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The Atlas Moth was one of the first bands I covered in Haunting The Chapel — via an interview with guitarist/vocalist Stavros Giannopolous (ex-Twilight). His Chicago crew deftly molds three guitars, bass, and drums (hammering psychedelic sludge, doom, post-rock) with a storm of clean, growling, blackened vocals to create a unique, moving take on lighter-lifter… More »

Chicago tri-guitar quintet the Atlas Moth, one of the first bands I covered in Haunting The Chapel, are back. It isn’t exactly time for a proper full-length followup to last year’s gorgeously anthemic, psychedelic lighter-lifter A Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky, but they are releasing a digital-only covers EP The One Amongst The Weed Fields,… More »

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 Floor” — and the melancholic Yakuza-assisted 8-minute closer “Every Last Drop.” “Blood Trance Fusion” is one of the more concise blasts on the collection. Like everything on Addicts, though, it… More »

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The Atlas Moth – “City Of Light”

Next month, adventurous Chicago psych-metal band the Atlas Moth will unleash their new album The Old Believer into the world. Early track “City Of Light” lurches haphazardly from sinister Cleopatra Records goth-industrial to crushing atmospheric stoner-doom; it’s an impressive piece of heaviness. Listen below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2014 - 1:30 pm

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

Pitchfork Festival 2012: Grimes, Danny Brown, Sleigh Bells & More

At ginormous festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, it’s pretty tough to craft a narrative — when there’s something like 200 bands playing over a weekend, it’s next to impossible to really sew a singular thread through the weekend’s performances. Pitchfork Music Festival is much smaller — 45 bands in three days — so, it’s a… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 15, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Altar Of Plagues/The Atlas Moth Announce U.S. Tour

I saw Altar Of Plagues when they played The Studio At Webster Hall in August 2010 — it wound up being the best show I saw that year. The Irish post-black metal quartet absolutely leveled the place (no small feat after pretty climactic sets from openers Man’s Gin, Castevet and Velnias). And this was more… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 9, 2012 - 10:59 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

SXSW 2010: Salome, Torche, High On Fire Smoke Up Austin

Yesterday I saw 12 metal bands before High On Fire hopped onto the outdoor stage at the Mohawk sometime around midnight to make it a perfect baker’s dozen. A few of those were a lot of fun — Chicago’s upswinging Atlas Moth and their three-guitar tapestries (and beer-buzzed banter), frontwoman Grace Perry’s afternoon pit-initiating for… More »

By: brandon / March 18, 2010 - 5:22 pm

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 consume the genre obsessively, every year seems sort of great, the chaff turning fuzzy and falling into the background, the favorites cementing themselves in your brain and eardrums. Or maybe… More »

By: brandon / December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm

Haunting The Chapel No. 2

When I included “Haunting The Chapel” in the headline to my last column, I’d intended it to be a smart-ass joke regarding my inability to legally use the name “Show No Mercy” after relocating things here from Pitchfork: You know, Haunting… is the 1984 EP that followed Slayer’s 1983 debut Show No Mercy. Even though… More »

By: brandon / December 2, 2009 - 12:18 pm