Tour Diary

Sister Sin Tour Diary, Part 1: How to Avoid Scurvy and Frontbutt on Tour

February 27, 2013

***Rocked out by Sister Sin singer Liv Jagrell during their recently completed tour opening for the metal queen, Doro. Check out their video for “Heart of Cold” HERE, or even better, catch them on their current headlining trek, tour dates HERE. February 2, 2013 – Atlanta, Georgia @ The Masquerade Trying to stay in good…

Strength Beyond Strength: The Jason Statts Story

January 30, 2013

As Decibel friend Brian Lew (aka Umlaut) says: the metal Gods work in mysterious ways. So there’s no need to tell you how we heard about Jason Statts, a Decibel reader and metal fan confined to a wheelchair after he was robbed and shot leaving his first ever gig about five years ago. The attack…

Batillus Studio Diary

December 3, 2012

By Greg Peterson You’re probably wondering which records I bought on the morning that Batillus began recording our second full-length album… some Purcell, some Machault, Schiff playing Schubert impromptus, Debussy/Ravel string quartets, some Hindemith, some Schoenberg, some Strauss, Souzay singing Faure and Schubert, and some late Shostakovich quartets. You see, Willi and I have been…

GWAR vs. DevilDriver: Oderus Urungus questions Dez Fafara questions Oderus Urungus

October 10, 2012

ODERUS ASKS DEZ: 1. What is that thing on your chin? Dez: It’s a Tattoo to ward off Scary Monsters, much like yourself, my monstrous friend! In all honesty I tattooed my face to separate myself from the pack! Also it reminds me that the corporate world cubicle thing was / is NOT A LIFE…

Kowloon Walled City Studio Report, Part II (Final)

October 8, 2012

by Scott Evans Ian wrote Part I right after Friday, our setup day. I’m writing this a month or two later, but I’ll pick up where he left off. Besides Ian’s rig relentlessly shitting the bed during setup, our tracking weekend went pretty smoothly. Since I engineer and play in the band at the same…

Kowloon Walled City Studio Report, Part I

October 1, 2012

by Ian Miller There’s nothing like hearing a good drummer play a good drum kit in a room designed expressly for the purpose. In this case, the drummer is recovering from a head injury, but who can tell? I’m Ian Miller. I play bass in Kowloon Walled City. We’re about to record our third record,…

Municipal Waste Tour Diary, Part Waste

June 25, 2012

** Scribbled by Municipal Waste lead screamer Tony Foresta. Don’t forget to check the stream of the Toxic Waste split 12″ on the venerable Tankcrimes label, as posted by the equally venerable Adem. It’s HERE, we think. Or, the Part One of the tour diary, called Part Waste, ’cause we’re cute. Click HERE. 6/1 –…

Municipal Waste Tour Diary, Part Municipal

June 6, 2012

** Scribbled by Municipal Waste lead screamer Tony Foresta. Don’t forget to check the stream of the Toxic Waste split 12″ on the venerable Tankcrimes label, as posted by the equally venerable Adem. It’s HERE, we think. 5/25 – Las Vegas @ Punk Rock Bowling: Municipal Waste and The Dwarves playing a bowling tournament?! Yes!!…

“Black Mark” Turns 25, Daniel Ekeroth Reflects

May 11, 2012

Bathory’s Under the Sign of the Black Mark turns a whopping 25 years old today. To honor the landmark, Swedish Death Metal author Daniel Ekeroth parallels his adolescence with the band’s inimitable path. TO GROW UP WITH BATHORY by Daniel Ekeroth As a young teen, I could probably have been caught up in any kind…

An Average Day Interning At Decibel

January 19, 2012

Out of all the things I’ve done in my life, the most common question I’m ever asked is: “What was it like interning at Decibel Magazine?” Well, years after the fact, I’ve finally decided to take a look back and reminisce about what it was like being “The Fucking Intern.” The first thing I did…

Warbringer Tour Diary, Part V

November 7, 2011

So I’m a day late in writing this, I was supposed to yesterday but I felt like the walking dead after driving through a blizzard to Salt Lake City yesterday. So I passed out on a couch and slept ‘til about 10 minutes before the show. I feel much better now, time to write this…

Warbringer Tour Diary, Part IV

October 31, 2011

I woke up at 5 a.m. this morning to drive to Iowa, all the way from Cleveland. Cant sleep any more so I guess it is time to recap the last week of tour… Ill pick up where I left off last time, in New York. I was kind of antsy about this show, as…

Chris Connelly: Confessions of a Hysterical Music Addict 1975

October 26, 2011

Nowadays, I manage a record store, it’s that simple. I went to the source. Not because, like a junkie moving to Nepal to grow poppies, I was cutting out the middle man, more because there is not much else I can do or have an inexhaustive knowledge of. I know things that are of absolutely…

For the Fat Metalhead in all of Us

October 12, 2011

If you met Riley online or at a show, you may talk about the new Wolves in the Throne Room or Primordial or Agalloch. What you’d probably skip is dietary restrictions and a jogging regimen at six in the morning. But this metalhead is trying to lose some fucking metal weight. “Being fat is dumb;…

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

May 24, 2011

Here I am back after a long silence. What can I say?! I naively thought I could be writing while on tour… I was wrong. For one, I was sick as a dog during the majority of the European tour, so for the most part the routine was: from bed to stage to bed. Day…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 11

May 12, 2011

What: The Zone – InfernoWhen: May 7th, 2011 Where: Lisebergshallen, Göteborg, Sweden The card was headlined with three title matches: Lightweight, Welterweight and Middleweight, but before we go to that, there were some great moments! Lots of submissions, a head kick knock out and a women’s match that made you cringe (in a good, violent…

Hull Tour Diary + 2011 SXSW Wrap-Up

April 29, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011: Philadelphia, PA (Kung Fu Necktie)After hastily packaging our new Viking Funeral LPs, meeting up with our most excellent roadie and merch extraordinaire, Jeffrey Hollis, bidding farewell to our friends at The Acheron and The Anchored Inn (best new bar in town! 59 Waterbury Street 11206), and packing all our gear into…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 10

April 7, 2011

HENDO vs. FEDOR: Should It Happen? When I first heard of this match up, it sounded like a perfect fit: two legends of the sport who have never faced each other despite being in the same promotion for years! Granted, they are not in the same weight class, but since when did petty things like…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 9

March 31, 2011

UFN 24: Quick Thoughts • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: “I will let Phil choose how he wants to lose this fight.” That has got to be the best quote I’ve heard all year! • There’s only one Mr. Wonderful, and his name is Paul Orndorff (a pro wrestler who is most famous for feuding with Hulk…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 8

March 24, 2011

Have we seen the last of Cro Cop in MMA? Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is a living fighting legend, of that there is no doubt. But 99% of the clips from his fights on the countdown show to UFC 128 were from his days in Pride – not surprising, since he’s been everything but devastating…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 7

March 16, 2011

ZUFFA PURCHASES STRIKEFORCE: Drunken Hallucination or Impossible Reality? When I first read the news about this unexpected deal, I couldn’t believe my eyes! I was at an after party here in Göteborg (HammerFall had just had a listening session for our new album with journalists from all over Europe) and I was just checking the…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 6

March 14, 2011

Quick thoughts on UFC Live 3 Sanchez vs. Kampmann Martin Kampmann got ripped off. He should have won that fight, and not just because Diego Sanchez’s face looked like he had been run over by 14-wheeler, but because Kampmann landed more accurate strikes all evening and defended all of Diego’s relentless take-down attempts save for…

Oscar Dronjak’s (HammerFall) MMA Hammer of Justice, Part 5

March 4, 2011

What: UFC 127When: February 26th, 2011 Where: Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia Te Huna vs. Gustafsson Sweden’s own Alexander Gustafsson made it onto the Ion broadcast of the prelims, and did not squander the opportunity as he put on quite the performance and defeated James Te Huna by rear naked choke towards the end of the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Behind the Moonless Curtain

December 9, 2010

Selected missives from Decibel writers on December 8th, 2010 discussing an upcoming column where we defend our shitty taste in music. J. Bennett – I’d be happy to handle “Body Language” myself when the opportunity arises. Adam Tepedelen- Is that Kylie’s “roundly maligned” album in her “otherwise decent catalog”? Which ones are the decent ones? …

Wolvhammer Star In: Yet Another Tour Diary, Except This One’s Maybe Funny and Original (The End)

December 1, 2010

When they’re not getting down with the Cinnabon sickness at the Mall of America, Minneapolis BM punks Wolvhammer enjoy decimating faces on tour. Drummer/resident smartass Heath Rave will give us the gory, hopefully idiotic details. Nov 7, NOLA Slept all day in preparation for what will prove to be the most brutal drives of our…