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It’s been about twenty-five years since Fear Factory came to be (twenty-six if you include the year as Ulceration), and the now three-piece has certainly had their ups and downs. They were one of the first bands to really make the rough and clean vocal approach in a single song a well acceptable possibility in metal, thus inspiring a slew of other bands that have become legends in their own right. Eventually they toned themselves down for the sake of mosh pit friendly songs that didn’t always translate well in the studio by the time 2001’s Digimortal rolled around. Of course, that’s a statment that could easily be reversed for some, as almost everything this band has released was met with a mixed reception. However, today we find the group signed with Nuclear Blast Records to unleash their highly anticipated eleventh full-length album, Genexus. But does it find the band dropping the ball entirely, or is this possibly their best effort to date?

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Both Nashville, Tennessee natives, the trio of Act of Impalement and the married couple known as Forest of Tygers, have come together to release a brand new Split through Acteon Records. The seven-inch features one track from each group, blending together a blackened world with hints of sludge and doom metal. With both groups having recently formed, though the latter of the two unleashing more recordings than the former (three demos, two EPs and a compilation versus a single and an EP), has there been enough time for maturity within these two acts, or is there still plenty of room to grow?

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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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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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