The heavy metal and hard rock news site Metal Hammer is releasing a mobile game entitled Metal Hammer: Roadkill. So far, screenshots suggest a fairly basic action game presumably inspired by endless runners such as Canabalt; the gimmick this time is that it incorporates rhythm game elements and a soundtrack of prominent metal musicians. Given popular trends in the mobile gaming industry, this will probably be released for free and earn most of its revenue through in-game microtransactions, but until the game releases, any speculation on the subject is empty at best. Roadkill most likely serves best not as a specific promotion (although it might turn out to be financially lucrative), but more as an example of the distance heavy metal news sites may need to go to secure funding and label attention in the future. We probably won’t be seeing the folks at Metal Hammer write any critical reviews of Nuclear Blast’s roster for quite a while.
The game releases on October 15th for iOS and Android devices; you can read the official story at Metal Hammer’s website.
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The new Praise the Flame album is available for free streaming: https://praisetheflame.bandcamp.com/album/manifest-rebellion
You guys *really* should cover it.
What, in your opinion, makes said album worth covering?
Well, to be honest, if you’ve got the room to cover a videogame that looks to be on par with a flash-app from 2004 put out by a record label that hasn’t had much, if anything, to do with metal in about 20 years, you probably have room to cover every death and black metal album that will be put out this year.
But since I guess clicking a link and listening to music is more effort than hessians these days are willing to expend: Because Praise the Flame are damn near the only band doing the old “phrasal” style of death metal embodied by bands such as Mortuary or Mortem correctly. Overty melodic in the sense that Slayer’s “Hell Awaits” was, without ever becoming frilly and gay like most things with the “melodic tag”, the band manages to manifest the same kind of malevolent other-worldy darkness as their forebearers in the South American metal world, with the same kind of energy counterbalancing it to keep the listen enjoyable, but the black metal inspired even-cadencing keeps it more focused on the occult darkness than the physical danceability that the more syncopated bands like Mortuary or certain eras of Sadistic Intent tended to highlight.
Somebody was surprised I still like old computer systems and playing the old first person shooters.
I wish I could find an updated pirate version of DOOM, or maybe Wolfenstein (the “pro-nazi version”) but with with black metal music and ambient music as the soundtrack.
If I remember correctly the beer drinkers who created that nutty version of Wolfenstein were heavily into old Slayer / old Metallica / old Cannibal Corpse/ Megadeth “Rust”,”CTE” / Danzig /Suicidal Tendencies / etc … (late 80s/early 90s gateway bands).
Slayer’s Behind the Crooked Cross was in Doom, with the solo. It’s edited to run in a loop though.
Brett prefers the pipe smoking lifestyle now.
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