TREASURE ISLAND

Treasure Island

This particular review exists because of my insatiable lust for all things BLACK SAILS. If you’re unfamiliar, that is perfectly forgivable as it airs Saturday nights on the obscure STARZ network with a limited audience reach as a consequence. Nevertheless, the show has garnered recurring critical acclaim over the three seasons that exist to date. Our own Kaptain Carbon reviews the series for Hollywood Metal. The length of time comprising a week is never more apparent than when it separates airings of your favorite show. Last week I filled this…

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DRAGONWOOD

Dragonwood

A deep-seated regret I have in life is missing the boat on Magic: The Gathering. Unlike most D&D players, who seem to have an automatic knowledge of MTG, I have not yet learned how to play this most epic of fantasy card games. Granted, my D&D career was short-lived (5th-8th grade) but I still feel like I missed a turn somewhere. Now that I follow Kaptain Carbon on Instagram, that deficiency is thrown in my face nigh on daily. (The Kaptain is at some Magic Grand Prix event in D.C….

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The Hollywood Metal Top 5 games of 2015

It’s years end again; the days get shorter, the night gets longer, small gods the world over brace themselves for eternal night that’ll never come. It’s in the darkest part of the year, a grim reminder of why so many ancient religious picture the world falling to snow and ice rather than fire. As that snow falls and the world itself seems to die around us, we’re filled with that most human of needs: the need to blindly fantasize about the past and figure out which five games are adorning…

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Power Metal I Missed in 2015

Every end of the year I try and round up all of the power metal albums that have come out over the year and that I have listened to, then I try to make a judgement on them in list form. This never works. This does not work because I do not listen to nearly enough power metal compared to other genres. I am not the person to ask regarding high profile power metal that could be added to the canon of contemporary releases. What I can do, however, is…

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Hollywood Metal’s Spooky Halloween Playlist

I enjoy Halloween for it’s simplicity. For a few weeks out of the year, everyone is allowed to embrace darkness. It is a joyous occasion when ghosts, ghouls, witches, and the terrifying occult are giggled at and made into the atmosphere of a party. This pretty much makes up most of heavy metal so I do not see why you wouldn’t have a playlist of the best spooky music for this season. However, let us face a hard fact. Any Halloween playlist will be discarded come November 1st, and all…

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An Obituary for Sir Christopher Lee

It is difficult to be a part of the fantasy and metal community and write a memorial for Christopher Frank Carandini Lee for many reasons. First of all, it is slightly emotional since the longtime actor and musician has been a part of both fantasy and metal culture for quite some time. Aside from making his own silly metal records, Lee provided the voice for Rhapsody’s introductions, primarily as the role of the Wizard King on the 2002 record Symphony of Enchanted Lands II. Additionally, the actor is perhaps best…

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An Obituary for TERRY JONES

I remember Maryland Deathfest in 2013. I was excited to see Pagan Altar and brought a notebook to write down stories that came to me during their set. Though it was sunny and mildly warm in the blocked off street corners, there were few things that could sway the atmosphere of a band that dedicated themselves to classic, hypnotic doom. This was not an afternoon in downtown Baltimore, rather high Autumn among the lush rolling hills of antiquity. I remember the crowd cheering when the band took the stage, followed…

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An obituary for SIR TERRY PRATCHETT

Obituaries are funny things. Little segments bookending a notable life with a few funny observations and facts that are immediately apparent to anyone who might know enough about the subject to want to read them. Often they start off with meaningless factoids, like the subject’s age (66) or the cause of death (natural causes). But these things have always seemed insufficient. The tragedy of death isn’t that the person died, but that they stopped living, and those are not the same. Death, of course, isn’t cruel. He’s just very very…

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The Most Metal Magic Cards

The Most Metal Magic Cards

I want to talk about something I enjoy dearly: Magic the Gathering. If any card game could be said to be metal, it would be Magic. Why is this game metal? Because it can be both devastating and triumphant and filled with fantastic conflict which is fitting of the heroic deeds of viking warriors. I can’t think of any other word to describe mass death of fantasy armies or a plague of vampire hordes. Below are my favorite cards from Magic the Gathering that I think should totally be considered…

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The Hollywood Metal Top 5 Games Of 2014

SHOVEL KNIGHT (2014)

It’s that time of year again. The rain gets colder, rum goes on sale in my local supermarket, and it suddenly becomes acceptable to be drunk in the middle of the day. The most magical time of the year (after Halloween, obviously). So before I set off to spend time with my family and celebrate the solstice by eating one of every animal, I thought I’d give you the gift of joy. My joy. Here’s the 5 games I enjoyed most this year.

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Top 10 Power Metal Records I Missed in 2014

Let us be honest here. I have not kept up with power metal as much as other genres in 2014. For whatever reason, be it time spent with black and death, or writing to many classic horror reviews, power, progressive, and some traditional metal went unnoticed until the end of the year. Instead of combing through other lists and writing sneaky retrospectives of albums I only listened to once or not at all, I thought it would be more honest if I acknowledged all the really cool things that were…

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TOP 5 Albums of 2013

AGATHODAIMON - In Darkness (2013)

I don’t think it’s unfair to say that the world of heavy metal is suffering from an identity crisis. Popular styles of loud rock like deathcore and djent have splintered the community; capturing the hearts and minds of the youth while being almost universally despised by older fans. The “true metal vs. false metal” debate has seldom raged as vigorously as it does now. Thus, when I was thinking about my favorite releases from this year it was concepts like personality and sense of self that were at the front…

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TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2013 BY KAPTAIN CARBON

Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess

I enjoy doing end of the year lists. I also enjoy doing separate end of the year lists geared toward different audiences. While I am sure people would be interested in the best underground black and death there were other great albums too. I am not saying that power, progressive, symphonic, and traditional metal need to be processed differently, but rather that the individual strengths of each can be experienced when taken to a quiet corner on its own. Additionally, there were some albums that, compared to the rest of…

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Top 3 / Bottom 3 of 80’s Fantasy

The Dark Crystal

The Top 3/Bottom 3 article idea for 80’s fantasy movies comes with an ulterior motive. I want people to read my previous reviews of 80’s fantasy films. I would be lying if I said I didn’t care if people read my writing. I would also be lying if I said I did not enjoy watching these every week. I would still be lying if I said I wouldn’t mind returning this cape to Brendan, our editor. I love fantasy films, but saying the words “few things in my life has…

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