Sorry for this being late. Sometimes life just gets in the way a little bit…
…as another example of that, breaking his streak, the one and only Rock(jock) has yet again gone AWOL. But, as always, the ever-present Nick and Brian are here to guide you through the newest in heavy. This week brings the usual reviews…complete with music for each of them…, a slew of new First Impressions and a live review of the Killswitch Engage tour that recently hit NYC.
Reviews: Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood (Nuclear Blast); Incendiary – Cost of Living (Closed Casket Activities); Ramming Speed – Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die (Prosthetic); Your Chance to Die – The American Dream (Red Cord Records)
First Impressions: The Absence – “Oceans”; Arsonists Get All the Girls – “Beast Fist”; Enter Shikari – “Radiate”; letlive. – “Banshee (Ghost Fame)”; Like Moths to the Flame – “I Solemnly Swear”; Nine Inch Nails – “Come Back Haunted”; Palms – “Future Warrior”; Sirenia – “Seven Widows Weep”
Regarding Bodom, has their popularity in the States really gone up with each album? It seems to me that they peaked about 5 or 6 years ago and have since tailed off.
I agree that the new Killswitch songs came off great live. When most of the crowd is singing the words to the new songs just as much as the old songs, you know the new stuff must be pretty good.
Did you see that supposed “circle pit” that Adam D. called for before Rose of Sharyn? As it started, everyone went a total of about a quarter of a circle and then everyone stopped and fell down. It was like ring-around-the-rosy and we all fall down. I tried to hang on to someone for dear life before I fell flat on my ass.
Brian, you mentioning that you are most familiar with With Teeth by Nine Inch Nails is like judging Metallica by listening to Load. It may be an ok album, but each band’s reputation is not judged by those mid-career albums. I know you did say you’ve listened to Pretty Hate Machine, but in addition to that album it is also the albums that all came out in the 1990s that really define what Nine Inch Nails is: most notably Broken and The Downward Spiral. None of the newer NIN albums are any good in my opinion.
So, ok I get it that you don’t seem keen on listening to the new Megadeth, but what about Black Sabbath? I myself wouldn’t have expected those senior citizens to put out anything approaching a decent album, but the buzz so far seems to be positive on their new album. Are you going to be reviewing that one?
Brian, how do you know that no one has emailed Kyle anything? You’ve said yourself that he doesn’t respond to your emails. What makes you think he’d respond to anyone else’s?
And finally, I had to mention this even though it has nothing to do with the podcast. I went to a bat mitzvah for the first time this weekend. It reminded me of going to a metal concert. There was a circle pit when hava nagila started platying and everyone started running around the floor. Then there was crowd surfing when people lifted up above the gathering crowd various family members who were sitting on a chair. And believe it or not, there was a wall of death when these kids played some game called coke and pepsi where the kids ran across the floor from one side to the other and at one point all ran into each other from different sides. One kid even got smacked right in the teeth and started bleeding and then proceeded to start crying to his mommy. But hey, he was only 13 years old.