Just A Reminder….

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Become a Believer in Autotheism

For fans of Between the Buried and Me, Opeth and Necrophagist

If you’re a fan of The Faceless, you’re probably wondering why I’ve listed Opeth and Between the Buried and Me as similar artists.  “The Faceless is technical death metal, not progressive,” you’re probably saying, while starting arguments in the comments section of a Youtube video.  True, their previous releases were tech metal through and through.  However, Autotheism, which was released on August 14th, is about as progressive as it gets.  Yes, it’s a strange transition.  But it still freaking rocks. Read more of this post

Incurso Will Devour Your Soul

For fans of Necrophagist, Obscura, The Faceless and Origin

I’m going to start off by saying  HOLY SHIT, LOOK AT THE ALBUM ARTWORK!!!  It’s like H.P. Lovecraft combined his worst nightmares with the darkest and most horrifying secrets of the universe, which subsequently birthed a creature so vile that its very existence is a fundamental contradiction of logic.  Seriously, don’t stare at it too long, you’ll lose your mind. Read more of this post

“Prometheus” Aims for the Stars but Doesn’t Complete the Mission

Say what you want about Ridley Scott, but you have to admit one thing:  the man is great at making movies.  The genre-bending films he creates have captured our imaginations, scared the piss out of us, and made us hate Julius Caesar.  His latest sci-fi/horror epic “Prometheus” does all but one of these things (guess which one it is), while telling a great story and displaying some dazzling special effects–but it didn’t live up to its hype. Read more of this post

4 Reasons Working in Retail Will Drive You to Suicide

To be successful, you need to persevere to achieve your goals.  Just kidding, it’s all about who you know – and you can’t deny that fact.  So what happens when losers like me don’t have the right connections?  Well, the world is full of throw-away jobs, and they will be your primary source of income until you gain friends in high places.  But for now, you’re stuck faking a smile to people who spend a fortune and drive away in a brand new Porsche. Read more of this post

God Of War Ascension Announced


So maybe it was just wishful thinking that led us to believe Playstation was about to announce God Of War 4.  I was looking forward to seeing the next chapter in Kratos’ life, after the chaotic ending of the third game.  But it turns out we’ll never know what happens.  The teaser that Playstation put up on their Facebook page was in fact advertising a new God Of War game, but SURPRISE, it’s another prequel. Read more of this post

God Of War 4????

On Wednesday, April 11th, PlayStation mysteriously changed their Facebook cover photo to this enigmatic image.  For those of you who can’t read (which is hopefully none of you, otherwise what are you doing on this site?), it says is big beautiful letters “Will Vengeance Bring Redemption? 04.19.12”  Rumors have been flying left and right about what it might represent, and about 90% of said rumors are pointing to God Of War 4. Read more of this post

Assassin’s Creed III Trailer, News, and George Washington.

Bad. Ass.

Earlier today, Ubisoft released an official trailer for Assassin’s Creed III.  You might be shaking your head right now and saying “ANOTHER game, seriously?” Read more of this post

[Heart]Breaking News: Fallujah Cancels Tour with Hate Eternal

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They all need a hug. And a beer.

This is a truly unfortunate story.  What’s even more unfortunate is that it happens all the time during these unforgiving winter months.

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I Was Stabbed by Sweet Tooth and All I Got Were These Stupid Pictures!

Living in the Bay Area is pretty nice.  We’re very close to three major cities, meaning there is ALWAYS some sort of event going on at any given time.  You can also make the case that the Bay is the Mecca of video games.  With such studios as Sony Computer Entertainment America, Visceral Games, 2K Marin, and Capcom (to name a few) taking residence here, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some awesome events put on by these companies.  One such event took place on February 2nd, and was put on by Sony.  It was a public and media party/tournament for the highly anticipated reboot of the bestselling car-combat franchise Twisted Metal.  I’ve been a fan of the series since I was a young lad, so you bet your ass I went.  It was a ton of fun, and it only made me want the game even more.

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JOE MONTANA TO DWIGHT CLA…I mean ALEX SMITH TO VERNON DAVIS!!

"Let's huddle up and talk about how we totally just scored with 9 seconds left."

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I can watch this over and over and over again.  If you listen close enough, you can hear me having a heart attack in the stands.  The good kind.

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Preview and Predictions: 49ers vs. Saints

The time has come. The NFL playoffs are in full swing, and the 49ers are finally back in the mix. After a pathetic eight years without a playoff appearance, the red and gold have claimed the number 2 seed with a 13-3 record. That’s quite an improvement from last season’s record, which was a sad 6-10. The team’s turn-around can be attributed to one thing: a new coaching staff. Namely, head coach Jim Harbaugh. He’s definitely the right man for the job. The Niners needed an offensively-minded coach, and Harbaugh, being a former NFL quarterback and former Stanford head coach, was a no-brainer. The team also brought over a few other coaches from Stanford, and it has translated into many, many wins. The talent was there all along, it just wasn’t being utilized correctly. They now have the number one ranked defense in the NFL, and an offense that plays well enough to win every game. And that’s why they’re going to beat the Saints.

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4 Lessons I’ve Learned About Hospitals

When it comes to health, I’m not the most fortunate person on the planet. In this year alone I have been to the hospital seven times–four of those times being within the past three weeks. It’s safe to say that I’m a medical mystery, and I’ll probably end up on one of those “Mystery Diagnosis” shows one day. The 2011 holiday season was a bad one for me. I caught a cold, then got the flu a week later, then caught strep throat 2 weeks after that. This is where things took a turn for the shitty. The strep bacteria caused an infection in my tonsils, which the doctors had to slice open to drain the puss out. Not once, not twice, but three times. When the infection came back a fourth time the day after Christmas, the doctors gave the order to just remove my tonsils altogether. So into surgery I went.

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Crawl Into The Harvest Wombs

I don't know what's happening here, but I'm sure it's awesome.

As I’ve mentioned before, Metal is a hit-or-miss genre. It’s rare to find a band that plays incredible music while still being able to experiment with their sound. There are a few names that come to mind when I say that: Opeth, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura, among others. However, when a band comes virtually out of nowhere and puts out a stellar album with all the right skill, sound and experimentation, it’s truly a thing of beauty. The reason I say this is because a band has just recently done exactly that. A band from right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. They’re called Fallujah, and they’ve set a new standard for Technical and Atmospheric Death Metal with their first full length album, The Harvest Wombs. Read more of this post

Old Guys Can Still Kick Ass

"Why does he keep appearing behind me?"

Nerdvember just passed, so that means there is a multitude of killer games hitting store shelves. And I’m not talking about Call of Duty or Battlefield 3, or any other over-hyped shooter. On the 15th, the crack team at Ubisoft Montreal released Assassin’s Creed Revelations. With less than a year in development, it was going to be interesting to see what they did with the game, and the direction the story took. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood came out at this time last year, also after only one year of development, and that game kicked ass. So did Ubisoft pull off another masterpiece in a relatively short time? Yes, they totally did. Read more of this post

DEAD ON ARRIVAL: Opeth Is No Longer Opeth.

I just want to start off by saying that I have a bit of a bias in this review: Opeth is my all time favorite band. I even have their logo tattooed on my right forearm to prove how much I obsess over them. There has never been a Progressive Metal band with such musicianship and talent like these guys. When people think of Opeth, they think of masterpiece albums like Ghost Reveries and Blackwater Park, which included equal amounts of ear-raping death metal and somber acoustics with beautiful clean vocals. These Swedes have been doing that for over 20 years, and we still can’t get enough of it. In 2008, they released Watershed which was still metal as fuck, but leaned a bit more towards their softer side — but even still, it was goddamn amazing. We couldn’t wait to hear what their new album would bring. After three years of waiting, they finally released Heritage… and it wasn’t exactly what anyone expected.

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Get Nice and Evil with Ritual

Sometimes metal can be a difficult genre to stay faithful to.  There are so many great bands out there, but they can’t seem to stick around for very long before they lose their creative spark and either sell out or just begin to suck (I’m talking about you, In Flames).  It’s a terrible cycle, and it needs to be broken.  I’ve prayed to the metal gods, asking them for this to stop, and this time, I think they answered.  On June 21st, The Black Dahlia Murder released their fifth studio album, Ritual. This is a band that has raised the bar for melodic death metal higher and higher every time they’ve released an album — well, up until 2008, when their longtime lead guitarist John Kempanien left the band.  They hired Ryan Night to fill the void and released Deflorate a year later, but with the exception of two or three good tracks, the album as a whole was okay at best.  It made a lot of fans lose faith in such an amazing band.  When Ritual was announced, most of us just scoffed and said “Who cares, I’ll listen to Obscura.”  However, being the faithful fan that I am, I picked up a copy, and I do not regret it one bit.

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With Great Power, Comes a Great Game

 Check out our newest guest contribution coming to you from Justin Mutch of Union City, CA. Want to write for Wrecked? Find out how here.

 

These days, originality in video games is a bit hard to come by.  With new (and equally generic) Call of Duty clones being released what seems like every week, avid gamers need something fresh to chew on.  Luckily there are a few franchises that vanquish the repetitive nature of games like those that focus solely on multiplayer.  InFamous 2 came out on June 7th, and for anyone with a PS3 who likes variety in games, this was a momentous occasion.  The first game was a massive hit, and the plot definitely called for a sequel.  So after two years of waiting, we finally get to see Cole’s next struggle to save another city.  Or destroy it.

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