All World’s Earthquakes In One Video

Whenever someone says the word “earthquake”, the first things that comes to our mind is catastrophes, destruction, and disasters. However, 422 South, a visual effects company based in the UK, released a mesmerising video showing all earthquakes that had happened since year 2000.

Interestingly, each earthquake is represented by a dot, and it will stay on the map. So eventually, you can see the areas that have frequent earthquakes compared to other locations.

Check out the video below:

Endless Forms Most Beautiful Album Review

Endless Forms Most beautiful album cover

As a Nightwish fan, I was looking forward to the first album with new vocalist Floor Jansen, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”. In fact, I have attended their concert in Lebanon two years ago, and was amazed by the talents of Floor Jansen, and this is why everyone was waiting for the new album.

“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” is not only a transition album with a new vocalist, but also a transition in the music, lyrics, and general atmosphere and feeling of the music. It offers a new style of poetry and bombastic music that took advantage of scientific inspiration and transformed it into beauty about nature and appreciation of evolution and how the universe works.

Definitely, like any other Nightwish album, the topic is more deep than the title or the lyrics. It holds several depths of general and personal meaning for Tuomas Holopainen, the writer of the songs. After listening to the album few times, you can clearly see how things get emotional at some point, and it is not difficult to guess to whom the words are directed against. Having said so, still the lyrics might have a completely different interpretation of the original writer.

The album starts with “Shudder Before The Beautiful” which has Richard Dawkins as a guest speaking in the beginning. The song reminds me of Nightwish old songs like “Ghost Love Score” or “Chest of Wonders”, where the bombastic start is followed by a more quiet transition and the finale. And let us not forget, the song mentions Oceanborn at some point, so is it a reference to the album “Oceanborn” or just an old Nightwish song?

Second in the album is “Weak Fantasy”. Well, this song can be first explained at how sometimes religious people start believing blindly in their religions and do not see the complete truth. Religion and God are not about torture, sins, fear, or hate. God is loving and caring, this is if we agree on the existence of God. Another interpretation can be personal for Tuomas, and refers to personal experience.

“Elan”, that was the first single to be released, comes to tell us about letting go of all worries and hardships we had in our lives. It talks about the free fall and giving up for the moment and experiencing something we never dared to do before.

After “Elan” we arrive to “Yours Is An Empty Hope”, which ignited many debates and fueled the excitement of many die-hard fans. Floor Jansen growls and shows a wide range of vocals. Honestly, the song reminds me of “Wish I Had An Angel”. Reminding someone of how heavens is, and all the things they could have received. This song is a very personal song, and this is why Tuomas left it open for interpretations. I won’t say what my opinion of the song is, because I took it very personal (excuse me for this).

“Our Decades In The Sun” is a powerful emotional song about the parents and it really touches the smoothest places in your heart. Then we have “The Walden”, another mature song from Nightwish about life and dreams and the feeling of achieving something in one’s life.

“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” takes us on a long journey about life, evolution, universe. It has the general theme of the album and summarizes quite few of the important faces of the new music of Nightwish.

Then, “Edema Ruh” and “Alpenglow”, two of my top favorite songs of this album. I really liked the music of “Edema Ruh” and the general meaning of the song. It speaks for itself. Tuomas does know how to touch those deep feelings in your soul. Similarly, “Alpenglow” offers a nice ride into how the band sees itself roaming in this world, spreading their music all over the world, and behind all mountains.

Inspired by the National Geographic cover of Sharbat Gula’s piercing eyes, “The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula” delivers a nice and emotional melody about the suffering in the world. Because it was difficult to describe all this in words, Tuomas decided to keep it as music only. Still it is highly expressive of its true meaning.

And to end all of this, “The Greatest Show On Earth” ends an epic album with a grand finale (these songs are getting longer from one album to the other?). Take a ride through the history of our universe, and our beloved planet Earth. This is a proper finale for such an album!

Definitely this is one of the best albums by Nightwish! To be honest, I got hooked on all the songs of the album since the first time I listened to it. You can clearly see how the band matured and the amount of work they did in making it something so beautiful and attractive.

This is my humble opinion about the music, and as I said several times before, the lyrics are open to different interpretations and explanations. Isn’t this what we all love about Nightwish.

Happy listening metalheads!

 

How Our Brains React to an Incredible Reading Experience

Have you ever felt “taken away” or “overwhelmed” when reading a fictional book? Some people really get lost into the book and lose focus on their surrounding. Personally, I have felt this so many times when reading outstanding fictional work, such as the writings of
J. K. Rowling and Dan brown.

Interestingly, the science behind these feelings is not clear yet, so a group of scientists at the Free University of Berlin decided to decipher and uncover the reasons why the brain reacts this way.

The main findings mentioned that these fictional stories with a lot of emotional content prompt the readers to feel empathy towards the protagonists.  And such feelings are activated by a special neural network located in the anterior insula and mid-cingulate cortex regions of the brain. The participants were given short paragraphs from the Harry Potter book series, and the content from these paragraphs ranged from emotionally neutral or fear-inducing.

This is, of course, no surprise, but what’s interesting is what was going on in the participants’ brains. The fear-inducing passages were actually triggering different neural pathways into action that the emotionless, neutral passages were not.

Within Temptation Reveal Release Details + Guest Musicians for New Album ‘Hydra’

Within Temptation have announced that they will release their sixth studio album, ‘Hydra,’ on Jan. 31. In addition, the Dutch band has revealed some unexpected surprises in the form of guest appearances on the disc.

Known for creating their own brand of symphonic metal, Within Temptation have a few surprises in store on ‘Hydra.’ The guest list includes collaborations with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones and perhaps the most surprising of them all – hip-hop artist Xzibit. The set also includes the recently released track ‘Paradise (What About Us?)’ featuring former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen.

Xzibit joins forces with Within Temptation on a track called ‘And We Run,’ a song described by frontwoman Sharon Den Adel as an anthem about how to live your life. “He’s rapping at full force on this song, it’s really heavy,” says Adel. “Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we’ve never had before! It’s a new cross-over and we love it!”

Jones’ contribution comes on ‘Dangerous,’ one of the heavier tracks on the disc. “I always loved Howard’s voice,” shares Adel. “He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we’ve ever written. It has the most bass drums we’ve ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It’s not a typical synthesizer, though — it’s distorted like a guitar, and it’s very aggressive.”

‘Hydra’ is currently available for pre-order in two different luxury formats – a digital premium version and a deluxe box set. The digital premium version also contains a handful of cover tunes including Within Temptation’s versions of Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ and Lana del Ray’s ‘Summertime Sadness.’ Get full details on the album, as well as the pre-order info, at Within Temptation’s official website.

‘Hydra’ Digital Premium Album Track Listing:

1. ‘Let Us Burn’
2. ‘Dangerous’ (feat. Howard Jones)
3. ‘And We Run’ (feat. Xzibit)
4. ‘Paradise (What About Us?)’ (feat. Tarja)
5. ‘Edge Of The World’
6. ‘Silver Moonlight’
7. ‘Covered By Roses’
8. ‘Dog Days’
9. ‘Tell Me Why’
10.’’Whole World Is Watching’ (feat. Dave Pirner)
11. ‘Radioactive’ (originally performed by Imagine Dragons)
12. ‘Summertime Sadness’ (originally performed by Lana del Ray)
13. ‘Let Her Go’ (originally performed by Passenger)
14. ‘Dirty Dancer’ (originally performed by Enrique Iglesias)
15. ‘And We Run’ (evolution track)
16. ‘Silver Moonlight’ (evolution track)
17. ‘Covered By Roses’ (evolution track)
18. ‘Tell Me Why’ (evolution track)
19. ‘Paradise (What About Us?) ‘(feat. Tarja) music video (exclusive to iTunes premium version)

‘Hydra’ Deluxe Box Set:

-’Hydra’ 18-track album including bonus tracks in the form of a media book with a hot foil print cover, featuring a 100-page booklet consisting of unique photos
-Double gatefold black vinyl version of the album including bonus tracks
-Instrumental version of the entire album
-Songbook with sheet music of the songs of the album
-’Hydra; guitar pick
-Packaged in an especially designed LP-sized box

Watch a Preview Clip of Within Temptation’s ‘Hydra’:

So who is excited?

40-Year-Old Man Has 21 Miley Cyrus Tattoos

Some real fans go crazy sometimes to show their love to their favorite artists,  bands, and idols. Everyday, you meet a lot of people with tattoos for Pink Floyd, The Beatles, etc. And such things are getting more “okay” with time.

However, as as more “adults” show off their tattoos for the old artists, teenagers are more declined to ink their bodies with the now-famous artists and singers. For example, it would be completely fine to see a teenage boy with a tattoo for Lady Gaga, or a girl who has inked her body with a picture for Justin Beiber or One Direction. But the 40-year-old Carl McCoid decided to over do it.

Not only McCoid has inked his body with tattoos for Miley Cyrus, he has 21 tattoos!

Some of the tattoos that McCoid has are a huge “BANGERZ” written across his back, a big “M” inked at the bottom of his back, and the star’s name written in gothic typeface on his chest.

And his latest tattoo is a black and white portrait of Miley.

What do you think? Feel free to comment.

Blessed Be )O(

 

Underwater Sculptures That Will Amaze You

I was surfing the net when I came across these beautiful images for underwater sculptures that will awe you!

Truly beautiful and majestic 🙂

A starfish attracted to the beauty of this statue representing a nun

A starfish attracted to the beauty of this statue representing a nun

Look at all those faces!

Look at all those faces!

So what do we have here? I can't really tell

So what do we have here? I can’t really tell

Faith, even at the bottom of the sea!

Faith, even at the bottom of the sea!

Eating hamburgers and watching TV is also being done under seas!

Eating hamburgers and watching TV is also being done under seas!

 

I will call this one the Seashells Guy \m/

I will call this one the Seashells Guy \m/

Inspiration for writing is also present down there!

Inspiration for writing is also present down there!

And this is the sculpture putting the final touches on his masterpiece.

And this is the sculpture putting the final touches on his masterpiece.

Stay tuned for more awesome pics from all over the globe!

Blessed Be )O(

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Conjuring Movie Review

1044206_545052555556661_1884894832_nLast night I watched the premiere show for the new horror/thriller movieThe Conjuring” at VOX cinemas at Beirut City Center, and I completely fell in love with the story.

Having watched the trailer few weeks before, I was interested in watching this movie in particular as I have a passion for ghosts and demons stories (especially those that involve dead children :P). When watching the trailer I did not care much about the based on a true story part, as much I was interested in seeing who the demon will be. However, during the show, I was overwhelmed with the fact that this story is a real story about the Perron family in their Rhode Island haunted house and the help they received from the well known demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

The movie builds up slowly starting with strange occurrences, such as sounds, at 3:07 am, until it reaches grabbing and pushing the Perron family members.

One of the Perron's daughters sees the demon standing behind the door of her bedroom.

One of the Perron’s daughters sees the demon standing behind the door of her bedroom.

After the events become more revengeful and serious, the Perron family decide to get professional help from famous demonologists called Ed and Lorraine Warren. The latter explain to the family how hateful and dangerous is the spirit residing in their house.

At later stages of the movie we discover the history of the demon and how much powerful it is. And here the demonologists play a critical role in helping the Perron family get rid of it after it inhabits the Perron wife, Carolyn.

Lorraine Warren helping her husband in exorcising the demon.

Lorraine Warren helping her husband in exorcising the demon.

The evil spirit taking over Carolyn's body to achieve its demonic goals.

The evil spirit taking over Carolyn’s body to achieve its demonic goals.

In addittion to the curious case of the Perron family that this movie shows, another very interesting and mysterious case is revealed which is that of the haunted doll Anabelle.

This is not the real Anabelle doll. It is made scarier to fit more the movie.

This is not the real Anabelle doll. It is made scarier to fit more the movie.

the Anabelle doll holds a creepy mysterious story that is discussed a little bit at the beginning of the movie. In the movie, the doll is shown to be locked inside a glass cabinet in Warren’s occult museum at their house in Connecticut. Till today, the doll is still locked and the whole museum is open for the public.

The real Anabelle doll sitting still in Warren’s Occult Museum in their house in Connecticut.

Lorraine Wanner holding the real Anabelle doll after they received it.

In the end, I highly recommend “The Conjuring” for those that are addicted to horror/thriller movies. It will leave you speechless!

The fairy tale is true. The devil does exist. God indeed exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.” – Ed Warren

Blessed Be )O(