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Choosing Death: The Almost Seven-Minute Documentary!

May 14, 2015

The metal fiends at independent film production company FreqsTV were cool enough to ask our editor-in-chief, Albert Mudrian, to participate in a pretty damn wide-reaching documentary short (for just a seven-minute run-time)!

Track Premiere: Clouds Collide, “Perihelion”

May 13, 2015

Clouds Collide is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Chris Pandolfo of Allentown Pennsylvania, and has been steadily showing tremendous promise when it comes to the soaring, epic “metalgaze” pioneered by Alcest and made popular by Deafheaven. The great thing about Clouds Collide is that Pandolfo has used those influences in a constructive way rather then simply imitate, a great example being the 2013 debut full-length Until the Wind Stops Blowing…, a heartfelt tribute to his late mother that was equal parts agony, reflected in the searing black metal passages, and wistfulness, heard in moments that dared to approach the majesty of Ride.

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Punk Elegies Playlist

May 12, 2015

In his equal parts bewitching and harrowing memoir Punk Elegies: True Tales of Death Trip Kids, Wrongful Sex, and Trial by Angel Dust former Slash Magazine mainstay Allan MacDonell delivers a gorgeous, iconoclastic, wonderfully actualized, deliciously literary encapsulation of the 1970s Hollywood punk scene. 

To celebrate the book’s release MacDonell was kind enough to send this exclusive playlist along to Decibel…

Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck… of the Woods

May 11, 2015

No, this doesn’t sound like Prong. Sometimes the (labored) headlines just write themselves around here. Vancouver progressive quartet Neck of the Woods mean business. Operative word: mean.

STREAMING: Vattnet Viskar “Yearn”

May 11, 2015

“Once this song was written, we had a much more clear idea of where the album was headed.  A more grimy, riffy direction,” says Vattnet Viskar’s Nick Thornbury to Decibel.

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

May 8, 2015

So, like, yeah, I missed some stuff, but release dates shift around and stuff.  The new Noisem, Blossoming Decayis really good. I didn’t get a shot to tear apart the new Six Feet Under.

New Agoraphobic Nosebleed Video from dB Flexi: “Withering of Skin”

May 8, 2015

June’s Decibel features our third Agoraphobic Nosebleed flexi, “The Honkey Reduction EP, ” a ripping re-recording of four tracks from their first two full-lengths.

Demon Eye’s ABCs of Throwback Doom: Always Be Creepin’

May 8, 2015

Need a fix of heavy/proto metal before our Pentagram rehearsal flexi drops in the July issue?

Space Truckin’ With Metal Mary, Derketa’s Resident Mechanic: An Introduction

May 6, 2015

Master mechanic/goddess of metal Mary Bielich of Derketa (day job: Honda automotive technician) has plenty to say about ripping things up on stage, on tour and under the hood. Take notes.

Track Premiere: Akitsa, “Noire Bête Ailée”

May 6, 2015

Helmed by a fellow who goes by the name of Outre-Tombe, Akitsa is one of many bands to help create the fertile Québécois black metal underground that you see before you today. It just so happens Akitsa has a new full-length album Grands Tyrans coming out – its fifth, to be exact – this coming June 2 on New York’s great avant-garde label Hospital Productions.

So, That Lords of Chaos Movie Is Finally Actually Happening…

May 5, 2015

…according to Variety. It appears they failed to take our casting advice from TEN YEARS AGO. The issue’s sold out, so for your viewing pleasure, we resurrect “Cast Iron: Decibel thinks these Hollywood stars are ready for their grim and frostbitten close-up.” 

VIDEO PREMIERE: Paradise Lost “Beneath Broken Earth”

May 5, 2015

“I fucking hate metal band performance videos,” says Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh (also of Vallenfyre), “so when I got told that we needed to do one I was obviously annoyed but then came the idea to do a performance video of utter misery. The slowest song we have ever recorded.

What Lies Between Death & Discovery: Exclusive Taphos Nomos Premiere!

May 5, 2015

On its crazy diverse leveler of a debut EP West of Everything Lies Death Pittsburgh-based Taphos Nomos — a band which counts a mystery Decibel writer amongst its pseudonymous ranks — summons forth a mesmerizing trio of blackened death doom epics full of pummels, shreds and unforeseeable left turns.

Get Angular: Exclusive Stream of Thou/Great Falls Tribute to Shellac!

May 4, 2015

It’s true: Shellac covers by Thou and Great Falls are precisely as fucking awesome as you’d imagine — if, you know, you actually had to use your imagination and not just click “play” below. 

JUSTIFY YOUR SHITTY TASTE: Opeth’s “Heritage”

May 4, 2015

Full disclosure: Roadrunner Records funded my trip to Stockholm to hear Heritage and interview frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and team for Decibel. Fuller disclosure: I’ve been a long-time Opeth fan—OK, let’s settle for fanatic, to be frank. 

VIDEO PREMIERE: Arch Enemy “Stolen Life”

May 4, 2015

Make what you want about Arch Enemy’s decisions since outing ex-Furbowl, ex-Carnage, ex-Hearse vocalist Johan Liiva, but they’ve never given up. 

We Exhumed an Unreleased Pentagram Track From 1971

May 1, 2015

Doom icons Pentagram are approaching their 45th year (brief hiatuses and name changes notwithstanding). 

Stream New Album By Sisters Of…

May 1, 2015

Dark, heavy and full of heart, Missouri’s Sisters Of… set their sights on the May 12 release of their first full-length record, The Serpent, The Angel, The Adversary.  Their blend of bestial rage and contemplative yearning might just tear you open and fill you up.  Come inside and find out.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Slayer’s Reign in Blood

April 30, 2015

There are not many perfect albums in heavy metal history, but Slayer’s Reign in Blood is one of them. Personally, in this writer’s opinion, when it comes to the greatest metal album of all time, it’s a toss-up between Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, and Paranoid. We’re dealing with an untouchable album here. Well, near untouchable, as Decibel’s Andrew Bonazelli had the brilliant idea for a new way for us to argue about our favorite metal records: why not rank the songs on each Decibel Hall of Fame inductee? Sure, why not?

Decibrity Playlist: Tribulation

April 30, 2015

We’ve spilled plenty of ink about the new Tribulation record such that any further gushing about The Children of the Night here probably wouldn’t add anything new to the discourse.  Chris Dick talked to the band for a feature in this month’s issue (more of which you can read about here) and the quartet scored the lead review and best new noise in our preceding tome.  If you’ve perused either piece, however, or had the pleasure to listen to the group’s excellent third full-length, you might be interested in hearing about ten albums that helped form the entity known as Tribulation.

Help Jonathan Dick’s Daughter

April 29, 2015

Roughly two years go, I received a Facebook friend request from someone named Jonathan Dick in Birmingham, Alabama. I was late to join social media so the idea of befriending someone I didn’t know stuck me as curious. Jonathan was different: I found his profile picture – a snapshot of an intimate tea party with his daughter — utterly endearing. 

Philly: Come See Mastodon/Withered Cover Artist Paul Romano This Friday

April 29, 2015

April showers bring May, uh, flaming horses and capsizing Moby-Dicks.

Defensible Power Metal: Magic Kingdom

April 29, 2015

As I once wrote in an old issue of Decibel, give one positive review of a Fairyland album, and you’re branded for life. 

Hall of Fame Countdown: Slayer’s Reign in Blood

April 28, 2015

There are not many perfect albums in heavy metal history, but Slayer’s Reign in Blood is one of them. In this writer’s opinion, when it comes to the greatest metal album of all time, it’s a toss-up between Reign in BloodMaster of PuppetsRide the Lightning, and Paranoid. We’re dealing with an untouchable album here. Well, near untouchable, as Decibel’s Andrew Bonazelli had the brilliant/insane idea for a new way for us to argue about our favorite metal records: why not rank the songs on each Decibel Hall of Fame inductee? Sure, why not?

Stream Noisem’s New Album!

April 28, 2015

New Noisem.  Now.  What more do you need to know?  NEW NOISEM NOW!

Fire On the Turntable: New Video From The Armed!

April 28, 2015

Good. Goddamn.

Detroit noise punkers The Armed completely fucking kill it on the first single from the upcoming Kurt Ballou-helmed Untitled LP. (June 23, No Rest Until Ruin) Check out the fire festooned video for “Forever Scum” after the jump and then go pick up a bunch of free shit over at Bandcamp

Black Rainbows: Under the Influence

April 27, 2015

In this month’s issue, we talked to Black Rainbows’ guitarist/vocalist Gabriele Fiori about the Italian band’s new album, Hawkdope—a gloriously psychedelic romp that pays homage to legends of the riff like Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Hawkwind and Monster Magnet. With that in mind, we asked our man to single out the best song from each of the aforementioned bands…no easy task considering their extensive, decades-spanning catalogs.

STREAMING: Scorched “Caverns of Catharsis”

April 27, 2015

Delaware is known as the First State, the Diamond State, or the Blue Hen State. Not sure what any of those things mean–except for First State–in the grand context of things, but it should now be known as the Death Metal State. And upstart death metallers Scorched are leading the charge.

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

April 24, 2015

OK, so, like, there’s some stuff coming out and, like, I’m going to talk about it here. So, like, I guess we should just talk about it.