Episode 261: Every Time I Die, Allegaeon, The Agonist 2016 Album Reviews + Dark Tranquillity Preview

We Need to Start Having Better Closers

This is the third week in row that the closing review on this show is for an album (it turns out) we are now very fond of. This week, however, we have a hell of an opener, and no, it is not just because it is ETID.  Listen to the show and you’ll figure it out pretty quickly.


Every Time I Die Low Teens (Epitaph)
Allegaeon Proponent for Sentience (Metal Blade)
The Agonist Five (Napalm)

First Impression:
Dark Tranquillity – “The Pitiless” taken from Atoma out November 4th from Century Media

Every Time I Die – Low Teens

Allegaeon – Proponent For Sentience

The Agonist – Five

One comment

  1. Regarding your review of Proponent for Sentience by Allegaeon, I will refer you to Alec Baldwin playing Donald Trump during Saturday Night Live’s version of the presidential debate: “Wrong, wrong, wrong.”

    If both of your biggest gripes of the album is merely a couple minutes of the acoustic guitar, then just hit “next” as soon as it shows up. Then your distorted guitars will appear again and all will be better. Viola!

    I’m not sure I understand Brian’s comments about the song “Proponent for Sentience III – The Extermination.” Are you saying that the rest of the album suffers because this one song is so good? If that song is a 10 out of 10 but the rest of the songs are “only” an 8 or 9 out of 10, then you’re holding it against the album that those other songs all could have been 10s?

    To my original review of Proponent for Sentience, I feel I need to add one other thing about new vocalist Riley McShane’s ability. I love how intelligible his vocals are. This was hit home for me while listening to the song “Proponent for Sentience II – The Algorithm”. As I was listening to it, I picked up on the fact that the lyrics are stating Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. The way I listen to music is such that I usually don’t pick up on the actual meaning of the lyrics. I think Kyle has mentioned this in the past (with which I agree), that at least 90% of all vocals are just sounds and that the words don’t really have any meaning to the listener. Amon Amarth might be an exception in the death metal world, which adds to the strength of their latest album Jomsviking. But on Proponent for Sentience, I was actually picking up lyrical meaning from a death metal album. And to top it off, I happen to be a big fan of classic sci-fi novels, so to hear them singing about “I, Robot” is awesome.

    Is it a coincidence that the length of this week’s episode is exactly the same length as Allegaeon’s Proponent for Sentience (each is 72 minutes)? I think not.

    It was disappointing that Kyle didn’t stick around to review Allegaeon.

    I totally didn’t anticipate Kyle being on this week’s episode. I did see episode 100 coming ahead of time, but you surprised me on this five year anniversary show.

    Is Kyle really going to be tailgating at the Buffalo Bills football game? I’m guessing that you (Brian and Nick) aren’t aware of this, but the tailgaters at Buffalo Bills games have developed a reputation over the last couple of years. That reputation includes body slamming people on folding tables: http://deadspin.com/bills-fans-body-slam-cardinals-flag-through-table-1787095175 and http://deadspin.com/the-year-in-bills-fans-1749444127. It never occurred to me before now, but the guy in the video in the first link who is dressed as the Macho Man very well could be Kyle.

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