Sunday, February 5, 2012


Here is the third version of the “Below the Ruins” video. Initially, the first version was hastily thrown together. Mainly it was just to have something extra on a DVD promo. That version was a compilation of home videos of cathedrals.
Unsatisfied, I put together a second version. I added footage from the Christopher Lee classic film Horror Hotel (which is in public domain). Anyone who has seen the film knows what a great, creepy atmosphere it has. For that reason, it is one of my favorite films. Years ago, Iron Maiden also used clips from the movie in their “Bring your Daughter to the Slaughter” video. So my idea of using it was not original, but none the less I had the urge to do it.
Finally, I decided to re-edit it again with shots of the band playing. In this final version, I feel the true essence is present. The visual properly represents the song’s slow, brooding style.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Encore Records: R.I.P.

This is somewhat old news, but it still enrages me: Encore Records closing its doors! Absolutely terrible news! I feel as if one of my favorite relatives has just been executed. Over the years my many trips to Austin always included the mandatory stop at Encore. This place has…well HAD a phenomenal metal section. A two hour minimum was always required in going through their stock. For me, Austin will never be the same.