Archive for July, 2012

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Faith No More’s “Introduce Yourself”

By: adem Posted in: featured, heavy tuesdays, justify your shitty taste On: Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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If Faith No More were to have an album inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame, the prevailing thought is that it would be Angel Dust. Unfortunately, from what we understand, guitarist Jim Martin is spending these days in his pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive (seriously), and has no interest in taking part in such an endeavor. Our own pick for Faith No More's best album, ...

Metalus Non Grata

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, stupid crap On: Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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These should be top-of-the-world days for Vilipend bassist Mike Crossley. The two early streams off the Toronto band's upcoming Inamorata 12-inch -- "Last Stand of the Hopeless Romantic" and "Great White Nothing" -- have earned an enthusiastic from fans of chaotic noisecore aggression and a sure-to-be-killer tour with Meek is Murder is imminent. Alas, some asshole landlord had to come along ...

Pagan Altar “The Time Lord” EP remastered and reissued on CD

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, July 30th, 2012

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English N.W.O.B.H.M./doom elders Pagan Altar will release remastered EP The Time Lord through Shadow Kingdom Records on 11 September 2012. Having previously only available limited vinyl runs, The Time Lord has hitherto harder to find than a taxi on New Year's Eve, a pint of unicorn milk, etc... This is the first time it has been released on CD, and if "The Black Mass" is anything to go by, the ...

STREAMING: Denial Of God “Death and the Beyond”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, July 30th, 2012

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Denial Of God formed in Denmark in 1991. Right in the middle of the Golden Age of Swedish death metal and the nascent stages---Abruptum had just started to kick coffins, for example---what would be come the a worldwide black metal scene. Though few bands had full-lengths out---save for Bathory (now in the Viking phase), Root, Tormentor, Mayhem, and perhaps Tiamat---black metal was vibrant and ...

For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

By: andrew Posted in: a fucking parrot previewing new releases, featured On: Friday, July 27th, 2012

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What’s up? There’s definitely some stuff to crow about here, and I’m going to tell you all about it. AFGRUND come at us with The Age of Dumb, and although the title fits the record cover perfectly, it doesn't do a whole lot to describe what’s inside. The production here is crisp, powerful, yet lean and really lends to the album's grinders. I think only one really crosses the two-minute ...

Black Shape of Nexus Espouse Noisy Doom, Disavow Anger

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews On: Friday, July 27th, 2012

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I’m pretty sure the guys in Black Shape of Nexus are fucking with me. I mean, I’ve heard heavy music borne out of positive catharsis and even righteous abandon (Devin Townsend, Cynic, et al come to mind immediately), but B.SON sound like they’re coming from a totally different place – specifically boiling out of a bog that smells awful and tastes worse, mostly due to the rancid industrial ...

Exclusive Preview Track: The Catalyst Wants to Swordfight

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, listen, tours, uncategorized On: Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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I discovered Richmond's The Catalyst the old-fashioned way: the dude at their former record company, Perpetual Motion Machine, sent me a vinyl copy of their first EP, Marianas Trench. Then, that same person sent me a CD copy of the expanded version of said record, Marianas Trench+9. At least that was the old-fashioned way for us long-in-the-tooth hacks. People would just send us promo shit and ...

INTERVIEW: Shelsmusic’s Mehdi Safa (Part 2)

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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Two weeks ago, we ran the first part of our interview with Shelsmusic's Mehdi Safa in which we discussed, among other things, how he finds bands and his label's history with vinyl (you can read that here). In the concluding half of our interview, find out about Shelsmusic Studios, Safa's views on streaming services like Rdio and Spotify and more. And while you're perusing his answers, listen to ...

Inside The Shredder’s Studio: Elizabeth Schall’s Favorite Riffs

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, listen, lists On: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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Welcome to the opening installment of Inside The Shredder's Studio, where we talk to accomplished players and guitar nerds about the riffs that make them warm and fuzzy. It would be easy to call this another "Women In Metal" bonus feature but I'm not going to do that. You see, chances are Elizabeth Schall can play guitar better than you if you are a male or female. I had the distinct pleasure ...

STREAMING: Perzonal War “Tongues of Cleavage”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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For the past 16 years, German "power" thrashers Perzonal War have wowed thrashers and heshers in their native land. They were discovered by Rock Hard magazine in what is presumed to be a Battle of the Bands/OK Corral-type competition that pitted the hard-hitting Perzonal War against sad kids in Burzum shirts and female-fronted acts with copious amounts of keyboards and velvet. Of course, Perzonal ...