Sometimes there’s nothing I enjoy more than a rainy, stormy evening and a good album to pop on and lose myself in. It’s calming, it’s soothing, and it’s the best way I’ve found to completely and utterly decompress. Admittedly it’s not that often that I have a rainy day, so I take advantage of them whenever they arise. And since we’re soon going to be heading into Fall and rainy days are on the horizon, I decided that I would compile some of my favorite albums for just such an occasion. Below is a list of my 10 Albums That Are Perfect For A Rainy Day! READ MORE
Composer Daniel Licht is easily one of my favorite composers today. His work on Dexter is widely recognized and praised while his music for Silent Hill: Downpour ranks as one of my favorite entries in the series’ soundtracks. He has also recently composed the music for the hit video game Dishonored as well as NBC’s drama Deception.
In a new video, which you can see below, Licht explains his usage of strings throughout Dexter while allowing us to hear some haunting, beautiful passages. It’s also been revealed that Licht used several unorthodox tools to create a psychological effect on the listener.
“I incorporate the sound of a surgical tool clanking against a wooden block or a knife cutting through an animal carcass with a full orchestra to illustrate the depth of each killing Dexter commits, whilst having a cognitive response from the audience,” stated Licht.
Dexter and Silent Hill: Downpour composer Daniel Licht has released a live acoustic version of “Honor For All”, which is a track from the critically acclaimed video game Dishonored. The video features Licht along with his brother Jon Licht, Norman Kim, and Paul Haapaniemi trading off duties on several different instruments. Edited together, it’s a very fun and interesting take on the original track. Give it a listen below!
I did some serious slacking the past 2 years and didn’t post my Best Horror Game articles like I did from 2007-2009. But I’m going to make it all up to you guys now. It’s easy for me to post my favorite horror games of the year, but I’m more curious about what games YOU guys liked the best. So if you head past the break you can look at my hand clicked selections from last year. Choose your favorite from the list, and then we can crown the winner! The poll will go for a couple weeks, or until I decide it has fizzled out! Head past the break to see your choices and to vote!
And so another year comes to a close. 2012, just like any other year, you had your gems and you had your flops when it came to album releases. For this article, I’d like to give you my Top 10 albums of 2012 as well as several honorable mentions that didn’t exactly make the cut but were too good to leave unmentioned. So, read on to see my Top 10 Albums Of 2012!
Of course this happens AFTER I leave Los Angeles… Composer Daniel Licht will be performing selections from his various works, including Dexter, Silent Hill: Downpour (review), Thinner, Hellraiser: Bloodline, and more live at the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, CA. Billed as ‘Music Of The Macabre, the event is $25 and is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29th. There are also surprise guests slated to show up, so you’ll definitely get your ‘treat’ in advance this Halloween. Tickets can be purchased here.
Personally, I wouldn’t miss this opportunity for the world. Licht’s music is nothing short of incredible and the opportunity to see it live is incredibly rare. Also, what better way to kick off Halloween week? You can watch footage of Licht’s previous Largo concert below.
Dexter Season 7 premieres this Sunday. Check out the trailer below. READ MORE
Earlier this year, at the Largo Concert Theater in Los Angeles, California, composer Daniel Licht (Silent Hill: Downpour) conducted a small orchestra in performances of pieces from the hit TV show Dexter, of which he is the composer. It’s amazing to watch as Licht jumps from one instrument to another, creating some otherworldly sounds. Check out video footage of the concert below.
The other night, I beat Silent Hill: Downpour. For those of you who are sitting back and scratching your head wondering, “Didn’t this game come out a few months ago?”, you would be right. But here’s what happened. I bought Silent Hill: Downpour and managed to squeeze in a few hours. Then, the following week, I bought Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, brought it home, popped it into my Xbox and BAM! Dead Xbox.
So, for a few months, I was without an Xbox 360 and was suffering every moment of this long and unexpected video game exile. It got to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore. I caved, bought an Xbox, and dived immediately into the world of…..Minecraft. Yeah, I had to face some creepers to get my hands used to the 360 controller once again. And after building a badass world with TJ (and a little bit with Adam, even though he likes to destroy other people’s creations), I got my mitts all set again. I was ready to enter that foggy world once again! READ MORE
Well, this sucks. I really enjoyed Silent Hill: Downpour for its remarkably creepy atmosphere and its glorious return to many of the things that made me fall in love with the series in the first place (great music, fantastic puzzles, an interesting story, etc.) and if Vatra had had the opportunity to develop a sequel I’m sure it would’ve been nothing less than magical. Unfortunately, the world is a cruel place and if a report by Eurogamer is any indication, the developer could soon be shutting its doors. Vatra’s owner Kuju hasn’t confirmed anything at this time, but they are currently “conducting a strategic review of all aspects of the business,” and “As part of this process, the on-going business activities of the Vatra studio are currently under review.” I truly hope the promising new studio isn’t shuttered because that would certainly be a huge loss for the gaming industry. Good luck, guys.
I constantly find myself missing new articles while I still learn to navigate the back end of this massive new web endeavor, which is why I’m a bit late is pushing out to you guys the latest editions of News From the Crypt and Aural Pleasures.
This month on “News From the Crypt,” the crew jumps into the elevator to see what lies below The Cabin in the Woods and take a trip to the The Devil’s Carnival road show. Also, Horror Guy Keenan interviews the composer of “Silent Hill: Downpour and Dexter,” Daniel Licht, while Tex hangs out with director Don Coscarelli to talk about his adaptation of John Dies at the End. You’ll find all that and much, much GORE by reading below or typing ‘Bloody Disgusting” into iTunes.
In the below tenth episode of “Aural Pleasures,” Adam, Jonny, and Bill take a moment to discuss a woman who got pregnant at a Megadeth/Motorhead show before launching into a topic that is near and dear to their hearts: video games! The trio go over some of their favorite video game soundtracks, from the glory days of 8-bit beeps and boops to some very recently released titles. The boys then end everything, as usual, with some recommendations for you listeners.
Also, Bill and Jonny get a big scare when it sounds like Adam is suddenly physically assaulted during the recording and Bill is forced to open a package that may or may not contain a severed head. Check it all out on this edition of “Aural Pleasures”!
It’s no secret the Silent Hill series has been struggling for the better part of a decade. Ever since The Room, a game that wasn’t originally planned to be a Silent Hill game, Konami has made a considerable effort to bring its renowned survival horror series back to its former glory. Now this isn’t to say everything after Silent Hill 3 has been crap, but there’s no denying the fact that they really haven’t been able to capture what made the first two games so iconic.
If you had any doubts about Silent Hill: Downpour, this video will either put your mind at ease or enrage you terribly. I have to say I think it looks pretty good, and they are actually making it more REAL, to the point where you can’t carry every weapon you find on you at all times. So watch the video below and let me know if you like the direction it’s going. I’m curious, like a cat. My friends call me whiskers.
These screensthots came to me in a dream. I was in a cave, wearing nothing but a pair of leather chaps and some Gucci sunglasses. Standing in front of me was Pyramid Head, and this is what he said, “My dear Adam, your butt looks mighty fine in those leather chaps, but alas, I fear my time is running out. I’ve come to you to deliver a fresh batch of screenshots that you must deliver to your legions of fans. Sadly, I will not be appearing in the next Silent Hill game, because I have prior engagements. You understand, don’t you?” Too which I replied, “Yes, my dear Pyramid Head, and might I say your ass looks delicious in that kilt made from human skin.” Then we laughed heartily and I woke up.
So here I am, delivering these new screenshots to you, my legions of fans. I hope you enjoy them, I know I sure did. Oh, and Downpour releases on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 25. Pyramid Head wanted me to say that too. READ MORE
We still have a few months left to wait before Silent Hill: Downpour throws some much needed horror our way, but that’s not going to stop me from giving you a bunch of new screenshots. In fact, if you’re really hurting for some wet Silent Hill action you can stare at these screens, play some Downpour tunes, close your eyes and imagine that you’re playing the game right now. While you’re at it you can bring me into your fantasy, wearing nothing but those snazzy polka dot boxers Vincent wears in Catherine. I don’t mind.
For some reason we still haven’t been given a release date for Silent Hill: Downpour, other than a wide October window. From what we’ve seen of the game so far it’s shaping up nicely, so hopefully it’ll bring the series back to its former glory when it comes out later this year. If it doesn’t, well, that’ll make me really angry, and you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry. READ MORE
What is guaranteed to be the series wettest installment yet, Silent Hill: Downpour is also the first game in the main series to depart from the linear storytelling. Instead, we’ll get side quests, and lots of ‘em, to give us more thing to do outside of the main story. Soon after E3 GameSpot had the chance to sit down with Downpour’s producer Tomm Hulett to shed some light on how much time we can expect to be investing in the game.
If for some reason you’re not interested in the side quests the game will be similar to previous games in the series, in that it will take roughly 8-10 hours to complete. But if you like to explore every nook and cranny to get the most of your money, the game’s campaign can take upwards of 15-20 hours to beat, with all of the side quests. Head past the break for some brand new screenshots, I guarantee they won’t take that long too look at. READ MORE
So, it was announced at E3 that nu-metal band Korn is going to be writing the theme song for Silent Hill: Downpour. I’m a huge fan of Akira Yamaoka’s work and I’m a strong believer that Daniel Licht (exclusive interview here) can not only do Akira’s work justice, but also leave his own unique musical style in the series. However, Korn doing a theme song??? I’m seriously skeptical about this. And I’m not the only one: turns out fans of the series have put together an online petition (humorously named ‘Kornami’) to stop this theme song from happening. What are your thoughts?
E3 is technically only in it’s first day, since yesterday’s press conferences were really just the appetizer for what is looking to be another fantastic year to be a geek (though, really, when is it not a great time to be one?). With all the stunning news and surprising announcements, it’s been a little lacking in the horror department so far. Fortunately, today brought with it some fresh screens from one of my most anticipated horror games of the year, Silent Hill: Downpour.
The game is definitely giving off an Alan Wake vibe, though that’s certainly not a bad thing. In fact, if Downpour is as atmospheric as Alan Wake I’ll be a happy camper. Still no word on a release date other than a fairly open October 2011 release, but there’s still plenty of time left at E3 to announce when we’ll be able to get our hands on this game. Downpour will also support 3D, for those of you who are lucky enough to own a 3D capable TV. Head past the break for a substantial batch of screens. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has scored an exclusive interview with Dan Licht, composer of the upcoming video game, Silent Hill Downpour. Dan Licht should be well known to you readers as he has composed a load of horror movies, including Children of the Corn II and III, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Thinner, Amityville 1992: It’s About Time, Soul Survivors, and, probably what most of you know him best for, the hit TV show Dexter. However, this interview focuses solely on Silent Hill and the music he is creating for the game. Check out the exclusive interview, as well as a track from the game and some pictures, after the jump.
Dan’s appointment as composer marks the first time in the Silent Hill franchise that Akira Yamaoka has not been behind the music. Even though I’m a huge fan of Akira’s work, I am really excited for what Dan can bring to the game and I’m eager to hear his music. READ MORE