Game Over – Crimes Against Reality (2016)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Game Over

Album: Crimes Against Reality (2016)

Label: Scarlet Records

 

Last year, there was a tongue-in-cheek short film released called Kung Fury. Garnering mostly enthusiastic reactions, people enjoyed the over-the-top homages to the ridiculousness of 80s action films. However, there was a subset of people who took a different note. The ridiculous and cheesy movies of the 80s are sometimes only judged to be so in hindsight. The movies did not set out to be humorous; they took their source material seriously. And by failing to likewise take their source material seriously, Kung Fury becomes little more than a piss-take by people who see the genre as little more than a joke.

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Sadist – Hyaena (2015)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Sadist

Album: Hyaena

Label: Scarlet Records

 

Progressive death metal is kind of my thing. But it’s a difficult style to specify. Some bands play progressive metal with enough distortion and harsh vocals to earn themselves the ‘death’ label, without actually playing music of the death metal genre. And I like it. Some bands play ostensibly technical death metal, simply with enough clean or ambient passages to be considered ‘progressive’. And I like it. But my heart will always belong to that subset of death metal that diversified in the early 90s playing OSDM with weird time signatures, proggy or fusion elements, but never losing that core death metal template. Continue reading