Kevin Stewart-Panko

Sacrifice – “Forward to Termination”

November 24, 2015

The story of the emergent popularity of Sacrifice’s second album, Forward to Termination, is a shining example of how media used to work and things “went viral” in the days before the internet gave power to trending tweets and twats.

Bonus Material: Vinny Appice Talks Our Ear Off About Holy Diver. We Laugh, Listen and Drool.

November 19, 2015

We spoke to Vinny Appice about life and those times for our latest special issue, the 100 Greatest Old-School Albums of All Time). The legendary sticksman was more than happy to regale us with stories about the good old days. What he gave us was not only gold, but more than what would have fit on the page allotted in the magazine. Thusly, we present the full interview.

Free Children of Earth: Album Stream and Track-By-Track Commentary

November 16, 2015

Washington, D.C.’s Free Children of Earth singer/guitarist/lyricist Jason Yawn has a lot on his mind and we wanted to not only stream his band’s new album, Terminal Stasis this week on the blog, but also give Yawn a forum to deliver a track-by-track explanation and analysis which, despite your opinion and position on the matters at hand, make for some excellent and thoughtful reading.

A Great(ish) Interview with Great Falls

November 9, 2015

Abrasive and prickly purveyors of violently noisy hardcore, Great Falls have a new album out entitled The Fever Shed. Hit the big orange arrow somewhere below and you can have it peel the paint off the walls of whatever asylum you’re presently rotting in.

Black Metal Brotherhood: The Deciblog Introduces Helleborus

November 5, 2015

I’ve always been interested in the dynamic of bands with siblings in the line-up. How those who shared so much of their entire lives come together creatively, the bond they have, how they work together, how things are managed when non-relatives are brought into the picture and so on and so forth. KEN Mode, Valkyrie, Gojira, Skeletonwitch, Obituary, Sepultura, Oasis, Heart…the list goes on and on. Now, you can add Colorado black metal entity, Helleborus to the list.

Stream This: Birds in Row/WAITC Split 10″

October 8, 2015

Sit back and enjoy a gorgeous, noisy hardcore pummelling from two bands.

Letting Go of the Reins: An Introduction to InTechnicolour

September 24, 2015

Where do old mathematicians go when they die? Fucked if I know, but according to brand spanking new British band, InTechnicolour, dudes who once (and in some cases, still do) ply their wares as part of that nation’s math/tech metal scene, will at some point find themselves taking a complete 180 degree creative turn when the fancy strikes.


September 10, 2015

A year or two ago, I did a ‘Black Label Debutante Ball’ profile on Poland’s EveryDayHate Records.  A couple weeks ago, a massive package of vinyl and CDs showed up at the house and I’ve decided to focus this week’s blog post on all the goodies emerging from EveryDayHate’s Krakow offices.

Throwing Frickin’ Bones on the Deciblog: Display of Decay

August 27, 2015

This morning, the Deciblog shines the unsigned band spotlight on Edmonton’s long-standing denizens of death metal, Display of Decay. 

Uncut and Uncensored: Publicist UK Interviewed

August 17, 2015

Here you are kids: the full, slightly abridged, version of the Publicist UK interview that appears in the Upfront section of the latest issue.

It’s Adolyne Overload Day! Interviews! Videos! Songs! Album Announcements!

August 6, 2015

For the majority of you, the name Adolyne may not ring a bell, but in Western Canada, the Saskatoon noise-niks are on the tips of more than a few tongues

Worldwide Obscenity and Extremity: An Interview with Obscene Extreme’s Curby

July 30, 2015

Since 1999, Miroslav “Curby” Urbanec has been putting on the Obscene Extreme Festival in Czech. Billed as a “freak friendly extreme music festival,” OE has faithfully and respectfully catered to the grind, crust, punk, hardcore and death metal hordes. We caught up with Curby to ask about trying to book obscenity and extremity for one part of the world from the other.

Lengthy and In-Depth, Just Like Their Songs: Minsk Interviewed

July 16, 2015

Peroria’s atmosph-sludge-tribal-psych-rock heroes and denizens of long form song structures, Minsk returned to active duty this last April with their fourth full-length, The Crash and the Draw. Christopher Bennett and Timothy Mead cover all bases thoroughly and definitively in the interview that follows. 

Slaughter – “Strappado”

July 7, 2015

Slaughter’s Strappado hits closer to home for this particular hack than any of our previous entries. That’s because Slaughter hailed from the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, home to a ridiculously disproportionate number of metalheads in the ’80s.

Take Off, Eh? Golers Full Album Stream and Tour Announcement

July 2, 2015

If you’re ever in Canada, say the name ‘Golers’ at any downtrodden watering hole and watch dudes fired up on discount cases of Old Vienna hold their brewski aloft in celebratory salute (after which you can guarantee you’ve just made a sketchy, greasy friend for life). On the other hand…

Streaming the Sonic Poison of Sonic Poison

June 18, 2015

While metal may be Decibel’s bread ‘n’ butter ‘n’ focus, there’s no doubt we love ourselves some hardcore punk. Especially when it’s super-pissed off and sounds like a pack of rabid wolves developed opposable thumbs, invented a time machine and set the coordinates for somewhere smack dab in the middle of the mid-80s NYC, D.C. and Boston scenes.


June 4, 2015

A few months ago, French grinders Nolentia and stoner doomers, Drawers were invited to participate in 2015’s edition of the long-running Brutal Fest, an annual tour that brings European bands to Cuba. We got in touch with Nolentia guitarist/vocalist, Ghis and Drawers drummer Olivier Lolmede to get an account of the experience.

Tracking Down Metal from Not-So Metal Places: Anuryzm Interviewed

May 28, 2015

Hailing from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, progressive power thrashers Anuryzm are set to release their second full-length on June 15th, All is Not For All. I got in touch with guitarist John Bakhos and vocalist Nadeem Michel Bibby in order to explore my on-going curiosity about metal from places not normally associated with metal and to discuss the band’s forthcoming album.

ØLTEN: Weird/Entertaining Band. Weird/Entertaining Dudes. Weird/Entertaining Video

May 21, 2015

Switzerland’s Ølten has one of the most entertaining bios I’ve come across in a long time. They obviously don’t need a hack like me to help, so let’s nab a couple of zingers from their various profiles on various online portals:

The Top 5 Riffs That Have Caused Me Almost More Trouble Than They’re Worth

May 20, 2015

Ever since 2006, each year end issue has included, alongside the customary list of the year’s best albums for you to argue about and call us out on, a collection of Top 5’s ranging from the silly to the (somewhat) serious to the even more silly. 

Farmageddon Open Air: Even if You Bring Metal to the Middle of Nowhere, They Will Come.

May 14, 2015

Looking to combine his love of distortion and bug bites (and paintball!), is Alberta-based promoter Tyson Travnik, the mastermind behind Farmageddon Open Air, an annual gathering 45 miles outside of Edmonton, near Riley, Alberta. Two-thousand-fifteen will be the third year of his fest and it promises to be the biggest yet 


May 14, 2015

This afternoon, we continue making our own lives that much more difficult with the ongoing practice of ranking the songs that comprise some of the greatest albums of all time

Not Jumping to Conclusions and Streaming William English’s “Grandpa Sorrow Part 1”

May 7, 2015

When the promo for UK band William English’s debut full-length, Basic Human Error showed up in my inbox, I made a basic human error and judged a book by its cover. 

Video Premiere: Witch of the Waste’s “It Was Always 3:00 AM”

April 30, 2015

I knew from the off that Vancouver’s Witch of the Waste was going to be a band that hung out in extreme music’s left/left-centre field. How? T-shirts, brah!

Gas Mask Fever – Streaming New Kommandant

April 23, 2015

When the idea of running an advance stream of a track from The Architects of Extermination, the forthcoming third album by Chicago’s Kommandant was proposed to me, I was all naively like, “Well, shucks and swell! Sure! Why not?!” Good call, dummy.


April 16, 2015

Metal is falling deeper and deeper into a retro-obsessed morass. As such, folks will forever debate both sides of the ‘should they or shouldn’t they be digging out old treasures/does the old school crowd care about the new school stuff/does the new school crowd care about the old school stuff/should the band in question have broken up years ago’ arguments. Tonight, and this tour as a whole, is a solid indication that everyone on all sides of all arguments is both right and wrong. The Dark Roots of Thrash tour demonstrates that the entire span of a given band’s career means different things to different groups of people and everyone is valid in expressing their love of whatever era of a band they happen to love.

Read the rest of the review (and retro commentary) after the jump.

Gettin’ Mathy with Kehlvin and Fleshworld

April 9, 2015

  We’re all familiar with math rock and math metal, but how much rock and metal has actually been written about math? For all your number crunching fun, we’d like to turn your direction towards To Deny Everything That’s Mundane, a split release set to be imminently dropped like a weighty textbook of epic proportions…

No Room Left at the Psych Ward: Meek is Murder Premiere “Upward”

April 2, 2015

Meek is Murder formed after ex-Red Chord axe slinger, Mike Keller, probably having had it with  trying to figure when, if ever, bassist and band mate Greg Weeks was ever being serious about anything, departed from the Boston bruisers to nurse his internal head wounds in peace. While none of this can be confirmed, what ended up coming…

This Will Keep Your Brain Busy For a While: Upsilon Acrux Track Premiere

March 27, 2015

Admittedly, before a couple weeks ago, I didn’t know much about California’s Upsilon Acrux. I had no idea the band had been around for almost twenty years, is set to release album number seven and have toured and shared the stage with the Locust, the Fucking Champs, the Dillinger Escape Plan, the Boredoms and a…


March 20, 2015

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