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Brick By Boring Brick – Part 2

It is brought to my (Brian, that is…in case you forgot I am the one that writes these things) attention in the beginning of this episode that my description of last week’s show may have been a bit harsh. Well, since we both agree that this week is more fitting to Episode 204’s title, I cheated on the name, while simultaneously starting a little episode sub-series.  Like last week, though, – or any week for that matter – you might think we are way off base on our lukewarm feelings for some of these album, or even the warmer feelings we have for the others.  If you’re going “hey, that’s me he’s talking about” then let us know in the comments!

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Reviews:
Battlecross Rise to Power (Metal Blade)
Rivers of Nihil Monarchy (Metal Blade)
Hate Eternal Infernus (Season of Mist)
Wolfheart Shadow World (Spinefarm)
The NietzscheIntro to Advanced Poetry (independent)

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TWO F**KING HUNDRED

For two hundred straight weeks, this show has be availability on or about every Sunday.  So, to, uh, celebrate, we did this one like most of our first hundred shows.  That’s right, freaks – The ROCK(Jock) makes a triumphant return to the podcast, bring his crotchety, jaded, yet unique perspective to this week’s reviews.

We’d also like to sincerely thank all of you who have listened to the show, sent us your band’s music, or otherwise supported this podcast in some way over the past two hundred weeks.  We wouldn’t be doing this without you!*

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*Ok, we might, but it wouldn’t be as good or fun.

Reviews:
Thy Art Is Murder Holy War (Nuclear Blast)
Deathrite Revelation of Chaos (Prosthetic)
Great American Ghost – Everyone Leaves (Good Fight)
Solipsist – The Burning Mass (Ferocious)

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I told you posting the show late wouldn’t be a regular thing.  You’re welcome.  Anyway…in addition to our regular four-album lineup, we do something we haven’t done in a while and chat about some news from the past week!  There are two stories in particular and both are significant in their own right, so feel free to share your own thoughts about them in the comments.  Oh, and you can talk about he albums there too…or Nick and I…or suggest bands we should check out (we do follow those suggestions). But first, you have to listen to the show, so get moving.

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Reviews:
The Agonist Eye of Providence (Century Media)
Bleeding Gods – Shepherd of Souls (Punishment 18)
Muck – Your Joyous Future (Prosthetic)
Torche Restarter (Relapse)

We’ve discussed this a few times on the show:  growth vs. transformation, “going back to our roots” vs. regressing, consistent vs. stale. Some bands start as heroes but live long enough to see themselves become the villain, so to speak.  Some pull a Darth Vader and find their way back. (Am I being nerdy enough for you?) Others just stay stuck at 55 in the right line. Then there are the ones who amaze coming out of the gate, so now we have to see where they go, if anywhere. This week’s reviews inadvertently became a study of these ideas, so get listening and share your thoughts in the comments!

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Reviews:
Ghost Brigade IV: One With the Storm (Season of Mist)
Machine HeadBloodstone and Diamonds (Nuclear Blast)
Skyharbor – Guiding Lights (Basick)
Soen Tellurian (Spinefarm)
Toothgrinder – Schizophrenic Jubilee (Spinefarm)

Live Review:
MegaDeaf Tour 2014: Part Deux featuring He Is LegendMaylene and the Sons of Disaster, and Wounds at Webster Theater Underground in Hartford, CT on November 11, 2014

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While it is always great to get a new album from a band we like or are even just familiar with, part of the fun of this show is finding albums from bands we never heard of.  It’s especially fun when the albums are awesome.  This week, we have albums that exemplify everything I just wrote…which you probably saw coming because, really, why else would I have written it?

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Reviews:
Black Crown InitiateThe Wreckage of Stars (eOne)
DecapitatedBlood Mantra (Nuclear Blast)
GormathonFollowing the Beast (Napalm)
Old Lines – No Child Left Behind (No Sleep)

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