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Baby Steps

Last week, we talked a bit about how bands evolve using old influences, or how they just devolve. This week, we inadvertently talk about band evolution and growth again, but from a different angle: taking small steps.  Small steps would seem safer, right?  They can be, but it still does not always work in a band’s favor.  Just listen to the show and you’ll get it.

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Reviews:
Dust Bolt Mass Confusion (Napalm)
Silent Planet – Everything was Sound (Solid State)
Circle of Contempt – Structures for Creation

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Three’s Company…or Three’s a Crowd…

This week’s show follows a very similar trend to last week’s: there’s some awesome 5 (chaos)star releases, there  is one utter disappointment, and the rest fall in between.  Kinda strange how that worked out. There is one major difference this week, but it is obvious enough that I don’t need to explain it to you here.

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Reviews:
The Ongoing Concept Handmade (Solid State)
iwrestledabearonce Hail Mary (Artery)
Wilson – Right to Rise (Razor & Tie)
Witch of the Waste – Made of Teeth (independent)
Neck of the Woods – Neck of the Woods (independent)

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What is Old is New, What is New is Old…

First things first…
CORRECTION: In the Tesseract review we note that Scala was only mixed in stereo.  This is incorrect; it is mixed in 5.1 surround. After recording, we realized that the equipment we were using was not set up properly. Also, the 5.1 sounds awesome.
Moving on…
While out mix of bands we cover is usually pretty interesting (read: varied), I noticed something else interesting this time in said variation.  The first reviewed band is newer, pushing a newer sound.  The next is rocking out with a sound older than them.  The third came originally started in a now-transformed scene, came back together after a split and mixed their original sound with a little influence from the new generation. The last decided to rehash an old scene from their homeland.  So…how much new music are we really getting? Just chew on that for a sec…

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Reviews:
Tesseract Odyssey/Scala (Century Media)
Valkyrie Shadows (Relapse)
Haste the Day Coward (Solid State)
Entrails – Obliteration (Metal Blade)

First Impressions:
Cattle Decapitation – “Manufactured Extinct” taken from The Anthropocene Extinction due August 7, 2015 from Metal Blade

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Sometimes landing scores in the middle doesn’t necessarily mean the album was just average.  Maybe it means some of it is awesome and some of it was not as inspired.  That is something discussed repeatedly by one of the hosts on this episode.  The other takes a more broad stance on his reviews, but in the end, they come to meet in the same place quite often.

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Reviews: Demon Hunter Extremist (Solid State); Hark – Crystalline (Season of Mist); MenaceImpact Velocity (Season of Mist); Savage Messiah The Fateful Dark (Earache/Century Media)

Preview: Arch Enemy – “War Eternal” from War Eternal out June 10th on Century Media

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