first impressions

Time in Sweden…With a Stop in Belgium

We didn’t mean to do this, but it turns out four of the five bands we discuss this week are from Sweden. Those four bands are also signed to Nuclear Blast in at least some part of the world, so apparently they have an affinity of the country too.  I guess most of us Metalheads do now that i think about it…  Anyway, enjoy the show, sorry it is late, and let us know your thoughts on these releases!

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Reviews:
Sabaton The Last Stand (Nuclear Blast)
Soilwork Death Resonance (Nuclear Blast)
Slowly We Rot Poverty of Existence

First Impression:
Meshuggah – “Born in Dissonance” from The Violent Sleep of Reason out October 7th from Nuclear Blast
In Flames – “The End” from Battles out November 11th from Eleven Seven Music Group

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What Were They Thinking?

The episode title really only refers to two out of the five bands we discuss this week.  But those two…oh man.  It’s that situation where you want to be in the band’s collective head so you can try to see things from their perspective and understand why they think what they recorded is good. I’d also like to know which people at the labels went “yeah, let’s throw money at this to promote and release it!”   That’d be an interesting interview…

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Reviews:
Death Angel The Evil Divide (Nuclear Blast)
Lacuna Coil Delirium (Century Media)
Thrice – To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere (Vagrant)

First Impression:
Dropout – “The End” from forthcoming album
Machine Head – “Is There Anybody Out There?” single

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Redeemed by the Proverbial Left Field

I guess that title is somewhat of a spoiler (assuming you haven’t looked dat the sidebar yet), but it’s true.  It’s a good thing, though, because that means we have a couple of new “discoveries” that hopefully you’ll enjoy too!  You should let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Reviews:
Devildriver Trust No One (Napalm)
Enthean Priests of Annihilation
The Hypothesis – Origin (Inverse)

First Impression:
Black Crown Initiate – “For Red Cloud” from Selves We Cannot Forgive out July 22nd from eOne  Read Full Article

We Have Those Droids You’re Looking For!

We also have some other releases you may be looking for! Before you go taking them from us, you should hear us out and see if they really are ones you want.  I promise we won’t be pulling some mind trick BS…we’re not that good.

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Reviews:
Killswitch Engage Incarnate (Roadrunner)
Gadget – The Great Destroyer (Relapse)
Droids Attack Sci-Fi or Die (Riff Reaper)

First Impressions:
Dead Empires – “True Believer”, new single recorded with Kurt Ballou at Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston, MA
Slugdge – “Slave Goo World” from forthcoming new album out later this year on Willowtip
Polar – “Tidal Waves and Hurricanes” from No Cure, No Saviour out May 6th from Prosthetic

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