Daniel Lake

Full Album Stream: Heretic Cult Redeemer

September 3, 2013

Check out all this sonic extremity that German label/distributor Iron Bonehead is trying to drill through your thick skull!  On Friday, we brought you a tasty helping of ugly old school death from Abyssous.  This morning (as some of us return to work from a sun-baked Labor Day weekend) we serve up an entire platter…

German Death Dealers Abyssous – Hear Here!

August 30, 2013

We got an earful of Abyssous recently when we browsed through some recent promos for a bit of quick, juicy entertainment. Admittedly, it was the band name that drew us in… but it was the gristly death metal within that kept our attention pinned.

Let Orbweaver Fuck Up Your Friday!

August 23, 2013

Florida’s Orbweaver just released one of those records that sounds just like its cover art.  Like, if Mastodon’s latest actually sounded like the roar of a multi-jawed bull with scales, or if mid-period Novembers Doom actually sounded good.  Copiously limbed, eye- and mouth-dominated monstrosities from space are climbing through razored tears in space-time to devour…

Quebec’s Catuvolcus Premiere New Track!

August 16, 2013

Catuvolcus, those purveyors of anthemic historical metal, have been waking ancient Gallic spirit from their home in Warwick for the past six years.  In that time, they’ve dropped an EP and two full-length records.  Decibel‘s only exposure to their sound has been through Gergovia, the band’s second album, and it’s a heavy-as-hell burner of a record….

Summer Slaughter Slays Silver Spring, MD

August 9, 2013

 Last Friday, August 2nd, I spent most of the day in a Washington, DC suburb to take in one of the oddest summer festivals around: Summer Slaughter 2013. Past years have found this tour loaded with distinctively death metal acts, abounding with brutality and breakdowns. This year’s edition of the tour certainly included a fair bit of…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: The Cold View

August 2, 2013

Because every day another band records another song. Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck. Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm. Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Montreal’s The Unconscious Mind

July 26, 2013

 Because every day another band records another song. Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck. Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm. Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Forlorn Path

July 19, 2013

Because every day another band records another song.  Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck.  Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm.  Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

Stream a New LUSTRE Track!

July 12, 2013

It’s possible you’re not yet an initiate of the Lustre phenomenon.  Despite several recent releases, I think the last time the project drew Decibel’s attention was when Scott Seward reviewed 2010’s A Glimpse of Glory.  So, yeah, it’s been a while.  Since then, head nature-screamer Nachtzeit has given the world another EP, a split, a…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Greece’s Rejection

June 28, 2013

Because every day another band records another song. Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck. Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm. Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Lithuania’s AUTISM

June 21, 2013

 Because every day another band records another song. Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck. Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm. Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

From the Shuman Vault: Almighty Sathanas

June 14, 2013

Chris Dick recently sounded a black metal call to arms – specifically to state that the Deciblog needs to make like a Cajun dish and get blackened – and when Chris Dick calls our arms, he gets them. Dyed-black-in-the-wool underground demo aficionados don’t need much encouragement to vomit filth in any given direction, as I…

Redefine “Death Metal Percussion” with Goatcraft’s All For Naught

June 7, 2013

How many extreme-minded riff lovers do you think headed to the Deciblog today for a treatise on classical piano composition?  Not the standard purview of a magazine proclaiming the virtues of black-thrashing terror, I’ll grant you, but this spring Forbidden Records has brought us an album that, by all outward signs, should be a lo-fi…

We Are All South of Hanneman Now

May 31, 2013

We all come to grips with death in our own way.  Personal loss has informed much of our favorite music, and last month a much more widely experienced sense of loss affected the heavy music community when Jeff Hanneman passed away.  Artist Justin Bartlett’s tribute to the late guitar hero came about as an online…

Streaming: SLIDHR’s Deluge

May 24, 2013

Sometimes our love for quasi-musical extremes has a flattening effect on the diversity of material we hear.  Dynamics traverse the vast range from loudest to loudest-er, wanton mayhem and terror begin to appear tame enough for family breakfast conversation.  It can be refreshing to hear an album like Slidhr’s Deluge try to save black metal…

Baroness Appearance at Charleston, SC Record Store

May 24, 2013

Do you love Decibel‘s most favoritest non-metal-but-kinda-pretty-metal band? Live near Charleston, South Carolina? Or just happen to be passing through the area this coming Monday, May 27th? If so, make sure you roll on over to Monster Music & Movies for a special in-store performance and signing session with Baroness, scheduled for 4:00 pm on…

Streaming: Steve Von Till’s 2000 Debut, As the Crow Flies

May 17, 2013

The man-boys in Converge suggest we shouldn’t have any heroes.  Ironic, that, since they qualify as heroes themselves.  Another hero whose deeds we love to celebrate is Neurosis vocalist/guitarist Steve Von Till.  The man has helped guide the forces of nature his band channels into masterpieces of world-ending ferocity, and this alone makes him an…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Buffalo, NY’s Theatre Nocturne

May 10, 2013

Because every day another band records another song.  Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck.  Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm.  Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

Interview with Death To All 2013 Frontdude Max Phelps

May 3, 2013

Admission of personal bias:  I think Max is awesome, because I’ve seen Max do Max’s thing in Max’s band (Exist) and Max’s band is awesome.  I once described Exist’s music as not metal so much as a rad jazz quartet that decided to plug in and rip it up all loud-like.  Those proggy death-flecked jams…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Belgium’s Humanity Defiled

April 26, 2013

 Because every day another band records another song.  Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck.  Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm.  Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

Throw Me A Frickin’ Label Hack: Seattle’s Giza

April 19, 2013

Because every day another band records another song.  Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck.  Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm.  Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Odela Exposes its Proggy Bits

April 12, 2013

Because every day another band records another song.  Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck.  Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm.  Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

Nader Sadek “Living Flesh” Exhibit, April 22 in New York

April 5, 2013

Nader Sadek has penetrated the Decibel psyche in various, um, incarnations over the past few months, and the invasion has been most welcome.  In February, we teamed up with Metal Injection to bring you live performance clips from the Living Flesh DVD before you could buy it.  Now we drop some most righteous news upon…

Throw Me A Frickin’ Label Hack: Poland’s Entropia

March 29, 2013

 Because every day another band records another song.  Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck.  Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm.  Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

Vampire Talk to Decibel About Selling Out

March 22, 2013

Selling out… of all their cassettes, that is.  Crazy, right?  I mean, when you make 100 white cassettes and 100 red cassettes, there’s no way you expect to sell all (er… drop the zero, carry the…) two hundred of them!  So Vampire wised up and ordered 100 more black cassettes of their demented lo-fi thrash…

Watch a New Semantik Punk Video!

March 15, 2013

To paraphrase my favorite comic, Mitch Hedberg (R.I.P.), Semantik Punk is a Polish experimental punk outfit that people will either love or hate, or think they’re okay.  They’re hardcore enough to sound like a badly scratched Converge or Dillinger Escape Plan CD that won’t stop skipping to random spots on the disc; they’re rock enough…

October Falls: Exclusive Full Album Stream of The Plague of a Coming Age

March 8, 2013

I like the new October Falls record.  How much do I like it?  You’ll have to wait for the next issue of Decibel to find out exactly, or you could completely ignore me (I would) and just listen to the album right here before you can buy it.  If you’re familiar with Mr. Lehto’s expressions…

Finland’s W.A.I.L. Was Absolutely Interviewed, Literally

March 1, 2013

Early in 2011, I was floored by a band I had never heard before making noise I never knew I always wanted to hear.  They’re from Finland, so, yeah.  Duh.  At this point I expect sweet Finnish lullabies to kick my ass and melt my face. The phrase “Wisdom through Agony into Illumination and Lunacy”…

Nader Sadek Live! DVD Footage Premiere

February 22, 2013

Egyptian-born Nader Sadek, stage set designer and mask maker extraordinaire for kvltists Sunn O))) and Mayhem, received further notoriety nearly two years ago by writing a phenomenal death metal record and getting legendary gentlemen like Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel), Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir, Ava Inferi), and Flo frickin’ Mounier (Cryptopsy) to lay it down all…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Ukraine’s Nonsun

February 15, 2013

Because every day another band records another song.  Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck.  Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm.  Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…