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There’s just time to review this before I take it back to the shop. It isn’t that it’s cheaply made (it is, but it’s also cheap) or that it doesn’t sound good (for the price, it sounds fine). It’s that it comes with a bog-standard telescopic antenna, and such antennae really aren’t up to the job. If you live in an area with good DAB coverage then this would make a sensible, even advisable, purchase. If not, it’s all but unusable. 3/5

UDO-Steelhammer-DLPSteelhammer. Steelhammer. Steelhammer. Hammering your brain.
Steelhammer. Steelhammer. Steelhammer. Driving you insane.

No, it’s not deep, but it is fun. UDO’s latest album marks a triumphant return to 80’s values – straightforward tunes, crisp production and silly lyrics. Highlights include the powerful opener (Steelhammer, Steelhammer; you get the message), the Louis-Armstrong-esque ‘Heavy Rain’ and the overblown ‘Book of Faith’. Some of the more straightforward songs are frothy and forgettable, but they’re all imbued with an infectious sense of enthusiasm. Objectively, it’s a middling album – it falls some way short of being Metal Heart Part 2 – but objectivity be damned. There’s plenty here to put a smile on the face of any ageing headbanger. 3.5/5

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We’re big fans of Wonder Woman here at the Lazy Inquisitor. And by ‘we’, of course, I mean ‘I’. And by ‘I’, I mean ‘my wife’. Still, not even she can stomach this collection of the Amazon’s 1960’s adventures. Typical plots involve Wonder Woman’s struggle to rescue simpering Steve Trevor as he haplessly shuffles from one cock-up to another. This volume also introduces Wonder Girl, and her struggle to rescue simpering excrescence Mer-Boy from hapless undersea peril. It gets worse: Wonder Tot. Nobody simpers over Wonder Tot, because Wonder Tot is annoying. If it weren’t for the appearance of Angle Man (whose excellent superpower is that ‘he always has an angle’) the book would beyond redemption. Stick with Wonder Woman Volume 4 instead; that one’s quite good. 1/5

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1996’s Privateer 2 was a great game. That’s no longer the case. Time hasn’t been kind to this strange, wonderful hybrid of big-budget film and space-flight simulator. The movies are fuzzy, the combat basic, the graphics dated. Nevertheless, it still has bags of atmosphere and it’s still a well-crafted game. There’s plenty to do – expect your campaign to include missions, trading, piracy and bounty-hunting – but it’s the star-studded FMV segments that take centre stage. This release has a few glitches, and you’ll need to apply a fan-patch to get it working properly, but patient gamers will find that Privateer 2 is a game that’s worth rescuing from cryosleep. 3/5

Book Review: The Haunted Book

Posted: October 7, 2013 in Books
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Mark Gatiss says that this book is “gripping, twisted and devilishly enjoyable” but, since it’s written by his League of Gentlemen comrade Jeremy Dyson, you’d expect him to.  The Haunted Book contains ten ghost stories linked by a subtle meta-narrative.  Don’t expect outright horror: I found one story to be genuinely creepy, while most of the others were either atmospheric or vaguely unsettling. The period stories work rather well, but a couple of the mid-book pieces and the meta-story feel like filler. Despite this, the variety and imagination on offer make The Haunted Book a reasonably engaging read. 3/5

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Actually a reference to Osama Bin Laden rather than any of that Satanic nonsense, Kreator’s Phantom Antichrist is an exceptional album. The title track is the highlight: thunderous kick drums, powerful vocals, a catchy tune and satisfyingly intricate hooks. And METAL, obviously.  While they never match the aggression of the opener, the next few tracks keep up the pace with some virtuoso guitar solos and belt-it-out choruses. The closing songs slide down into the ‘very good’ category, but they still display nuggets of brilliance. It’s also worth checking out the Special Edition DVD, which contains an interesting ‘making of’ together with live concert footage. This is modern thrash at its very best. 5/5

Today’s review comes from the absurdly talented @Furlywurly. Check out that intro! I’ve no idea how he does it. A pact with the devil, probably.

Anyway, we’re giving this one a 3/5. ’tis a sweet little thing, for a while.

 

P.S. If you need more Kevin in your life, give him a follow at @Furlywurly or on YouTube at FurlyWurlyFilms. He’s always doing stuff like this.