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Hagzissa – They Ride Along (Real Specter Metal)

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Hagzissa – They Ride Along (Real Specter Metal)

  Occasionally a band like this just totally nails the spook thing. It's October, I'm late on reviewing this and disgusted at myself, it's cold only part of the day, and there are fake ghosts about so I need to fully feel the spook. It's a hard angle to play, though, there's a balance between […]

Drofnosura – Voidfever (Sludge Chunk of Depression)

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Drofnosura – Voidfever (Sludge Chunk of Depression)

  Now and again I come across something like Voidfever and I'm like "where did everyone go?" As the skeletal-faced, hooded thing on the cover by Dusty Ray devours the eyes and pulls inward you become introspective, sullen, and separated. Is it just me listening to this? Why though? It troubles me when a great […]

Piercing (Giallo Sadomasochist Thriller)

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Piercing (Giallo Sadomasochist Thriller)

  Piercing is a bizarre psychological thriller from writer-director Nicolas Pesce, which also doubles up as a dark, fucked-up rom-com that spreads giallo everywhere. Two negatives don’t make a positive, but two nuts create a violent and bloody mess, with lots of yellow. Reed is a family man with an awkward, timid nature, who harbors a desire to […]

Apsulov: End of Gods (Cyberpunk Viking Scare)

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Apsulov: End of Gods (Cyberpunk Viking Scare)

  Freaks, how do I put this? This game is exploding with badassery. From desperately scurrying through shadows away from trolls to fighting all sorts of fierce, colossal beasts with a mechanical arm, there’s always something refreshing. Apsulov: End of Gods was forged by small Swedish horror game studio Angry Demon and it perfectly blends […]

Lord Gore – Scalpels for Blind Surgeons (What I Thought Carcass Would Sound Like Band)

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Lord Gore – Scalpels for Blind Surgeons (What I Thought Carcass Would Sound Like Band)

  As I said on Facebook a few times, Lord Gore clearly nails it for best metal band logo ever, any genre, of all time. I mean look at that, right? Every gender gets defiled equally! Talk about modern SJW pleasure centers. But then again I guess with songs like "Million Maggot March" it's pretty […]

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Castle Game)

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Castle Game)

  Oh damn it's some Metroid Castlevania shoite, which hardcore gamers like to refer to as "Metroidvania" because we need new words for everything instead of just calling it by its damn title Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. It does give you some indication of what to expect, but probably not as good as just […]

Seeds (New England Insect Incest)

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Seeds (New England Insect Incest)

  Take a psychological creature-feature thriller and throw in inappropriate sexual desire so that it’s clear keeping it in the family is not always best and you get Seeds, a haunting debut from writer-director Owen Long. When a night of debauchery spirals out of control, a young man named Marcus retreats to the isolation of […]

Trench Warfare – Hatred Prayer (Ear Infection Death Metal)

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Trench Warfare – Hatred Prayer (Ear Infection Death Metal)

  It's easy to start back up after a vacation where I got a double ear infection (inner and middle, both ears) with some filthy death metal that sounds just like that. Actually listened to this one quite a bit before I left for that fateful, poisonous trip, so it seems fitting to return with […]

Visage (Arthritic Granny Escape)

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Visage (Arthritic Granny Escape)

  Finally, through all the years that have passed us by since the cancelled release of Silent Hill's heavily praised and also terrifying ‘P.T’, something sufficient stepped up to the table, filling the endless void of longing. The games called Visage, and it emerged into life by Indie development team SadSquare Studio in a bold […]

Ogre – When I Land (Isolating Suicidal Noise)

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Ogre – When I Land (Isolating Suicidal Noise)

  Man, this guy hits hard on so many levels. Aurally, visually, philosophically, mentally, I mean I feel like my soul never existed or was replaced with spider webs covered in wrist blood. I've been trying to dip the site further into noise now and then because it's been so underrepresented, but the problem is […]

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