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A Pregnant Light – “Fresh Flower Offering (Purple Night)” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s been pretty amazing to witness the evolution of A Pregnant Light. The one-man project from Grand Rapids, MI, began its life in 2011 as a post-black metal act in America’s vast, loosely connected cassette-trading underground. Back then, the band’s auteur was a shadowy figure who wouldn’t reveal his identity — he went by the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 22, 2014 - 11:23 am

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 mighty Metallica came back to us with their strongest material in decades. We witnessed a similar wave in April, but this time, the old gods were not so beneficent: Three… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 30, 2014 - 12:01 pm

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 the best metal album of the millennium (so far), the apotheosis of what had also been, I believed, the best metal year of the millennium (so far) — perhaps a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 10, 2013 - 10:33 am

Stream A Pregnant Light Stars Will Fall (Stereogum Premiere)

Another demo, another collection of beauties from recent Stereogum Band To Watch A Pregnant Light. When we last heard new material from APL, Deathless Maranatha’s one-man black metal band was heading further into post-punk territory, throwing massive nod-along riffs into the mix with APL’s own brand of metal. That demo, Domination Harmony, was a sort… More »

By: Wyatt Marshall / August 20, 2013 - 12:16 pm

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, illuminated even in the daytime only by red Christmas lights, a 13″ CRT television blasting a gnarled VHS copy of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and the white-on-chrome glow coming from… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 27, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Stream A Pregnant Light’s Domination Harmony (Stereogum Premiere)

When we wrote about A Pregnant Light as a Band To Watch back in April, the one-man band had already proven itself more diverse than most. At that point in APL’s prolific and young career, APL treaded the waters of hardcore and postpunk while maintaining a firm grounding in hair-raising black metal, releasing limited editio… More »

By: Wyatt Marshall / May 31, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Band To Watch: A Pregnant Light

Sometime in the second half of 2011, I took a chance and ordered a number of cassettes, sound-unheard, from a new cassette-only record label that had made an announcement on a black-metal message board saying they were ready to start shipping their first batch of releases. It wasn’t a huge risk: Priced at five or… More »

By: Wyatt Marshall / April 3, 2013 - 10:14 am

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 at Show No Mercy’s showcase and closed it at Invisible Oranges’. From the journalist’s point of view, the ostensible purpose of SXSW — I think? — is to be availed… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 28, 2013 - 3:16 pm