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Randal Graves and the Empire Top 100

randaltop100 Randal Graves from Kevin Smith’s brilliant film Clerks has is number 92 on Empire’s Top 100 Greatest Movie Characters.

Why He's On The List: Randal is the voice of countless generations - anyone who's had a shitty customer service job in their early twenties will understand his attitude, wishing they could have articulated their frustration with his artful profanity and supreme disregard for, well, anything. But the key to Randal is that he doesn't necessarily hate his job, it's just that he remembers not to care (Empire).

Also on the List:

It is great to see how many Speculative Fiction characters make the list, especially in the top 10.  It makes me wonder if we should make our own list.

(via News Askew)

Review: Where the Shadows Lie by Battlelore

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This is a brilliant album, recorded and mixed by Miitri Aaltonen at Music Bros Studios during July - November 2001.

Cover painting is “Morgoth and High King of Noldor” copyright Ted Nasmith and HarperCollins, 1998.

The Band

Kaisa Jouhki - vocals Patrik Mennander - vocals Tommi Havo - guitar Jyri Vahvanen - guitar Miika Kokkola - bass Henri Vahvanen - drums Maria - keyboards

Guest Musicians

  • Jyrki Myllärinen - Classical guitars

The Tracks

  • Swordmaster stars-5 The lyrics are a bit weak on this track, but The mood and the music are a fitting ode to the Swordmaster.
  • The Grey Wizard stars-5 This song follows the formula established with the sword master.  I happen to like the formula so I love the song. It tells Gandalf’s life story for the time he is the grey wizard.
  • Raging Goblin stars-4 Fitting its theme of Goblins on the warpath this track has a harder, more chaotic edge.  The force of the blast beats and growling vocals evoke the stories of the Goblins and the Olog-hai.
  • Journey to Undying Lands stars-5 (See Video here) Great song, mesmerizing and powerful.
  • Shadowgate stars-5 The tale of Minas Morgul is told through a sparse song that barrows many elements from techno/industrial music, but it stays a symphonic metal song.  This is probably my favorite track on the album.
  • Fangorn stars-5 Join the ents in their attack on Isengard.  You have to love any song with the line: Die, die uruk-hai!
  • The Green Maid stars-5 The cleanest and most stripped down song on the album: nothing more than a guitar and vocals.  Hauntingly beautiful and echoing.  Luthien Tinuviel is well remembered in this retelling of the great love story from The Silmarillion.
  • Khazad-Dum, Pt 1 (Ages of Mithril) stars-3 The origin of Moria.  I think this is an overly simplistic song for Battlelore.
  • Ride With the Dragons stars-5 The tale of Morgoth''s creation of the dragons.  This song sent shivers through me at times, maybe from the story, maybe the music, or perhaps it was just the dragons.

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