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“Wanderlust” Unchained: Exclusive Zex Video Premiere!

January 13, 2015

As Ottawa’s trad metal-tinged punk rock underground-superstars-in-the-making ZEX continue to build an increasingly strong head of fist-pumping, sneering, anthemic steam with the upcoming Magic Bullet re-release of the band’s barnburner debut Fight For Yourself, it is Decibel‘s pleasure to bring you the exclusive premiere of the uncensored “Wanderlust” video. Photo credit here. (I think!) Tour…

Hate Premiere New Video for “Valley of Darkness”

January 8, 2015

Polish black-death stalwarts Hate are set to drop their latest album, Crusade: Zero, on a very suspecting public on February 10th, and today they show off their video for the song “Valley of Darkness” here at the Deciblog.  Religious iconography will burn.  Fire (and salvation) will be breathed.  Corpses will be painted.  Beats will blast.  Lenses…

WOLVES IN THE COUNCIL ROOM: The Wolf Council’s “Send Help for the Rest”

January 6, 2015

Apparently a council of wolves only consists of three beasts (which is maybe why they aren’t considered a pack). This particular trio of wolves have instruments, and they seem really into the Melvins and Kyuss. That’s the best kind of lupine! Preview the first track from their upcoming self-titled album below. Don’t worry, you won’t…

A Copulation Most Foul: Exclusive Sextrash Stream! (NSFW, Obvs)

January 6, 2015

If any album boasting song titles like “Genital Tumor,” “Alcoholic Mosh,” and “Obscene Symphony” can be reasonably compared to a precious stone then, sure, Brazilian proto-blackened death metallers Sextrash’s raw, deliciously-nutty-meets-brutal-as-fuck 1990 full-length debut Sexual Carnage is one helluva singular hidden heavy metal gem. Put another way, when the band’s label calls the record —…

Visual Violence: Green Death Manufactures Evil

January 2, 2015

In only a few short months “Death Moines, Iowa” quintet Green Death will unleash Manufacturing Evil, the much-anticipated follow-up to the uber-excellent heavy metal melting pot that was 2013’s The Deathening. This morning Decibel is pleased to present the cover artwork by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom) along with the following behind the scenes…

When the Pain Goes Marching In: Theologian Premiere!

December 30, 2014

This is one day you most assuredly do not want to be canonized: We’ve got an exclusive premiere courtesy the Decibel noise special issue-approved sonic nightmare factory that is Theologian, and good goddamn does this track from the band’s upcoming two disc set Pain of the Saints — out January 7 on Malignant Records —…

Quench Your “Eternal Thirst”: Darkness Divided Premiere!

December 29, 2014

A few months back we hosted the full stream of Written In Blood, the much-acclaimed debut from Darkness Divided, and today the San Antonio quartet returns to the Deciblog to world premiere the video for “Eternal Thirst.” Get into it.

OWNER OF A DORMANT HEART: Sylosis In-Studio Performance of “Mercy” + Interview

December 22, 2014

British progressive thrashers Sylosis have been destroying minds for four albums now, and their latest may be their most ambitious yet (10 minute acoustic track!). Produced by guitarist/vocalist Josh Middleton, Dormant Hearts contains some of their most malevolent material to date, containing a full hour of anger. To celebrate the release of the album, we…

STREAMING: Thulcandra “Exalted Resistance”

December 12, 2014

Steffen Kummerer is better known for his stupidly good guitar and vocal work in the obscenely great tech death outfit Obscura. But Kummerer has a dark side. One that harkens back to the mid-’90s, when Swedish death metal tyrants Dissection reigned the cold winds of nowhere and drank, with pure joy, night’s blood with Elizabeth…

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…