Archive for January, 2013

Interview with Cloud Rat

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, videos On: Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan's Cloud Rat play grind and they play it really well. They have a new album in the holster and on the ready entitled Moksha, courtesy the fine folks at Halo of Flies. What follows is an interview with guitarist Rorik Brooks and some vids and crap I lifted from their website. Check 'em out, they rule. For those not in the know, can you give the history of Cloud Rat? We ...

Live Review: Graveyard/The Shrine

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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It’s only been a year since Graveyard last came to New York City, and coupled with last week’s sub-freezing temperatures and a second show in Brooklyn two nights later, I was curious to see just how many people would show up to Friday night’s performance. By the time I arrived at the Bowery Ballroom a little before 9pm, the downstairs bar was pretty crowded but upstairs where the bands ...

Strength Beyond Strength: The Jason Statts Story

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: diary, featured On: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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As Decibel friend Brian Lew (aka Umlaut) says: the metal Gods work in mysterious ways. So there's no need to tell you how we heard about Jason Statts, a Decibel reader and metal fan confined to a wheelchair after he was robbed and shot leaving his first ever gig about five years ago. The attack -- which required an extensive hospitalization and spinal rehabilitation -- still leaves him coping ...

STREAMING: Anciients “Raise the Sun”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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There's a time when two Dicks are better than one. But we're not talking about porn here. Or, some swinger party in Urals. No, sirs. When the universe conspires to bring Chris Dick (me) and Chris Dyck (Anciient guitarist/vocalist) together, it means something. What exactly? Let's leave it up to the cast of Ancient Aliens to determine the cosmological significance, but one thing is certain: ...

Decibrity Playlist: Misery Index

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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With the throes of winter usually comes a dearth of new releases. So after perusing the innumerable year-end lists, there's no better time to catch up on all of the records you missed, not to mention your back catalog. If you're in a band, it's also a good time to put out something new given that you'll have little to compete for attention against, which is exactly what Misery Index will do on ...

Happy Birthday To Us: Photos From An Epic Evening of Metal

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, live reviews, repulsion On: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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In case you have been on a spiritual pilgrimage or without an Internet connection in recent months a quick reminder that we had a big party last weekend to celebrate our 100th issue. A bunch of bands that have graced the cover, best of lists or Hall Of Fame (some of them multiple honorees) played. The lineup delivered and then some: Evoken, Tombs, Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Pig Destroyer and ...

STREAMING: Necrowretch “Putrid Death Sorcery”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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Back in the old days---1988-1991---you didn't need to sound "retro" to be cool. Even if you sucked you were cool because you were death metal. Black and white band photo, a group of scowling dudes, the obligatory cemetery backdrop (or rubble heap), and a kick-ass logo were all you needed to convince worldwide throngs you belonged with the rest of the pack. In the new days---i.e., now---the ...

VIDEO PREMIERE: Lightning Swords of Death “Baphometic Chaosium”

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, videos On: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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Man, it gets fucking crazy in the Lightning Swords of Death practice space if this video for "Baphometic Chaosium" -- the title track of the new record available now -- is any indication. There are what appears to be grown-up versions of the Phantasm munchkins, a rather busty-sassy ram-headed demoness, and several trim dudes in shades churning out the sort of blackened death metal that keeps the ...

For Those About to Squeak: Ozzy’s Nibbles of the Week

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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I have a pet hamster. His name is Ozzy. He is adorable but terrified of everything. However, over the course of his cohabitation with me, he’s become acclimated to the sounds of heavy metal, probably due to the fact that I play it for 16 hours a day. I’ve discovered that he actually has quite discerning taste, and reacts differently to the different things I play. So, in this column, I’m ...

Second Annual Decibel Magazine Tour Lineup + Dates Announced

By: mr ed Posted in: featured, the decibel magazine tour, uncategorized On: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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After a bloody successful maiden voyage in 2012, Decibel Magazine is doubling down on veteran star power for our second annual national tour. This spring, the plague spreads as we bring you three living legends of death metal and grindcore: preeminent gore institution Cannibal Corpse; rabble-rousing U.K. grind icons Napalm Death, and NYDM stalwarts Immolation. While occultism permeated ...