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What Just Happened?

We come across a lot of albums we love for any of a number of reasons but it is rare we come across something that truly stuns us (in a good way).  Well, we have one of those rare occurrences this week, and it helped create an episode that us musically all over the place. No seriously…try listening to all of this back-to-back, or worse, on shuffle.  Shit gets weird fast.

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Reviews:
Crimfall Amain (Metal Blade)
NYN Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt (Vmbrella)
The Hirsch Effekt Eskapist (Long Branch)

First Impression:
Caligula’s Horse – “Will’s Song (Let the Colors Run)” from In Contact out September 15, 2017 through Inside Out

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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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It’s that time! Time for Brian and Nick to share their top albums for 2013!  And this year, there are more than ever!  After individually making lists of more than 20 albums (beyond 20 was largely undecided when they worked on the collective list), the combined lists brought a Top 25!! There were so many great albums this year, it was hard not make a list this long.  Realistically, it should be even longer because there are even more great albums that didn’t make the cut because of math, but there was just not enough time (and energy) to go further.

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So, without further delay, here is The Sideshow Podcast’s Top 25 Albums of 2013!  Feel free to discuss and debate (and leave your own lists) in the comments.

  1. Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord)
  2. Byzantine – Byzantine (independent)
  3. Norma JeanWrongdoers (Razor & Tie)
  4. Nero Di MarteNero Di Marte (Prosthetic)
  5. AmorphisCircle (Nuclear Blast)
  6. Dead Letter CircusThe Catalyst Fire (The End)
  7. The OceanPelagial (Metal Blade)
  8. SkeletonwitchSerpents Unleashed (Prosthetic)
  9. CarcassSurgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
  10. TesseracTAltered State (Century Media)
  11. Dark TranquilityConstruct (Century Media)
  12. Protest The HeroVolition (Razor & Tie)
  13. DisperseLiving Mirrors (Season of Mist)
  14. Bring Me the HorizonSempiternal (Epitaph)
  15. UnhumanUnhuman (independent)
  16. SoilworkThe Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast)
  17. AnciientsHeart of Oak (Season of Mist)
  18. Audrey HorneYoungblood (Napalm)
  19. The Dillinger Escape PlanOne of Us is the Killer (Party Smasher/Sumerian)
  20. LunarseaHundred Light Years (Punishment 18)
  21. EnshineOrigin (Rain Without End)
  22. Man Must DiePeace Was Never an Option (Lifeforce)
  23. Weekend NachosStill (Relapse)
  24. DevilDriverWinter Kills (Napalm)
  25. Old GodsStylized Violence (Forge Again)

So what did y’all think of Episode #2? It’s refreshing to see a sequel that’s better than the original. And it’s only gonna get better from here. We’re in the final planning stages for our next two episodes as we speak so stay tuned to www.thesideshowpodcast.com for more information about our upcoming shows. Also, if you haven’t done it already, check us out on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SIDESHOWPodcast. We say a lot of funny/stupid/outlandish/awesome shit over there. Which reminds me…

Episode #2 featured an unusually insightful discussion from The SIDESHOWers about all the recent controversy over music streaming services and copyrights. After finally discovering the Interwebs last month, Randy Blythe and Mark Hunter took to Twitter with a vengeance, spouting off about…well, pretty much everything. Mostly though, they responded to this summer’s news about a bunch of heavy metal labels pulling out of Spotify, the latest controversial hotness sweeping the music industry.

Brian, Nick, and yours truly had a LOT to say about this and we barely even scratched the surface in Episode #2. It’s an ongoing topic we’ll continue to explore since it affects us directly both as podcasters and music fans. If you want to hear where the three of us stand on the debate, check out Episode #2. Before that though, educate yourself by checking out these links to get a better grasp on this sprawling debate:

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