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Horseback/Locrian – “The Gift” (Stereogum Premiere)

Back in May, Chapel Hill, NC’s Horseback released one of the year’s most rewarding albums, Half Blood, which blends ambient black metal with rootsy Americana to chilling and remarkable results. Their occasional collaborators, the Chicago-based drone outfit Locrian, dropped the excellent The Clearing/The Final Epoch in August of this year. The two groups are teamed… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 4, 2012 - 11:52 am

Horseback – “Blood Fountain” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

As genres bleed, implode, breed and keep going, there’s a new pack of Stateside metal shape-shifters, a loosely connected group of musicians that includes, among others, Pyramids’ R. Loren, the guys in Locrian, and, of course, Jenks Miller. We last heard Miller via the folky Americana of Mount Moriah, though he’s better known for Horseback’… More »

By: brandon / April 20, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Locrian – “Elevations And Depths” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Elevations And Depths” is the 10+ minute track that ends adventurous Chicago blackened noisemakers Locrian’s The Crystal World, one of my favorite albums of 2010 (and one of two great records they released last year). It’s an excellent song, one that popped up as a bonus on our December Monthly Mix for its icy qualities. More »

By: brandon / April 15, 2011 - 11:55 am

Mount Moriah – “Only Way Out”

There’s a reason I bring up Southern dust when discussing Jenks Miller’s increasingly ambitious, genre-stretching Horseback, a metal project that notched my No. 9 album of 2010, along with the following:
Horseback’s second album offers ambient, minimal, patiently repetitious Southern black metal drunk on imagined emotional and masculine Cormac McCarthy landscapes, the Blue Ridge,… More »

By: brandon / April 12, 2011 - 9:50 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 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 »

By: brandon / December 21, 2010 - 11:58 am