Before I start, I have to admit that before listening to Unwoman I was never much of a fan of the cello as an instrument. After listening to The Fires I Started, it has definitely earned a place in my heart. That alone says a lot about the skill displayed on this particular album.
The most recent full album by Erica Mulkey, better known as the solo performer Unwoman, The Fires I Started exceeded its Kickstarter campaign goal by several times and it’s easy to understand why. This sixteen-song release is a modern marvel, a brilliant juxtaposition between contemporary beats and classical cello-playing, combined with Unwoman’s strong vocals that hit the listener just right. Continue reading “The Fires I Started”
Aeronautica is a relatively new German steampunk band, having released their first EP, Maschinengeist, not too long ago. Aeronautica members Felix and Tobias were kind enough to take out some time to answer our questions. Continue reading “Interview with Aeronautica”
The organization of this brand new steampunk convention has done a great job offering a wide variety of workshops, performances of both bands and tribal dance, and other things to participate in such as a group shop taken with an actual antique camera, the steampunk bake-off and many others. Aside from that there were several bars offering a wide variety of decently priced drinks, you could get some food (either from the venue or one of the many places within walking distance in town) and a handful of shops offering their wares to visitors. Continue reading “Emporium Vernesque”
Tome 2 (meaning the second edition) of Japan Expo Belgium, the Belgian chapter of the famous largest J-culture convention held annually near Paris, France was once again a three day extravaganza of all kinds of things Japanese in Tour & Taxis. Continue reading “Japan Expo Belgium”
FACTS is one of those conventions that for the longest time just offered the same thing over and over again. The one year was better than the other but generally speaking it may have been one of the biggest Belgian cons, it was far from the best. Not this year though, this year FACTS got their act together. Whether this is because of the ever growing competition from new cons such as Japan Expo Belgium (happening a mere few weeks after FACTS) or Antwerp Convention I’m leaving up for debate, fact of the matter (pun intended) is that FACTS this year buckled up and presented a fun, well organized and far more original program than it has in years. Bravo FACTS! Continue reading “FACTS”
Elf Fantasy Fair Arcen, themed Mummies and Pharaohs this year, was held on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 on the grounds of Arcen Castle in the Netherlands. Continue reading “Elf Fantasy Fair Arcen”
While in Europe Manga, J-culture and sci-fi conventions are a-plenty and pretty well represented in all the bigger (and some of the smaller too) countries, I have to say that the French are pretty undisputed when it comes to putting conventions together.
Throwing Manga and sci-fi into one big mix may seem quite strange, but they pulled it off seemingly effortlessly, mixing both in the hall of Porte de Versailles convention centre where the event was held. Continue reading “Paris Manga and Sci-Fi Show”
This third installment in Simon R. Green’s Ghost Finders series does not disappoint, but fans of the Nightside and Secret Histories beware: while the series happens in the same world and timeline, this one is significantly different from the other two.
Fight like a Girl takes the listener on a seventeen-song musical journey almost told like the soundtrack to a tale spun by Emilie Autumn and I feel that some songs would actually benefit from visuals to enhance them. I’m pretty sure they’ll be better live than on record.
It’s a well-balanced album, some songs better than others, with lyrics matching to the background setting of madness, asylums and carnivals, revenge and all other things associated with it. There’s a good balance between anthems, melody and ballad, with Autumn’s voice remaining strong throughout, proving she isn’t bound to a certain genre or style and neither will she allow herself to be. Continue reading “Fight Like A Girl”
We all know the image of the film noir detective. The gritty down-to-earth, hardened-by-life, dark and often handsome hero who saves the day from a downtown office while wearing a classy suit, fedora hat and a long trench coat. Often called upon by damsels in distress with perfect hair and little suits and dresses that make many a fan of the genre and time (1940s mainly) green with proverbial envy. Continue reading “Film Noir Detective Style”