Saturday, 31 May 2014

STEPHANY FOLSOM'S BLACKLIST-ED LIVE PERFORMANCE OF '1969: A SPACE ODYSSEY...'



Above: The event's beautiful poster art by Fernando Reza of Fro Design Co.

The Black List is an annual film-industry-nominated selection of the 'best unpublished screenplays' currently doing the rounds of Hollywood. 


Stephany Folsom's 1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon is due to get its first public airing in the form of a live script reading at The Los Angeles Theater on June 14th.

The idea is a clever one: NASA's Apollo Space Program is faltering - how can they get mercurial film-maker Stanley Kubrick to film a fake moon landing, in order to 'win' the Cold War space race? 

The script has generated a lot of buzz, and with previous 'fake movie' hit ARGO also being a past Black List nominee, the feeling is that with enough momentum, '1969' will eventually make it to the screen, too.

COMING SOON ( FALL 2014 ): AN INTERVIEW WITH STEPHANY FOLSOM

MICHAEL HEILEMANN'S 'ANNOTATED STAR WARS'

Michael Heilemann - interface director at Squarespace and self-confessed Star Wars nerd, has assembled a version of the film intercut with information and footage from the actual inspirations behind George Lucas' ground-breaking classic.

This includes samurai movies, westerns, bandes dessinées, Buster Crabbe serials...the list goes on.

It accompanies a project called 'Kitbashed', which is an ongoing and even more comprehensive e-book guide to 'The Ancestry of Star Wars'.



Presumably, with a new JJ Abram's-directed Star Wars episode on the way, the original film will be released yet again. Future-Rocker thinks Heilemann's exhaustive e-book and re-cut could be fantastic extras in a future DVD collectors' package. However, he may need a good legal team to get clearance from all the respective owners..!

[Additional: Scroll down for last week's message from the director of the new Star Wars movie, JJ Abrams.]

Thursday, 29 May 2014

SUMMER TUNES feat. DIE ANTWOORD, SKRILLEX and NEW DEATH METAL STAR RACHEL ASPE!

DIE ANTWOORD - PITBULL TERRIER

Cape Town seems to be the place to be at the moment for dusty, decayed Urban Sci-Fi environments ( as seen in the movies District 9 and Dredd ). Here's the latest video from South Africa's rap-rave duo Die Antwoord ( Afrikaans for 'The Answer' ). Stunning, creepy, and definitely not for the nervous. Contains disturbing imagery and profanity.





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SKRILLEX - RAGGA BOMB


The new video from dubstep wunderkind SKRILLEX has a grimy post-apocalyptic look, and if it has a familiar District 9 look to it, it may be because it was shot in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Enjoy the brain-melting electronic rocknroll, and make sure you stick around for the fabulous lightsabre duel.






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A HEAVY METAL STAR IS BORN - ON SIMON COWELL'S FRANCE HAS GOT TALENT!

''She sounds like the girl from The Exorcist!''

Future Rocker found this incredible clip entirely by accident, while browsing ground-breaking female metal singers like Dawn Crosby and Sabina Classen on YouTube. Lifted from the Simon Cowell franchise La France a un Incroyable Talent, and with four million page views and counting, after this performance we think Rachel Aspe's debut album could be the biggest-selling extreme metal record since Slipknot first appeared...

'Hello madame, where are you from?'

- 'Grasse.'

'And what is your talent?'

- 'I sing.'

 


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UPDATE - VIDEO AND PRESS RELEASE!


Just over a year ago, Rachel joined the established French groove metal band ETHS, and in March of this year, they released a new EP, full details below.



New EP EX UMBRA IN SOLEM

Having finally completed an extensive tour in support of our latest album III , we recently recorded an EP with our new vocalist Rachel Aspe. The new release is entitled Ex Umbra In Solem and will come out on March 14th.  

The title-track of Ex Umbra In Solem is a brand new song recorded, produced and mixed by our guitarist Staif Bihl himself. It is backed by three classic tracks of the band, recorded live on last October 24th at the Divan du Monde in Paris, mixed by Nikhertz at Studio Phantom. 

Last but not least, the EP includes three songs from the III album, re-recorded with Rachel’s vocals. 

1. Ex Umbra In Solem 
2. Samantha (live) 
3. Bulimiarexia (live) 
4. Crucifère (live) 
5. Voragine (Rachel on vocals) 
6. Harmaguedon (Rachel on vocals) 
7. Proserpina (Rachel on vocals).

Once again, the artwork was created by photographer / designer Nicolas Senegas, who already worked on the art of III and has no equal when it comes to adapt ETHS musical universe into graphic art.   

Ex Umbra In Solem will be strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies on Digipak CD and is available for pre-order on Season of Mist e-shop ( - we checked and they're already out of stock, although still appears to be available on Amazon UK ). Of course, it will also be released digitally.
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...and finally, for the completists, here is the full demo of the song featured on Rachel Aspe's Talent show appearance ( it's actually a cover version of Swiss Industrial Metal band SYBREED's song 'Emma O' )...







NEW! DEATHCRUSH'S 'YOU NOW'

Named after a seminal album from the Scandinavian Black Metal scene, Norway's Deathcrush recently played Birmingham supporting White Denim, and reportedly tore the roof off the venue.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

HR GIGER, 'ALIEN' CREATOR, PASSES AWAY

A huge influence on artists, designers, futurists, and followers of 'the fantastic', he will be greatly missed.

HR GIGER, 1940 - 2014

For an update on the new GIGER documentary directed by Belinda Sallin, click here. 

Until then, here are some Giger-related clips you may be interested in...


MAKING OF 'ALIEN' DOCUMENTARY ( EXCELLENT QUALITY )

In-depth documentary featuring all the writers and creatives who worked on the sci-fi classic.





UPCOMING JODOROWSKY'S DUNE DOCUMENTARY ( TRAILER )





HR GIGER BAR, 10TH ANNIVERSARY





1970'S DOCUMENTARY, FROM VHS: GIGER'S NECRONOMICON AND THE MAKING OF 'ALIEN'






Thursday, 1 May 2014

RACHEL ASPE: A HEAVY METAL STAR IS BORN

Future Rocker found this incredible clip entirely by accident, while browsing ground-breaking female metal singers like Dawn Crosby and Sabina Classen on YouTube. Lifted from the Simon Cowell franchisee La France a un Incroyable Talent, and with four million page views and counting, after this performance we think Rachel Aspe's debut album could be the biggest-selling extreme metal record since Slipknot first appeared...


'Hello madame, where are you from?'

- 'Grasse.'

'And what is your talent?'

- 'I sing.'


'It's the girl from The Exorcist!'


BREAKING NEWS - VIDEO AND PRESS RELEASE!


Eths with Rachel have just released a new EP, EX UMBRA IN SOLEM...

check out the new live video HARMAGUEDON below...


New EP EX UMBRA IN SOLEM

Having finally completed an extensive tour in support of our latest album III , we recently recorded an EP with our new vocalist Rachel Aspe. The new release is entitled Ex Umbra In Solem and will come out on March 14th.  

The title-track of Ex Umbra In Solem is a brand new song recorded, produced and mixed by our guitarist Staif Bihl himself. It is backed by three classic tracks of the band, recorded live on last October 24th at the Divan du Monde in Paris, mixed by Nikhertz at Studio Phantom. 

Last but not least, the EP includes three songs from the III album, re-recorded with Rachel’s vocals. 

1. Ex Umbra In Solem 
2. Samantha (live) 
3. Bulimiarexia (live) 
4. Crucifère (live) 
5. Voragine (Rachel on vocals) 
6. Harmaguedon (Rachel on vocals) 
7. Proserpina (Rachel on vocals).

Once again, the artwork was created by photographer / designer Nicolas Senegas, who already worked on the art of III and has no equal when it comes to adapt ETHS musical universe into graphic art.   

Ex Umbra In Solem will be strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies on Digipak CD and is available for pre-order on Season of Mist e-shop ( - we checked and they're already out of stock, although still appears to be available on Amazon UK ). Of course, it will also be released digitally.


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...and finally, for the completists, here is the full demo of the song featured on Rachel Aspe's Talent show appearance...