As promised, this week’s show is about our supplemental lists.  A prelude, if you will, to the top albums of the year.  We trimmed the fat this year, so we only have six categories (yeah, there was more), including Best EP, Most Disappointing, and Best Art.  As in years past, the latter is done with a guest appearance from our good friend and kinda-in-house artist Mike Clancey.  Feel free to share your picks – or argue with ours – in the comments!


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For those of you who would like a reference of our year end picks, I decided it would make sense to take a couple minutes and post it up here for your perusal.  Feel free to tell us how wrong we are, what we missed, and what your picks would have been in the comments below!  If you need to hear us justify our decisions, you can get full explanations in Episode 118.


  1. Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord)
  2. Byzantine – Byzantine (independent)
  3. Norma Jean – Wrongdoers (Razor & Tie)
  4. Nero Di Marte – Nero Di Marte (Prosthetic)
  5. Amorphis – Circle (Nuclear Blast)
  6. Dead Letter Circus -The Catalyst Fire (The End)
  7. The Ocean – Pelagial (Metal Blade)
  8. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed (Prosthetic)
  9. Carcass – Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
  10. TesseracT – Altered State (Century Media)
  11. Dark Tranquility – Construct (Century Media)
  12. Protest The Hero – Volition (Razor & Tie)
  13. Disperse – Living Mirrors (Season of Mist)
  14. Bring Me the Horizon – Sempiternal (Epitaph)
  15. Unhuman – Unhuman (independent)
  16. Soilwork – The Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast)
  17. Anciients – Heart of Oak (Season of Mist)
  18. Audrey Horne – Youngblood (Napalm)
  19. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer (Party Smasher/Sumerian)
  20. Lunarsea – Hundred Light Years (Punishment 18)
  21. Enshine – Origin (Rain Without End)
  22. Man Must Die – Peace Was Never an Option (Lifeforce)
  23. Weekend Nachos – Still (Relapse)
  24. DevilDriver – Winter Kills (Napalm)
  25. Old Gods – Stylized Violence (Forge Again)



1. Carcass – Surgical Steel
2. Nails – Abandon All Life
3. Dark Tranquillity – Construct
4. Amorphis – Circle
5. Byzantine – Byzantine
6. Nero Di Marte – Nero Di Marte
7. The Ocean – Pelagial
8. Norma Jean – Wrongdoers
9. Dead Letter Circus – The Catalyst Fire
10. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
11. Unhuman – Unhuman
12. Anciients – Heart of Oak
13. Protest the Hero – Volition
14. Soilwork – The Living Infinite
15. Enshine – Origin
16. Weekend Nachos – Still
17. Devildriver – Winter Kills
18. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer
19. Chimaira – Crown of Phantoms
20. Bring Me the Horizon – Sempiternal



1. Norma Jean – Wrongdoers
2. TesseracT -Altered States
3. Byzantine – Byzantine
4. Nero Di Marte – Nero Di Marte
5. Nails – Abandon All Life
6. Disperse – Living Mirror
7. Dead Letter Circus – The Catalyst Fire
8. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
9. Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal
10. The Ocean – Pelagial
11. Amorphis – Circle
12. Audrey Horne – Youngblood
13. Protest The Hero – Volition
14. Lunarsea – Hundred Light Years
15. Man Must Die – Peace Was Never an Option
16. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer
17. Soilwork – The Living Infinite
18. Old Gods – Stylized Violence
19. Unhuman – Unhuman
20. Anciients – Heart of Oak

This week we have part one of our end of the year honors!  Brian, Nick and Kyle give you what they think (and actually agree on sometimes!) are the Worst Albums, Most Improved Bands, Most Disappointing Albums, Most Overlooked Albums, Best Live Shows,  and, last but not least, the Best Album Artworks.  For the last honor, you disfunction SideShow hosts bring in none other than Mike Clancey, friend and designer of the SideShow logos, to share his thoughts on this year’s album covers since he actually has knowledge on the subject.  Lastly, we bring you a rundown of the couple of shows we caught over the last couple of weeks including Dethklok’s headlining run and Killswitch Engage’s Alive or Just Breathing 10th anniversary show in NYC.


Apparently my co-hosts beat to making these posts.  Oh well.

We covered a lot of this on the show, so I will try not bore you with rehashing everything.  But, again, I would to say how much I loathe doing lists.  I always feel like I am snubbing so many good or great albums because I try not to be bias just because I favor one sub-genre over another.  Ok, well, I am doing just that, but I don’t like it. For example, Tombs is third on my list but I cannot listen to that album in any frequency because it is just depressing.  However, August Burns Red, Unearth, Amon Amarth and other put out great albums that I listened to a ton of times, but they didn’t make the list.

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