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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 »

The fifth full-length album from Portland, OR-based black-ish metal band Agalloch, The Serpent & The Sphere, opens with a 10-and-a-half-minute track called “Birth And Death Of The Pillars Of Creation,” and it is a mindfuck. The song spends some three and a half minutes laboriously building from near-total silence, and upon finally hitting its groove,… More »

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 metal lineups were pretty lackluster, but even so, every day the genre offered numerous acts… More »

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Stream Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere

Most of what I've got to say about Agalloch's forthcoming The Serpent & The Sphere I said in our Premature Evaluation of the album. It's…
Michael Nelson | May 5, 2014 - 10:43 am

Agalloch – “Celestial Effigy”

In the December 2013 installment of our metal column, the Black Market, I spent several paragraphs gleefully anticipating the forthcoming fifth longplayer from the great…
Michael Nelson | March 18, 2014 - 11:40 am

Andy Winter – “Uncountably Infinite” Video (NSFW) (Stereogum Premiere)

Norwegian keyboardist Andy Winter is perhaps as notable for his collaborators as his musical portfolio. He's the man behind the neo-classical metal act Winds --…
Michael Nelson | February 4, 2014 - 11:38 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Agalloch – “Faustian Echoes”

Pacific Northwest dark metal legends Agalloch follow up their magnificent 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit, with an EP, Faustian Echoes, which will feature one…
Michael Nelson | June 26, 2012 - 12:33 pm

32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival in…
Stereogum | March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010

Clichés be damned -- this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever…
brandon | December 21, 2010 - 11:58 am

Hear Agalloch’s “The Watcher’s Monolith,” Read Our Q&A With John Haughm

This has been a long time coming. Four years ago I gave Agalloch's Ashes Against the Grain an 8.0 on Pitchfork, though it deserved a…
brandon | October 29, 2010 - 11:30 am

Haunting The Chapel No. 5

In March, longstanding crusty, female-fronted San Francisco black metal quintet Ludicra are releasing The Tenant, the excellent followup to 2007's Fex Urbis Lex Orbus. I…
brandon | January 22, 2010 - 11:52 am

Haunting The Chapel: The 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009 (Plus Dozens Of Guest Lists)

Every year I'm tempted to -- and sometimes do -- say "this has been a great year for metal." It's a toss-away idea: If you…
brandon | December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm