Archive for January, 2017

Life after man

Posted: January 31, 2017 in General, Magazines, Prepping


This looks like a good read. UK publication BBC Focus (February 2017). Should we worry about asteroids they ask? Well, yes. When newspapers are trying to introduce words like “Fireball season” (What?) you know something is up. The “Life after man” article looks interesting. We could very well descend very quickly into anarchy if the financial system goes belly up. Or if we are hit by a sudden EMP wave that knocks out all electricity. Add the usual list of problems (and the unusual) and… Yeah, we may be in over our heads.

Which is why you are a fool if you are not gearing up.


Crimen Excepta

Posted: January 31, 2017 in Classic Rock, General


Crystal Viper´s fourth studio album “Crimen Excepta” was released in April 2012 and my copy features 10 tracks including the lead theme from the motion picture “Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood”, written by Marta Gabriel. Marta is really starting to nail the high pitch screams and as a fan of Ian Gillan, Rob Halford etc I like that about her. The album could have used a few quiet moments, but this is right in your face Metal. Cover art by Chris Moyen.

“Legends” is still the best of the lot, and this will be the last post about the band until the next album is out (I think eight posts since January 12 is quite enough). Always nice to spot good bands though.


Here is another CD box worthy of attention, Deep Purple´s “The Complete Albums 1970-1976” spanning from the “Concerto” recording (1969, but released in 1970) to “Made In Europe” (1975, but released in 1976). Had they added three more albums it would have covered the entire first period, 1968 to 1976, but the first line-up has been ignored here. On the other hand, apart from the “Concerto” album, what you have got here is the very best of the Golden Era of this band.


Will Elder

Posted: January 31, 2017 in Comics, Cool stuff, General


Another title in MAD´s “Original Idiots” series, “Will Elder” (MAD Books, 2015). Includes his work from MAD Comics #1-23. 210 pages.

Got to love this.


Deep Purple and Alice Cooper are set to co-headline a US Tour that kicks off in Las Vegas on August 12. 19 shows, one stop on the other side of the border in Toronto. This should go down well.

Read more over at The Highway Star here.


Posted: January 30, 2017 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, General


Crystal Viper´s third studio album “Legends” was released in late 2010 and it features 10 tracks by the band and one cover (Accept´s “TV War”). Accept´s Stefan Kaufmann do lay down a guitar solo on this album, but on the track “Night of the Sin”, a band composition. I like the fact that Marta Gabriel is featured on piano every now and then, giving much needed space for the music to slow down occationally. “Sydonia Bork” is positively beautiful and I think they should open up for more of the same. This is a strong Heavy Metal album.

Excellent cover art by Chris Moyen (best cover so far).

Van Halen 1978-1984

Posted: January 30, 2017 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff


Ordered this Van Halen six CD box today. Titled “The Studio Albums 1978-1984” it covers the David Lee Roth era of the band. I have these records in LP format from the old days but I still like owning stuff in CD format as well. I have noticed that record labels package a lot of stuff like this now and you can get a box like this for the price of two ordinary CDs or less.

Totally worth it.