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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

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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

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

That Convulsing record is awesome. One of those "this is one guy??" bands.
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August 31, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2018
I'm going to believe that from now on regardless of whether it's true.
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March 1, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2018
I think the story of ATG is basically also the story of Nocturnus, and late-'90s Gorguts (who were ostracized from "regular" death metal after Obscura), and even latter-day Emperor — angry sectarian border cops come out of the woodwork every time anyone does anything novel with metal, even something that later on becomes a touchstone for the genre going forward. It really is a profoundly conservative culture in a lot of ways, which explains a lot of how it's become a haven for so much metapolitical fascist stuff over the years.
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March 1, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2018
The "Dig" music video is, for better or for worse, burned into my brain in its entirety.
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March 1, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2018
I think the word you're searching for is "relief"
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February 28, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2018
Oh, I agree, but unfortunately I can't dive out of the van whenever my bandmates put on the first Slipknot album, "y'know, for old time's sake"
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February 28, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2018
Yeah, it's one of those styles that I don't even try to convert people to anymore, because it's barely even music by most reasonable standards. But if you can crack the code and learn to appreciate it, it's genuinely a source of endless joy and entertainment. I've listened to this album like 20 times since picking it up a few weeks ago, haha.
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February 28, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2018
We're watching this process play out in real time with nu-metal, to a degree. Obviously the style still has plenty of detractors all over the pop culture spectrum, but within the metal community, a lot of highly-credentialed musicians in "extreme" bands — especially in death metal — are finally saying: "You know what? I got the first Korn album when I was 13, and I thought it fucking ripped, and I /still/ think it rips." That would've gotten you run off the Relapse Records forum back in '03, but these days, a lot of metal people will just agree to that sentiment.
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February 28, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2018
I don't get to run this column into the ground with my terrible taste anymore, but if I did, this slamfest would definitely have landed in the list within the last month or so. Have you ever thought, "man, I like Malignancy, but I wish they were 500% more gooey?" Obviously the answer is no, but this record rules anyway: https://abolishingmusic.bandcamp.com/
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February 28, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2018
I say this unironically: you commenter folk are making me proud right now.
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February 28, 2018 on Deeply Problematic Metal Band Taake Cancel North American Tour, Blame “Left Wing Agitators”
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