Ride – Nowhere

Nowhere seems to be the perennial second-placer to My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless in “top” lists.1 2 3 4 5 That’s not entirely fair. Nowhere is different than Loveless; the latter album made the “shoegaze” genre tag synonymous with swirling guitars, whirling fuzz, and tremolo pedal abuse; but Loveless was an outlier even within My Bloody…

Weakling – Dead as Dreams

Released only seven years after the first Burzum album, Weakling’s Dead as Dreams pioneered a wave of American black metal bands1 that was so distinct from its Scandinavian predecessors that it even earned its own subgenre tag: “US Black Metal,” or USBM. For better or for worse – and more often the former, much to…