Just Different Enough

Don’t you just love when an album is immediate?  When it is familiar, yet still fresh?  When it plays on some of your favorite things without sounding exactly like something you have heard before?  If you answered “no” to any of these questions, just come back for 313.

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Reviews:
Comeback KidOutsider (Nuclear Blast)
DyscarnateWith All Their Might (Unique Leader)
EndThe Unforgiving Arms of God (Good Fight)

First Impression:
Vespera – “Obsidian Dreams” single

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States of the Art

We teased doing this a few episodes ago, and guess what? We actually did it!  Did what you ask?Your hosts dug through Bandcamp (a process which we discuss) to find some rad bands from their respective states, and we pit them against each other in a battle to the death!  Errr, I mean, we made each other listen to them and we reviewed them…ya know, like we do.

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New Jersey:
Sentient HorrorUngodly Forms (Redefining Darkness/Testimony)
Gyre – Moirai

Massachusetts:
Horrible Earth – Typical Human Behavior
Nihil – Foundation 

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Opinions May Differ

It’s pretty uncommon that your hosts disagree with the majority of the content within an episode.  Every now and then, though, it happens, and you actually get some opposing views and different number ratings.  This is one of those episodes.

Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comments!

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Reviews:
Paradise LostMedusa (Nuclear Blast)
SepticfleshCodex Omega (Prosthetic/Season of Mist)
CripperFollow Me: Kill! (Metal Blade)

First Impression:
Toothgrinder – “The Shadow” from Phantom Amour out on November 10, 2017 through Spinefarm

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Fandom Broken and Reborn

Some artists live long enough to see themselves become the villain. Some almost head to the dark side but come back to light. (Am I being nerdy enough for you?) And some seem unsure where they are going. Aaaaand that just about abstractly covers our discussions this week.

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Reviews:
Arch EnemyWill to Power (Century Media)
Leng Tch’eRazorgrind (Season of Mist)
Corrupt Moral AltarEunoia

First Impression:
Archspire – “Involuntary Doppelgänger” from Relentless Mutation out on September 22, 2017 through Season of Mist

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What Just Happened?

We come across a lot of albums we love for any of a number of reasons but it is rare we come across something that truly stuns us (in a good way).  Well, we have one of those rare occurrences this week, and it helped create an episode that us musically all over the place. No seriously…try listening to all of this back-to-back, or worse, on shuffle.  Shit gets weird fast.

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Reviews:
Crimfall Amain (Metal Blade)
NYN Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt (Vmbrella)
The Hirsch Effekt Eskapist (Long Branch)

First Impression:
Caligula’s Horse – “Will’s Song (Let the Colors Run)” from In Contact out September 15, 2017 through Inside Out

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