Shane Mehling

So, Your Record Got a Bad Review…

May 3, 2017

You put so much of yourself into the record that of course you’re crushed when someone dismisses it. It’s the most human reaction. If you had a new baby you couldn’t fathom someone typing on Facebook that “Eh, it doesn’t really do anything interesting and that goo goo ga ga junk is derivative of other, much cuter babies.”

Exclusive: Meatwound Continue to carve out their noisecore niche with “Reproduction Blues”

April 19, 2017

Maybe you’re not a fan of the name Meatwound. But rest assured that any revulsion you feel when hearing the name is blown up ten-fold when you listen to the Tampa quartet’s music. 

Exclusive Stream: Mind Mold get grim, slow and fucking weird on “Antipath”

April 5, 2017

Consisting of members from both Wake and Seminary, easily two of Canada’s best grind bands, you may be skeptical about this turn towards “Blackened doom.” But their five-song debut goes way beyond what anyone is expecting. 

Video Premiere: Noise cult members Brown Angel Want you to “See That I am Scourged”

March 23, 2017

Some people on the internet just want to make you smile. But with their new video, Brown Angel would prefer if your day were a little bit worse. 

Hear ‘N Aid: When Metal Tried to do their own “We Are the World”

March 8, 2017

1985’s “We are the World” became the fastest-selling American pop single in history and featured dozens of the world’s biggest musicians. What you may not know is that same year 40 metalheads and hard rockers tried the same thing, with far less successful results. 

Today is the Day – Temple of the Morning Star

February 28, 2017

Almost four minutes into Temple of the Morning Star is when the infamous fundamentalist preacher says, “Right now I want the undivided attention of every God-fearing American citizen.” And that’s pretty much where Today Is the Day officially began their new brand of misery.

Petrification Will Give you a permanent bangover with the old-school death of “The Headless One”

February 22, 2017

Being inspired by the classics doesn’t mean you can just follow through and pull off something worthy of your forebears. But someone in Portland has unbolted a crypt and unleashed the debut four-song EP Summon Horrendous Destruction by Petrification. 

Melodi-Punk-core Hotshots Drip-Fed Drag You down “Under the Wave Blanket”

February 8, 2017

It doesn’t take long to say a lot. Case in point is the song “Under the Wave Blanket” by the Austinites Drip-Fed, who pack plenty of pain and hope into 2 1/2 minutes. Though it helps that the music itself is the hooky, hulking kind of punk hardcore that makes you listen over and over until you develop welts.

The Lost Treasures of The Band Thanks List

January 11, 2017

I am not a luddite. Far from it. But there are some things I miss in this digital age. One of those is combing through a record layout to read the list of bands that are thanked. 

When is a Band No Longer the Same Band?

December 28, 2016

If you know anything about Napalm Death you probably know this bit of trivia: the band contains no original members. While they are known for the revolutionary Scum album, not even their oldest current member played on it. So when it comes to people leaving, dying or being fired, when is a band no longer the same band?  

Why do Metal Videos Suck?

December 14, 2016

Throughout the decades of arguing over metal, there is one undeniable constant: metal videos are usually pretty dumb bullshit. 

Eerie Von’s Book of Rare Punk and Metal Photos has been Reanimated

November 30, 2016

When it comes to members of Danzig and the visual medium, it’s hard to top Henry & Glenn Forever. But there is some pretty stiff competition in the form of Misery Obscura, a compendium of nearly 30 years of photography taken by bass player Eerie Von. 

Is Music Criticism Obsolete?

November 16, 2016

Is technology killing music criticism? This is an honest question. It’s killing plenty of other things, so why would this somehow be immune?

10 Not-So-Obvious Influences on Fight Amp

November 2, 2016

All loud things must come to end. And that is why Fight Amp have decided to break up. The band’s own Mike McGinnis offers this eulogy: a list of surprising influences you may not have picked up on. 

 

That Tour Was Awesome: Ministry/Helmet/Sepultura (1992)

October 27, 2016

The frontmen for each band—Ministry‘s Al Jourgensen, Helmet‘s Page Hamilton and Sepultura‘s Max Cavalera—share stories from one of the most oddly perfect mixes of diversified brutality in metal history. Get ready for tales of heroin, highway crashes and a puke-covered Eddie Vedder.

Why I Stopped Talking About Women in Metal

October 19, 2016

Write about metal long enough and it becomes increasingly difficult to find new, interesting ways to describe loud guitars and screaming. So having a little extra color to add to a review or a profile is always helpful. And when there is a woman in the band, that’s often the first place you turn to for a slightly fresher angle… right?

Brujeria

October 10, 2016

Pocho Aztlan
Larga vida a Juan Brujo
dB rating: 8/10

FACE OF OBLIVION Does Death Metal Duet with a little kid on “AOKIAGAHARA”

October 5, 2016

No, you’re not hallucinating. There really is a child’s voice in the new Face of Oblivion. 

Shittiest Video of the Week: Darke Complex – “Void”

September 21, 2016

I feel that reviewing this video is unfair. It’s like if a food critic walked into a restaurant and was only allowed to taste the ketchup. Darke Complex is such a multifaceted band when it comes to being terrible that this brief clip is a mere toe dip into the abyss of their artistic failings. But, you were promised a shitty video review, so let’s wheel this thing out.

Neurosis – “Through Silver In Blood”

August 26, 2016

While debating the musical and artistic impact of each Neurosis release is something many of us are happy to do long into the night, it’s pretty clear that if they ever had a breakout record, that record was Through Silver in Blood.

VIDEO REVIEW: OTEP’S “ZERO”

August 24, 2016

No matter how good or bad your traditional metal video may have been, one thing it never needed to depend on for success was the lyrics. But then everything changed with the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea of lyric videos.

Video Review: Megadeth’s “Poisonous Shadows” (Live) (360)

July 27, 2016

Metal videos are not known for their innovation. So when a band does try to do something new and different, they should almost always be congratulated for it. Megadeth‘s latest is an exception. 

Metalhead-Turned-Financial Advisor Wants You to Invest in Weed

July 13, 2016

When it comes to hubs for sound financial advice, checking the Decibel site is about on par with rifling through some hesher’s battle jacket. But that’s because we’re usually not talking to people like Jeff Siegel. 

VIDEO REVIEW: TRICK OR TREAT’S “NEVER SAY GOODBYE”

June 29, 2016

Metal is often a much too serious affair. Just because you’re in front of a camera doesn’t mean you need to be scowling and carving pentagrams into the nearest virgin. But there’s a fine line between being lighthearted and being downright fucking goofy…

Grind Machinists Robocop Reassemble for East Coast Tour

June 15, 2016

Beloved noise-grind three-piece will only be playing a handful of days for their “Make America Dead Again” tour. 

Bass/Drum Gore-Punks Mouth Demand You Open up and “Suck the Worm”

June 1, 2016

The Oakland duo gets up in your guts with a slithering track off their new album Deathroll.

Meek is Murder Tease The Shit Out Of You With Trailer for New Album ‘Was’

May 11, 2016

Brooklyn noisecore trio replace their instruments with being hilarious. 

 

Spotlights Exclusive Stream: Husband/Wife Duo Marry Psych With Sludge

April 27, 2016

With the song “Hover” the Brooklyn couple show that they’re louder than love.