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STREAMING: Frameworks “Familiar Haze”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Gainesville, Florida's Frameworks aren't on your radar. If you're into stuff like Slint and Sincebyman, well, they should be on your radar. Self-described--we think they're trying to be funny--as "Lounge Screamo" or "Tropical Punk", Frameworks recalls a time when playing hardcore with a bit of gloom in it wasn't cool or respected. You had to be macho/strongman like all the bridge 'n' tunnel shit ...

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

By: andrew Posted in: a fucking parrot previewing new releases, featured On: Friday, April 11th, 2014

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I’m not really sure what to make of this week. Just seems like it’s pretty dry out there lately. Hopefully that new Autopsy or Misery Index will be out soon. THE OATH S/T is released on Rise Above. They basically pump the fact that this is a female-fronted band; not that it matters to me, but hey, people will read this review because of it. Onto the music: This is that retro, sorta occult ...

BREWTAL TRUTH: Drink This Now!

By: adem Posted in: featured, liver failure On: Friday, April 11th, 2014

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Why does Canada's Frenchiest province, Quebec, love Belgian-style beers so much? Is it the shared language? Is it something in the Quebec palate? Or is it just disdain for anything English in origin? We have no idea, but if we want a killer Belgian brew without going to Belgium, there are plenty of options from Quebec. Unibroue is the best-known example available throughout North America. But ...

Stream New French Black Metal From Paramnesia

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, listen On: Friday, April 11th, 2014

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The French black metal oddity Paramnesia is slowly, casually crawling out of obscurity, now that Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions are set to release the band's self-titled full-length on April 16th.  Having apparently existed since 2005 (thanks metal-archives!), the project has only recently released recordings in the form of an EP and a split with German outfit Unru.  We say "oddity" ...

Studio Report: ACxDC

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: diary, featured On: Friday, April 11th, 2014

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Satanic powerviolence. Say what? Yes indeed, this is a thing, or at least a band. Decibel was so intrigued with the workings of the Southern California band Antichrist Demoncore that we teamed up with main man Sergio Amalfitano to offer an exclusive studio report on the makings of their Melotov Records debut, due June 24. Check it out below. --- In February 2014, the members of Antichrist ...

Interview with Thou’s Andy Gibbs and Bryan Funck

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, tours On: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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Baton Rouge doom/sludge prolific over-achievers, Thou has returned from an almost unheard of (for them, anyway) two years of silence as far as releases are concerned with their latest and greatest full-length, Heathen. We recently sent guitarist Andy Gibbs and vocalist Bryan Funck a bunch of questions to respond to via email. It would appear they approach interviews with the same prolific depth ...

KILLING IS MY BUSINESS: Scion’s Jeri Yoshizu on the Future of Corporate Branding

By: Etan Rosenbloom Posted in: featured, killing is my business On: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve welcomed the last five years of Scion’s patronage of metal with a mix of gratitude and suspicion. No doubt, they’ve made it possible for fans to hear new tunes and see lives shows from some of the best bands in extreme music, usually at zero cost to all parties involved. Still, I’ve got lingering doubts that any corporate brand could truly believe that ...

INTERVIEW: Mehdi Safa (shelsmusic)

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews On: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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Back in 2012, Mehdi Safa, the man behind shelsmusic, was kind enough to talk to us in detail about his label (you can read that here and here). Six months later, we interviewed Astrohenge, one of my favorite discoveries of 2012. So when we heard this week that shelsmusic had signed the London quartet, we thought we'd ask Safa to tell us more about the latest addition to his roster. II by ...

How To Build A Successful Metal Band Without Wrecking Your Life

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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Many of our readers are aspiring musicians or already recording and touring. But the music business is a dicey proposition in today's world: record royalties are a rarity, and touring is necessary if you want to make a living. How can you be a metal musician and not wreck your adult life in the process? In the past, musicians had to learn the hard way or just went back to the hardware store ...

Stoneburner Returns

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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Well, Portland, Oregon sludge stalwarts Stoneburner certainly didn't rest on any laurels following the release of excellent 2012 offering Sickness Will Pass: the band's follow-up, Life Drawing -- debuted in its entirety below -- raises the bar in every possible way...and throws a few sonic curveballs in as well. So dive on into the sludge, flail around a bit, then head on to Neurot for your ...