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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2013

Welcome to the Black Market, a new space at Stereogum dedicated to talking about and listening to heavy music. By “heavy music” I mean metal, mostly, although that word is vague and meaningless enough to make it useless at this point. Metal is an insular subculture made up of a zillion insular sub-subcultures — to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 27, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Ash Borer – “Oblivion’s Spring”

As far as I’m concerned, Ash Borer are maybe the most exciting act in American black metal today; their 2012 Profound Lore LP, Cold Of Ages, landed at No. 6 on our list of last year’s best metal albums, but I sincerely believe it was the sound of a band displaying their potential, not yet… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 17, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Ash Borer – “Descended Lamentations” (Stereogum Premiere)

Because of their Cascadian roots and tendency toward songs that rarely clock in at less than double digits, Ash Borer are often compared to Olympia, WA’s Wolves In The Throne Room. But the Arcata, CA quartet remind me more of another NoCal band: USBM progenitors Weakling, from San Francisco (who are often noted as WITTR’… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 26, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Under The Influence: Servile Sect Trvth

The Phoenix-born Northern California/Brooklyn-based noisemakers Servile Sect play “sci-fi influenced black metal.” It’s even more awesome than that sounds. The band, featuring Luke Krnkr (one half of ITHI) and Ash Borer’s Nhate Clmnt, previously released two full-lengths, the last one, Realms Of The Queen, via Ecstatic Peace. Album three Trvth is out now in a… More »

By: brandon / June 30, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far

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. O… More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am