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Fit for a King’s Ryan “Tuck” O’Leary: Top 5 Metalcore Albums

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Fit for a King’s bold new, sixth album, The Path, sees the Texas-based metalcore group exploring some roads previously less taken: there’s a touch of electronics and some “lighter” moments, among other digressions. But experimentation hasn’t led them too far from the aggro heaviness for which fans know and love them. In fact, some tracks on the LP are the heaviest of FFAK’s career — check out, for example, the bulldozing “God of Fire” featuring Crystal Lake’s Ryo Kinoshita. You’ll be able to hear The Path in full this Friday,  September 18th, when the album is due out Solid State Records. In the meantime, you can pre-order it here.

Kinoshita is hardly the first heavy hitter that FFAK have collaborated with. As past work with August Burns Red’s Jake Luhrs and Miss May I’s Levi Benton attests, these guys know their ‘core. So we asked bassist and backing vocalist Ryan “Tuck” O’Leary (pictured above, far left) to pick his top five metalcore albums of all time — and not surprisingly he returned with some great selections. Check them out below.

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5. Shai Hulud – That Within Blood Ill Tempered

This was my introduction to metalcore. It [has got] hard hardcore roots, but so much melody. The strange off-time riffs build into an extremely impactful amount of heartbreak and angst. Without this record I don’t think I would be into metalcore. Any band that likes Counterparts, Chamber, even the Ghost Inside have to know this record.

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4. Norma Jean – Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child

One of the most influential metalcore albums ever written. Josh Scogin made me want to be a vocalist. The lyrics, energy and noisy riffs come together to make a perfectly chaotic album. 

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3. Alexisonfire – Watch Out!

Some may not consider this “metalcore,” but [I’m] not sure what other category you’d put it in. It had riffs, breakdowns and the greatest goddamn singer of all time, Dallas Green. Though this may not be the heaviest record, they are one of the most influential bands to the genre. This band made you rethink your songwriting and try to get outside the box. Nothing ever felt forced for this band. 

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2. Architects – Hollow Crown

This album is the heavyweight that changed modern metalcore. The riff styling created on this record impacted metalcore as a whole and changed the sound for the last decade. Everyone has a favorite Architects record, but I believe this is the one that started it all. Riff style, vocal delivery, guitar tuning everything about the style influenced the genre. Sam Carter is one of the greatest to do it. 

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1. Underoath – Define the Great Line

Everything I could ever want in a metalcore album — inspirational lyrics, driving guitar and nothing ever felt cookie cutter. This album doesn’t stick to a formula and just feels like a band in a room making a record. Probably the most inspiring album that you can’t and will never be able to replicate.

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RHOBH Star Garcelle Beauvais Says Jamie Foxx Is ‘Hung Like A Horse’ As Their Podcast Interview Gets HOT!

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Jamie Foxx is a whole lotta man — too much for Garcelle Beauvais, apparently!

On the most recent episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s podcast, Going to Bed with Garcelle, the actress reunited with her former co-star for a chat that got VERY intimate.

As fans know, Foxx and Beauvais played love interests Jamie and Fancy on The Jamie Foxx Show on the WB network from 1996 to 2001. While their on-screen chemistry was undeniable, the pair made a pact that they wouldn’t date until after they stopped filming — but Beauvais was in another relationship by the time production wrapped. Now they’re each other’s one that got away… Awww!

During the podcast episode, however, it became clear there was another reason Garcelle decided to never shoot her shot with the Oscar winner: she was apparently intimidated by his humongous d**k!

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The conversation got steamy after the pair talked about how the Ray star used to shade the men that the Bravolebrity chose to date — including her short-lived relationship on the most recent season of RHOBH. Foxx shared as Beauvais laughed:

“I seen you with the dude, you introduced me — ‘This is my man,’ and it was all uncomfortable.”

Garcelle then noted that Jamie “never really [gave] any guy that I’m with any real attention,” to which the 52-year-old actor replied:

“Ever. I hate them all. I think me and you should have been together. So every time I see them, I’m always like, ‘Damn. I f**ked up.’ So every dude, I be like — I give them a really s**tty look.”

Garcelle quipped:

“I feel it, and they feel it.”

The conversation got even hotter from there, with Jamie joking that he and Garcelle “are in a relationship forever,” which prompted the actress to say:

“Forever, no matter what. You know what I always say? Kandi Burruss was on the podcast and she goes, ‘You know, I don’t get it. Why aren’t you and Jamie together?’ And I said, ‘Well, you know, we have a really great relationship now.’ And then I said, ‘He’s also hung like a horse. What would I do with all of that?!‘”

Ha! We’re sure Katie Holmes could give you some pointers, gurl!

Jamie then replied jokingly:

“You take it one step at a time. What you can’t eat, just put in a doggie bag and save it for later.”

Genius!

He continued on a serious note:

“I don’t know, it’s a tough thing when it comes to relationships, because you’ve got to find something, I think, that’s someone that you can really understand and be yourself with, especially in our business because it’s an up and down thing… And there’s a lot of emotions that people don’t understand. Somehow, being a celebrity, they feel like you’re not human, and we do have things that are afforded to us or rewarded to us because we are [celebrities]. But on the inside, we’re still the same people from Texas or from Haiti. We’re still the same people. And that’s so hard, but it has to be a person that really understands. And that’s been tough.”

Aw, now we wish they would get together! But it does sound like they’ll always have a place in one another’s… well, heart anyway! Ha!

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Cannes Critics’ Week Winner Laura Ferrés Sets Up Feature Debut at Fasten Films, Le Bureau (EXCLUSIVE)

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Director of 2017 Cannes Critics’ Week short film winner “The Disinherited,” Laura Ferrés will direct her awaited feature debut “The Permanent Picture,” which is a co-production between Barcelona-based Fasten Films and Le Bureau, based out of Paris and London.

International sales will be handled by The Bureau Sales, the sales arm of the French-British label.

A sort of “depressing comedy” – according to Ferrés – “The Permanent Picture” follows middle-aged Carmen, a casting director whose world collapses when her boss retires and the production company she works for takes a dramatic turn. Carmen will be forced to participate in a campaign for a corrupted party.

Selected by Variety as a Spanish talent to track, Ferrés studied at Barcelona’s prestigious Escac film school. She developed her feature debut script at the Next Step Program, a workshop created by Cannes’ Critics’ Week, The TorinoFilmLab and the Moulin d’Ande screenwriting support program.

“The feature will question the promises of personal fulfillment through work, as well as the construction of our present through politics and its images,” said Ferrés, who found inspiration for her feature debut in her years working as a casting director in the advertising sector.

Aki Kaurismäki, Jacques Tati, Karen Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” and Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll’s  “Whisky” were inspirations for the film’s deadpan comedic tone, she added.

“What’s amazing in ‘The Disinherited’ is how Laura explored deep issues in a very simple way, and also with humor and affection and string visual concepts which may define her idea of cinema,” said Adrià Monés at Fasten Films the company behind David Ilundain’s “One for All” and Justin Webster’s “The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy.”

Le Bureau productions include Jessica Hausner’s “Little Joe” and Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years.” The Bureau Sales handles more than 600 titles including Celluloid Dreams’ and Rezo Films’ libraries.

Agnés Piqué,  the cinematographer of “The Disinherited,” will re-team with Ferrés on her feature debut.

Cast is still to be determined. Shooting is scheduled to begin next year.

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Michelle Obama & Jennifer Lopez Bond Over Virtual Learning

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Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez may be two of the most famous women in the world, but at home, the powerhouse women are known simply as “mom.”

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, they’re able to do a lot more hands-on parenting than their normally busy schedules would allow. In a new Instagram video about the importance of getting out and voting in the upcoming election, the two women discussed the upside to having their kids at home while attending school virtually. 

“Things are confusing, not quite safe,” Michelle admitted about how her two daughters – Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19 – cannot return to their college campus. “I’m just glad they’re staying put, even if they’re sick of me!”

Malia is currently studying at Harvard University, while Sasha attends the University of Michigan. 

Jennifer, whose children Emme and Maximilian, 12, are in 7th grade, said that she also feels lucky she can keep her kids close. 

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