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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 a number of contemporary examples of this phenomenon, including the “Scandinavian” black-metal auteur Myrkur and the Chicago-based USBM artist Blake Judd, who is best known for his band Nachtmystium. Both… More »

Clichés be damned — this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever before. Ditto the Top 20. It was such a good year that I went overboard and shifted my usual Top 30 to a Top 50. (Sure, the different between No. More »

Four years ago I suggested Dawnbringer’s third album In Sickness and In Dreams had the best sounding guitars of 2006. (Can you think of any that sounded better?) Chicago multi-instrumentalist Chris Black, aka Professor Black, the man behind Dawnbringer, is also the main force in traditional metal crews Superchrist (“Fuck With Your Boots On”!) and… More »

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Dawnbringer – “Hands Of Death”

The upcoming Night Of The Hammer is, to my ear, the weirdest thing yet released by Chris Black under his venerable Dawnbringer handle. It makes some unexpected shifts at points, particularly in Black’s vocal attack, but it’s not just that: The whole thing has this aggressively retro-minded feel that seems extreme even for a noted… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 24, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Dawnbringer – “One-Eyed Sister” (Stereogum Premiere)

Back in March, I wrote about the band High Spirits, and the man behind High Spirits, Chicago’s Chris Black. Black is a prolific and versatile musician who contributes to lots of bands, most notably the three acts which are more or less his and only his: High Spirits, Superchrist, and Dawnbringer. More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 28, 2014 - 11:49 am