Album Review: Battery Cage – A Young Person’s Guide to Heartbreak

Battery Cage’s a Young Person’s Guide to Heartbreak is Metropolis Record’s accidental foray into emo territory. Anthony Michael Hall Tyler Newman and his friends from 16 Volt open the album with “This Party Sucks, Let’s Leave.” Setting the tone to the remaining 18 tracks.

Tyler Newman (Center) and the members of Battery Cage join the guy from Jamiroqui and his stupid hat. The band toured for three and a half hours before bitching about it and going home.

We have to give Battery Cage credit for tricking Metropolis Records into their first industrial-emo release. They beat Daniel Graves to the punch while only sounding slightly less depressing than 90 percent of VNV Nation’s catalog.

This is not Battery Cage.

A Young Person’s Guide to is what you’d get if you took Nine Inch Nails’ breakup album Pretty Hate Machine and added real guitars. In fact, Mr. Newman once told Side-line magazine, “We broke into Trent Reznor’s million dollar home in Los Angeles and managed to find a bunch of unused sessions from Pretty Hate Machine. I don’t know about you, but I liked Pretty Hate Machine. So we used that shit.”

The track breakdown is as follows:

1. This Party Sucks, Let’s Leave – Tyler bitches.

2. Hustler – Tyler bitches.

3. Single – Tyler bitches with the help of a chick.

4. I Want To Take You Home – Tyler gets laid. Bitches about it.

5. Chemically Enhanced – Tyler bitches.

6. Something Wonderful – Tyler bitches.

7. Lethal Angel – Tyler bitches.

8. We Need To Talk – Tyler tells me it’s just not working out.

9. Compulsive Behavior – Tyler bitches.

10. Music To Slit Your Wrists By – Tyler bitches.

11. Crush And Spurn – Tyler bitches.

12. You Ruined It – Tyler bitches.

13. Giving Up On It All – Tyler bitches.

14. Do You Even Remember Me – Tyler bitches.

15. Shot 23/24 – Tyler bitches.

16. All Because Of You – Tyler bitches.

17. A Desperate Cry For Help – A 2-hour drum solo that would make Tommy Lee jealous.

18. This Life Sucks, I’m Leaving – Tyler bitches about the drum solo.

19. Fatal Skull Penetration – Tyler gets penetrated. Bitches.

Overall, it’s a great album. They’re songs we can all relate to at 15, and the longest track, a 2-hour drum solo, sounds magnificent on my computer speakers. Still, those familiar with older Battery Cage’s Product or even some of his work with Informatik will be upset to know that they can’t blast this during Goth Nights at Club Manhole. I definitely give Battery Cage more credit than Spotify for putting them in the same field as Dawn of Ashes. Nobody, not even Battery Cage, deserves to be judged that harshly. Even if they are emo.

Somewhere, Tyler Newman may be reading those words. And trust me. They must sting. No matter who you are, take solace in knowing that you’ve never been compared to failed Marilyn Manson audition supergroup Dawn of Ashes.

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Beloved Street Fighter character tests positive for steroid use

Japan — Street Fighter’s Ryu has tested positive for steroid use, sources have confirmed.

With Street Fighter V in production, combatants from all sides of the world must train to look their best. With so much on the line, the world warriors are willing to go through great lengths to win.

The aging fighter, who turns 51 this month has been bare-knuckles brawling since 1987 alongside his longtime training partner and friend Ken Masters.

“I knew something was different about him once his forearms became larger than his head,” said Masters. “Still,the guy is like a brother to me, and I know he trains hard and works hard. Steroid use isn’t uncommon in the Street Fighter tournament.”

“I won’t name names,” said Masters. “But they’re out there — they know who they are.”

Ryu could not be reached for comment at this time.

We have reached out to Capcom for further comment.

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It’s that time of year again

It’s E3 time again. Fallout 4 has already been announced, Sony may unveil a 1TB PlayStation 4 and the surprises will keep coming.

I haven’t been particularly excited about an E3 in some time. The surprises were always gone by the time the event came around, and the major console makers had already revealed their latest machines.

This time, even though I’m not the giddy little blogger I was seven years ago, I am genuinely looking forward to hearing more details about some of the upcoming games, especially Fallout 4.

I’m also interested in another 4. Uncharted. The gameplay demo I saw sometime back was beautiful. Naughty Dog has been nothing but great since the Crash Bandicoot days, and nothing short of phenomenal since the release of the first Uncharted.

Also in the pipeline is Apple’s WWDC 2015. Typically,its platform for announcing new software. We should get a glimpse of the next version of OS X and iOS 9 (Bug fixes, please!).

Everyone was expecting a new Apple TV, but it seems like this may not be the case afterall.

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Worth checking out: The Gaming Historian

I recently stumbled onto a YouTube channel for The Gaming Historian.

I’m enjoying it so far.

I’ve read a lot of book on the history of videogames, so there is quite a bit I’ve already learned about. Still, he has entertaining videos.

His videos so far seem relatively family-friendly. That’s quite a change from a lot of the stuff I watch on YouTube. Not that I’m against bad language. It’s just a nice change.

Here is his website: http://thegaminghistorian.com

You can also check out his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/mcfrosticles

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“Chewie, we’re home.”

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This was worthy of coverage

Hillary Clinton’s lunch at a Chipotle was worth 600 words to a New York Times writer. I’m not going to bother linking to it.

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