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Not the Rough Boys Pete Townshend Was Singing About, but Still Pretty Rough

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, free, listen, videos On: Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Not that this has anything to do with that, but ever since I was a kid, one of my favourite songs has been Pete Townshend's "Rough Boys" from his 1980 solo effort, Empty Glass. And despite the fact I can usually feel vast numbers of my brain cells begging for mercy before committing honourable hari-kari, I've been known to crank the shit out of bands like Zeke, the Dwarves, Antiseen and ass-loads ...

FREE DOWNLOAD: Electric Citizen’s “Savage”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: exclusive, featured, free, listen On: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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Our own Adrien Begrand has been raving about Electric Citizen for months now (like here, for example), and since he has pretty impeccable taste (for a Canadian), I figured I would check them out – and he was right. The nice thing about this whole occult rock trend is that the bands need to have actual songs in order to stand out. Electric Citizen have those in spades. Their debut, Sateen, hits ...

Life to False Metal: Perturbator’s Dangerous Days

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, free, listen, videos On: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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Okay, Perturbator's Dangerous Days is obviously a retro 80s electro album, but it's got a giant fuckoff pentagram on the cover and robots and a woman in a sexually compromised position, and that if that isn't metal, what is? Besides, and this is the important thing, the vibe is metal. It may be synthesizer-based with dance beats, but it's dark and creepy and overwhelming and clearly influenced by ...

CONTEST: Gridlink – Win Test Pressings of Gridlink “Longhena”

By: Chris D. Posted in: contest, featured, free, gnarly one-offs, listen On: Friday, February 21st, 2014

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Decibel and Handshake, Inc. are teaming up to give away TWO (2) copies of Gridlink's new album Longhena. Why is that so cool? They're test presses. The kind the label and band get from the pressing plant to spot check for errors and other vinyl-related anomalies. So, test presses, in general, are rare birds. The collective of Decibel and Handshake, Inc. are giving you the chance to win a copy. ...

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 ...

Cyber Monday Deal: Get a FREE issue of Decibel!

By: mr ed Posted in: featured, free On: Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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If you're reading this, you're a metal fan, which means you rarely leave the house except to terrify neighbors and co-workers. Hence, this special Cyber Monday promotion is for you, fellow misanthropic recluse. Today only, if you sign up for a 12-month or 24-month subscription  to Decibel, you'll receive one extra issue for FREE. That's right, one extra installment of North America's ...

This One Clothing Line Will Make All Other Holiday Shopping Redundant (Plus Contest!)

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: contest, featured, free On: Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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Did you ever wish that someone made high quality T-shirts for you, the discerning metalhead, that were not also catnip for douche bags like Affliction? I mean, one can't wear band shirts ALL the time. Variety is the spice of life, even if that variety only comes within the realm of black T-shirts. Well, Mick Kenney from next level black thrashers Anaal Nathrakh has exactly what you're looking ...

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Alaska’s Nott

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, free, interviews, listen On: Friday, November 8th, 2013

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Because every day another band records another song.  Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck.  Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm.  Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days) don’t know everything, Decibel brings you Throw Me a ...

Great Falls – Humpty Dumpty’s Had a Few “Accidents Grotesque”

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, free, listen On: Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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Ever been to Great Falls, MT? Surprisingly, I have. Ever heard of/heard Great Falls, the band? I have. Hell, I even enjoy them. Ever seen Great Falls live? Done that too and I enjoyed it some more. Ever seen a show in Great Falls, MT? Even more surprisingly, that's also something I've managed to tick off the bucket list. Ever seen Great Falls live in Great Falls? I don't think that's happened ...

TRACK PREMIERE: Domovoyd’s “Lamia”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, free, listen On: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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I have no idea what a "Domovoyd" is (presumably something in Finnish or maybe a type of mushroom), but a lamia is a creepy snake person thing, and there are some definite serpentine tendencies to their music. It coils around your cerebral cortex, then sinks its fangs right into the pleasure center and injects 200 mL of psychedelic venom straight to the source. I hear Monster Magnet's more ...