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Tales From Bandcamp: Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom Score by Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom


a3608266349_10The second I saw the band name and cover art for Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom I had to click on it and see what it was all about.  Expecting some sci-fi doom band I was pleasantly surprised that the record is a score for a ten-cent sci-fi schlock-fest film by the same name and the music is an homage to the glorious scores of 80s sci-fi and horror flicks like Blade Runner, Day of the Dead, Terminator, and 80s John Carpenter.  Jam packed full of synths and more synths I immediately fell in love with this electronic cheese.  Not really metal, but whatever, the band name makes it metal enough.

If cheesy sci-fi synth music is something you can get down with, give the record a spin, it’s atmospheric and fun.  If not, just watch the trailer for the film, which is undeniably metal as fuck.  Now, if you excuse me, I need to go get my hands on that flick.  Enjoy!!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Game Review: Primordia


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Can the maker repair what he makes?

-Roy Batty

By now, video games have reached a point where questioning religion, society, war, and other difficult and taboo subject matter have found their way into the subject matter.  Dig deep into the lore of games like Portal 2, Bioshock, Limbo, El Shaddai, Deus Ex, Spec Ops: The Line, Metal Gear Solid, etc. and you will find deep and introspective ‘mature’ subject matter.  I applaud games like this for giving the medium a much need push forward, and when a game comes out that tackles these type of themes I make it a point to play it.  When I first caught wind of Primordia through the Steam Greenlight feature the concept of a post-apocalyptic world where man had become extinct and robots and androids lived on to create their own society where some had began to worship their makers, man, had really piqued my attention.  Then quickly seeing it was being co-produced by one of my favorite adventure game publishers, Wadjet Eye (Gemini Rue, The Blackwell Series, Resonance), and newcomers Wormwood Studios, I knew I had to get my hands on this game.  Did Wadjet continue their amazing track record, are Wormwood Studios a worthy new dev. team, did Primordia live up to my lofty expectation of delivering quality gameplay as well as a narrative that would tickle my brain?  Read on. (note: I’m trying a different style to my game reviews and am now going to add a score at the end :gasp!:, hope you dig it)

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Tales From Bandcamp: When Lightning Strikes by Drakkar


Click to go to the Bandcamp pageLast year there was one power metal release that really caught my ear.  Drakkar’s When Lightning Strikes was a thorough dose of soaring guitars, melodic vocals, and all round powerful power metal all tied together with a neat sci-fi narrative.  What I really liked about the record was that it had all those fun sensibilities I love about power metal but was able to maintain a mature and modern tone and not come of hammy.  To keep things short I’ll just link my review of the album here if you would like something more in-depth to read about the album.  I also did an interview with band founder and guitarist Dario Beretta and you can read that here.  But, if anything, what you should really do is click on the play button below and give When Lightning Strikes a listen.  Let us know what you though.  Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

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Retro Game Review: The Longest Journey


For the longest time I’ve been a fan of graphic adventure games (aka: point and click adventure games).  My roots with this style of gaming goes back to the VGA games that were produced in the late 80’s/early 90’s with stuff like Kings Quest and various other Sierra games.  My love (and many others) of this genre deepened when I came across the mad mind of Tim Schafer and Lucas Arts with games like Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion where they perfected the point and click formula down to a perfect ‘T’.  Then graphic adventure games seemed to just fall off the map getting little to no exposure and many games falling well under my radar.  One of the games to fly right under my radar is 1999’s The Longest Journey by Ragnar Tørnquist and Norwegian studio Funcom.  I have heard that this game was heralded as the best graphic adventure of all time by many sites and people, but for some reason I never got around to playing it when I initially heard about it.  Then Steam had their summer sale and offered a package of this game along with its sequel bundled together for a nice price, so I took the plunge to brush up on a game that I should have played years ago and boy am I happy I did.

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Backtracks: The Sword – Warp Riders


I first found out about The Sword the old-fashioned way(well, old-fashioned for me).  I was flipping through the channels on the t.v. and noticed that the only redeeming thing on MTV was on, Headbangers Ball.  So, like a good little metalhead, I sat and watched some metal videos.  Unfortunately, that evening they were showing a bunch of crap and I was about to give up and change the channel.  Then, a video starts with the words “THE SWORD” flying from the screen with a snowy forest backdrop and a sludgy intro riff.  What ensued after was 4 minutes of kick ass, no-frills, old-fashioned metal.  From that moment I was complete sold.  The next day I went out and pick up their masterpiece album “Age of Winters”.  That was back in 2003.

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Album Review- Iconoclast- Symphony X


These days it seems that New Jersey is nothing but a place filled with crooked politicians, overly tanned douchebags, and high taxes.  While all that may be true, there is also great things coming out of my place of origin from delicious submarine sandwiches to the real Jersey Shore areas such as Pt. Pleasant, Cape May, and Asbury Park.  One of the best things that is coming out of NJ right now is music, namely progressive metal powerhouse Symphony X.  Having just released their 8th full length studio album Iconoclast, these Jersey boys have struck gold yet again and delivered a beast of an album.

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