Happy belated 2019 everyone!
I kind of wanted to do a little “2018 in review” post, and I must admit… I’ve been a little bit tardy with it. Things have been a bit crazy the last couple of months, with work and being ill (I got some kind of viral gastroenteritis over the holidays – not fun at all lemme tell you), but things have settled a bit now. So… on with it, I guess?
Favourite Album(s) of 2018:
Carnifex’s Bury Me In Blasphemy. It’s was a short little EP of only fours songs, but my goodness… who knew a death metal cover of “Head Like A Hole” by Nine Inch Nails was something that I never knew that I needed? Also, they finally did a studio version of their cover of “The Heretic Anthem” by Slipknot, and holy Hera… much better than I thought it was going to be. This band never fails to impress, and this little diddly has wet my appetite for their new full-length album, which is apparently coming out in 2019. Bravo, gentleman, bravo.
Behemoth’s I Loved Your At Your Darkest. The only way to sum up this album, is to state simply that it is an absolute fucking masterpiece. Behemoth killed it with their last album, 2014’s The Satanist, and it’s like they took everything incredible about that album and refined it for this one. It’s dark, it’s technical, it’s full of blasphemous debauchery and I loved ever second of it. Behemoth slayed the fuck out of this one. My only regret is that I missed them when they played in Vancouver, because this piece of art would be life altering to experience live.
Dimmu Borgir’s Eonian. I’ve pretty much distanced myself from all Dimmu Borgir fans except for like… 3, because I can’t handle the constant barrage of hate that this band’s new material gets. It happened for the last album, it doubled for this one, and I don’t get it. People seem to just want them to make the same album over again, and that’s just (let’s face it) really fucking boring. I love that these guys change things up and add different elements to their sound. One of my favourite songs on this album, “Council of Wolves and Snakes,” had these shamanistic elements that were just… incredible, and added so much to the song. I had to wait eight years for this album, and I have to say it was well worth the wait. The entire concept of this album, the art… it’s exceptional. Though the first single, Interdimensional Summit, had me a little skeptical because of how… happy… it sounded, it works with the rest of the album because it all flows together. The concept of time travel, going beyond the veil, and so on, is really cool. If Dimmu Borgir decides to keep going in this direction, I’m down for the ride, because this album kicks ass.
Favourite Movie of 2018:
Sony’s Venom. This is an unpopular movie among people I know, but honestly… I couldn’t care less. I loved this movie. Tom Hardy did a fabulous job as Eddie Brock, and I enjoyed his portrayal. I am not a big comic book elitist, or whatever, so when these movies go off on their own little tangent with story lines… I really don’t care (except for how Galactus was portrayed in that awful Fantastic 4/Silver Surfer movie – that still pisses me off). Nine times out of ten, I’m just happy that they’re making a movie about something I like. I read the comics when I was small (when I could get them) and I watched the cartoons, and Venom has always been one of my favourites. The big point of contention I hear is that Spiderman was an essential element of the Venom origin story and he’s missing from this movie. To that I say… so? They make it work, and for me, it worked really well. I am looking forward to the sequel.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This is an obvious pick for me. I’ve been a giant Harry Potter fiend since the age of 12, I have read the books so many times that my copies have essentially begun to disintegrate. When they announced this series a few years ago, I was really excited, and the first movie did not disappoint. There was a lot of controversy when the trailer for this installment came out, because of Johnny Depp, and the allegations his ex-wife Amber Heard made against him. I remember a lot of people were calling for Grindelwald to be recast, and JK Rowling said ‘no.’ To be honest… to keep it 100… I am glad they didn’t recast him, because no one else could have done this role. No one else could have played Grindelwald, and have done it so well. He is the epitome of the perfect villain and I just… I can’t explain it. This movie took me on such an emotional roller coaster, and the scene in which Grindelwald puts that spell into the ground at their meeting and tries to destroy Paris… I don’t think I took a breath that whole time. Maybe it’s just me over analyzing, perhaps, but I couldn’t help but notice a lot of common themes between this movie, and the current political/social climate. That’s a topic for another blog post, however. All you need to know… this movie is awesome. Johnny Depp is awesome.
Favourite Show of 2018:
Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, hands down. I saw the trailer for this, I nearly peed my skirt. Of course, then the hoo-haw with The Satanic Temple happened, and a lot of my fellow witches in the communities I’m in were upset because it’s an inaccurate representation of the Craft. I devoured this entire series. The whole Satanic witch, Book of the Beast, Church of Night, cannibalism aspect of it, is it accurate? Of course not. Is it awesome? Hell yes. I can see why people got upset, but at the same time… it’s fiction. Obvious fiction. The series was dark, and twisted, and full of great characters. Such a contrast to the series/comics that I grew up watching, and I must say that preferred this. Not to give too much away, but Harvey pissed me off royally. Sabrina loves you, dumbass! Netflix has me waiting until April to see the next, and I’m drumming my little black fingernails impatiently.
I decided not to include books in this post. Why? Nothing I read last year really wow’d me. Which is a shame, but I did re-read a lot of old favourites, like The Witches by Roald Dahl, and the Black Bird manga series by Kanoko Sakurakoji. We’ll have to see what I discover this year, as I now have more time to read and another book lover to share time with.