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Welcome to The Black Market’s fourth year of metal-scrounging. We — that’s Michael Nelson, Wyatt Marshall, Aaron Lariviere, Ian Chainey, and me — have been recuperating since December’s 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2015 feature in preparation for another annum of wringing each other’s throats over the contents of these columns. The bruises from 2015… More »

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 »

Earlier this month, I spent a Saturday afternoon at the Brooklyn metal-themed bar Duff’s: a cluttered dive situated in the basement of an apartment building, illuminated even in the daytime only by red Christmas lights, a 13″ CRT television blasting a gnarled VHS copy of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and the white-on-chrome glow coming from… More »

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In 2013, the Oakland-based funeral-doom quartet Lycus released their debut LP, Tempest, which landed high on our list of that year's best metal albums. The…
Michael Nelson | January 12, 2016 - 11:28 am

Under The Influence: Deafheaven Roads To Judah

Deafheaven's Roads To Judah came up a few times in the comments of my Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far. With reason. The…
brandon | July 6, 2011 - 12:09 pm