MUSHROOMHEAD Gifts Fans with Eerie, Cinematic Music Video for “A Requiem For Tomorrow”

MUSHROOMHEAD Gifts Fans with Eerie, Cinematic Music Video for “A Requiem For Tomorrow” – WATCH

Masked horror-metal masters MUSHROOMHEAD have returned with a holiday gift for fans in the form of an eerie, cinematic, and brutally blasphemous new music video for the A Wonderful Life favorite “A Requiem For Tomorrow”, featuring the haunting contributions of the Cleveland Chamber Choir. Their hair-raising vocal backdrop combined with the band’s trademark gruesome aesthetic, punishing sound, intricate costumes, and detailed SFX makeup make for a chilling surprise to cap 2021.

MUSHROOMHEAD mastermind Skinny offers about the video:
“Dr. F (Ryan Farrell) and the Cleveland Chamber Choir did such an amazing job that I felt compelled to bring it to life a little further. Some of the elements and characters in the video are roughly based on a short story that I’ve been working on for SK1INDUSTRIES.

Working under Covid conditions and restrictions certainly has put limitations on things, so I would personally like to thank the band, all of the crew, and extras that believed and busted their asses to help me make this happen. Music and art is a privilege after all, and I don’t take any of this for granted…”

Watch the eerie new video for “A Requiem For Tomorrow” HERE:

Witness this year’s SHROOMHOUSE Double Feature HERE:

A Wonderful Life clocks in at a whopping 70+ minutes with its four bonus tracks – leaving a total of 17 stellar compositions in its wake for fans to devour. Available in several enticing formats, the album is accented by the sharp production of band mastermind/drummer Skinny, as well as the standout mixing prowess of Matt Wallace (Faith No More, 3 Doors Down), also recognized for his work on the band’s standout album, XIII. MUSHROOMHEAD attacks track after track with a refreshed focus, delivering a carefully-curated selection of certified future hits. A Wonderful Life re-cements the band’s position as one of the most consistently impactful heavy bands of our generation.

[Cover Art: Gus Fink]

MUSHROOMHEAD is:
Mr. Rauckhorst – Vocals
J Mann – Vocals
Ms. Jackie – Vocals
Dr. F – Keyboards & Bass guitar
Tankx – Guitar
Stitch – Keyboards & Samples
Diablo – Drums/Percussion
Skinny – Drums/Percussion

4 Best Hip-Hop Gifts for Rap Lovers

Defined by its unmistakable beats, emotional lyrics, and unique singing style, hip-hop has earned its place as one of the most influential music genres of the modern day. Founded in The Bronx during the 1970s, it has evolved from a music genre into an entire culture and lifestyle that has reached all corners of the world. This infectious art form’s notable urban style, signature sounds and storytelling lyrics are adored by people of all ages. With so much diversity, it can be a challenging to task to find an appropriate gift for the rap fanatic in your life. Here, we’ve gathered a few ideas to help you choose the best hip-hop gift for that rap-loving special someone.

Vaping

For the vaping hip-hop fan in your life, you can purchase the Mighty Vaporizer by Storz & Bickel. Once upon a time, posters, album art and music videos were all flooded by rappers with cigarettes hanging from their mouths. As we’ve become more aware of smoking’s health impacts, it’s no surprise that people are turning to a healthier alternative – vaping. The vaporizer – with its endless flavor options – has become a popular gift for many, especially those who enjoy the hip-hop scene.

Jewelry

Look at any rap star and you’ll see no lack of jewelry. Most hip-hop artists love expressive jewels and symbolic accessories. So many rap songs tell a story of flaunting power and money, and there’s no better way to show that off than with chunky chains, ravishing rings and big bracelets that scream fortune and fancy. Even better – if you’ve got the cash to splash – why not customize your hip-hop fanatic loved one’s jewelry? You can have their name engraved onto any piece.

Fashion

Check your special someone’s social media profiles – who do they follow? Look at their music collection and see which rap artists you find, or have a sneaky conversation with them about their favorite rappers. What clothes do these artists wear? What’s their style? Get inspiration from what information you have available in plain sight, and search for similar clothing and accessories. Does your special someone’s favorite hip-hop stars wear big hoodies, sports jerseys, or even suits? What’s their signature look? A bandana? A leather or denim jacket? A particular brand of sneaker? Look online or in your local fashion stores and try to find similar items that are in the style of these artists, and you can’t go wrong.

Memorabilia and Merchandise

As mentioned before, find out who your loved one’s biggest influences are by snooping around and casually chatting with them about hip-hop. Even if their favorites are throwbacks, find out where the stars of 80’s and 90’s hip hop are and if they are involved in any merchandising endeavors you can shop from. Every single artist is almost guaranteed to have their own line of merchandise and memorabilia. And there’s no greater gift for a fan than their favorite artists’ merch. You can choose from t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and sweatpants, and even socks. It’s not just about clothing either – you can buy all kinds of merchandised items. Think cups, posters, books, drinks coasters, and if you really want to make your special someone scream, there’s always signed merch and memorabilia.

Lifestyle Gifts are this Year’s Holiday Trend

Are you trying to come up with a gift idea for a friend or loved one who has a special, unique lifestyle? Then you’re in luck because lifestyle gifts are all the rage for holiday season 2020. Neckties, socks, perfume, and sweaters are not going to cut it this year, so save yourself some time and use one of the suggestions below. Each one has its own particular demographic, and each is guaranteed to please. What’s the bonus? You won’t have to spend a ton of money to bring a big smile to the face of your recipient. Here are four ideas to get you started.

Marijuana Subscription Boxes

Chances are, there are at least a few cannabis enthusiasts on your gift list. That’s good news because marijuana subscription boxes are one of the trendiest, most beloved of all items on our list. Maybe you’re already seen a review of Hemper Box and know what it’s all about. If you haven’t, there’s essential info to know. Offered by Nugg Club, both the Nugg Club Box and the Hemper Box are ideal for anyone with a taste for the finer things in life. But, what’s the difference? The former contains top-grade marijuana while the latter contains necessary supplies like rolling papers, bongs, and various accessories. There’s no reason you can’t give both, which would be a double-great holiday present. Or, choose which one will make your friend or family member happiest.

Video Conference Peripherals

Do you have techie pals who can’t stay away from video chat or teleconferencing? What about all those employees with work-at-home for the foreseeable future who could use an add-on or two for their camera setup? One of the season’s biggest selling product categories is video peripherals. Whether it’s self-focusing webcams, smart microphones, cool green screen pulldowns or the latest monitors, a tech-related item is sure to please anyone in this lifestyle category.

GPS Collars for Pets

What do animal lovers love more than animals? GPS collars for their pets. What was a pricey little tech toy just a few years ago has finally become an affordable product. There are plenty of brands and sizes to choose from, so make sure you know what kind of pet will be wearing the collar. Some of these clever gadgets come with their own apps that let the owner find a lost pet by using a cell phone for tracking. The big win is that anyone who uses a tracking collar will never again have to worry about losing a pet.

Bluetooth Car Diagnostic Units

For all your motorhead pals, the newer wave of Bluetooth-enabled car care tools makes the perfect holiday present. They’re not costly at all but have amazing capabilities. Run through a phone app, the tiny little boxes attach to the under dash of any car and deliver a detailed readout about every conceivable engine parameter, including mileage, temperature, all fluid levels, and anything that needs the attention of a mechanic. The amount of data and diagnostics these things put out is incredible. Consider getting one for yourself as well because many sellers offer half-off discounts if you purchase a pair.

5 Unique Experience Gifts

Tired of giving the same old gifts over and over again? While material items make special gifts, a unique experience gift can help create memories that last a lifetime. Baseball games, travel vouchers, plane tickets, and much more can help take your gifts to the next level and leave an impression that will always be fondly remembered. Here are five unique experience gifts for the next time you want something a little different.

1. Award Show Tickets

Have you ever attended the VMAs or Emmy’s? These exciting events can create memories you’ll never forget, as every event is different. When it comes to actors and artists, you can always expect the unexpected!

Gifting award show tickets can be a step-up from your usual gifts. Maybe dad doesn’t need another tie for his birthday, or mom has so many coffee mugs she’s running out of cupboard space. Your best friend probably doesn’t need another handbag either, but a pair of tickets to the VMAs can be just the thing to shake it up a bit and show your giftee just how much you care.

2. Major Sporting Event Tickets

For the sports fan in your circle, memorabilia and merchandise can only go so far. If you’ve maxed out their jersey collection and there’s no more room in the display case for bobbleheads, purchasing them an actual ticket to the event they’re so fond of can really light up their day.

Many sporting venues and associations offer discounts on season passes or family packages, so you can even include the whole family if you so choose. These make the perfect birthday, father’s day, or simply “I love you” gifts for your dad, brother, sister, uncle, or best friend who love sports.

You can also sign up your giftee for the loyalty program that many stadiums/associations offer, so they can earn points or other rewards for purchasing merchandise and tickets for their favorite teams. The gift that keeps on giving!

3. Glamping

Glamping is just camping without all of the barebones survival aspects thrown into it. With glamping, you’ll be sleeping in a comfortable tent or cabin, complete with all of the amenities you would have in your home (except with significantly better scenery).

Glamping near Yellowstone is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, as Yellowstone has some of the most breathtaking experiences and landscapes of any of the nation’s national parks. Experience the beauty and majesty of the national parks from a luxury tent complete with a bed and comfortable pillows!

4. Cruise Tickets

What’s better than a cruise? A cruise that was gifted, of course! Cruises make for amazing experiences; you get to travel the high seas on a luxury ship while enjoying fun in the sun in tropical places.  

There are literally thousands of cruise packages available online, each with their own specific itineraries and inclusions. Some packages will include airfare and alcohol, while others will only include the cost of the cruise itself. It’s important to always price check with other cruise lines to ensure you’re getting a great deal, as prices and packages can change daily.

Many cruise packages are quite affordable, ranging from just above $1,000 to well above $5,000. It all depends on how long the cruise is, which room you choose on the ship, and departure dates.

5. Racing a Luxury Sports Car

If you’ve got a friend or a loved one who loves cars, this is the ultimate gift experience for them. Flying down the racetrack in a Lamborghini or Ferrari is a truly unique experience, and sure to satisfy the car lover in your circle.

There are many tracks that provide such experiences, from The Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida. The packages will vary in cost, but we found some that fell in at around $400 for three laps. You can always choose more laps as well, but the price goes up from there.

Racing some of the fastest cars in the world is sure to be an experience your friend or loved one will thank you for over and over again. After all, who hasn’t wanted to suit up and hit 200mph on an open road in a Ferrari?

Blu-ray Review “The Girl With All The Gifts”

Actors: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua
Directors: Colm McCarthy
Rated: R
Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Run Time: 111 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Who knew that six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close’s next film was going to be a post apocalyptic zombie film, I would have said “Hell no!” But she kicks some major ass in “The Girl With All The Gifts”. This British zombie flick definitely stands out among the flood of non-stop entries into this popular genre. In this film the flesh-eating beasts are called “hungries” and are teachable like pets (sort of). Very cool flick. Great performance from the underappreciated Gemma Arterton and stealing the show is the newcomer Sennia Nanua! She was amazing and I hope to see much more of her!

Official Premise: Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seems immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, these unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. When the base falls, one little girl escapes and must discover what she is, ultimately deciding both her own future and that of the human race.

Lionsgate is delivering the film as a combo pack with a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD copy. Unlike the film, the special features are disappointing. There is only one featurettes included here called “Unwrap the Secret World of The Girl with All the Gifts”, which is a pretty standard brief behind-the-scenes look. Was hoping for a commentary track to get a little deeper into the subtext of the film itself.