Friday, May 15, 2015

Off To The Rat Races

I remember hearing the first tracks from Take Heart and just thinking, these boys are going to go far. Here we are, years later and their newest video for "Rat Race" just blows me away. Professionalism, attitude and songwriting really shines through. Great production work on both the song and the video. Reminds me a little of Alexisonfire mixed with Misery Signals. 

Check out their Facebook page HERE.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Vancouver Fan Expo: Rob's The Dead

Zombies. Done Right. After meeting the author and his wife, we have fallen in love with this book. We have already started devouring this book and will be posting a more detailed review once we have finished the book. Below are some quotes from their website (click HERE), you can also read an excerpt there. We would highly recommend checking this book out! Beware, you might rethink your Zombie Survival Plan after reading!

"The world is at the mercy of the dead—and the dead have no mercy.

Time has run out for the human race. A virus has decimated the planet by resurrecting the recently dead.

Groups of displaced survivors gather together and roam the countryside, searching for a sanctuary.

But what happens when the living dead aren't the biggest threat to their survival? What happens when the living people are actually THE DEAD?

A violent, gore filled zombie bonanza that feels like television's Lost and Jericho have crashed head on into George A. Romero's, Dawn of the Dead.

A prodigious portion of character driven life in an apocalyptic setting, where there's no place you can hide from THE DEAD!"

"Robert Tozer's The Dead Colonies is a zombie thriller with teeth! A blend of hard-hitting action and science so thoroughly researched and believable it left me stunned. Tozer is a genuine talent, and this new series is going to set the bar even higher for the zombie genre. Highly recommended!" -- Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City and Plague of the Undead

"A man innocently returns home from work with flowers for his wife, but he finds her dead and ripped apart by their two young daughters.  All bets are off after such a shocking start to this novel, and we are plunged once more into the frightening world of the undead." -- John Russo acclaimed author of: Night of the Living Dead

Vancouver Fan Expo: Castle Assault

We had a blast exploring all the unique vendors, exhibitors, and artists at the Vancouver Fan Expo. We were especially drawn to Castle Assault. The creators were there with two sets of the game all set up, ready to teach eager gamers. We had a great chat with TJ Dunbar who told us all about the game.

"Castle Assault is an intense Battle Card Game for 1 or 2 Players where You lead a strategic conquest of your Enemy's Castle Stronghold. Castle Assault includes many different Cultures, each with their own customizable deck, tactics, and lore for great re-playability.
The unique 1-Player Campaign progresses through numerous Scenarios with different victory conditions and as you complete Scenarios and mini-quests Your Hero levels-up and gets even more powerful!  You customize your Heroes to the path You want them to follow.  
Gameplay begins by summoning Units from your hand to your Castle Rampart to physically move across the Battlefield toward your opponent.  Victory is through destruction of your opponents Castle as your Units execute tactics via their stats and abilities
Castle Assault assimilates exciting concepts from many popular games and streamlines the complexity to create an easy to pick-up, fast, FUN game. 
1-Player Campaign.  One massive storyline across 9 different Scenarios each with their own differing path to Victory.  Complete the campaign once per Culture for 54 Different experiences!
Role-playing element to Level-up your Hero.  As you defeat the Single Player Campaign you gain Levels; which you can then use to customize your Hero.  Each Hero is different but you decide what path you want to take your Hero (do you want an all-or-nothing Fighter?, a Ranged expert?, or perhaps a Healer who will focus on supporting and promoting your on-Battlefield Units)  You decide your path to Victory!  
Intense 2 Player battles with 260+ cards and 6 Player Cultures for extremely varying gameplay and rich strategic experiences.  Each of these Cultures can be played against each other for 15 completely different battles!"
So please go support them right HERE. Only a few hours left in their Kickstarter.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

We are ALIVE!

Hello readers! We thank you for your continued support and interest in our blog, company and our work. We are excited for the upcoming year and hope you are too.

Keep rocking!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Best In Vancouver: Gigaheartz

I tracked down the last band in the Best In Vancouver finale show, Gigaheartz. I had a quick chat with the lead singer about the competition.

James: What can we expect from Gigaheartz for the upcoming finale show?
Eddie: We always focus on keeping the energy going. We just want people to dance. If they have fun doing that, we've done our job.

James: What do you think about the competition and its impact on the scene?

Eddie: Anything that brings local bands together is a worthwhile endeavor in my books. I've never been fond of competition when it comes to art, but it's awesome to have the input of some big players in the industry. Their willingness to help us grow and develop as artists is amazing.

James: What do you think of the judges and prizes?

Eddie: As I said, the judges are some major contributors to Canada's music scene. It's an honor to have them listen and offer their advice. We are thankful for the opportunity to learn as much as we can from them.

James: What's coming up for the band?

Eddie: We just recorded our debut EP with the amazingly talented Winston Hauschild. We'll be releasing that in the very near future. We've got lots on the way as far as music videos and promotion goes as well. There's gonna be a lot going on for us in the new year.

Be sure to check out the details for the show on saturday HERE. Check out Gigaheartz on Facebook HERE.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Best In Vancouver: Season To Attack

I was able to track down the lead singer to Season To Attack and have a quick talk about the upcoming finale show for the Best In Vancouver competition.

James: What can we expect from Season To Attack for the upcoming finale show?
David: We have all learned how to juggle chainsaws. We will be bringing a lot of buzz.

James: What do you think about the competition and its impact in the scene?

David: From my own observation, it seems like the shows are very well attended, the vibe is heightened and the venue and promoters have done a great job executing the plan. As far as it helping the scene, I think contests are a bit more what each band contributes and what they do to build on their own involvement- just like the scene. It does provide some good exposure and repetition of finalist names, so everything seems pretty great.

James: What do you think of the judges and prizes?

David: We appreciate that esteemed industry professionals are participating, but we are not in this for prizes specifically. We want to represent our project and direction well, show people that we love to play music, and support other competitors in what is turning out to be a really great time. We have noticed that the judges are among the most attractive humans we have ever seen, however. As a sort of side note unrelated to winning the contest. *cough*

James: What are some upcoming plans with the band?

David: We are currently hard at work on a full length record, with a working title of "All We Do Is Kill." Gatlin is putting in a great deal of his energy with us on art direction, recording and we are really crafting an awesome set of songs and will be releasing it in a few cool and offbeat ways in the New Year. We will be playing many of those selections at the show this weekend, so let us know what you think!

Check out the details for the show HERE. Follow Season To Attack on Facebook HERE.

Be sure to stay tuned for the final interview with Gigaheartz and a special interview with Kevin from Rednyne Productions!

Best In Vancouver: Ellice Blackout

Keeping up with our coverage of the Best In Vancouver Finale interview series, I had a chat with the guitarist from Ellice Blackout.

James: What can we expect from Ellice Blackout for the upcoming finale show?

Jaws: A performance so polished you can see your reflection in it, we've really tightened all the nuts and bolts for this final show

James: What do you think about the competition and its impact in the scene?
Jaws: I think its exactly what the scene and new bands need to launch our careers as musicians in Vancouver. the exposure so far has been amazing

James: What do you think of the judges and prizes?.

Jaws: I personally dont know a lot about them as this is my first rock band, I've always stayed in the metal scene before. But i know a lot of the other guys in my band really look up to them

James: What are some upcoming plans with the band?

Jaws: We have a brand new full length album thats just in the studio getting finished, It should be out in the new year, Plus plans are in the works for a really big music video shoot in January. So there is a lot of great things on the horizon for Ellice Blackout

Check out details for the show HERE. Follow Ellice Blackout on Facebook HERE

Stay tuned for interviews with the other remaining two bands. Check out our interview with Nightshift as well!