Randy Blythe

…and by “sun” I mean Internet. Sorry—the irony of co-opting Crazy Uncle Randy’s lyrics for this purpose tickled me in a way that was just too good to pass up.

In all seriousness though, we may be a few days late but honestly? I personally didn’t even know about all this craziness until Monday. If anything, that’s a testament to how effective the Blackout was in making its point. It caused a noticeable disruption in my life. And if SOPA or PIPA pass, it will do the same to you.

That’s why we here at The SIDESHOW Podcast are in full support of a free and open Internet. And it’s why you should be to. Educate yourself with the wealth of information below and then get in touch with your Congressperson, either by email or phone. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy the more visceral experience calling the power hungry, greedy morons your fellow Americans elected and telling them off by phone. It’s way more metal.

-R(j)

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Take note Washington. THIS is how compromise works.

In Episode #4, I challenged Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe to a Twitter war. Days later, I declared the war over after he clearly waved the white flag. Apparently, I spoke too soon…

Below you’ll find a transcript of the entire conversation (edited only for format and clarity) between the man I once lovingly referred to as Crazy Uncle Randy. You’ll see we took some soft jabs at one another at first and that while I still disagree with Randy on a number of issues–including the the benefits of downloading and the quality of new music–the “war” ended without ever firing a shot. In another triumph for social media, we had a mutually respectful and candid exchange of ideas, one that could not have happened without the help of technology. Not only did it introduce The SIDESHOW to thousands of potential new Freaks, but it also allowed fans to see a side of Randy Blythe he hadn’t revealed since he began his one-man assault on Twitter two months ago–and that’s something I happen to be very proud of.

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Brian and Kyle discuss the strange Chimaira show, we wrap up the shortest war ever fought, and talk about some great new albums that came out this week.

REVIEWS: Junius – Reports From The Threshold Of Death; Black Tusk – Set The Dial; Uneven Structure – Februus

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*BREAKING NEWS* Apparently, Randy Blythe listens to The SIDESHOW Podcast!

The ROCK(jock) declared war on the Lamb of God frontman on last Sunday’s Episode #4 (Hear for yourself!) after Crazy Uncle Randy spent all of September spamming Twitter with his #InsaneProclamations, which included denying the Internet’s obvious hand in Lamb of God’s success and inexplicably attacking The PRP (we support our fellow metal bloggers) for doing its job.

I had LOTS of ammunition, from Mr. Twitter himself complaining about spending too much time on the Interwebs to Randy lamenting the lack of innovation in metal right now and how that doesn’t quite seem to jive with the quality of the last two Lamb of God records–not to mention the fact that bands must try harder than ever to differentiate themselves and create new niches in an already oversaturated marketplace.

Before I could dig out from Snowpocalypse 2011 and fire off my first shot on Twitter, look at what magically appeared in my inbox.

The ROCK(jock) challenges Crazy Uncle Randy to go Twit-for-tat on Episode #4 and less than 24 hours after posting, Lamb of God teases new material that sounds more innovative than anything they’ve phoned in over the last half decade. Coincidence? I think not.

ROCK(jock) 1. World 0.