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Episode DB003 – Scott Hull

August 22, 2013

In our first on-location podcast, we infiltrate the sordid underworld of Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound studio to talk Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, the Decibel 100 show and much more. Featuring:Pig Destroyer “Rotten Yellow” (Live from Decibel’s 100th Issue Show)Pig Destroyer “The Bug”Agoraphobic Nosebleed “Merry Chrystmeth”Pig Destroyer “Junkyard God”

Episode DB002 – 2013 Decibel Tour Wrap-Up

July 24, 2013

Albert and Andrew interview Decibel publisher Alex Mulcahy and talk shop with members of the three bands leading the 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour–Paul Mazurkiewicz of Cannibal Corpse, Shane Embury of Napalm Death and Ross Dolan of Immolation.   Featuring: Immolation “All that Awaits Us”Cannibal Corpse “Crucifier Avenged”Napalm Death “A Gag Reflex”

Pig Destroyer – “Prowler in the Yard”

June 25, 2013

DB HOF NO. 102 The making of Pig Destroyer’s “Prowler in the Yard” released: 2001 label: Relapse —————————————————– If you’ve been a regular Decibel reader over the years, it may be hard to believe that there was a time when Pig Destroyer weren’t one of the most popular and revered bands in underground extreme music. We haven’t…

Episode DB001 – August 2013 Issue Preview

June 18, 2013

Decibel is (more or less) proud to bring you its first Extremely Extreme Podcast! Enjoy the intro music, courtesy of GWAR’s Oderus Urungus, stay for the expletive-ridden banter between Editor in Chief Albert Mudrian and Managing Editor Andrew Bonazelli, who preview the August issue. Featuring: Pig Destroyer “Piss Angel”Dark Tranquillity “Sorrow’s Architect”

Pestilence – “Consuming Impulse”

March 26, 2013

All things being fair, death metal was a morbid accident. Tape traders, zines, dudes who formed record labels and hordes of disenfranchised, rock ‘n’ roll-fed youth were all willing to risk societal abandonment and future professional pursuits to make the music they adored a reality.

Killswitch Engage – “Alive or Just Breathing”

November 2, 2012

Whether it’s the weather, the water, chowda or some other supernatural force at play, Massachusetts has struck again with venerated metalcore (a deprecated term replaced by the New Wave of American Heavy Metal) outfit Killswitch Engage.

Agalloch – “The Mantle”

September 28, 2012

After nearly a decade of European dominance of all things anti-Abrahamic metal—starting with Bathory’s Viking-themed classic Hammerheart—Agalloch issued debut album Pale Folklore.

Sick of it All – “Scratch the Surface”

August 28, 2012

Four fellow dragon aficionados ensconced in the upper reaches of a Chinatown rehearsal loft they sublet with Henry Rollins (and a particularly stouthearted mouse) summoned into being the 1994 hardcore magnum opus Scratch the Surface.

Isis – “Oceanic”

August 1, 2012

Formed out of teenage jitters, a can-/will-do work ethic and long-term (possibly unhealthy) exposure to Neurosis, Swans and the Melvins, Boston’s Isis were in many respects different from what the rest of New England had to offer in the late ’90s.

Nuclear Death – “Bride of Insect”

July 28, 2012

Nuclear death were one of those bands that you really had to be there for. Formed in the depths of the Arizona desert in 1986 and dragged kicking and screaming through metal’s collective consciousness until 2000, the original trio was still in high school when they concocted what was to become their most beloved and influential recording.

Dying Fetus – “Destroy the Opposition”

June 18, 2012

What started out as a hobby between friends—principally guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher and bassist/vocalist Jason Netherton—in ’93, eventually turned into a career- and genre-defining powerhouse six years later. Though at the time, the Maryland-based outfit would be hard-pressed to believe it.

Unsane – “Scattered, Smothered & Covered”

May 2, 2012

The era surrounding the release of Total Destruction, the 1993 sophomore album by New York City noiseniks Unsane, took Chris Spencer’s life on the craziest of rollercoaster rides.

Megadeath – “Rust in Peace”

March 30, 2012

Rust in Peace, as you will learn, wasn’t written in a day. It wasn’t even written in the studio—well, Dave Ellefson’s “Dawn Patrol” was birthed there—over many months, like so many records of the day were.

Deceased – “Fearless Undead Machines”

March 6, 2012

Formed in the Virginia/DC area in the mid-’80s, a region then more known for its hardcore punk than metal, Deceased slowly built a loyal local fan base as that decade came to an end, kids attracted to the band’s unique take on the nascent death metal sound.

Overkill – “The Years of Decay”

January 31, 2012

No strangers to the north east thrash metal scene—then dominated by Hall of Famers Anthrax—New Jerseyans Overkill famously peeked out from the underground on ‘88’s Under the Influence.

King Diamond – “Abigail”

December 28, 2011

This is the album that solidified Diamond’s legend as not only one of the great metal vocalists of all time, but a great horror storyteller (and songwriter) with a flair for the dramatic.

Cryptopsy – “None so Vile”

December 2, 2011

Voivod might have set the standard for Québec heavy metal with their highly idiosyncratic sound, but it was death metal that was embraced the most by the French Canadian province when the 1990s rolled around.

Tragedy – “Tragedy”

October 27, 2011

While society feared the collapse of the wired world, Lorrain, Davis and the Burdettes feared having to play high-velocity, crusty hardcore for the same people in the same venues until Y3K, or until they kicked the collective bucket, whichever came first.

Ministry – “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste”

September 28, 2011

I distinctly recall the first time I heard Ministry’s The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste.

Queensrÿche – “Operation: Mindcrime”

August 24, 2011

The Queensrÿche of today hardly resembles the leather-clad, high energy band of young metallers that burst onto the global underground in 1983.

Rorschach – “Protestant”

August 4, 2011

It was only 18 years ago when Rorschach’s second album, Protestant, was released, but man, things were so very different. There was no Internet to help with communication or songwriting; if you wanted to write tunes, a bunch of people had to get face-to-face in a room.

Cradle of Filth – “The Principle of Evil Made Flesh”

June 28, 2011

Formed in 1991 in Ipswich, about 82 miles northeast of London, Cradle of Filth started out as, to quote frontman Dani Filth, a “gore-flecked death metal” band.

Coroner – “No More Color”

May 25, 2011

The story of the creation of Coroner’s No More Color is one absent of any of the hardship, debauchery and/or numerous lineup changes that have plagued many of the albums previously anointed official badass status in our esteemed Hall.

Buzrum – “Filosofem”

April 25, 2011

In 1993, Burzum mastermind and sole member Varg “Count Grishnackh” Vikernes both embodied Norwegian black metal’s violent strain of pagan nihilism and sought to defy the genre’s increasingly stultifying conventions.

Mercyful Fate – “Melissa”

February 24, 2011

It would be completely accurate to say that Melissa is the greatest album ever named after an errant human skull, but it would also be a ridiculously short sell.

All the Colors of the Dark

February 23, 2011

Hey, St. Louis! (or anyone in the Midwest willing to haul it over and under the arches). Starting March 16, our friends at the Awful Nice gallery are showcasing some of the most prominent underground artists creating “work driven by a heavy metal, fantastic or psychedelic aesthetic,” for a show called All the Colors of…

The Jesus Lizard – “Goat”

January 28, 2011

In the run leading up to 1991’s Goat, “Tight N Shiny”—a corrosive instrumental from the band’s transitional LP Head—offered a regular excuse for Yow to take a much-needed smoke break and introduce the unsuspecting audience to the art of genital origami.

Corrosion of Conformity – “Animosity”

January 4, 2011

In 1985, any punk band with the temerity to add metal elements to their sound were rather haphazardly lumped into the “crossover” category.

Satyricon – “Nemesis Divina”

November 23, 2010

This much is known: though black metal from the kingdom was initially informed by Venom, Bathory and Hellhammer, inventive teenagers and twentysomethings in Oslo, Bergen and various towns all over the country quickly transformed it into something else.

Venom – “Welcome to Hell”

October 20, 2010

The decision to induct Venom’s debut, Welcome to Hell, rather than the band’s second album, Black Metal, came down to one simple fact: there would be no Black Metal—the album or the genre—were it not for Welcome to Hell.