monuments

Hit or Miss: The Sequel

This week’s selections were not as daunting to get through as last week’s were.  However, (spoiler!) our feelings about them land in the same general area.  You should hear what we have to say, though, instead of just going by the numbers, so get listening…

SideShow.367

High on Fire Electric Messiah (eOne)
Monuments Phronesis (Century Media)
Wolfheart – Constellation of the Black Light (Napalm)

 

Montana
Walking Corpse Syndrome

Read Full Article

Advertisements

This is a post for those that asked to see our individual year end lists. It is far too early on a Monday morning for me to justify why each of these albums is ending up where it is on the list, so I’ll just defend myself later in the comments if necessary.

1 Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
2 Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars
3 Black Map – …And We Explode
4 Within The Ruins – Phenomena
5 Polar – Shadowed By Vultures
6 Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
7 Castle – Under Siege
8 He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit
9 Exmortus – Slave To The Sword
10 Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
11 At The Gates – At War With Reality
12 Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
13 Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
14 Dawnbringer – Night Of The Hammer
15 Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
16 Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite
17 Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us
18 Monuments – The Amanuensis
19 Unearth – Watchers of Rule
20 Serdce – Timelessness
21 Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
22 Pet The Preacher – The Cave & The Sunlight
23 Revocation – Deathless
24 Gormathon – Following The Beast
25 Bury Tomorrow – Runes

After having a pretty epic episode last week (if we do say so ourselves), we have a little more low key of an episode here, though no more less eclectic than many of our others. What long time listeners will find interesting here (besides the music itself) is the difference between most the reviews Brian and Nick present.  There might be a “first” in here, which we note near the end, and there are definitely a few rarities.  Hopefully it all adds up to an interesting listen!  (Feel free to let us know either way in the comments.)

SideShow.147

Reviews: ’68 – In Humor and Sadness (eOne / Good Fight); Betraying The MartyrsPhantom (Sumerian); EchoesThe Pursuit (Universal Warning); Monuments – The Amanuensis (Century Media)

(Side)Showcase: Monotony is Misery

Read Full Article

Half of the bands we review this week prove that you don’t need a labeler to make and put out awesome music.  Sure, a label would help with some more promo and tours and such, but that is a discussion for another time.  The point is that, signed or not, if your music is good enough, people will take notice.  Like the other half the bands we review this week – they’re signed, their music is good, we noticed. And now you will notice all of them.  See how that works?

SideShow.141

Reviews: Castle Under Siege (Prosthetic); Hoth – Oathbreaker (self); Misery Index – The Killing Gods (Season of Mist); Son of Aurelius – Under a Western Sun (self)

First Impressions:
Allegaeon -“Threshold of Perception” from Elements of Infinite out June 24th thru Metal Blade
Monuments – “Origin of Escape” from The Amanuensis out July 8th thru Century Media
’68 – “Track One” from In Humor and Sadness out July 8th thru eOne
Betraying the Martyrs – “Where the World Ends” from Phantom out July 15th thru Sumerian
Opeth – “Cusp of Eternity” from Pale Communion out August 26th thru Roadrunner

Read Full Article

We are kicking The Sideshow Podcast’s second year off right with a jam packed episode featuring a brand new intro and outro, courtesy of By Night, four new album reviews, two live reviews, and an interview with Skeletonwitch bassist Eric Linger! We are also debuting our new rating system, which switches from our old By/Try/Skip to a more versatile 1-5 rating.

There are some other new things on the site too, which you may have already noticed.  First off, we will now provide you with a list of releases for each month.  It may not include everything but we promise that Brian puts together a pretty extensive rundown.  We also debut our new merch store! We have some great tee shirts, hoodies and girlie shirts for sale, as well as a sweet coffee mug.  I mean, can you think of a better way to start your day?  Ok…don’t answer that.  Anyway, we have some other fun things permanently planted in the menus like our drinking game and our rules for proper concert etiquette.  So, take the time to look around and soak it all in.  If there is anything else you guys and girls want to see on our site (or in our store, or on the show), just let us know, and we will see what we can do!

SideShow.53

Reviews: As I Lay DyingAwakenedRevocation – Teratogenesis; Monuments  Gnosis; This Or The Apocalypse – Dead Years

Read Full Article