Archive for the ‘gnarly one-offs’ Category

Four Stages. Quadraphonic Sound. Eight Albums. One Band: Kong Interviewed

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews, videos On: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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I've been going on about Amsterdam's Kong for almost 25 years. The instrumental metal/electronic/dance-y/trance-y/industrial quartet show no sign of slowing down which, by default, means I'm not going to be able to slow down in my unwavering support for the band. And if they keep offering up killer albums like their recently released eighth album, Stern , well, that's just more deaf ears for my ...

Fight Amp Studio Report, Part II

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Friday, October 17th, 2014

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By Mike McGinnis Positive and negative. Quiet and loud. Angst and ease. Can't have one without the other. This is a primary concept we've been working with on our new record and trying to incorporate as much contrast as possible in both the sound and the themes without steering too far from the sound we've previously crafted for ourselves. As much as we're using this theme to our advantage, ...

A Very Heavy Metal Halloween: Nivek Ogre

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Even those who don't find the exquisite cacophony of Skinny Puppy all that alluring would be hard pressed to deny frontman Nivek Ogre is a singular artist and consummate performer. We're talking about a man who on a trio of instant-classic albums a couple decades back -- Rabies (1989), Too Dark Park (1990) and Last Rights (1992) -- basically redefined sonic abrasiveness even while teasing real ...

A Very Heavy Metal Halloween: Adam Ahlbrandt

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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Ask writer/director/provocateur extraordinaire Adam Ahlbrandt for his job description and here is what he'll tell you: "I make audio/visual filth, gore, death and sleaze." This is no idle boast as anyone who has seen either Ahlbrandt's uncompromising, viscera-festooned feature-length films -- Cross Bearer (2012); The Cemetery (2013) -- or his nightmarish music videos for band such as Today ...

Nader Sadek and Decibel Join Forces for “Malefic”

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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Is there any heavy metal story more heroic and heartening than that of Nader Sadek? Seriously. Here is a serious connoisseur of extreme music and culture -- not to mention an extraordinary visual artist -- who came up in a time and place -- that would be Egypt in the eighties -- where his interests were neither appreciated nor sanctioned; a man who made his way out into the world, mixed it up ...

Fight Amp Studio Report, Part I

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Monday, September 29th, 2014

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By Mike McGinnis Harsh riffs make for harsh vibes in the studio. Embrace the angst and capture it on 2" tape. That's the plan. It's been around two and a half years since Fight Amp recorded an album. Halfway through the writing of 2012's Birth Control, we made another drummer switch and immediately hit the road with Weedeater. When Birth Control was released, we did a last minute tour to ...

Onward Into Battle: Talking MMA with KEN Mode

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, gnarly one-offs, lists, stupid crap, videos On: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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By the time this goes live, KEN Mode’s first round of what promises to be another couple years of non-stop touring will have come to a close and the boys will be getting set to kick their feet up for about 20 minutes before hitting Europe with HARK. See all the details and particulars at this post from a couple weeks ago. Having spent the last couple of weeks on the road with the brothers ...

Pig Destroyer Frontman J.R. Hayes Reflects on “Twin Peaks”

By: andrew Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Monday, August 18th, 2014

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If you've been with us for a while, you surely remember our January 2008 issue, in which we not only bestowed Album of the Year honors on Pig Destroyer's Phantom Limb, but talked to vocalist J.R. Hayes at length about major influence David Lynch. "With [Lynch], it's like you're watching paintings that move," Hayes said at the time. "He could do a five-hour movie with no narrative and I'd be into ...

The Deciblog Presents More “My Awesome Day Job” Content: USA Out of Vietnam Does a Secret Vegan Supper Club. Of Course.

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews, videos On: Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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In simplistic terms, I guess one would/could say USA Out of Vietnam is a space rock band. Actually, the Montreal outfit is a genre-defying entity that incorporates elements of everything from psychedelia, shoegaze and black metal to doom, noise rock and Angelo Badalamenti-sounding soundtrack stuff. The band has a new record out on New Damage called Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes which ...

And Christy For All…

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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Howard Stern Show regular, Charred Walls of the Damned drummer, Halloween enthusiast, and Decibel contributor Richard Christy sure does get around. A few months ago I saw him sit in with Stryper for "Sing Along Song" at Terminal 5 in New York City -- clad in a sweet vintage To Hell With the Devil shirt, no less -- and now comes video of the man jamming with Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of ...