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Alright, now we are really getting into the swing of things.  We have all new releases this week including two from bands we know (one of which was pretty highly anticipated by us) and two from bands we had never heard of before a week and a half ago.  What we found interesting, though – and you might too – is who put out the better albums.  Maybe part of it had to do with expectations, as in high expectations versus no or low expectations.  Or maybe half the bands just did better. Feel free to weigh in on this in the comments.

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Reviews:
Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep (Hopeless)
The Oxford Coma – Morphine (self-released)
Raunchy – Vices. Virtues. Visions. (Massacre)
Thorr-Axe – Gates of Winter (self-released)

This is it, freaks!  Our Top 20 Albums of 2014!  We all know lists are super subjective and semi-bullshit, but they at least make for good conversation/argument and give you some idea of albums that should be worth your time.  Also, we are review show…we kinda have to do it.

This time, though, we went strictly with our guts.  We each did one draft of our lists before combining them to the final one. No nitpicking and arguing “objectivity” with ourselves.  No giving a shit if placing X higher than Y was trve or kvlt.  What you see is an honest reaction to going over all  200+ albums we reviewed and picking what we liked best.  Obviously our individual lists were longer – and surprisingly diverse considering how many times Nick and I give things the same ratings – but we are both quite pleased with the final rundown.  Maybe we’ll share those personal lists later, but for now, get listening then leave us comments telling us how wrong we are so we can tell you you’re probably right, but argue anyway.

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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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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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When we were done recording Episode 106 last week, we realized that not a whole hell of a lot was coming out this week.  Making the matter worse, there weren’t really any artists we recognized from the previous week or two.  So, being the dedicated bunch we are, we combed through a whole bunch of music on the release list, sampling bits and pieces of random albums, to pick out stuff we thought we (and you) might enjoy. This episode is the result of that experiment, and despite only having previous knowledge of one band we review this week, it went rather well…if we do say so ourselves.

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Reviews: Crossfaith – Apocalyze (The End); Enabler – Flies EP (independent); Herrschaft – Les 12 Vestiges (Code 666); Vorna – Ajastaika (Inverse); Vulture Industries – The Tower (Season of Mist)