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Dragon God Oct 23, 2020

Hello fellow STC members,

Some of you may remember me... That guy that used to be obsessed with anything Squaresoft/Taito/SuperSweep/etc...

I no longer have enormous collections. You know, just a little is best.

Have I completely forsaken my past history with VGM ? Not entirely... I'm still holding onto my FF6 Osv, so that counts for something, right ?

Am I still keeping tarantulas ? You bet ! Just a handful. Nothing special. Just my original Mexican Fireleg and Mexican Redknee. Other than those two, there's also a Chilean Rose and a Honduran Curlyhair. Like I said, nothing special. Typical, boring (Except at feeding time wink) spiders.

What about other music ? There was a time where I wouldn't have considered anything out of VGM. (How silly of me, right ?) Aside my deep respect for Nobuo Uematsu with FF6, there's another musical deity which I've come to appreciate in recent years.

I'm sure that GoldfishX and Zane will be shocked. Oh, I should have hooked onto his works DECADES ago.

The late, great Ronnie James Dio.

I've listened to the majority of his discography. There's at least 4 bands that he was really active. ELF, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio. The latter 2 are the ones I've latched on to hardest. Classic albums such as Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer, Holy Diver, The Last In Line... and The Devil You Know as Dio's "Swan Song". Had I gotten into his music during my teenage years, I would have made every single effort to at least see ONE of his live performances.

All I can base myself is what I see on DVD concerts such as Holy Diver Live or Heaven & Hell - Radio City Music Hall 2007 Live. What energetic performances that man gave in his lifetime !

Concerning movies... I'll admit I'm a total spider geek. Yep. I have a DVD of the original Tarantula! (1955) film, back when films were still in black and white. Fast forward 20 years, we get the hidden gem titled Kiss of the Tarantula (Starring Suzanne Ling in her only film role). Two... "classics ?" from 1977, Kingdom of the Spiders (starring William Shatner) and the made-for-TV movie Tarantulas : The Deadly Cargo.

And in summer of 1990... We get one of 3 catalysts that brought me into keeping tarantulas as pets : Arachnophobia. That giant spider crawling up to a terrified Jeff Daniels always put my imagination on fire. I've learnt that it was a robotic spider... But it resembled a Theraphosa. Those are best known under the generic name "Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula".

Will I acquire one of these giants ? Only time will truly tell.

Just felt like posting after so long. Was this awkward wink

longhairmike Oct 24, 2020

I want to say your name is Luc and you are from Canadaland

the 2010s were a great decade for european sleaze and symphonic metal.
number of games played in the 2010s aside from occasionally flipping on the snes classic: zero

Dragon God Oct 24, 2020

longhairmike wrote:

I want to say your name is Luc and you are from Canadaland

the 2010s were a great decade for european sleaze and symphonic metal.
number of games played in the 2010s aside from occasionally flipping on the snes classic: zero

Hey, Mike ! Long time no see. I hope you're doing well amidst the pandemic.

So far, so good on my end. Being real careful. Only go out when I really need to (work or groceries), doing my best to keep a safe distance from everyone.

Gaming is unfortunately over on my end. During the mid-2010s, I had acquired a used Snes so I could play my beloved FF6 as it was meant to be. I played it so much the internal battery ended up dying and I lost all my hours of gaming. These days, I do a lot of reading on an arachnid message board and view choice channels on YouTube. Other than that, any free time away from work is spent just admiring my small collection of spiders. They may be inactive most of the time, but they still are quite fascinating.

I hope everybody else here is doing ok too. Will check up once in a while.

Idolores Oct 24, 2020

STC member check-in thread, then?

Glad to hear from you, Dragon God. What a weird coincidence. I was just checking out videos of cobalt blues freaking the hell out just a few days ago.

Dragon God Oct 25, 2020

Idolores wrote:

STC member check-in thread, then?

Glad to hear from you, Dragon God. What a weird coincidence. I was just checking out videos of cobalt blues freaking the hell out just a few days ago.

Hey Idolores, nice to hear from you too ! Hope all is well considering the current world situation.

Cobalt Blues (Cyriopagopus lividus) are indeed beautiful, but you rarely see them since they spend 95% of their time in an underground burrow. Add a medically significant bite and that makes them a no-no for me.

I've since long found my comfort zone with tarantulas. What is referred to as the BAG genus. Basically, 3 groups that mainly consist of the most easily-managed species. B stands for Brachypelma, which are the gorgeously coloured Mexicans such as the classic Redknee (B. hamorii), the fiery Fireleg (B. boehmei) and the less-striking yet still sought-after Pink (B. klaasi). A stands for Aphonopelma, which a great majority are native to the US. Examples are the Texas Brown (A. hentzi), the Arizona Blonde (A. chalcodes) and the beautifully patterned Striped-Knee/Zebra hailing from Costa Rica and Nicaragua (A. seemanni). G stands for Grammostola, which has some of the most popular South American species such as the Chilean Rose (G. porteri), the Brazilian Black (G. pulchra) and the Chaco (A scrubland region in Paraguay) Golden Knee (G. pulchripes).

I know to a lot I sound extremely knowledgeable, but the truth is I don't have nor want the experience of more advanced keepers. Tarantulas that react faster than I can and those with a medically significant bite do not appeal to me at all. Same goes with so many species with a reputation to be difficult to work with. Easy peasy is my game.

Anyways, I hope that everyone is doing fine. Last night as I went to bed, I turned on my MP3 player as usual. After a couple of great Dio tracks, FF6's monumental Ending Theme came up. No matter how many times I heard the music, I can always picture the scenes in my mind. It never fails to bring a tear to my eye. Brings so many fond memories of yesteryear. This is one OSV that has aged like a fine wine. Gets better with every listen.

Wouldn't you good people agree ? wink

Dragon God Oct 26, 2020

The_Paladin wrote:

Good to see you still around DG!

Do you happen to be on twitter or discord?

Hello Paladin, hope all is well with you too.

Unfortunately, I am not on any Social Media platforms.

Take care.

Zane Oct 26, 2020

DG!!! Man, it is so good to see you around again and to hear that you’re doing well (and that you’re still hanging on to that FFVI soundtrack). smile I had wondered a few times what happened to you and if you were still kickin’ around, so I’m glad you’re OK and haven't been eaten by a giant spider. How’s the weather up there?

I’ve strayed from my earlier metal roots so haven’t listened to Maiden or Dio or anything in that subgenre for a while, but am stoked you found some new tunes to enjoy! I know when you get into things you really like to dig in, so keep it up, man. Dio was wild back in his day and put on one hell of a show. “Holy Diver” is still a classic, and I’m sure GX would have even more things to say about him.

All good on my front over here for the most part. I’ve been paring down over the past couple of years, myself, so while I still have and listen to a good number of classic VGM albums my collection is nowhere near what it used to be. Still all physical, no digital. The newest soundtracks I purchased are from some indie games that came out over the last several years - Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, Celeste, and Blasphemous. I haven’t been keeping up with new games much recently but I have dusted off some old PS1 titles recently - I played through Symphony of the Night a couple of weeks back and am in the middle of FF7 for the first time in almost a decade. Silent Hill is up next. They sure don’t make them how they used to anymore. wink

That all said, glad to see you around these parts again! It’s good to hear that you’re doing well and are safe and sound.

Dragon God Oct 26, 2020 (edited Oct 26, 2020)

Zane wrote:

DG!!! Man, it is so good to see you around again and to hear that you’re doing well (and that you’re still hanging on to that FFVI soundtrack). smile I had wondered a few times what happened to you and if you were still kickin’ around, so I’m glad you’re OK and haven't been eaten by a giant spider. How’s the weather up there?

I’ve strayed from my earlier metal roots so haven’t listened to Maiden or Dio or anything in that subgenre for a while, but am stoked you found some new tunes to enjoy! I know when you get into things you really like to dig in, so keep it up, man. Dio was wild back in his day and put on one hell of a show. “Holy Diver” is still a classic, and I’m sure GX would have even more things to say about him.

All good on my front over here for the most part. I’ve been paring down over the past couple of years, myself, so while I still have and listen to a good number of classic VGM albums my collection is nowhere near what it used to be. Still all physical, no digital. The newest soundtracks I purchased are from some indie games that came out over the last several years - Hollow Knight, Dead Cells, Celeste, and Blasphemous. I haven’t been keeping up with new games much recently but I have dusted off some old PS1 titles recently - I played through Symphony of the Night a couple of weeks back and am in the middle of FF7 for the first time in almost a decade. Silent Hill is up next. They sure don’t make them how they used to anymore. wink

That all said, glad to see you around these parts again! It’s good to hear that you’re doing well and are safe and sound.

Hello Zane, great seeing you again after so long ! Glad that things are well with you too. Winter is definitely coming up over here. We've just had several inches of snow today.

Concerning Dio, I've pretty much heard everything he did, but I gotta say that the classics hold up best. Stuff like Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules, Holy Diver, Last in Line and gotta give a mention to De-freaking-humanizer ! The second venture with Dio and Sabbath may have not lasted very long, but it was glorious while it lasted.

Let me see if I can list off some highlights from these albums...

Heaven & Hell
Aside the obvious title track, Children of The Sea, Die Young, Lonely is The Word and Wishing Well always bring a smile to my face.

Mob Rules
Barring the title track once again, Sign of The Southern Cross, Falling off The Edge of The World, Voodoo and Over and Over are by far the best songs IMO.

For Holy Diver... I can't pick favourites, they're ALL awesome !

Last in Line, the title track is epic as... We Rock gets the blood pumping, One Night in The City is also super enjoyable. I have a soft spot to Evil Eyes and Mystery. Egypt (The Chains are On) needs no comment, does it ? wink

Dehumanizer may have been passed over by many since during the '90s Grunge and Alternative were the new styles of the decade. Computer God, After All (The Dead), TV Crimes, Time Machine, Letters From Earth, Too Late and Buried Alive must be heard to be believed.

Oh... and I didn't mention The Devil You Know... Being Dio's last studio album before his death, it definitely warrants a listen. Atom and Evil, Bible Black, Neverwhere, Double the Pain, Eating The Cannibals, Follow the Tears and Breaking into Heaven showed he was still very capable at 66. He may have lost a bit of power in his voice with age, but he never stopped being captivating with his lyrics.

Other than that... I think my favourite live performance has to be Holy Diver Live. Despite that he had a cold and it did affect his voice, he still gave his 100% all the time. Plus, he was surrounded by a group of ace musicians. Scott Warren (Warrant, Keel, Berlin, Dio) on Keyboards, Simon Wright (AC/DC, UFO, Tytan, Dio) on drums, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Yngwie Malmsteen) on bass. Last, but certainly not least, is Doug Aldrich (Lion, Whitesnake, Hurricane, House of Lords, Bad Moon Rising, Dio) on guitar. They not only played Holy Diver in its entirety, but also some select Rainbow, Sabbath and Last in Line tunes. What a show ! There he was, at 63, and despite his cold, he could still outsing many people half his age ! That's one major reason why I like the guy so much. He never lost his talent and loved his fans.

Yeah... I went off on a ramble again. Oops !

I don't how much I'll participate in discussions, but I will definitely drop in more often.

Take care people, remember to wash your hands often and keep your distance from everyone. smile

Jodo Kast Oct 31, 2020

Hey Dragon God! Just the other day I was listening to that Fire Pro Wrestling CD you sent me years ago. Still love it! Glad to hear you're still wrangling with tarantulas. Myself, I still mostly listen to vgm and spend 20 hours+ every week gaming (Switch).

Dragon God Nov 1, 2020

Jodo Kast wrote:

Hey Dragon God! Just the other day I was listening to that Fire Pro Wrestling CD you sent me years ago. Still love it! Glad to hear you're still wrangling with tarantulas. Myself, I still mostly listen to vgm and spend 20 hours+ every week gaming (Switch).

Hey Jodo, glad to see you're doing well smile

Parting with the Fire Pro Wrestling CD is one of the things I regret the most ! I remember really enjoying it. What pisses me off so much is that this music is so rare, it's not even on YouTube !

Wrangling tarantulas ? Not really, any need to "handle" is done by "encouraging" the spider to walk into a temporary container using a paintbrush. Never in any moment are my hands near them. Not that I'm afraid, I just want to avoid an accidental bite. Those 3/4"-1" fangs can't feel too good if they go through the skin. Not worth the risk, so I've adopted a strict "hands off" approach when dealing with them. A paintbrush and long feeding tongs are my tools of choice.

If you could somehow upload the album on YouTube, it would be very much appreciated. So many people need to discover its awesomeness. wink

Dragon God Nov 14, 2020

Hmm... I knew I had forgotten something.

Ok, trivia time, people !

How many singers were involved with Black Sabbath's studio releases ?

Barring the live performances of the late Ray Gillen and Rob Halford filling in for both Dio and Ozzy, there were 5.

Everyone knows of Dio and Ozzy... But what about the other 3 ?

Of those remaining, Ian Gillian's work on Born Again definitely divided people. Many can't or won't listen to it while other praise it to be the best Sabbath album, even over Ozzy and Dio.

He, along with Glenn Hughes whom sung on Seventh Star, are better remembered for their contributions with Deep Purple.

And that brings us to the most underrated singer of them all... Tony Martin. "Who ?" I hear many say.

Interestingly enough, Martin is the singer that served the longest after Ozzy, from 1987 to 1991, then 1993 to 1997.

He sung on 5 albums, being Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, TYR, Cross Purposes and... Forbidden. The first 3 albums are fairly decent, the 4th one really a step above and the last is often referred to as the albsolute worst album of the Sabbath catalog.

I wasn't interested in getting each of these albums, so I searched for the one which I think has the most classic Sabbath tone : Cross Purposes. The big reason why is simple. While guitarist Tony Iommi may be the heart of Black Sabbath (He is the only member to be continually present on every single studio release), I feel that bassist Geezer Butler is the soul of the band. Some will argue that Ozzy and drummer Bill Ward are equally as significant in creating the classic Sabbath sound.

The drummer and singer can be anyone, but Tony and Geezer just bring a special tone to the band.

Anyways, I feel that Tony Martin's singing is actually really good. Not on the operatic level of Dio, but definitely more enjoyable than Ozzy's wailing voice. (Hold on, got nothing against the Ozzman, his work on the first 6 albums is awesome. Even I won't disagree with that.) Standout tracks on Cross Purposes for me were I Witness, Cross of Thorns, Virtual Death, Dying For Love, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Cardinal Sin and Evil Eyes. Most of it is very listenable, even enjoyable. It just needs to be given a fair chance.

Hmm, here I go rambling again tongue Oh well. Anyone familiar with Martin's work ? Your thoughts on his singing vs the others ?

Judgment Day Nov 29, 2020

Off a whim, I attempted to log in and how about that? It still works. I don't think I've been on here since I've praised Cuphead. I definitely haven't posted regularly in a number of years. Hope all is well.

Considering an extended vacation in Japan once this whole pandemic dies down. That's a few years down the road though.

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