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Agree to Disagree

The show is in rare form this week.  Your normally agreeable hosts did not give any of this week’s albums the same rating.  Did we greatly disagree on any of them?  Did we fight over these albums?  Well, all of your questions will be answered once you listen to the episode.

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Reviews:
Kvelertak Nattesferd (Roadrunner)
Hatebreed The Concrete Confessional (Nuclear Blast)
Grand Magus – Sword Songs (Nuclear Blast)
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We Have Those Droids You’re Looking For!

We also have some other releases you may be looking for! Before you go taking them from us, you should hear us out and see if they really are ones you want.  I promise we won’t be pulling some mind trick BS…we’re not that good.

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Reviews:
Killswitch Engage Incarnate (Roadrunner)
Gadget – The Great Destroyer (Relapse)
Droids Attack Sci-Fi or Die (Riff Reaper)

First Impressions:
Dead Empires – “True Believer”, new single recorded with Kurt Ballou at Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston, MA
Slugdge – “Slave Goo World” from forthcoming new album out later this year on Willowtip
Polar – “Tidal Waves and Hurricanes” from No Cure, No Saviour out May 6th from Prosthetic

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Rock is Not Dead, but Maybe Nu-Metal Should Be

Despite Marilyn Manson’s proclamation in 1998, Rock is not dead.  It just kind of went into hiding.  Rock hid in the underground, and also holed up with some other sub-genres…which it started doing way before 1998. Anyway, another thing that largely went into hiding only to rear it’s head again is Nu-Metal.  While we have presented a few exceptions on this here podcast, we have probably given more examples as to why Nu-Metal should have stayed hidden.  Unfortunately, we have an argument for the latter again this week.  Oh, and we have some first impressions to discuss too, so if you are still reading this, hopefully you have started the show already.

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Reviews:
Entombed A.D. Dead Dawn (Century Media)
Bombus
Repeat Until Death (Century Media)
American Head Charge Tango Umbrella (Napalm)

First Impressions:
Kvelertak – “1985” from Nattesford, out May 13th from Roadrunner Records
Skeletonwitch – “Well of Despair”, a new single out now with a new EP due this summer
Aborted – “Retrogore” from Retrogore, out April 22nd from Century Media

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The Coyote Caught Up

Based on our own assumptions that have just about no basis whatsoever, it appears that when a bigger label signs a small, up-and-coming act, another existing act has to sellout so they can make that money back for the smaller band.  Yeah, I know that is (probably) complete BS, but it is one way to justify our lead review this week.  But stick around for the other reviews (and music) because it definitely gets better from there.

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Reviews:
Trivium Silence in the Snow (Roadrunner)
Wild Throne Harvest of Darkness (Roadrunner)
Black Breath Slaves Beyond Death (Southern Lord)
The Arcane Order Cult of None (Massacre)

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