album review: AFFIANCE – Blackout

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Affiance - Blackout (2014)

Affiance – Blackout (2014)

AFFIANCE
Album: Blackout
Released: September 23th 2014
Label: Bullet tooth records
Website: Facebook
Score: 6/9 Hammers


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I bet on paper Affiance seemed like a fucking awesome name. Shit, it looks like a fucking awesome name if you don’t know what it means. Sadly, thanks to a misspent childhood I do know what it means.

It means “engaged”. And not the cool kind of engaged. Not engaged like “Right-o, johhny. I’ll just engage this bomber and then it’s straight home for crumpets, wot wot” (for some reason, Englishmen can never think of fighter pilots as anything other than ludicrously moustachioed gentlemen piloting spitfires. Just ask Iron Maiden if you don’t believe me), but rather, engaged to be married. Continue reading

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film review: WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)

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White Zombie (1932)

White Zombie (1932)

WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)
Directed By: Victor Halperin
Starring: Béla Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn
Website: IMDB
Score: 7/9 Hammers


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It is time to depart the realm of Universal based horror films to somewhere else. While all recent horror reviews have centered around the iconic films of the early 20th century, as well as gems made from the same studio, there were others to consider. White Zombie, by all definitions and terms, was an independent film that was pieced together with thin budgets and a condensed schedule. The film’s “star” Bela Legosi was hired for an undisclosed amount of money and served as the film’s sole draw. It is not surprising the film did not do well upon its initial release. What is surprising, however, is how odd and slightly unnerving the film is today. Continue reading

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game review: FABLE ANNIVERSARY

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Fable Anniversary (2014)

Fable Anniversary (2014)

FABLE ANNIVERSARY
Developer: Lionhead Studios
Released: September 12th 2014
Website: Official
Score: 4/9 Hammers


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This is the fourth time I’ve bought Fable, and I suspect I’m not alone in that. Launching originally for the Xbox in 2004, it sold well enough that the developers decided to re-release the finished version a year later. Naturally, I bought both and then, when the bigger version came to Steam, I bought that too. And you can see just how much I loved it on this very site.

Now, marking the fourth time I’ve paid full price for Fable, I feel like after spending what must be in excess of a hundred dollars on the same game now, I’ve done my bit. And I get to be a little critical. Continue reading

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album review: CANNIBAL CORPSE – Skeletal domain

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Cannibal Corpse - Skeletal Domain (2014)

Cannibal Corpse – Skeletal Domain (2014)

CANNIBAL CORPSE
Album: Skeletal Domain
Released: September 16th 2014
Label: Metal Blade
Website: Official
Score: 9/9 Hammers


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The challenge, when reviewing any of Cannibal Corpse’s stuff, is to try and say something that hasn’t already been said. This is a band with history, goddammit – a 24 year long legacy of meteoric success, of overcoming any and all obstacles. Long neglected by the radio and TV, by leveraging the power of word of mouth, Cannibal Corpse have developed the kind of cult following necessary to overcome national bans of their music in Australia (and even countries who aren’t secretly run by a shadowy cabal of frightened old ladies and racist uncles, like the usually bad-ass Germany) and earned the ire of earth’s most boring custard balloon, Bob Dole.

They’re also the biggest Death Metal band in America, finishing off the apparent synopsis to a Metalocalypse episode that is their history. Continue reading

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film review: WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935)

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Werewolf of London (1935)

Werewolf of London (1935)

WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935)
Directed By: Stuart Walker
Starring: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson
Website: IMDB
Score: 4/9 Hammers


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Watching old horror films can illuminate certain trends among films that may have been previously missed or latent. Cinema, as well as other forms of art, can be thought of as a projection of present cultural attitudes. The renaissance of cinematic horror, which populated the early half of the 20th century, is as full of transparent fears and desires as it is with monsters in makeup. The character of the Wolfman does not illustrate humanities’ fear of wolves, rather this 1935 horror film continues the theme of horror by way of discovery. Much like films before it, the real mistake came through curiosity and unleashed a hairy creature upon the population. Continue reading

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album review: XERATH – III

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XERATH - III (2014)

XERATH – III (2014)

XERATH
Album: III
Released: September 16th 2014
Label: Candlelight
Website: Official
Score: 8/9 Hammers



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I wish I could open up this review saying that Xerath were a long-time favorite of mine. Admitting that this, their third album since forming in 2006, is the first of theirs I’ve heard almost feels like a sacrilege. I mean, these guys were award winners before they were signed, and they’re from the UK! And they were at bloodstock! These are my people.

But I can’t. What I can tell you is that, for approximately 4 hours now, these guys have been one of my favorites.

Despite originating in Basingstoke (a city every good English citizen will be able to tell you is definitely a place, and nothing else) and letting Count Von Count name their albums, Xerath’s III is one of the most interesting albums I’ve heard this year. Continue reading

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