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Demo:listen: The Ritualist

March 25, 2016

On this week’s Demo:listen we genuflect in primordial fear at the foot of the true occult doom of Virginia’s The Ritualist.

Demo:listen: Recitations

March 18, 2016

On this week’s Demo:listen, we attempt to interpret strange transmissions coming from Norway’s latest anomaly, Recitations . . .

Dream Death

March 14, 2016

Still crazy good after all these years
dB Rating: 8/10


March 11, 2016

On this week’s Demo:listen we expose you to a virulent new strain of deadly Canadian fungus known as Tomb Mold . . .

Through a Speaker Rumbly

March 9, 2016

Come check out another installment of Through a Speaker Rumbly! This month we pit your brain and tongue against your ears in the battle to support three killer bands whose names are nearly impossible to say/remember.


March 4, 2016

This week on Demo:listen we savor some Massive Retaliation and then get Ceremented hard . . .


February 26, 2016

For this week’s Demo:listen we dredge up your nightmares with California’s Barren Altar and a new Canadian monster known as Amphisbaena . . .

Through a Speaker Rumbly interviews Headsplit Records

February 10, 2016

A side-splitting interview with the insane owner of Headsplit Records, a (mostly) tape label specializing in obscenely putrid death metal and uncomfortably inappropriate grind. You’ve been warned.


January 29, 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 scream into the abyss and the abyss screams back: New Zealand’s Veneficium, Obduktio & Scumripper from Finland and Brooklyn’s Horns & Hooves.

Wolves at the Revelry: Deströyer 666’s Chant a “Hymn to Dionysus”

January 26, 2016

Stream a new track from Deströyer 666’s forthcoming album Wildfire.


December 29, 2015

Best Underground Metal Tapes of the Year , pt. II, featuring Ghûllzaraën of Necromantic Worship, hidden messages, Eli W. of Spectral Voice, unpronounceable band names, Hansel of Caligari Records, quotes from the underground and so much more! 

Through a Speaker Rumbly’s E.O.T.Y. MegaHaul!

December 8, 2015

Best Underground Metal Tapes of the Year, pt. I, featuring Jon Von Frost, Jake R. of Graceless Recordings, Jullian Rhea of Of Corpse & Cryptic Excision and much more!

My Favorite Flexi: Evoken “Rotting Misery” (dB026)

November 11, 2015

To commemorate five years of Decibel Flexis we’ve asked Decibel writers to write a review-length tribute to their favorite disc. Today’s installment features Evoken’s cover of “Rotting Misery,” originally by Paradise Lost.

Through a Speaker Rumbly: Spells to Ward Off Social Intercourse

October 21, 2015

Relax, reader. Breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth. Smell the corpses. Now blow out the ritual candles.


September 28, 2015

Hope Finally Died
Delivered from extortionate obscurity
dB Rating: 9/10

Through A Speaker Rumbly interviews Graceless Recordings

September 10, 2015

An exclusive TASR interview with the two CEOs of Nashville’s Graceless Recordings on their six new tape releases, plus their thoughts on some other tapes currently vying for your hard-earned dinero.

Saved From Extinction: Decomposed Interview

August 20, 2015

An exclusive stream of the heretofore extinct album Hope Finally Died… plus an interview with bassist/vocalist Harry Armstrong. 

Through a Speaker Rumbly presents . . . Desert Dances, Serpent Sermons and Highly Coveted Cassettes

August 8, 2015

Today we interrupt your busy air-guitar-wailing/eBay-foraging schedule to bring you news of a new Crepusculo Negro/Black Twilight Circle compilation featuring all new material from Volahn, Shataan, Arizmenda and Kalathon.

Through a Speaker Rumbly

July 28, 2015

Four demos from four new bands to satisfy your itch for something strange. 

Through a Speaker Rumbly: Metallica to Reissue 1982 Demo on Cassette

March 4, 2015

We interrupt your regularly scheduled headbanging to bring you an exciting revelation. This year, on Saturday, April 18–known to the western world as “Record Store Day”–American thrash metal legends Metallica will reissue their demo, No Life ‘Til Leather. What’s more, the demo will be reissued on its original format, a limited-edition cassette! Metallica’s own label,…

Through a Speaker Rumbly: Spectral Voice’s “Necrotic Doom”

February 25, 2015

“We are obsessed with death metal!” For this month’s Speaker Rumbly, I tracked down one-half of Colorado’s new and incredibly putrescent death/doom outfit, Spectral Voice, for some good ol’ Q&A. Spectral Voice’s demo, Necrotic Doom, is currently available, but is likely not long for this world. I’ve been in contact with the specter herein known…

Through a Speaker Rumbly: Caligari Records

January 21, 2015

“. . . tapes mean less risk, warm sound and affordability.” This installment of Through a Speaker Rumbly features a Q&A with Caligari Records owner, Hansel Merchor. Merchor has been running Caligari Records for about two years now and, in that short amount of time, besides having accumulated hundreds of my own hard-earned dollars, Merchor…

Seeing Priest With My Dad

October 29, 2014

“Oh, watch the lightning strike Feel the powers of the hammer’s pounding on Take it to your heart and understand What must live on from father to son” -“Father to Son” by Quorthon/Bathory One thing my family always jokes about is how my dad was caught crying at the end of The Last Unicorn. It’s…