Archive for the ‘featured’ Category

BREWTAL TRUTH: Drink This Now!

By: adem Posted in: featured, liver failure On: Friday, August 23rd, 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 ...

Let Orbweaver Fuck Up Your Friday!

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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Florida's Orbweaver just released one of those records that sounds just like its cover art.  Like, if Mastodon's latest actually sounded like the roar of a multi-jawed bull with scales, or if mid-period Novembers Doom actually sounded good.  Copiously limbed, eye- and mouth-dominated monstrosities from space are climbing through razored tears in space-time to devour your body and eternal ...

The Southern Ontario Metal Fest and the Shit Promoters Have to Deal With

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews, listen, uncategorized, videos On: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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Before you jump all down my throat and get up in my grill, understand that not all metal festivals are on the same level as Wacken, MDF, Roadburn, Chaos in Tejas, Bloodstock, one of the annual Scion-sponsored shin-digs or even Hopscotch or FunFunFunFest. Not every fest has the ability to draw thousands or can be held in a major market or central location. Not every fest has the pull or financial ...

Decibrity Playlist: Ulcerate

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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Given that Ulcerate is one of the more forward-thinking death metal bands around (as will again be evidenced on the trio's upcoming album Vermis), it's only fitting that drummer Jamie Saint Merat's playlist fits his group's modus operandi. As he explains, "Being a drummer, I figured it might be an idea to pick something that sits outside of the usual or obvious choice. Drums being a mostly ...

Let’s help Joe Wickstrom

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: breaking newz, featured On: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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A member of our extended family needs your help. Joe Wickstrom is the bassist of Atriarch and has played with numerous Portland bands. He was diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease in 2011 and has had a tough go. The disease narrows the arteries and makes it tough for blood to reach the limbs and extermities. Wickstrom has medical insurance but it's not nearly enough to cover expensive ...

STREAMING: Mark Deutrom’s “Sky Full of Witches”

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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Today it is Decibel's pleasure to host this exclusive stream of "Sky Full of Witches," a sublime slab of smoldering, cinematic fuzz-groove off ex-Melvins/Clown Alley guitarist Mark Deutrom's upcoming third solo record Brief Sensuality and Western Violence. Here's what Deutrom told us about the track: In 2012 the so called FAA Modernization and Reform act included a provision for fully ...

STREAMING: Mephistopheles “Silver Doors”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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Formed by members of Spawn of Possession, Psycroptic and Space Raven, Mephistopheles comes out of the gate complicated. Actually, not that complicated, but perhaps different. The riffing of Ben Lawless squeaks, skronks, and pulls strange chords from the Netherverse. When he, drummer James “Blower” Excell, and bassist Sam Dowson lock, it's like Dysrhythmia with a death-thrash disposition. And ...

Wake up and Smell the Falseness: An Interview with Wake

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, interviews, videos On: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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Wake are from Canada. They play grindcore. They seem generally unhappy about things. Here's a description of the film that Handshake Inc. owner David Hall is making based on the album that sums up the general vibe better than I ever could (a NSFW segment of which can be found below). "False" is a film based on the album of the same name by Calgary's WAKE. Like the album, the film is dirty, ...

The Corn Is Back On the Macabre

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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There has never been a shortage of bands in extreme music eager to wed horror cinema imagery to brutal riffage, but few have ever managed to do so with as much skill, class, or cleverness as avant grinders Corn on Macabre. A few months back the defunct band unleashed the towering, essential Discographic Violence retrospective LP, so it seemed as appropriate a time as any to ask bassist Brent ...

INTERVIEW: Tommy Mezmercardo on being The Mezmerist

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Monday, August 19th, 2013

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In 1985, a kid by the name of Tommy Memzercardo released "The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty", an off-kilter fantasy/epic metal EP featuring Bill Ward on drums. Back then, the former Black Sabbath drummer couldn't be credited for legal reasons, while Memzercardo was a mystery all of his own, calling himself The Mezmerist and playing psychedelic, abstract NWOBHM with mystical lyrics rendered ...