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This is it, freaks!  Our Top 20 Albums of 2014!  We all know lists are super subjective and semi-bullshit, but they at least make for good conversation/argument and give you some idea of albums that should be worth your time.  Also, we are review show…we kinda have to do it.

This time, though, we went strictly with our guts.  We each did one draft of our lists before combining them to the final one. No nitpicking and arguing “objectivity” with ourselves.  No giving a shit if placing X higher than Y was trve or kvlt.  What you see is an honest reaction to going over all  200+ albums we reviewed and picking what we liked best.  Obviously our individual lists were longer – and surprisingly diverse considering how many times Nick and I give things the same ratings – but we are both quite pleased with the final rundown.  Maybe we’ll share those personal lists later, but for now, get listening then leave us comments telling us how wrong we are so we can tell you you’re probably right, but argue anyway.

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After a fun trip to a land where Nu-Metal is still a thing and an actual fun trip Brian took driving almost 3,000 miles around this country, we’re back with a show featuring albums you probably care about and have a real chance of liking.  Oh, you didn’t realize one of your hosts wasn’t around?  That’s because he’s ninja.  That, and your hosts are crafty mofos. But it was all for your benefit, so don’t dwell on it too much.  Just listen tot he show and the sweet jams within.

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Reviews: DragonForce – Maximum Overload (Metal Blade); He Is Legend Heavy Fruit (Tragic Hero); Nothing More – Nothing More (Eleven Seven); Pallbearer Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore)

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This past Friday here in America was Independence Day, so many of us attended BBQs and parties this weekend, and many of those attendees probably partied a little too hard because ‘Murica (the guy writing this included). Well, come to think of it, many of you not in America may have done the same thing because it was Saturday night and you didn’t need a reason.  Either way, to help get you through the fun morning after, we have four new album reviews (three of which with music) and six First Impressions (two songs played) that we actually go through quickly! Honest!  There are also a few little news bits in there and the usual fun banter you have come to know and love.

Also, I swear it is coincidence that it is Fourth of July Weekend and the one album we disliked was by a British band.

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Reviews: Every Time I Die From Parts Unknown (Epitaph); The Hell – Groovehammer (Prosthetic); Inanimate Existence – A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement (Unique Leader); Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun (Reprise)

First Impressions:
Overkill – “Armorist” from White Devil Armory out July 22nd thru Nuclear Blast
Darkest Hour – “Wasteland” from Darkest Hour out August 5th thru Sumerian
Pallbearer – “The Ghost I Used To Be” from Foundations of Burden out August 19th thru Profound Lore
Code Orange – “I Am King” from I Am King out September 2nd thru Deathwish
Cannibal Corpse – “Sadistic Embodiment” from A Skeletal Domain out September 16th thru Metal Blade

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Ok, not really.  This is just the last episode of reviews. In this episode, we reach a grand total of 171 albums and EPs reviewed this year.  That doesn’t include the singles we previewed or liv shows we went over…just albums and EPS.  It comes to little over 3 a week, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but trust us, it is especially when trying to actually listen to them, do other things in life and maybe  listen to other music.  Anyhooooo…the final four reviews are a three more albums we missed, plus one new EP. Nick and Brian also give a review of the Every Time I Die show from last week plus go over a few year end lists from other sites and a couple of magazines.  The next two weeks will feature our own End of the Year Honors, so make sure you gets your asses back here to join in the fun.

Reviews: Circle of ContemptEntwine the Threads; Code Orange Kids – Love is Love//Return to DustPallbearerSorrow and ExtinctionRise and Fall – Faith

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