15 Reasons U.S. Black Metal Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Black metal is a very unique subgenre of extreme metal that is set apart from others by many reasons. Whether it be the common use of lo-fi production, the infamous history, or exhilarating stage theatrics in a live setting, black metal is easily recognizable. One interesting characteristic of black metal is how there seems to be a distinct sound that comes from every country or even parts of certain countries. When black metal is brought up, the initial bands mentioned usually cater to none other than Norway and its infamous second wave scene during the 1990s. This includes bands such as Mayhem, Emperor, and many more. Usually Sweden is followed up after that with a wide spectrum consisting of everything from Bathory to Watain. Finland, Austria, Germany Рthe list just seems to go on and on. But wait Рwhat about United States black metal? The U.S. has been often accused of not having a good black metal scene due to many bands experimenting with the black metal formula, not having records as good as European bands, etc. As a firm believer that the United States has a growing interest in black metal and is starting to give birth to many new and breathtaking artists, I want to present the argument that the U.S. scene needs to be paid attention to. Here are fifteen artists that support why black metal matters in the United States.

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The Best Metal Albums of 2014 (so far)

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We are about halfway through the year of 2014 already and some astounding music has come out across all genres. Heavy metal is no exception with constant releases coming out from every side of its variety of subgenres from death metal to doom to experimental and everything in between. So what are the best metal releases so far in the year of 2014? Continue reading

Album Review: Agalloch – “The Serpent & The Sphere”

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I can honestly say I am deeply disappointed that more people don’t know the name Agalloch. Agalloch is just one of those bands I wish I had found out about years sooner. Even with their debut full-length, they showed that they weren’t just another metal band. Combining elements of folk, doom, and progressive metal while maintaining an overall atmospheric black metal core, Agalloch ¬†strives to be something unique and can be enjoyed by any metal fan. This includes even listeners who may not be fans of black metal. With each full-length becoming favorites for many and myself included, I had very high expectations for Agalloch’s fifth full-length album “The Serpent & The Sphere”. Did “The Serpent & The Sphere” live up to these expectations? Or has Agalloch ran out of fresh ideas?

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