Unearthed Arcana: Henri Sorvali and Forgotten Dungeon Synth

There are a billion things I could have asked Henri Sorvali. His work in Moonsorrow and Fintroll is usually a start but so is his work in video game composition or his enthusiasm for gaming. Additionally, I could have asked him about his role in the H&M clothing troll which overtook metal media a few years back. There are a billion things I want to ask Mr. Sorvali but since we has so few moments together, I might as well concetrate mostly on his dungeon synth project. I mean, would…

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DARK SOULS 3

The problem with reviewing Dark Souls 3 is that it’s all too easy to find yourself reviewing the series as a whole. Not a lot changes between incarnations and that which does change – setting, enemy layout, the story being told – changes only enough to be new. It’s clever but that’s nothing new, all that’s changed is the specifics of that design. With this in mind, coupled with the fact that this seems to be the last, this review will be something of a retrospective, taking a look at…

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DUNGEONS OF FATE

Dungeons of Fate came about randomly at International Tabletop Day. When I say randomly, I mean that our DM for the Dungeons and Dragons basic game that I have been hyping up in previous articles never showed, so a table of us were left on our own. Luckily, and quite predictably, the question arose “does anyone have anything they want to play.” I have been long talking about my BaRPG kit, which includes a binder full of one off games and dice box designed for use in bars and at…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #5

I am not going to lie. Finding good power metal on Bandcamp has not been as easy as other genres. Dungeon synth, death, and black all seem to be readily available but finding decent quality power metal, that is also appealing to me, has been hard. Perhaps it is because I am only a tourist in this genre and haven’t given myself over to some of the more popular conventions. While I am sort of whining about the lack of Bandcamp power metal, this month seems to be quality. Perhaps…

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POLYPTYCH release 3rd full length album

Chicago metallers POLYPTYCH have released “Defying the Metastasis”, their 3rd full length album. The album was recorded at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, IL by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos, Like Rats), and was mixed/mastered by by V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany. This new album comes two years after the band’s second album, “Illusorium.” Polyptych fuses styles ranging from black metal to death and doom metal, and seeks to both challenge and absorb their listeners through layers of unique riffs and melodies. Polyptych’s debut record Panels…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XI

I was recently on the podcast Genre Cult talking about dungeon synth. This wasn’t mine rather someone who found me and was asking questions regarding the genre. I have always joked about my dream of becoming a top commentator on the genre, if not an unofficial historian / expert. I know I have a long ways to go before the documentary on Dungeon Synth is made and I am called by the producers to talk in front of a crackling fire while smoking a long wooden pipe, but I believe…

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HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER

Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter has a brilliantly appropriate name, which is unusual from what is, at first glance, like an abstract collection of words. It’s appropriate because it’s unusual, more than a little opaque in its meaning and, most importantly, because it boils down to the concept of movement. Ravenous wolves lunging toward your fragile body? Samurai dogs assuming the battle stance? Crystal golem throwing shards of freezing death toward you? Fucking move.

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BLACK SAILS [S3E10]

Score: 8/9 Hammers Alright the end of Black Sails season 3. Let us catch up on where we are in the wild and wonderful world of irate pirates, aka Black Sails. Charles Vane is dead. I know, I have talked much about how this show sometimes hangs out in the doldrums and never shifts its large cast of characters, but my goodness, they actually killed an important character. For now. This sets into motion the large plot for upcoming season 4, which is the piratical (hopefully that is a word)…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #4

On album art: Every month or so I dive into the world of Bandcamp power metal in order to find something new and exciting. Most of the time I do. For every perfect gem in the pile, though, there are many rocks, under-polished ores, and broken gems that need to be put back together. When combing through pages and pages of albums, album art plays an important role in drawing a person toward a record. While this seems somewhat unfair, it is just the nature of one person having to…

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