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Big ‡ Brave: Ardor

The Montreal-based experimental rock outfit Big ‡ Brave presents the next chapter of its sonic evolution, further diving into a realm of abstract compositions and free form drone rock.

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'Doom' Is Not a Title, It's a Name

"Doom" is no longer a generic video game title. It's a name, a job description, and a promise.

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Playing Sophisticated Trash: 'Duke Nukem 3D' and the History of the First Person Shooter

Trashy gameplay calls for trashy presentation, and sophisticated gameplay calls for sophisticated presentation. However, Duke Nukem 3D is a game that is constantly in tension between these two principles.

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Can Video Game Mechanics Be “Trashy”?

Speed is the pornography of video games. Like adding skin to a film, adding speed to a game isn't usually about making the game a more thoughtful experience. It is about exciting its audience's instincts on the most visceral level possible.

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Astrakhan: A Tapestry of Scabs and Skin EP

Astrakhan is a band you’d better pay attention to, because they’re kicking down doors, taking names, and making some absolutely furious and fuzzy rock.

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Ten Kens: Namesake

Ably moving from melodic lulls, to titanic dirges of sound, Ten Kens prove to be a band capable of transcending their genre.

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Bell Witch: Longing

Courage and fortitude are what you'll need most during Longing's 60-minute-plus, low-end rumbling tour of loss and suffering, and Bell Witch has mined those very same attributes to create a mournful and resonant release.

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Switchblade: Switchblade (2012)

Switchblade [2012] drips with a syrupy, devilish disposition, and the glacial space between notes plays as strong a role as the thickness of tone -- which, as it happens, is ladled on with staggeringly heavy relish.

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Dragged Into Sunlight: Widowmaker

Dragged Into Sunlight's Widowmaker dispenses with the frivolity of song titles and leans on the nightmarish artwork and the music itself to fracture brittle psyches.

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Neurosis: Honor Found in Decay

You're guaranteed integrity from a Neurosis release, and the band's latest and 10th studio album, Honor Found in Decay, is no different. It's been five long years since the onslaught of 2007's Given to the Rising, but fans’ patience has been amply rewarded.

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Evoken: Atra Mors

The suffering that Evoken has put to dispiriting use over its two-decade existence gnaws at the fibers of self-doubt long after the band's songs have finished.

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Serpentine Path: Serpentine Path

Serpentine Path consciously leaves experimentation hanging, preferring to dwell in the harmful lacuna that exists between doom and death metal.

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Royal Thunder: CVI

CVI is soaked in the elixir of resonant, home-spun, rock and roll truths -- a grand artistic vision distilled to its most expressive essence.

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Stephen O'Malley and Steve Noble: St. Francis Duo

Though not entirely aimless, St. Francis Duo isn't entirely focused, either. This is for die-hards of O'Malley or Noble, but not really anyone else.

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Pilgrim: Misery Wizard

Misery Wizard is doom on horse tranquilizers.

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The Darkmonk: True Underlord

The Darkmonk's mask might look as cool as his label boss DOOM's, but his perpetually flat affect puts a damper on the music.

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Black Pyramid: II

A little tension within a band often adds much-needed fuel to the creative engine, but in the case of Massachusetts sludgy doom outfit Black Pyramid it's ended up creating a somewhat tragic tale.

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Born Again, Again

Critically panned 28 years ago, Black Sabbath's bizarre 11th album, Born Again, has gone on to earn a cult following of its own.

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SubRosa: No Help For the Mighty Ones

The second album by this Salt Lake City band puts a seductive twist on traditional doom-metal.

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Planning for Burial: Leaving

Imagine Trent Reznor never had his recent final phase and we were never exposed to that post-Fragile laptop rock. Picture instead that he signed to Southern Lord, mourned New Orleans after Katrina, and wrote a bunch of great doom-drone guitar dirges.

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Xasthur: 2005 Demo

Two lengthy, untitled tracks offer glimpses of the brilliance of Xasthur's Subliminal Genocide, but as a stand alone release Xasthur: 2005 Demo is rather slight.

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Cathedral: Keep 'em Guessing

Instead of carrying on with the same old doom metal, Cathedral mastermind Lee Dorrian decided to pull out all the stops. The result is a lavish double album that will befuddle some and enthrall many.

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Elegance Is a Shotgun

There is nothing more elegant than punching a button and watching something die.

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Mos Def and DOOM: 13 February 2010 - Chicago

Mos Def and DOOM's Chicago appearance was a colossal failure, and writer Georg Garret dissects what led to a night of bitter disappointment for fans.

Georg Garret
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Pelican: What We All Come to Need

What We All Come to Need is as aphoristic about living as it is metaphoric about dying. It’s a musical version of Picasso’s Guernica where the instruments are the paintbrushes and your ears are the canvas.

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DOOM: Born Like This

The masked villain returns from a controversial hiatus with a satisfying and flawed album that bores or delights based on your mood.

Games

First Person of Shooters: An Interview with Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel

"I don't think Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan or any of those guys took it lightly when they became who they were. It was because they were obsessed about something, probably a little crazy and I think I do the same thing."

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Doom (2005)

The marines' mission is one of those 'bug hunts' made spectacular and more or less requisite for these sorts of movies by James Cameron's Aliens.

Cynthia Fuchs

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