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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017

A couple of weeks into April, a blog called Sad But True: Plagiarism In Heavy Metal Art popped up on Wordpress. The site consists of…
Doug Moore | April 28, 2017 - 1:00 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017

If you need a good barometer for the current national mood in the United States, look no further than the Washington Post. Last Wednesday, the…
Doug Moore | February 28, 2017 - 11:31 am

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017

Welcome to the first installment of the Black Market's fifth year in operation. It has been a privilege to work on this column for these…
Doug Moore | January 31, 2017 - 12:56 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016

From our viewpoint at the end of 2016, "War Pigs" -- the ubiquitous leadoff track from Black Sabbath's sophomore album Paranoid -- looks like an…
Doug Moore | November 30, 2016 - 12:41 pm

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Bethlehem – “Die Dunkelheit Darbt”

Black metal is full of singular weirdo bands, and few of them are quite as singular or weird as Germany's Bethlehem. Formed in 1991, Bethlehem…
Doug Moore | November 17, 2016 - 10:54 am

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OvO – “Zombie Stomp”

Italy's OvO (note: no relation to Toronto's OvO) are a band who've built their career on sheer persistence, rather than any pre-existing constituency. They play…
Doug Moore | November 8, 2016 - 10:58 am

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016

As usual, we've got an avalanche of worthy metal to discuss this month. Before we get to it, I want to take a crack at…
Doug Moore | October 31, 2016 - 12:12 pm

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Scum – “Trilogian Tales”

The 1990s were a magical time for death metal, and a strange one. The style bullied its way into the popular consciousness in the early…
Doug Moore | October 20, 2016 - 9:59 am

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Ion Dissonance – “Perpetually Doomed: The Sisyphean Task”

The Canadian mathcore band Ion Dissonance have been mostly out of the picture since 2010's Cursed. Normally this kind of long absence would register as…
Doug Moore | October 11, 2016 - 11:04 am

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016

Like August before it, September gave us Black Market folks -- that's me, Aaron Lariviere, Wyatt Marshall, Ian Chainey, and Michael Nelson -- a brutal…
Doug Moore | September 30, 2016 - 4:05 pm

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Vermin Womb – “Rank And File”

Vermin Womb is overtly a side project of the sludge/doom band Primitive Man by way of shared frontman Ethan McCarthy, but their lineage goes back…
Doug Moore | September 22, 2016 - 11:27 am

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Q&A: Aaron Gregory On Khôrada — The New Band He’s Formed With 3/4 Of Agalloch

When bands last for a long time, it's easy to forget how delicate they are as social units. In order to work together successfully, bands…
Doug Moore | September 20, 2016 - 12:10 pm

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Brain Tentacles – “Hand Of God”

Brain Tentacles is a metal(ish) supergroup, involving Yakuza saxophonist Bruce Lamont, Keelhaul bassist Aaron Dallison, and journeyman drummer Dave Witte. You'll notice the lack of…
Doug Moore | September 20, 2016 - 11:21 am

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Car Bomb – “Sets”

"Car Bomb" is the kind of name that suggests you've got a secret weapon, and indeed, this slow-burning Long Island act have something big up…
Doug Moore | September 14, 2016 - 10:33 am

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Valborg – “Werwolf”

Valborg are an unusual band, and they're closely associated with one of metal's most singular entities — Zeitgeister Music, a German boutique label that largely…
Doug Moore | September 13, 2016 - 1:00 pm

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Gotta admit, "graphic design is hard so sometimes you just end up stealing" doesn't seem like a great defense of this practice. And if anyone has the time and money to ensure that this kind of thing is done correctly, you'd think it'd be a high-profile and comparatively professional label like Relapse.
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April 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017
Yeah, I looked into that aphorism while writing this thing – it's actually older than Picasso and of uncertain origin, but I feel like a lot of people miss its hyperbolic / tongue-in-cheek tone.
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April 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017
Yes, to be clear: cover art doesn't have to literally steal from other people to be insanely boring and shitty, haha.
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April 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017
Aaron is currently locked in a law school torture chamber of some kind, but hopefully he'll deliver his usual dramatic overshare today
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March 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2017
I asked Aaron to cover Artificial Brain this month because I'm too personally friendly with them to feel good about doing so myself, but: Let it be known that the new album features several songs which are EVEN BETTER than the one we featured here.
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March 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2017
It ain't just you re: Pallbearer — I'm also somewhat immune to their charms. The quality is definitely there, but the songwriting doesn't really speak to me. My loss, I suppose. As for Dawn and Thorns, I think they're both donezo. I still spin Slaughtersun on a regular basis, though. Thx for the kind words re: Pyrrhon — we're done tracking and just gotta mix the thing now. Should be out some time in late summer / early fall.
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March 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2017
This will probably sound weird to you guys given most of the Pallbearer coverage on SG, but now that Mike isn't doing TBM anymore, they don't have a real hard-charging champion in the crew. Aaron likes'em though, so maybe he'll push for them to get a spot next month.
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February 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017
Oh, we'll get to that one – it's not out until April, and so we held off this month on the grounds that other songs on the album are even better than that single.
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February 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017
I feel like you can put most early death and black metal + grind in this category, TBH. Recent attempts to imitate the glories of the early extreme metal scene never sound quite right, because modern bands have a template to work from while the originals were just making it all up as they went along.
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February 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017
I would love Eternal Nightmare a lot more without the Goofy-falling-off-a-cliff vocals.
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February 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017
Yeah, this probably goes without saying, but our opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Stereogum's main staff, haha.
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February 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017
You are putting an awful lot of words in my mouth.
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February 2, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
Aw man, and I was trying so hard to be gentle with their delicate feelings, too! Hopefully they enjoy reading Rob Darken interviews at deathmetal.org instead of this unnecessarily aggressive leftist propaganda.
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February 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
As noted above, a sprawling subculture like metal can produce a lot of good music and still have a relatively bad year for cultural & structural reasons. (Or because it simply put out fewer compelling albums this year than in the previous one, which is, y'know, a matter on which someone might validly differ from you.) Disagreeing w/ Michael about whether metal's ongoing balkanization matters is one thing — I like it, personally — but saying "BEHOLD, MANY GOOD ALBUMS CAME OUT THIS YEAR, AND THEREFORE I'M GOING TO ACCUSE YOU OF BEING A WHINY CHILD FIVE TIMES" isn't productive or even a meaningful response to the essay.
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December 15, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Katatonia is one of the worst live bands I've ever seen, energy-wise. Totally lifeless onstage. I know their whole schtick is depression and all, but guys....there's more to performing than playing the notes right.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
I like chunks of Slow Forever, but if we're being real, I'm going to reach for the Cobalt albums with blasting instead of it every time.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
That's true in a lot of cases, but how true it is depends on the band. It's definitely a big part of the AN story for me. A lot of their appeal relies on the element of surprise, as it were – the "whoa!" feeling you get from the band's ridiculous rhythmic / tonal extremity, especially juxtaposed with their relatively conventional song structures & use of traditional melody. They inevitably can't retain that feeling for like 9 albums in a row, and since I've been following them since Domine Non Es Dignus, it's long since worn off for me. There are other factors at play too — the quality of the songwriting has declined since they started putting out an album every 18 months circa Passion IMO, and I really don't like the increasingly dancey electronic elements that they've brought in to stand in for novel riffs, but those things are more about my preferences than their career arc.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
I was very busy not recording LPs this year, haha.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Obviously I'm not going to speak for Michael. However, I would respond that many of the apparent contradictions that your pull quotes – and yes, your snarky comments – gesture towards fall somewhere between uncharitable readings and bad-faith misreadings of what the essay actually says. This piece deals with a lot of subjective impressions of the trendlines in a massive cultural space that involves thousands and thousands of people. These impressions get drawn without clear-cut supporting data by nature, since there is no DATABASE OV ALL METAL KNOWLEDGE to draw on. (Though if anyone could take advantage of such a thing, it’d be Michael, since he’s got serious stats chops.) They’re an unavoidable part of this kind of cultural criticism. I appreciate your praise for my work, but I do this sort of thing all the goddamn time — see my column intro from last month, for instance. The part of the essay that you seem to be taking issue with is Michael’s habit of qualifying these subjective impressions — such as, “metal’s decentralization means that nobody’s having the same conversation anymore,” followed by “there is one album that everyone thought about at least a little.” These things really aren’t mutually exclusive; the former can broadly be true at the same time that the latter is. It’s fine to prefer harder-charging prose with fewer qualifications, but that doesn’t mean that the project of including qualifications is illegitimate or “Trumpian,” especially in the context of a piece that has a pretty clear perspective, and ESPECIALLY on a subject where the available information is subject to multiple valid interpretations. (What is “good” for the genre? What is “bad”? Even the five of us don’t agree! I hated Edison Lot MDF!) There are a number of other suspect readings like this one in your post. Another example: you suggest that Michael somehow contradicted himself by pointing to both decentralization and metal’s declining economic viability as evidence of a crummy overall year for the genre. But these trends are pretty clearly related. Or your suggestion that metal can't have a relatively bad year and still produce a bunch of good albums, which is either a deliberate misreading or a failure to understand that "relatively bad year" for a huge subculture does not mean "everything was terrible." And do you really require hard data to prove that Pantera-loving meathead reactionary bros and proudly apolitical power metal nerds both exist in substantial numbers? So no, you didn’t get rid of a “not” with an ellipses, but you’re granting less than zero benefit of the doubt in your efforts to criticize, at the very least.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
It's almost like you can make any piece of writing look incoherent by deleting most of it and tying together a handful of its claims with your own snarky commentary!
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016