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Drudkh – “W Krainie Drzew” (Stereogum Premiere)

Of all black metal’s many hybridized forms, none has produced a more rewarding body of work than folk-influenced black metal (or “pagan” black metal, if you’re trying to make it sound cooler), which frankly includes everything from Bathory to Agalloch. Two of that genre’s very best bands, no qualification necessary, are England’s Winterfylleth and Ukraine’… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 3, 2013 - 11:13 am

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

Is Drudkh’s Handful Of Stars The Best Album Of 2010?

Ukranian black metal crew Drudkh’s last album Microcosmos landed at number three on my 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009. As I said then, “The smallest details are accounted for … deep weirdly seafaring bass sound (see ‘Distant Cries Of Cranes’), darkly cascading guitars (and masterfully patient solos), massive dynamic shifts, subtle keyboards … It… More »

By: brandon / September 22, 2010 - 12:23 pm

Blood Of Kingu – “The Gate Of Nanna” (Beherit Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s a classic song that’s been covered plenty of times, but it’s interesting hearing what Ukrainian quartet Blood Of Kingu do with “The Gate Of Nanna” off Beherit’s 1993 Drawing Down The Moon. Blood Of Kingu, which formed in 2005 after the split of Hate Forest, features Drudkh/Dark Ages mastermind Roman Saenko with fellow DrudkhMore »

By: brandon / July 26, 2010 - 11:14 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

Haunting The Chapel: Introducing Stereogum’s New Metal Column

Regular readers of this blog know that our own Brandon Stosuy is a passionate metal fan. And in recent months we’ve seen an enthusiastic response to our occasional coverage of the genre. So starting today, in the form of this as-yet-untitled, flexibly scheduled column, Stereogum will be devoting space to the best new metal music,More »

By: brandon / October 30, 2009 - 8:46 am