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Speedkiller – Midnight Vampire (Castlevania Blackened Death Metal)

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Speedkiller – Midnight Vampire (Castlevania Blackened Death Metal)

  Yeaaaahhhh get it. You ready for some Vampire: The Masquerade mattafakkas? You’ve got to be careful of vampire stuff, and this is coming from someone who teaches a course on vampires, so like, I know. Vampire aesthetic is of polar opposites: totally cool or totally drool. The cool variety often carries that 18th century […]

Burning Psalms – A Layer of Repugnance Protects My Wounds. (Sadboi Suicide Ambient Noise)

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Burning Psalms – A Layer of Repugnance Protects My Wounds. (Sadboi Suicide Ambient Noise)

  I hate how I have to actively search this shit out. Why are noise, ambient, and so forth artists and labels so bad at promotion?! Anyway, I got lucky on this one on two counts. One, not released yet. Two, the label head is cool and responded in a reasonable far quicker than the […]

Chicken Police – Paint it Red! (Clucking Animal Noir Game)

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Chicken Police – Paint it Red! (Clucking Animal Noir Game)

  At some point in the course of my playthrough of Chicken Police, the new LA-noir-but-where-everybody-has-an-animal-for-a-head game from Handygames, me and my roommate decided we would drink to Sonny Featherland, our protagonist, every time he or his junior partner Marty MacChicken made use of any form of “cluck” (as in “cluck off”), and any time […]

Pneuma Hagion – Voidgazer (Noble Status Nefarious Death Metal)

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Pneuma Hagion – Voidgazer (Noble Status Nefarious Death Metal)

  Now here’s a cover I was really on the fence about, in fact pretty much leaning over to the “no way” side but the more I listened to Pneuma Hagion the more I had to accept it. I’ve received some promos from these guys before, consistently rejecting it for the usual Classical or Neoclassical […]

Hades (Keyboard Rager Hack-and-Slash Game)

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Hades (Keyboard Rager Hack-and-Slash Game)

  Now this game is one that came straight out of the deepest pit of hell, or I mean Hades. The type that will make you mash your keyboard into a pile of broken fragments; from the start a straight up rager. The basic goal is you, as the son of Hades, are trying to […]

Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron (SEGA! Epic Heavy Metal)

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Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron (SEGA! Epic Heavy Metal)

  You guys been like playing that Sega Genesis Nintendo stuff man? To be honest when someone dares name themselves after a totally overrated 16-bit fighting game you can’t expect much. SEGA (you scream)! Maybe it’s just coincidence though, I don’t know, actually it is. The name Eternal Champion comes from some fantasy literature stuff, […]

Koko-Di Koko-Da (Groundhog Day Murder Grief Film by Johannes Nyholm)

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Koko-Di Koko-Da (Groundhog Day Murder Grief Film by Johannes Nyholm)

  When The Babadook exploded in 2014, along came the usual flurry of thinkpieces praising an intelligent horror movie that dealt with the thorny topic of grief. Although labeling this a new development ignores the long history that horror has with bereavement, the recent trend of “elevated horror” films that explicitly address grief is undeniable. […]

Revolting – The Shadow at the World’s End (Acceptable Swedish Death Metal)

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Revolting – The Shadow at the World’s End (Acceptable Swedish Death Metal)

  So I wasn’t a big fan of this at first. In fact I wasn’t a fan at all. I pretty much hated it, but then I realized it wasn’t the fault of Revolting, I had just heard too much typical death metal going through the promos and I forgot, lol, this is the Swedish […]

Omegavortex – Black Abomination Spawn (Exactly Like Their Moniker Blackened Death Metal)

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Omegavortex – Black Abomination Spawn (Exactly Like Their Moniker Blackened Death Metal)

  Lol these guys. I see any reference to voids, chasms, and generally anything that suggests a gaping pit of despair and disorder, I know it’s going to be killer. This goes for any genre but blackened death metal? Yeah, works there for sure. It’s almost a requirement. Germany’s Omegavortex are the true curtain to […]

Star Renegades (Massively Freaking Difficult Space Rebel JRPG)

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Star Renegades (Massively Freaking Difficult Space Rebel JRPG)

  A debate raged in my head as to whether I should review this one. Dark enough? Misanthropic enough? Well there’s some empire in space taking over stuff and subjugating rebels and all that, so within such strife there’s inevitably suffering. We’ll go with it, primarily because I love Raw Fury and they’ve been just […]