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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 »

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 »

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 »

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Inquisition – “Infinite Interstellar Genocide” (Stereogum Premiere)

We’ve written about the new Inquisition record a bitalready, and their last single was powerful enough to secure a #2 slot in September’s Black Market. Hell, even the album trailer was mindblowing — most trailers elicit little more than a sigh and a groan towards the continued existence of album trailers — this thing ripped… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / October 1, 2013 - 10:10 am

Inquisition – “Darkness Flows Towards Unseen Horizons”

In August’s Black Market, I spent a couple paragraphs breathlessly gushing about Inquisition’s forthcoming LP, Obscure Verses For The Multiverse, which is, in my opinion, pretty obviously one of the year’s best metal albums. At that point, the band had released to the public only a trailer for Verses, but today, they’ve dropped its first… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 17, 2013 - 10:10 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

Haunting The Chapel No. 6

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 i… More »

By: brandon / February 9, 2010 - 8:15 am