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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

Stream In Solitude Sister

Swedish heavy metal band In Solitude showed up in this month’s Black Market with the epic “Pallid Hands,” one of the best tracks off their third album Sister. As Aaron Lariviere pointed out, there has been a lot of pressure on bands that sparked people’s interest in “occult heavy metal,” and we all know microgenre… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 2, 2013 - 12:41 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2013

Last night, Black Market bro Doug Moore and I — and about 800 other people — squeezed into the 500-capacity Gramercy Theatre to see Carcass. It was the second-to-last show of the UK band’s extremely limited North American “tour” (five shows total) in support of the magnificent Surgical Steel, Carcass’s first new album in 17… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 27, 2013 - 1:00 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

In Solitude – “The World, The Flesh, The Devil” (Stereogum Premiere)

In Solitude’s young fox fur-wearing frontman Pelle “Hornper” Åhman doesn’t slather as much facepaint as fellow satanic Swedes Ghost, but his Uppsala-based quintet’s second (and best) full-length The World, The Flesh, The Devil should be equally — if not more — appealing to fans of Mercyful Fate. (Of course, In Solitude’s more classic cult metal… More »

By: brandon / May 10, 2011 - 2:03 pm