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They’re Being Followed

As you may realize, we try to keep up with a LOT of bands.  Many we come across fade away, or we may give up on.  Many we try to stick with, even if out of sheer curiosity for ourselves, or just for the sake of the show.  Well, this week, we have been watching all three bands for all of most of their careers, and we are just as excited as many of you to see what they are up to now.

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Reviews:
Intronaut – Fluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade)
Kvelertak – Splid (Rise)
Great America Ghost Power Through Terror (eOne Heavy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, We Did It Too

As we discussed in 2019 closer Episode 405, we made “best of the decade” list too.  After collaborating on the 2010 picks (the podcast hadn’t started yet), we took the top 3 albums from each of our “Best of the Year” lists.  Since we didn’t want to repeat bands, we then together picked the best of the repeat offenders.  Next, we individually ranked the remaining albums before finally compiling them like we do the other “Best of the Year” lists.

Ya follow all that?  Good.

The result is solid, albeit a little odd. Remember, both of our likes, dislikes, preferences, tolerances, etc. have changed a lot over the years.  This list is reflective of the show throughout the years filtered through our current tastes, but maybe not really representative of either host individually, or as we maybe would retroactively rank albums (if we could).  So, while you could argue with us about glaring omissions and the such, don’t bother.  We did it this way to be fair to the recorded history of the show and, well – honestly – we didn’t have the time or willpower to start from scratch.  (That list would have been really weird!)

So, without further ado…

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Agree to Disagree

The show is in rare form this week.  Your normally agreeable hosts did not give any of this week’s albums the same rating.  Did we greatly disagree on any of them?  Did we fight over these albums?  Well, all of your questions will be answered once you listen to the episode.

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Reviews:
Kvelertak Nattesferd (Roadrunner)
Hatebreed The Concrete Confessional (Nuclear Blast)
Grand Magus – Sword Songs (Nuclear Blast)
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Out of Shape Shirtless Guppy

We are now back to our regularly scheduled programming.  So, that means you stuck with just Nick and Brian, but you get three new album reviews and a whole slew of live reviews since Nick was busy this last week.

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Reviews:
Filter Crazy Eyes (Wind Up)
Mantar – Ode to the Flame (Nuclear Blast)
Primitive Weapons – The Future of Death (Party Smasher Inc.)

Live Reviews:
The Sword, Royal Thunder at Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton, MA on April 15, 2016
KvelertakTorcheWild Throne at Middle East (downstairs in Cambridge, MA on April 17, 2016

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Rock is Not Dead, but Maybe Nu-Metal Should Be

Despite Marilyn Manson’s proclamation in 1998, Rock is not dead.  It just kind of went into hiding.  Rock hid in the underground, and also holed up with some other sub-genres…which it started doing way before 1998. Anyway, another thing that largely went into hiding only to rear it’s head again is Nu-Metal.  While we have presented a few exceptions on this here podcast, we have probably given more examples as to why Nu-Metal should have stayed hidden.  Unfortunately, we have an argument for the latter again this week.  Oh, and we have some first impressions to discuss too, so if you are still reading this, hopefully you have started the show already.

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Reviews:
Entombed A.D. Dead Dawn (Century Media)
Bombus
Repeat Until Death (Century Media)
American Head Charge Tango Umbrella (Napalm)

First Impressions:
Kvelertak – “1985” from Nattesford, out May 13th from Roadrunner Records
Skeletonwitch – “Well of Despair”, a new single out now with a new EP due this summer
Aborted – “Retrogore” from Retrogore, out April 22nd from Century Media

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