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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)

After coming off of last week’s show focusing on production, we’re happy to report that all the albums this week are produced very well.  On top of that, they are all full of good music!  We have four new albums whose bands are new to us, and two of those are also brand new bands! We also have a live review of the last top of “This Tour is Personal.”  So, it’s a very full episode, baked twice for extra deliciousness (just listen…we explain).

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Reviews: Cronian Erathems (Season of Mist); Enter Shikari – Rat Race EP (Hopeless); Oblivion – Called to Rise (Unique Leader); Otargos – Apex Terror (Listenable); Unhuman – Unhuman (self-released)

Live Review: “This Tour is Personal” feat. PeripheryBorn of OsirisDead Letter CircusTwelve Foot Ninja @ Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY on November 20, 2013

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Sorry for this being late.  Sometimes life just gets in the way a little bit…

…as another example of that, breaking his streak, the one and only Rock(jock) has yet again gone AWOL.  But, as always, the ever-present Nick and Brian are here to guide you through the newest in heavy.  This week brings the usual reviews…complete with music for each of them…, a slew of new First Impressions and a live review of the Killswitch Engage tour that recently hit NYC.

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Reviews: Children of Bodom – Halo of Blood (Nuclear Blast); Incendiary  Cost of Living (Closed Casket Activities); Ramming Speed – Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die (Prosthetic); Your Chance to Die  The American Dream (Red Cord Records)

First Impressions: The Absence – “Oceans”; Arsonists Get All the Girls – “Beast Fist”; Enter Shikari – “Radiate”; letlive. – “Banshee (Ghost Fame)”; Like Moths to the Flame – “I Solemnly Swear”; Nine Inch Nails – “Come Back Haunted”; Palms – “Future Warrior”;  Sirenia – “Seven Widows Weep”

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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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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