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Fest or No Fest, Don’t Call it a Fest Promises to be Pretty Awesome

August 7, 2014

Next Friday the 15th, the inaugural Don’t Call it a Fest slams into the Motor City with all the impact of a severely downgraded credit rating and an avalanche of housing foreclosures. Even during the best of times, Detroit has always had a negative air surrounding it; some of that civic black eye has been…

Low Fidelity: Haunted House Summers

August 6, 2014

Long before he took up residence in a pair of New Jersey record stores Krieg frontman Neill Jameson (aka Imperial) was a kid looking to make a buck during the long, hot East Coast summers. He found a job as a professional ghoul at a boardwalk haunted house in Wildwood, New Jersey. The Deciblog convinced…

A Spirit Wasting Away: Exclusive U.S. Premiere of Triptykon’s “Aurorae” Video

August 6, 2014

No need to fuck around too much here: Triptykon’s Melana Chasmata is an absolute beast of an album — a churning cauldron of clever invention and legit representation that expands the boundaries of a genre in pretty desperate need of boundary expansion. It is that rare release to which — whether one eventually loves or…

TRACK PREMIERE: Freak Kitchen’s “Mathematics of Defeat”

August 5, 2014

Although Freak Kitchen don’t have much of a presence in the US yet, apparently they’re popular enough to be able to raise $140,000 on Kickstarter for an animated video, not to mention consistently selling out guitar clinics. SOMEONE must like them. That someone might even be you. If you’re into progressive metal with a really…

Pulp (Audio) Horror: Exclusive Crypticus Premiere!

August 5, 2014

Hot on the shambling undead heels of the uber-sick 2013 full-length The Barrens, Denver’s masters of smart, dark n’ dirty death metal Crypticus are set to return with Chains for Devils, the second in the band’s Horror Grind Mixtape series — i.e. “an original Death Metal mini-anthology designed to confound, horrify, & delight.” This morning,…

FREE DOWNLOAD: Device (CA)’s “Miracle Metal”

July 29, 2014

No, not THAT Device. This Device is from Canada, which instantly makes them 1000% cooler. Featuring noted metal scribe Kyle Harcott putting his money where his mouth is (or drumstick holding/typing hands) and a sweet space station album cover from up-and-coming designer Brandon Duncan, Device go decidedly old-school. Not just the usual touchstones like Iron…

Bad Mojo: Death Curse Premiere!

July 28, 2014

So…here’s one of those times when you actually can go ahead and judge an album by its cover: Friday the 13th obsessives Death Curse play nasty, fuzzy, stripped down death n’ roll and the band isn’t really isn’t inclined to do fuck-all to pretty it up for anyone outside the horror metal cult. We’ve got…

Tombs’ Mike Hill: Hot Coffee Machine

July 24, 2014

Because Tombs frontman Mike Hill loves work and HATES sleep, he recently started his own company, Savage Gold Coffee, in an effort to completely eradicate the latter from everyone’s life. Their inaugural brew, Savage Gold Prime, is available for order here now. While presumably starin’ at the walls, Hill gave us the scoop. I’m guessing…

TRACK PREMIERE: Kaine’s “The Wanderer”

July 22, 2014

Their name is Kaine and the song is called “The Wanderer,” so the nerd in me wants to say that this UK band named themselves after the  classic TV series Kung Fu – but their name is spelled differently and also they look like they are about 16 and oh God I’m old. Anyway, there’s…

The Deciblog Presents Bonus ‘My Awesome Day Job’ Content: Psychotic Gravedigging with Psychotic Gardening

July 17, 2014

A couple months ago, I introduced you to Winnipeg death metal outfit Psychotic Gardening here. In the search for additional and interesting content for this here spot on this here blog, I was altered to the fact that vocalist Chris “Gillishammer” Gillis’ dayjob was as a gravedigger! As soon as I heard that, I immediately…

VIDEO PREMIERE: King of Asgard “The Runes Of Hel”

July 17, 2014

Happy Thursday. For your viewing pleasure at the Deciblog today we have an exlusive premiere of the video of King of Asgard’s “The Runes of Hel.” The track is from their forthcoming album Karg, due from Metal Blade on July 22. Watch the video below and then learn more and preorder the album here.

TRACK PREMIERE: Cardinal Wyrm’s “Dreams of Teeth”

July 15, 2014

One look at the chipper trio above should clue in any somewhat knowledgeable reader that Cardinal Wyrm play doom metal.  The Bay Area group definitely has the look of people that have seen some shit. This is the fun kind of doom, though! Theatrical and grandiose, closer to Rev. Bizarre, Violet Theatre, or even Bauhaus…

STREAMING: Wolfpack 44’s “The Enemy Below”

July 9, 2014

Ricktor Ravensbrück was one of the mainstays of The Electric Hellfire Club, a band that made all of the stuff mentioned in metal fun again on industrial albums like Calling Dr. Luv and Burn, Baby, Burn! Seeing EHC in their 90’s heyday was quite an experience. Ravensbrück is back and Decibel is excited to stream…

FREE DOWNLOAD: Electric Citizen’s “Savage”

July 8, 2014

Our own Adrien Begrand has been raving about Electric Citizen for months now (like here, for example), and since he has pretty impeccable taste (for a Canadian), I figured I would check them out – and he was right. The nice thing about this whole occult rock trend is that the bands need to have…

A “Festering” Ear Worm: Exclusive Acrania Premiere!

July 7, 2014

Thanks to Acrania the world shall soon no longer need wonder what it would sound like if George Orwell served as spiritual advisor to a uber-brutal modern death metal band — these London slammers’ kinetic, oppressive, appropriately-titled debut full-length Totalitarian Dystopia will answer that question in fairly definitive fashion at the end of next month….

KSP (Sorta) Plays A&R. Client #1: Shroud of Despondency

July 3, 2014

One of the most distinct memories I have pertaining to Milwaukee black metal outfit Shroud of Despondency is as follows: the scene was February 2011, Clearwater Beach, Florida. My wife, kid and I were in the midst of our annual pilgrimage down south in order to escape the depressing, bone-chilling cold of another southern Ontario…

STREAMING: We Have a Ghost’s “We Have a Ghost”

July 1, 2014

While perhaps not the most extremely extreme thing we’ve covered on this blog, We Have a Ghost are nonetheless one of those bands that dovetail nicely with metal mentality. For one thing, it’s a real downer of a record. A lot of it feels reminiscent of the more unsettling ambient passages from The Fragile-era Nine…

STREAMING: Nunslaughter’s “Angelic Dread”

June 24, 2014

None more slaughter, the slaughterest of the slaughter, Nunslaughter have an actual full-length out now after approximately 600 EP’s, singles, and splits. It sounds like Nunslaughter. What more could you ask for? In case you don’t believe me, we have THE ENTIRE ALBUM streaming for you below. Angelic Dread has 31 blasphemous blasts, half of…

Vampires, Vicars and Hot Fuzz: The Deciblog Interview With Dani Filth

June 23, 2014

No matter how many people think black metal has gone mainstream or become hip because a few dozen bands from Brooklyn have small label deals the reality is that the vast majority of the population doesn’t know a thing about it. They’re listening to .38 Special or Lana Del Rey. If there is a black…

Damn Kids!: Godstopper Interview and EP Stream

June 19, 2014

Godstopper has been a fixture on Toronto’s sludgy/doomy/stoner scene for some time now. Recently, they’ve taken small steps to branch out beyond the city limits. A betting man would wager they’re making that move because they’ve just about had it with Rob Ford’s tarring and feathering of the city’s reputation, the perpetual gridlocked traffic and…

DVD Review and Exclusive Excerpt: Fool ‘Em All

June 16, 2014

When they released the DVD Majesty five years ago The Black Dahlia Murder proved that not only did they understand their fans, they understood how to make a watchable documentary. On their second DVD Fool ‘Em All our tour co-headliners take it another step. Not only do they make you laugh, they make you care…

Expain – Vancouver Band Acts Like Wise Acres, Premiere’s New Song and Eviscerates Classic Tune

June 12, 2014

So, this band from Vancouver called Expain (formerly known as The Almighty Excruciating Pain), who are as indebted to thrash as they are to quick-change jazz, Weired Al Yankovic’s discography and dusty recordings of the old Doctor Demento radio show, has a new album coming out. It’s self-released (well, sort of, as it was aided…

STREAMING: Xibalba/Suburban Scum “Split”

June 10, 2014

Sometimes, it’s not enough to have your recommended daily dose of righteous anger delivered by just one band. Sometimes, you need to split the rage. Xibalba and Suburban Scum are happy (angry?) to oblige. On their side of things, Xibalba bring the sludge. On the flipside, Suburban Scum deliver some thrashing hardcore. We have both…

Interview: My Dying Bride’s Return of the Robertshaw

June 10, 2014

Yesterday U.K. death/doom progenitors My Dying Bride announced the departure of longtime guitarist (and current Vallenfyre axeman) Hamish Glencross due to “irreconcilable differences.” Replacing Glencross is the man he originally supplanted back in 1999—founding guitarist Calvin Robertshaw. In his first interview since rejoining band, the author of rifftastic MDB classics like “Your River” and “The…

Streaming: Rage Nucleaire’s “A Sino-American Chainsaw War”

June 5, 2014

Any time we hear that Lord Worm is back it’s like the return of the coolest substitute teacher at your school; the shop class alternate who lets the kids have at it with the broken bandsaw. Worm is a legendary death metal vocalist, a Hall Of Fame inductee with Cryptopsy and one of the most…

A Gruesome Salute to Death

June 5, 2014

Hearing about Exhumed’s Matt Harvey joining forces with ex-Malevolent Creation drummer Gus Rio, Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to form Gruesome, a band designed to be “basically a Death tribute band – as the County Medical Examiners are to Carcass, this pretty much is to Death” got me pretty excited. I…

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Soft Pink Truth’s “Black Metal”

June 5, 2014

Earlier this spring I interviewed Rune Grønn of Turbonegro, and one nugget he shared was that the biggest reason why the Norwegian band embraced gay imagery in the 1990s was because they knew it was the one thing that would scare away their peers in the Oslo black metal underground. No musical genre is untouchable,…

TRACK PREMIERE: Moab’s “Whittled Away”

June 3, 2014

Scion A/V have tossed lots of free singles, EP’s, splits, compilations, and socks to the ravening metal hordes, but it’s rare that a band releases an entire album through that imprint. Los Angeles-based heavy rock trio Moab are doing just that. Their latest nine-song opus of fuzz and feedback, Billow, will be released later this…

dB Exclusive: Making Hail Death documentary

June 2, 2014

Decibel has been excited for Black Anvil’s third album Hail Death since last year, when we gave readers a sneak peek of studio happenings in a print story. We’ve since teamed with the band to offer the first view of the documentary Making Hail Death. You can order Hail Death now from Relapse. Jason Shevchuk.

Premiere: New Grave Digger lyric video

May 30, 2014

The metal institution known as Grave Digger has been around almost as long as the genre of heavy metal. They will release their seventeenth album (yes, that’s correct) called Return Of The Reaper on July 11. Your friends at Decibel got a chance to premiere the lyric video of the track “Season Of The Witch.”…