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Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Phantom Spell – Immortal’s Requiem (2022)

Spin the wheel and decide what album goes in the JAR this week! It’s Phantom Spell – Immortal’s Requiem!

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Here’s one of those week’s where I started looking around, threw some names on the dart board and let fate decide! We landed on, Phantom Spell: Immortal’s Requiem!

What I know isn’t much. This band is a side project of Seven Sisters frontman Kyle McNeil, oh – and they’re based out of Manchester, UK. I could look around for more notes, but that’s really all I can glean. Never hearing this project before I think the Facebook page says they’re style is somewhere between Prog Rock and Classic Metal. So…there A LOT of gray area in between there. So let’s just dive in!

Phantom Spell is: Apparently Kyle McNeil does everything, so there we go!

  • Artist: Phantom Spell
  • Album: Immortal’s Requiem (2022)
  • Label: Independent
  • Total Track Time: 31:59

Immortal’s Requiem is the song that kicks off the album, with a very church choir hymnal feel. A little echoed out 70s influence on the guitar as well. Very simple clean vocals about praying on the altar of time, as we get a bit of a tempo rise going right into the next song as a seamless segue with more prog elements. Dawn of Mind has a very Iron Maiden 7th Son of a 7th Son feeling to me, mixed with a lot more psychedelic 70s inspired prog. There’s a great gallop riff keeping the song moving forward, hence the Iron Maiden vibes, but this is really interesting. Vocally and instrumentally it reminds me more of Kansas, but musically it lives nicely in that psychedelic prog vein right now. The song also speaks of some kind of magical sentience in the blade. So the dawning of the mind, is more of a powerful awakening. So it’s hitting those cool Lord of the Rings fantasy story elements that good prog and power metal tend to work with. Especially when the song is sung from the perspective of the newly sentient sword.

Seven Sided Mirror starts off with a little bit of that crazy prog keyboard playing. I’m either waiting for a full Iron Butterfly moment or things to calm down. Okay, they calm down a little. This has a really cool breakdown in the chorus that makes it easy to sing along with the, “Ooh, seven sided mirror” – then we get some light harpsichord. So being a song which you can only assume takes place in a castle, about reflecting his fears and the mirror manifests them, probably a reference to like ‘seven deadly sins’ since it’s a seven sided mirror. But it’s still very cool. A lot of feelings of Helloween, Iron Maiden, and a little Blind Guardian. It’s still just a very cool little song, evoking imagination and the fantasy aspects that certain types of metal go down. Up the Tower is a little quicker and stays in more of a classic rock/metal approach like Dio or Black Sabbath. Lyrically this is a lot of loose imagery about keys, locks and having to go up the tower to solve the puzzle. So the song has a generally persevering tone about it, but the lyrics don’t seem to every evoke an answer, so the song is just the trip up the tower. Some successes, some failures.

Black Spire Curse is an instrumental that starts with harpsichord and then a signature jazz drum beat. So it’s this weird amalgam of medieval Jazz before we hit the first drum fill that transitions to more of this transcendental psychedelic vibe with that ever present harpsichord. I haven’t heard this much harpsichord since the last Emilie Autumn album I listened to. Not a complaint, just more a statement that it’s been years, but I do tend to enjoy the archaic instrument. Blood Becomes Sand very somber, sparse arrangement early; but when things cut in, they cut deep and help to set the atmosphere. My dorkiness comes to a head when the lyrics remind me of Final Fantasy XIV, which isn’t a bad thing, just not a thought I expected to correlate in any of these album reviews. After a little bit, the music ramps back up and we go into that Maiden-esque gallop as well as little Dr. Dog flairs, and really have a nice rocking flourish to the finish of the song. Similar to Keeper of the Seven Keys the story starts somber, punctuates the victory and celebrates the breaking of the cycle; while emphasizing a cost. So it’s just a solid fantasy rock/metal song.

I had no clue what to expect since it was one of those weeks where I wasn’t really feeling any release in particular. Since I went in relatively blind, I’ll say that I’m not upset. It mostly stays in a psychedelic prog vein, and that whole stoner/groove genre is picking up some steam from what I can tell lately. Should be cool to see if this becomes a full time band, or was this just an independent side project one and done.

Pretty solid, no real complaints as long as you like 70s psychedelic rock with a fantasy story.

 

Final Judgment: 7.9/10


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Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (12/1/22)

Get ready for New Year’s Eve!

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HPW News 2022

The Celebration of Greatness is set!

With Fyter Feast sorting things out, we’re ready now for HyruleMania 3! Get ready for the who, what, where and when of the Celebration of Greatness!

 

HyruleMania 3: December 31st, 2022!

As is the tradition, this incredible event will close out the year on New Year’s Eve! And it’ll be in the Hyrule Great Forest, right in front of the Great Deku Tree!

 

Look at all the title matches!

For the HPW Death Mountain Championship:

Torbevito prepares to defend against FOUR opponents in the third-ever Death Mountain Championship Ladder Match! The Son of the Whirlpool will have a Desert Flower, the Twilight Princess, the Living Blade, and the God of Woodfall. Two years in a row, a new champion has been crowned through this match. Will history repeat itself? Or will Torbevito find a way to break the streak and survive into the new year?

For the HPW Trios Championships:

After making it through the massive Three By Four match, it will be the Dames of the Dunes taking on the Arrow Club’s Bad Croc Scaly & The Young Ducks! Tali, Buliara & Riju want revenge for the All or Nothing Quartet match, but the Arrow Club says if they beat ’em once, they can beat ’em again! Will the Celebration of Greatness become a #SuperQUACKParty? Or will the Gerudo Alliance bring home gold?

For the HPW Termina Championship:

The Arrow Club took a lot from the Gerudo Ace, but he looks to take something back from them. Ganondorf may not be all that humble, but he looks to humble Fin Balure while becoming HPW’s first Triple Crown Champion! Will history be made to close out the year?

For the HPW Goddess Championship:

It is an epic tiebreaker between Princess of Hyrule and Sorceress of Shadows! Veran is the only person to have pinned Zelda in the almost two YEARS she’s been champion, but then lost in the rematch. Now we have the trilogy aligning with the Celebration of Greatness, where we will see who is truly the greatest in the Women’s Division! Will Zelda continue this reign of dominance? Or will Veran return to her former glory?

And of course, for the HPW Triforce Championship:

The Hero’s Shadow shed blood, sweat and tears, and even drew blood from his brother, Link, to keep this title. He has proven ruthless in the ring, but he might be facing the only person who can match him. Igos du Ikana is cold and heartless, and not just because he’s a skeleton. He has held the TCW Championship, the predecessor of the Termina Champion, which Igos helped introduce to HPW. Now he aims for Kage’s throne. Fiery rage colliding with cold-blooded calculation, something has to give.

 

G͘̕͢҉U͝E̸̡̢S͏͘S͢ ̵̴͘͡W͜H̡҉͏Ó̀

Guess Who, part 1

I̶’̷d̵͡ ̢̀I̷̢̧’͜͢͢d̸́ I’d say your c҉h̷͜͞a͝҉͟  chances ą͡r̵͟͜e͏̵̨̛͢ are a million to none!
But let’s have f̢͠u̢͟ņ f̢͘u͘҉n̵ fun anyway!

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But wait, there’s more!

Humpback Hook Halibut releases a statement.

“After the brawling that persist after Fyter Feast’s main event, there is a lot of tension in the men’s locker room that we cannot allow to continue. Firstly, the issue of the Dark Forces and the UnderWorld Order. It is clear all of the faction members being present is a recipe for disaster, so we must limit this to a one-on-one match. This will be Gibdo VS Gibdo to name the one and only Gibdo in HPW! There will be a ringside ban on all other members between the Dark Forces and uWo, or else there will be indefinite suspensions. This is your only warning.

“As for the other brawl between Groose and Skull Kid… That shall be handled in its own way. There will still be a ringside ban, and this will apply to Tingle and Ladrona as Groose’s tag partners. But more than a ringside ban, this will be settled with something very special for HyruleMania: Hair VS Mask! If Groose loses, his pointy red pompadour will be buzzed off his head. But if Skull Kid loses, he must stop wearing that strange, heart-shaped mask. There will be no count outs and no disqualifications, there must be a winner inside that ring! And I wish them both the best of luck.”

HUGE grudge matches made for the Celebration of Greatness! Who will be the Gibdo of All Gibdos? Will Groose end up a bald eagle? Or will Skull Kid be forced to show his face?


My Thoughts:

I may be wasting a lot of good match intro ideas with this article, but as I needed to announce the grudge matches that are going to fill out the card, I figured I should also hype up the established matches. And if you’re wondering about that “Guess Who/Face your FOE” thing, just wait and see. And yes maybe it is a bit Bray Wyatt White Rabbit but whatever, I’ve already copied a lot of other stuff from wrestling in the real world.


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New Force Order – A Star Wars Podcast: Rip Don Winkle

Is Yoda legitimately dyslexic? That and many more hard hitting questions answered on this edition of New Force Order!

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New Force Order Episode 170

Is Yoda legitimately dyslexic? That and many more hard hitting questions answered on this edition of New Force Order!

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Spiro went back to Exegol so it’s just a drunk Doc and a sleepy GGP tonight. We go in depth to break down the Disney+ Tales of the Jedi series. The acolyte begins filming and KK has a ball gag shoved into her mouth about announcing new films. Is Lost writer Damon Lindelof headed to Star Wars? Is Yoda legitimately dyslexic? Filoni compares the new Ashoka series to a classic Japanese movie. On who’s more over it’s a master/apprentice battle! Count Dooku and Qui Gon Jinn vs Darth Maul and Darth Sidious. Which duo is more over and why!?

All this and more on this weeks NFO episode! As usual email us at newforceorder@yahoo.com.

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