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Guess who made it back from last week?  Nick and Brian!  Oh, and Kyle too.  At full strength for two weeks in a row, we are bringing a jam-packed episode, including: 1 live review (complete with Brian fumbling over himself out of the gate), 2 brief appearances from future guest host Ryan Keough, 3 hosts, 4 album reviews, 5 first impressions, and 6 songs for your listening pleasure.

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Reviews: Born of Osiris – Tomorrow We Die Alive (Sumerian); DevilDriver – Winter Kills (Naplam); Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth (Nuclear Blast); Watain – The Wild Hunt (Century Media)

First Impressions:

Skeletonwitch – “Burned from Bone” (in DB) from Serpents Unleashed out 10/29 via Prosthetic
Nine Inch Nails – “Copy of A” from Hesitation Marks out 9/3 via Universal
Anti-Mortem – “Words of Wisdom” from forthcoming debut via Nuclear Blast Entertainment
Trivium – “Strife” from Vengeance Falls out 10/15 via RoadRunner
Katatonia – “The One You are Looking for is Not Here” from Dethroned and Uncrowned out 9/10 via Kscope

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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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 we have more reviews for than usual, but with fewer hosts to do them.  Yes, Kyle is MIA yet again (maybe this time in the Paralympics) but Nick and Brian hold things down pretty well taking you through five brand new album reviews. They also start chatting about vinyl, preorder packages, and some upcoming tours…all things you should talk to them about too by commenting on the site.  Just sayin’…  Oh, and while leaving your thoughts, tell us where you think Kyle is!  Maybe we’ll run down your guesses next week in our (semi-)big 5-0 episode

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Reviews: Swallow The SunEmerald Forest And The Blackbird, KatatoniaDead End Kings, GraveEndless Procession Of Souls, Murder ConstructResults, The ChariotOne Wing

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With only a few major releases to cover this week, it it being the middle(ish) of the year, we decided to tease our end-of-the-year list extravaganza with a look at what we have as early contenders.  Our personal lists vary quite a bit, and for some (like Brian) there are going to be many releases that need to be weeded through before the lists are made.  However, I think we all agreed that The Devastated put out the worst album of the year so far…and God help us if something worse comes out.  Anyway…to top off this week’s show, we also take a little look into the future, previewing some songs off of some forthcoming albums.

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Reviews: Nile – At the Gates of Sethu Periphery – Periphery II

Singles: As I Lay Dying – Cauterize”; Katatonia – “Dead Letters”; Testament – “True American Hate”