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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

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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

Comments from Doug Moore

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
I like almost all of these albums, which is rare given what a picky bastard I am
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October 31, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – October 2017
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