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Listapaloozamania Start Now!

It’s a week before Christmas and all through the podcast we were stirring, bitching, and moaning about making lists.  I mean, we go through this every year, so you think we would just get over it. Anyway, as in years past, we have a few other short lists like Best Artwork (which you can see below), Most Disappointing, and Worst Albums. Enjoy these treats this week, and come back next week for the 2016 grand finale!

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Can’t Please Everybody

This has all been said before, but while bands obviously try to please their fans with each release, they – generally speaking – need to switch things up little bit to please themselves too.  However, sometimes changes are rather great or in a direction that will lose some fans, but maybe gain others.  Why am I reiterating this?  Listen to the episode and you will know!

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Reviews:
Periphery Periphery III: Select Difficulty (Sumerian)
Revocation Great is Our Sin (Metal Blade)
Black Crown Initiate Selves We Cannot Forgive (eOne)

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Redeemed by the Proverbial Left Field

I guess that title is somewhat of a spoiler (assuming you haven’t looked dat the sidebar yet), but it’s true.  It’s a good thing, though, because that means we have a couple of new “discoveries” that hopefully you’ll enjoy too!  You should let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Reviews:
Devildriver Trust No One (Napalm)
Enthean Priests of Annihilation
The Hypothesis – Origin (Inverse)

First Impression:
Black Crown Initiate – “For Red Cloud” from Selves We Cannot Forgive out July 22nd from eOne  Read Full Article

This is a post for those that asked to see our individual year end lists. It is far too early on a Monday morning for me to justify why each of these albums is ending up where it is on the list, so I’ll just defend myself later in the comments if necessary.

1 Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
2 Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars
3 Black Map – …And We Explode
4 Within The Ruins – Phenomena
5 Polar – Shadowed By Vultures
6 Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
7 Castle – Under Siege
8 He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit
9 Exmortus – Slave To The Sword
10 Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
11 At The Gates – At War With Reality
12 Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
13 Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
14 Dawnbringer – Night Of The Hammer
15 Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
16 Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite
17 Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us
18 Monuments – The Amanuensis
19 Unearth – Watchers of Rule
20 Serdce – Timelessness
21 Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
22 Pet The Preacher – The Cave & The Sunlight
23 Revocation – Deathless
24 Gormathon – Following The Beast
25 Bury Tomorrow – Runes

This is it, freaks!  Our Top 20 Albums of 2014!  We all know lists are super subjective and semi-bullshit, but they at least make for good conversation/argument and give you some idea of albums that should be worth your time.  Also, we are review show…we kinda have to do it.

This time, though, we went strictly with our guts.  We each did one draft of our lists before combining them to the final one. No nitpicking and arguing “objectivity” with ourselves.  No giving a shit if placing X higher than Y was trve or kvlt.  What you see is an honest reaction to going over all  200+ albums we reviewed and picking what we liked best.  Obviously our individual lists were longer – and surprisingly diverse considering how many times Nick and I give things the same ratings – but we are both quite pleased with the final rundown.  Maybe we’ll share those personal lists later, but for now, get listening then leave us comments telling us how wrong we are so we can tell you you’re probably right, but argue anyway.

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