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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...
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July 13, 2011 on Under The Influence: Tombs Path Of Totality
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.
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July 5, 2011 on Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far
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...
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June 20, 2011 on “Visions Of American Black Metal”: Liturgy’s Hunter Hunt-Hendrix Responds
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.
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April 24, 2011 on Horseback – “Blood Fountain” Video (Stereogum Premiere)
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?
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April 7, 2011 on Morne – “My Return” (Stereogum Premiere)
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.
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March 31, 2011 on Pentagram – “8”
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...
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February 25, 2011 on Hexvessel – “Invocation Summoning” Video & “The Death Knell Tolls”
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...
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February 25, 2011 on Hexvessel – “Invocation Summoning” Video & “The Death Knell Tolls”
what band photo isn't pretentious?
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February 17, 2011 on Caption Contest: A NEW PHOTO OF THE RADIOHEADS!!
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.
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February 4, 2011 on Burzum – “Vanvidd” (Stereogum Premiere)
for some reason i've never been able to fully appreciate Xasthur (or Leviathan for that matter)...maybe I should give this one a shot. Brandon, I see the new Burzum in the frequent rotation section, which I assume means a column is forthcoming. Its leaked and I checked it out yesterday. AMAZING. I liked Belus just fine, but still considered Burzum to have peaked with Filosofem. Not any more...Fallen is just on a whole different level. Can't wait to pick up the official release, love that album art too. But yeah, I really think its pretty incredible, definitely metal album of the (admittedly young) year so far. We all know the problems involved with praising Burzum, but this time he's created a musical concept that I think isn't really comparable to anything else I can think of.
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February 4, 2011 on Xasthur (Feat. Marisa Nadler) – “Horizon Of Plastic Caskets” & “Broken Glass Christening”
never mind, that's '09....I can't believe old Sin Nanna went a whole year without putting out a record! Usually he's good for two annually...
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January 3, 2011 on Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010
Just remembered...Striborg's "Southwest Passage" probably deserves a mention somewhere on this thread as well.
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January 3, 2011 on Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010
wow, so Horseback was ranked number 9 and sounded awesome...checked them out a bit online and it turns out they are from my town! Can't believe I hadn't heard of them before, but I'll definitely be picking that one up.
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December 22, 2010 on Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010
I think my only other thoughts on this list are that, personally, I would have had Alcest a lot higher (like top 3, I think that's just a gorgeous album). Also, since Morne is from 2009, I now must declare the most underrated metal album of the year to be Clair Cassis' self titled effort. Did you ever hear that one Brandon? Its the folks from Velvet Cacoon up to similar druggy black metal wackiness, maybe a little poppier than VC.
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December 21, 2010 on Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010
Ah...I must admit, I did not realize that! Damn good record in any case.
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December 21, 2010 on Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010
Not much to argue with here, awesome list as always! I will make an argument for Morne's "Untold Wait" as the most underrated metal album of the year.
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December 21, 2010 on Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010
no...way. that is so hilarious...
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October 22, 2010 on Thrall – “Spit In The Eye”
the ideology is the one thing that is pretty similar to Striborg...who is awesome...sometimes you need a good dose of nihilism, even if its not well thought out.
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October 22, 2010 on Thrall – “Spit In The Eye”
for me its kind of the otherwordly aspect. granted, a "growly" vocalist has to get it right for me, and I can be picky about those kinds of vocals (no distortion or effects; many of these vocalists really sound like that!), but when I do like the vocals, its almost like the voice can be a transmission from another world or something, which is something I like to get out of my music. I listen to a lot of punk and indie rock too, and actually didn't discover extreme metal until later in my musical development, and actually found the vocals to be a big drawing point as they were something different. personally, I tend to find the affected whine of a lot of indie rock vocalists to be a lot more grating than growly vocals, but as you said, its a taste thing.
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September 24, 2010 on Is Drudkh’s Handful Of Stars The Best Album Of 2010?
hahaha...awesome. drudkh is a band that would lend itself toward looping songs like that I would think...at least you get to listen to that soaring riff at the end of the song twice!
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September 23, 2010 on Is Drudkh’s Handful Of Stars The Best Album Of 2010?
right now its between this and Alcest for my album of the year so far. one question though..."the day will come" being 20 minutes long? is that an alternate version or something? the only one i've seen is a little over 9 minutes.
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September 22, 2010 on Is Drudkh’s Handful Of Stars The Best Album Of 2010?
same here...I thought microcosmos was great, and their best since autumn aurora, which was always my favorite, but handful of stars is on a completely different level. hey, one more rec if you're not familiar with this yet...Clair Cassis. Project from those Velvet Cacoon folks. Its great; i actually like it better than any single VC album.
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September 21, 2010 on Winterfylleth – “A Valley Thick With Oaks” (Stereogum Premiere)
Nothing terribly shocking in that response...its easy to bag on black metallers for racism, etc (admittedly, rightfully so sometimes due to less sophisticated minds in the scene), but really Morrissey has made similar comments about valuing English culture and lamenting its loss that come off a lot worse than the quote above. Can't wait to hear it! btw Brandon, have you heard the new Drodkh yet? Its AMAZING! Its getting some backlash on some metal boards i've seen for going in an Alcest-like direction (which they have, a bit), but I think its probably their best album and the culmination of their career so far. Incredible.
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September 21, 2010 on Winterfylleth – “A Valley Thick With Oaks” (Stereogum Premiere)
Oh man...I was just thinking a few weeks ago how I hadn't heard any good new metal in a while...then the last two Haunting the Chapels were published. Lantlos and especially Morne are kicking my ass lately...thanks Brandon! As usual, you remain my main source for new heavy shit.
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August 8, 2010 on Morne – “Machine” & “Untold Wait”