Opeth

Opethian Transitions

In this episode we come up with ideas on how to be better at social media, review some rad music, and have a long-overdue discussion about Opeth with fan and friend Sideshow Bob.  Pretty productive show, right?!

You may also notice a review that seems out of place.  Why did we do it? Go to THIS PAGE to find out how you can help this podcast contribute to Crew Nation and make us review whatever you want.

And remember – Be safe. Stay healthy. Stay Metal.

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Reviews:
Misery Signals – Ultraviolet
Orbit Culture – Nija (Seek & Strike)
Terminal Nation Holocene Extinction (20 Buck Spin)

Crew Nation Donation Feature:
OpethGhost Reveries (Roadrunner)

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It’s no secret I (Brian) love records stores.  I mean, where do you think many of the albums we review come from? Whenever I travel, whether it be in the US or abroad, I seek out local record shops. One of the fun things about the shops is discovering new music.  Yes, apps and streaming services that do this are all the rage nowadays, but it’s not the same as going to a store where the employees are just as passionate as you are and asking for some recommendations. It’s also fun to take that one step further and ask them for some local acts that you should know about.  The results of that quest, friends and freaks, is what brings us three of the albums this week.  Oh, and we listened to the new Opeth.

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Reviews:
La Armada
 – Crisis EP (Fat Sandwich) – heard in and recommended by Reckless Records, Chicago, IL (specifically the Loop location, though I also shopped at the larger Wicker Park store)
Occultist Death Sigils (Primitive Ways) – recommended by the owner of Vinyl Conflict, Richmond, VA
Opeth – Pale Communion (Roadrunner)
Yautja Songs of Descent (ForceField) – recommended by The Groove, Nashville, TN

First Impressions:
Exodus – “Salt The Wound” from Blood In, Blood Out out 10/14 via Nuclear Blast
Amaranthe – “Drop Dead Cynical” from Massive Addictive out 10/21 via Spinefarm
Unearth – “The Swarm” from Watchers of the Rule out 10/28 thru eOne (NA) & Century Media (Europe)
Beyond Creation – “Earthborn Evolution” from Earthborn Evolution out 10/28 thru Season of Mist
Ne Obliviscaris – “Painters of the Tempest part II, movement III: ‘Curator” from Citadel out 11/11 thru Season of Mist

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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?

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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

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You gotta love Twitter.

Last week, before we even posted the first episode of The SIDESHOW Podcast (go download it on iTunes NOW), yours truly, the ROCK(jock), managed to piss off a band and alienate its entire fan base. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Our new listeners will quickly realize I love to be bombastic and in your face. Remember though, it’s all in good fun (usually) and we’re just trying to entertain you. It looks like it worked too because not only did I have a blast doing it but apparently you all enjoyed following it as well! Thanks to everyone who checked out @SIDESHOWPodcast on Twitter for our first ever live Tweeting/review session at last week’s Frak the Gods Tour stop at Gramercy Theatre here in NYC. Expect more of these soon.

For those of you who missed it–WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU?! Go! Head over to Twitter right now and follow @SIDESHOWPodcast for shenanigans like the ones below. That’s right–I’m awesome and won’t make you go fish out all the old Tweets. I’ve posted the entire transcript from last week’s live Tweeting session so you can experience for all the hilarity yourself–including my standoff with Stray From the Path. Boys–the offer still stands. Somebody needs to put me in my place!

NOTE: The Tweets go in reverse order (just as they would appear in your Twitter feed) and feature no time stamps. This is also completely unedited, hence why the Tweets sometimes appear out of the order they were intended. Once we get a handle on this whole, newfangled “blogging” thing, we’ll try being a little less ghetto and do a proper live blogging session from a show. But for now, you’ll enjoy it this way and be happy to have it.

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Our inaugural episode features host introductions, a history of the radio show, an old fan favorite (Freak of the Week!), and of course, some lively album reviews and debates.  We hope you enjoy listening to it as much we did making it!

REVIEWS: Machine Head – Unto The Locust; Mastodon – The Hunter; Opeth – Heritage’

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