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Repeat Offenders

While this certainly isn’t the first time this has happened, it has been a while since all four reviewed album came from bands that have been discussed on the show previously.  Over that time, the bands may (or may not) have changed, for better or worse.  Your hosts’ tastes have definitely changed some too, also for better or worse.  So, what happens when this all comes together?  Well, go find out…

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Reviews:
Enshine Singularity (Rain Without End)
Gorod A Maze of Recycled Creeds (Unique Leader)
Grave Out of Respect for the Dead (Century Media)
Hatchet 
Fear Beyond Lunacy (The End)
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Brick By Boring Brick

To be clear – the episode is NOT boring! Your hosts just separately opine that some of the music could have been a little more interesting.  That doesn’t mean you should skip anything…you might like it!  You might think one of us is wrong and want to irrationally argue with the “wrong” host in the comments! There is fun to be had here, even if we didn’t think it was in the music.

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Reviews:
Dead Letter Circus – Aesthesis (The End)
Soulfly Archangel (Nuclear Blast)
Krisiun Forged in Fury (Century Media)
Divides Brokentooth (independent)

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It’s that time! Time for Brian and Nick to share their top albums for 2013!  And this year, there are more than ever!  After individually making lists of more than 20 albums (beyond 20 was largely undecided when they worked on the collective list), the combined lists brought a Top 25!! There were so many great albums this year, it was hard not make a list this long.  Realistically, it should be even longer because there are even more great albums that didn’t make the cut because of math, but there was just not enough time (and energy) to go further.

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So, without further delay, here is The Sideshow Podcast’s Top 25 Albums of 2013!  Feel free to discuss and debate (and leave your own lists) in the comments.

  1. Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord)
  2. Byzantine – Byzantine (independent)
  3. Norma JeanWrongdoers (Razor & Tie)
  4. Nero Di MarteNero Di Marte (Prosthetic)
  5. AmorphisCircle (Nuclear Blast)
  6. Dead Letter CircusThe Catalyst Fire (The End)
  7. The OceanPelagial (Metal Blade)
  8. SkeletonwitchSerpents Unleashed (Prosthetic)
  9. CarcassSurgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
  10. TesseracTAltered State (Century Media)
  11. Dark TranquilityConstruct (Century Media)
  12. Protest The HeroVolition (Razor & Tie)
  13. DisperseLiving Mirrors (Season of Mist)
  14. Bring Me the HorizonSempiternal (Epitaph)
  15. UnhumanUnhuman (independent)
  16. SoilworkThe Living Infinite (Nuclear Blast)
  17. AnciientsHeart of Oak (Season of Mist)
  18. Audrey HorneYoungblood (Napalm)
  19. The Dillinger Escape PlanOne of Us is the Killer (Party Smasher/Sumerian)
  20. LunarseaHundred Light Years (Punishment 18)
  21. EnshineOrigin (Rain Without End)
  22. Man Must DiePeace Was Never an Option (Lifeforce)
  23. Weekend NachosStill (Relapse)
  24. DevilDriverWinter Kills (Napalm)
  25. Old GodsStylized Violence (Forge Again)

Coming off their sugar highs from excessive trick-or-treating and subsequent binge eating of candy, your host have a collection of treats for you this week in the shape of four new albums reviews and five new songs for your listening pleasure.  Yeah, that’s right, this episode has a super-secret hidden bonus track!  Ok…it’s just at the end of the show; we didn’t go for the ‘trick’.  You’re welcome.

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Reviews: Dead Letter Circus – The Catalyst Fire (The End); East of the Wall – Redaction Artifacts (Translation Loss); Inquisition – Obscure Verses For The Multiverse (Season Of Mist); Kataklysm – Waiting for the End to Come (Nuclear Blast)

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When we were done recording Episode 106 last week, we realized that not a whole hell of a lot was coming out this week.  Making the matter worse, there weren’t really any artists we recognized from the previous week or two.  So, being the dedicated bunch we are, we combed through a whole bunch of music on the release list, sampling bits and pieces of random albums, to pick out stuff we thought we (and you) might enjoy. This episode is the result of that experiment, and despite only having previous knowledge of one band we review this week, it went rather well…if we do say so ourselves.

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Reviews: Crossfaith – Apocalyze (The End); Enabler – Flies EP (independent); Herrschaft – Les 12 Vestiges (Code 666); Vorna – Ajastaika (Inverse); Vulture Industries – The Tower (Season of Mist)