We’ve discussed this a few times on the show: growth vs. transformation, “going back to our roots” vs. regressing, consistent vs. stale. Some bands start as heroes but live long enough to see themselves become the villain, so to speak. Some pull a Darth Vader and find their way back. (Am I being nerdy enough for you?) Others just stay stuck at 55 in the right line. Then there are the ones who amaze coming out of the gate, so now we have to see where they go, if anywhere. This week’s reviews inadvertently became a study of these ideas, so get listening and share your thoughts in the comments!
Ghost Brigade – IV: One With the Storm (Season of Mist)
Machine Head – Bloodstone and Diamonds (Nuclear Blast)
Skyharbor – Guiding Lights (Basick)
Soen – Tellurian (Spinefarm)
Toothgrinder – Schizophrenic Jubilee (Spinefarm)
MegaDeaf Tour 2014: Part Deux featuring He Is Legend, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, and Wounds at Webster Theater Underground in Hartford, CT on November 11, 2014