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In Memoriam: The Bands We Lost In 2014

Since 2008 I’ve put together a holiday-time video tribute to the year’s band breakups. It’s a sad endeavor really, but there is a bright side. Sometimes it takes a decade or more of inactivity for a band to really maximize its fanbase. Ask American Football, Slint, Neutral Milk Hotel, OutKast, the Replacements, or any of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

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

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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 »

By: Stereogum / September 20, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Castevet – “The Curve” (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn’s Castevet should tour with Gorguts — there are some neat parallels to the two bands this year that would make for an engaging narrative. Both bands returned in 2013 after relatively prolonged periods of absence (twelve years for Gorguts; three and a half for Castevet); both bands’ revamped lineups borrowed members of Krallice to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 19, 2013 - 12:31 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2013

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 »

By: Michael Nelson / August 29, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Castevet – “As Fathomed By Beggars And Victims”

Brooklyn’s Castevet released their incredible debut album, Mounds Of Ash, in May 2010. Had it come out eight months or so later, the band surely would have been included in several of the many think pieces published by mainstream outlets in 2011 on the subject of American black metal. But Castevet were a year early. More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 20, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Under The Influence: Castevet Mounds Of Ash

Castevet’s Mounds Of Ash was one of 2010’s best metal releases. The NYC trio’s blend of muscular black metal, hardcore punk, progressive post-rock, compositional implosions, and a “fuck you” attitude made for some of the year’s most compelling music on record and onstage. Mounds, out initially via Profound Lore, is getting a second life courtesy… More »

By: brandon / July 25, 2011 - 1:10 pm

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010

Clichés be damned — this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever before. Ditto the Top 20. It was such a good year that I went overboard and shifted my usual Top 30 to a Top 50. (Sure, the different between No. More »

By: brandon / December 21, 2010 - 11:58 am

Castevet – “Red Star Sans Chastity” (Stereogum Premiere)

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. It’s like vintage Unsane bleeding into Leviathan. (Someone should line Castevet up for the next Rorschach reunion, invite Deadguy along, too.) Last month I posted “Red Aura” from the excellent… More »

By: brandon / July 12, 2010 - 10:11 am

Castevet – “Red Aura”

On 8/1 Haunting The Chapel is presentng a show at the Studio @ Webster Hall in collaboration with Fred/BBG from BrooklynVegan. (You know, the guy who does their metal writing.) We organized a Keelhaul show together last year and it worked well, so we decided to try our hands at teamwork again. This time we’re hosting… More »

By: brandon / June 4, 2010 - 12:15 pm

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