Mental Devastation – The Delusional Mystery of the Self (Blood Harvest)

When I first heard the beginning of a song, I thought to myself, “Oh no… another stupid retro thrash band.” I was going to turn it off, but I felt a sense of nostalgia as my hand went for the eject button, and the vocal kicked in and I couldn’t shut off the song.

I couldn’t shake the nostalgia. The vocals reminded me of Deathrow, Forbidden, and a wee bit of Violence, and the tasty time changes and classic riffing made me stop what I was doing so I could take in the music, and I became a fan, more so with each song.

I am grateful to this band for taking me back years when various underground styles were being formed and re-formed. This album gets a very high recommendation. Come for the nostalgia, but stay for the high quality. Every song is solid!

Movie Maker & Madman launches today

You can get the new book from Bill Zebub before the rest of the world by going to the fresh new kickster – click https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/billzebub/movie-maker-and-madman and also share the fuck out of this.

If you are too cheap and parasitic to support Bill, you can still enjoy the free videos on that page, but if you are a real fan then you can also choose ten million other prizes, like shirts, movies, and sex with Bill.

Don’t be scared, and don’t be a slacker.

BIll Zebub prepares a second Memoir

Bill Zebub had started a second memoir titled “Movie Maker and Madman” which was to be written as a cautionary tale for anyone interested in making movies, but he had received so many letters from readers of his first memoir “Fanzine Editor, Radio Host, and Movie Maker” that he decided to make this for them, specifically. One fan even said that she had laughed so hard that she had ruined her make-up, which is quite a compliment. The book will still be of interest to people who want to make movies, but it is primarily focused on the dedicated fans, and it goes far beyond the stories behind the scenes.

It’s not a book about Bill Zebub’s success. Who wants to read someone bragging about his accomplishments? No one. You get to see Bill Zebub make one stupid decision after another, and the big secret is that his success was simply random (in most cases). The man is a fool, and this book proves it.

Bill Zebub had not put much trust in the quality of photographs in books, so the first memoir did not contain any. However, pictures were required for his “Best of the GRIMOIRE OF EXALTED DEEDS” magazine. He was impressed with the high quality, and so he decided to provide photographs in the new memoir.

Dedicated fans will rejoice in a book that is as large as the magazine anthology, size-wise, but it will be at least THREE TIMES AS THICK! That’s right. It will have a minimum of 590 pages.

The most devoted fans will opt for the full color book, which will retail for about $75. A grayscale version will be offered for $50. It will not be available as a digital format because this is designed to be collectible. In fact, Bill Zebub will launch a Kickstarter campaign for this, with a chance that funders will get different versions of some pictures, but that has yet to be determined. There will be other perks, like high quality uncensored posters, 30-packs of his movies, shirts, and more.

If you are not on Bill Zebub’s list of supporters, you can Email him at bill@billzebub.com and ask to be part of the die-hards who receive these announcements.

If you cannot participate in a Kickstarter because you do not have a credit card, you can contribute with Paypal or a check (which go to the business/LLC, not to Bill personally, so he will not be tempted to engorge on limitless pumpkin pie).

Bill Zebub unearthed some older DVDs

Bill Zebub recently discovered out of print movies and has added them to his youtube page. You can go there directly https://www.ebay.com/usr/bill_zebub_666 or you can choose specific pages below.

FORGIVE ME FOR RAPING YOUhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/234372011188

CATHERINE’S PAIN (re-edit of RAPE IS A CIRCLE) – https://www.ebay.com/itm/234371999736

DIRTBAGShttps://www.ebay.com/itm/234371993382

RAVAGE THE SCREAM QUEENhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/234371990578

BREAKING HER WILLhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/234371986355

NIGHT OF THE PUMPKINhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/234371982712

METALHEADShttps://www.ebay.com/itm/234372003700

PAGAN METAL: A DOCUMENTARYhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/234371952070

BLACK METAL: THE MUSIC OF SATANhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/234371962397

DEATH METAL: ARE WE WATCHING YOU DIE?https://www.ebay.com/itm/234371972172

Bill Zebub Black Driday

In case you are the type of person who is hopeful of a Bill Zebub deal, you may feel like a wish has been fulfilled.

Bill Zebub’s Blackest Friday

You remember the magical feeling of watching a Bill Zebub movie for the first time. Getting a box of 30 movies is good for giving your special people some unique gifts for a very good price. Whether you give thirty friends one movie each, or give two people five movies and keep the rest for yourself, this is your way to treat yourself, and some lucky people, to something that can change a life. Email bill@billbillzebub-com (If you had participated in any of Bill Zebub’s crowdfunders, you get $20 off your box).

Please note that Australia is currently not allowing outside mail.

A wide variety if shirts are also available – for only $20 (includes shipping) Email the might Bill Zebub for details. Below are some examples of shirts.

Crucified Santa T Shirt
Crucified Santa T Shirt

Old – M Night Shyamalan

I will watch ANY movie by M. Night Shyamalan, and when I saw this Blu(e)ray on a store shelf, I bought it without needing to read the synopsis or anything else.
I do not regret having purchased this, but I do have questions and criticism, but before I delve into the dark, I want to repeat that I enjoyed watching the movie. The bonus material was also enjoyable, especially the exploration into Shyamalan’s filming style for this movie.

Before I get to the spoilers, let me state that there were some interesting situations that were created by the aging process, and there were some compelling group dynamics. I won’t spoil those.

SPOILERS

The more I thought about the movie, the more I poked at some holes. When I watch a movie, I want to be immersed in the world. I make a deal with the movie, as a viewer, to believe the rules of the story world. I do not watch as a critic.

The people who are on the beach are unable to leave, but wouldn’t that barrier make them unable to enter? I will watch the movie again to see if I missed an explanation, but I suspect that if there is one, it will be cheesy. For the story to work, people can only leave via a tunnel, an exit that will likely result in drowning.

The premise of the movie is that evil pharmaceutical people are experimenting upon unwilling recipients, which would never be allowed in the real world because of ethics (not a philosophy – it’s a part of the design of an experiment). Maybe there has been a fake story of how a medicine was discovered (that hides how a person being raped by an elephant produced the particular form of adrenaline… but the official reported story is that elephants that were rescued from poachers had blood tests, and the adrenaline that was produced while having a tusk removed proved to be an incredible medicine for humans).

The beach ages people very quickly. This is used to test medicine on a fast track, rather than waiting decades to see the result. In real life, experiments are performed on creatures that have short life spans because of the quicker results, but this more has to do with seeing many generations, like if you make a pill that increases dick size, would that altering of genetics have results down the lineage of the big-dicked creature?

Each doomed person (experimental rat) is given only ONE dose, disguised in an alcoholic beverage. Isn’t this silly? “Wow, we can examine what happens to a person throughout his entire life span from just a single dose.” In this movie, a woman was cured of epilepsy from a single dose. Well, relatively cured. I think she was estimated to have been cured for sixteen years.

The more I thought about the movie, the more I suspected that plot-points were forced and weak justifications were put into place to make the story flow according to the main ideas, with everything stitched up in a neat bow at the end of the movie, which came off as “contrived.”

I eventually came to the conclusion that this, like many works by the director (and others in science fiction) were enveloping their ideas in story-situations that expressed the personal idea (of the creator). Much material in movies in unrealistic, like fiery explosions in space, or blood spurts from a gun shot. Fiction can be realistic, but fiction is not meant to be a newscast of a real event. It is meant for the reader or viewer (or listener) to enter the world of the creator.

Changing my perspective made me look at the movie the right way – to enjoy the dream of Shyamalan, a dream experienced at Night. (Get it?)

Vixen of Virtue Kickstarter

Bill Zebub is running a campaign to raise funds for VIXEN OF VIRTUE.

Check out https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/billzebub/vixen-of-virtue and of course, share that all over the place.

You can opt for cool add-ons, like a box of 10 Bill Zebub movies, or even a box of 30. Shirts and other kooky items are also available.

Grimoire as a Book

There is a crowdfunder for a 200-page BEST OF The Grimoire of Exalted Deeds.

You can opt for color or grayscale pages (this one is cheaper), and you can get a flash drive of audio interviews, so you can finally HEAR what the interviews were like.

Lot of other goodies too – take a look https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/billzebub/the-best-of-the-grimoire-of-exalted-deeds-magazine

Please share in your underwear.

Candlemass

This interview with Leif Edling appeared in issue #32

I talked to Messiah. I told him how godly his vocals were on the Nightfall album, and he made a face. This was just a conversation, not an interview. He said that he was told to relax the vibrato, but it was the vibrato that made him a god. Were you criticizing him?
When he made that face to you, I am pretty sure I know what that was. He didn’t like his singing on Nightfall. He went to a vocal coach between Nightfall and Ancient Dreams, so he got taught how to breathe. That is why his vibrato is too much on Ancient Dreams, personally speaking, of course. I really like how he sang on Nightfall. It was very natural. On Ancient Dreams, he was very proud of his vibrato, and he got many compliments. A lot of people I meet think it was exaggerated. During the Tales of Creation album, we told him to relax the vibrato, but Messiah being Messiah – he told us to fuck off. During the Chapter VI album, we told him again, and he told everybody to fuck off again.

I am happy to hear the reason for that face.
Yes. Now you can sleep (laughs).

There is a rumor that Messiah is extremely difficult to work with, and the relationship with the band has been nasty.
I don’t really want to go into details. It’s just the way he is. It’s like a bad marriage. You have your good days with him, but there are times when there are going to be major outbursts. It’s like walking on thin ice. It’s not easy when a person refuses to discuss things in the band. That’s a big thing for me. It’s a band, and I think you should listen to our guitar player when he says something, or when I say something. That’s just normal decency. Even if you don’t like what people say, you should listen. Something good can even come out of our drummer’s mouth (laughs).

Is Candlemass, at this point, a band or a project?
A band, of course. We looked for a replacement for Messiah because we wanted to go out an play.

Was the Leif Edling double CD your idea?
No. I was asked by GMR of we could do something like that. People really wanted to hear the Nemesis tracks (ed – Candlemass songs in which Leif sang), and there are lots of Abstract Algebra freaks who knew that we had a song that wasn’t on the album.

There were moments in the past when you sang live.
Messiah fucked up his voice in Baltimore. Maybe you went to that gig.

You play bass, but are you really a guitar player in your heart?
No. I’m a one-trick pony. I play some guitar, but never in Candlemass.

Have the rights been returned to you, like for the Nightfall and Ancient Dreams albums?
Oh yeah! That’s why we released the remasters with the bonus tracks. We tried to make the ultimate releases. I’m really proud of those.

Years ago, I asked Messiah if it were true that he fell through a stage while doom-dancing, and when you played in New York, he fell through the stage!
When he doom-dances, sometimes he really tries to break the floor. Being a big guy, and he’s really strong, he did that famous thing in New York.

I heard that, in Stockholm, if there is a dark-skinned person in school, it is forbidden to sing the Swedish National Anthem because it is considered racist.
Our immigrants, if you want to call them that – they think that we are stupid for not being more proud of being Swedish than we are. They think it is stupid that we cannot sing our national anthem with pride. I know that in some schools you cannot sing the national anthem, and that really pisses me off.

You shouldn’t be called a racist for having pride in your own culture.
Absolutely not. I am proud of being Swedish.

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