Maylene & The Sons of Disaster

We’ve discussed this a few times on the show:  growth vs. transformation, “going back to our roots” vs. regressing, consistent vs. stale. Some bands start as heroes but live long enough to see themselves become the villain, so to speak.  Some pull a Darth Vader and find their way back. (Am I being nerdy enough for you?) Others just stay stuck at 55 in the right line. Then there are the ones who amaze coming out of the gate, so now we have to see where they go, if anywhere. This week’s reviews inadvertently became a study of these ideas, so get listening and share your thoughts in the comments!

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Reviews:
Ghost Brigade IV: One With the Storm (Season of Mist)
Machine HeadBloodstone and Diamonds (Nuclear Blast)
Skyharbor – Guiding Lights (Basick)
Soen Tellurian (Spinefarm)
Toothgrinder – Schizophrenic Jubilee (Spinefarm)

Live Review:
MegaDeaf Tour 2014: Part Deux featuring He Is LegendMaylene and the Sons of Disaster, and Wounds at Webster Theater Underground in Hartford, CT on November 11, 2014

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As we promised in our one year anniversary episode, here is a pretty comprehensive list of starter bands to consider trying out if you’re a little hesitant to dive right into the deep end.  The list covers logical progressions from certain other genres that would provide a good starting point, as well as some bands that we find enjoyable all around that have a more broad appeal.  Obviously there are TONS of other ways to get started, and (since most of you obviously enjoy the genre to begin with) feel free to leave comments to this post or in Episode 52 to provide some suggestions that we may have missed. Since we are so far into it, we probably aren’t even aware of many good “starter” bands, so feel free to fill those in.

It’s time to bust out the training wheels, and stretch your neck muscles: head banging hurts without a proper warmup!

General Bands/Albums To Check Out:
Still Remains – The Serpent
It Dies Today – Sirens
Bullet For My Valentine – Fever
Sevendust – Cold Day Memory
Deftones – Diamond Eyes
Textures – Dualism
In Flames – Soundtrack to your Escape

Kyle and Brian (and faithful listener Bob Sala before them) all addressed that the music you currently enjoy can have a huge impact on what metal you may ultimately gravitate toward as well as the music that you should start with when trying to get into a heavier frame of mind.  With that said:

If you listen to Radio Rock, try:
• Metallica – Metallica (aka The Black Album)
• All That Remains – Overcome
• Chevelle – This Type of Thinking
• Volbeat – Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
• Seether – Karma & Effect
• Shinedown – Leave A Whisper, or Sound of Madness

Classic Rock:
• Black Sabbath
• Iron Maiden
• Judas Priest
• Christian Mistress
• Witchcraft
• Dawnbringer

Top 40:
• Dead Letter Circus – This is the Warning
• Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Color
• I See Stars
• We Came As Romans

Southern Rock:
• The Damned Things
• Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster

Dub:
• Bring Me The Horizon
• After The Burial
• Safety Fire

This week’s episode gets down and dirty with the new Maylene & The Sons of Disaster and Textures albums, skims the surface of the ever-growing Spotify debates, and hints at what will surely be the subject of a future show: Brian’s obsessive genre tagging.

REVIEWS: Maylene & the Sons of Disaster – IV; Textures – Dualism; Brutal Truth – End Time; Warbringer – Worlds Torn Asunder; Landmine Marathon – Gallows

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