Haunting The Chapel

Under The Influence: Krallice Diotima

By brandon / July 29, 2011 - 7:23 am
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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 an Editor on Monday, 8/1. “Returning,” because I worked there as a Contributing Writer from 2003 to 2008, writing 200+ reviews and then launching the site’s metal column Show No… More »


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

By brandon / July 28, 2011 - 11:53 am

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 some of the best over the past few years. It’s the first album featuring heavy-hitting new drummer Andy York. Which could have something to do with it. More important to… More »


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

By brandon / July 26, 2011 - 1:57 pm
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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. For starters it includes guest spots from Swedish flautist/composer Björn J:son Lindh and Weather Report percussionist Alex Acuña. As you may have guessed, it also includes 100% clean singing. Mai… More »


Under The Influence: Castevet Mounds Of Ash

By brandon / July 25, 2011 - 1:10 pm
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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, and a “fuck you” attitude made for some of the year’s most compelling music on record and onstage. Mounds, out initially via Profound Lore, is getting a second life courtesy… More »


Flourishing – “Momentary Senses” (Stereogum Premiere)

By brandon / July 22, 2011 - 10:17 am
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“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 Momentary Sense Of The Immediate World EP.) The NYC trio features Wetnurse co-guitarist Garett Bussanick on vocals/guitar along with bassist Eric Rizk and drummer Brian Corcoran. Their suffocating, melodic blend… More »


Futur Skullz – “Waste Not Want Not”

By brandon / July 21, 2011 - 12:07 pm
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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 “Waste Not Want Not,” a blazer from Futur Skullz. It’s the second track on the San Francisco trio’s Phil Manley-produced debut. The crusty, thrashing full-throttled D-beating crew features guitarist Josh… More »


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

By brandon / July 20, 2011 - 3:58 pm

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:… More »


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

By brandon / July 18, 2011 - 10:31 am
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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 Chicago crew deftly molds three guitars, bass, and drums (hammering psychedelic sludge, doom, post-rock) with a storm of clean, growling, blackened vocals to create a unique, moving take on lighter-lifter… More »


Unkind – “Koulutettu Epäonnistumaan” (Stereogum Premiere)

By brandon / July 14, 2011 - 10:50 am
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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 atmospherics mastered by Amebix and Converge. The band’s fifth album (and Relapse debut) Harhakuvat closes with the 6-minute “Koulutettu Epäonnistumaan” (“Education Of Failure”), an example of how they like to… More »


Under The Influence: Tombs Path Of Totality

By brandon / July 12, 2011 - 10:19 am
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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 went into that muscular, violent, surprisingly delicate and detailed blend of New York noise-rock, black metal, and industrialized blast-beat shoegaze, so I asked them to make a related mix for… More »


40 Watt Sun – “Restless” (Stereogum Premiere)

By brandon / July 11, 2011 - 12:14 pm
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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, really. (Grab 2006’s Watching From A Distance, if you haven’t.) Unexpectedly, the new material stands up to the old: The five down-tempo songs on 40 Watt Sun’s 47+ minute debut… More »


Under The Influence: Deafheaven Roads To Judah

By brandon / July 6, 2011 - 12:09 pm
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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 San Francisco group’s gorgeous 4-song, 38-minute full-length debut blends pretty Godspeed shoegaze and urban West Coast black metal shredding into epic dispatches of cascading romantic agonizing bolstered by hardcore fist… More »


Under The Influence: Servile Sect Trvth

By brandon / June 30, 2011 - 12:32 pm
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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 half of ITHI) and Ash Borer’s Nhate Clmnt, previously released two full-lengths, the last one, Realms Of The Queen, via Ecstatic Peace. Album three Trvth is out now in a… More »


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

By brandon / June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am
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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 to Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred For Mankind quite a bit, but since it has an original release date of ’09 before Prosthetic’s 2011 reissue, I didn’t include that either. O… More »


Disma – “Vault Of Membros” (Stereogum Premiere)

By brandon / June 23, 2011 - 10:33 am
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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 suffocatingly down-tuned quintet led by legendary ex-Incantation (and Evoken, etc.) growler Craig Pillard. That’s likely enough to get you listening, but his insanely heavy, guttural lows are complimented by a… More »


Stream Batillus/Mutilation Rites Split 7″

By brandon / June 21, 2011 - 12:41 pm
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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 are releasing a split 7″ next month via hometown label Shinebox. (That’s Batillus’s cover art above, you’ll find Mutilation Rites’s below.) The record offers a nice mix of extreme styles:… More »


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

By brandon / June 20, 2011 - 10:27 am
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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 focused on frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, and what people view as his “pretentious” reading of black metal (American and otherwise). I did the first large-scale interview with Liturgy a couple of… More »


Yob – “Prepare The Ground” (Stereogum Premiere)

By brandon / June 15, 2011 - 10:58 am
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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, landed at No. 6 on my 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009. In the accompanying writeup, I focused on mainman Mike Scheidt’s masterful “Wino-on-Deathspell Omega” vocal performance (and quoted the… More »


R.I.P. Seth Putnam

By brandon / June 13, 2011 - 2:10 pm
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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 on Saturday 6/11. The grindcore icon was 43. You can read more about the circumstances at Blabbermouth and about his career at The Guardian. People focus on Putnam’s beyond-irreverent sense… More »


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

By brandon / June 10, 2011 - 12:55 pm
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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 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009. As I wrote then it’s, in part, akin to “carousing hooligan black-metal Pogues a dozen drinks past midnight.” You get some of that o… More »


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