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AFI – “Get Hurt”

The career of California death-punk quartet AFI can be broken into two pretty distinct chapters. There's the AFI that existed from 1995-2002, during which time…
Michael Nelson | January 12, 2017 - 11:00 am

Stream Krallice Prelapsarian

Brooklyn's Krallice are one of the most unique and uncompromising bands in metal today. They're heavy as hell. They're insanely technically adept. Their compositional structures…
Michael Nelson | December 21, 2016 - 9:49 am

Kreator – “Earth Under The Sword” & “Satan Is Real”

There's a hot metric shit-ton of vile gunk clogging the drain of metal right now, but I'm unreasonably excited about the genre in 2017 for…
Michael Nelson | December 16, 2016 - 11:05 am

2016 In Review

The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016

Let's just put this out there: Metal had a pretty bad 2016. Maybe this is specific to my country, America, which also had a pretty…
Michael Nelson | December 14, 2016 - 10:20 am

Krallice – “Hate Power”

It's not easy to keep up with the stylistic changes made by Brooklyn-based avant-garde quartet Krallice, partly because their album releases don't temporally line up…
Michael Nelson | December 7, 2016 - 11:57 am

Metallica – “Atlas, Rise!”

In last month's Black Market, I went kinda long on "Moth Into Flame," the second single released off Metallica's upcoming Hardwired...To Self-Destruct. As I explained…
Michael Nelson | October 31, 2016 - 3:12 pm

Martyrdöd – “Harmagedon”

I remember seeing Martyrdöd at Maryland Deathfest 2015 -- this was my second time seeing them; I also caught them at the Acheron in Brooklyn…
Michael Nelson | October 28, 2016 - 4:41 pm

Spotify Reportedly In “Advanced Talks” To Buy SoundCloud

SoundCloud has had a rough go of its move toward monetization, but it's still the most important and influential service on the planet for unsigned…
Michael Nelson | September 28, 2016 - 5:32 pm

But Who's Buying?

No Wave: Is This The End Of Tidal? And If So … Then What?

On June 30, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in talks to acquire Tidal, the on-demand music-streaming service launched by Jay Z (and…
Michael Nelson | September 27, 2016 - 10:07 am

Metallica – “Moth Into Flame” Video

Look, I'm not gonna say anything about the new Metallica album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, till I actually hear it, because my feelings about Metallica are way…
Michael Nelson | September 26, 2016 - 11:09 am


Planes Mistaken For Stars – “Riot Season”

When Colorado-via-Illinois' Planes Mistaken For Stars released their debut album, 2001's Fuck With Fire, they appeared to be a better-than-average screamo band lost in a…
Michael Nelson | September 15, 2016 - 11:59 am


Oathbreaker – “Immortals”

The Belgian quartet Oathbreaker don't belong to any existing metal subgenre, and the self-ascribed subgenres listed on their Bandcamp don't do much to clarify what…
Michael Nelson | September 8, 2016 - 1:46 pm


Alcest – “Je Suis D’Ailleurs”

The French band Alcest have effectively been around for about a decade now -- their first EP, Le Secret, was released in 2005, and that…
Michael Nelson | August 31, 2016 - 10:48 am

But Who's Buying?

CMJ Sure Seems To Be Over. So How Come Nobody Is Talking About It?

The CMJ Music Marathon has been around longer than many of its participants have been alive. Like infinite waves of incoming NYU freshmen, the marathon…
Michael Nelson | August 29, 2016 - 12:30 pm

Universal Reportedly Bans Its Artists From Any More Streaming Exclusives

A couple weeks ago, Chance The Rapper's manager, Pat Corcoran, talked to Billboard about the Chicago rapper's decision to release his recent mixtape, Coloring Book,…
Michael Nelson | August 23, 2016 - 7:08 pm

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I dunno if I'm allowed to say this but I just got an advance of the new Pallbearer like half an hour ago, so I'm about half an hour into the new Pallbearer, and ... the answer to your question is unequivocally yes. You can definitely 100% add that one (and Panopticon of course, although I haven't heard a note of that one yet) to the list of reasons I'm hyped for metal in 2017. In answer to your other question: You can email me at michael[at]stereogum dot com or if you wanna get an email to everyone on staff here, send to tips[at]stereogum dot com. Just note what it's about in the subject because I get like 5,000+ emails a day and I don't always get to all of them.
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December 16, 2016 on Kreator – “Earth Under The Sword” & “Satan Is Real”
Yeah I guess I was maybe 13 when I got into Slayer, but for some reason I never considered them "extreme metal" -- I got into them along with Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, etc. in '87, so I always lumped them into that grouping. Kreator were like my "gateway band" into the real heavy stuff when I started high school. You really can't go wrong either way.
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December 16, 2016 on Kreator – “Earth Under The Sword” & “Satan Is Real”
Yeah, Krallice's "surprise release" strategy is maybe not the best system for getting the word out, considering they play atonal virtuosic prog-jazz-black-death in complex time signatures AND self-release their own albums, but you gotta respect their game. Just announced last week: http://www.stereogum.com/1915037/krallice-hate-power/music/
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
We start compiling this pretty much right after Thanksgiving and then have a couple weeks to put it together, so Batushka came to our attention too late for us to consider it on 2015's list. Krallice have an album coming out next week that we'll have to consider NEXT December alongside the 2017 releases. It's an imperfect system but it's the best we've got.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
I can appreciate and understand any individual response to Hardwired (or any other album for that matter), but FWIW I assure you, Adrien's not on the take. He genuinely loves the album.
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Yeah, they're easily one of the most ferocious live bands I've seen in the last five or so years (and I've seen 'em a bunch of times), and your description nails it. Absolute monsters.
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December 7, 2016 on Krallice – “Hate Power”
Ah man, it's really encouraging to hear that, and deeply appreciated by everyone here. Thank you!
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December 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Doug Moore: bringin' back Cosmo since 2011.
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December 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Yeah, Torche is actually a really great comparison. (They had a dB AOTY too not THAT long ago!) On the subject of Goes Cube: My little writeup above initially stated that "I've listened to 'Goes Cube Song 57' probably a thousand times in my life, and the thing still crushes." However, I meant to say "Song 30," not "Song 57." Nothing against "Song 57," but "Song 30" was/is my jam; I just got the generic song titles confused. I've amended the text and link above, but everyone should spin "Song 30" if they don't know it (and even if they do!). It's killer. Do it! [videoembed size="full_width" alignment="center"][/videoembed]
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December 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Man I was gonna mention Pete Steele in this thread but I feel like I somehow bring him up in every conversation so I held back. (To be fair, he wasn't historically averse to "slinging slurs" as well as baring his emotional nakedness, sometimes in the same song, sometimes in the same lyric, using the former to achieve the latter.)
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November 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Nah, I was supposed to go but I bailed at the last minute, in part because the town in which the event was held had been papered with KKK fliers a couple nights earlier and I'm not looking to get in a room with those scumbags. Not that I have any reason to believe people who turned out for that show are racist assholes -- in my experience, Carcass and Deafheaven fans have been pretty cool people, and I count a very small number of them among my closest friends -- but I woulda been out there looking for a fight, and that wouldn't have been much fun. http://pix11.com/2016/11/17/kkk-flyers-found-in-patchogue-overnight/ How was the crowd for the two headliners? I was curious to know if people turned out. I hope they did -- those bands are so great, and they deserve big crowds wherever they play.
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November 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
You are way too fucking kind, thanks man. I actually decided not to write a review because the outline I had was literally broken up into chapters (not kidding) and I just got overwhelmed by it, especially because I keep finding new things to say and I want to sit with the album a little longer before publishing anything. I kinda think I might work it all into a gigantic end-of-year essay or something, so you may still get that write-up, but I don't wanna make any promises I can't keep. That said, you should listen to the album! It's got a few throwaways in the back half, but on the whole, I like it a lot, I think it's objectively really strong, and I absolutely endorse it.
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November 17, 2016 on Stream Metallica Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
The album he premiered at MSG ended with "Wolves," and also, he says on "30 Hours" (the first actual "song" among the "bonus tracks" after "Silver Surfer Intermission") something like, "These are the bonus tracks." I definitely consider them to be bonus tracks, personally.
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October 28, 2016 on Being There Turns 20
Already apologized to the rest of the Black Market crew for that unreasonably long Metallica blurb (essay?) but wanna apologize to you guys too. It's unreasonably long, and I know it, and I'm sorry.
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September 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
I love Blood Fire Death but Hammerheart is The One IMO.
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September 6, 2016 on Rihanna Dressed Up Like A Giant Fur Heart And Fed Pigeons In NYC
Fenriz is the fucking king. Good stuff.
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August 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
HAHAHAHA. I stand corrected! The description still fits (tho Ted's vox are not the same kind of "ugly" as Fenriz's). Tbh, now that you mention it, I actually might have been quoting Fenriz when I came up with that.
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August 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
Hahaha, Fenriz is a total fucking legend, that's a great quote. Credit to Doug for coming up with that genre tag, btw, it's a perfect encapsulation of the music.
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August 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016