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Mostly Comfortable

All of this week’s bands are seem pretty comfortable in their own skin.  We found, however, a couple need to shed their skin and grow, one is growing just fine, another is in a possible confused puberty stage, while yet another may be regressing in a way that is making us uncomfortable. To further this forced theme of comfort, make sure you listen to Nick’s live review for some, um, interesting moments at Trap Them’s last show.

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Reviews:
Toothgrinder – Phantom Amore (Spinefarm)
Axis Shift (Good Fight)
Cloak – To Venomous Depths (Season of Mist)
Glasslands – Pariah

First Impression:
Machine Head – “Beyond the Pale” from Catharsis out January 26, 2018 through Nuclear Blast

Live Review:
Slow DeathCall of the VoidTrap Them (final show) on November 12, 2017 at Sonia in Cambridge, MA

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Repeat Offenders

As much as we love finding new artists, we also love following ones we’ve found already. Well, this week is chock full of those bands, all but one of which we have reviewed multiple times before.  We haven’t loved all the previous output either, so get listening to see if we think these are the latest and greatest.

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Reviews:
Ne Obliviscaris – Urn (Season of Mist)
Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black (Metal Blade)
All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal (Southern Lord)
Savage Messiah – Hands of Fate (Century Media)

First Impression:
Old Wounds – “Only Your Enemies Leave Roses” new single

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Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One…

A podcast reviews a few albums, and none of the metallic styles of the albums are similar, but there is one that is way different than the others.  When they reviewed, the number ratings are pretty close to each other, if not the same.  There’s also a review of a single that doesn’t get played during the show.  How did you not stop me?  You must be new because this should sound very familiar.

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Reviews:
The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers (Metal Blade)
36 Crazyfists – Lanterns (Spinefarm)
SoundingTrepanation (Dark Trail)

First Impression:
All Pigs Must Die – “Hostage Animal” from Hostage Animal out October 27, 2017 through Southern Lord

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Mad Skillz

This weeks metallic mix is brought to you by bands who all have exemplary skills,  Aside from the instruments they are paying, that is about all they have in common because their styles are drastically different…which is how we like to roll around here.

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Reviews:
ArchspireRelentless Mutation (Season of Mist)
Caligula’s HorseIn Contact (Inside Out)
Neck of the WoodsThe Passenger (Basick)

First Impression:
Sinsaenum – “Ashes” from Ashes EP out November 10th from earMUSIC

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Just Different Enough

Don’t you just love when an album is immediate?  When it is familiar, yet still fresh?  When it plays on some of your favorite things without sounding exactly like something you have heard before?  If you answered “no” to any of these questions, just come back for 313.

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Reviews:
Comeback KidOutsider (Nuclear Blast)
DyscarnateWith All Their Might (Unique Leader)
EndThe Unforgiving Arms of God (Good Fight)

First Impression:
Vespera – “Obsidian Dreams” single

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