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I Feel...

2011-10-24 03:01:07 by Back-From-Purgatory

I feel a lot like how my avatar looks right now.

Also, Dungeon Defenders is addictive as hell.

That is all.

Someone got mad because my post lacks purpose... soooo...

I write music.... Check it out and leave a few reviews while you're here...

That is all... Again.

Another week, another set of weekly picks and babbling.

So over the course of this last week, I... Uhh... ummm... Did nothing exciting. Given my antisocial nature, this isn't too surprising I guess.

So instead, I'm gonna put this out there, ask me a question, any question at all, and I'll do my best to answer it. It can be a question about me, my music, about life, hobbies, games, movies... Anything. I spend a lot of time rambling on about myself, so instead, I'll have you guys come up with questions and I'll do my best to come up with an answer for any questions you have.

Song of the Week:
Artist: Kirbyfemur
Song: Tread Lightly, As This May Be Your Last Dance
Purgatory Comment:
Kirby, everything you do has a very unique sound to it, it has it's own personality, it's own Kirbyfemur flair. When I'm listening to your stuff, nothing comes to mind like, "Oh, this sounds a lot like X Artist"... it's just... This is Kirbyfemur. And that by itself is commendable.
To top things off, this song in particular seems to have a great way of shifting between two vastly different tones... And I am a huge fan of songs that manage to pull this off.

Art of the Week:
Artist: Sandragon
Art: Crisis Lhesus
Purgatory Comment:
Have I ever mentioned that I have a thing for Dragons? If you were to ask me what my favorite animal is, I would immediately spout off Dragons... Real or not, they are awesome. So naturally, I would enjoy art of dragons, it's only made better by the quality of the piece and a more unique spin on the appearance.

Ask Me Anything (Also: Weekly Picks!)

Cry me a Weekly!

2011-09-24 23:52:21 by Back-From-Purgatory

So, I missed weekly picks last week because I was feeling absolutely god awful, but fret not, I will not miss two weeks in a row! But first, as usual, I'll do a little blabbing before I reveal my picks of the week:

For starters... Remember I was talking about Disgaea 4? Well.. I still haven't completed the post game bosses. I'm at around 90 hours into the game right now, and I still have the last post-post game boss to beat, he has this awesome way of one shotting my strongest characters, while I can get him down about half health in practically the first turn, he then wipes out half my team on his turn, which leaves me without most of my heavy hitters, which inevitably leads to a Game Over screen. But I WILL beat him dammit!

Secondly, along with the theme of my previous newspost about sad anime, I had just finished watching Clannad ~After Story~. I had already watched the previous season of Clannad under curiosity hearing everyone say it's one of the saddest things you'll ever watch, and honestly... I was kind of underwhelmed, so I had put off watching After Story up til now.

(((Before you read on, if you have any intention of watching Clannad ~After Story~ and don't want any spoilers, however minor, skip this next paragraph.)))

Well, I kind of regret putting it off, because After Story was what the original Clannad should have been. I cried like a baby a couple of times. And while the ending was more or less ridiculous in the "Something has to happen to make it a happy ending!" kind of way, it didn't bother me as much as previously mentioned H2O. I enjoyed the story enough to see past the somewhat supernatural turn around at the end. Although I was left a little confused at the very final moment of the series. There was a scene of which I didn't really know what to make of it.

(((Ok, spoilers done, read on!)))

In music news, keep it a secret.... but I've started working on Dream Part Two. But you didn't hear it from me!

And that's really it for news this week, so here are my weekly picks:

Song of the Week:
Artist: SBB
Song: ==(Hammock Song)==
Purgatory Comment:
Very smooth jazzy feel to it, it's real relaxing. And oddly enough, to me, sounds like something you'd hear in one of the Sims games while you're in "Buy Mode". Take that however you will, but it's meant as a compliment.

Art of the Week:
Artist: Comick
Art: Idoltry-Close Up
Purgatory Comment:
Never before has gazing upon a cat made me scared to go to sleep.
... I like it!

Cry me a Weekly!

Want a good cry?

2011-09-22 05:32:10 by Back-From-Purgatory

So it's time for a random 3am newspost.

I have just finished watching "Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai", and I gotta say, very few shows (Although Angel Beats is way up there as well) have pulled at my heart strings as much as this one did. It's been a long, long time since I've watched something that made a tear roll down my cheek, but this show did it.

Since there's no synopsis on the page (Since it's a brand spanking new show), I'll give a brief description:
Jinta Yadomi (Often called "Jintan") is a highschool (I know, cliché setting) kid and a hikikomori. And the story kicks off with him being pestered by a dead childhood friend (Menma, of which only Jinta can see her). After Menma's death, the group of 6 friends of which both Jinta and Menma were a part of grew apart and are living separate lives.
But after Jinta shows an interest in helping Menma pass on to heaven, the group slowly rekindles their friendship in a struggle to grant Menma's last wish.

Overall, it's a very heart wrenching story, especially near the conclusion as it becomes an extremely emotional show. I'd greatly recommend it to anyone who loves tear jerking anime... I'd dare to call it a "tragedy", but really, it's more sad in a heart warming way, and it pulls it off very well.

The only other show I've ever seen that had me this emotional was Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, which had me near tears numerous times throughout the 14 episodes.
If it wasn't for the god awful ending of H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~ which ruined the entire series for me... I'd greatly recommend that as well... Unless you watch up to the credits of the last episode and then stop before the horrible conclusion, then by all means, give it a shot.

Also, I apologize for missing this weeks Weekly Picks, I was not feeling well over the weekend, so I never got around to looking for stuff to feature. I will make sure I don't miss next week though!

I'm happy, time to write sad music!

2011-09-16 06:37:36 by Back-From-Purgatory

So, I've been in somewhat of a weird funky mood lately, I feel happy, but I have the strongest urge to write the saddest music I've ever written. Maybe it's because I've been listening to a lot of very emotional music lately which I'll list off below for those that are curious as to what I've been listening to. Maybe it's just because that's how I write, I simply don't write "happy music"... I'm capable of it, but I have to force it, and I don't enjoy it nearly as much.

What can I say? The feeling I get from slower emotional songs is like I've died and gone to heaven compared to happy, upbeat stuff I'm like, "Hey, that was catchy.. moving on..."

Which is kind of odd, because I do listen to a fair bit of upbeat pop type stuff along side the slower stuff... Actually, the stuff that isn't slow and emotional greatly outweighs the slow and emotional stuff in my music library... Metal, Trance, Happy Hardcore, Dubstep, Jrock/pop, etc. Could be because I seem to have a hard time finding those certain slower songs that really strike a chord with me... but when I do find one, I grip it as hard as I can and never let go.

Anywho, here's a short list of stuff I've been listening to that has likely put me in this mood:

Sugao - Midori Tsukimiya
Had just finished watching Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka, and when this song played in the last episode, I just had to have it, I went rabid to find a high quality version of the song... Which I did, and I've been listening to it nearly non stop.

Last Night, Good Night - Hatsune Miku
This was one of the very first songs I heard after discovering Vocaloids, and to this day, is still one of my favorite songs... ever. This song also heavily inspired the creation of Them.

1000 Words - FFX-2 (English version Feat. Jade from Sweetbox)
FFX-2 was not a great game, but I will admit, when this song played in game, I shed a tear. I absolutely love the way it was orchestrated.

Aimo - Megumi Nakajima (Macross Frontier OST)
Believe it or not, the plot of Macross Frontier almost entirely revolved around this one song... But not in a bad way, it actually worked, and the show was awesome... As well as the song (Which I am currently learning the piano version of).

Shade - Draw The Emotional
Dunno what to say about this one... this is the song that basically inspired what I did with Dream Part One.

Lilium - Noma Kumiko (Elfen Lied OST)
You all already know how much I love this song, I have a piano/music box cover of it up on my profile.

City Lights - Motionless In White
Amazing band, amazing song. Metal bands that are capable of writing stuff like this instead of all heavy shit earn triple the respect from me than bands like Job For A Cowboy who are only capable of polluting the air with noise.

For Miles - Thrice
Ok, so this one isn't slow and emotional all the way through, but I still love it. I also tried learning the piano part to this one... Didn't happen... And probably won't anytime in the near future.

There's no doubt more that I'm forgetting, but those are the highlights.

And that concludes my random newspost of the week. Be sure to check out my weekly picks for this week as well!

I finally finished the main story of Disgaea 4... Took me approximately 63 hours game time to do so, and that was with minimal time in the item/chara worlds. Now time to unlock all the bonus characters in post game! Working on Etna right now... but she's kicking my ass.

I have also just reuploaded my latest song Stay Thy Hand with a couple minor tweaks to the mixing, check it out if you haven't already and let me know what you think!

Babbling and Weekly Picks!

2011-09-12 04:36:59 by Back-From-Purgatory

I know, I know, I'm a little late this week... I'll be honest, I got Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten on Tuesday, and I've been having a hard time putting it down, over 40 hours in the game in less than a week, and I've yet to beat it, which is crazy, most games barely last me 10-20 hours... I swear, I've never sunk that much time into a single game without playing anything else on the side, like... ever. But it's just that much fun, I just love collecting the characters, upgrading them, unlocking the better version then reincarnating to level it all over again just to have a bit better stats for the road ahead... It's addicting.

And to make things worse, I had been eyeing Cross Edge for a while, and finally broke down and ordered a used copy (Because I couldn't find anything else) from Gamestop... I'm a real sucker for SRPGs of pretty much all kinds, so I could see myself disappearing from the world between these two games for a while.. but I'll make sure I still put up my weekly picks next week as well, so don't worry.
...I should also keep working on the songs I have on the go...

Gaming aside, I hit up Red Lobster for endless shrimp last night, stuffed my face pretty good... As much shrimp as I want for $20? Yes please... I swear, the staff there knows me and my buddy by our first names by now, since every year we go clean them out when endless shrimp rolls around. The aftermath is never pretty, but it's completely worth it.

Also, for those that haven't already, you should definitely head over to my Youtube page and subscribe! I hadn't paid much attention to my youtube channel, but recently my stuff has been getting more and more popular with youtubers (Mostly via Minecraft videos for whatever reason)... So I figure I may as well start paying it a bit more attention.
Who knows, maybe once I hit a certain number of subscribers I'll start putting up live videos instead of just songs with pictures (Already debating doing that with my latest song "Stay Thy Hand").

Anyways, enough babbling, it's time for my weekly picks:

Song of the Week:
Artist: Lashmush
Song: Darkness In Me (Symphonic Edit)
Purgatory Comment:
Yes, I usually feature underrated stuff (This song is more popular than anything I have up), but this song is just too epic for me not to feature it. I have a real soft spot for orchestral metal, and while I usually prefer clean(ish) vocals, the overall layout of this song just gave me a complete eargasm.

Art of the Week:
Artist: duplex2
Art: Untitled 3
Purgatory Comment:
I don't know how this doesn't have any reviews yet (I'll be leaving one once I get the weekly stuff taken care of). It has a real gritty, dark fantasy feel to it, and I've always been a fan of dark fantasy, especially when it's gritty. Got an ever so slight cyberpunk feel to it as well, without completely destroying the original premise of the overall picture.

Babbling and Weekly Picks!

Babbling and Weekly Picks

2011-09-05 00:41:52 by Back-From-Purgatory

So, unlike last week, I actually have something to talk about this week before I move on to my picks for Art/Audio of the Week.

So, for starters, last week I finished a new song, which is probably the longest I have ever spent on a song in one sitting (Approximately 16 hours straight recording). It's also likely the most polished metal song I've ever done, maybe it's the inclusion of bass, maybe it's the fact that I spent a lot more time on the drums... or maybe I just didn't suck it up as much as I usually do on guitar. In any case, do give it a listen and let me know what you think:
Stay Thy Hand

Secondly, so... Disgaea 4 releases this week. And I'm kind of on the fence about how I feel about that. Not because I'm skeptical of the quality of the game... I know it will be awesome. Because, you know... it's Disgaea.
Really, I'm up on the fence about how I feel about that because I procrastinated with my preorder... If I had preordered earlier like I usually do, I would have the game already, because they screwed up the schedule or something and shipped the preorders early, and a lot of people got the game this last Wednesday (This coming Tuesday is the official release, so practically a week early). But for whatever reason, I didn't preorder early like I usually do.
So now... Not only do I have to wait, I may have to wait a week PAST the release date because NIS America ran out of stock and isn't expecting the next shipment to go out until the 9th... instead of for the release on the 4th. So I'm debating cancelling my preorder (I don't need the OST that bad) and picking it up at EB games or something instead on Tuesday.
Either way though, I'm really looking forward to playing it... Always loved the over the top nature of the Disgaea franchise.

And lastly, I would like to ask you guys something, how many of you like my music enough to pay for it? Someone brought up selling stuff on iTunes in a recent review, and while I'm not planning on doing so right away, I'd like to get a feel for where I'm at on the matter. Because it's not free to get stuff on iTunes, and I'd have to make well over 350-400 sales in the first year to make any profit after all the costs.
Let me know! Should the feedback be good, I may end up doing so sooner (Although not likely before I finish one of my fabled albums).

Finally, here are my picks of the week!

Song of the Week:
Artist: Preyfour
Song: Limitless
Purgatory Comment:
Preyfour is someone I ran into while doing a modding session, and I was absolutely blown away by his way of mixing 8-bit and dubstep, it really feels like a fresh take on 2 popular genres... Mixed together.

Art of the Week:
Artist: ZakkVanBurace
Art: Midnight Melody
Purgatory Comment:
I originally came across Zakk while looking for some art to put on my latest video on youtube, and I was blown away by the quality of his submissions, while anime is an extremely popular style, he still seems to manage making it unique in his own way without resorting to ridiculous tactics such as skewed proportions or cheesy gimmicks.
To top it off, I'm a musician, an otaku, and I absolutely love the violin as an instrument, so it's only natural that I would enjoy this piece. Very clean and detailed piece that deserves more attention that it's getting.

Babbling and Weekly Picks

Best Ever...

2011-08-31 03:13:38 by Back-From-Purgatory

So, I've been playing around with a few new riffs lately, and I finally stopped procrastinating and recorded them... To top things off, I didn't just record a small sample like I usually do.. You know, typical couple guitar tracks and a drum track that is barely more than a click track. I went all out and spent the better majority of the day recording. Not only did I spend a lot more time on the drums, I even went the extra mile and included a bass part, any of you who follow me know how big of a deal that is. I almost never put bass in my songs.

Even better... It's a complete song, there is no next version (Unless I at some point decide to put vocals on it, but I'm pretty happy with it as it is), it's a full 4 minute song, no waiting required.

Give 'er a listen and let me know what you think! This is very likely the best straight up metal song I've ever done, so I'm looking forward to a lot of feedback!

That aside, if you haven't already, do check out my picks for best Art/Audio of the Week in my previous newspost, found here.

Weekly Picks and More!

2011-08-29 15:25:10 by Back-From-Purgatory

Another week, another post.

Usually I'd include something here about how my week went... but this last week wasn't all that exciting (Except that I'm really looking forward to Disgaea 4, epic-parody-strategy-RPGs FTW), so instead, I'll ask you guys how your week went. So?

Song of the Week:
Artist: ZStriefel
Song: The Journey Home
Purgatory Comment:
I don't know what to say, this song just makes me want to go slay a dragon.

Art of the Week:
Artist: cristianemi
Art: early spring fog
Purgatory Comment:
Simple, atmospheric, and yet, touchingly complex in execution. This picture caught my eye, and won't let me look away, something about it is just fascinating.... Mesmerizing.

Weekly Picks and More!

Weekly Picks!

2011-08-21 04:02:18 by Back-From-Purgatory

Another week gone by, which means it's time for more weekly picks!

But first, I'll take a little time to blab about what I've been up to (Or what I haven't been up to).
For starters, I've finally uploaded a cover of my playing To Zanarkand (Found here), originally composed by Nobuo Uematsu for the game Final Fantasy X. If you're a gamer, chances are you are familiar with this song, it's become quite a hit... So much so that even gamers that haven't played FFX still know of the song, it's just that damn awesome. And after months of learning to play it (Yes, I suck that much), I'm finally to a point where I can play it all the way through with little to no mistakes.

To Zanarkand aside, yesterday was my Bday, hurrah... Spent the day with my best friend chilling, biking, getting ice cream (Was damn hot out), and then nerding out on Magic: The Gathering. Never been much of one to have a party for my Bday, I'd much prefer to just hang out with a friend or two.

And I'd also like to go be all sappy again and say thanks to all those leaving me awesome reviews, some of them are really touching, and I appreciate every one of them. Hopefully going into the future, I'll continue to be able to meet the standards I feel I should meet to keep you guys happy with what I do.

Anyways, enough with the me talk, it's time to promote some underrated artists! And as a quick note before I do so, if you guys come across anything in the Art or Audio Portals that you find is exceptionally well done and is not getting the attention it deserves, let me know! It's hard work sifting through all this stuff by myself to bring you these featured artists!

Song of the Week:
Artist: GronmonSE
Song: .:Metal Mob:.
Purgatory Comment:
It's no secret that I have a soft spot for orchestral metal, and mixing issues aside, this song just strikes that right chord with me... I'd complain that it's too short, but I get that very complaint a lot with my own stuff, so I probably don't have the privilege of doing so.

Art of the Week:
Artist: voxmortemcg
Art: Solid Bra
Purgatory Comment:
Not only do I think this piece is exceptionally well done (My biggest gripe being that she looks ridiculously bull legged), with all the fine detail in the armor, I love the statement it's making. If you're a gamer, movie goer, comic reader... Well... if you're into any kind of medium that has the possibility of a fantasy setting, you are probably all too aware of the cliché that most female characters have.
And that is, that chainmail/plate armor fashioned into a bikini is somehow supposed to be practical. And I love that voxmortemcg is challenging that thinking by giving a female character armor that actually looks like it would protect from a slight breeze.

Weekly Picks!