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Ghostrunner (Cyberpunk Head Removal Sword Game)

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Ghostrunner (Cyberpunk Head Removal Sword Game)

  Phew dang do I have a huge backlog of games to review. Here I am thinking I have all my serious life work pretty much done and then I convince myself I need to edit a textbook. Damn it. Well, I’ll have more time to play and stream in a few months, don’t worry, […]

Hymnr – Far Beyond Insanity (Plague-Ridden Melodic Black Metal)

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Hymnr – Far Beyond Insanity (Plague-Ridden Melodic Black Metal)

  Usually I see some “insanity” reference and I want to cry. It’s like late works of Gothic literature that tried to creep with “scary” mental illness. Honestly, it’s not that scary. Really it’s not. So to see the same trope with black metal of the melodic variety? Come on now. That’s what I thought. […]

Crypts of Despair – All Light Swallowed (Abyssal Death Metal)

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Crypts of Despair – All Light Swallowed (Abyssal Death Metal)

  This is…just good. I don’t know how else to say it. It’s good. Actually very good, so I can add at least that word to the review here to be more verbose. I can probably manage more than that, we’ll see. First off, congratulations to Crypts of Despair, because this is the first Lithuanian […]

Monarch – Future Shock (Retro Post-Apocalyptic Alien Stuff Thrash)

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Monarch – Future Shock (Retro Post-Apocalyptic Alien Stuff Thrash)

  Well make this the second thrash band of recent development I reviewedm but I still have the same opinion I’ve always had; thrash needs a few things to survive these days. Obviously the music needs to slam, that’s without need of explanation. But theme and lead are key. Devils and shit is blackened in […]

Syning – S/T (Catacomb Synth Depressing Black Metal)

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Syning – S/T (Catacomb Synth Depressing Black Metal)

  Oh groan, I said, scoping the cover of this. I like my corpses in black and white, but though I’m not 100% certain I’m pretty sure this is yet another metal cover utilizing a shot from the Capuchin catacombs. If not, something close to it and when repetition of this nature is strong, you […]

Můra – Doom Invocations and Narcotic Rituals (Opium Addicted Death Doom)

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Můra – Doom Invocations and Narcotic Rituals (Opium Addicted Death Doom)

  Lol these filthy shits. I can’t remember the last time I reviewed a Czech band but I’m not going to bother to look because these guys are all that matter at the moment. I often wish blackened metal, of any attached genre, would just slow the hell down now and then. Really does it […]

Cambion – Conflagrate the Celestial Refugium (Conundrum Inducing Technical Death Metal)

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Cambion – Conflagrate the Celestial Refugium (Conundrum Inducing Technical Death Metal)

  It’s been a bad week or so for promos, let me start there. Everything I’ve received has been a disappointment; either failing miserably with the art, or reaching, at best, average achievements in the music. That brings us to Texas’ Cambion. To be honest, I found this to be a goddamn conundrum at first. […]

Everhood (Retro Weirdo Boss Battle RPG)

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Everhood (Retro Weirdo Boss Battle RPG)

  Everhood is what happens when you bottle up an acid-trip run through Beatmania in a smoke-filled basement arcade and manufacture an NES cartridge out of the bottled essence. You take on the role of a one-armed doll engaging in dance battles with toads and ATMs that spit out little guitar hero buttons to dodge. […]

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Loneliness Creepypasta Glitch Horror Film)

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We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Loneliness Creepypasta Glitch Horror Film)

  The avenue connecting horror cinema and creepypasta culture has generally been a one-way street. Creepypastas take plenty of influence from horror films, but the only mainstream stabs at adapting them are Sony’s 2018 Slender Man and Syfy’s Channel Zero series. There’s assorted indie Youtubers, exploitation mockbusters, and scaremongering docudramas, but We’re All Going to […]

Medieval Demon – Arcadian Witchcraft (Ancient B00bs Black Metal)

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Medieval Demon – Arcadian Witchcraft (Ancient B00bs Black Metal)

  Now here’s a band that can get people into trouble. Well, specifically me. And to be more specific it’s because many of their band photos include female booby slaves and social media doesn’t like the reality of the human body. Therefore… I mean the aesthetic is ace and somehow makes corpse paint look cool […]