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Blast from the not so long gamer past: Hellboy:The Science of Evil

Posted in Cartoons, comic, dead folk, Movies, news, Old memories, Tv Shows, Videogame with tags , , , , , , on 01/29/2010 by Titus

Hellboy: The Science of Evil. A game that was released around the same time as the movie Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. I am a fan of Mike Mignola’s work and most of the Hellboy series and Del Toro’s work with movies. The game is produce by both Del Toro and Mignola. When released the reviews were harsh. IGN gave it a 3 out of 10 and so did much of the major game reviewers of the net.

Nazi1:"Should we help Claus?" Nazi2:"Shit dude I don't think that's a great Idea."

After reading said reviews I was shocked and displaced. I wanted to play the game for so long. I heard about and it seemed like a really great game. But take it from me most reviews aren’t true. All the reviews for Alone in the Dark said that the game was horrible and pointless. I disagree, I found the game to be interesting and very challenging. Sure it had it’s moments, but I got over them.

The game is made by Konami, a hit and miss company. Their only hits have been Metal Gear Solid, Zone of the Enders and something else that I care not to remember. But also to mention that this isn’t the first HellBoy game ever made. This is the second, but its possibly the last due to the fact that not many cared for this game. The first game; Hellboy: Asylum Seeker, which was for the playstation, but is a total flop, the graphics were horrible, character design was shit and it didn’t go very well. It can be downloaded on the playstation network I think. The game takes place mainly in Romania, but takes you to places like Okinawa, Japan and a Nazi castle. Hellboy isn’t always alone, he’s either having snappy comments about his enemies, dying people or just in general skeletons that he talks to. And there’s multiplayer for you and your friend(s)

Now this happens when you don't have friends, you being the frog monster

Like I said the game is a general Beat ’em up and of course I like the story that Mike wrote up for it. Your hunting down a witch in Romania, but it starts out in a graveyard. Later you flashback to 25 years ago when your in Japan stopping an Evil Nazi’s plan. Also the Nazi has a robot-Nazi-gorilla called number 4 working for him. Then you flash back to Romania. The story is very very good, but if your a fan of Hellboy and only enjoy anything that deals with the comics or movies then you shouldn’t play this game, but if your open minded about 3 separate stories, then you can play should play the game. But honestly, fanboys keep an open mind about this.

I loved the movies and I read a lot of the books, but to me the game is an extension, of the mythos. What gets me though, is why do many fan boys hate the game, but not the movies and animated movies? Meh, cant please them all I guess. The controls are able to getting use to, but the X button will be your best friend, next to the Y button. If you have seen the movies or read the comics, you know for a fact that next to the hand of doom HellBoy uses his gun to do most of the talking. You of course get to use his gun, and it’s many types of bullets. There’s explosive, shotgun, fireflies, crystals, flowers (don’t ask) and so on and so forth. The right hand does come in handy. When you click both sticks (hah) you go into Hellfire mode which doesn’t last long, but helps when your in a though spot.

The game, of course, does have it’s many of downsides. Let’s start with the ammo. Christ when it runs out, your fucked when you need. One part of the game has to make so frustrated about this one type of ammo that you need to go back and grab some more, but when it runs out. The Nazi zombies wont die.

Except for this guy. He wasn't a very good Nazi.

The combat isn’t that bad, there’s no combos, just only x-x-x-x then that’s it, a few Y’s here and there, but that’s it. Done. You can charge your right hand of doom, by holding down y, but your enemies can get a good hit on you by then. Sometimes, you can get achievements for doing stupid things like jumping off a cliff 20 times. Killing 25 or 10 or 50 enemies with certain weapons. I guess those can be good things, I guess. The game leaves out most of the characters that are able to be played. Like Abe and Liz. I’m a fan of Abe. Liz…not so much. Lobster Johnson, yeah funny haha, but total badass.

The enemies are difficult and very annoying. In the Romania level, when your in the town, Hellboy can be ridden by the homunculus (I think that’s what they are), they tell you the controls to take them little bastards off your back, but it rarely works. Also some of the boss battles, are short lived and aren’t very, boss like.

Then there are some who act like bosses, but die like bitches

The good side is that, it’s Hellboy, c’mon you can’t get more awesome than that. Your gun cant keep the enemies back so you can get a few good punches in there. The Y button also helps puch away a lot of enemies. The one-liners do help keep Hellboy more funny and well in character. The settings are great and right for the Hellboy universe. The enemies are cool and makes me love the game more. Since it’s a beat ’em up it has to be repetitive, it suits the game well. The character designs are almost reminiscent of the animated series ones. Hellboy’s finishing moves on his enemies are funny and badass yet repetitive. Some of the puzzles can be tricky, but everything has an answer and if you can’t get by them then just continue beating the ever loving shit out of your enemies with your fists, swords or the many types of ammo that’s at your disposal. The extras are fairly enjoyable. Behind the scenes, interviews and beautiful art.

Well at least he's already dead.

Now for the decision. The game offers up little bad gameplay and controls, but honestly it can be forgiven. The controls aren’t a complete train wreck and the graphics aren’t either. All I’m saying is that if it was suppose to look like the comics then it’d would either look like cel-shading or just sharp, but no it’s more of the animated movies kinda style. The music, direction and style is all picked out by Del Toro. After you immerse yourself within the universe long enough and have an open mind about what your playing then you stop caring about the little parts that are bad. The game should have been put out on the marketplace instead of being sold in stores. The setting and atmosphere keep me attracted, so does that art and characters. In order to love a game like this you don’t have to be a fan at all really. Yet if you want to be more understanding of the world and characters then you should probably start reading some of the comics and watch both movies and both animated movies as well, for good measure. If you played the game and disagree then fine. But give me your reasons why you hated it and don’t be a troll. Hellboy: The Science of Evil gets a 3 out of 5 in my book. Its a rental, or if you have sometime to kill or if your in the mood for a beat ’em up then go for it.

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Book of Eli Review

Posted in dead folk, Lectures, Movies, news, Old memories, Videogame with tags , , , , on 01/22/2010 by Titus

Pictured above: Awesome

The book of Eli takes place on the west coast of the post apocoylptic wasteland known now as America. Eli is the main character of the story. He carries a book that is the only of it’s kind since the War. The book holds the ability to save this wasteland and to rebuild the country, but only if it’s in the right hands. Yeah spoiler alert its a fucking bible, but like I said. Its The Last Bible in the World. They dont give much info about who we were at war with, but whoever they are they destroyed ever single bible, except that one, but because it was hidden under rubble.

The year is 2043 and Eli (whose name we find out later in the movie) has been literally asked by god to deliver the book to the location in which mankind is being restored and so is civilization. Eli, who is a complete stranger to us, is well gifted in almost every sense and in combat and firearms. So this movie insures the best action and best violence that a rated-R film can deliver. The movie is a drama/action flick that does the job right.

Much like any other post-apocalyptic world; you can see the destruction that the many nuclear winters have brought upon the landscape after the nuclear destruction to most of the world. So after many of the people who were put underground until the world was cleared, got out and started to rebuild they faced some complications such as
-Food
-Water
-Shelter
-Friends
-Family
-Money
-and much more
But this world isn’t like most of the movies, there isn’t zombies, monsters or anything out of the ordinary. It does have raiders and cannibals, but nothing mutated or horrific. So basically the movies is very down to earth in that sense of realism other than God talking, that’s just crazy.

Soon after witnessing a raping and a murder, Eli goes to a town to get his battery and ipod recharged. He sees the raiders that raped and murder that woman and her man. He goes across the street to get his canteen refilled and to deliver some holy mother of god asskicking to most of the people in the bar, because they wanted some of Eli as well. Soon the man who owns the town, Carnegie, wants to find the Bible and use it as a weapon and a force to rule over the town and many more of the people in the area. He soon discovers that Eli just killed the shit out of the guys in the bar and wanted to use Eli as a weapon of force to expand his little town, Eli denies, even when Carnegie sends his lover’s daughter, Solara, to seduce him, but as a man of god Eli denies it. Then afterward a war for the book starts.

The story is very unique, but very menial plot holes are here and there, but in order to get rid of them you have to use your mind and smarts. at first when I seen the trailer for the movie I thought to myself that it was basically Fallout the movie and I wasn’t very far from the truth. The script was written very well and that the badies of the movie were very pissed and evil that they lose a few guys just to get a book. Also Denzel also did a great job playing a religious badass. He did all his combat stunts and Eli was very loyal to the bible and did almost everything to keep it away from Carnegie and his men, who are illiterate.

The movie has some great explosions and violence, but it’s not on the gore level of Fallout or many action movies, its realistic and that’s what gives it its charm. The bleak and destroyed world is interesting and almost seems real. The movie itself has about two or three boring parts, but never stops with the intriguing dialog or Eli’s awesome ability to kick alot of ass. The ending though isn’t that bad, but almost leaves you wondering on if there should or shouldn’t be a sequel. The movie also reminded me of another post apocalyptic movie, A boy and His Dog. If you have not seen it yet and you love apocalyptic movies then you should check out both movies. I give the Book of Eli 3 1/2 cannibals out of 5.

Left 4 Dead 2 Review

Posted in dead folk, holidays, Movies, news, Old memories, Videogame with tags , , , , on 11/30/2009 by Titus

Last year a game was released. Left 4 dead. The wait of the game made many zombie fan’s mouths water with the thirst for zombie killing good. Both Pc and xbox360 owners were given the chance to kill as many zombies as they can. The game was phenomenal and gave Valve the chance to make more decisions with what the fans wanted in the sequal. And Valve didn’t disappoint.

Left 4 dead 2 was made and with it came a game that was to be able to make up for what Left 4 Dead lacked. In the first game, it had four separate stories. No Mercy, Death Toll, Dead air and Blood Harvest. The game had potential. Soon after almost a year, Valve released DLC for the game, to connect No mercy and Death Toll. Before that came a new mode called Survival. This DLC is free, unlike the DLC after it which were to be paid for. The game did great with the competition, but there were one problem I felt with it. It got stale and boring. I couldn’t play it after the multiple times of playing it over and over until I got tremendously bored and went on to play something else. There was almost no stories and the campaigns didn’t connect with each other therefore left me with a boring dull shell of what could be a fun zombie killing game.

Though many fans started a campaign to stop Left 4 Dead 2 from being made into a game and not simply DLC. But Valve just laughed at them and continued onward to making a great game. The game still had competition with Modern Warfare2, Assassin’s creed 2 and many other titles. But to some Left 4 Dead 2 is a great game and is a title that deserves to purchased. Now when I seen many of my friends playing it I was angry that I dont have the money to buy it, well after weeks of saving change and doing chores I bought the the game and here’s my review.

When I played and beat the first game I felt as if there was alot missing and those parts that were missing could be made up for with a  sequal. And they did! Left 4 Dead 2 takes place in the southern states of America. Just like the last game, after the opening credit which gives way for the first campign of the game. The game now gives you 8 melee weapons to slice, dice and general to killdeathmurder the zombies with. And once again, the game has loads of references to more zombie flicks. Saun of the dead:Cricket paddle. Dawn of the Dead(Remake and original):Mall setting and chainsaw (which honestly I think everybody wanted even if it isn’t related to the remake). ZombieLand: Highway part of the second campaign. There is more, but right now I’m focused on the game not the references. The game now does have a story that you can follow so play the campaigns in correct order.

The zombies are now more smarter like they were suppose to be in the first game. They now flood in from every open spot in the game, but I did see a zombie spawn once and die…it was like the game aborted the zombie. :C
Anyway, the graphics have been improved and the game seems more fleshed out then the last one. DLC has even been annouced due to one of the campaign’s iconic rock band. There are even two new type of ammo. Incidinary and explosive. But both are a pain to set up, but nice because you open the box on the ground so both you and your friends can take some. The game has little fun achievements in it. Like in the campaign Dark Carnival there are two achievement that you can get by playing two carnival games. This adds more to the replay value for me.

There are three new zombie types. Charger, Spitter and Jockey each new and vile in every sense. The game has the ability to make a simply little horde a living hell for you. The AI director can now recognize player stress levels and add more tension to make it harder for you to play against twelve or twenty zombies with addition of the three new and old special zombie types. Another new addition is the two new in-game modes. Survival which was originally a DLC for the first game and Scavenge mode. The game has alot more guns to kill with and a new grenade. Boomer Bile. You can pick these up when you kill a hazmat suited zombie. These grenades can attract normal zombies unto whatever you throw it upon. So if you have the grenade and there’s a tank in your way, so theres no funner way to kill it with other than Boomer Bile. You can watch that said tank be torn apart by common zombies. And alot of them will attack so there’s no chance of the tank fighting against the lots of them. Also there are clown zombies, they’re funny in a dark sense of humor, also they might be a reference to ZombieLand.

Left 4 Dead 2 is just another great game that is hidden by oh so many other great games. I reviewed this game because I wanted to show that this isn’t just some other shooters out there, this game is a shooter that has Zombies, Gore and isn’t Fallout3 or Modern Warfare2. I should though Review Assassin’s Creed 2 and Modern Warfare 2, but out of the sequals that came out Left 4 Dead 2 takes the cake…for now. I might just do a Review of Assassin’s Creed 2 and Modern Warfare 2 just for the hell of it. But if your bored of listening to others talk about what prestige they are in COD or what does The Truth mean then play Left 4 Dead 2. Its a fun and exciting game to play. I give this game 4 1/2 decapitations out of 5.

Borderlands Review.

Posted in comic, news, Old memories, Uncategorized, Videogame, videogames with tags , , , on 11/01/2009 by Titus

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Like what I did up there? (leave comments below.) When you see a demo of Borderlands you will see that it’s a cel-shaded pack of awesome. I knew that the game would be great, but never this great.

After the great intro that gives you a basic back story to what your character looked like before they grew up; images of them as kids looking like the way they are in the future, like a story book. Then it goes into role call, with a great song. The video goes through the people in which whom you can choose to play as

After I popped in the game I thought that the game was just going to be what it is from the beginning. something very predictable and repetitive, but to my surprise it’s far from that. Borderlands takes place on the planet Pandora. The planet is nothing pretty. Infact it’s almost savage and dangerous. And to survive you have to be savage and dangerous like the wildlife and those who in habit the lands. If not known for it’s dangerous wildlife Pandora is known for is the Vault. No not like the one from Fallout. This Vault is better! For those who reach it can have riches, women, power, technology and the power to rule over Pandora. Your character is hunting for said Vault, but your not the only one. An army called The Crimson Lance, borderlands-crimson-lance

which you fight near the end of the game. Now the Vault can be open every 200 hundred years and this is your chance to open it, but only if the Crimson Lance doesn’t get there first. Like every rpg you fight petty, weak enemies that over time gain strength and the difficulty level gets turned up. Now many say that this game is the first in First person role playing games. This is not true. Fallout3 is. But what Fallout 3 lacks Borderlands takes on. Multiplayer, skill resets, thousands of guns, insane amounts of enemies respawning, arenas, Humor, great references, four classes instead of a thousand, special abilities, so on and so forth. Now the humor if the game is great and funny the bosses have these intros that are great for a laugh

The enemies are randomly generated much like the guns in the game. Yet they are still put there so that you still get the ones that you are suppose to get. For instance: You can be fighting skags (alien dogs) when all of a sudden you have to fight a Badass Fire Skag. Shit goes down randomly, but awesome all in the same way. The guns are amazing some guns have elemental powers like acidic, fire, electrical and explosive. You have to stratagetic about what guns you use, what shields you purchase and where in you put your points in your skill tree. Some enemies are resistant against thier own element so be smart about your choices.

Multiplayer is amazing and never gets old. You can join your friends whether they just got started or need help finishing up the final boss. The fun never ends. I always want to play multiplayer so that I can level up and see which achievements I can get through it. If you dont have live or playstation network then there is always split-screen, but that’s never any fun. You can choose from four different classes, but you and your friends can be the same class so in the multiplayer department is lean. When you have your friends join your game the difficulty level jumps up abit, but alone there’s not much of a challenge.

The game has a few kinks to works out, but when you play this game for a couple of days and your addicted like me you dont care or give a rats ass. The comic book styling is great and never gets old. But the pop up isn’t entirely bad. If you have Xbox Live then you’ll get an update that will fix these problems, but if you don’t then your shit out of luck. Things get blurry, but the fix themselves out. There are a few glitches like for example. I was  in an arena, but I only fought one enemy…that was it I was trapped in that arena until I committed suicide.

The game is overlooked and is something that you should buy. The game is a must buy. The game has another feature that allows you to play over again once you beat it, but honestly I wouldn’t have enought time for that when I kicking ass with my friends. Sure many great mainstream games are pouring for the holidays, but this game is something you shouldn’t pass up. Dont rent it unless you have three weeks to rent it for but even so you shouldn’t rent it no matter what. I give this game 5 psychopathic midgets out of 5….oh wait that’s right there’s midgets in the game you can kill…

First comic evar!

Posted in comic, filler, Old memories, Uncategorized, Videogame, videogames with tags , , , , , , on 10/23/2009 by Titus

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Honestly if it wasnt for photoshop I could have never really done this. I know that I actually could have done this quicker and better in illistrator, but the whole photoshop 30 day trail thing was really nice and I might as well us up the days I’ve got left with it. Also, I love both of my consles very much, it’s just my wii I fuckin hate. I just need to do  something really quick and to see if it will work on this blog. And to my surprise it does! Expect more comics. F.Y.I the ps3 is crying because I am playing my xbox instead of it.

Halo3:ODST Game Review.

Posted in news, Old memories, Uncategorized, Videogame, videogames with tags , , , , , , , on 09/25/2009 by Titus
TIme to take back the city.

TIme to take back the city.

When you think of Halo you get the image of Master Chief in your head. Now that’s for everything or at least a Spartan image pops into your head.

But what if your wrong about a halo instead of Master Chief your put into the shoes of an O.D.S.T. an Orbital Drops Shock Trooper. You put in the middle of the ruins that’s called New Mombasa. Your the Rookie, of course. Your dropped in the middle of Halo2, right when a Covenant ship that your suppose to drop unto (I think) then uses slipspace to another Halo ring. The ship causes an explosion on large proportions and throws you and your team off course and into hell. After all that’s what ODST’s are called,”Hell Jumpers” they jump right into a hell zone. On arrival you find yourself stuck in your pod. This is the looking tutorial for the camera. You press the buttons to eject after that you find a health pack. A little bit into the game you find out that you have an entire city to explore. And what would a Halo game be without The Covenant forces to give you a challenge.

As You progress through the game you have to find your lost team mates who are lost as well, but it’s nothing as to finding them then you have a party kinda deal it’s more in the Flashbacks when you find their equipment that’s been left behind. That’s right your playing detective and along the way you can find audiofiles of a women.You get a new feature it’s a visor that helps you out. It helps you find enemies, audio files and the such.

I find that the mixture of flashbacks of the other ODSTs is just a great way of story telling. In these flashback I kinda felt that they do have personalities and they aren’t just ODSTs they’re human.

During these flashbacks you find yourself placed in different parts of the city helping out marines fight against the Covenant forces. Every soilder has a story and at the end they all collide. It’s a great way of telling the stories and having good gameplay. Also you have a great actor Nathan Fillion playing voicing an ODST.

Now I have one problem with the Covenant forces you fight. The Brute forces arn’t really suppose to be there just yet, you still have to fight against The Elites before Brute, you see none of the Elites, just their dead bodies.

I really can’t find anything really wrong about it. Infact this is a contestant for My game of the year Awards. If you have played Halo:Combat Evolved and remember the health packs you needed in it then you have the same problem here, finding the fuckers aren’t all that difficult! You get a new enemy as well, the engineers become weapons this time around, they give the covenant forces extra shield strength. The game has much to offer this time around. It started out as a quick download off the Xbox live market place to a full fledged game that has greatness in it’s very soul. It’s a new twist to a great game series. Halo was getting old, but now it’s been refreshed. I thank Bungie for giving Halo another couple of games before they suppository stop the Halo making and cranking out new stuff.

Bungie I belive that you have not giving up on Halo, not because of the money, but really for the greatness you still have to offer the world. That and your still rising up in the world, I know about the Seven Steps. Trust me Bungie, I know.

You say you want a revolution? Well here you go.

Posted in dead folk, holidays, Lectures, Movies, news, Old memories, Tv Shows, Videogame with tags , , , , , , , , on 09/09/2009 by Titus
Abbey road.

Today is the day in which The Beatles are celebrated. 9-9-09 must be a special day for everybody, but today Im really happy for today The Beatles rock band comes out and kids who are younger than my age and kids who are older than I, can play this game and experince the beautiful music that was a revolution of our parents.

I was a sore and rash child when it came to old music, but when my mom left my family I start to bond with my dad as I kept growing I noticed something. The Beatles are in everything that I love, even in metal. The Beatles are the greatest band of all time. I can say that Metallica can go fuck themselves, All the bands today can go fuck themselves. I will take it back because mostly every band is influenced by The Beatles. If your music is not influenced by The Beatles then that’s not music, thats nothing even close to music.

I love The Beatles, I’ve met people who are against The Beatles, but hey that’s their opinion not mine or the millions of others. I think that if you don’t like The Beatles, give The Beatles a listen. Give it a try dont hate them and call them false rock, how can they be false when they’ve effected the world. I’m happy as hell today.

I will tell you my top Beatles Songs.

  • Let It Be.
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • With A little Help From My Friends.
  • Revolution.
  • A Day In The Life.
  • Come Together.
  • Dear Prudence.
  • Yellow Submarine.
  • Got To Get You Into My Life.
  • Hey Jude.

Now my list can be mixed up, changed around, but the matter still remains. I love The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrason and Ringo Starr are musical Genuises. I love my dad for getting me into The Beatles.

I can tell you that the game is already good in fact really fucking Wonderful. The game was basically put in motion by the son of George Harrison if Im correct. The game take you through the fab four’s band life from The Caverns to the Apple-Records Building. Take a guess  on what the last song is. I’ll wait… the song is….End. Yup, what a way to go with the song that’s called End. And no the game doesn’t take you through the solo careers of the band members. If it did Im sure that the game rating would be changed to a possible T.

The Beatles have put out alot of albums and today you can own all of those albums. If you have a spare 200.00 dollars on you and want to give The Beatles a listen then get that box set. Im still just going to by the albums seperate from the box unless the box set drops to a price of 28.00 or something below 100 dollars then I’ll buy it.

Well I just want to say that The Beatles cause a revolution. They made movies, they have movies made about them and thier songs. Check out Across the universe, the movie is just great. Dont check out the movie called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, that features the Beegee’s and remakes The Beatles’s songs into disco songs *shudder*. When The Beatles broke up we didn’t lose the band. We still have the band that reaches across the universe. The Beatles broke up, but we got solos that still affected the world. We had John Lennon, who still made a big diffrence in the world. Paul McCartney made Wings, a band that made a couple of songs that I like. Ringo Starr starred in a movie. George Harrison was still being badass.

We didn’t lose the music, but we did lose the men behind the music. George Harrison died of cancer, personally I like George. Him and Paul. Then we have the most tragic news that ever happend, John Lennon was shot and killed. He was going solo and had a song and movie called Imagine. He married Yoko Ono, Im getting into her backround, hate her abit. And he had a son, Sean Lennon. He left us too soon.

The music has influence everybody from school girls to hippies to kid of this generation. You can be as high as a kite and get what The Beatles are trying to say. Given that being high as a kite and listening to Helter Skelter isn’t a good idea, here’s a little known fact. Charles Manson, listened to Helter Skelter alot. I mean he listened to it backwards and found messages in there, well then again he did carve a swastica in his forehead.

Back to the main part before the whole Charles Manson thing. You can be either high as a kite or down on the ground to understand what The Beatles mean. To listen to The Beatles you don’t have to be in the time of free love and Richard Nixon. You can be here and now in the present to be with the past. The Beatles to me are the greatest band in the world, their music are an inspiration to millions and nobody is better than The Beatles. All genre of music can be afflicted by them, but can’t be better. I mean they have a great ass cartoon made after a fucking great song. Look for the movie The Yellow Submarine.

The Beatles are the ones that gave our parents happiness when high and not high. They gave me music to know that there is still love in the world and it’s still going strong. When I listen to Hey Jude I cry a little because it’s such a wonderful song and it reminds me of the good times in my life. When I listen to A Day In The Life I feel like Im on a drug trip just with out the effects of losing my mind. When I listen to Revolution I feel empowered and want to move forward with no stop.

The Beatles. Rock that will never stop making it’s mark in the world. Rock that is a revolution to the universe.