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Body Count – “No Lives Matter”

There aren't too many metal bands whose voices seem especially relevant at this particular moment in history -- I talked about this late last year,…
Michael Nelson | February 17, 2017 - 2:11 pm

Worst Presidency By A Duo Or Group: All The Political Statements Made At The 2017 Grammys

The Grammys' long-dubious cultural relevance shrivels further with each passing year, and in 2017, the awards ceremony seems hilariously unfit to wear its own self-proclaimed…
Michael Nelson | February 12, 2017 - 8:48 pm


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

Comments from Michael Nelson

Yeah it goes hard as hell, and it's engaging pretty seriously with the subject matter. There's some stuff in there that even hard-lefties/DemSocialist types have trouble talking about or dealing with. The music reminds me of Suicidal Tendencies, old NYHC brawlers like Judge or Biohazard, even Slayer. I go back to LP1 with Body Count (back to OG-era Ice-T actually) so I'm in a weird minority on Stereogum, but man I listened to this thing like a hundred times today, it's some of the only music I've heard this year that makes any fucking sense.
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February 17, 2017 on Body Count – “No Lives Matter”
Man, I don't think it's corny at all. I admittedly bring a ton of personal baggage to this stuff, but I love it.
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February 17, 2017 on Body Count – “No Lives Matter”
This one of the best Marr impressions I've ever heard by anyone. I'd take a whole Ryan Adams album of this tbh.
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February 13, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Ryan Adams Prisoner
Ehh, I think you might be giving it too much credit.
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February 7, 2017 on Lady Gaga Reportedly Performing With Metallica At The Grammys
Green Day was the answer. The question was: What band used to be called Sweet Children? I was very lucky to be on a really good team. I didn't deserve to win.
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February 3, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
#actually we won three grand, $500 per player. The $500 I won will cover a fraction of the amount I spent to see Hamilton last year, which I mention only because my sole meaningful contribution to my team's victory was knowing the names of the Schuyler sisters (Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy, duh).
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February 3, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Hearing some Killers-meets-Jawbreaker in there too but we are making it sound so shitty when it is, in fact, so fuckin' awesome.
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February 3, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
It's not easy for us to get together because Aaron and Ian live really far away from me, Doug, and Wyatt. Doug's girlfriend once took a pic of all of us minus Ian, and if we put a bunch of filters on it, it would probably look something like the one at the top of this post. Without the filters, we look like a bunch of Bernie Bros who just finished a tour of the Ommegang Brewery.
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February 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
Oh sorry nah that's Dodecahedron -- there's no easy way for me to indicate that in the copy. I'll try to figure something out.
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February 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
My apologies. It was a long essay, and at the time I wrote it, I was still grappling with whether I would (or could) continue to be an active proponent of a culture whose values and views are way-too-often in direct conflict with my own. Here's the line in question indicating that I might be done:
If [my consternation] makes me unfit to write about metal anymore — and maybe it does — then so be it. I can’t say I’ve done more good than harm here. I’m OK walking away from this battle, because there are plenty of others that need soldiers.
In the days following that essay's publication, I devoted some serious thought to my dilemma and finally decided it would be hypocritical and ultimately harmful for me to be a part of this collective effort going forward. I love Doug, Ian, Aaron, and Wyatt like brothers, and it's hard to imagine I'll ever feel otherwise, but I took a good hard look beyond our little crew, and a good hard look in the mirror, and I didn't like what I saw. Some of this stuff is the big, obvious shit that we all know about; some of it has occurred in private conversations whose contents will remain private; some of it is because I suddenly found it hard to distinguish myself from a growing group of mealy-mouthed weenies who vacillate between complicity and conscience but are ultimately too craven (and opportunistic) to choose a side. I don't stand with those people. I don't wanna stand anywhere NEAR those people. That's not to say I'll never write about metal again in any capacity (I'm sure I will), just that I no longer feel comfortable being an "ambassador" for the genre. I've done more harm than good. And I don't want to distract from the healthy and constructive conversation that occurs in this space, so I left.
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February 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
I love that Aaron's B-side writeups are still better than literally any other metal blog on earth
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January 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
Wait wait I'm not leaving Stereogum or anything, just not doing Black Market anymore. But I only contributed a tiny percentage to the column on a monthly basis, so it won't really change that much if at all. But yeah, no need to say farewell or anything, this is still my full-time job!
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January 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
Nah these dudes are right up my alley, I dunno why I was sleeping. Your comment woke me up, and I appreciate it.
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January 30, 2017 on The Menzingers – “Thick As Thieves”
I never really fucked with this band till reading this comment, but damn man you sold me.
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January 30, 2017 on The Menzingers – “Thick As Thieves”
Yeah, I apologize that I haven't done that column in a minute. It's gonna be back soon, I promise.
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January 30, 2017 on Bowery Ballroom And Mercury Lounge Excluded From AEG’s Bowery Presents Acquisition
I wrote a whole bunch about it here and here, both of which you maybe already read. I don't know if I'll write about it again anytime soon, but no question, it's the album I've listened to more than any other in 2017. Absolutely essential.
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January 27, 2017 on Pallbearer – “Thorns”