Archive for the ‘listen’ Category

Stream Barrowlands Album: Thane

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, listen On: Friday, November 21st, 2014

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Metal lover, you've been damn lucky this year.  Your listening habits have been well served by the aural atrocities perpetrated globally throughout 2014.  And it all just got sicker. Portland, OR metal collective Barrowlands is a harrowing hybrid of black metal terror, progressive twists and turns, and doomy contemplation with bold, emotive cello.  Their first full-length, Thane, is ...

Q&A and Album Stream: Boddicker

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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If you don't dig deep into the demos reviewed in our print edition you will miss many gems. Case in point: Boddicker's nasty little album Crime Upheaval, which reminded us of classics like World Downfall and Misery Index with Brujeria theatrics. Boddicker is actually the name of the villian in the original Robocop so there's another reason for intrigue. Your truly actually didn't know about ...

STREAMING: Napalm Death “Cesspits”

By: Chris D. Posted in: exclusive, featured, listen On: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Napalm Death. Three decades of grindcore! The Birmingham-based bashers are no stranger to Decibel, having graced a covers, tours, and being uniquely positioned in the heart of hearts and mind of minds in our senior leadership. It's with absolute delight that we're able to premiere "Cesspits" off new album, Apex Predator – Easy Meat. "Sometimes you have to ponder long and hard for an album ...

STREAMING: Varathron “Untrodden Corridors of Hades” + Stefan Necroabyssious interviewed

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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** Greek black metal legends, Varathron, are readying new album, Untrodden Corridors of Hades, for the blackest of legions. We summoned our inner Hellas and ancient spirit to commanded lead Varathron sorcerer Stefan Necroabyssious to answer important questions as a preface to the streaming premiere of the entire "Untrodden Corridors of Hades" album. What was your main inspiration going into ...

Synthtracks: Contact Playlist, Part 2: AE Paterra/Majeure

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: exclusive, featured, listen, lists On: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Because synthesizers are awesome, and movie soundtracks are awesome, we asked the duo of British film composer Paul Lawler and American drummer AE Paterra (Zombi/Majeure), collectively known as Contact, to put together a playlist for us with their favorite soundtrack tunes and some words on each. This week, we have Paterra's picks; click here to check out Lawler's. Not exactly metal, sure, but ...

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 ...

Stream New 25-Minute OWL Song: “The Last Walk”

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, November 14th, 2014

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With all the music that comes across the Decibel desk in a month (hell, in a single week), I find it can help to stick labels on music that I want to be sure to spend time with.  Earlier this year, when Owl's Into the Absolute EP came down, I tagged it with the descriptor "weird death metal" to remind my future self why it would be worth my attention.  While that choice of description is ...

Introducing Sloths. New EP Stream? Yes. Interview? Sort of.

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, stupid crap On: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Sloths is a Portland-based trio who've been described as a cross between Botch, Slint, Old Man Gloom, Shellac, Converge and NOT the 60's garage/punk band of the same name who recently reconvened in a hail of revivalism and the discovery of their old 45s going for shitloads on eBay! For these particular Sloths, a good marker is if you took the Gravity Records catalogue, fist fucked it with the ...

Decibrity Playlist: Giant Squid (Part 2)

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Last week, we brought you the first part of Aaron John Gregory's "epic love letter to music." When he left off, Giant Squid's vocalist/guitarist was in some baby cephalopod bands (The Pedestrians and The Connection) and listening to tons of Subhumans and Citizen Fish. Now, of course, the Californians have a fantastic new record out that you can pick up here (after you finish reading his ...