Live Review


Mostly Comfortable

All of this week’s bands are seem pretty comfortable in their own skin.  We found, however, a couple need to shed their skin and grow, one is growing just fine, another is in a possible confused puberty stage, while yet another may be regressing in a way that is making us uncomfortable. To further this forced theme of comfort, make sure you listen to Nick’s live review for some, um, interesting moments at Trap Them’s last show.

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Reviews:
Toothgrinder – Phantom Amore (Spinefarm)
Axis Shift (Good Fight)
Cloak – To Venomous Depths (Season of Mist)
Glasslands – Pariah

First Impression:
Machine Head – “Beyond the Pale” from Catharsis out January 26, 2018 through Nuclear Blast

Live Review:
Slow DeathCall of the VoidTrap Them (final show) on November 12, 2017 at Sonia in Cambridge, MA

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Darkness in Many Forms

Atmospheric and brooding.  Gothic and creepy. Venomous and aggressive. These are just some of the ways we get to hear the dark this week.  Generally speaking, they are all enjoyable, it just comes down to what you prefer.  If you’re not sure, just stick through he show and try them all!

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Reviews:
MastodonCold Dark Place (Reprise)
Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay (Nuclear Blast)
Great American GhostHatred Stems from the Seed (Good Fight)
Vices to VeilsExist Expire

Live Review:
Gojira, Torche, and Code Orange at Webster Theater in Hartford, CT on October 6, 2017

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Overcompensating

Five releases, a First Impression, AND a Live Review?  What were we thinking?  Well, to be honest, we were thinking that the three of these are only EPs so we can handle it.  Can you?

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Reviews:
Thicket of Antlers Black Dogs EP
Execration Return to the Void (Metal Blade)
The Bearer Fiction (Blasphemour Records)
Cytotoxin – Gammageddon (Unique Leader)
Knuckle Bones – Inception

First Impression:
Ne Obliviscaris – “Intra Venus” from Urn out October 27, 2017 through Season of Mist

Live Review:
BehemothLamb of God, and Slayer at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY on July 27, 2017

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Getting Into Gear

Among the album reviews, First Impression, and live review we have for you this week, Nick and I had a little sidebar chat about headphones.  We mention our gear sometimes but, after an experience this week, we felt the need to stress the importance of decent personal listening equipment.  We hope you enjoy the talk (and feel free to participate via comments) but if you really don’t care, I will take this time to remind you that we include chapter skips.

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Reviews:
Byzantine The Cicada Tree (Metal Blade)
Desultory Through Aching Aeons (Pulverised Records)
River Black River Black (Season of Mist)

First Impression:
Arch Enemy – “The World is Yours” from Will to Power out September 8th through Century Media

Live Review:
ChevelleBlack Map, and Dinosaur Pile-Up at Irving Plaza in New York City, NY on July 11, 2017

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Three Fucking Hundred

For 300 weeks in a row, we have presented a new episode of the Sideshow without fail. That means every week for approximately 5.75 years, you have had at least Nick and Brian providing new album reviews (or end of the year lists). So to celebrate the milestone, we…uh…well…just keep the train rolling.

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Reviews:
Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With (Relapse)
Goatwhore Vengeful Ascension (Metal Blade)
Wildspeaker Spreading Adder (Prosthetic)

First Impression:
Tesseract – “Smile” single from Kscope

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