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Rage In Bloom: Exclusive Ampere Stream!

December 11, 2014

Ampere — the band featuring Will Killingsworth of much-celebrated Amherst, Massachusetts scream-y, powerviolence-y trailblazers Orchid — is back with a new split on No Idea and, as the super-intense, raw-as-fuck exclusive stream below will surely attest, the band has not missed a single goddamn step… Here is what vocalist Stephen Pierce told Decibel about the…

WOLFHEART IN A WOLF WORLD: “Routa Pt. 2” Video Premiere

December 9, 2014

Finland and fire are the cheapest special-effects for a metal video. Wolfheart have both! Started as a solo project by Tuomas Saukkonen (ex-Before the Dawn, Black Sun Aeon, a whole bunch of others), it’s since morphed into a full band effort. The video below comes from the upcoming reissue of his debut, Winterborn, so most…

This “Atlas” Doesn’t Shrug: Hear Alekhine’s Gun Slay Kings!

December 9, 2014

They say to know the heart of a man first you must walk a mile in his shoesWhat I am learning from your footsteps…One day in my life would destroy you I remain firm where you falter I swim in the tears of your daughter So roars Alekhine’s Gun’s singular force of nature frontwoman Jessica…

Your Daily Dose of Confusion: Activator’s “Sexy for Breakfast”

December 4, 2014

Some time ago, I introduced you to a new face on the NYC crossover scene, Activator (refresher course, here). At the time, they were on the eve of the release of their self-titled debut album. Since then, they have been relatively quiet, especially considering bands these days post every aspect of their musical and non-musical…

STREAMING: Twingiant’s “Devil Down”

December 2, 2014

Holy shit, someone actually did a play on Van Halen’s most underwhelming (DLR-era) album. Don’t expect anything off of Devil Down to sound like “Dancing in the Streets,” however. Twingiant prefer their guitars low and slow, eschewing fancy musicianship for heavy grooves and psychedelic effects pedals. This is southern-fried stoner doom at its finest, and…

Primitive Man/Fister Split Stream

December 2, 2014

So, last week, we debuted the self-produced video for Fister’s “Life is Short, Life is Shit, Soon it Will Be Over.” That was done here. That was done in the lead-up to the split release with Denver’s Primitive Man which is out now via friends of Decibel, A389 Recordings. Primitive Man “deliver three savage new…

From Internment to Obliteration: Jucifer’s “It Can’t Be Helped”

November 25, 2014

Those who follow Jucifer’s twitter feed will know that they harbor some pretty strong political beliefs, but it’s taken them until now to launch a full-scale assault on the very institution of democracy. District of Dystopia contains their shortest screeds to date, the duo’s wall of amplifiers redirected towards grindcore instead of their usual filthy…

The Curious Case of Quiet v. Loud: Exclusive CityCop Stream

November 25, 2014

Ever wonder what it would sound like if a screamer from one of those early nineties post-post-hardcore bands got together for a jam session with a group of flamenco musicians? Well, wonder no more. We’ve got Loner, the latest offering from “acoustic-core” outfit CityCop streaming below, and, love it or hate it — yeah, we…

Fister Video Premiere: Not What You’re Probably Thinking…

November 25, 2014

Lemme tell you a little story about how I offended a good number of folks in a room full of people I had just met or hardly knew. I know what you’re thinking: “You’re only going to tell us one story?” I know, right? Anyway, I was working. Seriously, a real job and everything. What…

Withering Horrors: Exclusive FOSCOR stream!

November 24, 2014

Barcelona soundscape masters FOSCOR return with a brand new full-length tomorrow, but we’ve got the stream of this roiling, multidimensional, ethereal slab of majestic dark metal today. Check out Those Horrors Wither below then click here to pre-order.

American Heritage: Album Stream and Song-By-Song Self-Deconstruction

November 24, 2014

I didn’t realise it, but I’ve been a fan of American Heritage for a long time. When I say I didn’t realise it, it’s because the band which is split between Chicago and Atlanta haven’t exactly been the most prolific of outfits since forming in 1997, have probably played fewer shows than they have releases…

Enter the Iron Age: Exclusive Wayfarer Stream!

November 20, 2014

Wayfarer’s gorgeous, lush eight track ode to epic heaviness Children of the Iron Age isn’t out until next week, but Decibel readers can check out the whole damn thing right now via the full album stream below. Pre-order the CD or Gatefold 2XLP here or hit up iTunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp. Keep up with the…

STREAMING: Napalm Death “Cesspits”

November 19, 2014

Napalm Death. Three decades of grindcore! The Birmingham-based bashers are no stranger to Decibel, having graced a covers, tours, and being uniquely positioned in the heart of hearts and mind of minds in our senior leadership. It’s with absolute delight that we’re able to premiere “Cesspits” off new album, Apex Predator – Easy Meat. “Sometimes…

Synthtracks: Contact Playlist, Part 2: AE Paterra/Majeure

November 18, 2014

Because synthesizers are awesome, and movie soundtracks are awesome, we asked the duo of British film composer Paul Lawler and American drummer AE Paterra (Zombi/Majeure), collectively known as Contact, to put together a playlist for us with their favorite soundtrack tunes and some words on each. This week, we have Paterra’s picks; click here to check…

Here’s Something From…Nothing

November 17, 2014

Today Philadelphia altered reality merchants Nothing follow up the excellent Relapse debut Guilty of Everything — pick up the scarf/beanie bundle! — with a split 12-inch on Run For Cover Records alongside Whirr. (The release also features etched b-side/full-length studio doc DVD…) We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the video for one of those tracks,…

Get Your Trance On: Exclusive LAE Premiere!

November 14, 2014

Sit back, y’all. Steve Austin-affiliated psychedelic post-rockers LAE are about to take you to another plane of existence via the title track of the album Break the Clasp out next week. (Physical pre-order here; digital here.) Here’s what the band has to say about the track… In the last months of our previous band, Lae-Tseu,…

Video Premiere: Mysticum Track-By-Track

November 12, 2014

Ah, Mysticum, how you’ve been missed. There was so much talk for so long about the comeback album Planet Satan that we were convinced the record was either a myth or an elaborate troll. But no: Planet Satan was released this fall after decades of speculation, marking the return of a band audacious enough in…

Synthtracks: Contact Playlist, Part 1: Paul Lawler

November 11, 2014

Because synthesizers are awesome, and movie soundtracks are awesome, we asked the duo of British film composer Paul Lawler and American drummer AE Pattera (Zombi/Majeure), collectively known as Contact, to put together a playlist for us with their favorite soundtrack tunes and some words on each. This week, we have Lawler’s picks; check back next…

Video Premiere: Drawers — “Shadow Dancers”

November 10, 2014

Early in 2014, your friends at the Deciblog premiered the self-titled full length from the French sludge metal band Drawers (yes, this is a real thing). My cohort Jonathan Horsley described it as “a heavy album, weighty enough to compromise the lumbar but not quite enough to crush the spirit; shit, it’s heavy and gentle,…

The Other Side of the Same Coin: An Interview with Merdarahta’s Topon Das

November 6, 2014

For those who came late to the on-going party that is Fuck the Facts, you might not realise that some of the earliest works with the FtF brand on ’em came more from the noise side of the extreme music spectrum. And if you take into consideration that we recently dedicated an entire issue to…

TRACK PREMIERE: Centinex’s “Rotting Below”

November 6, 2014

Got an iron deficiency? Ask your doctor to prescribe Centinex. Manufactured in Sweden using a formula passed down for generations, Centinex will provide you with all your daily metal requirements. Side effects may include headbanging, moshing, and death. Do not take Centinex if you suffer from whiplash. Try out a sample dose below. ***The FDA…

Video Premiere: Deadkill’s “Shakes”

November 5, 2014

Massive hangovers! Camel breath! Riffs! Hair of the dog shots! Barfing on video! Fortunately, these guys decided to walk to the bar for another day of partying. The aforementioned bad behaviors are in full effect in the low production cost but high comedic value video debut of Deadkill’s “Shakes.” Decibel premiered the No, Never! album…

Decibel unveils TOP 100 DOOM METAL ALBUMS OF ALL TIME special issue

November 5, 2014

Feeling depressed? Antisocial? Apathetic? We’ve got just the thing: The Top 100 Doom Metal Albums of All Time special issue! Hey, we never said we’d be good therapists. But let’s keep it real: all the counseling you need is in these pages. Our staff navigated six decades (!) of proto-doom, funeral doom, gothic doom, stoner doom melodic…

Exclusive Stream: Hollow Earth, “The Reclamation”

November 5, 2014

If you’re looking for some doom-y metallic hardcore nastiness, rising Michigan badasses Hollow Earth are here to oblige. We’ve got an exclusive stream of the uber-brutal slow-burner “The Reclamation” of band’s upcoming debut full-length, Silent Graves. Check it out. Preorder here. Metal Injection has got the video for “Swallowing Knives.” Tour dates after the jump.

Where Gothic Folk & Darkwave Meet: Neuropa Double Shot

November 4, 2014

Time to take that pep back out of your step, kids — this morning we’ve got two haunting premieres from Belgium’s dark ambient/industrial music mainstay Neuropa Records… First up is “Conquest of Glory” off Barcelona-based darkwavers Der Blaue Reiter’s upcoming Le Paradis Funèbre II — L’ Adieu Du Silence, a record “inspired by a tragic…

Looking for Trouble: The Skull’s “For Those Which Are Asleep” Album Stream

November 3, 2014

Apparently there are two competing versions of doom progenitors Trouble now – at least this one isn’t called “Trouble featuring Eric Wagner” or something like that. This iteration does feature Wagner’s inimitable pipes, along with bassist Ron Holzner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson – and while Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin’s guitars were obviously important, that monolithic rhythm…

Taking on the Internet: Interview with FunFunFunFest’s Graham Williams (Part II)

October 30, 2014

Earlier this month, I re-introduced you to Graham Williams, the man essentially responsible for procuring the across-the-board talent for FunFunFunFest, the annual party that’s taken place in Austin each year of the past eight. Not only is Williams a prolific promoter/booker with a seemingly inexhaustible knowledge of what the hell is going on in every…

Death Mask Dawning: Exclusive “Metalhead” Clip!

October 29, 2014

The buzz, my friends, is justified. Metalhead, the “dark, intense drama of loss, faith, redemption, and heavy metal” from acclaimed Icelandic director Ragnar Bragason, is a gorgeous, harrowing, touching, and, despite its black metal grim moments, ultimately, uplifting piece of tour de force filmmaking with a soundtrack that previously only existed in the dreams of…

STREAMING: Fides Inversa’s “Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans”

October 28, 2014

Fides Inversa play black metal in a Primordial style, and they sure take it seriously. I mean, check out the interview below. I had to read it like three times to understand what they were talking about, and I think it basically comes down to “the devil.” Still, their music is pretty rad, so not…

When One Finger Won’t Do: Exclusive Vomit Fist Stream!

October 28, 2014

Forgive But Avenge — the deliciously over-the-top, ultra multidimensional debut EP from father/son extreme metallers Vomit Fist — is out today, and we’ve got the exclusive stream below! “It’s been a very deep and intense experience working with my son Leo (Lurkrot) and his best friend Malcolm (Skrag) in this band and creating this record,”…