Skeletonwitch

Alright, since this is going up really late, I’ll keep this short. We have four brandy new albums with four cool-ass songs to go with them.  We also have two live reviews from Brian’s recent ventures into NYC.  All that info is below. Get listening!  (And sorry for the slackin’ in postin’.)

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Reviews: Behemoth – The Satanist (Metal Blade); Exmortus – Slave to the Sword (Prosthetic); Grand Magus – Triumph and Power (Nuclear Blast); Junius – Days of the Fallen Sun (Prosthetic)

Live Reviews: “World Construct Tour” feat. Dark Tranquillity, Omnium Gatherum, Exmortus @ Stage 48, New York, NY on February 3, 2014; “Deceiver of the Gods Tour” feat. Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Skeletonwitch @ Irving Plaza, New York, NY on February 4, 2014

(During the Junius review, I (Brian) believe I stated that the EP would not be released on CD.  That information is not correct.   It is available on limited edition vinyl, CD, or digital download.)

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It’s that time! Time for Brian and Nick to share their top albums for 2013!  And this year, there are more than ever!  After individually making lists of more than 20 albums (beyond 20 was largely undecided when they worked on the collective list), the combined lists brought a Top 25!! There were so many great albums this year, it was hard not make a list this long.  Realistically, it should be even longer because there are even more great albums that didn’t make the cut because of math, but there was just not enough time (and energy) to go further.

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So, without further delay, here is The Sideshow Podcast’s Top 25 Albums of 2013!  Feel free to discuss and debate (and leave your own lists) in the comments.

  1. Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord)
  2. Byzantine – Byzantine (independent)
  3. Norma JeanWrongdoers (Razor & Tie)
  4. Nero Di MarteNero Di Marte (Prosthetic)
  5. AmorphisCircle (Nuclear Blast)
  6. Dead Letter CircusThe Catalyst Fire (The End)
  7. The OceanPelagial (Metal Blade)
  8. SkeletonwitchSerpents Unleashed (Prosthetic)
  9. CarcassSurgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
  10. TesseracTAltered State (Century Media)
  11. Dark TranquilityConstruct (Century Media)
  12. Protest The HeroVolition (Razor & Tie)
  13. DisperseLiving Mirrors (Season of Mist)
  14. Bring Me the HorizonSempiternal (Epitaph)
  15. UnhumanUnhuman (independent)
  16. SoilworkThe Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast)
  17. AnciientsHeart of Oak (Season of Mist)
  18. Audrey HorneYoungblood (Napalm)
  19. The Dillinger Escape PlanOne of Us is the Killer (Party Smasher/Sumerian)
  20. LunarseaHundred Light Years (Punishment 18)
  21. EnshineOrigin (Rain Without End)
  22. Man Must DiePeace Was Never an Option (Lifeforce)
  23. Weekend NachosStill (Relapse)
  24. DevilDriverWinter Kills (Napalm)
  25. Old GodsStylized Violence (Forge Again)

Guess who made it back from last week?  Nick and Brian!  Oh, and Kyle too.  At full strength for two weeks in a row, we are bringing a jam-packed episode, including: 1 live review (complete with Brian fumbling over himself out of the gate), 2 brief appearances from future guest host Ryan Keough, 3 hosts, 4 album reviews, 5 first impressions, and 6 songs for your listening pleasure.

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Reviews: Born of Osiris – Tomorrow We Die Alive (Sumerian); DevilDriver – Winter Kills (Naplam); Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth (Nuclear Blast); Watain – The Wild Hunt (Century Media)

First Impressions:

Skeletonwitch – “Burned from Bone” (in DB) from Serpents Unleashed out 10/29 via Prosthetic
Nine Inch Nails – “Copy of A” from Hesitation Marks out 9/3 via Universal
Anti-Mortem – “Words of Wisdom” from forthcoming debut via Nuclear Blast Entertainment
Trivium – “Strife” from Vengeance Falls out 10/15 via RoadRunner
Katatonia – “The One You are Looking for is Not Here” from Dethroned and Uncrowned out 9/10 via Kscope

What’s up freaks?  Nick here.  We’re going to be doing a full concert wrap up coming up on Episode 53, but I wanted to just take a minute to recap the epic weekend that your tireless hosts had this past weekend.

Friday night Brian came up to MA and we headed out to the Epic Kings and Idols tour (Stolen Babies, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, and Devin Townsend) at the Worcester Palladium.  We’ll do a band-by-band breakdown later, but suffice it to say, it was excellent.  Most importantly, we had the opportunity to talk to Stolen Babies and setup an interview that we will be recording just before their new album Naught sees its official hard-copy release.  The album is available digitally now.  Go get it!

Saturday we met up with everyone’s favorite punching bag Kyle and a few friends from our college radio days and had a sweet paintball battle.  See Boondock Saints photo. 

Lastly, we wrapped up the weekend with a Skeletonwitch, Havok, and Early Graves tour that came through my neck of the woods and stopped in at The Waterfront Tavern in Holyoke, MA.  Another great show, and a thrashtastic way to wind down the weekend.  We took advantage of the small venue and lack of backstage area to introduce ourselves to the bands and work on setting up a couple interviews.  Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for those and a few other changes that we have in the works for year two!

We’ve got some other changes coming along to improve the show as we enter our second year, but we’re always open to your input and suggestions.  Feel free to leave ideas on our Twitter, Facebook, or right here in the comments!

Extreme Mosh Makeover: SIDESHOW Edition

Much like the NFL, the electoral college, and Hostess, concerts are a time-honored tradition on the verge of ruin. The camaraderie that initially drew us into the scene and the unspoken set of rules governing behavior has completely eroded. We here at The SIDESHOW Podcast felt forced to act, not just for ourselves but for the benefit of future generations. Thus, we definitively inscribed and enacted a list of commandments to ensure proper Concert Etiquette. We present them now for your approval:

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