Archive for November, 2011

Gods and Queens Seriously Need Your Help

By: shane.mehling Posted in: featured, listen, tours On: Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

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Philadelphia Fuckrock band Gods and Queens had a serious mishap in Europe. Here's Guitarist/Vocalist Jamie Getz: "I'm going to try and make this as short as I can. After all these years of touring in unsafe vans, and doing stupid things, I guess I was over due for this... We had a serious van accident in route from our show in Graz, Austria to Dresden, Germany, somewhere along the highway in ...

STREAMING: Whores “Straight Down”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

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The swamp black water from Georgia's Okefenokee must have some kind of primordial quality to it. The bubbling earth's been seeping into the state's water supply (from the southeast, natch) for longer than history can record. Of course, dudes with beards, flannel button-ups, and guitars (possibly drums) drink said black water and what comes out of that relationship? Heavy music. Whether it's ...

I Drink Your Band’s Signature Coffee Blend!

By: adem Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, heavy tuesdays, stupid crap On: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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Now that sales of their actual music have gone in the crapper, bands are continuing to find new and bizarre ways to help fans squander their hard-earned cash. KISS were onto this like three decades ago, but it's taken awhile for some of their contemporaries (and even newer bands) to cotton on to the fact that people are all too willing to spend money on dumb stuff just because it has their ...

This is Not a Hardcore Headline

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, stupid crap On: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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Sure, Twitter has more than its share of detractors. And it isn't as if the revulsion to 140 characters or less is completely baseless -- though Christ knows you all could be a little less self-righteous about it! (Pro tip: approach it like Sudoku.) Nevertheless, ye holdouts amongst the Decibel readership are depriving yourselves of at least one truly transcendent joy which currently manifests ...

MORBID ANGEL: Live in London, November 22nd

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Monday, November 28th, 2011

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Morbid Angel are playing a shopping mall tonight. It’s OK, though, ‘cos it’s not like they are opening it, or performing exclusively for the switching on of the festive lights. That sorta shit’s demeaning and they’ve already had a tough year of it. There weren't too many organs of record with their ass in the wind hollering that Illud Divinum Insanus was just what the hesher ordered ...

Who Owns The Blastbeat?

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, stupid crap On: Monday, November 28th, 2011

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We know who coined the term 'blast beat' or 'blastbeat', but which group was the first to employ the technique now synonymous with extreme metal drumming? Was it grindcore legends Napalm Death? Was it crossover heroes D.R.I.? Or was Vehicle City originators Repulsion? How about Kam Lee’s demo blasting for Death? Or even The Beastie Boys pre-ill? None of the above apparently. A quick look up ...

Seriously Killer Giveaway: ‘Give Them Rope’ Test Press

By: shane.mehling Posted in: contest, featured On: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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There are many different kinds of giveaways but in my opinion it doesn't get much better than this. In fact I'm hoping no one wins and I get this by default. The new remixed, remastered, definitely definitive way you are supposed to hear Coalesce's masterpiece Give Them Rope is coming out one final time (probably) and you have a chance to win a test press of it. Back in the 90s I would ...

Cover Art Coincidence: Farsot vs. Desalmado

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured On: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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Depending on your outlook on album art, it’s either an outmoded concept destined for the trash heap or a mandatory connection between the visual and audial. There have been some creative examples of album art in years past, but it’s a bit of a head-scratcher when two bands of underground stature end up with very similar album art on their most recent releases. Cases in point: Germany’s ...

The [Future] Cutest Kitties in Metal Live at Clover Cat Rescue

By: adem Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, heavy tuesdays On: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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As evidenced by our "Cutest Kitties in Metal" article back in the December 2009 issue, we here at Decibel are staunch friends of the feline. Sure, goats are semi-regularly sacrificed at Decibel HQ whenever we need a little bump in subscription numbers, but no cats are ever harmed in the making of our hallowed mag. Thus we were stoked to hear of the pro-pussycat work being done by sister-in-metal ...

Haemoth: Not Fans of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Apparently

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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Seven psalms of uncompromising Satanik supplication. That is how the press release accompanying In Nomine Odium describes the long-awaited new album from French black metallers Haemoth. Well...here's hoping Old Split-Foot is prepared for a cacophonous cauldron of churning fuzz, pitch-black ambience, and way-more-than-two-minutes-hate. Hoo boy. Stellar stuff, but not exactly easy listening ...