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INTERVIEW: Carnival Zombie Co-Creator Matteo Santus

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by: TJ Fowler

Foreword:  A few years back I caught wind of a little game coming out of Italy based of a Zombie Apocalypse rising out of the watery canals of the sinking city of Venice during Carnival.  As I looked more into this game I knew I had to have it and was finally able to track it down in Germany and through various connections was finally able to get it to me in Finland.  After having played the game many times with friends and dying at the hands of countless zombie hordes in Carnival masks, I have come to the conclusion that Carnival Zombie is not only a very fun game to play with friends but also a very challenging and not one you will ‘win’ very often but it is a game you will come back to over and over.  With great art, a unique aesthetic and cultural appeal Carnival Zombie is a game that every board game fan should own.  The 1st edition sold out fast but speaking to one of the game creators, Matteo Santus, in my interview below you can read about plans rising from the dark lagoons in Italy for a 2nd Edition and you can help summon the great dead Leviathan once again through some ritual called Kickstarter… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Carnival Zombie Co-Creator Matteo Santus

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BOARD GAME VIDEO INTERVIEW: Will Donovan; Lead Designer of Folklore the Affliction

I sit and talk to Will about the Gothic Horror board game, Folklore: The Affliction which is currently being funded on Kickstarter. We discuss the idea(s) behind the game, the mechanics, characters and some unique aspects the game can offer players.

The game has been successfully funded but there are always stretch goals that can be unlocked by more pledges.

If you would like to fund Folklore: The Affliction follow the link located in the video interview below!

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Video Review: City of Horror Board Game

 

Video review of the zombie survival game City of Horror

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Horror/Western Board Game Shadows of Brimstone from Flying Frog Productions Now on KickStarter

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Flying Frog Productions, creators of the hit board games Last Night On Earth and Touch of Evil are now using Kickastarter to fund their newest game ‘Shadows of Brimstone’ which takes the Horror/Western theme and places you as a hero in a old west town searching abandoned mines for the strange Brimstone material.

 

Here is a small description of the game from the Kickstarter page: Continue reading Horror/Western Board Game Shadows of Brimstone from Flying Frog Productions Now on KickStarter

Music Review: Head of the Demon

Music Review: Head of the Demon

CD: Head of the Demon

Label: The Ajna Offensive

Release Date: January 22, 2013

 

Through the history of Heavy Metal, horror has always been one of its closest allies in terms of subject matter for songs.  However, up until recently you never heard of many bands tap in the H.P. Lovecraft mythos with a few exceptions through the years but in the past decade or so, we seem to be seeing more bands beginning to explore the Cthulhu Mythos a bit more.

When I received a batch of promos that included a band from Sweden, with nameless members from other known bands, called Head of the Demon with music from their self-titled album that the press release stated delved into the Lovecraft them I was sold.  I have always been a big Lovecraft fan, I have read most, if not all, of his stories and have several board games based on the horrors in his stories.  So what do we get with Head of the Demon?  Is it a worthy Lovecraftian Metal endeavor or would we be better served getting Head from a garbage disposal?  Well not to fear…your dick is safe!

When I listened to Head of the Demon the first thing I noticed right off is that this is a VERY Black Sabbath-ish,  psychedelic and doom sounding album with slow plodding and atmospheric songs that would remind you of traveling a desolate grey landscape.  Fans of the old Black Sabbath and stoner type music should enjoy the music found here greatly.  I’m typically not into the slow plodding type Doom Genre but I found myself intrigued by the album and thought it would make some good mood music for certain occasions.

The next noticeable aspect of the album is the vocals.  The press kit states that the singer sounds very much like Tom G. Warrior from Celtic Frost, which I did find to be true but I also found that he also sounded a lot like Cronos from Venom which is not a bad thing and thought it suited the album well.

Head of the Demon is filled with subtle whispers and vocals that are hard to understand at times.  This may be part of what the Doom genre is about but I found I wished I could hear just a little more of the lyrics as it was difficult to really hear the references  to Lovecraft that may have been there.

The song The Key is the one song that has clean narrative/singing where I distinctly heard Lovecraft references compared to the other songs where I wasn’t sure if the songs were referencing Lovecraft or not.

Head of The Demon boasts a mere 7 tracks but in typical metal or doom fashion most songs hit at least the 6 minute mark so you will get your money worth with the seven tracks presented here.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Head of the Demon.  Like I mentioned earlier, I never got into Doom Metal much or claim to be an expert of the genre but I thought what I heard here was a good effort and fans of atmospheric or heavy metal in general should not be disappointed.  So raise your hands high and give praises to the Great Cthulhu.  The Stars are right!

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Tracklisting:

1: By Titan Hand

2: The Lie in Wait-Riding the Waste

3: Phantasmagoria

4: The Man From Foreign Land

5: The Key

6: Fifth House of the Mausoleum

7: Wraith of the Unknown.