‘The Bad Guys’ Is One Of The Most Welcome Surprises Of 2022’s Field Of New Movies

Courtesy: Universal Pictures/Scholastic Entertainment/Dreamworks Animation

Everyone loves a great heist movie, right?  Okay maybe not everyone, but lots of people do, though.  Thanks to Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Animation and Scholastic Entertainment, audiences of all ages got a great new heist movie this year in the form of the cinematic adaptation of author Aaron Blabey’s The Bad Guys books in the aptly titled movie, The Bad Guys.  This almost two-hour movie is one of the biggest cinematic surprises of 2022.  Having made its theatrical debut April 22, the movie did not last long in theaters, coming home less than two months later to digital and physical platforms June 21.  Why it made the transition so quickly is anyone’s guess.  Its gross ticket sales of more than $96 million managed to finish the movie’s theatrical run in the black.  Regardless of why it was pulled so quickly, that is not necessarily a bad thing.  That is because it meant home audiences who did not want to have to go to the theater would not have to wait that long to finally get to enjoy it in the comfort of their homes.  There is plenty to appreciate about the movie, beginning with its story, which will be discussed shortly.  The work of the movie’s cast is also important to note in terms of the movie’s engagement and entertainment and will be discussed a little later.  The bonus content that accompanies the movie in its home release rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted does its own share to keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout this movie.  All things considered they make The Bad Guys a very good movie for the whole family.

Universal Pictures, Scholastic Entertainment, and Dreamworks Animation’s cinematic adaptation of author Aaron Blabey’s The Bad Guys book series is one of the most unsuspecting successes of this year’s theatrical releases.  Its success is due in part to its featured story.  The story stays largely true to its source material, combining elements of the stories in Blabey’s beloved children’s books for an overall story about Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, and Ms. Tarantula turning from bad to good, but still at least being a little bad in the end.  The group’s transformation happens after being arrested early on for a heist that it commits.  Professor Marmalade (played by Richard Ayoade – The IT Crowd, The Watch, The Double) comes in after striking a deal with Diane Foxington (voiced by Zazie Beets – Deadpool 2, Joker, Atlanta) to help reform the criminals.  In the process of their reformation, Mr. Wolf (voiced by Sam Rockwell – Moon, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) actually does start going good, which leads to its own share of conflict within the group as the story progresses.  Of course being a family friendly movie, the story ends up with a surprise happy ending that will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  Coming in at just under two hours (one hour, 40 minutes to be exact), the story’s pacing helps things along, too.  Even the romance subplot (yes, sadly even here there is a romance story) does not overpower the bigger story of the Bad Guys turning good, but rather is blended well into the overall story, letting itself take a backseat to the bigger tale.  The overall story also has plenty of jokes that are just edgy enough to have adults laughing but not questioning their content.  So even here is an aspect of the story that further shows the story’s importance and impact.  Overall, the story featured here in The Bad Guys offers so much for audiences to appreciate more than once.

As much as the story featured in The Bad Guys does to make it enjoyable, it is just one part of what makes the movie so engaging and entertaining.  The cast’s work throughout does its own share to make the movie enjoyable.  From Alex Borstein (Family Guy, Bad Santa, Catwoman) taking on the comedic role of Police Chief Misty, who is hellbent on catching Mr. Wolf and company, to Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine, This Is The End, Pineapple Express) adding so much comedic timing as Mr. Shark, to Anthony Ramos (A Star is Born, In The Heights, Hamilton) bringing something of a Joe Pesci type personality to Mr. Piranha, and more, the whole cast brings so much enjoyment to the movie.  Staying for a moment on Ramos’ performance, he does such a great job giving Mr. Piranha that Napoleon complex of sorts for which Pesci’s characters have come to have over the years.  He really has a great gangster persona yet he does it in such a fun fashion that the whole family will enjoy his work.  Robinson brings his own talent to Mr. Shark, making Mr. Shark an equally great comic relief among the group.  He succeeds in creating that contrast between the personalities of his cast mates and deserves his own share of applause.  Borstein, who is largely known for her work on Family Guy is just as entertaining as Officer Misty, giving Officer Misty an almost Ahab-esque personality in her quest to catch The Bad Guys once and for all.  The moments when the group escapes her clutches, her reaction makes for so many laughs.  Between these cast members and the others, every cast member here brings so much to the table and makes for that much more engagement and entertainment for the whole family.  When the cast’s work pairs with the movie’s story, that collective makes for all the more enjoyment here.

The bonus content that accompanies the movie in its home release rounds out the presentation’s most important elements.  There is a lot of bonus content but not a lot at the same time.  There is an expansive amount of content in the way of learning how to make push pops (which is directly related to a certain element of the movie’s story).  Families can learn how to make healthy and tasty fruit push pops and how to dress each one up as a character from the movie, which takes up a lot of time.  It also means it will take a lot of time for parents to write everything down if they actually make the frozen treats. 

Another bonus that stands out is the standard making of featurette.  Audiences learn through this featurette that the animation style used in this movie was intentionally meant to be different from all of the cookie cutter animation presented by Disney and so many other Dreamworks movies.  It is pointed out that the movie’s animation is an intentional blend of anime and French animation style.  It gives the animation its own welcome unique touch that is just as endearing as the movie’s story and the cast’s work. 

In yet another of the bonuses, audiences get to hear from the movie’s main cast, as the group talks about taking on its respective roles.  The interviews are brief, but still enlightening and entertaining.  That is because of the insight that each cast member offers in terms of taking on the roles of characters that most audiences might not know.  It shows a certain level of respect that each cast member has for the characters, the movie, and for one another.  Between this bonus, the others discussed here and the few others included in the movie’s home release, the overall bonus content is not necessarily ground breaking, but it does add at least a little bit of extra engagement and entertainment to the presentation.  When the enjoyment raised by the bonus content is considered along with the movie’s story and the cast’s work therein, the whole makes the movie overall such a joy to take in any time with the whole family.

Dreamworks Animation, Universal Pictures, and Scholastic Entertainment’s recently released cinematic adaptation of The Bad Guys is a surprisingly enjoyable presentation that the whole family will enjoy together time and again.  That is proven in part through a movie that does so well in bringing together elements of author Aaron Blabey’s books for its central story.  The work of the cast interpreting the scripts adds even more enjoyment to the mix because of the personality that each actor brings to his and her respective character.  The bonus content that accompanies the movie in its home release adds its own subtle touch to the presentation, too.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the movie.  All things considered they make Bad Guys one of the biggest surprises of this year’s field of new theatrical and home movie releases.

Bad Guys is available now on digital and physical platforms.  More information on The Bad Guys is available at:

Website: https://uni.pictures/TheBadGuys

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBadGuysMovie

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“Rebels At Sea: Privateering In The American Revolution” Is A Welcome Read For Any History Buff

Courtesy: Liveright Publishing

Independence Day is here once again and with its are plenty of movies on Turner Classic Movies about America’s fight for freedom from Britain.  There are also plenty of cookouts, music, and fireworks to stir nationalistic pride among Americans.  For all that Americans know about America’s fight for independence from the crown in the years spanning 1777-1781, there are still stories that have sadly rarely if ever been shared of the American Revolution including those of the men (and even women) who took part in the privateering against Britain’s navy during the war.  Now thanks to author Eric Jay Dolin, those stories finally came to light in May in his new book, Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution.  Running approximately 247 pages (counting the acknowledgements and not counting the bibliography), the book is a must read for every history buff, including those who are more specifically interested in military and nautical history.  That is due in large part to the stories and information that Dolin shares throughout the book.  This will be examined shortly.  The transitions make the book even more engaging and will be addressed a little later.  The illustrations incorporated into the stories also play into the book’s engagement and entertainment and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the book’s success.  All things considered they make the book a welcome read for a wide range of audiences.

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution, the latest historical presentation from author Eric Jay Dolin, is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of history fans.  The book’s appeal comes in large part through the stories that Dolin shares with his audiences.  The stories in the book’s first half alone are more than enough to keep readers engaged and entertained.  Audiences learn from early on that a blockade that Britain had in place on the United States’ northern colonies played directly into the start of the revolution.  This is something that is rarely if ever taught in public schools or even colleges and universities.  Why this so rarely if ever taught is anyone’s guess.  Another key revolution that Dolin makes in his new book is that of the role of American privateers and their crews in the slave trade.  He reveals that many privateers that were meant to disrupt British supply lines would take Africans from British ships, but then sell them themselves at port.  That is an atrocity for which the south has been admonished for such a long time, yet here it is revealed that the northern states and privateersman who were hired to work the privateers by private businessmen and those in power were doing the same thing that the southern states did in the decades leading up to the Civil War.  Again, this is something that is rarely if ever taught in public schools and institutions of higher learning.  In still other stories, audiences learn about the role that France played into the American privateer movement during the revolution, making for even more interest.  Again, this is all just in the book’s first half.  The second half offers just as many eye-opening and enlightening stories of the role of privateers and their crews.

Staying on the matter of the stories, the manner in which Dolin presents them is fully accessible.  What that means is that his writing style is in the simplest possible layman’s terms without simply writing down to audiences.  He makes each story easy to follow and in turn understand.  That means that whether a reader is the intellectual type or more of a casual reader, any reader will find himself or herself remaining engaged because he writes each story in simple fashion.  It makes every story so accessible and in turn ensures readers’ engagement and entertainment even more.

As the stories that Dolin shares progress, his writing style and the stories themselves are just part of what makes them remain engaging.  The transitions that he uses are just as important to the book’s presentation as those elements.  As noted, this is a historical document.  That means it is a non-fiction.  Within the chapters, the stories are all relevant to one another within the bigger picture of each section.  Case in point is the collection of triumphs and tragedies presented in the book’s sixth chapter.  Dolin tells the stories here of two separate privateers, each named after infamous revolutionary figure Benedict Arnold.  The two ships met distinctly different fates.  He also tells the story here of how one American caught as part of the fate of one of those ships ultimately escaped British hands and went on to become George Washington’s “personal” dentist.  It is a story of highs and lows for the man that fits perfectly into the bigger chapter, but still stands well apart from the stories of the two ships.

In another case, Dolin introduces readers to life onboard a privateer, revealing that in many cases, things were not always the greatest.  The privateersmen, the men (and even sometimes women) who served on the ships often had to deal with the risks of food and drinking water going bad.  They also had to deal with contracts outlining certain codes the crews had to follow and much more.  Those codes were often crafted by the private business owners (some of whom were prominent politicians) who owned the ships.  The way in which Dolin connects it all is impressive in its own right, again, ensuring readers’ sustained engagement and in turn enjoyment.  It further shows the impact of the book’s transitions alongside the stories and writing style therein.  Considering all of that together, it all gives audiences lots of reason to keep reading the book and is still only part of what makes the book worth reading.  The illustrations that accompany the stories round out the most important of its elements and put the finishing touch to the presentation.

The illustrations that accompany the stories are important because they help audiences to better visualize everything about which Dolin writes.  Faces are put with names through various illustrations.  Pictures of models of some of the ships of which he writes are also incorporated into the book.  This helps readers better visualize the size of those ships, and in turn creates more appreciation for the ships and the crews that worked onboard them.  What’s more, the illustrations also take up space on multiple pages throughout the book.  This means that it actually lessens the amount of space for written content.  It sounds simple but having less overall to read means more encouragement for casual readers to pick up the book.  Together with the expansive bibliography included in the book’s back, it all makes the book actually a relatively short read, and when considered with the examined writing style and stories, a relatively simple read, too.  Overall, those illustrations work with the content and its presentation style to make the book overall a successful offering that any history buff will find fully engaging and entertaining.

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution, the latest historical offering from author Eric Jay Dolin, is a presentation that any history buff will enjoy.  That is due in no small part to its stories.  The stories are for the most part, takes that are rarely if ever taught of the revolution, including the very fact that a blockade that the British had on American’s northern colonies played just as much into the revolution happening as the taxation and other more commonly taught factors.  The manner in which the stories are told makes the accessible to the most casual reader, too.  That accessibility is certain to keep so many readers engaged and entertained.  The transitions used throughout the book do their own share to keep audiences engaged.  Within the course of each chapter, the stories all tie together but still manage somehow to stand as their own at the same time.  In other words, the transitions are seamless.  That makes for even more readability.  The illustrations that Dolin incorporates into the stories enriches the stories even more engaging.  That is because they put faces to some of the figures and make more real just how big and small some of the privateers that took part in the revolution were in comparison to the British ships that they faced.  They also take up space in the book, reducing the book’s overall length along with the expansive bibliography in the book’s back end.  It puts the finishing touch to the presentation that when considered along with the stories and way in which they are delivered, makes the book that much more engaging.  All things considered they make Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution a successful entry that any history buff will appreciate.

Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution is available now through Liveright Publishing.  More information on the book is available along with all of Dolin’s latest news at:

Website: https://ericjaydolin.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricJayDolin

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Release Date, Details Announced For New Fates Warning Biography

Courtesy: FYI Press/Radical Research

A new biography of Fates Warning is planned for release this summer.

Destination Onward — The Story of Fates Warning is scheduled for release July 15 through FYI Press and Radical Research. The 400 page biography was assembled by author/journalist Jeff Wagner and will feature 176 black-and-white photos and 56 color pictures to accompany the band’s story.

The biography was crafted through interviews with members of the band past and present and overs the band’s infancy, going all the way back to its infancy as the band Misfit in 1983 and goes right through to the release of the band’s opus, ‘The Last Song.’ The interviews featured throughout the book include and are not limited to those with members of Dream Theater, Steel Prophet, While Heaven Wept, Metal Blade Records head Brian Slagel, and InsideOut Music head Thomas Waber.

“This book was a total labor of love,” said Wagner. “I tried to construct the kind of document that I, as a massive Fates fan, would want to read. As with my other books, I labored over every detail, no matter how tiny, to ensure everything is as high quality as possible, from research to printing materials and everything in between. It was a pure pleasure to have the cooperation of the guys in Fates Warning, from the last lineup to all the enthusiastic ex-members too. I’m proud that this book will stand as a document of the band’s legacy, celebrating the artistic achievements all us Fates freaks hold dear.”

More information on Wagner’s new Fates Warning biography is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.fateswarning.com

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New Motorhead Photo Retrospective Available Now Domestically; Coming Soon In The UK

Courtesy: BMG

Motorhead fans have a new way to take in the band’s live history.

Fast & Loose: Snapshots From The Graham Mitchell Archive, 1977-1982 was recently released for American readers through BMG. The book is scheduled for release Dec. 30 in the United Kingdom. A trailer for the book is streaming here.

Mitchell offered the following comment on the retrospective:

“I somehow knew how important it all was,” he said. “I knew I needed to capture at least some of those moments. I’d see the band to the stage and then immediately go out into the house, jostle with the punters, and get what I could.”

Added Mitchell, “Most of my images “are one-shot photos, and there’s no flash on any of them. They were done at 400 ASA to speed up the film and take advantage of whatever natural light I could get, so I was always flying by the seat of my pants whenever I clicked the shutter.”

More information on Mitchell’s new photo retrospective is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

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IDW Publishing Announces Details For Alan Robert’s Next Installment In Alan Robert’s “The Beauty Of Horror” Series

Courtesy: IDW Publishing

Life of Agony’s Alan Robert will release the latest volume in his “The Beauty of Horror” next year.

The Beauty of Horror 6: Famous Monsterpieces” is scheduled for release next August through IDW.  The collection of Robert’s hand drawn designs spans 88 pages and will retail for $16.99 in the United States and $22.99 in Canada.  It will once again feature Robert’s character, Ghouliana making its way through famous masterpieces of art from the likes of Van Gogh, Renoir, and Salvador Dali.

Robert discussed the coming collection in a prepared statement.

“This book is my way of making up for all of the art history classes I slept through at The School of Visual Arts,” said Robert. “But seriously, it’s an absolute blast for me to interpret the iconic work of the masters by adding my horrific spin to them. Although, I’m sure they’re rolling in their graves. I tackle every illustration with a mischievous, tongue-in-cheek sensibility, and I make sure that the humor is just as important as the horror.”

More information on this and other titles from IDW Publishing is available at:

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Judas Priest Announces Details For New Graphic Novel

Courtesy: Z2 Comics

Judas Priest is joining a growing list of rock and metal acts to launch new graphic novels. The band announced Tuesday through a news release, it plans to release the Screaming For Vengeance graphic novel next July through Z2 Comics. The graphic novel’s debut is part of the 40th anniversary of the release of the band’s original album, Screaming For Vengeance. The record was released in July 1982 and has since gone on to double platinum status.

The information provided in the news release announcing the graphic novel’s coming release, the novel’s story — co-written by Rantz Hoseley (Comic Book Tattoo and The Heroin Diaries) and Neil Kleid (Savor) and designed by artist Christopher Mitten (Hellboy and the B.R.P.D.) is set 500 years in the future. A ring of cities floats above a destroyed world. The cities are ruled by an evil elite class. At some point, a young engineer develops a Bloodstone, a device that threatens the status quo. The discovery changes his whole life and could change life for everybody in the floating cities, leading the young engineer to have to make some very difficult decisions along the way.

Hoseley was humble as he talked about his role in the graphic novel’s creation.

“I cannot overstate what an inspiration Judas Priest has been to me, personally.” said Hoseley. “I was already a fan of the band when Screaming for Vengeance was released, but no one was ready for the impact it had. That incredible cover art? Those songs? That album became my daily soundtrack and creative fuel, to the point where I wore the cassette out in my car. To be able to contribute to a project inspired by these songs that mean so much to me? Well, that is an honor and a responsibility I take very seriously.”

The band’s new graphic novel is expected for release in separate soft cover and hard cover formats. This is according to information in a news release distributed to the media Tuesday. Special limited deluxe and super deluxe packages featuring an anniversary vinyl pressing of the album are part of the novel’s release.

As an added bonus, the initial printings of the Screaming for Vengeance graphic novel will feature an interview with its original cover artist, Doug Johnson. According to the information in the provided release, Johnson discusses topics, such as creating the novel’s cover and the creation of “The Hellion,” the bird that graces the album and novel’s cover.

In related news, Z2 Vice President of Collectibles and Aggronautix founder Clint Weiler has developed a Hellion statue with working eyes that fans can also order.

Judas Priest is just the latest hard rock/metal act to jump in to the realm of graphic novels and comics. Exodus and Joe Satriani have each made the jump in the past year or so, as has Nickelback. A graphic novel based on Dio’s timeless album, Holy Diver has also seen the light of day.

In other news, Judas Priest released a new limited edition box set last month in the form of 50 Heavy Metal Years Of Music. The collection, which was released Oct. 15 through Sony Music, was part of the band’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. An extensive tour that the band recently wrapped was also part of the celebration. The box set collects the band’s entire studio and live catalogs along with 13 previously unreleased tracks.

The listing for the full 29-disc set is noted below.

50 HEAVY METAL YEARS OF MUSIC 
TRACKLISTING

  • CDs housed in mini LP Japanese-style wallets
  • Box set designed by long-time Judas Priest collaborator Mark Wilkinson
  • Includes Ross Halfin photos signed by each band member:

                   Rob Halford

                   Glenn Tipton 

                   Ian Hill

                   Richie Faulkner 

                   Scott Travis

  • Numbered British Steel metal razor blade (blunt)
  • Memorabilia book featuring rare photos, posters, adverts and passes 
  • Replica British Steel tour programme
  • Two Replica Tour posters from:

                  British Steel 1980 German Tour
                  Defenders Of The Faith 1984 European Tour

CD1 – Rocka Rolla 

CD2 – Sad Wings of Destiny  

CD3 – Sin After Sin (1977) 

CD4 – Stained Glass (1978)

CD5 – Killing Machine – (1978)

CD6 – Unleashed In the East (Live in Japan 1979) 

CD7 – British Steel 

CD8 – Point Of Entry 

CD9 – Screaming for Vengeance 

CD10 – Defenders of the Faith

CD11 – Turbo 

CD12 & CD13 – Priest… Live! 

CD14 – Ram It Down

CD15 – Painkiller

CD16 – Jugulator

CD17 & CD18  – ’98 Live Meltdown

CD19 – Demolition 

CD20 & CD21 – Live in London 

CD22 – Angel of Retribution 

CD23 – Nostradamus (Act 1) & CD24 – Nostradamus (Act 2) 

CD25 – A Touch Of Evil Live 

CD26 & CD27 – Redeemer of Souls 

CD29 – Firepower 


5 previously unreleased live stereo recordings from the archives
Restored and edited by Tom Allom at La Cucina W8
Mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios, London


CD30 & CD31 – Live In Atlanta ’82 (Previously Unreleased)

CD30
The Hellion / Electric Eye
Riding on the Wind
Heading Out to the Highway
Metal Gods 
Bloodstone
Breaking the Law
Sinner
Desert Plains
The Ripper
Diamonds and Rust 

CD31
Devils Child
Screaming for Vengeance
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming 
Victim of Changes
Living After Midnight
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
Hell Bent For Leather 

CD32 – Live At The Mudd Club ’79
Hell Bent For Leather  
Delivering The Goods 
Running Wild 
Beyond The Realms Of Death 
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) 
Victim Of Changes 
Rock Forever 
Starbreaker 

CD33 & CD34 – Live In Houston ’86 

CD33
Out In The Cold 
Locked In 
Heading Out To The Highway 
Metal Gods 
Breaking The Law 
Love Bites 
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll 
The Sentinel 
Private Property 
Desert Plains 
Rock You All Around The World 

CD34
The Hellion/ Electric Eye  
Turbo Lover
Freewheel Burning 
Victim Of Changes 
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) 
Living After Midnight 
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Hell Bent For Leather

CD35 & CD36 – Live In New Haven ’88 

CD35
The Hellion/ Electric Eye 
Metal Gods 
Sinner 
Breaking The Law 
Come And Get It 
I’m a Rocker 
The Sentinel 
The Ripper 
Beyond The Realms Of Death 
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll 

CD36
Turbo Lover  
Ram It Down 
Heavy Metal 
Victim Of Changes 
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) 
Living After Midnight 
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ 
Hell Bent For Leather 

CD37 – Los Angeles ’90 (Previously Unreleased)
Riding on the Wind
Grinder
Heading Out to the Highway
Between the Hammer & the Anvil
Bloodstone
Better by You, Better Than Me
Leather Rebel
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) 
Hell Bent for Leather 
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming 

CD38 – London ’81(Previously Unreleased)
Solar Angels Intro / Heading Out to the Highway
Metal Gods
Hell Bent for Leather
Breaking the Law
Sinner
Beyond the Realms of Death
Grinder
Desert Plains
You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise 
Victim of Changes
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)

CD39 – Denver ’80 (Previously Unreleased)
Hell Bent for Leather
The Ripper
Running Wild 
Living After Midnight 
Sinner
Beyond the Realms of Death 
You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise
Grinder
Victim of Changes
Steeler
Genocide 
Tyrant
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)

CD40 – Irvine ’91 (Previously Unreleased)
Hell Bent for Leather 
Heading Out to the Highway
The Hellion / Electric Eye
Diamonds and Rust
All Guns Blazing
Metal Gods
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll 
The Ripper
Night Crawler
Turbo Lover
A Touch of Evil 
Painkiller
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
Breaking the Law
Living After Midnight
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

CD41 & CD42 – Beyond Live & Rare
Previously unreleased stereo recordings from the archives


CD41
Epitaph (Studio Demo) Demo from 1976’s Sad Wings Of Destiny 
Solar Angels (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium 
Sinner (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium 
Desert Plains (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium 
You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise (Live) July 22, 1981 – New York, NY – The Palladium 
Genocide (Live) May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre 
Victim Of Changes (Live) May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre 
Ripper (Live) May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre 
Screaming For Vengeance (Live) November 24, 1982 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center 
The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) (Live) June 07, 1981 – Odessa, TX – Ector County Coliseum 
Victim of Changes (Live) June 07, 1981 – Odessa, TX – Ector County Coliseum 

CD42
Tyrant (Live) June 07, 1981 – Odessa, TX – Ector County Coliseum 
Diamonds and Rust (Live) February 14, 1981 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Jaap Edenhal 
White Heat Red Hot (Live) July 29, 1978 – Tokyo, Japan – Yuubin Chokin Hall 
Better By You Better Than Me (Live) July 29, 1978 – Tokyo, Japan – Yuubin Chokin Hall 
Starbreaker (Live) July 29, 1978 – Tokyo, Japan – Yuubin Chokin Hall 
Rock Forever (Live) Killing Machine Tour – February 09, 1979 – Tokyo, Japan – Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan 
Evil Fantasies (Live) Killing Machine Tour – February 09, 1979 – Tokyo, Japan – Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan 
Troubleshooter (Live) World Wide Blitz Tour – February 29, 1981 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Rhein-Main-Halle 
Grinder (Live) World Wide Blitz Tour – February 29, 1981 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Rhein-Main-Halle 
The Sentinel (Live) May 02, 1984 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum 
Freewheel Burning (Live) May 02, 1984 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum 
All Guns Blazing (Live) August 17, 1991 – Montreal, QC, Canada – Forum de Montreal 
Painkiller (Live) March 26, 1991 – Sheffield, England – Sheffield City Hall 
Mother Sun (Live) October 11, 1975 – Slough, England – Slough College

The track listing for the Reflections Edition is noted below.

REFLECTIONS – 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS OF MUSIC
1CD

Let Us Prey / Call for the Priest  
You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise  
Fever  
Eat Me Alive  
All Guns Blazing  
Never The Heroes  
Dissident Aggressor (Live)  
Out in the Cold (Live)  
Judas Priest – Running Wild (Live)  
*Victim Of Changes (Live)  (May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre)
*The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) (Live)  (Point of Entry ‘Worldwide Blitz’ Tour – Live in Hammersmith, London – November 21, 1981 – Foundations Forum – Hammersmith Odeon)
*Bloodstone (Live) (Screaming For Vengeance World Vengeance Tour – Live in Atlanta, GA – December 11, 1982 – The Omni)
*Judas Priest – The Ripper (Live)  (Irvine, CA – July 12, 1991 – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre)
*Beyond the Realms of Death (Live) (Killing Machine/Hell Bent For Leather Tour – Live In New York, NY – March 11, 1979 – The Mudd Club)
*The Hellion / Electric Eye (Live) (Turbo ‘Fuel For Life’ Tour – Live In Houston, TX – June 21, 1986 – The Summit)
*Sinner (Live) (Ram It Down ‘Mercenaries Of Metal’ Tour – Live In New Haven, CT – August 7, 1988 – New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
 
*previously unreleased
 
REFLECTIONS – 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS OF MUSIC 
2LP DOUBLE GATEFOLD RED VINYL, 180GSM

 
SIDE A 
Let Us Prey / Call for the Priest  
You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise  
Fever  
Eat Me Alive  
 
SIDE B
All Guns Blazing  
Never The Heroes  
Dissident Aggressor (Live)  
Out in the Cold (Live)  
Judas Priest – Running Wild (Live)  
 
SIDE C *previously unreleased*
Victim Of Changes (Live)  (May 09, 1978 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre)
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) (Live)  (Point of Entry ‘Worldwide Blitz’ Tour – Live in Hammersmith, London – November 21, 1981 – Foundations Forum – Hammersmith Odeon)
Bloodstone (Live) (Screaming For Vengeance World Vengeance Tour – Live in Atlanta, GA – December 11, 1982 – The Omni)
Judas Priest – The Ripper (Live)  (Irvine, CA – July 12, 1991 – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre)
 
SIDE D *previously unreleased*
Beyond the Realms of Death (Live) (Killing Machine/Hell Bent For Leather Tour – Live In New York, NY – March 11, 1979 – The Mudd Club)
The Hellion / Electric Eye (Live) (Turbo ‘Fuel For Life’ Tour – Live In Houston, TX – June 21, 1986 – The Summit)
Sinner (Live) (Ram It Down ‘Mercenaries Of Metal’ Tour – Live In New Haven, CT – August 7, 1988 – New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum)

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Dinah Jefferies’ ‘Daughters Of War’ Succeeds Through Its Story, Transitions, Chapter Lengths

Courtesy: Harper Collins

World War II has, for ages, been the source of so many stories.  From real history to historical fiction, countless stories have come from the noted era.  Yet another tale from the “second great war” (so to speak) will come Tuesday from author Dinah Jefferies in her new historical fiction, Daughters of War.  Jefferies’ eighth novel, it will come more than a year after the release of her then latest novel, The Tuscan Contessa.  This latest offering is yet another wartime drama from Jefferies, much as with its predecessor, but different from the prior novel in its story.  This will be discussed shortly.  The story’s transitions work with the story itself to make for more appeal.  It will be discussed a little later.  The chapter lengths are also of note and will be examined later, too.  They round out the most important of the book’s elements.  When it and the other noted items are considered together, the whole makes the novel another work that will appeal to Jefferies’ established audiences and female readers in general.

Dinah Jefferies’ forthcoming novel, Daughters of War, is a presentation that is certain to appeal to her established audiences and to female readers in general.  The book’s appeal comes in part through its story.  The story in question follows three sisters – Helene, Florence, and Elise – as they navigate life together in the tiny, French town of Saint-Cecile during the waning months of WWII.  The sisters are living there after the war forced their separation from their mother, Claudette.  All three young women face their own trials and tribulations while living in what is apparently their childhood home.  Love is found and lost.  There is also tragedy added to the mix for the sisters.  This all happens over the course of the story’s first two acts, which run approximately 262 pages to be exact.  That makes up the story’s first half.  The story’s third act runs from there to its end and includes Helene working with her love interest, Jack, to help a Jewish woman escape from the Nazis’ clutches and get to Spain.  It also finally uncovers a dark secret about Claudette that while painful, helps bring Helene, Florence and Elise even closer together.  Not to give away too much since the book has yet to be released, but the secret in question involves the all too familiar dramatic plot element of forbidden love.  The story does have a happy ending, and part of that happy ending involves, of course, the end of the war.  All in all, the story is unique from that of Jefferies’ previous novel even with some similarities in mind between the stories.  Keeping that that in mind the story in whole plays out like something one might expect from one of so many direct-to-DVD wartime dramas or even some Hallmark Channel dramas.  In other words, this story, like so many from Jefferies, will appeal mainly to female readers, all things considered.  That is not to say that the story is bad by any means.  It just suffices to say that it is another work that Jefferies has aimed at her established female audiences and female audiences in general.  It is just one part of what will ensure those audiences’ engagement and entertainment, too.  The transitions between the chapters work with the story to add to that sustained interest.

The story’s transitions are so important to examine because they play their own key role in the story’s general effect.  From one chapter to the next, Jefferies does well to solidly end and begin each section.  Where one sister’s story ends momentarily, another’s begins (and in some cases continues) so fluidly from one chapter to the next.  Whether it be a brief cliffhanger that connects chapters or the simple, solid move from one portion of the story to the next, everything interconnects solidly and fluidly throughout the story.  The result is that from the story’s opening to its finale it never leaves readers feeling behind or even lost.  In other words, it keeps the story’s pacing moving that nicely, too.  Keeping that in mind, the transitions clearly play their own pivotal part to the whole of the novel.  They work directly with the story to ensure readers’ engagement and entertainment in their own way.  When this is considered along with the novel’s story, the two elements collectively give Jefferies’ audiences even more reason to keep reading.  Staying on the matter of the chapters, their lengths is also of note.

The chapter lengths are important because just as with the transitions, they play directly into the story’s pacing, too.  Readers will not that the chapters in this book are relatively short for the most part.  They are as short as four pages long and as long as 12 pages at the most.  Just as important to note is that even as the story reaches its midpoint, Jefferies does not just intentionally spread out that section’s chapter.  Rather, she finds the right points at which to lengthen specific chapters and at which to shorten others.  This may not seem like much on the surface, but the reality is that there are authors out there who will reach a certain point in their books and make those chapters extensively long while the majority of the other chapters are not as lengthy.  In the case of this novel however, the chapter lengths fit each portion of the tale fittingly.  Jefferies clearly did not just try to get to the climax and stretch it out for the sake of stretching it out.  Again, too many authors go this route with their novels, and it really gets annoying.  Any true bibliophile will agree with that.  She instead ensures that each chapter runs the right length for itself.  This helps keep readers engaged in its own right and further ensures their enjoyment.  All in all, audiences will find themselves moving through the story so solidly, leaving them feeling even better about themselves having read so much in the process.  By the time the story ends, readers will need a moment to realize they have reached the finale, but in the best way possible.  Again, this clearly is connected to the solid pacing just as much as the transitions themselves.  When the chapter lengths and transitions are considered along with the novel’s very story, all three elements make the novel in whole a good introduction to Jefferies and her works for some and an equally enjoyable offering for her established female audiences.

Dinah Jefferies’ forthcoming wartime drama, Daughters of War is a presentation that her established audiences and more casual female readers will find equally enjoyable.  That is due in large part to the novel’s story.  It is a story of survival in a time of great trials and tribulation, much as with Jefferies’ existing works.  It also incorporates plenty of romance for Jefferies’ noted female readers.  The whole does end with a happy finale despite everything that the sisters go through over the course of the story. The chapters’ transitions play in with the story to keep readers engaged.  They move solidly from one to the next, ensuring not to lose readers along the way.  They interconnect that well throughout the story and in turn also ensure the story’s pacing remains fluid.  Staying on that note, the chapters’ lengths also keep the story moving fluidly, only getting longer when really need be.  Otherwise, the chapters remain relatively short.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the novel.  All things considered, they make Daughters of War another offering from Dinah Jefferies that her established audiences will enjoy just as much as more casual readers.

Daughters of War is scheduled for release Nov. 16 through Harper Collins.  More information on this and other titles from Harper Collins is available at:

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Third Issue Of Joe Satriani’s ‘Crystal Planet’ Comic Book Coming

Courtesy: Heavy Metal Magazine/Incendium

The third issue of Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet comic book series will release this fall.

According to information in a news release distributed Tuesday, the series’ third issue is scheduled to release in November through Heavy Metal magazine and Incendium’s Opus imprint. Pre-orders are open. A limited quantity of issues #1 and #2 is also available. Additionally, a very limited quantity of bundles — 250 total — featuring copies of issue #1 signed by Joe Satriani, sublimated hat, an art print of issue #2’s cover and an enamel pin is available here.

Along with the new issue of Crystal Planet, an accompanying action figure of Joe Satriani is also available to pre-order for $29.95. The action figure features Satriani in a Tri-Diver suit from the Crystal Planet comic book, complete with his signature Ibanez guitar.

The credits for Crystal Planet are noted below.

CREDITS:
CREATED BY: Joe Satriani, Ned Evett
SCRIPT: Tony Lee
PENCILS/INKS: Richard Friend
COLOR: Carlos Cabrera
LETTERS: Jacob Bascle
EDITOR: Llexi Leon

More information on Crystal Planet is available online now along with all of Satriani’s tour dates in support of Shapeshifting is available online now at:

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Exodus Launches New Limited Comic Book, Action Figure Series

Courtesy: Incendium

Exodus is joining a growing number of bands that have delved into the comic book realm.

The band made the announcement Friday in a news release. The document states that the band has partnered with entertainment company Incendium to launch its four-issue limited series, Tales of the Damned under Incendium’s Opus imprint.

The band is just the latest to delve into the comic book realm. Bands, such as Disturbed and Alter Bridge, as well as guitarist Joe Satriani have all journeyed into the comic book world.

Each issue of Tales of the Damned focuses on a specific song from Exodus’ catalog beginning with the title track from the band’s 2004 album, Tempo of the Damned. The lead issue was written by Ian Edgington (Aliens, Predator, 2000AD) with art by Luis Guaragna (John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night), letters by Jacob Bascle, and cover art by Ryan Christensen.

Front man Gary Holt spoke highly of the band’s new comic book and related action figure line.

“I’m super excited to see this project come to life,” he said. “Exodus and comics go hand in hand, and to see the ‘Organist’ come to life in book form and as an action figure? Totally awesome! I’m looking forward to reading Tales Of The Damned!”

Incendium CEO Llexi Leon shared Holt’s enthusiasm.

“Exodus’Tales Of The Damned is our bloody tribute to the Bay Area legends,” said Leon. “We’re all about Myths, Monsters, and Metal here at Incendium, so this unholy alliance has been a blast!”

Courtesy: Incendium

The story featured in issue #1 centers on a young woman’s search for her missing sister. The younger sister goes missing after hearing “The Wavelength” a mysterious signal coming from an unidentified radio station. The older sister’s search leads her to an uninhabited town where she figures out the mystery of her sister’s disappearance and the music behind the disappearance…The Tempo of the Damned. An action figure of “The Organist” will release alongside the lead issue.

Issue #1 is limited to 1,500 copies at a price of $16.66. It is available to order here. It will ship Oct. 31. “The Organist” action figure is available to pre-order for $29.95 and will ship in the first quarter of 2022.

In other news, the launch of Exodus’ new comic book and action figure line coincides with the forthcoming release of its latest album, Persona Non Grata, which is scheduled for release in November through its own label, Exodus Records and Nuclear Blast Records. An exact release date for the album is under consideration as the band’s drummer, Tom Hunting recovers from squamous cell carcinoma.

More information on Exodus’ new comic book, action figure, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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‘Rainbow In The Dark’ To Start Publishing Worldwide Soon

Courtesy: Permuted Press

Audiences around the world will soon get to read Ronnie James Dio’s new autobiography.

According to information in a press release distributed Thursday, the book, Rainbow in the Dark, will start publishing in multiple languages starting Aug. 27 in Germany. Additionally, publications in Finnish, Bulgarian, Portugese (in Brazil), Japanese, Swedish, Italian, and Polish are coming, as well as in Hungarian in the first quarter of 2022, the document states.

Rainbow in the Dark originally published last month through Permuted Press in the United States and Canada, and through Constable in the United Kingdom. The autobiography collects Ronnie James Dio’s own notes that he wrote throughout his life for its story. The story starts in Dio’s childhood and runs up through his namesake band’s premiere at Madison Square Garden in 1987.

Co-written by music journalist Mick Wall and RJD’s wife Wendy, the book premiered at #12 on Publisher’s Weekly‘s Hard cover/Non-Fiction Best Sellers list last week.

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