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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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Look!  Another Milestone!

And what did we do to commemorate it?  Same thing we did for the last couple milestones…nothing. That said, it just so happens we kinda dove back into the Sideshow’s nu-metal roots this week.  I guess that could count for something? Maybe?

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Reviews:
Inter Arma Paradise Gallows (Relapse)
Chevelle – The North Corridor (Epic)
Ancst – Moloch (Halo of Flies)

Live Review:
SlipknotMarilyn Manson, and Of Mice & Men at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on July 9, 2016

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When it’s a slow week for major releases, we tend to branch out and try new bands, some of which come from the small labels who send us promo.  Like with all experiments, you don’t really know how it’s going to turn out until it’s over. Sometimes we find some truly awesome gems!  And sometimes…well, we find steaming piles dog poo.  So how did this week’s experiments turn out?  Get listening and you’ll find out.

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Reviews: Chevelle – La Gargola (Epic); Khroma – Collapse (Inverse); Neptune – Prelude to Nothing (Earthquake Terror Noise); Pyrrhon Mother of Virtues (Relapse); So Hideous – Last Poem/First Light (Prosthetic)
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As we promised in our one year anniversary episode, here is a pretty comprehensive list of starter bands to consider trying out if you’re a little hesitant to dive right into the deep end.  The list covers logical progressions from certain other genres that would provide a good starting point, as well as some bands that we find enjoyable all around that have a more broad appeal.  Obviously there are TONS of other ways to get started, and (since most of you obviously enjoy the genre to begin with) feel free to leave comments to this post or in Episode 52 to provide some suggestions that we may have missed. Since we are so far into it, we probably aren’t even aware of many good “starter” bands, so feel free to fill those in.

It’s time to bust out the training wheels, and stretch your neck muscles: head banging hurts without a proper warmup!

General Bands/Albums To Check Out:
Still Remains – The Serpent
It Dies Today – Sirens
Bullet For My Valentine – Fever
Sevendust – Cold Day Memory
Deftones – Diamond Eyes
Textures – Dualism
In Flames – Soundtrack to your Escape

Kyle and Brian (and faithful listener Bob Sala before them) all addressed that the music you currently enjoy can have a huge impact on what metal you may ultimately gravitate toward as well as the music that you should start with when trying to get into a heavier frame of mind.  With that said:

If you listen to Radio Rock, try:
• Metallica – Metallica (aka The Black Album)
• All That Remains – Overcome
• Chevelle – This Type of Thinking
• Volbeat – Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
• Seether – Karma & Effect
• Shinedown – Leave A Whisper, or Sound of Madness

Classic Rock:
• Black Sabbath
• Iron Maiden
• Judas Priest
• Christian Mistress
• Witchcraft
• Dawnbringer

Top 40:
• Dead Letter Circus – This is the Warning
• Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Color
• I See Stars
• We Came As Romans

Southern Rock:
• The Damned Things
• Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster

Dub:
• Bring Me The Horizon
• After The Burial
• Safety Fire