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Lucky Number Seven

We hit another milestone!  Seven years straight of a couple of Metal fans sharing their thoughts on new Metal albums.  Sure, not all of them have been posted “on time,” but for 364 weeks in a row we have posted episodes, working around natural disasters, vacations, and commitments to our actual jobs..  And this is about as much special attention as this is gonna get.

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Korpiklaani Kulkija (Nuclear Blast)
Krisiun Scourge of the Enthroned (Century Media)
SkyharborSunshine Dust (eOne/Good Fight)

 

Colorado
Spit Black

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At Long Lasting Impression

This week marks the return of First Impressions! I know you’re excited…stop trying to hide it. While we may have dropped an album review to fit in the previews, we compensate by playing SEVEN songs this episode!  So, it all balances out in the end.

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Reviews:
Amorphis Under the Red Cloud (Nuclear Blast)
Ramming Speed No Epitaphs (Prosthetic)
Axis Show Us Your Greed (Good Fight)

First Impressions:
Skyharbor – “Out of Time”, new single out now
Parkway Drive – “Crushed” from Ire out 9/25 from Epitaph
40 Below Summer – “Mangina” from Transmission Infrared out independently on 10/6
Trivium – “Until the World Goes Cold” from Silence in the Snow out 10/2 from Roadrunner
Horrendous – “Sum of All Failures” from Anareta out 10/27 from Dark Descent
Baroness – “Chlorine & Wine” from Purple out 12/18 from Relapse

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We’ve discussed this a few times on the show:  growth vs. transformation, “going back to our roots” vs. regressing, consistent vs. stale. Some bands start as heroes but live long enough to see themselves become the villain, so to speak.  Some pull a Darth Vader and find their way back. (Am I being nerdy enough for you?) Others just stay stuck at 55 in the right line. Then there are the ones who amaze coming out of the gate, so now we have to see where they go, if anywhere. This week’s reviews inadvertently became a study of these ideas, so get listening and share your thoughts in the comments!

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Reviews:
Ghost Brigade IV: One With the Storm (Season of Mist)
Machine HeadBloodstone and Diamonds (Nuclear Blast)
Skyharbor – Guiding Lights (Basick)
Soen Tellurian (Spinefarm)
Toothgrinder – Schizophrenic Jubilee (Spinefarm)

Live Review:
MegaDeaf Tour 2014: Part Deux featuring He Is LegendMaylene and the Sons of Disaster, and Wounds at Webster Theater Underground in Hartford, CT on November 11, 2014

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If you aren’t the kind of Metal-head who likes a little bit of everything, you are going to find yourself using chapter skip a lot this episode. However, since you are listening to this show, we would be inclined to assume you are that kind of Metal-head, in which case, we have you covered.  From hellish soundtracks to folkiness to progressive to pirates, we just happen to touch on about as many heavy music styles as we can within the span of an episode between out new album reviews and First Impressions.  It may get a little jarring…but you have been warned.

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Reviews: The Atlas Moth The Old Believer (Profound Lore); Equilibrium – Erdentempel (Nuclear Blast); Septicflesh – Titan (Prosthetic); Vanna – Void (Pure Noise)

First Impressions:
Alestorm – “Drink” from Sunset of the Golden Age out August 5th thru Napalm
Eluveitie – “King” from Origins out August 5th thru Nuclear Blast
He Is Legend – “Miserable Company” from Heavy Fruit out August 19th thru Tragic Hero
DragonForce – “The Game” from Maximum Overload out August 19th thru Metal Blade
In Flames – “Through Oblivion” from Siren Charms out September 9 thru Sony/RED
Skyharbor – “Evolution” from forthcoming, crowdfunded album via Basick Records

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Kyle gets back in the saddle this week to reveal our official list of proper concert etiquette.  This is something we have mentioned doing in past episodes, but in the last couple of weeks, your hosts have attended a couple of shows where we got to observe the happenings more closely and finalize this list.  These shows include Fair To Midland and Dead Letter Circus, as well as The Black Dahlia Murder’s headlining run, which are both reviewed in this episode.  This list, which should be followed by you…yeah, I’m talking to you…and everybody else will be posted on this site for reference and modification, if need be. Oh, and we also review some new albums and talk about other heavy-music related things, per usual, AND we reveal the winner our Jeff Loomis album giveaway!

Reviews: DragonForce – The Power WithinWith Knives – Schadenfreude; Skyharbor – Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos
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