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Greeting Cards From the Edge

December 23, 2010

Even the grimmest of us enjoy an occasional birthday wish. That’s where Dark & Somber Greetings come in. As you can see above, various Trve cards have been created to cheer up your corpse-painted brethren or tell them to go back to hell where they once rose from into the darkest forests of Norway. Or…

Dimmu Borgir’s “Dimmu Borgir” Gets It Wrong

December 23, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0mTkZyNwuY Typically Dimmu Borgir get it right (OK, not right if you’re an BM elitist who mailorders and uses Money Orders instead of credit or Paypal to pay for the latest ‘diehard’ re-re-press of Asgardsrei) when they pick a video ‘single’. “Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse“? Yes. “The Serpentine Offering“? Yes. “The Chosen Legacy? Yes….

Stereogum is Also Agalloch’s Girlfriend…

December 22, 2010

One of our favorite music sites (and not just because they point us straight to naked people music videos) is Stereogum and our most favorite nook is Brandon Stosuy’s column Haunting The Chapel. And now Mr. Stosuy has unveiled his top 50 records of 2010, crowning the best album as, drum ro… Oh, he picked…

The Crossroads of Voivod and Mandy Moore

December 17, 2010

I went into this piece only knowing three things about Ryan Adams: 1. He’s a 36-year old baby asshole. 2. He did the worst cover of Alice in Chains’ “Down in a Hole” that’s ever been recorded. 3. He’s married to Mandy Moore for some reason. Now while I like some Whiskeytown songs (oh yeah,…

Slaying the Prophets

December 16, 2010

In a strange bit of serendipity, I happened to finally get around to watching Behemoth’s excellent Evangelia Heretika DVD on the same day the New York Times ran a story headlined, “Poland, Bastion of Religion, Sees Rise in Secularism.” Thus, after being flabbergasted by a tour documentary wherein Catholic politicians collude with the police in…

Bitter End Tour Diary I

December 16, 2010

San Antonio’s burliest NYHC-influenced face-stompers Bitter End will be on tour pretty much the entire winter. The boys will intermittently grace the Deciblog with sordid stories about the hawd koa kids today, workin’ out and opening/playing for living legends. December 9, 2010 Miami, FL Transcribed by Jacob Henderson About three winters ago, Bitter End slid…

Alice Cooper Finally Inducted to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

December 15, 2010

We can already hear you bitching about how blasphemous the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is and how it doesn’t mean anything, etc. Stop the billion dollar baby butt-hurt rant for two seconds, and throw some horns for Alice Cooper finally getting honored by the goddamn museum. Recognition is important, even if it comes…

Fun With the Spin 2010 Readers Poll

December 14, 2010

Don’t you wish we did one of these? Cheat Sheet ARTIST OF THE YEAR: (write-in) Bruce Willis BEST NEW ARTIST: (write-in) GWAR BEST LIVE ARTIST: (write-in) Bruce Willis MOST WELCOME RETURN: (write-in) Bruce Willis BEST RAP/R&B ARTIST: (write-in) “Rap isn’t music” SEX GODDESS OF THE YEAR: (write-in) Hit Girl from Kick-Ass SEX GOD OF THE…

King Diamond Gets a Present for Christmas…

December 14, 2010

…and it’s a shiny, newly refurbished heart. Diamond’s wife Livia breaks news of the several heart attacks which culminated in the diabolical falsetto’s recent triple bypass open heart surgery in a fairly harrowing post on Coven Worldwide. Here’s an excerpt: “If you are interested in the details of how this surgery is performed, please look…

Henry & Glenn Forever Cartoon Xmas Special (& J. Bennett in a Bathrobe)

December 13, 2010

We have the biggest, frostiest, gluiest boner for the remarkably deranged dudes of Igloo Tornado, the hivemind that brought you the homotastic hardcore comic Henry & Glenn Forever. Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly love them any harder or faster, Igloo Tornado’s Tom Neely wrote, directed, and animated a goddamn CHRISTMAS CARTOON starring Henry…

Slay Bells

December 8, 2010

If you couldn’t tell by the zombie Santa chilling up top, Mr. Richard Christy himself is hosting a horror fest this Saturday on ReelzChannel, the only TV station that I’m not sure I can correctly pronounce. The heavy metal/horror guru, whose monthly Horrorscope article really ties every Decibel issue together, will be showing films, taking…

Please Explain the Heavy Metal Holiday Commercial

December 8, 2010

The world of marketing and consumerism and why people buy what they buy is a mystery to this simpleton. I understand people want to look cool and feel good about themselves, and marketing exists in part to make those two things happen. I also understand we rely on fancy, flashy corporations to prescribe and sell…

Vanity Nemesis: Stuff on License Plates

December 3, 2010

There comes a time–mostly mid-to-late teens–when you want your preferences known. Any and all preferences. Musical, religious, movie, food, drink, fuck partner, etc. You broadcast your preferences anywhere there’s retail space. Could be on a folder you bring to class (admittedly, I’ve never seen, “I fuck Amanda” instead of “I love Amanda” scrawled on a…

Pre-teens of the Beast

December 2, 2010

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd6clppG5bQ An inspirational tale of young extremity, Heavy Metal Jr. documents a band called Hatred (or Hatrid), kids aged 10-13 who are trying to get ready for their first show. Their influences range from Motorhead to AC/DC to Marilyn Manson and they are… well, just start watching. It is a full 24 minutes of kick…

Christmas Jeer

December 2, 2010

As Jeanne helpfully reminded me a couple days back, it’s damn near time I dress my dogs up in a stupid/humiliating costume, do a little hostage photo shoot, and print up the latest batch of Christmas cards sure to enkindle in my pugs’ hearts a desire to discover the secret of how one becomes a…

Holiday Shopping List for My Deciblog Coworkers

December 1, 2010

My fellow dbloggers have covered my ass this past year on more than a few (or, like, a few hundred) occasions. In order to thank them, I scoured eBay for some rare vinyl goodies. Because I’m not a cheap turd, I went for the super-expensive super-rare heavy metal stuff because the pricier the album, the…

Happy Thanksgiving, Thankless Bastards!

November 25, 2010

In honor of the holiday most associated with one of the seven deadly sins — gluttony — we’re pleased to give you Death Metal Rooster Explained. True, roosters aren’t turkeys, but to date no one has uploaded a video of a turkey roaring for 30 seconds. Or… Since we think we’re funny, here’s Heretic Soul…

Heavy Metal is (Still) Back in Baghdad

November 24, 2010

After Acrassicauda left Iraq in 2003, there were no reported heavy metal shows for five years before Brutal Impact and Dog Faced Corpse played on the banks of the Tigris at a private dinner party. But that wasn’t exactly the start of metal Mondays in the still scary as all hell country as few have…

Swiss Choir Competition Rocks Out

November 24, 2010

To make room for all the food you’re going to cram down your pie-hole in the coming days, consider this post to be your pre-Thanksgiving colon-blow. There’s a Swiss reality show “Kampf der Chöre” (“Clash Of The Choirs”), similar to NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” where famous Swiss musicians coach a choir and compete for international fame…

Gnarls Barkley Kills Ladies & Wears Spikes…

November 23, 2010

Alright, so maybe the title of Cee Lo Green’s solo album The Lady Killer has a certain death-metal-circa-1991 throwback feel to it and, sure, the first single “Fuck You” likewise encapsulates some cross-genre sentiments, but I can’t be the only one surprised to learn the Gnarls Barkley frontman is not only not actually named Gnarls…

Onward, Hos!

November 19, 2010

Chicago, Brooklyn and Cleveland, don’t you have something to do this weekend—other than refreshing Pitchfork for Cosmo reviews, ascot-fitting and accosting eight-year-old football fans?

It’s Not a “G’day” for the Black Mass Festival

November 18, 2010

An Australian black metal festival has been cancelled technically by an act of God. A Sydney club stopped the Black Mass Festival two weeks before bands such as Naxzul, Erebus Enthroned and Wardaemonic were to form a “diabolical union of Australia’s black metal elite” and participate in a “once in a lifetime live ritual and…

The Truth is a Brutal-ful Thing

November 17, 2010

Hopefully you’ve already heard the news about our incredible new Decibel Flexi Series—a subscriber-only treat in which one band each month will drop exclusive unreleased music on clear vinyl inside the magazine—and if so, you know that the first artist stepping up to deliver the brutal is, appropriately, Brutal Truth. But that’s not the only…

Pics of the Day: The Angry Baby Edition

November 17, 2010

“Phil Anselmo looks like a giant angry baby!” So came the cry from a friend who had just opened her mailbox to retrieve her issue of Decibel. Because I’m the last person to receive a copy (the post office can suck it), I didn’t know what the heck she was talking about. Then my copy…

Phuck Shit Up with Phight Amp and Phriends, Philly!

November 17, 2010

I know it’s hard to leave the house on Thursdays: Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court AND L.A. Law? On the same channel, no less? If there’s ever a night to eat potato chips out of your bellybutton, this is it. OR, if you live in the greater Philadelphia area and feel comfortable setting…

“Your Bully is an Inline Skater and a Death Metal Singer”

November 16, 2010

Oh, lordy. A post-emo kid in a tragically deep v-neck t-shirt and festooned with the requisite rejected-by-Flock-of-Seagulls haircut runs to MTV for help confronting his deathcore band fronting tormenter via Bully Beatdown, a reality show based upon the flawed premise that if you have a professional mixed-martial artist humiliate some asshole on television, that’ll be the end…

Louder Than Leno

November 10, 2010

First off, if you didn’t know, Kim Thayil is fucking old. Real old. He looks like Kim Thayil’s dad. But aside from that, the band’s back together, Chris Cornell’s hair is long again and they have that new song that isn’t great but it’s still Soundgarden and Lord knows that’s better than the fifty shithead…

Well, That’s One Way To Figure Out What Jim Martin’s Been Up To, I Suppose

November 9, 2010

Strange things may or may not be afoot at the Circle K, but, man, this video of Keanu Reeves talking about potential directions a third Bill & Ted film could go is as awesomely oddball as his Herzog impression is on target. Movie Trailers – Movies Blog Let’s face it, they’d need an auteur like…

Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) Video Interview + Live

November 5, 2010

OK, it’s long established that the dudes at Scion A/V and the dudes at Decibel shake hands, break bread together, and then go home to blast some deathly hate over a glass of fine Merlot. If only to discuss and dissect the extremest of extremely extreme metal. That’s what dudes do. When Scion A/V has…

Help Out Your Noiserock Community

November 4, 2010

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb85NNe7lNA If it weren’t for the website Reddit, the disgustingly successful Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear would have probably never happened. It’s a powerful place with a lot of dedicated members, some who happen to be real into noiserock. That’s why there’s a “Subreddit” where people post their favorite clips from bands like Dazzling…