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Retro Round Table Review: Imaginations from the Other Side by Blind Guardian


imaginations_from_the_other_sideAlbum Review: Blind Guardian – Imaginations From The Other Side

Label: Virgin

Release Date: April 5th, 1995

Songs: 12

Length: 1 hour 8 minutes

Genre: Power Metal

Studio Albums: 9 plus 1 compilation album

Location: Krefeld, Germany

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Full Album (err, EP) Stream: Faustian Echoes by Agalloch


Ever since I laid my ears on the masterpiece The Mantle by North American black metal band Agalloch they thrust themselves into the top echelon of my favorite bands.  Their ability to get such deep feelings of nature and the Earth into their music is pure bliss to my ears.  While many of their lyrics deal with melancholy, sorrow, and loss there is a feel to the music that radiates with beauty, hope, and love creating a wonderful balance of emotions.

They have just released a new E.P. and made it available for all to hear.  Faustian Echoes takes inspiration from the literary masterwork, Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and features some of the heaviest and darkest music Agalloch has written to date.  Recorded as a single track passing the 20 minute mark there is a lot to absorb and listen to in this E.P.  I really enjoy the voice-overs reading sections ofFaust in between the different suites of the tune.  They really add to the narrative of the tune and give it a darker and more intense feel.  But enough talk.  Crank up your radio, zone out, and escape to the world of Agalloch.  Let us know what you thought in the comments.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Game Review: Dear Esther


Dear Esther at its core is a video game.  It uses 3D textures, models, and landscapes to create a world for you to go from point A to point B in with a first person view-point.  And, at about there, it stops being a ‘video game’ in the traditional sense and becomes more something else.  What that something else is I really couldn’t tell you as I have yet to experience anything quite like Dear Esther before.  It is bereft of all conflict, there are no tricky jumps or maneuvers to make, and there is nary a single puzzle to solve.  You simply explore a deserted Scottish Hebrides island at your own pace taking in jaw dropping gorgeous vistas, landscapes, and caves as a narrator chimes in from time to time and reads fragments from a letter to a woman named Esther.

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