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Speaking of Being Belated…

…here is your over-stuff episode!  This might have gone up late, but we have a full extra album review and Horror Scouts Troop Leader Mike returns for part of the episode!  So it all balances out.

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Reviews:
Fit For an Autopsy – The Great Collapse (eOne)
Havok Conformicide (Century Media)
Replacire Do Not Deviate (Season of Mist)
Fen – Winter (Code666)

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Defying all expectations, the one and only Rock(jock) makes it back again!  (You know you’re excited…or something).  He even brings a special guest, who, if you have been listening, was mentioned in last two shows. With that, we also have a diverse review line-up, which includes one album where I guarantee some of the ratings given will shock you (hint: stick around to the end).  In the middle of the show, we “rapid fire” 10 new singles giving our first impressions of new albums dropping in the coming months.  Yes, TEN!  And we have more coming next week, so make sure you stay tuned.

Want to listent too all of the new music as it comes out?  Then makes sure you’re following The Sideshow on Google +!

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Reviews: Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Capitol); Kylesa  Ultraviolet (Season of Mist); Scale The Summit – The Migration (Prosthetic); The Ulex  Old Giant (independent)

Previews: August Burns Red – “Spirit Breaker”; Autopsy – “Arch Cadaver”; Battlecross – “Force Fed Lies”; Darkane – “The Sinister Supremacy”; Havok – “Give Me Liberty…or Give Me Death”; Kalmah – “Seventh Swamphony”; Masterplan – “Keep Your Dream Alive”;  Mercenary – “Through Our Darkest Days”; Newsted – “Heroic Dose”; Orphaned Land – “Brother”

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What’s up freaks?  Nick here.  We’re going to be doing a full concert wrap up coming up on Episode 53, but I wanted to just take a minute to recap the epic weekend that your tireless hosts had this past weekend.

Friday night Brian came up to MA and we headed out to the Epic Kings and Idols tour (Stolen Babies, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, and Devin Townsend) at the Worcester Palladium.  We’ll do a band-by-band breakdown later, but suffice it to say, it was excellent.  Most importantly, we had the opportunity to talk to Stolen Babies and setup an interview that we will be recording just before their new album Naught sees its official hard-copy release.  The album is available digitally now.  Go get it!

Saturday we met up with everyone’s favorite punching bag Kyle and a few friends from our college radio days and had a sweet paintball battle.  See Boondock Saints photo. 

Lastly, we wrapped up the weekend with a Skeletonwitch, Havok, and Early Graves tour that came through my neck of the woods and stopped in at The Waterfront Tavern in Holyoke, MA.  Another great show, and a thrashtastic way to wind down the weekend.  We took advantage of the small venue and lack of backstage area to introduce ourselves to the bands and work on setting up a couple interviews.  Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for those and a few other changes that we have in the works for year two!

We’ve got some other changes coming along to improve the show as we enter our second year, but we’re always open to your input and suggestions.  Feel free to leave ideas on our Twitter, Facebook, or right here in the comments!

Earlier this week, a very interesting conversation started on Google+ about what will surely be an ongoing discussion here: What is metal?  Regular listeners of this podcast know we cover a broad range of sub-genres, including bands that barely skim what would be considered heavy (Alcest and Dead Letter Circus come to mind first), yet these bands, and many other not-so-heavy bands, are generally accepted by the metal community. Does that makes them “metal”?  This is exactly the topic we start tackling, and encourage you to get involved in through the comments here or any of our other social forums.

In addition to this epic topic, we review some undoubtedly metal albums and EPs and have some fun with another iTunes Shuffle review.

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Reviews: Havok – Point of No ReturnShadows Fall – Fire From the Sky; TesseracT – PerspectiveTo Speak of Wolves -Find Your Worth, Come Home

iTunes Shuffle – Metallica – S&M