Doug Moore

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The Killing Gods isn't my favorite Misery Index release, but they're a great band overall with a long release history. Overthrow, Retaliate, and Heirs to Thievery are all pretty essential 'modern' death metal, IMO. Jason Netherton, their bassist and sometimes vocalist, was also a founding member of Dying Fetus and played on most of their canonical releases.
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January 29, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2015
Ironically, I'm also the biggest poseur of the bunch.
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January 28, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2015
Thanks for the kind words, man. And as another commenter pointed out, you should really check out Joey Molinaro's other work if you loved that Gridlink album; his solo stuff and his band Say At Last are fascinating. (Our drummer also played on the Say At Last album.) It's on Joey's Bandcamp page if you're curious!
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December 16, 2014 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014
#13, #15: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/12/14/143699630/the-20-unhappiest-people-you-meet-in-the-comments-sections-of-year-end-lists?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nprmusic&utm_term=music&utm_content=2036
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December 15, 2014 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014
It's technically being marketed as an EP, so it was considered ineligible. I probably would've voted for it otherwise. Some other EPs that I thought were noteworthy this year: Torrid Husk - Caesious Forest of Tygers - Bruises Jumalhämärä - Songless Shores Vuyvr - Incinerated Gods
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December 15, 2014 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014
Yeah, they're just not really any of our speeds. I'm probably the biggest 'tech' fan in the crew, but I don't have much of a taste for that style of excruciatingly clean and spit-shined progressive DM anymore.
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December 15, 2014 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014
I obviously need to befriend some less ethical music writers. Thanks for the kind words, guys!
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November 27, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2014
*note that above reference to "Child of God" should read "Children of God" — the former is the title of a Cormac McCarthy album, and I keep accidentally conflating the two, which actually kinda makes sense!
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November 14, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2014
I would actually suggest doing the opposite — their catalog will make a lot more sense if you start from the beginning, and you'll get to their seminal work (i.e. mostly their '80s material) a lot more quickly. If you do go that route, be warned that the first few albums are totally barbaric noise rock that's as bleak and intense as any extreme metal out there, so it's gonna be a bumpy ride either way. If you can't stand To Be Kind, chances are very slim that you'll be able to tolerate The Seer, which IMO is arguably the most punishing and unlistenable album in their catalog. Not because it's so rhythmically brutal or anything; there are just long, long expanses of formless noise jamming, which is not most people's cup of tea. I was actually pretty surprised by how favorably it was received by the critical establishment for that reason. My personal favorite of the post-breakup Swans material is My Father Will Guide Me... since it's the most focused and least indulgent, but that makes me something of an outlier. If you just wanna check out the best of the more accessible material they've done, I'd recommend some of the late-'80s and '90s albums: The Great Annihilator, Soundtracks for the Blind, Child of God, and maybe My Father... to cap'em off. It's really all great though. I would add that for Neurosis, you should start with Souls At Zero and work forward. Their most recent album is far and away their weakest since they were a hardcore band in the early days. For more deets, I wrote a Worst To Best of my own about'em: http://www.stereogum.com/1223262/neurosis-albums-from-worst-to-best/top-stories/lead-story/
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November 14, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2014
Well then, this has been productive!
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July 2, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2014
Sure, but that doesn't answer the question. What would it mean to 'address it at all' in terms of specific action? How might one 'lead the charge to change that'? If you play in a band that's influenced by an old BM band whose members have said or done sketchy things, should you issue a disclaimer stating that you disagree with what the members in question said or did before you play your songs? Should you write lyrics about how Varg Vikernes and Rob Darken are assholes, which nobody will be able to make out because, hey, you're in a black metal band? I've seen a lot of comments to this effect around Daniel's conversation piece — that BM's historical ties to bigotry etc. "need to be addressed" — but it's still unclear to me what musicians are supposed to do to comply with this request.
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July 1, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2014
Out of curiosity, what would a band with a noticeable Emperor influence (just for example) have to do to "really address" the fact that Faust committed a hate crime 22 years ago?
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June 30, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2014
I actually wrote a long thing on this subject not too long ago! http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2013/12/dont-listen-to-everything/
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May 1, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2014
You know I love Metallica too, but it's a pretty bad sign if the best song they've recorded since Bush I was in office was written by someone else.
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April 1, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2014
That would be me — I'm responsible for the barn animal noises. Thanks for checking the album out; glad to hear that you dug it!
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March 31, 2014 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2014
What can I say? I'm a Calculating/Irony guy. I respect the pop/mathgrind fusion thing they're doing now more than I like it.
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December 30, 2013 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – December 2013
Also, ironically, I was responsible for a Gorguts anticipation post back in 2012: http://lastrit.es/articles/445/upcoming-devastation
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December 30, 2013 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – December 2013
I'm the only fan on board (right guys?) and I didn't think it was that good.
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December 30, 2013 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – December 2013
Yeah, I'd say you're right — I'm a death metal dude at heart, and as Mike's intro pointed out, death metal more or less won out in 2013.
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December 11, 2013 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013
I'm probably the biggest DEP fan among the people who put this list together. Their run from the mini-LP up through Miss Machine is pretty much flawless IMO. But as they've become more poppy and less unhinged over the ensuing releases, they've ceased to move me. I respect what they're doing; I just don't like it as much as their older stuff.
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December 11, 2013 on The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013
ATTN Kvohst: knock it off with this silliness and do a Decrepit Spectre full length instead.
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October 30, 2013 on Beastmilk – “Fear Your Mind” (Stereogum Premiere)
" I think this just comes across as a rope-a-dope for the S-Gum crowd. Constant refrain of the charms of Taylor Swift and K-Pop all over the ‘Gum, and then complete Orthodoxy for the Metallica list" I've never written anything about Taylor Swift or K-pop for this site or any other, and I was given absolutely no editorial direction for this piece. (Unless "submit by Monday" counts as editorial direction.) Sometimes a thrash-era Metallica fan is just a thrash-era Metallica fan.
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October 15, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best
Thanks, man. Given my druthers, I would've spent a whole month on this thing and it would've been 20,000 words long, haha.
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October 15, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best
Well, Master of Reality, In the Nightside Eclipse, A Blaze In the Northern Sky, etc., are all obviously classics of the genre as well. (I love Akuma No Uta, but one of these things is not like the other.) But albums of their stature are extremely, extremely rare. You can think that they're all better than Metallica's first four while still thinking that said first four tower over virtually all recorded metal. And since those albums are a) obviously of that stature and b) beloved by virtually everybody, from super underground nerd types to people who haven't listened to any metal aside from Sabbath & the big four, I think there's a pretty good argument to be made that they're as good or better than anything the genre has produced. For what it's worth, I'm not really a Metallica superfan, but it's tough to pick anything that's just transparently better. Also, Led Zep isn't metal, and Venom were better as a starting point for other bands than they were unto themselves.
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October 15, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best
Sorry, I think what I meant to say was: you wrote about that gig so well that you are now technically a member of Metallica.
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October 14, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best
D'oh! Completely forgot about that. Good eye.
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October 14, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best
That was definitely my intention, actually. Outside of the first four, I think Lulu is the most interesting album in Metallica's catalog. Unfortunately, "interesting" doesn't necessarily imply "good." Thanks for reading!
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October 14, 2013 on Metallica Albums From Worst To Best