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 0Posted on Jul 27th, 2011 | re: Under The Influence: Castevet Mounds Of Ash (3 comments)

Can never go wrong with Laughing Stock.

 0Posted on Apr 25th, 2011 | re: Horseback - "Blood Fountain" Video (Stereogum Premiere) (8 comments)

Stained Glass Revelations is great; the guitar playing is other-worldly. I was also wondering if/when you were gonna post on it. So torn between watching Negative Plane or Tragedy on May 30th.

 +3Posted on Apr 7th, 2011 | re: Wire "Red Barked Trees" & "Map Ref 41N 93W" On Fallon (1 comments)

Their show at MHOW was killer, though a couple more oldies would have been much appreciated. Will watch these clips when I get home!

 0Posted on Mar 28th, 2011 | re: Altar Of Plagues - "Feather And Bone" (Stereogum Premiere) (14 comments)

Oh man, can’t wait to hear this when I get home. Maybe it’ll help jar me out of this Black Flag kick I’ve been on (not that it’s a bad thing, by any means). The show last year was incredible, Altar of Plagues played with such passion and seemed so genuinely pissed.

 0Posted on Dec 30th, 2010 | re: Haunting The Chapel's Top 50 Albums Of 2010 (64 comments)

Update: Inquisition album finally came in the mail yesterday (thanks snow). Alas, this album is un-fucking-believable. Cannot stop listening. Lovin’ those bends…

 0Posted on Dec 21st, 2010 | re: Haunting The Chapel's Top 50 Albums Of 2010 (64 comments)

Glad to see a Ramesses mention, even though it’s not on the main list (Coffinworm too, but wheres the Howling Wind?). Lots of people seemed to ignore A Small Turn of Human Kindness, so it’s good to see that as well. Loved these records: V, The Tenant, Marrow…, Summit, Invisible Mountain, All the Waters…., and Nucleus. Getting the Inquisition album in the mail next week; from what I’ve head so far I’m very excited. As far as next year goes, hopefully the new Pollution album will further put them on the map.

 0Posted on Dec 1st, 2010 | re: Decibel Top 40 Albums Of 2010 (37 comments)

I was disappointed to see Unearthly Trance so low on the list. V was an incredible record and probably their best; it certainly deserved to be in the top 10, if not top 5. The Howling Wind also deserved to be on there somewhere- another crusher of an album. Coffinworm, Harvey Milk and Alcest could have displaced some trash. Stuff I’m glad they included: Ludicra, Castevet (though the vocals now grate on my nerves a little) Dawnbringer, Thou. And re: Agalloch, Marrow is a pretty amazing album (I’m still a little partial to Ashes, though.) I guess they’re going to be hated on now that they’re getting proper recognition, but that’s just how the cookie crumbles.

Oops, I meant to post my comment to this thread. Honestly, I wish someone would tell me how Pitchfork ratings are decided upon, and why great metal albums are usually bilked out of the upper numbers. Anyway: cannot wait for this one.

I never understood that either. It seems to be an unwritten rule: metal bands cannot break 8.6 or receive BNM (unless it’s Mastodon).

In light of listening to these tracks, Spiral Shadow definitely seems like it has real crossover potential. I could see hipsters and pseudo-metalheads rocking this, but who cares? Let ‘em. It’s catchy and has a serious (classic) indie influence to it, so that’s inevitable. They’re going to be derided and shit on for months for this one- but what band that reaches their level of popularity isn’t? For the most part I like it, and hopefully it’ll stick like Static Tensions did for me.