Between Jason Goes to Hell & Jason X

There was a very long wait between Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X. And a lot happened in between 1993 and 2002 in my life anyway going from kid to teenager! I saw the entire series that was available on video at the time (Parts 1-9) roughly from about 1996 to 1997. In 1997-1998, when first going on the internet as a 12 year old, I looked up everything Friday the 13th that I could that was available online.

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My cousin Andrew had the internet at his house before me, so he did the first search for Jason. Of course the first thing that pops up is “Friday the 13th: Jason Fucks You To Death!” Probably the first porn site our 11 and 12 yr old virgin eyes ever saw. Gotta love the late 90s internet. It had everything out in the open. Those seriously were the days.

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Anyways, it was the greatest discovery coming across “The Coroner Report” that had a list of every Friday the 13th kill in exact order, how they were killed, and who killed them. The deaths were extremely inspiring for my slasher movie ideas on 3D Movie Maker.  I remember going to every Halloween store I could just to see what kind of Jason masks they would have. They would always have a JGTH one that was super ridiculous and over-the-top looking. But since I couldn’t afford that on my allowance money, I would get the hockey mask by itself. Sometimes I’d wear it just for the hell of it, stand in the woods and stare at things and make heavy breathing sounds. I was
a weird kid, but these movies really were my life at that time. I wasn’t playing video games like every other kid my age. It was horror movies and making cheesy horror movies on 3D Movie Maker, or else! Once metal music entered the picture later, my slasher nerdiness began to chill a bit. But I still remember all the best ones from the video stores. I always thought it was a huge thrill looking at the VHS boxes – the front and back covers. I seriously miss all of that. These 2000s-born kids don’t know what they were missing.

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The wait for the next Jason movie took forever. I remember my early chat room/message board days on Fridaythe13th.com (way before it was Fridaythe13thmovies.com) . That was all the fans would talk about. The big rumors were Freddy Vs. Jason before there was ever a Jason X.  I remember one of my online friends at the time started his very own script and I for real thought he had the best one!! Dig this — It brought back the Tommy Jarvis character, and Nancy from Nightmare!  Could you imagine Robert Englund, Kane Hodder plus Thom Matthews and Heather Langenkamp in an epic slasher coming out in the year 1999/2000? That was my vision as an excited 13 year-old mega slasher fan.

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I also remember at the time, slashers were changing their style. Andrew and I HATED (and I do mean hated) the Scream movies, and the movies that took after/followed them. It was a new type of “slasher” that we didn’t like, it was all different.  If you’ve read my Wes Craven you would understand. When Scary Movie came out in 2000 making fun of all those movies, Andrew and I couldn’t stop laughing. It was the exact comedy we needed to see to explain to people who didn’t understand why we didn’t like those “scary” movies. We hated that they were called that and missed the term “Horror”.  We dubbed those movies Trendy Horror. But like Nu-Metal, it was short-lived.  Sadly Wes Craven, who I still think is a horror master was responsible for that trend because he worked with Kevin Williamson who did all those other bad movies too. I look back at that era and I guess they’re “okay” movies now. Nowhere near the cheese I enjoyed from Jason, Michael, Freddy, Chucky, Leatherface, Pinhead, etc. etc.

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By 2002, Andrew and I had watched most of the essential slashers, and whatever weird movies we would come across at the video store. We totally ripped off all of them in our early 3DMM movies. Suddenly before Freddy Vs. Jason, there’s an announcement about Jason X. It was filmed already but awaiting release. It felt abrupt, like almost 10 years after JGTH, really? But it was very exciting. A new Jason movie, FINALLY! And he’s in space. Even better. Ha  Jason X review coming soon !

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Quick Updates August 2018

Hello friends/fans,

Sorry its been so long. Interesting summer though. Scars Like These had a show at Century Bar, and then we had  one show at The Tusk on South Street. Shit was crazy. We got a show tonight at the Rusty Nail in Ardmore. Seriously can’t wait.  Details and pictures will be coming soon. For my birthday my sister and her boyfriend took me out to see Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity, and Black Label Society. Hell of a show. I got to meet Gary Mader, the bassist of Eyehategod and I shook Pepper Keenan‘s hand as well before we left for the night. Totally made my night extra awesome!
Also, I’ve been partaking in my friend Zach’s Mega 80s marathon for the month of August. In case you don’t know Zach. His page is here.  I’ll have movie reviews coming soon as well. This is just a quick update.  More details soon!

Dave D.

Updates July

Hello friends/fans,

I always try to plan to add more to this blog, but it gets really difficult when your work schedule conflicts with your free time. Your free time not only consists of your music projects, but also your writing projects, and daily necessary things we need to do for life maintenance. It’s a pain to keep it all together sometimes and depression can ensue, but I assure you I am staying as positive as I can.
Scars Like These played at The Fire Sat June 23. It was a horrendous experience. In short, we got on the wrong bill with the wrong bands and basically not enough people stayed to see us play last.  But ya know what? Fuck em.
Anyways, I’m over that. Our next show will be at Century Bar in Philly. I will post the flyer/event page for that soon. In the meanwhile, we have been working on some new songs for the future full length LP.
On the other side of things, I have gotten back into doing MoonCandle again with Zach. I am finishing up the one from late 2016/early 2017 that I never finished. It’s a total of a half an hour and it’s one song. It’s a lot of grueling work, but the finished product will be epic for fans of weird drone music.
I’ve been trying to get back into writing. This blog helps, but I want to get more movie reviews on here again soon and I want to take part in this writing contest Zach was telling me about. I’ll see what I can do to get everything on here that I have already written soon. This includes the rest of the Friday the 13th movies and Martin Scorsese movies.
Well, that’s it for now. Check back soon!

Dave

Updates June

Sorry I haven’t been posting again. The Scars Like These show at the Trocadero went very well. We even had it live streamed on Facebook! A video will hopefully surface soon. On top of that I went out to see Slayer last night for the “final” time? Hopefully not. More stuff will be posted later!

Dave

Updates May

Hello friends,

It’s been a rough week with the passing of my friend, work, and the band. Be that as it may, I’ve been holding back on things I should be doing to get through. I wanted to write more movie reviews, and I’ve wanted to write a short story for a writer’s group compilation book. Last year I didn’t get to do this.  I need to get back into it.  With so much going on it really is hard to focus, but I really want to push myself.
Meanwhile, my band is playing the Trocadero show this Saturday coming up. It’s a big deal. I definitely can’t wait to play there again. We got new shirts ready, and hopefully more copies of the new CD will be made as well. More updates soon!
Below are some cool, crazy shots of me from the last show.

 

Dave

In Memoriam: Nick O’Krepki (1989-2018)

Nick O’Krepki (1989-2018)

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It’ll be one of the saddest days of my life as I see the funeral of my friend and former bandmate Nick O’ Krepki tomorrow. I never thought I’d see the day, but its actually happening.
Where do I start ?
Sometime in the mid-2000s, I was looking for musicians to try out for my band at the time. I first heard about Nick from some of my friends just talking about him.  He was described as a guitar player who’s really good and would be down to play some heavy metal, which is exactly what I was looking for. At the time he wasn’t available to try out, but I kept his name in mind.

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A few years later, I was hanging with my buddy Mike down the street and I finally got to meet Nick in person. I wasn’t sure if he was serious about the band thing, but apparently his band already existed… the name, the logo, artwork concepts, and everything! Mike was to do vocals, myself on drums, and Nick on the axe!
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Sounded awesome, but I didn’t get to hear him truly play his guitar until I brought over my drums to set up at his place.  He was definitely good, had some tasty riffs up his sleeve. He didn’t really play solos so much, he was just the Riffmeister! On quite a few occasions, Nick would show me his acoustic playing style, and I could see he was really into classical, also knew a lot about music theory.
This video clip of Nick from 2013 just goes to show you how awesome he was at guitar!

We started to jam together, and it wasn’t long before we clicked. Nick would come up with riffs and we’d piece them together. Mike would write down the lyrics at random in his book, and we really got good once the songs came together. Although he was a giant fan of bass-heavy bands like Primus and Red Hot Chili Peppers, he didn’t think having a bassist was all that important for our sound.
Our friend Drew came back from college not long after we started, and was also a part of the band playing what would be the bass notes through his keyboards. Our sound definitely got fuller and even more interesting!
Every Sunday at his house was like a tradition for well over 3 years. We’d rock out, chill, rock out again, probably eat an epic dinner his parents made, and go right back to it.
I had so much fun every Sunday, I didn’t have time to really think about taking pictures of us rocking out. You just had to be there.
This went on for awhile, and we eventually got the songs recorded. Drew and Nick edited and mastered it. It wasn’t the ultimate quality or anything but you can judge for yourself by clicking the video below. This was our demo from 2013. Nick did the cover of course.

After all said and done, we had about 10 songs, and maybe 3 or 4 other ideas for songs. It was a shame to see the practices come less and less. Even when Mike and Drew dropped out, I still continued to jam with Nick. Eventually that stopped too. I was very disappointed, as I was not liking the idea of re-starting a whole new band again.
Nick was going to be a part of my doomy-sounding project with my friend Zach, called MoonCandle. But alas he never got to be a part of it.

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Hanging out with Nick was always great. Nick was the kind of friend that was always down to hang when no one else was around. I’d have a shitty day at work, and we would hang out afterwards. That’s the kind of dude he was. We both liked metal, punk, horror movies, old TV shows (X-Files, Star Trek, etc.) He was really into Yes and Primus. Both bands I’ve always liked my whole life, but I got to learn about them a bit more from hanging with Nick.
I was always a self-loathing musician, but Nick would be the exact opposite. He would say we are awesome, we are the best. That got me feeling positive for the first time about any band I had ever played in. His disturbingly perverted but hilarious artwork got me wanting to get back into art myself. I had been beating myself up about it for years because of not doing so well in Graphic Design, but Nick made me feel confident about it.

Nick also taught me how to skateboard after all the years I missed out on it. It was a lot of fun. He said if I kept practicing, I would be damn good. Maybe I should pick up a skateboard and try it again? Nick also made me feel better about myself when we were at a party, both single at the time, kinda acting as wing men for each other. We weren’t super successful with the ladies, but we laughed about it all night. We had so many inside jokes, people would totally not get it. And that was the best.

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Nick was full of so much talent … his music, his artwork, welding, skateboarding, his knowledge of history, he could even speak fluent Russian! He was gifted all over the place. But unfortunately like most talented people, Nick followed a path of self-destruction. I tried to stay around as long as I could, but it got to the point where I had to cut ties completely.
Even though I was on his amends list, I had already forgiven him because I know what addiction does to people. I had seen it in others before but this time it was a close friend.
I will always miss Nick for the rest of my life. Not a day will go by. He left that big of an impression on me.

Love you bro,

Dave

Scars Show tonight

Hello friends/fans/followers,

This has been a rough week for me. Well, besides working and getting ready for the big show at Bar XIII tonight, I was abruptly given news of  about an old friend of mine who just passed. It’s been very difficult, I may post a whole blog about him In Memoriam.
Well anyway, big show tonight. Wish me luck everybody!

Dave

 

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I’m still here

This winter has been seriously brutal my friends. I’ve had to deal with a long-lasting cold, 2 middle ear infections, all while working. I’ve had to rest as much as I can to get back to normal, and I still don’t feel all that great. It’s been shitty to say the least.

Meanwhile, Scars Like These update:
Our bass player Chris quit the band, we recorded an amazing sounding new EP  called Defiled, and hired a new bassist, Vic DeVille (ex-Devil’s Grippe).

Copies of Defiled will be out soon.

Dave

2017

Hey friends,

Again like I always say, sorry for the slow updating. Life can be really busy sometimes. But it’s the end of the year so I should say something.
It was a year that had a lot of ups and downs (probably more downs), but it almost balances out as an okay year. This is for me of course, not for others who may have gone through way more hardships.
Well, the biggest highlight for me was auditioning and being hired into the band Scars Like These. This was big for me because prior to that I had only been in bands that never really got around to playing shows regularly. So this was my first year of playing shows regularly and I gotta say its a lot of fun. That was the big part of the year for me.
Nothing is peaches and cream of course. On the darker side of this year, I had lost some people who were very close to me. Now, and probably for the rest of my life, it will affect me.
There was a lot more to this year that I didn’t mention because it’s a little too personal, but I can pretty much sum it up as an okay year, just not great as how I felt about 2016.
As for Oblivion’s Realm 2018, I will continue to post reviews and Scars Like These updates. I hope for a new MoonCandle release, and a lot more movie reviews here.
My original 2018 plan was to post something every day, but I may save that for 2019.

Have a great rest of the year, my friends !

Death Metal Dave Debauchery Smith

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