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  • Writer's pictureDave LaPointe

Better to listen to than the podcast...

Another weekly feature? Sure, why not, I've got nothing else to do.

In an effort to spare you from non-stop podcast advertising, I wanted to take a minute to share what I'm currently listening to. Why? To share the ever present gift of music, silly.

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - "Be Afraid"

"Reunions" comes out on Friday and I'm already thrilled with single released thus far, but this one is the best of the bunch so far. Isbell is a dynamite lyricist and I love the theme of this song. I fell in love with the Drive-By Truckers back in 2004 but didn't really follow Isbell much once he left the band in 07. I don't really know why. The Truckers have been putting out albums consistently since and while they've been good, nothing has really compared to what Isbell has done with the 400 Unit. "The Nashville Sound" is when I finally got back into Isbell and I haven't been disappointed. He's also an excellent Twitter follow!

Trivium - "Catastrophist"

This song is just incredible. In fact, the entire album is an outright masterpiece and easily the best work the band has ever done. There isn't a bad song on it and I'd be hard pressed to share a favorite. I've been a fan since their 2nd record, "Ascendancy" when they were just babies, but now they're all grown up...and still with their 5th drummer which is a huge win. At any rate, this song is great and the album will melt your face off so you should listen to it.

This video though? Yeah, it's terrible.

Videos have been a problem for metal bands as a whole since the dawn of music videos and this one is no different. The live concert footage videos are fine and are the best way to go for metal, but these dramatic and somewhat nonsensical things are just not ideal. A lot of bands either try way to hard and end up with cheesy nonsense like Exodus, anything from Kiss and the forever classic "The Call of the Wintermoon" by Hammerfall which has the honor of being a terrible song with an even worse video.

That's all for now. Tah-tah!

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