Metallica

Sleep is for the Weak

If you feel like Brian sounds “tired as fuck” in the episode, you’re not alone…Nick already pointed that out.  You are not wrong either…I was shot.  I still made it through this jam-packed and kinda long episode, giving you 100% of the 50-60% capacity I was at because the show must go on….

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Reviews:
Metallica Hardwired…to Self Destruct (Blackened)
Ion Dissonance Cast the First Stone (Good Fight)
Protest the Hero – Pacific Myth (Razor & Tie)

First Impressions:
Black Map – “Run Rabbit Run” taken from In Droves out March 10, 2017 from eOne
Within the Ruins – “Death of the Rock Star taken from Halfway Human our March 3, 2017 from eOne

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See what I did there?  Ok, cool.  Moving on…well, actually, I don’t really have anything to add here this week. There is definitely plenty to talk about though, so listen to the show and start a conversation with us in the comments.

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Reviews:
Despised Icon Beast (Century Media)
Equilibrium Armageddon (Nuclear Blast)
Dead Ranch Antler Royale (No List)

First Impression:
Metallica – “Hardwired” from Hardwired…To Self-Destruct out November 18th through Blackened Recordings

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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

In past episodes, we have briefly touched upon the fact that is important to know where your music is coming from, and in Episode 22, I (Brian) mentioned a book called Choosing Death. This is just one of a few books that I think should be required reading for metal-head, despite what styles you are into.  We all know Black Sabbath started it all, and we are all aware of classic bands like Metallica, Maiden, and Priest as well as other “classics” like Napalm Death, Carcass and Death…or Mayhem, Bathory and Immortal, if you are into Black Metal.  But how did it all come about?  How did one thing lead to another?  Well, luckily some people already did the research for us and presented these non-fiction tales into interesting reads.

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Lots of new music on this one!  Also,  a lively debate about over-saturation, Loutallica, and another head to head Freak Of The Week.

REVIEWS: Structures – Divided By; Hammers Of Misfortune – 17th Street; Vallenfyre – A Fragile King; Krisiun – Great Execution; Death – Individual Thought Patterns

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