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Radio 66.6 – Weekly Music News: May 27, 2014

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Radio 66.6We’re back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Pink Floyd, Christopher Lee, Trivium, Mastodon, The Black Dahlia Murder, Powerman 5000, Behemoth, Vanna, Hed P.E., Die Antwoord, John 5 and more. Don’t touch that dial.

NEWS
Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 will release a new song titled “This Is My Rifle” on June 17. It’s the first single from his upcoming solo album, Careful With That Axe, due out later this year. Keep an eye here for when it drops.

Trivium have canceled their upcoming shows after vocalist Matt Heafy was advised by his doctor to take a two-week break from singing.

Polish black metal act Behemoth were recently detained and then deported from Russia for violating the country’s visa policy.

MUSIC
Christopher Lee has released a new digital EP titled Metal Knight. Listen to clips here.

Listen to a preview of a new Mastodon song, “Chimes At Midnight,” here. Once More ‘Round the Sun will be released on June 24 via Reprise Records.

Listen to a new Powerman 5000 song titled “Invade, Destroy, Repeat” here. Their new album, Builders of the Future, will be out on May 27.

Listen to a new Vanna song titled “Piss Up a Rope” here. Void will be released on June 17 via Pure Noise Records.

VIDEOS
Watch Pink Floyd‘s music video for “Marooned” here. A 20th anniversary edition of the seminal band’s final album, The Division Bell, will be released on June 30.

Watch The Black Dahlia Murder perform “In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me” from their upcoming DVD here. Fool ‘Em All drops May 27 on Metal Blade Records.

Watch Die Antwoord‘s music video for “Pitbull Terrier” here. It’s full of the insanity we’ve come to expect from the South African hip hop group. Their new album, Doker Mag, comes out June 3 on Zef Recordz.

TOURS
Powerman 5000 and Hed P.E. are co-headlining a tour this summer. Date are here.

Dates for Chimaira’s summer headlining tour are here.

Shadows Fall summer tour dates with Dead By Wednesday can be found here.

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for the latest music news!

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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