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My Big Sister (Soul-Crushing Reality-Infused Ghost Adventure)

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My Big Sister (Soul-Crushing Reality-Infused Ghost Adventure)

  There's been a surge in 16-bit styled games in the indie market, usually of the RPG variety since Squaresoft worship will never die. Was The Secret of Mana really that good? Remember one of the bosses was Santa Claus? Yeah, forget that game. Of course they released some pretty stellar titles otherwise, but were only one of several […]

The Evil – S/T (Non-Evil, Mask-Wearing Doom Metal)

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The Evil – S/T (Non-Evil, Mask-Wearing Doom Metal)

  I saw the masks and I wanted to enjoy this thoroughly. The cover, by Fernando Drowned of The Most Destructive Art, had me mask-loving, But, as it turns out I only enjoyed the music partially. There's something less threatening about doomers wearing masks on stage than you find with blackened death metal or black […]

Construct of Lethe – Exiler (Pretentious Thesaurus Metal)

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Construct of Lethe – Exiler (Pretentious Thesaurus Metal)

  So here’s the thing, Construct of Lethe know exactly what they are doing musically. And by that, I mean they have such a refined ear for composition, recording, and compelling melody. They don’t just stop at the melodic death metal drudge and drear and are clearly interested in pushing their sound into a musically […]

Taina – Seelenfresser (Industrial Metal Still Tries Lol)

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Taina – Seelenfresser (Industrial Metal Still Tries Lol)

  I should have known before I started. Taina, I'm sorry, Seelenfresser was set to sprint, but it tripped immediately, shaken by the poof of the starting pistol. The 1990s are gone, friends, though we still worship them when we forget. What we tend to forget is the parts we actually aren't nostalgic for at all. Here's a […]

DE·TA·US·TO·AS – The Immaculate Triumvirate (Sexy Death Industrial)

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DE·TA·US·TO·AS – The Immaculate Triumvirate (Sexy Death Industrial)

  The Immaculate Triumvirate by DE·TA·US·TO·AS, bedecked with the photographic mastery of Eva Paià, is not the unholy see of Roman Emperor Gods that I had let wreak havoc upon the middle ages but, rather, a duo of Catalonian shades which impart my dark wisdom upon provincials. In "As Above So Below," the shades bring […]

Deluded Mind (First-Person Asylum Drug Romp)

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Deluded Mind (First-Person Asylum Drug Romp)

  My first thought on anything trying to frighten me using an asylum setting is one big looooooool I don't feel like writing. Whoops. Deluded Mind came up rather randomly while I was searching for another scray [sic] video game to review and I have to tell you it was not the theme that drew me to […]

Butcher ABC – North of Hell (ABCs of Goregrind)

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Butcher ABC – North of Hell (ABCs of Goregrind)

  I know I've heard of this Japanese grind machine before, this Butcher ABC, I just can't remember where. Then again, there are a ton of bands in Japan just like this, but this particular gathering of grind maniacs is one of the oldest. They've been around for almost 25 years now, and that's an amazing […]

Vanhelga – Fredagsmys (Black Metalcholy)

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Vanhelga – Fredagsmys (Black Metalcholy)

  Yeah this Swedish outfit has has got me crying. The sound of it turns the most pleasant disposition into a soiled, soggy mess. Plus I'm pretty depressed I haven't heard much of Vanhelga before this moment. The name seems as though it's somewhere in the mists of my memories, but it's but a whisper too […]

Altar of Perversion – Intra Naos (Biblical Black Metal)

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Altar of Perversion – Intra Naos (Biblical Black Metal)

  Jesus Son of God and the Holy Virgin with the Spirit be praised. See that cool harpy angel by Denis Forkas Kostromitin? I don't have a lead for that, so just get ready to open those Old and New Testaments, because Italy's Altar of Perversion are here to write a fooking Bible. You think I'm […]

Lychgate – The Contagion in Nine Steps (Scholarly Metal)

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Lychgate – The Contagion in Nine Steps (Scholarly Metal)

  Nice, that cover by the totally unknown Michael Guy is the perfect lead-in because I've been waiting to use the word 'scholarly' in reference to metal so I can feel like I'm above everyone else. Actually I already have presented myself as such, but this makes it official, and I should get an honorary […]