Black Metal Supergroup Recruits Thurston Moore

The Sonic Youth guitarist joins a stunning lineup of musicians and producers, a year after his old band went on indefinite hiatus.

Black Metal Supergroup Recruits Thurston Moore
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Sonic Youth founder and guitarist Thurston Moore has, believe it or not, joined a black metal supergroup, Twilight. The lineup now consists of Blake Judd from Nachtmystium, Stavros Giannopoulos from the Atlas Moth, Jef Whitehead from Leviathan, Neil Jameson from Krieg, and includes producer Sanford Parker. Wow. Blake Judd can't believe his luck to have a hero like Moore join his band: "I had Sonic Youth records when I was 12," Judd told Rolling Stone, "and to now know that, not only am I having a dialogue with this person about anything, but dude's gonna join a band I started, and it's like... whoah. F--king amazing, amazing feeling. "You know Century Media could offer us $100,000 to make that Twilight record and say: 'Blake, you get ninety percent of that money but Thurston Moore's not gonna be on the record, or, you can be on it and we'll give you 10 grand and that's what you have to make it work.' And I would, I would take the 10 grand and work with Thurston. That's like how much I love Sonic Youth." Sonic Youth is currently in an indefinite hiatus after Moore separated from bassist and singer Kim Gordon last year, ending 27 year years of marriage. To fill his spare time, Moore is also fronting a new band called Chealsea Light Moving, and a project with his ex-wife and Yoko Ono titled "YOKOKIMTHURSTON" will be released in September.

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    aids9999
    I read the headline and expected to see names like Chronos, Abbath Doom, Varg, Infernus, and Necrobutcher. I'm dissapointed - At least Blake Judd's there. Seen Nachtmystium live twice and absolutley love them. Anyone else think rabid Twilight fans will pick up this record expecting vampire love songs?
    Yoda_is_real
    Some of you people are idiots. If you actually care about black metal, you would know that those musicians are some of the best in the genre. Please stop trivializing the group because they are actually really, really good. I listened to Twilight's first record, after hearing Xasthur and Nachtmystium play a song, live, and I have to say, I fell in love with those tracks. Thurston Moore is one of my favourite guitarists, ever, and I think that a lot of people who play the more "indie' genres feel that way, and so, seeing these two groups come together is actually really, really cool. I'm so, so excited for this.
    Diek321
    ending 27 year years of marriage. 27 year years of marriage. year years of marriage. year years
    mpk3432
    anyone else have no idea who any of these people are... i recognise the name sonic youth and thats it
    iommi600
    It's really funny how people are going nuts with Thurston for joining a "metal" band, since he's openly ecletic... I mean, he makes it pretty clear in interviews... Anyway, I'm curious. Black metal meets noise... let's see what we'll get.
    EyesWideOpen
    Underjoggle wrote: iommi600 wrote: Anyway, I'm curious. Black metal meets noise... let's see what we'll get. Black metal is already noise.
    So is everything. But some of us are willing to devote a bit of time and attention to music that isn't squeaky clean and over produced. The amount of snobbery on this comments section is frustrating. A lot of people who clearly either don't like black metal or have never even listened to it just giving short mocking comments. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, good or bad, but please people. Try to give things a chance and try not to be such raging dicks when presenting a negative opinion.
    DonGlover
    This is really awesome news. It really is a supergroup; Isis, Nachtmystium, Leviathan, Krieg, The Atlas Moth, and now Thurtson Moore of Sonic f**king Youth? Incredible. The last album, Monument to Time End was really good, so can't wait to see what they come up with for the next album.
    RC52190
    EyesWideOpen wrote: Underjoggle wrote: iommi600 wrote: Anyway, I'm curious. Black metal meets noise... let's see what we'll get. Black metal is already noise. So is everything. But some of us are willing to devote a bit of time and attention to music that isn't squeaky clean and over produced. The amount of snobbery on this comments section is frustrating. A lot of people who clearly either don't like black metal or have never even listened to it just giving short mocking comments. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, good or bad, but please people. Try to give things a chance and try not to be such raging dicks when presenting a negative opinion.
    This, I like. I don't listen to black metal -at all- but I read through the comments and think to myself "what stuck up twats" and even I can tell 80% of these people have never given black metal a chance. I don't like it but I'm not going to sit here and say how it sucks just because it's not my cup of tea. It also speaks about something much bigger; the role of intolerance. That's the kind of shit that causes homophobia and racism and all that stupid bullshit. Just cause you don't like a dick up your ass doesn't mean all gay people must be awful right? Same applies to different genres of music.
    Abacus11
    This could be AMAZING. Thurston Moore is one of the most interesting and innovative guitar players on Earth and the thought of him playing in a metal band... I'm looking forward to hearing this.
    Aays
    I missed the 'and' and read that as 'his ex-wife Yoko Ono' o.O
    cgmetallica1981
    aids9999 wrote: I read the headline and expected to see names like Chronos, Abbath Doom, Varg, Infernus, and Necrobutcher. I'm dissapointed - At least Blake Judd's there. Seen Nachtmystium live twice and absolutley love them. Anyone else think rabid Twilight fans will pick up this record expecting vampire love songs?
    You've pretty much described exactly my thoughts, exceptt I've only seen Nachtmystium once.
    Raven_Flight
    BTW, the article forgot to mention Aaron Turner from Isis (in case he is still with them).
    METAL_MAN135
    iommi600 wrote: It's really funny how people are going nuts with Thurston for joining a "metal" band, since he's openly ecletic... I mean, he makes it pretty clear in interviews... Anyway, I'm curious. Black metal meets noise... let's see what we'll get.
    A fridge that will burn your church down.
    Brandon1993
    Diek321 wrote: ending 27 year years of marriage. 27 year years of marriage. year years of marriage. year years
    hahaha totally didn't see that when i first read that xD
    Underjoggle
    iommi600 wrote: Anyway, I'm curious. Black metal meets noise... let's see what we'll get.
    Black metal is already noise.
    Chronologo
    So having Moore in instantly makes it a supergroup?, I would like to see to where will this go
    Rimfrost
    stonedhippos wrote: EyesWideOpen wrote: Underjoggle wrote: iommi600 wrote: Anyway, I'm curious. Black metal meets noise... let's see what we'll get. Black metal is already noise. So is everything. But some of us are willing to devote a bit of time and attention to music that isn't squeaky clean and over produced. The amount of snobbery on this comments section is frustrating. A lot of people who clearly either don't like black metal or have never even listened to it just giving short mocking comments. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, good or bad, but please people. Try to give things a chance and try not to be such raging dicks when presenting a negative opinion. no, black metal is just noise. out of 3 black metal bands that i have attempted to listen to, Gorgoroth, Immortal, and Dark Fortress (DF isn't that bad, they have some musical ability imo), the vocals sound like a pig getting ass-raped by Ron Jeremy and the instruments sound like i am sitting in a man-hole with an tank rolling over the cover. it pains me when people call this music, let alone metal music. i scratch my head wondering how this stemmed from bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, etc. though, this is just my opinion.
    Really isnt fair to judge an entire genre, based on three bands. Try Ulvers first album: Bergtatt or something like that, theres plenty of black metal bands that feature an emphasis on melody.
    Shuei5
    Not the big Black Metal fan, but I like Sonic Youth a lot, so this is going to be interesting.
    xplosive59
    stonedhippos wrote: EyesWideOpen wrote: Underjoggle wrote: iommi600 wrote: Anyway, I'm curious. Black metal meets noise... let's see what we'll get. Black metal is already noise. So is everything. But some of us are willing to devote a bit of time and attention to music that isn't squeaky clean and over produced. The amount of snobbery on this comments section is frustrating. A lot of people who clearly either don't like black metal or have never even listened to it just giving short mocking comments. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, good or bad, but please people. Try to give things a chance and try not to be such raging dicks when presenting a negative opinion. no, black metal is just noise. out of 3 black metal bands that i have attempted to listen to, Gorgoroth, Immortal, and Dark Fortress (DF isn't that bad, they have some musical ability imo), the vocals sound like a pig getting ass-raped by Ron Jeremy and the instruments sound like i am sitting in a man-hole with an tank rolling over the cover. it pains me when people call this music, let alone metal music. i scratch my head wondering how this stemmed from bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, etc. though, this is just my opinion.
    Yeah, you are never gonna like Black Metal with shit choices like that to start with (Immortal is alright but they are not great) Try Drudkh, Nokturnal Mortum and Burzum. Drudkh - False Dawn :
    Nokturnal Mortum - Valkyrie :
    Burzum - Det Som Engang Var :
    Do not base your opinion of an entire genre on three bands, Black Metal is probably the most diverse genre of Metal out there at the moment with constant amazing releases, you look like a shallow minded prick if you base your an entire opinion on a genre just by three bands! What if I said I do not like metal because I have only heard Avenged Sevenfold, Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria?!
    CoreysMonster
    And that is why you never start a relationship with a bandmate. When that relationship ends, so does the band. Always.
    stonedhippos
    EyesWideOpen wrote: Underjoggle wrote: iommi600 wrote: Anyway, I'm curious. Black metal meets noise... let's see what we'll get. Black metal is already noise. So is everything. But some of us are willing to devote a bit of time and attention to music that isn't squeaky clean and over produced. The amount of snobbery on this comments section is frustrating. A lot of people who clearly either don't like black metal or have never even listened to it just giving short mocking comments. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, good or bad, but please people. Try to give things a chance and try not to be such raging dicks when presenting a negative opinion.
    no, black metal is just noise. out of 3 black metal bands that i have attempted to listen to, Gorgoroth, Immortal, and Dark Fortress (DF isn't that bad, they have some musical ability imo), the vocals sound like a pig getting ass-raped by Ron Jeremy and the instruments sound like i am sitting in a man-hole with an tank rolling over the cover. it pains me when people call this music, let alone metal music. i scratch my head wondering how this stemmed from bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, etc. though, this is just my opinion.
    FrauVfromPoB
    Sonic Youth, Atlas Moth, and Isis are all pretty good. I've never heard of Krieg or Leviathan. But Nachtmystium, I have heard. I've seen them live. They are absolutely one of the WORST bands I've ever seen live. They're OK-ish or record, but live they definitively blow.
    thePTOD
    I'm excited. I really don't know any of these black metal musicians (I rarely listen to black metal, I just know Ulver and Ihshahn/Emperor) but I'm interested in hearing their bands and this supergroup!
    xplosive59
    There are already a large ammount of Black Metal/Noise bands out there (like Stalaggh, which of course is a very extreme example), so unless this really breaks the mold I am guessing this will be a pretty meh album. American Black metal does not really appeal to me either, the best stuff in recent years has come from Ukraine (Kroda, Drudkh, Nokturnal Mortum etc) and France (Mortifera, Celestia and Peste Noire, which funnily enough are all connected to the artist Neige of Alcest fame).
    mtllica
    This has definitely got me interested. Their last album kicked a lot of ass.
    Enix165
    I have no clue who these guys are...shoot me. Granted, most of what I'm into with black metal's the early '90s stuff, blackened thrash and the new "blackgaze" scene(Alcest, Deafheaven, Agalloch and so on), but...STILL.