Haunting The Chapel

Under The Influence: Krallice Diotima

This is the final Haunting The Chapel. In case you missed my earlier tweet, I accepted a position at Pitchfork, where I'll be returning as…
brandon | July 29, 2011 - 7:23 am

Landmine Marathon – “Cutting Flesh And Bone” (Stereogum Premiere)

Landmine Marathon's fourth album Gallows finds the Bolt Thrower-nodding Phoenix, Arizona death-grind quintet finally capturing the energy that's made Grace Perry & Co's live shows…
brandon | July 28, 2011 - 11:53 am

Opeth – “The Devil’s Orchard” (Stereogum Premiere)

Swedish progressive metal stalwarts Opeth's 10th album Heritage -- which follows 2008's Watershed and 2005's Ghost Reveries -- is their strangest, most genre-melding to date.
brandon | July 26, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Under The Influence: Castevet Mounds Of Ash

Castevet's Mounds Of Ash was one of 2010's best metal releases. The NYC trio's blend of muscular black metal, hardcore punk, progressive post-rock, compositional implosions,…
brandon | July 25, 2011 - 1:10 pm

Flourishing – “Momentary Senses” (Stereogum Premiere)

"Momentary Senses" arrives toward the middle of Flourishing's discordant, dark, unexpectedly catchy debut LP, The Sum Of All Fossils. (The eight-song collection follows 2010's A
brandon | July 22, 2011 - 10:17 am

Futur Skullz – “Waste Not Want Not”

People keep talking about "songs of the summer" that don't sound like the songs of any summer I'm having, so figured, for starters, I'd nominate…
brandon | July 21, 2011 - 12:07 pm

Årabrot – “Madonna Was A Whore” (Stereogum Premiere)

Norwegian noise-rock instigators Årabrot's Bataille-referencing fifth album Solar Anus follows last year's Bible and porn-influenced Revenge. Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Kjetil Nernes expounds upon the collection's concept:…
brandon | July 20, 2011 - 3:58 pm

The Atlas Moth – “Coffin Varnish” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Atlas Moth was one of the first bands I covered in Haunting The Chapel -- via an interview with guitarist/vocalist Stavros Giannopolous (ex-Twilight). His…
brandon | July 18, 2011 - 10:31 am

Unkind – “Koulutettu Epäonnistumaan” (Stereogum Premiere)

Veteran Finnish quintet Unkind play crusty, guitar-sliding d-beat punk that should interest fans of Discharge, Tragedy, and Disfear as well as folks into the dark…
brandon | July 14, 2011 - 10:50 am

Under The Influence: Tombs Path Of Totality

Tombs' Path Of Totality topped my list of the Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far. I was curious what sort of personal soundtrack…
brandon | July 12, 2011 - 10:19 am

40 Watt Sun – “Restless” (Stereogum Premiere)

Anyone who talks about London-based vocalist/guitarist Patrick Walker's elegant doom trio 40 Watt Sun mentions his legendary, also elegant doom trio Warning. You have to,…
brandon | July 11, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Under The Influence: Deafheaven Roads To Judah

Deafheaven's Roads To Judah came up a few times in the comments of my Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far. With reason. The…
brandon | July 6, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Under The Influence: Servile Sect Trvth

The Phoenix-born Northern California/Brooklyn-based noisemakers Servile Sect play "sci-fi influenced black metal." It's even more awesome than that sounds. The band, featuring Luke Krnkr (one…
brandon | June 30, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far

Before the quibbling starts: I didn't include YOB's Atma because it isn't out until August. It would be way up there. I've also been listening…
brandon | June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am

Disma – “Vault Of Membros” (Stereogum Premiere)

If you missed 2009's The Vault of Membros demo or this year's Winterwolf split or The Manifestation 7", take note: Clifton, NJ's Disma is a…
brandon | June 23, 2011 - 10:33 am

Stream Batillus/Mutilation Rites Split 7″

Offering outsiders a look at what's going on in one of the louder corners of Brooklyn, practice-space cohorts (and soon-to-be tourmates) Batillus and Mutilation Rites…
brandon | June 21, 2011 - 12:41 pm

“Visions Of American Black Metal”: Liturgy’s Hunter Hunt-Hendrix Responds

If you have any interest in underground metal, black or otherwise, you're aware of the uproar created by Brooklyn quartet Liturgy. Much of the disdain's…
brandon | June 20, 2011 - 10:27 am

Yob – “Prepare The Ground” (Stereogum Premiere)

Oregon doom trio Yob's "comeback" fifth album The Great Cessation, the first post-Middian/Age Eternal offering under the Yob name since 2005's The Unreal Never Lived,…
brandon | June 15, 2011 - 10:58 am

R.I.P. Seth Putnam

As HTC pal Kim Kelly posted over the weekend, legendary Anal Cunt frontman (and best song titler ever) Seth Putnam died of a heart attack…
brandon | June 13, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Peste Noire – “Casse, Pêches, Fractures Et Traditions”

French Folk Fuck black metal punk weirdos Peste Noire's last album, the François Villon-homaging Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor, landed at No. 5 of my…
brandon | June 10, 2011 - 12:55 pm
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