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After having a pretty epic episode last week (if we do say so ourselves), we have a little more low key of an episode here, though no more less eclectic than many of our others. What long time listeners will find interesting here (besides the music itself) is the difference between most the reviews Brian and Nick present.  There might be a “first” in here, which we note near the end, and there are definitely a few rarities.  Hopefully it all adds up to an interesting listen!  (Feel free to let us know either way in the comments.)

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Reviews: ’68 – In Humor and Sadness (eOne / Good Fight); Betraying The MartyrsPhantom (Sumerian); EchoesThe Pursuit (Universal Warning); Monuments – The Amanuensis (Century Media)

(Side)Showcase: Monotony is Misery

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Half of the bands we review this week prove that you don’t need a labeler to make and put out awesome music.  Sure, a label would help with some more promo and tours and such, but that is a discussion for another time.  The point is that, signed or not, if your music is good enough, people will take notice.  Like the other half the bands we review this week – they’re signed, their music is good, we noticed. And now you will notice all of them.  See how that works?

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Reviews: Castle Under Siege (Prosthetic); Hoth – Oathbreaker (self); Misery Index – The Killing Gods (Season of Mist); Son of Aurelius – Under a Western Sun (self)

First Impressions:
Allegaeon -“Threshold of Perception” from Elements of Infinite out June 24th thru Metal Blade
Monuments – “Origin of Escape” from The Amanuensis out July 8th thru Century Media
’68 – “Track One” from In Humor and Sadness out July 8th thru eOne
Betraying the Martyrs – “Where the World Ends” from Phantom out July 15th thru Sumerian
Opeth – “Cusp of Eternity” from Pale Communion out August 26th thru Roadrunner

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Just so you guys didn’t get too used to having all three hosts around, Kyle decided to the flu this week, the first show where we review new albums for 2013.  Good timing, right? (Just playing…we hope he is better soon.) So, Nick and Brian forged ahead, covering some Melodic Death, some Blackened Doom Sludge (or something like that) and some really depressing Rock.  Breaking up the show, the perfect-attendance-hosts run down some up coming tours and festivals, and get into a discussion about how music should be released.

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Reviews: Æther Realm* – One Chosen by the Gods; Antimatter – Fear of a Unique IdentityMors Principium Est – …and Death Said LiveZatokrev – The Bat, the Wheel and a Long Road to Nowhere

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