10 Bands Everyone Must See Live

The legendary Slipknot have announced their first North America tour with Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth. The nine-member outfit has been recognized for not only their theatrics, musical abilities, but also their impeccable performance live. To celebrate the Knot coming back to tear the world apart with new music and their shows, here are 10 bands that everyone needs to see live.

To note, I will not list Slipknot due to the obvious mention above, but do enjoy the beginning of this article with one of their best performances to date:

#10: Amon Amarth

The Viking infused death metal group delivers a unique experience full of fierce pyrotechnics, tight playing, and their Viking thematics coming to life on stage. From giant recreations of Viking ships to having full on battles to create full-on war for the masses to witness. It is hard to beat Amon Amarth when it comes to theatrics for a concert.

#9: Behemoth

Nothing is more metal than corpse paint, fire, and Satan. Behemoth delivers on all fronts for a theatrical show for the evilest metalheads.  Be sure to bring a pentagram and ready to make a sacrifice when coming to see this Polish blackened death metal group.

#8: Lamb of God

One of heavy metal’s most melodic, groovy, and heaviest bands to come out in the last 20 plus years. Lamb of God has that perfect mix of something melodic and brutal. The biggest attraction to them is their hyper-energetic frontman, Randy Blythe. Expect nonstop running, jumping, and all-out carnage when watching this man perform.

#7: The Black Dahlia Murder

The tightest band I have ever seen live, which says a lot compared to the many superb musicians I have been able to witness in concert. The Black Dahlia Murder stands as one of the strongest death metal acts that continue to bring energy with a twisted sense of humor with the random things you may hear from vocalist Trevor Strnad.

#6: A Day to Remember

It is hard to find a band more diverse than A Day to Remember. A fusion of metalcore, pop punk, and plenty of soothing acoustic tracks to make for a show that can satisfy everyone. The energetic songs are accompanied by the band’s production and high energy as they are in the air most of the duration of the show while able to transition into those more intimate moments for the softer portions.

#5: Skillet

While the Christian rockers might standout compared to some of heavier acts here, but they still pack a punch harder than some of the most extreme metal groups. Skillet goes all out on their production and has relentless energy that will have veteran metalheads start to sweat in the pit or in the back as they bang their heads.

#4: Rammstein

The all mighty German band has made a name for themselves both on and off the stage. Their lighting and fire beat out almost everyone in the rock and metal scene. When looking at any list of top live bands to see, Rammstein will always pop up.

#3: Iron Maiden

Many bands burn out on their shows as they get older, but not Iron Maiden. The legendary group has not tired out. While the energy is higher than some bands in their 20s, they have the money to put into some insane production. Despite their age, they still manage to play plenty of shows so nobody can have an excuse to miss this one.

#2: Korn

Korn has remained as a dominant force since the 90s and still reign supreme amongst other artists and performers. Full of spectacular lights and platforms that disperse the band all throughout the stage as they tear things apart can never be a bad thing for any rock or metal act.

#1: Parkway Drive

Besides Slipknot, these Australian metallers are my dream band to see live. Going to one of these shows will surely singe the hairs your hairs and leave your neck hurting in the morning. Nothing wrong with a lot of fire and some neck snapping music.

Who are some of your favorite live bands? If you have not seen someone, then put out some of your bucket list bands that you are dying to see in concert.

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8 Most Fascinating Video Game Worlds That Every Gamer Should Learn About

Having a game that lasts tens to hundreds of hours allows developers to flesh out their worlds into something that feels alive, unlike any other medium. Bioware’s latest release with Anthem and FromSoftware being a few weeks away from unleashing their Samurai inspired Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are just some recent examples of experiences with plenty of storytelling and lore that players can dive in head first to learn about every bit of information to immerse themselves in these universes. Plenty of other games do just as well in world-building, so here are some titles that every gamer should learn about whether you play it or not.

#8: DOOM (2016 reboot)

Id Software’s brilliantly metal reboot of DOOM came with everything old-time fans and newcomers would possibly want. While the icing on the cake, the story, was laid on lightly, plenty of notes and details can lead interested players down a rabbit hole of this genius creation full of demonic monsters from hell, heavy metal, and brutal violence.

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#7: Halo 

Xbox’s massive exclusive IP expands outside of the confines of video games with plenty of books, upcoming shows, and more to expand this universe into one of the biggest in the realm of mainstream shooters.

A war between the Covenant and humans along with plenty of complications that happen down the road. Each title gets bigger in scope despite their varying quality. While it will take plenty of homework, learning about the Halo lore will be worth it to dedicated gamers.

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#6: The Witcher 

Luckily for CD Projekt Red, they have the source material written by Andrzej Sapkowski, who wrote the books of The Witcher series.

Across three titles, CD Projekt Red expanded the novels into length RPGs that deliver an epic adventure of a world that truly feels alive. Each part of the map feels different as people have their own customs and various ways of living. These masters of storytelling created the perfect love letter to any fantasy fan.

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#5: Mass Effect

Bioware got their reputation from the Mass Effect trilogy. A complex, intriguing narrative with plenty of choices that gives players some power over the narrative arc while having plenty of precise written out stories that give this series life.

While many have problems with the third entry and Andromeda, the latest in the series, these developers offer enough to reconcile some mistakes to give those people needing to scratch that itch for in-depth cosmos with fleshed-out lore.

Each planet and race of aliens feels unique and well placed. Everything has a purpose and refrains from feeling like filler to extend the length of play time.

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#4: Horizon Zero Dawn

A balance needs to be hit between straight up telling people every detail and having them explore to find out new information. Horizon Zero Dawn manages to tell a compelling story with plenty of insight on the development of its world while giving meaningful collectibles that provide something new to the players dedicated enough to go searching. For standalone titles without any (current) sequels, Guerilla Games outshines its competition with this masterpiece PlayStation 4 exclusive.

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#3: Dark Souls

FromSoftware’s beloved trilogy has more to offer than painfully difficult gameplay, grand boss battles, and an epic score. The surface level may seem like nothing, but these developers know how to deliver rewards to players who dig deep enough into one of the most cryptic worlds in video game history. It may seem daunting at first, but uncovering the secrets behind Dark Souls will show much more about this land of death than you initially thought.

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#2: Bloodborne

FromSoftware again with their gothic turn with their signature style of gameplay and delivery of boss fights. A story that hides in the darkness, with reading every detail found in Bloodborne reveals a lush world that feels even more depressing than Souls, but just as well thought out.

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#1: Warcraft

From its strategy game days to the behemoth MMO, Blizzard’s achievement with Warcraft remains breathtaking. Continuing to grow with expansions for World of Warcraft, this beast seems to never stop. Spanning across multiple continents, individual races with their own way of life and personalities, along with a long-standing conflict with plenty of gray areas that can sway players towards the Alliance or the Horde.

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9 Best Women in the MCU (So Far)

Two weeks away from the debut of the new leader for the Avengers and someone who will help lead the charge to defeat Thanos, Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. To celebrate the entry of the MCU’s most powerful hero by looking through the best women in the universe, whether they are superpowered or not.

#9: Colleen Wing (Iron Fist, The Defenders)

Colleen (Jessica Henwick) might fit inside of some of the worst shows on the TV side of the MCU, but she manages to make the lowest points of both shows much better. A character arc that goes into some unexpected directions to build up someone who outshines and sometimes punches out the protagonist, Iron Fist (Finn Jones).


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#8: Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones, The Defenders)

With an excellent first season, then the disappointing team up with her fellow heroes and a painfully atrocious second season, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) manages to make the list due to some moving qualities that can pull your heartstrings as you watch her drink herself to sleep then witness put some thug into a coma.

Krysten’s portrayal of a character suffering from PTSD and alcoholism takes the MCU into a much more relatable and emotional state that works so well in the Netflix side of this world. Her line delivery stands as some of the best out of any actor or actress because while she does not say fuck due to Disney’s restriction on the word, she sure knows how to speak in an antagonizing tone to get that aggressive message that can only be done with the harshest of words.




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#7: Misty Knight (Luke Cage, The Defenders)

A badass cop who will do her job right, but will never be afraid to get some blood on her clothes after a fight. Plenty of cops enter the MCU and tend to get in the way of the heroes. Misty (Simone Missick) strikes a perfect balance between what has been done before while taking her into directions that makes her stand out amongst the massive roster of characters.


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#6: Shuri (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War)

T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) might be the star of his solo flick, but his sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) stole the show. The genius princess with a great sense of humor can not only solve a major issue before Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) army swept in, but she can pack a punch with her various gadgets that will make any enemy tremble.


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#5: Scarlet Witch (Age of Ultron, Civil War, Infinity War)

One of the universe’s most powerful heroes who can rip people apart if she wanted to with her mind or use psychological warfare by making people hallucinate. A widely underrated and underused hero who has plenty more potential. Depending on her future, I hope that Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) gets some better moments or a standalone film.


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#4: Karen Page (DaredevilThe PunisherThe Defenders)

She only ever fights once or twice, has a lot of emotional moments, has plenty of flaws, yet I still adore Karen (Deborah Ann Woll). That loyal friend that her friends can always depend on, but she will stick to her gut when she has to do the tough thing when her peers feel the opposite.

She goes down a long path full of pain, perseverance, and being torn about supporting difficult people like her blind friend/boss Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox). One of my favorite arcs seen from the Marvel and Netflix collaboration.


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#3: Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2, Infinity War)

The voice of reason and intelligence of the Guardians. The group of misfits ties closer to anti-hero due to their criminal backgrounds, but Gamora (Zoe Saldana) holds them together with her logic while still packing a punch just as strong as the rest of them.

Her journey with Thanos makes her background story one of the most compelling, especially with the events of Infinity War and what could happen in the future when Endgame releases. She has the bronze and brains, while still having plenty of flaws due to this troubled past with her “father” that flesh her out as more than just a smart ass kicker.


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#2: Black Widow (Iron Man 2Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War, Winter Soldier, Civil War)

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) has always run up in front of the action as a major face in the MCU. While plenty of chemistry works well with each of the Avengers, her interactions both on and off the battlefield are some of the most enjoyable out of everyone that has been established so far. She has had her time as a potential lover of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to helping Captain America (Chris Evans) take down the Hydra infested S.H.I.E.L.D.

Somehow the agent has not gotten her standalone adventure yet, but it is finally coming one of these days. Since the early days, she has had a strong presence but felt restricted due to her male counterparts. With the shift happening, hopefully, male and female heroes become just heroes.


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#1: Claire Temple (Daredevil, Luke Cage, The Defenders, Jessica Jones)

While Claire (Rosario Dawson) is the unsung hero of the MCU by keeping alive the entirety of the Defenders. A nurse who lands into this world without wanting to decides to do the right thing to help these superpowered vigilantes.

Maybe if any TV crossover does happen, think of Claire first because our main heroes may need some medical attention after defeating Thanos.


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Who are some of your favorite ladies in the MCU?










5 Video Games That Show Diversity Correctly

With Apex Legends not only racking up 10 million players, but they have also announced two of their characters are in the LGBT+ community, it seems like the perfect time to look at how diverse video game characters have gotten. While plenty of progress needs to be made, there are still plenty of prime examples of the LGBT+ community, people of color, and other demographics that empower gamers who may feel outcasted.

#5: The Last of Us

I am talking about Ellie again, I have once before when discussing powerful women characters. Ellie is one of the centerpieces of the story, she has been developed into someone who feels believable. The reveal of her being a lesbian felt respectful and thoughtful.

The upcoming sequel will flesh her out even further into someone who is more than her sexuality. Ellie has a personality that has a far reach to resonate with players from her sexuality, strength, or her various interests that have been explored already.

#4: Wolfenstein

A Jewish man who slaughters every Nazi in his path, nothing beats that right there.

I never played much of the Wolfenstein games, but the latest rebooted series by MachineGames introduced me to the first character I could relate to due to his Jewish background. Now that he has twin daughters who will take over as the protagonists in Youngblood, I am beyond excited to jump into the shoes of more Jews who kill tons of Nazis.

Grace Walker stands as a strong African American woman whose presence steals every moment. Easily one of the most charismatic and toughest characters for both women and people of color.

Killing is not everything because everyone gets plenty of time to develop their motivations, quirks in their personalities, and time to show their flaws like any other person.

#3: Guacamelee!

The entirety of this Metroidvania platformer injects itself into Mexican culture. For a game developer from Canada, they nailed showing love to a group of people that often get ignored in gaming. Not only have DrinkBox Studios crushed it with an excellent adventure to deliver players, but they made an equally acclaimed sequel.

#2: Tomb Raider (2013-2018)

The latest reboot of Tomb Raider reworks Lara’s character into someone more sympathetic and less sexualized. Removing her oversized boobs for a better narrative created a brutal, fun, and compelling story for two of the three games. While I did not like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the development of her character has been cemented into one of the best female personalities in gaming.

#1: Mass Effect series

Having choices to create a character’s race, gender, and sexuality always wins. While plenty of games do this, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey as a strong example, but Mass Effect broke ground with its meaningful choices and allowing players to choose who their identity.

While the representation of other groups of people still needs work in the world of gaming, it has slowly gotten better. What games do you think that get representation and diversity right?

5 Biggest Snubs From the 2019 Oscar Nominations

The Academy Awards can never satisfy anyone due to the abundance of films that come out every year; however, sometimes their issues cannot be ignored like some major snubs that happen each year. Now that the nominees have been announced, the gaping holes shine the light on plenty of issues, but five of which infuriate me the most.

#5: Annihilation gets nothing?

Many have forgotten this beautiful film, but the sci-fi adaption delivered a brilliant artsy narrative along with the best visuals from the year. The film could easily grab at most eight nominations. The Academy should have put Alex Garland’s trippy flick under the following categories: adapted screenplay, makeup and hairstyling, visual effects, sound mixing, sound editing, costume design, production design, and cinematography. While many missed out on one of 2018’s best films, the ones who saw and fell in love with Annihilation will agree its right to take home an Oscar.

#4: Avengers: Infinity War deserves more nominations

Many may disagree, but Infinity War deserves more nods than Black Panther. The cultural significance of Black Panther makes it an essential film for all of Hollywood and the superhero genre. Comparing quality, Infinity War holds up far better and achieved the impossible by standing as one of the biggest blockbusters in history, not in budget and earnings, but in its stature in storytelling and directing.

Black Panther could move the comic book adaptions into the Academy more often, but I worry for the future recognition excellent movies in the genre will receive. Hopefully, King T’Challa can break through to the prestigious award ceremony to let in his fellow Avengers for the coming years.

At the very least, the epic battle against Thanos should have earned more nominations from the other visual oriented categories.

#3: Eighth Grade got nothing?

Offensive is the only word to describe Bo Burnham’s directorial debut snub. The resonating story made this small teenage journey one of the most important films of the year. Despite praise upon its release, the Oscars are for the cool kids, and not the awkward teenager.

Both Elsie Fisher and Josh Hamilton could squeeze into best actor and actress categories or replace someone for their position these significant slots.

Bo Burnham himself could get a place for his directing and original screenplay, however, he sits out just like his cast and crew.

Shame on the Academy Awards.

#2: Toni Collette ignored for her performance in Hereditary

I don’t know which of these last three slots on my list make me angrier, but Toni Collette not getting a nomination for her performance in 2018’s best horror film drives me insane. She delves into such emotion ranging from rage, feeling resented, depressed, desperate, and so much more to bring her character to life.

While most of my list is wanting a film or person to get a simple nod by the Academy, this is the one I demand to win due to her incredibly moving performance that took my breath away.

#1: Bradley Cooper does not get best director for A Star Is Born

How does one of Hollywood’s best actors get in so many categories, but not the best director? The Academy loves directorial debuts, but somehow Cooper could win all of the biggest awards despite one for one of his most momentous achievements in his career. Criminal might go too far, but describes how robbed he has been from such a respectable selection.

What are the biggest snubs from this year’s Oscar nominations to you? Comment what you think below.

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Every (Main) Resident Evil Game Ranked According to Critics

One of the most beloved classic survival horror games, Resident Evil 2, is getting a remake from the ground-up. To celebrate the upcoming title that will bring in people who missed out on the original or old veterans looking for a trip down nostalgia avenue, it would be best to go over every game in the franchise. Ranking will go by reviews from Metacritic*, not the ultimate tool for measuring quality, but works well for our purposes.

Many of the titles end up getting ported or having remasters and many more launches that confuses this system. For simplicity, I will rank each game when it initially released so you will not have to see a dozen re-releases of Resident Evil 4 which appears on every console.

*Not every main title could be found on Metacritic, so other sources may be used in some entries.

#11: Resident Evil 6 (74/100 PS3, 67/100 Xbox 360) Originally released on Oct. 2, 2012

#10: Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (74/100 PC, 75/100 PS4, 65/100 PS Vita, 75/100 Xbox One) Originally released on Feb. 24, 2015

#9: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (79/100) Originally released on Sept. 22, 1999

#8: Resident Evil: Revelations (82/100) Originally released on Jan. 26, 2012

#7: Resident Evil Zero (83/100) Originally released on Nov. 12, 2002

#6: Resident Evil 5 (84/100 PS3, 83/100 Xbox 360) Originally released on March 5, 2009

#5: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (86/100 PS4, 83/100 PC, 86/100 Xbox One) Originally released on Jan. 24, 2017

#4: Resident Evil 2 (89/100) Originally released on Jan. 21, 1998

#3: Resident Evil (91/100) Originally released on March 22, 1996

#2: Resident Evil Code: Veronica (93/100 on Gamerankings) Originally released on Feb. 3, 2000

#1: Resident Evil 4 (96/100) Originally released on Jan. 11, 2005

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5 Metal and Rock Bands Who Have Gotten Better Over Time

When an artist releases new material, people find a way to hate. Often times people say, “This fucking sucks, go back to your old sound,” or “You have stayed the same, this is shit.” In rare occasions staying the same is beneficial, allowing time to develop what will become a signature sound, or some can evolve into something greater to provide constant refreshing music. Sometimes finding the sweet spot of good quality music, whether you change a lot or stay the same, can take time. These bands found their way somehow after years of perfecting their art.

#5: Carnifex

The blackened deathcore group have adequate music throughout their discovery, but nothing that feels special. The grim quartet consists of musicians who taught themselves because they love heavy metal, an incredibly admirable. They did strike gold on their 2014 release with Die Without Hope, a gruesome, yet honest approach that took their instrumentation to a more complex and melodic route while holding down heavy breakdowns. Lyrically the songs made their usual topic of depression, suicide, and other related issues into a deeper and honest perspective. Ever since the band launched the phenomenal followup Slow Death, an EP titled Bury Me In Blasphemy, and will take the black metal elements along with all that they have learned into the next album sometime this year.


#4: Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin hit hard with each release; however, their quality significantly increases after every album. Since getting new members, the band rekindled a creative fire that takes their typical sound into new heights while still being is so recognizable from their music.


#3: Fit for a King

For a band that has dropped plenty of solid metalcore albums, the Christian metalcore outfit has found themselves a perfect blend of evolution and staying true to their roots. Their last release, Dark Skies, builds off of the direction of the excellent Deathgrip. With a blend of deathcore and metalcore, Fit for a King has a future to place themselves at the top of the food chain in this scene.


#2: Behemoth

Originating as a group who leaned fully into black metal, the Polish metallers have transcended into a blackened death metal outfit who have improved not only their theatrics but their songwriting too.

After recovering from cancer, singer/guitarist Nergal gathers the band to create one of the best records of their career, and in recent years for extreme metal. The Satanist was a statement to the world of not only their return but for world domination. The album features plenty of strong tracks but has the greatest finale in history with O Father O Satan O Sun. Now after having a strong followup with I Loved You at Your Darkest, it appears Behemoth will not be going anywhere anytime soon.


#1: Ghost

Another band who has always put out consistent work while rising to something greater. While Ghost’s first two albums stand strong, but Meliora and Prequelle show how these Swedish rockers are the most innovative band in the modern landscape of the genre. Elevating their lore behind their characters and music, they will go down in history for their unique direction.


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