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March 24, 2014

Song of the Week: March 24, 2014

Song: "To Be Alive"
Artist: Coldrain
Album: The Enemy Inside (2011)

It's me against myself this time
Me against the world I hide
Can I overcome and find a way
To be alive

Coldrain is a Japanese rock and alternative metal band from Nagoya. All of their songs are entirely in English.

"To Be Alive," the first song of Coldrain's 2011 album, The Enemy Inside, showcases the band's hardcore style - with Japanese-American vocalist Masato's mix of screams and clean vocals, and the familiar guitar riff patterns - which make the band comparable to their Western counterparts.

March 20, 2014

"Who's That Character?" - March 2014 - Answer

Which character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is this?

This is...

...Espio the Chameleon.

Download - [1920x1200]

You can alternatively find these wallpapers in the "Wallpapers" section or more directly in Sonic Channel.

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

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

March 18, 2014

Song of the Week: March 18, 2014

Song: "I Choose Noise"
Artist: Hybrid
Album: I Choose Noise (2006)

Hybrid is a Welsh electronic music group from Swansea that specializes in the breakbeat and progressive breakbeat subgenres. Outside their studio work, they did many remixes and composed the scores of several films, television shows, and video games.

"I Choose Noise," the third track of the 2006 album of the same name, is a suspenseful mix of orchestra and electronic music elements - a mix that Hybrid has followed and played along since their first studio album, Wide Angle.

March 15, 2014

"Who's That Character?" - March 2014

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.

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

March 10, 2014

Song of the Week: March 10, 2014

Song: "Live & Learn ...main theme of "SONIC ADVENTURE 2"
Artist: Crush 40
Album: Cuts Unleashed: Sonic Adventure 2 Vocal Collection (2001)

Live and learn
Hanging on the edge of tomorrow
From the works of yesterday
If you beg or if you borrow
You may never find your way

And after several months, "song of the week" returns.

And what better song should I choose for this returning kind of blog post than a very notable song from [a likewise notable game from] the Sonic the Hedgehog series [considering almost the entire lot of you followers are also Sonic the Hedgehog fans]?

And the irony that I haven't listened to a single vocal song from the Sonic the Hedgehog series in quite a while...

March 6, 2014

Updates: March 2014

And so, we are now into the third month of the year - March.

And of course, spring (or fall) is right around the corner.

Elsewhere in the world, in the midst of a successful 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Russian resort city of Sochi, Russia continues to be on headlines in its suspicious politics with a long-time, civilly restless and unhappy Ukraine.

I do hope all of the issues and misunderstandings there will be sorted peacefully soon...

Anyway, like last month, March here will be relatively quiet.

However, for the BLACKBLUR7 YouTube channel, although my already-finished blind playthrough of Sonic Lost World is currently on hold, I will post all cutscenes of Sonic Lost World, in the Japanese dub, of course, in one video, with already-finished translations from yours truly for your viewing and script-comparing enjoyment.

That said, hope I will be able to post the rest of my blind playthrough of Sonic Lost World this month.

As for my fairly forgotten relatively-underground-music-featuring BLACKBLURX YouTube channel, I still have absolutely no idea what to post next there.

Lastly, here are the soundtracks that are available to download at the time of this post:

-Sonic Adventure Songs With Attitude - Vocal Mini-Album
-Sonic Adventure Original Sound Track - Digi-Log Conversation
-Sonic Adventure Remix
-Sonic Lost World Original Soundtrack - Without Boundaries
-Sonic Generations Original Soundtrack: Blue Blur
-Planetary Pieces: Sonic World Adventure Original Soundtrack

Until then, I hope you all have a pleasant March.