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Relapse Records release 26-track compilation as a free download

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, October 14th, 2013

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Relapse could probably have found a stronger name for their 2013 autumn/winter sampler than, uhh, Relapse Sampler 2013. Cast your mind back when Earache were releasing their Grindcrusher sampler series, and Peaceville had the enigmatically titled Under the Sign of the Sacred Star; that was how you named a sampler. But that was back then, and nowadays Grindcrusher is (probably) an independent ...

King Diamond (King Diamond & Mercyful Fate) Interviewed

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, October 14th, 2013

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** The following five questions with the legendary King Diamond were part of a series of interviews I set up for the XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records [click HERE for more info] boxset, for which I wrote the liner notes. Former Roadrunner Records Senior VP A&R Monte Conner facilitated the initial exchange with King via email, but King wouldn't interview over email. Not a single word. I ...

Alan Averill (Twilight of the Gods) interviewed

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews On: Friday, October 11th, 2013

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** Back in August, Decibel premiered new Twilight of the Gods tune, "Destiny Forged in Blood." Click HERE to listen. Since then, we've imbibed heavily on debut album, Fire on the Mountain, which is the product of guys and ex-guys from Dimmu Borgir, Einherjer, Thyrfing, and, of course, Primordial saluting age-old heavy metal with a slight pagan edge. Enjoy the following chat with the ever-serious, ...

Orange Is the New Metal

By: jeanne.fury Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, uncategorized, videos On: Friday, October 11th, 2013

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The latest closet metalhead, Jessica Pimentel, is not exactly a closet metalhead. Currently appearing in the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, she refers to herself as a “closet actress.” That's because Pimentel is well known in her native New York City for holding it down in local hardcore and metal bands, including Alekhine's Gun and Desolate. Click through for a metal playlist ...

BREWTAL TRUTH: Drink Local!

By: adem Posted in: featured, liver failure On: Friday, October 11th, 2013

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Given the opportunity to write about craft beer every month in Decibel has been eye-opening. The idea that our "Brewtal Truth" column would have lasted more than four years (and counting) and even spawn a book—The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers, out in November—is pretty amazing. Now it's time to bring a little "Brewtal Truth" to the Deciblog. Each week we're featuring a different craft ...

LowCityRain Album Stream and Interview

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, October 11th, 2013

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As a music writer who’s supposed to help guide people to the most worthy holes to shove their money, time and psyches into (because spending any of those things on your own children is simply preposterous), I always worry a little bit that I’ve tumbled way too far down the rabbit hole of my own personal tastes to be useful to anyone else.  Is this death metal record actually boring as fuck, ...

More Unwound Than You Can Shake a Stick At

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews, uncategorized, videos On: Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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"The Unwound path crossed a lot of different scenes." - Justin Trosper "We took our music in a lot of different directions, though always staying very Unwound." Sara Lund The above quotes from Unwound guitarist/vocalist Trosper and drummer Lund basically explain and justify the appearance of the not-metal band this week on the ol' Deciblog. Unwound originally came screaming out of the ...

STREAMING: Paradise Lost “Our Saviour 2013″

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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Paradise Lost have done a retrospective compilations before---The Singles Collection, Reflection, and more recently 2012's Lost in Time---but none of them are as special as Tragic Illusion 25, a collection of old and re-worked tunes celebrating the Brits' 25th year as a functioning, productive outfit. And by re-worked, we're not talking something stupid like an "in dub" mix or something worse ...

INTERVIEW: The Golden Grass

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews On: Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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The fact that I know anything about The Golden Grass happened by accident. Last month, I went to see Windhand with every intention of missing both opening bands. Unfortunately, my ability to time arrivals at shows--even when the venue announces set times in advance--is on par with Andy Reid's clock management skills. So, not surprisingly, I showed up at Saint Vitus about five minutes into the ...

Sucker For Punishment: Same ordeal, new home

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured On: Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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When I took over the Headbang blog at MSN Music in August 2011, I was thinking of ways I could set it apart from the rest of the metal blogs out there. Everyone seems to only list the new releases every week, so why don’t I review as many as I can? It seemed easy enough, that is until you get to the 16th album and hearing another band of 20 year-olds playing arbitrarily arranged deathcore ...