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Rob lives in upstate New York and probably couldn't pull together a black mass in a pinch.

Black MetalDoomNeo Folk

A non-exhaustive list of band t-shirts spotted in line outside of Irving Plaza: Drudkh, Gorgoroth, Animals as Leaders, Winterfylleth, Eluveitie, Darkthrone, Burzum, Bathory, Pallbearer, Junius (mine), Death in June (Jon Haughm’s), various completely inscrutable logos. These are the people gathered to see Agalloch. A guy in a patch jacket with

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Black Metal

Label: Profound Lore Records I am alone in an empty house. This might sound like an inauspicious start for a music review, but stick with me; after all, Agalloch has something of a skill for prompting introspection, especially in music writers. We talk about the spirits of the forests, frigid

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Apocalyptic BluesNeo Folk

Scene: a thousand lonely apartments, overflowing with vinyl records and copies of Lords of Chaos. A short ding signals the arrival of an email, and one thousand hands click open the press release for two thousand eyes to read. Close ups of faces in shock, bafflement, horror. These intrepid freelance

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Music

After several quiet years in hibernation, Have a Nice Life returned earlier this year with a fantastic full-length, The Unnatural World, its best and most concise work to date.  The record blends grimy programmed beats with distorted vocals and blazing guitars, Throbbing Gristle, Bauhaus and Nine Inch Nails all in

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Apocalyptic BluesMusicReviews

“I was born to lose / I won’t have this form forever.”  Jenks Miller opens Piedmont Apocrypha with this, an elucidation of shape-shifting and impermanence and maybe even reincarnation.  And unlike on previous Horseback records, Miller delivers this line without mask or growl, just clearly and precisely over acoustic guitars

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Musicshoegaze

For a young band just starting out, few things are really within its control.  It picks up recording time when it can, or records the songs itself.  It contacts tons of venues and hopes one responds, sometimes before the band has any proof of competency.  In short, the early work

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