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April 29, 2014

Songs of the Week: April 29, 2014

Songs: "Parabol," "Parabola"
Artist: Tool
Album: Lateralus (2001)

Swirling round with this familiar parable
Spinning, weaving round each new experience
Recognize this as a holy gift and
Celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing

Tool is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Although the band initially favored a heavy sound, the band's overall sound, as their more recent and notable works showcase, feature an experimental, progressive rock approach with unorthodox time signatures and complex arrangements. The band strongly emphasizes sound to relay their desired tones, emotions, and themes in each of their songs.

"Parabola," which transitions from the previous song on Lateralus, "Parabol," is one of my most favorite songs from Tool. Although the heavy sound indeed stands out, "Parabola's" lyrics pop out more - a meaningful message to enjoy life as a "holy experience;" embrace our own mortality to the fullest, and disregard all pain as they are just "illusions."

April 24, 2014

Sonic Dash Global Challenge - Unlock Cream!

The sixth Sonic Dash global challenge is now live; Cream the Rabbit is the grand prize. The overall drill remains the same; score individually and contribute as a worldwide community. With this challenge themed on the Easter season, to score, collect as many Easter eggs scattered along the endless pathway as you can.

Can we complete the challenge in eleven days?

Sonic Dash is available for free on Apple iOS and Google Android devices.

Video, images, and games courtesy of SEGA, Sonic Team, and Hardlight.

April 22, 2014

Song of the Week: April 22, 2014

Song: "The Wonders of You (feat. Lyle Day)"
Artist: Andy Hunter
Album: Exodus (2002)

Often imitated
Never duplicated
Only One original
Perfect in ways in which we could be
Others like Him
Never will be

Andy Hunter is a British DJ and Christian electronic artist. Plenty of films, movies, and video games feature his works, such as "Go." This, along with relative critical praise for his debut studio album, Exodus, Hunter grew popular within his own musical scene.

From Exodus is "The Wonders of You," the second track of the album, which features rapper Lyle Day. Notably featured in EA Games' Need for Speed: Underground, the song, as with all songs of Exodus, feature Christian and biblical themes and lyrics of worship and praise. Beyond and accompanying the spiritual undertones of this song, however, are groovy, breaking beats that produce this song's sense of speed.

April 18, 2014

"Who’s That Character?" - April 2014 - Answer

Which character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is this?

This is...

...Charmy Bee.

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.

April 15, 2014

Song of the Week: April 15, 2014

Song: “Flame Core ~Volcano~”
Artist: Tomoya Ohtani
Album: Sonic the Hedgehog Original Sound Track (2007)

Yasutaka Kume helps shred insanely into bits my most favorite song in the best game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Listen to that guitar work!

I'm not surprised why I got S-Ranks in my first runs through Flame Core as Sonic and Shadow.

"Who's That Character?" - April 2014

Sonic Channel posted its latest entry in the monthly Character Quiz.

You know the drill.

Who 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 or more directly in Sonic Channel.

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

April 11, 2014

Updates: April 2014

Hello, April.

How about that jolt of hype from Sakurai earlier this month on his presentation of the new Super Smash Bros. Direct?

He presented plenty of what the next iteration of Nintendo's renowned beat-em-up fighter will bring: custom moves, changes to particular characters, Yellow Devil, Ridley, and perhaps other notable bosses as game-changing hazards in respective stages, Field Smash (Smash Run) with the nostalgic nod to Kirby Air Ride's City Trial mode, and so on.

That's a lot to look forward to as the Nintendo 3DS version comes this summer and the Nintendo Wii U version this winter.

Anyway, as for here and me this month... Nothing.

However, I managed to record gameplay of Sonic Lost World's latest addition: The Legend of Zelda zone. I intended from the beginning to post two gameplay videos of each of the game's bonus levels - a blind playthrough and a careful playthrough. Depending on circumstances that will come this month, although my finished-but-yet-to-edit-and-post blind playthrough of Sonic Lost World is on hold, I hope I will be able to post the careful playthrough videos of the bonus levels in the BLACKBLUR7 channel.

Speaking of Sonic Lost World, Of course, as all of you have likely seen, I posted the cutscenes of Sonic Lost World, in the Japanese dub, with careful translations from yours truly for your script-comparing entertainment. See how the story of Sonic Lost World goes in Japanese!

And lastly, the updated soundtrack list as of the time of this post:

-Cuts Unleashed - Sonic Adventure 2 Vocal Collection
-Vivid Sound x Hybrid Colors - Sonic Colors Original Soundtrack
-Face to Faith - Sonic and the Black Knight Vocal Trax
-Tales of Knighthood - Sonic and the Black Knight OST
-Sonic Rush Original Groove Rush
-Sonic Rush Adventure Original Soundtrack
-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

I hope all of you have a wonderful April and Easter.

April 6, 2014

Opinion: Music of the Sonic the Hedgehog Series

Twinny of RadioSEGA recently asked me via Tumblr regarding my opinion on the music of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Click here to see what I have to say regarding the relatively unforgettable beats that highlight the series.

Song of the Week: April 6, 2014

Song: “An Island"
Artist: Chevelle
Album: La Gárgola (2014)

They said this fun is near the end
You've worn out welcome way too fast
You'd better bite your tongue

I need an island and I need it fast
Some little island is all I ask

To put you on

Chevelle is a three-man American rock band from Grayslake, Illinois. Their music is usually heavy and grungy, particularly on the guitars, with often dark overtones, which make the band lean towards the alternative metal or post-grunge sides. Their notable hit songs include "Send the Pain Below" and "The Fad."

"An Island" is the second song from Chevelle's latest release, La Gárgola. Transitioning from the previous song, "Ouija Board," "An Island," although relatively simply structured for its five-minute span, features the gritty guitar work that brought the band into the spotlight as they introduced in their earlier albums Wonder What's Next and This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In). This familiar and unique rocking style of Chevelle's would make this song an instant highlight of this album to longtime fans of the band.

April 1, 2014

Song of the Week: April 1, 2014

Hover above the Japanese words to read the words as romanized.

Song: "迷彩" ("Meisai")
Artist: Sadie
Album: Undead 13+2 (2008)

雑句場乱に散って逝く 理性そして明日さえ
嗚呼 声は届きますか?

Being bound and loosed in the color of loneliness
My first impulse was to be frightened
As dreams and even tomorrow continue to disappear
Oh... Can you hear my voice?

Sadie (pronounced "sah-dee") is a Japanese rock and metal band from Osaka. They are of the vaguely-defined "visual kei" musical scene, of which bands such as X-Japan, Buck-Tick, and Luna Sea introduced and pioneered with the use of flamboyant aesthetics and clothing.

From their second single, 溺哀 -dekiai-, and their first album of a collection of their first singles, Undead 13+2, "迷彩" (which means "disguise" or "camouflage") is relatively nothing far from ordinary but simply showcases the band's usually dark and heavy musical approach.