Alone in the Dark (2005 film)
Alone in the Dark is a 2005 German-Canadian-American action horror film loosely based on the fourth installment of Infogrames' video game series of the same name. Directed by Uwe Boll, the film stars Christian Slater as supernatural detective Edward Carnby, features a cast of Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff, Frank C. Turner, Matthew Walker, Will Sanderson, Mike Dopud, Mark Acheson, Darren Shahlavi, Karin Konoval and Ed Anders. Many have considered this to be one of the worst films made. Despite this, a sequel was released in 2008. Edward Carnby is a supernatural detective who specializes in the occult and other paranormal subjects, he was the subject of strange experiments when he was a child, leaving him with heightened abilities as well as a "sixth sense" that allows him to sense the paranormal. Throughout the film, we learn that Carnby used to work for Bureau 713, a secret government organization that seeks to protect the world from paranormal dangers. In his spare time, Carnby investigates the disappearance of the Abkani, an ancient Mayan-like civilization that worshipped demonic creatures from another dimension.
Central to the plot are several artifacts un-earthed in 1967 and now on display at the city's Museum of Natural History, at which Carnby's girlfriend Aline is the assistant curator. Carnby soon finds himself investigating the scientist who conducted experiments on him as a child, while working with Aline and former protégé Commander Richard Burke, his replacement at Bureau 713, to stop an invasion of the Alien-like demonic creatures who are pouring through a portal opened by the Abkani artifacts. Christian Slater as Edward Carnby: Raised at an orphanage under Sister Clara, Carnby lost his memory when he was ten years old. At twenty, he was recruited by Bureau 713, his current assignment is investigating his past along with researching the disappearance of the Abkani. Due to the experiments conducted on him as a child, he has the ability to sense paranormal activity and has increased strength and speed, which allow him to perform acrobatic moves that a normal human could not do. Dustyn Arthurs as Young Edward Tara Reid as Aline Cedrac, an archaeologist and museum curator.
Stephen Dorff as Commander Richard Burke, the Commander of Bureau 713 worked under Carnby's direction. Frank C. Turner as Agent Fischer, the head of the medical unit of Bureau 713. Matthew Walker as Professor Lionel Hudgens Will Sanderson as Agent Miles Mike Dopud as Agent Turner. In the'80s, she was persuaded by Hudgens to allow experiments on the orphans, she is inwardly guilty for her immoral actions. Ed Anders as James Pinkerton, a former Agent of Bureau 713 who went missing in action in the 1980s, he and Hudgens were in charge of the investigation of the disappearance of gold-miners at Brutan Goldmine. Pinkerton became an experiment for Hudgens, his abilities included increased awareness, strength and willpower. Brendan Fletcher as Cab driver Blair Erickson came up with the first drafts of the script for Alone in the Dark. According to Erickson, Uwe Boll changed the script to be more action packed than a thriller. Erickson stated his disgust at the treatment and spoke negatively of his working relationship with Boll on Somethingawful.com.
The original script took the Alone In the Dark premise and depicted it as if it were based on a true story of a private investigator in the northeastern U. S. whose missing persons cases begin to uncover a disturbing paranormal secret. It was told through the eyes of a writer following Edward Carnby and his co-worker for a novel, depicted them as real-life blue-collar folks who never expected to find hideous beings waiting for them in the dark. We tried to stick close to the H. P. Lovecraft style and the low-tech nature of the original game, always keeping the horror in the shadows so you never saw what was coming for them. Thankfully Dr. Boll was able to hire his loyal team of hacks to crank out something much better than our crappy story and add in all sorts of terrifying horror movie essentials like opening gateways to alternate dimensions, bimbo blonde archaeologists, sex scenes, mad scientists, slimy dog monsters, special army forces designed to battle slimy CG dog monsters, Tara Reid, "Matrix" slow-motion gun battles, car chases.
Oh yeah, a ten-minute opening back story scroll read aloud to the illiterate audience, the only people able to miss all the negative reviews. I mean hell, Boll knows; the film was released on VHS and DVD on May 10, 2005. An unrated director's cut was released in Germany and Australia and was #1 on the German DVD market for three weeks, it was released on DVD in North America on 25 September 2007. In the newest version of the film, the sex scene between Carnby and Aline has been removed; the film version of Alone in the Dark was to be released with Alone in the Dark 5, the fifth title in the series. This appears to be one of the causes for the public backlash from gamers on how the film version of Alone in the Dark appeared to deviate from the Alone in the Dark game franchise save for the fact that the film was in some ways a sequel to Alone in the Dark: The N
The Cave (film)
The Cave is a 2005 American action horror film, directed by Bruce Hunt. It stars Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian, Morris Chestnut, Marcel Iureș, Lena Headey, Rick Ravanello, Piper Perabo and Daniel Dae Kim. In the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, 13th century, we see an abbey, with all its inhabitants, get destroyed by a landslide. Years a group of modern day Soviet and British explorers search for the long-lost 13th-century Eastern Orthodox abbey; as they venture inside and below the church, they make a startling discovery: the abbey is built over the entrance to a vast subterranean cave system. When they try to blast their way in, they cause a landslide that buries the abbey and the men are trapped in the cave below it. Once they recover, they continue on into the cave without a choice in hopes of finding a way out, but as they do, they hear strange sounds coming from the darkness; the team is led by Dr. Nicolai and his associate Dr. Kathryn Jennings, along with her cameraman Alex Kim. Local biologists believe that the cave could contain an undiscovered ecosystem, so they hire a group of American spelunkers led by Jack McAllister and his brother Tyler to help them investigate its unknown depths.
Jack and Tyler are thrill-seeking professional cave explorers. They arrive in Romania with the latest equipment, including a modified rebreather system allowing a diver to remain submerged for up to 24 hours; the diving team includes rock-climbing professional Charlie, first scout Briggs, sonar expert Strode and survival expert Top Buchanan. As they begin the expedition, Briggs is sent to scout ahead and when contact is lost they decide to press on in the likelihood that it's an equipment malfunction. After the group finds him safely downriver, Strode is attacked and dragged away by a large, unknown creature, his water scooter explodes and causes a cave-in, forcing them to follow the river and search for a new way out. Jennings and Nicolai discover a strange parasite in all of the lifeforms they find. Unlike all the known cave species which have adapted over the generations to life underground, Jennings believes this new parasite originated in the cave environment and has never been exposed to the outside world.
As they progress the team stumble across scattered equipment and remains of previous explorers and are unaware they are being stalked by the creatures. They descend through a series of rapids, where Nicolai is attacked and Jack goes after him. Nicolai is dragged into a crevice but Jack breaks free, after seeing letters tattooed on one of the creatures. Jack begins to exhibit a transformation of his senses, physical features; when Jack tells them they must go up again to get out, Charlie scales the wall and is attacked by a creature hidden in the passage above. She nearly drops to her death, but recovers, before the man-size winged creature guts her and kills her on the cliff face in full view of the team. Jack's transformations are beginning to show with his super-keen senses and inhumanly slanted pupils. Jennings speculates that Jack, the previous explorers, all the rest of creatures mutated because of the parasite. In the case of humans, they resemble demons; as they see Jack changing they suspect his motives and his judgement and the team splits up.
Alex and Jennings decide to go their own way but Top and Tyler stay with Jack. Jack and Tyler discover a cavern littered with human skeletons and realize that this is the ancient battleground depicted in the abbey above, which sealed the cave to prevent the creatures from escaping. After they see daylight through the underwater passage ahead, Tyler goes back to find the others, but Briggs dies defending Jennings and Alex, while the creatures enter the cavern and steal the rebreathers necessary to navigate the passage. Alex is killed before they can get in the water, but Tyler and Top escape while Jack stays behind to hold off the creatures; the three survivors return to civilization, Top goes his own way. Tyler asks Jennings, she is quiet a moment says she had thought that the parasite could only survive underground, but now she is uncertain and thinks that it wants to get out. She bends down to kiss his cheek, looking over the rim of her sunglasses revealing pupils like Jack's as she has begun to mutate.
As Katheryn gets up and walks away, Tyler realizes that Katheryn knows she is infected with the parasite and intends to remain free, able to infect others. He runs after her frantically; the Cave received negative reviews, with a current rating of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus on Rotten Tomatoes is, "Despite its stylized and impressive sets, this horror-monster movie mish-mash suffers from endless cliches and wildly implausible plotlines." The main complaint was the lack of character building and overly familiar cliches, with Neil Smith of BBC Online calling it "a generic duffer, as exciting as a hole in the ground". Robert Koehler made the same observation in Variety, writing, "The Cave feels familiar as it goes through the rote edicts of the scientific crew vs. beastie formula". In her review for the New York Times, Laura Kern praised the films sets and visual style, but denounced the script, writing "Having worked as second- and third-unit director on the Matrix trilogy and Dark City, Bruce Hunt is no stranger to inspired and stylish productions.
But whereas those films managed to inject new life into tired territory, The Cave, his first effort as director, fails to generate anything resembling innovation. Judy Chia Hui Hsu wrote in The Seattle
Atom Smash is a Miami, Florida-based hard rock band consisting of Serg Gabriel Sanchez, Mark "Taco" Annino, Luke "Cowboy" Rice and "Crazy" Dave Carrey Formerly signed to Jive Records. The group formed in 2006 by Producer Paul Trust. Paul Trust introduced Serg to Dr. Bill Ray owner of Panacea Records. Dr. Bill began to help develop the group. Guitarist Alex Zilinski of Austria Europe joined the band that year. Bassist Arnold Nese jumped on board in 2007; the band wrote and recorded music, presented to Dirk Hemsath owner of Doghouse Records and The Working Group Artist Management. Hemsath began to manage the group in 2008; that same year drummer Mark Annino who would be nicknamed "Taco" joined the band. It was that year that they would be named "Atom Smash" a title, recommended by Hemsath. 2009 was the band's first year on tour in support of there independently released single "Sacrifice". After 200 performances nationwide the band was involved in a car accident in St. Louis Missouri that left the tour van on fire but the members injury free.
The groups luck would change. A demo of the song "Do her wrong" was presented to Jeff Fenster who at the time was A&R for Jive Records. January 2010 the band signed a record deal with Jive Records and began to record their album with David Bendeth and Paul Trust. In June 2010 Luke Rice was announced as second guitarist; the band released their debut album "Love is in the Missile" on Aug. 31 2010. "Do Her Wrong" charted at #30 on the Mainstream Rock chart and hit number 1 on Sirius Xm's Octane channel. Atom Smash was named "Best Recently Signed Band" by Maxim.com music columnist Allison Hagendorf and has toured or performed with Drowning Pool, Filter, RED, Saliva, Tantric, Black Bourbon Devils and 12 Stones. "Sacrifice" was the theme for the WWE Hell in a Cell PPV in 2010. The song Sacrifice was used during the NBC WWE Wrestlemania XXV telecast highlighting the triple threat match between Edge, John Cena and the Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship. In early 2011 only 4 months after the album's release and 25,000 units sold the band was released from Jive records and is an independent group.
The band continues to release material. In late 2011 the band parted ways with The Agency Jive Records; the band's began to work on a second full-length album "Beautiful Alien". The band did about 90% of the producing/mastering by themselves, however the guys did call on the expertise of producer Paul Trust for three songs including the first single. "The World is Ours" is a song dedicated to the rising population of uninspired teens on the verge of suicide. The "Alien" includes a rendition of Seal's masterpiece "Kiss from a Rose" The new album is slated for digital release in March 2012 with 20+ tour dates announced in support starting March 7, 2012 in their home state of Florida; the 1st single for Beautiful Alien titled "The World Is Ours" which hit the Top 40 pop indicator chart is available on ITunes Amazon and touch tunes. After a year break the band decided to reinvent themselves yet again by self producing an album with a heavy sound called "Summer Swing,", renamed to Passage To The Sun.
Luke "Cowboy" Rice has taken more leading role on this album producing and writing a majority of the music along with Mark "Taco" Annino. Serg Gabriel Sanchez still writes melodies; those who have heard the album describe it as stylistically unidentifiable and unique for a band, known for a more commercial sound. The album was released August 20, 2013. No tours have been booked to support the album. Luke "Cowboy" Rice now lives in his home town of Asheville, NC and Serg Gabriel Sanchez now lives in Knoxville Tennessee. Studio albumsLove Is in the Missile Beautiful Alien Passage to the Sun Extended playsSacrifice EP Kill Me EP Facebook page Official Website Myspace page
Thursday Night Football
Thursday Night Football is the branding used for broadcasts of National Football League games that broadcast on Thursday nights. Most of the games kick off at 8:20 p.m. Eastern Time, but games in the package air on Saturdays in the portion of the season, as well as a single Sunday morning game from London in the NFL International Series. Debuting on November 23, 2006, the telecasts were part of NFL Network's Run to the Playoffs package, which consisted of eight total games broadcast on Thursday and Saturday nights during the latter portion of the season. Since 2012, the TNF package has begun during the second week of the NFL season. At its launch, the package proved controversial due to the relative unavailability of NFL Network at the time; these issues were magnified in 2007, when a game that saw the New England Patriots close out a perfect regular season was simulcast nationally on both CBS and NBC, in addition to NFL Network and the local stations that the game was sold to, following concerns from politicians and other critics.
In 2014, the NFL shifted the package to a new model to increase its prominence. The entire TNF package would be produced by a separate rightsholder, who would hold rights to simulcast a portion of the package on their respective network. CBS was the first rightsholder under this model, airing nine games on broadcast television, producing the remainder of the package to air on NFL Network to satisfy its carriage agreements; the package was extended to Week 16 of the season, included a new Saturday doubleheader split between CBS and NFL Network. On January 18, 2015, CBS and NFL Network extended the same arrangement for a second season. In the 2016 and 2017, the NFL continued with a similar arrangement, but adding NBC as a second rightsholder alongside CBS, with each network airing five games on broadcast television each. In 2018, the NFL reached a long-term deal with Fox to hold the rights through 2022; the games are broadcast on radio via Westwood One, which syndicates the broadcasts to its partner radio stations around the United States.
In 2016, the NFL began to sub-license digital streaming rights to the broadcast TV portion of the package to third-parties, beginning with Twitter in 2016, Amazon Prime Video in 2017, which Amazon and the NFL renewed their contract through 2019, with Twitch set to air some games in 2018. The NFL Network's coverage was not the first time that NFL games were covered on Thursday or Saturday. ABC televised occasional Thursday night games from 1978-1986 as part of its Monday Night Football package. Prior to the new contract, ESPN carried a handful of sporadic Thursday night games and the broadcast networks used to air several national games on Saturday afternoons in mid-to-late December after the college football regular season ended. Incidentally, the only reason the league is allowed to televise football games on Saturday night stems from a legal loophole: the league's antitrust exemption, the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961, was written when the NFL regular season ended in mid-December, as such, it contains specific language that prohibits televising NFL games in most markets on Friday nights and all day on Saturdays between the second week of September and the second week of December, to protect high school and college football.
Since most high school and college seasons have ended by mid-December, other than bowl games, there has been little desire to close this loophole though the regular season has expanded well beyond mid-December since the law's passage. In 2005, when the NFL negotiated a new set of television contracts, Comcast-owned OLN offered to pay $450 million for an eight-year contract to carry NFL prime time games. In exchange, Comcast planned to add NFL Network to its digital cable lineup; the channel was added. The other television deals generated $3.735 billion per year over an eight-year period for CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and DirecTV. Thursday Night Football debuted on November 23, 2006, with the Kansas City Chiefs handing the visiting Denver Broncos a 19–10 Thanksgiving defeat; each of the game broadcasts were titled either Thursday Night Football or Saturday Night Football, depending on the night on which it aired. This format carried over to the 2007 season. Starting in 2008, NFL Network eliminated all but one of the Saturday night games and started their Thursday night package three weeks earlier.
This was done to accommodate the earlier schedule and the league's antitrust exemption that prohibits Saturday games from being held for most of the season. In the following season, all references to Saturday Night Football were dropped, any games that are not played on Thursday (such as
The Cleopatra Complex
The Cleopatra Complex is an American rock band from Miami, United States. The band was formed in 2012 by Gea Gamboa and Paul Trust shortly after a project they were working on named All The Pretty Cars dissolved. Gamboa and Trust have worked together since 2003, when at 15 she started her first band, Faces of March, for which Gamboa was the lead singer/writer and Trust was the producer/writer. Trust has produced or written for such artists as Atom Smash, Say Anything, Diecast and James Durbin; the Cleopatra Complex has a sound influenced by the multi cultural landscape of South Florida and incorporates elements from rock and electronica. The band's first video for the song "Killing Time" was shot and edited on an iPhone 4 by director Keith Douglas Charles Moore, won Best Music Video at the 2012 iPhone Film Festival, it was screened at the 2013 Macworld iWorld event in California. The band is signed to Working Group Artist Management and has performed on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Gea Gamboa - Lead and background vocals.
Writing Paul Trust - keyboards, guitars, production Matt Beach Nick LaNave Thecleopatracomplex.com Workinggroupmgt.com Iphoneff.com Zerogeemusic.com Vanswarpedtour.com Altpress.com
James Durbin (singer)
James William Durbin is an American singer and guitarist from Santa Cruz, who finished in fourth place on the tenth season of American Idol. Durbin is the lead singer for Quiet Riot. Durbin was born in 1989 to Judy Settle-Durbin, a dentist's daughter, Willy Durbin, a bass player, who died of a heroin overdose when James was nine, he announced during his aired audition on American Idol that he was upset he didn't have the chance to know his father well. He was diagnosed with Tourette Asperger syndrome shortly after his father died, he attended Musicschool, a music school run by Dale Ockerman in Santa Cruz instead of a traditional school. Durbin never graduated from high school. Durbin cites popular bands My Chemical Romance and Thirty Seconds to Mars as his inspirations for his music. In 2006, he performed in a Santa Cruz children's theater group called Kids on Broadway and played the lead role in Grease and Beauty and the Beast. In 2007, he played the leading roles of Tony in West Side Story and Oscar in Sweet Charity—both productions produced by All About Theatre, a Santa Cruz community theatre company.
In 2008, Durbin appeared in Alan Parsons' "Art & Science of Sound Recording" educational video series, recording a version of Parsons' "We Play The Game" at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts. He was the lead singer in a band called Hollywood Scars, where he went by the stage name of Jimmy Levox. Influenced by bands such as Metallica, Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden and Mötley Crüe, Hollywood Scars drew their inspiration from the glitz and decadence of Hollywood's Sunset Strip in the 1980s; the band released a single entitled "Under The Cherry Tree". He was in a band called Whatever Fits, he has sung country music. Durbin had auditioned for American Idol in the eighth season, but was not chosen. Durbin was eliminated in the Top 4 on the tenth season, but despite his elimination, he received a homecoming reserved for Top 3 contestants, the first time such an exception on the homecoming policy was made by the show. Footage of his homecoming, dubbed the "Durbin Day", was shown on the Top 3 performance show.
He appeared on the American Idol tenth season finale, singing "Livin' After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law" with Judas Priest. ^Note 1 Due to the judges using their one save to save Casey Abrams, the Top 11 remained intact for another week, when two contestants were eliminated. After his elimination Durbin appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,Live with Regis and Kelly, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Along with the rest of the Top 11 finalists, he participated in the American Idol Tour that season, he appeared in a documentary, Different Is The New Normal, that focused on a teen's effort to overcome Tourette syndrome. Durbin is being managed by 19 Entertainment, alongside fellow contestants Pia Toscano and Haley Reinhart, it was announced that he was signed to Wind-up Records on September 5, 2011. On May 28, 2011, Durbin and the other American Idol top 4 performed at the opening of the new Microsoft Store at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia. Durbin, along with fellow contestants Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, released a Walmart Exclusive EP with his highlights from American Idol.
The tracks feature "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "Uprising" and a unreleased recording of "Good Riddance". Durbin started working on his debut album after appearing on American Idol, wrote with James Michael and Marti Frederiksen, as well as his favorite band Hardcore Superstar; the album was produced by Howard Benson. He recorded a track entitled "Stand Up" for the album Official Gameday Music of the NFL, Volume 2, released for sale on September 27, 2011; the song was included in his album. On November 21, 2011, Durbin released titled Memories of a Beautiful Disaster; the album debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200, at number eight on the Billboard Rock Chart, number 25 on the Digital Album Chart, sold 28,000 the first week. Two singles were released to radio simultaneously—"Love Me Bad" was released to Top 40 radio stations, while "Stand Up" was released to rock radio. Durbin released a Christmas single, "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" on November 27, 2012. Durbin performed "Love Me Bad" on Conan and "Higher Than Heaven" on American Idol in support of his album.
Durbin's second album, was released April 8, 2014. It was produced by Scott "The Ninja" Stevens and Durbin co wrote songs with Scott Stevens, Ted Bruner, Griffin Boyce and Stevie Aiello; the first single, "Parachute," was released on November 22, 2013. Durbin performed "Parachute" on Conan in support of his album. In 2015, Durbin raised funds for his third album via PledgeMusic. In November 2015, Durbin released A Thrill of Hope, he released the video for his first single "Smackdown" in April 2016. On April 7, 2016, Durbin returned to Idol for the final episode of the fifteenth season. On Durbin's 28th birthday, he released a stop motion animated music video he made with his son Hunter. In 2016 Durbin and Alex Grossi of Quiet Riot worked on an album project "Maps to the Hollywood Scars". Volume 1 was released as a 5-song EP in February 2017. In March 2017, Durbin joined Quiet Riot, as their new lead singer; the band reported that their upcoming album, Road Rage would be re-recorded prior to its release to feature Durbin on lead vocals.
Durbin is married to Heidi Air Lowe. They have a son named Hunter, a daughter named Kinzee Cruz; the couple were married on December 31, 2011. Durbin is an avid fan of professional wrestling. DurbinRock Official website James Durbin on American Idol
Starset is an American rock band from Columbus, formed by Dustin Bates in 2013. They released their debut album, Transmissions, in 2014 and their second album, Vessels, on January 20, 2017; the band has found success in expanding the ideas of their concept albums through social media and YouTube, with the band generating over $230,000 in revenue from views from the latter as of November 2016. Their single "My Demons" had accumulated over 280 million YouTube views in the same time period, their most commercially successful song, "Monster", peaked at number 2 on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock Songs chart in May 2017. Starset was formed in 2013 by Downplay vocalist Dustin Bates, the band's lead singer and keyboardist. Bates' interest in astronomy was first fueled when acquiring his masters in electrical engineering as he studied at Ohio University, he completed research for the US Air Force and taught at the International Space University. Bates created the fictional backstory for the band that forms the thematic basis for their music and multimedia.
In the backstory, Starset was formed as part of a public outreach initiative by The Starset Society. The Society's aims were to alert the public about the contents of "the Message" the society obtained from a mysterious signal from space. Starset treats The Starset Society as real in interviews, with few exceptions; the band released their debut album Transmissions on July 8, 2014. The release debuted at number 49 on the US Billboard 200 charts, making it one of the highest debut albums for a rock band in 2014, as of 2016, had sold over 79,000 copies. Three singles were released in promotion of the album, they performed well in the charts, reaching fifth and sixteenth on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock charts. The band released an accompanying novel, The Prox Transmissions, further detailing Bates' fictional back-history of the Starset Society story. Rob Graves, who produced Transmissions, announced on January 26, 2016 that the making of Starset's second record has "officially commenced". Along with the announcement of European tour dates supporting Breaking Benjamin, Starset announced their second album, which Bates said would be more stylistically diverse than the previous, ranging in genre from metal to pop.
On October 4, 2016, Starset posted to their social media an image from a graphic novel produced by Marvel Comics as a tie-in to The Prox Transmissions. The 88-page graphic novel was co-written by Dustin Bates and Peter David, illustrated by Mirko Colak, released in September 2017; the album's first single, "Monster" was released on October 28, 2016. On November 4, 2016, Starset announced their upcoming album Vessels, released on January 20, 2017; the album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The band spent much of 2017 touring in support of the album; the band toured with Black Satellite in the first half of 2017. In July 2017, the band performed at Seether's Shaun Morgan's "Rise Above Fest", alongside Shinedown and Halestorm. A second single from the album, "Satellite", was released in August 2017, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart; the band would continue touring through the first half of 2018, though Bates said he would take a break before pursuing a third album with the band.
Instead, he was planning on releasing music under a different project name - MNQN - which would be far more electronic-based. Bates stated that he had been working on some progressive rock styled music that he intends to release as well, though he did not disclose when, or if, it would be released under the Starset name. In April 2018, the band announced they had signed to Fearless Records, released a music video for the Vessels track "Ricochet". An alternate acoustic recording of the song was released shortly after. In August 2018, the band released a second version of the Vessels track "Bringing it Down", along with announcing a deluxe edition of the album, titled Vessels 2.0. Nine new tracks appeared on Vessels 2.0, consisting of "reimagined", remixed versions of songs from the original Vessels along with a cover of "Love You to Death" by Type O Negative. The album was released on September 28, 2018; the press release for Vessels 2.0 stated that the band plans on releasing their third studio album in 2019.
MNQN's self-titled debut album released on April 4th, 2019, with the first live show date on August 18, 2019 as part of the Wonderbus Music and Arts Festival in Columbus, Ohio.. Much like Starset, the MNQN project features a fictional backstory, based on the titular artificial intelligence created by the Sentience Corp. Due to the large number of styles and influences of the band's work, many outlets, including AllMusic and Revolver all label the band as "rock" or a "rock band". Bates informally describes the music as "cinematic rock" He elaborated further as to what he means by the self-prescribed label, saying it's "as if a hard-rock band did the soundtrack to an epic blockbuster movie...we're blending symphonics with electronics with riff-driven, baritone guitar hard rock." Bates explained the evolution of sound with the band's second album, Vessels: "Whereas was centered in the hard rock lane before, now it goes more metal at times, the guitar work borrows from djent stylings, it gets more ambient at times, using electronics at a more integrated level.
Whereas the strings were more cinematic, there was more of a quartet before, on this record it’s more of an orchestration..." Bates stated he implemented some elements of EDM into the second album. Dave Richards Erie Times-News' described the band's sound as "blending the progressive aspirations of Muse wit