Imperialist: ZENITH [ALBUM REVIEW]
Jul21

Imperialist: ZENITH [ALBUM REVIEW]

Over the past decade or so, California has produced more than a few bands with fresh perspectives and interpretations of extreme metal subgenres such as technical death metal, black metal, and deathcore, among others. Teleporting in from environs east of Los Angeles, Imperialist engineers another exciting offering in a particular variant of black metal known as “cosmic” or “sci-fi” black metal. Taking musical and vocal elements from classic Scandinavian black metal, Imperialist creates their own unique sound with precision riffing, relentless drumming, savage yet articulate vocals…

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D&D and Food: Proof Explores The Tasty Side of Nerdiness [ARTICLE/PODCAST]
Jul14

D&D and Food: Proof Explores The Tasty Side of Nerdiness [ARTICLE/PODCAST]

As we get to just two weeks before Gen Con, it’s made us really think about the fact that RPGs like D&D are best explored with food. And even though I don’t know what the eating rules are about making a full buffet to eat with your RPG buddies at Gen Con, I know that most home RPG games have almost as much focus on food as on quests and monsters. That’s when we came across this amazing podcast…

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First Fragment: Gloire Éternelle [ALBUM REVIEW]
Jun09

First Fragment: Gloire Éternelle [ALBUM REVIEW]

Band/Artist: First Fragment Release House: Unique Leader Records Genre: Neoclassical Technical Death Metal One Sentence Synopsis: Second album from Canadian neoclassical technical death metal band First Fragment. Series: Second installment of concept Single/EP/Album: Album Release Date: October 29, 2021 Estimated Length: ~72 minutes MSRP: $9 (digital); $15 (CD) Website: Click Here Trailer/Video: Click Here Purchase Site: Click Here...

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Senistro: Soulripper [ALBUM REVIEW]
Jun03

Senistro: Soulripper [ALBUM REVIEW]

Band/Artist: Senistro Release House: Independent Genre: Gothic Rock One Sentence Synopsis: Female fronted Gothic Rock band from Germany Series: Standalone Single/EP/Album: EP Release Date: June 23, 2022 Estimated Length: 23 minutes MSRP: $7.50 Website: Click Here Trailer/Video: Click Here Purchase Site: Click Here Reviewed by: Reverend Leviathan Final Score: 3 Moons (out of 5)   Originally founded in 1991 by Ralph Zalejski,...

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Aeternam: Heir of the Rising Sun [ALBUM REVIEW]
May19

Aeternam: Heir of the Rising Sun [ALBUM REVIEW]

Band/Artist: Aeternam Release House: Rockmark Records Genre: Symphonic Death Metal One Sentence Synopsis: The new full-length album from Canadian symphonic death metal band Aeternam. Series: Standalone Single/EP/Album: Album Release Date: September 2, 2022 Estimated Length: 47 minutes MSRP: $10 (digital); €14,90 (CD) Website: Click Here Music Video: Click Here Purchase Site: Click Here Reviewed By: Kastrophylax Final Score: 5.0 Moons...

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Candlemass: Epicus Doomicus Metallicus [RETRO REVIEW]
May12

Candlemass: Epicus Doomicus Metallicus [RETRO REVIEW]

  Band/Artist: Candlemass Release House: Black Dragon Records Genre: Doom Metal One Sentence Synopsis: Debut album of doom metal pioneers, Candlemass Series: Standalone Single/EP/Album: Album Release Date: 6-10-1986 Running Time: 43 Min MSRP: $10.29 Discount Link: Click Here Website: Click Here Sample/Music Video: Click Here Purchase Site: Click Here Reviewed by: Reverend Leviathan Final Score: 5.0 Moons (Out of 5.0)  ...

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The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook For Surviving Medieval England [BOOK REVIEW]
May05

The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook For Surviving Medieval England [BOOK REVIEW]

The book starts off with a bang as our amnesia-riddled protagonist finds himself in a field with a flaming outline of his body behind him and the burned remnants of a book scattered to the four winds. As he tries to figure out how he got to wherever this is, he realizes he knows things about the world and time he comes from, but nothing specific about himself. For some reason, he has a great desire to review everything around him in multiple-Star ratings, including trees, rivers, and forts. For example, after hiding behind a tree to evade ominous looking thugs, our protagonist mentally…

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Haken: Fauna [ALBUM REVIEW]
Apr28

Haken: Fauna [ALBUM REVIEW]

Although Haken started their recording career in 2010, they demonstrated their full potential with the musical diversity, complex arrangements, and storytelling power of Visions (2011).  With The Mountain (2013), Haken truly took the progressive music scene by storm and earned the attention of fans worldwide.  In that recording they also developed musical themes and characters (the “Cockroach King,” for example) that they would continue to weave creatively through the music of their next three albums.  In this trilogy of albums, Haken would add heavier, djenty riffs, experiment with complex ti

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Grief Collector: In Times of Woe [ALBUM REVIEW]
Apr21

Grief Collector: In Times of Woe [ALBUM REVIEW]

Doom metal band Grief Collector began in 2017, originally with Robert Lowe (known for Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus) on vocals. After releasing two amazing albums (From Dissension to Avowal and En Delirium) they parted ways, and In Times of Woe will be Grief Collector’s third album, and their first album with new vocalist Julian Küster.

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A Certain Point of View: Were Star Wars’ Celebration News Fanfic? [FILM EDITORIAL]
Apr14

A Certain Point of View: Were Star Wars’ Celebration News Fanfic? [FILM EDITORIAL]

It’s perhaps the worst kept secret in Hollywood that Kathleen Kennedy is on her way out from running LucasFilm, with most industry insiders believing her departure will be officially announced after the release of Indiana Jones 5.

So, with that in mind, what can we actually count on to remain true from this year’s celebration announcements in regards to new Star Wars’ films? We do our best to guesstimate for you!

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Why You Trippin’? An Epileptic’s Journey Into Psychedelics [ARTICLE]
Apr03

Why You Trippin’? An Epileptic’s Journey Into Psychedelics [ARTICLE]

It is estimated that there are about 3.4 million people with epilepsy nationwide. Contrary to what many might think, epilepsy is more than just seizures. Something all epileptics struggle with is depression and anxiety, which can be intensified by medication. Can psilocybin be used to treat it? One epileptic discusses his experience.

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