HÄXAN (1922)

Holy shit guys and girls. So recently I have found myself drawn to early fantasy, science fiction, and horror of the silent film era. In the last review, we took a trip to the goddamn sun with George Meleieis Impossible Voyage. I enjoyed the films of the early 20th century for their brevity where 20 minutes was adequate time to digest wondrous travel. Now we have a film which is not only 2 hours in length but is probably one of the more dense subjects tackled in early film making.…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST III

Dungeons Synth Digest III

One of my dreams is to become an expert on dungeon synth. Or at least talk about it enough that people think of me as an expert. Or even become an expert by default in absence of anyone else who cares. Whatever the case, this genre, that was opened to me by the work of Erang, has led me into a magical world of fantastical ambient music and obsessed musicians who create landscapes within their own heads. There are few musicians attached to this genre, and perhaps even fewer listeners,…

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MAD MAX

At first glance, the Mad Max franchise seems ripe for a video game adaptation. Open worlds, constant combat and ludicrous outfits are the touchstones of the films, culminating with the fucking awesome and successful “Mad Max: Fury Road”, an hour and a half car-chase that manages to tell a story of post-apocalyptic desperation, survival and hope entirely through the medium of exploding mutants. It’s a hell of a pedigree, especially considering the usual quality of movie tie-ins. Warner Bros aren’t exactly doing badly with their games department lately either. Considering…

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ANTICOSM – Anticosm

American Black metallers Anticosm have seemed a little bit uncomfortable with the idea of a full-length album since the beginning. Since their first release ten years ago there’s been a whole bunch of singles and EPs, but only one other full length album, 2009’s “Against the Cosmos”. With this, their second and self-titled full album, they’re hoping to cement the image they’ve been forging over the last decade.

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AMORPHIS – Under the Red Cloud

Amorphis are a Finnish heavy metal group with its origins in the far and distant pre-history of 1990, which means they’ve spent a good 25 years experimenting with their style. They call it “melancholic rock” and while their history covers every metal genre you can shake a goat’s head at, this outing settles pretty definitively on a melodic/folk hybrid. It’s catchy and ballad-like, with the kind of hooks you usually see though a butcher’s window suspending half a pig, and while you could easily say they’re a little hammy, you’d…

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GHOST – Meliora

Ghost return to their fans having dropped the B.C. that accompanied them through their last release, the controversial and softer “Infestissumam”, and with it have hardened up a little. Not so much as to be unrecognizable, but perhaps (they hope) enough to placate those bored by their last offering. Personally I didn’t find it all that engaging. It was missing the solid musicianship of their debut album, though the theatrics were as commanding as ever. Exactly what you’d expect from a band headed by an evil pope and backed up…

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KYN

Kyn (2015)

Kyn, (according to the eminently respectable website babynamespedia.com) has its origins in Japanese and English. I mention this because I Imagine the folk who made this game decided to call it Kyn because it sounded cool and vaguely Scandinavian and never really stopped to figure out if it made any sense. I mention this because, having played the game, I wonder if that was their entire development style.

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THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE (1904)

A few years ago, for the months of Autumn, I ran through the highlights and gems of early Horror beginning at the Phantom of the Opera in 1925 all the way to the early 60’s Hammer films and the revitalization of classic monsters. It was during this point that I found myself drawn to early cinema as a bold frontier in film-making, as many aspects that have become commonplace in cinema were still being toyed with and experimented. Take this and add the theme of fantastic storylines and one has…

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MAMMOTH – Innate

This is good for me. I should take a break from all the black, death, and doom metal which has currently been populating my queue. A refreshing in the progressive pool once in a while is good for the soul. At least that is what they said. I do not know who they is. Maybe shamans or Tool fans. Regardless of any of my preconceptions involving instrumental tech prog, one thing is certain: the level of technical knowledge and craftsmanship which is needed to make such a record does not…

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