Jeff Treppel

Sister Sin Tour Diary, Part 1: How to Avoid Scurvy and Frontbutt on Tour

February 27, 2013

***Rocked out by Sister Sin singer Liv Jagrell during their recently completed tour opening for the metal queen, Doro. Check out their video for “Heart of Cold” HERE, or even better, catch them on their current headlining trek, tour dates HERE. February 2, 2013 – Atlanta, Georgia @ The Masquerade Trying to stay in good…

TRACK PREMIERE: Pristina’s “The Motherfucker”

February 25, 2013

Apparently 2012 was a pretty shitty year for Pristina vocalist/bassist Brendan K Duff, which would be pretty apparent even if it wasn’t in the press materials – you don’t name your album Hopeless•Godless when you’re pleased with life’s plentiful bounty. It’s not like his band was ever chipper, but their second album takes a particularly…

Black Label Debutante Ball Reloaded: Elektrohasch Schallplatten

February 19, 2013

A few months back (I’m too lazy to look up the actual issue), I did a Black Label Debutante Ball on Elektrohasch Schallplatten, a German psych/Stoner label. Since then, they’ve been sending me awesome stuff via priority mail from Europe, and since they’re putting all that money into postage, I figured I’d return the favor…

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Gates of Slumber’s “Death March”

February 12, 2013

Massive, hirsute man mountains, the members of The Gates of Slumber are the living avatars of the music that they play. Their behemoth doom strides powerfully back through the mists of time, crushing all in its path. In the likely event that you’ve never heard them, the kind folks at Scion AV have given you…

Pilot Season

February 5, 2013

Right now, television networks are picking up a bunch of pilots to shove into our eyesockets come September. This year, though, there is a difference – a weirdly large number of metal-themed reality shows. I feel it is my duty to report on some of the more promising entries. Storage War Ensemble In this spinoff…

For Those About to Squeak: Ozzy’s Nibbles of the Week

January 22, 2013

I have a pet hamster. His name is Ozzy. He is adorable but terrified of everything. However, over the course of his cohabitation with me, he’s become acclimated to the sounds of heavy metal, probably due to the fact that I play it for 16 hours a day. I’ve discovered that he actually has quite…

STREAMING: Holy Grail’s “Riding the Void”

January 15, 2013

Do you guys like totally ripping heavy metal? No? Well, okay, guess I’ll go away… Haha, just kidding! You nerds will never be rid of me. As a special Tuesday treat, here’s the new Holy Grail record, in its entirety. Our own Adrien Begrand has been losing his shit over this since he heard it,…

Dave Mustaine or Billy Corgan: Who’s Crazier?

January 8, 2013

The world of hard rock and heavy metal is filled with brilliant artists, and sometimes that thin line between genius and insanity gets erased. Usually in public. In very embarrassing ways. And there have been a lot of notable crazies in the music industry, but right now, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy…

Merry Xmas, Here’s Some Free Crap

December 18, 2012

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to celebrate the thinly veiled pagan tradition of your choosing! In the spirit of giving without having to actually give anything ourselves (other than some links on the Internet), here are some of the finest recent metal albums available for free download on Bandcamp (a few of…

7 Inches of Hell

December 11, 2012

Man, I love Hells Headbangers. They’re one of my favorite labels. Even when I don’t like the stuff they put out, I appreciate that someone is dedicating their time to dredging up the absolute scummiest acts from metal’s deepest cesspools. They’ve been cranking out a bunch of 7″ singles lately, and while we don’t have…

Life to False Metal

December 4, 2012

Because man can’t survive on metal alone, but indie rock is super boring and autotuned pop makes me want to kill myself, here’s a rundown of some recent/upcoming, Decibel-friendly metal-adjacent releases. Tusmørke – Underjordisk Tusmørke (Termo) A lot of the press releases and reviews of Underjordisk Tusmørke toss out terms like Krautrock and name check…

The Lazarus Pit: Believer’s Sanity Obscure

November 9, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for. This week, we have, by special request of…

The Lazarus Pit: Midnight Syndicate’s Born of the Night

October 26, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for. This week, we have a special treat (or…

The Lazarus Pit: SOB’s What’s the Truth?

October 12, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we go overseas for some seminal…

The Lazarus Pit Acrimony’s Tumuli Shroomaroom

September 28, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we’re going on a 50 million…

The Lazarus Pit: Warlord’s … And the Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun

August 31, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we dig through the Metal Blade…

The Lazarus Pit: Coven’s Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls

August 17, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week’s entry is from 1969, opens with…

The Lazarus Pit: Rock Goddess’s Rock Goddess

August 3, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, Girlschool gets sent to the principal’s…

The Lazarus Pit: Decoryah’s Wisdom Floats

July 20, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we go skinny dipping in the…

The Lazarus Pit: Uncle Slam’s Will Work for Food

July 6, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  In celebration of our nation’s birthday (if you…

The Lazarus Pit: Roachpowder’s Viejo Diablo

June 22, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week’s joint proves the superiority of crossbred…

The Lazarus Pit: Entwined’s Dancing Under Glass

June 8, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we discover what it’s like to…

The Lazarus Pit: Fear of God’s Within the Veil

May 25, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we contract a severe case of…

Exclusive Video Premiere: Mike Scheidt’s “In Your Light”

May 21, 2012

So for his first solo album, YOB mainman Mike Scheidt has gone the way of Wino and like 57 percent of Neurosis and decided to showcase his sensitive singer-songwriter side.  This thing is unplugged all the way, and I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t the least extreme thing ever featured on…

The Lazarus Pit: Lemming Project’s Hate and Despise

May 11, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we jump off a cliff into…

The Lazarus Pit: Leatherwolf’s Leatherwolf (1987)

April 27, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week’s entry is proof that the bassist…

The Lazarus Pit: Disharmonic Orchestra’s Expositionsprophylaxe

April 13, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we have another Dis- band, although…

The Lazarus Pit: Disgust’s Brutality of War

March 30, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we discharge the extreme noise terror…

The Lazarus Pit: Angel Dust’s Enlighten the Darkness

March 16, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for. This week, we head to the ever reliable…

The Lazarus Pit: Savage’s Loose ‘n Lethal

March 2, 2012

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we go back to the New…