Shane Mehling

Review This Band Photo: Eskimo Callboy

June 9, 2015

I’ve never heard this band’s music. I don’t know when their record is coming out and I was able to even avoid their name. All I know about these fellas is that they chose to take this picture. This, out of everything they could have done, is what they decided on. 

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Obituary’s “World Demise”

May 27, 2015

I am gobsmacked that I’m being asked to defend Obituary’s World Demise, a record that, in my mind, is nothing less than a classic extreme metal record which I assumed was pretty much universally respected.

VargTube

March 24, 2015

Varg Vikernes, a 42-year-old father of three who lives in France, is only interested in one simple thing: Never shutting the fuck up. At least that seems to be what his Youtube channel is trying to prove. Burzum would’ve released roughly ten additional records about Orcs if Vikernes spent a little more time with his Casio…

Studio Report: Drugs of Faith Record Split with Cloud Rat

March 23, 2015

I hate studio reports because I get to hear about music instead of the actual music. Like yeah, it’s great you’re doing something but I need that goodness hurled into my sound pits right now. But we should all be willing to wait for something like Drugs of Faith, the grind and roll three-piece led by…

The Healing Monsters Benefit Anthology Releases its Cover

March 20, 2015

Something very radical has been brewing for a while to help someone in need and preserve another’s memory. Horror author/metalhead Dustin LaValley has been suffering from life-threatening Crohn’s/IBD issues while Metal Maniacs cofounder/former editor Katherine Ludwig lost her battle with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year, leaving an irreplaceable void in the community. This inspired the…

TRACK PREMIERES from Wake/Theories Split

May 8, 2014

Or is it “Tracks Premiere”? Anyway, the openly Canadian label Handshake Inc. is releasing this six-track 7″ grindstravaganza in North America on May 20th (with the impeccable, taste-for-days 7Degrees Records handling duties in every other geographic region), and both bands are wielding two songs a piece while each taking a crack at a His Hero…

Help Helms Alee Fund Their New Album

April 17, 2013

The best high school house party of all time disguised as an experimental rock band, Helms Alee is trying to Kickstart funds so they can record, package and self-release their third album, Sleepwalking Sailors. But the ladies and dude are coming at it from a different angle — they’re selling you the pre-sale of their…

Decibel Magazine Presents: The Biggest Pussies in Metal

August 1, 2012

We’re all getting old. The bands we grew up idolizing are slowing down, retired or making geriatric mockeries of themselves. And sometimes we unfairly and harshly lash out at the newest crop of musicians for not being as heavy or “tough” as we were. I was one of those young, doe-eyed metal kids once, who…

Theories spread deathgrind from Northwest to Chaos in Tejas

May 23, 2012

Seattle’s brutalest, techiest, deathgrindiest band in Seattle is going on tour. Theories (feat. members of Samothrace, Skarp and Scourge Schematic) is ravaging the west as they head to and from Chaos in Tejas, creating fans from whatever audience members don’t thrash themselves to death. They start in Seattle with a set opening for demi-gods Nasum…

Thrash overlords Destruction still completely ruling after 30 years

May 16, 2012

Destruction, legendary kings of the Teutonic thrash metal scene, are continuing to thrash ’till death with their 30th Anniversary Tour. Almost halfway through, the band plays NYC tonight and then begins a furious march as they burn through Canada towards the west coast. If you’re wondering if these guys are still doing the anti-lord’s work,…

Will the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict be solved with metal?

May 9, 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUi1yf97paw The biggest metal band in Israel, Orphaned Land, is being highlighted as a viable bridge between headbanging Muslims and Jews as their apolitical, peace-promoting power metal seems to only have extreme views when it comes to wearing scarves on stage. While this kind of music is definitely not the thing that blows my gentile…

Exclusive- Greys: “Post-American”

May 2, 2012

All it takes is a minute and sixteen seconds for Toronto’s Greys to get your attention by effortlessly sliding a punk rock shiv into your nether regions and then clicking off another song. The Canadian trio releases EP Easy Listening on May 22, and “Post-American” is the lead-off track, a dissonant, malformed anthem that finds…

Come here and watch “How The Internet Changed Heavy Metal”

April 25, 2012

How has the internet changed metal? That’s like writing a letter that opens with “How has paper changed letter writing?” But to put a finer point on it, Metal Injection has created a just long enough mini-doc on the jaw-dropping paradigm shift in how we headbang now thanks to some nerds years ago who’d probably…

Buy a killer t-shirt from Justin Bartlett because fuck cancer

April 18, 2012

Justin Bartlett, eternal metal art badass, is going through some trying times. His 28-year-old sister Ashley was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer on March 3rd and: On March 5th, she underwent emergency grueling surgery which seemed to last a day. Not only did the surgeons remove a 6″ and an 8″ tumor removed, they…

Scott Kelly launches blog, discusses his solo tour and the new Neurosis album

April 11, 2012

It’s possible Scott Kelly doesn’t sleep. Between his solo work, projects like Shrinebuilder and the untouchable legacy of Neurosis, you could rest a battleship on his laurels. But the man seems to never tire, with something new always around the bend. And to keep his fans in the loop with tours, releases and whatever else…

Why yes, there was almost a Metallica video game once

April 4, 2012

Back before Metallica wrung out the last of their fans accumulated goodwill with the release of KSP’s boyfriend, St. Anger, there was an idea to do something that would have either mitigated the backlash or increased it ten fold. An unnamed racing/battle game was to be released, inspired by the band, their music and, well,…

Dave Mustaine releases another thing worse than ‘Risk’

March 28, 2012

Endless excretor Dave Mustaine decided it was about time to unleash another turdlet in the punch bowl of public discourse by affirming his fuzzy knowledge of history, geography and conspiracism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpZzFYYWFj8&t=7m52s (If you go back a little you’ll hear the equally incredible assertion that Rick Santorum could be the next JFK.) So yes, Mustaine is…

Exclusive: Trailer for Andrew Bonazelli’s ‘DTV’

March 21, 2012

http://vimeo.com/37255948 Andrew Bonazelli is one of those shitheads who in school would do his homework on Friday so he had his weekend free while you were happy to sweat it out until 1st Period Monday. But that sort of ridiculous work ethic is how the man can be Decibel‘s managing editor, blog guru, social media…

Coalesce’s Sean Ingram creates world’s first hardcourt bike polo ball

March 14, 2012

I bet you did not see that one coming. Ingram, who has his fingers in seemingly every Kansas pie available, worked with hardcourt bike polo equipment makers Fixcraft to design and market this ball because, we assume, he plays hardcourt bike polo. Personally I thought he just liked smoking cigarettes, putting band names on pocket…

Sort of exclusive: Side B of ‘Devoid’ from Mutilation Rites

March 7, 2012

I haven’t kept up recently on where urban black metal sits in the kvlt spectrum, but these two tracks by Brooklynites Mutilation Rites sound like they were recorded in a sewer and mixed in a crematorium. This is Side B of Devoid, the 12″ EP from Forcefield Records, and shows the band throwing jagged chunks…

Self-important hack leaves the Haunted to ruin new as-yet-to-be-named band

February 29, 2012

Peter Dolving, famed blogger, questionable haircut enthusiast and camo shorts philosopher, has un-amicably split from the band he successfully, after many failed attempts, completely destroyed. Dolving’s confirmation was cryptic, angry and brief: I am officially quitting The Haunted. After years of working with the band, I am out. I have had it. I will NOT…

Helms Alee’s Ben Verellen discusses video for “8/16”

February 22, 2012

Click Here To Watch The Video Who came up with this? Was it a band effort or was there one lone genius amongst you? I don’t remember how it came up, all I know is that it’s been an idea for as long as we’ve been a band. How did you pick the videos? Were…

Exclusive- Black God: “Everyone’s a Friend”

February 15, 2012

If you didn’t know it by now, Coliseum’s Ryan Patterson is an inhuman machine that runs solely on guitar riffs and beard hair. His newish project is a throwback to the 90s hardcore scene of Louisville where sweat flowed like beer and beer pretty much stayed in the fridges at the convenience store. Joined by…

Not Exclusive- Scourge Schematic: ‘Life Savings’

February 1, 2012

The name of Scourge Schematic’s debut is not exactly cryptic. Life Savings is what the four-piece cashed in to record this EP, hoping somebody out there would give a damn. Money well spent, dudes. Clearly influenced by the death and grind giants of the 90s, the band has soldered elements of thrash and punk rock…

We Like ‘Girls Don’t Like Metal’

January 25, 2012

As any old schooler can attest to, gender equality in metal has never been better. But that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a very vocal contingent of the ever expanding scene that thinks chicks are dumb sluts who only go to shows because they’re drawn by the arousing potpourri of dread, sweat and a beer…

Win the 12″ for Birds in Row: ‘Collected’

January 18, 2012

The overblown, furious, tarnished melodies of Birds in Row is the reason why Deathwish Inc. is going to be releasing the French trio’s debut full-length. But the always killer Vitriol Records was able to slip in first and release Collected, a vinyl compendium of everything the band has bruised folks with so far. Vitriol is…

Exclusive: Nails/Skin Like Iron Split 7″

January 11, 2012

Nails/Skin Like Iron: Split EP by Decibel Magazine On January 31st two unfuckwithable hardcore bands are co-self-releasing a four song 7″ that’s roughly a ten minute pillage of your every unshielded orifice. And while you should already feel compelled to pick up this split by Nails and Skin Like Iron, any skeptics can now hear…

Exclusive and a Vinyl Giveaway- Caspian: ‘Live at Old South Church’

January 4, 2012

Caspian – Live at Old South Church by The Mylene Sheath My initial New Year’s resolution was to listen to more Repulsion demos and as that has been surprisingly easy, I’ve also decided to be nicer to you people. So not only are you getting some free streaming music by instrumental post-rock veterans Caspian, but…

Did Zakk Wylde Tell Someone to Kill the President?

December 28, 2011

No, no he didn’t. But some nutcase swears he did. James Vernon McVay, who rocks my favorite kind of tattoos- all faded and shitty, slashed the throat of a 75-year-old hospice nurse as the first step in his foolproof plan of driving to Washington DC to assassinate President Obama. And now after being caught he’s…

Deck the Halls from the Bowels of Hell

December 21, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=0E-U-s8lCcQ I won’t waste your time describing this video which is pretty self-explanatory and should definitely be watched… but also this is the closest I get to a Christmas vacation so I don’t want to break my back writing all these difficult words when I could spend it explaining to my parents why listening to…