River Black

Getting Into Gear

Among the album reviews, First Impression, and live review we have for you this week, Nick and I had a little sidebar chat about headphones.  We mention our gear sometimes but, after an experience this week, we felt the need to stress the importance of decent personal listening equipment.  We hope you enjoy the talk (and feel free to participate via comments) but if you really don’t care, I will take this time to remind you that we include chapter skips.

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Reviews:
Byzantine The Cicada Tree (Metal Blade)
Desultory Through Aching Aeons (Pulverised Records)
River Black River Black (Season of Mist)

First Impression:
Arch Enemy – “The World is Yours” from Will to Power out September 8th through Century Media

Live Review:
ChevelleBlack Map, and Dinosaur Pile-Up at Irving Plaza in New York City, NY on July 11, 2017

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Nothing Wrong with Tradition

If you are to look into it, you can find the original, archetypal style for all sub-genres of Rock and Metal (or any other genre, really).  Those foundations are built upon to create new sounds, styles, and ultimately new sub-genres, but there will always be bands playing that original sound.  this week, we discuss a few of those bands.

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Reviews:
Royal Thunder – Wick (Spinefarm)
Craven Idol The Shackles of Mammon (Dark Descent)
Satan’s Hallow Satan’s Hallow

First Impressions:
River Black – “Low” from River Black out July 7th from Season of Mist

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