FEATURE: The Story So Far Cry // Hyper

Back in 2012 when Far Cry 3 was just a cool whisper on the island wind before it’d be a GotY typhoon, Ubisoft initiated Protocol Pre-Release Hype as big studios like to do because money and fame and bitches. Usually this will amount to a slew of carefully curated hands-on demos and maybe they’ll fly…

INTERVIEW: Benicio Del Toro // AskMen [video]

Been writing in and around entertainment’s mouth for so long I wound up as AskMen’s entertainment editor for about two years there. It was a funny time. John Cleese told me some incomprehensible shit on speakerphone once. I talked to Dolph Lundgren about chicks and muscles. Then there was Benicio Del Toro. I am not…

INTERVIEW: The Used’s Bert McCracken // Hysteria

Hysteria wanted to put The Used dude Bert McCracken and Parkway Drive man Winston McCall on the cover of issue #18 so they asked me, “Asshole, think of something.” Being a massive fucking genius I thought it’d be OK if we put Bert (who is tiny now he’s not a mad alcoholic anymore) in a shopping…

FEATURE: I’ve Failed, I Must Kill Myself // Hyper

Samurai were such badasses. Look at these guys, they have swords and hair and everything. Video games and pop-culture at large like to portray only the warlike and ritualised aspects of them, though. In truth, if you were a samurai bro and there was no fighting going on, life was boring as shit. And you…

INTERVIEW: Tool’s Maynard James Keenan // triple j

There’s this funny thing that can happen when you start hanging around music and writing about it and maybe feel like a cool badass for a while until you realise you’re still nothing and no one reads the byline: Certain bands seem to follow you around. Or you follow them around. Or they just find you, because…

INTERVIEW: Periphery’s Misha Mansoor (On Video Games) // Hysteria

Bahahaha. Periphery had a new record out and who cares, you’re gonna like it anyway or hate it anyway. That’s music innit. So I thought, “Man I know how much of a titanic dorkola Misha is, let’s talk about video games for half an hour.” I’d just heard him give Final Fantasy VII the treatment,…

FEATURE: Aaron Turner & the Life & Death of Hydra Head Records

A huge percentile of my record collection is made up of Hydra Head bands. Hearing Botch and Cave In back in the day drastically altered my small world and laid some hell seeds that’d later grow into a music taste tree nobody wants to hang out under. I think I was probably one of the…

INTERVIEW: Cook Suck // Acclaim

  There are a lot of voices out there trying very hard to be heard, but only some of them are worth listening to. Most of these worthy voices belong to people who are just that. They aren’t writers or journalists or whatever per se, they’re beautiful and unique snowflakes. Individuals with bugs up their…

INTERVIEW: Parkway Drive’s Winston McCall // Hysteria

Parkway Drive dropped Atlas circa October last year and y’know, Parkway. It was a big deal for everyone so I had to get schooled on this thing good and early. A bizarro turn of events meant I ended up hearing the finished product before the rest of the band themselves – except for frontjacket Winston McCall…

INTERVIEW: Trivium’s Matt Heafy // triple j

I’m not a huge Trivium fan, but I like Matt Heafy. The guy just does not give a fuck and does whatever. The net result is a love/hate thing, no grey area, no in between. It’s a good way to be, because who needs chaff for the sake of having more chaff than everyone else…

FEATURE: Bad Future :: Cyberpunk and Gaming // Hyper

There were some good things about the ’80s. Seriously man, there were. Okay maybe just one thing: Cyberpunk. Cyberpunk and Dragon. Excellent band. “Don’t you go out in the rain,” sang Dragon, but in cyberpunk there was never any place else to be. Perpetual night and drizzle and impossible cityscapes crowding the joeboys on street…