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Belladonna
Belladonna was a game that immediately peaked my interest upon seeing it, but just couldn’t justify shelling out the money for it at the time. Thanks to the kind folks over at Black Shell Media, I was given the chance to play this one. What started out as an average point and click fan-fiction version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is becoming something a little more, tackling some more mature themes such as mental breakdowns and adultery. Check out how it all starts to unravel in this let’s play video.

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The Magik Way is a name that has lurkde the deepest depths of the underground for quite a while. The Italian group originally formed back in 1996 by former members of Mortuary Drape, only to break up three years later. In that time span, however, they issued a debut full-length effort titled Dracula (1797-1997) independently. It wasn’t until about sixteen years later that this project would be revived upon Sad Sun Music, issuing some of their unreleased material on the follow-up full-length Mareria occulta 1997-1999 in 2013. For 2015, The Magik Way return with a brand new album of darkly occult material titled Curve Sternum. But does it remain as captivating as previous entries, or has the time apart left irreparable damage in its wake?

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CosmicRocketDefender
Cosmic Rocket Defense stands as the debut PC title from developing team Alien Sync Interactive. A modern take on the simplistic arcade cabinets of old, this title had made its way on the Desura gaming marketplace, and most recently the Steam digital store by way of the greenlight program they have. It was picked up for digital distribution through Black Shell Media, who have been unleashing a good number of titles as of late. However, this one seems to have slipped by the radars, finding very little attention. In fact, at the time of writing this, there’s only two reviews posted for the Steam version, one positive and one negative. So, what’s the verdict, then? Is it a fun little game that you need to play right away, or does it need a lot of work before you can justify the hefty price tag of four dollars (US currency)?

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Pawns in Chess is a Cleveland, Ohio born group that came to be in December of 2012. At the time, it consisted of former Descend members Mike Guinther (bass), Gary Henrich (guitar), and Shawn Hapney (drums). Rounding out the line-up was guitarist Jeremy McLellon, as well as a singer later on. Gary, however, departed from the band in April of 2013, and their vocalist was later dropped to allow the band’s music to speak for itself instead of relying on lyrics to express points that, according to the band biography, “none of the members [felt] strongly about.” Armed as a three-piece, the unit unleashed their first demo, The Blood of Martyrs, in April of 2014 as an instrumental band. But does this recording stand as a solid mixture of sludgy progressive metal worth tackling, or does the band still need more time to hone their sound?

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