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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,”…

The Deciblog Interview: Midnight

October 27, 2014

Midnight is actually one man. Jamie Walters — a.k.a. Athenar — handles all instruments and vocals. Although the band has been around for more than a decade their profile has risen exponentially since the release of Satanic Royalty. Midnight will likely be lurking around some best of lists for the 2014 follow-up No Mercy For…

STREAMING: Decaying’s “One to Conquer”

October 21, 2014

Look at those dudes, hanging out in the forest. Pretty old-school. So’s their music. Some Entombed, some Paradise Lost, and a whole lot of death metal, Decaying bring the pain like they used to in the Clinton era, Finland style. We have the entirety of their new album, One to Conquer, to help darken up…

Exclusive Video: Hivelords Debut “Soothsayer Worm” Live

October 21, 2014

Philadelphia-based music photographer and frequent Decibel contributor Gene Smirnov captured the new Hivelords line-up — which includes Lydia Giordano of Surgeon — slaying a new track at Boot & Saddle recently… Hivelords from Gene Smirnov on Vimeo. Looks like the follow-up to the excellent Cavern Apothecary is going to be a scary, beautiful, leveling thing,…

The Deciblog Interview: Paul Di’Anno

October 20, 2014

“A lot has been written and said about me through the years — most of it bad, some of it untrue.” That’s the opening of the 2010 Paul Di’Anno biography The Beast, which reads more like a gritty LA noir novel than a musical memoir. If you were to read the book — a combination…

STREAMING: October 31’s “Bury the Hatchet”

October 14, 2014

Sometimes you just want to play some damn heavy metal. Members of October 31 play in Deceased, Overlord, and Twisted Tower Dire, but this is a much more primal proposition, a chance to bang out some straightforward, satisfying jams in the vein of Iced Earth.  I mean, look at those guys above. What ELSE are…

New Violence From Old Lines

October 13, 2014

No Child Left Behind, the latest record from guitarist Mitch Roemer’s post Pulling Teeth/Ruiner crusty hardcore behemoth Old Lines, is out tomorrow and we’re streaming the whole damn thing below for our class-cutter readership. Which is okay, apparently, ’cause the press materials here tell me Old Lines uses its music as “a device to speak…

It’s Good to Have Goals and Dreams Can Come True – An Interview with David Rodgers of Southwest Terrorfest

October 9, 2014

Around this time last year, we spoke to Godhunter guitarist/vocalist David Rodgers as he was in the process of putting together the second edition of Tucson, AZ’s Southwest Terrorfest (go here to read all about it). At the time, under the Deciblog’s interrogation hot lamps, Rodgers mentioned that one of the bands on his “booking…

Interview and Exclusive Book Excerpt: Mark Rudolph

October 8, 2014

For more than half of Decibel’s decade-long history Mark Rudolph has been a key component of what makes the magazine special. He illustrates the lead review in each issue and has designed covers for all of Decibel’s annual specials dating back to our 100 best death metal albums special. When he isn’t busy with the…

Hang With Hang the Bastard (If You Can…)

October 8, 2014

Look out, people — Hang the Bastard dragged this lumbering, oppressive beast of a song up from the sludgy pits of its upcoming self-titled album to wreak exclusive havoc on the Deciblog…and it is way nastier than we were warned. Record is oct October 14 via Century Media. Another track/trippy video after the jump.

King Diamond Likes to have FunFunFun: An Interview with FunFunFunFest’s Graham Williams (Part I)

October 2, 2014

The 7th, 8th and 9th of next month sees the ninth edition of FunFunFunFest, a ginormous three-day mixture of all sorts of extreme music, indie rock, electronica, hip-hop, comedians, extreme sports and air cannons that fire tacos into a crowd of thousands, take over the city of Austin, TX. Last year, I introduced you to…

STREAMING: Bludded Head’s “Reign in Bludd”

September 30, 2014

So there’s a lot of depressing music out there, much of which we cover in this magazine, but very little of it was made by someone who had stage IV melanoma. Nevada Hill did, and along with Ryan Williams, John Teague, and David Saylor, created some pretty fucked up Harvey Milk-style noise rock inspired by…

Die in Hell!: Author Lewis Dimmick Uncovers Hardcore Hero Tom Capone’s Mutilated Metal Roots

September 30, 2014

Last year we excerpted a couple selections from Lewis Dimmick’s excellent book This Music over at the Metalnomicon. He came back not long ago to take us behind the scenes of hardcore megaliths Sheer Terror. Today he returns with another great guest essay on Beyond/Quicksand guitarist Tom Capone’s metal roots and his uber-brutal Mutilator fanzine……

Exclusive Album Stream: Introducing Laika’s Somnia

September 25, 2014

So, I was in Winnipeg a couple weeks ago and boy-howdy was it already cold as shit! When I was there in early November last year, there was already a disconcerting and disheartening layer of frost covering the city the morning I rolled into town and I recall snow pelting me one day when I…