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Peter Steele died

I spent most of my day trying to debunk this story.  I didn't want to believe it.  I have heard rumors of his death before, and I thought this was another one.  I read The Gauntlet article "Peter Steele has died". Over and over again.  They were as skeptical as I was, but they have it on good authority that Peter Steele is dead at the age of 48.

Remembering Pete Steele

I discovered Type O Negative as the opening act for Queensryche on their Promised Land tour.  I had seats 3rd row center, and Peter's voice and on stage presence mesmerized me.

His hair shimmered like an oily shadow rolling down his back.  He took my breath away.  I rushed to the store and bought all their albums.

Peter's dark humor never ceased to amaze me.  From the goth metal cover of Summer Breeze, Cinnamon Girl, and Angry Inch, to Kill all the White People, Hey Pete, and Christian Woman.  He was an original.  Halloween in Heaven and September Sun floored me when I heard them for the first time.

He once said, "Never mistake our lack of talent for genius," but they were genius.  His contribution to the vocals on Roadrunner United's Enemy of the State proves that.

For me and his legions of fans, his talent and wicked humor will be missed.  My heart goes out to his friends and family.

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DVD Releases: December 9th, 2008

  • get your copy of The Dark Knight here and help support the projectThe Dark Knight:  One of the best movies released to the theaters this year.  My full review can be read here Exploring: The Dark Knight.  A must own!
  • Horton Hears a Who!:  A much anticipated and poorly executed telling of this classic Dr. Seuss tale.  I was deeply saddened that an animated movie with such outstanding voice talent and comedic talent behind it could be such derivative crap.  Save your money and time.
  • Peter and the Wolf:  An animated retelling of this classic fantasy fable.  The film won the 2008 Oscar for Best Animated Short, and has received good reviews.  I have not seen it yet but have been interested in seeing it.  Definitely a renter maybe even an owner.
  • Roadrunner United: The Concert:  I love the album, I listen to all of the time and now I’m stoked that the concert is out.  A must own for all metal fans!  It was a celebration project for the 25th Anniversary of Roadrunner Records.  It is the ultimate in mashup art when they took 39 musicians, representing 25 different Roadrunner bands mixed and matched the musicians and had each group write and produce a song for the album and concert.

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Top Ten Artist of the Week (12 Aug 2007 – 19 Aug 2007)

I have been listening to a lot of music lately, the writing is in full swing, so I thought I would share my Top Ten Artists from Project: Shadow’s Music Profile at I must say, I was surprised by the list a little, and as usual there are a lot of ties. My top 10 this week has 13 Artists in it. Not because it is such a luck number but because there are 10 songs tied for the number 4 slot on the chart. 4. Rob Zombie, Nightwish, Ann Wilson, Meat Loaf, Dio, HIM, Leave's Eyes, Type O Negative, Fields of the Nephilim, and Blackmore's Night.

  • Rob Zombie
    • I saw the trailer for the remake of Halloween, at at first I was angry. This is not the kind of film that needs to be remade. Then I saw that Rob Zombie was doing it. I shrugged and thought to myself that it could not be all that bad, and found myself playing more Zombie. My hopes are up.
  • Nightwish
    • What can I say? I am surprised they didn't make it higher on the charts. Slaying the Dreamer is very close to my heart right now as I am writing the next chapter in Fate's Harrow.
  • Ann Wilson
    • Her first solo album is not out yet, but the Podfather played a track on the Daily Sourse Code, and I ran to the Podsafe Music Network right away to check it out. They have 2 tracks from the new album, Hope and Glory, Where to now St Peter (which she sings with Elton John) is an amazing tune, and her cover of the Immigrant Song blew me away. I am looking for ways to feature them in the Podcast.
  • Meat Loaf
    • What? Don't look at me like that! I am writing, I need the drama and Meat Loaf is good to write too. He was in the Tenacious D movie so, he is cool! Back off buddy. j/k
  • Dio
    • For some reason, his Magica album has been in my thoughts lately. Probably because I want to make an animated film out of it.
  • HIM
    • This is all Pandora's fault. I have been listening to Pandora a lot lately, and I am beginning to realize that I kinda really like HIM.
  • Leave's Eyes
    • Legend Land is the soundtrack of my fiction right now. I cannot wait for the next album.
  • Type O Negative
    • I have really been looking for more music like the song Enemy of the State from Roadrunner United, but I have not found anything. If you know of any songs like it, please send me a note. In the mean time, I am I glad to fill my ears with Type O Negative.
  • Fields of the Nephilim
    • The Nephilim are one of the greatest bands ever. What more can I say?
  • Blackmore's Night
    • Pandora recently introduced me to this band. They are an amazingly fresh and exciting. Most of the write ups on them I found call them Gypsy Rock. Medieval meets classic rock, it is an instant winner.

2. Queensryche and Paul Stanley

  • Queensryche
    • One of my all time top artists, for sure, but lately, I have been getting more and more songs stuck in my mind. Man, I wish their tour came closer to me, I would love to see them live again.
  • Paul Stanley
    • Songs like "Live to Win," "All about you," and "Wake up Screaming," have become instant classics for me, I just can't hear them enough. There may not be any more Kiss albums coming, but I hope Paul keeps them coming.

1. Kiss

  • Ok, I am sure you saw that coming. This has been a back to basics week for me, and there is no band closer to my heart than Kiss, and here they are yet again at number 1!

So that is my chart. What is yours? Lets talk in the Forums (link)

Dizzy Web Site and the Triumphant Update

C.E. Dorsett Victory is mine!! The design document is finished, and Project: Shadow is entering a new era. There are a lot of deals in the works that I can't discuss just yet, but trust me... you all will be the first to know.

This update is the site appearance, and our first music review:

Roadrunner United, the All Star Sessions