Episode 267: Dark Tranquillity, Testament, Ulcerate 2016 Album Reviews + Hollow Earth Preview

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Fun fact – all three of these bands have only been reviewed once before on this here show.  Weird right?  They (and we) have been going so long, you’d think it would have worked out differently.  They are here now, though, and I guess that is all that matters, right?


Dark Tranquillity Atoma (Century Media)
Testament The Brotherhood of the Snake (Nuclear Blast)
Ulcerate Shrines of Paralysis (Relapse)

First Impression:
Hollow Earth – “The Harbinger of Existence” taken from Dead Planet out December 12, 2016 from Good Fight Music

Dark Tranquillity – Atoma

Tetsament – The Brotherhood of the Snake

Ulcerate – Shrines Of Paralysis



  1. As I expected, Decibel’s 2016 list is out. I’m actually not going to go on my annual rant about it. There are a few surprises on their list, mostly from ones that I thought would be higher, such as Neurosis only being number 24 and SubRosa only being 26 (I expected each of those to be in their top 10). I’m actually interested in checking out their number 1 album, which is from Khemmis. Two of their top 10 albums are ones that you guys didn’t review but I listened to: Oranssi Pazuzu and the Gorguts EP. I’d give a skip to both of those, with the Gorguts being more of the same boring stuff similar to their last full length. And the Oranssi Pazuzu is way out their in a 60s psychedelic way, which doesn’t do it for me. I found the full list at:


  2. As Brian alluded to, I loved Dark Roots of the Earth by Testament. The songs on that album really did stick with me. Even some of the songs on Dark Roots that they don’t play live, such as “Cold Embrace” and “Throne of Thorns” still stick with me three years later. As for Brotherhood of the Snake, I’d have to agree with you guys for the most part. I generally tend to focus more on guitar playing than anything else, and once again Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson continue to show that they are at the top of their game. But even though I wouldn’t say the lyrics are “off-putting”, they are a little too straight forward and too adolescent – meaning they could have been written by a 12 year old.

    I believe you to be incorrect that Decibel is going to have their year end list out in 2 weeks. My guess is that they are going to have it out this week!

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