Interviews

Scott Shellhamer & Adamn Norden (American Heritage) interviewed

March 25, 2011

What’s the difference between American Heritage (MySpace link) and American “Fucking” Heritage?Scott Shellhamer: One has more fucking than the other. Adamn Norden: Regular American Heritage will act like it wants to get to know you first. Your primary influences—if we’re using food ingredient methodology to determine most to least—are “masturbatory fantasies of middle-aged bureaucrats”. Can…

Napalm Death flexi spotlight + Shane Embury interviewed

March 22, 2011

It’s no secret Decibel and Napalm Death aren’t just Facebook friends but bestest pals. We’re the beat to their blast, so to speak. Decibel editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian’s favorite band is, well, Napalm Death. The Brummies (that’d be folk from Birmingham, England) were well chronicled in Mudrian’s Choosing Death book, were cover stars for dB #53,…

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…

Demolish Fanzine Interviews J. Bennett (and Lives!)

March 14, 2011

Photo by Sera Timms Some crazy fool over at Demolish Fanzine had enough formidable fuzz on his beanbag to turn the tables on Decibel‘s very own J. Bennett and make our guy the subject of an interview. Naturally, Brother Bennett delivered intelligent and inimitable answers that—to borrow a phrase he coined—made milk shoot from our…

Breeding Death…Er, Reading Death

March 10, 2011

So, you haven’t picked up our cover story [db #77] on the inimitable Death. Yeah, I know. Reading’s hard, but somebody’s got to do it. No, you say? OK, then. You’re missing out on the most exhaustive Death story ever told. Not by journalists (well, there’s one interviewed for the story), but by the ex-members…

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…

More From the Grindfather

January 26, 2011

As you may remember, Richard Johnson and his merry band of grindparents, collectively known as Drugs of Faith, are releasing their first macerating full-length, Corroded, and were kind enough to give us first dibs on their debut video (check it out, again, HERE). Pieces of our interview have appeared and will soon appear, but like…

Exclusive: Meshuggah Discuss New Studio Album

January 21, 2011

It’s been three years since Jack Osbourne’s favorite “Norwegian death metal band” wowed us with the punishing poly-rhythms of ObZen. The good news, according to Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake and vocalist Jens Kidman, is that you won’t have to wait another three years to hear the follow-up. In this exclusive interview for the Deciblog, Haake…

Lazarus A.D. “Casting Forward” streaming + Alex Lackner interviewed

January 20, 2011

How did you get past the personal and professional challenges that faced you while writing and recording Black Rivers Flow?Alex Lackner: With everything that was being thrown at us during the process of making this record many would seem to fail. We didn’t even allow that to be an option. To start with, the whole…

Exclusive: Drugs of Faith Debuts Clip for “Grayed Out”

January 7, 2011

We have been begging Virginia’s Drugs of Faith to release a full-length for years. Seriously, the grinding, rocking, absolutely devastating trio, led by “The Grindfather” Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Enemy Soil), have put out just enough songs to keep us salivating while never giving us what we really want. But now Corroded, the band’s debut…

M. Lehto (October Falls) interviewed

January 7, 2011

You write long songs. At what point do you go, “OK, I’m done. The song is complete.”? M. Lehto: A Collapse of Faith and also the previous album The Womb of Primordial Nature have long songs on them, no question about it. It’s something that worked for me naturally as I usually like to make…

“They Sign In Blood”

January 4, 2011

Scrawling out autographs in lines of hemoglobin and plasma script isn’t necessarily a requirement to land your band’s record in the top five of Decibel‘s annual year-end list, but take it from Watain (#2, Lawless Darkness), it sure as hell doesn’t hurt your chances any to open a vein or two. “The final goal has…

Get Averse

December 21, 2010

Like most pioneers of form or style, Andrew W., founder and sole proprietor of Aversionline, has never really quite received his due as one of the hands-down finest, most incisive writers on hardcore, metal, and its sundry cross-pollinations. Yet on the eve of its eleventh anniversary, his webzine-cum-mp3 blog nevertheless remains one of the primary electronic watering holes…

Herbst (Lantlôs) Interviewed

December 20, 2010

.neon has been ready for more than a year now. What took so long?Herbst: There were some problems between Prophecy and my old label. But fortunately all turned out to be cool in the end. You know, it’s very frustrating, when you work so hard on something and you simply won’t get anything back. I…

Marc Okubo (Veil Of Maya) Interviewed By Facebook & Twitter Users

December 9, 2010

Since we do more interviews than we ever care to admit (transcription is the devil!), we figured we’d open the journalistic kimono to our Facebook and Twitter friends/haters when the opportunity to interview Chicago tech-death specialists Veil of Maya presented itself.  We always ask the same damned questions. “When did you form?”, “Why did Johnny…

The Shape of Voluntary Exchange to Come

December 7, 2010

Regular Decibel readers have long been aware of the charms, brilliant hot hot chaotic post-hardcore jams, and edifying intellectual aspects of Look What I Did. (Who could not love a band that titles an album Atlas Drugged then plumps it with songs like “My Girlfriend, Leo Strauss,” “Pussy Comitatus,” “Jekyll Island Fiat Scratch”?!) Those who don’t…

Mike Huckabee Endorses Torche + Gutfeld Interview

October 27, 2010

Former Arkansas governor, presidential candidate, and current Huckabee talk show host Mike Huckabee is Fox News Channel’s first (and possibly last) “Doom Metal Expert”. No shit! Decibel doesn’t even have a resident “Doom Metal Expert” — well, Scott Koerber and EIC Mr. Mudrian have the right credentials, but have never self-proclaimed “I am a Doom…

Carnifex (Nefarium) interviewed

October 26, 2010

What is black metal?Carnifex: Nefarium’s (Myspace link) primary thought concerns the communicative aspect, with the idea that a black metal listener could understand a message of hate and anger towards those elements that can be [considered] personal. In an apathetic and driven world, powered by hypocrisy, we seek personal illumination to give the most adequate…

Deciween: All Hail Shock Totem!

October 26, 2010

For those of us who prefer our Halloween more Samhain than All Saints’ Day it isn’t always easy to wade through the morass of dark culture in search of the elusive story/record/film that is both sinister and smart. Disappointments abound. So when Decibel caught wind of a discerning metalhead launching his own upscale horror publication,…

Bonded By Yo

October 12, 2010

Bonded By YoYo from Shawn Macomber on Vimeo. Decibel caught up with Alex Lee of Bonded By Blood at the Hostile City Death Fest to chat up the amiable young shredder about his rumored alternate career plan should this whole thrash metal revival thing prove fleeting: Professional yo-yo master. As you’ll see, it sounds kind…

Niklas Sundin (Laethora) Interviewed

October 11, 2010

The Light… was written in an entirely different way than March…, and there’s a healthy four year period between the releases, so a lot of time was spent rehearsing and generally getting the feel for what we wanted the second album to be like. Most of the debut album was written in a relatively short period in 2005, whereas the The Light… songs have taken form organically in the rehearsal room in a real band setting, which I think makes the songs more real and solid.