For some reason, I’ve been finding myself eager to go to a circus or a carnival of some sorts. Something about getting a giant elephant ear and going on rickety, possibly dangerous rides is rather appealing. However, the snow and ice that is just outside my window is a constant reminder that this is simply not a possibility. Alas, I have months to go before I can even entertain the very thought.
So that’s why I turned to an outside source to get my circus thrills vicariously: Avatar‘s “Black Waltz” music video! And so I share it with you as the Twisted Music Video Of The Week! The video features singer Johannes Eckerström as ringleader to a host of twisted performers, including a woman who steps on glass, swallows fire, and lays on a bed of nails, and a man who power drills his nose as well as inserts a condom into his nose and pulls it out of his mouth. Meanwhile, the chorus is starkly disconnected, as Eckerström violently howls, “Life is so wonderful/life is so beautiful/Just smile/No one gets out alive“. Give it a watch below and enjoy your weekend!
Black Waltz can be purchased on iTunes. READ MORE
A band that I’ve been getting really hooked into lately is Swedish avant garde metal group Avatar, who released their fourth studio album Black Waltz (iTunes) last year. Songs like “Torn Apart” and “Smells Like A Freakshow” sank their teeth into my ears and are nearly impossible to get out since.
Then, when I found out that guitarist Tim Öhrström is a horror fan, I knew I had to get him to get Bloody-Disgusting a list of some of his favorites! Head on below to see which films made the cut! READ MORE
Swedish avant-garde metal band Avatar have released an official video for “Smells Like A Freakshow”, which comes off their fourth studio album Black Waltz. The Johan Carlen-directed video shows each member of the band playing the role of the tormenter and the tormented, inflicting one horrific pain after another upon themselves. Check it out below.
Frontman Johannes Eckerström states, “The video illustrates inner conflict in an explicit manner, using abuse of unjust power in different contexts. The lyrical themes of downfall, embracing of decadence and failed attempts to escape are pointed out by the fact that ultimately the bad guys win.” READ MORE
TWC Games, which is basically the video game department over at The Weinstein Company announced that now available exclusively for the Xbox 360 are Hellraiser Revelations Avatar items. The collection contains 10 different items ranging in price from 80 Microsoft Head Pins to 320 Microsoft Bull Shit Dollars. You can buy props, t-shirts, full costumes and more. Head past the break for a trailer and some screens so you can get a full look at all the Pinheaded goodies.
Alan Moore originally wrote Fashion Beast as a screenplay back in his 80s hayday at the same time he was writing a little book called “Watchmen”. Now, Avatar is publishing a comic adaption of Moore’s “Fashion Beast”, the first issue of which will be in shops this week. The screenplay has been adapted by Antony Johnston and Facundo Percio, with Moore’s involvement throughout. Turns out the comic is pretty spot on adaptation. Below you can check the first page of the screenplay alongside the first few pages of the comic. All credit for this goes to Bleeding Cool, and I thank them wholeheartedly for sharing it with us. READ MORE
Acclaimed horror Jamie Delano is wrapping up his first story-arc on in Crossed: Badlands #9 this week! This entire storyline has been exceptionally brutal and peppered with tons of plots twists. As the book speeds towards the inevitable explosive final confrontation, Steve is stuck alone in the Everglades as she goes into labor with a pack of “Crossed” right on her tail. Master horror writer Jamie Delano and artist Leandro Rizzo bring it all to a blood curdling boil in “Crossed: Badlands” #9. Check out a preview of the issue below. READ MORE
Everybody knows that the most brutal comics out there right now are Avatar’s Crossed and Stitched. They’re gruesome, violent, bloody, and disturbing. However, they also offer incredible storytelling from some of the best in the business. “Crossed” and “Stitched” are titles that prove that horror can be blood-filled, fun, and intelligent. Coming in September are “Crossed: Badlands” #13 and #14, and “stitched” #8, check out the solicits and gory cover art below. READ MORE
Back in the 80s when Alan Moore was in his heyday of creation, he wrote a little (actually massive) screenplay called Fashion Beast. The idea was to modernize the classic tale of “Beauty and the Beast” in a dystopic, and slightly horrific, society (this reeks of Moore). The film script never saw the light of day. The screenplay has now been adapted to comic form, by Moore himself, for a ten-issue series to be published by Avatar Press beginning in September. This may be the book fans have been waiting for to bridge Moore’s visionary storytelling from the 80s with his more experimental work of the past decade. There are a bunch of alternate covers that you can check out below with some more details. READ MORE
Matt Gerald (pictured below; Avatar, “The Shield”) will have the chance to chow down on pulled pork sandwiches in Miami soon, he’s been cast in Season 7 of “Dexter”. Per EW he’s joined up for a “multi-episode arc as a violent blue-collar criminal.”
Last week Katia Winter (Arena) was cast as a Russian stripper who works in a Miami club. She joined fellow Season 7 newbie Ray Stevenson (“Rome”), who was recently cast a high-ranking member of an Eastern European crime ring who arrives in Miami determined to learn who killed one of his associates, and TV vet Jason Gedrick as the owner of the club where Winter’s character works.
“Dexter”‘s seventh season is set to premiere Sunday, September 30. READ MORE
Note: Post written by Chris Lockett
This week’s singles include new music from Damon Albarn, Silversun Pickups, Avatar, Stellar Revival, and Garbage. Some are amazing and some are terrible, but only one can be chosen as my pick for “Single Of The Week”. So which single gets the crown? Hit the jump to find out! READ MORE
Not sure how this one slipped under our radar, but we feel quite ashamed for only bringing this to you now. Better late than never, I suppose. You’ve all heard of Crossed, the most gruesome in-your-face horror comic around, and to go along with the new Badlands series, Avatar has begun releasing a free weekly webcomic! Written by Simon Spurrier with art by Javier Barreno, Crossed: Wish You Were Here continues the brutal trail of violence in the same world as the main title. New chapters are released every Thursday. Head over to the Avatar website for the free reads.
In 2008 writer Garth Ennis and artist Jacen Burrows redefined horror comics with the release of Crossed. The concept was simple; a virus begins infecting people worldwide and causes them to lose all inhibitions and act upon their most evil thoughts. The book became an instant success due to its violent, disgusting and often disturbing imagery, and fans loved it.
After a series of Crossed book written by David Lapham, Ennis and Burrows have finally returned to the sick and depraved world he created to write the initial story arc of Crossed: Badlands, a new bi-weekly ongoing series. In this incarnation of the book, we are introduced to group of Scottish survivors that have managed to survive the Crossed outbreak by heading to rural countryside. This misfit band of survivors, which includes a book store employee, a pregnant woman and a disfigured sharpshooter who claims to be who claims to be Prince Harry, are scavenging for supplies as the Crossed close in.
As you should well know by now, the infamous CROSSED is getting it’s own ongoing series beginning this March. The all-star creative team of Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows are bringing you one of the most intense, bloody, and insane horror books out there. Each arc will take travel to a new place in the world, following a mass pandemic that turns the population into nutty psychopaths who would make John Wayne Gacy proud. This is not one to miss. Check out a whole lot of details and a sweet preview from Avatar after the break.
It’s about that time of year when all the publishers begin to announce their major releases for that wonderful day in May, Free Comic Book Day. Avatar has announced that Lady Death: The Beginning will be one of those books, and, it’s a full 40-pager that serves as the first chapter of Lady Death Vol. 1. Sure, it’s six months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t per-emptively get stoked.
Avatar is an up and coming runner in the horror comics game, and now they promote their latest horror release, FERALS. This brand spankin’ new ongoing series is helmed by David Lapham, who broke into the scene with his hit STRAY BULLETS, and since then he’s lent his pen to many horror comics. Now Lapham takes us on another terrifying ride into a small town where a string of gruesome murders suddenly brings the town into a much, much darker world. Orders close for this bad boy next Thursday, so peep the wicked 9 page preview after the jump and tell your shop to order you a copy. Read on for the skinny
There’s something you should know. This is hard for us to admit but we’ve been holding something back for a while. In fact, we’ve held it in for so long that we just can’t hide it anymore. Ready? Alright, here it is: we fucking love you. There, it’s out there. To show our affection for the people that keep us going, the guys and gals that put a smile on our face and the readers that we fantasize about each and every night before we go to sleep, we’re going to start handing out little rewards to random people. “What do I have to do,” You ask? It’s pretty simple actually.
To have a chance at winning whatever it is we’re giving out at the time what you need to do is just be yourself. At the end of each month we’re going to start picking out commenters on our articles to give away free things to. The more you participate in the Dead Pixels section only improves your chances of winning. Now, if you think posting a dozen pointless comments is going to up your chances I’ll spoil it right now by saying it won’t. We’re picking comments that interest us and the they can’t be negative toward others. Head past the break to see what we’re giving away this month. READ MORE
It has been a runaway hit since its inception, and the Romero based ‘NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’ monthly from Avatar Press will officially be returning from the dead this coming March with an all new arc entitled ‘DEATH VALLEY’. (Puns surely intended) If you scroll down you can check out the first still from the series as well as the full synopsis.
Written by Mike Wolfer, art by Dheeraj Verma, covers by Michael Dipascale, Wolfer and Matt Martin.
“Fans have demanded more, so Mike Wolfer returns to the Night of the Living Dead, but this time takes it to California! It’s 1969, and one year and 1,700 miles from the devastating plague that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. In the arid expanse of the California desert, a group of young, weekend warriors have left behind the tensions of the times and hope to escape the mundane with three days of hot sun, wild bikinis and boss dune buggies. But the desert is a harsh environment, where the unsuspecting can find danger behind every pristine, white, sand dune. This is Death Valley, where the flesh-hungry living dead wait, baking in the sun, thirsty for the blood of the living. But something else is hiding among the rocks, a secret even more gut-wrenching than the reanimated corpses of the dead which roam the sands!”
“NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: DEATH VALLEY” Drops This March From Avatar press! READ MORE
This past week ARTISTdirect.com and IAMROGUE.com paired legendary Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer and actress Michelle Rodriguez (Machete, Avatar, Lost, Girlfight) for an exclusive video interview, a filmed conversation between these two provocative people, who met for the first time, in front of the cameras.
You can check out the interview by clicking HERE
The interview is the first in a series of interviews entitled “Rogue on Rogue” that pairs two distinctive and influential artists from diverse mediums in a unique, ‘first meeting’ video setting that leaves the chaos and comedy un-cut and unedited.
Michelle and Munky bond over everything from Metallica to Apocalypse Now, and sharing intriguing personal stories along the way.
For those of you who are counting down the days until December when you will get to see the long awaited return of the cult heroine, “LADY DEATH” from her new publisher Boundless, then you just got thrown a very nice bone by the Avatar imprint. This past weekend the publisher announced that they would be releasing a 160 page collection of the original “LADY DEATH” stories for new and old fans alike to get them ready for the December release date. Beyond the break you can get all the details and the specs. Read on for the skinny.
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of INSOMNIUM who recently won the Finnish Metal Awards earlier this year for Best Band and Best Album (for the 2009 album “Across The Dark”). The band comments: “We are very happy to announce that we have signed a deal with the mighty Century Media Records. Throughout the spring and summer we negotiated with several attractive labels but in the end it was clear that Century Media would be our home for the years to come. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and genuine love for music made an instant impact on us. We are convinced that this alliance will lead to even greater achievements in the future and also avails us to tour outside Europe more often. And naturally it is a great honor for us to stand in the same team with the likes of Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Paradise Lost, The Haunted, Finntroll and Turisas. A new exciting chapter in the story of Insomnium has begun!
We want to thank Jens Prueter and the whole Century Media crew for putting their trust in us. We thank our manager Jukka Varmo for handling the negotiations very smoothly. We also wish to thank our previous label Candlelight Records for the decade that we spent with them. We salute you all!”
A few months back “CROSSED” publisher Avatar Press revealed that they were not only going to be starting up an off-shoot publishing company (like everyone else these days) called Boundless, but that they were also planning to bring back cult fan favorite “LADY DEATH”. The character that has been all but lying in the gutters of obscurity the past few years has quite the attentive following, and this weekend at ComiCon San Diego the publisher will be giving fans details on how they can get their hands on the first issue of the all new series for free! Can’t wait that long? Fine, read on past the break for all the details!
We are just 24 hours away from the biggest comic book convention in the history of the Mid-West with C2E2 and already news is rolling in. Today it was announced that offshoot of “CROSSED” publisher Avatar: Boundless will be bringing back the popular cult seductress “LADY DEATH”. Fans haven’t seen anything new from the character since the last series ended all the way back in 2007, but that will all change this winter as the publisher promises an entirely new series. Inside you can can get all the details.
Sega announced downloadable Aliens Vs Predator items in the Threads Store inside the Playstation Home Mall for your avatar. There are a male and female version for each species in the game. You can buy them as complete packages, but also available to download separately. They wont be around forever though, you can only get them through March 31st.
€2.99 (4.113642 U.S. dollars) for a complete costume.
€1.99 (2.737842 U.S. dollars) for a pair of trousers or a top.
€0.99 (1.362042 U.S. dollars) for a helmet or mask. READ MORE
Garth Ennis’ comic series Crossed, about infected people hell bent on chaos, is continuing with it’s release of issue six this Wednesday. This series is not for the faint of heart…but if you are looking for something a little more out there and garish and are a fan of Ennis, Crossed is for you. More info after the break…