The Soulsborne Issue

If you’re a regular reader of Astral Noize content you may have noticed a string of pieces (such as this one and this one) revealing a love of FromSoftware’s Soulsborne series of video games. And in recent years, we’ve noticed a crossover between these two seemingly disparate fields, with more metal bands openly taking inspiration from Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls and Bloodborne. Noticing this, we saw an opportunity to explore this connection, and so we put together a lengthy piece exploring it in depth. But despite the exhaustive efforts made for that piece, we couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to be said. As such, we spent some of our time off working on a side project – a one-off zine exploring the Soulsborne series.

Inside, you’ll find intriguing thinkpieces, in-depth lore analyses, gorgeous artwork, interviews, poetry, short stories and much more, all lovingly created by members of the Soulsborne community. We made sure to connect this new project to our usual work, taking time to interview some of our favourite bands about why they love Soulsborne, including Visigoth, Putrescine and Kosmogyr. An exclusive preview interview with Firelink will be available soon to whet your appetite.

This zine has been a real labour of love and we hope our readers will enjoy this weird little detour. If not, don’t worry – our regularly scheduled programming will continue.

Pre-orders are available now here, with the zine releasing 19th February 2021.

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