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Speaking as a non-American who doesn't actually have to live under the Moron-In-Chief, one of the most depressing things about the Trump administration is the effect it's had on Michael Nelson's Metallica fandom. (I say that in jest, obviously, but there's a kernel of truth to it. Not a dig at Kreator by any means either BTW, Gods of Violence is #1 on my year-so-far list)
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
I just have to register my disagreement with the "so far off the mark/betrayal" categorization of Wolverine Blues - Left Hand Path and Clandestine are two of my favourite metal albums of all time (especially Clandestine), but I consider Wolverine Blues to be on equal footing with those two. Even though it's a pretty severe departure style-wise, it's still an absolute classic in my estimation, the songwriting and the sheer intensity on that album are just off the charts.
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March 23, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless
You definitely should, it's the best record store in the city IMO, and not just for metal. (I actually went in to sell some CDs that I never listen to anymore, so if you see a bunch of Nevermore albums in the metal new arrivals section, those are - or used to be - mine!)
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March 23, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless
Went into Sonic Boom in Toronto earlier this week and was very pleasantly surprised to see this on the shelf (I don't know whether they had permission from Profound Lore to start selling it early, but I wasn't about to ask). I can't say anything that Michael hasn't already said a million times better, but yeah, this one is not to be missed.
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March 23, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless
I'll definitely miss your contributions to the Black Market, Michael (partly because your taste in metal seems to closely match mine, mostly because you're a fucking great writer) - having said that, I completely understand your reasons for stepping away. I'm sure I'm not the only one here who'll continue to look forward to reading your stuff, whatever the subject.
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February 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
"It is my hope that the fiery spirit of dissent and individualism enshrined in the best metal will serve to lift people’s hearts as they grapple with the calamities ahead." My sentiments exactly (and sorry I had to sort of butcher this line when I quoted it on Twitter!). The past ten days or so have ranged from depressing to downright terrifying for me, and I'm not even American, but while metal definitely has its share of "mealy-mouthed weenies" (to borrow Michael's term), it's also helped me get through some seriously tough times, and I have no doubt that it will continue to do so. Bless you, Mille Petrozza!
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February 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
I haven't even begun to process that incredible opening write-up, but as always, thanks to the Black Market crew for another great year. Even though metal is a relatively small part of Stereogum's coverage, you guys do a better job than most (if not all) of the "metal-only" sites out there. Can't tell you how much I look forward to Black Market Day every month - congrats, and keep it up! (And also, here's my list...) 1. Cobalt 2. Kvelertak 3. Astronoid 4. Vektor 5. Asphyx - Incoming Death 6. Martyrdod 7. Sumerlands 8. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking 9. Metallica 10. Gojira
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Speaking of Kreator, you may be surprised at what you find when you type in http://www.kreator.com/ Although I guess it IS heavy metal, technically...
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December 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Wait, you mean Infectious Grooves was a Misfits cover band?
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December 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
"I'm not sure I'd call Suicidal Tendencies a metal band" - I'd agree based on their overall discography, although Lights Camera Revolution is definitely a metal album IMO, and a great one (not to mention that the bass player on that album went on to join a little-known metal band whose name escapes me).
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December 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
I was going to post this in the 50 Best Albums thread but I didn't want to get lost in the vast sea of comments over there, so I'm just putting it here: given how much great heavy music came out this year, I'm a little surprised to see only two metal albums make the 50 Best list. Guess I shouldn't be, given the overall makeup of the SG staff (I'm assuming that most of the Black Market crew don't get to vote on the overall list), but anyway...I really like both of the albums that did make it, just wish there had been a few more. And of course I'm anxiously awaiting the 50 Best Metal Albums list! (Also, I was SO sure that Doug was going to turn this month's write-up over to Michael for his Metallica review. I would have put good money on it. Denied again!)
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December 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Can't thank you enough for including Brutally Deceased, that track KILLS (if you want to guarantee that I'll listen to an album, invoking mid-period Dismember is a sure way to do it).
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October 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
"And what if — purely hypothetically — there are even better songs on Hardwired, and those songs are also locked-in, razor-sharp burners?" I'm choosing to read that "purely hypothetically" as "absolutely, 100% definitely." I can't wait to hear the rest of the album - and if anything, that blurb isn't long enough, I hope you weren't kidding when you said on Twitter that the album review will be even longer!
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October 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
I like both of these new songs better than anything on Death Magnetic, which, OK, I get the whole "damning with faint praise" thing, but I for one am optimistic about the new album. As for Lars' drumming (and facial expressions) - the guy's 52 years old and is directly (or at least co-directly) responsible for at least four of the best metal albums ever made. I'm inclined to cut him some slack.
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September 26, 2016 on Metallica – “Moth Into Flame” Video
This August was the worst month of my life, but I for one am glad to have "Hardwired" in my life right now. When someone you love dies unexpectedly, I guess you tend to gravitate to things that are (or at least sound) familiar, and remind you of the person you've lost, and that song does it for me. Hate on it all you want, but it puts a smile on my face, which I definitely need right now.
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September 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
I'm a bit late to the thrash recommendations discussion, but here's a few other "classic-era" albums that I'd highly recommend checking out: Dark Angel - Leave Scars and Time Does Not Heal Overkill - Years of Decay and Horrorscope Sacred Reich - The American Way Forbidden - Twisted Into Form Devastation - Idolatry Sacrifice - Forward To Termination and Soldiers of Misfortune
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July 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2016
Damn, I knew I shouldn't have bought those 100 burritos. Oh well, at least they'll provide adequate sustenance for the Dr. Who marathon.
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June 30, 2016 on BREAKING: Metallica VIP Tickets Not Hidden In Tucson-Area Burritos
The Astronoid album is in my top five of the year so far (along with Cobalt, Vektor, Kvelertak and Obscura), and the term "hipster metal" never even crossed my mind when I heard it. (Maybe because I'm the farthest thing from a "hipster" you could imagine, but anyway, I'd hate for that album to be saddled with a derogatory label, because I think it's freaking incredible).
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June 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2016
Metal bands where there's actual singing? Well, there's this band called Iron Maiden that I hear is pretty good... ;) Seriously though, a lot of "traditional" metal and power metal has clean vocals - the inherent cheesiness of a lot of those bands can be a turn-off for some, but if you're so inclined, there's a lot of great stuff to be found. One fairly recent album that comes to mind is Judicator's "At The Expense of Humanity", which was on Stereogum's list of the best metal albums of 2015. It's a power metal concept album about the singer's brother dying of cancer, which may sound a little "WTF" but is actually really well-done, I'd definitely recommend at least giving that one a shot.
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June 30, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2016
This thread's not dead, it's just resting.
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June 13, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2016
Making guns harder to get or illegal will stop a LOT of people from getting them. Anyone heard of all the countries with gun control laws that don't have anywhere near the level of gun violence that the States does?
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June 12, 2016 on Kacey Musgraves Draws Criticism For Pro-Gun Tweets Following Orlando Nightclub Massacre
I made the highest-rated list with my fourth comment ever, and haven't been there again since - that was four years ago. In other words, don't get your hopes up :)
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June 11, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Really liking that Toska album (EP?), I just wish it was more than 23 minutes long, although I guess "leave 'em wanting more" is never a bad idea. Also, I know it was on last month's list, but the new Vektor album is incredible, like Kreator if Mille Petrozza grew up listening to Voivod instead of Venom. So a belated thank you to the Black Market crew for tipping me to that one.
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June 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2016
Without exaggeration, this guy is a national treasure. So sad.
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May 24, 2016 on The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Has Terminal Brain Cancer, Plans One Last Tour
"I am not a capital-f Radiohead Fan...they’ve never inspired the kind of rabid love in me that they do in so many others." My sentiments exactly (and glad to see someone else on Stereogum admit as much). I will say that I like the new album more than anything else I've heard from them in the last 15 years or so (and yes, "True Love Waits" is incredible), but if it's a 9.1, then the new White Lung should've gotten at least a 27.
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May 14, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I still think Ashes Against the Grain is their best album (and "Limbs" their best song), but yeah, they're all incredible. And I never even got to see them live. Man, this sucks.
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May 13, 2016 on Agalloch Break Up
An album of balls-out Norwegian-language metal is the ONLY thing I need in my life right now.
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May 10, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Kvelertak Nattesferd
I know there's another album that's sucking up all the attention right now (Radio...something?), but for me, this is by far the AOTW (hell, AOTY if this song is any indication). My anticipation level for this album is through the roof, cannot *wait* for Friday to get here.
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May 9, 2016 on Kvelertak – “Nattesferd”
Being the father of two kids who both have autism, I could go on a serious rant here, but I'd rather just continue ignoring this idiot and go play with my kids.
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May 3, 2016 on 50 Cent In Hot Water For Mocking Autistic Airport Janitor On Video
I like corn. It's good for you.
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April 29, 2016 on Beach Slang Are Not Breaking Up