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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2014

Last week, Grantland published a thoughtful, compelling piece by Steven Hyden titled "The Sad But True Fate Of Pop-Metal." In his essay, Hyden used the…
Michael Nelson | June 30, 2014 - 12:23 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2014

The No. 1 question of Maryland Deathfest 2014 was whether you were going to see the young Swiss duo Bölzer. The Baltimore-based festival spanned four…
Michael Nelson | May 29, 2014 - 3:10 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2014

In last month's Black Market, we spent a lot of space celebrating the triumphant returns of numerous kings: Agalloch, Triptykon, Thou, Eyehategod ... even the…
Michael Nelson | April 30, 2014 - 12:01 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2014

I spent the second week of March at SXSW, and I spent a pretty good percentage of my SXSW at metal shows. In truth, most…
Michael Nelson | March 31, 2014 - 3:47 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2014

The Black Market bros and I had a few long conversations regarding what was and wasn't appropriate for inclusion in this installment of our column.
Michael Nelson | February 26, 2014 - 11:57 am

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2014

Earlier this week, Mötley Crüe found themselves a "trending topic" for the first time this millennium when they announced they would break up next year…
Michael Nelson | January 30, 2014 - 12:46 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – December 2013

In the essay that preceded our list of 2013's 50 Best Metal Albums, I said -- with some emphasis -- that in my opinion, we…
Michael Nelson | December 30, 2013 - 2:20 pm

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The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013

In our May Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven's Sunbather, I compared the album to Agalloch's 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit. In my opinion, Marrow is…
Michael Nelson | December 10, 2013 - 10:33 am

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2013

Last night, Black Market bro Doug Moore and I -- and about 800 other people -- squeezed into the 500-capacity Gramercy Theatre to see Carcass.
Michael Nelson | September 27, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2013

At the beginning of August, I drove eight or so hours -- solo -- from my home in Brooklyn to Toronto, Ontario to see At…
Michael Nelson | August 29, 2013 - 12:31 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2013

I was in high school the first time I saw Carcass live, in 1992, on the Gods Of Grind Tour, when they were playing American…
Michael Nelson | July 30, 2013 - 1:46 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2013

Earlier this month, I spent a Saturday afternoon at the Brooklyn metal-themed bar Duff's: a cluttered dive situated in the basement of an apartment building,…
Michael Nelson | June 27, 2013 - 4:46 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2013

May has been a pretty intense month around here. Memorial Day Weekend brought Maryland Death Fest to Baltimore, and attendance was mandatory for any metalhead…
Michael Nelson | May 31, 2013 - 2:06 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2013

Metal in 2013 will to some extent be defined by two stories that made their debuts in April, one of which was included on our…
Michael Nelson | April 29, 2013 - 4:13 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2013

Alongside all the punk, post-punk, pop, hip-hop, and indie rock, I actually got to see a lot of metal at SXSW: I started my marathon…
Michael Nelson | March 28, 2013 - 3:16 pm