Archive for the ‘listen’ Category

Decibel Exclusive: First New Meatmen Track in 19 Years!

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: exclusive, featured, interviews, listen On: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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This is not an April Fool's joke, except on the politically correct thought police: We have the first new Meatmen track in two decades! When I was a kid I sat in my room and cranked The Meatmen at ridiculous volumes and memorized Tesco Vee's banter on the classic Meatmen platters. So to say this particular member of the Decibel family is stoked would be a major understatement. Decibel sat ...

Skinfather Wants You (To “Drown in Black”)

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Maybe it isn't a complete surprise that a rising death metal band would adopt a circa-1993 song title from Swedish extreme music legends (and Decibel Hall of Famers) Dismember as its moniker. How well Southern California’s Skinfather captures the spirit and unadulterated sonic brutality of that glorious moment in time, on the other hand, is no doubt about to turn more than a few heads. The ...

STREAMING: Monolord “Empress Rising”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, March 31st, 2014

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"...that fuzzed out soundscape was exactly what we were looking to achieve. We actually didn't have any specific genre in mind starting this band, we just wanted to make music as heavy and gritty as possible. If anyone wants to label it doom, stoner or sludge is entirely up to them. But we're totally fine with that; as long as people like what we do we take any labelling as a compliment." So says ...

Album Stream: I Döden by Swedish Atmospheric Black Metallers Skogen

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, March 28th, 2014

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A little over a week from now, Skogen will release their fourth album in five years, called I Döden, meaning In Death.  The three Swedes have compiled an hour of farsighted, contemplative black metal - not quite folk, even though quiet acoustic passages exist; often raucous but with the sharpest edges all filed away by performance and productions choices, all to enhance the mood.  Due to ...

Decibrity Playlist: Iron Reagan

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Sure, it's been a year since Iron Reagan dropped its debut full-length. Despite the various other commitments of its members, the band recently began a run of tour dates that will take them through April, all while wrapping up work on their sophomore LP (which, by the way, will be for Relapse). Given how much we liked Worse Than Dead (it made our top 40 of 2013) and how stoked we are about that ...

TRACK PREMIERE: Raw Power’s “We’re Moving”

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: exclusive, featured, listen On: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Raw Power have long been one of the most underappreciated bands of the early crossover movement (I even did a Lazarus Pit on them a few years back). Still going after 30 years of punk fury, their 10th full-length, Tired and Furious, is about to kick everyone's ass. We have the first track for you, and it's two minutes of lethal ordnance the way it should be done. These Italians will make pizza ...

STREAMING: Gamma Ray “Born To Fly” and “Master Of Confusion”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Power metal isn't a frequent sight on the Deciblog. For that we (kinda) apologize. There are times when powerful metal, with soaring vocals, eagle cries, and shiny battle armor rules our respective roosts. But most of the time it doesn't. Power metal, at least of the Euro variety, is, well, too Euro. We do have a soft spot for vintage Helloween, however. Which is precisely why we decided it ...

STREAMING: Insomnium “Revelation”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen, videos On: Friday, March 21st, 2014

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"We haven't changed our style dramatically", vocalist and bassist Niilo Sevänen explains. "Fans can rest assured that it is still classic Insomnium. Of course there's also some new flavors here and there, and maybe it's even more diverse compared with the last album. The easy stuff is easier than before, the heavy stuff is heavier. The contrasts between the songs are probably bigger than on any ...

Spell Song Premiere: “Possessed By Heavy Metal”

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

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Candles?  Flowing hair?  Human bones?  Leather?  Bullet belts?  A moustache?  Song titles like “Shocker” and “Possessed by Heavy Metal”?  We all know what this leads to… Vancouver rollickers Spell used to be called Stryker, and under that earlier name the trio released an EP and a split full of trad-heavy love.  Next month, they’ve enlisted the help of Hard and Heavy ...

Decibrity Playlist: Fight Amp

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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Last we'd heard from Fight Amp, the trio was just off a red-eye after spending 30 days last fall playing 30 shows across Europe with Black Tusk. Now that the South Jersey natives are set to hit the road yet again--a brief jaunt of seven shows in seven days--guitarist/vocalist Mike McGinnis passed along five current band's that influence him (consider it a close cousin to bassist/vocalist Jon ...