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Positively Power – ACDC

Right at a time when we all need a little positivity, the kings of rock deliver. ACDC has just released their newest album – Power Up. It packs punch. It pumps that positive, body twitching, head jerking ACDC electric juice through your entire body. Click on the quick vid below for a little sneak preview (I indulged in the hardcore fan package of the CD version).

Every tune shoots energetic vibes through the air for miles and miles. I don’t know how these guys are still doing it, but they are. Power Up is the seventeenth album of ACDC, and the tunes do not disappoint. Malcolm and Agnus, the brothers that initiated the spark that would become ACDC, co-wrote the songs. Malcolm sadly passed in 2017 of dementia. What a tribute to him.

I still get thrills shooting through my veins when I think back to the time I dragged my better half on a half day journey just to go and see these guys. It was pouring, I mean POURING, rain, but it didn’t slow them down. Angus trotted, danced, whipped his head around and convulsed in guitar god bliss across that slippery, rain drenched stage as it if were a slight sprinkle.

Even Rolling Stone acknowledges that they’ve never slowed down, and this new album is one of their best. Check out the full article.

So here’s to all those about to rock, all those who love dirty deeds done dirt cheap, and every raving fan who remains thunderstruck decades later!

Do you have an ACDC memory? Share in the comments.

Do you have a favourite ACDC track? Share in the comments.

Let’s keep the ACDC love going!

Get your copy of the Power Up limited edition deluxe lightbox by clicking the image below.

Bon (Demon) Julie’s 80s Metal Murder Birthday

It all began with some sweet birthday sugar from my lovely friends. I didn’t expect gifts. Especially not 80s metal, chocolate, flowers, and wheels of cheese gifts!

I woke up early, got some writing in, then braved the snow storm to get my free pie in a cup from Starbucks. Peppermint mocha. Yes.

At several times during the day, I fondled the hard cover copies of the Horror anthology I was recently published in. They arrived just in time for birthday fondling. And yes, I love the word fondling.

Mid morning was spin time! Pre burn for my birthday dinner. I paired the sweat fest with a movie suggested by my horror loving friend who knows my fetish for metal. The Green Room did not disappoint. And I quote, it’s like “licking the floor in a public restroom.” Ha. While watching it, I actually felt like I was back at Vern’s on the night of my book launch.

Then it was sprint time! Writing a chunk of words with my awesome Nanowrimo Bootcamp. They rock. And I got in a great scene started in the hospital after my main character gets attacked by a glowing purple monster fish with fangs.

After a warm bubble bath I had an experience beyond all with a small slice of the triple creme brie that my dear friends gave me. Oh. My. God. Once you have triple creme, you never go back.

Of course, the experienced wheel of cheese eater as I am, a beer pairing is a must. My special birthday pumpkin beer brewed by amazing hubby went perfectly with the triple creme. To top it off, I took in one of my fav rock movies, wrapped in a blanket, by the fireplace. I mean, cheese, beer, Marky Mark as a rock star…say no more.

Now, you’d think this enough, right? Nope. The evening was topped off with a wonderful winter walk, with hubby, up to a new restaurant near us. More cheese. Wine. Pizza. Limoncello. Walk home. What a day. And, no, there are no pictures of dinner. I didn’t look at my phone. I took in the evening.

What is your favourite birthday memory?

10 Days of Halloween – Wrap Up

It’s sad to say goodbye to my beloved Halloween for another year. But, as I look back on the last week, I realize I’ve had enough fun…for now.

Our pumpkin carving was a success. The new carving toolset is awesome! I can’t wait to stretch my limits next year.

Bake time was a blast, and it was delicious. Who doesn’t love feasting on the remnants in the mixing bowl?

I spent the whole day listening to Halloween songs, including my all time favorite.

And of course, I had some devlish fun on my makeup.

To top off this amazing week with an 80s metal cherry, Halloween Howler with Broken Toyz was a blast.

If you love Halloween as much as I do, stay here, and follow along on Facebook or Instagram, for plenty more spine prickling things….

10 Days of Halloween – Halloween Howler

Tonight is the Halloween Howler! What is the Halloween Howler, you ask? It’s a double header live 80s metal show! Adhering to the restrictions in place, a hotel in the downtown core of my city has found a way to support live music. Thus, my tiny entourage and I will be making our way down to the belly of the city, decked up in 80s metal gear, and watch two live bands prove that 80s metal is still alive!

Last week, when a multiple day snow storm hit, and winter descended upon us much too early, I thought, oh my, we will be huddling in our winter coats watching the show. You see, in order to meet the requirements, the show is at a hotel, the bands will be on the pool deck, and the fans will be watching from room balconies.

But then…the weather turned. The sun came out, the snow melted, and the day of the show is looking very promising indeed.

I am particularly excited about seeing Delicious Dan (yes, that’s my name for him). He was my favourite when I saw Broken Toyz at a small dive hot-boxed in sweat.

Here’s to Halloween! Here’s to 80s Metal! And here’s to making the best of life.

What activity are you looking forward to this Halloween? I would love to hear! Share in the comments.

10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

Only two more days until the spooky celebration of Halloween!

Are you ready, my little demons?

Today, I share with you a story that I wrote last Halloween. It’s creepy.

What are your favourite spooky stories? I’m always looking for more. Please, share with me in the comments.

Click here for the story – The Web.

In case you missed out on the previous days of Halloween…

10 Days of Halloween – Metal Murder Movie Time!

10 Days of Halloween – Movie Time

10 Days of Halloween – Music Mania

10 Days of Halloween – Pumpkin Carving

10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

10 Days of Halloween – Bake Time!

One of the best things about Halloween…the sweet, sugary treats! I love indulging for a day.

Of course, there’s the traditional Halloween candy, the gooey caramels and mini chocolate bars. But that post is for another day…

Today we talk about baking! Oh yes. Two Halloween’s ago, I made this cake. I was shocked at how simple it really was. And it was really delicious.

Last Halloween, I didn’t do any baking. So, this Halloween I am keen! My plan is to make luscious chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing. Since I love the Pumpkin King (and just might be dressing up as him this year – stay tuned), I’m going to decorate them like this.

As with makeup (10 Days of Halloween – makeup), you only need a simple set of tools, and little spark of creativity. Don’t be afraid, if I can do it, so can you!

What amazing treats have you baked Halloweens of the past? What are you planning for this Halloween? Share your photos or describe you luscious treats in the comments.

10 Days of Halloween – Metal Murder Movie Time!

Since this is the week leading up to Halloween, I’m devouring scary movies. I tend to stick to the ‘old school’ stuff. I love the 80s. This week I have ventured into the current year! Yes! And guess what? It’s not so bad.

Being an 80s metal head and a horror lover, I came across this absolute gem! If you love sassy characters, metal heads, and ritualistic murder…this is for you. Give it a go. The story is decent. I’ll admit, I was surprised a few times – the twists are well executed.

I LOVED the fact that it PROVED that metal isn’t dead. Really.

I LOVED the unexpected twists and turns.

I LOVED the unsettling ending…where you start to question what really happened.

Have you been watching scary movies? What’s your favourite? Any recommendations for Halloween night? I’d love to read your suggestions in the comments.

10 Days of Halloween – Music Mania

It’s almost Halloween!! Grab a handful of cheap, sugary candy from that pumpkin bucket and take a few minutes (well, 13 minutes and 42 seconds) to watch the full video (or shall I say mini-movie?). You can’t tell me you don’t want a creepy blast from the past…and a bit of sugar to put you in that Halloween spirit.

Now that you’re hopped up on sweet chocolate and caramel goo, why was (and still is…) Thriller so good?

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Image from tenor.com

Was it because of Michael’s sheer joy over seeing himself transform into a werewolf in front of the eyes of his sweet, pure girlfriend? I mean, c’mon, he’s clearly enjoying this! Or the incredible transformation, fur, nails, teeth and all? I mean, this was 1982.

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Image from tenor.com

Or was it the perfectly choreographed dance of the dead? These zombies had moves! And, of course, we were all in love with the way that Michael could slide across the dance floor…or the cemetery.

Or was it the fact that this video was 13 minutes and 42 seconds long? In a time when the video format was new, videos were short and full of glam, this one pushed the limits WAY beyond the boundaries. It was LONG. It was SCARY. It was completely different than any other video out there when it was released. Yet, it was a HIT! We all love it.

How about we sum it all up as a chilling, thrilling, mini-movie wrapped up in a video box? We all loved this tiny film. We all watched it over and over. And we also played that LP until it was scratched and jumpy.

Now get out of your chair and dance!

The 10 Days of Halloween in case you missed out – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4.

10 Days of Halloween – Movie Time

I love scary movies. What better time than Halloween to pour a glass of wine, turn off all the lights, and curl up on the couch for scary movie time?

Today, in true Demon Julie style, I’ll recommend the toxic cocktail – Devil’s Candy. Two parts heavy metal, one part murder, and laced with terror. In raw #MetalMurder fashion, the devil’s music possesses those who listen, morphing mere humans into killing machines.

It’s a rough, raw ride filled with horrifying images. It’s sure to send a chill up your insides. So grab a cocktail, butter that popcorn, and prepare your self for a scary ride!

What is your favorite scary movie? Share in the comments.

Miss out on the first three Days of Halloween? Day 1. Day 2. Day 3.

10 Days of Halloween – Pumpkin Carving

Who doesn’t love pumpkin carving?

We make it a family activity. These were our creations from last year. My hubby did the pumpkin King for me.

Here are my top three ideas for this year. I’ll do some more searching and then pick my favorite.

Have you started looking for ideas yet?

The tree and the wolf are tied for my top pick

You can keep it simple with a pencil and carving knife. This year we got this super affordable, beginner carving kit on Amazon.

Are you carving a pumpkin this year? What are your ideas? Do you do another activity instead? Share your photos and thought in the comments.

Stay tuned for more Halloween fun!

10 Days of Halloween – Day 1, Day 2.