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An outdoor, sunny day environment is not exactly what we would call an “appropriate” setting for black metal/post-metal/shoegaze act Deafheaven, but here we are and there they were performing at Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 under a nice blue sky (I guess you could say they were Sunbathers that day).

Here’s a live performance of a brand new track from the band, “From the Kettle Unto the Coil.”

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Black metal has no shortage of one-man bands, but finding a woman in black metal — especially going it solo — can be a task. Relapse Records managed to discover one such act out of Denmark going by the name of Myrkur. The promo materials released so far tout the act as being for fans of Deafheaven, Alcest, and Ulver — tell-tale signs that Myrkur’s breed of black metal will be plenty ethereal and atmospheric, if not slightly experimental. The first bit of music from Myrkur’s self-titled Relapse debut comes in the form of the single ‘Nattens Barn,‘ which can be heard below.

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Rivers Of Nihil have taken the metal world by storm with their debut full-length The Conscious Seed Of Light, which came out last year. They have ascended the ranks, going from a relatively underground band to being known as the next great thing in death metal music. I caught up with Brody Uttley at their Fort Lauderdale stop on their tour with Whitechapel, Devildriver, Carnifex, Revocation, and Fit For An Autopsy, to chat about getting naked, the new album, and why St. Louis is horrible for touring bands.

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Wolves Stream

Media outlets are growing weirder by the minute. Ten years ago you would have never seen NPR stream a band like Deafheaven, or something of the like. Now, apparently, the New York Times want to get in on all the blacktion (black metal action), because they’re streaming the new Wolves In The Throne Room record, which actually isn’t black metal at all. You can stream it below!

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Over the last few days, our favorite label of the moment Blood Music have been unveiling the mockups of the different versions of their ambitious Moonsorrow 14LP collection, the largest metal vinyl boxset in history. On Wednesday, Metal Injection showed off the Die Hard edition, while Invisible Oranges showcased the Splatter edition —- version on Thursday. We’re proud to provide a further look into Blood Music’s Moonsorrow collection in the form off the limited 100 copy White Edition!

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black monolith

Did you know that Deafheaven frontman George Clarke founded a record label called All Black Recording Company? It’s true! The label’s debut release even keeps it in the family with Black Monolith, a one man atmospheric black metal and crust punk project founded by regular Deafheaven touring guitarist Gary Bettencourt. His debut album Passenger is available for streaming, and so far, it’s getting a bit of acclaim from across the web!

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deafheaven pallbearer

It seems as if there’s never a time when acclaimed post-black metal act Deafheaven aren’t either on tour or have dates lined up for the near future. The group are just barely over their high-profile trek supporting Between the Buried and Me before announcing a headlining tour with support from Pallbearer and Wreck & Reference. Get the dates after the cut.

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Alcest – Shelter

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 01. Wings
02. Opale
03. La Nuit Marche avec Moi
04. Voix Sereines
05. L’Éveil des Muses
06. Shelter
07. Away
08. Délivrance

[Prophecy Productions]

Let’s get the obvious and overstated out of the way: Shelter is in no way a metal album. Over the course of the French blackgaze/post-metal hybrid’s career, Alcest (i.e. Neige) has delicately straddled the line between black metal and heavy music’s touchstones and airy, cinematic soundscapes more akin to the likes of Sigur Rós or classic dream pop/shoegaze acts like Slowdive and Lush. Since the initial release of Le Secret in 2005, Neige has gradually pushed the project further away from its harsher roots to the point that his previous album, the sweeping Les Voyages De L’Âme, featured very little in the way of raspy screams and massive distortion in favor of clean tones and beautiful melodies.

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deafheaven aus tour

Deafheaven had a really great year in 2013. Their new album Sunbather was unbelievably hyped and not only delivered, but transcended the realm of metal and garnered a lot of mainstream attention and critical acclaim. The band capitalized on a great year by ringing in 2014 with a headlining trek in Australia, bringing along blackened doom group Hope Drone, whom you may remember as being featured in our first ever Heavy Comp Is Heavy download! Needless to say, our Australian staff were stoked on this tour, and we’ve got photos from the Brisbane stop courtesy of regular photographer William France. Check ‘em out below:

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As far as Depressive Suicidal Black Metal goes, not many bands get it like Woods of Desolation. Their last album, Torn Beyond Reason, is one of my favorite albums of all time. The band is the brainchild of Australian artist D., who brings in a collection of session musicians from around the world. This time, for the brand new album As the Stars, he’s brought in Vlad (Drudkh) on drums, Luke Mills (Nazxul, Pestilential Shadows) on bass, and Old (Drohtnung) on vocals. You can stream the fabulous album at Stereogum.

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