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Baby Steps

Last week, we talked a bit about how bands evolve using old influences, or how they just devolve. This week, we inadvertently talk about band evolution and growth again, but from a different angle: taking small steps.  Small steps would seem safer, right?  They can be, but it still does not always work in a band’s favor.  Just listen to the show and you’ll get it.


Dust Bolt Mass Confusion (Napalm)
Silent Planet – Everything was Sound (Solid State)
Circle of Contempt – Structures for Creation

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Some bands keep getting better as they age.  Some get to an apex, and then start going downhill. Others are just solid bands and don’t change too drastically between releases, for better or worse. Well, this week, though a few of these bands are still rather young, we have examples of all of those situations. It makes for some pleasant surprises, some not-so-pleasant surprises, and a couple of met-expectaitons, which we are perfectly happy with.  Those ambiguous descriptors don’t just apply to the new albums but also the live review and first impression covered in this brandy-new episode.


Reviews: Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere (Profound Lore); Dust Bolt – Awake the Riot (Napalm); Structures – Life Through a Window (Sumerian); Vallenfyre – Splinters (Nuclear Blast)

First Impression: Every Time I Die – “Thirst” from From Parts Unknown out July 1st through Epitaph

Live Review: MastodonGojiraKvelertak @ Terminal 5 in New York, NY on May 15, 2014

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After a two week absence…which includes last week’s episode with our awesome Byzantine interview…Kyle returns to the fold and brings the show back to normal. In this more normal episode, we give our bias-even-though-we-try-not-to-be opinions on four new albums and four yet-to-be-released albums, which we preview through new singles. Oh, and we also briefly discuss the most batshit crazy asshat in Metal, Dave Mustaine.  (And Dave…just like the mass shootings, this discussion about your ridiculousness was NOT staged.)


Reviews: Dust Bolt – Violent Demolition; Ephel Duath – On Death and CosmosThe Faceless – AutotheismSophicide – Perdition of the Sublime

First Impressions: Cryptopsy – “Two Pound Torch”; Car Bomb – “Third Revelation”; Hooded Menace – “Summoned into Euphoric Madness”; Witchcraft – “Ghosts House”

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