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The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How can we fully appreciate one major piece of work when there’s always another one coming right around the corner. And when the huge, fully-formed masterpieces are dropping from the sky… More »

By: Stereogum / June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

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