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Crabcore and the Effect of Expectations

Our first two releases this week come in as sort of different sides to the same coin.  Bodom are coming off an album that we praised and thought was getting close to a return to form.  Sevendust, however, are coming off an album that we thought (apparently in the minority) was lackluster.  So, with varying hopes and exceptions, what do we think of the new ones?  Well, listen, and we’ll tell you!  ALSO!!  Mr. M. Clancey joins us for the Fit for an Autopsy review, so make sure you stay for that too!

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Reviews:
Children of Bodom I Worship Chaos (Nuclear Blast)
Sevendust Kill the Flaw (7Bros)
Fit for an Autopsy Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell (eOne)
Kowloon Walled City
Grievances (Neurot)

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We have a mixed bag of releases this week.  What makes that different than most every other week?  Well, nothing really.  Though, we do finally have some 2015 releases to talk about!  So, that’s different than the last few weeks, I guess.  It’s more like getting back to normal…or whatever.  Just listen.

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Reviews:
Falloch – This Island, Our Funeral (Candlelight)
The Last Ten Seconds of Life – Soulless Hymns (Density)
Septa – Destroyer and Covers, Vol. 1 (self-released)
Sylosis Dormant Heart (Nuclear Blast)

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This is it, freaks!  Our Top 20 Albums of 2014!  We all know lists are super subjective and semi-bullshit, but they at least make for good conversation/argument and give you some idea of albums that should be worth your time.  Also, we are review show…we kinda have to do it.

This time, though, we went strictly with our guts.  We each did one draft of our lists before combining them to the final one. No nitpicking and arguing “objectivity” with ourselves.  No giving a shit if placing X higher than Y was trve or kvlt.  What you see is an honest reaction to going over all  200+ albums we reviewed and picking what we liked best.  Obviously our individual lists were longer – and surprisingly diverse considering how many times Nick and I give things the same ratings – but we are both quite pleased with the final rundown.  Maybe we’ll share those personal lists later, but for now, get listening then leave us comments telling us how wrong we are so we can tell you you’re probably right, but argue anyway.

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Coming off last week’s high, we continue covering the release from the end of October.  Hell, I think we are going to be mixing some of those in for the next two weeks. Don’t quote me on that, though. Anyway, while – spoiler alerts – we don’t have the same perfect game, it’s certainly a solid win.  So, I hope you haven’t spent all of your disposable income just yet – you’re going to need some.

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Reviews:
Abysmal Dawn Obsolescence (Relapse)
Bloodshot Dawn – Demons (independent)
Dawnbringer Night of the Hammer (Profound Lore)
Devin Townsend Z2 (InsideOut/Century Media)

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