What can you say when you have just played the best game of the year? I can tell you about the insanely beautiful world of vikings, how the lore is accurate but with some twist (obviously since well….Kratos) and how the story just grows on you with it’s twist and turns, you just want to keep on playing until you figure it all out. It’s been a long time since I had this feeling with a game, a game that I can not stop playing and get the urge to calling in sick at work just to play a fantastic game. I played God of War for two weeks intensely, got the platinum for it and loved every single minute of doing so. I dreamed of it when I was asleep, thought about it when at work and when I played it I didn’t want it to end.
The journey of Kratos and Atreus is one you do not want to miss out on, the game alone is worth getting a Playstation 4 for. Two things I need to point out that I was afraid would take a hit for the worse on this game compared to the rest of the series and that’s the voice acting and ability to jump. Initially I did miss being able to jump but it doesn’t take long until you get familiar with how this new God of War gameplay is, which is in all honestly still very action packed with a lot of combos, just not as many tricks and depth to it as before but I still think they did a good job as I was very negative to that fact before I started playing the game. Then the voice acting, wow just wow. The new Kratos is way better than the old one, and I thought he was good too! Mimir, Atreus and all the others got a spot on casting too and it makes the whole game have a complete package, great voice acting adds oh so much to a game. Just listening to Mimir and Atreus storytelling when being on the boat brought me great joy for example, I can’t remember last time I could just enjoy looking around in a game taking in the environment and listening to characters talk.
So what are you waiting for? If you got a Playstation 4 there is no reason you shouldn’t be all over this game by now. If you don’t have a Playstation 4 I suggest you get one now and play this game!
What an horrifying intro! This is how to start an album of this caliber on a high note people! For those of you unfamiliar with Corpsessed they hail from Finland and play some of the most gruesome underground death metal you can find in my humble opinion. There are many bands out there who takes inspiration from the works of Lovecraft but there aren’t many that does it on such a high level like Corpsessed does. The grim songwriting, terrifying guitar tone and agonizing vocals creates such an atmosphere it’s hard not to get sucked into the horror they unleash. Impetus of Death is only the bands second full-length album since they started off in 2007 which is quite incredible how fast they have managed to make a name for themselves in the underground world of death.
So how good is Impetus of Death from the predecessors? The short answer is this is better in every single way possible. I did mention I love this band and their old albums but hell they’ve managed to fine-tune everything here. The production is more crisp, yet it’s releasing a beast upon the listener in the worst imaginable way possible. You might not even be ready for this on the initial play-through, it’s that great heavy sludge and doom-laden death that the likes of Disma, Funebrarum and Krypts also does we’re talking about here. There is not a single song on the album that you would want to skip, even if they leave you worn out from the destructive sound it’s something you want and need. Every time I listen I get a new favorite track, that in itself is proof that Impetus of Death is an album that I will return to many times in the future. Also it has to be said the cover art is very fitting creating a complete package from cover to music. Stunning!
Written by J.B.
Label: Dark Descent Records For fans of: Krypts and Disma Release date: November 23rd, 2018 Favorite song: Impetus of Death Score: 4/5 Incredible
This is it, this is the first time I review a game since Skyrim came out. Also this marks the start of when The Metal Gamer actually becomes the complete metal gamer. Finally right? So what I will do with these gaming reviews is I will basically write a few lines, give some verdicts on the game (some of you might just want the pros and cons at the bottom with the score for example) I just completed. This means sometimes the games might be a bit old (like this one) but at the same time I guess many of you out there are like me and buy games on sale a long time after they were actually released. I have only bought a handful of games on their release day these past years so it would honestly be impossible for me to give you reviews on brand new games haha. Anyway there you have the deal of this new part of The Metal Gamer!
Holy moly did this game start of well. I honestly couldn’t stop playing this game the first couple of hours as it was so captivating and everything was so well put together. Driving felt alright (better in the other Mafia games in my opinion), controls was what you expect from a game like this and the music, God damn the music was spot on and near a perfect soundtrack to Mafia 3. Initially it had anything you want in a great Mafia game, good character, a robbery, and then a betrayal. Not only did it all go wrong for you character at that point but the game itself also lost its edge. It didn’t take long until the gameplay became repetitive and boring, I had to struggle to actually finnish the game and from what I first saw as a really great game lost its grip on me and became a tedious task to complete. A real shame that was, because Mafia 3 had all the potential in the world to become the best game in what already is a great series. New Orleans wasn’t alive enough and it feels like they lost their touch half-way through. So here I am with a bitter taste in my mouth for what the game could have been and not what it is. It is still a good game that those of you who like the series and open world games in general are sure to have some fun hours on but damn do I wish the rest of it lived up to the wicked good start…
Meet the new kids on the block, a Swedish blackened death machine that’s here to take no prisoners. When a band features current and ex members from The Crown, Cipher System, Dark Funeral and Nightrage then you know they are worth looking into. I will tell you right now that they crush it and live up to the hype! Humanity Will Echo Out might just be a 15 minute EP but damn do you want to spin this over and over again. The vocals are definitely the highlight for me on this album. The new blood in Swedish metal Ken Romlin (you may know him from Disrated or 2 The Gallows) does a fantastic work behind the mic, he has a good mix of styles where you hear black, death and even deathcore ranges.
The synphonic opening on No Room for Hope makes me draw parallels to another good entry to the Swedish metal scene, Zornheym. Which is a good thing as their debut was one of the best to spawn from last year, just like Night Crowned’s Humanity Will Echo Out is this year. Nocturnal Pulse follows it up with an even more memorable track and when All Life Ends close it out I can only think that the one real downside is that it’s “only” an 15 minute EP, I want more. A lot more. At least now I know Night Crowned is the real deal, this is a band that I am sure will draw many followers into their unforgiving blackened death metal style. Apart from Zornheym I hear a lot of parts that reminds me of the usual suspects in this genre Dissection and Unanimated, but also Naglfar, Belphegor, Dark Funeral and even Carach Angren influences can be heard here. Crystal clear production, agressive thundering drumming, catchy riffs and as stated before an increadible vocal performance. What more can you ask for really?
Written by J.B.
Label: Black Lion Records For fans of: Belphegor and Unanimated Release date: November 30th, 2018 Favorite song: Nocturnal Pulse Score: 4/5 Incredible
Woho more brutal death metal! This time I took it upon myself to look through the latest releases from a label I personally enjoy, namely Lord of the Sick Recordings. There I found they had released an album in August called Surpassing Carbon Decay by Australian four-piece Nails of Imposition. With a new vocalist in Ewan Lambert (Corpseflesh, Facegrinder) since the bands full-length debut Bloodletting Eroticism they were now ready for the next step as a band.
My initial thought is damn this album is a lot better than the debut, which I was not a big fan of. Everything from the slick riffs, growls of death from Lambert to crushing drums is an improvement and there is little to dislike on Surpassing Carbon Decay. Their talent shows and if it wasn’t for the fact none of the tracks really stand out this album would get an even higher score. It kind of goes through without leaving a big impact on you but it’s still a perfectly good album that does few wrongs that’s a solid choice for those of you who want a fine crossing between old school American death metal and the brutal death metal scene.
While I’ve heard this kind of take on brutal death metal many times before I like this kind of thing. Sure there are bands out there who does this better but if you enjoy brutal death metal with a lot of technical aspects to it like Defeated Sanity, Suffocation and Deeds of Flesh then you’re sure to have a good time here too.
Written by J.B.
Label: Lord of the Sick Recording For fans of: Defeated Sanity and Deeds of Flesh Release date: August 1st, 2018 Favorite song: Contrived of the Spoliate Score: 3/5 Good
Lifelost is the solo project from Phlegeton who is known for creating one of the best brutal tech-death bands around, Wormed. With someone like that behind the wheels to create black metal I was intrigued for sure but was wondering how it would sound seeing it’s a major difference in style. Truth be told this isn’t Phlegeton’s first dabble with black metal though as he is also the creator, along with David Pérez, of the band Wrong which has put out two albums.
Oh boy is this a dark styled album. The album is only 23 minute long but it takes a lot of your energy due to its complexity. Dialogues from Beyond is one of those albums that might need a few listens to fully grasp but once you do you’re spellbound. This is the type of black metal your parents warned you about, it’s not just dark it’s the embodiment of mysticism and fear. I am surprised how Phlegeton can pull something like this off on the debut. I mean sure he is a very talented musician but going from sci-fi brutal tech-death to experimental black metal that’s eerie and has a malevolent atmosphere such as this is insane. His demonical vocals fit this style just perfectly too, it’s a beautiful dark package really.
Dialogues from Beyond is a well crafter album that the only real downside I got is that it’s too short. It’s not your typical black metal experience and some readers might disregard it due to that but I see this as one of the best black metal releases of the year. The foundations of something really great is here, lets hope a follow-up will prove to be even greater!
Written by J.B.
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
For fans of: Dodecahedron and Blut Aus Nord
Release date: October 28th, 2018
Favorite song: Sepulchral Vault
Score: 4/5 Incredible
This marks a first for The Metal Gamer on two things. One, I’ve never ever reviewed a band from Saudi Arabia. Two, I’ve never reviewed a compilation album. Why not take two birds with one stone right!? For those of you who don’t know who AlNamrood are then let me break it down to you. The band was created in 2008 from the ashes of Mephisophilus plays black metal focused on anti-religion and ancient history. Oh and AlNamrood translates to “the non-believer”, how cool is that?
Before this album I’d actually not heard much from AlNamrood, only a song here and there. Meaning this would be my first full album listen with them. The middle-east influences gets known straight away on the opener “Estorat Taghoot” and it feels epic. I got no idea what these dudes sing about but the music in itself speaks volume. After the strong opener it is a bit of a mixed bag to me with “Fe Al Diaji” passing by quite unnoticed, “Hayat Al Khlood” ends up being one of my favorite songs on the album then “Al Jahliya” comes on straight after. It has a really slow start with the same boring riff repeating until it unleashes at just under the four minute mark. The last minute and half is however great stuff making me got a sort of love and hate thing going. “Endama Tuqsaf Al Rous” does bring a lot more of the black metal agressive drumming, better job with changing up the tempo and flow, making it a solid track and a great showcase on how I want a AlNamrood song to captivate the listener into a black metal trance.
“Asda’s Al Dmar” is an epic seven minute track which does it job without standing out, the only thing I feel here is that should have been closing the album out. The closing track instead goes to “Atbaa Al-Namrood” which is one of the weaker ones on the album. Once the around 40 minutes have played through I feel this could have been a much more consistent journey. The vocals is a bit of a challenge getting used to which you might hate or love, I personally am torn in between. Here are some high and lows but when it’s good I really enjoy it. Also the fact AlNamrood does what they do seeing where they are from is nothing more but the essence of metal, have to give them respect for that fact alone!
Written by J.B.
Label: Shaytan Productions
For fans of: Melechesh and Odious
Release date: July 20th, 2018
Favorite song: Endama Tuqsaf Al Rous
Score: 3/5 Good