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Somehow never heard of this!

I actually posted about it in the Switch Games thread a bit ago. I purchased it right before it was announced to be hitting Game Pass and sadly couldn't get a digital refund. I was fond of the music, but not as fond of the gameplay. It never felt quite right when playing, and when I tried to swap over to motion controls the accuracy and calibration were absolutely off. I also wasn't overly fond of the story.

Neat idea with some solid music, but the execution just didn't do it for me.

The story is on par with Beavis and Butthead. It’s not great but it doesn’t disappoint.

The gameplay is pretty basic. I wish I had a plastic guitar to map the controls to. The game lets you customize the controls. I’ve finally landed on a good setup to make the controller feel more natural. Basically, RB and LB for the double kick. B and up-crosspad for snares. RT for crash cymbals.

The best thing about the game is that it follows the actual drum parts fairly closely. If you’re an air drummer, this will resonate with you. Not sure about actual drummers.

Speaking of metal games that are full of metal, BPM: Bullets Per Minute releases today on Steam (2021 date for consoles).

Crypt of the Necrodancer wants its gimmick back.

So, for some reason Horrendous isn't well-rated over at Metal Archives. Idol has one perfect score and a 50% from the other. WTH? This album was dope.

Everything from Ecdysis on forward has been fantastic.

Bit of melodic Icelandic black metal to brighten up your morning.

Ulver.

I've been on an early-mid '90s kick. Industrial metal (Ministry, Godflesh, NIN, Front Line Assembly), non-metal second wave industrial (Swans, Skinny Puppy, KMDFM), gothic metal (Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, Katatonia), early sludge (Melvins, EYEHATEGOD, Acid Bath), and of course death metal (Morbid Angel, diSEMBOWELMENT, Carcass).

Been listening to new music so relentlessly over the past few years, I needed a palette cleanser. Granted, my coverage of this ground in the past has been spotty, so plenty of albums are new to me still. It's like an alternate history of my early-teen years, if I had bothered to dig deeper than the mainstream grunge rock of the time.

I keep coming back to Michael Romeo's solo album. Much as I appreciate Symphony X's musicianship (cause it's pretty much top shelf) I mostly don't enjoy Russell Allen.

On Romeo's solo album the singer is some unknown dude whose voice I simply enjoy much more.

garion333 wrote:

I keep coming back to Michael Romeo's solo album. Much as I appreciate Symphony X's musicianship (cause it's pretty much top shelf) I mostly don't enjoy Russell Allen.

On Romeo's solo album the singer is some unknown dude whose voice I simply enjoy much more.

Man, that is pretty good stuff!

I find it interesting how some people don't like Russell Allen when he's such a great singer... but then again, I'm more of a Jorn Lande type of person.

He's a good singer, I simply don't like the melodies he comes up with.

Kind of like how I feel about Josh Groban. Just don't care for how he sings even if I can sit there and appreciate the quality of his voice.

War of the Worlds, pt. 1 was great - I'm a sucker for Romeo riffs. That said, I love Russell Allen so I'll always be a Symphony X die-hard. I still spin Underworld regularly along with selections from stuff going back to V: The New Mythology Suite. Rumor has it Romeo's working on their 10th album.