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Nick’s Not So Early Review – Alien: Covenant *possible spoilers*

Years ago when I saw the first “Alien” (1979) movie on TV I knew I had I watched one of the greatest sci-fi/horror films of all time. Still to this day, “Alien” holds up as a great film, even its 1986 follow-up, “Aliens”, is considered to be one of the best sequels and action films ever made. However, after “Aliens” the following 2 sequels, “Aliens 3″(1992) and “Alien: Resurrection” (1997) missed the mark and failed to reach the success that the first 2 movies had achieved. After 1997 is was safe to assume that another Alien movie would be kept in hypersleep and never seen again. That is until 2004 and 2007 when we were treated with 2 Alien vs. Predator movies. Well, apparently these reignited interest in the Alien franchise and in 2012 we were given the prequel that was “Prometheus”, which gave us the backstory and origin on how Xenomorph of the “Alien” series came to be. “Alien: Covenant” does in fact bridge the gap between “Prometheus” and “Alien”, but not entirely. According to multiple websites, Ridley Scott has plans for at least 6 more Alien movies. But let’s focus on the most recent one that was released on May 19th, “Alien: Covenant”.

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Metallica: WorldWired Philadelphia

There’s a mystifying sensation and surge of adrenaline when you know you’re about to witness something great. When I first began to discover and listen to heavy metal as a teenager there were 3 bands that started my obsession with the genre. Black Sabbath, the founders of heavy metal, Motorhead, and Metallica. Metallica has always remained somewhere in my personal top 5 all time favorite bands. Every day on my bus ride to and from school I was listening to something from one of their first 5 (perfect) albums, Kill ‘Em All (1983), Ride the Lightning (1984), Master of Puppets (1986), …And Justice For All (1988), and Metallica/The Black Album (1991). This last Friday, May 12th, I finally saw my metal heroes live in concert.

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The Booty Shakin’ Electric Factory Festival Experience

This last Saturday, 5/6/17, I attended the SOLD OUT outdoor festival at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia. A mere 6 months ago this festival wasn’t even scheduled to happen. By sheer happenstance 2 different tours were going to be in Philadelphia around the same time, Devin Townsend Project + Gojira + Opeth and Russian Circles + Eagles of Death Metal + Mastodon. Because all of the bands are friends and have mutual fan bases they decided to combine the 2 shows into 1 big festival at the Electric Factory. 6 bands, 8 hours of music, 1 stage, SOLD OUT.

This was my experience….

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