Unorthodox Redux: Exclusive Indecision Doc Clip!

February 16, 2015

What It Once Meant — the documentary detailing the life, death, and (semi) resurrection of Indecision, hands down one of the smartest, most audacious, uninhibited hardcore bands ever — is a real triumph of an often fumbled form: Poignant and funny, harrowing and inspiring, the film opens up a window on a unique assemblage of…

Commune With Sweet Jesus

February 16, 2015

Counting members of such forward-thinking hardcore acts as Have Heart, Fucking Invincible, Verse, and Soul Control amongst its ranks, Sweet Jesus‘ vivifying and powerful debut full-length You Destroy Yourself pays homage to late 80s/early 90s D.C. emotive hardcore without sliding into pure imitation. Today Decibel brings you a taste of what’s to come with the…

Interview with Barishi

February 12, 2015

I originally got my hands on Barishi’s self-titled, self-released, full-length album via guitarist Graham Brooks who was filling in for fellow Vermonters, Vaporizer during a tour with Vattnet Viskar. After figuring out who the hell I was, he passed along a copy of the record and Bob’s yer fucking uncle. That was about a year…

Brett Netson Returns to Scavenge Some Cults: Exclusive Premiere!

February 12, 2015

Former Caustic Resin guitarist/vocalist and Built To Spill-er Brett Netson went and done got himself a brand new rock quartet — that’d be Brett Netson & Snakes — and Decibel has got the opening single from the band’s ridiculously killer, utterly fucking triumphant Scavenger Cult EP. Here’s the breakdown: The Scavenger Cult EP features three…

Pallbearer Make Flexi Series Debut With Unreleased “Fear and Fury”

February 12, 2015

“Fear and Fury,” the first taste of new Pallbearer music since our favorite album of 2014, Foundations of Burden, is one of the Little Rock doom quartet’s shortest songs yet, clocking in at just under six minutes. But it’s not wanting for the intense, emotional thunder the band has built their following on. It was recorded specifically…

BLACKEST OF THE BLACKWÜLF: Blackwülf’s “Wings of Steel”

February 10, 2015

What’s better than a wolf? A black wolf, of course. What’s even better than a black wolf? A black wolf with umlauts. Oakland’s Blackwülf bring some serious stoner vibes to the party, hitting the listener with some fat bottomed rock. “Wings of Steel” is so fresh that it comes from an album they haven’t even…

New Hampshire Survives Ringworm Infection (Barely…)

February 10, 2015

“Some of you might have been conceived to this song,” Ringworm frontman James “Human Furnace” Bulloch told the gathered at Sonny’s Tavern, the small, homey New Hampshire bar the Cleveland metallic hardcore levelers were then steadily transforming into an overly-amped emotional and physical pressure cooker. “The album it’s on came out in 1993. You do…

Premiere: Shredhead’s Incredible New Animated Video

February 9, 2015

The videos that arrive at Decibel headquarters are often predictably bad. There are the things we loathe (lyric videos), things we find annoying (videos talking about the making of videos) and the low budget (we’ll just record ourselves playing live and hope people give a shit). Boy, did Shredhead’s new animated stop motion video just…

PREMIERE: A Forest of Stars’s “Drawing Down the Rain” Video

February 4, 2015

You want a crazy ass music video? A Forest of Stars sure have one for you! In this 10 minute animated film by Ingram Blakelock, a little dude sets out on an epic journey across a video game-like world to do… Something, I guess? You’ll have to watch to find out. Oh, and there’s anachronistic…

BODY HORROR, OR, A NIGHTMARE ON THOU STREET: The Body/Thou’s “Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity”

February 3, 2015

What do you get when you combine two of the ugliest doom bands out there today? Well, it sure ain’t gonna be pretty. For their latest collaboration, You, Whom I Have Always Hated, The Body and Thou make some serious noise and cover Nine Inch Nails. They also made a video (directed by Thou’s Mitch…

Not Fade Away: Exclusive Call of the Void Stream!

February 3, 2015

Damn, this new Call of the Void joint has some cool textures on it. Featuring a sort of His Hero Is Gone by way of latter day Napalm Death sound, Ageless goes a lot of interesting places, both sonically and compositionally. The record is out next week via Relapse, but we’ve got the full-stream for…

Not for Everyone: An Oral History of Metal Maniacs

February 2, 2015

Europe had Metal Forces, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer and a host of language-specific publications—Rock Hard and Aardschok, for example—for literate longhairs to satisfy their hard, fast and heavy fix. The States, however, had no real unifying print magazine. Until Metal Maniacs. The staff had enough experience under their bulletbelts for it to feel like a veteran…

Lo! (and Behold) It’s an Interview and Video Premiere!

January 29, 2015

Australian sludge metal miscreants, Lo! have decided to celebrate the arrival of new vocalist, Sam Dillon by dunking him repeatedly into a vat of what looks like congealed Pepto Bismol in their brand new video, “Orca.” While some may see the video below as evidence of some cruel hazing ritual (whatever happened to the good…

Sons of Drayton Sawyer: Kaliya Serve Up “Human Meat”

January 29, 2015

We’re about a month out from the release of a seriously brutal self-titled full-length debut courtesy underground berserkers Kaliya, but Decibel has an exclusive preview of the Dallas quintet’s tasty grind-infused take on the classic Swedish death metal sound in the form of…”Human Meat.” For more information hook up with Kaliya via Facebook, Bandcamp, and…

VALLEY OF THE DAMNED: Wells Valley’s “Matter As Regent”

January 28, 2015

We don’t hear much about Portuguese metal, but pissed off dudes make pissed off music no matter the geographic location. Wells Valley may not have the most threatening name, but their Gojira-style post-metal sure feels intense. These six tracks will crush you in their powerful grip, leaving nothing but devastation behind. Check them out below….

BURIED ALIVE IN BLACK METAL: Vivus Humare’s “Einkehr”

January 27, 2015

My friend and I spent a while trying to figure out what “Vivus Humare” means in Latin, and the best we could come up with was that it was a clumsy translation of “buried alive.” Whatever, though – bad Latin is one of the universal constants amongst metal bands, no matter where they’re from. This…

Melnick, Not Capote: Exclusive In Cold Blood Premiere!

January 23, 2015

They’rrrreeee back… This afternoon we’ve got the exclusive stream of the first new songs from In Cold Blood…and the Cleveland metallic hardcore guerrilla outfit — founded and still led by ex-Integrity legends Aaron and Leon Melnick alongside former and current members of Ringworm, Homewrecker and Meposkapheles(!) — are seriously not fucking around on these two…

Live From Dubai: Exclusive Nervecell Video Premiere!

January 23, 2015

Next week Unique Leader is set to reissue Psychogenocide — the 2011 sophomore LP from uber-brutal Dubai-based death metallers Nervecell — and to get both our visual and aural learners hyped for it Decibel has got the exclusive premiere of the band’s video for “Amok Doctrine” below. Preorder Psychogenocide here.

Exclusive: Napalm Death Video Premiere

January 23, 2015

Folks, that’s an animated Barney Greenway. Consider us chuffed. Napalm Death was recently featured on our cover in conjunction with the release of their massive new album Apex Predator-Easy Meat. In our story last month Greenway told us: “I know it sounds sickeningly upbeat but I’ve never gone into a show and been in the…

Streaming: Wolfpack 44 with Jinx Dawson

January 21, 2015

Decibel is stoked to premiere “To The Devil…A Daughter,” a track from the debut Wolfpack 44 album The Scourge, featuring additional vocals from Jinx Dawson, frontwoman of the legendary occult band Coven. Coven also released a version of the song on their latest album Jinx (Nevoc Music). Dawson wrote the lyrics, and Wolfpack 44 guitarist…

Dawn of “Uncreation”: Exclusive Disgrace Premiere!

January 20, 2015

Courtesy many of the same scene levelers who brought you Twitching Tongues and Nails now comes Disgrace, a quartet that seamlessly marries true blue classic American death metal buzz n’ pummel to premium metallic hardcore for a sound that is worthy of the predictably sick Dan Seagrave cover artwork. This morning we’ve got the exclusive…

LAVA IT OR LEAVE IT: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth’s “Lava”

January 20, 2015

Look at those three up there. That’s like 1000 combined years of grizzled. Fronted by Tad Doyle of the legendary TAD, a dude who’s only gotten heavier as he’s gotten older (sonically, that is), alongside scene veterans Peggy Doyle and Dave French, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth are heavier than a really heavy thing. Their…

Visigoth Steps Out “From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy”

January 19, 2015

We’re a little over a week out from the release of the new Visigoth record, The Revenant King, but we’ve got the exclusive premiere of the epic closer for you today…Enjoy! Check out another album cut over at…NPR.

Calgary’s Arbitrator, Featuring Drummer Dirk Verbeuren, T(he)y Would Like You to Know

January 15, 2015

I don’t know much about Calgary’s Arbitrator outside of the fact that they refer to themselves (or at least have been referred to) as “industrial death metal” and have existed in various line-up permutations over the course of four years of existence. They’ve existed as everything from full-on quartet to duo status to one-man on…

SARPANITUM FOR THE SARPANITUMMY: Sarpanitum’s “Glorification Upon The Powdered Bones Of The Sundered Dead”

January 13, 2015

In the mood for a serious blastbeating? Sarpanitum have some serious black and death metal for your blasphemous enjoyment. Taking aim at the joys of religious warfare, this Birmingham-based trio brings long song titles and brutality to their death metal game. You can enjoy the beatdown below. ***Blessed Be My Brothers hits on February 17…

“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…