Needle Factory -Drunken Robot Pornography

 

 Some of you may know that Hamartiology is the study of sin; another name for it is ‘Drunken Robot Pornography‘, which also happens to be the title of the latest offering by Manchester based, Needle Factory. The songs on this short, 6 track, album are deliciously twisted and floor stomping. Tracks like ‘Finger Brain‘ and ‘Remote Control‘ are fast moving and driven by all manner of demented excess -all riddled with plinky-plonky electro sounds and sexually deviant lyrics. https://soundcloud.com/analoguetrash/needle-factory-finger-brain Overall ‘Drunken Robot Pornography’ is an interesting album that should entertain and amuse for some time to come. Visit Bandcamp for more information.

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A Human Costume – Exhume, Behold, Defenestrate

 

 With the words Exhume and Defenestrate in their album title, you know pretty much what you are getting into with California-based metal band A Human Costume’s debut album. Frantic guitars combined with melodic beats are the order of the day. Mixed in with a few sound effects and you have a great listening experience perfect for playing games like Dead Rising or Dead Island or Dead Space or anything else with Dead in the title, really. Tracks that stand out for me of the 8 on this album are “Axe Attack” and “The Kavorka“. They are tighter than the rest and worthy of airtime on those few radio stations brave enough to play this kind of thing. Lead vocalist Tim Knapton […]

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Factory Acts -Thirst

 

 It is difficult for me to place my finger on what exactly makes this album so hypnotising. I am certain that it has something to do with the memorising synths, the subtle drum and bass type feel and the hauntingly beautiful female vocals. Regardless of its exact nature this is ‘Thirst’ -the latest offering by British group, Factory Acts. Though the album is short -only 4 tracks in length- it is a uniquely flavoured beast. Songs like ‘Animal Spirits’ and ‘Flight’ are peerless and eerily delicious as they float across the ether like the last feather of a long dead bird -a gentle reminder of mortality and of ghosts at the foot of the bed. Overall ‘Thirst‘ is a fantastically […]

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Best Of Poe

 

 “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” To me, Poe is one of the greatest writers of all time -his command of words, his use of character, his deliciously dark and morbid flavour. The fact that he created a number of the genres we enjoy today! All these reasons and more make Poe one of my favourite writers. Granted my opinion is my own and I am certain that many of you will argue for or against it regardless. For this article I’ve decided to mention a few films based on his works, and a few of his best known works. (Worry not, no Raven’s here.) […]

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Poe Games

 

 “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?“ Though games based on the works of Poe, are probably not as well known or loved as the games based on Lovecraft or Doyle, but they are still worthy of note… and of play. “Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.“ Dark Tales: The Fall Of The House Of Usher. You, the player, and your loyal colleague, Detective Dupin, have been called to search for missing twin sisters in the haunted House of Usher. Visit the official Facebook page for more information. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4bDqJeQxus Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy. Poe is dead […]

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Celebrating Two Centuries of Edgar Allan Poe

“Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’“ Edgar Allan Poe, the man behind the macabre tales that have enthralled literature lovers for two centuries, lived an extraordinary life that ended with a death that was akin to the bizarre writings that he prided himself on conjuring. Today, 19th January 2015, we at 925 Rebellion celebrate his 206th birthday. “I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man […]

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Fallout 3. (Classic Review)

 

 “Once more unto the breach, my friend” -Vault Dweller. Fallout 3 is a complex and addictive role playing game from the developers behind The Elder Scrolls series. Taking place in the year 2277, you assume the role of a resident of Vault 101, one of the secure communities established to protect humans from nuclear fallout. One day, your father disappears out into the Capital Wasteland and your world as you know it is completely changed. You venture out into the Wasteland to track him down, where you met and fight an assortment of characters along the way. “War… War never changes.” -Narrator. How you play the game and progress from level to level (set at a level 20 cap with […]

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Halo: Nightfall

 

 Now I am usually not one to follow extended universes too closely. Often preferring to watch the shows, play the games and read the literature when I finally get my hands on it. But in the case of Halo: Nightfall I have found an instant love. So much so that I watched all five episodes back-to-back on YouTube. Now the show, though set in the expansive Halo universe, does not follow the conflict between the human race and the Covenant much. In fact after the initial battle with a Covenant “terrorist” the human team is sent to the ONI a fragment of Instillation 04 aka The Halo Ring. (I’m trying to be a vague as possible. Don’t want to give […]

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The Complexity that is Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

 

 Origin: In 1990 Oshii Mamoru directed Ghost in the Shell, a movie based on the work of Shirou Masamune. That movie received critical acclaim as an outstanding proof of what animation in Japan is capable off. The movie was a huge hit in the United States and the world and became a cult classic that even influenced Hollywood movies like the Matrix and The Fifth Element. The movie’s huge success created a demand for more, which led Production I.G and Shirou Masamune to co-produce the anime television series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. (or GitS: SAC for short) The more things change the more they stay the same? The movie Ghost in the Shell recounts how Major Kusanagi […]

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Ghost In The Shell

 

 So by now I am certain that many of you have heard the impassioned news that Scarlett Johansson (The Black Dahlia, Iron Man 2) had been offered and accepted the lead role in the live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow‘ Ghost in the shell. (Or Oyster in the shell, as that chap from my school called it.) Now some of you may indeed be surprised, disgusted or even, dare I say it, aroused by the news of Ms. Johanssons acceptance of the offer. I, myself, could not care less -take fiction for what it is: fiction. A thought occurs: Not all of you will have seen the original film or the TV series, or perhaps any of the other work. Indeed, you […]

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