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Last week was a good week of releases, as far as we were concerned. This week…results are a bit more varied.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t some great stuff in here (spoiler: there is)  it just means, well, not all of it is great.  The show is chock full of tunes though*, so get in here enjoy. Well, try to enjoy.  Listen either way.

*Scumguts was cool with us playing music, but since we recorded a bit earlier than normal this week, we had the show all produced and ready to go before we heard back from them.  So make sure you go listen with the link over there —> 

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Reviews:
The Duskfall – Where the Tree Stands Dead (Apostasy)
Hate Crusade:Zero (Napalm)
Scumguts  Scumguts (independent)
Voices  London (Candlelight)

First Impression:
Byzantine – “A Curious Lot” from To Release is to resolve out April 7, 2015

We apologize for not including the chapter skip feature this week.  Our production department (named Nick) is still experiencing technical difficulties that made it impossible to include the feature.

While it is always great to get a new album from a band we like or are even just familiar with, part of the fun of this show is finding albums from bands we never heard of.  It’s especially fun when the albums are awesome.  This week, we have albums that exemplify everything I just wrote…which you probably saw coming because, really, why else would I have written it?

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Reviews:
Black Crown InitiateThe Wreckage of Stars (eOne)
DecapitatedBlood Mantra (Nuclear Blast)
GormathonFollowing the Beast (Napalm)
Old Lines – No Child Left Behind (No Sleep)

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So, the reason this show is up later than usual (sorry about that) is that half of The Sideshow was moving this weekend and the other half was helping him do so.  We mention this in the show, which, in retrospect, does you absolutely no good since you hear it after the fact.  Look, we never said we were smart, ok? Anyway, hopefully five songs, four album reviews, and three First Impressions make up for the tardiness a bit.

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Reviews:
Audrey HornePure Heavy (Napalm)
Iron ReaganTyranny of Will (Relapse)
Puig DestroyerPuig Destroyer (No Sleep)
XerathIII (Candlelight)

First Impressions:
At The Gates – “At War With Reality” from At War With Reality out 10/28 thru Century Media
Machine Head – “Now We Die” from Bloodstone & Diamonds out 11/10 thru Nuclear Blast
Bloodbath – “Unite in Pain” from Grand Morbid Funeral out 11/17 thru Peaceville

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Does ye scurvy dog like pirates?  Yar in the right place.
Into filthy, nasty stuff that could be involved in serial killing? Look no further.
Wanna be pummeled while floating through space? We can help.
Feel like some throwback that maybe reminds you of a simpler time? We have something for that.
Craving a bit of all the above at the same time? Glad you found the podcast!  Also, you should probably watch this movie…and/or talk to a specialist.

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Reviews: AlestormSunset on the Golden Age (Napalm); Bastard Feast Osculum Infinite (Season of Mist); Fallujah The Flesh Prevails (Unique Leader); Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls (Epic)

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Some bands keep getting better as they age.  Some get to an apex, and then start going downhill. Others are just solid bands and don’t change too drastically between releases, for better or worse. Well, this week, though a few of these bands are still rather young, we have examples of all of those situations. It makes for some pleasant surprises, some not-so-pleasant surprises, and a couple of met-expectaitons, which we are perfectly happy with.  Those ambiguous descriptors don’t just apply to the new albums but also the live review and first impression covered in this brandy-new episode.

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Reviews: Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere (Profound Lore); Dust Bolt – Awake the Riot (Napalm); Structures – Life Through a Window (Sumerian); Vallenfyre – Splinters (Nuclear Blast)

First Impression: Every Time I Die – “Thirst” from From Parts Unknown out July 1st through Epitaph

Live Review: MastodonGojiraKvelertak @ Terminal 5 in New York, NY on May 15, 2014

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