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VIDEO PREMIERE: Lightning Swords of Death “Baphometic Chaosium”

January 22, 2013

Man, it gets fucking crazy in the Lightning Swords of Death practice space if this video for “Baphometic Chaosium” — the title track of the new record available now — is any indication. There are what appears to be grown-up versions of the Phantasm munchkins, a rather busty-sassy ram-headed demoness, and several trim dudes in…

Dave Mustaine or Billy Corgan: Who’s Crazier?

January 8, 2013

The world of hard rock and heavy metal is filled with brilliant artists, and sometimes that thin line between genius and insanity gets erased. Usually in public. In very embarrassing ways. And there have been a lot of notable crazies in the music industry, but right now, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy…

VIDEO PREMIERE: Evocation “Divide and Conquer”

November 26, 2012

We at Decibel get a lot of chances at firsts. We were the first metal magazine to put flexi discs in the Common Era. We were the first magazine to introduce the Hall of Fame. 95 and counting, to be awesomely sure. We were also the first magazine to premiere new Evocation album—in its entirety—Illusions…

VIDEO: Palkoski’s Cinematic Grind

October 30, 2012

Sometimes in the face of overwhelming shittiness, we need a little something to distract us. We suspect that a pretty large number of our brethren (and sistren, or whatever…) are currently without the ability to log onto the Interhole at the moment thanks to Sandy but for those who are, here’s something that is completely…

Ralph Santolla (Obituary, Deicide) on Taking Your Metal Band to the Next Level

October 17, 2012

Name five great metal bands. Here’s the first ones that come to my mind: Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Slayer. What makes them great? Priest and Maiden have iconic, virtuosic vocalists. Metallica, Black Sabbath and Slayer more or less all created their own sort of subgenres. But the one thing all five…

EXCLUSIVE: Dragged Into Sunlight “Widowmaker” Preview

October 9, 2012

For the record, the “Exclusive” up in the title of this blog post actually means something. What it means is that this post is the only place where you can hear new music from the upcoming Dragged Into Sunlight album Widowmaker (and see the amazing artwork) until it is released by Prosthetic Records on MP3…

Banger Films needs you! Help fund Metal Evolution’s “lost” extreme metal episode

September 24, 2012

Decibel usually maintains a safe distance from the film and TV business because, well, it looks totally fucked up and confusing and the printed word is a tough enough mistress to keep. But when anthropologist, award-winning film-maker and metal fan Sam Dunn came calling looking for funding and support for an extreme metal episode of…

A Glimpse Into Scott Seward’s Vinyl Soul

August 21, 2012

We’re pretty sure that there’s an old cliché that goes, “Your Youtube channel is a mirror to the soul.” You wanna see what’s inside a person, really get a sense of who they are and what they are about? Check out the weird shit they post on Youtube. And—watch this brilliant fucking segue—who at Decibel…

Hollywood, Cancel All Plans for that Lords of Chaos Movie

August 16, 2012

Normally, I’d sound off on something like this, but sometimes nothing more than “what the fuck?” needs to be said. Ok, let me just add one bit of commentary: the moustache that appears at 3:56 of part one kicked my ass like it’s never been kicked before.

VIDEO PREMIERE: Borknagar “The Earthling”

July 9, 2012

Lately, I’ve presented a few Borknagar gems that may make it seem like I’m partial to the Norwegian pagan/progressive/black-inspired metallers. I am, actually. OK, full disclosure: Borknagar’s been ruling my seven seas from the time when the then-unknown supergroup issued its debut album, Borknagar, and lead Borker Øystein G. Brun were penpals of sorts. The…

STREAMING: False “Heavy As A Church Tower”

July 9, 2012

Last year, Gilead Media nailed it—“it” being something tangibly awesome—by releasing the Untitled EP by Minnesota black metal jaw-droppers False. With two songs spanning 12-minutes each, Untitled had the length to explore early Emperor-ian majesty, with a little of Gehenna’s mid-period key-centric nastiness, and Tombs’ dark hardcore tendencies. Well, False fans, black metal from the…

Deader Than Ever

June 25, 2012

Mephedrone (bath salts), mushrooms, a new kind of acid—and in the case of Miami face-eater Rudy Eugene at one point—weed? So far, pretty much every official explanation for the wave of bizarre crimes slowly blanketing the planet has hinged on drugs with histories that make their purported roles unlikely. No wonder people are holding on…

STREAMING: Kadavar’s “Creature Of The Demon”

June 20, 2012

Getting compared to Black Sabbath’s legendary debut is a mixed blessing. Of course, it’s going to stoke interest in your band but is there anyone that can measure up to the album that’s quite literally responsible for everything on this blog and magazine? Berlin, Germany’s Kadavar have elicited those comparisons, at least from the folks…

Why We STILL Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning

June 19, 2012

Courtesy Arte Live Web, here is some awesome pro-shot footage of the entire recent Napalm Death set at Hellfest: The boys still got it! Also check out sets by Sacred Reich, Nasum, Sodom, Orphaned Land, and…Sebastian Bach amongst many others.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Mike Scheidt’s “In Your Light”

May 21, 2012

So for his first solo album, YOB mainman Mike Scheidt has gone the way of Wino and like 57 percent of Neurosis and decided to showcase his sensitive singer-songwriter side.  This thing is unplugged all the way, and I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t the least extreme thing ever featured on…

Thrash overlords Destruction still completely ruling after 30 years

May 16, 2012

Destruction, legendary kings of the Teutonic thrash metal scene, are continuing to thrash ’till death with their 30th Anniversary Tour. Almost halfway through, the band plays NYC tonight and then begins a furious march as they burn through Canada towards the west coast. If you’re wondering if these guys are still doing the anti-lord’s work,…

Beer + Metal + Youtube = High Comedy

May 15, 2012

Yes, we know this about the laziest kind of post we can throw on yon Deciblog, but good christ we could not pass up the opportunity to share these. The simplest search on Youtube netted us some gems that 1) we could not stop watching and 2) were so bizarre as to make us wonder…

Holy Shit! (Part II)

May 3, 2012

Here’s my first holy shit column, as documented in the annals of the Deciblog. Check it out to get an idea of what I’m holy shitting about.

Video Premiere: ÆGES “My Medicine”

April 17, 2012

As someone who grew up on shitty Midwestern boner rock radio, I get a little more excited than most of our staff (most of whom were making corpsepaint rorschachs in their diapers) when a clever, no-bullshit hard rock band graces our pages. ÆGES have already got some Upfront and reviews section love (well, they will…

Watain to Miss First Four Dates of the Decibel Magazine Tour Due To Visa Delays

April 10, 2012

Swedish black metal horde Watain have been forced to pull out of the first four shows of their previously announced Decibel Magazine Tour—scheduled to begin tomorrow (April 11) in Columbus, Ohio—due to delays in the visa process. They will join Behemoth, the Devil’s Blood and In Solitude as part of the tour on April 16…

Why yes, there was almost a Metallica video game once

April 4, 2012

Back before Metallica wrung out the last of their fans accumulated goodwill with the release of KSP’s boyfriend, St. Anger, there was an idea to do something that would have either mitigated the backlash or increased it ten fold. An unnamed racing/battle game was to be released, inspired by the band, their music and, well,…

Dave Mustaine releases another thing worse than ‘Risk’

March 28, 2012

Endless excretor Dave Mustaine decided it was about time to unleash another turdlet in the punch bowl of public discourse by affirming his fuzzy knowledge of history, geography and conspiracism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpZzFYYWFj8&t=7m52s (If you go back a little you’ll hear the equally incredible assertion that Rick Santorum could be the next JFK.) So yes, Mustaine is…

The Decibel Magazine Tour Official Video Trailer

March 28, 2012

The unholy unification of Euro extremists Behemoth, Watain, the Devil’s Blood and In Solitude on this spring’s Decibel Magazine will be having its way with U.S. audiences in just a couple weeks. But the official tour trailer is here now: Psyched? You should be. Go get your tickets here. See you down in front.

It’s Like Fucking a Dead Whore

March 22, 2012

Alright kids, first things first, watch this: While I’m tempted to leave all commentary about Italian death metallers Fomento’s “Necropotency” in the capable hands of our Shane Mehling who, when he watched the video and listened to said tune, was quoted as saying, “Holy cocksucking Jesus,” I decided to do a little digging beyond the…

A Day In the Life of UK Crossover Kings SSS

March 20, 2012

Ever wondered what the Liverpudlian quartet SSS did when they weren’t thrashing and crossing over? We did, too. We also just wanted to use the word “Liverpudlian.” Weird word obsessions and juvenile humor aside, apparently the folks over at Vice (along with Vans) decided to document 24 hours (more or less) with with the band…

Exclusive Video Premiere From “Last Days Here”

February 28, 2012

Much of Bobby Liebling’s life seems completely improbable. The Pentagram singer, despite a decades-long battle with drug addiction, is alive today and still performing. And Pentagram’s musical career/trajectory has been even more bizarre. Starting in the early ’70s, the band has experienced tumultuous lineup changes (and break-ups), botched recording deals and enough drama for a…

Paradise Lost haunts the chapel, Parts I & II

February 28, 2012

Without spilling too much digital ink, we’d like say we’re pretty chuffed — as Mick Harris would say circa ’91 — to be premiering not one but two studio reports for beloved doom metal outfit Paradise Lost. The Yorkies — not the dog, natch — are preparing for the release of new album, Tragic Idol,…

Join SIGH “Far Beneath the In-Between”

February 14, 2012

This morning Decibel has the distinct honor of premiering the latest aural/visual mindfuck from long-running Japanese experimental black metal practitioners SIGH. The track, “Far Beneath the In-Between,” is taken from the band’s upcoming Candlelight Records release In Somniphobia, an otherworldly, beguiling, frequently bizarre medley of various metals (black, traditional, prog) shot through with folk, jazz,…

Bitches, Listen… to the New Robocop Jam “Word Virus”

February 2, 2012

A sharp blast of powerviolence and sludge, with intricate lyrics and a pitch-perfect cover of Napalm Death’s “You Suffer,” Maine trio Robocop’s 2011 full-length Robocop II is easily one of the best releases on Grindcore Karaoke to date. Maybe we’re a little biased, because Robocop guitarist Ryan Page is consistently one of the most droll…

HYSTERICAL: Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story, awful biopic, comedy gold

January 30, 2012

Firstly, kudos to Ben Ward of Orange Goblin for posting this on Facebook today and reminding us that This is Spinal Tap doesn’t have a monopoly on eliciting belly laughs at the expense of rock and metal’s superstars. You may like Def Leppard, and even those who don’t may still appreciate “Rocks Off” from On…