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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Atreyu - The Curse Cover Atreyu: The Curse

CD Review

Publisher: Victory Records

Sat, 4 June 2005

Fazz Profile 01 by: Fazz

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Atreyu. This word brings to mind for many of us the heroic main character from “The Neverending Story”, a film many of us recall fondly from our childhood. The character in question was young, naive, and just a touch effeminate. Atreyu the band are the complete antithesis of these traits. I was introduced to this band by one of our young forum mainstays a few months back (cheers Troby), and while not being overly impressed with their debut release “Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses”, their latest release “The Curse” is again, the complete opposite of my first impressions.

Atreyu to some are the pinnacle of melodic hardcore music. I’d place them firmly in the borderline hardcore-death-metal vein, along similar lines to some Pantera and Deftones releases and acts like Remembering Never. “The Curse” is this young bands 2nd full-length release, following on the heels of their debut “Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses”. “Suicide Notes…” was more like a medium-budget 16-track showcase of the bands earlier material, whereas “The Curse” is a full-fledged aural assault of an album.

The first song of this record is “Blood Children”. Really nothing more than a random bunch of noises escalating in volume and introducing the rest of the record. After the first listen you could pretty much skip straight past this track and on to where the action lies.
“Bleeding Mascara” is truly the first song on this record. And boy does it kick the album off on a good heading. “Bleeding Mascara” jumps right into the thick of classic metal. Double-kick, chunky 90’s inspired guitar riffs, screaming, soaring vocal work and searing guitar solos. If there was a better start for this album I couldn’t find it.

Next on the agenda Atreyu offer “Right Side of the Bed”. Feeding on the pace of the last track, this song doesn’t let the pace slacken one iota. With extremely catchy vocal melodies and guitar riff-work abound, and while being an extremely heavy track, this one will get you singing along in the car with the old CD player cranked to full volume. Track #4 is “This Flesh a Tomb”. This song really starts to show a darker side of Atreyu. Slick songwriting, massive guitar work and catchy vocal melodies this track has in spades. In a theme that seems to be recurring on this album love and pain meld together in what some of us see as the perfect songwriting combination.

Up next we have “You Eclipsed by Me”. This one is an interesting song. The intro reminds me so very much of classic 90’s death-metal acts such as Carcass and Napalm Death. What would be the most hardcore verse heard on this album yet, “Eclipsed…” flows beautifully into surprisingly melodic chorus and bridge sections. The outro of this song is one you’ll want to crank up to scare the neighbours into not complaining about your regular weekend parties.
At number 6 we have “The Crimson”. In my humble opinion this would have to be one of the weaker tracks on the record. It starts off with a fairly overdone clean guitar intro into an even more overdone verse section. The chorus’ chordal progressions and vocal melodies are quite exquisite and bring this song back from the edge of being one you’d skip right past.

Track #7 is “The Remembrance Ballad”. Following on from track 6, the introduction to this song is a little uninspiring, with lots of early-90’s Steve Vai inspired lead guitar solos. This rather average verse blasts into an amazingly spine-tingling chorus, smothered again with Atreyu’s patented soaring vocals. Unfortunately a rather lame guitar solo brings what could be a great song back to the level of an album-filler.
“An Interlude” is a rather wonderful little instrumental track, featuring more of the bands talent towards really nice melody work. Overdubbed clean guitars and thundering bass make this song one that you’ll remember.

Where “An Interlude” is a tasty escape from the overpowering pace of this album, “Corseting” drags your ears right back into the thick of it. Again heavily inspired by 90’s metal acts like Pantera, this one is a great song. Classic riffs, loads of double-kick, tonnes of screaming and tasty guitar work. Heaviness abounds. These sorts of track reinforce my theory that maybe you shouldn’t try and reinvent the wheel when it comes to metal.
“Demonology and Heartache” is up next at track #10. A rather smooth punky lead guitar line introduces a track that is fundamentally melodic-hardcore at its roots, but has something that many bands of the same genre fail to capture. Again the vocal melodies are quite enchanting for a band that is essentially a metal band.

At track #11 we have “My Sanity on the Funeral Pyre”. Don’t let the quiet little heavy guitar intro fool you… this song is amazingly heavy and reminds me a lot of bands like Machine Head and Slipknot in many ways. Steering further away from the classic metal formula, “My Sanity…” is a song that uses much of the best aspects of the rest of this album. Definitely worth another listen.
Heading towards the end of this hardcore metal epic we’re treated to “Nevada’s Grace”. Jumping right into the double-kick-laden guitar/vocal fest, this song gets you both rocking with its intensity and singing with what has become a staple of Atreyu’s music: Disgustingly catchy vocals!

Last but not least Atreyu offer us “Five Vicodin chased with a shot of Clarity”. I love the intro to this one. Huge guitars and bass, thumping drums, dragging the listener into Atreyu’s staple “metal up your arse” rockin’ verse and smooth choruses drowning in vocal melody. This song stands out though in one particular way. It’s the only track that uses some of the off-time Meshuggah-esq revolving rhythm parts that were featured heavily on “Suicide Notes…” I love the outro on this song. Massive, huger-than-kyuss guitars, Korn-like dissonant lead guitars and 80’s gang vocals with get any lover of heavy music jumping.

Atreyu have really outdone themselves with “The Curse”. Becoming one of melodic metal’s newest and best acts in the matter of a couple of short years. This album shows the band’s amazing songwriting and musical progress and maturity since “Suicide Notes…” Some copies of this album also feature an excellent bonus cover version of "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi. Classic stuff! I highly recommend this release to all lovers of fine hardcore and metal.

You can chat about Atreyu here.

www.AtreyuRock.com



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Toons
ToonlogoBy Borgieman

Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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Toons
ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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