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Rock Out With Your Frog Out: Barren Womb Interviewed

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews On: Thursday, March 6th, 2014

deciblog - barren womb with frog

Norway's Barren Womb may have a blue plasticine frog as their mascot, they may have just set themselves up for a lifetime of ribbing by titling their debut album The Sun's Not Yellow, it's Chicken and a good number of their promo photos may have the general public wondering how serious they should be taken, but the duo of Timo Silvola and Tony Gonzahl do deliver musically. Said album is a ...

Soldier Under Command: The Testimony of Stryper’s Michael Sweet

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, interviews On: Thursday, March 6th, 2014


So many bands give the devil all the glory It's hard to understand, we want to change the story We want to rock one way, on and on... Hard to believe nearly thirty years have passed since Stryper frontman Michael Sweet threw down that gauntlet with a crooning roar on the Yellow and Black Attack anthem "From Wrong to Right." Crazier still, perhaps, that the band's 2013 album No More Hell to ...

Selim Lemouchi: 1980-2014

By: Posted in: featured, RIP On: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014


Metal musicians quote Nietzsche far too much, almost as much as they quote H.P. Lovecraft. Sometimes it’s for blatant and misdirected political purposes; other times, to add a veneer of intellectual heft to mediocre material. But when you consider the short life of musician Selim Lemouchi, one of the German thinker’s best known quotes resonates: "If you gaze into the abyss too long, the abyss ...

Life After Last Days: The Deciblog Interview With Bobby Liebling

By: Posted in: exclusive, featured, interviews On: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Pentagram / 2014

The hard road of Pentagram frontman Bobby Liebling, who has fought the real demons of addiction for decades, was well chronicled in the documentary Last Days Here as well as J. Bennett’s May 2011 cover story. While the film had a happy ending everyone knows that after the credits roll life continues. Hollywood doesn’t like messiness. Real life is about ambiguity. Liebling has struggled ...

Sucker For Punishment: Sweven Ways to Win

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured On: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014


Three new albums stand out above the rest this week, and what makes it particularly fun is just how completely different from each other they all are. From happy Germans, to grim Swedes, to avant-garde Brooklynites, this week’s Sucker For Punishment has got you covered. Power metal is the one metal subgenre that’s the most difficult to perfect. You have to create just the right balance of ...

EXCLUSIVE: Acheron Album Preview/Interview Video

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: exclusive, featured, videos On: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

ACHERON band photo

Waldo wasn't a big fan of the new Acheron album, Kult Des Hasses, but he's a parrot – what does he know? They've been doing their death metal thing for 25 years now, and they sound just as putrid as the day they were first spawned. Lots of guest players, lots of Satan, lots of gnarly guitars and charging beats – what more could you ask for? The accompanying video below even helps you ...

Decibrity Playlist: Cynic

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014


Just a quick listen to Cynic would reveal that Paul Masvidal and company probably have pretty eclectic musical tastes. Given that the band dropped its third full-length, Kindly Bent To Free Us, last month, the guitarist/vocalist was kind enough to pass along a medley of recent (and fairly nostalgic) listens. As he explains, "Playlists have been updated on average a weekly to biweekly basis ...

Interview: Rick Duncan of Portland bass-and-drum duo Towers talks weird sounds, perfectionism and practice room magic

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Towers come from Portland, Oregon, and have this awesome sound that’s a strange brew concocted of low-end bass hum and psych-stoner doom, post-punk and krautrock. There is a lot more in there, too. Putatively, it’s metal all right, but with a center so dark and heavy it can pull in all manner of outré influences and absorb them into the whole. To use a countercultural superlative: Towers ...

STREAMING: Savage Messiah “Hammered Down”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver knows his thrash ABCs. Formerly of Brit thrashers Headless Cross, Silver's built a veritable thrash empire around Savage Messiah, for which there are four neck-snapping full-lengths, the newest of which is the upcoming The Fateful Dark. Actually, on new album, The Fateful Dark, Silver and his fellow Messiahs embark on a more "mature" path (think Testament's ...

For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

By: andrew Posted in: a fucking parrot previewing new releases, featured On: Friday, February 28th, 2014


What up, beak freakz?  Notice the “z”? Yeah, I’m going nu-metal; a-parrot-ly it’s making a comeback. Nah, juzt kidding. Did you know there were two bandz named Portal? I did, and I’m going to review one of them. Oof. What time is it? Huh? PORTAL -- no not that one, the one from Sweden -- release For All That Is Damned to Vanish, and, as one might expect, it’s Swedish death ...