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 »
On Sunday night Nothing Was The Same leaked, so there’s some likelihood that in the midst of a listening frenzy, you missed some of the best music of the week. Or, maybe you eschewed the entire NWTS hype machine and want to know if some of your picks made the cut. Find out what did… More »
At the beginning of August, I drove eight or so hours — solo — from my home in Brooklyn to Toronto, Ontario to see At The Gates: a Swedish death metal band whose most recent LP, the all-time classic (and one of my favorite records ever) Slaughter Of The Soul, will turn 20 next year. More »
There's something mentally purifying about New York City trio Castevet's muscular, aggressive blend of progressive black metal, genre-stretching/time-shifting hardcore, ink-dark ambiance, and raw, soul-sick emotion.