First Impression

First – Krisiun: Forged in Fury

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As far back as I can remember, it seems like Kataklysm and Krisiun always seem to have a new album due around the same time. I mean, I could be wrong, but that’s how it always seems to me. So, when I started hearing about the former’s new recording, I waited for the innevitable with the latter. Sure enough, here we are staring at the Brazilian death metal band’s tenth full-length album, Forged in Fury. What does this one have to do with the other, or anything at all, really? Well, nothing much, just a general observation I felt the need to share in order to build an introduction. But, that said, this summer is already shaping up to have a number of big name groups unleashing new studio albums to the point that I feel like a kid in a cadaveric candy store (I call dibs on that band name!). So, of course, happening upon this sitting in the ol’ inbox earlier, I immediately decided to sample it. And, well, it kind of lived up to my expectations, which, sadly, isn’t that positive a thing for me to say for this first impression piece…

Apoch Plays – Kung Fury: Street Rage

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While I haven’t really been posting the “let’s play” videos on here, but with the recent Kung Fury: Street Rage film and game being released, I felt a video was required. Side-scrolling beat-em-up eighties style action awaits in this brand new PC-only Steam title. But is it really worth the two bucks you’ll shell out for it? Check out my let’s play below, and be sure to heck out the film, which is also available on Steam, not to mention Youtube.

First – Destruktor: Opprobrium

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Not too long before writing this article, i had just gone on a bit of a Facebook meltdown to friends about how it seems every single album I choose to listen to or review lately is of the black metal or doom metal persuasion, if not a mixture of the two. Not that this is a bad thing, I just started craving something a little different, and decided to just step away from the site for a little while to cleanse the palette by continuing through the current novel I picked up the other week. However, after enjoying the outside with a good book for a few hours, I returned to my laptop to find the brand new Destruktor album, Opprobrium, waiting ptiently in the inbox. Casting aside my frustrations of the past few weeks of being on an involuntarily strict dietk of the aforementioned styles, the excitement for the former of those two worlds returned with the rejoicing of my deepest blackest state of mind. I mean, who can pass up some Destruktor? Certainly not I. So, of course, I broke down and decided to become a hypocrit in a matter of hours by check some of their second official full-length out.


Blog – Some Not-So-Quick Thoughts on Kamelot’s ‘Haven’

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Over the course of the past week, outside of posting press releases and other articles that had been sitting here waiting to go live, I haven’t really had the drive to write anything new. I’ve been having a lot of personal problems lately including a new flare-up to my medical condition, an inability to sleep, and having lost an old friend to cancer a few days ago following a two week dread for that very outcome. So, when I saw the new Kamelot album, Haven, sitting in my inbox, I managed to perk up a little bit. My drive to do even the simplest tasks like getting groceries and doing laundry was risen to achievable feats with the idea of having this release accompany me. I’ve been listening to Haven on and off ever since, and, while I don’t have a clear enough mind to focus on writing a full review for it at this time, I felt the next best thing to do was chug some energy drinks (two tall cans to be precise) and write some of my thoughts about the band’s eleventh studio album while riding that caffeine and taurine induced buzz.