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Code Orange – “The Hunt” (Feat. Corey Taylor) & “3 Knives”

Last year, the skull-smashing Pittsburgh-based hardcore-sludge unit Code Orange leveled up with their third LP, Forever. It was also the band's first release on Roadrunner,…
Michael Nelson | June 21, 2018 - 11:51 am

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Stream Modern Rituals The Light That Leaks In

The little British indie Holy Roar Records is on a pretty incredible roll right now. Already this year, the label gave us Rolo Tomassi's Time
Michael Nelson | June 19, 2018 - 10:45 am

Thou – “The Changeling Prince”

The Louisiana blackened-sludge doom-droners Thou are flooding the market in 2018, making their already-labyrinthine canon harder to follow than the motherfucking Marvel Universe. They opened…
Michael Nelson | May 31, 2018 - 10:53 am

The Armed – “Nowhere To Be Found” Video

Hola, amigos. I know it's been a long time since I rapped at ya, but I am seriously in the weeds over here. What's going…
Michael Nelson | May 24, 2018 - 12:08 pm

Hear A Hot Minute Of New Deafheaven Song “Near”

Deafheaven's new album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, drops in mid-July, and the first single, "Honeycomb," came out in late April. I dunno when single #2…
Michael Nelson | May 9, 2018 - 12:42 pm

At The Gates – “Daggers Of The Black Haze”

We're three weeks out from the release of At The Gates' To Drink From The Night Itself. It's the Gothenburg death metal band's sixth LP…
Michael Nelson | April 27, 2018 - 12:59 pm

Yob – “The Screen” Video

The first Noble Truth of Buddhism is frequently translated into English as, "Life is suffering." The highest level that can be achieved in Buddhist practice…
Michael Nelson | April 17, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Stream Panopticon The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness (I And II)

If you were gonna write a Great Jones Street-esque postmodern novel about an American black metal artist, you could do worse than to base your…
Michael Nelson | April 5, 2018 - 2:07 pm

At The Gates – “A Stare Bound In Stone”

Leaving aside all the abject horrors of the real world, yesterday was the raddest: MLB Opening Day! Also? Giancarlo crushed two taters in his first…
Michael Nelson | March 30, 2018 - 10:57 am

The Voidz – “Pyramid Of Bones” Video

Oh hey sorry, I got sidetracked and totally spaced on ya the other day. I never finished that thing I was saying about this new…
Michael Nelson | March 29, 2018 - 12:23 pm

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On Virtue, Julian Casablancas Scorches The Strokes’ Legacy And Leaps Into The Voidz

Back in January, over the course of less than 24 hours and with zero advance notice, the Voidz dropped a pair of new songs. On…
Michael Nelson | March 28, 2018 - 11:41 am

The Voidz – “ALieNNatioN”

The Voidz are really saturating the market over here, aren't they? They just shared Virtue track "Pyramid Of Bones," which is some art-rock-via-Sabbath shit ("nananananananana…
Michael Nelson | March 15, 2018 - 9:53 am

At The Gates – “To Drink From The Night Itself” Video

At the risk of repeating something I said not five days ago: The Swedish melodic death-metal group At The Gates are maybe my favorite active…
Michael Nelson | March 2, 2018 - 11:28 am

The Voidz – “All Wordz Are Made Up” Video

No lie, I wake up every day wondering when Julian Casablancas is gonna drop a new single from his upcoming Voidz album, Virtue. Part of…
Michael Nelson | March 2, 2018 - 7:17 am

At The Gates Announce New Album Details

The Swedish melodic death-metal group At The Gates are maybe my favorite active band in the world today. Their 1993 and '95 LPs -- Terminal
Michael Nelson | February 26, 2018 - 12:18 pm

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Man don't use THIS comments section to rehabilitate Anselmo's stock. Vinnie Paul hadn't talked to that racist fuck in 15 years. "Former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who hasn't spoken to Anselmo since the band's split in 2003, was dismissive when asked for a comment on the singer's white-power salute. "I can't speak for him," Vinnie said in a 2016 interview. "He's done a lot of things that tarnish the image of what PANTERA was back then and what it stood for and what it was all about. And it's sad." Via http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/dimebags-girlfriend-addresses-philip-anselmo-white-power-incident-says-she-wouldnt-want-to-walk-in-robb-flynns-shoes/
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June 24, 2018 on Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead At 54
MBV are one of my favorite bands of all time. I saw them once, at Roseland in '08, and I was maybe 20 heads deep into the crowd. The motherfucking sound-blast coming off their amps was so loud that it was hitting the crowd like a strong wind. I literally felt it pushing against and INSIDE my body. It was absolutely incredible and incomparable, altho I guess this kinda illustrates the sensation: [videoembed size="full_width" alignment="center"][/videoembed]
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June 22, 2018 on Volume Dealers: The Return Of My Bloody Valentine & A Brief History Of Our Addiction To Loudness
That is the ONE iconic metal shirt I don't own (never was a Venom fan) but man do I love Local H. Great band.
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June 22, 2018 on Dave Matthews Sings Trap Music
Kreator? I mean, they're late-middle-aged vegan idealist-socialist anti-establishment agitproppers who live in Germany and have spent the last three decades futilely railing out against ever-growing injustice, and they also play thrash metal for a living even as they approach what should be retirement age. How could they be anything other than "grumps"? (I love them more than my own family, naturally.)
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June 22, 2018 on Dave Matthews Sings Trap Music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv8GxrqXPk
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June 22, 2018 on Dave Matthews Sings Trap Music
It occurs to me now that it should have been "Tayblemates" and "Kroeteges" (instead of "Kroteges") so having acknowledged my error, I accept this penalty.
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June 21, 2018 on Code Orange – “The Hunt” (Feat. Corey Taylor) & “3 Knives”
Ryan and I were actually really good friends till he did this. I still feel like he's a decent person on some level? I dunno.
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June 8, 2018 on 22 Dave Matthews Songs That Don’t Suck
I'm not sure if this is urban legend or historical fact, but I read somewhere that at one point in the eight-year gap between Daisy and Science Fiction, somebody uploaded some Republic Of Wolves songs to Soundcloud or YouTube, claimed they were "leaked tracks" from the forever-in-progress fifth Brand New album, and BN fans flipped the fuck out (the absolute right reaction, even if for the wrong reason).
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June 7, 2018 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far
Love you, Mike. Did you stay up for all 13 innings? If so, I envy you! Musta been ABSOLUTELY MINDFUCKINGLY UNBELIEVABLE to watch Judge and Giancarlo blast those bombs into the dark night sky after 12 fraught innings of zeroes after zeroes after zeroes. They are truly gods among men. I for one appreciate the Blue Jays, their fans, and the city of Toronto for providing these stars such a perfect supporting cast and scenery against which to shine. As the say in the theatre: There are no small parts! I deliberately (and very carefully) steered clear of any and all BN references in the Republic Of Wolves writeup because I didn't know how people would react, and I wanted readers to engage with the music free of any uncomfortable (and unrelated) associations. But yeah, if you like THE MUSIC of Brand New, you will dig real hard on Republic Of Wolves. In many ways, I think Shrine is top-to-bottom superior to any individual Brand New album, fwiw, although that's partly because I think every Brand New album is a little bloated and repetitive in its own way, and Shrine is comparatively tight and varied. In any case, I'm glad you noted the similarities, because maybe some people will read what you wrote (as opposed to what I wrote) and check out the album as a result. It's really fucking spectacular. Speaking of "spectacular":
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June 7, 2018 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far
I had Svalbard on my personal ballot, separated from ATG by 3 points and I could easily make the case for flipping 'em or awarding them the same number of points or whatever. Love them both, and I think both bands would be stoked as fuck to be mentioned in the same breath as the other.
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June 6, 2018 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far
The Armed was pretty high on my ballot, but it woulda been way higher if it weren't for Rolo. That thing just obliterated my entire grading curve and basically left everything else in its shadow. That said, I think those two albums are by some margin the two most exciting, defiant, groundbreaking things I've heard this year. The Voidz record actually does something similar, although with a pop/rock/indie pallette instead of hardcore/metal/shoegaze. But Rolo isn't just breaking a bunch of rules, it's re-writing them. I have no reservations calling it a masterpiece.
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June 6, 2018 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far
Phil Freeman is a multitude-containing motherfucker https://www.stereogum.com/1972157/reload-turns-20/franchises/the-anniversary/ Also: Gonna assume you're not talking about "Symbol Album" ('91) here, but dude Emancipation has some jams!
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May 31, 2018 on Damon Albarn Declined A Prince Collaboration Because He Couldn’t Smoke In The Studio
Also, this seems like an apt moment to revisit my April 2017 plea to then-rookie Aaron Judge that he walk-up to "Bringin' It Down" by New York hardcore crushers JUDGE. Missed opportunity! It's OK tho, I still love the guy.
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May 31, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2018
Yeah, unfortunately Giancarlo doesn't wear the Ultimate Warrior eyeblack. There's not exactly a bunch of dudes in baseball built like Judge.
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May 31, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2018
Will save my point-by-point thesis-response to Ian's intro essay for our personal correspondence, but just wanted to address this:
fantasy me, built like Aaron Judge but looking like Abbath
So ... this?
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May 31, 2018 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2018
I considered that instead of Magus for my "most-anticipated" of the three new ones, but I remembered being kinda let down by their cover of Soundgarden's "Fourth Of July" (my favorite Soundgarden song, no contest, and a GREAT choice for a Thou cover) so I hedged and went with Magus just to be safe. But when I read that Rhea Sylvia description my eyes kinda popped outta my head bc I fucking love AIC: https://www.stereogum.com/1163302/dirt-turns-20/franchises/the-anniversary/
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May 31, 2018 on Thou – “The Changeling Prince”
I agree 100% with everything yr saying and tbh I'm mostly just glad you shared this version for people to check out! It is a truly rad cover and your description nails WHY it is so rad.
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May 29, 2018 on Weezer – “Africa” (Toto Cover)
That's the version I was talking about in the "Rosanna" comments last week! https://www.stereogum.com/1997801/weezer-rosanna-toto-cover/music/#comment-20507847 It is really good and I fucking love the way they do the harsh-clean chorus harmonies but the Weezer cover is better, if considerably less inventive.
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May 29, 2018 on Weezer – “Africa” (Toto Cover)