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Empathy, Inc. (Empathetic Exploitation but in Sci-Fi)

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Empathy, Inc. (Empathetic Exploitation but in Sci-Fi)

  Imagine a virtual reality where you can smell and touch. Commit murder without repercussions, indulge in your deepest fantasies without waking up sore, cleaning up the mess or checking for an STD. Empathy, Inc. is the second film from director Yedidya Gorsetman with writer Mark Leidner, a brilliant sci-fi thriller that takes a look at our obsession with […]

Garage Bad Trip (Acidhead VHS Zombie Horror)

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Garage Bad Trip (Acidhead VHS Zombie Horror)

  Yeah here we go. If there's one thing that's an easy sell in a video game, it's got to be mutated freaks you blast into pieces, but maybe not because WTF no one seems to be playing this. But wait add getting high off of chemically-soaked rats, killing prisoner guards with nail guns, two-headed […]

Ami-Bique – きょむりま (From Japan = Good Always)

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Ami-Bique – きょむりま (From Japan = Good Always)

  I've been begging for some good noise for so long I decided it's not a musical genre anymore. Harsh noise wall, which is what I usually see in the promo emails, also needs to die. It consistently lacks purpose, the stuff children create. Record AM radio static and add some meaningless, deep title to […]

GrooVenoM – Wir müssen reden (Lol Trancebore)

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GrooVenoM – Wir müssen reden (Lol Trancebore)

  Sure formula for destruction is core + anything else. See that core? It will, lol, bore. Metalcore, deathcore, anycore, shed a tear for the human race, and then jump off a bridge. Imagine my suicidal thoughts when I saw this particular German troupe in the promos, who annoyingly spell their name with only some […]

Stonecast – I Earther (I Wanter More Space Metal)

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Stonecast – I Earther (I Wanter More Space Metal)

  Wow, what do you know, I was ripping on power/melodic and whatever else metal a week or so ago and here we are again. Is this the end? The artwork by Stan Decker would seem to suggest so, but I do have some kind words today, at least for Stonecast, and at least a […]

Pathologic 2 (First-Person Suffering Sim)

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Pathologic 2 (First-Person Suffering Sim)

  When I stumbled across this game on Steam, my dumbass dismissed it foolishly quick. “Wow, another generic first-person survival horror shooter.” But this idiotic train of thought couldn’t be further from smart. I anticipated completing it in a few sittings, which slowly descended into a thick, depressing mosh of trial and error as I […]

MFKZ (GTA San Andreas Goes Sci-Fi)

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MFKZ (GTA San Andreas Goes Sci-Fi)

  MFKZ, co-directed by Guillaume Renard and Shoujirou Nishimi, is a lot of things crammed into 90 minutes of kinetic animated insanity. The nod to anime is rather overt, but there’s also an influence of alien sci-fi, call-outs to the GTA games and various elements of hip hop culture with a dose of the sort […]

Pounder – Uncivilized (Badass Period Heavy Metal)

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Pounder – Uncivilized (Badass Period Heavy Metal)

  I can't remember the last time I reviewed heavy metal. Unlike thrash, which you still feel totally badass for listening to, heavy metal can lack that effect outside of its original context, that is, the olden times. It has a tendency to feel more dated than Satanic imagery in metal at large. Oh shit […]

Fimbul (Almost Big Frikken Game)

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Fimbul (Almost Big Frikken Game)

  Yeah been looking to hack and slash my way through a game recently and this one happened to randomly appear in my queue. Any game with big frikken beasts is sure to please a little, and if they're trolls, well cool then because lots of black metal maniacs read this site and they like […]

Punk Never Ends! (Heroin Crust in Slovakia)

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Punk Never Ends! (Heroin Crust in Slovakia)

  Those who enjoy soap-opera drama of people’s misery should grab a glass of wine and popcorn for the feature debut from director Juro Šlauka, Punk Never Ends! (Punk je hned!), a bleak, realistic look into drug addiction. It’s the perfect film to let kids know the glamorous life they could lead if they became an […]