The Quickening: Skillet

skilletSkillet has been in my regular listen rotation for a while. A long while.

The band started in 1996, and I have been listening to them since 2007. Right as Comatose, their seventh full-length album was gaining traction. I know they are touring supporting their most recent album entitled Unleashed, but I have been hooked to their Awake & Remixed EP.

I was listening to the Spotify service and the pre-made “Your Daily Mix” playlist they put together and this song popped up. Its actually a very haunting version and it forced me to listen considering how different it is from the original song.

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Your WoW Soundtrack, Part 3: Magnetic!

I have been listening to Flyleaf since they released their debut album. It almost feels like forever. I have always enjoyed their style, even when the band decided to part ways with the original vocalist and to continue on with another. I love both of their voices.

However, we are not here for a full history of the band, but a song that reminds you of something in Warcraft.

Magnetic, one of Flyleaf’s newer songs, actually makes me think of Khadgar, in Dalaran. With the other mages. Also the quest near the big sword in Azeroth’s “face” – when he fly’s away. I just feel like he will make an appearance, in the next expansion, or at least I would hope so!

The following lyric’s specifically make me think of the mighty mage.

“Pulling me from the other side of the world, magnetic.
Filling up the space between the stars, we are magnetic.
Nothing’s gonna come between us now.
Always gonna find each other somehow.
Magnetic, magnetic.
Oh, magnetic, magnetic.”

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Your WoW Soundtrack, Part 2!

kuru-the-light-hearted-e1522076443130.jpgKuru the lighthearted is a npc located on the terrace of the Shrine of the Seven Stars, Shrine of Seven Stars is the Alliance city hub in Pandaria’s Kun-Lai Summit.

Whenever I see this npc it brings forth thoughts of a particular band, The Kuru Smile.

The song, 18 Black Horses.

I vividly remember listening to this pre-raid, on a weekly basis before entering raid to defeat Garrosh Hellscream in Siege of Orgrimmar!

Blackmill: Musical Adventure!

blackmillUsually with my music related post, I have a brief history or album review. That includes any chart success for the artist as well. In this case, I would like to have the music speak for itself.

To give you a brief background, A few years ago, someone mentioned Blackmill while we were questing on an alt in World Of Warcraft. Since then, I have listened, and will continue to.

Community Spotlight: Jules!

TTTFEATURE-250x1301 You host “Tauren Think Tank” that has an awesome community surrounding it, What is the best thing about hosting the podcast?

Hosting TTT has changed my life in so many ways. I had dreamed of working in radio since I was little, and I used to record interview shows on a tape recorder with my sister. I made these recordings of epic interviews with a Teddy Ruxpin doll, where it would say random things and you had to react to it. I wish I still had them!

But radio is really hard to get into, so I wound up going the traditional route of corporate desk jobs to earn a living. When I learned about podcasting, it was everything I wanted to do and I could do it in my spare time. When Tauren Think Tank was conceived, we intended to just really be able to connect with other people leading guilds and raids, and help them with stuff we’d learned over our time. Then we started getting letters about dealing with depression, how to make friends, how to deal with problem family members, suicide, gender dysphoria… it was beyond my expectations. People trusted us with things they wouldn’t tell their best friends, and that continues to blow my mind. To have been given that level of trust in our advice, and to have been told, “You changed my life” or “Listening to you saved my life” – there’s nothing that compares to that.

2. Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

There’s a huge amount of uncertainty that goes into trying something new. I struggle with it every time. “Will this work?” “Will I be good enough compared to everybody else?” “Is this even worth trying?” The answer is always YES if it brings you joy. If it’s something that you look forward to, if it makes you feel happy and fulfilled, then the answer is always YES.

Even creative hobbies have their downsides and rough spots. Sometimes it feels like work and it’s kind of a drag. I have a mantra that I use when that happens, and it’s called, “For the love of the game.” Ever see those sports movies where the main characters are at their low point, they’re losing, not even sure why they’re there anymore? There’s always a speech that ends in “Do this because you love it. Do it for that little kid who is playing in the fields with his buddies, dreaming of making it big someday.” And then they always win. The “love of the game” sticks with me – get to the core of why you started doing it in the first place. It’s a great reset tool that works for me.

3. What are some of your favorite podcast to listen to?

Since I work from home now, I don’t have daily commutes anymore. They used to be my prime podcast listening, and I’ve been a huge fan of The Morning Stream with Scott Johnson and Brian Ibbott for years. I’m way behind now, unfortunately!

I also love NPR’s Invisibilia – it’s all about the mind and looking at things in different perspectives. Such a cool look at the world and how we think and perceive things.

I’ll always be a Convert to Raid fan, too. Been listening to the show since the beginning. 🙂

4. A hobby of your is to create various items out of chainmail, how did you get started with the craft?

It’s almost been a year since I started chainmailling! I was feeling really mentally stuck and started looking for a creative outlet – something to make my mind work in different ways. I’d always admired the work of the various chainmaille artists who were making lanyards for BlizzCon over the years. I started doing my research, and found that there’s unlimited tutorials and resources online, and companies that sell full kits to get started. I took a leap of faith, bought a kit on Amazon, bought some cheap pliers, and I created the piece from the kit. I mangled the heck out of it, but I DID IT! I was instantly hooked, and immediately started teaching myself new patterns and designs.

With my second design that I posted on social media, someone asked me if they could purchase it. That was such a rush. From there, people started asking me to make things for them, and it just grew from there. I made 18 lanyards for BlizzCon last year! It’s been an incredible ride and I can’t wait to see how much more I will get to create in 2018, thanks to this awesome community.

5. What brought you into the playing Warcraft?


I had been playing City of Heroes (my first MMO), and getting really burnt out with the game because it had no end-game content. My ex-husband was a Warcraft player, and he purchased the game for me for my birthday as a change of pace. It was 3 months before Burning Crusade launched. I knew nothing about Warcraft or any of the previous games. I wasn’t even sure if I’d like the game. I rolled a human priest, kept running into trees and freaked out and ran away when I hit the gates of Stormwind. It was a rocky start at first, but night elves got me hooked into the game. 🙂

6. How often do you raid & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?


After about 8 years of raiding steadily, I finally stopped raiding in spring of 2017. My available game time has definitely changed, and I found I preferred games like Heroes of the Storm or Overwatch where I can play for 1-2 matches and then leave if I need to.

The game mechanic that I like the most: definitely winning loot. It’s all about the loot, baby! The one I like the least: reputation grinding.

7. What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion)?


Most favorite raid ever was Karazhan, by far. I love the ambiance, the feel of it, and the music. The Opera event was the coolest thing to me – every week it was different, and you wouldn’t know until someone bravely jumped in to die to it, since Wowhead wasn’t there to warn you ahead of time.

8. With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?

I’m looking forward to the Allied Races, for sure. I’ve been a Night Elf for so long – it will be nice to have some new characters to play around with!

9. With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance?


As much as I love and respect my Horde friends, FOR THE ALLIANCE!

10. Where can people find you on the Internet?

I’m most active on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JulesRPG and Discord. Best place to find me is the Convert to Raid Discord: http://discord.converttoraid.com. My DMs are open on Twitter as well if you have any questions!

You can find my chainmaille work and my commission request form at http://chainofjules.com. My finished items for sale are up on Etsy: http://chainofjules.etsy.com.

My podcasts:

Tauren Think Tank:  http://taurenthinktank.com

Battlenet News and Battlenet Sports: http://converttoraid.com
Slaying Demons: http://joceplays.com

Evanescence: A 15 year musical journey!

Preface: Evanescence started their musical journey in 1995. I am going to focus on their major musical releases from their first album release date. If you are interested in listening to anything prior please listen to their pre-Fallen material at the following link. https://evanescencereference.info/music/

Evanescence FallenFallen took a total of eight years to write, produce, and release into the musical world. The album was recorded in several different studios located in California.  The first single, Bring Me To Life, release on April 22, ten days later on March 4, 2003 the album was released.

Bring Me To Life, was written by Amy Lee, Ben Moody, and David Hodges.

The song was conceived when a friend asked her about the song in a restaurant if she was happy in her current relationship. When Lee realized that she was not, the lyrics “wake me up inside” were inspired. Lee later divulged the song was inspired by her long-time friend and husband Josh Hartzler. Going Under, the bands second single, released September 9, 2003. According to Amy, the song was inspired by a bad relationship. The music video for the song was filmed in Berlin, Germany, in May 2003. Everybody’s Fool released on June 7, 2004, as the fourth and final single from their debut studio album, Fallen. According to Lee the song talks about other notable celebrities who strip and sell their bodies instead of music to their listeners. The music video was filmed in Los Angeles, California in mid-April 2004.

After a lengthy tour, and Ben Moody leaving the band while in Europe for reportedly because of creative differences, the album Anywhere But Home was released on November 23, 2004. It was a DVD/CD compilation, with the full concert in Paris, as well as behind-the-scenes features.

Before the recording of the next album,  Will Boyd had left the band for not wanting to do another big tour and wanting to be close to his family. Tim McCord took his place. The Open Door took 18 months to write. The album progressed slowly for several reasons, including Amy Lee’s desire to maximize the creative process and not rush production, other band members’ side projects, various health issues, and turbulence within their management. The album was finally released on September 25, 2006. The video for “Call Me When You’re Sober”, was filmed in Hollywood, California, and was officially released on August 7th, 2006 on MTV. It features a theme that is loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood.

The single was released early due to it being “leaked” and was played on the radio on a limited basis until its official release a week later. The North American for the album began on October 5, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and finished on December 15, 2006 in New York City. The band did a quick Europe tour, they did headling show’s for “The Family Values” tour that ended in early September. The final set of shows ended in early December.

Evanescence, the third self titled studio album, released October 7, 2011. The album’s release was delayed several times due to producers not fitting with what the band had wanted, or wanting a to take more time for the creative process. What You Want, the album’s first single, was released digitally on August 9, 2011. The music video for the single was filmed in a Brooklyn, New York warehouse on July 30, 2011 with the band performing the song live.

My Heart Is Broken was distributed radio stations on October 31, 201. Its video was released in January 2012. The next single, Lost in Paradise, was released internationally on May 25. Its video, released on February 14, 2013, focuses on Evanescence’s tour with footage of the band performing the song filmed by fans around the world. The Other Side was a promotional single which was distributed to modern-rock stations on June 11 and alternative stations the following day. Although a lyric’s only video was uploaded to the band’s YouTube channel on August 30, 2012.

The tour for the album started August 17, 2011, with a show in Nashville and ran through November. At the end of the tour Amy Lee stated the band plans to take an extended break after the tour, to “Figure things out” and the band was released from their record label and were independent artists. April 27, 2015, it was announced that the band would perform at Japan’s Ozzfest on November 21, 2015, as the second headline act, making it the band’s first live performance since their hiatus. Prior to Ozzfest, Evanescence would play three shows in the United States. While setting up to tour after almost four years, it On 7 August 2015, Evanescence front-woman Amy Lee announced that Jen Majura would replace lead guitarist Terry Balsamo in the band.

On September 13, 2016, the band announced a vinyl box set titled The Ultimate Collection that includes all of their albums. The set released on December 9, 2016.

Synthesis is the fourth studio album that was released on November 10, 2017, and it includes reworked versions of the band’s previous material with an orchestral arrangement. The album was revealed by Lee in a video posted on the group’s Facebook page on May 10, 2017, and she had described it as “the synthesis, the combination, the contrast, the synergy between the organic and the synthetic, also the past and present”.

During this summer, Evanescence will be touring with a full orchestra and Lindsey Stirling as the opening act!

I am super excited for the tour, and the future adventures for the band!

Featured Blog: Alunaria’s Avenue

alunaria.JPGAlunaria’s Avenue is such a good looking Warcraft blog! It was recommended by a few people in the Convert To Raid community, and I am super happy that they did!

There are so many awesome post that are such a great draw to them! Also, a great set of transmog’s as well!

So take the time and take a look at her blog! Click here!