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Finally!  We finally found something Nick and Brian disagree on!  It also may not on be the album you think it is (based on your options below). Despite that album (or including it, depending on who you side with) there’s some good stuff here this week, ranging from the Retro-Synth-Electronic-Rock of Crosses to the Brutal Death Metal massacre that is Benighted.  Yeah…that’s happening.  That’s how we roll, bitches.

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Reviews: Benighted – Carnivore Sublime (Season of Mist); ††† – ††† (Sumerian); Cynic – Kindly Bent to Free Us (Season of Mist); I Killed the Prom Queen – Beloved (Epitaph)

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This week, we have a mixed bag of releases, living up to our current slogan.  Going to both ends of our rating spectrum (literally…Brian give a 5 and a 1 this week), Nick and Brian shepherd you through five new releases that do everything from grind your face to a pulp to bore you to the point of self mutilation.  Ok, the boring one may not be quite that bad, but it’s not good.  What is good, though, are the two first-impressions we end the show with, one of which we (excitedly) got to play for you!  To round off this week’s shenanigans, Brian shares his live review of the Deftones and Periphery show he caught last week…a show he went to with Kyle, but in case you didn’t figure it out, he’s MIA again.

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Reviews: Complete Failure – The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault (Season of Misty); Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance (Peaceville); Hatchet – Dawn of the End (The End); Mortillery – Origin of Extinction (Naplam);  Neaera – Ours is the Storm (Metal Blade)

First Impressions: Anti-Mortem – “Stagnante Water” (Nuclear Blast Entertainment); The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Prancer” (Party Smasher/Sumerian)

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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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This week, things get back to normal.  Each host is recording from their respective, powered home.  We have four new album reviews, including the one we missed last week. We even have a discussion that doesn’t turn into a debate/fight (and Brian is able to follow the whole thing)!  Weird, right? Don’t worry…there is a little debating during one of the album reviews. We even have a quick live review of Lamb of God show that went down at Roseland Ballroom in NYC two nights ago.  So, yeah…things are about as normal as they get around here.

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Reviews: All That Remains – A War You Cannot WinCar Bomb – w^w^^w^wDeftones – Koi No YokanMachine Head – Machine F**king Head Live

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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