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It’s About Time: Playing Enemy’s I Was Your City Issued on Vinyl

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, gnarly one-offs, listen On: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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This bit of news may be a week or two old, but considering the connection to the Decibel family and that this album is one of the unsung, unheralded, un-everything albums of the 2000's that you probably don't own but should, we felt it merited some more mention. Here are a few informational snippets from the official Earsplit PR press release: "Newly-launched, Detroit-based Corpse Flower ...

Thanks for Making the Third dB Tour Unforgettably Radical

By: andrew Posted in: featured, the decibel magazine tour On: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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We're still recovering from a long, drunken, ripping Sunday night in Silver Spring, MD, the last (slam) dance of the third annual Decibel Magazine Tour. Regional openers Coke Bust got their moniker hilariously plastered on the Fillmore's marquee; Noisem, Gorguts and the Black Dahlia Murder were in full take-no-prisoners mode; and Carcass blasted through over 25 years of classics in an ...

INTERVIEW: Iron Thrones

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews On: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Back in 2010, Scion ran the "No Label Needed" contest in which the car company enabled a band to "receive insight and instruction on the music industry from music industry professionals while recording an EP at the Machine Shop" (you can read more about it here). Minnesota's Iron Thrones came away winners and proceeded to put out The Wretched Sun later that year, which we covered in our November ...

Low Fidelity: Thoughts On Record Store Day

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: diary, featured On: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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As every Flexi lover and vinyl nerd knows this Saturday is Record Store Day. There's no one better to break down what it all means than our main man, Low Fidelity columnist and record store employee Neill Jameson. He is the brains behind the great black metal band Krieg and also survived years as a member of Twilight. They put out their final record this year. --- Record Store Day, ...

Sucker For Punishment: Return of Mega Therion

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured On: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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I don’t issue perfect scores to new albums very often. As Craig Hayes so eloquently wrote a couple weeks ago, positivity and over-praise is a plague in metal criticism, so much so that some publications so constantly hover in the 7 to 10-out-of-10 that a 6 is a negative rating. Ratings, to be honest, are so arbitrary, and I’ll actually let you in on a little secret of mine: whenever I have to ...

TRACK PREMIERE: Bludded Head’s “Rotten Demon Shit”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: exclusive, featured, listen On: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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As fun as it is to cover everything Carcass and At the Gates are up to, occasionally it's nice to shine a light on a truly underground band. Dallas's Bludded Head definitely fall into that category, scooping out unpleasant sludge with a tendency towards the minimalist. Their misery comes from a real place, too – singer/guitarist Nevada Hill has been battling cancer and the ravages of ...

Back From the Dead: Motörhead and Graveyard Live at Club Nokia

By: j.bennett Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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After getting sick and cancelling tours and being nearly 70 years old and generally scaring the piss out of fans everywhere, Lemmy finally emerged from his West Hollywood meth lair/Nazi shrine to play the first Motörhead show since last summer’s appearance at Wacken, when severe back pain and oppressive heat forced him to walk off before they could finish their set. Which makes tonight’s gig ...

Justin Foley (The Austerity Program) Pontificates on the 7″ and Noise Rock

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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By Justin Foley, DOWNLOAD THE SONGS HERE The Golden Era of American Independent Noise Rock (GEAINR) was the early to mid 1990s and the GEAINR Golden Format (GEAINRGF) was the 7”. At the time, putting out a 7” was a potentially quick and cheap way for a band to get people interested in their music or maybe to keep appetites whetted between full-length releases. (Today, 7”s are about ...

Czar Issues Decree: Top Five Godflesh Songs

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, lists On: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Intro-ing the full-album stream last November of the sophomore effort from Czar, No One is Alone if No One is Alive, our pals over at MetalSucks praised this ultra-power trio for "effectively straddl[ing] the line between precise tech-y metal and earthy post-hardcore" -- an apt observation we won't quibble with here. In recognition of Czar's gig opening for the legendary Godflesh at the Metro ...

INTERVIEW: Just Dave from Portland crust kings Nux Vomica on punks, preachers and 24/7 anxiety

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Melodic death metal, crust, d-beat, black metal, doom, post-metal . . . It doesn’t really matter how you label Nux Vomica because it’s pretty much impossible to adequately describe their wayfaring sound in terms of genre alone. Yeah we went for crust in this headline, but that was more of a convenient adjective, headline shorthand, and in no way intended to be a definitive adjective. Feel ...