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

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

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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: justin.m.norton Posted in: diary, featured On: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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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

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** 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. ...

The Locrian Lowdown: Annihilation Edition

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, lists On: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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The new Locrian record Return to Annihilation is out today and -- perhaps predictably -- it's fucking awesome and epic and enthralling and, yeah, maybe a little nutty. Go hear for yourself here, buy it here, and check out the band's exclusive track-by-track listening guide below. 1. Eternal Return We wanted to start out the record with something that was different and unexpected from what ...

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM PREMIERE AND TRACK-BY-TRACK PREVIEW: MUMAKIL “Flies Will Starve”

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, June 24th, 2013

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New week; new grind, folks. . . And this one's a doozy, all the way from Switzerland and four years in the making. Courtesy of the good people at Relapse, we've got an exclusive premiere stream of Flies Will Starve from Mumakil. It is kind of ironic for a band who made their name with hyper-intense "blastcore" grind that their follow-up to the savage Behold the Failure should have taken its ...

Orphaned Land “All is One” Track-by-Track

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Monday, June 24th, 2013

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Orphaned Land doesn't have it easy. As the ambassadors of metal in the Levant and its nearest neighbors, the Israel-based outfit are trying to bridge an incredible cultural, linguistic, religious, and think gap. Through five studio albums, the most recent of which is All is One, they've tried to represent both sides of the struggle between Jews and Arabs. Have they succeeded? In some ways, yes. ...

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Lithuania’s AUTISM

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, June 21st, 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 ...

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Dean Swinford

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, lists On: Friday, June 21st, 2013

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Welcome to Tales From the Metalnomicon, a twice-monthly column delving into the surprisingly vast world of heavy metal-tinged/inspired literature and metalhead authors... Dean Swinford is very likely the first and almost certainly the last author in the history of Western literature to pen an epigraph comprised of equal parts Shakespeare ("Is not lead a metal heavy, dull and slow?") and ...

Posthumous, Post-Mortem, Post-Metal: An Interview with Sleeping in Gethsemane

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, uncategorized On: Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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I first experienced Fargo, ND's Sleeping in Gethsmane while on tour with KEN Mode. The scene was a show in the band's hometown and I remember expressing my enjoyment of their set to guitarist Brandon LaPlante, describing them as "one of the few instrumental math rock bands out there with some balls." Brandon must have agreed to a point as he very willingly allowed us to crash at his place that ...

Decibrity Playlist: Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) (Part 1)

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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If you've followed our print mag over the years, you'll know that we have quite an affinity for Dark Tranquillity, a love affair that extends from old (The Gallery was inducted into our HOF in 2010) and new (Chris Dick gave newest album, Construct, a glowing review...not to mention you may want to check out this month's flexi disc). So it was an obvious choice to ask co-founder Mikael Stanne to ...