The Cinematic Orchestra: To Believe

This is an album that makes you appreciate music as a whole! No matter the genre, music can bring such joy to anyone’s life and have their emotions rejoiced. This album featured some of the most beautiful, peaceful sounds you’ll ever hear in your life. Today’s album review will be on The Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Believe”.

For those who have never heard of this band, The Cinematic Orchestra is a jazz and electronic music group. Combining jazz and electronic music together sounds very interesting and this band did it perfectly. They’ve been around for over 20 years and to this day they can still deliver great music. I first heard one of their songs on the video game Sleeping Dogs and once I searched their music more, I was instantly hooked. They have such a very unique sound. A sound that can capture a person’s heart. A sound that can relax a person’s mind and body. This band is very talented and this album continues to prove that they haven’t lost a beat.

The band started production on this album a couple years ago actually and was finally finished and released on March 15th. It features 7 tracks and each of them are masterpieces. I might be making this album sound like it’s the greatest ever made, but I can’t help it since it’s a great album.

Before listening to The Cinematic Orchestra, I didn’t listen to jazz music that much even though I do enjoy it. The fact they mixed jazz and electronic music together and made it sound so different is astonishing. This album in my opinion didn’t have much of that jazz sound, but it’s still great. Each track has different kinds of emotions. Some have peaceful vibes, some have grieving vibes, and lastly happy vibes.

I love every single track but the two that stands out to me the most are The Workers of Art and A Promise. These two songs in particular really speaks to me. They both have powerful messages. Even by the titles themselves can tell you what you’re about to be in store for. These guys know how to incorporate messages into their music by their sounds.

I’m gonna rate this album 10/10 as it truly defines what true music sounds like. Music that speaks to you while you sit back and relax to it. Seriously, if you haven’t heard of this band, please go check them out and you’ll definitely won’t be disappointed. Also check out this album too as it’s so far one of the best albums of the year.

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Movie Review: Us

I went to see this movie expecting some top notch scary moments, and boy this movie did not disappoint! Today’s movie review will be on Jordan Peele’s latest horror film, Us!

This was Jordan Peele’s second horror film that he’s directed and this man is already doing big business with his films. I remember watching Get Out and was amazed with the story and horror of the film. Once I heard about this movie and the fact that Jordan Peele directed it, I knew I was in for a treat. He’s got a big career ahead of him if he continues to provide films like this one.

Us is a very unique horror film I must say. Now earlier I said that this movie featured top notch scary moments and I wasn’t kidding. There were moments where I legit opened my eyes wide whenever a major twist happened. Whenever someone scary happened, I jumped. I’ll admit it, I jumped. Especially with the buildup to any of these moments I would sit straight up, knowing for a fact that something was about to pop off.

This movie was starred by Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Anna Diop, and Evan Alex as a loving family who goes on a vacation to a beach house in Santa Cruz. Now earlier in the film, we see a young Adeladie Thomas (Lupita’s character) on vacation with her parents in Santa Cruz. As her parents are occupied, she wanders off onto the beach where she finds a funhouse. She wanders around the funhouse more and when she looks into a mirror, she notices a clone of herself. This clone is known as a doppelganger, and it scares the living crap out of her. Fast forward years later and we’re on the current day of Adelaide’s life as she’s on vacation with her family.

Throughout the movie, Adelaide is having constant flashbacks to her first vacation in Santa Cruz. She can’t get that image out of her mind, encountering the doppelganger. Her husband Gabe (Winston’s character) and her children all want to go to the beach, but she’s apprehensive about it because of her memories on that beach. They go to hang out with the Tyler Family: played by Tim Heidecker, Elisabeth Moss, and Cali and Nolle Sheldon. The whole time Adelaide is just uncomfortable being there so she wasn’t having a good time. Her son Jason (Evan’s character) wanders off, reminiscences his mother doing the same thing when she was his age. He then notices a man in a red jumpsuit standing on the beach with his arms extended out and blood on his hands. He never told his family about it, but later on Adelaide notices a picture that Jason drew of the man in the red jumpsuit.

Fast forward to that night, weird things started happening outside of the beach house. Jason notices a family of four outside in their driveway and everyone’s freaking out. Gabe goes out to investigate and as he threatens the family with a baseball bat, the family begins to attack. They break into the house and begins to terrorize the Wilsons. The family holds the Wilsons hostage in their living room and they reveal themselves. They’re the doppelgangers of the Wilsons! Adelaide’s doppelganger is named Red and she’s the only one who can speak. Gabe’s doppelganger is named Abraham. Zora’s doppelganger is named Umbrae. Jason’s doppelganger is named Pluto, who wears a mask. Red forces Adelaide to handcuff herself to the coffee table while Umbrae forces Zora to run out of the house. Pluto and Jason goes to a closet to play. Abraham forces Gabe to go to their boat outside. Each doppelganger share a signature weapon and it’s a pair of golden scissors. The golden scissors would be the signature weapon for the doppelgangers.

Fast forward a bit here, the Wilsons break free and they escape their beach house on Gabe’s boat and they travel to the Tyler Family’s house. There we see the Tyler family murdered by their own doppelgangers. The Wilsons arrive to see their friends dead and then they encountered the Tyler doppelgangers. The Wilsons kill them then they find out through the news that there are millions of doppelgangers out in the world called The Tethered. The Wilsons try to escape in the Tylers’ car til then are interrupted by Umbrae. Umbrae is killed when Adelaide slams on the brakes of the car and Umbrae flies into the nearby woods, colliding with a tree. The next day, The Wilsons arrive at the Santa Cruz boardwalk where they encounter Pluto. Pluto sets their getaway car on fire and they family begins to panic. Jason notices something here, and it’s that Pluto follows Jason’s every movement. Jason then sets up a creative way to kill Pluto. Jason extends his arms and begins to slowly back up. Pluto does the same but he’s backing up into the fiery car. Pluto is then burned to death, while Red appears and kidnaps Jason.

Adelaide runs to the infamous funhouse and tells Gabe and Zora to stay back. She was to rescue Jason alone. She finds an underground tunnel and there she sees a ton of white rabbits, then finally encounters Red. They begin to fight and Adelaide kills Red. She then rescues Jason and they return to their family safely.

A major twist happens next. During the drive home, Adelaide continues to think about her first vacation. We come to find out that when she first encountered Red in that funhouse, Red holds her hostage inside the tunnel and takes her place in the real world! Red became Adelaide! Movie officially ends when we see a overview of the Tethered across the world, holding hands together in a cult like vigil.

I’m gonna give this movie an 8/10 as the scary moments in this film was great, but the story of the Tethered I wasn’t that interested in. I also wish we got more scenes of the Tethered being killed but by the way this movie ended, we could possibly see a part two? Only time will tell.

Shokran: Ethereal

Album review time! I’ve listened to this album a couple nights ago and song by song I was amazed. Once the album was finished, I couldn’t wait to review it. Today’s album review we will be on Shokran’s Ethereal.

For those of you who haven’t heard of the band Shokran, you MUST check them out! Shokran is a metal band that hails from Russia and they have some very unique songs. Their style is very unique and they play their instruments with such passion. You can tell by listening to their songs trust me. I’ve been a fan of theirs for a few years and anytime a song is released, I’m listening with wide ears. Seriously guys, check this band out if you haven’t heard of them. You will become a fan almost immediately.

Now this album was released just 10 days ago on February 8th. Each song I feel has different kinds of emotions which I love. Some songs could make you head bang like crazy, some songs will make you relax. A combination of emotions and that’s really cool. This album features 9 tracks in total and once it ended I was craving for more I’m not gonna lie. Very rare that I would say that every single song would be my favorite on a album.

This album already has the contender to be album of the year, especially in the metal industry. There’s many more to come this year from different bands but this band has already put others on notice. Shokran is very talented as they continue to progress with their music each time they release anything. This album proves that they got many more to show to their fans and of course I’ll be there to here it all.

Easily, this album gets a 10/10 rating from me. Everything from the tracks to even the album cover shows how much creativity this band puts into their work. So if you guys have time, stop what you’re doing and pick up a copy of this album. Enjoy the unique sound of Shokran and support the band as much as you can because they deserve it for sure!

Chavyn Jaice – 4/3/2007 Cyclone

Song review time! Normally I do album reviews when it comes to music reviews but this one was simply requested and I couldn’t resist doing it. Today’s song review will be on “4/3/2007 Cyclone” by up and coming musician Captain Suavé

Now the genre of this song has more of an R&B vibe to it and I really like this song. To be honest, I don’t know the significance of 4/3/2007 but I’m sure that’ll be explained down the line. The rhythm of this song is nice as it’s so soothing and this is the type of song that you can dance to and even relax to.

Captain Suavé’s vocals in this song is very unique as well. So seductive, so laid back. He’s mostly singing but he adds a little hip/hop in the mix as well which is pretty cool. Y’all gotta really listen to this song to hear the back and forth between the two vocal types and you wont be disappointed.

You can find this song on Spotify and he has more singles on his Spotify as well. Just search Captain Suavé himself and you’ll be amazed by his talent.

This song is very recommended for any fans of R&B and even Hip/Hop and I’ll also add Pop in there as well. Remember go on Spotify and search Captain Suavé and give it a listen!

For an easier way to find the song, here are Suavé’s social media accounts and give my blood a follow!:

Twitter: @ChavynJaice

Instagram: @chavyn_jaice

Spotify: Captain Suavé

Congratulations on accomplishing your songs Captain Suavé and I predict your career will take off in the very near future. Keep doing your thing!!

Game Review: Tony Hawk’s Underground

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a game review and this next review is one of my personal favorites! Today’s game review will be on the hit classic, Tony Hawk’s Underground!

Released on October 27th, 2003, this game was ahead of its time. It’s available on Playstation 2, XBOX, GameCube, Game Boy Advanced, and Microsoft Windows. This game is part of the Tony Hawk video game franchise that includes Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground, Project 8, etc. There was even a sequel to this game called Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 and in my opinion, I find this game more enjoyable then the second addition. This game featured a story mode that has you as the protagonist of the whole game. Your character can be created in the very beginning of story mode and you have a good selection of parts to choose from including clothes, tattoos, accessories.

Throughout story mode, you embark on a journey to become the best skateboarder of all times along with your character’s best friend, a guy by the name of Eric Sparrow. You travel throughout North America to prove that you’re the absolute best in the skating community and I love every bit of it. There’s main missions to complete in each state you go to in order to raise the bar for yourself. Like every story, there’s always a twist. The twist in this game is Eric Sparrow himself. Eric is supposedly your “best friend” but in reality he was trying to put you down. Eric was trying to prove himself as well, but also trying to put you down. Everything comes to blows at the end of the game where you defeat Eric in a street skate race and you finally cement yourself at the top of the game. This story mode is so great, you’ll find yourself playing it repeatedly!

The gameplay is excellent! It’s so smooth that you feel like you’re skateboarding yourself. Each tricks are animated very well, having their own unique style. I must also mention that this game has one of the best video game soundtracks of all time! You got so much classic songs from genres of punk rock, rock, hip/hop, etc. The soundtrack is so good you could listen to it as your own personal playlist!

This game easily gets an 10/10 for me. It’s one of my personal favorite video games of all time because everything on the game is so nostalgic. The soundtrack, gameplay, and the overall scenery of this game is top notch and goes down as an instant classic. If you’re a fan of retro gaming like me, this game is a definite pick up! Don’t waste any time. Find a local game store or go on Amazon and pick yourself up a copy of this game and experience the nostalgia at its finest!

Movie Review: Bird Box

Talk about a movie that’s very unique. Today’s movie review will be on the Netflix movie, Bird Box!

This movie came out of the blue for me, just like a lot of people it seems. Literally, I found out about this movie on social media randomly. Tons of people were talking about it and really wasn’t giving much information on what this movie was about. Then of course the memes came out, which were funny I must say haha. After a day or two of seeing all these social media posts about Bird Box I finally decided to give the movie a chance and wanted to see what the hype was all about.

This movie stars Sandra Bullock, Sara Paulson, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, Machine Gun Kelly, and many others. Any movie that features Sandra Bullock will almost guarantee some star studded acting and this movie did just that.

Sandra Bullock stars as Malorie, the protagonist of the movie. Malorie and her sister Jessica hears about mass suicides that’s going on throughout Europe and they were concerned about that ever happening where they lived. Malorie is also pregnant and one day while leaving the doctor’s office, Malorie notices a woman bashing her skull against a glass panel! As she looks in terror, the woman glances at Malorie, giving the audience a sign of what’s about to happen very shortly.

Malorie grabs Jessica and guns it to their vehicle. Instantly a huge scene occurs! People started crashing their vehicles, tons of cops arrive, citizens running for their lives, people driving like maniacs, just a huge outbreak took over. As Jessica is driving, her phone rings and as Malorie reaches for her phone, Jessica’s pupils began to grow bigger and that somehow causes her to start driving like a maniac as well. Malorie screams and begs Jessica to stop. Jessica is totally out of her mind at this point and then proceeds to crash her car, causing the car to flip over. Both sisters survive the crash and we then see tons of people continue to run for their lives. Malorie then sees her sister walk into traffic and stand in the middle of the of it. As Jessica stares at Malorie, she gets decapitated by an oncoming truck! Malorie’s struggling to run with the crowd, while also trying to figure out what the hell is going on, just like me and probably everyone else who was watching this movie.

Malorie finally finds a house that was full of civilians and one of them steps out of the house to help her. This woman who tries to help her glances into the air and notices a burning car. Her husband, who was in the house, is yelling at her to get back inside. This woman then proceeds to step into the burning car and burns to death. Malorie was finally able to get into the house with some assistance from Tom (played by Trevante).

Many people were inside this house and they were all survivors of this virus that’s been brought upon there town. No one knows what this virus is. No one knows how this virus occurred. All we know is that no one can look outside or else they’ll end up dead from suicide.

Fast forward later into the movie, Malorie, Tom, and a couple other survivors stop into a grocery store to find food. At this store, Malorie discovers birds in a cage. She takes them along as some kind of pets, but we later find out the significance of these birds. Later on, Malorie and another survivor Olympia give birth to their children. Olympia asked Malorie to take care of her newborn baby if anything were to happen to her in which Malorie reluctantly agreed to.

Fast forward into the movie a little more, Malorie and Tom are living together with the two children in a house they found. As they attempt to leave, a group of crazed survivors find them and attempt to kill them. Malorie blindfolds herself and the children, while Tom sacrifices himself and takes his blindfold off to kill the enemies. After the ordeal, Tom ended up killing himself since he after all exposed himself to the virus.

Now it’s just Malorie, the kids, and the box of birds. What I absolutely find hilarious about this movie is that Malorie didn’t even name the kids after they were born. I kid y’all not, throughout the movie the children’s names were simply “Boy” and “Girl”. That’s it. Boy and Girl. Every single time Malorie called them by those names, I laugh historically hahaha. She’s their guidance through the rest of the adventure they were on.

Now the birds. These birds were helpful to Malorie and the kids because they can sense danger. Anytime the birds sense danger, they panic and chirp like crazy. This gives Malorie the chance to prepare for anything that happens.

I’ll fast forward again but this time to the end. Malorie and the kids finally found another home full of survivors, as they would think they have. Turns out they found a school that consists of blind students. This was the one place where Malorie and the kids can finally take their blindfolds off and not worry about anything. They all felt safe and definitely were safe at this school. Malorie then finally gives these kids’ names: Olympia for the girl and Tom for the boy. Lastly, she releases the birds out of the box and happily ever after!

I’ll give this movie an 8.5/10. When it comes to drama and action, this movie delivered. I really liked those aspects of the movie. My issue with the movie was that we didn’t get any true explanation to what was the virus and what caused it. Also the fact the children didn’t have names til the very end of the movie but that’s a small problem hahaha. If y’all haven’t seen this movie yet, check it out on Netflix. It’s a good movie for sure.

Mudvayne: L.D. 50

Mudvayne fans! Time to review one of the best albums of all time! This album sparked a huge break for Mudvayne as they were on the rise of being one of the biggest nu-metal bands of all time. They went in hard on this album and each track showed how much work they put into their music. Today’s album review will be on Mudvayne’s L.D. 50.

Released in August 2000, this was the band’s first official studio album under a record label. This album peaked at #85 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and received tons of praises for the uniqueness and technical sound of the album. Not hard to see why! I was aware of the band for a long time before I heard this album in full and I became a bigger fan of Mudvayne. This album from top to bottom defined nu-metal and the band rightfully deserves to be mentioned along the lines of top nu-metal bands such as Korn, Linkin Park, Slipknot, etc and that is because of this album alone.

This album featured 17 tracks including Dig, Prod, Severed, Everything and Nothing, Death Blooms, Cradle, -1, etc. If you were to ask me what’s my favorite song from this album I would have a hard time deciding the song. Each song has some powerful lyrics in them and also some hard hitting instrumentals that would make any metal fan go crazy. I would have to say Prod would be my absolute favorite from the album and that’s because of the uniqueness of the song. Now most albums I listen to would have both a favorite song of mine and a least favorite song, but on this specific album I really did not have a least favorite song. Prod’s my absolute favorite, but there are other songs as well that would be at the top of the list for me as well.

This album literally received a lot of praise for its technical sound and songwriting style. This album was definitely different and not many metal fans at that time have ever heard an album that was 100% unique. You have to listen to the album very closely just to hear what a lot of critics have heard and that’s the uniqueness of the album.

This album gets a 10/10 overall for me! This album is literally one of my favorite albums of all time and honestly a lot of Mudvayne fans would agree with me on that. This album brought Mudvayne to stardom and this album alone makes them one of the best nu-metal bands ever. Definitely listen to this album and you’ll become a fan of them right away!