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Sucker For Punishment: An Anti-Top Five

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured, uncategorized On: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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It’s become fashionable on social media to complain about the sheer volume of year-end music lists that appear every December, and certainly more and more seem to surface every year, but to be honest I love year-end lists, and I try to read every one I come across. The excitement of discovering great new music is what drives me in this freelance writing work, and not only am I interested in ...

In League with Santa: A Metal Holiday Gift Guide

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, listen, stupid crap, videos On: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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If you’re like me, you’re super lazy and wait until the last minute to buy gifts for people. If you have a metalhead in your life, though, it can be difficult to find that perfect present. After all, it just doesn’t seem that clever to get them yet another set of Death reissues. Don’t worry, though – this year, I’m here to help out! Here are some suggestions, broken down by the ...

Jar’d Loose Celebrate ‘The State’

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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So the much-beloved MTV sketch comedy show The State premiered twenty years ago today (!) and to honor the anniversary Chicago avant noise rockers Jar'd Loose have churned out a nutty/awesome cover of the Craig Wedren-penned theme song: Original here. A Jar'd Loose Deci-premiere from last year here. Also, the band is doing short tour in January. Dates after the jump. ...

Weird moments in metal #1,327: Richard Pryor’s Black Death

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, stupid crap, videos On: Monday, December 16th, 2013

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The late, great Richard Pryor was many things. With his game face on he was the funniest man on the planet; Jerry Seinfeld said he was the Picasso of comedy. Pryor was a proper maverick who offended a whole bunch of squares who needed offended, and fittingly turned up in the weirdest of places, perhaps none weirder than David Lynch’s Lost Highway, in what would be Pryor's last film role. When ...

Peter Wiwczarek (Vader) interviewed

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, December 16th, 2013

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** As a longtime Vader devotees, Decibel had no clue (OK, I didn't) debut album, The Ultimate Incantation, was recorded with the legendary Tomas Skogsberg at Sunlight Studios first. The sessions were scrapped and Vader landed at Rhythm Studios with Paul Johnston (Benediction, Cerebral Fix). The rest is history, so it goes. We tracked down Vader lead dude Peter Wiwczarek in August and have now ...

STREAMING: Hammercult “Metal Rules Tonight”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Friday, December 13th, 2013

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Israel and thrash metal. Not two things associated with one another. Now, Israel and black metal, well, that's something more common. If only marginally. Turns out Hammercult, not to be confused with HammerFall, Hammer Fight, Hammer Horde, or Hammer Witch, is the latest sensation from the Levant. Where's the Levant? Near Turkey. Near Iraq. Near Egypt. OK, enough National Geographic. Hammercult ...

BREWTAL TRUTH: Drink This Now!

By: adem Posted in: featured, liver failure On: Friday, December 13th, 2013

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It was as easy to predict as the Seattle Mariners' annual late-spring implosion: Decibel's Top 100 Black Metal Albums of All Time caused some consternation amongst black metal fans. Shocking. This is, however, a crowd not hard to provoke. They seem edgy, a little overly serious and prone to interhole-induced fits of rage. Which makes some sense based on the music that speaks to them. After all, ...

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Oslo’s Shevils

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, December 13th, 2013

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There's always been a hardcore softspot in Decibel's metallic heart for the raw and the punk.  This writer admits to rarely getting stoked for such sounds, often preferring to hear artfully concocted studio recordings and leave the unkempt, wild fury on the stage where it's most powerful.  But somehow Norway's Shevils buried into these ears and convinced them to keep listening.  The sound is ...

My Awesome Day Job x 2. The Extended Andrew Carter Interview.

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews On: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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Andrew Carter. Who the hell is Andrew Carter? Well, if you ever want/need anyone to blame for giving me a start in the world of (ahem) "professional music journalism," you can blame him as he was one of the principals who gave me my first paying gig at Terrorizer some 16+ years ago back when he was assistant editor. Since then, he's worked in many capacities in the music biz: writer, journalist, ...

Decibrity Playlist: Wolvserpent

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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Wolvserpent was busy on the road in support of its recently released sophomore LP Perigaea Antahkarana, but it was guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Blake Green's other job that made him wary of even taking the time to put together a playlist for us. We'll let the man himself explain the side effects--which, fortunately for us, he was able to get past--of his latter gig: "When I was first invited ...