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We Need to Start Having Better Closers

This is the third week in row that the closing review on this show is for an album (it turns out) we are now very fond of. This week, however, we have a hell of an opener, and no, it is not just because it is ETID.  Listen to the show and you’ll figure it out pretty quickly.

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Reviews:
Every Time I Die Low Teens (Epitaph)
Allegaeon Proponent for Sentience (Metal Blade)
The Agonist Five (Napalm)

First Impression:
Dark Tranquillity – “The Pitiless” taken from Atoma out November 4th from Century Media

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…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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A few weeks ago, The SIDESHOW started soliciting music from YOU!—our faithful Freaks. You’ll find a link at the top right corner of the site, entitled Contact Us. Click there and you can do two things. First, you can submit your music for review. Keep in mind, we won’t be able to even listen to everything submitted but the ones we do get a chance to check out and that catch our ear, we’ll feature in a segment from time to time, either here on the website or on the show itself. Hell, we may even do an interview! Second—and this is where you have the best chance for exposure—we want music submissions we can use on the show to spice things up a bit, whether it be to intro one of our segments and give us a little background music. By submitting your music, you give us the right to use it in any way we see fit but rest assured, all music that appears on the show or here on the website will be fully credited. We want this to be a mutually beneficial relationship and see it as a way to not only interact with our fans, but also to provide an outlet to talented acts that may otherwise never get the exposure they deserve.

As some incentive and proof that this actually works, to FINALLY fulfill a promise I made wayyyyy back in our post In Which We Started Our First Feud, and to pump you up for our interview with new Metal Blade act HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE—I present to you an offering from The SIDESHOW vault.

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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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R(j) 12:14pm – Post-concert showers are the best. That’s all for tonight kids. Don’t forget about Episode #5 THIS SUNDAY where I’m sure we’ll have much more to say about this evening.

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R(j) 11:11pm – Where have I been for the last hour-and-a-half of this (not) live blog? Watching this show transform from the strangest, oddest concert experience into one of the best shows of the year. It may be my last time at BB’s but it was just the first of MANY Chimaira shows. (Did I mention I was a Chimaira virgin?) Mark Hunter is the consummate frontman, with his cocky smile and crazy eyes. Rob Arnold looks like he’s having more fun than a Brian in Disney World. The entire band is laughing and cracking jokes in a way I’ve never seen another band feel so at home on stage–all way maintaining complete. Fucking. BRUTALITY. Seeing Chimaira fills your veins with black evil and makes you want to tear down the Empire State Building by yourself, piece by piece–and I mean that in the best possible way. The live blog may have been an epic fail but tonight was an unbelievable success for every person in that venue.

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