Shadows of Hidden Hill (Web Series)

Youtube is a wonderful thing. I mean let’s be honest, it is definitely oversaturated with pointless garbage, but at the same time it has given indie video producers a platform to go solo and showcase their chops.

Which brings me to our topic of the night, the new web series “Shadows of Hidden Hill”.


Shadows of Hidden Hill is a Horror/Supernatural web series produced by GripWrite Productions.


I came across the channel a few months back when it was advertised by an acquaintance of mine Peter Herold, who stars in the first episode as a demented mortician who is trying to talk his son into following out the show’s tag line “Take the head and silence the dead”. I won’t go into too much detail about the plot line because I don’t want to be that guy who spoils shit.



What I do want to talk about is the vibes.


This isn’t just another run of the mill youtube series made by amature enthusiasts. The minds behind Hidden Hill know what they are doing both technically, and viscerally. We are talking about great production value in the ways of cinematography, narrative, setting, and sound design among other aspects. You can see the process in their short behind the scenes videos (I love watching behind the scenes videos).


As far as comparisons go, I get some classic Carpenter feels, some Evil Dead vibes, and even some Twin Peaks vibes in there (probably because I am obsessed with the reboot on showtime).


Bottom line is that I really enjoy what I am seeing, and each short episode (between 6-10 minutes in length) leaves me wanting more. This is a show horror fans will want to keep an eye on, the potential here is huge.


So far there are two episodes (which are embedded below)


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Auto Pilot is back!

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So while I was perusing through my facebook wall tonight, something jumped out at me and grabbed my attention.

One of my favorite local(ish) bands Auto Pilot had posted a video update stating that their new album was about finished and that they were tracking vocals.

I had NO IDEA they were working on a new album. I haven’t really checked their facebook page since 2015 and they had still been in a bit of a hiatus if I recall correctly. And we all know how terrible facebook is with making sure page content makes it to our wall feed.

Anyways, this news has got me pretty excited. Their last album, 2008’s “House of Sleep” is literally one of my favorite albums of all time. You can check it out on Spotify HERE.

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Judging from everything I have been looking at tonight, the new album will be titled “Hidden Hand” and will hopefully be dropping sometime this year or early next year (not entirely sure of the exact date as of yet).

As an added bonus, they have been vlogging their creative process during the album’s production.

So yeah! Definitely expect me to be following up on this and sharing all the new morsels of info as they arrive. Really stoked that Auto Pilot is back.

Follow them on Facebook HERE.

Yo, can we talk about “Living Wall” for a sec?

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When I think about Living Wall, Lovecraft comes to mind.

In most of Lovecraft’s stories, some poor fool discovers a disturbing cosmic revelation in which their brain can’t handle and they are driven into madness. I’m certain that if this madness was interpreted into audio form, you would have Living Wall.

Imagine a brutal heavy deathcore track. Now, imagine that same track sped up one hundred percent. NOW, imagine a wall of noise on top of that sped up deathcore song.

It’s fucking insanity.

I’m not usually a fan of noise, at least it’s not something I listen to leisurely. I have always admired it as an art form. However, there is something so good, so appealing lurking inside the Living Wall bandcamp that I find myself returning to it often to subject myself to the chaos. And I love every second of it.

Living Wall is the brain child of Jason Ryan Holmes II (Bong Rips for Jesus, Hypodermix Dreamer 1999, Mother Network, Amoebosis, Viscera Gel Productions, and about a hundred other projects. Jesus I can’t keep up with this fucking guy!)

The bandcamp sports two very short releases: The Breaking Wheel, and DEMO. Both of these releases combined doesn’t even reach a run time of ten minutes. In grindcore fashion, the “songs”  only run about thirty seconds to a minute. In fact, it would take you longer to read the track names than listening to the actual track, with names such as “Tincture of Silver and Lead Poured Meticulously Into the Captive Orifice Which Spoke So Ill Upon Thy House: Clogged and Pressurized Internal Toxic Suffocation”. But it all plays into the anxiety induced theme. The songs themselves are so incoherent and distorted that you can put these albums on loop, and just sit there until your head twists off your shoulders, and you wouldn’t know where the fucking thing starts or where it stops. (Trust me, I’ve done it.)

So, if you’re into that sick twisted shit, stop in and give the bandcamp a whirl. It’s awesome.

 

Potato Hate Explosion releases new album “Flowerviolence”

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So earlier today the self described “one man spud-core powerhouse” Potato Hate Explosion self released a brand new album titled “Flowerviolence” (a play off power violence, duh)

Now you may be kind of caught up on the funny potato inspired project name.  I know I was until a few years back, until of course I pressed play on the music track.

Potato Hate Explosion produces quality, absolutely brutal, in your face metal. And even though I have only played four tracks off the new album so far,  Flowerviolence is just as great (and in many ways greater) as the previous albums.

This is by no means a review of the album, but as the music fills my ears at this very moment, I’m definitely giving Flowerviolence a serious headband of approval (cause yeah, fuck numbers, stars, and thumbs).

Now what to expect.

Like I said, brutal face melting, extreme metal. But also, expect the song to abruptly break into some sick trap beats coupled with classic video game esque segments, and some occasional ambient fillers.

Man this some seriously sick tuneage.

I’m going to sit here and thoroughly enjoy this. You go download Potato Hate Explosion’s new album Flowerviolence. You won’t regret it.

New Life, New Look. The Tunnel is back.

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I guess it was only a matter of time.

This blog was pretty much abandoned about three or more years ago. Last night, the realization hit me like a ton of bricks, this outlet is still needed and must be utilized. Thus, I spent the day giving this blog and it’s social media counterparts a grim new face lift.

Slowly but surely, I would like the content to start flowing from this blog unto your screens. I will be looking for new shovel bums to help dig this tunnel and shed light on all mediums in the underground. (If you have interest in contributing, shoot me an email)

I’ve got my trusty shovel, it’s time once again to DIG THE TUNNEL.

 

Master Toad – Chaos EP Floppy

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artist: Master Toad
title: Chaos EP Floppy Disk
keywords: lobit, ambient, drone, noise
format: Floppy Diskette
label: Dark Forest Media http://darkforestmedia.bandcamp.com/

When good taste in music meets up with a lobit fetish, things gets excited. But when those two are settled down on a true lovable floppy diskette our enthusiasm goes slightly out of control! Alarm bells start to ring and the inner Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s sofa comes out! Tongues start to go wild, slime splatters around and joyful rays of happiness rush through the body!

Can you feel it? Good music in lobit on a floppy diskette for sure sets my world on fire and upside down like David Bowie in Labyrinth. Don’t you want to touch it? Lick it? Hold it in your fingers and insert it in an authentic  floppy drive?

To top it off; it’s not your regular piece of good music, it’s the…

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The Musk-rat Cult – The Black And White Album (SIRO104)

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The Musk-Rat Cult - The Black And White Album

Artist: The Musk-rat Cult
Title: The Black And White Album
Label: Sirona-Records
Catalog #: SIRO104
Keywords: Psychedelic Drone Ambient, Experimental, Electronic
Reviewer: RTF

The Musk-rat Cult is a shadowy organization out of Västerås, Sweden led by its mysterious bearded leader who is also behind the project OSIS and perhaps a few others. His dark, bushy beard tells of his infinite travels through time, space, and lands of which we cannot even dream, and he has translated this knowledge into psychedelic drone ambient rituals centered around the ultimate and oldest dichotomy: that of black and white. In true drone fashion, the seven pieces that make up this almost-fifty-minute full length are based around simplistic repeated phrases, muted held tones, and lots of echo. Spacey, subtle, and often rather sparse, these tracks are not so much songs as slowly unfolding emotions. A wise, fully-bearded sage, the leader of the acolyte Musk-rats has…

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