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Vattnet Viskar – “Settler” (Stereogum Premiere)

Yes, that’s the cover art for Vattnet Viskar’s upcoming sophomore LP, Settler, and if you saw it and suspected the New Hampshire band were trying to outdo Deafheaven’s chillwave-y, un-metal Sunbather artwork, I wouldn’t blame you. That was my first thought! But that’s not it. The image was created by the visual artist Josh Graham… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 1, 2015 - 11:53 am

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

Vattnet Viskar – “Breath Of The Almighty” Video

I’ve already written a whole lot about New Hampshire post-black metal band Vattnet Viskar’s debut album, Sky Swallower, here and here and elsewhere; I think it’s a great album, and a fucking remarkable debut, and I don’t know what else to say. It dropped earlier this week to uniformly enthusiastic praise (inexplicably it’s nowhere to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 5, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Vattnet Viskar – “Apex”

New Hampshire post-black metal band Vattnet Viskar have already premiered two tracks from their terrific new LP, Sky Swallower: “Fog Of Apathy” and “Mythos,” the latter of which debuted just last week (and was summarily included in our list of the week’s 5 best songs). And today, we’ve got one more: album closer “Apex.” A… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 14, 2013 - 5:28 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week there was something strange and new from Jane’s Addiction, Drake released the anti-“Started From The Bottom,” and Ryan Hemsworth laid A$AP Rocky over a tweaked out version of Britney Spear’s “Everytime” and made it sound like something that belongs in a jewelry box. These did not make the list, but another rapper-crooner, past… More »

By: Stereogum / August 9, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Vattnet Viskar – “Mythos”

In July’s Black Market comments, I talked a little bit about how Vattnet Viskar’s forthcoming debut LP, Sky Swallower — which I love, and wrote about a whole lot here — is not ideally suited to the piecemeal pre-release rollout that is commonplace in today’s album cycle. It’s broken up into songs, yes, and those… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 8, 2013 - 4:03 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2013

I was in high school the first time I saw Carcass live, in 1992, on the Gods Of Grind Tour, when they were playing American clubs with Entombed, Cathedral, and Confessor. Carcass were touring behind their 1991 LP, Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious, which is now recognized as one of the best heavy metal albums ever… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 30, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Vattnet Viskar – “Fog Of Apathy” (Stereogum Premiere)

New Hampshire’s Vattnet Viskar were the only metal act to make our list of 2012’s Best New Bands, a spot awarded to them based on the combined strength of their 3-song debut EP, released via micro-indie Broken Limbs Recordings, and their live show. Both these presentations were startlingly powerful and assured, belying the band’s relative… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 18, 2013 - 1:17 pm

SXSW 2013 Wednesday: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Waxahatchee, White Lung, & Lots Of Metal

Stereogum’s recaps and photos from SXSW continue… More »

By: Stereogum / March 14, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to select the rising bands which have connected them, someone wrote a long time ago. Or, something close to that. Here’s what we’re getting down to: It’s that time of year when Stereogum’s staff selects the 40 most exciting new* acts of… More »

By: Stereogum / September 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm