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Videogames: Free Stuff on Xbox for the Month of April (2015)


According to the article on Yahoo! Games, since Xbox launched the Games with Gold program, there has been over 100 million downloads.  People seem to be enjoying the Games for Gold deal.  Currently, Xbox gamers can download…for free…Rayman Legends and It Draws a Red Box for the Xbox One and Bioshock Infinite on the Xbox 360.  Not a bad deal at all even if you just download Bioshock. It’s a great game.

April’s new download list should excite some gamers simply for the sheer volume of games that will be available during the month of April.  Six this time.  Of course, this should appeal mostly to those still hanging on to that 360 since there will be more games available for that system.

For the Xbox One during the entire month of April 2015, you will be able to download with your Gold subscription:

Pool Nation FX.  Personally not much for these games, but I do like billiards.  I may squeeze this one on to my hard drive.  Try not to giggle when she says you can “play with your balls.”

Child of Light.  Based on the trailer, it looks like this game is uniquely challenging.  Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Forgotten Tomb – Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love


colour coverAlbum:  Hurt Yourself and the Ones You Love

Release Date:  17 April 2015 (EU); 21 April 2015 (North America)

Label:  Agonia Records

Songs:  7

Length:  51 Minutes

Genre:  Doom/Black/Stoner

Location:  Italy

Previous Albums:  Songs to Leave (2002); Springtime Depression (2003); Love’s Burial Ground (2004); Negative Megalomania (2007); Under Saturn Retrograde (2011); …And Don’t Deliver Us from Evil (2012).

If you tried combining black metal, doom, stoner, and a bit of 70s style hard rock, do you think you could do it?  What could possibly go wrong?  Well, a lot could go wrong.  While stoner rock/metal tends to lean on the hippy, happier, beer drinking side of metal, doom is rather moody and laced with melancholy.  Not always, but mostly.  While black metal is extreme, 70s hard rock is far from it.  Combining all of those elements seems hugely challenging to me and seems like it would be difficult to process as a listener.   Read the rest of this entry

Album Review: Ensiferum – One Man Army


Ensiferum-One-Man-ArmyAlbum:  One Man Army

Label:  Metal Blade

Song:  15 (including four bonus tracks)

Length:  68 Minutes

Previous Albums:  Ensiferum (2001); Iron (2004); Victory Songs (2007); From Afar (2009); Unsung Heroes (2012)

Genre:  Folk Metal

Location:  Finland

I like the opening riff to One Man Army (the song not the album).  It isn’t revolutionary in terms of guitar riffing, but the way it kicks off the song reminds me of early thrash metal; energetic and enthusiastic.  Take away the folk elements from this song and its core is pure speed/thrash metal.  Before you dismiss Ensiferum’s One Man Army (the album) as just another niche folk metal album, think again. Yes, you will hear all of the fundamentals of a folk metal album, but if you take the time to peel away the layers you’ll hear there is more buried between the swords, spears, and pre-battle hymns than you might expect.  And I will say this…the folk parts seem much more tame compared to older albums.

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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

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

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?

EP Stream: Major Denial – Self Titled EP


Major Denial hails from Athens, Greece and boasts a melodic progressive sound in a ballpark with Fates Warning.  In fact, they enlisted special guest Mark Zonder formerly of Fates Warning from 1988-2005 and again in 2010 to drum on these tracks.  Despite forming in 2013, their songs are reminiscent of 80s-90s progressive metal, clean, with crisp with strong vocals.  Their 4-track EP is available for streaming or downloading at Bandcamp.  Enjoy!

EP Stream: Tidalwave – Self-Titled EP


Tidalwave is a hard rock band from Charlotte, NC. With similarities to bands like England’s Furyon and America’s Foo Fighters, they have that classic hard rock appeal that is easy to get into while still being edgy.  Currently a two-piece band, Tidalwave has cemented a solid foundation that could certainly cement them as permanent fixtures in the mainstream.  Below is a link to their bandcamp page where you can check out their 4-track EP.  Enjoy!

Album Review: Furyon – Lost Salvation


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As much as I love complicated rhythms, odd time signatures, blast beats, deathly growls, and other wild riffs and things; sometimes I like music that doesn’t have any of that.  There are numerous bands fitting for what I am talking about, but a standout among the newcomers of the music world is Furyon.  From the southern UK comes the latest album Lost Salvation, the sophomore effort from these classic hard rockers. Read the rest of this entry

Game Review: The Evil Within (Xbox One)


D_093155118539I can’t think of a game in recent memory that has been more overblown than The Evil Within, at least in the survival horror genre.  Tango Gameworks took cues from just about every other horror game out there; Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Outlast, etc., and put them all into one mashup, hence, it’s unoriginal!  I will give the developers props for a few things, but seriously how many puss-filled, pulsating, veiny, acid-spewing, bulging mucous looking sores-on-walls am I going to see in these kinds of games?  Time to come up with something new; let’s get back to scaring the crap out of gamers with suspense instead of wowing us with the fantastically grotesque.

What started off as a pretty legit story line; cop responds to gruesome murders at Beacon Mental Hospital.  Cop sees some really strange crap and runs for life.  Cop and friends escape in ambulance (earth shakes violently); ambulance crashes in the woods; cop and friends get split up (of course).  Cop runs through woods trying to find his way.  And this is where things start to take a turn for the worse.  And when I mean worse, I don’t mean for the safety of the cop protagonist, I mean took a turn for the ludicrous worse in overall gaming experience.  Read the rest of this entry