GRIMJACK – Omnibus (1983 – 1985)

Grimjack

I mean, who wouldn’t want to read a comic about a pan-dimensional detective mercenary swashbuckler. That shit sounds awesome. Grimjack was the name of a comic that got its start in the 1980’s by John Ostrander and Timothy Truman. Ostrander is known for his work outside of this series, particularly his late 80’s run of Suicide Squad for DC Comics as well the more recent Star Wars Legacy comic from Dark Horse. Truman has, and is currently, writing the Dark Horse series for Conan and its many iterations. Before all…

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television review: BLACK SAILS [S3E01]

BLACK SAILS [S3E01] Aired: January 23rd 2016 Produced By: Michael Bay Directed By: Alik Sakharov Starring: Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold Website: IMDB Score: 6/9 Hammers Oh fuck, what in the hell happened during the last two seasons of Starz series Black Sails? Well, if you have just watched the previous two recently, this whole series is sending you 60 miles down a careening hill and you do not need a recap. If you are like me and it’s been a year since you sailed the high seas, the…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #1

In an effort to keep up with power metal as much as other genres this year, I have decided to comb through Bandcamp each month and listen to a variety of albums pulled from it. It is my hope that by the end of this year I will reach some sort of opinion on the state of power metal. This will be, of course, subject to whether or not the album is on Bandcamp, which may only paint a select portrait but I can only do so much. In fact,…

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TOUKIDEN KIWAMI

Fun Fact: did you know that Christmas was originally a pagan holiday known as the winter solstice, where Germanic tribes would feast and orgy as tribute to the gods of games development in the hope that they would release some fucking videogames already? It’s in deference to this ancient tradition that I’m reviewing Toukiden: Kiwami six months after it came out. If I had to describe it in the shortest terms possible, I’d say it were Monster Hunter with all the atmosphere hacked off. Monster Hunter, for reference, is an…

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WITCHHELM – Jotunn

The problem with Witchhelm is that they’re almost impossible to talk about. Not because of some bloody Mary style curse featuring the diseased leshen of their cover art, but because there’s very little that can be said for their music that won’t turn to bullshit on your tongue halfway through an album. Like chameleons in corpse paint, by the time you’ve finished describing what they are they’ve almost certainly become something else. Other than pointing out their proclivity for long, jazzy and ethereal metal, they’re don’t seem big fans of…

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Dungeon Synth Digest VII

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. you are here because someone, probably me, has talked enough about this strange little genre that at least enough interest has been piqued for further investigation. This genre was opened to me by the work of Erang and has led me into a magical world of fantastical ambient music and obsessed musicians who create worlds with sound and imagination. There are few musicians…

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Dungeon Synth 2015

2015 was an important year for me, personally, since this was the time when I really fell head over heels for a style known as dungeon synth. If you have been reading my digests, interviews, and features regarding this genre, then you are already aware of my praise of this genre. If you are new here, then let me give you a condensed version of dungeon synth: a very small genre of mostly solo musicians making bedroom fantasy music on synth machines. There. Pretty simple right? Unfortunately this seemingly simple…

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