Archive for the ‘interviews’ Category

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Estonia’s Odota

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, February 27th, 2015

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If you like your metal weird, ugly and awesome, please give it up for Odota, an Estonian one-man project that takes black metal and infests it with all sorts of uncomfortable sounds that will make the purists cry, "False!"  The new album Fever Marshal props up raw, blasting riffage against industrial and electronic detritus, offering a bracing listen.  We definitely wanted to know more, so we ...

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 Speaker Rumbly: Spectral Voice’s “Necrotic Doom”

By: Dutch Pearce Posted in: featured, interviews, through a speaker rumbly On: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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“We are obsessed with death metal!” For this month’s Speaker Rumbly, I tracked down one-half of Colorado’s new and incredibly putrescent death/doom outfit, Spectral Voice, for some good ol' Q&A. Spectral Voice's demo, Necrotic Doom, is currently available, but is likely not long for this world. I’ve been in contact with the specter herein known as E.W. since first hearing about ...

Metal Without Hats: When Voivod Did The Safety Dance

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: exclusive, featured, interviews On: Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Men Without Hats were one of the biggest pop bands of the early to mid-80s. And "The Safety Dance" was one of the biggest songs of the decade, and continues to resonate. People never stopped doing "The Safety Dance." Remixes show up every week, including a metal version (more about that below). The Saturday night featured program on the SiriusXM new wave channel is called? You got it: The Safety ...

Christopher Amott (Armageddon) interviewed

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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** Most thought Christopher Amott crazy for leaving Arch Enemy a second time. He was in an internationally recognized metal band. They sold records. They toured the world. He played with his brother, Michael. It was a dream scenario. Well, the younger Amott wasn't having any of it. He left Arch Enemy, relocated to the US, and reactivated (in a way) his own band Armageddon with a new lineup and, ...

Pyramids Premiere New Song, Interview

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, February 20th, 2015

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If you haven't heard a good oddball metal record recently... well, then your head's been under a soundproofed rock and you haven't been reading enough Decibel reviews.  Get out there and listen, man! And be sure to check out the new Pyramids record when Profound Lore releases it in the middle of next month.  It's dark, it's melodic, it's full of cockeyed chords and chilly percussion.  It's ...

Decibrity Playlist: Melechesh

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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Ashmedi is no stranger to this blog, having authored a 17-part "biographical column and chaotic metaphysical thoughts" series that ended in 2011. Now that his band Melechesh has returned with its first album since 2010, we're happy to welcome his voice back in the form of a playlist. There's no theme per se, but it's clear each record had a profound effect on him. You can pre-order a copy of ...

Izah Stream New Album: Sistere

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, February 13th, 2015

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Later this month, Dutch sextet Izah will release their first full-length document of sludgy aggression through the always dependable Nordvis Produktion.  It represents a major step in a very long road for the band, and its four gargantuan tracks make that point crystal clear.  But these aren’t the sprawling teases that some bands employ in the service of art – Sistere’s songs drive ever ...

Interview with Barishi

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, interviews, tours On: Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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I originally got my hands on Barishi's self-titled, self-released, full-length album via guitarist Graham Brooks who was filling in for fellow Vermonters, Vaporizer during a tour with Vattnet Viskar. After figuring out who the hell I was, he passed along a copy of the record and Bob's yer fucking uncle. That was about a year ago and the band is back with an EP entitled Endless Howl which comes ...

Decibrity Playlist: Karma To Burn

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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One of the more pleasant surprises for me so far this year has been Karma to Burn's new LP. I'm a big fan of Almost Heathen (especially these two neck snappers), and the reason Arch Stanton--much like 2001 precursor--works is simple: the riffs. Just check out "Twenty-Three" below (yes, all of their song titles are numbers). We got so pumped, in fact, that we asked guitarist Will Mecum to ...