alternative metal

Two Overdue Big-Name Reviews…

…and some other band.  I mean, we didn’t mean to overshadow Cognizance (which Brian says wrong almost every time), but it just kinda happened that way.  We have a fair amount to say about all three, so make sure you say your piece int he comments or on social media!

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Reviews:
Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
Killswitch Engage Atonement (Metal Blade)
Cognizance – Malignant Dominion (Prosthetic)

Q is for
Quintessente

 

 

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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)

E is for
Every Hour Kills

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)

 

Illinois
Scientist

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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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