The One

Somehow Brian made it this far into the year without rating an album with a ‘1’.  If you’ve been listening, you know there have been plenty of albums he did not enjoy, but he found something redeeming enough to warrant a ‘2’.  Well – spoiler alert – that streak ends this week.  Which album gets the low score?  Listen and find out…

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Reviews:
The Faceless – In Becoming a Ghost (Sumerian)
Glassjaw Material Control (Century Media)
MouthBreather – Pig EP

(Side)Showcase: Duality

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Checking Levels

We finally are doing another showcase!  Doesn’t anybody remember those?  Well, either way, we have treat for you this week amongst three more releases and our commentary on Decibel’s Top 40 list that we teased last week.

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Reviews:
Implore – Subjugate (Century Media)
Midnight Sweet Death and Ecstasy (Hell’s Headbangers)
Oblivion – The Path Towards… (Unique Leader)

(Side)Showcase: American Standards

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Season’s Beatings

Thanksgiving has past, so that means it is officially Christmas season.  (Unless you ask Nick, who wouldn’t give that day a “season” if he had the choice.) To get you in the mood for anxiously trying to find the right gift and possibly injuring another human to get a bargain TV, we reviewed some savage releases. Once you have that TV in your bloody hands, we have The Erkonauts for celebrating.

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Reviews:
Antigama – Depressant (Selfmadegod)
Impureza La Cadia De Tonatiuh (Season of Mist)
The Offering – The Offering (Century Media)
The Erkonauts – I Shall Forgive (Indie Recordings)
Wvrm – Can You Hear the Wind Howl*

Live Review:
Children of Bodom “20 Years Down & Dirty” Tour on November 24, 2017 at Playstation Theater in New York, NY

*Yes this was produced by Kurt Ballou

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Mostly Comfortable

All of this week’s bands are seem pretty comfortable in their own skin.  We found, however, a couple need to shed their skin and grow, one is growing just fine, another is in a possible confused puberty stage, while yet another may be regressing in a way that is making us uncomfortable. To further this forced theme of comfort, make sure you listen to Nick’s live review for some, um, interesting moments at Trap Them’s last show.

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Reviews:
Toothgrinder – Phantom Amore (Spinefarm)
Axis Shift (Good Fight)
Cloak – To Venomous Depths (Season of Mist)
Glasslands – Pariah

First Impression:
Machine Head – “Beyond the Pale” from Catharsis out January 26, 2018 through Nuclear Blast

Live Review:
Slow DeathCall of the VoidTrap Them (final show) on November 12, 2017 at Sonia in Cambridge, MA

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Abrasive (əˈbrāsiv)

Big hooks and pleasant melodies are all well and good, but sometimes you just want the aural equivalent of sandpaper.  You need something visceral, pissed off, scathing…you need something like three quarters of this week’s reviews.

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Reviews:
Converge – The Dusk in Us (Deathwish/Epitaph)
God Mother – Vilselded (Party Smasher)
Complete Failure – Crossburner (Season of Mist)
Embrace the Dawn – The Effigist
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