STREAMING: Decaying’s “One to Conquer”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: exclusive, featured, listen On: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Look at those dudes, hanging out in the forest. Pretty old-school. So’s their music. Some Entombed, some Paradise Lost, and a whole lot of death metal, Decaying bring the pain like they used to in the Clinton era, Finland style. We have the entirety of their new album, One to Conquer, to help darken up your workday. MOSH.

***One to Conquer comes out November 4 on Hellthrasher. You can preorder it here.

Exclusive Video: Hivelords Debut “Soothsayer Worm” Live

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: exclusive, featured On: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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Philadelphia-based music photographer and frequent Decibel contributor Gene Smirnov captured the new Hivelords line-up — which includes Lydia Giordano of Surgeon — slaying a new track at Boot & Saddle recently…

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Looks like the follow-up to the excellent Cavern Apothecary is going to be a scary, beautiful, leveling thing, people. Look for it next spring on the underground pride of Philadelphia, Anthropic.

The Deciblog Interview: Paul Di’Anno

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: exclusive, featured, interviews On: Monday, October 20th, 2014

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“A lot has been written and said about me through the years — most of it bad, some of it untrue.” That’s the opening of the 2010 Paul Di’Anno biography The Beast, which reads more like a gritty LA noir novel than a musical memoir. If you were to read the book — a combination of the Mötley Crüe biography The Dirt and the Marquis De Sade — you’d think avoiding Di’Anno was in your best interest. Even if you didn’t, plenty of Internet stories would steer you in another direction.

Di’Anno sang on two of the greatest metal records ever: Iron Maiden’s eponymous debut and the follow up Killers before he was replaced by Bruce Dickinson, in part because of hard living. Three decades later, those albums blow away much of the metal that followed and their place in the Maiden discography is still fiercely debated (yours truly ranks them very favorably). Di’Anno has crafted a solo career and fronted many other bands but his sets still weigh heavily on that timeless material.

When Decibel caught up with Di’Anno in England he couldn’t have been more of a gentleman. He told us The Beast — and the Web — don’t tell the true story about Paul Di’Anno. Join us in a discussion about Jack Daniels and the human voice, the horrors of customs in 2014 and fronting Maiden tribute bands.

How are things going?

I have a little break from touring because that’s all I seem to do. I’m finishing all the lyrics on the new album and hope to have it out by the end of the year. It’s a pretty busy time with new management; I have all kinds of shit going on right now.

Do you ever tire of touring? You’ve done it relentlessly your whole life.

No. I have a bad knee and everything but if I sit at home I have the attention span of a goldfish. I can’t get into it. I haven’t seen my family for such a long time and they are in the states. I can only get over to America when I have a work visa; I’m not allowed over there otherwise from being a bad boy many years ago. I’d love to spend time with my family but I try not to think about it and tour.

Weren’t you thinking of retiring about a year ago because of that injury?

Not really. I’m going to need an operation on my knee. It just keeps getting worse. But some days are worse and some days are o.k. This morning I tripped over a vacuum cleaner and pulled my knee out and it’s all full of fluid. It just happens – it’s a war wound from the road. It’s getting old, really.

What is it like to play and tour with people who grew up with your recordings?

Well, I try not to waste too much time thinking about it because you’d drive yourself nuts. What happened with me is that my plan backfired but it’s also been good as well. Iron Maiden was doing nothing to celebrate (the anniversary of the first album) so I did. And now, people keep booking me for that.

I got to be honest it’s a bit frustrating sometimes because I’m not getting a chance to do my own stuff. I use different bands in different countries so I can bring this to the fans. But I can’t keep doing it forever.

In the states there are countless bands that could do it. We have certain bands in Europe and Australia. I just try not to think about it and get over there. My voice is actually getting somewhat better as I get older and I’m amazed because I don’t take any care of it.

What do you think about where metal is these days? Do you listen to black metal or death metal?

I’ve heard some death metal stuff and it’s not really for me. I grew up with thrash. But the death metal stuff, I find it a bit of a joke. Some of the music is great but the lyrics, eh. If these people did come face-to-face with me they’d shit their pants or run home to their Mom.

When you are performing the Maiden stuff what do fans tell you about it? They are two of the best records and I feel like they sometimes get glossed over in the catalog.

Well, peers like Pantera, Sepultura and Metallica say they are the two best Maiden albums. I think they were fantastic, pivotal albums that set the world on fire. But the way I do them now doesn’t really sound like Iron Maiden. Our sound is a lot heavier. Sometimes it could sound like it’s Sepultura playing it to make it interesting. If I’m going to carry on playing these songs I need to put a bit of a twist on them, y’know?

How do you approach the vocals? You mentioned you don’t take care of your voice.

(laughs) I’m having a cigarette now! This voice was made on cigarettes and Jack Daniels. People overanalyze it like: “I need 20 cups of tea or I’ll cancel the show.” I’ll never do that. I’m just me. On this DVD I hit some amazing high notes and it never happened before tour. When we were on tour in Poland they wouldn’t let us get off stage and we were even singing Judas Priest. It was absolutely hilarious. I gave them the first part of a song and was hitting all the high notes.

What is the DVD project (The Beast Arises) about?

The guys in Poland were brilliant and it was a real pleasure working with them. We starting doing this DVD in a club and it went smoothly and well, which is a miracle. We played about six or eight shows all over Poland. We did most of the Maiden stuff and a few songs from my catalog. It’s a good representation of what I do live around the world. With the Architects Of Chaoz (Di’Anno’s new band) we do the same thing but ease off the Maiden stuff a little, just four or five songs in our set. So I get best of both.

How do you adjust to playing with different bands around the world?

Most of them I’ve played with over a few years. One of my bands is Children Of The Damned and they are a cover band. Sometimes I find it quite funny, like you are really living someone else’s life. It works out fine, though. Most of these guys I’ve done tours with around the whole world and we know each other well.

We’re trying to go to Canada but it could work out better there with work visas. It’s a bit paranoid over there. Since 9-11, I mean, America used to be a joy to go and see. It’s bloody hard work for people to go there. C’mon, in England we got bombed and stuff like that. America is a great country but the bureaucracy is a pain in the ass.

Did you have problems at customs?

All the time. It’s amazing. I’m used to it. When we crossed over from America into Canada there were bloody guns pulled at the border. One of the boys had a knife so he got kept for like an hour. I wanted to go to Canada to see some friends and the same thing happened. It’s just a pain. You need to keep your borders safe but, c’mon, I’m a bloody metal musician, not an Arab terrorist. It can get on your nerves a bit. A lot of European people go there and also think it’s a rigamarole and why bother. Once you get through it’s fantastic but in ways it’s like the Russians who look like they want to kill you every five minutes (laughs).

I can only imagine some of the changes you’ve seen as a touring musician.

I think England has some of the best security of all time but it doesn’t seem so oppressive. I don’t know how to put my finger on it. I’m always so nervous when I fly to America. Even with a work visa I always wonder to what’s going to happen. I do like to get to Miami to see my wife and children.

Have you ever been recognized by a fan at a border crossing?

Oh shit, yeah. About six years we were in Puerto Rico. I arrive in San Juan and it’s a weird place because you get your luggage and then go through security. They detained me overnight and it was very strange. It was weird because half of the guys working security were coming to the concert and it was cancelled. I was sent back home, without prejudice, I might add. They didn’t do their homework but they did take great care of me. I had to stay in a holding cell with some immigrants.

Have you seen the movie Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr.?

Yeah.

Why is it I’m thinking they leave you alone in a call overnight then come back and Paul has befriended every inmate and is telling jokes?

That’s what happened with those guys! I have to tell you border security in Puerto Rico is awesome. It was a genuine mistake. I was more pissed for the fans. We finally made it there a few years later and it was fantastic.

There have been a lot of stories about you out there about your conviction (for benefits fraud) and your health and you wrote about addiction in detail in The Beast.

How long ago was that? That biography was a long time ago.

If people piss me off they get punched in the face. I don’t fuck around with people. You get some idiots out there and I don’t have the patience for them. So I have a bit of a reputation for saying what I want.

So in many ways you’re the same Paul Di’Anno from Iron Maiden?

A bit older, a bit heavier. I’ve never been someone to take any shit and I’ll come off worse a few times. If people are slagging me off — unless they have a good reason –expect some retaliation.

What songs from the back catalog do you enjoy most playing?

Since Clive (Burr, original Maiden drummer) died I’ve been dedicating “Remember Tomorrow” to him because that was such a blow. It broke my heart. I hadn’t seen him in a long time. I haven’t had a lot of time to grieve. Sometimes it’s really difficult to sing it. I love doing “Killers” and “Phantom Of The Opera” … they run into each other in the set. And we put “Charlotte The Harlot” back in the set recently.

When Clive passed my manager at the time sent me a text and I was stunned. I got on the phone with my wife and told her when was going on. Even now I find it difficult to talk about. I couldn’t make the funeral because I had to fly back to Brazil that day. I wrote a small eulogy, which Clive’s wife read at the funeral. I’m sorry, I can’t talk about it…

What are some of your best memories?

He was a lunatic. Me, him and Dave (Murray, guitarist) always used to go out together. And he was such a fantastic drummer; I think he was the greatest heavy metal drummer in the world. He left me in hysterical laughter most of the time. And he was the ultimate professional.

Are you still living in Brazil?

I’ll never leave. The people are wonderful and I like the weather and I’m a football fanatic, and I mean real football, not what you call football. It pisses me off that you call it soccer. I love the atmosphere. I like Brazil more than any country in the world.

You’ve been at this your whole life. Will you ever stop?

I’m going right to the boneyard — from the stage to the boneyard. It would be awesome to die on stage. But I guess you have to stop sometimes. If the voice goes out I’ll have to think about settling down.

Decibel Magazine 2015 Tour Lineup + Dates Announced!

By: andrew Posted in: breaking newz, featured, the decibel magazine tour On: Monday, October 20th, 2014

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The Decibel Magazine Tour has established itself as the extreme music destination of the spring, bringing metalheads a thoughtfully curated lineup that celebrates the genre’s proud and diverse global legacy. The fourth installment is no different, as Swedish melodeath legends At the Gates join forces with U.S. hardcore heroes Converge and U.K. death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre, with yet one more very special opener to be announced this December.

Last year, Decibel brought you Carcass’s first sustained domestic tour in five years, as the reanimated death metal legends introduced North America to long-awaited comeback album Surgical Steel. In 2015, we’re stoking fans’ salivary glands again, offering the first live taste of death metal icons At the Gates’ incredible 19-years-in-the-making At War With Reality. Presented by Century Media, IndieMerchstore.com, Nuclear Blast Mailorder, Handshake Inc., Lace Music, Deathwish Inc and Profound Lore, the 2015 Decibel Magazine Tour will slaughter the souls of North American concertgoers for 15 unforgettable dates, offering a bounty of extreme trailblazers making their best music right now.

“Super-stoked at finally getting to be part of the Decibel tour!”enthuses At the Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg. “A great mag, with great people behind it! And finally being able to rip out new stuff in front of a U.S. club audience? Sweet! The bill looks amazing, too! The most relevant hardcore band on the planet and the fiercest old-school death metal band on the same night as us? Excited!”

Four-time Decibel cover stars Converge continue to not just push, but outright obliterate the boundaries of extreme music, most recently with our favorite album of 2012, All We Love We Leave Behind. “We are excited to be part of this fantastic and diverse tour,” says frontman Jacob Bannon, who designed the tour logo and art. “For me, At the Gates are one of the most important bands in contemporary heavy music. It will be an honor to tour the country with them.”

Boasting present and past members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and At the Gates, old-school death-dealing supergroup Vallenfyre can’t wait to debut songs from 2014’s critically acclaimed sophomore stunner, Splinters. “This will be Vallenfyre’s first U.S. tour, and what a tour,” beams frontman Gregor Mackintosh. “I think this is the most diverse and exciting bill of any metal tour I have seen this year. Great to be a part of it. We will be injecting some British filth into your unsuspecting American ears. Cheers.”

We know you can’t wait to GO to war with this lineup either, so here’s your chance to score a great deal and avoid standing in line. There will be a number of VIP premium packages available in each market, providing you with a limited edition T-shirt, 18 x 24 tour poster, “Skip the Line” pass, exclusive digital tour issue of Decibel Magazine, a coupon for 15% off a purchase on Indie Merch’s webstore, and free digital sampler from Century Media. The price of this package is less than you would spend on a ticket and a tour shirt at the show! More details, including ticket info, are available at www.decibelmagazinetour.com

2015 DECIBEL MAGAZINE TOUR DATES

Friday, March 27            Los Angeles, CA            The Wiltern

Saturday, March 28        San Francisco, CA        The Regency Ballroom

Sunday, March 29           Portland, OR                   Roseland Theater

Monday, March 30         Vancouver, BC               Commodore Ballroom

Tuesday, March 31         Seattle, WA                       Showbox at the Market

Thursday, April 2            Salt Lake City, UT          The Complex

Friday, April 3                  Denver, CO                       Summit Music Hall

Saturday, April 4             Lincoln, NE                      Bourbon Street

Sunday, April 5                Minneapolis, MN            Mill City Nights

Monday, April 6               Chicago, IL                       House of Blues

Wednesday, April 8        Toronto, ON                     The Phoenix

Thursday, April 9            Montreal, QC                    Metropolis

Friday, April 10               Boston, MA                        Royale

Saturday, April 11           Philadelphia, PA              Union Transfer

Sunday, April 12              New York, NY                  Webster Hall

 

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Armand Majidi (Sick of it All) interviewed

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, October 20th, 2014

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** Decibel Hall of Famers Sick of it All know what it’s like to persevere. They’ve been around longer than most of us have been alive, toiling in the unsteady waters of hardcore/punk like strongmen of the Five Burroughs. Well, the legends have returned in the shape of new album, Last Act Of Defiance. It takes the Koller brothers and the rest of Sick of it All back to the group’s roots, the classic era of New York hardcore. Read on as drummer Armand Majidi rifles through our questions.

This new album, Last Act Of Defiance, is a return to the classic New York hardcore sound. Why go back to that sound at this stage in Sick of it All’s career?
Armand Majidi: We try to vary the songs we write, and therefore albums are also varied. If this one sounds like we’ve come full circle, then it’s because it’s still us writing the music, and we want to play to the strengths of the genre.

What is hardcore/punk to you?
Armand Majidi: It’s aggressive folk music that comes from passion and the gut, and the more honest and humble the musician, the better the song. It’s one of the only genres where technical musical genius doesn’t mean a better delivery. Anyone can be a part of it, as long as their heart is in the right place.

What was it like writing Last Act Of Defiance? Pretty easy or did you find yourselves searching for inspiration?
Armand Majidi: Every artist goes through dry spells, but this wasn’t one. I remember having much harder times with songwriting back in the ’90s. We write about frustrations a lot, and the world seems to always throw plenty of those at us. Maybe it’s because we’re older and have a keener sense of the matrix, but the blatant alliance between world government and media has given us a wealth of issues to draw from.

I hear there are guests on this record. Who are they and what did they do?
Armand Majidi: Joe from Wisdom in Chains makes a guest vocal appearance on the song “Facing the Abyss.” He’s got such a strong voice and sense of melody, that he adds a lot to whatever music he makes.

What happens first in Sick of it All? Lyrics or music?
Armand Majidi: Music. If there ever have been lyrics written beforehand, they’re always altered to fit an existing piece of music.

Sick of it All has always been about message. Do you think kids these days have unfortunately acclimated to the messenger, like Sick of it All?
Armand Majidi: It’s hard to say who the “kids” are nowadays. We see a lot of loyal fans who still come to our shows and understand everything we do. There have always been bands that deliberately write shallow, meaningless lyrics, which appeal to shallow people, or funny lyrics that appeal to the willfully ignorant. If it seems like we’re one of the only bands left seems indignant and discontented with the big picture, then music around us has stopped being revolutionary.

You’ve recorded with Tue Madsen before. What is it about Tue that makes you want to go back?
Armand Majidi: Not only do we get along famously, but he has always understood how to capture the band’s intensity in the quietly controlled, less-than-intense studio setting. It was always difficult for us to find an engineer who could capture our live sound before meeting Tue, so now that we’ve found him, he’s our guy.

Why did you record in New York this time?
Armand Majidi: We wanted to stay close to our families, now that three out of the four members have children.

What do you want fans to walk away with after hearing the new album?
Armand Majidi: I want them to feel that they just heard a hardcore record that has everything, from blistering speed to bouncing groove, to heavy and pounding to bright and melodic. I want them to see that there’s nothing stale about our energy.

What keeps Sick of it All going for all these years? Think you got another 10-15 years in you?
Armand Majidi: Who knows? It’s almost like the world has made us what we are, and not the other way around, so it’s more up to the world than to us. If we can continually provide a positive influence on crowds and future music, then why stop?

** Sick of it All’s new album, Last Act Of Defiance, is out now on Century Media Records. It’s available HERE on CD, vinyl, and in bundles with a t-shirt. Raise up!

Fight Amp Studio Report, Part II

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Positive and negative. Quiet and loud. Angst and ease. Can’t have one without the other.

This is a primary concept we’ve been working with on our new record and trying to incorporate as much contrast as possible in both the sound and the themes without steering too far from the sound we’ve previously crafted for ourselves. As much as we’re using this theme to our advantage, it’s bound to come through in the studio process. There are sessions that are easy as pie, and ones that send you home rethinking all of your methods.

We re-entered Gradwell House Studios after a couple week layover to clear our ears. We previously had finished all of the instrumental tracking, and I just had to go back in to track all of my remaining second guitar tracks and a few accent tracks for noise and leads and some other small nuances.

The guitar tracking was cake, and usually is, as the pressure is off and once I get a good tone dialed in I can blast through the songs in just a few hours max. My secondary guitar rig looked like this: Gibson SG > RAT > MXR Micro Amp > Musicman HD150 > Marshall 4×12 / Peavey Classic 100 > Marshall 4×12. Pretty basic tube amp rig through 12″ speakers. Sounded killer.

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Another short layover, and we returned for the most trying process on any Fight Amp record; the vocals. We’re consciously trying to move our vocals into some new territory with this record, so we demo’d the vocals and have been working every week in the space since well before tracking the music to lock in the exact patterns, melodies and harmonies we expect to hear once we’re in the booth.
We also used a technique we haven’t in the past and are running a second vocal track through a guitar amp to get some natural distortion and reverb in our headphones while tracking to give it a feel similar to a shitty practice space PA system, which is right in our wheelhouse.

Once we hit the first vocal session, it was obvious that it all had paid off, as Jon in particular, who writes most of the lyrics and patterns and does most of the vocal heavy lifting, was able to belt out a couple of our A side tracks pretty easily, and hit a comfort zone that he probably hasn’t hit before in previous sessions. I got in there and finished up one of my main vocal tracks and did backups on the ones Jon had sung and also had a pretty easy-going session, and after 6 hours we had wrapped up 3 of the 8 songs we’re working on. Definitely a productive outing, and the end product is something we’ve never been as stoked on vocally for this band.

After taking these home and sitting on them for another week, we entered Gradwell again to continue the process. This time we invited two ex Fight Amp members, Rebecca Burchette (who played and sang on our first LP ‘Hungry For Nothing’, and now plays in Multicult) and Patrick Troxell (who sang on our first 7″ and now plays in Creepoid) to hang out and contribute some vocals to a couple songs.

It was awesome getting everyone together and having them contribute. There guys are still family to us, and this was the first time we had this group of five people in the same room in a long time. We’re huge fans of both bands these two play in these days, and in fact, Creepoid was just visiting Philly for a few days after completing an 80 day tour, and we were somehow able to line up the schedule to get Pat in to contribute before they split for their new hometown, Savannah GA.

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So needless to say, both Pat and Rebecca killed it. We got exactly what we needed pretty quickly, had some beers and caught up, and then got back to work on the main Fight Amp vocals. But like I mentioned in the beginning, you can’t have an awesome session without knowing the struggles of a rough session, and now was the time for us to hit a few walls. Jon had some trouble singing the next song the way he wanted, so we moved on before we dug in too deep. Dan and I were able to complete our short parts in that same song, and then we sent Jon back in for another song, but he was having the same issues. Just not getting the right energy, performance or pitch.

Jon decided to cut himself out of the session and just pick up on the following one, and we were able to get a few more of my vocal tracks done. But even at the end of the session, we moved to one of my main vocal songs and I could not find the right way to sing it after spinning our wheels all night long. We started to get past midnight and had been working all night, so exhaustion was setting in and was getting harder to focus. Of course we found the proper approach for this song right as we ended the session, which should make it one of the easier songs to complete next time through.

So with the good comes the bad, and hitting walls vocally is something this band is certainly used to and is actually a productive thing, as we now know what DOESN’T work and basically have the exact method that needs to happen next time honed in. The next session should wrap us up vocally, and we can finally get to the mixing sessions that we’ve been so anxious to reach so we can start showing everyone what we’ve had up our sleeve. Stay tuned.

** Fight Amp’s new album is out Spring 2015 on Brutal Panda Records. Keep your limbs peeled for pre-orders and other cool announcements.

King Parrot Fly the North American Skies!

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, tours On: Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Two years ago, Aussie weirdos King Parrot’s debut full-length, Bite Your Head Off, unloaded itself on that continent.  Candlelight Records then released the album Stateside late last year, and the band of screwy-grindy-thrash-loving dudes have been flapping back and forth between land masses to support their renewed new-act status.

We had a chance to ask King Parrot about everything tour related, just in time for their Pittsburgh show (tonight!), and check out the list of remaining tour dates below the interview.  If King Parrot head your way in the next couple months, support!

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How big of a deal is it to tour North America?  How difficult is it to make the trip, have gear available, make travel arrangements to get to all the shows, etc?

For us it has been the next logical step.  We’ve toured Australia a lot off the back of our debut album Bite Your Head Off. It was only released in the US earlier this year so we are a new band in North America and its cool. It’s like starting out again, and because of the way we perform and our accents, people look at us sideways and confused. It was like that in Australia at the beginning too, we’re a weird band, its a pretty confronting show but at the same time it’s always light hearted and fun. The music is obviously pretty extreme so we just try and put on a great entertaining high-energy show, and not take ourselves too seriously.

Obviously a lot of planning goes into coming over here, so that’s why we’ve done extensive tours and made the most of our time here. It seems to be paying off. Visas and travel arrangements are always time consuming but essential, and we now have great people working with the band here in the US that makes it somewhat easier. We love touring and we just can’t do it this extensively in Australia, so we need to be here and hopefully in Europe soon too. We are focusing on the US and Canada right now though and hopefully Europe next year.

What have you enjoyed about touring with King Parrot?  What have audiences been like?

I think we all get along pretty well, we’ve had a few little line-up changes along the way, but the guys in the band now all loving touring. We are all good friends too, so that really helps. The fact that we get to travel around the world, play in a band and perform all the time is really awesome and is a dream come true for us. We’re very lucky and don’t take this opportunity for granted. The audiences have been great so far, we’ve played in front of 5 people and we’ve played in front of 30,000 people and I’ts always fun. We just try to be consistent every night. I’m hoping that once people know what to expect at our shows over here in North America, we can start seeing some really crazy stuff like we get in Australia. I’m pretty sure it’s not too far away; some of the audiences back home are insane. There’s been all sorts of injuries, ambulances, and blood. Lots of blood. Hahahaha.

How much preparation/rehearsal do you do before touring?

We rehearse a lot, and we tour a lot, so we are constantly working, writing or practising. It hasn’t really been too long between shows in the last few years so that helps us keep the set pretty tight. Recently we’ve been spending time writing our second album so it’s been great to get some new material together. We haven’t had much time to do that over the last few years, so it’s been a lot of fun. I can’t wait to start playing some of it live.

What equipment (musical and/or personal) do you take with you on tour?

We take all the basics that we would need like amps and drums etc. I usually have a few microphones, We take a bunch of spare guitars, strings, skins etc. The way we choose to perform requires spares of everything!

How long are your sets, generally, and what songs do you really like playing?

It all depends if we are supporting or headlining, but it’s usually between 30 minutes and an hour. Usually the best received songs and the ones we enjoy most are “Shit on the Liver”, “Dead End” and “Bozo” as they are the songs we have videos for and the ones people know.

What does King Parrot do when you’re not touring?

Any job that will let us go on tour whenever we want! We’re lucky that we haven’t really had to work day jobs in the last 6 months. But the time will come when we have to do it again probably. Hopefully not for too long though, we want to go on tour as much as possible.

What would you say are your primary heavy music influences?  How much hip hop influence do you think is present in your music (I think I hear it in some of the vocal delivery)?

There’s maybe a little bit of hip-hop in there, lots of old punk, rock, and metal influences, I like older stuff like Eyehategod, Poison Idea and Napalm Death and anything in that vein, many of our influences come from there. We certainly like to listen to and be influenced by a wide variety of music. Our bass player Slatts was playing in a country band until recently, and we have all had varied musical endeavours in the past, so we’re not strictly a metal band.

After you get home from this tour, what’s the next step for King Parrot?

We’ll be home in Australia in November for a short 6 show tour to showcase some of our new material to the audiences back home, then we’re back to North America for the ‘Punk Rock But Kinda Not’ tour with Down, Orange Goblin and Bl’ast on the west coast of North America. We plan to record in January and make a new video too, hopefully the new record will be out in the first half of 2015… then I guess we go on tour for a long time!

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King Parrot Tour Dates

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City

Venue

Oct 17

Pittsburgh, PA

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Oct 18

Allentown, PA

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Oct 19

Albany, NY

Bogies

Oct 20

Allston, MA

O’Briens

Oct 21

Brooklyn, NY

Acheron

Oct 24

Bryant, AR

M.F. Metal Music

Oct 25

Austin, TX

Emo’s

Oct 31

Frankston Vic, Australia

Pelly Bar

Nov 1

Marrnambool Vic, Australia

Your Break

Nov 3

Melbourne, Australia

Plastic

Nov 20

Sydney, Australia

Hot Damn

Nov 21

Newcastle, Australia

Hombre Records

Nov 22

Gosford Nsw, Australia

Baker Street

Dec 1

San Antonio, TX

Aztec Theater

Dec 3

Las Vegas, NV

House of Blues

Dec 5

Riverside, CA

Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Dec 6

Dec Los Angeles, CA

Wiltern Theatre

Dec 7

Dec Sacramento, CA

Ace of Spades

Dec 8

San Francisco, CA

The Fillmore

Dec 10

Seattle, WA

Showbox at the Market

Dec 11

Vancouver, Canada

Commodore Ballroom

Dec 13

Edmonton, Canada

Union Hall

Dec 14

Calgary, Canada

Flames Central

Dec 15

Spokane, WA

Knitting Factory

Dec 17

Denver, CO

Summit Music Hall

Dec 18

Kansas City, MO

The Riot Room

Dec 19

Oklahoma City, OK

Diamond Ballroom

Dec 20

Dallas, TX

Gas Monkey Live!

Dec 21

Houston, TX

Warehouse Live

Satan’s Coming to North America (the Band, Not the Dude)

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, tours On: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Starting tomorrow, rejuvenated NWOBHM heroes, Satan make a return to North America for a series of tour dates that haphazardly criss-crosses the continent over the course of the next couple of weeks in support of their new live album, Live Sentence. Recorded on their first and only tour of the colonies last year in support of their 2013 comeback album, Life Sentence, Live Sentence encapsulates a partial history of the band (to the exclusion of their 1987 album, Suspended Sentence) which spans back to 1979 with a variety of stops, starts, name and member changes made along the way. You, me, them, we all probably are most familiar with their 1983 classic, Court in the Act, but there are other studio/live/compilation albums out there and now the band is back and arguably better than ever. So, here’s your opportunity metal-ville. Who the hell (yeah, pun totally unintended) ever thought there would be the chance to see Satan live on North American soil? Do it. In the meantime, here’s a short interview with…actually, this was done via email and, come to think of it, we were never informed who specifically answered the questions! How very black metal of them!

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What was the reasoning behind going with doing a live album in the first place? Where was the material for the new live album culled from?
We just wanted to document our first tour in the States. The material is from the two albums with Brian and the early demos.

There have been many starts and stops for Satan since you first came together in 1979. What brought you back together this time around? How has it been different and what are you doing to ensure that past problems are being nipped in the bud as best they can?
We were basically hassled by Oli, the organiser of the Keep It True festival in Germany, for about five years non-stop to reform and play the show. It all kicked off after the success of that show. The past problems were caused by bad press, us naively listening to them and changing what we were doing. We were given the impression we were doing the wrong thing. The press is great now but we wouldn’t care anyway as we love what were doing.

How have the reactions been to your return? With nostalgia, reunions and the NWOBHM being big deals in metal these days, do you find the public’s thirst to hear the old stuff conflicting with your desire to write and play new material?
No, for us it has been even more successful since the release of the latest album. I think a lot of bands struggle to recreate there old gusto but it came natural for us. Unfinished business.

What do you think of when you run into or see the same dudes on the tour/festival circuit today that you saw in the pubs and venues of the 80s? I’m guessing that a lot of what goes on backstage is reminiscing about the old days, who dodged cirrhosis of the liver and bitching about ex-wives?
Yeah, there’s all of that. It’s great to see old faces from the good old days. We’re also getting to meet bands from the time that were fans of Court in the Act, like Death Angel who we are fans of too.

What would you say the demographic is at a typical Satan show these days?
It’s wide spread, but there are more new young fans than the old brigade especially since the release of Life Sentence. It’s so great to still be cool enough for young fans to listen to and love our music.

What are you expecting from this upcoming North American tour?
We hope more of the same like the reaction we got on the East Coast shows. The fans were fantastic.

Judging by the routing, it looks like you’ll be spending more time in the air than on the ground. Was this deliberately planned this way as opposed to doing a city-to-city circuit van tour?
No, it was just how the shows came in. We took what was offered. We have some nice days off in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle too, which is a real bonus.

Are there plans afoot to record any of the stops on this tour?
Maybe. It just depends on transporting the equipment; like you said we’re flying a lot this this time.

What did you learn from the process in creating Life Sentence that you’re applying to both the upcoming tour dates and future recordings?
Just like the festival name that started it all off….. Keep It True! It’s all from the heart and has nothing to do with financial gain or a lust for success at all.

From someone who’s been involved in both the pre-digital and digital age of technology as it applies to music, what have been some of the more surprising pros and cons about the way things are today when compared to the past?
Obviously, the cost first and foremost. The Life Sentence album is the best sounding any of us have ever made in any band but it was also the cheapest! The negative is that the sales aren’t there any more due to downloading. I think bands have there own voice more now though due to the Internet.

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Encrotchment With Eddie Gobbo From Jar’d Loose: Week 6

By: Eddie Gobbo Posted in: encrotchment, featured, nfl 2014 On: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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The weird guy in the GOTHAM commercials: Who is he? I don’t want to watch the show. I just want to know who he is. The Joker?

Eagles of Death Metal

So, we are six weeks into the season. I think it’s safe to say the Broncos are the toast of the AFC, even though I think Philip Rivers is the league’s MVP at this point. But what about the NFC? Is it really the 3-2 Seahawks? We crowned them as 2014-2015 champs after watching them dismantle the Packers in Week 1. Since then, though, the Hawks are 2-2, and–interesting stat–have given up just as many points in that four-game stretch as they’ve put on the board. That doesn’t sound like a team that should have a clear road to the Super Bowl this year. Even though Seattle has been there/done that, I’d have to say the Eagles are this years NFC team to beat six weeks in. After that 27-0 beatdown against the Giants this past week, a game everyone thought would be MUCH closer, it’s clear that Philly is clicking on both sides of the ball. Reminds me of the Seahawks last year.

When my boys in psych death metallers Pyrrhon came through Chicago this week, I hit them up to talk to football. Since they’re based out of Brooklyn, I was praying that these dudes would be Giants fans. I’ve been dying to discuss my favorite NFL coach, Tom Coughlin, with someone. But the Pyrrhon boys are Brooklyn transplants by way of the Philly suburbs, so I suddenly found myself with guitarist Dylan DiLella on Broad Street with a couple cheesesteaks.

For the record, I’ve been to Brooklyn a bunch of times. Never once have I seen or heard anyone mention anything about sports. I once booked a Brooklyn band where a dude was wearing a Charlotte Hornets Starter cap from 1992, but I think that was just irony. Dylan agreed that the Brooklyn music scene as a whole doesn’t give a fuck:

“Honestly… musicians I know in New York City don’t watch football.  Sometimes we even get made fun of for being football fans. I feel it’s just that the people we know in New York City just aren’t into sports. The metal scene in New York is on the artsier tip.”

I get that being from Chicago. But at the end of the day, even the hipsters here watch the Bearz with their librarian-looking girlfriends. If they don’t, we just kick their ass.

Anyway, if the season were to end today, the Eagles’ Chip Kelly would be coach of the year, most likely.  More importantly, it seems like Eagles fans are 100 percent behind this dude, unlike his predecessor, Andy Reid.

“I love Chip Kelly. Last year he surpassed everyone’s expectations. It’s a contrast to the long tenure of Andy Reid. A lot of Eagles fans hate on Andy Reid. That’s kind of how things go in Philly. It doesn’t seem like Kelly will get the same amount of flak. There isn’t that divisiveness there like when Andy Reid was in town. I think it’s because [Kelly’s] a very thoughtful, forward-thinking person.”

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If you haven’t checked out the Patton Oswalt film Big Fan, you should. It’s about a New York Giants fan who almost murders an Eagles fan, among other things. Now as a Bears fan, I know my rivalry bread is buttered with the Packers. I’ve always been confused on the NFC East and how they see their rivals. So, before I parted ways with Dylan, I had to ask, who hates whom in that division of his?

“It’s got to be the Cowboys. Everyone just hates Dallas. That’s pretty much what it boils down to.”

You know that thing called Thanksgiving? Well, Dallas and Philly clash for the first time this year on that glorious day. Dallas is currently playing amazing football, and the Eagles are doing the same. I expect these teams to be on a collision course until then.

Check out Pyrrhon here and buy their new album, The Mothers of Virtue, out now on Relapse .

Brownies Are Ready!

They look good. They smell good. They’re gonna be better than the cupcakes they’ll see the next three weeks. And after that, Josh Gordon is coming over to put weed in them! Somebody call the Playoffs and tell him not to ring the doorbell and come around back.

Making Out With Your Hot Sister

This week, everyone collectively cried when the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers game ended in a tie, 37-37. I hate when people throw shade on NFL overtime rules. They are actually unbelievably appropriate, and lead to potentially interesting scenarios in playoff races.

For example, say the Bengals are leading their division at the end of the season. What if the aforementioned Browns rack up a lot of wins and give chase?  Unless the Browns themselves tie a game this year (or Cincy does it again), the division will not be decided by any tiebreakers, only by wins and losses.

Also, lets imagine this scenario: the Browns have a half-game lead in the division on the last day of the year after they play their game and win. Cincinnati holds all tiebreakers. By chance, the Bengals game goes into overtime. If it’s half way through overtime and neither team has scored; wouldn’t it make sense for the Bengals to just try to run out the clock and play a prevent defense, making sure the other team doesn’t score, getting another tie and winning the division through a tiebreaker?

Also, the next time an NFL player says at the end of a football game they played in, “I didn’t even know a game could end in a tie,” we should kill him. Learn the fucking rules of the game you’ve devoted your life to playing! It takes two seconds!!!

You Weren’t Outplayed. You Were Out-fucking-fanned

Let me take the time to explain the golden rule of attending football games: If your team is playing at home and you are at the game, it’s your responsibility to go as apeshit as you can. Get drunk. Sniff glue in the parking lot. Whatever you gotta do. If you happen to play a team whose fans travel well and infiltrate your stadium, it is your duty to defend your house.

This week, the Raiders played the Chargers in Oakland. The Raiders fans know this year is over for them (they haven’t won a game yet). They also know that San Diego, one of the best teams in football, plays in the same state as them, and has loyal fans in a close proximity. So, what do they do when the Chargers come to town? Pack their stadium and cheer for the Raiders like it’s the Super Bowl. The Raiders still lost. But on the final drive, when the Chargers gained their final lead of the game, the stadium sighed in failure. You could hear a pin drop when the dust settled. A saddened stadium full of fans of their 0-5 heroes. This is why Raiders fans are great football fans.

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, something different happened. The Bears and Falcons entered the game literally in the same boat. They had the same record. They are both extremely talented and, thus far, underachieving, teams. To say both teams needed that win would have been an understatement. Atlanta’s huge advantage: the game was in Atlanta! So, what do the Atlanta fans do? You guessed it: show up and get muscled around by a bunch of Bears fans that live a million miles away. If you looked at the crowd during that game, you would have seen a lot of Bears fans. Probably about a 75/25 split between Falcons and Bears fans. You would have thought by the noise and crowd reaction, though, that the crowd was about 80 percent Bears fans. During the fourth quarter on a pivotal third down, Bears DEJared Allen started motioning to the crowd to make noise. And guess what, the crowd made noise and helped the Bears get a defensive stand. At one point, a commentator that wasn’t Joe Buck said, “Are we in Atlanta or in Chicago?” Hotlanta fans: You have a great team. If you can’t cheer at a game, don’t go to it. Your team needed you and lost several pivotal downs on both sides of the ball because you dogged it.

I knew the Falcons fans were softies. However, I thought I was hallucinating when I heard the uproar of cheers in Seattle this week when DeMarco Murray rushed for a touchdown to take the lead with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter. Then a couple minutes later I heard chants of “De-fense” on Seattle’s last drive. The icing on the cake was when Rolando McClain intercepted an over-the-middle pass to ice the game, and the crowd went ballistic. Dallas fans, the support you have for your team during thick and thin is commendable. You, and only you, thought your team had a shot at upsetting Seattle, and you repped hard in that hellacious stadium, proving you deserve every bit of your 5-1 record. As for you, 12th Man, you better check your people. Next time don’t show up with 10 guys and a blow-up doll.

Bad Times, Rams Times

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So, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher had a great Monday night. Not only did he roll up to a game in his home stadium honoring a St. Louis Rams team that beat his Tennessee Titans in the 2000 Super Bowl by a yard; his team lost a game they had an early 14-point lead in by giving up 24 unanswered points and a pick six to end the game. What do you do for an encore: anally rape his mother while pouring sugar in his gas tank?

Are You There, Austin? It’s Me, God.

Better Coach: Jeff Fisher or Gordon Bombay?

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Chug of War

And finally this week, I just want to say that I fucking hate hanging out with my friends’ bands from Boston. They always only want to talk Celtics and Bruins. WHY, WHY NO PATRIOTS?! When Boston’s inAeona came through Chicago this week, whooped ass at a show, and crashed with me after, we started talking sports. I immediately thought to myself, “Crap, here comes a conversation about Rondo and Chara for an hour.” When singer/guitarist Bridge Laviazar told me about an interesting article she read about Tom Brady this past week, I perked up like a rooster.

The article was written by ex-Patriots lineman Ross Tucker. Tucker tells an interesting story about Brady’s involvement in a beer-chugging contest back when he was on the team. Check it out here. It’s a fun little read because it shows Brady in a light that NFL fans frankly never put him in. Brady is the pretty boy of the NFL. He’s on the high-profile team. He has the super-dooper model wife. He advertises high-end watches, not Wranglers or Papa John pizzas. He grows a beard and long hair and we act like he’s playing a part in a movie. At his core, though, I’ve always seen Tom Brady as a badass. Also, the “pretty boy” persona I’ve always found to be hilarious. Is it me, or is basically every NFL QB a borderline male model? The ugliest one is probably Eli Manning, and I’m sure none of y’all girls would kick him out of bed. Unless you’re a Patriots fan…

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Indy -3 vs. Cincy

 

Decibrity Playlist: Obituary

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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When Obituary returned in 2005 with Frozen In Time–at that point, its first album in eight years–Decibel was still in its infancy. Fast forward to today, and we’re about to throw two tenth anniversary shows on Saturday night while the death metal legends are about to drop their ninth studio effort, the long-time coming Inked In Blood, later this month. Even though they won’t be in NYC this weekend to celebrate with us, it still seemed like a great time for each member of the Tampa quintet to tell us about some tunes they enjoy listening to. As you’ll quickly see, most of them first saw the light of day in the ’80s. After you check out their picks below, you can pre-order a copy of the band’s Relapse debut here (and be sure to read Jeff Treppel’s piece on them in our current issue).

John Tardy

Nasty Savage’s “Indulgence” (from 1987′s Indulgence)
We grew up in the same neighborhood as Nasty Savage. I remember riding my bike to Ben Meyer’s house just to listen from the road to the band practicing in the garage. This is the single biggest reason we probably formed a band and wanted to play metal music. At the time we had no idea what we were doing, we just knew we were having fun and going for it. Those first two Savage albums still have some of my favorite songs. We opened for them on a few occasions and to this day they all are still very good friends of mine. That was a long time ago, before Internet or even CDs. My first copy [of this record] was on vinyl and I can also remember blasting it in my car on cassette. Those were the days.

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Cold Shot” (from 1984′s Couldn’t Stand The Weather)
This is some of the greatest music in the world and though it is as far from metal as you can get, Stevie was one of my favorite musicians on the planet. His songwriting and guitar playing abilities made for some of the most brutal songs and solos ever recorded. I was lucky enough to witness him live just months before his death and he lit the stage on fire with his performance. Stevie Ray died in 1990. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 25 years that he’s been gone. Everybody should experience an SRV album at some point in their lives if they have not. I still find myself playing his music all the time.

Donald Tardy

Dio’s “Holy Diver” (from 1983′s Holy Diver)
This brings me back to 1984 as a teenager in the backseat of a friends car headed to a Dio concert. This is what made all of us want to become a rock star and what made me become a drummer. Vinny Appice showed me the light and at a very young age I knew this was what I’d become. It really was amazing to witness such a killer concert at a young age. Spoiled me. There was nothing like the arena concerts of the ’80s. This was the era of mechanical dragons and huge stages and production before any festival concept. I still remember standing as close to the front row as my skinny ass could get, watching as Dio swung his “laser-whip” and making shit blow up…the light show and massive stage! I’ll never forget that experience to be able to stand that close to my hero.

Savatage’s “Hall Of The Mountain King” (from 1987′s Hall Of The Mountain King)
One of the most talented brother combo bands to ever exist and still my favorite band in the world. Having the opportunity to grow up in Tampa and witness Savatage (Avatar) at a very young age is the reason I am in a band. I would sneak into back doors of clubs to see them live and we were lucky enough to open for them a couple times. Criss Oliva’s guitar playing was phenomenal and at such a young age. Better than most, up there with only the likes of Randy Rhoads in my opinion. Plus Jon [Oliva] is still one of the best songwriters in metal and has a voice like an angel and witch combined. With all the metal albums released in the world, I still find myself listening to Savatage. It will never get old to me. Good shit!

Kenny Andrews

S.O.D.’s “Speak English Or Die” (from 1985′s Speak English Or Die)
This album was definitely a game changer for me. From the opening riff of “March of the S.O.D.”, there was no turning back. This got me into heavier and more aggressive music and into other crossover bands like Cro-Mags, D.R.I. and Crumbsuckers. I had just gotten into Metallica and Anthrax when this gem came out, but this was even more aggro. The breakdown riff in “Speak English” is still one of my favorites and I still use it for line checks before we go on. Not only is the music great but the lyrical content of these tunes are still relevant to issues going on today. I love how it goes from one extreme with “Fuck the Middle East” to “United Forces”, showing the humorous side of this classic disc. In a world of P.C. idiots trying to do and say all the “right” things, Billy Milano had the balls to say what a lot of people today are afraid to and if you young bucks are easily offended, as Billy would say, kill yourself.

Mastodon’s “The Motherload” (from 2014′s Once More ‘Round The Sun)
I was a guitar tech for these crazy fuckers in ’05 and have been a fan ever since. I really don’t check out vids these days and the ones I have seen here and there mostly blow. It’s the same shit over and over, but Mastodon seem to always do something cool. Troy’s vocals remind me of Gene Simmons in his heyday and their music, totally original, gives a nod here and there to days of Rush and other classic rock bands. Brent is a total badass on guitar, always separating his playing from the rest of the norm. All I can say to the boys is “Ahhh Jeeez!”, you guys are still killin’ it!

Terry Butler

King Diamond’s “The Family Ghost” (from 1987′s Abigail)
King Diamond hosted Headbangers Ball one time in ’87 when the Abigail album came out. He debuted the video for “Family Ghost”. The format at that time was to have a different guest host the show each week. You know, back when it was watchable. I was glued to the set when he hosted the show. Mercyful Fate is a huge influence on me and I was loving the King Diamond solo albums as well. It was killer and great visuals. A well made video with King Diamond running around looking evil. I loved it. Plus its an awesome song from a great record!

Judas Priest’s “Painkiller” (from 1990′s Painkiller)
Judas Priest is one of my favorite bands of all time. They put out a few records in the late ’80s that were on the commercial side and the fans started losing faith in them. They hit back hard with this song and the album Painkiller! I remember watching the video in disbelief of how heavy and awesome it was! The production was amazing, the drumming was killer. They were back with a vengeance. Screaming for vengeance if you will. Having Scott Travis in the band injected new life and blood into the band. Great video!

Trevor Peres

Celtic Frost’s “Circle Of The Tyrants” (from 1985′s To Mega Therion)
Before I heard Celtic Frost, I was jammin’ out to Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, among others, but the day I heard Apocalyptic Raids by Hellhammer, the shit hit the fan. It was the heaviest, most brutal music that my ears had ever heard. To be honest, Hellhammer and the first few Celtic Frost releases are still some of the heaviest albums that have ever been recorded to date. If you have ever watched the video for “Circle of the Tyrants”, you will know what I am talking about. Are you morbid?

Slayer’s “Kill Again” (from 1985′s Hell Awaits)
Slayer! What more can I say? If you truly love heavy metal, you will have at least one Slayer album in your collection. Hell Awaits is overall my favorite Slayer album. It is their most raw album and they took what they did on Show No Mercy to the next level of heaviness. The song “Kill Again” is such a heavy song, lyrically and musically. It is a full blown roller coaster ride. Let’s take that ride. “Kill Again!”

*Pre-order a copy of Obituary’s Inked In Blood here

**For past Decibrity entries, click here