The Black Market

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2015

If you read the Black Market regularly, you will no doubt be shocked -- shocked! -- to hear the following: July was a fucking crazy…
Doug Moore | July 31, 2015 - 1:47 pm
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The Black Market – The Month In Metal: June 2015

June was not especially kind to big-name metal bands. Its brightest moment for such acts came courtesy of Iron Maiden, who announced the impending release
Doug Moore | June 30, 2015 - 11:52 am
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2015

Before we get started with this month's column, a quick programming note: For scheduling reasons, Black Market founder and Stereogum editor Michael Nelson has passed…
Doug Moore | May 29, 2015 - 10:02 am
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2015

As it does every year, the month of April brought with it Record Store Day. And this year, as you might have heard, Record Store…
Michael Nelson | April 30, 2015 - 12:15 pm
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2015

It seemed like every day of March brought with it a new controversy or calamity worthy of coverage here: There was the Ghost Bath hoax
Michael Nelson | March 31, 2015 - 3:41 pm
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2015

At the very end of January, a few days after last month's Black Market was published, Tom interviewed Wes Borland -- the guitar player i…
Michael Nelson | February 25, 2015 - 11:53 am
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2015

Coming into the new year, the five guys who curate the Black Market -- Ian Chainey, Aaron Lariviere, Wyatt Marshall, Doug Moore, and me --…
Michael Nelson | January 28, 2015 - 12:39 pm
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2014

If you care about metal, you really should subscribe to Decibel, because as far as I'm concerned, it's not only a source of great writing…
Michael Nelson | November 25, 2014 - 12:32 pm
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2014

If you go to the Facebook page of the old-school German thrash metal band Kreator, you'll see updates posted from every city the band ha…
Michael Nelson | October 31, 2014 - 3:51 pm
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2014

In July's Black Market, I wrote a long essay on the ways in which metal bands catfish their fans, and in that piece, I mentioned…
Michael Nelson | September 30, 2014 - 2:01 pm
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2014

Guys, I usually kick off the Black Market with a lengthy introductory essay, an aggregation of my thoughts on the month in metal. But August…
Michael Nelson | August 29, 2014 - 9:39 am
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2014

If you watch MTV's Catfish -- and admit it, you do -- you've surely experienced a particular reaction to each episode's respective narrative as it…
Michael Nelson | July 30, 2014 - 1:29 pm
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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 i…
Michael Nelson | December 10, 2013 - 10:33 am
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