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The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013

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 »

By: Michael Nelson / December 10, 2013 - 10:33 am

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 drop-tempo heartbeat. You would expect something weary at best.

Not even close. More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / March 21, 2013 - 12:01 pm

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, 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 »

By: Michael Nelson / February 27, 2013 - 1:32 pm

“Visions Of American Black Metal”: Liturgy’s Hunter Hunt-Hendrix Responds

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 »

By: brandon / June 20, 2011 - 10:27 am

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 sure the East Coast black metal crews offered the first dark sounds you heard on 10/31. As mentioned, both bands own 2010 standout releases (both on Candlelight). On Sat/Sun, they… More »

By: 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, dangerous, ballsy, no-bullshit. (It’s where I’ve been saying USBM should go for years. And remember Blake Judd’s comment that folks selling crack in Chicago are scarier than Gaahl.) I wa… More »

By: 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 Public Assembly in Brooklyn. And it fucking snowed. A lot. Krieg doesn’t play very often (or at all) in NYC, so ever since that unexpected blizzard (and an amazing set),… More »

By: 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 the Studio @ Webster Hall — a show presented by Haunting The Chapel and The Blackened Music Series — Neige lost his voice, leaving it up to guitarist/backing vocalist Zero… More »

By: 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 kroner, Gylve Fenris Nagell, Darkthrone vocalist/lyricist/drummer/etc Fenriz, is the true heart and soul of that area’s “scene” and the international underground metal scene in general. Since he and cohort Ted… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2010 - 5:02 pm