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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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This past Friday here in America was Independence Day, so many of us attended BBQs and parties this weekend, and many of those attendees probably partied a little too hard because ‘Murica (the guy writing this included). Well, come to think of it, many of you not in America may have done the same thing because it was Saturday night and you didn’t need a reason.  Either way, to help get you through the fun morning after, we have four new album reviews (three of which with music) and six First Impressions (two songs played) that we actually go through quickly! Honest!  There are also a few little news bits in there and the usual fun banter you have come to know and love.

Also, I swear it is coincidence that it is Fourth of July Weekend and the one album we disliked was by a British band.

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Reviews: Every Time I Die From Parts Unknown (Epitaph); The Hell – Groovehammer (Prosthetic); Inanimate Existence – A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement (Unique Leader); Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun (Reprise)

First Impressions:
Overkill – “Armorist” from White Devil Armory out July 22nd thru Nuclear Blast
Darkest Hour – “Wasteland” from Darkest Hour out August 5th thru Sumerian
Pallbearer – “The Ghost I Used To Be” from Foundations of Burden out August 19th thru Profound Lore
Code Orange – “I Am King” from I Am King out September 2nd thru Deathwish
Cannibal Corpse – “Sadistic Embodiment” from A Skeletal Domain out September 16th thru Metal Blade

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Some bands keep getting better as they age.  Some get to an apex, and then start going downhill. Others are just solid bands and don’t change too drastically between releases, for better or worse. Well, this week, though a few of these bands are still rather young, we have examples of all of those situations. It makes for some pleasant surprises, some not-so-pleasant surprises, and a couple of met-expectaitons, which we are perfectly happy with.  Those ambiguous descriptors don’t just apply to the new albums but also the live review and first impression covered in this brandy-new episode.

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Reviews: Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere (Profound Lore); Dust Bolt – Awake the Riot (Napalm); Structures – Life Through a Window (Sumerian); Vallenfyre – Splinters (Nuclear Blast)

First Impression: Every Time I Die – “Thirst” from From Parts Unknown out July 1st through Epitaph

Live Review: MastodonGojiraKvelertak @ Terminal 5 in New York, NY on May 15, 2014

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Soooooo I have been sitting here for 20 minutes and have nothing.  I guess it’s not my line… Enjoy the show!

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Reviews: Black Stone Cherry Magic Mountain (Roadrunner); Epica – The Quantum Enigma (Nuclear Blast); Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed (Nuclear Blast); Noneuclid – Metatheosis (Blood Music)

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Happy Mother’s Day! While we can’t say this episode is a tribute to mothers in any way, not all of us Metal-heads are hellspawn, so we would like to take this opportunity to wish our mothers and yours a wonderful day, and to thank them for all they have done and continue to do for us.

Now that we have that out of the way, we have four pretty sweet new albums for you this week, and music to go with all of them. Also, since we gave you a doozy of an episode last week, we kept this one a little more compact…but no less awesome (if we do say o ourselves).

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Reviews: Anti-Mortem – New Southern (Nuclear Blast); Archspire – The Lucid Collective (Season of Mist); Hour of Penance – Regicide (Prosthetic); Whitechapel – Our Endless War (Metal Blade)