Daniel Lake

Molten Metal: Outtakes from a Conversation with Gojira

July 12, 2016

By now, we hope you have been enjoying Gojira’s new album, Magma, as much as we have.  What follows here are outtakes from our cover story interview, including discussions about specific songs on Magma, the forthcoming U.S. tour and that mystical, mysterious place called NYC.

Go Huge – Stream New Song From Colosso

July 5, 2016

Hear “Of Hollow Judgement” from Colosso‘s forthcoming death metal steamroller Obnoxious.  (That’s the album title, not commentary on releasing new death metal steamrollers.)

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Neurosis & Jarboe

June 28, 2016

As a monument to the collapse of one isolated psyche, as an exploration of an emotional sphere often relegated to the unconscious, Neurosis & Jarboe is far more compelling than any other attempt we’ve heard yet.

Talkin ‘Bout Flex: SubRosa

June 21, 2016

SubRosa‘s hulking chords, massive percussion and thick bowed-string atmospheres absolutely crush on their contribution this month.

Partake of Astrophobos’ “Blood Libation”

June 14, 2016

Few are the bands who will still gleefully slaughter your favorite pet in service of the seething abyss.  Sweden’s Astrophobos are one of these few.

Muscle & Marrow Interviewed

June 7, 2016

Portland, OR extreme art duo Muscle & Marrow sound off about performance jitters, the benefits and drawbacks of performing their music with only two sets of arms/legs/throats, and an offhand hope for more cats and books in their lives.  We couldn’t fit it all in the magazine, so get the rest of the interview right here.

Talkin ‘Bout Flex: Ghoul

May 31, 2016

Death, metal, “Wall of Death,” and vinyl. Get the inside story from our Ghoul contact in Creepsylvania. 

Get a Piece: Vidian Stream New EP

May 24, 2016

A Piece of the End compiles four songs that coalesced unexpectedly during rehearsal, and Vidian have decided not to sit on them until the next album is ready, which is good, because sitting on anything this spiky-lumpy-grumpy would not be good for the posture.  Check it all out right here.

Let Finland’s Gloomy Grim Kiss You Shamefully

May 17, 2016

Says vocalist Agathon about the song: “‘The Shameful Kiss’ is about The Ritual conjuring the dark forces. Those forces might be unknown for many, but it does not mean that they do not exist. I think ‘The Shameful Kiss’ caught the old Gloomy Grim mood… Without the keyboards this could be pure Thrash Metal song.”

Cannibal Accident: What More Is There To (Grind) Say?

May 10, 2016

What is a Cannibal Accident?  How could it happen?  Well, their music sounds like their album art looks – like a ghoul-possessed intestinal tract giving violent birth to even more grisly demon-innards, rending flesh without end.  If you’re gonna gore-grind, this is how you should do it:  phlegmy-wet and funny as hell.  Listen right here and tell us we’re wrong.

Talkin ‘Bout Flex: Asphyx’s “Deathibel”

May 3, 2016

In this month’s issue of Decibel, we bring you a flexi so close to our hearts that it’s practically a third ventricle.  We got Asphyx mouthpiece Martin Van Drunen to talk about his relationship to the magazine and its editor, as well as the way the band put together our most recent edition of the flexi series.

Hands of Despair Gain More Than They Lose On Bereft (Interview)

April 26, 2016

New album, Bereft, turns all the black/death goodness up to (generating random and completely unexpected number) eleven, and we demanded an audience with Côté.  You might have read some of Côté’s thoughts in Issue #139 (May 2016, Amon Amarth cover), but now you can check out the rest of the interview and get a listen to this consistently powerful underground metal act.

Oranssi Pazuzu Seek Outer Limits With Värähtelijä (Interview)

April 19, 2016

Oranssi Pazuzu is Finland’s gift to anyone hoping to spliff out with the alien invaders just before their extra-dimensional reality-shuffling machine divides and conquers and sends all our psychic energy back to their home planet as quaint souvenirs.  Värähtelijä rarely sounds familiar or simple, but consistently satisfies the need we have for rock music to truly progress.  Keep reading to find out why, while you could probably continue to exist without hearing Värähtelijä, you really shouldn’t want to.

Ex-Carcass Drummer, Current Electro-Wiz Ken Owen Interviewed

April 12, 2016

We had the chance to interview Mr. Owen for an article in Issue #136 (Feb 2016, Abbath cover), but we had to cut down our man’s responses to fit in the space available.  Now you can read the entire interview, and hearing Owen’s freakish tunes is now only a click away.

Talkin ‘Bout Flex: Horrendous

April 5, 2016

This month, we wrangled the prolific East Coast trio Horrendous from their jobs holding down every recent Decibel event to discuss their contribution to the series.

New Music by Ireland’s Mortichnia Provides Education in Black Metal, Vocabulary

March 29, 2016

Dublin-based band stabs into the murk with some of the most energized, bleak and ripping blackness we’ve heard in some time.  Hear the album, Heir to Scoria and Ash, here before its April 22 release, and learn more about the band directly in our interview with guitarist L.M.

Melvins, Napalm Death and Melt Banana US Tour: Interview As Messy As the Music

March 22, 2016

Napalm Death, the Melvins and Melt Banana will begin their triumphant month-plus trek across the States (and a couple Canadian cities) this Saturday, March 26th in Phoenix, AZ.  When ND’s Shane Embury twisted our ear about a possible oddball interview between himself and the Melvins’ own King Buzzo, there was no question.

Horrified Plumb the Depths of Despair with New Album, Of Despair

March 15, 2016

English death-mongering quartet Horrified are on the brink of detonating their new album of of melancholic rage (due out March 25 on Stormspell Records), and they want you to hear it here first.

Talkin ‘Bout Flex: Tribulation

March 7, 2016

This month, we contacted Swedish death miscreants Tribulation, whose 2009 debut, The Horror, perked up ears but whose subsequent efforts, including last year’s The Children of the Night, turned our collective heads all the way around, several times over.

Lee Buford (The Body) Interview

March 1, 2016

Wipe up your drool in time for Thrill Jockey’s March 18th release of No One Deserves Happiness and read what drummer Lee Buford has to say about touring, pop music and working with other bands.

Join the Movement Against Human Plague

February 22, 2016

Illness mainman Gulnar, of Poland, has advanced his dark agenda several more steps with AHP, and we got caught in the line of fire.  Classically deranged raw black metal speed meets eerie ambient speculation for one hell (you can say that again) of a journey.

Black Cobra Stream Full Album, Imperium Simulacra

February 17, 2016

Jonesing for some cave-galloping, sludgy-toned, fuzzy hate-spittle metal?  Feel like you haven’t gotten your rocks off properly for the past several years?  Then you’re probably already a Black Cobra fan.  If you weren’t already a fan, you can get in on the, eh, fifth floor right now with the Cali band’s forthcoming record, Imperium Sumulacra.

Talkin ‘Bout Flex: Publicist UK

February 16, 2016

This month, we talked to every last damn member of 2015 eye-wideners Publicist UK about their inspired, curious choice of cover contribution.  We’ll leave the details up to Zack Lipez (vocals), Brett Bamberger (bass) and the Davids (Obuchowski and Witte, guitar and drums respectively), but we were certainly as positively surprised and amazed at their work on Tori Amos’s “Precious Things” as we were about last year’s Forgive Yourself.

Demo:listen: Turkey’s El Topo

February 5, 2016

Every week, Decibel will premiere new material by bands of a heavy nature.  There’s no boundaries here, either.  Death, black, doom, sludge, progressive, stoner, retro, whatever!  It’s all fair game.  What’s this section called?  DEMO:LISTEN, naturally.  This week we take a look at El Topo, an instrumental oddity hailing from Istanbul, Turkey.

Talkin ‘Bout Flex: Church of Misery

February 2, 2016

This month, we talked to Tatsuhito Mikami of Japan’s Church of Misery (and to vocalist Scott Carlson) about their contribution,  a special mix of “Confessions of an Embittered Soul” from COM’s forthcoming And Then There Were None record.

Morrisound in Motion: Tom and Jim Seek New Lair

January 25, 2016

Upon learning that Tom and Jim Morris have been in the process of downsizing their operation, we at Decibel had to get all the dirt straight from the Morrisource.  We tracked down Tom Morris for his thoughts on the move and his studio’s past and future in the industry.

DEMO:LITION: Humanity Defiled, Dawn of a Dark Age, Nonsun

January 22, 2016

Every week, Decibel will premiere new material by bands of a heavy nature.  There’s no boundaries here, either.  Death, black, doom, sludge, progressive, stoner, retro, whatever!  It’s all fair game.  What’s this section called?  DEMO:LITION, naturally.  This week we take a look at three deserving European devastators: Belgium’s Humanity Defiled, Italy’s Dawn of a Dark Age and the Ukraine’s Nonsun.

Thou Interviewing The Body and Heat Dust: Tour Video

January 19, 2016

During a recent tour with Thou, The Body and friends Heat Dust, Thou bassist Mitch Wells shot some interview footage and other moments, then cut them together to memorialize the time the bands spent together.

Wolvserpent Premiere, Because It’s What You Deserve

January 14, 2016

This March, Wolvserpent release their next dark expedition in the form of a single-track 40-minute EP called Aporia:Kāla:Ananta.  This morning we get to bring you a sample of the new material, so kick back, dig in, or do whatever you do when it’s time to hear idiosyncratic new doom.

Lycus: 2015 Wrap-Up Interview

January 11, 2016

This week, restless doom lords Lycus will release their mesmerizing second full-length, Chasms, and to celebrate, we wanted to give the band a chance to sound off about their year in the run-up to the new album.