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I'd be more interested in this if she hadn't just collaborated with Amalie "Islam is invading Europe" Bruun on the Myrkur album.
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September 14, 2017 on Stream Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
Dear Stereogum, I know in the past I've caused you pain, and I'm sorry. And I'll always be sorry 'till the day I die. And I hate this pen I'm holding because I should be holding you. I hate this paper under my hand because it isn't you. I even hate this letter because it's not the whole truth. Because the whole truth is so much more than a letter can even say. If you want to hate me, go ahead. If you want to burn this letter, do it. You could burn the whole world down. You could tell me to go to hell; I'd go, if you wanted me to. And I'd send you a letter from there. Sincerely, Jared Leto
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September 8, 2017 on Jared Leto Sings A Mashup Of David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Soundgarden, & Linkin Park
Glad I could put a few cents in your pocket, even if Canadian cents aren't worth as much as American ones!
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September 2, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2017
How long until a metal band decides to name themselves Edgelord (and/or Edgelordery), assuming there isn't one already?
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September 2, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2017
I second that, I missed them last month. Definitely looking forward to that new Exhumed too!
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September 2, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2017
I went into a chain record store in one of the biggest malls in Canada and was pleasantly surprised to find the Pyrrhon CD displayed on their new release wall, naturally I scooped it up - I guess Willowtip has better distribution than I thought! (I actually went in looking for the new Paradise Lost, which they DIDN'T have).
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September 2, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2017
I may end up lowest rated next week for this, but...I can't be the only one who's not absolutely in love with the War On Drugs album, can I? Anyone? I'm trying to hear what everyone else is hearing, especially after reading Michael's jaw-dropping Premature Evaluation (and I read every word), but it's not threatening to crack my current rotation of EMA, Brand New and the new Quicksand song. Maybe it's because Granduciel's 80s influences are very different from what I was listening to in the the 80s? In any case, to each their own, I'm glad you all love it so much!
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August 26, 2017 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
To expand on my comment on the last Quicksand post: holy motherfucking fuck.
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August 22, 2017 on Quicksand – “Illuminant”
I was going to post my own review, but this pretty much sums it up!
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August 21, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Brand New Science Fiction
Me...four? I won't be the least bit surprised if this ends up as my AOTY, in fact I'm pretty much expecting it. Best band in the world right now, if you ask me. (What's that? Nobody asked me? Oh well...)
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August 15, 2017 on Converge – “Under Duress”
Bonus tracks? Aaron? Pretty please?
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August 2, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2017
I'm a huge Damone fan but somehow I'd never heard of Waltham. I'm listening to the self-titled album right now, it's great - thanks Michael!
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July 28, 2017 on Waltham – “Summer Nights” Video (Feat. Noelle From Damone & Corey Feldman)
I wouldn't say that cover art is any worse than, say, the cover of Hot Cakes. (OK, maybe slightly, but I say that with great affection). The new crop of boring-ass "classic-rock-inspired" bands like White Reaper could learn a lot from these guys. Sure they're easy to make fun of, but they're also SO MUCH FUN to listen to.
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July 21, 2017 on The Darkness – “All The Pretty Girls”
Speaking as a non-American who doesn't actually have to live under the Moron-In-Chief, one of the most depressing things about the Trump administration is the effect it's had on Michael Nelson's Metallica fandom. (I say that in jest, obviously, but there's a kernel of truth to it. Not a dig at Kreator by any means either BTW, Gods of Violence is #1 on my year-so-far list)
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June 6, 2017 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
I just have to register my disagreement with the "so far off the mark/betrayal" categorization of Wolverine Blues - Left Hand Path and Clandestine are two of my favourite metal albums of all time (especially Clandestine), but I consider Wolverine Blues to be on equal footing with those two. Even though it's a pretty severe departure style-wise, it's still an absolute classic in my estimation, the songwriting and the sheer intensity on that album are just off the charts.
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March 23, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless
You definitely should, it's the best record store in the city IMO, and not just for metal. (I actually went in to sell some CDs that I never listen to anymore, so if you see a bunch of Nevermore albums in the metal new arrivals section, those are - or used to be - mine!)
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March 23, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless
Went into Sonic Boom in Toronto earlier this week and was very pleasantly surprised to see this on the shelf (I don't know whether they had permission from Profound Lore to start selling it early, but I wasn't about to ask). I can't say anything that Michael hasn't already said a million times better, but yeah, this one is not to be missed.
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March 23, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless
I'll definitely miss your contributions to the Black Market, Michael (partly because your taste in metal seems to closely match mine, mostly because you're a fucking great writer) - having said that, I completely understand your reasons for stepping away. I'm sure I'm not the only one here who'll continue to look forward to reading your stuff, whatever the subject.
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February 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
"It is my hope that the fiery spirit of dissent and individualism enshrined in the best metal will serve to lift people’s hearts as they grapple with the calamities ahead." My sentiments exactly (and sorry I had to sort of butcher this line when I quoted it on Twitter!). The past ten days or so have ranged from depressing to downright terrifying for me, and I'm not even American, but while metal definitely has its share of "mealy-mouthed weenies" (to borrow Michael's term), it's also helped me get through some seriously tough times, and I have no doubt that it will continue to do so. Bless you, Mille Petrozza!
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February 1, 2017 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – January 2017
I haven't even begun to process that incredible opening write-up, but as always, thanks to the Black Market crew for another great year. Even though metal is a relatively small part of Stereogum's coverage, you guys do a better job than most (if not all) of the "metal-only" sites out there. Can't tell you how much I look forward to Black Market Day every month - congrats, and keep it up! (And also, here's my list...) 1. Cobalt 2. Kvelertak 3. Astronoid 4. Vektor 5. Asphyx - Incoming Death 6. Martyrdod 7. Sumerlands 8. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking 9. Metallica 10. Gojira
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December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Speaking of Kreator, you may be surprised at what you find when you type in http://www.kreator.com/ Although I guess it IS heavy metal, technically...
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December 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Wait, you mean Infectious Grooves was a Misfits cover band?
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December 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
"I'm not sure I'd call Suicidal Tendencies a metal band" - I'd agree based on their overall discography, although Lights Camera Revolution is definitely a metal album IMO, and a great one (not to mention that the bass player on that album went on to join a little-known metal band whose name escapes me).
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December 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
I was going to post this in the 50 Best Albums thread but I didn't want to get lost in the vast sea of comments over there, so I'm just putting it here: given how much great heavy music came out this year, I'm a little surprised to see only two metal albums make the 50 Best list. Guess I shouldn't be, given the overall makeup of the SG staff (I'm assuming that most of the Black Market crew don't get to vote on the overall list), but anyway...I really like both of the albums that did make it, just wish there had been a few more. And of course I'm anxiously awaiting the 50 Best Metal Albums list! (Also, I was SO sure that Doug was going to turn this month's write-up over to Michael for his Metallica review. I would have put good money on it. Denied again!)
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December 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2016
Can't thank you enough for including Brutally Deceased, that track KILLS (if you want to guarantee that I'll listen to an album, invoking mid-period Dismember is a sure way to do it).
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October 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
"And what if — purely hypothetically — there are even better songs on Hardwired, and those songs are also locked-in, razor-sharp burners?" I'm choosing to read that "purely hypothetically" as "absolutely, 100% definitely." I can't wait to hear the rest of the album - and if anything, that blurb isn't long enough, I hope you weren't kidding when you said on Twitter that the album review will be even longer!
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October 1, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2016
I like both of these new songs better than anything on Death Magnetic, which, OK, I get the whole "damning with faint praise" thing, but I for one am optimistic about the new album. As for Lars' drumming (and facial expressions) - the guy's 52 years old and is directly (or at least co-directly) responsible for at least four of the best metal albums ever made. I'm inclined to cut him some slack.
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September 26, 2016 on Metallica – “Moth Into Flame” Video
This August was the worst month of my life, but I for one am glad to have "Hardwired" in my life right now. When someone you love dies unexpectedly, I guess you tend to gravitate to things that are (or at least sound) familiar, and remind you of the person you've lost, and that song does it for me. Hate on it all you want, but it puts a smile on my face, which I definitely need right now.
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September 2, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2016
I'm a bit late to the thrash recommendations discussion, but here's a few other "classic-era" albums that I'd highly recommend checking out: Dark Angel - Leave Scars and Time Does Not Heal Overkill - Years of Decay and Horrorscope Sacred Reich - The American Way Forbidden - Twisted Into Form Devastation - Idolatry Sacrifice - Forward To Termination and Soldiers of Misfortune
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July 31, 2016 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2016