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Our 20 Favorite Albums of One of Our Least Favorite Years

This is it!  It is finally the end of 2020, and at the 11th hour, we are sharing our Top 20 albums fo the year.  Why did we wait so long? Mostly because Brian forgot to post it days ago.  But also because we wanted to go out with a bang?  Sure…let’s go with that….

Happy New Year everybody!  Here’s to a better year in 2021!
And remember – Be responsible. Stay healthy. Stay Metal.

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Beginning the End of this Clusterf#%k of a Year

We’re almost there, folks!  We know the world is not going to magically change come January 1st, but it will still be nice to have this dumpster fire behind us. So to start the festivities, as usual, we have our auxiliary lists like Best Artwork, Most Improved, Worst Albums, and more.  Feel free to share your picks in the comments!

Happy Holidays everybody!  And remember – Be responsible. Stay healthy. Stay Metal.

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High Fidelity

We have some quality releases this week.  Like, at least two of these releases will likely be in our end of the year discussions.  Speaking of quality, we also chat a little about hi-res audio and the importance of having some quality gear,

You may also notice a review that, well, doesn’t fit.  Why did we do it? Go to THIS PAGE to find out how you can help this podcast contribute to Crew Nation and make us review whatever you want.

And remember – Be safe. Stay healthy. Stay Metal.

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Reviews:
Bury Tomorrow – Cannibal (MFN)
Black Crown Initiate – Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Century Media)
Night In Gales Dawnlight Garden (Apostasy)

Crew Nation Donation Feature:
Ben FoldsRockin’ the Suburbs (Sony)

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Yeah, We Did It Too

As we discussed in 2019 closer Episode 405, we made “best of the decade” list too.  After collaborating on the 2010 picks (the podcast hadn’t started yet), we took the top 3 albums from each of our “Best of the Year” lists.  Since we didn’t want to repeat bands, we then together picked the best of the repeat offenders.  Next, we individually ranked the remaining albums before finally compiling them like we do the other “Best of the Year” lists.

Ya follow all that?  Good.

The result is solid, albeit a little odd. Remember, both of our likes, dislikes, preferences, tolerances, etc. have changed a lot over the years.  This list is reflective of the show throughout the years filtered through our current tastes, but maybe not really representative of either host individually, or as we maybe would retroactively rank albums (if we could).  So, while you could argue with us about glaring omissions and the such, don’t bother.  We did it this way to be fair to the recorded history of the show and, well – honestly – we didn’t have the time or willpower to start from scratch.  (That list would have been really weird!)

So, without further ado…

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Like Having Sex While Camping

Not only do we have an overload of music for you this week, most of it is really heavy and pretty fucking intense. Even better is we like or love all of it!  Hopefully you do too!

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Reviews:
Car Bomb – Mordial
Infant Annihilator The Battle of Yaldabaoth
ImploreAlienated Despair (Century Media)

S is for
Shadow of Intent

 

 

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