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Clowna Nostra
Clowna Nostra

The Evil – Evil (Osmose Productions)

This sounds a tad like stoner doom, with female vocals, but the singing style isn’t heavenly.  In some ways it is ugly and husky, but it fits.  There is an occult atmosphere to the music , enhanced by supernatural-sounding vocals or instrumental phrases, which further season the songs with devilish taste.

There is a video for one of the songs, which will say much more about the band than I can describe with words.  Enjoy.

Dark Souls Remaster

When I first purchased Dark Souls, it was because I wanted to play a medieval-flavored game.  I had played Word of Warcraft a bit TOO much, and I had a disappointing run with Elder Scrolls.

My frustration mounted due to the difficulty level.  The game came with no manual, which added to my distress.  It didn’t take long for the game to become impossible, and my rage built to the point where I threw my controller into a wall.

Why make a game that is impossible?

As I seethed, the rational part of me wondered if this game were designed as a rebellion against the button-mashing games like World of Warcraft.  I searched on the Internet, and I discovered a game community that offered help.

The walkthrough videos, like Ghey for Games  were a much-enjoyed crutch.  The game was challenging, and the difficulty made the seemingly-impossible victories so intense that I actually jumped out of my seat and roared.

Dark Souls
Dark Souls

When I heard about a remaster, I was excited.  I was going to buy it even if it were the exact same game simply because my PS3 is rarely used in favor of the PS4.

As it turns out, it is identical to the original in many respects.  Some of the game mechanics seem improved, but I did not conduct an actual test to determine that.  It could be an illusion.

The look of the game is noticeably enhanced in some areas, and that means a lot because the original was rather nice to behold.

I have been unable to tear myself away from the game.  I had played the original a million times, so the new character I made went down a path that I never tried before, and it was exhilarating.

One gripe is that there are only two ring slots instead of four.

The online improvements don’t really matter to me, but they are noticeable.

Ultimately, I am happy with my purchase, and yes, I bought it for the full price.

In the middle part of my playing past,  I sought videos of the masters, like this guy, but I started to enjoy the casual gameplay vids of this girl and this girl.

If you are new to this game series, I urge you to get the aforementioned walkthrough paused on your computer so that when you suffer a heart attack, you can then see what had escaped you.

It’s a new way to play.  Every part of the game is to be taken seriously until you become a master and know the tricks.  Until then, you will not dismiss any foes as you would in other games.

I have a warning.  The combat system will make you hate the mechanics of other games, like the Morrowind series.  I liken it to Budweiser.  Yes, when you were younger, that was beer.  But when you discovered higher quality, you still drank Bud if nothing else were offered, but you thought about how much better it would be to hold something different in your hand.  (insert my penis in that line to make that into the joke that surely you were thinking).

DEINONYCHUS – Ode To Act Of Murder, Dystopia, And Suicide (My Kingdom)

“Dead Horse” is the first track that you should hear because it shows the qualities of the vocals that make the albums must-have parts of any metal collection.

Surely the torture in the voice and the raw emotion will make a fan of you.   Let that song ride.  You will become transformed.

I first became addicted to the music when I heard the album “Baalam Wore Black” and have rejoiced in despair with every new album.  I had feared the band’s death, but something this intense cannot be killed.

Deinonychus satisfies the argument of substance versus skill.  What I mean is that there are doom-ish albums that flaunt musicianship, but a Deinonychus album is focused on emotion – raw and cruel.

Ride that anguished voice into the theatre of the mind.  Cut your ears and submerge your hearing in blood.  These are wounds, not songs.  Learn what it is to bleed words.

DEINONYCHUS - Ode To Act Of Murder, Dystopia, And Suicide (My Kingdom)
cc DEINONYCHUS – Ode To Act Of Murder, Dystopia, And Suicide (My Kingdom)

Hornwood Fell – My Body, My Time

You should start your journey with the second track “Her Name” which has vocals that remind me of a spirit being summoned to speak warnings, or of a mystic uttering in trance.  Without further delay, let me list a stream of it for you.

At times, I am reminded of experimental Voivod, which is quite pleasing.  This is my first venture into Hornwood Fell, but I am impressed enough to seek out their earlier albums.  I had to enlist a friend to obtain this one directly from the label because no merchant near me had any information for getting it into the stores, and the Internet options were bare.  I am sure that this has been corrected since those days. I had a promotional version and wanted to show my support with an actual purchase, as I do with every band that has made music that affected me.

SOLEFALD – Norrønasongen Kosmopolis (Indie Music)

I skimmed the E.P. but kept going back to the second track, which I will provide as a stream shortly.  The female vocals have an interesting flat quality. The rest of the album does NOT sound like this,.  I don’t know what it is about the song, but I just cannot get it out of my head.  Maybe I am just growing too odd for my own good.

Here it is:

Three songs sound very folk-ish, but one returns to an odd sort of industrial-sounding flavor.  I like the risks that the band takes,  Listening provides surprises.

SOLEFALD - Norrønasongen_Kosmopolis
SOLEFALD – Norrønasongen_Kosmopolis

THE_KONSORTIUM – Rogaland (Agonia)

The music is a tad black-metal flavored, but it’s a hybrid.  It sometimes reminds me of the “Mother North”type of Satyricon, but the music changes before that taste is fully realized.

The vocals are not really black metalish, but there is something about the band that can’t escape the genre entirely.

The considerate people ate Agonia Records have provided a nice stream for you to enjoy before you purchase.

THE_KONSORTIUM - Rogaland (Agonia)
THE_KONSORTIUM – Rogaland (Agonia)

Islaja – Tarrantulla (Svart)

This is is a very odd album.  Np two songs are alike, but each one will make you question whether it is creative or the product of someone who is mentally ill, which of course makes it a mandatory purchase.

The woman’s voice wanders many realms. The non-English songs should be language commercials because the enunciation is riveting.

I can spend more time describing the  album but I would like, instead, to simply state that you should buy it.  Support creative work, even if you may not resonate with it.

I include some videos, but bear in mind that each song is different, and deliciously bizarre.

Dead City Ruins – Never Say Die (AFM Records)

Sometimes it is appropriate to hear warm distortion in upbeat songs.  This album, however, sometimes goes too far into the land of the lowest common denominator.  Years ago, some of it would be considered poser-ish, but in the present era, some of the guitar fuzz is welcome.

The retro vibe in some parts doesn’t seem contrived, but it helps to de-poser-ize some of the riffs,  I’d say that the songs are best in small doses, like one song in a mixed batch of other bands, perhaps as a palate cleanser, restoring the ear to accept other styles.

The lyrics seem to be in the same radio-friendly vein.

Perhaps the best thing to do is to link a video.

Dead City Ruins - Never Say Die
Dead City Ruins – Never Say Die

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