Archive for the ‘RIP’ Category

Our GWAR bobblehead contest winner!

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: contest, featured, RIP On: Monday, July 14th, 2014

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We'd like to say that we were overwhelmed with video responses paying tribute to Oderus. Actually, it's probably appropriate that too many people were busy partying this summer to record an ode. But one proud blog reader stands out: Mr. Kyle Messick. True to our word we are sharing his video entry with the world and getting our friends at Aggronautix to send these killer bobbleheads. Order now ...

Official Report: Dave Brockie Died of Accidental Heroin Overdose

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, RIP On: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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Earlier this year,  the world of film lost acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman to a tragic heroin overdose. Now it appears the drug is also responsible for the demise of one of metal's most beloved figures. Dave Brockie, popularly known as Oderus Urungus, died on March 23, but it wasn't until yesterday that officials ruled that his death was due to acute heroin toxicity. It's unknown how long ...

Give Praise To Oderus, Win GWAR Bobbleheads

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: contest, featured, RIP On: Monday, May 12th, 2014

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The death of Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, was one of the biggest bummers to hit the world of the extremely extreme in a long time. However, we shouldn't forget Brockie's mission: uninhibited creativity and fun. So, we're teaming with our friends at Aggronautix to give away ONE pair of these amazing and rare GWAR bobblehead versions of Oderus Urungus and Balsac "The Jaws of Death." Only ...

Dave Brockie: 1963-2014

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, RIP On: Monday, March 24th, 2014

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In the late 90s, perhaps around 1998, I pulled over at a truck stop about 45 miles outside of Richmond, Virginia. I grabbed a few snacks and went to the checkout line when it occurred to me that the clerk was staring, somewhat horrified. I looked down and remembered why: my entire body was covered in fake blood and unidentifiable substances. I had spent the evening near the front row of a GWAR ...

Selim Lemouchi: 1980-2014

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, RIP On: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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Metal musicians quote Nietzsche far too much, almost as much as they quote H.P. Lovecraft. Sometimes it’s for blatant and misdirected political purposes; other times, to add a veneer of intellectual heft to mediocre material. But when you consider the short life of musician Selim Lemouchi, one of the German thinker’s best known quotes resonates: "If you gaze into the abyss too long, the abyss ...

Decibel’s Jeff Hanneman Tribute Issue Now Available

By: mr ed Posted in: featured, flexi disc, RIP On: Friday, May 17th, 2013

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It's impossible to be hyperbolic about the legacy of Jeff Hanneman. Our own Justin Norton comes right out and says it in this month's cover story: "Every band ever featured in this magazine owes [Slayer] something." Hanneman and Slayer have coursed through Decibel's lifesblood from the onset, from two Hall of Fames to two exhaustive cover stories. For #105's long-form tribute, we compiled a ...

Jeff Hanneman: 1964-2013

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, RIP On: Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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When it comes to creativity and vision, the best of us don’t compromise. It’s easy to shift and jump on a trend to make a buck, or follow blindly when someone promises a path to success. It’s a path many of us would take. Those destined to make a mark never compromise on their vision, their integrity or their standards. They do what they want and don’t expect anything for their work, or ...

Reminiscences from the Fire: Cliff Burton’s First Show with Metallica, 30 Years on

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, interviews, pic of the day, RIP On: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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As much as I swore I was never going to do a blog post about goddamn Metallica, when Bazillion Point Books contacted me about doing a spread celebrating the 30th anniversary of Cliff Burton's first show with Metallica (March 5, 1983, for those of you who aren't so good with math) – featuring actual photographs taken at said show – the opportunity was too good to pass up. So here you go, a ...

Mitch Lucker: 1984-2012

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, RIP On: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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Suicide Silence seemingly started playing shows out of the blue, and quickly ascended to headliner status and gigantic tours. In 2007, I saw them lugging gear outside of a small club as they prepared to open early in the evening for Nile. In 2009, they had moved up the ladder and were second on the bill at the Carcass reunion gig. Many of the younger fans went batshit crazy when Lucker took the ...

RIP Dogbane’s David Ellenburg

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured, RIP On: Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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Of all the “traditional metal” albums that have come out in the past year, one that’s snuck up on a lot of us here at Decibel is Residual Alcatraz, the debut by Greensboro, North Carolina’s Dogbane. Not only did the album get a positive review recently, but also we were honored to profile the band in this month’s issue. They’re a good bunch of guys who have a deep appreciation for the ...