Theories spread deathgrind from Northwest to Chaos in Tejas

By: shane.mehling Posted in: featured, listen, tours, videos On: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012


Seattle’s brutalest, techiest, deathgrindiest band in Seattle is going on tour. Theories (feat. members of Samothrace, Skarp and Scourge Schematic) is ravaging the west as they head to and from Chaos in Tejas, creating fans from whatever audience members don’t thrash themselves to death.

They start in Seattle with a set opening for demi-gods Nasum and then begin precision bombing until mid-June.

Get a taste with these four convulsive tracks of blasting, systematic metal and check the video below to watch the songs turn to shrapnel live.

Tour dates:

5/26/2012 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Nasum, Black Breath, Massgrave
5/27/2012 The Shredder – Boise, ID w/ Germika
5/28/2012 Blast-O-Mat – Denver, CO w/ Veil Of Pnath, CTTTOAFF, Beneath, Kitezh
5/29/2012 Ernie November Records – Cheyenne, WY w/ Shroud
5/31/2012 The Pine Box – Midland, TX w/ Toxic Holocaust, Midnight
6/01/2012 TBA – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas
6/02/2012 TBA – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas
6/03/2012 Hotel Vegas – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Whitehorse, Cough, Batillus, Cross
6/04/2012 Zombies – San Antonio, TX
6/05/2012 Badlands Billiards – El Paso, TX w/ Ghoul, Toxic Holocaust
6/06/2012 910 Live – Phoenix, AZ w/ Ghoul, Toxic Holocaust, Landmine Marathon, Kiss it Goodbye, Massgrave, Sorrower, Abiotx
6/07/2012 The Lot – San Diego, CA w/ Ghoul
6/08/2012 Black Castle – Los Angeles, CA w/ Ghoul, Gravehill, Witchaven, Temple of Dagon
6/09/2012 924 Gilman – Berkley, CA w/ Ghoul, Forward, Opposition Rising, Fucktard
6/10/2012 Jub Jubs – Reno, NV
6/11/2012 The Green House – Concord, CA
6/12/2012 Oak Park Boiz House – Sacramento, CA w/ Napalm Raid, Black Sheep Wall, Name, Plague Window
6/13/2012 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Municipal Waste, 3 Inches of Blood, Black Tusk

STREAMING: “Toxic Waste” Split 12″

By: adem Posted in: featured, heavy tuesdays, listen, liver failure On: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012


We already had occasion to cream our jeans a couple weeks back in anticipation of this awesome Toxic Holocaust/Municipal Waste split 12″ on Tankcrimes Records, but now we have the pleasure of tantalizing you with two(!) tracks from said four-song EP.

This nut-busting coupling of two of our favorite thrashers comes in a number of different limited and not so limited versions that may or may not include a picture disc, glow-in-the-dark vinyl, a beer koozie, insert, etc. But if you want the details, you gotta go to here to Tank Crimes, where you can preorder it before its June 12 release.

Here’s the full track listing:
1) Municipal Waste “Trapped in the Sights”
2) Municipal Waste “Mourning Sex”
3) Toxic Holocaust “We Bring Em Hell”
4) Toxic Holocaust “Altered States”

But before we get to the actual music, here is everything we just wrote in the above paragraphs, only in video form, for those of you find our writing tedious and just want to stare at stuff moving around on a screen.

Now, you lucky bastards, here’s the big payoff. We suggest maybe a few neck stretches before revving these up. Shotgunning a beer first wouldn’t be a bad idea either, unless you’re at work right now. Other than that, just turns these muthas up!

Death to False Flexis

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, stupid crap On: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012


Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife is one thing, but a sexy little slip of tightly-grooved, undulating vinyl polymer? Altogether another.

Or so we’ve surmised from the announcement that Divine Metal Distro — “the premier online source for Christian Hard Rock & Heavy Metal” — and Ultimatum — proud instigators of several crown of thorns tattoos — are collaborating on a “limited edition collectors edition Flexi Vinyl Disc of their single ‘Heart of Metal’ from the album ‘Into the Pit’”…

…which bears a striking resemblance to the first entry in our own epic monthly Decibel Flexi Series launched back in January of 2011 with a major assist from — coincidence? — end time grinders Brutal Truth:

“You Should Know Better,” indeed.

Meanwhile, apparently driven semi-mad by Decibel‘s lack of interest in garage rock noodling, Jack White has taken to distributing his own flexi-single via helium balloon. Now his label is bragging about how one of these floated onto Ebay where it fetched a cool $4,238.88: “As far as can be discerned, this is the highest price ever paid for a flexi-disc record, topping out usual benchmarks from obscure Japanese hardcore singles of the early 80′s and Beatles fan-club Christmas offerings.”

Yes, well…White and Co. may believe they’ve reduced Decibel to the equivalent of the jilted pom-pom girl below by making the Beatles Christmas Club their bitch…

…but, aside from the physical evidence of our superiority, we’re gonna let our good friend Robert Smith handle our rebuttal:

Take it from this guy, subscribe now to get on the right side of history.

INTERVIEW: Storm Corrosion’s Steven Wilson

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, May 21st, 2012


A meeting of minds between Opeth’s big chief Mikael Åkerfeldt and Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson, Storm Corrosion is a down-beat, atmospheric heavyweight that is the sort of Weird Science fantasy wet dream prog-heads have been jonesing for ever since Wilson took over production duties on Opeth’s groundbreaking Blackwater Park. Their eponymous debut eschews any of Opeth’s physical mass, and operates outside of Porcupine Tree’s spacious musical universe, but there’s still signature DNA of both projects, and indeed a lot of darkness to trace it back to those responsible. The Deciblog caught up with Steven Wilson to talk about the writing process, and how cinema influenced the mood for the album.

There has been a lot of talk about you guys drinking wine and writing, but how did you get in the mood to write for Storm Corrosion, to get into the right frame of mind?
Music was the important thing. We both have a fondness for outsider music, or records that you might not call generic, on the fringes. Artists like Scott Walker, for example. Mikael is very fond of this artist from the 70s called Comus, very dark, macabre, psychedelic folk music – those sort of things, but also there was a strong influence from cinema. Very often, before going to record some music we would watch a movie, and we would watch fairly surreal, dark, fairly experimental movies, David Lynch movies, Japanese ghost movies, and these also set a tone for where we were going.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Mike Scheidt’s “In Your Light”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, videos On: Monday, May 21st, 2012

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So for his first solo album, YOB mainman Mike Scheidt has gone the way of Wino and like 57 percent of Neurosis and decided to showcase his sensitive singer-songwriter side.  This thing is unplugged all the way, and I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t the least extreme thing ever featured on this blog (well, at least since my Leatherwolf Lazarus Pit), but the dude is responsible for some of the heaviest doom metal ever recorded – so you can watch four minutes of him strumming an acoustic guitar in a sunny field.

Stay Awake will be released on June 12 via Thrill Jockey, and you can pre-order it here.  You can also catch him opening for his other band in New York at the Bell House on May 23, or check out the record release show in his hometown of Portland, Oregon at Mississippi Studios on June 29.

STREAMING: Deathspell Omega “Abrasive Swirling Murk”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, May 21st, 2012


French/Finnish combo Deathspell Omega have taken black metal to its most mystical extreme. They decline interviews (only handful since forming in 1998), are extraordinarily camera shy, and wouldn’t be caught metaphysically dead performing live in front of an audience. Now, most of this is conjecture. They may do interviews—with each other—and they may have a super-private collection of photos—maybe Mikko Aspa frolicking in the Finnish countryside—and they may have a little stage set up somewhere in central France, so they know what it “feels like”. But from our vantage point, Deathspell Omega don’t do what “normal” bands do. In fact, Deathspell Omega may not be a “band” at all. Just a collection of individuals with the same artistic vision. Alas, this quote (courtesy of Ezxhaton) pretty much tells you all you need to know. Let them create and they will create.

“First and foremost, we want to avoid at all costs this very human illusion of being important and gladly leave these fifteen minutes of fame, as Warhol brilliantly put it, to whoever wants them. In regard to what we are trying to understand and dare to praise despite the immense restrictions of human understanding, we are nothing. This being said, we are of course better than most humans, our humility lies on a metaphysical level. Eventually, it should also be considered that we honestly can not say how much of the artistic or intellectual impulses truly come from us, and which percentage of, for example, Si Monumentim Requires, Circumspice was conceived through or maybe even despite us. Claiming the paternity of a child with such odd and uncontrollable origins would be very vain, indeed, even if—at least—the credit of being an instrument remains. (“I shall descend in humiliation before Thee – And ascend before men only if thy will ordains me”)

Anyway, Decibel is absolutely honored to premiere—yes, premiere for all of humanity—the new Deathspell Omega song, “Abrasive Swirling Murk”.

** Deathspell Omega’s new EP, Drought, is out June 22nd, 2012 on Season of Mist. It can be ordered HERE, or face a deluge of Biblical proportions for not clicking on the hyperlink. Actually, if you don’t it’ll be OK. Just inflate properly and prepare to wear your favorite black metal swim wings.

STREAMING: Six Feet Under “Undead”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Friday, May 18th, 2012


“We want to get out there and pretty much destroy,” says Six Feet Under vocalist Chris Barnes in a Metal Blade press release. “We want to play to as many people as possible, and show all of the fans out there the new songs, and leave nothing but a trail of blood in our wake. We’re hoping that whoever makes body bags are upping their output, because after this record comes out there’ll be a lot of decomposing bodies out there!”

While we’re not sure if Barnes is equating the release of Undead to the unexpected decomposition of humanity or if he’s just stating the obvious (around 154,889 people die every day according to the CIA Factbook), we have to cross our Sanrio-fabricated hearts that the future ills facing his fellow man won’t befall the members of Six Feet Under, ’cause let’s face it drum madman Kevin Talley just joined, and, well, it’d be shame to have Talley’s quick licks appear on one Six Feet Under long-player.

Without further run-on sentences or random (but oddly relevant to Six Feet Under) factoids, here’s Undead:

** Six Feet Under’s new album, Undead, is out May 22nd on Metal Blade Records. Find your inner zombie (or zombie eradicator) and click HERE. And, trust us, it might just be the band’s best album since, uh, Haunted.

Our Bro-mance with A389 Continues On…

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, free, gnarly one-offs, uncategorized On: Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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We’re all about A389 Recordings ’round these parts. If it’s not the consistently awesome cover draping each and every release and their annual birthday bash show/extravaganza every January, it’s that they’re fellow proponents of the flexi-disc and that alongside every world-hatin’, religion-baitin’, humanity-despisin’ slice of holy terror hardcore they release, they go ahead and show their (drunken) human side by putting out the Thor’s Teeth live album which had Pulling Teeth playing as backing band to Canadian hard rock legend – choose your own definition of “legend” – Thor.

Another reason to love A389 is that they give the world free stuff. Like the stuff mentioned below. Which is free.

Official press release:
Baltimore’s A389 Recordings have just posted their 2012 label sampler online via a streaming/downloadable digital mixtape. Clocking in at 52 tracks well over two hours of music) the digital mixtape showcases a plethora of new and unreleased music from A389′s impressive and eclectic upcoming release schedule (as well as some classics from the label’s current/back catalog).

Featured artists include: Seven Sisters Of Sleep, Countdown To Oblivion, Ilsa, Ringworm, Homewrecker, Like Rats, Children Of God, The Guilt Of…, Anne, Pulling Teeth, Young And In The Way, Junior Bruce, God’s America, Hatewaves, The Love Below, Empire Of Rats, Shin To Shin, Sick Fix, Kill Life, Enforcers, Pleasant Living, Gravehill, Cynarae, Triac, Thee High Priestess, Nothing, Rot In Hell, Unholy Majesty, Integrity, Gehenna, Low Places, Pharaoh (NJ), Full Of Hell, Vilipend, Ancient Shores, Pale Creation, Chapelle Des Morts, Virgin Witch, Pick Your Side, Eddie Brock, Penetration Panthers, Day Of Mourning, Withdrawal, Trapped Under Ice, In Cold Blood, Mindsnare, Astronomer, Masakari, Wisdom In Chains, Mighty Sphincter, Earthride and Vermapyre.

To stream or download the A389 MMXII Digital Mixtape/Sampler visit:


And after you download it, you can do this:
Anyone who submits a link to a track-by-track review of the A389 MMXII DIGITAL MIXTAPE/SAMPLER will receive 25% of their webstore order (before shipping) refunded back to their paypal!!!

1. Offer is valid from THURSDAY MAY 17th, 2012 – MONDAY MAY 21, 2012

2. Make the effort to type something for EACH band. Tell us why or how much each song rules or sucks. If you just turn in a no-effort list with one word answers, we will give you a no-effort one digit discount: 0%

Here is a great example of a review posted by Liam at TotalTotality:

3. To qualify for the 25% refund you must post a link to the review in the comments section of your order. The actual review must be posted on a message board…blog…your facebook….whatever. Anywhere people can see it and check out the sampler. Please include a link to the A389 MMXII DIGITAL MIXTAPE/SAMPLER in your review so others can listen to it as well:

4. PLEASE NOTE: The 25% refund is not instant, but will be credited back to your paypal account the next time I am sitting at a computer. Be patient with me this weekend as I will be at the A389/Scion AV showcase in California. I’ll be back in office Monday. Oh yeah speaking of which…the A389/Scion AV showcase is this weekend! You going? RSVP here for free tickets:

5. Every order will get a FREE copy of A389′s MIDNIGHT MASS Magazine (while supplies last)

6. We now have A389 Patches in the webstore. Machine woven and diecut with iron-on backing.
Order yours here:

Here’s what’s going on in California this weekend:

And here’s Thor’s classic hit, “Keep the Dogs Away”:

Decibrity Playlist: Shadows Fall

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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Former Decibel cover stars Shadows Fall just released their seventh album, Fire From The Sky, on Tuesday. As Kirk Miller pointed out in giving the record his seal of approval in our June issue, the ten tracks have a little something for everyone, leading us to wonder what tunes these Massholes were blasting throughout the writing and recording process.

So we asked each member of the quintet—vocalist Brian Fair, guitarists Matt Bachand and Jon Donais, bassist Paul Romanko and drummer Jason Bittner—to tell us about an album he was digging throughout the genesis of FFTS. The result? Two records that we’ve inducted into our Hall of Fame, two that made it on our Top 40 of 2011 and one that led to this dude rockin’ the suburbs. As usual, we’ve compiled the band’s picks (er, most of them) into a Spotify playlist for your listening enjoyment.

Quicksand—Slip (1993)
Quicksand was always able to balance huge riffs and great vocal melodies in such a unique way. A perfect combination of crushing power and raw emotion. Simple tight songs, catchy hooks and monster grooves. What more do you need? (Brian Fair)

Crowbar—Sever The Wicked Hand (2011)
Such an underrated band. People will think they write heavy riffs until they listen to Crowbar. (Jon Donais)

Mastodon—The Hunter (2011)
Once again, this band never ceases to amaze me: the riffs, the sound, the heaviness. Brann used concert toms for Christ’s sake. I love it. (Jason Bittner)

Ben Folds Five—The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (1999)
Because he’s a goddamn genius. (Matt Bachand)

Only Living Witness—Prone Mortal Form (1993)
OLW was the most underrated band to come out of the Massachusetts hardcore/metal scene. This album came out on Century Media in 1993 or so. I think everyone in a metal band from our area has been influenced by this amazing band in one way or another. (Paul Romanko)

*Pick up a copy of Fire From The Sky here

**Photo: Roberto Chamorro

***We update one Spotify playlist for each new Decibrity entry, so feel free to subscribe to that here. Past entries include:

Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2)
“Best of” Meshuggah
Barren Earth
Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Thrash overlords Destruction still completely ruling after 30 years

By: shane.mehling Posted in: featured, tours, videos On: Wednesday, May 16th, 2012


Destruction, legendary kings of the Teutonic thrash metal scene, are continuing to thrash ’till death with their 30th Anniversary Tour. Almost halfway through, the band plays NYC tonight and then begins a furious march as they burn through Canada towards the west coast.

If you’re wondering if these guys are still doing the anti-lord’s work, here’s “Hate is My Fuel,” their most recent barrage from Day of Reckoning. And if that’s not enough, below that is a fair representation of what will be clobbering that pretty face of yours when you make it to the show.

The remaining tour dates:

5/16 – New York, NY @ B.B. Kings
5/17 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
5/18 – Ottawa, ON – CANADA @ Maverick’s
5/19 – Toronto, ON – CANADA @ Rockpile
5/20 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s (DESTRUCTION + VITAL REMAINS ONLY)
5/22 – Pueblo, CO @ Kim’s Pixie Inn
5/24 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
5/25 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
5/26 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro
5/27 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
5/28 – Vancouver, BC – CANADA @ The Venue
5/30 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/01 – Ramona, CA @ Romona Mainstage
6/02 – Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
6/03 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky