Episode 137: Sweet Mother of Metal

Happy Mother’s Day! While we can’t say this episode is a tribute to mothers in any way, not all of us Metal-heads are hellspawn, so we would like to take this opportunity to wish our mothers and yours a wonderful day, and to thank them for all they have done and continue to do for us.

Now that we have that out of the way, we have four pretty sweet new albums for you this week, and music to go with all of them. Also, since we gave you a doozy of an episode last week, we kept this one a little more compact…but no less awesome (if we do say o ourselves).


Reviews: Anti-Mortem – New Southern (Nuclear Blast); Archspire – The Lucid Collective (Season of Mist); Hour of Penance – Regicide (Prosthetic); Whitechapel – Our Endless War (Metal Blade)


  1. The Lucid Collective by Archspire is some decent tech death. I agree with Brian about there might not be much to make me want to go back to. But I still enjoy this album. This is what tech death should be. As for the vocals, I like some of the contrast in the vocals, but I can’t help think that most of the vocals sound too much like Nathan Explosion. Even though you spent a lot of time talking about the vocals, what makes tech death “tech” is the guitar playing. Not just any old guitar playing will do in tech death. It must be crazy over the top fretwork fireworks for it to be tech. And Archspire has that, which is why I like it.

    We have enough progressive technical death metal bands? No we don’t! Who is there that is progressive and technical and death metal? The Faceless? Old Cynic?

    Goro is on drums? I haven’t played Mortal Kombat in 20 years!

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