The Cryptics – Punkrockracy episode 17

DEATHORCHESTRA Symphony of Death (Symphonic Metal, 2020)

Review by UMUR — “Symphony of Death” is a collaboration album project by Russian technical death metal act Buicide and the Olympic Symphony Orchestra. The album was independently released in December 2020. “Symphony of Death” is a live album recorded May the 4th, 2019 at the Opera Concert Club in Saint Petersburg. All material on the 7 track, 36:14 minutes long album are cover tracks of influential Florida death metal act Death. The album´s release date was deliberately chosen to coincide with the 19th anniversary of Death founder Chuck Schuldiner’s death. “Symphony of Death” is available in both audio format and a DVD video format.

This is obviously a tribute album enterpreting Death´s music with the addition of a symphony orchestra. Honestly when I first heard about the project, I didn´t expect much, but I´ve been pleasantly surprised, and the combination of the technical death metal and the symphony orchestra works really well. It should be mentioned right away, that “Symphony of Death” is fully intrumental, and that the vocal melodies/lines are handled by the orchestra. Again it works like a charm. I like the fact that it´s audible that this is a live recording with audience noise, yet the sound production is still clear, detailed, and powerful. Buicide are well playing and do the songs great justice, and Olympic Symphony Orchestra manage to add some intriguing symphonic arrangements to the tracks.

There is a wealth of great material to chose from in the Death catalogue, and 7 tracks aren´t much, but I think they´ve picked some great tracks for the album in “Voice of the Soul”, “Crystal Mountain”, “Zero Tolerance”, “Scavenger Of Human Sorrow”, “Spirit Crusher”, “Destiny”, and “Pull the Plug”.

“Symphony of Death” is the kind of project which could easily have failed badly, but DeathOrchestra manage to present intricate versions of the original material and “Symphony of Death” is ultimately a great tribute to Schuldiner and I´m sure he would be proud of- and grateful for the gesture, had he still been alive. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

Published at Sun, 07 Mar 2021 07:40:35 +0000

3 Simple Waning Moon Rituals To Help You Let Go

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If you’re ready to let go of the past, the upcoming energy of the waning moon can help. Here are 3 simple waning moon rituals you can try in order to let go and move on.

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Published at Sat, 06 Mar 2021 21:46:50 +0000

Adele named UK’s best-selling female album artist of the century


Adele has been named as the UK’s best-selling female album artist of the century.

The London singer topped the chart from The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), fending off competition from the likes of Pink, Madonna, Rihanna, Dido and Amy Winehouse in sixth.

Her second album, ‘21‘, also holds the title for the UK’s number one album by a female artist since 2000, after shifting just shy of 6 million copies in the UK alone.

The new statistics have been unveiled to coincide with the confirmed return of National Album Day on October 21, which will adopt ‘Celebrating Women In Music’ as its 2021 theme.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI, and Kim Bayley, Chief Executive Entertainment Retailers Association, the organisations behind National Album Day, said: “We are delighted that National Album Day is returning for a fourth edition, shining a light this year on the tremendous contribution women make to music through the album format, supported by our official partners Bowers & Wilkins and BBC Sounds.

AdeleAdele CREDIT: Getty

“While the ways in which fans enjoy music constantly evolve, the album remains central to artists’ self-expression and to fans’ understanding of what an artist has to say. National Album Day is an opportunity for artists and fans alike to celebrate this much loved artform and remind ourselves of its continuing power to tell stories, influence and inspire.”


Elsewhere, Adele’s close friend, comedian Alan Carr, revealed that she has played him some of the songs on her anticipated album – hailing them as “so amazing”.

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Published at Mon, 08 Mar 2021 09:54:21 +0000

‘Forrest Gump’ plotline used to argue for release of “QAnon shaman” by lawyer

Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump

A plotline from Forrest Gump was used to argue for the release of the “QAnon Shaman” by his lawyer.

Jacob Chansley – aka Jake Angeli, dubbed the “QAnon Shaman” – is currently in custody in Arizona, after being arrested for his involvement in the storming of the US Capitol in Washington D.C. in January.

Chansley is facing charges of interfering with police during a civil disorder, obstruction of Congress and several counts of various misdemeanours. The man, photos of whom wearing a horned fur hat were widely published after the riot, claims that police invited him into the Capitol building.

In court on Friday (March 5), Chansley’s lawyer Al Watkins used one of the plotlines from Forrest Gump to try and secure his release. He claimed his client had been invited to the Capitol by then-president Donald Trump, “like Forrest Gump”.

Jacob Chansley, QAnon shamanJacob Chansley – aka Jake Angeli, the “QAnon shaman” CREDIT: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

In the 1994 movie, Tom Hanks’ titular character was invited to the White House as part of the US Ping Pong team and is put up in the Watergate hotel by Richard Nixon. In the film, Gump complains to hotel staff about men in a room across from his waving flashlights around, unwittingly exposing the Watergate scandal.

Chansley’s attorney went on to say he wasn’t a “man of violence” and that he and others who stormed the Capitol “genuinely believed in the truth of what was being asserted by the highest hired hand in the land, the president”.


The prosecution countered that, given the broken windows and alarms going off, Chansley could not have thought he was being invited into the building. They also claimed he was asked to leave the premises several times and left a note on Vice President Mike Pence’s desk that read: “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming.”

A ruling has not yet been given on Chansley’s request for release.

Meanwhile, in 2019, Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth revealed he had written a sequel, but 9/11 prevented it from being made. The second film would have seen Gump have encounters with OJ Simpson and Princess Diana.

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Published at Sun, 07 Mar 2021 23:23:11 +0000

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