Opeth

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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A moment two-and-a-half years in the making is almost here…

THIS SUNDAY! THE SIDESHOW RETURNS!

Come back here before your Monday morning commute to download the very first SIDESHOW Podcast! And what a podcast it is. We enlisted the heavy hitters for our first show, reviewing all the big September 27th releases including the follow-up to one of the best albums of the last decade–Machine Head’s Unto the Locust. We’ve also got reviews of Mastodon’s The Hunter and Opeth’s Heritage, in which Brian and I bicker and Nick says something. Plus, our very first podcastified Freak of the Week!

Make sure to come on back after downloading the show to check out a recap of our reviews and links to everything we talked about. And don’t forget to comment! This is just as much YOUR podcast as it is ours and we want to hear from you. Post your comments to the recap right here at www.thesideshowpodcast.com. You can also comment on the show by Tweeting us at @SIDESHOWPodcast with #FirstPodcast or leave a post on our Facebook page (don’t forget to be super lame and “Like” us while you’re there). We want your suggestions on EVERYTHING–future reviews, Freaks of the Week, fashion tips…whatever you got, we can handle it.

Onto other business…

HUGE horns up to all of our followers on Twitter. The account’s been active barely two days and we’re already drowning in a sea of Freaks. Thank you! And like we mentioned already, to all the bands contacting us, keep it coming! We’re planning a bunch of different ways to get you guys involved. Stay tuned for more details.

Finally, we will hold our very first LIVE Tweeting session TONIGHT from the Frak the Gods Tour featuring Periphery, The Human Abstract, and Textures at Gramercy Theatre. Before we even post our first episode, we’re going to bring you instant reviews of tonight’s concert. Head on over and follow us on Twitter for the next best thing to see the show in person.

— Kyle the ROCK(jock)