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Not the Strong Start We Hoped For

This week we have our first reviews of 2020 releases, and, as the title suggests, you can tell it is still January.  What we also have, though, is out brand new segment we are calling  “Black Label,” where every month, we will feature a record label!  this will introduce us – and therefore you – to a whole lot of new music.

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Reviews:
Midnight – Rebirth by Blasphemy (Metal Blade)
Haunt – Mind Freeze (Shadow Kingdom)
Odious Mortem – Synesthesia (Willowtip)

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Preemptive Strike

We decided to a get a jump on our regular January listening.  Instead of picking some random stuff to review, we looked at some year-end lists and picked some albums we missed from earlier this year.  Will any change our own pending year-end lists? Maybe…

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Reviews:
Spirit Adrift – Divided by Darkness (20 Buck Spin)
Devin Townsend – Empath (Inside Out)
Haunt If Icarus Could Fly (Shadow Kingdom)


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Feel the Power

When something is described as “Extreme Metal”, you probably think of grinding, brutal, violent Metal.  If that is one extreme, though, that means there is another.  That other is likely some form of Power Metal – epic, symphonic, and fantasy-driven. We don’t quite go to the far end of this extreme, but we wander down that path to bring you this week’s album reviews.

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Reviews:
Iced Earth – Incorruptible (Century Media)
Unleash the Archers Apex (Napalm)
Sunburst Fragments of Creation (Inner Wound)

First Impression:
The Erkonauts – “Seven Macaw” single from Indie Recordings

Live Review:
Sevendust 20th Anniversary show w/ He Is Legend, Never Your Zero, and New Theory at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ on June 22, 2017

Hey Look!  Brand New Music!

It took a few weeks, but we finally have some music that was released this year! We’ve been looking forward to one of these for a while too.  The others…well, we really weren’t familiar with them until about a week ago, so join us on this journey of musical discovery!

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Reviews:
Exmortus Ride Forth (Prosthetic)
The Lion’s Daughter Existence is Horror (Season of Mist)
Grieved – Grieved  (Prosthetic)

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Continuing last week’s exploration of shit we missed in 2014, we have four more choice cuts from various year end lists.  The difference is that this week, everything is rated higher overall.  Really, that’s good news for everybody involved…especially your hosts since we have to listen to it all.  Rounding out the show, we have our first live review of 2015 – which leads to a discussion about live production – and we discuss albums that will/might/we want to come out this year.

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Reviews:
Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall (Martyrdom Productions/Profound Lore)
Inferi – The Path of Apotheosis (The Artisan Era)
Midnight – No Mercy for Mayhem (Hell’s Headbangers)
Svffer Lies We Live (Per Koro Records/Vendetta)

Live Review: Dark TranquillityInsomniumWinter Nights @ Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY on January 4, 2015

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