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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 »

Welcome to the Black Market, a new space at Stereogum dedicated to talking about and listening to heavy music. By “heavy music” I mean metal, mostly, although that word is vague and meaningless enough to make it useless at this point. Metal is an insular subculture made up of a zillion insular sub-subcultures — to… More »

Raw Southern California grind trio Nails’ 11-song, 14-minute Kurt Ballou-produced Unsilent Death is an album I play on repeat. It feels even more monumental that way. The collection was originally released in the by Six Feet Under and the band’s own Streetcleaner imprint, but those editions are long gone, so Southern Lord reissued it today. More »

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