Archive for August, 2015

Megitsune

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

Today started off with the most horrible experience with the local buscompany probably ever. I’m not sure how ok it is for a busdriver to look someone in the eye, shake their heads and deny you entrance, but don’t worry people, we are having a dialogue with the company about it.

So, essentially, my supposed to be three hours of sleep became me watching the end of “New Moon” and sleeping for an hour before going to the stable.

It was a usual day at the stable, although this is probably the first time I’ve ever had to walk up to a horse, inspect it closely and say “You must be new here”. You see, 90% of our big horses are brown to the extent you can barely tell them apart, and, embarrassingly enough, there was a gelding I had no clue who he was. And then, the majority of our ponies are white. You can tell them apart pretty easily – except from the new one. I literally mistook every single white pony for being him until I found what set him apart.

After this I booked some jobs, had a nice dinner and watched “Eclipse”. They are really on the television next week, but seeing “Twilight” and “New Moon” sparked my interest. Tomorrow, “Breaking Dawn pt1”

// Sara

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The Sims Challenge: Day 8

Posted in 30 Day The Sims Challenge, The Sims, Uncategorized on August 29, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

8. How are the Pleasants doing?

The Pleasants… at first I didn’t even realize what sims you were talking about, and I can’t say I remember the Pleasants from The Sims 2, however I do remember them from The Sims 1, so I will answer this question for TS1.

Well… What happened. Not a lot. After I was done with the try-outs, I kinda gave them up. I think I remember that I did indeed get them a baby, at some point, at some time I was playing them, but I can’t say that I played a lot on them. I’ve always been a bigger fan of making my own families rather than playing on already existing ones, Caliente being literally the exception because I liked the sims in that family too much to not play them.

So yeah. Boring answer, but not a lot. Sadly.

// Sara

REVIEW: Stahlmann – CO2

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 28, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

German metallers Stahlmann has had quite an impressive career. Right after the release of their first EP, “Herzschlag” AFM Records signed them and in 2010, their self-titled debutalbum was released. They did numerous of tours following the release, and it was followed up with “Quecksilber”(2012) and “Adamant”(2013) which both made spot on the German Media Control Albums Charts.

With their robotic-like image, Stahlmann is once again back with their fourth album, “CO2” that is said to be similar to previous works, but will now show a more mature side of the band. With the addition of electrical and dubstep elements, they hope to reach a bigger crowd.

So, how about the album then?

How should I describe it. It’s very… dramatic. In a way. There’s a lot happening in each song. It can go from sort of aggressive to very calm in just one song, and they have a lot going on with the electrical parts. As far as arrangements goes, this is actually pretty impressive and keeps the listener interested.

However, there’s about where it stops. Because sadly, most of the songs sound the same. I barely notice when the song changes, aside a few exceptions such as “Die Klinge” and “Speigelbild”, which is a tad slower than the rest.

Towards the end it does get better.”Wenn Engel Tanzen” and “Der Letze Tag” are actually pretty decent songs, and it almost makes it worth listening through it. However. I have one big problem with this album, and it lies in all of the songs.

This is so influenced by Rammstein you can hear the hamster from Knappnytt singing “Du Hast” through it.

The first thoughts that went through my mind when I heard the music starting, was Rammstein. When Mart started singing, all I could think of was Till Lindemann. Both music and sound are so alike Rammstein that I’m not sure what to do with all of this. It’s decent material… but it’s too close for me to call it original, which makes it lose a bit of it’s credibility.

To sum it up; Decent material, but it’s not original enough. Sorry Stahlmann, unTill next time…

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(Label: AFM Records)
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// Sara

 

Igniter

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

I spent most of my day today cleaning out my wardrobe. And what I mean by this, is that I take out all the clothes clean it with floor cleaner, and then I put shit back in. All was good until I reached the band-shirt section.

Because seriously, that is the one that takes the most time. To start with, I was surprised to see how many shirts would actually come out of that. No matter how much I threw around shirts, they seemed to crow like dandelions. Cleaned it out, and then I started putting all the things back again… Which is a smaller hell.

First of all, you need to basically sort them – unisex and female, as far as fits go. And if I have a certainly customized piece, I usually put it aside as well. It’s important to sort after fitting, so you know where to grab a tight shirt and where to grab a shirt that is so big you can live in it.

After this you fold them, roll them up – so you see what print it is, and what size the shirt is. And then it’s time to stack them. And this my friends, is the tricky part.

And the only reason it’s actually tricky, is because I had more shirts incoming that had to be pressed down in an already full drawer. But after twisting, pressing, pushing and some headbanging to Butcher Babies, I found myself getting all the shirts down.

I’m just waiting for the day when I can have an entire wardrobe with only bandshirts, and sort them by bandname instead. Because yes, I got all the shirts down… but when I was going to get a shirt a little later, I failed to find any I wanted to wear, because presumably, I managed to put all my faves in the bottom…

//Sara

Butcher Babies – Take It Like A Man

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on August 26, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, finally, after all this time it’s here! Butcher Babies second album, following up the EP “Uncovered” and the first full-length “Goliath”. As I wrote yesterday, I have really waited for this album for a long time, and when it finally dipped down… ah, the relief!

So, anyway, I had only heard “Monsters Ball” prior to getting the album itself, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of “Monsters Ball”, seeing it’s pretty… monotone, or how I should say it. It lacks melody, and I’m a sucker for melody and that is what pulled me in with songs as “Magnolia Blvd” on “Goliath”, for instance.

Sadly, much to my dismay, the album continued a lot this way. Maybe it’s me who’s just very new to the whole scene, but it all felt so plain. It could just as well have been the same song over and over again, except for a few exceptions. It’s a shame in a way – Carla and Heidi are doing a pretty solid job with the singing part, which makes it sad that the music is as plain as it is.

The exceptions, however, are pretty decent. The melancholic “Thrown Away” slows down the album quite a bit, and is a good “cut off” to the straight fast shredding that has occurred on the five previous songs, and perhaps my personal favorite on the entire album, “Never Go Back“, which brings me back a bit to “Magnolia Blvd” as far as arrangements go. “Never Go Back” is like, the little light on the album.

Sadly, right after this little breakdown, it goes right back into the monotone shredding and growling, I’m not lying when the only times I actually notice the song changing is because I start hearing that or that word which belongs to another song.

What makes me the most sad about the album is that there are some songs that has potential. They are almost there. Most songs has very well written lyrics, especially “Igniter” but they all fall short because of the plain music behind it. Then you have songs as “Dead Man Walking” and “The Cleansing” that has good sections, the choruses now that I think of it, which could have become so much better if the rest wasn’t so plain.

So, basically. It’s not even close to being as solid as “Goliath”. In my eyes, it’s a bit plain, but I want to emphasize that I’m not an expert on this genre, so maybe some of you think I’m completely dumbfounded based on what I said, but yeah. I had hoped they’d be brutal, but still have that melody that they had on “Goliath”, which is not present.

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But who knows, maybe it’ll grow on me.

// Sara

Monsters Ball

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, first of all, this has been a hectic day, starting out early with trying to find some sort of thing I can practice on, and wound up with my Guitar Hero set. Seriously, the only bad ways are the non existing ways. So we went off to rehearsals and… we’re just gonna practice a bit more before we start kidding ourselves.

After this it was right off to the stable for a dressage lesson on the best horse in this entire world, Donna. Went ok. It frustrates me that she loses focus so easily, and I don’t know how to maintain her focus. Bah. It’ll be something to work on.

But you know what, forget everything about non focusing Donna and bad rehearsals, guess what finally arrived today?

This little beauty:

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A couple of days delayed, but it did still arrive a lot sooner than I expected it to come! I’ll tell you tomorrow what I thought about the album, I’ve just finished another work application and since I’ve been up and running since 9 this morning I’m very, very read, to hit bed.

Talk to you later, people.

// Sara

Marry Me

Posted in Uncategorized on August 24, 2015 by Sara Hammerzmith

You know, most people hate Mondays because it’s the start of a new week, but why I hate Mondays isn’t necessarily because it’s a new week, but because this Monday is the day after an amazing weekend with amazing friends, and not knowing when it’s gonna happen again makes it hard to get productive on a Monday.

I got some work applications done, and some stablework done and planning for upcoming plans.

But now I need to focus on tomorrow. Rehearsals. Good shit.

// Sara