Asher’s Jukebox Part 177

Epic by Faith No More from the album The Real Thing (January 29, 1990) Genres: Rap metal, alternative metal, and funk metal. Song length: 4:54 

This incredible song first came to my attention when I heard it at the One Up bar. I tried to Shazam the song, but I never could get the timing correct. A few months later, I hear the song again in James Franco’s film, The Disaster Artist. I finally find out the title of the song, and now listen to it on a daily basis. It is a very unique Metal song that has multiple genres built into it. Mike Patton’s impressive vocals reach six octaves, which is the highest range of any popular singer. Throughout the song, he impresses us with his amazing vocal styles, like crooning, rapping, falsetto, wailing, and growling. It resembles a lot of popular bands vocals like, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, and The Beastie Boys. The song appears to be discussing an unknown entity that is only known as “it”. The lyrics “What is it?” continuously repeat through the song, and it almost seems like the band is going crazy trying to figure it out. The chorus is my favorite part of the song, and once it hooks you, you will not be able to get it out of your head. I believe that the song’s meaning can be interpreted in various ways, but I will discuss my thoughts on it. The title, “Epic”, may have to do with the huge variety of different styles in the piece, and how well they go together. I highly recommend this piece to absolutely everyone, and would love to hear what you think in the comments’ section below.

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My Favorite Tavern Brawls

Hello everybody, and welcome to another Hearthstone post! This post will cover one of the most fun aspects of the game, the Tavern Brawl. A Tavern Brawl occurs every Wednesday, and lasts until 1:00 A.M. on Monday. You must have reached Level 20 with one class in order to play. The brawl essentially rewrites the rules of the game, either giving you a random deck with strange perks, or you create one from scratch. You also get a standard pack for your first victory. The following is a list of my favorite brawls, and the rules that go along with them.

  • Spiders, Spiders, EVERYWHERE! This excellent brawl has the classes battling it out with a deck full of Webspinners and 7 random class spells. Webspinner is a one cost minion with a deathrattle that adds a random beast to your hand. There are 104 beasts in the game so the random number generator is extremely diverse. I adore this brawl for its random factor, and the fact that you’ll never get the same minions. The brawl made its first appearance on July 5th, 2015. 

 

  • ShiftCon: This brawl has classes fighting with randomized decks filled with Shifter Zerus’ and random class spells. Shifter Zerus is a Legendary minion that transforms into another minion every turn. You start with three mana crystals, so it’s easier to get a minion to summon. The brawl first appeared on June 29th, 2016.

 

  • Too Many Portals! This could possibly be my favorite brawl of all time! Players battle with decks full of Unstable Portals and 7 random spells. Unstable Portal adds a random minion to your hand, and it costs 3 mana less. The brawl first appeared on July 29th, 2015.

Hall Of Champions: Fantastic Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow Comic Book Fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take another look at some awesome characters. Now, let’s begin!

  • Korvac Real Name: Michael Korvac Status: Villain/Possible Destroyer of Worlds Ht: 6’3” Weight: 230 lbs Publisher: Marvel First Appeared: Giant-Size Defenders #3 (January 1st, 1975) Powers/Abilities: Manipulation of cosmic energy, time travel, can absorb all forms of energy, telekinesis, telepathy, neigh invulnerability

Michael was an extremely talented computer technician living in the 31st century. He helped out the Badoon, a species of advanced reptilian beings, invade Earth’s solar system. One faithful day, upon collapsing from exhaustion, the Badoon amputated his lower body, and transformed him into a cyborg. Enraged by this, Korvac turned against his superiors, and killed them. His newfound abilities made him an incredibly dangerous force. His most famous feat is absorbing the power of Galactus’ spaceship, and transforming into a god-like entity. He was finally destroyed by Hazmat, who blasted him apart with an anti-matter wave.

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  • Hazmat Real Name: Jennifer Takeda Status: Hero and member of the Avengers Publisher: Marvel  First Appeared: Avengers Academy #1 (August 1st, 2010) Powers/Abilities:  Produces toxic substances and radiation from her body, immune to toxins, can explode after absorbing enough radiation (this isn’t lethal to her), anti-matter blasts, can generate EMP

Jennifer was an ordinary teenager, until she almost killed her boyfriend with a kiss. The discovery of her toxic powers forced Jennifer to be confined to a hazmat suit. This also caused her personality to become angry and standoffish. After being invited to the Avengers Academy, Jennifer doesn’t get along with many of the others, until she strikes a relationship with the metallic Mettle. This unfortunately doesn’t last, as Mettle sacrifices himself to save her in a battle with the villainous Arcade. During the Avengers Arena arc, Hazmat learns to fully control her powers, and doesn’t need the containment suit to protect her anymore. Fueled with rage and sadness, Hazmat kills Arcade and that’s the last that we hear of her for the time being. (A very interesting character that I hope will get her own movie in the future). (Fun fact: Hazmat is actually considered to be a tsundere, someone who is cold upon introduction, but slowly starts to warm up as the story progresses). 

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Hearthstone Special! Some Of My Favorite Hearthstone Cards

Hello fellow travelers! It’s Tuesday, and it’s time for a special post! Last week, I decided to do two Hearthstone posts. You guys seemed to really enjoy it, so I am going to do another one. There’s tons of cards in the game, and choosing my favorites is a very difficult task. So, I’ve decided to share many of the cards I like. Keep in mind, this is in no particular order, it’s just the cards that I find to be the most useful. Now, let’s begin!

  • Unstable Portal Mage Spell Mana Cost: 2 Rare Effect: Add a random minion to your hand. It costs (3) less.

The great and incredibly useful Unstable Portal. This card has been around for ages, and god, it’s amazing! The randomness of the card makes it very fun to play, and the ability to summon ANY minion makes it have endless possibilities. It’s a card that can make or break a game. The card is so much fun to use that a Tavern Brawl incorporates a full deck of them. I highly recommend this card even if the RNG isn’t always in your favor.

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  • Ragnaros the Firelord Legendary Neutral Elemental Minion Mana Cost: 8 Stats:   ATK 8 Health 8  Effect: Can’t attack. At the end of your turn, deal 8 damage to a random enemy.

DIE INSECT!!! If that cry doesn’t make you tremble in fear, you’ve obviously never met this deadly foe. He was one of the first incredible Legendaries in Hearthstone, and god, he packs a punch! Not being able to attack aside, his effect is cataclysmic to the enemy. 8 points of random damage to anything is extremely damaging, and can end the game in a matter of turns. Even if you silence it, it still can hurt, and it dies with great difficulty.

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Hall Of Shame: The Most Bizarre Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more strange characters. Now, let’s begin!

  • Leech Real Name: Unknown Status: Hero Ht: 4’2” Wt: 67 lbs Eyes: White Hair: Bald Strange Features: Leech doesn’t have a nose, and has green skin. Creator: Marvel First Appeared: The Uncanny X-Men #179 (March 1, 1984) Powers/Abilities: Can negate any superhuman ability, mutant or otherwise.

Leech was a sad mutant that was abandoned by his parents at a young age. He was taken in by the Morlocks, and became a resourceful member of the team. Leech survived the Morlocks’s massacre, and was rescued by the New Mutants. His also used his siphoning powers to help Hazmat control hers. Leech now resides at the Baxter Building under the care of the Fantastic Four. 

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  • Spot Real Name: Johnathon Ohnn Status: Villain Creator: Marvel First Appeared: The Spectacular Spider-Man #94 (September 1984) Powers/Abilities: Teleportation 

Dr. Ohnn was asked by the Kingpin to create a superpowered human. Unfortunately, do to a hiccup in his formula, the doctor was transported to a place called Spotworld. This gave him minor Teleportation powers, and he began his villainous career. He was easily beaten by Spider Man, and this destroyed his pride. His frequent visits to Spotworld also damaged his mentality, and he became a member of The Legion Of Losers.

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Asher’s Game Reviews (One Every Two Months)

This post discusses some pretty controversial subject matter. You have been warned!

The Binding of Isaac+the various expansions Creators: Edmund McMillen, Nicalis, Tyrone Rodriguez, Florian Himsl (Only for the initial Flash versions) Music: Danny Baranowsky (For the Flash game) Matthias Bossi and Jon Evans (For Rebirth and Afterbirth), Mudeth (For Antibirth)  Release Dates: Vanilla Isaac (September 28, 2011) Wrath of the Lamb (May 28, 2012) Rebirth (November 4, 2014) Afterbirth (October 30, 2015) Antibirth (December 23, 2016) Afterbirth+ (March 17, 2017) Genres: Roguelike, dungeon crawler Platforms: PC, 3DS, Switch, Xbox One, PS4, IOS, Wii U, Linux, PS Vita, Mac OS  ESRB Rating: M for Blood and gore, Violence, and Crude humor

This is one of my absolute favorite video games, and I have been following it since its Newgrounds demo in 2011. I was always a fan of McMillen’s work, and this project was no exception. It was originally made in Flash, but the speed of the engine was quite slow, and the frame rate often glitched up. During Rebirth, the product was completely remodeled, and the game moved at a much faster rate. A year later, a new expansion called Afterbirth was created. During the wait for the latest expansion, the community made an exceptional add on known as Antibirth. The last expansion made was Afterbirth +, and this allowed people to mod the game by creating new items, characters, bosses, and floors.  The game tells the story of Issac, a bald child that lives with his extremely religious mother. One day, Issac’s mother hears the voice of God, which tells her to sacrifice her son. Upon hearing this, Issac rushes to his room and quickly locks the door. He then finds a trapdoor hidden under his rug, and the game begins. You travel through various worlds, fighting monsters, collecting items, defeating bosses, and eventually facing your own mother. In the PC version, Isaac moves around with the WASD keys, and fires tears with the arrow keys. These tears are Isaac’s main form of attack, and can be changed around with the astronomical number of items in the game. You always start the run in the Basement or Cellar, which is comprised of two floors. You also have a money counter, bomb counter, and key counter, which max out at 99. Upon pausing the game, can see your stats, which are divided into health, damage, tear rate, range, shot speed, speed, and luck. Each of the 14 characters have different stats, and these either make the game harder or easier.  The floors contain various enemies, secret rooms, libraries, bedrooms, I Am Error rooms, sacrifice rooms, boss battles, item rooms, shops, arcades, and devil or angel rooms depending on your game style. You start at zero percent of both angel and devil, and depending on what you pick up, increasing or decreases it. You boost the devil chances by literally selling your hearts for power, collecting satanic items, like a pentagram, going into curse rooms, and blowing up beggars. Angel deals are more defensive in nature, however some of the best items appear here. While they’re rarer than devil deals, they can be picked up without any life cost. The items can be categorized into two different categories, Active and Passive. Active items take up a spot above your character, and can be used at different times depending on the recharge time. Passive items are permanent increasing or decreasing items, which can grant Isaac new tears and cosmetic changes. Some of these items can be extremely unsettling, like Proptosis, which causes Isaac’s eyes to bulge and fire large, rapidly shrinking tears. Trinkets, Runes, Tarot Cards, Playing Cards, and Pills also play a major role in the game. These are all, with an exception of trinkets, single use items that have a variety of useful and horrific effects. The trinkets are collectables that contain passive bonuses, and you can usually only have one of these at a time. The main appeal of Isaac, is that every run is randomized, which can lead to incredible game-breaking item synergies and completely different playing styles. I have had many amazing and chaotic runs due to this feature, and it is always exhilarating to see what the RNG has out for you. Now, the game does have permadeath, which means if you die, you can’t continue the run. The game has a steep difficulty curve, especially with some of the characters. (This means “you” The Lost!) However, if you can look past this, you will find out why I love it so much. I also can’t go on without discussing the soundtrack. The original game’s music was composed by the amazing Danny Baranowsky, who also did music for Super Meat Boy. The pieces are extremely well written, and invoke a multitude of emotions for the different parts of the game. Bossi and Evans composed the Rebirth and Afterbirth soundtracks, which are also fantastic. Then, we get to Mudeth’s Antibirth soundtrack, and my god, this is 100% ear candy. From the super catchy basement theme, to the dark and theremin-heavy womb theme, this is my all time favorite music in Issac. I highly recommend this game to Roguelike enthusiasts, and fans of the first Legend of Zelda, but be warned, many of the items and subject matter is very disturbing and sacrilegious. If you can look past this, you’re in for a hell of a good time!

Final Rating: 10/10 (Absolutely Incredible!)

Here’s a link to the womb theme, it’s fantastic!

 

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Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more trippy art. Now, let’s dive into the amazing world of Larry Carlson!

  • Astronomical ❤ by Larry Carlson 2010 digital chromogenic print 

This is an awesome work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s an outer space scene with multiple stars and a jet black background. There’s various points of interest in the piece, which are equally as strange as one another. To the left, we see various humanoid creatures with view masters for faces. There’s also a strange being with the body of a human and the face of an anatomical model. In the sky, we see some awesome fireworks, as well as skeletal monsters that are marching in a line. Then, we get to the rightmost part of the piece, and our jaws drop! We are met with a kaleidoscopic parachute covered in a rainbow display. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • Major Stardust Beyond Infinity by Larry Carlson 2012

Keeping up with the outer space theme, here’s another gem of a painting by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. The titular stardust is an extremely bizarre astronaut with a psychedelic spacesuit. He’s surrounded by multicolored eyes and cosmic twinkling stars. Then, we get to his face, and this is where Carlson’s magic really shines! His head is a giant, peach-colored sphere with a shiny center and multiple eyes surrounding it. I wonder how he breathes without a nose? Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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