Comic-Con Africa brings the mighty Comic-Con to South Africa.

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 Greetings to all you sexy peoples. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Comic-Con Africa, so as you would expect here is me being all excited and writing about it. Much like every media institution in the country is probably doing this week. Comic-Con Africa has been brought to our shores by ReedPop, who themselves are no strangers to organizing Comic-Con’s all over the world, in collaboration with Telkom VS Gaming. Now Geek/Nerd pop culture related conventions are nothing new to South Africa. Geekfest, rAge, and Icon among others come to mind, but a big international event like Comic-Con Africa is a whole new level for us. So how did it go ? I’ll admit I was initially […]

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Saragarhi, looking back at the battle on it’s 121st anniversary

Saragarhi Outpost

Throughout the ever increasing vestiges of history there are no shortages of options for great “last stands.” The Spartans at Thermopylae is probably the first that comes to most peoples minds. But many others could just as easily be remembered, The British vs the Zulu at Rorke’s Drift, The Americans lost in the Argonne, The last group of Samurai standing up the the government, etc. My personal favorite however is one of the lesser known, but no less impressive. The Battle of Saragarhi. For this we must head over to the Indian subcontinent. To the mountains on the border between Afghanistan and modern day Pakistan. Back in 1897 however this was the edge of British India. The local Afghan tribes […]

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Interview with Hatred Reigns. (Band Interview)

Hatred Reigns Band

Today we talk to HATRED REIGNS, an extreme metal band hailing from Canada’s capital region of Ottawa, ON. Who fuse old school with new school elements. Their EP Realm: I – Affliction was released on May 25, 2018, as part of the Indiemerch Devastation On The Nation tour. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?  Hatred Reigns started with writing riff ideas for what would become In Anguish. The original song was inspired by Opeth’s – Wreath when the song was originally written in E with a goal of trying to write a masterful album like so many others. However, I have played in B since 1992 and can’t seem to stray for that tuning. So I started to play the […]

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Interview With My Secret Circus. (Band Interview)

My Secret Service

Today we speak to Vinny Mancuso of My Secret Circus. My Secret Circus (MSC) mesh together Alt’ metal, rhythm and catchy vocals to create a distinctive sound. Taking you on a ride of energetic anthems, this Melbourne, Australia rap/rock outfit is now about to launch their new music to the world. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band? Dan started MSC years back. I teamed up with him a few years later. We seemed to have a great writing chemistry that excited us moving forward. We then went through several drummers and bass players till we arrived at the current line up. What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)? Both. Initially, I learnt guitar from my father and […]

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Interview with The Slyde. (Band Interview)

The Slyde

Today we interview Canadian Prog Rock outfit The Slyde. The Slyde has played over 170 shows on the Eastern Canadian circuit, sharing the stage with such bands as Protest The Hero, Down With Webster, Pain of Salvation, F*ck The Facts, Dana Fuchs, and Timber Timbre among others, and have made appearances at Ottawa Bluesfest, Canadian Music Week, IndieWeek, and Wacken Metal Battle Canada. Answered by vocalist/ guitarist Nathan Da Silva. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band? The Slyde has been around since 2009 (formerly known as just ‘Slyde’) forming from the death of a previous band I was in (a melodic death metal band called Atma).  The drummer and bassist from Atma and I formed The […]

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Wookiee’s Top Trailers From E3 2018

E3 2018

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as it is better known, is the pinnacle event of the gaming community. Here all the developers hope to wow us out of our hard earned cash, with big flashy trailers for their upcoming titles. Titles that usually never come even close to looking like what was promised. But the great Dilbert has long taught us salesmen are scum who shouldn’t be trusted. Anyway, until our hopes are dashed, here are my top 6 picks from E3 2018. Note there are tonnes of big upcoming games, and this little article only covers a small few. They aren’t even the biggest or most anticipated. Simply the ones that most caught my attention. Fallout 76 The […]

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Interview with Infared. (Band Interview)

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 Today we speak to Infrared. A classic thrash outfit from Canada. Starting their music careers in the eighties before going dormant and returning in 2014. Proper music never truly dies. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?  The band formed in 1985 with Armin Kamal, Kirk Gidley, Alain Groulx and Shawn Thompson. A local following ensued along with some national attention due to the Thoughts Caught (In Between) video that appeared on Much Music. After a few line-up changes, the guys moved on to other things by the 90s. When 2014 came around, the idea of getting the band back together came about. Shawn had moved to Florida many years ago so I became the new bass player. […]

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Interview with AxMinister. (Band Interview)

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Today we speak to Bas “von Bismark” Majzoub, Drummer of Canadian Thrash Metal outfit AxMinister. Their sound is influenced by such masters as Slayer, Megadeth, and Manowar. Their lyrical content focuses on film, history, politics, and religion. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band? AxMinister was initially formed in 1999 by Nicholas Klaus (bass, vocals) and Bas “von Bismark” Majzoub (drums) as a way to creatively express our similar influences. The band disbanded in 2001, because Klaus had to move. In 2008, his schooling was done, and he and Bas restarted the band. What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)? Klaus (bass/vocals) studied classical and jazz in university. Upon completion of his schooling, he realized that only […]

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Fallout comes to Johannesburg, Organosphere Prieview

Organosphere
 

 Now I quite highly suspect a vast majority of our readers are familiar with the Fallout game series. Considering, behind music, gaming is one of our most covered topics. Less so might be as familiar with Johannesburg. Our demographics are rather spread all over the world after all. I, however, know it quite well and happen to live only about 30 or so minutes from the CBD. So you can imagine my excitement at the discovery of an upcoming indie game, set within the very heart of a post-apocalyptic Johannesburg. Or Johazardusburg as the game fictionalises it. Organosphere has been 5 or so years in development and aims to come out fully at the end of this year to early next year. […]

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Interview with Bone Cult. (Band Interview)

Bone Cult

Today we have the pleasure of speaking to UK music group Bone Cult. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of Bone Cult? The history of Bone Cult started in 2013 when we met in Leicester, United Kingdom. After both being at the same venue, we decided we didn’t like what we say in the scene and strived to create something different and unique from the run-of-the-mill bands who we’d seen week after week. We wanted to blur the line between production and band, combining electronic music with a more aggressive edge. What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)? No, we both trained ourselves through trial and error and finding out what worked. Originally, we started by recording live instruments, […]

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