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Exclusive: White Willow’s In Dim Days Song Premiere

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If you followed my musical tastes over at Bloody-Disgusting, you probably know that one of my favorite albums this decade is Norwegian prog rock band White Willow’s 2011 release Terminal Twilight. While not overtly horror, there many nods to the music of Goblin, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and other genre composers, not to mention dozens of prog rock bands; it is a stunningly beautiful and hypnotic album that I return to at least once or twice a month. It’s one of those albums where you hit “Play” on Track 1 and then just let the entire thing play out from beginning to end so that you can appreciate every glorious moment.

Back in the fall of 2016, the band announced that they would be releasing a new album titled Future Hopes, which will be coming out on March 31st. Of course, my excitement reached near stratospheric levels, and I’ve been waiting ever since to hear the album. Today I get to share my anticipation with all of you in the form of an exclusive premiere of the album’s third track, “In Dim Days.”

Frontman Jacob Holm-Lupo describes “In Dim Days” as well as its influences:  “‘In Dim Days’ is a song that takes lyrical inspiration from future city fantasies like Samuel R. Delany’s novel Dhalgren and movies like Escape from New York and Blade Runner. The CS80 synth, so central to the Blade Runner soundtrack, introduces the song. But then it takes a left turn into much proggier territory. I tried to trip up our drummer with the weird time signatures, but he’s un-up-trippable, unfortunately. The highlight of the song for me is Hedvig Mollestad’s amazing guitar playing – it was all improvised on the spot, and she nailed it.

Breaking the 11-minute barrier, “In Dim Days” is a swirling and fascinating piece that showcases everything White Willow has to offer. There are mysterious and almost eerie moments that are followed by passages of almost heartbreaking beauty. New singer Venke Knutson’s vocals hover almost angelically over the music while Hedvig Mollestad’s guitar solos cut through the time signature changes without stumbling once. It’s a magnificent representation of what you can expect from Future Hopes, and I hope (no pun intended) that you enjoy it as much as I do!

Also, make sure to check out the album artwork below. It was done by Roger Dean, whom you may recognize as having done covers for Yes, Asia, Uriah Heep, Rick Wakeman, and more.

You can pre-order Future Hopes via Amazon, standard digital, or hi-res digital.

“In Dim Days” lyrics:

In dim days
When light is occluded
Through dark poison veils
We move

Endless nights
Ordeals of danger
Evading the eyes
By stealth

Slingblade streets
And dens of seduction
In violence and vice
Enshrined

Nothing matters in these dim days
Hope that shatters, shipwrecked at sea
Sorrow gathers in these dark years
Still we cling to the mast, you and me

Nothing matters in these dead years
It gets harder to even care
But in dreams I’m still reminded
I remember the world as it was

I remember the sun
I remember the beautiful moon
And the smile on your face
As we ran through the late afternoon

Now the sun is a ghost
And all shattered, the terrible moon
There is fear in your eyes
As we run from the watchers’ platoon

In dead lands
Our bravery falters
There’s frost in our bones
And souls

Hollow lands
Where everything withers
Dry winds grind all life
To dust

Nothing matters in these dead years
It gets harder to even care
But in dreams I am still reminded
I remember the world as it was

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez

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One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki

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We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.

すべてのことを与え、すべてのことを作成するために役立っていただきありがとうございます。簡単に休め

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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD

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VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!

Synopsis:

A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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