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Doom With Friends: SubRosa Edition

By: nick.green Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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Salt Lake City doom-sludge band SubRosa is a favorite at Decibel HQ, and endeared themselves to us even further when they eschewed predictable “aggro” shots for their back-cover spread in the May 2014 issue in favor of an “action” shot…  in front of a Scrabble board. That was apparently all guitarist/vocalist Rebecca Vernon’s doing, so naturally, we had to challenge her to a friendly ...

Top 5 Unlikely Anathema (Doom Metal Phase) Songs

By: Chris D. Posted in: gnarly one-offs, listen, lists On: Monday, November 17th, 2014

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** Decibel's Top 100 Doom Metal Album of All Time issue is available now (HERE). So inspired by England's place on the map (OK, list) and equally inspired by Anathema's early catalog inclusion, I wanted to Top 5 songs that aren't on Last.fm lists, have been spurned by Anathema (no remake of "Suicide Veil"?), or have been ignored by doom metallers old and young for whatever reason. Enjoy the ...

Decibrity Playlist: Broughton’s Rules

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, listen, lists On: Friday, November 14th, 2014

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** Broughton's Rules are from Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It's a former rustbelt city that's experienced a rennaisance in recent memory. Its citizens are no-bullshit and its music, espeically Broughton's Rules, follow a similar mindset. Well, Broughton's Rules (formed out of the ashes of instrumental wonderkids Don Caballero) aren't terribly ...

Better Living, The Dan Lilker Way

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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My review of Dave Hofer's excellent Perpetual Conversion: 30 Years & Counting in the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker -- out now on Handshake, Inc -- will appear in an upcoming issue of Decibel, but the book is such a crazy, inspiring smorgasbord of gonzo metal history/wisdom a distillation of a dozen of its most edifying moments seemed to be in order. Incredibly, these nuggets only scratch the ...

Heavy Metal Horror Roundtable: Trap Them Meets Fangoria!

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Horror and metal. Metal and horror. One couldn't quit the other even if it wanted to. Which, as anyone who has attended either a horror con or metal show recently can attest, neither does. Except maybe those djent dudes whose non-role-playing-game media consumption is limited mostly to scouring Nova physics + math specials for potential new riff patterns and humorlessly waiting to pounce on ...

Taking on the Internet: Interview with FunFunFunFest’s Graham Williams (Part II)

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews On: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Earlier this month, I re-introduced you to Graham Williams, the man essentially responsible for procuring the across-the-board talent for FunFunFunFest, the annual party that's taken place in Austin each year of the past eight. Not only is Williams a prolific promoter/booker with a seemingly inexhaustible knowledge of what the hell is going on in every scene from extreme music and indie rock to ...

STREAMING: Project Rogue – TITANS: “Decimator”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Few projects are as ambitious as Project Rogue - TITANS. Featuring 25 artists from Fear Factory (ex), System of a Down, Lamb of God, Cannibal Corpse, Cynic, Revocation, Napalm Death, Obituary, Static X, Charred Walls of the Damned, and many more, Project Rogue - TITANS aims to bridge the many metals into one sonic force by using unconventional approach to marketing and distribution of a metal ...

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 ...