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Sucker For Punishment: Staggering Into 2014

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured On: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014


(photo by Alex Hardie) Year-end lists are done with, folders of digital promos are archived (or in some particularly terrible albums, deleted), and now it’s time to focus on a fresh year of new music. Here’s hoping the expected big albums deliver, and that even more great new releases await discovery. I try to be optimistic, but this project is a marathon, not a sprint, and the great is ...

TRACK PREMIERE: Waldgeflüster’s “Mit welchen Fesseln”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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Apparently Waldgeflüster means "Whispering Forest" in German, which isn't actually an inaccurate description – well, until the black metal part kicks in, and then I guess it's more of a shrieking forest. The solo project of the dude who calls himself Winterherz, Waldgeflüster weaves together black metal and pastoral neo-folk in an unexpectedly organic way. There may still be screaming and ...

Ode From A Backstabber

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014


Following up a Kamikaze Mission is a no small challenge, but M.I.A., the decade-in-the-making barn burner of a comeback record from reconfigured/reborn Backstabbers Inc, proves a gloriously triumphant gut-check collection of anthemic dark hardcore -- not to mention a helluva way to kick off the new year! Decibel is proud to present an exclusive stream of one of the tracks below as well as a ...

Decibel’s most anticipated albums of 2014: The unauthorised Deciblog addendum

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, lists On: Monday, January 6th, 2014


Consider this here, folks, as an unofficial, off-the-cuff (read: poorly researched and impulsive) addendum to Decibel #112’s Top 20 2014 preview. This being the Internet, consider the following dispatch to be largely free of firm facts such as album/song titles, empirical data (release dates), and official words to corroborate our conjecture as to when said albums will appear and—perhaps more ...

What Happened To Charmand Grimloch?

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, listen On: Monday, January 6th, 2014


Charmand Grimloch (aka Joachim Rygg) was, at one time, black metal's preeminent keyboard player. His stints with Emperor as a session player propelled him to heights unknown. Well, his black metal solo project Tartaros produced notoriety, but nothing on the scale of what he accomplished by coat tailing Ihsahn and the boys. After Tartaros went into obscurity before the millennium, one wondered ...

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

By: andrew Posted in: a fucking parrot previewing new releases, featured On: Friday, January 3rd, 2014


Happy New Year, you pecking geeks. There’s not much going on at the end of the year, and not much going on in the beginning of the year either. I know I’ll sound like a mimic over the next few columns stating that again and again, and you know, parrots don’t like to mimic. EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN team up to kill a split on Tankcrimes.  The fact that this is pretty good should not come as a ...

Prog-Death ‘Til You Drop with Exist’s New Sunlight

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, free, interviews, listen On: Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Back in May, the Deciblog allowed me the space to gush a little about Death To All frontman and Cynic tour buddy Max Phelps, who I’ve known a little bit since seeing his band Exist play in several low-key Maryland venues.  At the end of 2010, Exist recorded and released their In Mirrors EP, and now, after more than a year of on-and-off preparation, have completed this version of the band’s ...

Live Report: Neurosis in San Francisco

By: Posted in: featured, live reviews On: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014


I once heard a story about a deaf neighbor in our townhouse complex who blasted music at all hours. When one of the neighbors went to complain he learned that the man would sit on the floor and let the rhythm wash over him so he could “feel” the music. Even for those fortunate enough to hear that is somewhat like the experience of a Neurosis show. Your body is a Newton’s Cradle; one ...

Starting the New Year Off with a Bang: Random Glen Benton Quotes.

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews, stupid crap On: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Long-running, God-poking death metal crew, Deicide released their eleventh album, In the Minds of Evil in late November. This had journalists the world over gleefully rubbing their nubs at the thought of another round of press with the ever-quotable Glen Benton. Those nubs were rubbed a little less vigorously when it was learned that the bassist/vocalist was rumoured to be looking into the ...

KILLING IS MY BUSINESS: White Wizzard’s Jon Leon and Attorney Eric German Break Down Breaking Up

By: Etan Rosenbloom Posted in: featured, killing is my business On: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014


Being a metal fan means having an opinion about whether Slayer is Slayer without Jeff and Dave, or which lineup of Death reigns supreme. You’re used to haggling over the creative impact of band member turnover. What you might not know is that even the most amicable lineup change can involve a host of legal and financial implications. Unfortunately, most bands don’t figure that out until ...