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Songs of the Damned

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You materialize. A shotgun sits in front of you, beckoning you into the gloom. The air is crisp and cool. What is this place? Do not fall here, your soul will be forever trapped in this mournful land...


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It looked good enough at first, but any map that gets me running around lost for minutes with no monsters to fight before I even get to any key can't get more than 3/5 from me. Play if you like switchhunts - I don't.

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A rather large level with a cool visual atmosphere. There were some neat uses of Boom effects, including an almost Hexen-ish puzzle sequence with the yellow key, which I do have to dock points from the wad rating for because there are several things that could be the clue and getting the puzzle wrong means death. I was also sometimes confused about where to go, but did eventually find my way to the exit.

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for the less i seen, i found this map a masterpiece - Daimon

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i thought that it was pretty good, and the lava puzzle really didnt bother me, what really got me was the ammo placement. i would usually not be able to have enough ammo for the big fights. other than that, a beautiful map. my favorite atmosphere-type, and great detail. 4/5

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This is a large detailed, complex, confusing map. It must have 50 switches so it takes some time to play. Could of been more ammo but lots of health. This is a cool level so if you have some time play it. 9/3/07

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Isn`t the main song called Feuer und Wasser by Rammstein? Good map,thats all.

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Lovely

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Excellent 4.5/5

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Holy shit. This was a massive map. The level design is excellent and the music matched the overall atmosphere of the map. There plenty of intense firefights in the map. Fortunately, the monstercount isn't overwhelmingly massive like the hordes of monsters you'd see in Hell Revealed. That puzzle with the yellow key with the lava was a bit confusing. Also, earlier in the map, you don't get a lot of ammo. I had to run away from most of the earlier fights when I was down to 5 shots for my pistol. 4.5/5.

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It's a nice map but I do not like being able to get the yellow skull and then be trapped inside. This map just isn't fair in parts and there's nothing less forgivable than that in a map, which is a shame as it loses a lot of points for me here for what is otherwise an excellent theme. - pritch

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Simply, plainly, fantastic. One of the few maps that actually manage to convey the feeling of being trapped in a gloomy limbo made of stone, wood, and sorrow, with unprecedented immersion. I played the "old" version which included Doom 64 sounds, I don't know if that's any different. A definite, categorical 5/5 from me -Maes

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nice looking high quality castle like map, though confusing sometimes 4.5/5

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A pretty good nonlinear map is offered here, you can easily bumble around for a while and be kept plenty busy with the fights offered. Ammo and health were nicely placed for the most part -- a little looking here and there, but well supplied usually. Overall a nicely enjoyable experience, 4 stars.

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very well done and challenging. I like the puzzles, even though they are really difficult. The design looks like your smack in the middle of hell. Very nicely done. 5/5 -r_rr

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Good workout for about an hour or so.No problems with health or ammo.Switch-hunting wasn't to big of a deal.Somehow missed the blue skull,but finished the map with less than 100% kills.Kinda reminds of a "Kaiser"-type map.[Not a bad thing]-4.5/5

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A large map in typical Iori fashion - that is to say, excellent. It's constructed beautifully, with all of the areas combining to feel like an actual sort canyon fortress. Ammo could be a little tight without the secrets, but the gameplay generally remained fun. It only dragged around the red key where finding out what a switch triggered became a bit of a chore, and the YSK is a bit of a bother. Otherwise, excellent stuff. 4/5 -Snakes

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In this map we see Iori building his mapping skills, which he would later perfect with Drip Feed. This map is not as good as Drip Feed, with a bit more "where do I go now?" moments and slightly inferior gameplay. Also, I did not like the sky texture. Despite those nitpicks, the map is excellent and deserves to be played. 4/5 stars.

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A very good oldstyle huge map. Maybe could have a better gameplay, but 4.5/5

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You can get the puzzle wrong and still survive if you have enough health.

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the blue skull key effect was neat 3 stars for the late 90's styled architecture -z34chris

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This is a modern, detailed, large-scale dungeon/castle map with a surprisingly modest monster count. Despite the size it's very mellow, with lots of health, although it's tight on the ammo. There are a few puzzles but they're no big deal; the second half of the map is an open-plan switch hunt, fun but a bit too diffuse and wandery to be a classic. My new pudding - muesli, red wine, and yoghurt. It's ACE.

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Thats a wad right there 5/5

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Certainly deserved the cacoward (why an '07 award though?, it's clearly a 2006 wad). Lovely architecture and gameplay to match plus it's HUGE! Though I couldn't get the blue key; some type of secret? Can't wait to play this author's latest map, Drip Feed. Keep up the good work! 5/5

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