Jeff Treppel

WHISTLIN’ SUOMI: Korpiklaani’s “Pilli On Pajusta Tehty” Video

April 24, 2015

I’d say Korpiklaani need a haircut and a bath, but maybe, like Samson, that’s the source of their powers. Whatever the secret is, you won’t find anything much more fun than their Finnish folk metal, and we have the video premiere to prove it.


April 21, 2015

Meet the new ruler of the Planet of the Apes, listen to his music, and enjoy some cocaine-dipped bananas with our exclusive premiere of The Humans Soundtrack Volume II.

ROMANCE IS DEAD: Valborg’s “Comtesse” Track Premiere

April 14, 2015

Despite some unfortunate hairstyle choices, Valborg play a pretty unique style of doom. Going for clean and bright where a lot of bands go for dark and dirty, the German trio has found a path less traveled into this oldest of metal genres. There’s something to be said for aesthetics. You can check out the…

The Funniest Civil War Since Illusion-Era GN’R Does Their Thing

April 8, 2015

I’ll be honest – I was excited to post this video because I literally laughed out loud as soon as the singer popped up on screen. Still, once you get past that initial silliness – well, it doesn’t get any less goofy, but it does get crazy catchy. Not really a surprise, considering that Civil…

TAKING ANOTHER STAB AT IT: Six Feet Under’s “Stab”

April 7, 2015

Chris Barnes possesses a directness impressive even by the standards of his former bandmates in Cannibal Corpse – and we’re talking about dudes that have called recent albums Torture and Kill. He also smells exactly like you’d expect him to, but that’s neither here nor there. His group, Six Feet Under, is back with their…

ALL CRASH, NO BURN: Minsk’s “The Crash and the Draw” Album Stream

March 31, 2015

It’s hard to think of any instance in which post-metal could be considered uplifting. Minsk certainly aren’t going to change that. This Illinois-based act brings a widescreen sensibility to their Neurosis, storming through 76 minutes of sludge and misery. With the ever-dependable Sanford Parker guiding the storm, their latest descent into the void is a…

FLYING SAUCERS + GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS = Ufomammut’s “Ecate” Full Album Stream

March 26, 2015

If you’re a doom metal fan and don’t know Ufomammut, go hang your head in shame and sit in the corner for a while, then check out one of the most inventive discographies ever in the entire history of heavy music and then come back here for their latest. Ecate is ostensibly about Greek gods…

TERRA AT 20,000 FEET: Terra’s “Untitled” Album Stream

March 24, 2015

You like formless shrieking, right? Hell, what’s NOT to like? Especially when it sounds like it’s taking place in the void of space. Yes, I know technically you can’t hear anything in space, but nobody told these guys that. Terra, despite their name being rather earthbound, go for the more cosmic sort of black metal….

DIRE VOLE: Maestus’s “Voir dire” Stream

March 17, 2015

It’s not like Oregon has a monopoly on great doom acts, but sometimes it feels that way. Between Witch Mountain, YOB, and now Maestus, the Beaver state seems like the place to go if you want to get massively bummed out. Which is weird, considering they have legalized pot and everything is organic there. Whatever…


March 10, 2015

If you’re into heaviness and weirdness, you’ve come to the right place. No, not the Decibel blog, although there’s certainly no lack of weirdos here; I’m talking about Flummox. This power trio clearly digs Primus, Mr. Bungle, and Mastodon, and their first full length takes them to some unusual places. To their credit, despite some…

REPULSIVE MORTALS: Mortals/Repellers “Split”

March 5, 2015

If you like filth, boy do we have a split for you!  New York sludge/hardcore/softball aficionados Mortals and Philadelphia crust scumbags Repellers have teamed up to deliver four tracks of total nastiness straight to your face. You know why this is so fucking good? Groove, and lots of it. Both bands traffic in unpleasantness, but…

ABSOLUTE DESCENT: Continuum’s “A Surreal Descent” Lyric Video Premiere

March 3, 2015

Tech death. It has lyrics. Generally they are hard to notice underneath the infinite pretzel knots of the instruments, but they are there. This lyric video from Continuum proves it. Of course, said lyrics sound like technobabble from 1970s Marvel cosmic comics, but they exist! Continuum is the brainchild of Chase Fraser (Decrepit Birth, Animosity),…

BETTER THAN FULGOR B: Fulgora’s “Stratagem”

February 24, 2015

Grind it out, bitches! Phil Anselmo has some fresh stuff for you from Fulgora, a new band featuring his buddies in Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and Misery Index (although really, two of the dudes are in three of the bands, so that’s a bit of a cheat, but whatever). Basically, what we have here is…

BLACK METAL SCRABBLE: Lamentations of the Ashen’s “Hiraeth (Torpor of the Persiflage)”

February 17, 2015

Okay, I’m going to be honest with you guys here: by the time you’ll be reading this, I’ll be relaxing on a tropical island, listening to AC/DC bootlegs, and lamenting absolutely nothing except maybe sunburn. Still, I know most of you poor bastards are stuck in much more inhospitable climes. To that end, I have…

BLACKEST OF THE BLACKWÜLF: Blackwülf’s “Wings of Steel”

February 10, 2015

What’s better than a wolf? A black wolf, of course. What’s even better than a black wolf? A black wolf with umlauts. Oakland’s Blackwülf bring some serious stoner vibes to the party, hitting the listener with some fat bottomed rock. “Wings of Steel” is so fresh that it comes from an album they haven’t even…

PREMIERE: A Forest of Stars’s “Drawing Down the Rain” Video

February 4, 2015

You want a crazy ass music video? A Forest of Stars sure have one for you! In this 10 minute animated film by Ingram Blakelock, a little dude sets out on an epic journey across a video game-like world to do… Something, I guess? You’ll have to watch to find out. Oh, and there’s anachronistic…

BODY HORROR, OR, A NIGHTMARE ON THOU STREET: The Body/Thou’s “Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity”

February 3, 2015

What do you get when you combine two of the ugliest doom bands out there today? Well, it sure ain’t gonna be pretty. For their latest collaboration, You, Whom I Have Always Hated, The Body and Thou make some serious noise and cover Nine Inch Nails. They also made a video (directed by Thou’s Mitch…

SPOILING OUR READERS: Iron Reagan’s “Spoiled Identity” EP

January 30, 2015

Last June, we gave out a free Iron Reagan flexi disc to our subscribers, because we’re awesome like that. Still, that was free, and booze and drumsticks aren’t, so A389 have figured out a reason to charge you for it! It’s totally worth your hard-earned cash, though. Not only do you get two bonus tracks…

VALLEY OF THE DAMNED: Wells Valley’s “Matter As Regent”

January 28, 2015

We don’t hear much about Portuguese metal, but pissed off dudes make pissed off music no matter the geographic location. Wells Valley may not have the most threatening name, but their Gojira-style post-metal sure feels intense. These six tracks will crush you in their powerful grip, leaving nothing but devastation behind. Check them out below….

BURIED ALIVE IN BLACK METAL: Vivus Humare’s “Einkehr”

January 27, 2015

My friend and I spent a while trying to figure out what “Vivus Humare” means in Latin, and the best we could come up with was that it was a clumsy translation of “buried alive.” Whatever, though – bad Latin is one of the universal constants amongst metal bands, no matter where they’re from. This…

LAVA IT OR LEAVE IT: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth’s “Lava”

January 20, 2015

Look at those three up there. That’s like 1000 combined years of grizzled. Fronted by Tad Doyle of the legendary TAD, a dude who’s only gotten heavier as he’s gotten older (sonically, that is), alongside scene veterans Peggy Doyle and Dave French, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth are heavier than a really heavy thing. Their…

SARPANITUM FOR THE SARPANITUMMY: Sarpanitum’s “Glorification Upon The Powdered Bones Of The Sundered Dead”

January 13, 2015

In the mood for a serious blastbeating? Sarpanitum have some serious black and death metal for your blasphemous enjoyment. Taking aim at the joys of religious warfare, this Birmingham-based trio brings long song titles and brutality to their death metal game. You can enjoy the beatdown below. ***Blessed Be My Brothers hits on February 17…

WOLVES IN THE COUNCIL ROOM: The Wolf Council’s “Send Help for the Rest”

January 6, 2015

Apparently a council of wolves only consists of three beasts (which is maybe why they aren’t considered a pack). This particular trio of wolves have instruments, and they seem really into the Melvins and Kyuss. That’s the best kind of lupine! Preview the first track from their upcoming self-titled album below. Don’t worry, you won’t…

NEW YEAR’S EVIL: Best Bandcamp Finds from 2014

December 30, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve recommended awesomeness available on the Bandcamp download service, and since a draconian new VAT policy goes into effect in Europe on January 1, this might be your last chance to grab some of these before shit gets wonky. Here’s a random assortment of awesome downloadable metal so you can…

OWNER OF A DORMANT HEART: Sylosis In-Studio Performance of “Mercy” + Interview

December 22, 2014

British progressive thrashers Sylosis have been destroying minds for four albums now, and their latest may be their most ambitious yet (10 minute acoustic track!). Produced by guitarist/vocalist Josh Middleton, Dormant Hearts contains some of their most malevolent material to date, containing a full hour of anger. To celebrate the release of the album, we…

THEY HUNT HORSES TOO, DON’T THEY?: Free Download of Horsehunter’s “Stoned to Death”

December 16, 2014

They make everything heavier in Australia. That’s probably because gravity is stronger down there (or so I’m told). Horsehunter come from down under, and they bring some seriously slow, Sabbath/Sleep-style doom. “Stoned to Death” follows in a grand tradition of epically long songs, and it’s like being between two tectonic plates at the moment of…

WOLFHEART IN A WOLF WORLD: “Routa Pt. 2” Video Premiere

December 9, 2014

Finland and fire are the cheapest special-effects for a metal video. Wolfheart have both! Started as a solo project by Tuomas Saukkonen (ex-Before the Dawn, Black Sun Aeon, a whole bunch of others), it’s since morphed into a full band effort. The video below comes from the upcoming reissue of his debut, Winterborn, so most…

STREAMING: Twingiant’s “Devil Down”

December 2, 2014

Holy shit, someone actually did a play on Van Halen’s most underwhelming (DLR-era) album. Don’t expect anything off of Devil Down to sound like “Dancing in the Streets,” however. Twingiant prefer their guitars low and slow, eschewing fancy musicianship for heavy grooves and psychedelic effects pedals. This is southern-fried stoner doom at its finest, and…

From Internment to Obliteration: Jucifer’s “It Can’t Be Helped”

November 25, 2014

Those who follow Jucifer’s twitter feed will know that they harbor some pretty strong political beliefs, but it’s taken them until now to launch a full-scale assault on the very institution of democracy. District of Dystopia contains their shortest screeds to date, the duo’s wall of amplifiers redirected towards grindcore instead of their usual filthy…

Synthtracks: Contact Playlist, Part 2: AE Paterra/Majeure

November 18, 2014

Because synthesizers are awesome, and movie soundtracks are awesome, we asked the duo of British film composer Paul Lawler and American drummer AE Paterra (Zombi/Majeure), collectively known as Contact, to put together a playlist for us with their favorite soundtrack tunes and some words on each. This week, we have Paterra’s picks; click here to check…