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The Unskippables: Gamebreakers 2 by GameBreax.

And so I find myself drawn back into the world of videogame music although this time instead of looking at something directly taken from videogaming, I’m looking at something inspired by various games and their themes as evidence of my theory that any subject matter can make for excellent music when approached with care and love. Gamebreakers 2 is the latest release by North Carolina collective GameBreax, comprising previous Unskippables subject Omega Sparx and SWATS and their vision of electronic infused hip hop called “Nerdcore”, and that’s a genre I can get behind. I’ve spent decades deep within the realms […]

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The Unskippables: I’m Back ( To Rise! )

  It’s not all pro wrestling and pop songs you know. My own personal Triforce is rounded off with videogames which if I’m being honest, is perhaps my first and greatest love. I’ve seen the industry grow from vague shapes and beeps and boops to multi-million dollar blockbusters with photo-realistic graphics and sweeping orchestral scores, I’ve fallen in love with the medium, out of love with the medium and back in love all over again. I’ve saved worlds, rescued princesses, made epic quests through amazing fantasy lands and beaten every opponent in my path and when not doing those things, […]

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The UnSkippables: Ain’t it Fun.

I apologise if recent editions of the Unskippables have been a little too personal but as I’m working through some pretty dark times in my recent past, it’s outlets like this that I can focus my energy on and know at the end there will be a finished product I hope I can be proud of.   Without letting the cat out of the bag too much, I’ve had to deal with a situation where I lost almost everything dear to me and have to pick myself up off the metaphorical bottom and start again. It’s in this complete tear […]

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Unappreciated Podcast 26: It’s Not Goodbye, it’s ‘See You Later’

This week’s episode is a bit of a clean-up episode. We’re talking about some upcoming things including a temporary hiatus for the podcast and changes to the format of UnappreciatedScholars.com. We’re also talking about the new album from The Cowards Choir called “Name the Fear” – but we’re not playing a song from it. However, there is one song and it’s a special shout out to UnScholar Mama. Kevin’s Small Screen Saver: http://smallscreensaver.blogspot.com Slighter: http://slighter.bandcamp.com Glenn Frey: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist?id=Adaenzwwr3if57dnvd7dbtsxsje Track list: 01 Intro 00:00 02 Slighter – Wrecked 00:09 03 Dropping some Knowledge 00:40 04 Glenn Frey – Smuggler’s Blues 21:43

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Unappreciated Podcast 25: Don’t Call Me Jackie Cane

This week’s episode is a little salty. No “Get Off My Lawn” yet, but it’ll come someday. Instead, this is a catch-up show featuring bands that should have been featured on the site by now. Nash the Slash https://nashtheslash.bandcamp.com Alter Der Ruine https://alterderruine.bandcamp.com/album/gravity-hunts-us-all-ep OHM VS SLIGHTER https://confusioninc.bandcamp.com/album/lights-out (If you’re keeping score at home, I got a refund for the salty lunch!)

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Review + Bonus Metal Show Podcast: Necrolytic Goat Converter – “Demo MMXVI”

As a rule, I don’t usually review demos. The quality is usually absolute dirt, and it’s mainly bands just looking for some decent reviews to try and boost their Facebook following for all the difference that makes. This one is different though. Despite being a one man album that’s unmastered and features a drum machine providing the backbone, there’s something about this that really elevates it above a lot of band’s finished article. Maybe it’s the raw honesty of the piece. The man behind it, Chris Voss, has explicitly stated that this is a vehicle to act as an outlet, […]

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To Your Scattered Bodies Go: HuczuHucz leaps the river (and the ocean)

Polish rapper HuczuHucz, a relative unknown in the English-speaking world, deserves a broader audience. His powerful 2014 album, Gdzie Wasze Ciała Porzucone — named after the classic Philip José Farmer SF novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go — proves that music, rhythm and flow are universal, even if the language is foreign. In Farmer’s novel (itself named after a line in a John Donne poem), everyone who has ever lived awakens into an artificial reality by the shore of a river. A common language (Esperanto) helps connect people from different origins, languages, times. It’s easy to think of hip-hop, bound […]

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The Dollyrots: Family Vacation live in LA.

(This review was penned by Martin Dixon and posted by the editor on his behalf.) Formed in Florida in 2000, the Dollyrots have blazed a trail of bubbly pop punk all over the United States and across the globe. Finally settling down in Los Angeles, the band’s latest album is a live recording of the ‘Rots playing some of their greatest tunes in front of a “home town” crowd. This is a  homecoming party and you’re all invited. It’s rare for me to be so into an act that I’ll buy their back catalogue, I prefer to cherry pick the […]

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Review: The Rupture Dogs – “All About You”/”When Fear Turns to Grace”.

Back in my previous capacity as writer for Irish music site “Chew Your Own Fat” (RIP), I had the pleasure of reviewing The Rupture Dogs’ 2013 album “Feral”, and is was (and still is) an absolute cracking record. This is the first new material from the band since the release of “Feral” and serves as an appetizer for their upcoming second album, currently being recorded at Electric Mountain Studios in Co. Down, Northern Ireland. What The Rupture Dogs offer is radio friendly, hard edged rock. A lazy comparison I once read was that they were “kinda like the Foo Fighters”, […]

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Unappreciated Podcast 24: Let’s Have a Black Celebration

Depeche Mode released Black Celebration on March 17, 1986. The album would be a marked change in tone for the band as they moved further into dark sounds and subject matter. Legions of Depeche Mode fans consider this to be the penultimate Depeche Mode album, and it has gone on to influence many other bands and spawn a handful of excellent modern cover versions. Today, 30 years later, we celebrate an album that has stood the test of time and become a massive underground hit. Today, we celebrate Black Celebration. I’ll drink to that… FACT CHECK: Yes, I’m fully aware […]

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