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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2017

We usually kick off the Black Market with one of my standard 8,000-word screeds about whatever happened to irritate me during the preceding four weeks,…
Doug Moore | May 31, 2017 - 12:13 pm

The Black Market

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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One of my top 3 or 4 sets at the festival. I was worried they'd be a disaster live, especially with fest sound, but they were actually better than on record.
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May 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2017
Aaron is correct in this matter.
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May 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2017
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