Monday, March 30, 2020

Watch the First 8 Minutes of Sonic the Hedgehog Right Here! [VIDEO]


I am not a video game guy at all, so most movies based on them mean nothing to me.

I'll see them and if they have a good story and are entertaining, I'm just fine. The first eight minutes of Sonic the Hedgehog has been posted online and I have to say it had my interest right away. It's goofy and fun right off the bat, but we only get a very brief moment with Jim Carrey, which is what I'm the most interested in here. After this preview, I am convinced to watch the entire movie so I guess the studios job was a success. Check out the sneak peek at Sonic the Hedgehog right here.


Sonic the Hedgehog tries to navigate the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound best friend -- a human named Tom Wachowski. They must soon join forces to prevent the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his powers for world domination.

Jeff Fowler directed Sonic the Hedgehog. It stars Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, and Natasha Rothwell. The movie is rated PG for action, some violence, rude humor and brief mild language.

Sonic the Hedgehog is available now on Digital platforms 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 19th.

Watch the First 8 Minutes of Sonic the Hedgehog Right Here! [VIDEO]


I am not a video game guy at all, so most movies based on them mean nothing to me.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Movie Review: Sonic the Hedgehog


Boy was Sonic the Hedgehog not meant for me. However, having seen this movie with the audience it was meant for truly elevated my film experience as one I haven’t experienced in years!

Don’t get me wrong - Sonic the Hedgehog is not a good film, but it isn’t a bad one either. This film was clearly meant for kids ages 8 to 12 and the parents who had to sit through it, as well. Any day, this could had been a bad thing. That being said, I was blessed to have experienced this cinematic blunder with the right audience.

I was fortunate to have sat in the middle of the theater, with kids talking about the lore of Sonic to my left and a single mom to my right laughing at all the bad corny jokes the adults in the film made… giving me the best worst experience I’ve ever enjoyed in my life. To clearly explain this film, allow me to use a stoplight as a fitting example to dive into the world of SEGA’s Cinematic Universe!


Let’s begin with the RED LIGHT, or the moments where the film comes to a STOP. Again, Sonic the Hedgehog is meant for kids. Sadly, that means the adults in the film are just boring cardboard cutouts. They would spend time making jokes that don’t land because they themselves would normally not talk like that in the real world.

Although the jokes weren’t funny, they were mostly geared for the parents in the room and not the kids. Many of the jokes were Olive Garden related, causing the mom to my right to genuinely laugh no matter what for some reason. This, in turn, would make me laugh, too.

But before the light can turn red, it's first a YELLOW LIGHT. This best describes Sonic himself. A yellow light can go both ways, you can either run or slow down. Sonic himself can provide lots of energy and fun when he’s alone with the audience, reminding us of the rush we had as kids and often feel as adults when we drive faster to avoid a stop light.


Sonic does make A LOT of 90's references that often go above the kids' heads, but sticks the landing with all the new meme and Fortnite references kids today have come to know. I was as oblivious to those jokes as the Olive Garden mom to my right. Still, the kids to my left were quick to point out the references and Easter eggs only a kid their age would know.

For me, Sonic the Hedgehog is best seen as that yellow light that never overstayed its welcome. Although many parents found the character to be harmless fun for kids to laugh at, I found it a warm reminder of the countless movies my parents took me to see that they themselves didn’t understand the appeal of. Having those kids enjoy the film to my left truly elevated the experience and reinforced the fact that Sonic is a good family movie whose target audience will not be disappointed.

But now let’s get to the GREEN LIGHT - the return of Jim Carrey on film and IN LIVING COLOR! To say Jim Carrey was good would be an understatement. His return on screen as Dr. Robotnik / EGGMAN is what Joe Pesci’s character was to The Irishman. Carrey is uncaged, giving a performance that has been dormant for decades! The moment the actor came onscreen, I realized I was watching this film’s version of Heath Ledger’s Joker.


It's a performance no one expected to see and, quite frankly, probably weren’t ready for. Jim Carrey is truly a man of many talents, with call backs to his early days as Ace Ventura and The Mask. He oozes out a non-stop adrenaline that surpasses that of Sonic’s. I was blown away as he chewed the scenery and elevated the film to one that I must recommend if you’re in the mood for a classic but fresh, Jim Carrey movie.

Sonic the Hedgehog banks on 90's nostalgia that often fails. However, Jim Carrey brings us back to that energy he displayed in that decade and reminds us of the fun times we all had with him as he entertained us over the years! This movie is not the best. The product placement worked, because it made me crave Olive Garden as they kept running that joke through the entire film.

Still, I found myself having a wonderful time realizing Sonic the Hedgehog was never meant for me. It’s a bittersweet realization that we all grow up over time, taking with us childhood memories that new kids are in the early stages of making right now. Jim Carrey’s return amplifies this with his energized charisma, reminding us to always have that childlike wonder as we slow down with age.

Review by Alan Ramirez

Movie Review: Sonic the Hedgehog


Boy was Sonic the Hedgehog not meant for me. However, having seen this movie with the audience it was meant for truly elevated my film experience as one I haven’t experienced in years!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Concert Review: The Hasten Revelation Tour 2020

The Hasten Revelation Tour kicked off it's second annual run at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, March 7th. To say it started with a bang would be an understatement.

With help from Living Sacrifice as the headliner and local act Benevolence, a solid crowd of around 250 extreme music fans packed into the venue for basically nine straight hours of brutally loud and extreme metal from all over the U.S.


Fort Worth, TX's very own Benevolence opened the show with their thunderous brand of doom metal. The five-piece band definitely let people know right away what they were in for, pounding through their set with a huge level of energy. The band had female singer Kahn Jr. and guest guitarist / ex-member Nolan Void join them on stage for a couple of songs as well.


Cardiac Rupture from Detroit, MI took the stage next. The deathcore outfit frantically won the crowd over with their crunching chords and blasting beats. They appeared to be the youngest group on the schedule and it showed in their youthful enthusiasm.


Next up to hit the stage was My Place Was Taken from Brownsville, TX. They played an interesting blend of chugging riffs and fast tempos backed up by blasting drumbeats. I believe the band was originally all from Mexico, but might have relocated to the U.S.


Oak Park Heights, MN's Taking the Head of Goliath commanded the stage with brutal vocals and blastbeats that were accented by pulsing plucks of bass guitar and shredding guitar chords. They played their hearts out and never lost an ounce of intensity throughout their 30-minute set. The group definitely showcased why they're one of the top bands in the death genre.


The Weeping Gate, from Little Rock, AR, brought their brand of extreme metal to the event and demanded your attention from the get-go. Mixing together elements of death and doom, the female vocals added a nice layer of dark beauty to the thunderous crunch coming off the stage.


Sarasota, FL's Death Requisite really changed things up when it was their turn to obliterate the crowd. What set them apart from the rest? An operatic female singer that was incredible and a haunting symphonic score that accented the guitars, bass, and drums grinding away in front of the audience. Something about the band's sound reminded me of the group Bleeding Through.


Abated Mass of Flesh gave the audience a taste of sludgy metal and slower grooves next. Don't get me wrong; with their low growls and high-pitched shrills, they were still every bit as heavy as any of the quicker and more fast-paced death bands on the Hasten Revelation Tour. They were another one of the bands that played which had female representation in the form of their bass player.


Death metal veterans Crimson Thorn took the stage and showed all the youngsters there how it's really done. You would have never known this was the band's first show in 13 years. Every member of the band played off each other as if they had never been apart. It was quite an impressive sight to see these guys go off for the first time in a very long time.


Living Sacrifice delivered the high-powered performance they've been know for throughout their 30 year career. The guys charged through a set that included at least one song off of every album they've put out. Being that the crowd was made up of primarily death metal enthusiasts, the most well-received items on the menu were the ones off of their self-titled debut, Nonexistent, and Inhabit.


The Hasten Revelation Tour stop at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, TX was a clear success from my point of view. All the bands were excellent and put on a great show. From what I've heard from patrons of the past two years, there were way more attendees this year as well.


The most impressive thing to me about all the bands was their enthusiasm to share their Christianity from the stage. None of the bands shied away from their faith in the mainstream setting they were in, and that's something you don't see any more these days. If they back the message up with incredible musical talent, there's really not much anyone can criticize them about. 

All photos taken by Chad Fenner.

Concert Review: The Hasten Revelation Tour 2020

The Hasten Revelation Tour kicked off it's second annual run at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, March 7th. To say it started with a bang would be an understatement.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Movie Review: Onward

When I first saw the trailer for Onward, I thought to myself, "Okay, its Chris Pratt and Tom Holland playing what will probably be an emotional set of roles the two aren’t strange to playing."

The Middle Earth-turned-modern world was a nice idea, but one that clearly tries to emphasize the importance fantasy has for people when dealing with real world problems.

We all find a way to escape our real world, often allowing many to create a sandbox in which to play and work things out in our own individual way. Just like how Toy Story asked us, "What if toys could talk?," Onward asks, "What if fantasy was the real world?" How would one go about dealing with a problem?

Onward has a sad, but interesting premise. Two brothers have a chance to spend 24 hours with their dad, who has passed away. What makes this touching is how the older brother got to spend the first 2 years of his life with him, while the younger brother never once got the chance to meet him at all. One day they are both given a staff that allows them to bring him back once for 24 hours.


Unfortunately, the magic spell is interrupted halfway through, and now they only have the bottom half of their dad. In order to bring him back fully, the two must go on a mystical quest in a world where magic must be found through trials as one would on a fantasy quest. I won’t go into detail, but I am here to share my experience with Onward.

Onward serves as a fantasy road trip film with elements clearly borrowed from Weekend at Bernie’s. The two brothers share a bond often found in brothers that I personally can relate to. Although they don’t hate one another, there is a clear divide between them that comes from the two growing up with different mindsets. It's a beautiful story of discovering who you are, who your parents were, and most importantly, who you have in your life.

The true highlight of Onward comes from the two brothers sharing their quest together. It is filled with moments that I found myself laughing at and enjoying. Onward does have its slow moments, but they do not take away from the focus of the story.


As a family film, Onward has heart and a charm that I found enjoyable to experience. As a Pixar project, its good in the same ways as Inside Out. That means it is a relatively fair and charming movie, but not one that reaches the heights of early Pixar entries.

Nevertheless, I found myself crying from the sense that I’ve seen a movie that touches on something brothers often go through. Onward has a beautiful message with strong character development between the two brothers. Zootopia had a more immersive world around its characters, though. However, Onward’s "middle earth" often feels just like a beautiful and fun set piece.

Onward is rated PG for action / peril and some mild thematic elements. Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) directed the movie. It stars the voice talents of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. (Review by Alan Ramirez)


Movie Review: Onward

When I first saw the trailer for Onward, I thought to myself, "Okay, its Chris Pratt and Tom Holland playing what will probably be an emotional set of roles the two aren’t strange to playing."

Monday, March 9, 2020

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Abated Mass of Flesh


Abated Mass of Flesh are out on the road right now for the Hasten Revelation Tour from March 7th through March 14th.

Lead guitarist Zack Plunkett of the Murfreesboro, Tennessee death metal band took the time to answer some questions about his love for music and movies. He also talked about their excitement to be heading out on their second tour of duty with this year's Hasten Revelation Tour. Check out the interview after the jump.

Give us a little introduction to yourself and your band(s).

My name is Zack and I am the founding member of Abated Mass of Flesh. I formed the band in 2011. Since then, I have pursued it along with some other projects. I have always been more of a creative type, so my mind is always racing with new ideas. Music and art have always been a good outlet for me to express those. I'll just name a few of my other projects here: Numbered With the Transgressors, Cadaverous Contingency, and Propitious Vegetation. Those are mostly brutal death metal similar to AMOF, but I also have some projects rooted in black metal such as Attest and death metal like Cryptic Rising. These various projects keep me busy throughout the year and when we have some down time with AMOF. But AMOF has always been my primary focus because there is more collaboration and opportunities for travel.

What sort of movies and television really get you excited?

I am a huge fan of movies. I am always watching movies with my wife throughout the week. It's always great getting into a good story. I love a lot of dramas and crime films. I enjoy all genres but I love to watch films that make me feel something. I love when films are able to speak to me on an emotional level and invoke deep feelings and thoughts. So I love to watch movies that make me cry. I also love films about victory and overcoming obstacles. I love a good triumph story. I don't watch TV, so I am not really familiar with what is out now. It's the same with NetFlix and other streaming services. If my wife and I are interested in seeing a season, we'll just buy it when it comes out.


Do movies and television affect your songwriting or lyrics?

I think the content in certain films do inspire me to write lyrics. I haven't really worked with any conceptual themes regarding a movie, but I am sure there are certain songs I have written that are based on movies I've seen that impacted me.

What actor is your favorite and why?

There are so many great actors that I love seeing in films, so it is really hard to single out one. If I had to choose, it would probably be Robert DeNiro. I love a lot of his movies, especially the Scorsese pics. He has directed some of my favorite movies: Goodfellas, Casino, Taxi Driver, etc. However, my favorite is probably Raging Bull. I love seeing DeNiro and Joe Pesci on screen together and they light it up in that film.

Have you ever been in a movie?

I have never been in a movie. That would be pretty rad, wouldn't it? If I could be in a movie, it would probably have to be my favorite film Pulp Fiction. I would probably play Marvin because I would only have a few lines to memorize. A small role, but a necessary character who was needed to make The Bonnie Situation one of my favorite chapters from the film.


If you shoot videos or have been in them, talk about the process of making it. Are or were you trying to say something visually in the video?

We have never done a music video before and I have never been in one. We have always talked about doing a music video, but never got around to it. We are all pretty busy and shooting a video was never a huge priority for us. We've always been more focused on writing and playing shows. If we did shoot a music video, I think it would be cool to do one for the song Premonitions of the Infected. That is our favorite one to play live.

Tell us a bit about the latest album or project you're promoting?

We just released an EP titled Not Burned. The focus on this release was geared towards bouncy and groovy riffs with some chops and melodic parts. We wanted to make the songs catchier than our previous writing methods. Our songs tend to focus more on the brutality. With this release, we wanted to focus on cleaning the structure and riffs up a bit while maintaining that brutality. Lyrically, it deals with personal issues that are translated in an abstract way. The topics include: finding self-worth, getting away from negative people, self struggle, suicide, and relationships. The title was taken from a Bible verse in Isaiah to represent an immunity against those topics of hardship.

You're embarking on the Hasten Revelation Tour very soon. Tell us a little bit about the tour and what it means to you?

This is our second run on The Hasten Revelation tour. We are heading out West this year, which is exciting for us because we have never toured in that region. We are looking forward to sharing the road and stage with our friends. We always have a great time when we travel. We look forward to meeting and talking to people that come out as well. We had such a great run on the first Hasten Revelation tour, so we are looking forward to doing it again.


Thank you again for this interview! We appreciate the support from you and everyone else that follows what we do.

Don't miss Abated Mass of Flesh on the road with the Hasten Revelation Tour through March 14th. Crimson Thorn, Taking the Head of Goliath, Cardiac Rupture, and My Place Was Taken are also along for the ride. Crushing the Deceiver will join the tour from March 13th through the 14th. Ticket info can be found here.

For more info on Abated Mass of Flesh, visit their Facebook page here.

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Abated Mass of Flesh


Abated Mass of Flesh are out on the road right now for the Hasten Revelation Tour from March 7th through March 14th.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Jarius Pascale of Mythic Panda Productions


Behind every great event, movie, or song is a great promoter and organizer keeping the threads of entertainment together.

Jairus Pascale of Mythic Panda Productions is one of those fine folks behind the Hasten Revelation Tour, which kicks off on Saturday, March 7th at the Railyard in Fort Worth, TX. I spoke with Pascale about what makes him tick and his behind-the-scenes involvement with one of the most brutal metal tours to hit the road this year. Check out the interview after the jump.

Give us a little introduction to yourself.

Hey folks! my name is Jairus Pascale and I’m the owner of Mythic Panda Productions. Some may know that, alongside Jake Martín of Taking the Head Of Goliath, I’m also the co-owner and executive director of The Hasten Revelation Tour. With Mythic Panda Productions, we are a full audio/video studio here in North Texas that focuses on music and film production on a myriad of levels, from feature films, commercials, music videos, and so on.

What sort of movies and television really get you excited?

I absolutely love creature feature (werewolf, shark, monster, animal attack, etc.) movies and TV shows. Along with those, I also enjoy superhero, period piece, dark comedies, sci-fi, screwball comedies, drama, and, of course, over-the-top action flicks.

Do movies and television affect your work and life?

Oh yes, they do! On a more humorous note, the rest of the Mythic Panda folks, like me, are huge Star Trek fans. Hearing Kirk, Picard, Worf, Dax, and Riker quotes around the office is very much a thing. Parks and Rec, The Office, and Disney films all have their moments that get adapted into our work community as well. We’re pretty eclectic!


What actor is your favorite and why?

Hands down, my favorite actor is Nicolas Cage. He’s one of Hollywood’s most courageous actors. His take on character development and scene anatomy is brilliant. The way he adapts to even the worst of scripts and laziest of directors, leaves me especially enjoying his work - even the critically panned work.

Have you ever been in a movie?

Great question. Yes, in a manner of speaking, a couple so far. A few years ago, Extol released their “Of Light and Shade” documentary and I was the executive producer on that project. There’s also a feature film (currently in distribution talks) called The Last Champion starring Cole Hauser that I was an executive producer on and that I have an acting cameo in as a HS wrestling referee. When I was in college, I was in a few student films for reasons such as looking scary, making death metal voices, stunt / fight work, etc. So yeah, I’ve dabbled here and there. I even was on a “reality” show on Home & Garden network called “Ground Rules.”

If you shoot videos or have been in them, talk about the process of making it. Are or were you trying to say something visually in the video?

Here at Mythic Panda, when we go into making a music video we always start with talking with the band and try to see through their eyes what the song is saying. Once that happens, we create a script (as big or as small as one can think up) and piece together what need be told and chip away until it’s perfect for that band. Some bands want a very simple video - guys playing in a field - while others want a story / actors, multiple looks and locations, etc. We work really hard to create a piece of art and or story for the band that matches the vibe and vision of that release. What we want to communicate is more of a hand-in-hand dialogue with the music as a type of film score to a visual story. The details of what we’re trying to say, that all depends on the song! :)


Tell us a bit about the latest album or project you're promoting?

We worked with a one-man project out of Atlanta called Body Pile. He came in and busted out 3 songs of grind/noise/post-metal (to get genre picky) and it was brutal.

In the last couple years, Mythic Panda has stepped into the music promotions game and started to put shows together. With a list of bands like A Hill to Die Upon, Galactic Cowboys, Halcyon Way, Taking the Head Of Goliath, and others, we are honored to bring them to the stage!

You're helping with the Hasten Revelation Tour very soon. Tell us a little bit about the tour and what it means to you?

The Hasten Revelation Tour is the creation of Jake Martín and myself. While we are co-owners, my roles are executive director and branding / development. Jake is the tour manager and booking manager. Our goal is quite simple: we want to establish an extreme metal tour for the heaviest of Christian Metal bands. The future touring structure may look different every year, yet the goal is always the same: to bring the name of Jesus and His life changing message of Grace and Forgiveness to unbelieving people via a medium that is very misunderstood by the mainstream church.

For me, one of the most meaningful aspects of Hasten Revelation is the community we are blessed to have because of it. We may not all agree on bands, production styles, or sub-genres, but Hasten is growing bigger than just a FB following. Jake and I have seen a small taste of what Hasten could be, and we are brainstorming for the future growth and expansion of this new, exciting brand!

This year, the 2020 Hasten Revelation Tour is STACKED with brutal bands. Starting with Mythic Metal Fest on March 7th here in Ft Worth, Tx, Hasten is producing one of the years most brutal lineups. From the young slammers in Cardiac Rupture to the METAL MASTERS Crimson Thorn, we’re covering a lot of years of extreme metal all in one tour! We also have the LEGENDARY Living Sacrifice headlining the opening show on March 7th. We have death metal, deathcore, slam, grind, and other extreme acts joining us for the week of March 7th-March 14th. Lastly, to all our Hasten fans not on the path of the 2020 tour, while we are thrilled to bring this tour across the west, who knows, maybe next year the tour will be closer to you! Hope to see you on tour!

Be sure to catch Mythic Panda's latest endeavour, The Hasten Revelation Tour, starting in Dallas / Fort Worth, TX on March 7th at the Railyard. Crimson Thorn, Taking the Head of Goliath, Abated Mass of Flesh, Cardiac Rupture, and My Place Was Taken will be joined onstage by Living Sacrifice, Benevolence, Death Requisite, and The Weeping Gate. Ticket info can be found here.

For more info on Mythic Panda Productions, visit their website here.

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Jarius Pascale of Mythic Panda Productions


Behind every great event, movie, or song is a great promoter and organizer keeping the threads of entertainment together.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Living Sacrifice


I really don't think Living Sacrifice needs much of an introduction.

After thirty years of sitting atop the metal throne of Christian music, they've also made a name for themselves in the mainstream market through hard work, instantly classic albums, and constantly evolving their sound just enough to keep current while holding on to what made them great in the first place.

The renowned group is headlining the first stop on the Hasten Revelation Tour. Guitarist Rocky Gray, who we've interviewed before, shared some more about how his passion for movies influences his music and life. Founding member, vocalist, and guitarist Bruce Fitzhugh chatted a bit about the Dallas / Fort Worth event and their upcoming 30th Anniversary show and the premiere of their documentary, "30 Years of Sacrifice: The Story of Living Sacrifice." Check out the interview after the jump.

What sort of movies and television really get you excited?

Rocky Gray: I watch a lot of horror movies and documentaries. Netflix has had some really good documentaries in the last couple years. I love the Making a Murderer series and I love the first four seasons of Supernatural.


Do movies and television affect your songwriting or lyrics?

Rocky: It certainly can. I wouldn’t say that it has a lot but there has been times when there’s something on the news or a show I’ve watched that sparks something.

What actor is your favorite and why?

Rocky: I don’t think I have a favorite actor. I like a lot of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, though. Haha.

Have you ever been in a movie?

Rocky: I’ve been in documentaries and live dvd things but not as an actor.

If you shoot videos or have been in them, talk about the process of making it. Are or were you trying to say something visually in the video?

Rocky: I've directed music videos and a segment for an anthology movie. It’s always different for music videos. Most of the time it’s just things that look cool visually cut together. When the videos have storylines, that gets a little complicated. If you’ve got a good story, a good crew to work with, and a good look it all works out. For movies, it’s a tedious process from the script to casting to the post production process. I definitely was trying to say some things with my segment for the film 10/31, but I tried to be subtle with it and keep the main focus of just having fun with the characters.


Tell us a bit about the latest album or project you're promoting?

Bruce Fitzhugh: This year will mark the 30 year anniversary of the formation of the band. Our friend David Lipke has been working on a documentary of Living Sacrifice for about 7 years now. We knew that we wanted to do a show with the premiere of the documentary and so that is happening March 28th in Little Rock, AR. Plans to release the documentary for distribution are still pending with no actual release date thus far.

You chose to play Dallas / Ft. Worth for the first time in a long time for the Hasten Revelation Tour stop there. Tell us why you picked this event to come back to the area? Are you treating it as a warm-up for your 30th anniversary blowout in Little Rock?

Bruce: I believe this date was set before the anniversary show was. Basically, we were asked by the promoter and it seemed like a good time to head back to the Dallas / Fort Worth, TX area. We haven't been there in a few years since playing Deep Ellum with Zao. We love DFW and have always had great shows there. This will be no exception.

Be sure to catch Living Sacrifice headlining the Dallas / Fort Worth, TX opening tour stop at the Railyard on March 7th. They are joined by touring acts Crimson Thorn, Taking the Head of Goliath, Abated Mass of Flesh, Cardiac Rupture, and My Place Was Taken. Benevolence, Death Requisite, and The Weeping Gate open the show. Ticket info can be found here.

For more info on Living Sacrifice, visit their Facebook page here.

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Living Sacrifice


I really don't think Living Sacrifice needs much of an introduction.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Crimson Thorn


Legendary metal group Crimson Thorn have returned after 13 years to headline the upcoming Hasten Revelation Tour, which kicks off March 7th and blazes through March 14th.

Vocalist and bass guitarist Luke Renno took some time to share with us about what he's been up to, the movies and TV that influence his world, and his excitement for the Hasten Revelation Tour. Check out the interview after the jump.

Give us a little introduction to yourself and your band(s).

My name is Luke Renno. I started in Crimson Thorn when I was 16 about 29 years ago. I'm also now in Taking the Head of Goliath and Sylvan Fortress.

What sort of movies and television really get you excited?

Huge Sci-Fi and fantasy fan. I grew up on Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, and probably every single TV show and movie in those genres. I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan.


Do movies and television affect your songwriting or lyrics?

Definitely my music. I practice guitar and bass while watching them. While there are certainly epic themes in these genres, definitely my relationship with Jesus is my biggest lyrical influence.

What actor is your favorite and why?

I kind of don't really have favorite actors. I have favorite characters. Gandalf is certainly among the favorites. I think Ian Mckellen is certainly a great actor, but I haven't made sure to see everything he's done or anything.

Have you ever been in a movie?

No, but I wish I could play a Dwarf in a Tolkien movie or show.

If you shoot videos or have been in them, talk about the process of making it. Are or were you trying to say something visually in the video?

I actually haven't, but definitely hope to.


Tell us a bit about the latest album or project you're promoting?

Taking the Head of Goliath has an album and, after Hasten Revelation, we will be writing another. Sylvan Fortress is putting out an album. The band features me on bass and background vocals, Ronny Haneilsen (Antestor, Grave Declaration, Vaakevandring, Luteoks) on lead vocals, and Shawn Cameron (Carnifex) on drums. It's all brought together by Charles Powell on guitar. The album is recorded and just waiting for mixing. Now, Crimson Thorn is returning for a reunion for the Hasten Revelation tour after 13 years since our last show.

You're embarking on the Hasten Revelation Tour very soon. Tell us a little bit about the tour and what it means to you?

I'm so looking forward to traveling with all the friends in these bands, seeing old friends at the shows, and meeting new friends and praising the Lord throughout! Last year was such a blessing and I can't wait for this one.

Don't miss Crimson Thorn headlining the Hasten Revelation Tour from March 7th to March 14th. They are joined by Taking the Head of Goliath, Abated Mass of Flesh, Cardiac Rupture, and My Place Was Taken. Ticket info can be found here.

For more info on Crimson Thorn, visit their Facebook page here.

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Crimson Thorn


Legendary metal group Crimson Thorn have returned after 13 years to headline the upcoming Hasten Revelation Tour, which kicks off March 7th and blazes through March 14th.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Taking the Head of Goliath


Taking the Head of Goliath is one of the essential components of the Hasten Revelation Tour, which starts on March 7th and goes through March 14th.

Jake Martin is the vocalist for the death metal powerhouse and he spoke with us about the group, his tastes in movies and TV, and the critical nature of his involvement with the upcoming tour. Check out the interview after the jump.

Give us a little introduction to yourself and your band.

My name is Jake Martin. I’ve been married for ten years this December, and my wife Anna and I have two amazing daughters who are 11 and 14. I am a carpenter by trade and also the vocalist for Taking The Head Of Goliath. We’re a Christian death metal band from Minnesota and are signed to Rottweiler Records.

What sort of movies and television really get you excited?

I’m a fan of based-on-true-story war movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, American Sniper, Lone Survivor, etc. I always get excited to get the family together and dust off all the Christmas classics such as A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone, and Christmas Vacation during the holiday season. As far as television is concerned, my wife and I are hardcore The Office junkies and keep the series on an endless loop.


Do movies and television affect your songwriting or lyrics?

Yes. They sometimes keep me planted in front of the tube when I could be doing something more productive in the songwriting and lyrics department. So I’d say these things affect me negatively rather than creatively.

What actor is your favorite and why?

It’s a toss up between the comic genius of Leslie Nielsen and Jim Varney.

Have you ever been in a movie?

I have not.

If you shoot videos or have been in them, talk about the process of making it. Are or were you trying to say something visually in the video?

We have some pro multi-angled live videos and some lyric videos out there, but we have yet to shoot a cinematic music video. We do have plans to use this medium for a few tracks in conjunction with the release of our next album.

Tell us a bit about the latest album or project you're promoting?

Our latest album is a couple years old now, so this tour will be the last run in support of this record. Once we get home from this tour, we are not going to be playing out live for the remainder of 2020. We will focus our efforts into writing and recording our sophomore release.


Your embarking on the Hasten Revelation Tour very soon. Tell us a little bit about the tour and what it means to you?

The Hasten Revelation Tour is a vision I had with the purpose of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through extreme metal by featuring the heaviest bands in the genre on a single touring bill. I partnered with a dear friend, Jairus Pascale, from Mythic Panda Productions, who has played a pivotal role in growing the tour to what you see this year - seven dates, the return of the legendary Crimson Thorn after a 13-year hiatus, and the incredible lineup for our tour kick-off show at the inaugural Mythic Metal Fest.

This fest will be headlined by Living Sacrifice and featuring this year's touring bands (Crimson Thorn, Abated Mass Of Flesh, Taking The Head Of Goliath, My Place Was Taken, and Cardiac Rupture) with special guests Death Requisite, The Weeping Gate, and Benevolence. It is also worth mentioning we have Crushing The Deceiver joining us on the final two shows of the tour in Fresno, CA and Vegas, too. This tour means so much to me because all these bands are all good friends, so to share this experience with them and everyone who plans to come out to any of these shows will make memories and friendships that last a life time.

Don't miss Taking the Head of Goliath on the road with the Hasten Revelation Tour from March 7th to March 14th. Crimson Thorn, Abated Mass of Flesh, Cardiac Rupture, and My Place Was Taken are also along for the ride. Ticket info can be found here.

For more info on Taking the Head of Goliath, visit their Facebook page here.

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Taking the Head of Goliath


Taking the Head of Goliath is one of the essential components of the Hasten Revelation Tour, which starts on March 7th and goes through March 14th.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Cardiac Rupture


Self-described deathcore group Cardiac Rupture is one of a few great bands heading out on the Hasten Revelation Tour on March 7th.

Vocalist Robert Wilson of the Detroit, Michigan outfit took some time to share with us his thoughts on music, movies, and their upcoming adventures on the road with Crimson Thorn and company.

Give us a little introduction to yourself and your band(s).

Yeah, so my name is Robert Wilson. I'm the vocalist of a slamming deathcore band called Cardiac Rupture. We're coming out of southeast Michigan and we play heavy stuff with some ambiance tossed in. To date, we've got an EP out and we're about to drop a single as I'm writing this. A full album is planned later this year, and I'm actually really excited to be working with the rest of my dudes in Cardiac on this album. We've got a lot of cool stuff we're working on I think.

What sort of movies and television really get you excited?

Personally, I really like psychological thrillers at the moment. The Act (on Hulu) and Creep are two recent favorites. We might even add a soundbite from The Act on LP1. My bandmates and I also dig stupid humor. Mikke, our bassist, likes wrestling.


Do movies and television affect your songwriting or lyrics?

Definitely. When sound design is done on each song, we have movies and soundtracks we have in mind - like Stranger Things or Hans Zimmer's work in Interstellar. Beyond that, movies serve as conceptual inspiration for me. I couldn't tell you which films have had an impact. It's like a compilation of lots of different sources mashed into something new.

What actor is your favorite and why?

I never really focus on actors too much I don't think. As long as they can draw me into a story, then I'm happy. However, [Leonardo] DiCaprio should get a shout out. Loved Inception, as well as Hans Zimmer's songs in that movie of course.

Have you ever been in a movie?

Not that I'm aware of. Do music videos count? Haha. My band mate Mikke and I do want to buy a camera and start making short films with it, as well as shooting our own music videos if they turn out well. We've got a lot of ideas already!


If you shoot videos or have been in them, talk about the process of making it. Are or were you trying to say something visually in the video?

Our past videos have missed the mark with storytelling as much as I'd like, but that's going to be different from now on. Usually when we shoot, our filmmaker gears up with a good camera and a maybe a gimbal, picks a setting, and we act it out a bit. However, our future plans include self-direction and organization, and hiring out editing. Since we know what messages we want to send and we can direct it, we can make something more personal and artistic for our fans.

Tell us a bit about the latest album or project you're promoting?

We have a new single called Piss Christ getting to everyone on March 6th, the day before we play our first set on The Hasten Revelation Tour. The song itself is named after the 1987 photograph by Andres Serrano and it's about what modern day Christianity has become for many: a way to put yourself on a pedestal and educate everyone that they're doing it all wrong and you're doing it "all right." Jesus never did that. Gandhi said it well: "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

Your embarking on the Hasten Revelation Tour very soon. Tell us a little bit about the tour and what it means to you?

Obviously, it's a milestone for us since this is Cardiac's first tour. We're super pumped to hit the road. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't at least a bit nervous, too. Overall, I can't wait to meet new friends and see some old ones. [Also], see how we can reliably perform on the road with merch sales and all the other moving parts. From here on out, our goal is touring full time. We're prepared to make it happen this year.

Don't miss Cardiac Rupture on the road with the Hasten Revelation Tour from March 7th to March 13th. Crimson Thorn, Taking the Head of Goliath, Abated Mass of Flesh, and My Place Was Taken are also along for the ride. Ticket info can be found here.

For more info on Cardiac Rupture, visit their official website here.

Hasten Revelation Tour Spotlight: Cardiac Rupture


Self-described deathcore group Cardiac Rupture is one of a few great bands heading out on the Hasten Revelation Tour on March 7th.