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  1. First new A Perfect Circle song in basically 13 years. Very powerful song.
  2. Death Stranding

    Metal Gear Solid 1 will always be my favorite game of all time. Kojima is God to me. "Death Stranding" looks to be another amazing game. I'm glad that he's able to create something new outside of Metal Gear. The trailer with Mads Mikkelsen was especially awesome. I loved the 80s style synth music in it. I bought a PS4 to play Metal Gear Solid 5, although I have mixed feelings about that one. The gameplay is the best it has ever been in the series, but the cinematic storytelling really took a back seat. I haven't even finished it yet because of this. I'd be curious to know your thoughts on it if you've played it.
  3. Favorite Metal?

    Yea, the "real music" thing is just a jab at today's music scene where it seems like very few people (especially the youth) listen to anything that isn't pop or rap. I feel sorry for the current generation because when I was growing up there was still a prevalent rock/metal scene and I can't express how crucial it was in getting me through high school. Although Metal is my favorite genre, I tend to prefer sub-genres of it like nu-metal, alt-metal, industrial, and metalcore. Anything with electronics is a plus as well. I actually plan on making an extensive Guide To Metal for this site, so I'll just mention some of my recent and all time favs: You already mentioned one I would have picked which is "...And Justice For All". Easily the best thrash metal album of all time. As I Lay Dying - Shadows are Security / The Powerless Rise Pretty much my favorite current metal band. The vocals have just the right amount of range, melody, and aggressiveness. Unlike most bands who bitch and moan their lyrics tend to be positive and uplifting, dealing with empowerment, overcoming life's struggles, and making yourself a better person. They also feature some of the most excellent guitar work, dueling harmonies, and crushing breakdowns. Recommended Songs: Anodyne Sea, Overcome, Paralyzed. The Devil Wears Prada - With Roots Above And Branches Below Metalcore from right out of my hometown of Dayton, Ohio \m/. I got obsessed with this album when I first discovered it. The lead singer tends to vary from high shrill screams to guttural "Goldar" sounding growls, and at first it may seem like a relentless onslaught of vocal cord destroying screeches but it really grows on you. The clean vocals are pretty emo but the melodies are undeniably catchy. The guitar work isn't the most technical but it is helped by the use of orchestral strings which at times gives it an almost symphonic / black metal metal feel. Recommended Songs: Assistant To The Regional Manager, Dez Moines, Ben Has A Kid, Gimme Half The Black Dahlia Murder - Nocturnal I'm not really a big fan of death metal, or in this case, "melodic death metal", but I make an exception for these guys. Usually, I feel like these extreme metal bands seem like they're just trying too hard to be "evil" or whatever, but these guys manage to pull it off. This album will kick your ass from start to finish and is wrought with darkness: black metal like highs, sick lows, down tuned guitars, and pounding percussion that all sound like the choirs of hell. I think the reason it works is because there's good structure to the music and a tongue in cheek nature to it all. For example, one of their songs is named after a line from the Castlevania video games. Cool side note: When they played the Warped tour they got accused of selling out and going soft. As a result, they named their following album "Everblack", which I think was a metal as fuck way to respond to the haters. Recommended Songs: Everything Went Black, What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse, In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me The Browning - Hypernova / Isolation My last recommendation is a good example of metal fused with electronica. Some call this electronicore. I call it kickass. Most of the electronic elements are reminiscent of EDM/Dubstep, the guitars are a pure chugfest with breakdown after breakdown, and the vocals pretty much always remain in the lowest register. It's not technical, it's not thought provoking, it's pretty much just mindless metal to put your devil horns up and bang your head to. Next time you see some wigger in their car blasting out shitty rap music crank this shit up to full volume and drown them out in its badassery. Recommend Songs: Save the World, Gravedigger, Pure Evil, Fallout, Cryosleep Honorable mentions: Slipknot - Slipknot (1999), Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake / Wrath, Chimaira - The Impossibility of Reason.
  4. Body Horror Films

    "I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it, but now that dream is over and the insect is awake." I'm a huge fan of the sub-genre of horror known as "body horror" (also called venereal horror). These are movies in which the scare factor is based on a person undergoing a grotesque transformation over the course of the film. They're usually pretty disgusting and not for the faint of heart, but I love em ha ha. The quintessential film that represents this genre is the 1986 masterpiece "The Fly", directed by David Cronenberg. In it, a young Jeff Goldblum (in the best performance of his career) plays an eccentric scientist named Seth Brundle who invents a teleportation device. Unfortunately, while testing it, a common housefly enters the transport chamber with him and the computer splices the DNA of the two organisms together. At first, all seems normal, and he even gains increased energy and superhuman strength, but then his fingernails fall off...and things get progressively worse from there on lol. Some other examples include: Alien/Aliens, Cabin Fever, Evil Dead, Hellraiser, and The Thing. One other good one I've found was "Contracted", which is on Netflix. It's about a girl who gets date raped at a party and contracts what she thinks is an STD, but like The Fly, things start to get progressively worse and it becomes clear that it is something else. It was so good that even though I started it super late on a work night I had to to just say fuck it and stayed up till like 3 am to finish it. It has a sequel too, but it wasn't as good. If you guys know of or find any good movies that fit this genre be sure to post em in this thread.
  5. Back

    Welcome back! That's actually kind of cool that you were a silent reader on the old site and your first post is on the new site. It'll probably be quiet on here for a little while because it has been gone so long, but I'm working to build the site back up again and hopefully I can get the discussions going again. Since you mentioned living in Germany (and not having the best English before) I'm gonna assume you're a native. Other than America, that's my favorite country in the world. Love the history, the culture, music (especially Wagner), everything. A whole bunch of my family is German with surnames like Eysoldt and Weigandt. It's funny how everyone ended up working in software. I guess we were all just computer geeks at heart.
  6. Current battle stations?

    Good topic. My previous build was all dark matte black so I thought I'd change things up with a white build. Desktop - "Phobos" Case: NZXT S340 Motherboard: Maximus VIII Hero CPU: Intel i7 6700k Memory: 16GB Corsair Dominator DDR4 Video Card: GeForce GTX 980 Ti Sound Card: I have a Sound Blaster Fatality Recon 3D but it's been acting up so I've just been using onboard. SSD: Corsair Neutron GTX OS: Win 10 Monitor: ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q (Greatest monitor money can buy) Keyboard: Pictured is the Cherry MX 6.0 Board. However, it wasn't clicky enough for me so went back to my Corsair K70 with the blue switches. Mouse: Asus ROG Gladius Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x I have no laptop. If I did I'd buy a Surface Book, but I'm too old school and prefer traditional desktop for almost everything. Phone: Google Pixel I was an ardent Windows Phone fan and user since 2011, but Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella sucks and they're not making any moves in phone anymore so on to Android it is. I respect Apple, and think they make solid products, but I typically don't use them because I find them too closed (walled garden), the interface doesn't navigate how my brain works, and everyone has them (don't want to be one of the iSheep ha ha). I do game on consoles more these days than I'm proud to admit. Mostly a result of working a desk job and not wanting to come home and sit at a computer again to play games. Also, the big PC exclusive developers (Valve, Blizzard, ect.) either don't make games anymore, or only make multiplayer focused games which I have no interest in. I have a PS4 and an Xbox One, although I tend to favor the latter because I'm a Microsoft fanboy. I've been trying to get back into PC more tho.
  7. Coming back

    Welcome back, and thanks for the words of appreciation. I'm sorry it took so long to get it back up, but I do intend to keep this one up for good this time. I'm glad the site was helpful for you in the past. Hopefully this new one can grow into something badass as well. That's really cool that you moved to Japan. That's easily the most interesting non-Western country to me. I have a lot of respect for the Japanese people and their culture. How did they feel about a gaijin moving there lol? Also, how were you able to make the move at only 18? That's seems like it must have been crazy intimidating.
  8. Let's get this shit started off right. Chances are if you're visiting this site during the relaunch you already know who I am, but seeing as it has been a decade since I was running this site there's obviously going to be some new info, so here we go: I'm jEX and I created The Rebel Domain. I'm from Dayton, Ohio and I still live there. I grew up in a heavily Roman Catholic family, and while I no longer hold those beliefs, being around it for that long is going to rub off on you some and influence your worldview. So I tend to describe myself as "culturally Catholic". From first through seventh grade I attended a Catholic school and didn't really have a single original thought in my brain until my final year there when I met the only goth/alternative person in the school, a girl named Kim, who introduced me to a whole new world of music and thinking. That didn't go over so well in such an ultra religious environment and it resulted in me getting kicked out before my eighth grade year. I then switched over to public school which was rough going from seven years knowing a bunch of people to suddenly knowing almost no one. Needless to say I wasn't very popular. In 1999 the Columbine High School shooting occurred, which at the time was unheard of and sent a shockwave through society. Being a bit of an outcast at the time, I developed a fascination with the event, but that'll come in later. When I attended High School I pretty much rejected my studies and focused on my dream of becoming a rock musician. During this time I wrote hundreds of songs, and went in and out of a dozen different bands, but eventually my poor grades caught up with me, and I was forced to drop out and get my GED (Funny side note: my parents and teachers were astonished when I took the test and scored in the 98th percentile). After this, I worked at McDonalds and had successfully become the stereotypical high school dropout who flipped burgers for a living. I hated that this was what my life had become so I spent all my time and energy teaching myself how to develop websites. One of those sites was of course the original Rebel Domain, which started out mostly as a personal website of stuff I was interested in, and one of those things was Columbine. Little did I know this would attract a ton of people to the site. Eventually it attracted the wrong type of people and led to the sites closure in 2006 (more details here). Luckily, it wasn't all a waste. The skills I picked up landed me a real job and career in software development. That's pretty much what I've done since. Throughout my life I've explored just about every political perspective and philosophy worth exploring, but I've always leaned more towards the right. That said, I'm not really a fan of labels. In my own private life I tend to be pretty socially conservative. My ideal world would probably be a lot like America in the 1950s. In other words, you'd probably find me boring lol. However, that's just my own preference. When it comes to the world we actually live in I don't support imposing ones views on others. I believe in maximum choice without infringing on another persons freedom, and feel the government should stay the hell out of peoples lives. So I guess that kind of makes me a Libertarian. As far as interests go, I'm a bit of a futurist, technophile, and space buff (read: nerd). The most important issues to me are things like colonizing other worlds, creating a sustainable civilization, and curing disease and aging. I'm a big fan and follower of the work Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla are doing right now. Outside of that I watch a lot of movies, geek out over DC Comics, build PC's, study history, and listen to a lot of classical, rock, and metal music. As for the Columbine shit, I could make excuses for why I used to be interested in that, pointing out that I was young, stupid, and also on Paxil CR at the time, but that wouldn't change anything. Simply put, I don't hold those views anymore and disavow anything I ever said on that topic.
  9. This is where you'd normally find a bunch of rules on how you can't talk about certain things or say anything vulgar, "sexist", "racist", "homophobic", or otherwise "offensive". We here at the Rebel Domain would just like to say... Fuck that. Say whatever the hell you want. Anyone who gets "triggered" by free thoughts and opinions, or needs a "safe space", should look elsewhere. The only "rules" we'll enforce will be against spamming, abuse of the site, or legal matters (so don't post shit that you know is illegal). Welcome to The Rebel Domain.