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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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Abrasive (əˈbrāsiv)

Big hooks and pleasant melodies are all well and good, but sometimes you just want the aural equivalent of sandpaper.  You need something visceral, pissed off, scathing…you need something like three quarters of this week’s reviews.

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Reviews:
Converge – The Dusk in Us (Deathwish/Epitaph)
God Mother – Vilselded (Party Smasher)
Complete Failure – Crossburner (Season of Mist)
Embrace the Dawn – The Effigist
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Adrenaline Injection

The bands we cover this week have all stepped up their game from their respective last albums, which is nice to hear.  Yeah, I know we haven’t discussed one of the bands before, but just take my word for it.  Or don’t…go listen to both albums for yourself.  Just come back and comment “you were right.”

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Reviews:
The Haunted Strength in Numbers (Century Media)
Inanimate Existence Underneath a Melting Sky (The Artisan Era)
Get the Shot Infinite Punishment (New Damage Records)

First Impression:
Converge – “I Can Tell You About Pain” from The Dusk In Us out November 3, 2017 through Epitaph/Deathwish

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All The Segments!

We may have one less album review this week than we normally do, but we have tons of content to make up for it!  Live review!  Showcase! First Impressions!  And if that wasn’t enough to entice you, your hosts actually have differing opinions on two of the albums!  I know…your mind is blown, right?  It’s crazy in here. Come join us.

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Reviews:
Tribulation The Children of the Night (Century Media)
Abiotic – Cauistry (Metal Blade)
Native Construct – Quiet World (Metal Blade)

(Side)Showcase: Eeden

First Impressions:
Paradise Lost – “No Hope in Sight” taken from The Plague Within out June 2, 2015 from Century Media
Noisem – “1132” taken from Blossoming Decay out early June 2015 from A389 Recordings

Live Review: The Decibel Magazine Tour 2015 featuring At The GatesConvergePallbearer, and Vallenfyre at Webster Hall in New York, NY on April 12, 2015

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As anybody who has listened to this show a few times knows, I HATE doing these damn lists.    You and I both know the main reason is because I am extremely indecisive.  However, I also detest them because no matter how long I make the list (Kyle gets angry when I do more than 10) I still feel like I am slighting albums that don’t deserve it.   Then out of the albums I do pick, I have to split hairs over which ones I like more than others only to come up with a list I am not even sure I 100% agree with!  In the end, I have to get something together and just say, “Screw it.  It’s close enough.”

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