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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 »

If you have any interest in underground metal, black or otherwise, you’re aware of the uproar created by Brooklyn quartet Liturgy. Much of the disdain’s focused on frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, and what people view as his “pretentious” reading of black metal (American and otherwise). I did the first large-scale interview with Liturgy a couple of… More »

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Woe – “Exhausted” (Stereogum Premiere)

You would expect a song called "Exhausted" on an album titled Withdrawal to be slow or somehow diminished, a dirge maybe, somebody moaning over a…
Aaron Lariviere | March 21, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Krieg, Woe @ The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn 10/30/10

The official date of this weekend’s Haunting The Chapel/BrooklynVegan Krieg/woe show was Saturday, 10/30, but we started the Mischief Night/Halloween event after midnight to make…
brandon | November 1, 2010 - 5:46 pm

Woe – “Quietly, Undramatically” (Stereogum Premiere)

A couple of months ago I "tweeted" about woe's excellent Quietly, Undramatically "sound[ing] like what black metal from Philly should sound like," i.e. rough, dirty,…
brandon | October 5, 2010 - 10:46 am

Haunting The Chapel Presents: Mischief Night/Halloween With Krieg & Woe @ The Knitting Factory

In March 2009, as part of my now defunct Show No Mercy series, I put on a show with Krieg, woe, Liturgy, and Malkuth at…
brandon | September 17, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Alcest/woe/Have A Nice Life @ Studio Webster Hall, NYC 4/29/10

The lineup shifts, but Alcest is basically Stéphane Paut, aka Neige, by his lonesome. Live, the project expands to a lush quartet. Last night at…
brandon | April 30, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Haunting The Chapel No. 9

Varg Vikernes -- who I spoke with a couple of weeks ago -- gets the bulk of the Norwegian-related black metal press, but for my…
brandon | March 24, 2010 - 5:02 pm