Archive for the ‘gnarly one-offs’ Category

Holy Shit, We’re All Fucking Old!: Matt Jacobson Talks About 25 Years of Relapse (Part I)

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, free, gnarly one-offs, interviews, listen, repulsion On: Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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This year, Relapse Records turns 25 years old. Jesus frickin' fuck, where has the time gone?! It just seems like yesterday we were combing blurry ads and squinting our way through mail order reprints in fanzines for Suffocation and General Surgery EPs and Amorphis and Deceased full-lengths and here we are in 2015 with the label remaining at the forefront of underground extreme music. You're ...

Through A Hive Darkly…

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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We've sang the praises of trailblazing Philadelphia transcendental slayers Hivelords many a time in this space and so when the band offered to document a recent descent into studio madness for its upcoming full-length Anthropic Records release, we of course eagerly agreed. The reality-refracting entries are below... Part I: A Nash-ing of Teeth Spoiler Alert: There’s an egg shaker in ...

Holiday Playlist: Db Does VD

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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So Decibel assumes at this point you've got your dozen roses, the perfect card, maybe some wine. All these have been easily attainable and, really, almost unavoidable for the last four to six weeks. Valentine's Day mood music, on the other hand, has remained maddeningly elusive for those inclined towards the extremely extreme. Until now. Without further ado, here is the Decibel staff ...

Not for Everyone: An Oral History of Metal Maniacs

By: Chris D. Posted in: exclusive, featured, gnarly one-offs On: Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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Europe had Metal Forces, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer and a host of language-specific publications—Rock Hard and Aardschok, for example—for literate longhairs to satisfy their hard, fast and heavy fix. The States, however, had no real unifying print magazine. Until Metal Maniacs. The staff had enough experience under their bulletbelts for it to feel like a veteran magazine from the off. With ...

Vocation of Unhappiness: The Deciblog Interview with Mark SaFranko

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, interviews On: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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Let’s clear away any confusion at the outset: Mark SaFranko is not someone’s father who has decided to moonlight in a metal band or one of the few remaining music talent scouts. SaFranko is an American author based in New Jersey who, for more than three decades, has lived a writer’s life and all it entails: bad jobs, stifled dreams and hard, unrecognized work. His Max Zajack novels, ...

2014: The Year In Guest Posts

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: diary, featured, gnarly one-offs On: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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There are 52 weeks in a year. Give or take a few holidays and medical procedures that equals more than 100 blog posts annually when you have slots on Monday and Wednesday. There's literally no way anyone trying to make a living could create that much original content (although Decibel alumni and Invisible Oranges founder Cosmo Lee tried). So, you look out to the wider world of the extreme to ...

Tales From The Metalnomicon: J.W. Henley, The Reviling Scribe

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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Welcome to Tales From the Metalnomicon, a column delving into the vast world of heavy metal-tinged/inspired literature and metalhead authors... Good goddamn can Revilement/Sledge City Slashers vocalist J.W. Henley spin a yarn! The Taipei-based death metal vocalist's excellent debut novel Sons of the Republic is a fascinating study of the intricacies and tensions of the China-Taiwan ...

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Damon Root’s Heavy Metal Justice

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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Today the Metalnomicon welcomes Reason senior editor Damon Root, one of the most thought-provoking, singular voices writing on the intricacies of American law today. He's also a metal/hardcore devotee and the original articulator of the Suicidal Tendencies litmus test for federal candidates, which, as we all know, has had a profound effect on our nation in several alternate dimensions. So, ...

NSFW: Couch Slut’s Cover Conundrum

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs, videos On: Monday, December 8th, 2014

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We're not at all shocked that a band called Couch Slut had trouble printing the artwork to their new album My Life As A Woman. And that's before we even saw the image -- a nothing-is-hidden illustration of felicitous fellatio too racy for ribald 70s tome The Joy Of Sex (check it out on their Bandcamp page). We've decided not to print it here, well, because we don't want our Mom to see the image ...

Fight Amp Studio Report, Part III

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, gnarly one-offs On: Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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By Mike McGinnis The point of no return. It's not always the easiest concept to absorb. But approaching that point during the production of a record is both frightening and cathartic. After about a year of writing and almost half a year of demoing and recording eight new songs, we're now approaching that point. We left off last time with Fight Amp directly in the midst of vocal tracking, ...