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Bandcamp Breakdown – Suggestions for the Week of March 1st

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Every day there’s a number of new releases hitting the digital market powerhouse that is Bandcamp. So much so that most of the benefits to its easy-to-use interface for creators and wanderers often makes it impossible to find anything of remote interest, burying a great deal of potential. In fact, in the metal world alone, the amount of new material dropping is completely overwhelming. However, I do stop by and plow through the daily releases quite often, quickly skimming until I pick up on something that sparks my interest. So, I decided to go ahead and start a weekly series that highlights five recordings I found on there that I think is worth checking out, or at the very least is from a band with plenty of potential. This won’t be limited to strictly new releases, though, for the most part, the day they hit the service is when I’ll mostly be judging them. However, if there’s an older one you want me to check out that you think would be worth some extra attention, shoot me the link to apoch@apochs.net and I’ll give it a quick once over and see. But, for now, here’s this weeks choices, and I hope you like them.


Review – Bonsai (Apoch Plays)

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Bonsai is a good idea in theory, but it’s developer (and publisher) Rooted Concepts has put very little effort into it, not to mention doesn’t quite know what the concept of a “bonsai plant” is or what one looks like. This title immediately comes off like the most basic of Unity clicker assets, the kind you see accompanying Clicker Heroes knock-offs on various mobile stores, crossed with Viridi except with a price tag and none of that free title’s charm. What’s worse is the Steam community voted for this dreck to be on the Steam marketplace.

Apoch Plays ‘Bear Haven Nights’ – Episode One

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With the Five Nights at Freddy’s craze still in full swing, I intended to review the recent RPG entry as my return to Youtube following the mental breakdown that occurred at the end of my Morphine long play. However, Scott Cawthon decided to pull it, and left a huge hole in my schedule. Thankfully SunRay Games came to the rescue when they released their entry into the survival security guard horror genre with the mobile port of Bear Haven titled Bear Haven Nights! Check out what this game has in store, and how it treads away from the established format, as Apoch Plays returns for 2016 as the new security staff member of Bear Haven Motel!

Bandcamp Spotlight – Irreversible Mechanism: Infinite Fields

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I had only been awake a good twenty minutes when I happened upon a Youtube video shared by Greg Baczmarga, guitarist of Beyond Fallen and a good friend of mine, losing his shit that the new Necrophagist album had dropped last year, unbeknownst to us all. I admit, I lost my shit as well. How did the new Necrophagist slip by him, the lover of all things technical and brutal death, as well as myself unnoticed? And, furthermore, why was my inbox not exploded with press releases and requests for coverage as sometimes happens with these sort of high-profile releases following an exuberantly lengthy gap of silence? Well, had we both read the album description instead of going on pure hype or my taking the old-fashioned route of journalistic research (i.e. Google), we’d have found the culprit much earlier on than we did.