Archive for November, 2012

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

By: andrew Posted in: a fucking parrot previewing new releases, featured On: Friday, November 30th, 2012

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Wow, this birdshit is REALLY drying up at the bottom of the cage this time. There’s not a whole lot coming out, but we’ll get through it somehow, my friends. I’ll just pick some stuff here at random, some things your old boy Waldo may not be too familiar with. OK, this is plain silly. HUMANITY DELETE are releasing Never Ending Nightmares. This is death metal, with a little more of a ...

Rudolph Can Play This Fucking Game: Thrash It or Trash It!

By: Dan Lake Posted in: breaking newz, featured, free, listen On: Friday, November 30th, 2012

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While hordes of old people who still use dial-up are swarming to super-sized retail outlets this season to buy their loved ones' affection, the more tech-savvy among us simply point and click our money away into the bitwise abyss.  Similarly, while the plebes will rely on radio and opinionated journalists to decide which tunes may be allowed to kick their asses, you and I will while away untold ...

KHOMA, TRYING TO BE SERIOUS IN THE FACE OF MY STUPIDITY

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews On: Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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Sweden's Khoma is probably best known on this side of the Atlantic - assuming they're known at all - for being the side project of Cult of Luna's Johannes Persson and Fredrik Kihlberg. Au contraire. While they may not have been as on the radar of metalnerds as Cult of Luna, Khoma has existed in some form or fashion almost as long as CoL has and are hugely popular in their homeland to the tune of ...

Nocturnal Poisoning: Q&A With the Artist Formerly Known as Xasthur

By: j.bennett Posted in: featured, interviews On: Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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In 2010, one-man black metal outfit Xasthur released its final album, Portal of Sorrow. That it would be Xasthur’s swansong was announced in advance by its creator, Scott Conner, who abandoned his longtime alias “Malefic” and used his real name in the credits for the first time in a career that spanned 15 years and 20-plus releases. Earlier this year, Conner reemerged as Nocturnal Poisoning ...

INTERVIEW: TotorRo

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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Since it's getting near the end of the year, I figured I'd mix things up a little bit and fill a couple of these posts with some bands that I've been lucky enough to discover over the past 11 months or so. And since this quartet made one of the biggest impressions on me, with the caveat that I'm a complete sucker for anything in the neighborhood of "post-rock", I'm going to start with TotorRo. ...

Inside The Shredder’s Studio #4: Alex Bouks of Incantation

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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Fall has been kind to the mighty Incantation. They released their boss new album Vanquish In Vengeance (read more about the creation of the album in our new issue). And they charted like a Britney Spears single in our top 100 death metal albums of all time. One of the reasons they are shredding so hard of late is the work of second guitarist Alex Bouks, formerly of Goreaphobia. The dude shreds ...

Deftones: Joy Love Brotherhood Is the New Blood Fire Death

By: jeff.wagner Posted in: featured, interviews On: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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We don’t talk about love a whole lot here at Decibel, and we don’t cover a lot of bands that take influence from Duran Duran. But if you’re tuned into the singularly unique world of Sacramento’s Deftones, you’ll understand that songs of love will be surrealistic, open to interpretation, and tempered with an undercurrent of ridicule… and you’ll know the Duran Duran influence is just ...

STREAMING: Medusa “Strangulation”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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Rock and metal's history is filled with super-success stories. The likes of which have landed Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, KISS, and countless more into the memory banks and culture stream of headbobbers and normal joes everywhere. But there's an opposite side to mountains of cocaine, private jets, and endless pyro fountains. "Un-success" is more prevalent than success, and many a ...

This Record Rules: Extreme Beer Version

By: adem Posted in: featured, heavy tuesdays, liver failure On: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Sorry for the tease, but this post isn't exactly about Motorhead's Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers compilation. Bear with us, though, because it does have some relevance to the topic at hand. You may or may not remember a regular part of the Deciblog rotation a couple years ago was a little thing we called "This Record Rules." It allowed us writers to spout off about an album that was blowing our ...

Please Don’t Mosh to the Sword, You Disrespectful Sack of Crap

By: jeanne.fury Posted in: featured On: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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In the latest issue of Decibel (#99), I interviewed J.D. Cronise of the Sword about the band’s new album, Apocryphon. All was going in a predictable manner until, toward the end of our chat, Cronise began discussing his distaste for mosh pits and moshing, and how he prefers people to keep their shit together and quit wildin’ out because it’s disrespectful to the non-moshers and disrupts his ...