CHAUCERIAN MYTH – The Faerie Queene

This is the first article I haven’t written after a brief hiatus from the dungeon synth. I never said I was done with the sound rather just taking a break. Suffice to say, I became exhausted trying to keep up with the sound and felt overwhelmed after doing the dungeon synth compilation with the endless stream of new music. This combined with me leaving Facebook left me disconnected with the larger scene. While I am sure there are great releases coming out, I was content with only listening tt a…

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Quiet Dreams: The Work of Arnold Böcklin

This article continues my exploration into the use of the supernatural and fantastic within the world of art. From the trivial to the classical, fantasy within art has been employed in various fashions and through numerous means. We have looked at the work of the symbolists as a delver into fantastical imagery. The life of Arnold Böcklin is not something of great note as this Swiss artist came through life most like other artists of the same period, studying at an academy and under different tutors, and with time to…

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KALMAH – Palo

Kalmah Palo

Sometimes with melodic death / power, I am later when actually reviewing the records. This Kalmah record technically came out in June of this year which in the landscape of heavy metal is sometimes ages ago. Our editor always likes to think of these pieces as timeless and without date so we can assume this Kalmah record came out every year. Also before getting into this record, I would like to state for the record that I have not listened to a Kalmah record before despite seeing this Finnish band…

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Watchtower VI

Watchtower is a monthly digest compiling interesting developments in speed, heavy, and doom albums on Bandcamp. to fit the theme of the site, these albums were chosen for their recent release and also for potential interest with people who are already adventuring in the worlds of fantasy. This month’s image comes from the talented artist Jorge Jacinto whose landscapes are made even more dramatic with the addition of small figures in its foreground. Looking through the artists webpage, one can see a fascination with Lovecraft monsters as well as the…

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D&D and MTG: Ravnica Incoming

I never really thought this whole D&D/MTG thing would go past the level of novelty but here we are almost a year old and looking ahead to a new set. If you have read any previous articles, my Magic The Gathering playgroup began playing Dungeons and Dragons with the stipulation that we adventure through popular worlds of Magic. This isn’t that far of a jump as Wizards of the Coast oversees both hobby factions though there has been little crossover in supporters for both hobbies. While both things seem super…

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BEHEMOTH – I Loved You At Your Darkest

Looking back on Behemoths early albums, I am aware they were strict black metal before whatever incarnation in which they currently reside yet I can not think of any distinguishing album that marks their early years. Even the band’s demos, which sometimes hold lofi nostalgia for fans, is forgettable and unremarkable to the outside observer. The earliest record of note is Satanica in 1999 but the Behemoth everyone discusses is from 2004’s Demigod on. Behemoth is a current band and their records and sound has grown through the years becoming…

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A Brawl in Ravnica (Part 2)

If you remember my previous article in regards to a Brawl In Ravnica, I was discussing the various commanders one could use if they were attempting to play Brawl. I think I am going to extend this article in just discussing the cards themselves and their implications as a full commander. My playgroup and I might be moving away from Brawl until it sorts itself out for a more wild west of casual play. This does not mean the rollercoaster format of Brawl cont be of interest to other people…

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Spelljammer

Spelljammer Comics

For as unrecognized and obscured as Spelljammer has become, it is a wonderful scale at which to view the cosmography of the Dungeons and Dragons universe. This is, of course, if you want to view the belief structure and technological milestones of a fantasy universe. I will of course be discussing the early 90’s comic book which is based around the ideas and concepts introduced in 1989 with the Spelljammer supplement. Before we get to the comic, let us first get our head around what it was like in the…

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STRATOVARIUS – Enigma: Intermission II

Stratovarius - Enigma

It feels strange to discuss a compilation in regards to a new album but it seems that Stratovarius has put a considerable amount of work into what could have been a bullshit compilation release. Hold on, lets go back. Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal group who has the benefit of being able to call themselves one of the pioneers in the European power metal style along with Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, and Helloween. The work of Stratovarius in the 1990’s is marked with stellar albums such as 1997’s Visions…

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The Wonder of Real: The Work of Donato Giancola

It is strange talking about realism when it comes to fantasy art. Realism means many different things as it could be related to the qualities of the picture, the subjects of the painting, the idealization of those subjects, or a melange of all of those things. The realism of Jan Van Eyck is different than Jean-François Millet as it is different to Chuck Close. When we talk about the Real we discuss many things that may not be related. Realism, for many, discusses and expresses how things are portrayed and…

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Watchtower V

Watchtower is a monthly digest compiling interesting developments in speed, heavy, and doom albums on Bandcamp. to fit the theme of the site, these albums were chosen for their recent release and also for potential interest with people who are already adventuring in the worlds of fantasy. This month’s image comes from Magic the Gathering with an older set called Return to Ravinca. The image, illustrated by Svetlin Velinov, depicts the Simic Guildgate which is one of 10 gates to the guilds which rule over Ravinca. I could explain more…

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A Brawl in Ravnica (Part 1)

Brawl In Ravinca

EDITORS NOTE: At the time of writing this article, Brawl has been announced to be retiring from MTGO which closes a very few strange months for the format. While Brawl still exists and most likely will continue, its existence as a 1v1 competitive format closes the chapter on a format that is suffering at establishing its identity. Below are my thoughts on Brawl in the era of Ravinca. ——— A brawl is surely brewing. Well, we hope. Brawl, for me, has been a wild ride. From excitement to hopeful to…

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Guilds of Ravnica: Artwork

I love Ravnica and so will you. We are about to fully plunge into spoiler season regarding the next set for Magic the Gathering: Guilds of Ravnica. This set will bring players back to a plane that is a “Ecumenopolis” — a word I just learned which means a worldwide city. Ravnica was initially released in 2005 and with a sequel, Return to Ravnica, in 2012. The announcement of a third installment into this ecumenopolis, instilled a deep seated sense of joy as Return to Ravnica was my first set…

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SATAN – Cruel Magic

Satan - Cruel Magic

Satan has perhaps the most iconic name in heavy metal history — not because they are the most iconic band in metal history but rather Satan is a pretty big deal. This is what happens when you name your band first and retain a legacy that overshadows all of the other black metal acts with the same name. 1981 saw the first demo from UK heavy metal act Satan and since that time, this cult followed act has retained the rights to being the coolest Satan. It also helps when…

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