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Stream Pyramids A Northern Meadow (Stereogum Premiere)

It is entirely appropriate that we’re premiering the sophomore album from the Denton, Texas-based band Pyramids during our self-appointed Radiohead Week: Leaving aside the fact that their name is possibly (probably) a reference to Amnesiac’s “Pyramid Song,” no other “metal” band in the world has garnered more Radiohead comparisons. A Pitchfork review of Pyramids’ self-titled… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 10, 2015 - 11:03 am

Stream Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta III – Saturnian Poetry

My first couple experiences hearing Blut Aus Nord’s Memoria Vetusta III – Saturnian Poetry came while walking around these abandoned or underused paths in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Not very black metal, I admit! But in Brooklyn, you have few vast expanses of nature in which to get lost, and to truly immerse yourself in MemoriaMore »

By: Michael Nelson / October 8, 2014 - 5:56 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2014

In July’s Black Market, I wrote a long essay on the ways in which metal bands catfish their fans, and in that piece, I mentioned a number of contemporary examples of this phenomenon, including the “Scandinavian” black-metal auteur Myrkur and the Chicago-based USBM artist Blake Judd, who is best known for his band Nachtmystium. Both… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 30, 2014 - 2:01 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

So it has been one hell of a week. And just when we thought it was all wrapped up, Thom Yorke comes outta nowhere and hits us with a whole new album. That’s not even fair! Is it? Well, fair or not, Thom was too late to be eligible for this week’s 5 Best Songs. More »

By: Stereogum / September 26, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Blut Aus Nord – “Paien”

You can’t really talk in superlative terms when discussing entire genres populated by several nations’ worth of subgenres, but if you were forced at gunpoint to identify the “best black metal band in the world today,” you could comfortably nominate France’s Blut Aus Nord and at least not be wrong. Some backstory: Blut Aus Nord… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 25, 2014 - 11:16 am

Album Of The Week: Blut Aus Nord – 777: The Desanctification

Here are the facts as we know them: Blut Aus Nord is the one-man black metal project of a Frenchman who calls himself Vindsval. Vindsval debuted his whole thing in 1994, but he has allowed the public to learn basically nothing about him in the years since, which is fine, since guys who make black… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 29, 2011 - 3:15 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

Haunting The Chapel: The 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009 (Plus Dozens Of Guest Lists)

Every year I’m tempted to — and sometimes do — say “this has been a great year for metal.” It’s a toss-away idea: If you consume the genre obsessively, every year seems sort of great, the chaff turning fuzzy and falling into the background, the favorites cementing themselves in your brain and eardrums. Or maybe… More »

By: brandon / December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm