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If we’re just talking about the music — and isn’t that, like, the thing we’re talking about here? — then 2015 was a great year for metal. That should come as no surprise. The genre (to the the extent we can call this vast, ever-expanding universe a “genre”) has enjoyed a prolonged period of outstanding… More »

A few weeks back, I came across the following YouTube video. It’s an 8-bit, early video game-style rendition of “Chapel Of Ghouls,” one of death-metal greats Morbid Angel’s signature tunes. As you can imagine, it sounds pretty weird, especially if you know the original: … 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 »

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VHÖL – “Illuminate” (Stereogum Premiere)

As I wrote when VHÖL claimed the top spot on our inaugural installment of our new heavy music feature, "The Black Market: The Month In
Michael Nelson | March 18, 2013 - 2:27 pm
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2013

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,…
Michael Nelson | February 27, 2013 - 1:32 pm
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