Interactive “Metal for Dummies”

Yeah, Yeah, it’s been a while. I’ve been busy! With metal stuff, of course.

My latest project is an interactive “metal for dummies” program that is meant for a touchscreen. Since I’m creating it in Flash, it will also work on the web. The main screen features 14 buttons that correspond to a metal subgenre. Clicking on a button will take you to that subgenre’s page. On that page is a brief description of the subgenre, an image of a representative band, and three buttons that will play one minute clips of songs typical of that subgenre. I’ve done most of the grunt work for this program already, and I’m currently in the process of putting it all together. It will be posted on my website when it is finished (and I’ll let you know on the blog when it’s up). In the meantime, here are some images of the interface:

subgenre interactive main screen

subgenre interactive black metal screen

Not much going on in metal news that I’ve found. I have, however, been listening to a lot of new bands lately.

Here’s a few:

The Cast Pattern – A metalcore/mathcore band out of Lawrence, KS. Often compared to The Dillinger Escape Plan. I saw these guys at the Black Dahlia Murder show in Lawrence a while back (although I couldn’t remember their name at the time). Very tight and very heavy. They have a new album due out in May. I was duly impressed with their live show. I’ll definitely be picking up their album.

Origin – Another Kansas band. They’ve been around for awhile, but I just got hip to them recently. Super heavy and technical death metal. Something like Necrophagist meets Hate Eternal. They have a new album out as well, called Antithesis.

Cephalic Carnage – Yeah, I finally jumped on the C.C. bandwagon. For those who aren’t familiar, Cephalic Carnage is a grindcore/technical death outfit. The earlier stuff is more grindcore, later is more technical death. All of it is outstanding and tight as hell.


~ by mikehill25 on April 30, 2008.

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