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Decibrity Playlist: Ruby the Hatchet

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, March 5th, 2015

RUBY THE HATCHET_2015_2 comp

I'd been stoked to hear the new full-length from Ruby the Hatchet ever since I saw them open for Floor in early 2014. Now that it's dropped, I've been jamming Valley of the Snake on a daily basis -- it's one of the more enjoyable "debuts" (it's the band's second record but first label release) I've heard in recent memory. So on that note, the Philadelphia quintet was kind enough to tell us ...

Decibrity Playlist: Melechesh

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


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 ...

Decibrity Playlist: Karma To Burn

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


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 ...

Top 5 New Releases (Q1) Not In Decibel’s February Issue

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, lists On: Monday, January 19th, 2015


** Our February 2015 (HERE) issue features a fantastic expose on the upcoming releases of 2015. Here's five crucial releases by killer bands that weren't part of our list. 5. Hate - Crusade:Zero Hate are viewed as underlings to the kingdom Vader built, but over recent years the Warsaw-based trio have come into their own. There's still plenty of "Polish" in their sound---overly tight rhythm ...

Top 5 Dissection Clones

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, lists On: Monday, January 12th, 2015


5. Bane Originally from Serbia but now located in Canada, death/black metallers Bane (possible connection to album title Storm of the Light’s Bane, but none to the Massachusetts-based hardcore band of the same name) take only the fastest, brutalist, sickest moments in Dissection’s oeuvre for the The Acausal Fire album. Actually, that’s not true, Bane are well versed in Nödtveidt-styled ...

Inside The Shredder’s Studio #15: Jeremy Wagner (Take 2)

By: Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists, uncategorized On: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014


Broken Hope's Jeremy Wagner sat down with us beginning last week for his four-part shredder's studio. Here is the second installment from the death metal veteran turned author. We'll be running the final two takes at a time to be revealed in 2015. --- Savatage: Sirens (title track) (1983) The guitar work of Criss Oliva is godlike — same ...

Inside The Shredder’s Studio #15: Jeremy Wagner (Take 1)

By: Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


When you invite a a published novelist to the shredder's studio expect a narrative. Such was the case with death metal veteran and Broken Hope founder Jeremy Wagner. Not only did Mr. Wagner visit the shredder's studio -- he provided your host with a near novella on the riffs that shaped him in chronological order. So, we'll be cataloging Mr. Wagner's lengthy sit down -- we'll just need to do it ...

Decibrity Playlist: Primordial

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Thursday, December 11th, 2014


Primordial dropped its eighth LP late last month, another stellar entry in an already impressive oeuvre. To celebrate, frontman Alan Averill (aka A.A. Nemtheanga) sent us a playlist that, as he describes, "might be something a little different." After perusing his picks, it's hard to disagree. We'll let him take it from here: "I always think too hard about lists, I think it's the rainman in me ...

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

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


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


** 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 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 ...