Articles tagged black metal

5 Dec 2014 // 2:04 AM

ZOM: Flesh Assimilation

This is pretty damn indispensable listening, and somewhere down below the man with the horns and cape is grinning in wild approval.

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Dire Omen: Wrestling the Revelation of Futility

There’s much to like about this group’s sound, direction and weightiness, but the poor production really undercuts the meatiness of their material.

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Mount Eerie: New York - 24 September 2014

Phil Elverum brought minimalist arrangements of songs from upcoming Mount Eerie release Sauna to NYC's Le Poisson Rouge, along with plenty of mystery and endearing stage banter.

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‘Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult’ Is Hellishly Illumniating

Black metal is often reduced to a slew of clichés, but Black Metal unpacks the genre’s history in its true form via a huge cast of characters.

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Ragnarök: 2013 Gloomy Awards: The Most Interesting Metal Albums of 2013

Every year a slew of great albums from the louder spheres are missed, misplaced, or overlooked on those end of year lists. Ragnarök's Gloomy Awards seeks to redress that imbalance.

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Oranssi Pazuzu - “Vino Verso (Askew Sprout)” (stream)

Fans of unorthodox and ingenious trajectories would be well advised to seek out Oranssi Pazuzu's cosmically gazing black metal.

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6 Sep 2013 // 2:05 AM

Watain: The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt sees the Swedish sinners simultaneously confront their songwriting skills and our definition of what Watain should sound like, while upholding the thrash/death/black metal amalgam they had honed into a sharp scepter on Lawless Darkness.

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On Wanting to Dream: An Interview with Deafheaven

PopMatters talks with lead screamer George Clarke of Deafheaven about his band's creative process, his writing influences, and the simultaneous allure and darkness of the pursuit of wealth in the Bay Area.

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11 Jun 2013 // 10:06 PM

Deafheaven: Sunbather

Unpretentious, rich, and emotionally devastating, Sunbather is a marvel of an album that sounds like the product of a band far beyond Deafheaven’s years.

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6 Jun 2013 // 10:03 PM

Fell Voices: Regnum Saturni

Fell Voices' latest release, the massive Regnum Saturni, launches traditional black metal deep into the cosmos. It's a trip well worth taking—if you've got the time.

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Rotting Christ: Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy

If you didn't know a thing about Rotting Christ, you'd be forgiven for presuming it indulged in lo-fidelity, blasphemous nastiness--which is only partly true.

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Lychgate - “Sceptre to Control the World” (stream)

Cambridge, England's Lychgate craft black metal that's heavier on artistry and atmosphere than it is on violence and vitriol. But that doesn't mean "Sceptre to Control the World", from their forthcoming self-titled LP, won't crack a few skulls, either.

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Toxic Holocaust: From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction

Joel Grind takes us on a career-spanning tour of the blackened thrash demon that is Toxic Holocaust on this career-spanning compilation.

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22 Apr 2013 // 10:04 PM

VHÖL: VHÖL

There's abundant studded-belt and back-patch rhythmic chaos to be found on VHÖL, of both the 10-inch Mohawk and greasy mullet varieties.

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10 Apr 2013 // 10:10 PM

Mixtarum Metallum V: 10 Great Metal Albums from Early 2013

Welcome back to Mixtarum Metallum, where PopMatters' takes a look at some notably loud releases from early 2013.

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Nachtmystium: Silencing Machine

Silencing Machine sees Nachtmystium take another swift shift in sound, this time deliberately revisiting their darker origins.

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Glorior Belli: The Great Southern Darkness

The Great Southern Darkness is multi-dimensional, refreshingly inventive, and evil as hell.

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27 Sep 2011 // 9:00 PM

Chthonic: Takasago Army

So, in a nutshell, it’s about a bunch of suicidal Taiwanese Arnold Schwarzeneggers whom were fighting on Japan’s side back in WWII. What a subtle way to warn China not to mess with Taiwan.

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Enemies List: Home-Recording and Having a Nice Life

Enemies List record label founder Dan Barrett speaks with PopMatters on his band, Have a Nice Life, and his experience with home-recording, the resurgence vinyl records, and all-out war on the recording industry.

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Nachtmystium: Addicts: Black Meddle, Part II

Taking a new approach to their style of psychedelic black metal, Nachtmystium bring in the old to create something new.

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