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(Dis)comfort Zone

It seems like oxymoronic to call any Metal music “comfortable”  but I think a lot of us find it comfortable and/or safe in number of ways.  When a band becomes comfortable or safe, though, that can be a good – like they found their “groove” – or bad – like they didn’t try hard enough.  All of this comes up with our reviews, to varying degrees, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

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Reviews:
Destrage The Chosen One (Metal Blade)
Idle Hands Mana (Eisenwald)
Employed to ServeEternal Forward Motion (Spinefarm)

Live Review:
Tech Trek IV featuring Archspire, Inferi, Virvum, and Wormhole at Once Ballroom in Boston, MA on May 25, 2019

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Sweet Home

Yeah, this is later than usual, but we threw in an extra review to compensate. Well, we are going to pretend that was the plan all along because it sounds better.

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EngelAbandon All Hope (Gain)
MicawberBeyond the Reach of the Flame (Prosthetic)
Rotten SoundSuffer to Abuse (Season of Mist)
UnfleshSavior

 

Alabama
Katabasis

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Checking Levels

We finally are doing another showcase!  Doesn’t anybody remember those?  Well, either way, we have treat for you this week amongst three more releases and our commentary on Decibel’s Top 40 list that we teased last week.

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Reviews:
Implore – Subjugate (Century Media)
Midnight Sweet Death and Ecstasy (Hell’s Headbangers)
Oblivion – The Path Towards… (Unique Leader)

(Side)Showcase: American Standards

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Season’s Beatings

Thanksgiving has past, so that means it is officially Christmas season.  (Unless you ask Nick, who wouldn’t give that day a “season” if he had the choice.) To get you in the mood for anxiously trying to find the right gift and possibly injuring another human to get a bargain TV, we reviewed some savage releases. Once you have that TV in your bloody hands, we have The Erkonauts for celebrating.

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Reviews:
Antigama – Depressant (Selfmadegod)
Impureza La Cadia De Tonatiuh (Season of Mist)
The Offering – The Offering (Century Media)
The Erkonauts – I Shall Forgive (Indie Recordings)
Wvrm – Can You Hear the Wind Howl*

Live Review:
Children of Bodom “20 Years Down & Dirty” Tour on November 24, 2017 at Playstation Theater in New York, NY

*Yes this was produced by Kurt Ballou

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