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STREAMING: Grand Magus “Triumph and Power”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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Grand Magus grand magister JB Christoffersson said to us recently: "Well, in heavy metal the drums are extremely important, maybe more important than many people realize. There has been a tendency in “modern” metal to focus too much on a fat guitar sound, resulting in really weak sounding or fake sounding drums. In my experience, the fat guitar sound is a result of the combination of drums ...

KILLING IS MY BUSINESS: Licensing Specialists Jeff Gray & Sam James Velde

By: Etan Rosenbloom Posted in: featured, killing is my business On: Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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So, maybe your metal band ain’t destined for a multi-million dollar CGI family film. There are still opportunities to license your music for movies, TV and other audiovisual media. If you’re serious about it, you’ll need to cozy up to music supervisors (they’re paid to find the perfect music for a project) and licensing specialists (who pitch music for said project). For Decibel issue ...

Decibrity Playlist: Drugs of Faith

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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We presume they had some turkey and stuffing, but Drugs of Faith also celebrated Thanksgiving week by releasing the four-track EP Architectural Failures. The effort--the trio's first since 2011's Corroded full-length--is hopefully just a taste of what's to come as the Virginians are set to drop their next LP in 2014. In the meantime, vocalist/guitarist Richard Johnson (who appeared with Pig ...

Low Fidelty: F*%ck The Halls

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: diary, featured, gnarly one-offs On: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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This summer, Neill Jameson wrote an article for us that more or less took over part of the Internet for a day and even got some love from the late Roger Ebert's website. Neill -- also the creator of one of our 100 best black metal records (for Krieg's The Black House) has an open Deciblog invitation to post more record store tales as the spirit moves him. We're happy to have him return with the ...

Sucker For Punishment: Wait, the year’s not over yet?

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured On: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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If you haven’t noticed yet, the beginning of December has given way to the annual deluge of year-end lists, publication after publication, writer after writer offering their choices of the best albums of 2013. It’s completely overdone, but still something I relish to this day, as that perpetual desire to discover great new music never ceases. However, it’s easy to forget there are still ...

American Sharks Tour Diary: The Final Chapter

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: diary, featured On: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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Austin, Texas purveyors of kinetic riffage and uber-burly grooves American Sharks dropped a sick self-titled debut back in September -- check out a stream here -- and just finished up a tour with Clutch and The Sword. Bassist/vocalist Mike Hardin checks in with this report... Fri. Nov. 1st Memphis, TN We arrive at Minglewood Hall a little late...as usual. Two grandpas come out to help ...

STREAMING: Immortal Bird’s “Akrasia”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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As an avowed rodent partisan, I must confess to a certain dislike of our fine feathered friends – or, as I like to call them, sky vermin. And one that lives forever? Parrots already live for over a century; that's quite long enough already (sorry, Waldo). Despite their questionable name, though, Immortal Bird – the band – are much more appealing than their airborne brethren… well, to a ...

INTERVIEW: Craven Idol’s S. Vrath on taking the extremely extreme road towards eschaton

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews, uncategorized On: Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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A few months ago we had the pleasure of hosting the online premiere of Craven Idol’s awesome debut LP, Towards Eschaton. And it really was a pleasure, ‘cos this slab of apocalyptica is a total 100 per cent doozy. Released through Dark Descent in October, Towards Eschaton is a record that marks the Londoners’ evolution from prodigious black-thrashers to genre-shredding heavyweights, and is ...

Cyber Monday Deal: Get a FREE issue of Decibel!

By: mr ed Posted in: featured, free On: Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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If you're reading this, you're a metal fan, which means you rarely leave the house except to terrify neighbors and co-workers. Hence, this special Cyber Monday promotion is for you, fellow misanthropic recluse. Today only, if you sign up for a 12-month or 24-month subscription  to Decibel, you'll receive one extra issue for FREE. That's right, one extra installment of North America's ...

KILLING IS MY BUSINESS: Pixar Exec Tom MacDougall Talks A/V Licensing

By: dB_admin Posted in: featured, killing is my business On: Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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by Etan Rosenbloom 500 words an issue is barely enough to spell my name, let alone introduce an entire sector of the music industry in the monthly Killing Is My Business column we introduced in Decibel issue 110. That’s why we’ll be posting occasional interviews and supplementary materials right here on the Deciblog. The idea is to explain how people that make money through metal do ...