Great Music #31

Well hello there, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back to Great Music, the series where I just talk about music I like. Last time we did this was back in April. I’m not good at keeping up a consistent release pace for these posts. Oh well. Here we go.

So what’s on the menu this time? Bit of old school rock? Something from a famous movie? Nah, neither. This is a bit more… revolutionary (you’ll know why in a bit). Let’s first get something god damn straight: I don’t like nazis, they’re the fucking worst, get them the hell out. But since those sons of bitches don’t seem to go away any time soon, at least I can imagine it and get some catharsis from it… thanks to “Wolfenstein”. First released in 1981, “Castle Wolfenstein” was a stealth game with some shooting elements. Then in 1992 it saw a reboot of sorts with “Wolfenstein 3D”, a revolutionary (no, that’s not the part I meant earlier) game that really brought the first person shooter to the mainstream. Cut to 22 years and god knows how many games later, and we get “Wolfenstein: The New Order”, another reboot of sorts that shared some stylistic and thematic elements with “The Man in the High Castle” and “Inglourious Basterds”. That game was a huge hit among fans and critics (yours truly included). Then three years later, in 2017 we get the sequel, “Wolfenstein: The New Colossus”, a not quite as good, but still fairly enjoyable action game with some standout moments and characters. Now, the music of “The New Order” was good, but you can still tell that it played it a little bit safe, with composer Mick Gordon testing the waters a bit. After then making the acclaimed music for the 2016 reboot of “Doom”, you could tell that he had found his style and wouldn’t shy away from exploiting it like a motherfucker. Cut to “New Colossus”, where he (along with co-composer Martin Stig Andersen) brought his fucking A-game and gave us some of the best video game music of all time. I could’ve talked about any track from the OST and been just as happy, but I felt like I needed to pick one of the more unique tracks from it to truly justify this post. And that’s why I chose “Horton Hears a Revolution” (THERE IT IS!).

In the game, you play as American resistance fighter William Joseph “B.J.” Blazkowicz (voiced by Brian Bloom) as he tries to fight back against the nazi regime which had taken over the world in 1946, and still rules with an iron cross 14 years later. But he can’t do this alone, he has to gather allies. And at a point in the game he travels to New Orleans to try to recruit a resistance group led by southern preacher Horton Boone (voiced by Christopher Heyerdahl). And as he comes to their base, they start discussing the situation they’re in, which is accompanied by a bit of nice clarinet jazz… and Mick Gordon’s heavier-than-metal guitars and drums. You see, Mick likes to approach his compositions a bit differently compared to your John Williams or Michael Giacchinos of the world. Instead of the typical orchestrations of brass and woodwind, this crazy son of a bitch uses instruments typically found in heavy metal bands (and the occasional synth for good measure). It creates a heavy sound that fits the often satirical but still brutal style of the story and writing. And the way it is used to coincide with the jazzy clarinet is absolutely frickin’ wonderful, creating a mesmerizing chaos that honestly just takes my breath away every time I hear it, while also making me want to start a revolution against some nazi assholes.

Have a good one and enjoy.

“Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus” E3 Trailer!

Hello there, ladies and gents. Like I said in my previous post *nudge nudge, wink wink*, I would cover a whole bunch of trailer coming out of E3. So here we go with number 2.

So we have our first trailer for “Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus”, the sequel to “Wolfenstein: The New Order”, a game where you can turn super-nazis into red paste… yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. Bit of backstory. After having devloped super-technology, the nazis more or less won World War 2. But in a last stand effort in 1946, the allied forces sent one more batch of soldiers to try to stop the evil nazi science man (Dwight Schultz). But the allied forces kind of fucked up which led to the squad leader, William J. Blazkowicz (Brian Bloom) falling into a coma for the next 14 years. Then in 1960 he wakes up and teams up with his nurse (Alicja Bachleda) to find the resistance and stop the evil super-nazis. Also, Jimi Hendrix is there for some reason. It was a great game. Now, I’m gonna spoil the ending of the game. That’s not really a choice of mine, I need to do it to discuss the story presented for this game. *Sigh*. At the end of “The New Order” you fight your way through the super-nazi castle (yes, you read that right) to find Deathshead (that’s the evil nazi science man) and kill him. Which you finally do in a challenging but badass boss battle. Then the entire place explodes, presumably killing B.J. But now with “The New Colossus”, it seems like he fell into a coma… AGAIN… and woke up from it… AGAIN. Oh well, no use crying over repeating themes. But now the nazis have truly taken over, making the world look like a slightly less depressing version of “Man in the High Castle” (a show I reviewied once, *nudge nudge, wink wink*). So now B.J. has to work with a new and improved resistance to hopefully stop the super-nazis once and for all. All of it presented in one of the best game trailer I have seen. It shows some fun ads at the start, gives us a look at the cutscenes and dialogue, and even gives us a bit of gameplay towards the end… and god damn, this looks fucking incredible! “Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus” is set to be released on October 27th of 2017.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for “The New Colossus”? And what did you think of “The New Order” (if you played it). Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

Lazy saturday

Howdy, friends! How are you today? Today I didn’t feel like making a review of any kind. Yet I felt like I had to get something out. So I will simply write about my day! Here we go!

It started out with me waking up at around 10:45 am. I checked my phone (per usual) and then got out of bed at around 11:00. I grabbed some clothes with me, hopped in the shower, got myself clean, got out and dried and put the clothes on. I had toast and tea for breakfast. I then walked back up into my room and consumed it all.

A few hours pass, time for coffee (a little after 3 pm)! I made coffee for me and my dad, mom didn’t want any. The coffee was delicious, thank you very much.

Skip another hour(s-ish) and I’m just playing some “Wolfenstein: The New Order”. I like the game. Then when I felt done with it I joined my parents for some TV watching. That went on for a while.

And now I am sitting here writing this thing whilst playing the amazing “Kingdom Hearts”.

Well that has been my day in a nutshell really. Not too exciting, but still good.

Have a good one!