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THE DEATH METAL THAT INSPIRED DEATH METAL (THE MOVIE)

October 12, 2016

Chris McInroy brought a little shred, gurgle, n’ grind to this year’s Fantastic Fest with his relentlessly awesome, gore-drenched love letter to the decimating power of riffage, Death Metal. The short film is now tearing its way through a huge number of subsequent festivals and considering both its Deci-worthy subject matter overlap and the season, we thought we’d reach out to the director to see if he’d be down to summon up a Death Metal playlist.

The Top 10 Integrity Songs Picked by New Guitarist Dom Romeo

October 5, 2016

The legendary Integrity is currently recording a full-length for Relapse — news that would be cause for celebration/preparation under any circumstances, but with word coming down that ex-Pulling Teeth guitarist/A389 Recordings founder/superior nasty riff generator Domenic Romeo is leading the six-string slaughter this time out feels more like some straight up Book of Revelation seal-breaking shit.

Oathbreaker

October 3, 2016

Rheia
Dawn of a different apocalypse
dB rating: 8/10

TRACK PREMIERE: LOUISVILLE BLACK METAL EXPANSIONISTS ANAGNORISIS ROOT AMONGST ASHES OF THE PAST ON “5306 MORNINGSIDE”

September 28, 2016

Lord! Anagnorisis certainly doesn’t pull any sonic or emotional punches on its majestic, seriously affecting gut-punch sophomore full-length Peripeteia — a powerful blend of forward-thinking, nuanced black metal and excerpts from circa ’82-87 family recordings he found on two cassette tapes after his father’s death. 

VIDEO PREMIERE: WATCH SADGIQAECEA TEAR YET ANOTHER HOLE IN SPACE/TIME CONTINUUM AT SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST

September 21, 2016

Philly’s singular reality-obliterating, perception-expanding transcendental metal duo Sadgiqacea ended a two year hiatus via a glorious return to the stage at Shadow Woods Metal Fest and the great music photog/Decibel contributor Gene Smirnov was on hand to capture the beautifully reworked version of “The Spoils of Harvest” below. 

EXCLUSIVE TRACK PREMIERE/INTERVIEW: HEAR FETID ZOMBIE “DEVOUR THE VIRTUOUS”

September 7, 2016

Whether we’re talking his innovative, grotesque artwork for seminal bands like Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Autopsy, and Dying Fetus or the uber-brutal death metal he’s summoned from the grave for decades via outfits such as Excrescent, Unburied, The Soil Bleeds Black, Grave Wax, and Macabra, it’s difficult to imagine a more legit motherfucker in the extreme music underground than Mark Riddick. And anyone who doubts this is going to have their hands full in a couple months attempting to wrestle with Epicedia, the gnarly, epic, forward-thinking-yet-utterly-feral masterpiece from Riddick’s solo project Fetid Zombie

TRACK PREMIERE: JOIN THE SWAMPCULT FOR LOVECRAFT WORSHIP

August 31, 2016

Dutch blackened doom-death amalgamators Swampcult have written a concept album around H.P. Lovecraft’s story “The Festival” and the thing somehow manages to aurally channel the dread and terror of its inspiration. Today Decibel haunts your imagination with this exclusive stream of “Chapter VI – The Procession” as well as one of the corresponding “story cards” designed to accompany it.

TRACK PREMIERE: FATALIST RETURNS TO DELIVER AN GLORIOUS “ABERRATION”

August 24, 2016

Fatalist isn’t just back from the grave — they blew up the whole goddamn field on their way out the cemetery gates. Decibel is honored to present an exclusive stream of a insanely blistering track from the Ventura, California death-grinders mind-blowing upcoming album The Bitter End, out 9/23 via FDA Rekotz. (Preorder packages here.)  

AND THE RINGWORM AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN HORROR GOES TO…

August 17, 2016

As Cleveland brutalizers/trailblazers Ringworm returns with yet another fiery-as-fuck, slab of bludgeoning occult-infused metallic hardcore entitled Snake Church, it seemed as appropriate a time as any to check in with vocalist and hardcore horror memorabilia collector Human Furnace about his favorite dark films to watch during the offstage lulls on tour. 

TO THE MILKY WAY & BEYOND: EXCLUSIVE DARSOMBRA PREMIERE

August 10, 2016

“Trans-apocalyptic” psych droners Darsombra are about to hit you up with some seriously weird , perception-expanding atmospherics when the band drops Polyvision — its first album in four years — on September 9 via Translation Loss just six days ahead of a sure-to-be-memorable appearance at Shadow Woods Metal Fest.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: MP JOHNSON’S “RECORD COLLECTOR SCUM” From BERZERKOIDS

August 3, 2016

For those who had a hunch that the first short story collection from Wonderland Book Award-winning author/Freak Tension zine proprietor/Weirdpunk Books founder MP Johnson — a deft writer who refracts extremely extreme weird horror fiction through a legit prism of punk-metal-hardcore culture and attack — would be an exquisitely strange, beguiling, and brutal experience…. well, Berzerkoids certainly does not disappoint.

LET SURGIKILL TAKE YOU ON A DEATH METAL ROCKET SHIP RIDE TO THE “PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES”

July 27, 2016

Decibel caught up with death metal legend Stevo do Caixao and Howling/Wooden Stake mainwoman Vanessa Nocera for a chat about the Surgikill origin story and its reworking/resurrection of the lost/last Impetigo song “Planet of the Vampires.”

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: SPOORLOOS DISTILLS A “LIFETIME PREPERATION FOR STRANGULATION” INTO SIX DISQUIETING, WEIRD MINUTES

July 20, 2016

Larissa Glasser — AKA Thuringwethil — is  best known for her work as the guitarist/vocalist of “witching metal” powerhouse Hekseri and as a rising author of Clive Barker-ian surreal dark fiction found in anthologies such as The Healing Monsters and Procyon. Glasser’s eclectic, disquieting new solo album The Hill was recorded under the moniker Spoorloos, You can hear a track here. 

Red Chord Guitarist “Gunface” On Recording for Sesame Street

July 13, 2016

Mike “Gunface” McKenzie — the perception-scrambling metal visionary hitherto best know as the guitarist of The Red Chord guitarist and mastermind behind Stomach Earth — recently recorded a song for Sesame Street entitled “6 Steps to Potty Training.”

SEASONS IN SUBURBIA: EXCLUSIVE PLAYLIST & ‘TOONS FROM D.X. FERRIS’ “RAGING BULLSHIT”

July 6, 2016

Most Decibel readers likely know 6623 Press founder D.X. Ferris as one of the most incisive, dogged metal journalists around — the man who literally wrote the (absolutely indispensable) books on both Reign in Blood and Slayer’s “Jeff and Dave” years.  

Forging Towards (Another) Sunset: Catching Up With Anaal Nathrakh Vocalist Dave Hunt

June 29, 2016

As grind-infused industrial black metal levelers Anaal Nathrakh put the finishing touches on the band’s as-yet-untitled ninth full-length — tentatively slated for an October release via Metal Blade — Decibel caught up with vocalist Dave Hunt for a illuminating chat.

VIDEO PREMIERE: PHILLY’S SURGEON BECKONS YE INTO THE “FOREST OF GHOSTS”

June 22, 2016

Discerning extreme music fans won’t be able to fully immerse themselves into the brilliant madness of Beast of Light — the third ethereal, proggy blackened death metal opus from Philly purveyors of auditory esotericism Surgeon — until the end of August, but Decibel has the exclusive premiere of the band’s video for “Forest of Ghosts” today. 

VIDEO PREMIERE: NEXT GEN BAY AREA THRASHERS HATCHET GO “TEARING INTO HELL”

June 15, 2016

Hatchet unleashed its dark thrash smorgasbord Fear Beyond Lunacy on the day before Halloween last year, but these San Fran shredders aren’t done bringing the scary and fucking with your psyche quite yet as our exclusive premiere below of the band’s disquieting video for “Tearing Into Hell” makes abundantly clear. 

EXCLUSIVE: Entombed’s Uffe Cederlund on Reuniting With Band Founders Alex Hellid & Nicke Andersson

June 8, 2016

Entombed guitarist Uffe Cederlund gives Decibel the exclusive scoop on how the long-awaited return of one of the greatest death metal bands of all time. 

ROBERT WILLIAMS OF SIEGE & CHRIS DODGE OF INFEST TALK REUNITING TO KICK OUT THE POWERVIOLENCE JAMS

June 1, 2016

Talking SIEGE and Infest reunion shows with Robert Williams and Chris Dodge.

MIGRATION FEST GIVES DISCERNING EXTREME MUSIC FANS A REASON TO TREK, ROVE & VOYAGE

May 25, 2016

Two of the most respected labels in underground music today — 20 Buck Spin and Gilead Media — have combined their considerable heavy metal firepower to found and curate Migration Fest, a three day celebration of aural boundary-pushers and face-melters set to go down at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia, Washington this August. The stacked lineup includes Krallice, Christian Mistress, a The Body & Krieg collaborative performance, Thou, Vastum, Mutilation Rights, Kowloon Walled City, Pale Chalice, Vhol, Auroch, and a slew of others. 

VILENESS REGURGITATED ACROSS CANVAS: ART GALLERY CELEBRATES CANNIBAL CORPSE

May 18, 2016

Worried that you might not find fitting way to mark the twentieth anniversary of Cannibal Corpse’s Vile that doesn’t require being, say, devoured by vermin, mummified in barbed wire, or eaten from the inside? Were you hoping to celebrate George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher’s debut via a more metaphorical than naturalistic orgasm through torture?

LAWLESS ARTNESS: EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF “FIRE WORK WITH ME”

April 5, 2016

Fire Work With Me collects graphic artist extraordinaire Valnoir’s most beguiling, uncompromising pieces from his storied fifteen year run at his Paris-based Metastazis studio in one lush 276 page full-color volume which former Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent calls “insightful and inciting” and Watain head priest Erik Danielsson promises will be “relevant to all who crave the sublimity of the extremes.”

DREAM EVIL: HELP BRING A RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME STATUE OF RONNIE JAMES DIO TO HIS PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE BIRTHPLACE

March 21, 2016

A picturesque New Hampshire town is on the verge of honoring its most famous fallen heavy metal son — and you can help!

UNMAKING GODS WITH SLC DOOM EXPANDERS MAKING FUCK

February 19, 2016

Formulated to serve as a brutal antithesis to what the band views as the pervasive conformity and repressive theology of its Mormon-majority home state, the upcoming debut full-length from Salt Lake City atheistic agitators Making Fuck A Harrowing End brings on the dark via an unusually expansive, roiling maelstrom of doom and sludge metal accented and emboldened by guest spots courtesy SubRosa violinist Kim Pack. 

DEMO:LISTEN: TRANSIENT “DITCH OF DOUBT”

February 12, 2016

Take a journey into the outer limits on ex-Overcast/Shadows Falls’ members Transient spaceship on today’s Demo:listen…

Venomous Concept

January 26, 2016

Kick Me Silly – VC III
Bigger Bang
dB Rating: 8/10

Go Into the Light: Exclusive True Cross Premiere/Q&A

January 13, 2016

Featuring ex-members of Transistor Transistor, Trap Them, Landmine Marathon, and Abigail WIlliams, the immersive, affecting debut from True CrossPure Divorce, deftly imbues majestic layered soundscapes situated somewhere between My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, Dinosaur Jr and Slowdive with the power and transfixing sway of its primal predecessors. 

It’s a legit Zelda Rubinstein-style multidimensional experience — which is to say even as you feel the warmth of the light and the strange, ethereal allure of the other side it is pure sturm und drang all along the path.

Napalm On Ice: Getting to Know Master Metal Mixologists Turbid North

December 30, 2015

Eyes Alive, the sophomore offering from Texas’ premiere purveyors of “Alaskan Mountain Metal” Turbid North, is essentially a master class in how to meld the best of various extreme metal subgenres in clever and effective ways without sacrificing any of the primal potency that makes great metal great.