Featured

STREAMING: Anaal Nathrakh “Paragon Pariah”

March 21, 2011

Obliterating everyone in attendance at this year’s Scion Rock festival in Pomona, California, British black metallers Anaal Nathrakh appear poised for extreme metal dominance. Though the group’s history takes them back to 1998 (debut album, The Codex Necro, landed in 2001), it’s the recent output, namely 2009’s In the Constellation of the Black Widow, that’s…

Dorian Rainwater & Thomas Romero’s (Noisear) Top 5 Influential Grind Songs

March 18, 2011

Hello All! Dorian Rainwater and Thomas Romero of Noisear here. We have been asked to give a Top 5 feature by the amazing people at Decibel Magazine. We have chosen to give our main influences in the extreme metal/grindcore genre, which have had a huge impact on us and serve as a key element to…

The Lazarus Pit: Hades’ Resisting Success

March 18, 2011

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love, stuff that’s essential listening for students of extreme metal that you may not have ever heard of.  Stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  Actually,…

Black Metal Book Club

March 17, 2011

Our first entry for this darkened covenant is The Moon Tonight Feels My Revenge by Matthew Simmons. It’s a fifty-page novella, short enough for even the busiest corpse-painter in the land, and intersperses schizophrenic tales of having fists for fingers and trips to Mars with the author’s imaginings of the lives of black metal musicians…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 7

March 16, 2011

ZUFFA PURCHASES STRIKEFORCE: Drunken Hallucination or Impossible Reality? When I first read the news about this unexpected deal, I couldn’t believe my eyes! I was at an after party here in Göteborg (HammerFall had just had a listening session for our new album with journalists from all over Europe) and I was just checking the…

Graf Orlock Steadicam Reviews: Battle: Los Angeles

March 16, 2011

Opinions are like assholes: everyone IS one. We’ve noticed that they tend to spend a lot of time in Hollywood, chortling while you spend perfectly good alcohol/meth/falafel money on the anal fissures of their “imagination.” Justin Smith of cinema-grind moguls Graf Orlock will occasionally plumb the depths in Graf Orlock Steadicam Reviews. Hollywood has had…

Justify Your Shitty Taste – Carcass’s “Swansong”

March 16, 2011

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Varg Vikernes (Burzum) interviewed

March 15, 2011

Do you see much similarity—musically, thematically—between Belus and new album Fallen?Varg Vikernes: Yes I do. Musically because it’s still Burzum (…) and thematically because to some degree Fallen deals with the same subject, only it’s not in a mythological context, and on a personal level. I know you didn’t see Belus as black metal. But…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 6

March 14, 2011

Quick thoughts on UFC Live 3 Sanchez vs. Kampmann Martin Kampmann got ripped off. He should have won that fight, and not just because Diego Sanchez’s face looked like he had been run over by 14-wheeler, but because Kampmann landed more accurate strikes all evening and defended all of Diego’s relentless take-down attempts save for…

STREAMING: Assaulter “Slave to King”

March 11, 2011

What happens when members of Aussie brutes Destroyer 666 and Aussie precision bombers Razor of Occam team up? Assaulter. Is it thrash metal? Yes. But does it have a bit of black metal? Yes. Actually, it’s the very sound replicated in the mid-’90s but with a double-punch to the nuts and noggin. Says Simon Turner…

Lightning Swords Of Death Vinyl Contest, Part 2

March 10, 2011

Yesterday we gave away a totally sweet double-vinyl version of Lightning Swords Of Death‘s The Extra-Dimensional Wound provided by the fine folks at Canonical Hours.  Well, we sort of gave it away. The dude or lady who won has yet to claim his or her prize (Terzijdehorde, where fuck are you?).  Nevertheless, we’re soldiering ahead…

Dez FaFara’s Road Runner A Go-Go, A Tribute to Saturday Morning Cartoons (Final)

March 9, 2011

By Dez FaFara (DevilDriver) What the fuck happened to Saturday morning kids TV, otherwise known as Saturday cartoons? Honestly, have I grown out of rolling out of bed on a morning, putting on comfy clothes, warm socks, a robe and going downstairs to get a bowl of Capt’n Crunch and putting on Scooby Doo? No. …

Lightning Swords Of Death Vinyl Contest

March 9, 2011

Remember grade school?  Those were the days, eh? Cap’n Crunch in the breakfast bowl and the world at your feet. Sure, there was some reading, writing and arithmetic in there somewhere, but mostly it was  just waiting for the bell to ring so you could go home and watch Def Leppard videos. In our case,…

Schmier (Destruction) “Day Of Reckoning” track-by-track commentary

March 8, 2011

Someone in grand old Europe stole our thunder by premiering new music by lauded German thrashers Destruction. So, we fought back by asking lead destructer, bassist/vocalist Schmier, to provide a track-by-track breakdown of new album, Day of Reckoning. Sure, a lot of the old guard have reformed and are releasing new albums with pretty decent…

STREAMING: Pentagram “Call the Man”

March 7, 2011

In many ways, the opportunity to stream new music from legendary rockers/proto-metallers Pentagram is both an honor and a surprise. The Virginians, who have been kicking around in some shape or form since the early ’70s, are, to many, on the same level as British gods Black Sabbath or Judas Priest. Sure, the latter have…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 5

March 4, 2011

What: UFC 127When: February 26th, 2011 Where: Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia Te Huna vs. Gustafsson Sweden’s own Alexander Gustafsson made it onto the Ion broadcast of the prelims, and did not squander the opportunity as he put on quite the performance and defeated James Te Huna by rear naked choke towards the end of the…

The Lazarus Pit: Grief’s Come to Grief

March 4, 2011

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love, stuff that’s essential listening for students of extreme metal that you may not have ever heard of.  Stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This…

Top 6 Songs That Influenced Maruta

March 3, 2011

By Mitchell Luna (Maruta) It actually turned out to be a lot more difficult—than I anticipated—to narrow down the list to 10 bands that have greatly influenced Maruta, let alone 5. So, 6 made the cut! These are bands that in our opinion(s) did something new and fresh at the time. They all managed to…

Exclusive: Lecherous Gaze- “Sold”

March 2, 2011

Are you drunk? Because Lecherous Gaze probably are. From the whiskey-flavored ashes of Annihilation Time come this group of party rockers that seem to be equally inspired by Thin Lizzy, the Misfits, six foot bongs, wizard staffs and music that sounds best cranked in the garage. Their four track EP is out on March 29th…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Anthrax’s “Sound of White Noise”

March 2, 2011

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

STREAMING: Vicious Rumors “Razorback Blade”

March 1, 2011

On rare occasions, it’s best to shut the “Forget You” up and let the music to the talking. I could blab about the last Vicious Rumors album to stay in the collection was 1990’s superlative Vicious Rumors album, but what’s the point? The Californians have, for all intents and purposes, survived every heavy metal trend…

STREAMING: Trap Them “Slumcult and Gather”

February 28, 2011

OK, Entombed’s Wolverine Blues hit store shelves and my gut on October 4, 1993. That’s like almost 18 years ago. To date, no single band has been able to capture the immediacy of rock ‘n’ roll and the grit of death metal quite like heyday–for certain individuals; not me, the Crawl EP is the pinnacle–Entombed….

Dez FaFara Hails the Tour Bus Driver

February 25, 2011

By Dez FaFara (DevilDriver) Since 1996, I’ve been on the road, meaning away from home and most of this time has been spent on a tour bus. The road life brings its unmistakable highs and torn down, dragged out lows. It also brings about characters. Our business is based on unique, one-of-a kind characters. You’ve…

Waldo’s Pecks of the Week for 3/1/11

February 25, 2011

Every other Friday, Waldo the African Grey Parrot, frontbird of thrash-grind immortals Hatebeak, will get you caught up on the week’s latest “extreme” releases. Squawk the fuck up? Your old friend Waldo here. Talking the pecks I love, and want to shit on for the next week or so. Let’s get right to it. Drugs…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 4

February 24, 2011

BJ Penn, a prodigy at UFC 127 Coming up from Australia on Saturday is UFC 127, featuring one of my all-time fave fighters who has had some very entertaining bouts over the years, against someone who has gotten a lot of criticism for his perceived “boring” style: BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch. Apparently, UFC President…

All the Colors of the Dark

February 23, 2011

Hey, St. Louis! (or anyone in the Midwest willing to haul it over and under the arches). Starting March 16, our friends at the Awful Nice gallery are showcasing some of the most prominent underground artists creating “work driven by a heavy metal, fantastic or psychedelic aesthetic,” for a show called All the Colors of…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy”

February 23, 2011

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The Shit. Today,…

Albert Mudrian & Requiem Metal Podcast Get Napalm Death-ed

February 22, 2011

Requiem Metal Podcast has been going since April 2008. To date, podcast creators Mark Rudolph (also known for his awesome review illustrations and the cartoon Danzig dB cover) and Jason Hundey have 118 episodes under their respective Atlantean-like belts. That’s a lot of talking and, if I’m being highly subjective (which I am, ’cause both…

Is Sergeant D a Virginia Resident?

February 21, 2011

Upon exiting last night’s Immortal show at the Sonar in Baltimore, Decibel spotted three concert goers pilling into a vehicle with the following vanity license plate: “WGRSLAM”. It’s a little grainy, but I can assure this image has not been doctored in any way. Anyone thoroughly confused by the meaning/origins of said plate is encouraged…