movie rocks!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

THE HOBBIT: The Desolation Of Smaug Official Trailer (video)

#thehobbit #lotr #smaug #rockfile
As if I wasn't already headed to the theater on December 13th? Check out the brand new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug: