Machine Head

Woah, We’re Half Way There

Ya know…I don’t really have anything to add this week.  We have a pretty full show for you, and a lot of good tunes, so just get listening and come back to chat with us in the comments.

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Reviews:
Tribulation Down Below (Century Media)
Dead Empires Designed to Disappear (Silent Pendulum)
Burrows – Cimmerian Circuit

Live Review:
An Evening with Machine Head at Playstation Theater in New York, NY on February 9, 2018

 

Maryland
Perihelion

 

 

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They Did it Right

Anybody who has listened tot his show more than once knows Nick and Brian tend to have pretty similar tastes.  However, it has been a while since every review in an episode received the same rating number.  Did the albums this week hit a sweet spot?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Oh, we also start the show with by continuing a conversation from last week, so feel free to chime in on that too.

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Reviews:
Harm’s Way Posthuman (Metal Blade)
Ocean of Grief Nightfall’s Lament (Naturmacht Productions)
Harakiri for the Sky – Arson (Art of Propaganda)


Massachusetts
Let Us Prey

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You Did it Wrong

So why only two albums reviews? Well, as many of you may expect, we have a lot to say about the new Machine Head album, so we wanted to give enough time to that without running the show too long.  Make sure you stick around for the whole show though..there’s good music there. Oh, and we also discuss the production value of August Burns Red‘s remix/remaster of Messengers. 

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Reviews:
Machine Head Catharsis (Nuclear Blast)
Bind Torture Kill Viscères (Wooaaargh)

Bands Across America
Connecticut: Lyra

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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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What Were They Thinking?

The episode title really only refers to two out of the five bands we discuss this week.  But those two…oh man.  It’s that situation where you want to be in the band’s collective head so you can try to see things from their perspective and understand why they think what they recorded is good. I’d also like to know which people at the labels went “yeah, let’s throw money at this to promote and release it!”   That’d be an interesting interview…

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Reviews:
Death Angel The Evil Divide (Nuclear Blast)
Lacuna Coil Delirium (Century Media)
Thrice – To Be Everywhere is to Be Nowhere (Vagrant)

First Impression:
Dropout – “The End” from forthcoming album
Machine Head – “Is There Anybody Out There?” single

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