Archive for the ‘interviews’ Category

Steve Jansson (Crypt Sermon) interviewed

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, January 26th, 2015

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** Philadelphia isn't the hottest bed of heavy metal activity. Not since Cinderella and Britny Fox has the City of Brotherly Love engaged in traditional metalisms with any seriousness. And, let's face it, apart from certain songs on Night Songs, there isn't much heavy metal in either Cinderella or Britny Fox. So, it's with denim jackets, pyramid spikes, and poodle-cut hair that Philadelphia is ...

Devin Townsend Interview: Part 3

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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Over the past two weeks, we gave Mr. Townsend some blog space to explain his straining relationship with new metal and the direction he envisions for himself.  Today, we have the opportunity to find out which professional avenues the pop-progger absolutely refuses to follow.  Townsend also laments the problems of a repetitive lifestyle and the copy-of-a-copy types of art it tends to create, ...

Griever’s Love is on the Rocks

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, stupid crap On: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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Next month sees the release of Griever's debut full-length, Our Love is Different. Set to be issued by the awesome folk(s) at Vitriol (in addition to that awesomeness, let's not forget about the label's sympathetic side as it deigned to release this bit of un-spellchecked wisdom), Our Love is Different follows on the heels of the San Diego band's Inferior EP, a triple-band split release with VYGR ...

Deciblog Interview: Nunslaughter

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, January 19th, 2015

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Nunslaughter has been recording mandatory underground metal since 1987, a time when extreme metal was largely in retreat and teased hair was the norm. The band has been led for close to three decades by the inimitable Don Of The Dead (Donald Crotsley) a walking metal encyclopedia content to release the bulk of his band's work on splits. Reading the band's catalog is a lot like flipping through a ...

Devin Townsend Interview: Part 2

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, January 16th, 2015

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When the Devin Townsend Project played their string of dates with Animals As Leaders a month ago, it was clear the show was not the Hevy Devy indulge-fest that the band's past headlining shows have been.  Conspicuously absent was the pre-show Ziltoid Radio craziness that have accompanied Townsend's stage show for a few years.  Townsend worked hard to engage the crowd in his version of a metal ...

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, ...

Season Of The Witch: The Ideas Behind Metal’s Occult Revival

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, interviews On: Monday, January 12th, 2015

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Any astute follower of metal in the past five years has likely noticed a huge uptick in the number of bands with a proto-70s sound and occult themes: The Devil’s Blood, Sabbath Assembly, Blood Ceremony and The Oath. A few of these bands have been on Decibel’s cover: In Solitude and Ghost B.C. (twice). While this approach is undoubtedly popular and may play itself out there hasn’t been ...

Devin Townsend Interview: Part 1

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, January 9th, 2015

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Last month, Devin Townsend and his madcap Project went out on tour with Animals As Leaders and Monuments.  Decibel made sure to catch the show when it came to Baltimore, and we were not disappointed.  Long-lived set favorites like "Bad Devil" and "Regulator" stormed over the crowd, while much of the rest of the evening was driven by new Sky Blue and Dark Matters songs like "A New Reign" and ...

Playing Catch Up (Again) with Rottenness

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews On: Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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"Mexican-American death/grind bands, like to answer telephones and say hello to Decibel hacks on the other end..." It's been a while since we've heard from Mexico's Rottenness. Breaking up for a short spell during 2012 didn't help their cause, but the band is back with a new line-up and album in the wings. Gone are the disorganized, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-cargo-shorts days where they once found ...

INTERVIEW: Justin Jackson (Rosetta: Audio/Visual)

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews On: Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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Christmas Day 2014 brought Rosetta fans--and really to anyone who likes a good story--a special gift in the form of Rosetta: Audio/Visual. The 65 minute documentary not only delves into the Philadelphia quartet's history, but happens to capture the group at its most critical juncture. At its heart, the doc is just a story about four guys who love playing music, and a rather compelling one at ...