Album Review: This is No Fairytale by Carach Angren


a1683979843_2Like most suburban middle class American kids camping was a rather regular part of my summertime curriculum.  And like most camp outs in the middle of the woods a campfire was built at night and around it we sat telling ghost stories, roasting hot dogs, and making smores.  Those times are some of my favorite childhood memories, though not as cherished as they should be.  You see, there was always this one kid, let’s call him Little Billy, who really had a knack for crafting these really dark takes on the classics.  Instead of the man with the hook for a hand popping up behind the campers, Billy took it steps further and had the hook-handed man brutally bludgeon the camper, pop their eyes out with the hook, and suffocate on broken glass.  Then usually the camp chaperone would interrupt and end Little Billy’s macabre imagination.

Turns out Little Billy came from an abusive home filled with alcoholism, schizophrenia, and drugs.  This I never learned about until I opened the paper one day saw an article about how Little Billy had gotten drunk, beaten his girlfriend to death, and then took his own life.  Mutual friends and acquaintances filled me in on Billy’s childhood and my mind immediately recalled those horrible stories he would tell around the campfire.  Since then, I have never been able to look back on those memories the same.  Stuff like this is what I consider true horror.

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Xbox Games With Gold Update: Free Stuff


Best-Free-Software1One of the biggest complaints I hear from gamer buddies about online gaming is having to pay for it.  I understand that a whopping $50 to play Xbox online for an ENTIRE year is tough for some people, but they do give stuff away that might help take the edge of shelling out $50 to fry your brain shooting people, racing, or whatever it is you do online.  For Xbox Gold members, it’s that time again to announce the Games With Gold and Deals with Gold lineup.  They have just been updated.  Here is the listing. Read the rest of this entry

Tales From Bandcamp: 5 Doom Metal Bands You Should Know About


Doom+metal+doom+metal_9cc41b_4923534I love me some doom metal.  Riffs as chewy as Dubble-Bubble, grooves that make Fat Albert look like Calista Flockhart, and more experimentation than a suburban teenager who just discovered weed and masturbation.  There’s so much to love from this genre, and yet I see that a lot of doom fans are still stuck in the Candlemass, St. Vitus, Black Sabbath days and they tend to not notice that there are a great amount of bands in the modern scene really innovating on the genre (while simultaneously keeping what’s so great about it intact).

Here’s a little list of five bands (in no particular order) which can be found on Bandcamp I feel any self-respecting doom fan should take the time to listen to.  My rules for this list were they had to have a full album to listen to on Bandcamp naturally, be relatively new, and they have to still be active.  So as much as I’d love to add Avatarium, Order of Israfel, or Alunah, they don’t quite meet my guidelines, so go check them out on your own time.  If you know of some doom bands that you want to shout out, drop a comment!  Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!! Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Album Review: Sonus Mortis – War Prophecy


Sonus Mortis CoverLabel: Self-Released

Release Date: 31 March 2015

Songs: 15

Length: 56 minutes

Genre: Doom/Death Metal

Studio Albums: Propaganda Dream Sequence (2014)

Location: Dublin, Ireland

 

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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for February


SC logoAs we did last month and as we intend to do every month, we’re very pleased to share some of the information posted during the month by our friends at Sonic Cathedral, the website that specialises in reviews of albums by female-fronted bands. Sonic Cathedral covers a wide range of female-fronted metal and rock.

Once again we’re presenting the album details, an intro from SC, and a link to the full review on SC’s website.

Sonic Cathedral has a web magazine and music store and a Facebook page. We highly recommend both of those places to female-fronted bands, labels and fans.

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Grinding Recommendations


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Corrupt Leaders

A selection of newly released grindcore.

French band Bind Torture Kill (BTK) gives us their first full length, death metal/mathcore influenced “Condamné” (January 26th, self-released)

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Game Review: Resident Evil HD Remaster (Xbox One)


re1hdResident Evil was probably the reason I initially bought a Sony PlayStation back in 1996.  Back then there were plenty of cute cartoony games that involved side scroll fighting and plumbers and stuff, but Resident Evil was so different.  It was actually scary.  It might not be very scary by today’s standards as we have all become immune to grotesque gaming.  But, decades ago Resident Evil defined survival horror and set the foundation for many copycats and unfortunately the excess blood and gore we have today.  There may have been scary games prior to this one, but in my lifetime and gaming involvement, Resident Evil opened a new path in gaming experience.  Why am I talking about it again after all these years?  Well for one, designers need to go back and learn from the subtle nuances of the game…the scary parts, the quietness, and the loneliness.  Today’s survival horror gaming is just ridiculous.  Second, Resident Evil was rereleased and updated in HD for the modern console.  This old guy says…yay!  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Mach Dich Frei by Finsterforst


mach_dich_freiIn my CD collection I have a few CDs where I have no idea when or where I bought them.  They just kinda appeared.  One of those is this double CD called Urwerk by Finsterforst.  It’s nothing outstanding; an ok record.  Still for the life of me, I can’t remember ever buying it.  Anyhoo, I’ve only really listened to it a handful of times and it basically sounds like Moonsorrow plus an accordion player hopped up on a cocktail of cocaine and amphetamines.  Not bad, but a tad repetitive, long-winded, and that overload of accordion can get a bit annoying at times.  I do appreciate the ‘what if Korpiklaani were a black metal band’ thing as an experiment, but… Oh, well.  So, when I saw that we got a promo for the latest record from this anomaly in my CD collection I decided to give it a spin to see if these guys were still berating listeners with post-neo-accordion-black-metal.  To my surprise, what I found is nearly a whole different band who kept their best elements, shook their formula around, and sent their accordion player to rehab.  In short, a band which has really matured a lot since my last experience with them.

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Mammal’s FREE!!! song pick: The Deadstation – Limitless, Or So It Seems


Episode 1When I reviewed The Deadstation’s debut EP last year, I asked two questions: “Where are they hiding the rest of their albums?” and: “Why aren’t there more?” I gave the EP a top rating. It’s superb prog metal.

Yesterday the band posted a Bandcamp stream of a song they’re offering to give away. You do have the option of naming your price, and I’m sure the band won’t moan if you’d like to pay something for the download. However, they want their music to reach lots of people, and giving away an excellent song is one way they’re doing this.

Check out the free download at Bandcamp. Then meet The Deadstation on Facebook. They are Shjon Thomas (guitar, bass and vocals), Ryan Mattheu (guitar) and Greg Murphy (lead vocals and drums). One of their favourite hobbies seems to be interacting with fans.

 

Stream of the Week 20 Feb 15: Gabezia – Bilanx


It’s been a while since we’ve done a Stream of the Week for you.  We hope to bring you more metal this way with a short and sweet description and then let the album stream do the rest.  This week we bring you a Spanish band singing in their native tongue.

After a 7-track EP was released in April 2013, the self-proclaimed Alternative Basque metal band (from Basque country Spain) released their debut album, Bilanx, in November 2014.  Their alt-metal tempo combined with some metalcore elements is a riff-heavy concoction backed by some softer harmonies.  Interestingly, the album’s lyrics are sung in their native tongue.  Overall, this is a band that is letting the metal do the talking.  Personally, it’s not important to me to be able to understand the language as long as I get something out of the music.  Gabezia scores well in that department.  Check out the full stream of Bilanx below.  If you feel like commenting, here is a question for you?  Does it matter if you understand the language?