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Tombs’ Path Of Totality topped my list of the Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far. I was curious what sort of personal soundtrack went into that muscular, violent, surprisingly delicate and detailed blend of New York noise-rock, black metal, and industrialized blast-beat shoegaze, so I asked them to make a related mix for… More »

Despite booking a series of metal shows in Brooklyn, I’m not really a show promoter, but when a particular tour or invented/imagined potential lineup seems particularly amazing, I pretend to be one and figure out how to make it happen. Which is why I teamed with Brooklyn Vegan to do the Altar Of Plagues showMore »

In this installment I intentionally paired two longstanding bands who’ve shifted their approach/sound significantly during the course of their careers, not always to their fans’ approval. Katatonia released their eighth album Night Is The New Day toward the end of 2009. It landed at No. 11 on my year-end list. Rotting Christ’s excellent Aealo is… More »

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