Category Archives: News
News that we pick up from the web, or news with the blog site.
New England-based Fates Warning is back with another album after a 9-year absence from the studio…the longest gap between albums. Darkness in a Different Light is their 11th studio album…and we aren’t counting the Arch/Matheos album from 2011 although that was pretty much a classic Fates Warning reunion under a different moniker. Setting that aside, it’s been a while since we have been graced with fresh Fates Warning progressive sounds. My initial response to the new work was favorable, but not in the sense that the long wait was worth it and I am exceedingly excited, but favorable in the sense that the new music is okay and a welcome addition to my music library.
Them. The people who do this blog. They invited me in for a tour. I hid under the drum stand until they’d gone out for supper, then made myself an official Metal State Of Mind scarf with pictures of bunnies on it. Now they’re not allowed to throw me out. I shall learn to type and post music stuff here when They are least expecting it.
Album: Inside of the Machine
Length: 67 Minutes
Release Date: 11 Oct 2013
Record Label: Mausoleum Records
Style: Progressive metal
67 minutes is a long time to show the world what you’re made of. Assignment uses their time wisely by bringing us wide-ranging melodies, a hard edge, and the necessary odd time signatures that make progressive metal…progressive. They also take things a step further with slight emphasis on symphonic elements bordering on power metal. I do hear a lot of Dream Theater influence along with some of the harder edge from early Fates Warning. One thing Assignment did differently compared to many other similar bands is they kept their songs down to shorter standard boasting 14 total songs, not the standard 8-10 songs one might find on a Dream Theater album, for example. Overall, the album brings us a wide variety of sounds for us to absorb which keeps the album interesting from beginning to end. It will take several listens to truly appreciate what Assignment put together because there is so much going on.
I just started re-playing Bioshock: Infinite yet again and began pondering what is it that keeps me returning to the game and wanting to discover every banal detail within it. It pretty much sums up to I really love the game’s narrative (gameplay as well, but narrative more). So I started thinking which games from this now closing gaming generation impressed me the most with their strong narrative not taking gameplay faults into consideration. Since it has been a while since I’ve rambled on about video games or made some kind of list, here’s my un-numbered top 5 game narratives of the current gaming generation.