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Get ready to rock with Picks & Sticks - the ultimate music podcast from the fan's perspective! Join Cecil, Gordo, Huff, and Mauro as they dish out their favorite tunes, share personal connections, and give you a hilarious take on all things rock. Drop us a line at picksandstickspodcast@gmail.com to share your feedback and join in the fun!
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Welcome back to The Great Metal Debate podcast. Its Xander with another underground metal release. Today we will be looking at the Louisville based melodic black metal band Volcandra. This is their 2nd full-length studio album titled The Way of Ancients which comes out on March 1st through Prosthetic Records. For this review, I decided to go back a…
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Welcome back metalheads to a new episode of The Great Metal Debate podcast! In early 2020, I recorded my first album review for the previous album titled The Coven by this criminally underrated band from Finland - Torchia. 4 years later we are treated to yet another Torchia album titled Arcane Magicae. Torchia is still signed with Rockshot Records …
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Welcome back metalheads to another episode of The Great Metal Debate podcast. Its Xander back with a new album review. Today we will be briefly talking about my thoughts on the new album from Hulder titled Verses In Oath. Those of you not in the loop, Hulder is a one woman black metal band from Washington State.I had heard the name Hulder muttered …
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Timestamps0:00 Introductions & Opening Thoughts19:55 Projectile Size Changes - Dumbing The Game Down?45:00 Role Passive Changes1:01:00 Dev Communication & It's Failures1:34:50 Overwatch's Reputation: Can It Be Saved?2:11:21 Health Pool Changes2:25:05 Ranked Changes2:42:32 Competitive Points & Jade Weapons2:57:52 Concluding Thoughts…
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Welcome back to The Great Metal Debate podcast with a new album review, talking about the Nashville based black metal act Obsidian Shrine. This is the band's 3rd full-length studio album titled Dereliction of Divinity.For some reason, my mind went to that Incantation song "A Once Holy Throne" when I saw the song title "A Vacant Throne" but the two …
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Timestamps0:00 Introductions & Ranked Backgrounds of the Guests17:08 Blizzard Layoffs35:00 The Differences Between The Metal Ranks & GM1:13:58 Unranked To GMs1:22:00 Overwatch's Balance Philosophy1:42:00 Playing With Friends & Social Systems1:50:20 Is ELO Hell Real?2:13:08 The Ranked System2:37:30 Concluding Thoughts…
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Welcome back to The Great Metal Debate podcast. Today we’re reviewing the new album Ultrapower from Canadian trad metal crew Striker.Packed into the 41 minute runtime comes an album that very much reminisces the 80s, albeit with a completely modern musicianship and production. The riffs are plentiful, the vocals high-pitched wailing, the drumming f…
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Timestamps0:00 Opening Thoughts & S8 Feelings12:30 Quick Play Hacked34:20 Self-Healing Passive For All Roles1:12:45 The Role of Supports In Overwatch1:29:45 Party Frames1:31:35 Map Voting & Ladder Experiences1:55:50 Ranked Changes & Social Systems2:15:25 Mini-Map & New Systems2:33:30 Concluding Thoughts & Changes We'd Like…
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Welcome to Metal Debate podcast. In March 2024 Canadian metal clan Lutharo returns with their sophomore full-length album “Chasing Euphoria.” Lutharo kick things off with “Reaper’s Call,” an agreeable track that keeps it pretty close-to-the-vest musically. Lutharo are excellent at creating an aesthetic of anger and aggression but also positivity an…
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Xander and Gomthog are back to count down their top metal albums of 2023!Intro music by CONTRA; all tracks used with permission from the artist.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/great-metal-debate-podcast/id1037874814 http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:66031413/sounds.rss https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLC0ED1Ri2oNwBQW9All3Yw ht…
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Timestamps0:00 Introductions & Opening Thoughts12:10 Bobby Kotick is Officially Gone22:22 January - Blizzard Games Gone From China29:00 Season 3 - Map Pools31:30 Season 3 - Comp System41:30 Hog/Orisa & One-shot Meta1:00:00 Heroes In The Battlepass1:01:50 Loverwatch & One Punch Man Collaboration1:10:35 Season 4 - Support Buffs & Lifeweaver Launch1:2…
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Timestamps0:00 Introductions3:34 General Mauga Thoughts12:15 Mauga In The Metal Ranks17:05 Mauga Decides Compositions, Not Supports?21:10 Mauga's Balance32:00 Is Mauga Pay To Win?55:45 Anti-Nade & Other Support Abilities1:12:00 Can We Find Harmony Between The 3 Roles?1:32:00 What We Lost & Gained From OW1 to OW21:44:15 Hero Bans & Other Format Chan…
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Timestamps0:00 Introductions02:00 Mythic Skins: Getting Worse?07:45 Winter Wonderland Pass Criticisms12:30 "We Want To Make Heroes Free On Launch"19:55 Quickplay Leaver Penalties22:30 Who Is Quickplay For? Who is Comp For?27:50 How Do The Devs Reflect On 2023 in Overwatch?32:30 How Does OW Stack Up To Its Competitors37:40 Biggest Successes & Failur…
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Timestamps0:00 Introductions & Opening Thoughts10:18 Support & The Recent Nerfs50:15 Roadhog & The Need For Tank Ability Mitigation1:10:30 Fundamental Format Issues?1:19:10 OW's Balance Vision & The Death of OWL1:36:55 The State of DPS & Role Passives2:07:10 Respawn Timers2:22:22 Concluding ThoughtsBy SVB
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Timestamps0:00 Introductions & Opening Thoughts17:50 Mauga52:00 Venture & Space Ranger (Next Two Hero Releases)1:06:30 Communication & Dev Feeling at Blizzcon1:15:12 K-Pop Collab & PvE News1:35:15 New Competitive System2:05:14 New Clash Game Mode2:22:50 World Cup2:37:20 The Future of Overwatch eSports3:00:14 Concluding Thoughts…
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Welcome back metalheads to a brand new metal album review on The Great Metal Debate podcast. Originally I had planned to review the new album from the Netherlands black metal band Asagraum, but I found something at the last second that completely blew that away.Thanks to the website Angry Metal Guy, I spotted an album cover that intrigued me enough…
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Today we’re looking at the new release from US power metallers Immortal Guardian entitled Unite And Conquer. I’ll begin with the album’s first track, “Ozona.” This one is very representative of Immortal Guardian’s approach generally, and would be at home on any of their other releases, as it displays what the band does so well. The flurry of melded…
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In this interview Xander checks in with the guys from Fires In the Distance during their Nashville TN tour stop opening for Dawn of Ouroboros!Excerpts from the Fires In The Distance track "Harbingers" (Air Not Meant For Us, 2023) used with permission from the artist.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/great-metal-debate-podcast/id1037874814 http://…
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Phil ‘Landphil’ Hall of black metal upstarts Morbikon to discuss the band's recent debut live shows and much more!Excerpts from the Morbikon track "Consumed By Entropy" (Ov Mournful Twilight, 2023) used with permission from the artist. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/great-metal-debate-podcast/id1037874814 http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soun…
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War Curse are releasing a new album “Confession” via Metal Blade Records. I’m going to briefly touch on each of the album’s 10 tracks, and then give a longer exposition of my thoughts. First up is “The Nothing (That Is Me)”, which begins with some light acoustic guitar transitioning into electric and then riffs generated at a stomping pace. It’s no…
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0:00 Opening Thoughts8:15 DPS Is The Weakest Role?16:40 Is Balancing The Issue?39:20 Role Passives & The DPS Passive47:08 What Is a Healthy State for DPS?58:30 Sombra1:16:48 Hitscan (Sojourn, Soldier, Widow, Ashe & Cassidy)1:28:30 Bastion1:41:48 Junkrat1:51:27 Echo1:57:31 Genji2:04:50 Hanzo2:11:30 Mei2:20:31 Pharah2:28:28 Reaper2:36:30 Symmetra2:43…
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Timestamps0:00 Introductions & Opening Thoughts17:50 Support in The Betas vs Now30:55 Design of New Supports vs Old Supports1:09:30 Mercy1:21:40 Zenyatta1:30:00 Moira1:45:00 Illari1:57:01 Ana2:14:25 Baptiste2:27:55 Brigitte2:34:55 Kiriko2:45:30 Lifeweaver2:58:00 Lucio3:08:40 Concluding ThoughtsBy SVB
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Welcome back to The Great Metal Debate podcast. Today we will be looking at the Finish black metal band Moonlight Sorcery. This is the band's first full length debut album titled Horned Lord of the Thorned Castle, released September 29th through Avant-garde Music.Last year's EP titled Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity, we got some noticeable gui…
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In this interview we check in with Iowa death metallers Pit Lord following their performance at Full Terror Assault Fest 2023!Cover photo courtesy Marisa Dion Art. Excepts from the Pit Lord track "Butchers From Beyond" (Gallery of Skewered Swine, 2022) used with permission from the artist.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/great-metal-debate-podca…
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Welcome back to The Great Metal Debate. Today we’re bringing you another metal album review, featuring the latest from US metallers Theocracy titled Mosaic. Let’s take a dive into this release track-by-track… Mosaic goes right for the throat with the rapid-paced opener “Flicker” which is reminiscent of Dragonforce in its versing. Here we hear the f…
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Timestamps0:00 Introductions & Opening Thoughts6:38 Is Balance The Problem?28:58 The Impact of Support & DPS On Tanks50:35 The Identity of Tanks in OW21:05:00 Roadhog1:18:15 Wrecking Ball1:36:24 Reinhardt1:56:00 DVa2:09:40 Doomfist2:23:19 JunkerQueen2:28:39 Orisa2:35:16 Ramattra2:42:18 Sigma2:51:02 Winston3:01:38 Zarya3:09:00 Concluding Thoughts…
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Welcome back metal heads to another episode of The Great Metal Debate podcast. It's Xander back with a brand new album review. Today, we will be looking at The Enduring Spirit by Canadian death metallers Tomb Mold.I was first introduced to Tomb Mold a few years ago when someone on my Facebook told me to check out their 2018 album Manor of Infinite …
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Welcome back metal heads to a new episode of the great metal debate podcast. Did you honestly believe that I, Xander wouldn't talk about the new Dying Fetus album Make Them Beg For Death? Of course I'm going to review the shit out of this one.Those of you who don't know me personally, I am a humongous fan of Dying Fetus and have been since I was 16…
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Welcome back metal heads to another episode of The Great Metal debate podcast. It's your man Xander yet again, back with another album review. Today, we'll be looking at the brand new record from Portland based melodic black metalers Uada with their 4th full-length titled Crepuscule Natura.I have been a fan since 2018 when I first heard their 2nd a…
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Timestamps0:00 Opening Statements15:04 The Power of Tank Combos1:06:20 The Impact of 5v5 on DPS & Supports1:09:25 Impact of 5v5 on Matchmaking1:18:31 The Design of Tanks in 5v51:31:15 Impact of 5v5 on The Average Player1:57:44 What Would Be Easier to Fix? Counterwatch or 2 Tank Synergy?2:40:24 Balancing 2 Tanks vs 2 Supports2:57:46 Concluding State…
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US west coast metallers Greyhawk join the show following their performance at Mad With Power Fest in Madison WI to talk the band's past and future!Excerpts from the Greyhawk track "Steelbound" (Call Of The Hawk, 2023) used with permission from the artist.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/great-metal-debate-podcast/id1037874814 http://feeds.soundc…
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US melodic power metallers Graveshadow rejoin the show prior to their performance in Madison WI at Mad With Power Fest!Excerpts from the Graveshadow track "Damsel's Finesse" (The Uncertain Hour, 2022) used with permission from the artist.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/great-metal-debate-podcast/id1037874814 http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/so…
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Welcome to another Metal Debate album review, checking out the debut full-length release from Indianapolis metallers Graveripper titled “Seasons Dreaming Death.” Graveripper fuse speed metal, thrash metal, and black metal elements into a consistent sound, such that fans of any of those genres will find their music familiar and welcome. Let’s go thr…
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In this interview recorded July 15, 2023, Xander checks in with death metallers Vomit Forth at their tour stop in Nashville TN in support of Sanguisugabogg.Excerpts from the Vomit Forth track Seething Malevolence ("Seething Malevolence", 2022; Century Media Records) used with permission from the artist.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/great-meta…
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In this interview we visit with metaller Traveler during their concert stop in Indianapolis IN during their East Coast tour with Savage Master!Excerpts from the Traveler track "Shaded Mirror" (Termination Shock, 2020) used with permission from the artist.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/great-metal-debate-podcast/id1037874814 http://feeds.soundc…
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Welcome back to The Great Metal Debate podcast. It's Xander back with another album review. Today we will be taking a look at the newest album from the band Evil Incarnate titled Lucifers Crown. Some of you might remember last summer when I did my interview with Michael Eisenhower, the guitarist from this band and the band Luna in Sanguinum.This ba…
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In this interview recorded July 1, 2023, Xander checks in with Through The Eyes Of The Dead frontman Danny Rodriguez on the band’s final tour stop in Nashville TN!Excerpts from the Through The Eyes Of The Dead track “Hate The Living” (Disomus, 2017) used with permission from the artist.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/great-metal-debate-podcast/…
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Today we’re reviewing the new album “We Shall Remain” from Swedish metal outfit Eleine, who describe themselves as “dark symphonic metal.” Overall description, this album is generally pleasant to listen to and has no obvious filler tracks. The songwriting is on balance competent and the overall effort is well produced and executed. The vocalists an…
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Welcome back metal heads to another episode of The Great Metal Debate podcast. It's Xander once again with another album review. Today I will be looking at the Gr1m and kvlt Norwegian black metal band called ... Tiss-juder?Nah, I'm just joking. The bands name is pronounced like "Shoo-der"And this is their 6th full-length studio album titled Helvegr…
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Welcome back to The Great Metal Debate podcast. Today we are talking the new album from the Scottish power metal band Gloryhammer - Return To The Kingdom of Fife.Gloryhammer has created their own lore within their fantasy/science fiction themed lyrics. The basic premise is that there is a ruler of a type of people called the hootsman and his name i…
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Welcome back mental heads to another episode of The Great Metal Debate podcast. It's Xander once again and today we will be talking about the new album Black Flame Eternal from Atlanta, Georgia's gothic black metallers Cloak.I have enjoyed their music ever since 2019 when my friend and fellow YouTuber Richard Metal Fan introduced me to their 2nd fu…
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Welcome back metal heads to another episode of The Great Metal Debate podcast. It's Xander again and today we are going to be talking about the new album titled All Heads Are Gonna Roll from Swedish death metallers vomitory. This is the band's 9th full length studio album that was a bit of a surprise comeback for the group. Vomitory had split up wa…
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