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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…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 3

February 18, 2011

By Oscar Dronjak (HammerFall), Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament Being raised on the early UFC, I am a sucker for tournaments. While I completely understand why it was eventually abandoned, I do miss the real sport-feel coming with an elimination event. Just look at TUF (The Ultimate Fighter); I’m sure the format of winning to stay in…

The Lazarus Pit: Root’s Hell Symphony

February 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.  Having…

STREAMING: Turisas “The Great Escape”

February 17, 2011

OK, so the Discovery Channel has Shark Week. Pretty cool series about fish at the top of the oceanic food chain. For the Deciblog, we’re officially calling this week (February 14th – February 20th) Viking Week. No, we don’ t have the budget to film bloody reenactments, travel to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, or the…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Celtic Frost’s “Cold Lake”

February 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 now and then, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the site to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact,…

STREAMING: Liturgy’s “High Gold”

February 16, 2011

Thrill Jockey. A label known for its wide musical scope. Tortoise. Gaunt. Trans Am. David Byrne. Mouse On Mars. Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake. So, where does black metal fit into the aforementioned? It doesn’t. Which is precisely the point, I think. Satan’s square peg in New Music’s round hole. Brooklynites Liturgy have taken black…

Top 5 Metal Albums You Should Work-The-Fuck-Out To! by Charles Elliott (Abysmal Dawn)

February 15, 2011

By Charles Elliott (Abysmal Dawn) Decibel asked me to create a list of top 5 (insert inane subject here) things for their blog so this is what I came up with. I wasn’t big on working out really until maybe a year and half ago when I started going through a real rough patch in…

STREAMING: Amon Amarth “Slaves of Fear” Worldwide Exclusive

February 14, 2011

Awaken from your slumber you filthy Vikings! It’s time for battle! Make damned sure your Stiklestad swords are sharp, your shields mended, every link in your chainmail strong, and your helms strapped. And don’t forget those vambraces, my blood-thirsty mates! Last time Alvar forgot his and he got a nasty flesh-wound on his left forearm….

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 2

February 11, 2011

By Oscar Dronjak (HammerFall), A look at UFC 126 The UFC usually stacks their Super Bowl weekend card to the max, and this year was no exception. On paper, UFC 126 was an unbelievable card that had almost otherworldly expectations. And for once, there was no question it absolutely lived up to the hype! Miguel…

For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

February 11, 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. Happy almost-V Day, you loveless fucks. First of all, I’m implementing a rating scale of 0-10 FUCKING pecks (you old school S.O.D. fans will know what’s up). Since it’s a day…

DevilDriver’s Dez FaFara Loves Redheads!

February 10, 2011

For some men it’s unmistakable: the draw the to the color red. Like a bull to the red cape of a matador, we men are transfixed, relentless in pursuit and the feeling is strong and pure. I myself have been with a “natural” redhead for years and every day I see her, the same drop…

Take a Look in the Mirror

February 9, 2011

Maybe you’re too old or (nowadays) maybe you’re too young, but there is a teeming, unfortunate mass of us out there who once saw nu-metal as our anthemic genre. While I would love to say my musical history began with Altars of Madness or was somehow nonexistent until the Napalm Death/Coalesce split, Korn and various…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Iron Maiden’s “The X Factor”

February 9, 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…

Marko Palmén & Thomas Josefsson (Evocation) interviewed

February 8, 2011

What did you get for Christmas? Most kids our age wanted an iPad. But turns out the Xbox 360 Kinect was pretty popular amongst dudes with belly bulges and retirement accounts.Marko Palmén: The best present I got for Christmas was a tour offer for Evocation, which we received the 23rd of December. The offer was…

Sons of Tonatiuh Tour Diary by Dan Caycedo

February 7, 2011

By Dan Caycedo (Sons of Tonatiuh) The police were in full force. Four days before we left I decided it would be a grand idea to crack my heal bone. So me and the boys went out for a hockey game one night, and jumped off a 5 foot ledge for fun. I went to…

EXCLUSIVE: Samoth (The Wretched End/ex-Emperor/ex-Zyklon) celebrates Candlelight USA’s decennial

February 4, 2011

England’s Candlelight Records has without doubt made an impact on the genre of extreme metal.  The home to Emperor’s amazing legacy and the early trilogy of recordings from Opeth, the label has introduced the world to some of metal’s most unique and successful artists. In 2001, the label launched an American division that has since…

The Lazarus Pit: Bloodstar’s Anytime – Anywhere

February 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. Last…

Exclusive: Woods of Ypres- “I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery”

February 3, 2011

March 22nd is the due date for Woods IV: The Green Album, the Woods of Ypres’ reissue that is more akin to a tectonic plate shift than a record release. And we now have a clip for one of the band’s heart-trampling creations. A combination of piano balladry and unyielding doom, the track has us…

Ashmedi’s (Melechesh) biographical column & chaotic metaphysical thoughts, Part XVI

February 3, 2011

By Ashmedi (Melechesh) The first column for 2011. And it’s number 16. For a person who used to hate writing I find this quite the accomplishment.  2010 was very productive year. It is the year The Epigenesis was recorded and not long ago released, so I felt a sense of accomplishment and relief. We are…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Paradise Lost’s “Host”

February 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…

DevilDriver’s Dez FaFara Hates Humans, Loves Dogs

February 1, 2011

DOGS:For Sly FaFara and Lord Bacchus FaFara “Ya like DOGS?” Brad Pitt asked in the movie Snatch. Dogs . Yes! I love ‘em. I’m a loner. Don’t do well in crowd. Don’t do the backstage thing. Humans just make me uncomfortable. They all want something from you. But Dogs!?!? When I’m home, it’s me and…

Oscar Dronjak (HammerFall) Sucker Punches Deciblog, Part 1

January 31, 2011

First off, let me introduce myself: my name is Oscar Dronjak, and I play guitar in the Swedish heavy metal band HammerFall. But that’s not what this blog is going to be about. I’ve been asked to write a weekly column on my number one favorite passions outside of music: MMA in general and the…

For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

January 31, 2011

Every Friday (or, um, Monday), Waldo the African Grey Parrot, frontbird of thrash-grind immortals Hatebeak, will get you caught up on the week’s latest “extreme” releases. What’s up beak geeks? The new year brings a lot of things, and one of those things is Ulcerate’s The Destroyers of All. These kiwis really know how to…

STREAMING: new Evergrey tune “Wrong”

January 28, 2011

To date, Swedish progressive metallers Evergrey haven’t had much Decibel ‘presence’. Maybe a review here, a review there over the course of our six now-infamous years on this silly planet. Will that change? Only Pontificator-in-Chief Albert Mudrian knows for certain. But that hasn’t stopped Evergrey from infiltrating the Deciblog, where, like dreams, all things are…