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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)

Black Label:
Redefining Darkness Records

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)


Z is for

Zan

Fuck That Noise

One of these albums was so, uh, unpleasant that it spawned the title of the episode.  Fortunately, the rest of the show makes up for that album, but holy hell was that one bad.  Stop trying to guess which album I am referring to and just listen already.

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Reviews:
Meth. – Mother of Red Light (Prosthetic)
Crypt Sermon The Ruins of Fading Light (Dark Descent)
Snow Burial – Ostrava (Prosthetic)

R is for
Railgun

 

 

 

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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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Journal

 

 

 

 

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