The Contortionist

Eight Bands, One Episode

It has been a while, but your hosts saw the same tour!  Sure, we didn’t go together, but it still allows us to do a live review!  We do that in addition to three album reviews and a First Impression, so you best get started.

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Reviews:
Mastodon – Emperor of Sound (Reprise)
Without Waves Lunar (Prosthetic)
Woe Hope Attrition (Vendetta)

First Impressions:
Mutoid Man– “Melt Your Mind” from War Moans out June 2nd from Sargent House

Live Review:
The Sonic Unrest Tour II  featuring Infinity ShredNorma JeanThe Contortionist, and Periphery

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The title of this episode is a bit of a generalization, but in one way or another, all the albums we covered the week missed the mark.  That’s not to say they were bad…it just means that in some aspect, they didn’t quite reach the excellence they could have or maybe meant to.  The opinion of what that aspect is, however, is a little different depending on which host you ask.  And you just said, “Wait, Nick and Brian disagreed on something?”  Yes, we did!  A little bit.  I wouldn’t get to excited if I were you, but yeah, it happened.  One of the times it happens this week is when decided to discuss Revolver’s 10 Essential Nu-Metal Albums.  Yeah, we went there…because we lived through it and own them all.  So do you (probably).  Don’t lie.

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Reviews:
Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain (Metal Blade)
The Contortionist – Language (eOne/Good Fight)
Noctem – Exilium (Prosthetic)
Texas in July – Bloodwork (Equal Vision)

First Impressions:
Nero Di Marte – “Pulsar” from Derivae out 10/28 thru Prosthetic
Revocation – “Madness Opus” from Deathless out 10/14 thru Metal Blade

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As you will probably notice listening to this week’s show, Kyle seems to think he has broken the space/time continuum, putting us a week ahead at episode 43.  But, alas, he does not have some special super power, and we are back at…well, currently at…42.   And, in this week’s episode, we managed to scrape up four brand new album reviews, hitting a few different metal stylings, including one we aren’t entirely sure we can still count as metal…not in a bad way though.   We also hit the G+ Spot and tell you about the future plans for the actual Episode 43, which will be all about the albums you asked us to check out. (Feel free to keep giving us more suggestions! We’ll keep going back to them for future episodes.)

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Reviews: Baroness – Yellow & Green ; Bury TomorrowThe Union of Crowns The Contortionist – Intrinsic; A Hero A Fake – The Future Again

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You gotta love Twitter.

Last week, before we even posted the first episode of The SIDESHOW Podcast (go download it on iTunes NOW), yours truly, the ROCK(jock), managed to piss off a band and alienate its entire fan base. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Our new listeners will quickly realize I love to be bombastic and in your face. Remember though, it’s all in good fun (usually) and we’re just trying to entertain you. It looks like it worked too because not only did I have a blast doing it but apparently you all enjoyed following it as well! Thanks to everyone who checked out @SIDESHOWPodcast on Twitter for our first ever live Tweeting/review session at last week’s Frak the Gods Tour stop at Gramercy Theatre here in NYC. Expect more of these soon.

For those of you who missed it–WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU?! Go! Head over to Twitter right now and follow @SIDESHOWPodcast for shenanigans like the ones below. That’s right–I’m awesome and won’t make you go fish out all the old Tweets. I’ve posted the entire transcript from last week’s live Tweeting session so you can experience for all the hilarity yourself–including my standoff with Stray From the Path. Boys–the offer still stands. Somebody needs to put me in my place!

NOTE: The Tweets go in reverse order (just as they would appear in your Twitter feed) and feature no time stamps. This is also completely unedited, hence why the Tweets sometimes appear out of the order they were intended. Once we get a handle on this whole, newfangled “blogging” thing, we’ll try being a little less ghetto and do a proper live blogging session from a show. But for now, you’ll enjoy it this way and be happy to have it.

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