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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
Sorry, the tongue-in-cheekness didn't really come across, but fair enough. The problem is that there are still a lot of people out there who DON'T think it's a rational opinion. I don't think we're at the point yet where a mainstream country star publicly supporting gay rights can be dismissed with a "so what?" - yeah, it SHOULD be expected, but how often does it actually happen? She's trying to change some minds; that's still worth celebrating IMO.
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June 26, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
"Welcome to the rest of the world, like a decade ago" Unfortunately that's not even remotely true, sadly there are still a LOT of people in the world (hell, the country) who are not "down with the gays" even today, let alone 10 years ago. To wit: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gop-candidates-condemn-scotus-same-sex-marriage-ruling-article-1.2272718
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June 26, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I was hoping to see Slayer's "Repentless" make the cut, it's the best thing they've done in years (stupid title notwithstanding). I guess the Black Market crew were too busy getting this month's column ready to get their votes in!
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June 20, 2015 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
As far as I'm concerned, when you've written as many classic songs as Eddie has, you can be as weird as you want.
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June 20, 2015 on Eddie Van Halen Explains Why David Lee Roth Is Not His Friend, How Van Halen Gave Him Cancer
You also have the band name spelled three different ways: Weidgewood, Wiedgewood, and Wiegedood - I think the last one is right. (Hey, you said you appreciated nitpicking...)
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June 1, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2015
On one hand, I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed to hear that Michael will be dialing back his Black Market duties, since he's my favourite writer on Stereogum, and the one whose tastes most closely match my own (hopefully these "scheduling reasons" don't mean we'll be seeing a lot less of his writing!). But on the other hand, I have no doubt that this column is in good hands with the rest of the Black Market crew, as evidenced by another great column this month. Very glad to see Paradise Lost at #1 - for the record, I think the new album is the best thing they've done since Gothic.
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June 1, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2015
The album is actually called 'Shadows'. (Really good album though, whatever you want to call it!)
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May 13, 2015 on Stream Valkyrie Shadows
I was already curious to hear this album, but after reading this, I'm even more so. I wasn't sure what to think about the cover at first, but after reading the story behind it, I think it's brilliant. Not that I have anything against the typical metal album cover (skulls, dragons, Chthulhu, hurrah!), far from it, but it's nice to see something different for a change.
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May 1, 2015 on Vattnet Viskar – “Settler” (Stereogum Premiere)
As for other albums rising to the top, if we're bypassing Tribulation (which is pretty clearly the front runner for AOTY if you ask me), the other one that comes to mind for me is Elder's "Lore". Not that it's overly groundbreaking or forward-thinking, but on a pure songwriting/musicianship level I haven't heard much else this year that can touch it. Sort of reminds me of peak-era Mastodon (Leviathan/Blood Mountain/CTS), if Mastodon wrote 20-minute songs. And I discovered it through the Black Market!
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May 1, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2015
From one old guy shaking his fist to another, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Metallica have one more album of first-four-level greatness in them. Not that I didn't like Death Magnetic (I did, and it was a step in the right direction), and obviously they're very different people than they were 30 years ago, but they've done it before, we know what they're capable of, so I'm hoping that "Ronnie Rising" is a harbinger of things to come.
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May 1, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2015
Strange that they've got Metallica headling Saturday but there doesn't seem to be a single other metal band in the entire lineup.
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March 25, 2015 on Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup
I second that, I'm listening to the Elder album right now and it's incredible - I haven't heard any of the older stuff, so I don't know about a "massive leap forward", but I do know that this new one is awesome, in fact I'm going to buy it as soon as I finish here. Thanks for the recommendation - between the Black Market and the At The Gates tickets I just got, it's been a very good metal week for me!
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February 27, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2015
I'm a Load defender too, I think that album is really underrated, there are some great songs on it. I actually think it has aged better than the Black Album - the high points on TBA are obviously higher, but it really loses steam in the back half, whereas I find Load a more consistent album as a whole.
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February 27, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2015
On a sad note, I just heard that Katherine Ludwig, the former editor of Metal Maniacs magazine, has passed away after a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. When she was editing MM back in the 80s/90s it was the best metal magazine in the world, and was a HUGE influence on me as a teenage metalhead. Such terrible news - RIP Katherine.
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January 30, 2015 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2015