Episode 167: Now with a Dash of Christmas Spirit…Kinda…

It really is only a little bit of Christmas flavoring this week, and most of it is complaining.  We talk about Christmas music inside and outside of the Metal scene, which came about because of one new song.  But worry not, boys and girls!  We are still reviewing 2014 releases, and we have four new albums this week!  We will also have a normal episode next week (spoiler alert – we also found a Metal Christmas album for that episode), then it is year-end festivities time.


Cripper – Hyena (Metal Blade)
Decimation – Reign of Ungodly Creation (Comatose)
Engel – Raven Kings (Gain/Sony)
Mors Principium Est Dawn of the 5th Era (AFM)

(Just a reminder: Before doing your Christmas shopping on Amazon – which we know you are going to – please go there through one of the album links on the side.  That simple click-through will help keep this podcast up and running.  Thanks!)

Mors Principium Est – Dawn Of The 5th Era 

Cripper – Hyena

Decimation – Reign Of Ungodly Creation

Engel – Raven Kings

One comment

  1. Uh, I wasn’t planning on needing to get any more music for the rest of the year, but that Mors Principium Est song you played is pretty freakin good.

    I grew up in the 1980s and a couple of cheesy 80s Christmas songs are favorites of mine. Those would be “Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC and “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. You know, as I just wrote those words I never thought of the fact that the title of the song “Christmas Wrapping” could be also possibly be interpreted as “rapping” without the “w”.

    So if Decimation isn’t as good as Cytotoxin, then I guess I don’t need to buy it. But the one song you played wasn’t that bad. It was nothing special, but I guess I could see how if there was 40 minutes of just this with no contrast that you could rate it so poorly.

    It’s not unforgivable that the Foo Fighters songs sounds like Holy Diver, it’s completely on purpose. Vince at Metal Sucks explains it better than I can here: http://www.metalsucks.net/2014/10/17/listen-song-internet-metal-nerds-angry-dave-grohl-foo-fighters-allegedly-ripping-dios-holy-diver/

    Oh, and Devin Townsend at Webster Hall last night ended up being pretty great. I actually wasn’t feeling it early on in his set, as he played a couple of songs I wasn’t familiar with. But once he pulls out the one-two punch of “Grace” and “Kingdom”, I lost my shit.

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