Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess

I enjoy doing end of the year lists. I also enjoy doing separate end of the year lists geared toward different audiences. While I am sure people would be interested in the best underground black and death there were other great albums too. I am not saying that power, progressive, symphonic, and traditional metal need to be processed differently, but rather that the individual strengths of each can be experienced when taken to a quiet corner on its own. Additionally, there were some albums that, compared to the rest of…

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The Hollywood Metal Top 5 Games Of 2013

Valdis Story Abyssal City

Before I start this off, I want to make something clear: This isn’t going to be the “best” games of 2013. This is going to be a list of the five games I had the most fun with this year. That means that if I get sent me a message saying something like, “Hey, your list is wrong!” or “slaughterkill 9 is way better than these games!” then I’m going to assume you’re either the faceless old woman who lives in my house or are full of shit. And if…

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The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

the hobbit - the desolation of smaug

I am very defensive of the Hobbit films. In fact, I will probably spend this holiday season arguing with friends and loved ones about my affection for this epic rendition of a 1937 children’s book. This attitude is due, in part, because I found myself immensely enjoying Peter Jackson’s attempt to retell the classic fantasy story while watching so many glaring flaws. The Hobbit will always be a case with many holes and, unlike its predecessor, is going to be won with passion. My defense comes against a wave of…

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ALMAH – Unfold

ALMAH - Unfold (2013)

Almah’s “Unfold” is a conflicted album. It’s the fourth full-length release by the band, which is notable for being fronted by Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi. As it turns out, his bizarre criteria for band names is the least of his worries. Opening bruiser “In My Sleep” is a flurry of aggressive riffing and syncopated drum rhythms that demands your attention, but this combination is quickly discarded. Most of the rest of the album is decidedly slower and more simplistic and often bears little resemblance to what I would classify as…

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Dust An Elysian Tail

Before I start taking my customary pound of piss like some kind of urophillic Shylock, I want to start off with a bit of a disclaimer. This whole damn game was almost all one guy. The art, the programming, almost all of the writing. It’s one dude. In the credits, they (or rather, he) address this using the “A Dean Drodill game” because anything else would force you to spend about ten minutes while the official title of every position he filled rolled past. He’d look unbearably smug, and like…

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The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey

Yes. I know I am still rounding out 90’s fantasy movies but this is different. This is something special. With the release of The Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson’s second part in the massive retelling of The Hobbit, I thought it would be fitting to watch the first film, An unexpected Journey again. I mean, what else am I doing? It is the holiday season after all and what better way to spend it than in Middle Earth with dwarves, hobbits, wizards, and wargs? Also, I feel it is necessary…

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AYREON – The Theory of Everything

It has been five years since Ayreon has released the best album of the century. Wait. Strike that. Since the creation of music. No, not big enough. Since the beginning of time. I only seem to hear about Arjen Lucassen and his project Aryeon when fans flood the streets proselytizing unfettered genius. Everything about Aryeon sounds like a hyperbole and there is zero room for second guessing. There are no casual fans of Ayreon. Only believers and people who do not get it..yet. To catch up, Aryeon is the a…

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WOLFHEART – Winterborn

WOLFHEART - Winterborn (2013)

So, Tuomas Saukkonon of Before the Dawn, Black Sun Aeon, and a multitude of other bands has gone solo. Having disbanded all of his collaborative projects, he’s now completely free to do whatever he wants musically, without compromise. What path will he forge on his solo debut “Winterborn”? As it turns out, a path very similar to the one he’s been traveling for years. This album picks up right where his previous projects left off, which might be a relief for fans but didn’t do much for me. I’m admittedly…

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Assasin's Creed - Black Flag

Assassins creed, If you’ve no experience with the series, is a alternative Metal band from the late nineties that became famous for such grungy hits as “Torn esophagus”, “One (knife in your throat)” and the game changing “what’s this life for? (If not Assassin parkour)” Ok, I’m just messing with you. Creed are famously one of the least murderous bands in the world when it comes to the annual sacrifice of roadies (though they do get pretty wasteful with some Ban-Bons at about 2.40) And, of course, they’re not pirates…

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GLORYHAMMER – Tales from the Kingdom of Fife

Yes, I understand that this record came out in Spring of 2013. With that said, look at the calendar. The end of the year is approaching and we need to make sure we hit on everything people have been remotely talking about. Well, not everything. That would be impossible. One of the more talked about power metal records has been from a Scottish/Swiss based project called Gloryhammer. Gloryhammer is fronted by Christopher Bowes, the vocalist and keyboard player from the “pirate metal” act Alestorm. Alright, I can see where this…

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