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Masters Degrees From the Exit Wound & Grind Curries: John Cooke On Life in Napalm Death

December 27, 2017

What’s it like to suddenly find oneself a member of grind lagends/trailblazers Napalm Death? Touring guitarist John Cooke gives us an inside look.

Visual Violence: Artist Ken Coleman On Envisioning Morbid Angel’s “Kingdoms”

December 20, 2017

Go behind the scenes with visual artist Ken Coleman for the inside story on the creation of the striking album artwork for the latest Morbid Angel record.

Track Premiere: Barren Womb — “Crook Look”

December 13, 2017

Norway noise rock duo Barren Womb get their AmRep on via this exclusive premiere.

The Deep, Dark Heavy Metal Roots of Occult Horror Comic New Canaan

December 6, 2017

Welcome to New Canaan, where the panics are all satanic and the metals ultra heavy.

Invoking La Bruja Encabronada: Orange is the New Black’s Jessica Pimentel Joins Brujeria

November 22, 2017

Jessica Pimentel of Alekhine’s Gun and Orange is the New Black talks her wild ride as the newest member of the mighty Brujeria.

Track Premiere: House of Low Culture — “The Pervasive Mind”

November 15, 2017

Check out the first new recorded music from Aaron Turner’s House of Low Culture in four years!

Track Premiere: Chris Alexander – “Blood Church”/”The Quiet Life of Martha Morris”

November 1, 2017

Sublime dark cult arts universe world-builder Chris Alexander premieres two exclusive tracks off his new solo record Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll.

Wormwood

October 31, 2017

Wormwood are our best new noise.

Channeling the Divine Feminine Life Force: Karyn Crisis on Metal, Mediumship, and Her New Book

October 18, 2017

Underground legend Karyn Crisis on life, music, art, writing a book, and her experiences as spirit medium and healer.

Full Album Stream: Cable — “It Cost Me Everything 1994-1995”

October 11, 2017

Take a trip down memory lane with Connecticut noisecore trailblazers Cable.

Still Not Forgetting the Struggle, Still Not Forgetting the Streets: Legendary Warzone Singer Honored In NYC Twenty Years After Death

October 4, 2017

Check out video of underground hardcore heroes paying tribute to fallen Warzone singer Raybeez at last weekend’s tribute show.

Track Premiere: Belus – ‘Avarice’

September 27, 2017

Check out a track from the upcoming Belus record, featuring members of Woe and Mortals.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Deadguy “Screamin’ With the Deadguy Quintet”

September 20, 2017

You’re an adult now. It’s okay to give the post-Huckins/Singer Deadguy EP another chance.

Track Premiere: Low Estate “Masked Illusion” (Featuring Dwid from Integrity)

September 13, 2017

Check out a visceral, disquieting slab of blackened metallic hardcore courtesy Low Estate, featuring guest vocals from Dwid Hellion of Integrity

The Top Five Sick Sets the Dudes From Plaque Marks Have Seen Working at Philly Venue Kung Fu Necktie

August 30, 2017

Future noise rock royalty Plaque Marks discuss soaking up the dissonance at Philly heavy music oasis Kung Fu Necktie.

Julie Christmas and Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson Talk Upcoming “Mariner” Tour

August 16, 2017

Swedish perception-expanding post-metallers Cult of Luna and singular, legendary Made Out of Babies/Battle of Mice vocalist Julie Christmas bring their extraordinary 2016 collaborative effort Mariner to North America for “the first and last time.”

Gimme Radio’s Electrifying Reboot of the Heavy Metal Airways is a Game-Changer

August 7, 2017

“I quit my job at Apple to start a metal station that sells vinyl records,” Gimme Radio founder and CEO Tyler Lenane tells Decibel. “To a lot of people that probably sounds fucking insane. But I believe in it — and I’m hoping to turn a lot of other heavy music lovers into believers, too.”…

Track Premiere: Vasilek ‘Walk With Me’

August 2, 2017

Hot on the heels of the towering The Grand Annihilation, Tombs mastermind Mike Hill returns to walk us through another province of his ongoing aural apocalypse with his chilling dark ambient project Vasilek. “I would like listeners to separate themselves from what they normally expect from music,” Hill tells Decibel. “These are not ‘songs’ in…

TRACK PREMIERE: DREADNOUGHT CALLS YOU “WITHIN CHANTING WATERS”

July 19, 2017

On its brilliant boundary-annihilating upcoming third full-length A Wake in Sacred Waves — out vial Sailor Records in October — Denver quartet Dreadnought delivers a deftly executed, completely entrancing sonic amalgamation that calls to mind everything from Bergtatt-era Ulver, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Kate Bush to Slint, June of ’44, Sabbath at its psychedelic doom-iest. This particular Rocky Mountain High has got the raining-fire-in-the-sky blast beats, guttural vocals, and fuzzed out nasty riffs, but also serious grooves and softer-than-a-lullabye ethereal croons, mandolin, flute, and saxophone.  

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Paradise Lost’s “One Second”

July 14, 2017

Legendary Brits Paradise Lost took their first tentative steps away from metal with this unsung classic, which was released 20 ago today.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT & TRACK STREAM: CHAD STROUP’S “SECRETS OF THE WEIRD”

July 12, 2017

In his exhilarating, consciousness-mutating debut novel Secrets of the Weird, Chad Stroup fuses a kaleidoscopic embrace of the surreal and fantastical with a punk hardcore velocity and sensibility — think Twin Peaks meets Damaged or David Cronenberg adapting I Against I. Which is why it is not all that surprising when a Minor Threat-esque band dubbed Civilized Cannibals materializes amongst the tome’s motley crew of willful outcasts, reluctant protagonists, and apocalyptic cultists.  

Expulsion

July 10, 2017

Nightmare Future
Arise to grind anew
dB rating: 9/10

TRACK PREMIERE: HEAR MRTVI CHANNEL THE ABYSS ON “NEGATIVE ATONAL DISSONANCE”

July 5, 2017

The UK/Serbian MRTVI describes itself as a “one-man black metal project concerned with exploring the negative dissonance and atonality of the aural and emotional spectrum,” secured the Facebook URL “/sustainedthroughdeath,” and has whittled its about section to a single Tolstoy quote: “I could not even wish to know the truth, for I guess of what it consisted. The truth was that life is meaningless” — which is a pretty steep goddamn self-created mountain of malcontent to scale. And yet “Negative Atonal Dissonance” — the long, dark sonic journey streamed exclusively below from the album of the same name out July 30 via Transcending Obscurity — manages to accomplish just that.  

TRACK PREMIERE: GET YOURSELF SOME BRAND NEW OLDE

June 28, 2017

Three years after unleashing a self-titled debut that turned many a (metal)head — including a spot on Decibel‘s Best Bandcamp Finds of 2014 list — Toronto doom rockers Olde are set to return August 11 with the STB Records release Temple, on which the quintet’s already solid fantastically heavy, catchy-as-hell take on the ol’ crush n’ fuzz continues to evolve and deepen.