First Impression

First – Human Resource Machine (Apoch Plays)

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I recently got in touch with the trio of developers known as Tomorrow Corporation, and they were kind enough to shoot a review key of their latest title, Human Resource Machine, over for some coverage. While visually the same as their last entry, Little Inferno, this title winds up being something largely different in comparison, leaving behind the fun pyro antics and deep story line for that of a mail room clerk climbing the corporate ladder with an additional background story line that is (hopefully) just as deep. But, after having played around with a few stages, I figured I’d share what I thought about it before the game drops, and explain why this title wasn’t what I initially thought it would be.

Blog – Quick Thoughts on Display of Decay’s ‘Dust of Existence’

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Earlier yesterday, the new Display of Decay album Dust of Existence happened to appear in my inbox. Given I had a lot to do, I opted to throw it on my media player and give it a spin while on the road. After a few play throughs through of course of this incredibly irritating span of twenty-four hours, I figured I’d throw some of my random thoughts about it into the mix whilest I continue to dig myself out of the mess that slammed during my involuntary downtime…

Blog – Critical Thoughts on Ahab’s ‘The Boats of the Glen Carrig’

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Back in 2012, I was given the opportunity to check out the then latest full-length album from Ahab. The Giant was a fantastic release that lived up to the group’s self-proclaimed “nautik doom metal” style, and was one of the most engrossing releases I had come across all year. Well, it’s been a good three years since that effort, and their follow-up recording, The Boats of the Glen Carrig, had essentially slipped by my radars undetected. So, when it hit the inbox, I couldn’t help but grab it and slam it into the player. But, what I was met with filled me with a slew of mixed emotions.

First – Bowel Stew: Debridement

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Perhaps it’s just that I am desensitized after all these years of death metal and brutal death metal fandom, but there is rarely a release anymore that is so violent and well done that I stop everything to check out what the gore is all about. This isn’t the case with the band Bowel Stew‘s new album, Debridement, which immediately grabbed my attention the moment the image loaded on my screen. And why is that? Well, for one thing, it’s not just going for the gore and nudity value, just some crummy image distorted, and not just a random picture of a dead body or its parts, all of which I’m sick to death of seeing (pun not intended, by the way). So, given the actual effort put into the imagery gracing the front of this release, reminiscent of adorning a Mortician album back in the day, I couldn’t help put slap this one in and sample a few songs. I was not let down.

Blog – Quick Thoughts on Nile’s ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed’

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What Should Not Be Unearthed is a little more than a month away at the point of writing this. However, between the past two weeks and now, I’ve racked up a number of spins through this album, many more compared to At the Gates of Sethu. In the review of that album, I made it perfectly clear that I wasn’t too happy with the outcome, though didn’t dismiss it entirely. The biggest issue was the audio quality basically sterilizing much of the effort. So, as a huge Nile fan, I was hoping like hell this new one would show a return to force for the group. What I found prompted me to type something up about it.