It’s that time of the year again. This year has been really good as far as new releases are concerned, making the cut to five more difficult than usual. In fact, the margins between each spot are pretty thin. The deciding factor became which albums I listened to the most since their releases.

5. Overkill – White Devil Armoury
Bitter Pill


4. KXM – KXM
Rescue Me


3. Arch Enemy – War Eternal
Avalanche


2. At the Gates – At War With Reality
Heroes and Tombs


1. Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls
Hell & Back


What were your top five albums?

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A great war. A changed world. A soldier through it all.



Forgotten Soldiers: The Tyrus Chronicle - Book One is now available for your Kindle! Click here to purchase or borrow if you're a member of Kindle Unlimited.

A paperback version can be found here.

Forgotten Soldiers is the first book in The Tyrus Chronicles. Three more books are planned for this series: Wayward Soldiers, Resurrected Soldiers, and Forever Soldiers. The next two are scheduled for release next year.

Here's the description for Forgotten Soldiers.

The Turine army is on the brink of victory against the Geneshans. Sergeant Tyrus and his unit are tasked to steal an artifact from the enemy that some believe has the power to destroy the world. Taking such power from the Geneshans would end the decade long war.

Upon their success, Tyrus’s unit is among the first wave of soldiers discharged from the army. War has robbed him of time with his wife and children, but now the life he has dreamed of every day for the last ten years is just a long journey away.

Traveling home, Tyrus finds the world he left behind changed in ways he never expected. His own countrymen view returning soldiers as a threat. His own townsmen want to forget he even existed. Danger is everywhere. His dream is in jeopardy.

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These are my three favorite songs by The Doors. A great driving tune, a song that makes me wish they had done an entire blues album, and one of the most haunting, dark songs I’ve ever heard.

L.A. Woman

Roadhouse Blues (Live) (NSFW language on the intro)

The End

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Though there are more than enough Halloween and Christmas cartoons, there are only a handful related to Thanksgiving that I can think of. Below is a small clip from my favorite Thanksgiving cartoon. I dare you to watch it and not have that gobble at the beginning stuck in your head.

I haven't given a new series I've been working on a lot of space here on my blog. That series finally has an official name, The Tyrus Chronicle. The series follows the main character Tyrus through the ending of a long war and adjusting to the world of supposed peace.

The first book, Forgotten Soldiers, will be released some time in December with the second book, Wayward Soldiers coming a few months later.

I plan to work on both this series and The Epic of Andrasta and Rondel over the next year and a half or so.

I’m still working on the official description, but I’m pretty excited about the cover and couldn’t wait any longer to reveal it on my website.


The illlustration is by Mario Teodosio. You can see his other work here. As usual, the cover design is by my wife.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

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There are some songs that are just made to be played live. So much so, the live versions are far and away better than the album versions. Below are three examples that come immediately to mind.

Paul McCartney & Wings - Maybe I’m Amazed


Judas Priest - Victim of Changes


AC/DC - Thunderstruck


What other songs do you think fall into this category?

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It’s a Black Sabbath kind of day and Volume 4 was on my brain.

Wheels of Confusion/The Straightener


Supernaut


Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes

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