The Odyssey [2012] - Antonio Pinto/Dudu Aram

The Odyssey [2012]
Available: June 12, 2012
Released By: Lakeshore Records
Composer: Antonio Pinto/Dudu Aram

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The Odyssey was commissioned especially for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Hackney-born Asif Kapadia (Senna) combines epic aerial images with the voices of Londoners to chart the city's turbulent yet inspiring journey from winning the bid in 2005 to the 2012 Olympics.

“When I was first asked by Film4 and LOCOG to direct a film for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in London,” said Kapadia, “I did not hesitate in contacting Antonio Pinto to create the score. I had such a fantastic experience collaborating with Antonio on the soundtrack for Senna, I could not wait to work with him again. I love his enthusiasm, energy and passion. Within a day or two of our initial conversation Antonio came back with three fantastic and highly original cues which form the heart of The Odyssey's score. One of my favourite parts of the entire filmmaking process is the moment when the images and the score first start to work together, when the music elevates the film to another level, for me this is something magical.”

4/5 it's riveting, yet short... just as I got into it, it was over... hit the start over!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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Queen of Versailles [2012] - Jeff Beal

Queen of Versailles [2012]
Available: Now
Released By: Lakeshore Records
Composer: Jeff Beal

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For the documentary, The Queen of Versailles, composer Jeff Beal enhances the aspirational lifestyle, and the impact of the economic crisis on the Siegel family, with his original music. The score incorporates a classical, chamber music sensibility, reflecting the baroque time period and ambiance of the original Versailles. The music features a full orchestra with many melodic themes, trumpet flourishes, and grandiose moments. As the film progresses, as director Lauren Greenfield delves more deeply into the lives of Jackie and David Siegel, the music takes on a more intimate and thoughtful approach. A solo horn or cello underscores a sense of loss.
 
5/5 Romantic, subtle and Jazzy was my first impression!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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Circumstance [2012] - Gingger Shankar

Circumstance [2012]
Available: Now
Released By: Milan Records
Composer: Gingger Shankar

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Circumstance (2011) tells the story of a wealthy Iranian family struggling to contain their teenage daughter's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession. The soundtrack to this acclaimed and music-driven indie film is finally available now. It features a beautiful and sup rising score by Gingger Shankar (the grand-daughter or Ravi Shankar) and a flawless selection of underground Iranian music ranging from traditional to electronica.

3/5 I like it, but is not my normal style of music
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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Soldier Blue [2012] - Roy Budd

Soldier Blue [2012]
Available: Now
Released By: Silva Screen Music
Composer: Roy Budd

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Roy Budd’s film score debut - soundtrack to the controversial 1970 western. The Soldier Blue soundtrack album is the fourth album in Silva Screen’s reissues of Roy Budd’s catalogue which features extensive digital remastering.

Only a year after scoring Soldier Blue, Roy Budd completed seven scores topped by Get Carter and followed by the western Catlow, WW1 drama Zeppelin and comedy The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, the latter three all featured on this release. Also included on the album is Concerto For Harry, a piece from the 1976 drama Something To Hide, Budd’s homage to the great concertos of Liszt, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. The piece highlights Budd’s excellent piano playing and is accompanied by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

5/5 Classic... You know you will love it!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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Ice Age IV: Continental Drift [2012] - John Powell

Ice Age IV: Continental Drift [2012]
Available: Now
Released By: Varese Sarabande
Composer: John Powell

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In ICE AGE: Continental Drift, the latest installment in the prehistoric saga, Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences — a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

ICE AGE veterans Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Queen Latifah are back, joined by Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Keke Palmer, Drake, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Nick Frost, and Joy Behar.

Composer John Powell returns for his third chapter of the ICE AGE franchise, armed once again with his symphonic and choral forces. Our prehistoric friends are in good hands.

5/5 Scores keep getting more fun and entertaining with each film installment! What is not to Love!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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Soul Of The Ultimate Nation: Collector’s Edition Vol. 2 [2012] - Howard Shore

Soul Of The Ultimate Nation: Collector’s Edition Vol. 2 [2012]
Available: Now
Released By: HOWE Records
Composer: Howard Shore

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The epic online fantasy game Soul of the Ultimate Nation (SUN) has been enjoyed by fans around the world, but the soundtrack had only been released in parts of Asia. Now for the first time, as the second in a Collector's Edition series of the Composer's work, Howard Shore's original score for SUN is available to a worldwide audience.

During the time that Shore was writing the score for SUN he was at the Kremlin in Moscow conducting performances of The Lord of the Rings Symphony with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Victor Popov’s Academy of Choral Arts. Further concert engagements took him to Tokyo with these ensembles.

5/5 Score is great, Howard Shore is Awesome!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

Masters of the Universe [2012] - Bill Conti

Masters of the Universe [2012]
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 205

Available: Now
Released By: Intrada
Composer: Bill Conti

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Back by popular demand is Bill Conti's large symphonic score to the 1987 live-action He-Man adventure Masters of the Universe. This marks the fourth appearance of Bill Conti's enduring score on CD, featuring the complete program of this large and thrilling work on a single disc. Bill Conti's epic score is a highlight of late '80s scoring. Yet more important than giving Masters Of The Universe the breathlessly energetic, theme-filled feeling of a major symphonic blockbuster, Conti provided an earnestly valiant heart to the characters with music that is full of emotional commitment. The composer’s power has sold out every past soundtrack release of Masters Of The Universe, and the fans’ fondness towards the movie has endured just as strongly.

The story has He-Man (Dolph Lundgren in his first starring role since playing the villainous Ivan Drago in Rocky IV) accidentally transported to Earth by a cosmic key, which Skeletor needs to complete his conquest of the universe. The race is on between He-Man and Skeletor to find this all-powerful key.

5/5 Great Score, what is not to love... you know you do!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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DEATH GRIP: A movie for Kung-Fu lovers!

DEATH GRIP is a great example of what talented people can do with so very little. This is a kung-fu movie that mixes high velocity action scenes with imaginative sometimes funny character moments. This is a character driven story. It may not seem like much at first but give it about ten minutes. Things just get better and better. I think I discovered this movie on Twitch Film. There was a clip of two guys duking it out in high speed fashion. I was hooked. I couldn't believe this was a low budget film. It certainly didn't seem like it watching this fight unfold. These guys were fast and it really looked like they were hurting each other. I was getting worn out watching our hero go blow for blow with some guy with knives. That's not a big deal I guess. I get winded just sitting down and turning on the television.

The story is about Kenny (Eric Jacobus) and his brother Mark (played by Zach Galifianakis. Nah, I'm just messin with ya. He is actually played by a very talented Nathan Hoskins.) who get mixed up with some cult who want a silver coin that was paid to Judas for the betrayal of Christ. Cults are always fun to punch in the face. Mark is autistic but he is a genius with combinations and unlocking locks. It is that gift that gets him and his brother Kenny involved with a museum heist. The bad guys end up capturing Mark and a museum worker named Rindy played by Rebecca Ahn. What kind of name is Rindy? Maybe IMDB messed up the name. Rindy? Now Kenny has to go save them and punch the bad guys in the face very very hard.

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES underwhelms......

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES aims to be RETURN OF THE KING with its grand scale visuals and big battle in the streets with an army of cops charging an army of crooks. The story heads to an epic conclusion for the Batman. Things are going to end either good or badly. But ultimately it slips a bit with its story execution and surprisingly lackluster direction. I expected a near perfect film with the mistakes from the past ironed out. But, no. There actually seems to be even more. DKR isn't a bad movie. It isn't a major disappointment. But it could have been so much better. It's strange to see such a big movie with great talent behind and in front of the camera flounder and mostly miss the emotional beats of the film. This one mostly misses the mark. Mostly.

The story involves Batman fighting to save Gotham from Bane and his devoted mercenaries. There are good character moments throughout the film that keep DKR from crashing and burning into Van Helsing craptacularness territory. Gordon is really good dealing with the conflict of having to praise Harvey Dent the guy who almost killed his son just to give Gotham their hero. It's a small part of the story but it adds significant weight to a way over the top exaggerated plot. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman was surprisingly great and one of the best additions to this Batman Trilogy. Her scenes stand out from all the rest and I kind of wish she was in the previous instalments of this franchise. She makes everything better and it is kind of cool watching her fight side by side with Batman. Bane is a large scary beast. He presents Batman with his most menacing foe ever. Joseph Gordon Levitt is always good in everything he does. This movie is no exception. I like Christian Bale as Batman and he has some good drama with Michael Caine. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES takes some good character risks and breaks the mold for how a Batman movie should end. There is a lot to like. But there is a lot to dislike too. Alot!

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Six Strings with... Ilan Eshkeri


I wanted to thank Ilan for his time and it is always... always a pleasure to meet such talented people in the music and art... thank you again!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
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- How did you get started in the field of music and how did that lead you to composing?
Ilan Eshkeri: I learned violin as a child and guitar as a teenager. I wanted to be in a band but mostly I just wanted to work in the music business because I thought it would be easy. At 19 I began interning for composer Ed Sheamur and quickly learned that there is no easy way to make it in the music business.


- Please tell us your latest score release “Coriolanus” with your inspiration, getting involved, best parts of being involved, interesting stories you can share and how much musical freedom did you have?
Ilan Eshkeri: Ralph wanted an extremely minimal amount of music so I needed to find ways to introduce musical ideas and instruments in a minimal way but that still supported the film. Right at the start I suggested a trumpet because Coriolanus is a military man. i quickly had to add that the trumpet would never play a melody. I just wanted a single note. The essence of trumpet, in the score. Ralph liked that idea so we went about writing the score literally one trumpet note at a time. Every part of the score is written in this way… minimalist and avant-garde.

- If you work with other composers, whom do you work with and what is the best part of your contributions?
Ilan Eshkeri: Recently I worked with the rock and roll star Tim Wheeler, front man from the band Ash on the score for a film coincidentally called Ashes. It was a really fun and successful collaboration, so much so that we're repeating it on the upcoming film, Spike Island.


- Who inspires you musically and whom do you listen to?
Ilan Eshkeri: At the moment in film music I'm inspired by Elliot Goldenthal. And in pop music I'm inspired by alt-J who I'm listening to a lot at the moment.

- Out of all your released work, which gives you the best feeling of accomplishment?
Ilan Eshkeri: Stardust and The Young Victoria

- Walk us throughout a typical day?
Ilan Eshkeri: There is no typical day in my life!


- Bonus: You can ask me a question or tell us something you would like us to know about you or anything you want?
Ilan Eshkeri: I'm currently composing a classical commission for an exhibition and concert at the Louvre in Paris. I'm really excited about this piece of work.
Bio:
Ilan Eshkeri is a British composer best known for his film scores to Stardust, The Young Victoria and Kick-Ass, as well as his collaborations with Coldplay, Annie Lennox and Take That.

His career is notable for its diversity; recently he scored Ralph Fiennes' Shakespearean directorial debut Coriolanus, Rowan Atkinson's comedy caper Johnny English Reborn, collaborated with electronic music legend Amon Tobin on a live performance of his work, and was commissioned to write for the world renown pianist Lang Lang.

Early in his career Eshkeri composed the score to the cult british gangster film Layer Cake, which earned him a nomination for 'Discovery of the Year' at the World Soundtrack Awards. His score to Stardust won the International Film Music Critics Association award for 'Best Original Score'. Eshkeri's soundtrack to The Young Victoria topped the classical music charts for several weeks and received a nomination at the Ivor Novello awards. Eshkeri has also been nominated for three world soundtrack awards.

Eshkeri's collaborations with bands and solo artists include arrangements of Annie Lennox's best known songs for her concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, arranging for David Gilmour on his latest album On An Island, and co-writing with The Cinematic Orchestra and Tim Wheeler from Ash. He also wrote the song Only You for Sinead O'Connor and worked with Take That on the film Stardust.

Born in London into a musical family, Eshkeri grew up playing the violin and guitar. He studied Music and English Literature at Leeds University, later learning the art of film composition by working closely with Michael Kamen, Edward Shearmur and Steve McLaughlin. He has a passion for performed music, and enjoys living and working in London where his compositions are played by some of the world's best musicians. 


Ruby Sparks [2012] - Nick Urata

Ruby Sparks [2012]
Available: July 24th, 2012
Released By: Milan Records
Composer: Nick Urata

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From the makers of "Little Miss Sunshine" comes an equally charming and music driven "Ruby Sparks." Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing as well as his romantic life.

Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living person. The soundtrack album combines French pop tunes from PlasticBetrand (Ca Plane Pour Moi) and Sylvie Vartan (Quand Tu Es La) with a beautiful score by DeVotchKa frontman Nick Urata.

5/5 Fun and Grand Score!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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HBO'S: 41 [2012] - Mark Kilian

HBO'S: 41 [2012]
Available: July 3, 2012
Released By: Lakeshore Records
Composer: Mark Kilian

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Lakeshore Records will release 41 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on July 3, 2012. The soundtrack features original music by Mark Kilian (The Ward, Rendition).

Former President George Bush, the 41st President of the United States recounts his life story - from his childhood in Kennebunkport, Maine to his service in World War II, from his time Directorship of the CIA to the White House - in the new HBO Documentary, 41.

Ascending to the presidency in 1989, Bush’s years in office saw many historic events, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the protests in Tiananmen Square. When Iraq invaded Kuwait, Bush says he knew America would have to act. The invasion was an "overt, crystal clear wrong," and though there was opposition, he felt the war was just, and heartened when Saddam Hussein was driven out of Kuwait.
4/5 Great Score... really an enjoying Mark Kilian's work!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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Brother’s Keeper [2012] - Bill Brown

Brother’s Keeper [2012]
Available: July 10, 2012
Released By: Bill Brown Music
Composer: Bill Brown

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Set in the 1950's in the south, Brother’s Keeper is about two brothers and their journey together, and about how the courage to forgive can transform lives. In a cruel twist of fate-orchestrated by the town's most powerful family, their lives are forever altered. It encompasses the unbreakable bond between brothers as they battle for justice, freedom and retribution. The composer said, ”Brother's Keeper is just an incredible musical opportunity. The direction, sets, costumes, cinematography, editing, acting and more have all combined to create something honest and poetic.”

Bill Brown’s enthusiasm clearly shows in the musical score for the film, which is written for orchestra with elements of subtle electronic sound design and solo instruments such as cello, performed by the acclaimed Tina Guo who contributed stylistic elements to the score underlining the film’s setting. ”We were able to create a classic ’old west’ vibe in a contemporary musical setting using glissando cello lines which mimicked that raw ’fiddle’ sound you've heard in westerns so many times, but with a darker, bigger emotion to them,” said Bill Brown.

5/5 Dramatic, Rustic and Strong score.
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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The Dark Knight Rises [2012] - Hans Zimmer

The Dark Knight Rises [2012]
Available: July 17, 2012
Released By: WaterTower Music
Composer: Hans Zimmer

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WaterTower Music will release The Dark Knight Rises : Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at all physical and digital retailers. Academy- Award® winning composer Hans Zimmer teams for the fourth time with writer/director Christopher Nolan to create the music for the final installment of his Dark Knight Trilogy.  The CD version of the soundtrack will contain an exclusive link to unlock three bonus tracks, while a deluxe version of the soundtrack, with three additional tracks, will be available digitally. A limited edition vinyl configuration is set for release on September 4. Following the success of his experiential app for Inception, which boasted 5 million downloads, Zimmer is preparing to unveil a new iPhone app for The Dark Knight Rises that will provide fans with a more immersive musical and sonic experience into the world of Gotham City. Details for the new Hans Zimmer app will be announced soon.

“I thought after we finished the last one [The Dark Knight], that was it,” said Zimmer.  “There was nothing else we could possibly do.  At the same time, when I started reading this script, I instantly knew that there was a whole world out there that I hadn’t even touched yet.” 

5/5 Best of all three in the trilogy, Much Dark Depth!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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THE FP!!!

THE FP is a fun romp set in the near future where street gangs fight for "street cred" by versing each other in DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION. This is a comedy that takes the silly premise and plays it straight face. Its dry humor that is electrified by insane energetic performances and wildly creative (or not so depending on your definition of "creative") verbal slams. This is a genuinely funny movie. By the end I was left speechless. I am still unable to convey the words of how awesome this movie is. THE FP deceived me with the DANCE DANCE into thinking this was going to be an ultra modern hip film for the young kiddies of today. But no, this film is for the old bastards such as myself who love retro eighties films and hate the youth of today.Verbally intense THE FP never slows down. I don't remember a part where I suddenly lost interest and started thinking about all the people I hate wishing upon a star that something bad would happen to them. Thanks, THE FP for keeping me out of hell a little bit longer.

Btro is the leader of the 248s. He starts the movie by manning up and versing the leader of the 245s, L Dubba E in a game of DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION. That is how you throw down and gain street cred in the near future of Frazier Park. (That is what "FP" stands for. I just found that out by reading the back of the Blu-Ray) There to cheer him on is his close as a brother friend, Jtro. Suddenly during the epic battle of extreme feet prancing Btro up and dies losing the match and crushing the 248's respect, you know what I am sayin? Devastated Jtro leaves the 248 and vows never to DANCE DANCE ever again.

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The Wicker Tree [2012] - John Scott

The Wicker Tree [2012]
Available: July 17, 2012
Released By: Silva Screen Music
Composer: John Scott

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A 2CD set featuring the original Wicker Tree soundtrack - the score by John Scott and Keith Easdale’s songs from the film.  John Scott’s career spans over sixty years. As an arranger and conductor his work appears on many classic 1960s hits, not least playing flute on The Beatles’ You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away and lead sax on Goldfinger. His film and TV composing career extends to over 140 titles (Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes, The Cousteau Odyssey). Traditional Scottish artist and composer, Keith Easdale, provides songs that propel the story. He was present throughout the production to supervise the music which has been described as the spine of the film.

5/5 Love it, Loved the original "Wicker Man"... Wonderfully eerie score and deep wicker songs… thank you!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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John Carpenter’s: Assault on Precinct 13 [Limited Edition 1500]

John Carpenter’s: Assault on Precinct 13 [Limited Edition 1500]
Available: July 13, 2012
Released By: BuySoundtrax Records
Composer: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth

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BuySoundtrax Records is proud to announce the release of Music From The Motion Picture Assault on Precinct 13 Also Includes Music From John Carpenter’s Dark Star available at www.buysoundtrax.com now and digitally and via other soundtrack boutique retailers on July 13, 2012 (limited edition 1500 units). Alan Howarth, a frequent collaborator with Carpenter, produced, arranged and performed on the recording.

Dark Star and Assault on Precinct 13 were Carpenter’s first two films; the former began as a student film during his time at USC. Both provide hints at his style to come, both as a director and as a composer.

4/5 Electronic Score at it's very best... also about time!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

Toxic Zombie - InTOXICated [Ep]

InTOXICated [2012]
Band: Toxic Zombie
Available: Now

1. Freakshow 2. Dissapear 3. Run For Your Life

Run For Your Life is the single and we will be doing a music video for it as well!

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Crawling out of the nuclear waste that is popular music, Toxic Zombie in its short existence has quickly rose to become a staple in Portland's horror community. Realizing that it was not enough to write music that gave people a good hard punch in the teeth, Toxic Zombie has endeavored to excite people with a high energy live performance, exemplified by the two gorgeous back up singing/go go dancers. Taking their influences from Rock, Punk, Glam and old horror movies, there seems little doubt that Toxic Zombie will be entertaining and terrifying audiences for many years to come. When their collective hands rose from the ground, it was obvious to many people they played for that this was a unique group to say the least. As their popularity grew like an infection on a bite wound, the experiences they were offered became more and more exciting. Opening for such bands as the Misfits, Nekromantix, Genitorturers, Wednesday 13, Mad Sin, Creature Feature and L.A. Guns winning over fans from age 2 to 62. Toxic Zombie has also toured with the blue puzzle piece tattooed, freak-show himself "The Enigma". The Tour was also in support of their first full length record "Poison The Airwaves".
Self produced, Toxic Zombie recorded "Poison The Airwaves" at Black Diamond Studios in Portland, OR and mastered the album in L.A. with Capital Records. Toxic Zombie has also filmed a music video of for their song "Gypsy" directed by Tyler Benjamin of Cheezy Flicks Entertainment. Toxic Zombie recently recorded a new EP "InTOXICated" and are working on a new LP, both being produced and recorded by former White Zombie drummer Ivan de Prume. A new music video is also in the works for the near future.
Forsaking all worries about how people will react to them, Toxic Zombie is truly a band that can be highly appreciated both in music and show. Their thunderous drums, head splitting bass lines, screaming lead guitar, and haunting vocals will stimulate mind, body and soul. When heard or viewed it is obvious that they believe in what they are doing, and plan on doing so as long as they can. And judging by the rate in which their audiences multiplies, its safe to say that the living dead will walk the Earth for some time. They prove that Rock and Roll is not dead, no, Toxic Zombie proves that Rock and Roll is Undead......... BRAAAAAINS!!!!!!!!!!

Toxic Zombie:
Grimm Dizaster - Vocals / Guitar
Sam "Damn"  Dietz - Lead Guitar
Bryan "Smash" - Drums
Chad Shaver - Bass
Kelly Sparks - Back Up Vocals / Go Go Dancing
Dany Gray - Back Up Vocals / Go Go Dancing


5/5 who does not love singing zombies and go-go girls?
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

Guilty Pleasures: True Ghosts 1, 2, and 3:

Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, c2009 $15.95 ISBN 9780738715865 v.1; 
c2010, $15.95 ISBN 9780738722948 v.2; c2011, $15.95 ISBN 9780738725871 v.3

Haunting Tales From The Vaults of FATE Magazine 
by KC Redding-Gonzalez

Nobody does it like Fate Magazine…If true ghost stories without the exclamation points is what you are after, this is a treasure trove direct from the “vaults” of the preeminent paranormal magazine of the United States founded in 1948 and in mostly continuous publication ever since despite several changes in ownership, publisher and experiments in format.

One has to keep in mind the nature of ghosts, however. This is not a white-knuckle ride through the cobwebs. It is, however, more in keeping with what real ghostly encounters are like: frequently in slow motion, typically understated, but always leaving a slightly disturbed imprint in the dust. Book one is edited by Andrew Honigman; books 2 and 3 by David Godwin. All three consist of vignettes of personal sighting and experiences, some contributing reporters articles, and a variety of supernatural encounters that range from apparitions, haunted houses, angels, animal spirits, time-slips, time travel, miracles and premonitions. While not written to keep the reader awake nights, there is something sufficiently unsettling to keep people like me buying the books multiplying in the series. The accounts range from stories of events that occurred in the 1800’s to this decade, from cities to rural farm country. But always they carry that special ambiance that Fate Magazine spent years carefully cultivating and which kept a fascinated public buying their product.

For those who want to understand how the paranormal really affects people and places, this is a solid series for delivering the goods. For those thinking about the indistinct mysteries that surround our corporeal world, are curious about the paranormal from a more or less practical side and don’t mind a good urban myth or two sprinkled in with their psychic investigations and the occasional folktale, Fate is the ticket. Always a fun read, and frequently “light” in implications, these revelations are somewhat standard fare for the ghost hunter. For the collector of ghost stories, they are must-haves, if only for the pleasure of having a piece of paranormal history on your shelf or in your Kindle. This is the way collecting ghost stories used to be done…without trick photography or fancy editorial twists. The only thing better than this might have been a collection of their mythic monster articles and UFO stories… As for me, I know a guilty pleasure when I see it for $15.95 each… I heartily give the series three tentacles up.

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Mighty Macs, The
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by William Ross
Limited Edition of 1000 copies

 
A Thousand Words
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by John Debney
Limited Edition of 1000 copies

 
 Crimes Of The Heart
Original Motion Picture Score
Music by Georges Delerue
Limited Edition of 1000 copies

 
Tai-Pan
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Music by Maurice Jarre
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Felicity [2012] - Phobos Corp [EP]

Felicity [2012] (EP)
Available: Now
Released By: METAL REVELATION
Composer: Phobos Corp

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The story of PHOBOS CORP. (or PHOBOS CORPORATION), began sometime around 1995, when I first realized I'd like to have my own band. Over the years, the idea grew up in me, but it was until 1998-99, when I first started composing the first few songs. Adding female vocals to the picture, came after I first heard the album "Velvet Darkness They Fear" by Theatre of Tragedy, back in 1996.
   Some years later, in 2005, and the first Demo was released, entitled "As The Angel Stared", which can be downloaded directly from the Discography page.
   This Demo gained a bit of recognition within the underground scene and mainly around Greece, having been featured in some sites and a couple of independent radio stations. Yet, there was still something missing in the sound.
   Move forward to 2011-12 and for the past years I have been further experimenting with sound and, thus, just like a fine red wine, the sound of the band has matured to what it is today.
   The Debut EP, aptly entitled "Felicity" will be released worldwide on June 1st and has already garnered a lot of positive feedback from a select few listeners who had the chance to listen to it, prior to official release. It features 4 brand-new songs, which are part of a concept story I have been working, on and off, for the past 3 years and are a culmination of my creativity and music experience so far.

...Closing, I can promise you that this is only the beginning...the best is yet to come!!!


5/5 Wonderful piece... I so look forward to more of this. One of those things that crosses over my virtual desk that will stay for a long time. Awesome! Haunting Vocals and Enchanting!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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Love At First Bite [2012] - Charles Bernstein

Love At First Bite [2012]
Available: Now
Released By: Intrada
Composer: Charles Bernstein

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Love at First Bite features George Hamilton as a not-so-dark prince cast from his ancestral castle in Romania into New York City. It’s a funky town distinctly lacking the etiquette this bat out of water has been accustomed to for 712 years, especially when he has to win the hand (and neck) of the very modern American supermodel with whom he’s fallen hopelessly in love.

5/5 Just because it is a classic!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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Moon Breakers [2012] - Bear McCreary

Moon Breakers [2012] 
Available: June 19, 2012
Released By: Conan the Furky Music
Composer: Bear McCreary

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Composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica) once again engages in space combat with the new multi-player space game Moon Breakers. The retro futuristic game, from Imba Entertainment and Uber Entertainment, brings the classic genre of space shooters back to a new generation of players and is currently available to play for free on Google’s Chrome Browser and on Steam.

“I am a life-long science fiction nerd and video game junkie,” admitted McCreary. “I've scored science fiction projects and videogames, but I've never had the chance to approach them with such a pulpy, retro tribute to the spaceships and videogames I grew up on in the 70s and 80s. I was thrilled to work with everyone at Imba and Uber on a game that combined my passions so perfectly.”

5/5 it's a great piece from McCreary, alas it is a short score!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World [2012]

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World [2012]
Available: June 19, 2012
Released By: Lakeshore Records
Composer: Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff

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Taking audiences on a humorous, moving, and intimate journey against an epic backdrop of Earth’s final days, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist), and will be released in theaters nationally by Focus Features on Friday, June 22nd, 2012. Set in a too-near future where time at once stands still and is slipping away forever, the writer/director explores what people will do and how they will feel when humanity’s end is near.

3/5 it works, but it is very short!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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Two Days In The Valley [2012] - Jerry Goldsmith

Two Days In The Valley [2012]
Available: Now
Released By: Intrada
Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

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Composer David Raksin once said that a you're not a real film composer until you've had a score tossed out.  Yet getting a score tossed out is rarely a commentary on the quality of the score.  Such is the case with Jerry Goldsmith's 1998 score for 2 Days in the Valley. Faced with a film that featured multiple characters and storylines as well as competing tones, Goldsmith keyed in on two characters and wrote a score that was by turns melancholy, silky and suspenseful. His main theme is a mellow, bluesy tune for solo trumpet that recalled his distinctive themes for Chinatown and The Russia House. While Goldsmith scored most of the film as a straight drama and suspense tale, he singled out Danny Aiello’s character for a comic approach, writing an Italian-flavored tune (“Dosmo’s Theme”) for folk accordion and orchestra.

Ultimately, Goldsmith’s score was dropped from the film in favor of a blues/rock score by Anthony Marinelli. Listened to on its own, the music functions as a satisfyingly moody piece of modern noir. Bruce Botnick created this sequence for possible album treatment in 1996, switching the chronology of some tracks and combining others to create a more varied listening experience.

The story for 2 Days in the Valley follows icy cool killer Lee Woods (James Spader) and his Icelandic moll Helga Svelgen (Charlize Theron). They concoct a scheme to get Olympic skier Becky Foxx (Teri Hatcher) insurance money by murdering her philandering husband Roy (Peter Horton). The fall guy in the scheme is down-on-his-luck hit man Dosmo Pizzo (Danny Aiello), a buffoon with a wayward toupee and an inconvenient sense of honor and fair play. 
 
5/5 it's long overdue classic!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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People Like Us [2012] - A.R. Rahman

People Like Us  [2012]
Available: June 19, 2012
Released By: Lakeshore Records
Composer: A.R. Rahman

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From DreamWorks Pictures comes People Like Us, a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about his family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process. The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer.

4/5 Great Score!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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StarHawk [2012] - Christopher Lennertz

StarHawk [2012] (Limited 3000 units)
Available: Now
Released By: La-La Land Records
Composer: Christopher Lennertz  

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La-La Land Records and SCEA present the original score to the new hit videogame STARHAWK, from the creators of WARHAWK. Acclaimed film and videogame composer Christopher Lennertz (HORRIBLE BOSSES, HOP, GUN vg, JAMES BOND 007: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE vg) creates an otherworldly, adrenaline-pumping musical soundscape for this bold new futuristic 3rd person shooter where the player can change the battlefield instantly, in the heat of combat, as factions fight across the frontiers of space over the universe's most precious resource - Rift Energy. Lennertz's thrilling STARHAWK music score is an adventure in itself.

5/5 Scores for Games is strong, this is strong!
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

Crazy Eyes [2012] - Bobby Johnston

Crazy Eyes [2012]
Available: July 3, 2012
Released By: Lakeshore Records
Composer: Bobby Johnston and Various

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The soundtrack features original music composed by Bobby Johnston (Mother’s Day, Wristcutters: A Love Story) and new songs by indie artists Stepfather, Gvcci Hvcci, Sister Spaceman and Lindsay Heath.

Zach (Lukas Haas, Inception, Mars Attacks!) seems to be living the Hollywood bachelor dream – he’s got a house in the hills, the phone numbers for dozens of beautiful women and a hard-partying lifestyle aided and abetted by his bartender pal, Dan (Jake Busey, Enemy of the State, Starship Troopers). It seems nothing can tie down this divorced father, until he meets “Crazy Eyes” (Madeline Zima, Californication TV series, The Nanny TV series) – the one woman he can’t have. As the two embark on a love-crazed, booze-fueled relationship, Zach’s family issues begin to take center-stage, questioning whether or not this partying lost boy can step up to the challenge and become a man.  Crazy Eyes was co-written and directed by Adam Sherman (Happiness Runs, Wristcutters: A Love Story), produced by Hagai Shaham (The Details, Mean Creek) and music supervised by Doug Bernheim (Half Nelson, Transamerica).

5/5 Great Hip... Songs and Score is a welcomed "Tom Waits" style... 
-Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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