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 new Mastodon album, Once More 'Round The Sun,…   Read Story »
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 days, four venues, and more than 80 bands, but…   Read Story »
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 mighty Metallica came back to us with…   Read Story »
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 of the people I talked to at the festival seemed to agree that this year's…   Read Story »
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. February may be the shortest month, but this year,…   Read Story »
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 -- after some three and a half decades as a…   Read Story »
In the essay that preceded our list of 2013's 50 Best Metal Albums, I said -- with some emphasis -- that in my opinion, we were concluding what had been metal's strongest calendar year of this…   Read Story »
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 the best metal album of the millennium (so far),…   Read Story »
Last night, Black Market bro Doug Moore and I -- and about 800 other people -- squeezed into the 500-capacity Gramercy Theatre to see Carcass. It was the second-to-last show of the UK band's…   Read Story »
At the beginning of August, I drove eight or so hours -- solo -- from my home in Brooklyn to Toronto, Ontario to see At The Gates: a Swedish death metal band whose most recent LP, the all-time…   Read Story »