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Last night, Black Market bro Doug Moore and I — and about 800 other people — squeezed into the 500-capacity Gramercy Theatre to see Carcass. It was the second-to-last show of the UK band’s extremely limited North American “tour” (five shows total) in support of the magnificent Surgical Steel, Carcass’s first new album in 17… More »

I’ve already written in this space that black metal, by and large, is just a thing that I don’t get. The tinny guitar tones, the hummingbird-fast drum assault, the total abandonment of recognizable song-form — none of it makes a whole lot of sense to me. But the one straight-up black metal album that grabbed… More »

There area few extra videos from this week and last, since I was out of town last Friday and missed doing the roundup. This time there are new clips from Shit Robot, Chromeo, Nachtmystium, and of Montreal. One thing I noticed: Many of the videos have female protagonists. Three of them are entirely female worlds,… More »

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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…
Michael Nelson | January 15, 2014 - 11:43 am

Nachtmystium – “Voyager” (Stereogum Premiere)

Early last month, Nachtmystium frontman/mastermind Blake Judd was arrested for theft. It was, perhaps, a long time coming, but just the same, for fans of…
Michael Nelson | November 4, 2013 - 3:20 pm

How Nachtmystium’s Blake Judd Betrayed The Black Metal Community And Wound Up In Jail

My friend Justin was the one who told me Blake from Nachtmystium had been arrested on Saturday night, via text on Sunday morning: "Blake Judd…
Michael Nelson | October 10, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Nachtmystium’s Blake Judd Arrested For Theft

Blake Judd -- the man behind Nachtmystium, Twilight, and Hate Meditation -- is one of American black metal's foremost innovators. The third and fourth Nacht…
Michael Nelson | October 7, 2013 - 11:27 am

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…
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…
Michael Nelson | March 7, 2013 - 11:48 am

Nachtmystium – “I Wait In Hell”

Chicago's Nachtmystium initially started pushing outward on the boundaries of black metal in 2006, with the expansive, psychedelic Instinct: Decay. Their sonic explorations were intensified…
Michael Nelson | July 17, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Nachtmystium – “Every Last Drop” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When we premiered "Every Last Drop," Addicts's slow-burn melancholic 8-minute closer, I mentioned that the band was shooting a video for the full/unedited track with…
brandon | November 9, 2010 - 12:50 pm

Dawnbringer – “Like An Earthquake” (Stereogum Premiere)

Four years ago I suggested Dawnbringer's third album In Sickness and In Dreams had the best sounding guitars of 2006. (Can you think of any…
brandon | September 10, 2010 - 11:22 am

Stream The High Confessions Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions

The High Confessions is a collaboration between Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, Ministry/Revolting Cocks vocal maestro Chris Connelly, Chicago metal multi-tasker/producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Nachtmystium, Twilight),…
brandon | July 16, 2010 - 11:34 am

Nachtmystium – “Blood Trance Fusion” & Headlining Tour Presented By Haunting The Chapel

People like arguing about Nachtmystium. (They're sort of M.I.A. for metal kids.) So far I've posted Addicts's “No Funeral” -- aka "Burzum On The Dance…
brandon | July 15, 2010 - 11:12 am

Nachtmystium – “Every Last Drop” (Stereogum Premiere)

It's hard to believe Nachtmystium's Addicts isn't out officially until next week. At this point, it feels like it's been debated and praised and derided…
brandon | June 4, 2010 - 2:42 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…
brandon | April 30, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Nachtmystium – “No Funeral” (Stereogum Premiere)

In January I posted about Nachtmystium's new rhythm section -- Wrest (Leviathan) on drums, Will Lindsay (Wolves In The Throne Room, Middian) on bass --…
brandon | April 20, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Locrian – “The Columnless Arcade”

Locrian's Territories ends with the torrentially uplifting "The Columnless Arcade." The Chicago duo of André Foisy and Terence Hannum still create plenty of dark, crumbling,…
brandon | April 14, 2010 - 12:46 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…
brandon | January 8, 2010 - 11:18 am

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…
brandon | December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm