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July 28, 2013

Song of the Week - July 28, 2013

Song: "Omen"
Artist: Crossfaith
Album: The Dream, The Space (2011)

The writings on the wall
It won't go away
It's an omen
You just run on automation

Yes. Apparently, this week's song of the week is also last week's song of the week.

Crossfaith is a Japanese metalcore band from Osaka. It consists of Kenta Koie on vocals, Terufumi Tamano on keyboards and programming, Kasuki Takemura on guitar, Hiroki Ikegawa on bass, and Tatsuya Amano on drums. Although a metalcore band, their music consists of elements from electronic music. After forming in 2006, they released their first studio album, The Artificial Theory For The Dramatic Beauty, in 2009. Following touring with other metalcore and rock bands like Hatebreed and Machine Head, in 2011, Tragic Hero Records, a North Carolina-based, rock and metal-focused record label, signed the band and helped them release their second studio album, The Dream, The Space in the United States to an ever-growing international fanbase. Following the release of their well-received second extended play, Zion, in the following year, Crossfaith participated in various tours, which included the 2012 Vans Warped Tour in London and the 2013 Soundwave music festival in Australia. This September, the band will release their third studio album, Apocalyze.

"Omen," originally performed by the world-renowned British electronic music group The Prodigy, is a bonus cover song in Crossfaith's second studio album, The Dream, The Space. It possesses the same melody and rhythm as the original song. Of course, the obvious difference in Crossfaith's cover version of the song, as expected, is Koie's growls and the heavy guitar riffs. Also, Crossfaith's version briefly diverts from the original song with Tamano's inclusion of a brief dubstep, synthesizer-guided melody almost halfway into the song before returning to the main melody. In short, Crossfaith's version of The Prodigy's popular hit is a much heavier version of "Omen."

July 21, 2013

Sonic Dash Global Challenge - Unlock Shadow!

Sonic Dash

Got an Apple iOS device?

Yes? Do you have and play the free infinite runner Sonic Dash?
No? Then what are you waiting for? Get it and play it!

SEGA and Hardlight, the developer of Sonic Dash and Sonic Jump, started the first global challenge for Sonic Dash players: run 100 laps around the world! Physically, that seems almost impossible to accomplish. With the challenge in relation to Sonic Dash, however, that means run as far as possible and run more! After every 25 laps, all players who participated will freely receive an in-game bonus prize. Once all players accumulate a total run distance equivalent to running 100 laps around the world, all will get to play as Shadow in Sonic Dash for free!

All players have until August 5 to complete the challenge, so what are you waiting for? Start dashing!

Click here for official details.

Image courtesy of SEGA and Hardlight.

Song of the Week - July 21, 2013

Song: "Omen"
Artist: The Prodigy
Album: Invaders Must Die (2009)

The writings on the wall
It won't go away
It's an omen
You just run on automation

The Prodigy is a world-renowned British electronic dance music group from Braintree, Essex consisting of founder, keyboarder, synthesizer, and programmer Liam Howlett, and vocalists Keith Flint and Keith Palmer, who is best known as "Maxim Reality" or just "Maxim." Formed in 1990, The Prodigy is well-known as one of the pioneers of the big beat subgenre of electronic music, which is categorized by heavy, breaking beats with synthesizer loops and the inclusion of elements of rock and punk music, among other sound effects and defining elements. Some of their widely-recognized songs include "Breathe," "Firestarter," "Spitfire," and "You'll Be Under My Wheels."

Likewise, the Kerrang! Award-winning "Omen," which is the second track of The Prodigy's most recently-released album, Invaders Must Die, is just as popular. With a catchy, synthesizer melody, simple, memorizable lyrics, and a rocking beat, like most of The Prodigy's most popular songs, it is a song that is relatively really easy to find dancing to and a song to help pump some adrenaline into one's system. Let's not forget to note the xylophone melody that plays in the middle and at the end of the song that presents the song's easily-recognizable main idea of horror movie themes, hence the song's title, "Omen."

July 19, 2013

"Who's That Character?" - July 2013 - Answer

Which character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is this?

This is...

...Jet the Hawk.

To download and save:
1. Right click (or control click if you are using a Mac) the image and select "Save Image As."
2. Select the desired location on your computer where you want to save the image, and click "Save."

Download - [1920x1200]

You can alternatively find these wallpapers in the "Wallpapers" section.

The next "Who's That Character?" will be posted soon.

Images courtesy of SEGA, Sonic Team, and Sonic Channel.

July 16, 2013

Sonic Lost World - Colors Trailer

Sonic Lost World will be released on October 22.

"Who's That Character?" - July 2013

Which character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is this?

The answer [and the wallpaper showing this character] will be revealed in a future post.

You can alternatively find these wallpapers of your favorite characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series in the "Wallpapers" section.

Images courtesy of SEGA, Sonic Team, and Sonic Channel.

July 13, 2013

Updates: July 2013


Clearly, I haven't committed myself to here lately. I really don't have the slightest interest to do so. Well, summer has officially and finally arrived, and thus, the days are longer and more importantly, hotter (but not here lately).

Once again, "Let's Play Sonic the Hedgehog 4" is delayed. As a matter of fact, I finished the first episode, commentary and all, but all of the raw video recordings had audio problems, prompting me to do everything over again. Depending on my interest on doing so, hopefully, I will post the first videos near the end of July or in the beginning of August. Otherwise, I will completely dump it, and we will all forget about it.

As for everything else, don't expect much. Things have been moving very slow lately, indeed.


Song of the Week - July 13, 2013

Song: "Cruel Daze of Summer"
Artist: Julien-K
Album: We're Here With You (2012)

Don’t tell me what you’re running from
Or what you’ve done
These cruel days of summer burn so long
The vows we made are under attack
I feel myself pushing back, back, back
Don’t tell me what you’re running from
Or what you’ve done

Julien-K is an American electronic rock band from Long Beach, California that currently consists of ex-Orgy guitarists Ryan Shuck on guitar and vocals and Amir Derakh on guitar and synthesizers, bassist and keyboard player Anthony "Fu" Valcic, and drummer Frank Zummo. Fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog series of games may recognize this band as the one behind "This Machine," the theme song of Team Dark in Sonic Heroes, and "Waking Up," one of the theme songs of Shadow the Hedgehog. Initially a side project of Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh while the two were part of Orgy, the band became their main project following the recent disbandment of the original lineup of Orgy. Julien-K's sound was initially dark, but beginning with their most recent album, We're Here With You, it is more upbeat, closely reflecting the band's influences of 80's new wave music.

"Cruel Daze of Summer," the third track and second single of We're Here With You, is, to be brief, like most of the album, upbeat, rhythmic, and simple. With Shuck's fairly polished vocals and the careful balance of electronic and rock elements like most of Julien-K's songs, it is a relatively fun song to listen to.