Kevin Stewart-Panko

Fuck the Facts: Fucking Interviewed.

June 13, 2013

With a self-released EP on the horizon, a European tour about to kick off in a few weeks and an animated video making the rounds, things are busy for Canadian grind freakazoids, Fuck the Facts. More so when you consider they’re doing this all by themselves now, a fact I wasn’t made aware of until…

Get a Van for Getting in the Van: An Interview with Greenvans Owner Andrew Reitz

June 6, 2013

I don’t exactly remember how I stumbled across Greenvans, but if Andrew Reitz had been offering the use of 15-passenger vans at affordable rates exclusively to touring bands, it would have made my touring life a fuck of a lot easier. I would have avoided doing month long tours in minivans out of necessity, for…

Chaos in Tejas Fest: the Gmail Interview

May 30, 2013

The ninth annual Chaos in Tejas fest begins in Austin, TX tonight. I have barely recovered from last weekend and Maryland Deathfest, but ever since attending CIT for the first time last year, I made the promise to myself that sleep, work and all that other crap can be worried about later when there’s more…

Contest Alert: Win Heartless 7″ Stuff

May 24, 2013

With a spat of excellent releases from the likes Light Bearer, Amber, Momentum, Northless, Multiple Truths and Protestant, Halo of Flies Records has recently and consistently been knockin’ ’em out of the park. Another stellar forthcoming release is Certain Death, the new 7″ from Pittsburgh grinding powerviolence-ers, Heartless. To celebrate the occasion – and to…

Getting to Know MDF: The Movie Director David Hall

May 23, 2013

As quickly as Maryland Deathfest architects Evan Harting and Ryan Taylor brought the rage to outdoor stages, photos capturing the scene on Saratoga Street emerged, taken from the multi-story parking garage atop the venue. One thing very noticeable in said pictures are glowing cell phone screens being held aloft as folks attempt to capture the…

Old School Hardcore Thursdays with AC4. This Week: Visual Aggression

May 16, 2013

Today marks the final installment of Old School hardcore Thrusdays with the members Umea throwback punks, AC4. Check out parts one and two, if you should so desire. This week, I asked bassist Christoffer Jonsson and guitarist Karl Backman to list off the albums they spent as much time longingly staring at back in the…

Old-School Hardcore Thursdays with AC4. This week: Guilty of Killer Riffs

May 9, 2013

As I continue on with part two of the three-part old-school hardcore Thursday feature with the dudes from Sweden’s AC 4 (check out part one here), this week I make the not-so-daring proclamation that hardcore is synonymous with Minor Threat. That’s about all I have to say, or should have to say. With that, we…

Old-School Hardcore Thursdays with AC4. This Week: Rocking with Raw Power

May 2, 2013

First thing you need to know is that what you’re reading is being written in mid-April. Don’t ask why, unless you come out to the Fear Factory/Hate Eternal tour, MDF or Chaos in Tejas; then you can ask me why. Anyhoo, if all goes the way I’ve planned, I will still be coming off the…

No One Wins, Everybody Hurts. Multiple Truths Interviewed.

April 25, 2013

The latest entry into the world of scathing, screamy, melodic hardcore is Chicago-centric Multiple Truths. For the most part, the quintet, formed by guitarist Justin Wettstein, did and do things the old-school way: rehearsing regularly together, hanging out like a small gang of record collecting nerds and taking the time to find and refine their…

Still Havin’ a Good Time. An Interview with Soothsayer.

April 18, 2013

The news that rabid, unhinged, original wave thrashers, Soothsayer have returned may not mean much to anyone under the age of 35 who lived outside of southern Ontario or the band’s home province of Quebec, but they’re back and I for one am rather pleased at the news. Initially reconvening to play an old-school Quebec…

North. Interviewed.

April 11, 2013

Hmm. How did we miss this one? Did we miss this one? Was it only I who wasn’t paying attention and missed it? Either way, Arizona’s North has a “new” album out. It’s a wall of crushing, psychedelia-tinged post-Neur-Isis mania entitled The Great Silence, though “new” is a bit of a misnomer as it was…

A389 Contest Winners and Free Digital Mixtape

April 4, 2013

Remember this a couple weeks ago? Well, the horror lovin’, Satan strokin’ dudes in Seven Sisters of Sleep have studiously studied your entries and picked the winning winners. Grand prize goes to: Sam Pickering Three runner-up prizes go to: Mark Thistlewood, Nolan Reed and Xsimon stX Drop A389 head dude, Dom a line at dom@a389records.com…

The Great Sabatini is Doing Shit While You and I Sit at Home

March 28, 2013

A few months ago, we (and know that when I say “we,” I mean “I”) favourably reviewed Matterhorn, the latest by Montreal’s the Great Sabatini. For those of you who didn’t bother to heed my word and at least check ’em out, here’s a sample of how they rock: In that review, in addition to…

Not Enough Horror Business, with Seven Sisters of Sleep. And You. And Prizes. And an Advance Stream of their New Album

March 21, 2013

There’s a lot of business and entertaining reading for y’all to get down to this week. You don’t need me gumming up the gears with my special brand of bullshit. Los Angeles-based servants of evil/slaves of Satan, Seven Sisters of Sleep have a new album at the ready. It’s called Opium Morals and it sounds…

An Oozing Contest, Plus We Catch Up with Brian Chippendale

March 14, 2013

If you’re a fan of Lightning Bolt’s immensely quirky, insanely loud, outsider extreme music, then the name Brian Chippendale is probably very familiar to you. He’s the dervish behind the drums, often seen wearing a sock on his head with a microphone sewn into it as he seemingly grows three extra arms so as to…

Zine Police – The Deciblog Edition

February 28, 2013

My blog post this week was supposed to feature an interview with…someone. Someone – well, more like some band – who bailed on my exquisite line of questioning at the last minute. Which is fine when compared to the other ass hats who agreed to take their place and assume their position in internet history…

Thrash Comebacks and Revisiting the Embarrassing Past – The Return of Toxik

February 21, 2013

First thing’s first, bands: if you’re going to get back together and don’t want to have photos from your embarassing past dug up, the very least you could do is provide us hacks with at least one (1) recent picture. Otherwise, well…here’s a look at what New York’s prog-thrash conceptualists Toxik used to look like…

Listen & Love: Globe & Beast

February 14, 2013

Now that the puck has finally been dropped on a (truncated) hockey season, it looks like we’re going to have to sit and wait for the esteemed Keith Huckins – he of Rorschach, Deadguy and Kiss it Goodbye fame – to unglue his eyes from the bank of Center Ice Package-equipped widescreens mounted in his…

Yes, We Love Verbosity: An Interview with Nolentia

February 7, 2013

photo credit: Lou Strummer France’s grindcore miscreats, Nolentia has recently made their newest and second album available to the world’s general populace and specifically those of you who enjoy your Nasum and Pig Destroyer weirded up a notch. The album’s called May the Hand That Holds the Match That Will Set This World on Fire…

Interview with Cloud Rat

January 31, 2013

Mount Pleasant, Michigan’s Cloud Rat play grind and they play it really well. They have a new album in the holster and on the ready entitled Moksha, courtesy the fine folks at Halo of Flies. What follows is an interview with guitarist Rorik Brooks and some vids and crap I lifted from their website. Check…

Interview with Switchblade

January 17, 2013

Let’s face it: there are too many bands out there releasing too much music for any one magazine-blog-social media platform combo to cover it all adequately. Or at least cover it all to the adequate degree that all those bands and PR people would want to be covered. Stuff gets lost in the shuffle the…

One-Half of the New Weekend Nachos 7″

January 10, 2013

We love us some Weekend Nachos ’round the hallowed corridors of the Decibel nerve centre and its various satellite offices. So, when WN vocalist John Hoffman emailed us earlier this week asking if we wanted to throw up the A-side of the band’s new 7″, the “DUH!” was positively Richter Scale-worthy. The track originally appeared…

Seven Inches into the New Year, with Feral King and Lonely Ghost Parade

January 3, 2013

The Lord Herself knows Zao has kept it super-low on the spotlight front since the release of 2006’s The Fear is What Keeps Us Here. The promotional push for Awake? was zilch and the only “concrete” mentions of this supposed new album they have waiting in the wings for 2013 comes via Wikipedia and hardcore…

Chances are…Behind the Scenes at A389 Records

December 27, 2012

Chances are you know about Scion’s involvement in the world of extreme music (as well as garage rock and electronic music scenes). Chances are some of you have even gone on online to whine about a huge corporation like Scion/Toyota digging their claws and worming their tentacles into our sacred little world… after picking up…

Pleasure to Draw: An Interview with Phil Lawvere

December 20, 2012

On the surface, the name Phil Lawvere might not mean a whole lot. But if you take a root around your record collection, the importance of Lawvere’s contribution to the world of metal becomes pretty evident, pretty quickly. As the man who painted the covers to such classics as Endless Pain, Pleasure to Kill, Terrible…

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: ILSA’S INTOXICANTATIONS

December 13, 2012

If you’re like me, chances are if the name “Ilsa” somehow comes up in conversation, thoughts immediately turn to the triptych of ridiculous 70s Nazi exploitation films Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS, Ilsa: Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks and Ilsa: the Tigress of Siberia. If you’re really down with your B-movie trivia and haven’t…

GET YOUR ASS TO THE EARTHSHIP: AN INTERVIEW WITH EARTHSHIP

December 6, 2012

Well folks, my recent birthday has officially put me more than past the halfway point to the grave. You’ll be rid of me soon (“not soon enough,” I hear some of you screeching). Usually, people in my age bracket (but not tax bracket) pull up the parking brake on their listening habits and start grousing…

KHOMA, TRYING TO BE SERIOUS IN THE FACE OF MY STUPIDITY

November 29, 2012

Sweden’s Khoma is probably best known on this side of the Atlantic – assuming they’re known at all – for being the side project of Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson and Fredrik Kihlberg. Au contraire. While they may not have been as on the radar of metalnerds as Cult of Luna, Khoma has existed in…

REGENTS MAY NOT BE METAL, BUT THEY LIKE METAL

November 15, 2012

Regents features current and ex-members of Sleepytime Trio, Maximillian Colby, Frodus, the Exploder, Battery, Combatwoundedveteran, Thursday, United Nations and Decahedron playing the sort of screwy and spazzy post-punk punk rock you’d expect a band featuring current and ex-members of Sleepytime Trio, Maximillian Colby, Frodus, the Exploder, Battery, Combatwoundedveteran, Thursday, United Nations and Decahedron to be…

PAY ATTENTION, THERE WILL BE A QUIZ. SAY “HEY” TO AUROCH

November 8, 2012

In the boundless quest to distinguish one’s band from metal’s ever-growing pack, comes another new sub-genre, given birth by Vancouver’s Auroch. Referring to themselves as “Lovecraftian death metal,” the trio is set to release their debut full-length From Forgotten Worlds via Poland’s Hellthrasher Productions. The band’s debut, which follows a spate of five demos that…