GRAND MAGUS – Sword Songs

Grand Magus

When the first thing you see of an album is something so nonsensically brilliant as a sword wielding eagle, you know you’re in for a good time. I mean, first of all, where’d he get that thing? What kind of person decides that nature’s answer to the cruise missile isn’t murdery enough, but 30 inches of tempered steel will help? And what does he need it for? He can’t cut properly bearing it in both talons, so surely he’d have to land first and use it in one. Is that…

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Illuminated Letters: The Visual Art of Canrith Knox

This is perhaps one of the first pieces I have done on dungeon synth that is not primary related to music. Music styles and subgenres have visual components which attach themselves whether or not to album, merch, or general motif. The aesthetic of any genre allows the style to grow organically giving it an identity and gives people a chance to identify related objects. Some genres relay heavily on a visual aesthetic which others are loosely held together by a motif. I feel, at this moment, dungeon synth has a…

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Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup #6

Sometimes finding recent and new power metal is tricky. This goes especially true when bands keep releasing old material on Bandcamp and set their album in a strange middle ground between old to the world but new to most of the audience. This Bandcamp Power Metal Roundup is dedicated to a wide net of bands that have released great albums that may have gone unnoticed. Though I enjoy listening to all forms of power metal, the four collected here today share the same lineage of US power metal and good…

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D&D BASIC (1983)

This is it. Months of pining over playing an actual game of Dungeons and Dragons using the basic rule set has finally come to a pass. The pass is when I acquired a original ruleset and forced all of my friends to come over and play it one Saturday. Sometimes one needs to take things in their own hands to get games rolling and stop thinking about what things would be like. What follows is a mix between review, history, and impressions of gameplay coming from a group that has…

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THE BANNER SAGA 2

The Banner Saga was, and is, one of my favourite games of all time; a strangely poetic experience of a crumbling Nordic world, dead gods and mythic horned giants told almost entirely through the medium of an extensively updated version of the Oregon Trail. Battles are fought, secrets are discovered and your caravan will wither or prosper based on the choices you make on the way to your destination. Banner Saga 2 is pretty much the same thing, so much so that it almost necessitates a recent play through of…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XII

I find myself fortunate to be here and now within the dungeon synth community as I can see things working at an observable pace. The Facebook group for dungeon synth community has been an invaluable tool not only for seeing people’s projects posted but also to see the growth of fledgling artists into reliable makers of the style. Within the small microcosm of a 745 member group, one can get a sense of a strange community between people who have banded together under one weird flag. The glimmers of support…

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ADAMAH release new EP

Adamah

Melodic death metallers ADAMAH have released a new EP entitled “Heretics of the Dawning Star” Hailing from Lidköping, Sweden, the four-piece cites In Flames, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Behemoth as influences. The 20 minute EP showcases the band’s ability to blend both the melodic and the blackened side of the metal spectrum to create their own voice. The EP was mixed and mastered by Jesper Joelsson at Nordic Sound Labs and is available on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes and Amazon.

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TARZAN (1972)

Okay let us get right down to it. Tarzan has had a lot of comic adaptations and the one I will be talking about is, perhaps, the most famous but it is one of the hardest to find. Aside from comic strips, Tarzan in comics began with Tarzan #1-131 running from 1948 until 1962 under Dell Comics. Afterwards, #132-206 was produced from November 1962 to February 1972 under Gold Key Comics. #207–258 is the particular piece of the series I will be talking about and was the time when the…

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