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Mostly Comfortable

All of this week’s bands are seem pretty comfortable in their own skin.  We found, however, a couple need to shed their skin and grow, one is growing just fine, another is in a possible confused puberty stage, while yet another may be regressing in a way that is making us uncomfortable. To further this forced theme of comfort, make sure you listen to Nick’s live review for some, um, interesting moments at Trap Them’s last show.

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Reviews:
Toothgrinder – Phantom Amore (Spinefarm)
Axis Shift (Good Fight)
Cloak – To Venomous Depths (Season of Mist)
Glasslands – Pariah

First Impression:
Machine Head – “Beyond the Pale” from Catharsis out January 26, 2018 through Nuclear Blast

Live Review:
Slow DeathCall of the VoidTrap Them (final show) on November 12, 2017 at Sonia in Cambridge, MA

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Listapaloozamania Ends Now!

Merry Christmas freaks!  It’s been an, uh, interesting year.  We sincerely thank each and every one of you who listen to this podcast and support us in any way.  It is a fair amount of work, but even more fun, and it means a lot that we have all of you enjoying it! So thanks again being with us in 2016, and we look forward to a (hopefully better) 2017!  And now, enjoy our top albums of the year!!

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P.S.  As you heard last week, in this episode and may have read in comments recently, Nick and I overlooked a few releases when talking about Most Disappointing, Best Debut, etc. You should know by now we aren’t always the sharpest crayons in the box. Well, adding to that list, we neglected to mention an EP we both enjoyed – Welcome to Poetry 201 by The Nietzsche. (Check out our 4 star review HERE if you missed it.) Sorry about that guys! 

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What’s Thick, Heavy, and Feels Oh So Good?

Answer – the production on 3/4 of what we cover this week.
Anyway, last week we previewed a new Trap Them song and then commented we can hopefully review the album soon.  Well guess what? We can and we did. In addition to that, we have (spoiler alert) another awesome album…and one that missed the mark worse than a Stormtrooper. The new Car Bomb song almost makes up for it though.

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Reviews:
Exalt The Shape You Took Before the Ache (Good Fight)
Trap Them Crown Feral (Prosthetic)
Of Mice & Men – Cold World (Rise)

First Impression:
Car Bomb – “Sets” from Meta out October 28th

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Going Above and Beyond

What do these three albums have in common? Well, not a hell of a lot besides guitars, bass, drums, and somebody doing vocals.  Two of them did “transcend” our expectations and the other has “transcend” in the name, so I guess that is kinda of a connection.  It’s not a great one, but it’s something!

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Reviews:
Norma Jean Polar Similar (Solid State)
The Devin Townsend Project Transcendence (Inside Out)
Virvum Illuminance

First Impression:
Trap Them – “Revival Spines” from Crown Feral out September 23th from Prosthetic Records

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We have been telling you about all these new songs we should be doing First Impressions of for weeks, but we had been otherwise preoccupied with, well, life to get to them.  So, this week we finally get our shit together and cover some!  Turns out there were enough new songs since the last show to do six this segment. Well, there were more but we only get to six of them because of the four albums we review this week.  However we do get to play half of those First Impressions for you as well as something from each album we review, so that should keep you freaks busy for a while.

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Reviews: Bury Tomorrow Runes (Nuclear Blast); Enabler – La Fin Absolue Du Monde (The Compound/Creator Destructor); Sabaton – Heroes (Nuclear Blast); Trap Them – Blissfucker (Prosthetic)

First Impressions:
Septicflesh – “Prototype” from Titan out June 28 thru Prosthetic
Origin – “All Things Dead” from Omnipresent out July 8 thru Nuclear Blast
Threat Signal – “Nostalgia” pre-production demo from forthcoming album
Goatwhore – “FBS” from Constricting Rage of the Merciless out July 8 thru Metal Blade
Fallujah – “Sapphire” from The Flesh Prevails out July 22 thru Unique Leader
Entombed A.D. – “Bedlam Attack” from Back to the Front out August 5 thru Century Media

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