Episode 156: Almost Had It

The title of this episode is a bit of a generalization, but in one way or another, all the albums we covered the week missed the mark.  That’s not to say they were bad…it just means that in some aspect, they didn’t quite reach the excellence they could have or maybe meant to.  The opinion of what that aspect is, however, is a little different depending on which host you ask.  And you just said, “Wait, Nick and Brian disagreed on something?”  Yes, we did!  A little bit.  I wouldn’t get to excited if I were you, but yeah, it happened.  One of the times it happens this week is when decided to discuss Revolver’s 10 Essential Nu-Metal Albums.  Yeah, we went there…because we lived through it and own them all.  So do you (probably).  Don’t lie.


Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain (Metal Blade)
The Contortionist – Language (eOne/Good Fight)
Noctem – Exilium (Prosthetic)
Texas in July – Bloodwork (Equal Vision)

First Impressions:
Nero Di Marte – “Pulsar” from Derivae out 10/28 thru Prosthetic
Revocation – “Madness Opus” from Deathless out 10/14 thru Metal Blade

Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain

The Contortionist – Language

Texas In July – Bloodwork

Noctem – Exilium

One comment

  1. I’m with you guys on Cannibal Corpse. I wasn’t even a fan of Torture. Torture wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as everyone said it was. I think was has happened is now that Cannibal Corpse has been around for so long, they are starting to be regarded as death metal pioneers who are at least putting out consistent if no longer ground breaking music. People in the death metal community seem to be treating Cannibal Corpse with living legend status. They are the equivalent of the Iron Maiden of death metal. When Iron Maiden puts out a new album, it still gets a lot of press and usually pretty good reviews, but how much of that is just them coasting on their legacy?

    I’m not a big System of a Down fan, but I’m more with Brian on the debate between Toxicity and the self-titled album. Toxicity is the more “essential” album because it is what broke System of a Down into the mainstream. I didn’t even hear about System of a Down until Toxicity came out. I’m sure I’m not the only one for which that is true. And I’m certainly with you about Disturbed and Staind. Of those albums on the Revolver list that you mentioned you would leave off the list, I’ve never even listened to some of them.

    As for Rage Against The Machine, they were way ahead of the nu metal thing. Their self titled album came out in 1992. And similar to Brian, I didn’t like them at first. But I have a friend who insisted I keep giving them another try and he eventually won me over. My initial distaste for RATM came from a song they had on the movie soundtrack of The Crow. The RATM machine song on The Crow soundtrack is just plain bad. But once I gave in and started listening to their entire album, I realized what my friend was raving about for so long.

    Yeah Nick, as you said, you may have “Nailed It!” in terms of your hosting, but you might not have nailed the editing/post-production. At around 1:01:30 it sounds like Revocation should have started but instead we get some behind the scenes banter. Was that on purpose?

    And why did you delete the drinking game? I’ve got another one to add to the drinking game: drink every time you refer to the drinking game.

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