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Rui Alves

Worshiping ancient mythical creatures to extol Lovecraftian landscapes

Dani Filth from Cradle of Filth on the left against red background on stage. Artwork from The Manticore and Other Horrors on the left showing a female figure with fiery horns and wings.
Dani Filth from Cradle of Filth on the left against red background on stage. Artwork from The Manticore and Other Horrors on the left showing a female figure with fiery horns and wings.
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Cradle of Filth (COF) broke the tenth album milestone with A highly symbolic number that marks the closing of a cycle while gazing into the future.

Thus, the album revisits the usual leitmotivs from the band’s uncanny musical universe. However, the tracks are more “user-friendly” in comparison. As for the concept behind the music, doesn’t dwell around a specific topic. The title is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s and COF revealed that the new work resembles a “Bestiary.” …


Sexuality

Stop giving head and start blowing his mind: 10 breathtaking techniques to make him nut without losing your breath.

Beautiful fire-breather swallowing a fire stick and extinguishing it with a blow from her mouth.
Beautiful fire-breather swallowing a fire stick and extinguishing it with a blow from her mouth.
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There’s no science about giving head; blowjobs suck! Says the guy that has lost count of how many blows he took to the head.

You will get around 20 million hits in about 0,49 seconds if you google “blowjob science.” I will bet that +90% of these so-called “blowjob science” articles are nothing more than bro-science gibberish written by bald men in their forty’s like myself.

Wow! That’s a lot of discussion about something that the average human being can take from soup to nuts in just 3-4 minutes or less, with the best performance outcome lasting from between five…


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Teacher and life-coach specialized in strategic communication and self-development, and a graduate of the University of Porto, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Now a senior partner of Rock n’Heavy magazine and the founder of ZENite.


Internet History

404 Page Not Found: Maybe the actual story behind the error wasn’t a room at CERN but had wings to fly

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The hideous error has haunted screens worldwide for decades. Although many users remain unaware of the lore behind the code, the “last page of the internet” had too many hits during the last 30 years, paving its way into pop culture as the ultimate internet urban legend.

We don’t realize it, but these error pages get countless hits, as most websites can have several new broken links every day. Furthermore, web pages that pre-date 2005 will also give us straight access to the “HTTP 404 Not Found” graveyard. …


Music

Paying tribute to Chester Bennington

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was the fifth album released by Linkin Park, the American rock band from Agoura Hills, California, that broke barriers between rock and hip-hop and opened our minds to an all-new spectrum in music.

The album shows Linkin Park going “back to basics” and stripping the songs of all superfluous elements. It is no wonder that the album is full of immediacy, with tracks overlapping in rapid-fire.

There is now a greater diversity implicit in the band’s referential palette. has, in certain moments, musical echoes from the eighties and nineties. …


Music

Reviewing the final chapter from the hallucinogenic musical universe of 777

777 Cosmosophy artwork by Blut Aus Nord

Band: Blut Aus Nord
Album. 777 Cosmosophy
Release Date: September 21, 2012

Introduction

Blut Aus Nord, one of the most avant-garde examples of contemporary heavy music, continues to lead us through surreal soundscapes architected by Vindsval and disseminated via Debemur Morti Productions.

Timely released at the moment when the solar instance of summer gives way to the autumnal cycle of death and decadence,, the third chapter of the 777 trilogy (started with on April 28, 2011).

The band continues to explore uncharted terrain in the universe of metal, escaping overly simplistic cataloging due to its cryptic nature…


Music

‘Ukon Wacka’ is the seventh studio album by the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani

‘Ukon Wacka’ cover art by Korpiklaani
‘Ukon Wacka’ cover art by Korpiklaani
‘Ukon Wacka’ cover art by Korpiklaani

Review

Band: Korpiklaani
Album: Ukon Wacka
Release date: February 4, 2011

Introduction

Korpiklaani reinvented their creative process with . After “Karkelo,” a more cautious album comes this musical “Bacchanalia” that quickly entices those who have the pleasure of listening to these songs. The album recalls medieval settings where Húscarls swarm brandishing double-bladed axes or pagan celebrations around mugs of mead.

As such, Korpiklaani, the forest clan, again invites us to a celebration filled with excess, where Sahti (Nordic beer) overflows, and beautiful deities dance to the rhythms of humppa.

Track-by-track analysis

The opening track, “Louhen Yhdeksäs Poika”, features Korpiklaani laying down some of…


Music

‘Fortitude’ by French Metal band Gojira’s is currently the highest-selling album in the US

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2021 is turning out to be an excellent year for rock and heavy music, with several albums scoring high on the official sales charts worldwide.

In February, the tenth studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters, , debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Landing 70,000 equivalent album units, 64,000 of which were album sales, making it the week’s top-selling album.

Afterward, in March, the fifth studio album by gothic rock band Evanescence, , made it to the eleventh position. …


Follow this 60 minutes routine to upscale your game and boost your health and wellness

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Did you know that a day isn’t a full 24 hours? It takes 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.2 seconds for the Earth to rotate once. Time is ticking, so let’s shake our tail feathers and stop procrastinating. We’ve got less than 24 hours to get things done.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. “— Steve Jobs

Let’s get down to business

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, early in 2020, I promised to do six possible things before breakfast during the next 365 days. I’ve now closed the circle and kept my promise. …


Business

Discover the productivity mindset that inspired me to scale up my game during a crisis and how it may help you too

Three army soldiers lining up as they embark on a mission at sea in full combat gear, looking like black shadows against the grayish sky.
Three army soldiers lining up as they embark on a mission at sea in full combat gear, looking like black shadows against the grayish sky.
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I joined the military in 2006, served in a moment of world crisis, and learned many life-changing lessons. But it only took a powerful insight to change my civilian life forever.

Serving in the armed forces made me a better human, but after seven years, my commission was over; hence the army discharged me. Afterward, life took a downward spiral. I was unemployed and living an unmeaningful life; therefore, I faded into depression.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.”

— Lewis Carroll

Back then, my life was a continuous cycle of failed job opportunities. Until…

Rui Alves

Teacher, Life Coach, Ex-Army | World citizen, PT / HQ | Writing to find the surrogate writer in me!

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