Sunday, 27 November 2016

Serbia's Wolf's Hunger interview done by Patrick on 11-27-16

Hello
Here  is  a   new  interview  with  Serbia;s  blackend  thrash  band  Wolf's Hunger  who  discuss  the  band  past  and  future  plans  along  with their  newest  cd  "Bez'te Zivi  Vracaju  Se  Mrtvi"  through  Symbol Of  Domination.  If you  are  a  fan  of  well executed black,thrash  metal  then  be sure to  check  out   Wolf's Hunger  today
Regards
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com




Interview  with  Wolf's Hunger   done  by  Patrick


1.Hails  when  did  you  all first  meet each  other?Was it long before  you  all  decide  to  start  this  band?How  did  you  all  decide  on Wolf's Hunger  as  the  name  of the  band?

Hails Patrick. 
Well the story about Wolf’s Hunger started long time ago, in 2002. when we were 15-16 years old kids. It was some kind of “golden period” for Serbian metal scene, tons of great bands, fans were coming on every gig, many printed metal fanzines/magazines etc. In that time Caslav and Golub were playing in band Divinator, Veljko and Dusan were playing in band Balrog. After some time Caslav and Dovla are calling Veljko, Dusan and Djus and band Altair’s stone was born. Shortly after, we changed the name of the band into Wolf’s Hunger. I cannot precisely explain to you  the meaning of the name because our old member Dusan came up to that.


2.What  is  the  current  line-up  of  the  band? And  for  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Wolf's Hunger  music  how  would  you  best  describe  it?

Wolf’s Hunger play thrash black metal with lyrics inspired by Serbian history and mythology.  Uncompromised, aggressive without any technical/avantgarde bullshits, just pure thrash/black metal. Our main influences are bands like Slayer, Aura noir, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Mayhem… Members of the band are Knez Caslav(vocals/bass), Dovla(guitars), Igor(guitars) and Ivan(drums).


3.Wolf's Hunger   is  getting  ready to  release  their  second cd  "Bez'te  Zivi  Vracaju Se Mrtvi" through  Symbol Of  Domination Rec.  how  did the  band  come  in  contact   with this  label?

All studio work was done in period between September-December 2015. then we started searching for label. One of the first labels that got our record was Satanath and Alexey(main guy in Satanath/Symbol of Domination Records) responded us couple of days after he received copy. He liked it and gave us pretty fair conditions. Also we heard good things about Satanath/Symbol of domination, couple of Serbian bands worked with Satanath/Symbol of domination in the past, so we gladly accepted his offer. On September 9th “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi” was officially released and it’s available via the band and label Symbol of domination.



4.How  long  did  it  take  the  band  to  write the  music  for the  new  release?Does  the  whole  band  work  on  writing the  music  or  does  one  member   usually  write  everything?

It’s little bit hard to tell, because some of these songs are 4-5 years old. We had many difficulties during the last 10 years: we stopped all activities in period between 2007-2009,  then lineup changes, financial problems etc. Last year, after our appearance in our hometown  Novi Sad at United metal festival, we realised that there is no point sitting and waiting something to happen, we realised it’s finally time to go into the studio and make a new record. 
Each band member contributes with it’s ideas, but for this record some old members also contributed. For example, our former guitarist Milan played guitar in song “Rusija”, main riffs in song “Slava gromu” were written by our former guitarist/vocalist Veljko.


5.Who  usually  takes  care  of  writing the  lyrics I  know  the  band  has  some  songs  based  on  WW.1 and  Serbian  history  when  did you  all  become  interested  in  writing  about these  subjects?

Knez Caslav is responsible for lyrics and we become interested in such themes since the beginning. Our main idea was to play patriotic black metal with lyrics that cover Serbian history and Slavic mythology. You know, mainstream media in Serbia and lot of assholes are trying to convince us that we should be ashamed of our history, our culture and tradition. We are doing the opposite.  For us it’s natural that band sings about history of it’s country. Yes we can write lyrics about Vikings but we don’t have any connection with them, we are not born in Sweden, we don’t live there. If bands sings about culture and history of it’s own country then we are learning from each other, learning about different cultures and nations. And, that’s a great thing. 
WWI had big impact on our country and consequences of that war we feel even today. One third of Serbian population was killed in that war. Stories we read about those people, our brave soldiers, their bravery and their struggles... This is something really hard to describe with simple words. Today’s generations we cannot put in the same sentence with those GREAT people.  


6.Besides   Serbian  history   and  World War  one  do  you  all  enjoy  studying  any  other   subjects  or  times  in  history?

Yes of course, we are interested in all historical periods. It’s always interesting to read about life in old days, problems people had in the past, battles, beliefs etc.


7.Does  Wolf's Hunger    get  to  play  "live"  very  often  or  do you  prefer  working in  the  studio? What  have  been  some  of the  bands  most  memorable  shows  over  the  years?

Playing live is our favourite activity. So far, we were playing only in our country, but now when we finally have the new record, we are more than ready to play abroad. Currently we are working on that.
One of our most memorable shows was our reunion gig on United Slavic Swords festival in 2009. We were playing with mighty Infernal War, Bleeding fist and Kozeljnik. Killer bands, lots of maniaks in the audience and tons of alcohol. That’s all what we remember from that night he he. Also we would like to mention our gigs with Vital remains(USA) in 2007. and Arkona(Russia) in 2010., on those shows we played as a supporting act.

8.Are  there any  upcoming  shows  or  tours the  readers  should  watch  out  for and  if yes  where will the  band  be  playing?

By the end of this year we will have promotional show in capital city, Belgrade, with our friends from Putrid blood and Blanquito cojones. Then we will focus on next year and try organize some tour in European countries. Playing abroad will be our main task in 2017.


9.In  your  opinion   what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene  today? And  what  does  underground  metal  mean  to  you  all?

Maybe we’ll sound like some hard-core band but for us underground scene is Friendship, Unity and Respect. All underground bands have same problems, no matter where are they from. We all spend our time, sacrifice part of our lives for metal music, we share the same passion for this music...It seems to us that these modern generations don’t have that passion, that would be probably the worst thing about underground scene today…

10.Wolf's Hunger    comes  out  of  the  Serbian  black,thrash  metal  scene  what  is  your  opinion  of  Serbia's  metal  scene?

Serbian scene is not so much known in the rest of the world but there are some killer acts worth of your attention. Bands like The stone(black metal) and Infest(death/thrash metal) are the best known and respected bands from our country. We would like to mention also Kolac(old school black metal), Redenik(necro/crossover/thrash metal), Putrid blood(thrash/hardcore metal), Sacramental blood(old school brutal death metal), Bombarder(speed metal gods since 1986.), Zloslut(black metal), Svartgren(black metal) etc. We probably forgot to mention some great acts, but it’s up to you check out bands from our scene.


11..Besides  bands  are their  any  good  labels  or  distro's  you  can recommend  to  the  readers?

First of all we would recommend our label Symbol of domination/Satanath. We easily settled all the things with them, we didn’t have any particular problem. Also we would like to recommend Serbian label Grom records which carries spirit of true UG metal. They have some killer bands  on their label. Our first album and split with Posmrtna liturgija were published on Grom records. 


12.Other  then  the  newest  cd   "Bez'te  Zivi  Vracaju Se Mrtvi"  does  the  band  have   any  past  releases   or  merchandise  available? If  yes  what  is  available  and  where  can the  readers  buy  it?

Beside “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi” we have 2 demos, 1 split release and 1 album. Our first demo “Thunders of Perun are back” was released in 2004. and we spread that demo to the media. Next demo titled “Zemlja moja u plamenu je” we released in 2005. Songs from that demo appeared on split with Posmrtna liturgija, released in 2005.via Grom records. First full length album “Osveta u krvi(Retaliation in blood)” was released in 2007., again via Grom records. Only couple of months after release date, that album was sold out. A lot of people are asking us about our old stuff but unfortunately we don’t have anything. Even we, members of the band don’t have physical copy of “Osveta u krvi” hehe. But we definitively have to do something about that. 
Currently we are promoting our second full length album “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi”, we have CD’s, T-Shirts, patches and badges. Anyone interested to get our new record or merch should contact us at: wolfshungerserbia [at] gmail.com


13.When  not  working  on  new  music  or  band  business  what do  you  all  enjoy  doing  in your  free time?

Drinking with our friends, visiting metal gigs and working regular jobs, those are our main activities. Knez Caslav is working railroad company, Dovla is working in construction company, Ivan is currently looking for a new job and Igor is on faculty of nuclear medicine. 


14.Thank  you  for  taking the  time  to  fill  this   interview  out  do  you  all have  any  final  words  for the  readers?

First of all we would like to thank you for giving us support. We appreciate this and wish you all the best with Primitive ways zine. We invite all readers out there to check out our new record “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi”. You won’t regret.
For all info write us at wolfshungerserbia [at] gmail . com. 
Metal up brothers \m/ 
WH
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 http://wolfshunger.rs/
 

A few new metal reviews done on 11-27-16

Hello
Hope  everyone  is  having  a  good evening  or  day  here  are  a  few  new  metal  reviews  to  check  out  and  hopefully  find  something to your  musicial  taste.More  reviews  and  interviews  will hopefully  be  up  soon.And  if you  enjoy  movie,comics  and  other  forms  of  underground  music  be  sure to  check  out  the  rest  of  Ancient  Visions  as  gaz  has  posted  a lot  of  new stuff  up  recently.
Regards
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com


Kratornas--Devoured By  Damnation   cd {Grathila  Rec.}
Originally  from  the  Philippines  Kratornas relocated  to  Canada in 2015 and is  getting  ready to  release  their  third  full length Devoured By  Damnation.Kratornas  play  a  vicious  style  of  raw  black metal  with  early  grind  influences.The  guitars  are  extremely  fast  with  chaotic   patterns.Zachariah does  add  some  well  played  solo's  in  some  of the  songs.The  vocals  are  harsh,violent black metal  screams but  their  are some  death growls used  in  a  few  songs.If you  are  a  fan  of   Kratornas  past  releases  then  be  sure  to  buy  the  new  cd  today.
                                                                               Band  Contact
                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/officialkratornas
                                                http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Kratornas/12046







Mordskog--XIII  cd {Werewolf Rec./Hells Headbangers Rec.}
Mexico's  Mordskog release  their debut  cd  through  the  Finnish  label  Werewolf Rec. The  band  plays  a  semi fast  black  metal  style  that  does  go  to  a  more  mid paced  style  within  a  few  songs.The  guitars  are  done  with  some really  well played  and  performed  patterns.The  guitarist  does  a  good  job  performing  both  semi  fast  guitar  riffs to  a  more  controlled  mid paced  style.The  vocals  are  black metal  screams with  some shrieks  and gruff  style death  metal  growls.If  you  are  a  fan   of  well  written  and  performed  black metal  then  be  sure to  pick  up  a  copy  of  Mordskog debut XIII   today.
                                                       Label   Contatct
                                        http://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/






Sorrowful  Land--Of  Ruins   cd {Solitude  Prod.}
Coming  out  of the  Ukraine's  atmospheric  death,doom   is Sorrowful  Land with  their  debut  cd.Sorrowful  Land  play  a  very  mature style  of  atmospheric  death,doom the  guitars  are  well  written and  performed  with mainly  slow,heavy  guitar  patterns  and  riffs.The  drums  are  done  with  some  precise  and  well  arranged  drum  patterns that  are  mainly  in the  slower  vein  but  do  go  for  a  mid paced  style in  a few  songs.The  vocalist  does  a  good  job  with  both death metal  growls  and  some  spoken clean  vocals  used  throughout  a  few  songs.If you  are  a  fan  atmospheric  death,doom  then  be  sure to  pick  up  Sorrowful  Land'S  debut Of  Ruins    today.
                                                           Label   Contact 
                                        https://solitude-prod.com/
                                  https://solitudeproductions.bandcamp.com/





Venefixion--Armorican  Deathrites  12 Mlp/Mcd  {Iron  Bonehead Rec.}
Venefixion return  with  their  debut  Mlp  Armorican  Deathrites   who  had  a  really  good  demo  out  last year.For  those  unfamiliar  with  Venefixion's  style  the  band  plays a  heavy,pounding style  of  death metal.The  release  starts  out  with  a  very  well  written and  performed  intro  before going  full  force  with their  brand  of  death.The  guitars  are  are  played  with with  a  heavy mid tempoed  guitar  patterns but  the  guitarist  is  not  afraid to  let  loose  and  go  fast  in  a  few sections  of the  songs.The  guitarist  also  adds  some  well  written  and  performed  guitar  solo's  mixed  into  the  songs.The  drums  are  done  in  the  same  vein  with  a  mix  of  heavier mid tempoed  drums  and  some  faster  drums  mixed into  the  music.If  you  enjoyed  the  bands  debut demo  Defixio r then  you  will  defintly  want  to  pick the  newest  Mlp  up  today.
                                                                 Label   Contact
                                                              http://www.ironbonehead.de/
                                                http://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/








Versifist--Cipher  7inch {Vault Of Dried Bones/Iron  Bonehead Rec.
Canada's  Versifist return  with  a  new  7 inch E.P  featuring two  songs.The  first  song  is   Bring  Back The  Dark which  is  a  aggressive  and chaotic blackend  death  song.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  skill  and power  going from  an  all out  assult  of  frenzied  guitar  riffs to  a  more  controlled  mid paced  guitar  pattern.The drums  are played  in the  same  style with mid paced  drums  to  start  out the song  but the drummer does  go  for  a  more violent and  fast  drum pattern.The  second  song  is  ...In Tongues   which  is  another  solid  and  well  performed  song starting  off  with  a  mid paced music  but  does speed up  a  little but  not  nearly  as fast  as   Bring  Back The  Dark.The  guitars  are  played  in  the  mid tempoed  style  but  does  get  a  little  faster  in the  middle of the  song.If  you  are  familiar  with   Versifist's  previous  E.P  then you  know what to expect  but  if you  are  new to  the  band  and you  like  well  written  blackend death  metal  that  goes  from  crazed,violent  patterns  to  a  more controlled  and  mid paced  style  then  be  sure tp  check  out   Versifist  today.
                                                                      Label   Contact
                                                     http://www.vaultofdriedbones.com/

CRIMSON BONES 26-11-16 PLAY LIST (DIY THRASH RADIO, MONTHLY)

 
 
 CRIMSON BONES 26-11-16 PLAY LIST (DIY THRASH RADIO, MONTHLY)
 
Featured in this episode: Celtic Punk pre show warm up, as The Captain and his crew ready themselves, and get into the spirit, then Crimson Bones sails the high seas w/ Thrash, Crossover, Old School DM, Thrash, silly humor, Storecard Dave, skits, mosh, & Thrash!!!!!! Yarrrrrr!
 
 
 
   Airplay/promo: ancientvisionz@gmail.com
 
Tune in monthly via thewastelands.listen2myshow.com @ 9pm-12am UK, 10pm-1am CET (Europe), 4pm-7pm Eastern (US), 1pm-4pm West Coast (US), 3pm-6pm Central (US), & 2pm-5pm Mountain (US)
 
    Terrifier - Sect of the Serpent (6:44)
    Zombie Attack - Hell March (2:38)
    Protector - Lycopolis (3:39)
    Mortillery - Black Friday (3:57)
    Raw - Stop Asking (3:00)
    Krepitus - Erroneous (4:55)
    Assassin - Red Alert (5:27)
    Hazmat - Sold (4:55)
    Exumer - Death Factory (2:57)
    Gorilla Troops - Shrines (3:15)
    Necromancia - Global Fall (2:15)
    Sacrifice - Freedom Slave (4:01)
    Crusted Trust - Chemical Weapon (Fat Vocals Bonus) (2:19)
    Deceiver - Machinery of God (3:16)
    Gorilla Troops - Doors (3:29)
    Gorilla Troops - Storm (4:54)
    Embedded - Grinding the Bones (4:21)
    Entrench - Calm the Urge (6:42)
    Lunatics Without Skateboards - Go Song (1:04)
    Lost Society - Diary Of A Thrashman (2:42)
    Gorilla Troops - Spider-Punks (3:56)
    Maskhera - Iskander (4:43)
    Morbid Saint - Living Misery (3:45)
    Cryptic Void - Wasteland Pt. 2 (0:31)
    Cryptic Void - Key Of The Abyss (0:51)
    Altar Of Sin - Les Demons (2:25)
    Holy Moses - In the Slaughterhouse (2:30)
    Despair - Burnt Out Souls (5:16)
    Jurassic Jade - Heart's Core (4:21)
    Maniac Force - Metal Invasion (4:38)
    Pessimist - Don't Care (3:02)
    Razormaze - Electric Deception (6:35)
    KEMAKIL - Dead Wagon (3:18)
    Sabbat - A Dead Man's Robe (4:49)
    Ripper - Rotten Dreams (3:16)
    Voodoo Gods - Devotion to the Great Nebula (5:29)
    Foreseen - Contrast's Clear (3:01)
    Sacrilege - Fear Within (5:06)
    Triage - Dystopic Scene (2:16)
    Stressed Out - Depression (1:54)
    Death Breath - Dragged Through The Mud (4:07)
    Left Cross - Necromunda (2:34)


 So, ah ha yarr, it be Captain Midnight Mosh, and The Crimson Bones! Ye wanted us to sail the fine seas again, hoisting the sails for thrash, well I heard ye... 


Resting in slumber, thirsting,
Seeking enternal thrash metal hunger,
The dark depths, waiting.

When shall I sail again?
Dreaming of The Crimson Bones,
High seas, my home.

Thrash adventure and mosh plunder,
Taverns, fine ales,
Many a man's tale.

Waking, raising my stare,
It's not a dream, standing,
Waiting for the hour.

11.55 pm, pocket watch,
Gazing at my outstretched hand,
Tick, tock, tick.

Smelling the air,
Creaking boards beneath my feet,
Mainstream pop music ship spotted.

Glaring past the ship's bow,
Barking at the crew,
Set course first mate.

11.59 pm, 
The Hands tick, 
My time.

Midnight,
Tis the hour,
Crimson Bones devours.

For I am Captain Midnight Mosh,
And my ship, be The Crimson Bones,
The high seas, our home.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

CRIMSON BONES NOW ON AIR! YARRR! (DIY THRASH METAL RADIO, MONTHLY)


CRIMSON BONES SAILS NOW! (DIY THRASH METAL RADIO, MONTHLY)

 
 
 Hey friends, I'm incredibly excited and amped to bring this show back, and I'm eager to slip back into character as Captain Midnight Mosh. Since the show was put on hiatus, I was asked if, and when it would return, so here we are.

Featured today: Celtic Punk pre show warm up, as The Captain and his crew ready themselves, and get into the spirit, then Crimson Bones sails the high seas w/ Thrash, Crossover, Old School DM, Thrash, silly humor, Storecard Dave, skits, mosh, & Thrash!!!!!! Yarrrrrr!
 
   Airplay/promo: ancientvisionz@gmail.com
@ancientvisionz
Chat (old Brutal Existence Radio chat)
 
Tune in now via thewastelands.listen2myshow.com @ 9pm-12am UK, 10pm-1am CET (Europe), 4pm-7pm Eastern (US), 1pm-4pm West Coast (US), 3pm-6pm Central (US), & 2pm-5pm Mountain (US)


 So, ah ha yarr, it be Captain Midnight Mosh, and The Crimson Bones! Ye wanted us to sail the fine seas again, hoisting the sails for thrash, well I heard ye... 


Resting in slumber, thirsting,
Seeking enternal thrash metal hunger,
The dark depths, waiting.

When shall I sail again?
Dreaming of The Crimson Bones,
High seas, my home.

Thrash adventure and mosh plunder,
Taverns, fine ales,
Many a man's tale.

Waking, raising my stare,
It's not a dream, standing,
Waiting for the hour.

11.55 pm, pocket watch,
Gazing at my outstretched hand,
Tick, tock, tick.

Smelling the air,
Creaking boards beneath my feet,
Mainstream pop music ship spotted.

Glaring past the ship's bow,
Barking at the crew,
Set course first mate.

11.59 pm, 
The Hands tick, 
My time.

Midnight,
Tis the hour,
Crimson Bones devours.

For I am Captain Midnight Mosh,
And my ship, be The Crimson Bones,
The high seas, our home.

CRIMSON BONES SAILS TODAY! (DIY THRASH METAL RADIO, MONTHLY)


CRIMSON BONES SAILS TODAY! (DIY THRASH METAL RADIO, MONTHLY)




 

Hey friends, I'm incredibly excited and amped to bring this show back, and I'm eager to slip back into character as Captain Midnight Mosh. Since the show was put on hiatus, I was asked if, and when it would return, so here we are.

Featured today: Celtic Punk pre show warm up, as The Captain and his crew ready themselves, and get into the spirit, then Crimson Bones sails the high seas w/ Thrash, Crossover, Old School DM, Thrash, silly humor, Storecard Dave, skits, mosh, & Thrash!!!!!! Yarrrrrr!
  
Airplay/promo: ancientvisionz@gmail.com

@ancientvisionz

Chat (old Brutal Existence Radio chat)
 
Tune in via thewastelands.listen2myshow.com @ 9pm-12am UK, 10pm-1am CET (Europe), 4pm-7pm Eastern (US), 1pm-4pm West Coast (US), 3pm-6pm Central (US), & 2pm-5pm Mountain (US)


 So, ah ha yarr, it be Captain Midnight Mosh, and The Crimson Bones! Ye wanted us to sail the fine seas again, hoisting the sails for thrash, well I heard ye... 


Resting in slumber, thirsting,
Seeking enternal thrash metal hunger,
The dark depths, waiting.

When shall I sail again?
Dreaming of The Crimson Bones,
High seas, my home.

Thrash adventure and mosh plunder,
Taverns, fine ales,
Many a man's tale.

Waking, raising my stare,
It's not a dream, standing,
Waiting for the hour.

11.55 pm, pocket watch,
Gazing at my outstretched hand,
Tick, tock, tick.

Smelling the air,
Creaking boards beneath my feet,
Mainstream pop music ship spotted.

Glaring past the ship's bow,
Barking at the crew,
Set course first mate.

11.59 pm, 
The Hands tick, 
My time.

Midnight,
Tis the hour,
Crimson Bones devours.

For I am Captain Midnight Mosh,
And my ship, be The Crimson Bones,
The high seas, our home.






 





Friday, 25 November 2016

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Guerrilla Alliance: Sacrificial Chamber ft. Killah Priest & Tone Spliff prod. Amos (Official Music Video) (PXR) (Underground Hip Hop/RealHip Hop)


  Today, Guerrilla Alliance, Planet X Records, dropped a new single, Sacrificial Chamber, which features Killah Priest, and is taken from the forth coming Dark Rift LP. I knew this was going to be special, as I've known about the track for some time, but wow, seriously, just watch and listen, if you are a fan of hc flows laced with finely tuned woven music, then you will not be disappointed. I would recommend Sacrificial Chamber for underground hip hop heads, anyone who can appreciate real music, comic book fans, and sci fi fans.

Ancient Visionz/PX Talk Radio shall be promoting & discussing the track & The Dark Rift LP on future episodes with myself & VX. 

 


 "Sacrificial Chamber" feat. Killah Priest & Tone Spliff prod. Amos the Ancient Prophet lead single from "The Dark Rift" LP from Guerrilla Alliance of PXR

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

CRIMSON BONES THRASH METAL RADIO RETURNS! (MONTHLY)


 

Yarrrrrrr! Are ye ready? Argggh, The Crimson Bones sails again for a new monthly edition, thrash metal plunder upon the high seas ! Details emerge from this fine here vessel in the next few days, Captain Midnight Mosh returns. Ahhh me fine hearty thrashies!


Monday, 21 November 2016

ARROW SEASON 5 - BACK TO THE ARROW WE KNOW


 
 
Last yr, I wrote an opinion piece describing the problem with S4 of Arrow and the Felicity debacle, it was another review of the season so far, and tbh with you all, it got so bad, I couldn't be bothered to conclude with a deeper blog when it came to the finality of series 4. My heart and love for Arrow were ripped out during S4, and it was once my favorite show. The sign of a good show though, is when they do start trying to correct past mistakes, and lets be real, they stepped up with series 5. Just like Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, the show is much more co-ordinated and together, think of the earlier seasons, which everyone missed, well S5 is pretty much a return to S1/2. Arrow received heavy criticism, and I myself as a longtime fan since season 1, shared those opinions, whilst also feeling greatly concerned about what was happening to one of my favorite shows.




  There is a good solid lesson for TV and movies in general, if you can make the decision to recognise and address what the core audience didn't enjoy, and progress forward with what made your show or movie great in the first place, then you will keep and draw back the long time fans, and excite potential new supporters. Arrow is once again back to the show I must watch, and am excited to see each episode, an awesome feeling, one I'd missed during last season. The actors also look like they are enjoying themselves, adding to the chemistry of the show.



   The Green Arrow is once again a central figure, the new team Arrow is interesting, and I wasn't a fan of Artemis, but the last episode threw a nice curve ball by revealing her to be working for arch villain Prometheus, which was cool. The action scenes are back on form, and are very well choreographed, combined with excellent stunt work, making each episode highly entertaining. The atmosphere has returned to the gritty tone it used to be, Felicity is reduced to the character she once was, light comic relief, and is a minor supporting role instead of an over bearing anchor, which had previously ruined the balance in S4, no disrespect to the actress as it was not her fault, so I think the hatred for her will subside if this remains for future seasons.




  The flashbacks are also well done this year, providing a nice back story, and Dolph Lundgren is a welcome addition. The new vigilante, called 'the vigilante' is great, and I really liked the introduction of this character. DC version of the Punisher. 
 


   I hope people give the show a chance, and lay off with the hate, as even myself didn't think I'd be writing so positively about season 5, but I am, and the team certainly tried, and pulled out all the stops so far. If the remainder of season 5 continues in this vein, then it will easily go in my tops for 2016. 



   Thank you Arrow for restoring my faith and taking the show back to what it was.




SUPERGIRL SEASON 2 SO FAR







 Supergirl is a show going from strength to strength so far, especially when we look back to season one, which was cheese to put it kindly. I think with S1, they tried to much in a short space of time, leaving Supergirl with a cluttered and rushed feeling, and the show did not quite flow or seem coherent. Aside from the crossover with The flash, S1 languishes in the halls of cheese.

  Fast forward to season 2, Supergirl is now a well co-ordinated series both from an acting and story arc perspective. I find myself laughing a lot and enjoying each episode, the pace is slower, allowing time to develop characters and plot lines. Everything just seems together and ran more professionally, giving us the Supergirl show we needed with season 1. In-fact, we could argue that season 1 can be forgotten as this is the real start of Supergirl.

 When Supergirl first aired, I knew it was terrible, but it was a guilty pleasure, I watched every episode, thinking surely this cannot get any worse, but I'm glad the writers and team got there in the end. It's kinda the same situation with Legends of Tomorrow, which suffered from a poor 1st season, but there were a few good episodes, however, S2 is a different ball game.

   I do hope at one stage they merge Supergirl's earth with the Flash and Arrow verse, anyway a special week of comic book TV hits us next Monday with the 4 night crossover event featuring the Dominators. It all starts on Supergirl, and I'm fully hyped up.

  Hopefully, if I can find some free time, I will write up my thoughts on Arrow season 5, another show turning around for the better, and is clearly ignoring S4 for the most part, a good thing. We needed Arrow to be back on form, which is great for the fans and actors. Watch S2 of Supergirl, if you get a chance, you won't be disappointed.