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2017 In Review

The Best Metal Albums Of 2017

Before we begin our discussion of the fantastic year for underground metal that was 2017, a few orders of business:…
Doug Moore | December 12, 2017 - 1:18 pm

The Black Market

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2017

On October 5, the NYC-based progressive metal band Krallice announced on Facebook that they'd be releasing two albums in the coming months. Here's the full…
Doug Moore | November 30, 2017 - 12:16 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2017

Since the 2016 election, the American political press has taken an unprecedented interest in tech giants like Facebook and Google. A lot of this interest…
Doug Moore | October 31, 2017 - 2:28 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2017

Every year around this time, two things start happening in thee world ov metal. First, the pace of releases upgrades from "torrent" to "cataract" as…
Doug Moore | September 29, 2017 - 11:32 am

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2017

Metal is a microcosm for the world that produced it in many ways, and it's quite responsive to the public mood. This fact has been…
Doug Moore | August 31, 2017 - 3:17 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2017

Summer is a great time for heavy metal. The combination of warm weather, long car trips, alcohol, and lots of hanging around outdoors basically begs…
Doug Moore | July 31, 2017 - 12:11 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2017

Talking about underground metal with people who aren't already committed to the stuff largely consists of answering variations on the following question: "But why would…
Doug Moore | June 30, 2017 - 12:15 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2017

We usually kick off the Black Market with one of my standard 8,000-word screeds about whatever happened to irritate me during the preceding four weeks,…
Doug Moore | May 31, 2017 - 12:13 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017

A couple of weeks into April, a blog called Sad But True: Plagiarism In Heavy Metal Art popped up on Wordpress. The site consists of…
Doug Moore | April 28, 2017 - 1:00 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017

If you need a good barometer for the current national mood in the United States, look no further than the Washington Post. Last Wednesday, the…
Doug Moore | February 28, 2017 - 11:31 am

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017

Welcome to the first installment of the Black Market's fifth year in operation. It has been a privilege to work on this column for these…
Doug Moore | January 31, 2017 - 12:56 pm

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016

From our viewpoint at the end of 2016, "War Pigs" -- the ubiquitous leadoff track from Black Sabbath's sophomore album Paranoid -- looks like an…
Doug Moore | November 30, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Premiere

Bethlehem – “Die Dunkelheit Darbt”

Black metal is full of singular weirdo bands, and few of them are quite as singular or weird as Germany's Bethlehem. Formed in 1991, Bethlehem…
Doug Moore | November 17, 2016 - 10:54 am

Premiere

OvO – “Zombie Stomp”

Italy's OvO (note: no relation to Toronto's OvO) are a band who've built their career on sheer persistence, rather than any pre-existing constituency. They play…
Doug Moore | November 8, 2016 - 10:58 am

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2016

As usual, we've got an avalanche of worthy metal to discuss this month. Before we get to it, I want to take a crack at…
Doug Moore | October 31, 2016 - 12:12 pm

Comments from Doug Moore

I can hear everything that's going on on the new Morbid Angel album fine, personally. Trey uses a sludgier guitar tone than most death metal players do but clarity isn't an issue for me. The cover art for Blessed is some public domain shit from the 19th century, and honestly looks pretty crummy IMO. In a charming way! But still, crummy.
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December 13, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
I actually placed it higher than he did and still had to spend 45 minutes talking him down from the ledge he was on with that one
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
"The Morbid Angel album cover is bad" is accurate for every one of their albums other than Altars, and "the Morbid Angel album has a weird production" describes every one of them, period.
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
This is how you know things will be fine for The Black Market next year.
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
One bad habit I picked up by starting my blog career in 2005: I still always read the comments. Thanks for the kind words, man.
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
I will personally inform Couch Slut that they are a hoax.
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
SOMEONE NEEDS TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, MY LOBSTER
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
It's worth taking the fact that I'm a snotty asshole into account before you discard your talking point! Love Converge, grew up on'em, just not feeling the softer touch as much as the full-bore insanity of yore.
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
Thanks man! And no worries on the explanation; honestly, I probably should've gotten a little more in depth on that score in the intro. The degree of independence from "real" Stereogum that the Black Market crew enjoys can definitely be a little confusing to readers who don't know the inner workings of the arrangement, so I totally get why some people are like "uh where the fuck is (release that got tons of love on this here website)?!?!?"
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
We're getting back over the pond within the next year or so, by hook or by fucking crook!
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
Scott, genuine thanks for letting me go wild up in here. Can't think of another publication that would've given me such a free hand, and that truly made the whole experience for me.
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
Oh, and now that I'm a civilian who can reveal his true feelings: –Bell Witch is boring. –New Converge is decent, but doesn't quite live up to their classics. –Code Orange has rebranded as a nu-metal band.
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
Yo, just to reiterate: THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH for reading this column over the years. I have written for many different publications, and in all but maybe one, the comments were just absolute dumpster fires. The fact that you guys were willing to slog through so many of these 10-billion-word outings and still come back with thoughtful, (usually) friendly commentary at the end is really something unusual and special in these late times. I'll miss it, but you guys probably won't miss me, because I'll probably be chiming in on future editions of TBM in the very same threads.
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
There was basically no overlap between our process for putting this list together and the regular SG staff's process for the other lists, or even communication about the ranking metrics. (We're all freelancers.) I basically came to Michael with the list and said, "this is our list." And he said, "okay." So if it's inconsistent procedurally, it's because we're basically a satellite entity within the larger SG planetary system. Feel free to blame us for breaking the site's internal logic. As an aside, two of the three aforementioned Krallice albums came out in November, and (in my opinion) would've been more than enough to merit the #1 spot for them. Prelapsarian is awesome, but the least of the three, by my accounting.
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
Michael Nelson is the fucking man and a way better editor than I ever deserved to have. You SG readers have a treasure right here!
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December 12, 2017 on The Best Metal Albums Of 2017
Don't worry, we're gonna put it at #1 in our Best Of column so everyone will be forced to find out how great it is
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November 30, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2017
I am forever writing about his bands and trying to decide whether I should mention that detail
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November 30, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2017
In fairness, the whole "we see through the bullshit!" thing with metal has always been more aspirational than anything else. As Michael's 2014 column on catfishing noted, that kind of PR tactic has been around (and effective) in metal since long before jabronis like Ghost Bath showed up. As for Myrkur, I don't mean to say that public interest in her can be explained entirely by the schtick, despite my own feelings about her music — a lot of people genuinely like the stuff. But is she actually as popular as the nearly 300k FB likes would suggest? I doubt it.
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October 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2017