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Old-School Hardcore Thursdays with AC4. This week: Guilty of Killer Riffs

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, listen, uncategorized On: Thursday, May 9th, 2013

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As I continue on with part two of the three-part old-school hardcore Thursday feature with the dudes from Sweden's AC 4 (check out part one here), this week I make the not-so-daring proclamation that hardcore is synonymous with Minor Threat. That's about all I have to say, or should have to say. With that, we asked AC 4 bassist Christoffer Jonsson to list off his five favourite Minor Threat ...

Decibrity Playlist: Call Of The Void

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, May 9th, 2013

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When Call of the Void is not on the road (most recently in support of recently released Dragged Down A Dead End Path), guitarist Patrick Alberts returns to work and, as he describes it, deals with PTSD ("Post Tour Super Depression"). Having never been on tour, I can't identify other than to say that his feelings still probably encapsulate those who endure the daily grind with no tour break in ...

On The Bus with Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, interviews, tours On: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

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Jaz Coleman is known for tackling big subjects in interviews: climate change; the degradation of the food supply; technological singularity and the Renaissance. Spending some time with him in person -- not in a Conga line of press interviews -- is a much different proposition, even if he still hints at his scholarly pursuits. Decibel was lucky enough to get to spend an hour on the bus with ...

EXCLUSIVE: Godflesh clip from Maryland Deathfest: The Movie III

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, videos On: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

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There's no introductory preamble necessary for this clip from Maryland Deathfest: The Movie III. You all know that Maryland Deathfest is an obligatory pilgrimage for any self-respecting blastbeat-worshipping Decibangers. And Godflesh are, well Godflesh: The marriage of riff to machine, the sound of urban alienation, of a dead city collapsing in on itself, et cetera. But here's one anyway from ...

Decibel’s Top 5 Doom Metal Logos

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, lists On: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

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5. Saint Vitus. Crosses galore on the second Vitus logo. Three of them. For the Trinity perhaps. The original SVS logo only had one. Three’s a crowd, we say. But this logo is boss. Looks a bit cheap and overdone at first blush, but the barbed letters? Could be heavy metal cliché. Nope. Crown of thorns symbolism. Crosses that dot the two “I” letters? Could be just crosses. Nope. Candle ...

TRACK PREMIERE: Set and Setting’s “Spiraling Uncertainties”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

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It’s been shitty and raining in Los Angeles the past few days. Obviously you don’t care, since we have beautiful weather 99% of the time, but these are perfect conditions for Set and Setting. Not because Set and Setting are shitty; they aren’t. If you’re going to listen to heavy post-rock like this, it’s best to do so on an overcast, gloomy day to get the full impact. The term “set ...

An Unauthorized Guide to Maryland Deathfest XI

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, lists On: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

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We got semi-retired punk/metal atavist Stevo do Caixão, currently of Tombstones and formerly of the legendary Impetigo, as well as Axeslasher guitarist/vocalist Professor Pizza, and metal scribe Andy O'Connor -- sadly, that's his real name -- currently of Pitchfork, Metalsucks, and Noisey, among other publications, to break down the upcoming Maryland Deathfest, debunk old myths and create new ...

STREAMING: Shining (NOR) “My Dying Drive”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, May 6th, 2013

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For a long while, Shining (SWE) and Shining (NOR) were swappable entities to the uneducated metal hoi polloi. Thankfully, they're hardly interchangeable sonically (and visually), as one's firmly razor-deep in DBM and the other is applying jazz, rock, and black into something rather undefinable---they call it 'blackjazz'---but altogether Norwegian. Guess which one we have on offer? That's right. ...

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

By: andrew Posted in: a fucking parrot previewing new releases, featured On: Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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Hey there, beak geeks; it’s been a while. Your boy Waldo has been suffering from a seed allergy. The theme for this week is old-school, so let's just dig right into it, shall we? The most overlooked “tion,” IMMOLATION hit us with a new record called Kingdom of Conspiracy on Nuclear Blast. Right in time for the Decibel tour, eh? This is pretty good. I can’t really understand why ...

Interview with Death To All 2013 Frontdude Max Phelps

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, tours On: Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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Admission of personal bias:  I think Max is awesome, because I've seen Max do Max's thing in Max's band (Exist) and Max's band is awesome.  I once described Exist's music as not metal so much as a rad jazz quartet that decided to plug in and rip it up all loud-like.  Those proggy death-flecked jams got Mr. Phelps hooked up with Cynic's Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert to augment their band for ...