Review: The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan

A decent book overall,Richard K. Morgan’s The Steel Remains adequately blends dark fantasy, with the sex and violence of often found in pulp-ish noir titles. The general plot reminded me a lot of Glen Cook’s current Instrumentality of the Night series. Ancient and presumably evil forces are trying to enter the the same plain of existence as humans and it’s up to a rag-tag hero to stop it. The Steel Remains is chock full of filth, vitriol, and some not… Continue »

Shadow Complex: Initial Impression

I’ve been playing Shadow Complex for a few hours now, and I’ve got to say that I totally dig it. For what it is—a $15 side-scroller that pays homage to Metroid and Castlevania—I couldn’t be happier with Shadow Complex. Shadow Complex is fairly well balanced between exploration, stealth and fast paced combat. There’s enough run and gunning to keep my interest, and once I figured out that the AI isn’t the brightest, that you can sneak into a room and… Continue »

Maudlin of the Well: Part the Second

Maudlin of the Well has posted their latest album, Part the Second, online for download. MotW are giving this album away for free, but they are asking for a “pay-what-you-want” donation, which can be done quickly and easily via PayPal. If you’ve enjoyed any of Toby Driver’s other projects such as Kayo Dot or Tartar Lamb, then you are bound to get some pleasure out of Part the Second. Overall, this album feels more refined and lacks the harsh black… Continue »

The Pinker Tones

I’ve got to thank Fluxus for turning me onto The Pinker Tones, an electro pop outfit from Barcelona. The Pinker Tones produce a sweet combination of break-beats, electro, and retro cabana-boy pop, that’s mixed up with Spanish and English lyrics to produce a unique and enjoyable sound. Perfect for chilling by the pool on a sunny summer day, or sitting in your office day dreaming about chilling by the pool. If you’re digging S.E.X.Y. R.O.B.O.T. be sure to check out… Continue »

Doctor Octoroc Presents 8-bit Jesus

For those of you looking to change up the monotony of the Christmas music that has been pouring out of every other radio since the week before Halloween, check out some Christmas carols done up chip-tune style with Doctor Octoroc’s 8-bit Jesus. There’s nothing better than Jingle Bells set to the Super Mario Bros. theme to bring back memories of that Christmas morning where you completely ignored the mountains of socks and sweaters to rock your brand new Nintendo Entertainment… Continue »

Butterfly Wings

So, I checked out the soundtrack to the new Punisher War Zone film, and surprisingly it’s only about 50% crap. The highlights include new tracks from Rob Zombie and Static X which are both entirely kick ass. An A+ track, Final Six, from Slayers Christ Illusion album, and the film’s promotional track from some newish band, Ramallah. What really caught my attention though was the inclusion of Butterfly Wings by Machines of Loving Grace. With the majority of the album… Continue »