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Bare Minimum 

In a last-minute search for a First Impression, we only came up with a few tracks by bands we already did First Impressions, so you get only the three reviews this week. If you feel cheated, just remind yourself this is free and we promise you’ll feel better.

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Reviews:
Dream Evil – Six (Century Media)
Wormwitch Strike Mortal Soil (Prosthetic)
Divinity The Immortalist

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Rock is Not Dead, but Maybe Nu-Metal Should Be

Despite Marilyn Manson’s proclamation in 1998, Rock is not dead.  It just kind of went into hiding.  Rock hid in the underground, and also holed up with some other sub-genres…which it started doing way before 1998. Anyway, another thing that largely went into hiding only to rear it’s head again is Nu-Metal.  While we have presented a few exceptions on this here podcast, we have probably given more examples as to why Nu-Metal should have stayed hidden.  Unfortunately, we have an argument for the latter again this week.  Oh, and we have some first impressions to discuss too, so if you are still reading this, hopefully you have started the show already.

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Reviews:
Entombed A.D. Dead Dawn (Century Media)
Bombus
Repeat Until Death (Century Media)
American Head Charge Tango Umbrella (Napalm)

First Impressions:
Kvelertak – “1985” from Nattesford, out May 13th from Roadrunner Records
Skeletonwitch – “Well of Despair”, a new single out now with a new EP due this summer
Aborted – “Retrogore” from Retrogore, out April 22nd from Century Media

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Pants On Fire

Ok, so we may have lied to you all a little, albeit accidentally. I believe last week we claimed that we would have all new tunes for a while.  Well, we only have one 2016 release this week, though we are willing to bet that these albums are all new to you.  We also said (I think in 225) we wouldn’t review the Dropout album. As you can see, that statement also did not hold true.  We’re pretty sure you’ll thank us for changing our minds on that one though…

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Reviews:
Aborted – Termination Redux EP (Century Media)
Cetus The Remnant Mass (Dullest)
Dropout – Turn Away from the Light

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The Coyote Caught Up

Based on our own assumptions that have just about no basis whatsoever, it appears that when a bigger label signs a small, up-and-coming act, another existing act has to sellout so they can make that money back for the smaller band.  Yeah, I know that is (probably) complete BS, but it is one way to justify our lead review this week.  But stick around for the other reviews (and music) because it definitely gets better from there.

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Reviews:
Trivium Silence in the Snow (Roadrunner)
Wild Throne Harvest of Darkness (Roadrunner)
Black Breath Slaves Beyond Death (Southern Lord)
The Arcane Order Cult of None (Massacre)

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This week’s show does haven our typical variety of genre-hopping madness.  No, this time the four new reviews fall into two categories: Death Metal and Black Metal. The BM here is of the Post-/Atmospheric/Folk variety, but it is Black nonetheless. Anybody who has been listening to this show for a while knows Brian prefers DM and while Nick seems to enjoy this style of BM.  So with these leanings, will there be squabbles ahead? Will the ratings takes hits?  Listen to find out!

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Reviews:
Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral (Peaceville)
Fen – Carrion Skies (Code 666)
Horrendous – Ecdysis (Dark Descent)
Wayfarer – Children of the Iron Age (Prosthetic)

(Just a reminder: Before doing your Christmas shopping on Amazon – which we know you are going to – please go there through one of the album links on the side.  That simple click-through will help keep this podcast up and running.  Thanks!)

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