Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

Hey there music lovers,

This week I bring you The Very End, a melodic death/thrash metal band from Ruhrgebiet, Germany. Unfortunately, since they formed in 2005 (?) and do not seem to be a very well known band, there isn’t much information out there to share with you. So, just check out their video for the single A Hole in the Sun off of their 2011 release “Mercy & Misery”. Enjoy!

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I would like to direct your attention today to a phenomenon on the internet that has people essentially selling their souls to develop an over-the-top, in-your-face online persona. While internet surfers have the option to watch or not watch whatever they want online, why must people try so hard to foist their need for fame on a mostly unsuspecting internet public? Take for example the video stylings of a character called Shaye Saint John:

According to www.musicalfamilytree.net, ‘Shaye Saint John’ was created seemingly sometime around 2006 by the lead singer Eric Fournier of Blood Farmers, an British punk band from the mid-’80s. Movie review site beyondhollywood.com characterizes the ill-conceived back story for this obnoxious abomination as “a mask wearing quadriplegic, [with] a high-pitched whine that is as annoying as it is difficult to understand.” I would have to agree, as the short vignettes available on YouTube seem to show only snippets of a mentally disturbed individual performing meaningless and confusing (if not perplexing) tasks, seemingly without context.

The videos are like a proverbial nightmare on hallucinogenic drugs. They make no sense whatsoever and seem to serve only to garner as much attention as possible for their creator. This is not to say art is not in the eye of the beholder. From the many comments on the YouTube videos, to the some 900 fans on Facebook, this particular bout of insanity seems to have something of a cult following. To this particular beholder (yours truly), however, this entire endeavor is just more noise on the biggest forum for attention whores in the world: the internet.

Rock on, Mediocrites,

This latest installment comes to you once again from the plentiful resources on YouTube. German power metal band Freedom Call blast back onto the scene with their first album since 2007. Off their January release Legend of the Shadowking, Thunder God tells the story of war between the Prussian army and France. Compelled by the bounds of treaty, the Bavarian troops are forced join the fray. After their French allies are defeated, the German empire survives under the leadership of the Prussians. Not bad to cover all that in about three and a half minutes, ay?

From their website:

The video could be a bit more entertaining, but I prefer to pay attention to the music. The song is great for anyone who loves both the classic sounds of Guns ‘n’ Roses (listen for it at the beginning) and the hard rocking of Billy Idol, all the while maintaining its constantly driving power metal edge. I will be posting more from these guys for sure, so if you like what you hear, stay tuned!

-The Dead Peasant

Let’s file this one under mediocre theories. This video comes from an Irish filmmaker named George Clarke, who claims that while watching a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film, he noticed an extra walking through the frame holding what looks to him like a cell phone. Obviously he was skeptical at first, considering cell phones wouldn’t be invented for another 50 years. Other theories abound concerning what it might be and the preponderance of evidence seems to point to something other than a cell phone. I tend to agree. While it may be fun to think of the possibility of time travel, reality (and science) dictates that time travel is not currently possible.

Besides the obvious technological questions already posed by this situation, why would a time traveler, presumably knowledgeable of the inherent risks involved in such futuristic concepts, flaunt this advanced technology so nonchalantly as to just casually stroll through a crowded movie premiere? She wouldn’t, unless she did not know any better. There are a number of psychological disorders that cause people to seemingly talk to themselves, such as schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities), among others. This is just one theory.

Another perspective it seems not many have considered: the possibility of video tampering. It is truly amazing that in the age of the Photoshop generation, this is not more widely seen as the likely explanation. Why could this clip not be merely a clever bit of editing by whoever put together the DVDs? I realize these are just a few of the thousands upon thousands of theories already proposed on blogs, message boards and news outlets, but too many out there seem all too eager to believe we are in the midst of a science fiction story.

People are dumb: it’s just science.

-The Dead Peasant

Here is a not-so-mediocre video made by the folks at Weebl’s Stuff that I wanted to share with all of you. I must warn you- the content is PG-13 rated, but hi-larious.

That horse is pretty amazing.