Too Dead To Die

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Andrey Deviance a.k.a. Too Dead To Die has crafted an electronic sound on his debut album “Murder On The Dance Floor” that can be described as both brutal and catchy. I believe I stumbled upon this guy a couple weeks ago on Spotify and have been entranced ever since. This album is jam-packed with danceable synth pop and fierce, but positive lyrics. The imagery conjured up with the album song titles is very dark, but the tracks themselves are fun and empowering. Fans of Aesthetic Perfection, Blood On The Dance Floor, and Ayria would enjoy Too Dead To Die.

Too Dead To Die

Andrey’s journey to music is pretty interesting. He comes from Russia and went to school to be an engineer. Instead of doing the sensible thing and becoming an engineer after he graduated college, Andrey decided to follow his dream of making music. I think that was a great idea. This album sounds like anarchy and anti-establishment, possibly stemming from Andrey’s rejection of corporate employment. My favorite song on this album, called “#Loud” (gotta love hashtags), is all about having your voice heard and fighting adversity with strength, not running away from your problems. Sadly, I can’t find this song posted anywhere, so I can’t share it. There are many positive messages such as this strewn throughout “Murder On The Dance Floor”.

Aw, “Nltl” talks about trying again and again and never giving up to reach your goals. Even sweeter when those lyrics are thrown against pulsating synths and followed up with Russian growls. Andrey has a way of showing both vulnerability and power in the same song. Imagine how hard that is when English isn’t your first language? My only complaint about this album is that I can’t understand the words sometimes through Andrey’s accent. I commend him for making an all English album. I wish I had a lyric book to follow, that’s all. I also love to collect physical copies of albums and his album isn’t even available in the U.S. So, I bought it electronically on Amazon. I really like to support new or unknown artists in any way I can.

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As with any musician I adore, I have to mention Andrey’s visuals. With his jet black hair, DIY skills, cyber gothy outfits, and use of skulls, spikes, gas masks, blood, and war imagery in his photos, Andrey is a lot like me. His first music video for “Another Sin” will be coming out soon and I’m excited to see these visuals come to life. You can see a smoking nun, dancing girls, and Andrey creepily holding a skull in the preview below. I can see from Andrey’s Instagram that he makes a lot of the props for his photos and such and I love that. He’s like a one man army. I think he looks similar to me, too. We’re both hot bitches. 😉

Too Dead To Die’s music could easily find its way into the music libraries of avid dance fans, Top 40 listeners, and cyber goths alike. “Murder On The Dance Floor” is a non-stop electronic assault that will get you singing along and stomping your Demonia boots. I personally use it as music for my workouts and it keeps me going strong all the way through. I’ll end this post with perhaps the lightest dance pop track on the album, called “The Only Summer”. Live in the moment and make this a great summer! And check out Too Dead To Die’s album! It’s perfect summer party music for us darker folks.

New Video: Corsets and Crossbones

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I’m really on a roll with making videos! In this one, I read my creepy short story “Corsets and Crossbones” while wearing my Poe shirt. I thought it was fitting.

As I appear to be on a video kick, I wanted to ask you guys if you like them? Are they entertaining? I’m definitely still going to write legitimate blog posts moving forward, but I’m really having fun with the videos as well. You can now see how crazy I actually am!

Until next time,

~Asylum

Artist Gertrude Abercrombie

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Gertrude Abercrombie was a very unique 20th century surrealist. I came across her paintings on Tumblr (where I find everything nowadays) and was fascinated by her unsettling self-portraits, mystifying themes, and dark, barren landscapes. I wanted to share some of her art with you all since I don’t think I ever post about art.

Country Fried

This painting scares me. I feel like the woman is going to be killed by the creeper!

Gertrude was born in 1909 in Texas. She moved a lot as a child. She loved jazz music, languages, and crossword puzzles. Gertrude took art classes in college and exhibited her art in galleries in Chicago and New York. In 1931, she got a job drawing glove advertisements for a department store in Chicago, where she spent most of her life. Gertrude also worked as a catalog artist for Sears. We all have to start somewhere. She was also quite the party girl and liked to drink, which led to a decline in health later in her life. A fun fact about Gertrude is that she was called a “witch” by children due to her dark clothes, pointed velvet hats, and large chin and nose. That supernatural vibe from her real life carries over into her art.

Gertrude, herself. She had unique taste in fashion.

Gertrude, herself. She had unique taste in fashion.

Shadows

Gertrude’s paintings combine fantasy and reality and she’s usually the only human present in them. I love that she painted lots of owls, cats, moons, clouds, white towers, Victorian furniture, weird trees, and magic and sorcery of all kinds. That subject matter is very appealing to me. Gertrude’s backgrounds and landscapes are very minimal, leaving the figures in a large, open space. There are always strange things happening in her paintings. Like, why is that horse half-in the house window and why is that creepy man chasing that women through the woods? Some of Gertrude’s paintings are genuinely disturbing.

White Cat

Adorable

Gertrude was known for playing with shadows and incorporating other paintings within her paintings. These elements force the viewer to analyze the painting in more than one perspective. But, I don’t think Gertrude wanted us to figure out what’s happening in her art. We must form our own interpretation of her glimpses into odd events. The mystery is just a part of the genius and keeps me staring at her work.

Tower

The girl is painting in the window. Nice detail.

Tacked

What do you guys think of Gertrude’s art? Would you want to live in one of her paintings? I think I might fear for my safety. 😉

Liebster Award

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Liebster Award

This is not the first time I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award, but it is the first time I’m going to actually answer the questions. 😛 I was nominated a very long time ago by manbehindthecurtain.ie, my dear friend who blogs about comics, art, literature, and strange (but good) music. I’m sorry I never accepted the award from you, but I will attempt to make it up to you by answering the eleven questions you came up with as well as the eleven that Miss Moogle UK asked me in her lovely nomination. Miss Moogle UK is a rad girl gamer here on WordPress and she also makes entertaining videos over on her Youtube channel. Thank you both so much for thinking of me. Y’all are amazing!

I’ll start off with the rules for accepting this prestigious award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

5. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll start with Tommy’s questions:

1.) Who do you think would win in a fight between Elvis and Satan?

~ Elvis. His hair alone would overtake Satan.

2.) Who is your style icon?

~ I have so many…largely the Goths I encounter on Tumblr.

3.) If you could marry one fictional character, who would it be?

~ Ariel from The Little Mermaid

4.) Have you ever had an encounter with the supernatural?

~ I don’t think so. I’ve been told that I am not sensitive to those vibrations. I wish I was!

5.) What is the strangest dream you’ve ever had?

~ I never remember my dreams.

6.) If there was to be a movie of your life, what genre would it be, who would play you and who would do the soundtrack?

~ It would definitely be dramatic (especially my teenage years). Sad in the beginning, but happy by the end. August Emerson or Thomas Dekker would play me. I picked them because they’re both hot and on the dark, feminine side. Depeche Mode would do the soundtrack.

7.) What’s your one most treasured article of clothing?

~ My eight inch Demonia platform boots, complete with crystal, lace and stud embellishments by yours truly.

8.) What is your theme song?

~ Right now, “I Blame Myself” by Sky Ferreira.

9.) If your reflection stepped out of the mirror, what would you do?

~ I would have a party with my new twin.

10.) Do you have any nicknames? How did you get them?

~ My family calls me Possum because I would always pretend to be asleep as a child. My other nicknames are too inappropriate to share. lol

11.) What does V.F.D. stand for?

~ Very Freaky Dude. That’s me!

And now for Miss Moogle’s questions:

1.) Do you have any pets?

~ One big, fluffy white cat named Ozzy.

2.) Name 3 things that are physically close to you.

~ Cat Post-it holder, Ouija wallet and a handmade pinwheel.

3.) What’s the weather like right now?

~ 75°F and sunny. Wish I wasn’t working!

4.) Do you drive? If so have you crashed?

~ Yes and never. I suck at parking, but I’m a good driver.

5.) What time did you wake up this morning?

~ 6:45am. Not okay.

6.) When was the last time you showered?

~ This morning.

7.) What was the last movie you saw?

~ Autumn Wanderer.

8.) What does your last text message say?

~ Haha damn straight! – from my bestie lol

9.) What’s your ringtone?

~ My phone’s always on silent or vibrate.

10.) Have you ever been to a different country?

~ Canada, if that counts.

11.) Do you like sushi?

~ Never tried it!

Here are my blog nominations for the Liebster Award:

~Blood, Lace and Faeries

~The Pinteresting Life of Gotha Stewart

~Michael Jack

~Kurolace

~Beausic

~Creative Dreamlands of Arathin

~Corpulens

~We’re All Mad Inhere

I haven’t seen posts from some of you in quite some time, so I’m hoping to wrangle you back to the blog world!

And here are my questions if you want to partake in answering them:

1.) What prompted you to start blogging in the first place?

2.) If you went to a psychiatrist, what would he/she say you suffer from?

3.) Who would you hate to see naked?

4.) What household chore have you never done?

5.) What is your favorite movie line or scene?

6.) If you had to dispose of a dead body, how would you do it?

7.) Do you have a place where you like to go and think? If so, where?

8.) To what would you like to devote more time?

9.) What is your favorite store to shop at?

10.) What is the wildest thing you would ever consider doing to your hair?

11.) What is the best quality you possess?

I can’t wait to see everyone’s answers!