+1Posted on Jul 13th, 2011 | re: Under The Influence: Tombs Path Of Totality (8 comments)

Yes, definitely like these playlist articles. re: Tombs…damn! I spent this whole year looking forward to the new Morne (which is good but perhaps a little too smoothed over from what I was expecting), and instead I can’t get Path of Totality out of rotation! Brilliant album…

 0Posted on Jul 5th, 2011 | re: Haunting The Chapel's Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far (82 comments)

Striking Canadian postal workers finally got my Morne CD to me from Profound Lore…that thing is massively great. Definitely my #1 of the year so far, with Peste Noire probably # 2.

I actually like a lot of what Hunt-Hendrix has to say here, and he expresses an idealistic, if heavy-handedly written faith in the magic that black metal music can be capable of that I find kind of endearing, and he certainly seems to be a guy who does what he wants and loves what he does, without much regard for anything but the vision he wants to produce through his music.

Unfortunately, I just can’t get into Liturgy, and I really have tried. I really love a lot of the bands more “true” black metallers seem to revile…Wolves in the Throne Room, Alcest, the last Drudkh album, and to a lesser extent Krallice. Liturgy just doesn’t hit me the right way. I may not agree with everything the guy from Woe said, but I’d rather listen to his music than Liturgy’s any time.

To briefly mention a recent column Brandon, I really think that last Peste Noire album is in the running for extreme metal release of the year right now; its so damn good. However, Profound Lore currently has the new Morne on the way to me; I have a feeling about that one…

 0Posted on Apr 24th, 2011 | re: Horseback - "Blood Fountain" Video (Stereogum Premiere) (8 comments)

Its crazy to me how much I loved “The Invisible Mountain” after discovering it through your best of list last year…even though Horseback’s from my town! Geez…gonna have to check this out though.

 0Posted on Apr 7th, 2011 | re: Morne - "My Return" (Stereogum Premiere) (3 comments)

they certainly have! can’t wait for this one, loved the first after reading about it in this column. makes me want a new Asunder as well; A Clarion Call remains one of my all time favorites. Wonder what Gossard’s been up to these days?

 0Posted on Mar 31st, 2011 | re: Pentagram - "8" (3 comments)

Hey Brandon, sorry to get off topic a bit, but have you heard about this yet? very exciting…

“Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of OLD SILVER KEY, a brand new band born from the hyperactive mind of DRUDKH mainman Roman Saenko and consisting of four DRUDKH members plus French artist Neige (ALCEST, AMESOEURS) on vocals. The aim of this new project is to create nostalgic, romantic and light atmosphere of solitude, beholding, childhood and warmth. The first album is already in recording process.

 0Posted on Feb 25th, 2011 | re: Hexvessel - "Invocation Summoning" Video & "The Death Knell Tolls" (12 comments)

again, i might rephrase that a bit to say there’s more creativity going on in black metal than in other subgenres right now as opposed to simply being “popular”, just my opinion. But Haunting the Chapel doesn’t seem to be the type of column to give updates on Metallica, et al. I read it because it keeps me up with more boundary-pushing forms of metal, which is the type I personally prefer…

 0Posted on Feb 25th, 2011 | re: Hexvessel - "Invocation Summoning" Video & "The Death Knell Tolls" (12 comments)

I might make the argument that its just that the most interesting, off the beaten path stuff is being made within the general parameters of black metal right now. However, in the past non BM bands like Coliseum, Electric Wizard, Ghost, and others have had columns. And since when is black metal a “trend”? Granted, I like to think of myself as someone who doesn’t listen to particularly trendy music, but part of me wishes black metal was identified as a “trend” of sorts, so I can stop having to justify my listening to it repeatedly to the vast majority of my friends, most of whom are indie rock folk and can’t even regard black metal as music, much less as part of a musical trend…

 +1Posted on Feb 17th, 2011 | re: Caption Contest: A NEW PHOTO OF THE RADIOHEADS!! (138 comments)

what band photo isn’t pretentious?

 +1Posted on Feb 4th, 2011 | re: Burzum - "Vanvidd" (Stereogum Premiere) (13 comments)

Nice. I totally agree with your assessment of this album, though I am prepared to say I like it better than Belus…it blew my mind immediately.