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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 »

Alongside all the punk, post-punk, pop, hip-hop, and indie rock, I actually got to see a lot of metal at SXSW: I started my marathon at Show No Mercy’s showcase and closed it at Invisible Oranges’. From the journalist’s point of view, the ostensible purpose of SXSW — I think? — is to be availed… More »

Before the quibbling starts: I didn’t include YOB’s Atma because it isn’t out until August. It would be way up there. I’ve also been listening to Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred For Mankind quite a bit, but since it has an original release date of ’09 before Prosthetic’s 2011 reissue, I didn’t include that either. On… More »

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WIFE – “Heart Is A Far Light”

James Kelly made his name as frontman for the incredible Irish post-black metal band Altar Of Plagues, but he dissolved that band last year, after…
Michael Nelson | April 10, 2014 - 10:32 am

Altar Of Plagues/The Atlas Moth Announce U.S. Tour

I saw Altar Of Plagues when they played The Studio At Webster Hall in August 2010 -- it wound up being the best show I…
Michael Nelson | July 9, 2012 - 10:59 am

Altar Of Plagues – “Feather And Bone” (Stereogum Premiere)

Since forming in Cork, Ireland in 2006, the intelligent, expansive ambient black metal quartet Altar Of Plagues have put the EP form to good use:…
brandon | March 25, 2011 - 11:11 am