What Happens on the Island, Stays on the Island

shutter island

Whatever you do, don't take your eyes of that Panda. There are dark secrets on this island... probably.

A few weeks back, I wrote a pretty extensive, incredibly in-depth preview of the PS3 exclusive minigame-fest, Carnival Island. Well we finally got our review copy in, and all I can say is holy shit — I did not expect to have half as much fun as I did. I fired up a copy of the game, brews in hand with a couple of the other Wrecked guys ready to drunken-review the shit out of this game and you know what? We had a blast.

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Where’s the Zelda Review?

As many of you already know, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword started flying off store shelves November 20th. It’s been a couple weeks I know, but I’m hard at work trying to get that final review out, but to do the game justice, I have to play the game from start to finish. What’s the hold up? Skyward Sword is a fucking 40+ hour game, and as a working man with a measly excuse for a social life, frankly, that’s a lot of time. Hell, I only get about that same amount of sleep a week, so give a brother some slack.

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New Left 4 Dead Fan-Film Trailer Turns Heads

"Re-LOOOOAADDING!"

Fans of Left 4 Dead may have heard rumblings of a fan-made film coming over the past few months, and though there are a million of these things on the internet already, few have managed to actually impress. Well a brand new trailer just hit Youtube yesterday, and holy shit, this one looks cool.

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[UPDATED] LAMB OF GOD Debut New Track (Now With Video)

lamb of god resolution

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Lamb of God’s been working on a new album, Resolution, due out January 24th, 2012. The curtains have been  pulled back on the album, as the band has unveiled the groove-filled “Ghost Walking,” available for streaming exclusively at Metal Sucks.

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Let’s Talk the Block.

If you liked "Shaun of the Dead", you HAVE to check this out. The only way I can describe it is "The Goonies" meets "Gremlins" meets Ali G.

I consider myself to be pretty gangster. I know a handful of awesomely gangster sayings and hip slang, and even own a t-shirt proclaiming how gangster I indeed am. Close friends of mine would attest to how truly gangster I’m capable of being. That being said, nothing could have prepared me for how gangster a group of inner-city kids from London could be. Not even all the hours of Ali G I’ve watched in my time.

Over the summer, I caught wind that a small studio (which includes a few of the great minds behind “Shaun of the Dead”) was putting out a new action-comedy about an alien invasion called “Attack the Block.” My interest was further piqued by the unusually high ratings I found on Rotten Tomatoes, and before I knew it, I was hunting down showtimes and more information about the movie’s über-limited release (there was only one theater playing the movie in the Bay Area at the time).

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Happy Turkey Day from WRECKED!

I'm thankful for winning ideas like this one.

Spend some time between awkward conversations with grandpa and dodging the sexual leers of that weird uncle of yours with some sweet thanksgiving-related videos!

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It’s Time To Squad Up or Shut Up

Remember those days when you were a kid where you were counting the days until that one particular video game hit store shelves? Where you couldn’t wait for the school bells to ring so you could jet over to the game store and cash in all your lunch money for that new shiny game? As we grow older (and admittedly more cynical) those peak moments of anticipation grow fewer and farther between. Well, after playing the game at E3 and wasting way too much time playing the beta this past september, I found that Battlefield 3 was that game that would bring me back to my childhood-like days of impatience.  I raced out to my game store of choice after work and picked it up, gathered some friends around the TV (after eating some delicious steak sandwiches) and fired up the game. Too bad the online servers didn’t work – at all.

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Hold up Your Horns for The Hunter

mastodon the hunter

In 2009, Mastodon swept the metal masses off their feet with their comparably slower, melodic epic, Crack the Skye. I’ll admit, before that record, Mastodon and I were only acquaintances in the metal spectrum – we’d hang out every once in a while, I’d always play their songs on Guitar Hero, but they weren’t a band that had earned their spot as one of my favorite bands. Crack the Skye changed everything, it cemented a regular spot in my playlists, and somehow, those proggy bastards found a way to outdo themselves yet again with 2011’s The Hunter.

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The Carnival’s Where the Magic Happens?

Something about that panda seems suspicious. It can't be trusted running a carnival.

Minigame collections come and go. Party games and generic multiplayer games are a dime a dozen, and to be honest, we pick them up every now and again keeping our fingers crossed that maybe this one’s different. Maybe Carnival Island is the game that revitalizes our hope in modern party games. Why? Because this deceivingly cute carnival clone comes to us from the hands of Magic Pixel Games, a relatively new studio formed by the guys behind the gravely under-appreciated Boom Blox, not to mention the game’s being published by Santa Monica Studios. Yeah, they put out God of War, and more recently, the PSN favorite, Fat Princess. Ever heard of them?

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Wrecked (W)Reboot In Progress

Yes, you read right. Told you we weren't dead.

Yes, Wrecked Reviews will be rebooting sometime in the next 30 days. Stay tuned. If you’re local to the Bay Area of California and are interested in joining the new team, send an email to ivan@wreckedreviews.com with your contact information and some of your work.

To everyone else, stay tuned for more details.

-WR.

BAMF Spotlight: Behold the Desecration

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’re melting your face off with Behold the Desecration from San Jose, CA.

For fans of Job for a Cowboy, Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, etc.

Don’t listen to Behold the Desecration if you like the way your face looks. Don’t listen to these guys if you’re in a nursery or china shoppe. Lastly, don’t listen to Behold the Desecration if you like you’re trying to currently undergoing psychological testing to prove you’re not insane. Why not? None of the scenarios I mentioned can handle the brutality BtD brings, and I’m not sure you can either. These guys like to take it straight to your face, with blistering fast drums, an insane level of shredding, and songs so punishingly brutal you’ll need to pick your stomach off the floor because you’ll have just thrown it up from this music kicking you in the balls so fucking hard. In all seriousness, if you’re a fan of extreme/death metal, you need to hear these guys, and you’ll need to see them live at BAMF this July.

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BAMF Spotlight: Hatriot

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. Check out Hatriot from Oakland, CA.

For fans of Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth, Strapping Young Lad, etc.

Fans of Exodus should know the name Steve “Zetro” Souza already, but for those that don’t, Souza was the frontman for the colossal thrash giant from 1986-1993, and again from 2002-04. I should probably have your attention now. Souza returns to the bay fronting the pissed off foursome, Hatriot, and they’ve come to rejuvenate your love for traditional American thrash. The guitars are very melodic for their speed, and Souza brings a pure unadulterated sense of chaos and rage to their sound that you really need to hear to believe. Check them at BAMF this July.

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BAMF Spotlight: Left of Christ

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’re showcasing Left of Christ from San Jose, CA.

For fans of Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Soilwork, As I Lay Dying, etc.

With all the extreme acts bringing in BAMF this year, it’s going to be a refreshing change of pace to welcome Left of Christ onto the stage. These guys know how to write some catchy melodies and pair it seamlessly with some good old fashioned brutality. These guys will get the pits going during their heavier moments, and get the kids singing along with their killer vocal hooks. Any fan of melodic metal in the bay should already be familiar with Left of Christ, but in case you’re not, your time to catch them is at BAMF this July. Don’t miss out.

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BAMF Spotlight: Short Fuse

very week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. Check out Short Fuse from Redwood City, CA.

For fans of White Zombie, Cannibal Corpse, Death, Fear Factory, etc

Welcome to the gut punch that calls itself Short Fuse. Short Fuse brings a raw and menacing approach to metal with a uniquely honed sound few could even attempt to replicate. These guys leave no holds barred — one minute they’ll beat you over the face with a fury of blast beats, rip the heart from your chest with demonic low growls, and then hypnotize you with hauntingly melodic choruses. Short Fuse isn’t afraid to sacrifice speed at times, either, their signature sound of buzzsaw guitars and sludgy riffs don’t sacrifice an ounce of brutality in the process. Short Fuse bring a level of dynamics that goes unmatched by its peers, and is definitely a band you can’t afford to miss at the BAMF Festival this summer.

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BAMF Spotlight: Desecrater

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we present Desecrater from San Jose, CA.

For fans of Slayer, Death, Metallica, Megadeth, etc

If you like your metal with a constant barrage of double bass and shredding guitars, we’ve got the band for you. Desecrater hails from San Jose with no intention of slowing down or compromising their sound. Led by the bellowing low vocals of guitarist/vocalist Sid Frankosky, Desecrater seeks only to inspire circle pits and beer-fueled brawls. They’re as traditional to metal as you can get; there are no gimmicks or sing-along choruses in sight, just a pure relentless attack. Make sure to check these guys out at BAMF This July.

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Sounds Like My Idols Fading

sounds of a playground fading

So here we are in yet another familiar situation: In Flames has put out a new studio album, and the metal community faces yet another controversial release from the (now) infamous Swedes. In case you aren’t up to speed with In Flames’ discography, every release they’ve put out since 2002’s Reroute to Remain has been met with mixed reactions – that was until 2008’s A Sense of Purpose, which was met with just about universal disappointment. In my opinion (and in many others’), A Sense of Purpose was undoubtedly the group’s weakest offering, and in turn made a whole lot of us dread the release of its follow up.

That brings us to Sounds of a Playground Fading, In Flames’ tenth full-length album, and despite having what’s probably the worst album title in all of meta everl, it’s actually not completely terrible.

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Seen Super 8? Check This Out.

I found an interesting article on the internet a few days ago from Jeffrey Marks at LionfishPictures.com. Check out his take on what Super 8 is really about, and the significance of what the alien truly represents in the story. Good read, but be warned, this DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS. Don’t read this unless you’ve already seen the movie!

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Green Shows His Colours with a Little Hell

It’s been three years since Alexisonfire singer/guitarist Dallas Green blew us away with Bring Me Your Love, the second solo-album released under Green’s literal alias City and Colour. What began as a well-kept secret only hardcore Alexis fans knew about became a critical and commercial hit, catapulting Green’s career to what some might say is even higher than that of his original band.

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BAMF Spotlight: Embryonic Devourment

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we give you the crushingly brutal Embryonic Devourment from Willits, CA.

If you want a dose of shred with your morning cup of coffee, look no further than Embryonic Devourment, one of the big names topping this years Bay Area Metal Festival. If you like your metal with a relentless attack, full of blast beats, demonic growls, and enough shredding to give a plastic surgeon trouble putting your face back together after everything’s said and done, then you need to turn your attention to these guys. Brutality hardly comes close in describing Embryonic Devourment’s take on extreme metal. Death metal purists, proggressive enthusiasts, tech-metal lovers alike can find something to love about ED’s sound, and I fully expect them to bring the noise this July closing out the BAMF fest with Forbidden and Ulysses Siren.

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Super 8 is Super Great

Let me be clear about one thing: the less you know about Super 8 going into the movie, the better. Part of Writer/Director J.J. Abrams’ charm is his ability to surround his projects in complete mystery. Though Super 8’s marketing wasn’t nearly as mysterious as his previous film, Cloverfield, or “1-18-08,” as it was known for most of its time after being announced, Abrams still doesn’t give you a whole lot to go on from Super 8’s trailers. The initial trailer only showed a truck crashing into and derailing a train, and hinted at something trying to break out. That was enough to pique my interest.

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