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It’s New Year’s! Let’s Argue!

As our final act of 2017, we now present to you our collective Top 30 Albums of 2017!  Feel free to let us know your favorites – or argue about ours – in the comments!

We also want to take this time to thank each and every one of you who listen to this podcast and support us in any way. It is not always easy making keeping up with this show alongside our day jobs and living the rest of our lives, but in the end, we do really enjoy it all.  We truly appreciate all of you who listen, whether you are in a state next door or a country on the other side of the world.

We hope you had a great 2017 and we wish you an even better 2018!

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Checking Levels

We finally are doing another showcase!  Doesn’t anybody remember those?  Well, either way, we have treat for you this week amongst three more releases and our commentary on Decibel’s Top 40 list that we teased last week.

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Reviews:
Implore – Subjugate (Century Media)
Midnight Sweet Death and Ecstasy (Hell’s Headbangers)
Oblivion – The Path Towards… (Unique Leader)

(Side)Showcase: American Standards

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Just Different Enough

Don’t you just love when an album is immediate?  When it is familiar, yet still fresh?  When it plays on some of your favorite things without sounding exactly like something you have heard before?  If you answered “no” to any of these questions, just come back for 313.

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Reviews:
Comeback KidOutsider (Nuclear Blast)
DyscarnateWith All Their Might (Unique Leader)
EndThe Unforgiving Arms of God (Good Fight)

First Impression:
Vespera – “Obsidian Dreams” single

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Overcompensating

Five releases, a First Impression, AND a Live Review?  What were we thinking?  Well, to be honest, we were thinking that the three of these are only EPs so we can handle it.  Can you?

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Reviews:
Thicket of Antlers Black Dogs EP
Execration Return to the Void (Metal Blade)
The Bearer Fiction (Blasphemour Records)
Cytotoxin – Gammageddon (Unique Leader)
Knuckle Bones – Inception

First Impression:
Ne Obliviscaris – “Intra Venus” from Urn out October 27, 2017 through Season of Mist

Live Review:
BehemothLamb of God, and Slayer at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY on July 27, 2017

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Straying From the Path

One of the albums this week is titled Wanderer, but (spoiler alert) that one does not go in an unexpected direction.  The other music covered this week, however, does.  Is that a bad thing?  Is it a welcome change?  There’s one way to find out…

Also, this episode officially marks FIVE YEARS of this here podcast.  We’d like to thank all of our listeners, whether you listen regularly or just when you see an album that intrigues you. We really appreciate you all!

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Reviews:
Heaven Shall Burn Wanderer (Century Media)
Barishi Blood from the Lion’s Mouth (Season of Mist)
Inanimate Existence Calling from a Dream (Unique Leader)

First Impression:
Amaranthe – “That Song” taken from Maximalism out October 21th from Spinefarm

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