Getting Into Gear

Among the album reviews, First Impression, and live review we have for you this week, Nick and I had a little sidebar chat about headphones.  We mention our gear sometimes but, after an experience this week, we felt the need to stress the importance of decent personal listening equipment.  We hope you enjoy the talk (and feel free to participate via comments) but if you really don’t care, I will take this time to remind you that we include chapter skips.

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Reviews:
Byzantine The Cicada Tree (Metal Blade)
Desultory Through Aching Aeons (Pulverised Records)
River Black River Black (Season of Mist)

First Impression:
Arch Enemy – “The World is Yours” from Will to Power out September 8th through Century Media

Live Review:
ChevelleBlack Map, and Dinosaur Pile-Up at Irving Plaza in New York City, NY on July 11, 2017

Come Origin(al)

That title is solely for Nick’s amusement. We don’t have anything truly original here (and we don’t need to get into the semi-philisophical argument that “nothing is original”). What we do have, though, are a couple of solid albums and one that has a few songs that don’t really help in the fight against Chad Kroeger.

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Reviews:
Origin – Unparalleled Universe  (Nuclear Blast)
Stone Sour Hydrograd (Roadrunner)
Northlane Mesmer (UNFD)

First Impression:
Neck of the Woods – “Bottom Feeder” from The Passenger out September 15 through Basick Records

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Three Fucking Hundred

For 300 weeks in a row, we have presented a new episode of the Sideshow without fail. That means every week for approximately 5.75 years, you have had at least Nick and Brian providing new album reviews (or end of the year lists). So to celebrate the milestone, we…uh…well…just keep the train rolling.

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Reviews:
Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With (Relapse)
Goatwhore Vengeful Ascension (Metal Blade)
Wildspeaker Spreading Adder (Prosthetic)

First Impression:
Tesseract – “Smile” single from Kscope

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Feel the Power

When something is described as “Extreme Metal”, you probably think of grinding, brutal, violent Metal.  If that is one extreme, though, that means there is another.  That other is likely some form of Power Metal – epic, symphonic, and fantasy-driven. We don’t quite go to the far end of this extreme, but we wander down that path to bring you this week’s album reviews.

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Reviews:
Iced Earth – Incorruptible (Century Media)
Unleash the Archers Apex (Napalm)
Sunburst Fragments of Creation (Inner Wound)

First Impression:
The Erkonauts – “Seven Macaw” single from Indie Recordings

Live Review:
Sevendust 20th Anniversary show w/ He Is Legend, Never Your Zero, and New Theory at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ on June 22, 2017

So Not Feeling It

Well, at least one of your hosts was not really into this week’s albums.  The other hosts’ opinions varied.  They did agree, though, they liked the First Impression and they love the Deftones live…but you knew the latter part from the few times they were reviewed before.

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Reviews:
Exist So True, So Bound (Prosthetic)
Suffocation …Of the Dark Light (Nuclear Blast)
Bear /// (Basick)

First Impression:
The Faceless – “Black Star” single from Sumerian Records

Live Review:
DeftonesRise Against w/ Thrice at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY on June 13, 2017

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