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Yakuza vocalist/saxophonist Bruce Lamont’s a master collaborator (see Nachtmystium, Locrian, Sigh, Minsk, Brutal Truth, etc.) and records regularly with a number of projects (Bloodiest, Circle Of Animals, Sick Gazelle, the Led Zeppelin cover band Led Zeppelin 2), but his debut solo album Feral Songs For The Epic Decline — a collection that’s truly a one-man… More »

In addition to Triptykon, Tom G. Warrior’s post-Celtic Frost outfit (and keepers of one of 2010’s best records in Eparistera Daimones), you’ll also catch longtime Norwegian technical black metal experimentalists 1349 and progressive Haunting The Chapel regulars Yakuza (also owners of one of the year’s best metal records, Of Seismic Consequence). As mentioned previously, HTCMore »

Despite booking a series of metal shows in Brooklyn, I’m not really a show promoter, but when a particular tour or invented/imagined potential lineup seems particularly amazing, I pretend to be one and figure out how to make it happen. Which is why I teamed with Brooklyn Vegan to do the Altar Of Plagues showMore »

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Bloodiest – “Suffer” (Stereogum Premiere)

Bloodiest has the experience to know a good ending. "Suffer" closes out the Chicagoan sextet's self-titled second album, an eight-track onslaught of insistent rhythms. The…
Ian Chainey | December 9, 2015 - 11:01 am

Watch Coliseum Cover Eddie Money

Stuff like this is the reason the A.V. Club's "A.V. Undercover" video series exists: Louisville post-hardcore warriors Coliseum, who landed a recent Album Of The…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Wrekmeister Harmonies – “You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When I was editor at Invisible Oranges, we covered the inaugural performance of something called Wrekmeister Harmonies -- an ambitious and artsy project that combined…
Michael Nelson | May 10, 2013 - 11:45 am

Yakuza – “Fire Temple And Beyond” (Stereogum Premiere)

Chicago's Yakuza don’t really sound like anything else in metal, or anything else, period. Vocalist Bruce Lamont (also of Bloodiest, Circle Of Animals) sings in…
Michael Nelson | September 13, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Yakuza – “Be That As It May” (Stereogum Premiere)

I gave a bit of background on Chicago progressive-metal quartet Yakuza when we posted "Stones And Bones" from Of Seismic Consequence, their (by far) strongest…
brandon | June 21, 2010 - 11:16 am

Nachtmystium – “Every Last Drop” (Stereogum Premiere)

It's hard to believe Nachtmystium's Addicts isn't out officially until next week. At this point, it feels like it's been debated and praised and derided…
brandon | June 4, 2010 - 2:42 pm

Locrian – “The Columnless Arcade”

Locrian's Territories ends with the torrentially uplifting "The Columnless Arcade." The Chicago duo of André Foisy and Terence Hannum still create plenty of dark, crumbling,…
brandon | April 14, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Yakuza – “Stones And Bones” (Stereogum Premiere)

There was plenty to like about Chicago progressive-metal quartet Yakuza's 2007 album Transmutations, but I had reservations. As I wrote in my review at the…
brandon | April 8, 2010 - 10:07 am

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff…
stereogum | March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am