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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2014

Guys, I usually kick off the Black Market with a lengthy introductory essay, an aggregation of my thoughts on the month in metal. But August … August kinda ate me alive. That is not to say that I don’t have thoughts, or that August didn’t generate enough thoughts to inspire an essay. I do! It… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 29, 2014 - 9:39 am

Stream Krieg Transient (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s been a weird year for Neill Jameson, aka Imperial, the man behind the seminal American black metal project Krieg. If you follow the guy on Facebook, you know he’s constantly dealing with bullshit, and that has increased exponentially over the last few weeks. He works in this record store in New Jersey, whose customer… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 26, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Stream Wolvhammer/Krieg Split 7″

The paths traveled by New Jersey black metal unit Krieg and Chicago/Minneapolis blackened crust trio Wolvhammer have crossed countless times over the years: Not only have the two bands toured together, but Wolvhammer leader Jeff Wilson has played guitar with Krieg in the past; also, Krieg mainman Neill “Imperial” Jameson played in black metal supergrou… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 20, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Twilight – “Lungs”

The third album from black metal supergroup Twilight would have been noteworthy even if it didn’t feature the contributions of new member Thurston Moore. In every incarnation, the band’s ever-shifting lineup routinely includes some of America’s most prominent metal luminaries, including Malefic from Xasthur, Aaron Turner from Isis, and Blake Judd from Nachtmystium. None of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 15, 2014 - 11:43 am

Krieg, Woe @ The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn 10/30/10

The official date of this weekend’s Haunting The Chapel/BrooklynVegan Krieg/woe show was Saturday, 10/30, but we started the Mischief Night/Halloween event after midnight to make sure the East Coast black metal crews offered the first dark sounds you heard on 10/31. As mentioned, both bands own 2010 standout releases (both on Candlelight). On Sat/Sun, they… More »

By: brandon / November 1, 2010 - 5:46 pm

Woe – “Quietly, Undramatically” (Stereogum Premiere)

A couple of months ago I “tweeted” about woe’s excellent Quietly, Undramatically “sound[ing] like what black metal from Philly should sound like,” i.e. rough, dirty, dangerous, ballsy, no-bullshit. (It’s where I’ve been saying USBM should go for years. And remember Blake Judd’s comment that folks selling crack in Chicago are scarier than Gaahl.) I wa… More »

By: brandon / October 5, 2010 - 10:46 am

Haunting The Chapel Presents: Mischief Night/Halloween With Krieg & Woe @ The Knitting Factory

In March 2009, as part of my now defunct Show No Mercy series, I put on a show with Krieg, woe, Liturgy, and Malkuth at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. And it fucking snowed. A lot. Krieg doesn’t play very often (or at all) in NYC, so ever since that unexpected blizzard (and an amazing set),… More »

By: brandon / September 17, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Krieg – “All Paths To God” (Stereogum Premiere)

American black metal’s shifted radically over the past few years — in both mainstream perception/acceptance and via a more expansive set of underground aesthetics and a more diverse execution. Since the mid ’90s, NJ-based American Psycho fan and Judas Iscariot/Nachtmystium associate Neill Jameson, aka N. Imperial, aka N.I.L, aka Krieg, has been one of the… More »

By: brandon / August 18, 2010 - 1:15 pm

Twilight – “8,000 Years” (Stereogum Premiere)

A lot’s changed since the last Twilight album. For starters, there are those pesky teenage vampire movies of the same name. I asked new Twilight member Stavros about them a few months ago: “This is a hilarious question, and one I have contemplated as well. I personally am not one to make that call. I… More »

By: brandon / April 30, 2010 - 12:09 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