Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Music - Marmaduke duke - Duke Pandemonium

Returning after a impressive debut album, Marmaduke Duke continue there journey with there 2nd album 'Duke Pandemonium'.

First if you don't know who this band is the band members are The Dragon (JP Reid of Sucioperro) and The Atmosphere (Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro). I have been following Biffy Clyro a while now and I was quite surprised I didn't hear about Marmaduke Duke, I think it was the lack of video releases from the debut.

Its quite a change from Magnificent duke, they have gone for a more funky approach but still keep there dark sound, take for example there big summer hit 'Rubber lover' which is a short but sweet dance theme.
I also like an Epic tune to go with an album and 'Demon' definitely delivers on that with its weird beginning to its angelic ending with the lyrics "Get one together" repeated which gives me goosebumps.
You also get your soft slow songs, take 'Kid Gloves' which is a synth pop tune through a mysterious depressing journey which I found myself listening to alot.

Alot of controversy from Biffy Clyro fans on this album have been that it can't stand up to them, so I ask you this, when you listen to this album do not think of them, Marmaduke Duke are a separate identity, a really fun band and a priviage to listen to.

I still come back to listen to this album so this could be a contender to be on my top albums of this year but time will tell, so get ready to get your dancing shoes on.


Anime - SHE: The Ultimate Weapon or How I didn't learn why this war started and how to love the l33t weapon .

War, its a bitch ain't it, when you see clips of World War or the Vietnam war it really strikes you on how it must of felt going onto the battlefield, killing soilders and hiding in fear from explosions, terrifying eh?
Now imagine your on the battlefield and you see a 17 year old girl with metal wings and a glowing aura, you would think "what the hell is she doing here" same goes to your comrades but without knowing anything about her attack patterns you should get a big 'your all Screwed' sign over you head, this girl is called Chise and she has the power to destoy an intire city in a large radius. Now I don't know if Chise would be a contender for the fictional World Record for 'Most killed by Friendly Fire' award but the amount of allies that died by her power is just insane.

However we don't start with war straight away you acutally find out that it starts on a normal school day where we meet are 3rd year main characters the antisocial male student Shuji and Chise herself who have feelings for themselves but never really express it until you watch future episodes, later on that same day a random air bombing destroys most of the city and Shuji finds out that Chise is an Ultimate weapon. I won't go into the story that much but there are a good amount of surprises in these episodes.

Yep, your screwed.

The main problem I had with this anime is that it never really explains things, like why Japan is at war in matter of fact it never does. I know it might be that the writers wanted to show the horrors of war but I would of at least wanted to know why the Japanese are fighting, at first I would of thought that they were having a civil war which makes sense, armies trying to take over territories in the country but as i kept watch I heard that 'half of the world was destroyed', which just raises more questions: Is it just all nations invading each other and destorying everything? Was this WW3? Did George Bush and Dick Cheney unleash nukes to Russia and vice versa thus the end of the world? We will never know. Also this anime never really made me feel sad or angry in matter of fact I never really felt any emotions.

I was brave enough to go through the dubbed version of this just to see if it was any good and yet I was not impressed to be honest, voice actors had little emotion to all characters and i've never heard the word "Girlfriend" and "Classmate" used so often it was stupid, stick with subbed version people.

I don't really hate this however they did get the gritty war feel on some of the episodes right and some of the important scenes were well executed, plus I watched it to the very end. So I would give this an average rating, its quite a cheap boxset compared to others so if you want to watch a school life, love story, war action, post-apocalyptic anime this could be for you.


I would also like feedback for people who have watched this, hopefully I haven't made any errors on how I described the anime.