The SIDESHOW is a constantly evolving hydra. Every time you take something away–whether it be hosts or radio towers–we find new and heavier ways to fulfill our mission statement–bringing you the best (and worst) music to make your ears bleed. It’s been that way for almost a decade. It’s who we are and it’s what we do. Today, we slay another head so three news ones can spring forth from the depths and assault all your metal needs better than ever before.

First, allow me to state the obvious–we’re not a metal news site. A ton of those already exist on the Interweb and do it far better than we ever could. We don’t talk about news that much on the show either because, well, there’s not much time for it in the fleeting moments between arguments. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot to say about all the interesting stuff going.

Another obvious fact–a lot of people use Facebook. I don’t know why, but they do and our lack of presence there means we deprive a large chunk of the world of our infinite wisdom.

That’s why, after weeks of talking, we’ve finally relaunched our Facebook page to bludgeon both these birds with one nuclear bomb of metal.

Facebook will be a one stop shop for of all The SIDESHOW Podcast’s online shenanigans. It will feature all the posts from our central location at, all of our Tweets–which you’ll start seeing at more regular and frequent intervals–and most importantly, all the news fit to post from our favorite metal news outlets across the post-Apocalyptic wasteland that is the Internet. That will come courtesy of our new G+ account, which you can follow over at Or, better yet, just keep up with EVERYTHING we do on Facebook. That’s what it’s there for.

More importantly, these are three new and improved ways for YOU to make your voice heard. We may drive this crazy train, but you’re the ones steering it and we want to hear from you. Post on Facebook, share us on G+, Tweet back on Twitter, or leave a comment on No matter where you scream, we will hear it.

2012 may not be our 10th Anniversary just yet as I erroneously Tweeted a while back, but we intend on keeping our promise to make it the Year of The SIDESHOW. Join us in the mosh pit.

Take note Washington. THIS is how compromise works.

In Episode #4, I challenged Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe to a Twitter war. Days later, I declared the war over after he clearly waved the white flag. Apparently, I spoke too soon…

Below you’ll find a transcript of the entire conversation (edited only for format and clarity) between the man I once lovingly referred to as Crazy Uncle Randy. You’ll see we took some soft jabs at one another at first and that while I still disagree with Randy on a number of issues–including the the benefits of downloading and the quality of new music–the “war” ended without ever firing a shot. In another triumph for social media, we had a mutually respectful and candid exchange of ideas, one that could not have happened without the help of technology. Not only did it introduce The SIDESHOW to thousands of potential new Freaks, but it also allowed fans to see a side of Randy Blythe he hadn’t revealed since he began his one-man assault on Twitter two months ago–and that’s something I happen to be very proud of.

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R(j) 12:14pm – Post-concert showers are the best. That’s all for tonight kids. Don’t forget about Episode #5 THIS SUNDAY where I’m sure we’ll have much more to say about this evening.


R(j) 11:11pm – Where have I been for the last hour-and-a-half of this (not) live blog? Watching this show transform from the strangest, oddest concert experience into one of the best shows of the year. It may be my last time at BB’s but it was just the first of MANY Chimaira shows. (Did I mention I was a Chimaira virgin?) Mark Hunter is the consummate frontman, with his cocky smile and crazy eyes. Rob Arnold looks like he’s having more fun than a Brian in Disney World. The entire band is laughing and cracking jokes in a way I’ve never seen another band feel so at home on stage–all way maintaining complete. Fucking. BRUTALITY. Seeing Chimaira fills your veins with black evil and makes you want to tear down the Empire State Building by yourself, piece by piece–and I mean that in the best possible way. The live blog may have been an epic fail but tonight was an unbelievable success for every person in that venue.

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*BREAKING NEWS* Apparently, Randy Blythe listens to The SIDESHOW Podcast!

The ROCK(jock) declared war on the Lamb of God frontman on last Sunday’s Episode #4 (Hear for yourself!) after Crazy Uncle Randy spent all of September spamming Twitter with his #InsaneProclamations, which included denying the Internet’s obvious hand in Lamb of God’s success and inexplicably attacking The PRP (we support our fellow metal bloggers) for doing its job.

I had LOTS of ammunition, from Mr. Twitter himself complaining about spending too much time on the Interwebs to Randy lamenting the lack of innovation in metal right now and how that doesn’t quite seem to jive with the quality of the last two Lamb of God records–not to mention the fact that bands must try harder than ever to differentiate themselves and create new niches in an already oversaturated marketplace.

Before I could dig out from Snowpocalypse 2011 and fire off my first shot on Twitter, look at what magically appeared in my inbox.

The ROCK(jock) challenges Crazy Uncle Randy to go Twit-for-tat on Episode #4 and less than 24 hours after posting, Lamb of God teases new material that sounds more innovative than anything they’ve phoned in over the last half decade. Coincidence? I think not.

ROCK(jock) 1. World 0.

In this episode we discuss box sets vs. pre-order packages, the Frak The Gods tweet session, and attempt to further drive our audience away.

REVIEWS:  Skeletonwitch,  Forever Abomination; Cipher System, Communicate the Storms; Threat Signal, Threat Signal