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2019 AOTY Lists

Spoiler Alert!! Make sure and listen to the episode before reading but here’s our printed list for those who have!


Shadie

1. Origin Enigma- Valtari
2. Garden of Storms- In Mourning
3. Pantheon of The Nightside Gods- Belzebubs
4. Apoptosis- Allegaeon
5. Death Atlas- Cattle Decapitation
6. Panikhida (Funeral Service) Drabikowski’s -Batushka
7. Vile Nilotic Rites- Nile
8. Simulacrum- Hideous Divinity
9. Walk Beyond the Dark- Abigail Williams
10. Veleno- Fleshgod Apocalypse
11. Demiurgus- Equipoise
12. Clockwork- Inanimate Existence
13. Interdimeninonal Invocations- Xoth
14. Rhizomes of Insanity- Fractal Universe
15. To Bathe From The Throat Of Cowardice- Vitriol
Honorable Mentions
Fear Inoculum- Tool
Terraformer- Thank You Scientist Undying Light- Fallujah
Monuments of Tragedy- Pandemonium

Jason (extended list)

1. Blood Incantation “Hidden History of the Human Race”
2. Cattle Decapitation “Death Atlas”
3. Mephorash “Shem Ha Mephorash”
4. Gatecreeper “Deserted”
5. Tomb Mold “Planetary Clarvoiyance”
6. Spirit Adrift “Divided by Darkness”
7. Full of Hell “Wheeping Choir”
8. White Ward “Love Exchange Failure”
9. Enforced “At the Walls”
10. Ossuarium “Living Tomb”
11. Fuming Mouth “The Grand Descent”
12. Wormwitch “Heaven that Dwells Within”
13. Desecrecy “Towards Nebulae”
14. Vitriol “To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice”
15. Baroness “Gold and Grey”
16. Idle Hands “Mana”
17. Misery Index “Rituals of Power”
18. Nile “Vile Nilotic Rites”
19. Mayhem “Daemon”
20. Inter Arma “Sulphur English”
21. Abigail Williams “Walk Beyond the Dark”
22. Crypt Sermon “The Ruins of Fading Light”
23. Imprecation “Damnatio Ad Bestias”
24. Valtari “Origin Enigma”
24. Krypts “Cadaver Circulation”
25. Judiciary “Surface Noise”
26. Cloud Rat “Pollinator”
27. Employed to Serve “Eternal Forward Motion”
28. Never Ending Game “Just Another Day”
29. Teitenblood “The Baneful Choir”
30. Nightfell “A Sanity Deranged”
31. Memorium
32. Venom Prison
33.Obsequaie
34. Abbath
35. Lunar Shadow

Stan

1) Valtari “Origin Enigma”
2) Gatecreeper “Deserted”
3) Belzebubs “Pantheon Of The Nightside Gods”
4) Blood Incantation “Hidden History Of The Human Race”
5) Judiciary “Surface Noise”
6) Borknagar “True North”
7) Tomb Mold “Planetary Clairvoyance”
8) Abigail Williams “Walk Beyond The Dark”
9) Fuming Mouth “The Grand Desecent”
10) Crepuscle “Heavenly Skies”
11) Festerday “Ilhtallan”
12) Spirit Adrift “Divided By Darkness”
13) Nile “Vile Nilotic Rites”
14) Amon Amarth “Berserker”
15) Finsterforst “Zerfall”
HM) Eternal Storm “Come The Tide”
HM) Misery Index “Rituas Of Power”
HM) Crypt Sermon “The Ruins Of Fading Light”
HM) Tool “Fear Inoculum”
HM) Insomnium “Heart Like A Grave”
HM) Rotting Christ “The Heretics”

The Moment you’ve all been waiting for! Part two of our top 15 albums of 2019! Plus we talked about all of our honorable mentions that almost made the list AND we have an interview with Chase Mason of Gatecreeper!

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Here’s part 1 of our best of the year episode! We counted down from 15-8 and ended with an interview with Karl Sanders of Nile. Stay tuned for part 2 soon. If you want our printed lists we’ll post those in about a week or so on our Facebook and website.

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Episodes 90’s main feature is a discussion on some of the best lesser known melodic death metal albums. We had Thomas Gilliam, one of our long time listeners and expert on all things Swedish melodic death metal on to bring us his favorite picks. We also gave some of our own so get ready for some melody! Plus don’t worry we still talked about what we’ve been listening to, a Shadie rant, and have a live interview with Luca Indrio
the vocalist and bassist of Death Metal band Necrot that took place right after their set on the Gatecreeper/Exhumed tour.

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Music Played On This Episode:
Left Behind “Peeling Wax”
Abigail Williams “Ever so Bold”
Crepuscle “In the Winds of Glory”
High Command “Mercilis Steel”
Hideous Divinity “Pray to a Vision”
Blood Incantation “The Giza Power Plant”
Sacrilige “Lost in the Beauty You Slay”
Insomnium “Mortal Share”
Eternal Storm “Through the Wall of Light Pt. 1”
The Ever Dawn “Sombre Autumn”
Eucharist “My Bloody Tears”
The Crown “Under the Whip”
Moaning Wind “Lost Forever”
Eternal Tears of Sorrow
Valtari “Bitterness”
Ebony Tears “Harvester of Pain”
Kalmah “The Grown of Wind”
Gates of Ishtar “Where the Winds of Darkness Blow”
Necrot “Empty Hands”

Episode 89 is here and its a long one so here’s the breakdown in case you get sick of us and want to jump around!

Intro: We got caught up on some of the new music we’ve been listening to
45 mins: Live Exhumed Interview
73 mins: Discussion on what albums got us into each of the main genres of metal

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Music Played on This Episode
Vomit Forth “Formless One
Nile “Seven Horns of War”
Insomnium “The Offering”
In Mourning “Heirophant
Borknagar “Thunderous”
Obsequaie “Ceres in Emerald Streams”
Gatecreeper “From the Ashes” & “Puncture Wounds”
Exhumed “Naked and Screaming and Covered in Blood”
Pig Destroyer “Trojan Whore”
Antrhax “AIR”
Necrophagist “Stabwound”
The Faceless “Prison Borne”
Queensryche “Eyes of a Stranger”
As I Lay Dying “Confined”
Blind Guardian “Im Alive”
Candlemass “Solitude”
Electric Wizard “Black Mass”
Stick to You Guns ”
Emperor “I am the Black Wizards”
Cannibal Corpse “The Time to Kill is Now”


Ep 88: We talked about albums we feel are under appreciated/underrated and got Derrick Vella of Tomb Mold back on the cast to join in with some his favorites and more.

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Music Played on this Episode:

Pyrexia “God”
Pestilence “Soul Search”
Edge of Sanity “The Forbidden Worlds II”
Brutality “Ceremonial Unearthing”
Deteriorate “Rotting in Hell”
Immortal Souls “Under the Northern Sky”
Job for a Cowboy “Sun of Nihility”
Dissection “Dark mother Divine”
Insomnium “Down with the Sun”
Cemetary “Dead Red”
Scar Symmetry “Technocalyptic Cybergeddon”
Naglfar “Exalted Above Throwns”
Ripping Corpse “Anti-God”
Fleshgod Apocolypse
Dismember Massive Killing Capacity”
Insatanity “Under the Baphoment”
Mangled Torso’s “Lost Emotions”
Achrosticon “Zombies”
Nex Carnis “Darkened Rights of Existence (Part 1 & 2)
Zealotry “Mutagenesis”
Mithras “When the Stars Align”
Urza “Lost in Decline”

We recorded a full episode but decided to split it in half for the sake of time… so more to come on that! For now though here’s some new recomendations and an interview with Gabe Franco of Idle Hands! Stay tuned for Part 2 soon…
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Music Played on this Episode:
Tool “Tempest”
Enforced “The Heath”
Infant Annihilator “A Rape of Sirens”
Vitriol “Legacy of Contempt”
Pandemonium “In Search for Euthanasia”
Shylmagoghnar “Transience”
Dessecrecy “Towards Nebulae”
Nightfell “No Life Leaves Here”
Idle Hands “Nightfall”

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We talked about some older music we’ve been listening to and a few new ones including Edge of Sanity, Wintersun, Demolition Hammer, Hinayana, and Allegaeon, discussed Mastodon’s Crack the Skye since it turned 10 this year, and answered a Patreon listener’s question – Pick a band to cover any album from another band. Plus we have an interview with Gina Gleason of Baroness.

Music Played on this Episode:

Knocked Loose “Mistakes like Fractures”
Hinayana
Allegaeon “The Secular Age”
Demolition Hammer “Skull Fracturing Nightmare” & “.44 Caliber Brain Surgery”
Edge of Sanity “Unorthodox”
Wintersun
Mastodon “Oblivion”, “Divinations”, “Crack the Skye”, and “The Last Baron”
Baroness “Seasons” & “I’d Do Anything”

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This episode features talk on and music from Tomb Mold, Memoriam, Nightrage, Belzebubs, Thank You Scientist, Immortal Souls, and a little debate about whether the new Nocturnus or Possessed album was better. We also have an interview with Austin Haines of Outerheaven that starts at the 12 min mark and Nate Garett of Spirit Adrift/Gatecreeper which starts at the 1 hr and 10 min mark!

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Tomb mold “Planetary Clairvoyance”
Outerheaven “What Lies Beneath” & “Putrid Dwelling”
Memoriam “The Veteran”
Immortal Souls “Blue Flame Fire”
Thank You Scientist “Terraformer”
Beelzebubs “Cathedrals Of mourning”
Possessed “No More Room in Hell”
Nocturnus AD “The Anti-Chamber”
Spirit Adrift “Hear Her” & “Divided by Darkness”

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We talked about new albums from Fetid, Idle Hands, Batushka (Krystov Drabkowski’s version), & Krypts. Than we talked about how the 3 of us reunited for the Slayer farewell tour with Cannibal, Lamb Of God, and Amon Amarth as well as Shadie’s review of the Tech Trek tour with Archspire, Inferi, Virgin, and Wormhole. Plus we’ve got interviews with Archspire (at the 45 min mark) & Inferi (at 1 hour at 20 min mark)!

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Breakdown: Termibal Nation “Church Of the Gun”

1. Fetid “Cranial Liquescent”

2. Krystov Drabkowski’s Batushka “Nechb 4”

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3. Idle Hands “Blade and the Will”

4. Krypts “Circling the Between”

5. Archspire “Remote Tumor Seeker” & “Relentless Mutation”

6. Inferi “The Promethean Kings”

We talked about new music from Employed to Serve, Wormwitch, Altarage, Warforged, Full of Hell, Nocturnus AD, Inferi, Spirit Adrift, and Amon amarth and did a throwback discussion on Arch Enemy’s first album “Black Earth”. We also interviwed Anthony Natarmaso of After the Burial about there recent tour with Killswitch Engage/Parkway Drive, the new album “Evergreen”, how it compared to recording the last one, his last conversation with Justin, playing live as a 4 piece, becoming comfortable as a front man, and more.

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Intro & new music recommendations

50 min: Arch Enemy “Black Earth” Review

1hr 15 min: Interview

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Music Played on this Episode:
– Employed to Serve “Beneath it All”
– Wormwitch “Two Wolves”
– Altarage “Knowledge”
– Warforged “Nightfall Came”
– Full of Hell “Ygrumal the Many”
– Nocturnus AD “Aeon of the Ancient Ones”
– Inferi “Gatherings in the Chamber of Madness”
– Spirit Adrift “Tortured by Time”
– Amon Amarth “Fafners Gold”
– Arch Enemy “Bury Me an Angel”, “Idolatress”. “Eureka”
– After the Burial “Behold the Crown”

Its time again for America’s favorite game show – Into the Combine Trivia with returning listener Old Man Dave! Plus we have an interview with Mark Kloeppel of Misery Index and plenty of new music recommendations.

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Intro & new music recommendations

34 min: Trivia

1hr 15 min: Interview

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Music Played on this episode:

Cast Down “Pantomine Mine”

Children of Bodom “This Road”

Equipose “My Suite of Flesh”

Before the Dawn “Phoenix Rising”

Creeping Death “Revenge”

Brymir “Hails from the Edge”

Imprecation “Baptized in the Blood of Satan”

We started off with new albums we’ve been listening to including Venom Prison, Diabolical, Valtari, Rotting Christ, & Saor and than jumped into a discussion on our opinions of band gimmicks, live theatrics, etc, and reviewed the recent movie about Mayhem and the Norwegian black metal scene “Lords of Chaos”. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for an interview with Ash Gray of Venom Prison! We talked about the difference of writing an album when they were relatively unknown compared to after blowing up in the scene, pushing the aggressiveness and technicality of the new album, the new styles incorporated into the album, Larissa’s amazing vocal progression, their touring experiences over the last few years, and a lot more.

Intro – New Music Recommendations

28 mins: Band gimmick/theatrics discussion

43 mins: Lords of Chaos Review

1 hr 10 mins: Venom Prison Interview

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Music Played on this Episode
Venom Prison “Uterine Industrialization”
Diabolical “Inception”
Valtari “Forever”
Rotting Christ “Heaven & Hell & Fire”
Saor “Forgotten Paths”
Mayhem “Freezing Moon”

We talked about new music we’ve been listening to, whether or not lyrics matter in metal and to what extent quality of vocals are important ,and discussed Entombed’s classic album “Clandestine”. Plus we have an interview with Steve Tucker of the mighty Morbid Angel! We talked about Steve’s passion for death metal, his path to extreme metal, the first time he heard Morbid, how it was to join the band, experience working on Formulas Fatal to the Flesh and Gateways to Annihilation, his vocal development, and some talk about metal in general. Interview starts at 1 hour and 10 min mark.

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Music Played on This Episode:
Judiciary “Social Crusade”
Ossuarium “Corrosive Hallucinations”
Festerday “Kill Your Truth”
Soilwork “Wolves are Back in Town”
Misery Index “The Choir Invisible”
Entombed “Sinners Bleed”, “Severe Burns”, “Stranger Aeons”
Morbid Angel “D.E.A.D.

The suspense is over! Here is the rest of our top 15 albums of 2018, all our honorable mentions and an interview with Derrick Vella of Tomb Mold! Interview starts at 1hr 33 mins if you get sick of us. Our full lists will be posted on our Facebook/website in a week or so but no spoilers yet!

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Strap in boys and girls we finally present to you part 1 of our 15 favorite albums of 2018! Written lists will be posted along with Part 2 on the website to keep you in suspense and avoid spoilers. Oh and there’s also an interview with Scott Vogal of Terror! Terror has been a favorite of each of ours for a long time so we were stoked to finally get a chance to talk to the hardcore legend himself. Enjoy and stay tuned for part 2 later this week!

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For episode 77 we celebrated the disgusting work of our Finnish metal brethren!!
We were joined by Sam – Finnish Death Metal enthusiast and one of the hosts
of “From the Pit” podcast, to talk about some of the best death metal bands
Finland has to offer. If you have never dove into Finnish death metal you’re in for a
murky, dark, twisted, and heavy surprise… if you’re ready for it! There’s also some new music recommendations at the beginning.

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From the Pit

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Music Played on this Episode:
Cult Leader “Craft of Mourning”
Kever “Back from the Netherworld”
Haken “Puzzle Box”
Slugathor “Slow and Painful Death”
Hooded Menace” “Charnel Reflections”
Demilich “When the Sun Drank the Weight of Water”
Convulse “False Religion”
Rippikoulu “Musta Seremonia”
Adramelech “Heroes in Godly Blaze”
Amorphis “Exile of the Sons of Uisliu”
Mors Principium Est “Reclaim the Sun”
Insomnium “While We Sleep”

So we talked too long on the “Black Metal for Beginner’s” episode so we broke it into two episodes. Here’s the other half! We talked to Julien Nutz Deyres – the vocalist of Gorod about the French extreme metal scene including what it was like in the early days, how it has evolved, what its signature sound is, and how it is today. We also talked about their new album “Aethra”. He was a super nice guy with a lot of great view points (sorry for the background noise – Julien was in a loud cafe!). As for the rest of the episode we talked about the new music we’ve been jamming as well as live show reviews for Damnation Fest, Inferi, At the Gates/Behemoth, and Rivers of Nihil/Exhumed/Revocation. Stan is still away raising his child in the deep woods of Norway in order to all allow the metal to seep deeper into her veins so Phil of Phils Breakfast Metal was with us as our guest host. Stay tuned for the return of Stan the Man on the next Episode… coming soon!!

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Phils Breakfast Metal Podcast: Soundcloud or iTunes

Void Titan: Bandcamp

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Music Played on This Episode:

Arsis “Fathoms”
Panopticon “Blatimen”
Scorched “Disfiguring Operations”
Skalmold “Sveroio”
Saor “Tears of a Nation”
At the Gates “Suicide Nation”
Gorod “The Sentry”

Stan is away being a new dad so on this episode we were joined by two special guests to help fill in. We have listener Phil Wadey from the podcast “Phil’s Breakfast Metal” and the band “Void Titan” as well as listener Young James who has a Youtube series going right now documenting his journey into death metal. Find all those links below. The challenge for this episode was to pick 15 albums to convince someone who isn’t into black metal that they should. James was our test subject as he is not a fan of black metal at all. So hit play and see how well we did! Stay tuned for a live interview with Dave Davidson of Revocation at the end! Interview starts at the 1 hour 25 min mark if you get sick of us.

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Music Played on this Episode:

Unearth “Incinerate”
Batushka “Yekteniya III: Premudrost’
Gorgoroth “The Rite of Infernal Invocation”
Uada “Natus Eclipsim”
Death Spell Omega “Abscission”
Enslaved “Ethica Odini”
Nachtmystium “Assassins”
Wolves in the Throne Room “Vastness and Sorrow”
Dissection “Where Dead Angels Lie”
Ulver “Hymne 1”
Abigail Williams “The World Beyond”
Dark Funeral “The Secrets of the Black Arts”
Wiegdood “Svanesang”
Satyricon “Mother North”
Watain “Malfeitor”
Horn “Bocksfub”