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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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Since doing our unintentional experiment of blindly trying out new bands (well, at least new to us) worked so well last week, we decided to give it another go this week.  As you may have noticed from the sidebar, our results were a bit more varied.  Why?  Well, get listening and you will find out soon enough.

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Reviews:
As We Draw – Mirages (Throatruiner)
Exalt – Pale Light (New Damage)
Orange Goblin – Back from the Abyss (Candlelight)
Rigor Mortis – Slaves to the Grave (independent)

Previews:
Black Map – “Chinaski” from …And We Explode out October 28th thru Minus Head
Sylosis – “Mercy” from Dormant Heart out January 12, 2015 thru Nuclear Blast

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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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