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STREAMING: Pyres’ “Year of Sleep”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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Yesterday was Canada Day! In order to celebrate that entirely meaningless (to us US-based folk) event, we are pleased to bring you an exclusive full album stream of Toronto-based swamp metal soldiers Pyres’ debut Year of Sleep, courtesy of Granite House Records. Proof positive that you don’t have to be from warm climes to ooze out quality sludge metal, the quartet fully indulges in ...

Cauldron: The Final Chapter

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: diary, featured On: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013


We asked Toronto’s premiere purveyors of “true, unadulterated heavy metal” Cauldron to keep tabs on the havoc and devastation left behind in the wake of the band’s epic America’s Lost tour and dudes did not disappoint. (See earlier posts here and here.) We couldn't resist beginning the third diary entry at Orion Fest before going back in time to earlier dates. Purchase Cauldron’s ...

INTERVIEW: Shanda Fredrick of Demon Lung on doom, horror and life in Sin City

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, July 1st, 2013


Demon Lung's debut LP, The Hundredth Name, is a doom album constructed around a grand concept. Yes, it is a doom LP that incorporates some of the genre fundamentals and takes its cues from Candlemass and Coven's ceremonial sense of theater, but lyrically it follows a tantalizing narrative wherein (loosely speaking) Satan's long-lost kid is cast out to Earth to learn God's tongue, speak it in ...

White Wizzard’s Top 5 Obscure ’80s Metal Albums, Part I

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, July 1st, 2013


By Joseph Michael (White Wizzard) 5. Savatage’s Edge of Thorns (1993) This is one of my favorite albums to listen to on LSD. Great vocals, guitars, and songs. RIP Criss Oliva. The solo on “Edge of Thorns” is worth the price of the album alone. 4. Marty Friedman’s Dragon’s Kiss (1988) This is the guitar bible. Period. “Thunder March” should be the national anthem. 3. King ...

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

By: dB_admin Posted in: a fucking parrot previewing new releases, featured On: Friday, June 28th, 2013


The masters of the macabre are back, and finally getting their due. AUTOPSY are dropping the utterly filthy The Headless Ritual. To be honest, they aren’t breaking any new ground here, but this is a pecking cool record. If you’re a fan of these guys, you will not be disappointed. If you’re not a fan, you should be. Their unique brand of stoner death metal is, well, unique. There are barked ...

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Greece’s Rejection

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, June 28th, 2013

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Because every day another band records another song. Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck. Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm. Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days) don’t know everything, Decibel brings you Throw Me a ...

Northern Exposure: Sanktuary Interviewed

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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Sanktuary originally hail from Whitehorse, the capital city of Canada's Yukon Territory. Look it up on a map and you'll see why, for that fact alone, we wanted to track them down for a chinwag. To say that the Yukon is a little out of the way is like saying it probably gets a little cold up there come winter time. As a lifelong city slicker, yours truly is always curious when a band comes out of ...

Decibrity Playlist: Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 2)

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, June 27th, 2013


To continue our celebration of the recent release of Construct, we asked Dark Tranquillity vocalist Mikael Stanne--that's him in front--to a pick a non-DT record that related in some way to each of his band’s ten full-length records (plus one hand-picked EP). Last week, Mikael's entries took us from 1992′s A Moonclad Reflection EP up through and including 1999′s Projector, showing where his ...

Strength Beyond Strength: The Midyear Report

By: Posted in: diary, featured On: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013


In January, we introduced readers to Jason Statts. The response to his story was overwhelming and generated quite the buzz in the world of the extremely extreme. We decided to check in with Jason a half-year later to see how he was doing, and if sharing his story changed anything. He was happy to oblige, and we're happy to publish a follow to Strength Beyond Strength: The Jason Statts Story. June ...

Sharon Ehman (Toxic Vision) interviewed

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews On: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013


** Sharon Ehman is a Toronto, Canada-based clothing designer and sole proprietor of Toxic Vision, a unique label creating one-of-a-kind designs. New collections, based off her interest in and love for metal as well as the supernatural, are available every month at the Toxic Vision website. Ehman's work has been seen on members of Watain, Turisas, Dimmu Borgir, Dave Ellefson, Behemoth, and more. ...