alternative metal

At the Speed of Grind

We have some long-awaited follow-ups this week!  Well, we haven’t been really been “waiting” for two of them, but Brian has been anxiously waiting almost five freakin’ years for the third.  The question we are here to answer, though, is, “Are any of them worth the wait?”

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Reviews:
Fallujah Undying Light (Nuclear Blast)
Misery Index Rituals of Power (Season of Mist)
NoisemCease to Exist (20 Buck Spin)

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Defying Age

Two of the bands we cover this week have been around for quite some time.  In fact, your hosts have been following one of them for over half their lives! Sure, there are many more bands that fit that bill, but every now and then you just have that “when the hell did that happen?” moment.

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Reviews:
Amorphis Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast)
Sevendust All I See is War (Rise)
Fractal Gates The Light that Shines (Rain Without End)

 

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Mostly Comfortable

All of this week’s bands are seem pretty comfortable in their own skin.  We found, however, a couple need to shed their skin and grow, one is growing just fine, another is in a possible confused puberty stage, while yet another may be regressing in a way that is making us uncomfortable. To further this forced theme of comfort, make sure you listen to Nick’s live review for some, um, interesting moments at Trap Them’s last show.

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Reviews:
Toothgrinder – Phantom Amore (Spinefarm)
Axis Shift (Good Fight)
Cloak – To Venomous Depths (Season of Mist)
Glasslands – Pariah

First Impression:
Machine Head – “Beyond the Pale” from Catharsis out January 26, 2018 through Nuclear Blast

Live Review:
Slow DeathCall of the VoidTrap Them (final show) on November 12, 2017 at Sonia in Cambridge, MA

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Opinions May Differ

It’s pretty uncommon that your hosts disagree with the majority of the content within an episode.  Every now and then, though, it happens, and you actually get some opposing views and different number ratings.  This is one of those episodes.

Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comments!

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Reviews:
Paradise LostMedusa (Nuclear Blast)
SepticfleshCodex Omega (Prosthetic/Season of Mist)
CripperFollow Me: Kill! (Metal Blade)

First Impression:
Toothgrinder – “The Shadow” from Phantom Amour out on November 10, 2017 through Spinefarm

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Getting Into Gear

Among the album reviews, First Impression, and live review we have for you this week, Nick and I had a little sidebar chat about headphones.  We mention our gear sometimes but, after an experience this week, we felt the need to stress the importance of decent personal listening equipment.  We hope you enjoy the talk (and feel free to participate via comments) but if you really don’t care, I will take this time to remind you that we include chapter skips.

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Reviews:
Byzantine The Cicada Tree (Metal Blade)
Desultory Through Aching Aeons (Pulverised Records)
River Black River Black (Season of Mist)

First Impression:
Arch Enemy – “The World is Yours” from Will to Power out September 8th through Century Media

Live Review:
ChevelleBlack Map, and Dinosaur Pile-Up at Irving Plaza in New York City, NY on July 11, 2017

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