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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 »

Neige is on a roll. Over the past few years, the French multi-instrumentalist’s honed his “post-black metal” (or whatever you want to call it) to an inspired blackened, dramatic, triumphant pitch. It has sweet, bleak, romantic hooks. The atmosphere’s elegant, furious, gorgeously layered. Songs bleed compellingly into the background while lodging themselves deep in your… More »

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Lantlôs – “Azure Chimes”

Until last year, Lantlôs were probably best known as the band that Neige sang for when he wasn't doing Alcest. That was never a fair…
Michael Nelson | February 27, 2014 - 11:11 am