December 31, 2011

Plastic Tree: New Year's Teaser for New Single "Joumyaku"

Plastic Tree are in the wake of something like a career relaunch after switching labels, mysteriously teasing fans with a website countdown, and announcing their new single "Joumyaku", set for release on 29 February.

A 30-second preview of the new song and clip was leaked just in time for the new year, and while this band rarely ever really disappoints, "Joumyaku" sounds like a typical Plastic Tree ballad, though not a bad one at all. I'm looking forward to their new and upcoming stuff.

Sadly I could only link you the YouTube clip that's not available in Germany for the usual GEMA copyright fuck-up, but if you know the right proxy sites, go for it. Otherwise check out my MP3 rip below:

Plastic Tree – "Joumyaku" (Preview)

Cliffbuzz 2011: The Year in Review

Almost 2012, but since I'm sidelined either way, it's still time for a little look back at the year on Cliffbuzz with a quick spotlight on the most popular posts, some useless stats, and my own favorite posts of the year.

I didn't see that one coming, but my post about Russian comedian Sam Nickel's voyage to touch 1.000 women's breasts snatched the first place in the most popular posts category with a fabulous 23%, finishing quite a lead ahead of the post that I thought would make it: My little review of Dir en grey's "Dum Spiro Spero" album, which had to give in with a still remarkable 15%. I guess sex still sells the shit like nothing else ;)

Dir en grey also narrowly avoided handing their third spot on the list, which are the samples for their new album (13%), over to my still rising preview of the Dark Knight Rises prologue (12%) – in the end it was a matter of 0.08% and probably would have changed by tomorrow either way!

Number five on the most popular posts list is the first part of my 10 favorite J-rock songs of the year (12%), published in August, but I'm still baffled by how lame that second half of the year was – I couldn't even make a second part to that list. The final three on the list are my Dir en grey Bochum live report (10%), which ended up pretty low for my tastes, my recently posted list of 6 must-have albums of the year (8%), and – surprisingly – my satirical comment on the preview for the new 12012 album (7%), which isn't actually called "Dir en grey," by the way.

On to some demographic facts: About 74% of you are living in Germany, with the US (17%), Austria, the UK, Canada (2%), Japan, Brazil, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Russia (about 1%) also showing remarkable numbers on my visit counter. Thanks to all you guys for stopping by, can't say it too often!

On a less interesting technical note, most of my visitors use either Firefox (43%) or Chrome (30%) to visit my blog, the majority of the rest use browsers like Internet Explorer (13%), Safari (7%) or Opera (2%). The overwhelming lot of visitors also runs Windows (84%), followed by Mac (9%) and Linux (1%), with mobile gadgets like iPhone and Android (>1%) slowly growing in appearance.

Last but not least, let me wish you a happy new 2012 again, and I'll leave you with a handful of my favorite posts of the year:

On a little sidenote, this is actually my 100th post this year, which deserves a happy "cheers!"...see you next year, folks!

A Happy New Year 2012!

It's the first time that I'll be missing most of the New Year's Eve action thanks to a nasty flu, but I hope all you guys and girls out there will have a fun time tonight and welcome 2012 in style!

Let's hope there will be another New Year's Eve next year if Armageddon decides to strike somewhere else ;D

Happy New Year's Dubstep Dirty Dutch Mix

December 30, 2011

The New Sherlock Holmes is A Game of Shadows Worth Playing

It's almost the last day of the year and I went to enjoy a movie for once. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. A cool sequel to Guy Ritchie's take on the detective, with the usual abundance of funny dialogue and engaging storytelling.

The second part comes with a charismatic Moriarty, played by Jared Harris, and a beautiful fortune teller, played by uprising Noomi Rapace. Sad we didn't get to see as much of the cute Rachel McAdams this time, but the constantly unlucky Watson made more than up for it. Awesome-as-always Robert Downey Jr. and the hilarious Jude Law have quite a chemistry on screen, and it's good they just kept it rollin'.

With a superb score and over two more action than mystery-focused hours, A Game of Shadows is at least as much fun as the first part was, if not even a tick more entertaining. And Heilbronn of all places (my hometown) is one of the major settings in the movie, even if the actual city doesn't appear. If you're looking for a sweet popcorn movie, you can't go wrong with A Game of Shadows. Check out the trailer below:

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Official Trailer

December 29, 2011

Gackt: Theme Song for New Dragon Age Anime

After a pretty lackluster new solo single ("Graffiti") and some more boring Christmas love songs from his dude band Yellow Fried Chickenz, Gackt finally rises again for a single that could evoke the spirit of awesome songs like "Redemption" or "Returner" for once.

"Until The Last Day" will be released on 22 February and it's the theme song for something some other fanbase is eagerly waiting for: an original Dragon Age anime, titled Dawn of the Seeker (or Blood Mage no Seisen in Japanese).

A new trailer features half a minute of scenes from the anime, which looks pretty good so far, and Gackt's "Until The Last Day", which sounds both fitting and way more interesting and powerful than his latest releases. Check out the sample in a new trailer for the movie below:

Gackt – "Until The Last Day"
(Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker Trailer Preview)

December 28, 2011

Top 20 Hotties in Media & Entertainment 2011

2011 is almost over, which means..? Right, can't have too many top lists! Today it's time to raise the voice for our most beloved beauties in TV and entertainment of the year, and while our list could have been much longer, twenty names shall be enough for this one. "We," that's me and my libido, by the way. But now, enjoy and discuss! =)


20. Emilia Clarke

Seen 2011 in: Game of Thrones

Even if you're not into fantasy at all, this year's show highlight Game of Thrones should have been on your regular watch list. Emilia is a reason why: Her performance as the shy-turning-badass dragon mommy Daenerys Targayen was spot on – and rarely fully clothed. We wonder what the future will hold for sweet Emilia, besides the next season of Game of Thrones, of course.

Fun Facts: In 2009, Emilia (24) graduated from the Drama Centre London. Still, she was "only" the replacement for fellow British actress Tamzin Merchant, who was cast as Daenerys, but dropped out of the pilot for no stated reason.

Why we love her: Besides her awesome fighting spirit as Daenerys, her famous character also is such a giving and caring wife – I believe we were not the only ones jealous of doomed Khal Drogo.

Nick Spencer's Glorious "Morning Glories"

Over the cozy holidays, I read through Nick Spencer's fantastic graphic novel Morning Glories so fast that I already regret it. There are two collections of six chapters each available at your favorite book dealer, though 14 chapters have already been published.

Morning Glories tells the story of six brilliant but troubled recruits who come together at a sinister academy, which has its very own gruesome and dangerous secrets. Artistically flawless with fine work by Joe Eisma, the series also comes with a totally entrancing style of storytelling and keeps you craving for the next reveal, until it shocks you with something totally unexpected once again.

Nick Spencer, who is a big fan of series like Lost, takes his baby serious and promises a satisfying run that will see you return to the first page of everything and go "aaah, they knew what they were doing from the start!" – quite unlike his more popular role model. And I'm so excited how everything is going to continue; I just wish the series would be complete already. Absolutely recommended!

Morning Glories – Vol. 1, Chapters 1 - 6 at Amazon
Morning Glories – Vol. 2, Chapters 7 - 12 at Amazon

December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Another year is almost over and I'll be on my way to Heilbronn in a few hours, enjoying my mom's awesome cooking skills and meeting up with the old friends for a week.

I hope all of you are going to have a fun Christmas time. See you next week!

December 21, 2011

The Hobbit Trailer Brings Pure Awesomeness!

After years of waiting and hoping for something to fill the void that Lord of the Rings trilogy left us with, a wonderful day has come at last, and it brings us the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!

Two words: totally awesome! This looks just as great and adorable as Peter Jackson's masterful trilogy, with the same cozy and epic feel.

Can't say how much I'm longing for Christmas – next year's, to be sure. Which is when this baby will finally hit the big screens!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Official Trailer

If the YouTube clip disappears some day, just check out the original post at Trailer Addict!

December 18, 2011

Late Isshi's Final Album "Kureha" Pretty Good!

Kagrra,'s awesome vocalist Isshi passed away on July 18, but that doesn't keep record companies from milking the cow as hard as they can. The latest result: "Kureha", the final album of deceased Isshi under his latest solo moniker shiki∞project. Apparently only two songs of the record were finished before Isshi tragically passed away, which is why friends of him allegedly finalized the album.

That did work out fine in the case of Daisuke, another popular visual kei vocalist gone too early, yet you don't really hear much of any distinctive trademarks from other people on "Kureha". Except maybe during tracks like the fine and sweet "Shiro No Kuro/Kuro No Shiro" or the pretty good "Ai santan" or "Zanki", which could easily have been regular Kagrra, songs. Most other tracks retain a strong feeling of "aww, it's good old Isshi" blended with some of Isshi's own later shiki∞project playfulness.

While I wasn't overly impressed by "Rashazakura", the only shiki∞project single Isshi released before his death, I have to admit that "Kureha" is quite a beautiful final collection. Even when Isshi's unique voice receives the apparently mandatory auto-tune treatment for one song ("Matsuri"), the whole style of the song and the pumping, fleshy disco beat make up for that blunder and turn the song into quite a pleasant affair. "Utsushiyo" also takes a step aside to present some variation with wobbly deep basslines mixed below flutes and koto plucking.

"Kyouen ranbu", "Kousa uta", "Dokuhaku" all fall into the same category: I wouldn't be surprised if those were old Kagrra, leftovers, but they aren't bad at all. The first feels a bit as if Gackt produced and co-wrote it, the second is a sweet melancholic ballad, and the third a typical playful pop-rocker. "Kiran" is the only song featuring more obvious hints of metal and shredding guitars, but it's also not at all devoid of the Japanesque edge always present in Isshi songs. "Sakurasou" is a great, dramatic piece with wonderful melodies and beloved Kagrra,-ness all over it, "Toki" a very vintage, six-minute fade out of the album and the last thing we'll probably get to hear from Isshi.

If you treat "Kureha" as another Kagrra, album, it would be better than the last album the band released. And that's an awesome result for Isshi's final record, which, in the end, at least got as much attention as it deserved by those who finished it. I still miss this guy, because I loved almost everything he did with his band and afterwards, I saw him live on stage in Cologne, and I'm pleased that "Kureha" actually turned out quite lovely, even though the production lacks a bit compared to your usual major album release.

The First 6 Minutes of The Dark Knight Rises Leak, Again!

Several websites like Nerdcore just posted more new leaked material of the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises, which we're all dying to see. Oh well, are we? I dunno. It's still seven months until this babe hits theaters, so I just can't convince myself to care yet.

Nevertheless, it's the first six minutes of next year's badass blockbuster and I can't promise it's online for more than a few hours, so check it out while you can. But BE WARNED! As a commenter called deblou66 pointed out, ...

I agree theres no words… that could describe how low the quality of this video is and that ll just spoils the pleasure of really watching for the first time.

The Dark Knight Rises – Leaked 6 Minutes Prologue

You have been warned!

Final Destination 5 Ain't That Bad After All

Felt like watching a movie once again, so I grabbed Final Destination 5 for some easy Saturday night fun. Not expecting much, but having read one or two good reviews, I was quite surprised by how much fun it actually was. Definitely better than the last two bad ones and almost as good as the first, just not that fresh anymore.

First of all, the effects in the movie are dazzling! The beginning with the crumbling bridge has some of the finest visuals in that category I've seen. All the other (creative) death scenes, including yet another painful scene including eyes, look gruesome and realistic enough to haunt you for the rest of the night. Other than those moments you're actually watching a Final Destination for, you get a predictably clichée love story, Miles Fisher delivering his best Tom Cruise Jr. performance, the mandatory hot chick, and a totally great ending that comes with a fun twist for fans of the series.

If you don't expect too much from a movie like this, it's a fun and solid gore fest you won't regret attending.

Final Destination 5 – Official Trailer

December 14, 2011

Boardwalk Empire, Damn You!

Ah, America in its glorious and awful 1920s!

Just finished watching all of HBO's fantastic Boardwalk Empire there is. The season 2 finale did end a few minutes ago here and are you kidding me? They offed the best character! =(

I daresay they'll lose a few watching eyes next season – not mine, though. Damn you guys, was this really necessary? I'm sad now. Still, awesome show. Check it out if you haven't had the pleasure yet!

Boardwalk Empire – Official Trailer

December 13, 2011

New 12012 Album "Dir en grey" Set for March 2012!

12012 would like to inform you that they have returned from their pause, with the last release dating back to July 2010, and that they now sound like a real band at last.

For over one and a half years, the five band members have been devoting their free time to watching and listening to every single Dir en grey song and video ever released, with one certain goal in mind: finally being just like their biggest idols!

Yes, 12012 fans, please rejoice, rejoice. It's true, and it's done! 12012 are now Dir en grey! This is what you have been waiting for. Please enjoy our new promotional clip.

12012 – "Dir en grey"

December 9, 2011

Lindsay Lohan's Playboy Feature Leaked, Turns Out Surprisingly Boring

As various gossip sites are reporting in right now, Lindsay Lohan's entire top-secret Playboy pictorial has leaked early. And even though we knew it would be another Marilyn Monroe-inspired shoot, the whole internet agrees that the photos are so-so at best. What a wasted opportunity.

Then again, wasted also applies to...well, her. Where have the good times gone?

If you feel the need to, check out the whole leaked gallery.

December 8, 2011

6 Must-Have Albums of 2011

Lately I've been listening to a lot of non-rock music, because I wanted to enjoy some other stuff again and 2011 had so much pleasure to offer beyond guitars and drums. So let me share my favorite six albums of the year with you – and be sure to spin the samples I added, because they belong to the finest music I've heard in the last few months.


1. Kendrick Lamar – "Section.80"

Hip Hop – Top Dawg Entertainment

The album that spawned my recent interest in some freaking cool new music. I already wrote about it earlier, and the hip hop community unanimously agrees that "Section.80" is a fucking damn fine album. Even biggies like Snoop Dogg praise 24-year-old rap prodigy Lamar as the next big thing since 2Pac, and deservedly so. Lamar brings on a superb flow and spits clever lyrics about his hopelessly drug-numbed generation, delivering first-class party hits and melancholic tunes as well as old-school hymns like the fantastic "HiiiPoWeR". The album lacks absolutely nothing in variety and comes without any filler tracks – it's been a long time since I've been that impressed by modern-day hip hop, so thanks a lot, Mr. Lamar!

"A.D.H.D."

"HiiiPoWeR"

December 4, 2011

Indie Games You Have to Play: Lilly & Sasha Trilogy

Spent my last two weekends totally immersed in old-school RPG action, namely John Wizard's Lilly & Sasha trilogy, consisting of the three fragments Curse of the Immortals, Nexus of Souls and Guardian Angels.

It's a pretty awesome, epic saga well done – props to the developers: Awesome score for a RPG Maker game and a broad and great storyline which gets thoroughly explored in all the three games and adequately finishes off every branch of sidestory in the final part. The characters are loveable, the game's world is vast, pretty and changes throughout the times, and the puzzles are always manageable, though often challenging. Also, the three parts all have their own feel, which keeps things fresh after each cliffhanger.

If you ever feel the need to catch up on a bit of Secret of Mana or Zelda nostalgia, I strongly recommend to grab the first part here (or try the demo first) and you'll want the other two too, believe me.

Lilly & Sasha: Curse of the Immortals – Alpha Preview

The trailers for the games are not the most exciting ones, but the games are way less boring than it may seem.

Kendrick Lamar's "Section.80" is the Greatest Thing Right Now

I can't say how much I'm in love with Kendrick Lamar's album "Section.80" at the moment. It's easily the greatest rap album I've heard in the last three or four years – although I admit that I haven't listened to much rap music lately.

The classic and absolutely gorgeous instrumentals, Lamar's fine vocals and lines (which are stellar, not only compared to the genre's usual bling 'n bitches lyrics), and the whole feel of that album is so packed with hot sound and nostalgic greatness that I want to cry tears of delight.

I could just post whatever song of his and you would instantly see the goodness, but everything I described abvove is probably best visualized in Lamar's video for "A.D.H.D.", which you have to check out below. And then grab the fucking awesome album!

Kendrick Lamar – "A.D.H.D."

November 25, 2011

Indie Games You Have to Play: The Binding of Isaac

Continuing my recommendations of cool indie games, I must present you with The Binding of Isaac today, a creepy little gem by Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl.

The game, which you can grab for a few well-invested bucks via Steam, puts you in the shoes of a little boy who delves into randomly generated little dungeons filled with strange items, even stranger and rather scary enemies, and a classic and addictive Zelda-like gameplay.

Check out the (pretty awesome) trailer below for a quick taste of the fun!

The Binding of Isaac – Gameplay Trailer

November 20, 2011

A Saturday Well Spent, As You Can See

Spent my Saturday night with Dave, David and the many Hamburg dudes at the Proberaum. Oh so much fun!

I will just leave you with the gallery for now, but happy birthday Tini, and rock on!

Thanks for the fun, friends!

November 17, 2011

Layton, Lindsey, and Some Other News

While my daily office work is apparently everything I'm still living for at the moment, my blog seems to suffer and doesn't like it. I have so much work to do right now that I somehow can't really motivate myself for any useful activities after work.

But alas, there are a few things I wanted to write about after my two-week pause!

  • I'm currently playing the new Professor Layton and the Last Specter in my spare time, which is a prequel and has quite a nice story. I like the setting a lot, but did they have to put so many math puzzles in there? Guess they wanted to stretch the average playing time, heh!
  • Then I saw this video yesterday and was so touched by it. 26-year-old Lindsey Miller from Los Angeles asking 50/50 star Joseph Gordon-Levitt out on a date after she saw the movie – so sweet. Let's all hope Joe accepts her coffee offer soon, because she really seems to deserve something nice and he doesn't seem to be an ass. Lindsey also blogs about her life with cancer over here, and it's an interesting, inspiring and lovely read. Her video and story quickly spread around the net and even NBC already went to interview her. Stay strong Lindsey and all the best, you rock!
  • IAmTheRain finally released the second full album "Disastre Digital" last Friday and it's a really cool album. You can listen to it via Bandcamp or just download the whole package for free. And I recommend you to do so! A few songs on the tracklist I posted for a while were replaced last-minute and I welcome the changes very much, because the album feels way more balanced now than with the earlier tracklist. Give it a try!
  • And a few words on the developing seasons of the shows I'm watching: Dexter grows into quite a cool season, although the latest episode "Nebraska" was probably the weakest so far and felt like a thousand wasted opportunities. House somewhat stumbles around without a clear goal ahead and I don't know where this season is going, but it's not overly entertaining so far. Odette Annable is awesomely hot, the episode plots are not. Person of Interest has already become a passion of mine and I love it more with every new episode. Great series, great acting, great stories. Keep it coming! Supernatural is not awful yet, but it's just rehashing and rehashing its former glory. I wish they had at least some plots featuring something else than the Winchesters worrying about each other every goddamn second. Fringe continues to be interesting and I like it a lot, but they should bring back the characters we knew. The "let's remove Peter from the timeline" plot apparently wasn't their greatest idea.

Enough for now, but I expect to find a little more time for my blog over the next weeks.

November 2, 2011

O Gemini Rue, You Awesome Old-School Adventure!

Wadjet Eye Games, who are known in the indie adventure scene for publishing Dave Gilbert's Blackwell series, have another gem in their portfolio: Gemini Rue by Josh Nuernberger – a super-stylish pixel retro adventure, and a Beneath a Steel Sky fan's wet fantasy.

The story, set in a dystopian future reminiscent of good old Blade Runner, sounds interesting to say the least, and the gameplay looks old-school and promising as hell. I'm already excited to play through this beauty in the next few days!

Azriel Odin, ex-assassin, arrives on the rain-drenched planet of Barracus. When things go horribly wrong, he can only seek help from the very criminals he used to work for.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a man called Delta-Six wakes up in a hospital with no memory. Without knowing where to turn or who to trust, he vows to escape before he loses his identity completely.

As fate brings these two closer together, we discover a world where life is cheap, identities are bought and sold, and a quest for redemption can change the fate of a whole galaxy.

Check out the official trailer below!

Gemini Rue – Official Trailer

GTA V Trailer Makes My Saliva Dribble

Rockstar North has just kicked the official trailer for GTA V online, and it's looking sweeet once again!

Since I haven't even played the predecessor yet and my time seems way too limited to immerse myself in a time-consuming game like that, I hope this won't turn into another episode of "Aww, I wish I were playing this right now..." for me =)

Check out the fresh trailer here:

GTA V – Official Trailer

via Nerdcore & Rockstar Games

November 1, 2011

A Happy Halloween, Folks!

Today, we all celebrated Halloween. Starting with some funky homeparty at Agi's place, ending in Düsseldorf's dirty Old Town. I need to sleep.

Just have fun with the gallery, guys!

October 28, 2011

IAmTheRain: Release Spree Started! / Rival Turf: New Free Song!

A lot of new stuff spawns deep in the bowels of Düsseldorf's Con-Sum rehearsal cellars these days! Rival Turf have just released their debut album "ANNIHILISM", and IAmTheRain finally drops a new single too!

But first things first. Rival Turf have revealed the second free song of their new album today, and it's the opener, called "Luchador". You can listen to it right here:

However, the band will probably soon announce their own dissatisfaction with the sound of the album, which turned out quite a bit muffled. Don't fret now, because good news are just around the corner. You will probably see everything concerning the release refreshed with a remastered and definitely better sound over the next few days, and everyone who already ordered the album will get a free updated download, of course.


Then, IAmTheRain mastermind David Händel, who's deeply involved in the just mentioned remastering process for the Rival Turf album, has found the time to finally complete his postponed new single "BetterThanLife" off the upcoming album "Disastre Digital" (November 11), which you can listen to here now:

And last but not least, well, not at all at least actually, something like an upcoming release schedule for IAmTheRain stuff has leaked found its way online. Here's an excerpt of what you can expect in the next few months, and let me tell you, it's a lot!

IAmTheRain
"Disastre Digital"
(11.11.2011)

Second full album featuring 12 new songs including the previously released single "BetterThanLife" and completely re-recorded versions of "Frozen", "Planetary Re-entry" and "Disaster".

  • Disastre Digital (Intro)
  • Frozen (Disastre Digital Ver.)
  • BetterThanLife
  • What Does It Mean?
  • Gauge
  • Project Peaceforce
  • Planetary Re-entry (Disastre Digital Ver.)
  • InFuture
  • Unknown Sympathy
  • Wunderwelt
  • Disaster (Disastre Digital Ver.)
  • The Remembrance

IAmTheRain
"Impressions Of Depression"
(23.12.2011)

Never-before released rare full album featuring 12 completely new and unreleased songs. Recorded back in 2009 and held back in favor of the IAmTheRain debut album "The Backsnap Effect". Released as a free Christmas present for all fans.

  • Bad Feelings Are My Friends
  • When I Love You
  • Open End
  • If I Was The Only One
  • Better Be There
  • Good Ghouls
  • I Won't Matter Anymore
  • Coffin Rides
  • On Monitor
  • I Be Blue
  • You're A Monster
  • Catherine

IAmTheRain
Untitled Best Of Album
(03.02.2012)

20-track compilation of the best IAmTheRain songs released since 2009. Features the five never-before released songs "Been Chasing A Dream", "Passenger 41", "Where Innocence Has Gone So Mad", "Return From Sandland" and "It's Always 4AM". All songs will be remastered for a coherent compilation album sound.


IAmTheRain
Untitled Classic Songs Compilation
(02.03.2012)

20-track compilation of IAmTheRain songs previously released from 2007 to 2009 under the Ears Shut and Caotic Gene solo projects. Features the single releases "Caotic Gene", "Anyone Never Alone", "Looking For Some Reason?", "Blue Cadillac", "Remedy", and much more. All songs will be remastered for a coherent compilation album sound.

A lot indeed!

October 27, 2011

Hiroki Narimiya is the Perfect Phoenix

I'm still quite busy doing some work for the new Rival Turf and IAmTheRain releases and websites, but hey, I just found something over at Sankaku Complex that I just had to share!

This above is Hiroki Narimiya (Nana, Sakuran) as Phoenix Wright in the upcoming movie adaptation of the popular Nintendo DS Ace Attorney game series. And you probably think the same as I do right now, and the same as the guys over at Sankaku do...

No objection!

October 21, 2011

Rival Turf Release Debut Album, Plus Free Tracks & Video!

Sorry for not posting that much recently; I've been heavily involved in the whole Rival Turf debut album release works, creating a new homepage for the band and sort of beta-testing the album, called "Annihilism", which is finally OUT NOW!

You will find every piece of information about the album via the above mentioned website, or you could just enjoy the new "Ghost" PV below and check out the first of four free songs from the album, "DISMEMBER"!

The digital download of the album costs you only 5 Euros and you can easily buy the lovely MP3s via PayPal on the site. More payment options will be coming up soon, as well as an analog CD release. The limited edition CD will be available for 6 Euros around November/December. www.rival-turf.com is your recommended link!

RIVAL TURF
"ANNIHILISM"
(22.10.2011)

  • Luchador
  • GIFT
  • Physalis
  • hide away
  • DISMEMBER
  • GHOST
  • Fierce Lament
  • Gorden's Theme
  • VALLEY OF RUIN
  • MUCHO MUCHO MINA
  • Laura

Rival Turf – "Ghost" (PV)

So good the guys finished their baby, at last!

October 16, 2011

Japan Day Glory 2011

Japan Day 2011! Hooray! It's still going on with oh so many people in my rooms right now.

Edit: It's over by now.

Just have fun with the gallery, guys!

October 14, 2011

I Finally Broke Bad

Yeah, I know, I know. I'm probably the last person on earth to realize it, but I gave Breaking Bad another try after watching the pilot about two years ago and not being overly enthusiastic about it.

What can I say? Just watched the first five episodes back to back and am hooked now. Damn, why do I have to sleep?

October 12, 2011

Facebook: Testing the New Profile Timeline

After I've been way too curious for a while now, I've decided to follow caschy's how-to and grab the new Facebook Timeline for my profile.

My first impression is pretty positive; I like the customizable header image, the timeline itself is practical, and you can still hide whatever you like from the outside world or your friends.

I don't think the layout is perfect yet, though, because it seems a bit overblown, but it feels easier to navigate around and set up your personal details now. You even have new individual status update options available for everything you could wish for – those who really need it will surely approve.

The timeline also lists everything you did on Facebook in the past, yes. So, if you never deleted any stuff you posted on Facebook, you may be amazed how far back your history dates. But always remember: They only store and show what you gave them in the first place, and you can still delete stuff you don't want others to see.

For those who aren't familiar with German, here's a short description how to activate the new timeline for your profile:

  • First, make sure your Facebook account is already validated via cellphone or credit card number. If it isn't yet, validate it.
  • Go to Facebook Apps and create a new app. Doesn't matter what you name it. Click on through the two or three next steps without changing anything until your app has been created.
  • Go back to your app settings and edit the Open Graph settings. You have to assign at least one function to your app, but it doesn't matter what you choose. For my test app, I just chose "read" and "book."
  • You don't have to customize the app any further, just save your changes and ignore any error messages that may pop up.
  • Visit your profile – et voilà! You're now tagged as a developer and thus can see the new timeline.

Just remember that other people can only see your new timeline if they've already activated the timeline for themselves, else they'll see your old profile until Facebook rolls out the update to everyone.

So, test it for yourself if you wish, and enjoy the new timeline!

Düsseldorf's Japan Day 2011 Just Around the Corner

The annual Japan Day in Düsseldorf is approaching fast, after it was postponed due to the tsunamis, earthquakes, and radiation disasters in Japan. The event, which features performances by J-pop singers Halko Momoi and Kana during its nine-hour schedule, was originally planned for May 28, but at least we get to celebrate the massive festival this Saturday after all.

The official homepage has more information, but I can't find a link to the content in English; they're probably only running the German pages nowadays.

I'll be at the Rhine on Saturday too, celebrating with my friends, taking pictures, and enjoying the cosplaying masses, so if you happen to be in Düsseldorf on Saturday, come over and say hi! =)

October 6, 2011

Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs

A great man who inspired the world with his innovations, inventions, his power and his spirit died from pancreatic cancer last night.

Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. Or, as the internet says with empathy, respect and sadness: See you in the iCloud.

October 4, 2011

10 Awesomely Addictive Android Games (Part 4)

Many weeks have passed since my lists of 20 Android Apps & Games You'll Love, 10 More Addictive Android Games, and 10 Cool Android Games (Part 3). So I guess it's time for a new edition of cool gaming apps you shouldn't ignore. Read on and enjoy!


Radiant HD

Developer: Hexage Ltd.
Price: free (Lite Non-HD Version); $1.99

Radiant is a bright and colorful retro shoot 'em up complete with beautiful pixel graphics, lots of classic game allusions, a quirky fun story, and lots of power-ups, special enemies, and choices to be made. Choose well, if you upgrade your Plasma Gun, Disruptor Laser or whatever stylish weapon your arsenal includes right now – the upcoming boss may have a weakness for one of your weapons. And during your run across the many boss fights and fun stages Radiant offers, you won't even notice how much time you already spent with it.

October 2, 2011

My First Look at Person of Interest

At last I have found time to watch Person of Interest, the new show with Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. And hooray, it turned out much more exciting than the promos made me believe. The viewers seem to agree – more than 13 million people watched the premiere, which is pretty awesome and surprising for Jonathan Nolan's new show.

The story centers around a former CIA officer named John Reese (Caviezel) and an ambiguous rich man called Mr. Finch (Emerson). The latter built an Orwellian surveillance machine that predicts which people will either be the perpetrators, witnesses or victims of future crimes. With no clear motive for the viewer to see at first, Finch hires the presumed-dead Reese to prevent those crimes from happening.

Person of Interest is a fast-paced thriller with great acting from the devious Michael Emerson and the charming, cool Caviezel, and top-notch visuals. The high-budget production comes with its very own slick and stylish look, supported by fine directing and a paranoia-inducing, ever-present view through the "eyes" of Finch's machine.

The pilot episode had its fair share of background mysteries we yet have to see unraveled. Episode two already included a flashback of Finch constructing his machine, not without a little cameo from Brent Cullen – Lost fans will certainly smile to see the "Others" Ben Linus and Goodwin reunited in that scene.

The first two episodes were far better than I thought and I will surely keep watching, but I'm also still looking for the bigger picture or a "big evil" in the series. I have no doubt about the story taking things to the next level soon, though, and I'm happily looking forward to that. So my final verdict has to be that Person of Interest is very much of interest indeed.

September 30, 2011

Mortal Kombat: Rebirth - Full Movie in the Works!

You probably remember that awesome Mortal Kombat: Rebirth live-action promo trailer with Michael Jai White, which was directed by Kevin Tancharoen and revealed in June 2010. Now guess what: a full movie is coming!

Mortal Kombat fans rejoice: The Film School Rejects report that Kevin Tancharoen gets to direct his vision of the gory cult video game series. And while we still got no word on when the project will start filming, or whether Jai White or Jeri Ryan will be reprising their characters from the trailer, consider me hyped and excited to the max!

For you who have missed the trailer last year, here it is – and it's so much more appealing than the many B-movies the franchise has received so far.

Mortal Kombat: Rebirth – Promo Trailer

September 27, 2011

Showtime Launches Dexter's Kill Room

Right on time for the season 6 premiere of Dexter, Showtime has launched Dexter's Kill Room, an interactive site with audio and video clips of Dexter's kills so far and even some mental notes from our favorite serial killer.

I only want to add: Arthur Mitchell still gives me the creeps.

September 25, 2011

First Look at the New TV Show Seasons - Part 2

As before, I'm currently watching the new TV show season premieres and wanted to state my opinions. Part one featured House and Dexter already, and I continue right away with episode 7.01 of Supernatural and episode 4.01 of Fringe.

Supernatural was great for five seasons, but they had to go on with it. So we've already reached the seventh season now and come to "Meet the New Boss," but hey, look who's back in Sam's nightmarish hallucinations – good old Lucifer! You can't have enough Mark Pellegrino on the screen, so that was a welcome sight, even though they spoiled his surprising appearance during the opening credits.

Not quite as welcome was the whole story we have to put up with right now. Since they obviously couldn't top the season 5 finale with something else but turning Castiel into the new God last season, we have Castiel running around and collecting votes for his kindness. The new god is, however, crumbling from the inside already, and the next big bad is only around the corner. A hint: Leviathan.

Unfortunately, Supernatural has become more and more repetitive with the years and doesn't even refrain from painful scenes like most of Cas' Bible-speech monologues or that silly stained glass Jesus image anymore. We got some nostalgic impact with Dean fixing the beloved Impala once again, and some more visuals of haunted Sam and his struggles, but otherwise, the season opener tried to do too much and ended up rather bleak instead.


Fringe had a great season 3 finale, in which one of the main characters surprisingly disappeared – completely from time and all that has happened. Well, was it really like that? At least Peter will be gone for a few more episodes, but he's already popping up occasionally, scaring the shit out of Walter, who calls him "the man in the mirror."

Once again, John Noble delivers the finest performances, but "Neither Here Nor There" was really Seth Gabel's episode. Gabel was promoted to series regular for season 4 and his character Lincoln Lee finally joins the Fringe Division in "our" universe. I just wish they wouldn't have the observers explain everything to themselves (and the audience), and it's certainly surprising how often they went for yet another allusion to Peter's disappearance in these many dialogue lines.

The premiere was quite a low-key episode, introducing Lincoln to the Fringe team and setting up much of what's to come, but it could have been a tick more exciting. At least there's still one thing that will never change: Fauxlivia is still the hotter one!

Tomorrow I'll take my time for the show premiere of Person of Interest, so stay tuned for part three of my little season openers recap.

First Look at the New TV Show Seasons - Part 1

TV fans rejoice – the new seasons of our beloved TV shows have arrived, and I want to state my opinions on the first new episodes of my personal favorite shows. Part one goes right here with episode 8.01 of House and episode 6.01 of Dexter!

The leaked and not-final season 8 premiere of House sees House in prison after he crashed into Cuddy's house in the terrible season 7 finale. "Twenty Vicodin," the new episode, was alright and reminiscent of season 7's opener "Broken," but suffered from some aspects like the unrealistic premise – could House really wander around areas like the clinic as he does? And could they spell out House's problems more in-your-face, as if they thought we'd never watched House before? After seven seasons? Well.

Odette Annable is an awesomely pretty girl and I'd love to see more from her in the future, but she didn't really fit into the prison clinic atmosphere. Who in their right minds would leave her alone with a prisoner at any time? Still, "Twenty Vicodin" was more fun than most of the previous season, even if the medical case turned out to be rather uninspired and boring.

The episode was no way to tell how the new season will evolve, however, since we still have to see our guys at Princeton-Plainsboro for the first time after the three or four months that have passed.


A whole year has passed on Dexter, and times have changed. Maria is now captain of the Miami Metro police department, Masuka teaches a forensics class, Quinn is even more hilarious, and Dexter suddenly wonders about religion and what he should think about it. We got some first glimpses of the new baddies, played by Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks, but overall, "Those Kinds of Things" was a rather low-key launch into a new season.

I liked the episode, even though it featured an all too cheesy and out-of-place high-school reunion scene, complete with Dexter going for some Hammer Time. This season's religious themery was introduced with the help of some snakes, below-par CGI effects and some rather mocking dialogue. Then there was an oral sex scene, reminiscent of Dexter's first experiences with Rita, which again made little sense and only helped to get this episode's victim to its desired destination.

The excitement and thrill of the first few Dexter seasons, which was sort of missing last year, has not yet arrived in season 8, but I'm looking forward to the next episodes and how Dex will get involved with the creepy new bad guys.

Up next are the season premieres of Fringe and Supernatural, with the new series Person of Interest slated to complete my first fall 2011 TV show roundup.

September 24, 2011

IAmTheRain & Rival Turf: Updates on Upcoming Releases

Right on time for the new releases, the official IAmTheRain homepage has gone online. You can find it here from now on.

It's a good time for IAmTheRain fans anyway, since mastermind David G. Händel is eager to deliver one teaser after another. The brand-new promotional video for "Project Peaceforce" from the upcoming album "Disastre Digital" features a similarly spacey and environmental theme like the earlier released video for "What Does It Mean?" and presents our planet as a wobbling, organic entity on the verge of destruction.

With its beautiful melody and slow pace, "Project Peaceforce" is certainly one of the rarer quiet titles on the album. The version below is the instrumental one, though, and not the final album version. But feel free to check it out below:

IAmTheRain – "Project Peaceforce"


David's band Rival Turf, which also consists of former PsY drummer Dave Z. and bassist Toji in its current regular line-up, is also busy mastering the final tracks for the debut album, which finally has a name and a tracklist!

The album, called "Annihilism," will feature a total of 12 songs, including the previously released songs "Ghost" and "Fierce Lament" in re-recorded versions. Vocal parts will be split between David and Ryo Onuki, a close friend of the band.

Below you'll find a tentative release date for the album as well as the final tracklist. I can't wait to listen to this baby!

Rival Turf
"Annihilism"
(22.10.2011)

  • Luchador
  • Gift
  • Physalis
  • Hide Away
  • Dismember
  • Ghost
  • Fierce Lament
  • Gorden's Theme
  • Valley Of Ruin
  • Mucho Mucho Mina
  • Laura