Encrotchment With Eddie Gobbo From Jar’d Loose: Wild Card Weekend

By: Eddie Gobbo Posted in: encrotchment, featured, nfl 2014 On: Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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Does anyone else find it extremely annoying when Bradley Cooper says “Baybee” over and over again in the American Sniper preview?

We Caro Lot (Saturday, 4:35 p.m. EST)

It feels like Carolina started their season this past Sunday against the Falcons. Arizona goes into this game like it’s another day in quicksand. The problem Arizona is going to have is that Carolina will probably put the game in their defense’s tar-hands. No offense to the Cards, but the Panthers made a way better offense look miserable last week. We actually even know who’s showing up to play QB for Arizona this week: the good guy, the bad guy or the ugly guy. I’ll let you decide which is which. Carolina knows whoever it is will be rusty, forced to play way out of his shoes and has no business beating them in their house. On offense, Carolina will run the ball, eat clock and put together methodical drives. When Cam Newton plays “his” game, he is very hard to beat. I’ve noticed that Cam’s game works best when Carolina knows they’re playing a team that they can control defensively. If they run the ball with Jon Stewart, they’ll probably lose, because Jon Stewart hosts The Daily Show and doesn’t play football. If they run the ball with Jonathan Stewart, only good things can happen. For example, a strong run game will consistently open up short completions to the most underrated tight end in football, Greg Olsen. Add a few scrambles by Cam, turnover-free football, and probably several field goals by money kicker Graham Gano, you have a team poised to roll through Arizona. Shout-out to Arizona, though, on a great season and a bright future.

Pick: Carolina – 4 1/2

Into the Pitt (Saturday, 8:15 p.m. EST) 

Well, for the millionth time this Saturday night, we get to see Stillers and Ravens in a meaningful game. This has become the NFL’s answer to the Flair/Steamboat feud of the late ’80s. Would we really want it any other way? Also, whatever you do, don’t watch SNL after this game ends. Just leave the house.

These two teams are both shells of themselves from their Super Bowl heydays. Don’t be fooled, though, because they both think they’re the same teams:  Terrell Suggs yelled during a press conference last week. Mike Tomlin stepped to a Bengal after last weeks AFC North-clinching win. Dick LeBeau is still parking in handicap spots without properly displaying the proper permit on his review mirror.  I really want to pick the Ravens in this one. I don’t like the fact that the Stillers may be without safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor yet again. I don’t like that they more than likely will be without Le’Veon Bell, who is essentially the most productive running back in football this year. It’s a testament to the Steelers that they produced practically the best RB and WR (Antonio Brown) this year. As for the Ravens, they have nothing to write home about other than rallying behind the Ray Rice issue and somehow miraculous sneaking their way into the playoffs. Joe Flacco’s play has been spotty as well. The Ravens loving peaking late, though. Baltimore will keep it close, and probably escape Pittsburgh with a win.

Pick: Baltimore +3 1/2

Indy Like Jenny Lewis (Sunday, an hour after you wake up)

Of course the NFL gives the lame game the early slot on Sunday.

Math question: Indianapolis and Cincinnati are an hour and a half away from each other. How many Bengals fans are headed down to Indy this weekend to catch this big playoff game? I don’t know the answer, but it’ll probably be enough to fit in a Megabus. As far as this Bengals team goes, they’re good. They’ve shown they can roll with big dawgs, especially in that statement game against Denver a couple weeks ago. But seemingly every time a game reaches another level of seriousness — much like that game against the Browns in Cincy midseason, or this past week against Pittsburgh — they can’t pull it out.

As for the Colts, I’ve been saying since the beginning of the season that my AFC Championship game pick is Denver vs. Indy. This team is playing so low to the ground right now, it’s like their Edgar Allan Poe listening to the floor, or whatever happened in that story. They’re escaping from prison by sidling against a wall so no one notices them until they’re at the front door. I know Cincy is burning for a playoff win, but it won’t come this year. And that’s not a bad thing, really. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are making it work with dinosaurs. Cincy is a team with some semblance of youth. Next year they could make some noise. T.Y. Hilton has a big game. Reggie Wayne, who lives for the playoffs, has a big game, and Indy’s D shows up against that questionable O-line of Cincy, all with a trip to lovely Foxborough dancing in their heads.

Pick: Indy -6

Buying Dallas Club (Sunday, when you start dreading work tomorrow)

Of course they put the Dallas game on last, so Jerry Jones can bite his nails all weekend.

First off, yes, Suh more than likely stepped on Aaron Rodgers’ ankle on purpose. So Suh Him! Suh is a total asshole, but please take in to consideration that Rodgers is also the biggest pussy in the NFL. He’s also the player who gets jerked off the most by the NFL. Have you ever tried to jerk off a pussy before? It’s very difficult. Suh and his Detroit D will show up for this game. They will also neutralize DeMarco Murray like no other team this year has been able to do. Tony Romo will, however, rely heavily on Dez Bryant and Dallas’ emerging answer to Wes Welker, Cole Beasley. Look for Detroit to come out hot and get an early lead in this game. Ultimately, though, the shit goes south. Matthew Stafford’s play can be neutralized without Dallas giving a full-fledged effort. This game is a really good warmup game for Dallas, who are going to need to play their best game of the year to win in Green Bay the following week. That said, something tells me Dallas is going to the Super Bowl this year.

Pick: Dallas -8

Visual Violence: Green Death Manufactures Evil

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: exclusive, featured On: Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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In only a few short months “Death Moines, Iowa” quintet Green Death will unleash Manufacturing Evil, the much-anticipated follow-up to the uber-excellent heavy metal melting pot that was 2013’s The Deathening.

This morning Decibel is pleased to present the cover artwork by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom) along with the following behind the scenes notes from Green Death vocalist Sol Bales…

We had sent Eliran a few ideas, but when we gave him the title Manufacturing Evil, he immediately tied it to a horror concept he had already been developing: A couple of hooded workers — or “Death Monks” as we like to refer to them — operating a machine that takes a head, impales it and by rotating it, makes sewing string out of the hair. They use the hair for string to sew their evil death monk robes.

We were all blown away — it represents the songs on the album extremely well. There is beauty and brutality in the cover art he created, and there are moments of beauty and brutality in the songs we created for the album. It’s going to be a good mix of thrash, doom, death, and a little power metal in there as well.

For more information, studio videos, etcetera visit the official Green Death website. Live photo by Graham Gardner.

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TMaFLH Update: Foul Spirits

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, free, interviews, listen On: Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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A little more than a year ago, we got in touch with a Kent, Ohio quartet called Foul Spirits who delivered some slimy sludge-death with an EP called Live in Fear.  Now the boys have finished recording their full-length album, called Volatile Versatile, and if you’re interested in the kind of redlined destruction offered by bands like Gaza and Black Sheep Wall, you should totally dig the frenzied string-mangling that Foul Spirits serve up.  We asked the guys how life has progressed since their last outing, and found out what adding a fifth member and recording the new album has meant for the band.  Check out the album and read their update below.

How has life changed for band members over the past year?

We are all older, but grumpier and angry as ever. We’ve experienced loss, and we’ve experienced life. And we’re trying to use the hard earnings the right way for sane minds and be stronger for it. As a group we have become more in tune with our writing and recording processes, and we are always hoping to further push our sound.  We have a new bassist, Austin, who is just learning the songs and getting attuned to how we play and write.  Hopefully we can debut our full 5-piece lineup in the next month or so.

Played any good shows recently?

Our favorite annual show is in our hometown of Kent, the Blackout Cookout which is hosted by the Outpost Concert Club.  There is amazing BBQ, great bands, and a few hundred friends; definitely something we look forward to every year.  We also got to open for our friends in Necrophagia this past February which was an honor and a blast for us.

Did you have any specifically different ways to approach the songs or playing style on the new recordings?  What went into this round of songs?

As opposed to the first recording (last year’s Live in Fear. EP), [when] Wally and Jeff weren’t around for the songwriting, this time around both of their influences really showed up in the songs. With the addition of Wally on drums during the writing process, Chris (guitars, main songwriter) was able to exorcise his more extreme grind/death metal ideas and push the band further in that direction.  All of us tried to avoid repetition, really focusing on honing OUR sound (whatever that is).  We also focused even more on the recording quality and tracking, we were very picky and tried to make everything sound the best it could.

Listening to any non-metal music that’s turning you on right now?

Chris: Sage Francis, Beastmilk

Jeff: Monster Magnet, Last Patrol

Wally: local bros/sis’ SexyPigDivas

Gabe: Gregory Isakhov, Jenny Lewis, Empires

What are Foul Spirits’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2015?

Tour a little less, hangout more. Take time to stop and smell the roses. Then write, write, and write to finish our new EP in time to track everything this summer.

 

2014: The Year In Guest Posts

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: diary, featured, gnarly one-offs On: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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There are 52 weeks in a year. Give or take a few holidays and medical procedures that equals more than 100 blog posts annually when you have slots on Monday and Wednesday.

There’s literally no way anyone trying to make a living could create that much original content (although Decibel alumni and Invisible Oranges founder Cosmo Lee tried). So, you look out to the wider world of the extreme to find contributers.

We’re very lucky at Decibel to have assembled a range of great voices who contribute to the blog on a regular basis. Neill Jameson was so good at pontificating that two of his posts went viral and he upgraded to the masthead. André Foisy’s yoga columns, which started here, are now regularly picked up elsewhere — and he is subject to the lovely metal peanut gallery.

Plenty of others have shown up. Immortal Bird’s Rae Amitay penned a column on drumming; Handshake Records founder David Hall wrote about his struggles to get Couch Slut’s album art printed. Exmortus offered us the first look of their shredding version of the Star Spangled Banner; the video quickly went viral. Fatality ice skated in red Speedos for Decibel‘s amusement (in a post that should have gone viral). Many guests provided their favorite riffs to the shredder’s studio.

Below, we’ve assembled excerpts and videos from our favorite guest posts. Thanks to all who contributed and read in 2014.

Fatality kicked off 2014 by ice skating in blizzards and ordering Fast Food — in red Speedos.

Neill Jameson gave us more reasons to hate Record Store Day:

Rules are made to be broken, right? This whole shebang is getting corrupted by people who line up the night before to grab the most wanted items, only to put them on eBay two hours later for the price of a down payment on a pony. We know who they are, too: always the asshole you’ve never seen before except for the week or two before the event who asks detailed questions about what you’re getting and can you break the rules and hold it for them? It’s the “my friend won’t be able to make it, can I have two copies?” sort of thing.

Marissa Martinez-Hoadley joined us in the shredder’s studio:

As an old school grindcore fan, it’s a foregone conclusion that I’m a Napalm Death fan. But, what probably isn’t a foregone conclusion is that Harmony Corruption is my favorite Napalm album. I really love the elements of death metal that they brought into their sound on this album. A lot of the riffs are really good. But the standouts for me come at 1:55 in “The Chains That Bind Us.” The entire bridge is amazing! I love the hammer-ons and pull-offs in the initial riff. It think it was a really creative technique to use in grind, at that time. Then the marching power chords come in as a great counterpoint after the lyrics. I’m humming it as I type this.

André Foisy of Locrian continued his Metal Yoga series and taught us about ujjayi breath:

You’re on the road and you’re late for your next show because you woke up late after partying too hard. You’ve been on the road for days and you’ve been eating nothing but potato chips, ranch flavored sunflower seeds, gas station coffee and Taco Bell. You’re feeling crappy and everyone in the van is cranky.

André has been there.

Here’s one tool that I utilize to feel my best on tour: ujjayi breath. It’s the foundation of many yoga poses. So it’s important that we discuss this breathing technique before moving on to any other poses.

Many people find this type of breathing to be calming as well as energizing. I find that it’s good for quieting your brain, relieving anxiety, and helping create a hospitable environment in your brain when you tour.

Rae Amitay of Immortal Bird wrote My Kit: Meditations on Drumming (and later appeared in Metal Muthas):

I headed into my first lesson with Pat Lash at Twinbrooke Music, unsure of what was to come. After covering the bases (“This is a snare drum. This is a hi-hat.”) we were ready to play. Pat knew I felt confined by the numbing repetition and theory-based curriculum of my piano lessons, so after going over a healthy number of rudiments and rhythms, he asked me if I wanted to play a song. As “Gimme Shelter” began to play, my stomach turned. What was I going to play once the drums kicked in? “Just follow me,” Pat said, as he began playing a simple 4/4 groove. I followed suit, hesitantly at first, but then something happened. I locked in with the beat, and I fell in love.

Caroline Harrison discussed how she created the cover art for Pyrrhon’s Mother Of Virtues:

When starting a piece, I usually draw out a few rough thumbnails, or small sketches. They’re like visual notes that record your idea, and mine often look incredibly crude. I also spend a lot of time in my sketchbook drawing studies of images I intend to use (see above). Google images is invaluable in finding reference images of textures or forms — I can’t count the number of cockroach pictures I looked at, or the number of image searches I did for different types of tumors. One search led to another: tumors caused by echinococcus multilocularis (a type of tapeworm) in rats were a beautiful and translucent pale yellow, punctuated by red arteries. The cancerous growth on a smoker’s neck was at once horrifying and arresting, both vividly pink and red. I filled pages with different ways of rendering colors and shapes.

Mike Hill of Tombs reminded us why we liked Fight Club before media oversaturation:

Fighting is one of the most extreme, visceral things that you can engage in. The Buddhists speak about “being in the moment.” Fighting places you in the moment, every time, connected to the physical world. Connecting to the physical world, breaking away from the world of abstraction, is what the nameless protagonist needs. That first fight, on the first night is where the nameless protagonist faces his own limitations and transcends them. He forces change by blowing up his condo and all of his material possessions, including his DKNY shoes, CK shirts, AX ties and engages in a mission of bottoming out.

Neill Jameson wrote about working at Castle Dracula on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey.

One thing “The Jersey Shore” got right was the instinctual urge of the intoxicated frat boy to strike whoever is near them, usually the closest female. You’d also get the guy who was an impossible mountain of a man: thousands of years ago people would have written poems about how he carried six horses upstream during a flood to save a village. Yet this his man will scare easily in a castle made out of stucco on the boardwalk. He will also throw a haymaker that will have you planning your coworker’s funeral before they hit the ground.

Exmortus played an incredible version of the Star Spangled Banner. This post quickly (and deservedly) went viral.

Neill Jameson signed off from his record store job (he also got upgraded from the blog to the masthead and has a monthly column renamed Low Culture).

Much to the delight of casual record shoppers in the southern New Jersey region, I recently finished my tour of duty after four years.
Working in a record store can be a great thing. You’re surrounded by music all day and that’s all you focus on. But like anything it can burn you out. You see issues with certain people’s ethics when it comes to things like bootlegs (i.e. “unofficial imports”) or if you see stores selling rewrapped promo CDs as new. You deal with customers who may be having the worst day of their lives and didn’t mean to get shitty with you but it doesn’t matter.

David Hall of Handshake Records wrote about his difficulties in getting the Couch Slut album art printed.

Now, I’m not going to pretend to speak for the band or their logic for wanting to use this image, and the other images from the same artist that make up the design and artwork for the album. Personally, I think the drawing and design works. It’s a drawing of a woman giving a blowjob. You can make up your own “narrative” regarding the image, but on the surface, it’s a drawing of a sexual act, plain and simple. Is this something that should be on the cover of an album? Is it offensive? Is it inappropriate? Is it shocking for the sake of being shocking? I mean, yeah, I don’t think the album is appropriate or children to look at, but other than that, it is what it is.

Track Premiere: Black Pussy, “Butterfly”

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured, uncategorized On: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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When you name your band Black Pussy you’d better tread carefully, and to their credit the Portland band has made it crystal clear why they chose to call themselves that. Drawing inspiration from the original title of The Rolling Stones’ classic “Brown Sugar” Black Pussy states on their Facebook page, “Black Pussy does not condone or endorse any sexism, racism, ageism, violence, or any other douchebaggery that has been spoiling the party sin the party started.”

If anything, these guys do know how to channel the spirit of the original song, having developed a wonderful knack for hard-driving, blues-based heavy rock ‘n’ roll. Drawing from the likes of Kyuss, Fu Manchu, and Monster Magnet, the band takes that ’90s stoner rock sound and takes the WABAC Machine to 1968, adding healthy doses of psychedelia and badass rock ‘n’ roll to their sound. It’s an irresistible combination, and it all comes into full bloom on the forthcoming album Magic Mustache, which is due on February 17.

In the meantime we’re pleased to premiere the song “Butterfly”, a spaced-out desert scorcher that should make Josh Homme and Dave Wyndorf nod in approval. Turn on, tune in, and drop way, way out with this lysergic little number.

NEW YEAR’S EVIL: Best Bandcamp Finds from 2014

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, free, listen On: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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It’s been a while since I’ve recommended awesomeness available on the Bandcamp download service, and since a draconian new VAT policy goes into effect in Europe on January 1, this might be your last chance to grab some of these before shit gets wonky. Here’s a random assortment of awesome downloadable metal so you can ring in the new year with a shotgun blast.

Olde – I

You know the great thing about sludge metal? It doesn’t have to be original; it just has to hit hard. Olde do just that. Like Down in their downer mode, their southern doom rumbles in the most satisfying way possible. It’s not just the southeast that they visit, however – these eight songs show a clear mastery of desert groove.

Petrychor – Makrokosmos

I get the feeling that this is what people were expecting Wolves in the Throne Room’s Celestite to sound like, and expertly woven mix of 70s ambient excellence and spacefaring black metal. This release, their second, does both equally well, combining the sound of the netherworld and synthesizer soundscapes to paint a picture of a vast, uncaring universe. Good stuff.

Sterilizer – Sterilizer

Industrial may have been boring for a long time, but it’s far from dead. One man demolition squad Brandon Duncan avoids vocals entirely, so no overused Burton C. Bell bark here. Instead, you get eight instrumentals of mechanized death to tide you over during those cold post-apocalyptic nights. If nothing else, it will tide you over until the rights to Terminator revert back to James Cameron.

Bongripper – Miserable

Boy, is the title of this one not misleading. When put together, the song titles form the phrase “endless descent into ruin,” so, you know. While not the ABSOLUTE doomiest of doom (there’s still some serious stoner swing in their slow-paced forced march across the bottom of the Marianas trench), the three incredibly long songs here beat you to death with repetitious bludgeoning riffs while still mixing things up enough to hold your attention. A really impressive exercise in sustained soul compression.

Gatekrashör – Gatekrashör

Canadian speed metal. YES.

When the Pain Goes Marching In: Theologian Premiere!

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: exclusive, featured On: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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This is one day you most assuredly do not want to be canonized: We’ve got an exclusive premiere courtesy the Decibel noise special issue-approved sonic nightmare factory that is Theologian, and good goddamn does this track from the band’s upcoming two disc set Pain of the Saints — out January 7 on Malignant Records — deliver a powerful emotional/physical blow.

“Dread and tension usually play a major role in my work,” Theologian mastermind Lee Bartow tells Decibel.”‘You Are the End of the World’ was created from a live improv session with Fade Kainer and Matt Slagle, and there was no specific plan. We just got together at Fade’s old rehearsal space — Matt on synth, Fade on drums, and myself on vocals. We’ve been working together in various capacities on and off for over a decade so it’s very easy for us to fall upon a similar sonic plateau.”

Go ahead and gird those loins for a taste of what very well may be the dissonant post-rock event of 2015…

2014: The Year In Deciblog Interviews

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, December 29th, 2014

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It’s instructive to look back at a collection of work over the course of a year. During 2014 we’ve endeavored to get you as many interviews we could on Mondays and Wednesdays in addition to streaming tracks, which are sort of a default necessity in music writing these days.

If you take a look you’ll see people from all walks of the extremely extreme universe: up-and-coming bands; veterans who say they’ll never quit touring; politically active Satanists; punk legends and key players in one of the biggest dustups in the metal scene this year (accusations that Inquisition is a Nazi band). We’re also pretty sure we conducted the only in-person interview with Pentagram legend Bobby Liebling this year, a chat in the band’s van aided by several packs of Fig Newtons.

Without futher adieu, here are quips from some of the interviews we’ve presented and links to the full reads; here’s to many more in the forthcoming year. On Wednesday, we’ll share our favorite work from special Deciblog contributors in 2014.

Photo courtesy of Raymond Ahner.

Brian Werner (Vital Remains) on the campaign to put a Baphomet statue at the Oklahoma State Capitol as part of our At War With Sooners coverage.

I always hope for the best and plan for the worst. I like to set myself up for win-win situations. If this goes up, we win. If it doesn’t, those Ten Commandments are coming down and we win. We are setting a precedent, and everyone is applying for monuments now. Even if they ignore us, the Hindu monument or the Islam monument are coming right behind us. It’s like kindergarten; the whole class gets a cookie or no one gets a cookie.

Paul Masvidal (Cynic) on his other life writing music for pop stars and Hollywood:

I moved here in 1996. I was a student at Musician’s Institute. A faculty member knew Terri Nunn from Berlin, the pop band from the 80s. She played her some stuff I was doing and Terri loved it. That was my big welcome to LA moment. Suddenly, I was writing songs with Terri Nunn. The big leap into TV work was a neighbor who lived next to my brother’s apartment building. She was a junior agent at CAA and is now an agent. She worked with film and TV composers. I approached her and said I wanted to get my foot in the door. She hooked me up with one of her clients. At first I was getting coffee but after he learned I had chops and could play he brought me in as a musician. Pretty soon, I was immersed in session work for network TV.

Bobby Liebling in his sole 2014 interview on his life after the documentary Last Days Here and separation from his wife:

I watch movie after movie after movie and won’t run out in the lifetime I have left. I get up in whatever hotel or state I’m in and watch. I live the entire year in hotels and want to go home real bad. I’m hoping maybe when this tour finishes I can go home. I don’t remember why we separated. It was a big verbal argument or something like that. It happens. So it’s been very low and I have been depressed. I spent this anniversary alone in a hotel room, crying. Our anniversary is Thanksgiving. We got married on the same day, the 25th of November, four plus years ago. This year I was totally alone in a hotel for Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, New Year’s sitting in a hotel. I don’t have friends and don’t give a damn. If you have three (friends) you can count on that’s a lot.

Shitfucker on their favorite Venom records, their hilarious video and high school:

I think at least two of us graduated. It was like the movie Rock And Roll High School but if Shitfucker was The Ramones and all of the other students had Down’s Syndrome. That’s the closest thing I can relate it to. Ripping it up on top of the desks in a special ed classroom.

Tesco Vee on the first Meatmen track in two decades, which we premiered on April Fool’s Day:

“Dinosaur” was conceived and practiced with the 1996 line up and has been bouncing around in my cranium like a rabid parakeet for all those years until now. It’s autobiographical in nature and full of male-oriented-aggressive rock bravado, and self aggrandizing sarcasm…and as much piss n’ vinegar as any Meat track should possess. I am from the Mesozoic era of punk rock after all and I’m still slingin’ the meat after 35 fucking years. The song says it best: “Still the King Of The Crass…Still up here teachin’ the class…30 years of loogie slingin’… if ya still don’t dig my singin’ FACEPLANT! And ANALINGUS MY ASS!”

Reformed white supremacist Daniel Gallant on the Inquisition controversy:

First, I never went after Inquisition. I pushed on a lot of different bands, the majority in Canada, including black metal bands with non-white guys. The whole purpose isn’t specific to black metal. This isn’t about outing black metal. It’s about a larger problem: complicity is the main perpetrator in extremism. People that maintain and disseminate these ideas allow it to become acceptable

Dani Filth on his daughter’s musical tastes, that infamous tee-shirt and haunted houses:

I think I’ve seen a few. I saw a woman on a bridge who disappeared. We used to live in the house I mentioned. The house was split into three properties and was pink. You might laugh — “Dani lived in a pink house” — but it’s Suffolk pink. It was made by mixing paint with pig’s blood. My wife would sleep in the front room. She swears to God that she woke up and it was absolutely freezing and she could see her breath. She was frightened and hid for an hour. The cats went crazy there. We had a cat called Lilith who would sit and look straight into a corner and hiss. We had friends who came over who saw shadow people walking around.

Jamie Myers on Sabbath Assembly, motherhood and her time working at a Whole Foods:

The job was 40-plus hours a week and I didn’t have a car like a lot of folks. I relied on public transportation and my bicycle. We practiced three times a week in the city. I’d get up at 5 a.m. and go to work and immediately go to practice after. There wasn’t a lot of down time. Looking back, it probably kept me out of trouble. A lot of people get into the bar scene and party hard but there wasn’t any time for that. I went out there for a purpose: to learn this incredible music. That band became my family and my social outlet. But it was hard because I was stretching to support myself, do well at work and live out there. For someone coming from Texas the cost of living was very challenging. But I like to think I rose to the occasion. I was able to maintain a somewhat comfortable life.

Lord Worm on teaching English, academic conferences and changes in his writing:

The switch from personal to global terror? It was the logical choice. When I was writing for Cryptopsy in the early days like one or two bands were doing the whole serial killer motif: Cannibal Corpse and maybe two others. I was one of the few and the proud. Then, everyone started doing it, even grindcore and black metal bands. Everyone was doing the serial killer thing. I needed a new shtick.

Nicholas Wolf (The Proselyte) on recording in a blizzard and 90s music:

There’s a stigma to that music so when the comparisons do come they can be a deterrent. But I’m 31 and grew up with that stuff and you can’t take away what you listened to. I learned to play guitar from Superunknown and it does affect how I write a guitar lead. I only worry that there is a stigma in that I don’t want people to think it sucks (laughs).

Paul Di’Anno on life long after Iron Maiden and border crossings:

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).

Athenar of Midnight on Cleveland, songwriting and Men At Work:

The first record isn’t bad. They have a song called “Overkill” on the Cargo album and if a band calls a song “Overkill” they can’t be that bad. There’s Motorhead’s “Overkill” and Men At Work. You pick which one you think is the best.

Boddicker on guns, drugs and band comparisons:

Well, nothing has driven us nuts because no one has said anything shitty. But it’s like some people don’t get it. Our first demo reviewed in Decibel got compared to Man Is The Bastard, Infest and Spazz. And it’s just like — those three bands don’t sound anything alike? I wouldn’t say that’s where we’re coming from but it’s all subjective.

Craig Setari of Sick Of It All on the evolution of moshing:

There were so many wild shows back in the 80s. When I played in Youth Of Today the shows were crazy. It’s hard for me to talk about specific things but I’ve seen lights getting ripped out of ceilings, ceilings caving in and collapsing, PAs getting knocked over. That sort of stuff used to happen all the time. Of course, sometimes people get hurt. There was a show in Savannah in the late 80s where a guy was shooting off a shotgun … shooting trees, shooting out car windows. At the bar, people were playing Russian Roulette! And then when the cops came, they knew the guy with the shotgun so they went and had a couple of shots of whiskey with them! All this shit went on over the years. I’ve also seen the horrible side of it – people breaking their necks or getting stabbed. I never want to see people get hurt at a show.

STREAMING: Dysangelium “Thánatos Áskēsis”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, December 29th, 2014

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When we premiered Dysangelium’s “Ave Obscuritas Incarna” little over a month ago, faces melted and religions faltered (HERE). Well, Decibel and WTC Productions are hoping for a full skeletal collapse and for a great earthquake to swallow the Vatican whole after we premiere Dysangelium’s new album, Thánatos Áskēsis.

“Every time we start working on new material the situation is different,” says Sektarist 0 of Dysangelium’s writing process. “Sometimes it starts with somebody bringing an idea for a riff to the rehearsal, or ideas coming up just during jamming. Sometimes there is already a whole song written at home. In every case we rehearse a lot and do some changes until we’re satisfied with the atmosphere. It’s usually a process, that’s taking weeks or even months and sometimes it’s just one night in the rehearsal room.”

Now, if you’re wondering what “Dysangelium” means, it’s this: bad or terrible tidings. Nietzsche discussed “Dysangelium” a bit (HERE).

But back to Thánatos Áskēsis. There are few bands able to convey the corruption of self and soul like the Kiel-based black metallers. Parallels can be drawn to Deathspell Omega, Watain, Valkyjra, and fellow Germans Ascension, but Dysangelium are a unique entity unto themselves. There’s a sense of structures—holy structures—falling apart, of evil peering through the great void, its red eye all-seeing, all-penetrating.

It’s the last Monday of 2014. Make count with Dysangelium!

** Dysangelium’s new fiery album, Thánatos Áskēsis, is out NOW on WTC Productions. Those who want to get right with God the wrong way can order the album HERE.

Quench Your “Eternal Thirst”: Darkness Divided Premiere!

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: exclusive, featured On: Monday, December 29th, 2014

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A few months back we hosted the full stream of Written In Blood, the much-acclaimed debut from Darkness Divided, and today the San Antonio quartet returns to the Deciblog to world premiere the video for “Eternal Thirst.” Get into it.