Author: Alexander Hay

Kentucky Fried 3D Printing

In a future where any garage, shed or corner of a living room could be turned into a miniature factory, what will be the point of large scale manufacturing?...

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Satan’s Wrath versus Obliteration [Review]

Since awesome cover art is 50% of the metal experience, perhaps we should call this one a draw? ...

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Zombiezzzzzzzz: Putting the genre to rest

Hordes of undead roaming the streets are one thing, but stagnant and creatively bankrupt popular culture that never goes away is another. It’s time the genre got shot in the head....

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Obelyskkh : Hymn to Pan

What we have here is a doom sound with strong prog and alt rock influences. Also, fucking squirrels. ...

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The Strange Conservatism of Dead Space

It is all too seductive to think that cynicism is insight and pessimism is practicality, but while it is easy to hurl horror and splatter at the gamer, it is taboo to make a case for progress or the...

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TOAD : Endless Night

A night-perfect fusion of doom (both traditional and modern), black metal and Groooooooove....

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What Money Can’t Buy – The Moral Limits of Markets [Review]

Like all manifestations of human agency, the market is just a tool, a means of negotiating and managing resources. If the markets can corrupt or wreck havoc, it is because we let them. ...

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Thatcher’s War on the Self

Thatcherism, with its jingoism, slogans and partisanship, was all about destroying the self. ...

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Pombagira : Maleficia Lamiah

It goes nowhere despite having more effort in its two long tracks than most metal releases in the last month....

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Cattle : Cattle [EP]

And so the EP balances perfectly between the extremes of order and screechscreechscreech, and it's oh so very dazzlingly wonderful....

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The Benefits Cap: Four Things We Have Learned

The Conservatives’ only hope is an improvement in economic growth, and as their actions have cut rather than encouraged consumer spending, this grows ever more unlikely....

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English Grads: Less Useless Than You Thought

'is there any research on how unemployable an English graduate is? As it happens, yes.' ...

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Forgotten Tomb: …And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil

'if it’s a pastiche, it’s a well-written, executed, and compelling pastiche that could almost be mainstream-friendly, were it not for the grim chords and screams'...

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Miliband at the TUC: What He Really Wanted to Say

I have said whoever was in government now there would still need to be some cuts, which means you will spot little or no difference,. But on the upside, Polly Toynbee will be happy....

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Taking the Olympiss

once the Five Ring Circus leaves, Stratford will be stripped of its Olympic flourishes and left behind to slowly rot once more, loomed over by a cold, distant Canary Wharf and scarred by poverty and...

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