Big Metal Month (March)

Amorphis is a band who I totally know and respect for their early contributions to a subgenre and know almost nothing of their recent work. Queen of Time is the band’s 14th record since 1992 and marches closely to 30 years for the band being active. Queen of Time also sees a return and reformation of most of the original members for Amorphis which is funny considering how far this band has gone with membership. “The Bee” is an oddly named song but sees Amorphis where they feel most comfortable with a sound that is both harsh, melodic, progressive, and spotless in its production.

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MTG D&D: Army of the Damned

If by chance you caught my previous article on adventuring in the planes of Magic: The Gathering you will know that my Commander group plunged into the world of Innistrad with Dungeon and Dragons 5th Edition. Some of the highlights of these sessions was the knowledge of the plane as well as the flexibility of the 5e into making things fun and enjoyable. This was our 5th time working through Army of the Damned and by the conclusion I atleast found the whole experience invigorating.

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Sword of Sorcery (1973)

Sword of Sorcery

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser is the name of two characters created by Fritz Leiber as well as a sword and sorcery empire which spans decades. This may sound strange as it is not as popular as Conan or Tarzan and rests as the second tier of fantasy material one draws from right around the same time as discovering Kull, Allan Quatermain, or Solomon Kane. the publication history for Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser is also weird as the initial stories were released in the early 1940’s but had a…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXXIV

Dungeon Synth Digest XXXIV

For weeks, you’ve been looking for adventure in this forsaken wilderness, with nothing much to show for it. It’s autumn now, with winter fast-approaching, and you’ll be in real trouble if you don’t earn some treasure soon. As you’re finishing breakfast at a cheap inn, a traveler walks into the common room. In a loud voice he says, “Peace be upon you all! I, Hakeem the merchant, seek Hargath Stonehand and his worthy friends! As I passed through Sylvanhome forest on the way here, I stopped at The Manor, a…

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Big Metal Month (February)

This is the third single from Judas Priest’s 18th album Firepower. The previous singles, “Firepower” and “Lightning Strike”, gave longtime fans and people who havent listened to metal since the 80’s something to look forward to to as both songs shook off the lethargy of previous records. “Never The Heroes” shifts down in terms of tempo but is still just as strong as previous singles even more so when not looking at the lame lyric animated video.

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Arion: Lord of Atlantis (1981)

arion lord of atlantis

I know what you are thinking. Yes, Arion is from Atlantis. Yes Aquaman is also from atlantis. Nom it isn’t as easy as them being in the same Atlantis. That makes things more interesting and more confusing is the magic weilding character of Arion is wrapped up more in the stories of Superman and Powergirl and was debuted in a Warlord comic. Yes, he is the lord of Atlantic and is a vital importance to the shaping of the Atlantean world. Yes, he was the child of two Atlantean mages…

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Weird Stories: The Life and Work of Hannes Bok

Stumbling on Hannes Bok was much like anyone other random run in with a fantasy artist. It began with searching through names of artists I did not recognize and then looking at their work and immediately falling in love with everything they did. Most fantasy artists I find fall into the contemporary era of 70’s to the present as the time period fits into the idea of what we think of fantasy. Finding fantastical art done pre 1950’s is rare and it usually belongs to the realm of illustration. One…

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DUNGEON SYNTH DIGEST XXXIII

Dungeon Synth Digest XXXIII

You have arrived at the town of Stallanford, on the Duke’s Road. The town is bustling and busy, with many visitors and merchants’ wagons seeking hostels and stables for horses. This is no ordinary day, for tomorrow is the first day of the King’s Festival! Karameikos has no king, but this long-held festival honors a great hero of the distant past, King Halav. Long before Karameikos was a nation, King Halav of the Traldar folk fought with his warriors against evil Beast-Men. In a great battle, Halav and the king…

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VAELMYST – Earthly Wounds

Valemyst Earthly Wounds 2018

And it is time to come up from the graveyard, warehouse, and whatever festering bog for a different approach to death metal. Are those guitar solos that are not done by blunted buzzsaws? I say this fully knowing that Vaelmyst (the slaughter mist that appears over the bodies of the slain) is nowhere near the level of pop accessible. With that said, if one was looking for a fun excursion down the well threaded paths of melodic death with competent musicians and vocals that sound like severed heads, then you…

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VISIGOTH – Conqueror’s Oath

I do not think I have seen an album take over my social media feed as much as the new Visigoth. This is hilarious as Visigoth is not the type of band that many people know about unless you are into this type of music. Though the last.fm statistics for Visigoth put them at 9K listeners, metrics go out of the window when dealing with niche sounds with rabid fanbases. What are numbers for bands like Eternal Champion, Manilla Road, Atlantean Kodex, and Night Demon? The internet is a weird…

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Pathfinder Log (4th Entry): Seven Days to the Grave

Rules vs Fun This Pathfinder Log is my attempt to document my gaming group’s first run through the classic campaign Curse of the Crimson Throne. This is the first time my group has done a prewritten adventure and because of that everything goes hilarious. Coming from the world of homebrews and GMs that like to play loose with the rules, Pathfinder, for us, has become a great storytelling mechanism which has enough depth to keep players immersed in devices for their character. While 5E sounds like it would be perfect…

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Exploring Ixalan: Rivals

rivals of ixalan

Continual MTG Commentary from a Kitchen Table Enthusiast Rivals of Ixalan is the conclusion of the Ixalan block for Magic the Gathering. Rivals of Ixlan is also the last small set from Wizard for the foreseeable future. For much of Magic’s history, the block format (either 2 or 3 connected expansions released over the course of a few months) have come to be the way the company distributes its product. This was the way most people have come to know Magic and how they explore the setting. Starting 2015, Magic…

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SUMMONING – With Doom We Come (2018)

With Doom We Come

The news of With Doom We Come, the 8th record from Austrian black metal band Summoning, was met with an undeniable and overwhelming amount of excitement not just from the perspective of a group of fans but from followers of an entire genre. Dungeon synth’s relationship with Summoning may seem a bit complex being the band has a tandem relationship with the sound but with the announcement of the band’s first in five years caused an uproar in small bedrooms. This is perhaps why the new Summoning record is so…

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