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Decibrity Playlist: Misery Index

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Misery Index is no stranger to these playlists. In fact, we were in the midst of winter 2013 when bassist/vocalist Jason Netherton regaled us with “bleak tunes that recall those snowbound blizzards from yesteryear.” This time around, guitarist Mark Kloeppel went in a totally different direction to get you in the know about “hard” jams. We’ll let him take things from here: “‘Hard’ is a special set of subtly nuanced cross-genre aesthetic characteristics within extreme music that may be a little elusive to the untrained ear. Basically, we are talking about ignorant, pounding grooves that might make you want to destroy a room or get in a street fight.” Still curious? Check out the 10 tunes below. Just know that Kloeppel’s not the first to make a Wendy’s reference around these parts — that’s how hard we roll at the Deciblog.

After perusing his selections, you can pick up a copy of Misery Index’s fifth full-length, The Killing Gods, here.

Rattenfänger’s “Clausae Patent” (from 2012′s Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum)
Hardest shit ever! Rattenfänger, a side project of our label mates Drudkh, is quintessentially “hard”. Being hard is a subtle thing, as the music evokes in the listener a notion that talented musicians are utilizing a kind of elective ignorance as a purposive composition method. Listen to how the “thrash” beat mid-song sounds just a little to slow. That would be a big no-no for a band attempting to use a beat like that for its original purpose. To play a fast style beat too slow, in this case, is purposive ignorance. Now that is hard!

Goatwhore’s “FBS” (from 2014′s Constricting Rage Of The Merciless)
Goatwhore? More like GoatwHARD. Bands have influences, and Goatwhore’s influence is Celtic Frost, unabashedly deathrolling Warrior after Warrior-style riff. [Guitarist] Sammy [Duet] just doesn’t give a F, and not giving a F is what being hard is all about. That’s not to say Sammy doesn’t have his own style. That dude has written the most rocking riffs I can remember, and his style is distinct. But the Frost is strong in this one, as is the Priest. I digress. On a song with a title like this, you might expect the meaning of the FBS acronym to be repeatedly rammed down your god-fearing throat. Nope. [Vocalist Ben] Falgoust only gives it to you one time mid-song. Hard!

Portal’s “Curtain” (from 2013′s Vexovoid)
Ah, Portal…the big “F you” to computer-perfect precise death metal. It’s almost as if the song was written for the video, which sets nice imagery to visually imagine their other songs. By totally ignoring any sort of trendy standard, these fellas put the clock faces and robes on and put the darkness in you…hard!

Hate Eternal’s “I, Monarch” (from 2005′s I, Monarch)
[Erik] Rutan [guitarist/vocalist] is no slouch. But what does one do when he’s already conquered the throne of the king of all kings? Punch you in the face with tyrannical, narcissistic rage, that’s what! Hate Eternal has put out great tunes before and since this record. For me, this one just happens to be the hardest!

Fulgora’s “Risen” (from 2013′s Risen/Artifice EP)
Better go to Wendy’s and get yourself a Frosty, because you’re going to need it after a track this hard! For me, it’s like VOD went deathgrind. I don’t include Fulgora because our drummer Adam [Jarvis] happens to be in the band. Rather, the riffs these dudes are churning out are next level. This is legit harshcore!

Xibalba’s “Cold” (from 2012′s Hasta La Muerte)
In a world of hipster-djenty-quirky-vegan-douchey “metal”, it’s refreshing to see a band slam liquor and pork chops and then bring the pound cakes. Thank you Xibalba…for being hard!

Dying Fetus’s “Subjected To A Beating” (from 2012′s Reign Supreme)
If you were to sit down with [vocalist/guitarist] John Gallagher for five minutes with a guitar, he would proceed to write more pummeling catchy riffs than you could in five years. This song and album is right up there with the “classic” material. And yeah, I did do some vocals on this track, but that’s not why it’s on the list. It’s on the list for riff número uno in the song. So hard!

Magrudergrind’s “Bridge Burner” (from 2009′s Magrudergrind)
I don’t think you can get much harder than “Bridge Burner”. The main riff is like getting curbed over and over again. I was a little bummed when [drummer] Chris [Moore] left this band. Those chops! That groove! That über-funked-in-the-pocket blast! I thought it was going to be all over. But the dudes pressed on strong, and still bring the pound cakes and the super grind…hard! Definitely your new favorite band, if they aren’t already.

Infestdead’s “JesuSatan” (from 1999′s JesuSatan)
The end of this song makes me want to punch every pony at the petting zoo. This is a drum machine project Dan Swanö used to figure out how to use a Mac to record for the first time. The riffs are spontaneous and pummeling. This is my absolute favorite record from Dan. Every single riff is catchy, rife with ignorance, and, most importantly…hard.

Machine Head’s “Davidian” (from 1994′s Burn My Eyes)
Don’t you even start to talk shit right now. I know, the same guy that was in Vio-lence could be seen sporting a scencester sideways cap and bandana like in some alternative monthly, and uniform code metal attire in your typical Euro metal mag in the same month. I know. Let’s not even begin to talk about the “Red” album or how this video looks for that matter. Victim of the times, victim of the times. This song, though…you cannot tell me, for one instant, that when you hear “Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast” that you don’t want to punch the person standing next you. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s hard.

So, class, hopefully you have a better understanding of what “hard” is all about. Then again, maybe you don’t. Either way, go support your local record shop, and pick up some hard jams. Might I suggest Misery Index’s The Killing Gods be your first choice. Shameless plug. Go hard or go home.

*Photo by Alyssa Lorenzon

**Pick up a copy of The Killing Gods here

***For past Decibrity entries, click here

Decibrity Playlist: Goatwhore

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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For the past decade or so, Goatwhore has been one band that you can count on to put out quality release after quality release. The quartet’s latest LP is yet another um, merciless, entry in its oeuvre. So to celebrate both the recent release of Constricting Rage of the Merciless and the start of the NOLA natives’ run alongside Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus and others on this year’s Summer Slaughter tour, drummer Zack Simmons passed along five tracks that everyone should spin. Given his first name, it’s not surprising he has pretty good taste.

Pick up a copy of Goatwhore’s new record here and catch them on tour on the dates below.

Carnivore’s “Angry Neurotic Catholics” (from 1987′s Retaliation)
It’s hard to pick just one song off this record, but this track fucking destroys. It’s got it all: breakneck riffs, genius lyrics and excellent production. Straight and to the point. No fuckery.

Mercyful Fate’s “The Oath” (from 1984′s Don’t Break The Oath)
I remember the first time I heard this song. I was probably about 12 years old and it scared the living shit out of me. I still get goosebumps and that exact feeling to this day. If you want to spook your parents or girlfriend, give this a spin!

Basil Poledouris’s “Anvil Of Crom” (from 1982′s Conan The Barbarian OST)
People use the word “epic” a lot to describe music these days. This song would be my definition of the term. Perfect soundtrack to a perfect film. The ties between this and metal music are undeniable.

Scorpions’ “We’ll Burn The Sky” (from 1977′s Taken By Force)
One of my favorite Scorps songs. The lyrics are actually a poem Jimi Hendrix’s girlfriend wrote for him after he died. This was the last record Uli Jon Roth played on. I saw him live about a year ago and it was the loudest show I’ve ever attended! Painfully awesome!

Def Leppard’s “Let It Go” (from 1981′s High ‘n’ Dry)
Say what you will. This is pure rock and roll! If this doesn’t make you bang your head and crack a beer, then I feel sorry for you! Listen to those damn riffs!

*Photo by Peter Beste

**Pick up a copy of Constricting Rage of the Merciless here

***Goatwhore US tour dates (all dates are Summer Slaughter gigs with the exception of Richmond):

7/17/2014 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
7/18/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
7/19/2014 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
7/20/2014 Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
7/21/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
7/22/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/23/2014 Summit – Denver, CO
7/25/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
7/26/2014 Scoot Inn – Austin, TX
7/27/2014 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
7/29/2014 State Theater St. – Petersburg, FL
7/30/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/31/2014 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/01/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/02/2014 Mojoes – Chicago, IL
8/03/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/06/2014 Crofoot Ballroom – Detroit, MI
8/07/2014 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
8/08/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
8/09/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/10/2014 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
8/16/2014 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA

****For past Decibrity entries, click here

Past Decibrity Playlists

By: zach.smith Posted in: uncategorized On: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

***Past Decibrity entries include:

Goatwhore
North
Tombs
Sadgiqacea
The Atlas Moth
Arch Enemy
Archspire
Cormorant
Eyehategod (Part 1) (Part 2)
Floor
Iron Reagan
Fight Amp
Cynic
Melt-Banana
Junius (Part 1) (Part 2)
Alcest
East Of The Wall
Enabler
Wolvserpent
Drugs Of Faith
SubRosa (Part 1) (Part 2)
Vattnet Viskar
Skeletonwitch
Ihsahn
Earthless
Watain
Orange Goblin
God Is An Astronaut
Primitive Man
Gorguts
Exhumed
Ulcerate
Pelican
Scale The Summit
Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Mouth Of The Architect
Howl
Kings Destroy
Zozobra
Call of the Void
Saint Vitus Bar
Coliseum
Woe
Anciients
Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid)
Intronaut
BATILLUS
Inter Arma
Helen Money
Misery Index
Ancient VVisdom
Holy Grail
Rotten Sound
Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2)
Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2)
Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Early Graves
All That Remains
Bison B.C.
A Life Once Lost
Fight Amp
Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander)
Vision of Disorder
Grave
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2)
“Best of” Rush (Part 1) (Part 2)
Dawnbringer
Ufomammut
Shadows Fall
Horseback
Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Torche
“Best of” Meshuggah
Astra
Pallbearer
Barren Earth
Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Decibrity Playlist: North

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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I first read about North via Catherine Yates’ review of What You Were back in 2008, but it wasn’t until I perused our Managing Editor’s writeup of the record in that year’s top 40 that I thankfully got around to listening. Even though it’s been a while since then, once you’ve read last year’s interview with guitarist Matt Mutterperl, all I really need to tell you about what the Arizonians have been up to recently is that they dropped a self-described “transition” EP Metanoia back in March and that it’s great to have them back. Since the trio will be hitting the road next month, we asked Mutterperl and drummer Zack Hansen to contribute another chapter in our ongoing series of what gets played in the tour van. After you’ve checked out their picks below, get a copy of Metanoia here. What You Were is also being released on vinyl for the first time next month, and you can pre-order that here.

When I’m on the road and it’s my turn to drive, it’s essential that I have a few things: coffee, light assorted snackery, and tunes that keep me engaged and pass the time. Here are my picks.–Matt Mutterperl

The Smashing Pumpkins–Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (1995)
I first got this album when I was in grade school and I only jammed a few other songs besides the singles. Years later when I revisited it, I listened all the way through it and it was totally captivating. I love this record. We attempted covering “Bodies”, but it’s been on the drawing board for a while, unfortunately. Gets better with every listen through, I think. Perfect to get lost in.

Q And Not U–No Kill No Beep Beep (2000)
I moved to Arizona in the middle of high school, and I had zero friends for a little bit, except for the internet. A forum I was on had mentioned Dischord Records, and somehow I came across Q And Not U. This album was a real eye-opener/taste-shaper/mind-expander. It’s catchy as hell, and usually [bassist/vocalist] Evan Leek and I can sing along to most of it and dance like a couple of hip jerks!

Weezer–Pinkerton (1996, 2010 deluxe edition)
Again, an album that I briefly flirted with as a youth and came back to appreciate later. Pinkerton has that raw, visceral emotion that Weezer’s other offerings don’t really do for me. I can listen straight through, finger-drumming along for almost an hour before we hit the b-sides and live tracks: “Getting Up and Leaving” and “Tragic Girl” are solid tracks that I had never heard before and instantly fell in love with.

Glassjaw–Worship And Tribute (2002)
I’ve listened to this album countless times, and it never gets old to me. From front to finish, Daryl Palumbo’s vocals never let up. Hell, every instrument is shining here. “Tip Your Bartender” quickly sets the tone and all of the sudden I’m on “Pink Roses” and still jamming. I can easily get lost in this piece for it to satisfy part of an overnight drive. This album is timeless to me.

Sleep is such an invaluable resource on the road, you really take for granted just how comfortable the minute sounds of your own room are. Then you have to take into account the guys snoring their skulls off, the hardwood floor, the unfamiliar houses and the non stop ringing in your ears. Most of the time music is a necessity just to get those four hours of sleep you need to get back in the driver’s seat. North plays loud, heavy, and extreme music and so many of my favorite artists and groups are the opposite of that. I think a good contrast is needed. Here are some albums I need to get by on tour.–Zack Hansen

Sigur Rós–Ágætis byrjun (1999)
Such a monumental record, this band can do no wrong in my eyes. When we first started touring, I didn’t drive a lot. I would just throw on this record and ( ), and pass out in the back of the van for hours. I’m not sure I could stay awake through more than two songs, it was just so soothing and melancholic that I had no choice but to shut down completely.

Sylvain Chauveau–Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated) (2010)
I listen to a lot of composers and I think Frenchman Sylvain Chauveau is one of the strangest. Singular Forms bucked the trend of his previous albums and went so completely minimal that it becomes borderline creepy. The vocals make this project and really set it apart from the rest of his work. It’s rhythmic, raw, repetitive, and disconcerting. Doesn’t sound like the most appealing music when you need rest but it works. This is one of those albums where I’ll fall asleep over and over, only to wake up in the middle, only to go to right back to sleep again.

Mouth Of The Architect–Quietly (2008)
One of the most important records of my adulthood. It came out around the same time as our first full length, What You Were, in the summer of 2008. We were on tour for a month and our route was a few days behind the MOTA, Intronaut and Behold The Arctopus tour. We sometimes even played the same venue. All the while I listened to Quietly twice a day at least. It was my go to record when I needed peace and quiet. At the same time it’s not a gentle record, quite the opposite in fact. It’s so depressing and dark, from the opening sample of the wind chimes to the final vocals on “A Beautiful Corpse”. This is the music I needed to shut down the rest of the world for a time.

Braveyoung–We Are Lonely Animals (2011)
We toured with Braveyoung when they were known as Giant in our early instrumental days and they really showed me how tour was supposed to be done. I look up to them musically and as people. They went from putting out such a ridiculously crushing EP in Song to instrumental perfection on We Are Lonely Animals. I could listen to this all day and night, and sometimes do. It’s a nice reminder of the art and true beauty in music. It’s making me sappy as we speak. Their last record Will The Dust Praise You is equally inspiring.

*Photo by Andrew Weiss

**Pick up a copy of Metanoia here and check out the band on the following dates:

8/01/2014 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
8/02/2014 TBA – Santa Fe, NM
8/03/2014 Denver Black Sky – Denver, CO
8/04/2014 FOKL Center – Kansas City, MO
8/05/2014 The Triple rock – Minneapolis, MN
8/06/2014 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI (with Northless)
8/07/2014 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL (with Northless)
8/08/2014 Ottawa Tavern – Toledo, OH
8/09/2014 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
8/10/2014 King Fun Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
8/11/2014 TBA – Brooklyn, NY
8/12/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
8/13/2014 Slim’s Downtown – Raleigh, NC
8/14/2014 The Poison Lawn – Knoxville, TN
8/15/2014 Wallstreet – Murfreesboro, TN
8/16/2014 The Forge – Birmingham, AL (with Set and Setting)
8/17/2014 Hey Café – New Orleans, LA (with Set and Setting)
8/18/2014 Hi-Tone – Little Rock, AR (with Set and Setting)
8/19/2014 Lindbeerg’s – Springfield, MO (with Set and Setting)
8/20/2014 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
8/21/2014 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX
8/22/2014 Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
10/16-19/2014 Southwest Terror Fest III, Tucson, AZ

***Past Decibrity entries include:

Tombs
Sadgiqacea
The Atlas Moth
Arch Enemy
Archspire
Cormorant
Eyehategod (Part 1) (Part 2)
Floor
Iron Reagan
Fight Amp
Cynic
Melt-Banana
Junius (Part 1) (Part 2)
Alcest
East Of The Wall
Enabler
Wolvserpent
Drugs Of Faith
SubRosa (Part 1) (Part 2)
Vattnet Viskar
Skeletonwitch
Ihsahn
Earthless
Watain
Orange Goblin
God Is An Astronaut
Primitive Man
Gorguts
Exhumed
Ulcerate
Pelican
Scale The Summit
Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Mouth Of The Architect
Howl
Kings Destroy
Zozobra
Call of the Void
Saint Vitus Bar
Coliseum
Woe
Anciients
Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid)
Intronaut
BATILLUS
Inter Arma
Helen Money
Misery Index
Ancient VVisdom
Holy Grail
Rotten Sound
Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2)
Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2)
Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Early Graves
All That Remains
Bison B.C.
A Life Once Lost
Fight Amp
Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander)
Vision of Disorder
Grave
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2)
“Best of” Rush (Part 1) (Part 2)
Dawnbringer
Ufomammut
Shadows Fall
Horseback
Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Torche
“Best of” Meshuggah
Astra
Pallbearer
Barren Earth
Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Decibrity Playlist: Tombs

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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In case you can’t remember that far back, Tombs‘ last record, Path of Totality, was our top album of 2011. Fast forward three years, and the band’s latest release appears to have garnered near-universal acclaim since it dropped earlier this month. So it’s only fitting that guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill’s playlist focuses on something that, in one way or another, most people have experienced. As the frontman explains about his “Songs for the Heartbroken” playlist, “Everyone has gotten their hearts broken at one time or another. For me, music always played a huge part in the recovery process. Below are some jams that I keep on hand for those heavy times.”

Be sure to pick up a copy of Savage Gold–another of my favorites so far this year–here.

Swans’ “God Damn The Sun” (from 1989′s The Burning World)
This is the number one 4 a.m. track for those moments when you’re in the grips of the intensity of a breakup. This song just doesn’t sound the same during the day.

New Order’s “Ceremony” (from 1981′s “Ceremony”/”In a Lonely Place” single)
This song was written by Ian Curtis, the saddest man in human history. Being involved in an intercontinental love triangle probably gives him the black belt in heartbreak. There is a version of this song on Heart and Soul, the Joy Division discography that came out a few years ago. A while back, I was given this as a gift from a woman that would ultimately break my heart; fitting, however, I like the New Order version better.

Rollins Band’s “Turned Inside Out” (from 1989′s Hard Volume)
This is the soundtrack for the workout sessions that I put in during the dark times of heartbreak. Typically, during these periods I’m on some insane nutritional plan and I’m trying to burn the hard feelings out of me. I can taste the blood and smell the sweat.

Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” (from 1970′s Paranoid)
Though not a love song, this song makes me feel better when I’m living in the shadow of depression’s black wings. The line from the title track, “Can you help me / Occupy my brain?”, also really hits me because, at these times, distraction is really the thing that I’m seeking. Something to get my mind slowed down and pacified.

The Cure’s “Pictures Of You” (from 1989′s Disintegration)
This whole jam is about looking at pictures of a young lady and almost believing that they’re real. I love Robert Smith’s voice and Porl Thompson’s guitar work; they dovetail really well creating this darkly beautiful paean to longing.

Samhain’s “To Walk The Night” (from 1986′s Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire)
This song was the soundtrack to my youth, driving around at night alone, pretending that I was Marlon Brando. It’s the right song for those hours after midnight when the streetlights are blinking and there are no cops around to pull you over for speeding. Glenn has one of the most haunting voices in metal.

*Photo by Jason Hellmann

**Order a copy of Savage Gold here.

***Past Decibrity entries include:

Sadgiqacea
The Atlas Moth
Arch Enemy
Archspire
Cormorant
Eyehategod (Part 1) (Part 2)
Floor
Iron Reagan
Fight Amp
Cynic
Melt-Banana
Junius (Part 1) (Part 2)
Alcest
East Of The Wall
Enabler
Wolvserpent
Drugs Of Faith
SubRosa (Part 1) (Part 2)
Vattnet Viskar
Skeletonwitch
Ihsahn
Earthless
Watain
Orange Goblin
God Is An Astronaut
Primitive Man
Gorguts
Exhumed
Ulcerate
Pelican
Scale The Summit
Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Mouth Of The Architect
Howl
Kings Destroy
Zozobra
Call of the Void
Saint Vitus Bar
Coliseum
Woe
Anciients
Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid)
Intronaut
BATILLUS
Inter Arma
Helen Money
Misery Index
Ancient VVisdom
Holy Grail
Rotten Sound
Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2)
Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2)
Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Early Graves
All That Remains
Bison B.C.
A Life Once Lost
Fight Amp
Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander)
Vision of Disorder
Grave
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2)
“Best of” Rush (Part 1) (Part 2)
Dawnbringer
Ufomammut
Shadows Fall
Horseback
Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Torche
“Best of” Meshuggah
Astra
Pallbearer
Barren Earth
Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Decibrity Playlist: Sadgiqacea

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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For Fred Grabosky and Evan Void, the dudes behind Philadelphia-based Sadgiqacea, music is only one, albeit rather large, part of their lives. Each is also into art as Grabosky is a freelance illustrator (drawing and inking) while Void, when not also playing in Hivelords and Ominous Black, tattoos at Living Out Loud Tattoo in Lindenwold, NJ (shout out to PATCO). While it’s been a little over a year since it released debut full-length, False Prism, the duo is set to hit the road for the next month-and-a-half or so starting tomorrow. Before they left, Grabosky (drums) and Void (guitars/vocals) were kind enough to tell us about some records that fuel their drawing, inking, painting, sketching and related endeavors, some of which you can check out below. Pick up a copy of False Prism, whose artwork Fred and Evan did, here.

Kylesa–Static Tensions (2009)
I’ll kick this off with an album I believe to be one of Kylesa’s strongest and compositionally sound. Don’t get me wrong, To Walk a Middle Course and Time Will Fuse Its Worth are both such amazing albums to me as well, but when it comes down to it, this is where I considered Kylesa’s songwriting to be in its prime. The overall production quality is increased and feels “cleaner” than the other albums, but that is not why I chose it. From the first second of the first track to the last bit of the final track, this album produces such a lively energy. Every song feels so cohesive with one another, and it’s so damn catchy in a brutally heavy way. I remember hearing “Running Red” for the first time and being like, “Whoa, this roars. That fat palm mute! That mid eastern lick! These tribal drum fills!” I’m a huge fan of the groove aspect of heavy music and this album encapsulates that description entirely. This album also features the artwork of John Dyer Baizley, whom has been an influence on my work.–Fred Grabosky

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OM–Pilgrimage (2007)
Speaking of groove, OM are the kings of heavy grooves. I can’t get enough of it, and can’t play enough of that snake-like time signature in my spare time. I find it’s perfect to make art to. It keeps me fluid with the motion of my pencil while I’m sketching and puts me in a meditative zone that drives me to keep working. They serve as a great influence in writing for Sadgiqacea.–F.G.

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Wolves In The Throne Room–Black Cascade (2009)
This album speaks to me in ways I cannot necessarily explain. For one thing, the direct reference to the Caspar David Friedrich painting Wanderer above the Sea of Fog for the opening track is something I feel personally close to. I share an interest in Romantic era poetry and artwork, and that’s enough for me. Wolves have always been able to move me with their exploration in atmosphere and mood through black metal. I feel there is no other band out there that pulls it off as well as they do.–F.G.

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Cult Of Luna–Eternal Kingdom (2008)
This album is only one of the many that Cult of Luna has produced that I am seemingly drawn to, like a high powered magnet. They have such a way of composing songs. Though much simplicity is at play, every instrument brought into the mix is tastefully placed and layered. I enjoy their cohesive writing qualities throughout each piece, paired up with vein-bursting vocals.–F.G.

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Lantlôs–Agape (2011)
This was a recent discovery that I found myself playing front to back on repeat. As much as I am a fan of straightforward doom or black metal or sludge bands, I can really appreciate a band that is not afraid to step outside of its expected sound barriers, especially lately. This album tends to weave between heavy/punishing long winded howls and hits, to black metal tendencies, to slowed down, heartfelt, clean atmosphere, even some jazz and much more. It’s all wildly entertaining and beautiful. Its composition feels more like a soundtrack than an album, almost as if there was a movie that went along to it. You have to hear it to understand what I’m babbling about. I strongly recommend it.–F.G.

Neurosis–The Eye of Every Storm (2004)
Of course Neurosis will make the top list of my picks, and even though I find Times of Grace to be one of the most influential and heavy/amazing albums, many others have featured it in interviews like these. I’ll say I saved the best for last with absolute conviction here. Something extremely powerful resonates with me upon listening to this incredible spiritual dreamscape of an album. My pen seems to ebb and flow just as the music does. I specifically tend to forget everything and fall away from the earth for the title track. It is at this point I’m subconsciously stippling my life away into oblivion. I absolutely love that windpipe/keyboard melody that creeps in at…well…4:20 as things would have it, haha. This album was the first that Neurosis took matters of recording into their own hands. I’ve always admired their ambition and this album makes it clear that their hard work paid off. It is so beautifully composed front to back.–F.G.

Valdur–At War With (2013)
I don’t think many people heard about this record because it came out a few days before the end of 2013, but I actually discovered it by reading one of the “Call and Response” segments of Decibel. This is a superb release that showcases a brutal black metal band with all my favorite elements of death metal and a chilling atmosphere, especially from the guitars–great production.–Evan Void

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Sorcier Des Glaces–Snowland Reprise MMXII (2012)
I wasn’t familiar with this band until about a year ago, when Sadgiqacea was on tour with our buds Haethen, but this album made quite an impression on me, and quickly found its way into my music library. The re-recording and reissuing of this album was a really nice touch. I’ve heard the original version, and it has its moments, but the 2012 version is definitely sweet as fuck.–E.V.

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Falls Of Rauros–Hail Wind And Hewn Oak (2008)
I discovered this band via our friend Brian of the now defunct San Antonio band Ecocide, while staying with him on tour. This album is so majestic, and cleverly and effectively makes use of acoustic/folk instruments, choral vocals and an almost classic rock/vintage production style. The sadness is overwhelming in some of their melodies. It’s full of great surprises and really fun to listen to! Sadgiqacea, Haethen, and Lonesummer will be opening for Falls of Rauros on August 20th at Millcreek Tavern here in Philadelphia.–E.V.

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Across Tundras–Sage (2011)
A great record from a great band. It sounds incredible, and the amazingly organic production is backed by great songwriting. I love how they incorporate the Western elements, both sonically and aesthetically. We’ll be playing with Across Tundras and Brother Ares in Nashville on July 16th at the pseudo-legendary Spring Water Supper Club.–E.V.

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Ulcerate–Vermis (2013)
I heard about this band from our friend Alyssa who I tattoo with at Living Out Loud. She’s also the one who designed the promotional tour poster we’re using for this tour. I love how Ulcerate has that “spiral” sound–churning, angular riffs over super brutal and super precise drums. It’s surprisingly atmospheric, too! I had the pleasure of seeing them with our friends Inter Arma here in Philly, and both bands absolutely crushed!–E.V.

Thantifaxath–Sacred White Noise (2014)
I heard this band’s debut EP a few years ago, and it most definitely left me wanting more. Thankfully, their new LP is amazing, and I’ve already devoured it with my eardrums. They incorporate odd time signatures and serpentine chromatic passages with a seemingly inhuman level of finesse. I think it’s safe to say that this album has already made it into my favorite albums of 2014.–E.V.

*Top photo by Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging

**Order a copy of False Prism here and catch Fred and Evan on tour on the following dates with Hivelords:

Friday, June 20, 2014 – Lindenwold NJ – THE SEX DUNGEON (w/ Windmill of Corpses, Coastal Plain)
Saturday, June 21, 2014 – York PA – THE DEPOT (w/ Police State, Windmill of Corpses)
Sunday, June 22, 2014 – Providence RI – DUSK (w/ Leukorrhea & Coffin Birth)
Monday, June 23, 2014 – Boston MA – O’BRIENS (w/ Lunglust & Plagues)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – Portland ME – ST. JOHN (w/ Sylvia, Eastern Spell)
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – Portsmouth, NH – HOUSE SHOW (w/ Ramlord, Northern Curse, Guilt)
Thursday, June 26, 2014 – Worcester MA – RALPH’S DINER (w/ Krakatoa, +1 TBA)
Friday, June 27, 2014 – Syracuse NY – GORHAM BROTHER’S MUSIC (w/ TBA)
Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Rochester NY – THE BUG JAR (w/ Blizaro, Fox 45 & The Highest Leviathan)
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Buffalo NY – THE LAIR (w/ Enthauptung & Ancients of Earth)
Monday, June 30, 2014 Pittsburgh PA – THE SHOP (w/ Slaves BC, Night Vapor)
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 – Kent OH – STONE TAVERN (w/ TBA)
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 – Port Huron, MI – SCHWONK SOUND STEAD (w/ TBA)
Thursday, July 03, 2014 – Covington, KY – THREE KINGS BAR (w/ Coelacanth & Drowner)
Friday, July 04, 2014 – Indianapolis, IN – HOUSE SHOW (w/ Windmill of Corpses)
Saturday, July 05, 2014 – Chicago IL – COBRA LOUNGE (w/ Demonitron, Dia Rrhena)
Sunday, July 06, 2014 – Madison, WI – DAS GEWOLBE (w/ Poney, Red Museum)
Monday, July 07, 2014 – Milwaukee, WI – FRANK’S POWER PLANT (w/ Northless & Asatta)
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 – Wausau WI – THE STANK (w/ TBA)
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 – Minneapolis MN – THE TOILET STORE (w/ Morality Crisis, Aziza)
Thursday, July 10, 2014 – Des Moines IA – HULL AVE TAVERN (w/ Agrinex)
Friday July 11, 2014 – Kansas City MO – VANDALS (w/ Keef Mountain +1TBA)
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Columbia MO – PESTE DE MERDE (w/ TBA)
Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Saint Louis MO – FUBAR (w/ Requiem, +1 TBA)
Monday, July 14, 2014 – Lexington KY – SIDECAR (w/ Arktos & Sonic Altar)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – Huntington WV – HOUSE SHOW (w/ TBA)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – Nashville TN – THE SPRING WATER (w/ Across Tundras, Brother Ares)
Thursday, July 17, 2014 – Atlanta GA – 529 ROOM (w/ The Dirty Magazines, Crawl)
Friday, July 18, 2014 – Knoxville TN – THE POISON LAWN (w/ TBA)
Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Asheville NC – THE ODDITORIUM (w/ TBA)
Sunday, July 20, 2014 – Charlotte NC – THE MILESTONE (w/ Highchair Tyrant)
Monday, July 21, 2014 – West Columbia SC -NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN (w/ Darkentries)
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – Richmond VA – EMPIRE (w/ TBA)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – Roanoke VA – TBA (w/ TBA)
Thursday, July 24, 2014 – Washington DC – THE PINCH BAR (w/ TBA)
Friday, July 25, 2014 – Baltimore, MD – TRON’S HOUSE (w/ Lotus Fuckers)
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – Brooklyn NY – THE ACHERON (w/ Insect Ark & Sangharsha)
Wednesday July 30th, 2014 – Philadelphia PA – JR’S BAR (w/ Zafakon (Puerto Rico), Meddlesome Bells)

***Past Decibrity entries include:

The Atlas Moth
Arch Enemy
Archspire
Cormorant
Eyehategod (Part 1) (Part 2)
Floor
Iron Reagan
Fight Amp
Cynic
Melt-Banana
Junius (Part 1) (Part 2)
Alcest
East Of The Wall
Enabler
Wolvserpent
Drugs Of Faith
SubRosa (Part 1) (Part 2)
Vattnet Viskar
Skeletonwitch
Ihsahn
Earthless
Watain
Orange Goblin
God Is An Astronaut
Primitive Man
Gorguts
Exhumed
Ulcerate
Pelican
Scale The Summit
Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Mouth Of The Architect
Howl
Kings Destroy
Zozobra
Call of the Void
Saint Vitus Bar
Coliseum
Woe
Anciients
Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid)
Intronaut
BATILLUS
Inter Arma
Helen Money
Misery Index
Ancient VVisdom
Holy Grail
Rotten Sound
Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2)
Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2)
Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Early Graves
All That Remains
Bison B.C.
A Life Once Lost
Fight Amp
Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander)
Vision of Disorder
Grave
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2)
“Best of” Rush (Part 1) (Part 2)
Dawnbringer
Ufomammut
Shadows Fall
Horseback
Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Torche
“Best of” Meshuggah
Astra
Pallbearer
Barren Earth
Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Decibrity Playlist: The Atlas Moth

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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The Atlas Moth‘s new record is one of my favorites so far this year. But, as you’ve probably heard by now, the artwork and packaging–two things that some bands still care about–is something to admire in and of itself. So vocalist/guitarist Stavros Giannopoulos was kind enough to tell us about some other albums whose covers and packaging he backs. You can also glean some pretty insightful and interesting art-related tidbits about his band’s last two efforts. Pick up a copy of the Chicagoans third LP, The Old Believer, here.

5. Brightblack Morning Light–Brightblack Morning Light (2006)
I am self admittedly a sucker for 3D glasses. The vinyl version of this came with an old school cardboard pair sporting weed leafs on it, so I was immediately sold. One of my all time favorite records and is quite awesome to listen to and check out the artwork through the specs.

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4. The Ocean–Precambrian (2007)
Honestly, any of their packaging could have made this list, but I picked Precambrian as it was my introduction to the band. It’s a multi-disc set, with the first disc being a fan CD, a much under used effect in my opinion. A high gloss booklet, spot varnish, die cut–this is the real deal in the packaging world. We just toured with The Ocean back in March and [guitarist] Robin [Staps] and I had many chats about our feelings on physical packaging. In this day and age of file sharing, there should be great lengths taken by bands to make someone actually want to buy a CD. This is an ideal that The Ocean have been behind since day one and I agree strongly with.

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3. Pink Floyd–Animals (1977) and Wish You Were Here (1975), etc., etc.
The undisputed kings of fantastic album artwork, brought to you by album artwork God Storm Thorgerson. I can’t really narrow down a particular piece of Storm’s as my favorite, but either of these will get the point of across. The greatest part of his artwork was the fact they are not graphic designs but staged photos. The guy on fire on the cover of Wish You Were Here? He was a dude they set on fire. The pig flying in the sky on the cover of Animals? A giant pig balloon released into the sky and a photo taken of it. All of his works were sets built and photos taken. I highly suggest everyone on the planet sees the documentary Taken By Storm. Watching him work meticulously for decades on rock album artwork and realizing how much of it was practically done and completely real gave me an even deeper respect for a man that already had all of my respect.

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2. Led Zeppelin–In Through The Out Door (1979)
I would say that this wouldn’t have been number two until we started getting the artwork for The Old Believer together. In the previously mentioned documentary, Taken By Storm, Storm and Robert Plant are interviewed about the artwork for this record being water reactive. When the album cover got wet, the regular sepia tone photograph turns technicolor. I had never even known about that, let alone the fact that something of that nature was an option! I talked to Chris from Profound Lore about the possibility of doing that for our next record and he put me in contact with Rich from A to Z Media, the company that presses all PFL releases. Rich went to work on trying to find the paper stock and while on the search he came across the water reactive paper that we wound up using for The Old Believer. Storm at one point was going to work on the artwork for An Ache For the Distance and I was planning on reaching out to him again to see if we could work out something for The Old Believer, but while we were on tour in Europe last year, he passed away. The record itself is lyrically and emotionally based in the loss of loved ones, so I feel like using this kind of effect was The Atlas Moth’s way of paying tribute to the man.

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1. Tool–Ænima (1996), Lateralus (2001) and 10,000 Days (2006)
What do I really need to say about these? I recall in junior high when Ænima came out, a friend of mine brought the CD to school and a group us were trying to figure out what the guys from Tool were watching that guy do. Ah, to be young again. I recall ditching a class in high school to go buy Lateralus the day it came out and sitting in a Best Buy parking lot getting stoned and listening to the record while thumbing through the see-through plastic anatomy booklet. Tool is meticulous down to every detail of their band and it’s quite inspiring to me.

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*Photo by Mark Dawursk

**Order a copy of The Old Believer here.

***Past Decibrity entries include:

Arch Enemy
Archspire
Cormorant
Eyehategod (Part 1) (Part 2)
Floor
Iron Reagan
Fight Amp
Cynic
Melt-Banana
Junius (Part 1) (Part 2)
Alcest
East Of The Wall
Enabler
Wolvserpent
Drugs Of Faith
SubRosa (Part 1) (Part 2)
Vattnet Viskar
Skeletonwitch
Ihsahn
Earthless
Watain
Orange Goblin
God Is An Astronaut
Primitive Man
Gorguts
Exhumed
Ulcerate
Pelican
Scale The Summit
Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Mouth Of The Architect
Howl
Kings Destroy
Zozobra
Call of the Void
Saint Vitus Bar
Coliseum
Woe
Anciients
Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid)
Intronaut
BATILLUS
Inter Arma
Helen Money
Misery Index
Ancient VVisdom
Holy Grail
Rotten Sound
Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2)
Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2)
Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Early Graves
All That Remains
Bison B.C.
A Life Once Lost
Fight Amp
Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander)
Vision of Disorder
Grave
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2)
“Best of” Rush (Part 1) (Part 2)
Dawnbringer
Ufomammut
Shadows Fall
Horseback
Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Torche
“Best of” Meshuggah
Astra
Pallbearer
Barren Earth
Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Decibrity Playlist: Arch Enemy

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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Nick Cordle may no longer be the newest member of Arch Enemy, but he’s still a relative newbie compared to Michael Amott, Daniel Erlandsson and Sharlee D’Angelo. While the band’s latest record, War Eternal, will mark his first Arch Enemy recording, the guitarist (that’s him on the bottom right) started touring with the quintet in 2012. So to celebrate the release of the group’s tenth full-length, we asked the former Arsis axeman to tell us about five of his favorite songs in the Arch Enemy set. His picks not only cover 15 years worth of material, but show no favorites when it comes to the Swedes’ back catalog. His picks also happen to be in no particular order, in case that kind of stuff matters to you.

Pre-order a copy of War Eternal, which drops on Tuesday, here.

“Ravenous” (from 2001′s Wages Of Sin)
Maybe this has something to do with my favorite shows I recall playing, but there are always pretty clear moments in my head having to do with the pre-chorus melody in this one. It’s one of those that audiences in Japan and South America sing while you’re playing it, and they’re usually louder than the monitor system. That’s disorienting as hell the first time you experience it, but once you know it’s coming, it’s just pure fun.

“Silverwing” (from 1999′s Burning Bridges)
This is a song we only play in Japan. It’s one of the hardest Arch Enemy songs to get through, let alone to play well. When I first joined the band, we were going directly to Japan, so I had to sweat this one immediately. I do get a kick out of it live though! The Japanese fans voted it their favorite Arch Enemy song in a readers’ poll in a magazine a couple years ago, and there’s no question about how it connects live. Again, something about very loud singalong melodies…

“Bloodstained Cross” (from 2011′s Khaos Legions)
This is fast and brutal with a melodic turn in the middle that really works for me. There are so many different elements involved here musically! For me this was the standout track on Khaos Legions, and we’re keeping it in the live list.

“Blood On Your Hands” (from 2007′s Rise Of The Tyrant)
Lots of blood on this list, yeah? And lots of fast stuff, because that’s where I’m most at home. It’s mostly about the connection live…if I can bother to look up from the frantic guitar stuff, I tend to see very large circle pits. Nothing communicates with a band onstage quite like flying bodies.

“War Eternal” (from 2014′s War Eternal)
Okay, I’m cheating a little bit, as this is new and soon to be debuted, but we’ve long been into the production for the upcoming tours (“tour eternal?”…sorry), and I already know what we’re doing with this one. So I’m gonna get a little bit ahead of myself and say that this will be one of those that stick around in the live set from the new album. Any gamblers out there want to take me up on that one!?

*Photo by Patric Ullaeus

**Pre-order a copy of War Eternal here.

***Past Decibrity entries include:

Archspire
Cormorant
Eyehategod (Part 1) (Part 2)
Floor
Iron Reagan
Fight Amp
Cynic
Melt-Banana
Junius (Part 1) (Part 2)
Alcest
East Of The Wall
Enabler
Wolvserpent
Drugs Of Faith
SubRosa (Part 1) (Part 2)
Vattnet Viskar
Skeletonwitch
Ihsahn
Earthless
Watain
Orange Goblin
God Is An Astronaut
Primitive Man
Gorguts
Exhumed
Ulcerate
Pelican
Scale The Summit
Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Mouth Of The Architect
Howl
Kings Destroy
Zozobra
Call of the Void
Saint Vitus Bar
Coliseum
Woe
Anciients
Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid)
Intronaut
BATILLUS
Inter Arma
Helen Money
Misery Index
Ancient VVisdom
Holy Grail
Rotten Sound
Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2)
Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2)
Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Early Graves
All That Remains
Bison B.C.
A Life Once Lost
Fight Amp
Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander)
Vision of Disorder
Grave
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2)
“Best of” Rush (Part 1) (Part 2)
Dawnbringer
Ufomammut
Shadows Fall
Horseback
Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Torche
“Best of” Meshuggah
Astra
Pallbearer
Barren Earth
Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Decibrity Playlist: Archspire

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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When Oli Peters takes his songs about “lucid dreaming, a monster made out of teeth, a king who creates duplicates of himself who then overthrow him, and a guy who feeds himself to his backyard pig” on the road (my favorite part of KSP’s recent profile), he and his Archspire brethren tend to keep the traveling stereo tuned to the more extreme side of things. Well, at least until touring starts to takes its toll on the Vancouver quintet. As the vocalist explains, “After a certain amount of hours trapped in our tour van, something in our heads starts to switch and we spiral into full on batshit crazy idiots. Well, at least [drummer] Spencer [Prewett] and I do. [Guitarist] Tobi [Morelli] usually just sleeps through our bullshit and [guitarist] Dean [Lamb] angrily mumbles under his breath ‘Get me out of this fucking van, ugh.’ Usually we only listen to technical death metal because we are elitist assholes, but these are some of the songs we play in the tour van when we reach this point of childish insanity.” Given that the band just released its sophomore LP, we’re sure much more of that behavior is on the Canadians’ horizon.

Pick up a copy of The Lucid Collective here.

Tech N9ne’s “World Wide Choppers” (from 2011′s All 6′s And 7′s)
We all love this song! It’s like the vocal equivalent of blast beats. Tech N9ne and Busta Rhymes have been huge inspirations for my vocal style. The speed, phrasing and lyrical patterns in this song are absolutely amazing. When I first joined the band, Spencer showed me Tech N9ne and was like, “Can you do this, but in a death metal tone?” and I was like, “No, but I will try my best.”

The Doobie Brothers’ “What A Fool Believes” (from 1978′s Minute By Minute)
One night on tour after a show, Dean was driving us to a party. We were blaring this song and singing along in drunken full voice volume, replacing all the lyrics with “Fuckin’ Dean Lamb!” and “Too many eggs!” When we watched a video of this in the morning, we all realized that none of us can even slightly sing in key. This song was the soundtrack for our first cross Canada tour.

Toto’s “Rosanna” (from 1982′s Toto IV)
This song was the soundtrack to our second cross Canada tour. Just to make sure everyone in the tour van was sufficiently irritated, I would make sure to sing this song at least every half hour, making sure it was drilled firmly into everyone’s heads. The funny thing about this song is every time we would load in and set up, at least one guy from another band would be like, “Are you singing Toto?”

Animals As Leaders’ “CAFO” (from 2009′s Animals As Leaders)
This is guitar porn. It’s also one of our favorite pieces of music ever written. It sounds like aliens getting it on. This whole album is a masterpiece that can be played on repeat and still kick ass. Sometime vocals can ruin what would otherwise be awesome music. Luckily that’s not the case with this band.

Juicy Karkass’s “Punch ‘Em In The Dick” (from 2012′s Yes Sir, I’m Ill)
Just listen to this! Seriously! Every lyric is about punching someone in the dick! “Knock knock knock I just cold clocked your cock!” Brilliant.

*Pick up a copy of The Lucid Collective here.

**Past Decibrity entries include:

Cormorant
Eyehategod (Part 1) (Part 2)
Floor
Iron Reagan
Fight Amp
Cynic
Melt-Banana
Junius (Part 1) (Part 2)
Alcest
East Of The Wall
Enabler
Wolvserpent
Drugs Of Faith
SubRosa (Part 1) (Part 2)
Vattnet Viskar
Skeletonwitch
Ihsahn
Earthless
Watain
Orange Goblin
God Is An Astronaut
Primitive Man
Gorguts
Exhumed
Ulcerate
Pelican
Scale The Summit
Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Mouth Of The Architect
Howl
Kings Destroy
Zozobra
Call of the Void
Saint Vitus Bar
Coliseum
Woe
Anciients
Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid)
Intronaut
BATILLUS
Inter Arma
Helen Money
Misery Index
Ancient VVisdom
Holy Grail
Rotten Sound
Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2)
Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2)
Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Early Graves
All That Remains
Bison B.C.
A Life Once Lost
Fight Amp
Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander)
Vision of Disorder
Grave
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2)
“Best of” Rush (Part 1) (Part 2)
Dawnbringer
Ufomammut
Shadows Fall
Horseback
Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Torche
“Best of” Meshuggah
Astra
Pallbearer
Barren Earth
Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Decibrity Playlist: Cormorant

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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Back in early 2012, Chris Dick sung the praises of Cormorant’s Dwellings. Since the band’s recently released follow-up is yet another quality entry in its still nascent catalog, we asked Nick Cohon to tell us about some of the “darker country music” that he listens to (the guitarist is also rocking a Gov’t Mule Dose shirt above, which, while neither dark nor country, must be mentioned). As he explains, “I chose these songs for their general impact on my musical world. Even though they aren’t metal, they’re incredibly heavy and hold a certain significance and power. These types of songs transcend genres and geography and tap into life’s core feelings. Enjoy!” Not surprisingly, that penultimate sentence goes a long way towards describing Cormorant’s music.

Check out Earth Diver–which the band once again released on its own–below and pick up a copy here.

Neil Young’s “Danger Bird” (from 1997′s Year Of The Horse)
Neil is my all-time favorite artist, and my favorite songs of his change day to day. Every album showcases a different side of the human experience. Today, his live release Year of the Horse is the album on repeat in my brain, and “Danger Bird” is the song.

Doc Watson’s “St. James Hospital” (from 1964′s Doc Watson)
Doc’s music is very grounding for me. This song is one of his darker, more modal sounding tunes that showcases a different side of his talents. Another favorite is the song “Twin Sisters” off the Down South album.

John Prine’s “The Late John Garfield Blues” (from 2010′s In Person & On Stage)
I’m not a lyrical-minded listener, so when a line manages to catch my ear, it really hits me. One of my favorite lines is, “An old man sleeps with his conscience at night, young kids sleep with their dreams. While the mentally ill sit perfectly still, and live through life’s in-betweens.” John can weave words with a simple melody so well, bringing the special to the ordinary.

Willie Nelson’s “‘Til I Gain Control Again” (from 1983′s Take It To The Limit)
Willie’s music strikes a central nerve in me. With many timeless songs to choose from, the line and melody, “Just like a lighthouse you must stand alone and mark the sailors journey’s end” from the Willie and Waylon album Take It to the Limit is one I hum over and over again.

Drive-By Truckers’ “Danko/Manuel” (from 2004′s The Dirty South)
Jason Isbell had a string of great albums as a brief member of this band. The album The Dirty South is full of unique songs that transport me to another place, making the Southern experience seem tangible and real from afar. The vocal melody, the eerie, reverb-drenched guitar tones and the funky, in-the-pocket drumming make this a great song to me.

Levon Helm’s “The Mountain” (from 2007′s Dirt Farmer)
This is a cover of Steve Earle’s “The Mountain” from the bluegrass album that Earle did with Del McCoury Band. I especially like this version; Levon was singing his balls off, as always.

Emmylou Harris’s “Red Dirt Girl” (from 2000′s Red Dirt Girl)
Emmylou is known for her stunning and heartbreaking songs. I’ve heard her voice since I was a kid, as her records were fixtures in our house. I love how her voice sounds frail and thin, barely grasping for the high notes, then dropping lower and filling with resonance and confidence. It’s easy to get lost in her stories.

Sun Kil Moon’s “Carry Me Ohio” (from 2003′s Ghosts Of The Great Highway)
When I was working away from friends and family, the music on my iPod was familiar and reassuring. I stumbled across this album one day while driving a 60′ boom lift in a Midwestern ice storm at night. Something about Mark Kozelek’s voice, reminiscent of Neil Young, is very haunting and emotive.

Guy Clark’s “Somedays You Write the Song” (from 2009′s Somedays The Song Writes You)
Guy Clark is such a great wordsmith and storyteller. His songs hold so much wisdom and depth. This one says it all.

Nanci Griffith’s “Late Night Grande Hotel” (from 1991′s Late Night Grande Hotel)
This song has a ridiculously good chorus that is melodically catchy. It’s the feeling of everything coming together after a long journey; the feeling of right. I hear it and am reminded to be thankful for what I have in my life.

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**Past Decibrity entries include:

Eyehategod (Part 1) (Part 2)
Floor
Iron Reagan
Fight Amp
Cynic
Melt-Banana
Junius (Part 1) (Part 2)
Alcest
East Of The Wall
Enabler
Wolvserpent
Drugs Of Faith
SubRosa (Part 1) (Part 2)
Vattnet Viskar
Skeletonwitch
Ihsahn
Earthless
Watain
Orange Goblin
God Is An Astronaut
Primitive Man
Gorguts
Exhumed
Ulcerate
Pelican
Scale The Summit
Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Mouth Of The Architect
Howl
Kings Destroy
Zozobra
Call of the Void
Saint Vitus Bar
Coliseum
Woe
Anciients
Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid)
Intronaut
BATILLUS
Inter Arma
Helen Money
Misery Index
Ancient VVisdom
Holy Grail
Rotten Sound
Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2)
Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2)
Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Early Graves
All That Remains
Bison B.C.
A Life Once Lost
Fight Amp
Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander)
Vision of Disorder
Grave
Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2)
“Best of” Rush (Part 1) (Part 2)
Dawnbringer
Ufomammut
Shadows Fall
Horseback
Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Torche
“Best of” Meshuggah
Astra
Pallbearer
Barren Earth
Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)