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At the risk of sounding completely sycophantic (you looken sharpen todayen, mein herr), I think this is the best thing I’ve ever read on Stereogum. Maiden have been my favourite band since I was 11, much to my parents’ chagrin – their level of concern and scrutiny was such that I couldn’ even buy the albums, I had to tape my friends’ copies and listen to them in secret (Live After Death was my first, I even drew my own cover for it in ballpoint pen on lined school paper). Anyway, great job Michael, you nailed it.

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August 24, 2015 on Lifelong Dirtbag: The Eternal Importance Of Iron Maiden

I can’t wait to hear Bryan Adams cover this whole album.

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August 19, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Carly Rae Jepsen E•MO•TION

Pretty goddamn good indeed. I have it on good authority that the new album is their best since Seventh Son, can’t wait to hear it!

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August 14, 2015 on Iron Maiden – “Speed Of Light” Video

Ow, my freakin’ ears!

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August 14, 2015 on Check Out Okilly Dokilly, A Ned Flanders-Themed Metal Band

Another great thing about BCC is that they always had the best intentionally misspelled song/album titles (“Mak Munne” and “Powaful Impak!” come to mind). Sorry to hear this news, RIP Sean.

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August 12, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: The Unfathomable Loss Of Sean Price

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Ghost fan, I’m looking forward to the new album, but to me, the term “doom metal” evokes music that’s much slower and heavier than what Ghost are doing (think Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, Cathedral, early Paradise Lost and Anathema, etc). I would call Ghost occult metal or “trad-metal” (or a combination of the two) – in fact, Stereogum’s own Michael Nelson once argued that they’re not even metal at all:

http://www.stereogum.com/1315512/stream-ghost-b-c-infestissumam/mp3s/album-stream/

…which I wouldn’t agree with either, I just don’t think they’re slow/heavy enough to be considered doom.

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August 7, 2015 on Ghost – “Majesty”

I wouldn’t agree that Ghost are doom metal, but that’s nitpicking (I’m a metal fan – it’s what we do).

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August 7, 2015 on Ghost – “Majesty”

The big news for me this week is that there’s a new Grave album coming in October – their last one was just incredible (with Dismember broken up and Entombed basically a self-parody at this point, thank god we still have these guys). The new track starts out kind of generic, but once it slows down about halfway through things get pretty awesome:

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/grave-to-release-out-of-respect-for-the-dead-album-in-october/

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August 5, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2015

The Jays haven’t been back to the postseason since that Carter home run – I blame Meek for that too.

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July 29, 2015 on Drake – “Back To Back Freestyle”

You are now about to witness the strength of (much less) street knowledge (than before).

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July 22, 2015 on N.W.A Reunion Tour Rumored With Eminem As Honorary Member

Never mind how Drake and Nicki respond, what I really want to know is, what does Toronto city councillor Norm Kelly think of all this?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/norm-kelly-tweets-meek-mill-no-longer-welcome-in-toronto-after-drake-diss-1.3163614

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July 22, 2015 on Meek Mill Unleashes Epic Twitter Tirade About Drake Not Writing His Own Raps

Except for Bach, who is actually Canadian. I only care about this because he grew up in my hometown. (Oh, and also because I own the entire Skid Row discography. And Skid Row/Pantera/Killer Dwarfs at the Peterborough Memorial Centre when I was 17 is still one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. But other than that…)

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July 15, 2015 on Attend Sebastian Bach’s Wedding Reception For Just $300

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Truckers, (although I actually like Big To-Do better than BTCD), but yeah, these last two Jason Isbell albums are a LOT better than the last two DBT records.

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July 10, 2015 on Stream Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

If this keeps up, it won’t be long before he stops being called “former Drive-By Truckers member”, and DBT start being called “Jason Isbell’s former band” instead.

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July 9, 2015 on Stream Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

I really like that Cut Up track (the album artwork is pretty funny too, in a disgusting sort of way) – reminds me of Dismember, which is high praise coming from me. Thanks for the tip!

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July 2, 2015 on The Black Market – The Month In Metal: June 2015

Man, that Khemmis track is excellent, I’ll definitely be checking out more from them. (For future reference, describing your band as “a doom metal Iron Maiden” is pretty much a guarantee that I will listen to your album).

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June 30, 2015 on The Black Market – The Month In Metal: June 2015

I’m somewhere in between, I obviously agree that the post-Seasons albums are inferior, but I don’t write them off by any means – I wouldn’t say I *love* Divine Intervention and GHUA, but I certainly like them (“Fictional Reality” is awesome, to start with). As for Hanneman being the one secretly sucking all these years, I definitely wouldn’t go that far – then again, he did write almost all of Diabolus In Musica, which is their worst album IMO, so who knows? Definitely curious to hear the new album either way.

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June 30, 2015 on The Black Market – The Month In Metal: June 2015

No argument here, I fully admit that it sounds like faint praise – I guess all I’m trying to say is, my reaction to the song is more enthusiastic than just polite applause, I actually really like it and have been listening to it a lot. It’s got me more (cautiously) optimistic for the new album, anyway.

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June 30, 2015 on The Black Market – The Month In Metal: June 2015

I guess I’m in the minority, but I really like “Repentless”. Yes, the lyrics are dumb (and the title is REALLY dumb), but I’ve never listened to Slayer for the lyrics anyway – I think the main riff is pretty great, and the intensity level hasn’t been this high in years. It’s my favourite Slayer song since the GHUA era, which might not be saying a whole lot, but still, I was pleasantly surprised.

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June 30, 2015 on The Black Market – The Month In Metal: June 2015

If you mean this, then yes, we can definitely talk about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvfaJ7OnzNM

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June 26, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week