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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

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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

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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

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Scum – “Trilogian Tales”

The 1990s were a magical time for death metal, and a strange one. The style bullied its way into the popular consciousness in the early…
Doug Moore | October 20, 2016 - 9:59 am

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Ion Dissonance – “Perpetually Doomed: The Sisyphean Task”

The Canadian mathcore band Ion Dissonance have been mostly out of the picture since 2010's Cursed. Normally this kind of long absence would register as…
Doug Moore | October 11, 2016 - 11:04 am

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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016

Like August before it, September gave us Black Market folks -- that's me, Aaron Lariviere, Wyatt Marshall, Ian Chainey, and Michael Nelson -- a brutal…
Doug Moore | September 30, 2016 - 4:05 pm

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Honestly, I think part of the problem with later Converge is just that they've become kind of predictable. A lot of their recent tunes sound like reconstitutions of past successes, which is a problem for a band whose appeal hinges in part on being unpredictable. I got really psyched on "Eve" off the new EP (which appeared a little too late for us to work into the column this month) because it doesn't suffer from that issue.
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July 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2017
It was honestly hard to stop YouTubing long enough to write the "essay"
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July 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2017
Yeah I think about this post constantly still, 6 years after it ran
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June 30, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2017
Don't look at me; I stand in a corner alone glowering into the middle distance at every show
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June 30, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2017
If you haven't yet, make sure to read Cosmo Lee's definitive take on this subject: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/taking-non-metalheads-to-metal-shows/
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June 30, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2017
Yeah, I'm in the same boat, which is part of why I was so surprised by how much I dug that Attic tune. Obviously not as inventive as the original, but the craftsmanship is there.
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June 30, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2017
One of my top 3 or 4 sets at the festival. I was worried they'd be a disaster live, especially with fest sound, but they were actually better than on record.
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May 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2017
Aaron is correct in this matter.
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May 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2017
Gotta admit, "graphic design is hard so sometimes you just end up stealing" doesn't seem like a great defense of this practice. And if anyone has the time and money to ensure that this kind of thing is done correctly, you'd think it'd be a high-profile and comparatively professional label like Relapse.
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April 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017
Yeah, I looked into that aphorism while writing this thing – it's actually older than Picasso and of uncertain origin, but I feel like a lot of people miss its hyperbolic / tongue-in-cheek tone.
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April 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017
Yes, to be clear: cover art doesn't have to literally steal from other people to be insanely boring and shitty, haha.
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April 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2017
Aaron is currently locked in a law school torture chamber of some kind, but hopefully he'll deliver his usual dramatic overshare today
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March 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2017
I asked Aaron to cover Artificial Brain this month because I'm too personally friendly with them to feel good about doing so myself, but: Let it be known that the new album features several songs which are EVEN BETTER than the one we featured here.
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March 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2017
It ain't just you re: Pallbearer — I'm also somewhat immune to their charms. The quality is definitely there, but the songwriting doesn't really speak to me. My loss, I suppose. As for Dawn and Thorns, I think they're both donezo. I still spin Slaughtersun on a regular basis, though. Thx for the kind words re: Pyrrhon — we're done tracking and just gotta mix the thing now. Should be out some time in late summer / early fall.
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March 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2017
This will probably sound weird to you guys given most of the Pallbearer coverage on SG, but now that Mike isn't doing TBM anymore, they don't have a real hard-charging champion in the crew. Aaron likes'em though, so maybe he'll push for them to get a spot next month.
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February 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017
Oh, we'll get to that one – it's not out until April, and so we held off this month on the grounds that other songs on the album are even better than that single.
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February 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017
I feel like you can put most early death and black metal + grind in this category, TBH. Recent attempts to imitate the glories of the early extreme metal scene never sound quite right, because modern bands have a template to work from while the originals were just making it all up as they went along.
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February 28, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2017