Six Degrees of Dio: W.A.S.P.


Ah yes, W.A.S.P. The band that single-handedly brought Tipper Gore to American prominence. While a lot of their albums have been 80’s cheesefests but 1992’s The Crimson Idol still stands as one of my favorite albums.

Longtime friend Mitch sent in this way from W.A.S.P. to Ronnie James Dio.

1.Blackie Lawless was in Sister with Nikki Sixx in 1976.
2.Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue co-wrote Public Enemy #1 with Lizzie Grey.
3.Lizzie Grey was in London with Fred Coury.
4. Fred Coury was in Arcade with Stephen Pearcy.
5.Stephen Pearcy was in Ratt (previously Mickey Ratt) with Jake E. Lee.
6.Jake E. Lee was in Dio for a short time, though only recorded rehearsal tapes.

That is six however I was able to find a shorter way. Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot played on both The Headless Children and Crimson Idol with W.A.S.P. Frankie was in Quiet Riot with bass player Rudy Sarzo and Rudy played bass in Dio.

Now here’s W.A.S.P. with my favorite track from The Crimson Idol, “Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)”

Again, if you can think of a band or act that can be connected to Dio let me know and I’ll use it for a future post.

All hail his name \m/

All hail his name \m/

Review of the FIN Advanced Vaping V-Tank


I was at my local Walgreen’s not too long ago and I happened to notice that they had some vaping stuff behind the counter. The thing that caught my eye is that they were selling pre-filled clearomizers/tanks behind the counter. I thought that was interesting concept so I picked up the FIN Advanced Vaping V-Tank. For about $12 I was able to get a two pack of clearomizers that each come with 2.4ml of juice per tank with a nicotine strength of 1.6%/16mg.

Price-wise I can get 30ml of juice from my vape store for that amount however you are getting the tank with it so it kind of evens out. I chose the grape flavor which was ok, reminded me of Sweet Tarts. Decent throat hit if that’s your sort of thing. However the one discouraging thing from the FIN tanks is that on every third or fourth hit I would get this really stale tasting hit. Tried both tanks from the two-pack on both my MVP and eGo batteries and got the same resulting stale hits.

The main attraction for me about the FIN clearomizers is that they’re available at places like Walgreen’s and Wal-Mart that are open 24 hours a day. So much like the Haus tank its major attraction is convenience if you happen to find yourself nowhere near a vape store and in need of juice. They are manufactured in the USA as well.

Review of e-juice


Normally I like to keep my vaping business local here in North Carolina. I want to support the local vaping businesses, except this one but I digress. However I was recently given a nice e-juice discount by the fine folks at 7’s Electronic Cigarettes. I made sure that they are from the US as it’s best to make sure you’re not getting juice made from a questionable area.

Now this is not going to be an e-juice review per se because taste in e-juices are subjective. This is going to be more of a review of my experience with 7’s.

First the juice itself. I ordered 15ml of 6mg Banana flavored juice. Their retail price is $12.49. I may have passed on this because of the price since I’m currently between jobs so the discount did help a lot. The juice came in a dark blue glass bottle with the eye dropper. I’m not a fan of this kind of packaging for juice but like I said taste is subjective and I can easily put the juice in any number of clear plastic squeeze bottle I have. While I would have preferred a more bolder taste the banana e-juice was subtly sweet and satisfying. I can’t comment on throat hit because I am asthmatic and I prefer no throat hit which I was ablle to attain with the 6mg e-juice.

The best part about 7’s is their customer service. I received my e-juice in the mail in roughly the same amount of time it takes me to get my e-juice from local vendors when I order online. Not only did they send me an e-mail when my item shipped but they sent an e-mail every day letting me know how much longer my package would be. Their website is also top-notch. It’s professional looking and easy to order on it. Too many vendors have websites that look like they’re from 1998 Geocities.

So 7’s/ gets a big thumbs up and a hearty recommendation from me.

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Comic Sans should be the official sarcasm font of the internet because no one takes anything written in Comic Sans seriously.

Trench reviews Constantine


At least they have a blonde from the British Isles playing Constantine this time. Don’t get me wrong, I actually liked the Keanu Reeves movie but they should have called it anything but Constantine. It seems like they’re also sticking closer to the comic book than the movie as well showing John Constantine using others for his own personal gain and the infamous Newcastle incident.

I’ll keep watching but so far, yes I know it’s only one episode, they really didn’t make me have to tune into the next episode like Arrow and Gotham do. However as a comic book property it’s not a bad show.

Google News is broken


I went to Google News, like I often do, to search for the specific details of a crime that’s been in the news. I enter one of the victims’ names as my search query and the first result that pops up goes to some obnoxiously pink gossip site. This isn’t the first time it’s happened either. When a major crime story breaks this is usually the first site that shows up in my e-mail notifications. So do they have some kind of agreement with Google or are they gaming the system? Sadly I think it’s because this is where more people are going for ‘news’.

Unfortunately, like a lot of Google products, no competitor is offering a similar service.

Six Degrees of Dio: Ice-T/Body Count


Here’s a feature I haven’t done in a while. The premise of Six Degrees of Dio is basically the Kevin Bacon game except it connects various bands back to my all time metal idol, the late Ronnie James Dio. Previously I’ve done bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden who perform the same genre of music as Dio. Now I thought I would focus on acts that you wouldn’t think could be connected to Dio, for example rapper Ice-T.

Now Ice-T did have the metal band Body Count but that’s not how he’s connected to Dio. Ice-T did a guest rap on the Black Sabbath song ‘The Illusion of Power’ on the 1995 Black Sabbath album Forbidden. And as we all know Dio was also in Black Sabbath. Here is that song…

Now I know some people are going to get butthurt over the fact that I’ve even mentioned Body Count because of the song ‘Cop Killer’. While I may not agree with the lyrics of cop killer I’d be a hypocrite if I said that song shouldn’t exist while a ton of metal bands have written way worse lyrics. Anyway here’s Body Count with ‘There Goes The Neighborhood’. (NSFW Lyrics)

If you can think of a band or act that can be connected to Dio let me know and I’ll use it for a future post.

All hail his name \m/

All hail his name \m/

Review of the Haus Personal Vaporizer Single Tank


I’ve talked about the Haus Personal Vaporizer before. I bring it up because I was in Wal-Mart the other day and I thought I would check out one of their tanks, or clearomizer if you will, out of curiosity. The retail price was $7.95 and you know what? It’s a pretty decent tank. It holds a ton of juice and fit on both my eGo and Itaste batteries. It feels well put together too.

Now would I recommend this to an advanced vaper who knows how to change the coils in their tanks? No. However I would definitely recommend it to beginners and it’s also convenient if you find yourself tankless at 2am and know that you can run down to your local Wally World to get one.

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Trench Reviews The Flash



Ok, I’m over Barry Allen being so young. That said I kind of lied the first episode but I thought it suffered the same problem the first episode of Gotham did, shoving too much into one episode. I know origins are overdone in comic book adaptations but I would have preferred more of a slow burn (no pun intended) of Barry getting to know his powers and not just mastering them in one episode. Also I hope they didn’t kill off Weather Wizard but if you’re going to kill one of The Rogues I’d guess he’d be the guy to go.

What I did like is that I thought at the start they were tipping us off to the killer of Barry’s mom with Jesse L. Martin’s partner until the end sort-of-maybe reveal?

So while the first episode was a little problematic I’m looking forward to the rest of the season so far.