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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 »

Before the quibbling starts: I didn’t include YOB’s Atma because it isn’t out until August. It would be way up there. I’ve also been listening to Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred For Mankind quite a bit, but since it has an original release date of ’09 before Prosthetic’s 2011 reissue, I didn’t include that either. O… More »

Crusty, doom-ridden San Francisco death metal quintet Vastum features members of Acephalix, Infest, and Saros/Amber Asylum/Hammers Of Misfortune (those last three via guitarist/co-vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf). Their debut five-song Carnal Law, originally issued as a demo, is receiving proper widespread CD release courtesy of 20 Buck Spin (and vinyl via Contagion). This is real, deeply (and… More »

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