In an increasingly secular society Pope Francis is charged with ensuring the survival of the Roman Catholic Church. For centuries, Pope’s have overseen the world’s most dominant religion. The Catholic Church has survived scandal after scandal. Pedophile priests, the forced immigration of children, and corrupt banking practices are just a few of the matters that Pope Francis and his predecessor have had to deal with in recent years. As List Verse points out, there have also been scandals around the Catholic Church’s collaboration with Nazi’s, and its alleged mafia links, as well as numerous sexual abuse scandals.
Ed Sheeran is back. Anyone with even a passing interest in the music industry will be aware that Sheeran dropped off the radar over the past 12 months. Sheeran told his fans that he needed a break after two massive selling albums and years of constant touring. Sheeran may have been out of the public eye, but he certainly hasn’t been idle. During his hiatus, there has been a ton of speculation over who Sheeran might be dating, but we have heard little about Ed’s music.
We are just three-weeks away from WWE WrestleMania 33. As the date approaches for wrestling’s showcase event, WWE has been busy introducing storylines to set up WrestleMania 33. As recently reported by the Inquisitr, recent editions of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live, have been used to set up “grudge matches” for WrestleMania. We saw Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton refuse to face Bray Wyatt. That was swiftly followed by Orton setting fire to part of the Wyatt Family compound. Unsurprisingly Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt is back on.
WWE superstar John Cena, returns to the ring on Sunday for the 2017 Royal Rumble. Of course, Cena is not competing in the battle royal himself, instead Cena gets the opportunity to win his 16th world championship. Many were surprised when it was announced that Cena would face off against 2016 sensation AJ Styles, in a world championship bout. After all, Cena rarely enters the ring these days, his film and TV work keeps him busy elsewhere. Nonetheless, AJ Styles vs. John Cena is a mouthwatering prospect for WWE wrestling fans.
Fans of the WWE network will know that the annual Royal Rumble takes place at San Antonio’s Alamodome this coming Sunday, January 29. The 60,000-seat arena plays host to what is the most open Royal Rumble for many years. The official WWE website has listed a total of 18 entrants for the 2017 Royal Rumble, and the lineup includes some huge names. The Undertaker, Bill Goldberg, and Brock Lesnar are just a few of the huge names already declared for this year’s Royal Rumble, but the supporting cast is the strongest for many years.
WWE wrestling fans don’t need to be told that The Undertaker has been one of the biggest attractions in wrestling for over 25 years. As recently reported in the Inquisitr, The Undertaker has been installed as the bookmakers favorite to win the 2017 Royal Rumble, which takes place this coming Sunday, January 29. The Undertaker was installed as the Royal Rumble favorite after appearing on Monday Night Raw two weeks ago to announce that he would participate. In recent years, the Deadman has only tended to appear at WrestleMania, the WWE’s annual showcase event.
Gnarly punk-rock trio God Damn have shared a tongue-in-cheek video for infectious brand new track ‘It Bites’ via DIY today. The single release follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2016 album ‘Everything Ever’, which saw them support rock giants Foo Fighters and embark upon extensive tours with Red Fang, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and more, while Daniel P. Carter (R1), NME, Kerrang!, Clash and DIY championed the album.
The riotous zombie-themed video follows on from the similarly horror-tinged video for previous single ‘Dead To Me’, and features lead guitarist Thom as a flesh-eating zombie. The idea was inspired by iconic Michael Jackson video / short film ‘Thriller’, as well as ‘Everybody’ by Backstreet Boys. Ash explains: “I remember the original idea came to me just after Halloween time, and I thought to coincide with the song title, the video should involve some sort of biting – I really wanted to emphasise that.
“At the time I was thinking more down the route of a vampire or werewolf character/s going around biting people who would then turn into versions of us, the band, so eventually everyone looks like us, and we are taking over. When the idea was put forward to Tim (Mobbs, director) he took it and ran with it, and came up with this great storyline of Thom as a zombie, which also links in with the ‘Dead to Me’ video that we released last year.
“We filmed it over 2 days. One day in Birmingham filming the out and about scenes (woods, park, British Legion club, cake scene). The following day we took it back home to Wolverhampton where we filmed the van scene and the live footage. Both days were really enjoyable and loads of fun. The hardest part for me was keeping a straight face, when I watch the video back I find it even more hilarious because I know that for most of my scenes, 10 seconds before I was probably laughing my head off.”
Produced by Ross Orton (The Fall, Drenge, Tricky, MIA) and recorded at McCall Sound Studio in Sheffield, ‘Everything Ever’ sounds everything like God Damn, and yet nothing like Vultures – a debut album that came inspired by more than a handful of demons – and simultaneously rocketed the duo onto grand festival stages, and stadium gigs across the UK. The album is upbeat (“these are still nasty songs though”, Thom insists), and unabashedly pop, in the same way Nirvana’s Nevermind was ‘pop’: prizing the value of a tune, and using artfully crafted verses and choruses to slip past your defences and detonate little stories when you least expect it.