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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 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 act… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 31, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Lord Mantis – “Negative Birth” (Feat. Indian’s Dylan O’Toole) (Stereogum Premiere)

There’s already a clear narrative for the year in metal, and we’re only three months in. This came up once already when we wrote about the band Indian in January’s Black Market (coincidentally, that band’s singer, Dylan O’Toole, offers lead vocals on this track) and again when we covered the amazing new Thou album last… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / March 27, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Lord Mantis – “Body Choke”

Chicago blackened sludge/doom quartet Lord Mantis’ sophomore album, Pervertor, was one of Stereogum’s favorite metal records of 2012. Last year, the band contributed to one of the most intense live shows I saw in 2013, when they opened for the great American black metal duo Cobalt on that band’s truncated North American tour. Since then,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 28, 2014 - 10:51 am