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It’s Christmas!  Let’s Argue!

Well, your hosts don’t argue much here, but we welcome you to argue with us!  This week we share a few lists that are not our albums fo the year, including lists like Best Artwork (which you can see below), Most Disappointing, and Worst Albums.  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

We hope you have wonderful holiday with your friends and family!

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

We have talked about the evolution of a band’s sound or sudden shifts in style many times before on this here show.  Well guess what?  Those discussions happen again this week, based on varied examples.  You have been warned.

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Reviews:
Exhumed – Death Revenge (Relapse)
Enslaved – E (Nuclear Blast)
Veil of Maya – False Idol (Sumerian)
In Search of Sun – Virgin Mother Funk (Spinefarm)

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Bring the Pain and Kick Out the Jams

We’re trying out something new this week with titling the episodes after getting some SEO pointers from my buddy in Deadtide.  I guess time will tell if it really helps.  ANYWAY…this week’s show is pretty meat-and-potatoes with your not-so-dynamic duo of hosts ripping through the standard four album reviews. The music however, is largely not as straight forward as the show itself, and quite varied in style…which i guess is standard for us at this point, isn’t it?  No matter – there is some good taters in here, so get listening!

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Reviews:
Elder Lore (Armageddon Shop)
Enslaved – In Times (Nuclear Blast)
Harm’ Way – Rust (Deathwish)
Psycroptic Psycroptic (Prosthetic)

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Alright, since this is going up really late, I’ll keep this short. We have four brandy new albums with four cool-ass songs to go with them.  We also have two live reviews from Brian’s recent ventures into NYC.  All that info is below. Get listening!  (And sorry for the slackin’ in postin’.)

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Reviews: Behemoth – The Satanist (Metal Blade); Exmortus – Slave to the Sword (Prosthetic); Grand Magus – Triumph and Power (Nuclear Blast); Junius – Days of the Fallen Sun (Prosthetic)

Live Reviews: “World Construct Tour” feat. Dark Tranquillity, Omnium Gatherum, Exmortus @ Stage 48, New York, NY on February 3, 2014; “Deceiver of the Gods Tour” feat. Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Skeletonwitch @ Irving Plaza, New York, NY on February 4, 2014

(During the Junius review, I (Brian) believe I stated that the EP would not be released on CD.  That information is not correct.   It is available on limited edition vinyl, CD, or digital download.)

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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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