We have a good one for you this week, folks.  As promised last week, we have the return of the first (Side)Showcase band (before we even titled it such), Goathanger, and a review of their debut full-length. Also returning to the ‘cast, we catch up with “friend of the show” Byzantine where we discuss what is happening with their new crowd-funded album and the fun times to be had in West Virginia. Around all of that – if you couldn’t figure it out from the episode title – we have three other releases we cover too.  So get get on in here and get listening!


Reviews: Goathanger The Hook (independent); Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless (Metal Blade); Origin – Omnipresent (Nuclear Blast); Sonic Syndicate – Sonic Syndicate (Nuclear Blast)

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This week, we have something very special for all of our listeners…Kyle’s back!! OK, we’re kidding.  Well kind of…Kyle is indeed back, and Nick and Brian are happy to have him back in the fold.  But the actual special thing this week is interview with Stolen Babies bassist Rani Sherone!!  Nick and Brian set this up a few weeks ago when they saw the band at the Epic Kings and Idols Tour (discussed more here).  Between including this awesome interview and having Kyle back, we didn’t have enough time to get to all four reviews we planned, but we promise to make it up next week by reviewing five albums!


Reviews: Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax II – Future Sequence, Dethklok – Dethalbum III, Stolen Babies – Naught,

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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!

This week, Nick joins the show, we review the new album from Vildhjarta, discuss piracy, and Kyle interviews the creators of the comic Black Metal.  But wait…there’s more!  We also kick off our End of the Year Honors!

REVIEW: Vildhjarta – Måsstaden SideShow.9

You can’t touch this episode!  We have the Podcast’s first interview, an exclusive with John Cobbett of HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE.  We also review a few new releases, and discuss the art (?) of remixes.

REVIEWS: Whitechapel – Recorrupted (EP); As I Lay Dying – Decas