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Fuck Winter. Listen to an Exclusive Stream of Blistered’s New EP

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, interviews, listen, uncategorized On: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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Blistered is a five-piece metallic hardcore outfit who call Tampa home and came to my attention courtesy the good folks at 6131 Records who are releasing their latest offering, and EP called Soul Erosion, which you can stream below. As winter goes on and my stir-craziness hits epic proportions, part of my decision to give this week's blog space to this band is rooted as much in the fact I used to ...

Hell Goes to America: Hellbenders Interviewed

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: exclusive, featured, interviews, uncategorized, videos On: Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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I discovered Brazil's Hellbenders the old fashioned way: their U.S. publicist pointed me in their direction. However, instead of doing what I normally do and ignoring the histrionic pitch (which, after having the band described as Brazil's answer to Kyuss/High on Fire/stoner/desert rock, would have been the logical thing to do), I bit. And man, I'm glad I did! This quartet from Goiania is indeed ...

STREAMING: Mayhem “Psywar”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen, uncategorized On: Tuesday, February 18th, 2014


The True Mayhem. Ground zero for Norwegian black metal. Since 1984, the Oslo-based outfit has made waves. Though it would take a good number of years—about three, actually—before Deathcrush hit posers hard, the group’s coup de grace was posthumous debut album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. With Euronymous dead and the Norwegian scene reeling from heavy media pressure, Mayhem didn’t ...

Subtracting Proportions: An Interview with Biblical

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, uncategorized On: Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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I've known Nick Sewell, and been aware of his prodigious skill on the bass gee-tar, since the mid-90s. Good Lord! That's round-and-about 20 real-life years, which is the equivalent of about 2000 musician/band years. In that time, dude has played in some of Toronto's most notorious metal and hard rockin' bands, including Tchort, The Illuminati and Drunkula and was one of few to have been signed to ...

Sucker For Punishment: An Anti-Top Five

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured, uncategorized On: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


It’s become fashionable on social media to complain about the sheer volume of year-end music lists that appear every December, and certainly more and more seem to surface every year, but to be honest I love year-end lists, and I try to read every one I come across. The excitement of discovering great new music is what drives me in this freelance writing work, and not only am I interested in ...

Sucker For Punishment: Thanks For Give Us Such Emotions

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured, uncategorized On: Wednesday, December 11th, 2013


I’m not going to apologize for liking Nightwish. I might be only a small handful of Decibel writers willing to endorse the garish symphonic strains of the Finnish band (hi, Jeff Treppel), but I remain steadfast. Besides, for all the emphasis on extreme metal, isn’t Nightwish’s use of operatic melodies extreme? I’d even say that Wishmaster took metal into territories of bombast that nobody ...

INTERVIEW: Craven Idol’s S. Vrath on taking the extremely extreme road towards eschaton

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews, uncategorized On: Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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A few months ago we had the pleasure of hosting the online premiere of Craven Idol’s awesome debut LP, Towards Eschaton. And it really was a pleasure, ‘cos this slab of apocalyptica is a total 100 per cent doozy. Released through Dark Descent in October, Towards Eschaton is a record that marks the Londoners’ evolution from prodigious black-thrashers to genre-shredding heavyweights, and is ...

Throwin’ Frickin’ Bones on the Interhole.

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, uncategorized, videos On: Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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We threw them a frickin' bone a couple months ago, and now they've taken that bone and jumped eyebrows deep into the fray. Iowa's Green Death is set to release a CD/DVD combo with the kicker being that they're doing it all by their lonesome. Hell, at the time of the following interview with vocalist Sol Bates, they didn't even have a drummer. But as one of the hacks around here wrote, "this Des ...

An Interview with Obelyskkh (In Which We Only Bug Them About Their Band Name on One Occasion)

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, uncategorized On: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Germany's Obelyskkh may have one of the oddest monikers in extreme music today, but just as their choice of band name tests all parts of your pronunciation apparatus, so does their music cover all bases in the world of psychedelic, stoner, sludge, doom rock and metal on new record, Hymn to Pan out on Exile on Mainstream Records. They've even thrown in a little bit of influence from the likes of ...

Holy Shit! One Dude (Basically) Books this Whole Thing! An Interview with FunFunFunFest’s Graham Williams

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, interviews, uncategorized On: Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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The 8th FunFunFunFest kicks off next week in Austin and though it may not strictly be an extreme music fest along the lines of the usual multi-day extravaganzas featured in this space, it is one of the largest fests I'll have the opportunity to write about and still offers a shit-ton of metal and hardcore alongside the indie rock, electronic/dancey/DJ stuff and hip-hop. As well, wander around the ...