Aaron Lariviere
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 0Posted on Apr 4th | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2014 (34 comments)

I was listening to the new Teitanblood on a plane the other day and had to shut it off cuz my head kept trying to move.

No shame in not digging it; we all hear these things in our own ways. I put that thing on and it’s like a spike in the vein. Plenty of stuff others love (Agalloch…) doesn’t do as much for me.

Restraint has never been my strong suit ;-)

 0Posted on Feb 7th | re: Pyrrhon - "Balkanized" (2 comments)

No objectivity from me, but that’s besides the point: this is killer stuff. It’ll get filed under that newish wave of experimental metal ala Ulcerate, Gorguts, Portal, and Deathspell Omega, but the noise rock and late ’90s “chaotic metalcore” influence is strong (think forgotten bands like Playing Enemy, or Mike Hill’s pre-Tombs project Anodyne). But there’s an improvisational element you don’t really here elsewhere, which pushes this into territories unknown. Not an easy listen by any means, but this is some killer mindfuck metal.

Such a weird, great record. You know you’re in for a good ride when you can’t even describe what you’re hearing, but it’s catchy as fuck.

 +2Posted on Jan 30th | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - January 2014 (12 comments)

I know I wasn’t the one to write about it, but goddamn that Artificial Brain record is the tits. (Coffinworm, too.)

 +2Posted on Jan 13th | re: The Simpsons Apologize To Judas Priest In Chalkboard Gag (16 comments)

I blame myself, if only for not wearing more flamboyant metal shirts at the office. My vast metallic wisdom could have saved us all.

I’ll always respect Adrien and I’m a huge fan of his writing (though our listening habits only cross over on occasiona, seemingly at random) but I think the dB essay comes off a bit strange, as if it’s framed incorrectly. It’s put forth as this Definitive Stamp on 2013, yet it reads more like the personal chronicle of someone struggling to keep up with the whims and shifts of a genre he’s long self-identified with. In Mike’s post he mentions that it might just be a case of semantics, and I think that’s exactly it. When a lot of us talk about “metal”, we’re not talking (only) Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Metallica. Metal to me–and maybe it’s because I’ve been reading Decibel magazine for years, and their open approach to all types of heavy and extreme music has clearly rubbed off–is a wide, wide genre, much like rock n roll was before it dissolved into a billion unrelated fragments. Maybe metal will do that, too, and this is just a noticeable point of transition. Either way, I’m more than happy with the current “every direction at once” expansion of the metal world.

 +5Posted on Dec 30th, 2013 | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - December 2013 (26 comments)

Evil always returns ;-)

 +2Posted on Dec 30th, 2013 | re: The Black Market: The Month In Metal - December 2013 (26 comments)

This might make me sound like a really goofy version of a “nothing but the demos” elitist, but in this case it’s true: I way prefer Under the Running Board over anything else they did.

 +1Posted on Dec 15th, 2013 | re: The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013 (117 comments)

Thanks for the kind words!

The new Triptykon record comes out in April, which should rule. Woods of Desolation has a great one coming out in January, which I expect we’ll be covering soon. And then two from Profound Lore coming in early 2014: the long-delayed (and well worth the wait) Avichi record, as well as Artificial Brain which is… mindblowing. Fans of the weirder, organic/tech records of 2013 will love this thing. Think new Gorguts, Ulcerate, and Castevet rolled into one. The year is off to a good start before it begins!