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Q&A: Leviathan’s Jef Whitehead On His Early Years, His Future, & Scar Sighted + “Gardens Of Coprolite” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s hard to remember a world where every type of music imaginable wasn’t available at the click of a mouse, but it’s the world we lived in just 15 years ago. If you were a fan of black metal in the late ’90s and early ’00s, you had to work to find the music. Part… More »

By: Justin M. Norton / February 23, 2015 - 12:09 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2015

Coming into the new year, the five guys who curate the Black Market — Ian Chainey, Aaron Lariviere, Wyatt Marshall, Doug Moore, and me — had a few long discussions on what we might do to improve this feature in 2015 (and beyond). We considered expanding its scope, increasing its frequency, changing its format and/or… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 28, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Leviathan – “All Tongues Toward”

Jef Whitehead, aka Wrest, the man behind the long-running project Leviathan, is a seminal figure in American black metal. When I say seminal, I mean, like: first-edition, OG, “came here on the Mayflower” kinda stuff. The first Leviathan demo was released in 1998, the same year San Francisco’s Weakling recorded Dead As Dreams. Now, DeadMore »

By: Michael Nelson / January 15, 2015 - 9:58 am

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

Stream Lake Of Blood Omnipotens Tyrannus (Stereogum Premiere)

This year brought the inaugural Cassette Store Day, celebrating the cassette-only (or cassette-mostly) subcultures that have sprung up in numerous indie undergrounds. The cassette thing has been going on in black metal for a few years now, and has produced a decent number of really excellent bands and/or collectives, from Grand Rapids, MI’s Colloquial SoundMore »

By: Michael Nelson / November 26, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Wrekmeister Harmonies – “You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When I was editor at Invisible Oranges, we covered the inaugural performance of something called Wrekmeister Harmonies — an ambitious and artsy project that combined avant-garde film with live music by a black metal/doom ensemble made up of some of Chicago’s most notable experimental/metal musicians. For us, the primary draw was Jef Whitehead, aka Wrest,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 10, 2013 - 11:45 am

Hate Meditation (Blake Judd From Nachtmystium) – “The Genocide March”

Last year, following three albums and two EPs that increasingly and relentlessly strained against the boundaries of black metal, Blake Judd’s ongoing project Nachtmystium delivered Silencing Machine, a work that returned, somewhat, to the genre’s roots. At the time of the album’s release, Judd did an interview with Brandon that suggested the artist was both… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 7, 2013 - 11:48 am

Leviathan’s Jef Whitehead Sentenced To Two Years Probation

About a year and a half ago — in January 2011 — black-metal musician and tattoo artist Jef Whitehead was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting his then-girlfriend. The alleged details, as they were initially reported, were pretty gruesome, leading to wild amounts of handwringing and rushes to judgment. More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 21, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Under The Influence: Tombs Path Of Totality

Tombs’ Path Of Totality topped my list of the Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far. I was curious what sort of personal soundtrack went into that muscular, violent, surprisingly delicate and detailed blend of New York noise-rock, black metal, and industrialized blast-beat shoegaze, so I asked them to make a related mix for… More »

By: brandon / July 12, 2011 - 10:19 am

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 No. 4

I included the longstanding occult black metal group Nightbringer’s Apocalypse Sun on the list of my 10 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010 (scroll all the way to the end). I’ve heard a few complex, intense, buzzing tracks from it. Judging from those, the new collection, which follows 2008’s Death And The Black Work, will blow… More »

By: brandon / January 8, 2010 - 11:18 am