This video is a bit of an oldie but is too cool to not share with you all. Below you can watch a video of South Korean jazz singer Youn Sun Nah take on one of metal’s most famous tracks, Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman”. It’s simply her on vocals paired with an acoustic guitar (that pulls out some haunting licks). But what this woman can do with her voice is unbelievable. It’s also something right out of a horror film, her voice cracking much like the iconic sound from Ju-On and then reaching siren-like heights. Perhaps I’m swayed by the fact that she is from Korea, a country that puts out some stellar horror material but I also think I’m onto something here. Listen below and lend me your thoughts.
“Enter Sandman” comes off of Nah’s Same Girl album. READ MORE
Finally, we know what Sebastian Castellanos, the lead in Mikami’s The Evil Within (‘Psycho Break’ in Japan), will look like. Okay, no, it doesn’t really matter, it’s just that I’m itching for more The Evil Within news and I’ve decided this counts.
I’m a little bummed Sebastian looks like every other lead character in a video game these days — i.e. your archetypal scruffy, middle-age white man — but I’ll be staring at his back for a majority of the game, so I’m all right with it this time. I’ve included some images from Famitsu’s feature on the game, along with the latest issue of the Tango comic for your viewing pleasure after the jump. READ MORE
Seen on the gorgeous cover of Game Informer’s December issue is Lee and Clementine from Telltale Game’s amazingThe Walking Dead. I’m glad they’re on there, looking understandably sullen, especially after the events that happened in the emotional finale. You know a game did something right when you can look back at it after finishing it and still get a little choked up. Or maybe I’m just a softie. Also on the cover are the Master Chief and Cortana from Halo 4, Dishonored’s Corvo, Mario, Darksiders II’s Death, Mass Effect 3′s Commander Shepard (bonus points for choosing female Shepard!), among others. I have a nice, big version too — check it out in all it’s high-resolution glory after the break. READ MORE
I have a special relationship with Metallica‘s Nothing Else Matters. That song, along with the second solo in Pink Floyd‘s Comfortably Numb are the reasons that I wanted to learn how to play guitar. It’s a song that, when it comes on the radio or my iTunes, I leave on and appreciate every moment. From the 3/4 time signature to the amazing way it builds in energy and passion, it’s a song that has, in my opinion, become a timeless classic.
So I’m always eager to see how people take it and try to make something new from it. Apocalyptica did an amazing four-cello version of it that is incredibly haunting. Both Aaron Lewis of Staind and Sully Erna of Godsmack have covered it with great success. But the guy below is on a completely different level. Using only his four-string bass, he tackles the entire song, including the chords, vocal melody, and solos. He also knows how to build up the anticipation, starting out simply, building on one technical prowess after another as the song progresses. Basically, he’s a badass. Check out the cover below and leave your thoughts. READ MORE
This edition of Twisted Music Video Of The Week comes to from user Thommy Razor, who recommended I check out Revolting Cocks cover of Rod Stewart‘s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy. And woo BOY is this one a doozy! With elements of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Thing, Necromantix, The Shining, and the Tales From The Crypt episode Spoiled (Season 3 episode 13), this video is a horror fans dream. Now just work on keeping your food in your stomach. I’m gonna go outside and get a few deep breaths. In…out…in…out…remember the lamaze technique….
Celldweller has made a metal cover of the infamous Halloween theme. Even better than the track is that it is free for download! All you have to do is go to Celldweller’s Facebook page and give it a ‘Like’. I snagged my copy and I’m having fun blasting it at any house that I think has a babysitter in it. This is just one of the ways I entertain myself.
Evile Guitarist Ol Drake decided that Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way just wasn’t heavy enough. And given that Lady Gaga has a serious love of Judas Priest, Ol Drake decided to do a metal cover that had a very Priest-y style. Check it out below and enjoy!
Katy Perry‘s latest video for ET is one hell of a visual feast. Looking at it, it’s a sci-fi horror in the style of Guillermo Del Toro, meaning that there is a sense of beauty and wonder amidst the fear. However, as a song, it doesn’t really speak to me. That’s where the below cover by VersaEmerge comes in. SuperRadMike turned me onto this and it’s a beautiful, emotional rendition that is simple yet powerful. Check after the jump for the original video and two badass rock covers.
Rebooting an aging franchise happens a lot and sometimes to mixed results. Resident Evil 4, Fallout 3 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow are great examples of successful reboots while games like the recent 3D Bionic Commando and essentially every Sonic game since Sonic Heroes are superb examples of what not to do when revamping a series.
Of the numerous video game franchises that have had a fresh coat of paint slapped on them, Lara Croft’s tomb raiding series has had it done more times than most, and now we can add one another to the list. Unveiled in the upcoming January issue of Game Informer, Tomb Raider will seek out Lara’s origins and “takes her on a character defining journey like no other.” Head past the break to check out Lara’s snazzy new look. READ MORE